February 26, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - "ReSew" Review and GIVEAWAY!

I think you know I am a big fan of refashioning.  I love the idea of reusing items that might otherwise be thrown out.  I love spending very little money on thrifted items and making them new for my family.  Well, that is exactly what the book "ReSew" by Jenny Wilding Cardon is all about.  Jenny is creative, talented, and extremely kind.  I am excited to introduce you to her latest book.


I love Jenny's explanation of why she loved thrifting from day one.  I couldn't say it better myself.

"It was my opportunity to save money; to spend locally; to stretch my creativity (with my found treasures and my dollars); to help lighten a strain on the environment; and, mostly, to uncover the distinct and unique - and remake it, too - among the swell of mass producing, big-box retailers that often promote the impersonal and uninspired."

The book is loaded with projects.  Jenny's instructions are great.  As you read, you get the feeling you're sitting down with a good friend who is teaching you how to make something and even sketching as she explains. 

I want to show you a few projects I really liked.  This great quilt came from a bunch of thrifted sheets.

This hat, mitten, and scarf set came from a woman's sweater.

This top used to be an oversized sweatshirt.  I LOVE how she used the extra fabric to make the stripes on the shirt.  It gives it so much textural interest.

In all of her projects Jenny has a real eye for details.  See how she reused the button down portion of a shirt in this dress?  So clever.


Jenny's book is loaded with great refashioning ideas.  You can purchase "ReSew" on Amazon right HERE.  She is also giving away a copy right here.  Just leave a comment to enter.  One comment per person please.  Drawing ends Monday night and the winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas, Jenny.  You rock!

252 comments:

  1. Oh, I would love so much to have that book! Is the contest open for "outsiders" (from the US, I mean)? If it is, consider this my entry :)

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  2. Fingers and toes crossed it is open for Canadians! I'll pay shipping!!
    I just HAVE to make that sweatshirt top! Looks like a fun book.

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  3. What a clever looking book! Maybe it would help me deal with the stack of clothes that I couldn't bear to send to the thrift store. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I would love this book! Thanks for giving me the chance to enter!

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  5. sounds like a fun book!

    slstepec@hotmail.com

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  6. How perfect! Thank you!

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  7. Very cool! Pick me, pick me! :)

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  8. I just started going to the thrift shop on our base... and now I am hooked! I would absolutely LOVE her book. = ) & Thank you for such a great blog... You have inspired me! = )

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  9. I'd love to try some ideas from this book!

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  10. Man oh man would I love this book! I love the thrift store and I LOVE upcycling! Pick me Pick me! :)

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  11. I would LOVE a copy of this book!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks so much for doing this give away!

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  13. I know this book would come in handy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love the idea of this book! I can't wait to read it.

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  15. Looks like a great book! Hope I win. :)

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  16. Her new book looks fun and useful!
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    Courtney
    ThePaisleyAbbey@gmail.com

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  17. Wonderful ideas! Jpnlpinlove@gmail.com

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  18. I need to learn more about refashioning I could use a copy of this book.

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  19. Love it!

    kandie_mcd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I have a box of stuff to recycle and would LOVE this book!
    Evin5 at aol dot com

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  21. I love all the projects you showed here and would love to try my hands on some of them and see what else triggers my craftiness in the book.

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  22. please enter me in your generous giveaway ~ i'm very interested in seeing this book... every February i blog all about the crafty type books from the previous year & what i created from them. maybe in Feb '12 i'll blog about this one :)

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  23. I'd love to win this, I've just started a make do and mend challenge with myself! Thanks for the chance.

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  24. Pick me! Pick me! What a great book. Thanks for the give away!

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  25. I have a stack of thrift store goodies in my craft closet just waiting for this!!

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  26. Ooooo, that book sounds right up my street. I'm always trying to recycle garments but get kinda stuck so could do with the guidance :)

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  27. I would love to get this book! I haven't had much experience with sewing, but I think this book would help me get more into it!
    -Ashley
    bandgeek_22@hotmail.com

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  28. I just bought a huge stack of things for 29cents each from our thrift store to reuse as kids/ doll clothes! Would love to have her book and try some of those projects!

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  29. I'm always looking for ideas on how to upcycle. This book would be awesome!!
    woohooforthat @ gmail . com

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  30. How cute and clever!!! Hope I win!

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  31. I love thrifting and repurposing items too, I would like so much to have the book!!!

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  32. I have a stack of shirts that need recycling, this book would give me some great ideas.

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  33. Wow- the book looks amazing... and so does that sweatshirt-turned-chic tank! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. oh I would love this book. I've been having lots of fun with the $1 room at my local thrift store and would love some new ideas!

