GIVEAWAY: An Awesome Book of Thanks!


I can tell you without reservation that this treasure is my favorite children’s book of all time.  I cried with happiness the first time I read it.  An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton is so full of pure joy at being alive, with adorable illustrations and a lyrical tone reminiscent of Dr Suess, with a modern edge.  This is a story of Thankfulness, for “big things like gigantic dino machines and small things and all things that fall in between.” It’s so appropriate as the holiday approaches and I’m buying copies for all my friends with children (and a few without children). Take a look at a some of my favorite pages.



I love it so much I asked the author if we could write about it, and he is sharing with us FIVE COPIES to give to thankful Prudent Baby readers. So to enter this giveaway, we ask you to share something crafty that you are thankful for. I am thankful for washable markersfusible tapemod podge, and the occasional extra-long nap time.

I asked the author of this magical book, Dallas Clayton, what crafty things he was thankful for and here’s what he said: I’m thankful for cutting my teeth in the DIY world of making things by hand. No matter how large my operation gets, or how many books I print I could still spend hours upon hours getting lost in folding paper samples, screen printing, letter-presses and sewing. There’s nothing better than the satisfaction of creating something from start to finish and being able to share it with the world.

Dallas, we love a man who crafts!  Thank you for this lovely book.  So, readers, I hope you are inspired to be a little extra thankful today.  Go ahead a leave a comment with your crafty thanks anytime between now and midnight next Wednesday, November 17th.  Come back every day for a new entry. Tweet, Stumble, and/or share the giveaway on facebook by clicking “like” below and leave us another comment each time letting us know for an additional entry. We will select five winners at random and send them their amazing books.  Also check out Dallas’ first book: An Awesome Book, or go ahead and order An Awesome Book of Thanks!, and see more of his magical vision at VeryAwesomeWorld.com.

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142 Comments

Erin

What a sweet book. I'm thankful for my girlfriends who craft along with me at our weekly craft night and the inspiration, encouragement, and friendship we share with each other!

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Natasha

Looks like old school Sesame Street animation. Love it! Today I am thankful for fusible batting since I'm putting together my BFF's baby quilt, if my daughter naps.

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Shannon

I am thankful for little girls who love "momma-made-it" clothes, my Juliet sewing machine (a true friend), and blogs for tutorials, inspiration, and sharing of the crafty spirit.

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Carly

I am thankful for my gingher scissors. I really really love them.

Oh and a new bag of red buttons that came to me a few weeks ago. I'm still dreaming up what will be done with them 🙂

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sheri

i am thankful for my sewing machine that my dad bought me for high school graduation (10 years ago) in which i just started using again.

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EHC

I am thankful for my rotary cutter and Heat-and-Bond Lite!

ps. just looked and my library doesn't have this book…so it would be awesome to win a copy!

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Jamie

What a wonderful book! I have two young daughters and teaching them to be grateful and content is a hard task, what a great book to be able to share with them.
I am super thankful for my sewing machine. I've had it since highschool and I couldn't craft w/o it.

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Debbie

Im thankful for all the lovely ladies in blogland that inspire me and share their genius ideas with the world for free so useless people like me can feel like we can make stuff too! And Im thankful for my beautiful children who drive me mad but make me smile every day

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Mel Titus Tsai

What a great book! If I don't win I will probably buy a copy anyway 🙂 I am so thankful for my kiddos, I think they teach me more sometimes that I am teaching them 🙂

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Macki West

This book looks wonderful! I am thankful for the 25cent fabric bin that my daughter and I get tons of fun scraps and make all kinds of things. I'm also thankful for my apple peeler/corer/slicer, I can make an apple pie in minutes and impress guests!