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  35. Ohhh, this looks interesting! I'd love to have a book like this =)
    Andrea P

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  36. i was refashioning when i didn't know what it was called or that other people did it. growing up it was called making due with what you had. now that refashioning is "cool" i love being inspired by other people's ideas. this book would be great!

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  37. I love restyling, too, this book looks like great inspiration!

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  38. I would love to learn how to turn a sweater into a hat, mittens, and scarf set! I love how everything is so unique.

    felicia_cooper@hotmail.com

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  39. Looks like a great book! I've done a little "upcycling" and would love to learn more. :)


    krispiks{at}aol{dot}com

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  40. oh this book would be so much fun!

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  41. I wish I could think like this. I'm more a copy cat kind of person so this book would be great!

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  42. What a great book...and clever lady!

    jen.c.richardson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I have a bunch of clothes that I would love to upcycle/refashion, but I don't know where to start! Thanks for the giveaway!

    injanuity at gmail dot com

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  44. I would LOVE to win this book!rlm.parker(at)hotmail.cm

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  45. I have always loved thrift store shopping but only recently started re-fashioning items. I would love to have this book as a jumping off point.

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  46. What great ideas. I have been saving some pieces to re-fashion and would love some inspiration!

    verlan.day@gmail.com

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  47. I would love this!!

    --Margaret

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  48. Awesome ideas!! Would love this book :o)
    Heather

    Luv2smle83@gmail.com

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  49. I want this book! It looks like the answer to all my husband's discarded button-down shirts. :)

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  50. Ohhh that looks like a great book! Would love to have a copy. :)

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  51. That sounds like a fun book. I've always wanted to try refashioning but have been too scared.

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  52. This looks like a wonderful inspiring book! I would love towin a copy~!

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  53. Too Awesome! Would love to see the ideas and try them out.

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  54. Pick me. I love her projects. Erinpoulsen at yahoo dot com

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  55. How awesome! I'm so new to sewing, and this would be perfect! Keeping my fingers crossed X

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  56. I would love this!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  57. Looks like an amazing book!

    alicia(dot)silfies(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. What a cute book!

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  59. How I would love to win this book! I am a thrift store queen myself and see potential in almost everything others discard. Now if I only had the time to follow up on all my inspirations...

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  60. I would love to have this book - it fits right in with my thoughts of what should be done with 'leftovers'. Love your blog - you rock!
    KatheGTN at aol dot com

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  61. Love love love! I would love this book!

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  62. I want this book so bad! I'm already addicted to the vintage sheet hunt.

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  63. This book looks so cool! I would love, love, love to have a copy! :)

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  64. I would love to have this book. Thanks for making it available.

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  65. Love the quilt...so cute! Hope to get this book to help me along the way!

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  66. What a cool book! It looks like she's got great ideas!
    sunnysummersmile at gmail dot com

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  67. I love buying stuff from the thrift store and repurposing it! What a great book idea. I would love it.

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  68. What a great book! I love the quilt made from sheets!

    emilou84037@yahoo.com

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  69. I've started saving clothes to do some refashioning. This book would be perfect! And I love that quilt too! I've been thinking about making quilts for my kids, that looks like a great pattern.

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  70. This looks like a great book, thanks for sharing with us!

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  71. Refashioning is an obsession of mine right now. I would love to have a copy of her book.

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  72. Me! Me! Me! PLEASE! I would LOVE an idea for my new blog! Thanks for offering this contest! Www.project-purple.blogspot.com

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  73. This book looks FABULOUS! I would LOVE a copy! Thanks for posting and for the giveaway!

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  74. What an awesome giveaway! I have recently 'discovered' our local thrift store and would love to have an idea of what to do with some of the awesome finds!

    janietrahan@yahoo.com

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  75. What an awesome book! I've got a stack of clothes that are waiting to be made into something! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tari.mcdonald [at] gmail [dot] com

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  76. Ooh, what a great giveaway! I'd love more ideas!

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  77. I would love this book! Great ideas!

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  78. I've been saving our clothes to refashion, so this would be perfect!

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  79. I have a pile of castoffs to be refashioned. I need inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  80. I would love to win this book, that orange top is lovely. Thank you!

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  81. I would love this book!!

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  82. Looks like a wonderful book. I would love to check it out.
    alyowil at gmail dot com

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  83. FUN! Looks very inspiring :)
    worldlygirly@Yahoo.com

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  84. I totally need refashion inspiration! Thanks a bunch!
    heatherpainchaud@hotmail.com

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  85. I love that sweater into a shirt idea!! I hope I win!!

    venessapetersen at yahoo dot com

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  86. Ooo count me in! I'd love to get an inspiration book just like this.

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  87. how amazing! so totally cooL!!

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  88. i would love to win, but if i don't i am going to have to buy this book. thanks for sharing!

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  89. I'd love to win!! This book looks so inspiring!! I'd love to start re-fashioning!! (I'm asking for a sewing machine for my birthday!!) Perfect timing?? :) Thanks!!
    tonnessen09 AT gmail DOT com

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  90. Would love to win this book...

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  91. Sounds like a great read to me! Consider this my entry!

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  92. This looks like a fantastic book to have since I have a closet full of clothes that need repurposing! thanks,
    Rachel
    mnrridgeway at gmail dot com

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  93. oh i would love this! refashioning is something i've always wanted to get better at!

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  94. What an awesome book. I will have to add it to my list of stuff I want.

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  95. I would love this book! That repurposed sweatshirt is adorable!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  96. I want to get into refashioning. I would love to have this book.

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  97. Win or lose, I'm so getting this book! Thx again for exposing great ideas and as always, empowering us women and consumers!!!!!!!!

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  98. Looks fun! Hope I win.

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  99. Loving all the ideas you posted, might have to go back and enter in the other posts. I'm a thrifter from the word go, love it and would like to see all her inspiration.

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  100. Looks like a great book!
    heidikittelson at gmail dot com

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  101. I think this is what I've been waiting for, for years! :)
    How wonderful if I could actually win it!!!

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  102. i would love to have this book. what a great resource to use along with thrifting.

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  103. What a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  104. looks like an awesome book! thanks for the giveaway!

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  105. What a cute book!!!!!

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  106. It seems to me that this is one of the nicest books on cute sewing ideas I've seen lately... oh, I really want it!

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  107. ahhhhh I LOVE IT!! LOVE the idea of RESEW, I am totally drooling over it right now..would pretty much make my year to win:)

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  108. Love this! I'm going to pick up the book even if I don't win :)

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  109. Looks like it has lots of great ideas. I would love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!
    reggity at sbcglobal dot net

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  110. Officially my new fav book!

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  111. so cool... would love a copy :)

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  112. I definitely need this book! I love thrifting and I sometime use the clothes to make pouches or new shawl.

    Dita
    dita.maulani at gmail.com

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  113. This looks like such an awesome book! Love the hats and accessories she shows, too - thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  114. This book looks really neat!
    kristin.hagaman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  115. What a wonderful book. I would love to have it.

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  116. I love repurposing and I've been wanting to make a quilt for ages. Hope I win!!!

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  117. I'd absolutely love a copy!

    whitney.lifferth@gmail.com

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  118. What a great book idea.
    rsriley77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  119. I love the sweatshirt to tank! I think even I could make that!

    kristinmbeck at hotmail.com

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  120. Now this I would LOVE to win :D Wish me luck ;) danigebski[at]gmail[dot]com

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  121. Can I just say wow!! Those are some amazing transformations!!

    kaysiscrafts@gmail.com

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  122. I have stacks of old clothes just begging for a little inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, but I'll definitely be checking this book out!

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  123. I love the sweatshirt tank! And the purse is cute, too. Looks like a great book! joel.devinney@verizon.net

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  124. I would love a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!
    nan778@yahoo.com

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  125. I have a big old stack of clothes waiting for something to be done with them. This book looks awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  126. What great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  127. I would love to win a copy! I've had this book in my amazon cart for a week!

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  128. That book looks amazing!

    CarolinaKate02 at hotmail dot com

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  129. what a creative mind!!! Great idea to put all those ideas into a book format! Might have to order one if I don't win one ;)

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  130. My Mom, sister, and I would love to get our hands on this book. We love to repurpose clothing and other items. Wonderful ideas!!

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  131. This book seems right up my alley
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

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  132. I would love to read this book, but I'm sure I won't find it at goodwill, so I would love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  133. That book looks so fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. I love this book and I am working on a bunch of refashioning projects....Your blog is out of this world and I read it everyday !!

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  135. I am just starting to learn how to refashion clothes so I would love to win this book.

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  136. What a cool book, I would love to have a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. looks like such an inspiring book, i would love to have it on my shelf and in my collection.

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  138. This book looks awesome!

    Naama

    naama@avramzon.net

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  139. I am always looking for more ideas to wittle down my cant'throw-away-cuz-I-can-do-something-with-it pile.
    alayna_adams5@yahoo.com

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  140. That quilt looks fantastic!
    newlywades@rocketmail.com

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  141. I would love this book! I have so many old clothes sitting around waiting for inspiration... still waiting for some. :oP
    d_vanderstoep(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. I always get thrift store inspiration when I'm at home reading crafting blogs, not when I'm at the thrift store itself. I love that this book would help give me the inspiration BEFORE I make the shopping trip! sorainima (at) gmail (dot) com

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  143. I love thrift store reusing! I would LOVE this book!!

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  144. This is my favorite thing to do, but sometimes I feel like my creativity needs some helps. This would rock!