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feelincrafty

I just saw this book reviewed the other day and put it on my son's Christmas list. It looks great! What am I thankful for?? Man, everything! Most thankful for my husband letting me be drafty for hours and hours. And, my sewing machine. and, and, and…

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iamsolost

I am thankful for my crafy mom, who was doing crafts as early as I can remember and still enjoys being crafty. We picked up some supplies just last weekend for an upcoming project! :o)

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Emily

I am thankful that having a child reminded me of how much I treasure(d) the clothes and costumes my mother made me, and inspired me to buy a sewing machine with 3 weeks to go before Halloween to make my little one a costume. In the past 13 months, I've made countless dresses and 2 Halloween costumes, the Prudent Baby crib sheet, changing table cover, tea party in a bag and fat quarter apron — the oil cloth tote is cut out and ready for the next break in our busy schedule… The joy of making something for someone that brings them happiness is a tremendous feeling.

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Tanya

I'm thankful for my vintage Singer sewing machine … thinking of the woman who sat before her years before myself … inspires me on a daily basis.

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Jahje Ives

I am thankful for my Bernina Record sewing machine which allows me to make all my mobiles – 35 years old and still putting in a full day without any whining. Wish I could say that about my toddler.

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Nancy

I'm thankful that I have the time to sew…and would be very thankful to have a copy of the book for my house so my grandkids could snuggle up with me and get read to…

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meghan

i'm thankful for my hilarious, creative kids. because they make my imagination so much better. why hello, dolphins with wings and pegasus that play the violin! and also: thanks to felt.

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Mariel

I am thankful for my friend's mom who introduced me to sewing, now I'm hooked. Thankful for rotary cutting tools and extra bobbins. I am also very tankful for this website bc it is packed the the most awesome crafty projects.

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Alex

I'm crafty thankful for those little metal snaps. Buttonholes are too tricky for a sewing novice like me, but a snap with a button sewed on top camouflages my inability to figure out how to use the 'automatic' buttonhole feature of my sewing machine.

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Stephanie

I'm thankful for my mom, who gave me (among many other wonderful things) my first sewing machine. Also thankful for beautiful fabrics.

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Amy

I am thankful for my 6 year old daughter who isnpires my crafty side on a daily basis (and of course the lovely ladies at Hobby Lobby who cheerfully answer my endless questions!).

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Alisa

I am thankful for finding this site! My sewing machine, and my very talented grandma who started me out on her vogue (my mama is talented on other ways, but not in the crafty department 😉

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Alterknitiveknitter

I am thankful for Yarn in all its luscious goodness, felt because you can make so many amazing things with it, my sewing machine, my crafty mom who made me try so many crafts at a young age and etsy!!! as well as my wonderful husband and daughter

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Lauren

I am thankful for my hot glue gun! big, beautiful, bold fabric! my mom for being the crafty woman that she is! and chocolate, is that a crafting necessity? yes, i think so 🙂

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Olivia

I'm thankful for a good pair of fabric scissors, all kinds of gorgeous trims and fabric, auto-thread sewing machines, mod-podge and glitter, and awesome free tutorials from Prudent Baby!

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Jillian

I'm thankful for prudent baby. Since that's what it took me to reconnect with my sewing machine! Thanks to you its going to be a home sewn Christmas. Yipeeeeeeeeee!!!!

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shelly

I'm very thankful for electric sewing machines. Sewing by hand all the time, or even turning a crank, would get really old (and be very slow)!

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Sonya

Oops. Just realized it's supposed to be something crafty. Not that the mom's aren't crafty…

Ok, so I am thankful for my Denise Interchangeable knitting needles. I still have to buy needles here and there but this kit saves me so much!

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Rachel

I am thankful for my sewing machine and free downloadable patterns! Also for my sweet baby boy for whom I create things with said sewing machine and patterns 🙂

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Emily

I'm thankful for Ikea fabric, my extensive sharpie collection and for this amazing life I lead, where I have the opportunity to be able to create things both professionally and as a hobby nearly every single day.

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Elisabeth

I am thankful for washable markers!! They have saved many, many, MANY clothes and patches of carpet over the last five years, or from whenever my daughter discovered what markers can do. This also reminds me of why I'm thankful we don't have glitter in the house, yet.

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Kate

I am thankful for Mod Podge, blank note cards and envelopes, cute and cheap remnant scraps from Hobby Lobby, and my sewing machine! 🙂 Love that book. Thanks for hosting this!

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kali

I'm thankful for my gocco printer, fabulous scissors, stickers and stamps, and an endless rainbow of pens and pencils. Great giveaway, thank you!

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Jenn/hippygoth

This is an amazing book. Love it!

I'm thankful for rounded corner punches, for making my wonky angles look graceful when I cut paper. And for the internet, and mechanical pencils.

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acvollers

I'm thankful for felt, needle and thread! (my very favorite – and very basic – crafting supplies). I'd love to win this book for my son 🙂

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Jill @myheartisyoursblog

I am thankful for the person who invented the exersaucer (yeah I know not very crafty…) because my little monkey of a son loves it and I can do my crafting while he is in there. :)Also, hot glue guns. Oh, how they frustrate me when I get burned but with them you can bling anything.

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zbottomly

we have been sharing every night things we are thankful for!! I love this. I am thankful for a wife that creates almost daily. I dont know the terms for things she uses, so she is MY crafty weapon of choice!

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Nikki

Thankful for glue guns, glue sticks, internet blogs that bring daily joyful crafty inspirations, friends that share their craft wisdom. Thankful for my creative family and friends that encourage me to grow as a person.

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MD

I am thankful for a standing mixer, hot glue guns, pins and retractable sharpies. I am not thankful for iron in fusing as I cannot seem to make it work!

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Penny

I'm thankful for my Janome Ruffler foot – it's love!!
This book looks gorgeous. Also, if you want a beautiful childrens story I recommend – "Love You Forever" Robert Munsch. Be warned – it will make you cry!!
Amanda

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aja reeser

i am ever so thankful for my new sewing machine and the internet for helping me learn how to sew (especially prudentbaby!!!!!). and also the occasional long nap!

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Ammie

Ever since I was in grade school, I've prayed my thanks for paper. Paper to draw on. Paper to write stories on. Paper to cut into shoes. Paper to cut into dolls. Paper to fold into hats. Paper to fold into planes that always crashed. Paper to paint on. Paper to scrapbook on. Paper to write love letters on. And paper to write my own gratitude books. 🙂

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Laura

What a neat book!

I'm thankful to have my mother's sewing machine, which she used to make some of my childhood clothes, to do the same for my son.

(I'm thankful to know I have lots of good options if I ever outgrow it, too, but it's plenty good enough for my skills right now – and will still be treasured even if I do eventually also use another.)

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Jan

I am so very thankful for my hand me down sewing machine. And sewing cabinet. Don't know how I lived with out it. I love my cabinet, and would not be sewing if I didn't have this machine. So Thankful!

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Jenny H

Blogs and Etsy, of course! I get so many crafty ideas just browsing. I have way to many things bookmarked but I continue to look even knowing that it may be 10 years before I get them all done.

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ahelmintoller

I am very thankful for a beautiful baby daughter who inspires the craft nut inside me, for happening upon crafty blogs that indulge that nut, and for chocolate 🙂

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Sara Delia

I am thankful for spray adhesive, circular knitting needles and really sharp scissors that stay hidden from husband so he doesn't do things with them like cut cardboard.

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Jan

I am thankful for youtube.com. And I am thankful for all the people that have put there how to videos on youtube. You can always find the answerer and demo for any craft or sewing question.

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lalunaunita

I'm thankful for my wonderful husband who took my broken sewing machine in to be repaired and stays home with our 10-month-old 3 days a week so that I can work a job I love. Oh, he also encourages me to buy yarn for knitting anytime I'm on the fence about it. 🙂

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Terri

What a fun book!

I'm thankful for my sewing machine & my husband's wonderful aunt who taught me the basics of little girl clothes!

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Jillian

I'm thankful for the sewing cabinet my grandmother left to me. I'm also thankful that after my mom got her hands on it first, she lets me use it. (I noticed she is thankful for it too!)

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Jan

I am thankful that I came up with an idea for my sewing table. I was just about ready to throw out two old fill cabinets. I had my wonderful husband get me a piece of wood to go on top of them then added a sewing cutting board on top. Wa-La the perfect sewing – craft table.

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Jan

I am thankful for my grandchildren who inspire me to sew. And I am so thankful that they're happy with what ever I sew for them. Gosh I'm lucky!

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