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  145. I love the idea of refashioning thrift store finds. It's the perfect opportunity to stretch our budget!

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  146. I am sew in love with it!
    shantelhjones at gmail dot com

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  147. LOVE the ideas! What great fun and endless source of inspiration!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    steffanie@myway.com

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  148. I recently inherited my MIL's sewing machine...

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  149. Could be kismat (?kizmet?)... if not then I'll just have to cash in some swagbucks and purchase it ;)

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  150. Wow, looks like lots of cool ideas!!
    We love our neighborhood thrift stores.

    maxthebull@hotmail.com

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  151. It would be so much fun to explore that book!! She definitely has a great eye! Thanks for offering it!
    rebelpoco@gmail.com

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  153. I love thrifting and hate leaving something behind because I can't figure out how to tweak it. I would love to have this fun book!
    themrsward@yahoo.com

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  154. this book looks incredible!
    rae_adropofgoldensun@hotmail.com

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  155. The book sounds wonderful! Such amazing ideas!!! I would LOVE to have it!

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  156. I just got done thrifting so I could make something special!!! Whooo-hoo for this kind of activity! I'm in love. I need this book!

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  157. I would LOVE to own this book!
    jparrott99 at msn dot com

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  158. I love my thrift stores and this book looks great.

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  159. I was just looking for a book to refashion the other day! Thanks for the opportunity!

    annmariepowers(at)hotmail

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  160. oooh looks like so much fun!
    I love thrifting and am 'learning' how to sew (hopefully clothing in the near future)

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  161. I would love to win this book. From this post it looks like she has some great ideas I would love to do.

    toddandamber@gmail(dot)com

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  162. I love how creative and unique these projects are!!

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  163. Oh please oh please oh please can I win?

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  164. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to shop. I often find interesting fabrics but haven't been sure what to do with them. This book looks like it would hold some fun answers. Thanks so much for introducing us to this book. Would love to win and will probably buy one if I don't! Thanks for the chance!!

    awamom at yahoo dot com

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  165. What an awesome book. It looks like it has wonderful ideas!!!!

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  166. I would love this book! I now look at everything and think what can I do with this....mostly all thanks to you!

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  167. I love that sweatShirt top. I have so many old clothes I need to repurpose. What a great book.

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  168. What a fun book! I would love to learn how to "ReSew"!

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  169. I love the sweatshirt into fitted textured shirt idea! The book looks great...I'm always looking for ideas on how to reconstruct my has been clothing :)

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  170. It looks like a great book I love thrift shopping and make refashions love love. thanks

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  171. That sounds like a awesome book, with alot of great refashion ideas. I would love to own it.
    dazeysunique

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  172. those are such creative ideas! i'd love to have that book

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  173. Refashioning just makes so much sense for so many reasons. Jenny's book looks amazing. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  174. I would love to win this book, and get more into refashioning things

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  175. What great ideas! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  176. This book looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  177. I love to thrift and repurpose things. I have been really trying to get into this in all of my sewing, espcially for my 8 grandkids. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. I'm crossing my fingers! Deb

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  178. That books looks great! I wish I had all the creativity, so I could turn my pile of unwanted's, into such neat stuff!

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  179. This book looks amazing! If Canadians are allowed to enter, than please count me in.
    I would love this a lot, I have so many clothes I can see potential in, I just need some inspiration! :D

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  180. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for the chance to win, what looks like, a very useful book.

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  181. how cool is this? I'd love to win!

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  182. I would love to win this! Sounds like such a crafty book! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


    Trendymeg@msn.com

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  183. I too can not pass up a thrift deal! I often get stuck in the re-making process... this would help. :)

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  184. Oh, I love this! I've always known refashioning like this was possible, but never sat down to try or figure out how. Actually, I did it once: turned old jeans into a purse. I'd love to see all of Jenny's projects!

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  185. I would LOVE this book. You can find me at the 50% off sales at our thrift store monthly!!

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  186. I LOVE this idea, what a fabulous way to reuse things.

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  187. What a great book. I surely wouldn't mind getting it :) thank you so much for this awesome giveaway.

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  188. Nice giveaway!
    anvazmu@gmail.com

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  189. Please enter me. :) Thanks so much!

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  190. Wow! Awesome ideas - I'd love this book, thanks for the chance.

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  191. Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love this book!

    craftyNHmom@gmail.com

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  192. Looks like a fabulous book! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  193. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance!

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  194. What a neat book!

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  195. What a neat book! I could use these creative ideas.

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  196. Oooooohhhhh... I'd LOVE to win this book :) I'm just learning to sew, but I too love getting goodies at the thrift shop to re-do. It started out as a cheaper way to get fabric to practice on, but then I realized its not just cheaper, its more fun!

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