My Vintage Notions Book-a-Day Give-a-Way

My Vintage Notions Book-a-Day Give-a-Way Countdown

So excited to announce my new book, Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, is a week away from its official launch. This book has been an absolute joy. From discovering Mary Brooks Picken and letting her into my heart and my life as my muse, as my “Julia,” to sharing its content with all my friends and family, it’s been an unbelievably fulfilling journey.

To help spread the word about the book and its release, and to reward all of my friends, blog readers and Facebook friends & “Likers,” I thought that I would spend the next 7 days before the launch giving away some copies of the book…and there’s more than one way to win. Every day I’m going to give away two copies of Vintage Notions, one winner from the list of folks who “Like” my fan page ( and one winner drawn from the list of commenters from each daily blog post (

Thank you all again for your support and friendship…and good luck!

~ Amy

144 Responses to “My Vintage Notions Book-a-Day Give-a-Way”

  1. I did not know about this, many thanks.

  2. Thanks for sharing some of the info.

  3. Congratulations on having 1 of the most sophisticated blogs Ive arrive throughout in some time! Its just incredible how much you can take away from a little something simply because of how visually beautiful its. Youve put collectively a great blog space great graphics, videos, layout. This is unquestionably a must-see blog!

  4. I am new to quilting but I love art designs, and I believe that both are the same. It will be my honor to get your book. I can imagine all the projects that I can do looking through your book.

  5. For those who don’t understand, I wish I could open up my heart to enable them to witness the joy I derive from visually breathing in the beauty of fabric and the magic that comes from cutting, sewing and producing an entirely new element, the pleasure I get when my family break into wonderful grins because I]ve baked their favorite pie, cookie or cobbler and the peace I feel doing handwork all curled up in a chair listening to the night sounds through my open windows. Wonderful to know that “vintage” is new again!

  6. I seen the book ad in Mary Janes Farm magazine and I have been so excited to see this a great idea to give away your books I love vintage.

  7. This sounds like a great tool for crafting!

  8. My fondest kitchen memories are from my childhood home. Mother was a great cook and baker. We had bunny cakes for Easter and witch cakes for Halloween, complete with a “hairy wart” on the tip of her nose made from a jelly bean and coconut. She made the best ever rhubarb/strawberry cobbler. These were her gifts of love to us and you felt it in each bite. As for pies, she was a master, from a simple pumpkin to an ornate huckleberry. It is as if I can smell them even today.

  9. The new book looks so charming. My maiden name is Brickman so I’ve always been drawn in by your last name.

  10. The book sounds really wonderful, cannot wait to see it. What I also think is wonderful is that you are sharing it with us through drawings. Whether I win or not, I am glad you put this all together for us.

  11. The story about cherry pie brought back my memory of picking cherries with my mother to make jam. It was quite the experience for my mother,who lived in the city, and was up in the country visiting me. We picked and picked, and then ,when we were home, we washed pitted all the cherries. It was time to make jam. Unfortunately neither one of us had made jam before. We stirred and stirred. The directions said to keep stirring until the jam was thick. Well, we just kept cooking and stirring. Finally we stopped and poured the mixture into glass jars. The next day the jam was so thick we could not insert even a knife in it, or get the jam from the jars,and we had to throw it all away. But we did have fun! And this memory always brought laughter and smiles to us throughout the years.

  12. What a nifty book! I would love to own a copy.

  13. Linda J. Pickett August 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I love vintage and I love books. This one will be perfect for me.

  14. I have been receiving your mailings and get so inspired. Can’t wait to see this book. Thank you for all you do.

  15. Your book cover is beautiful and life is too short not to surround yourself with beautiful people and things to enjoy.

  16. Karen Yagerhofer August 27, 2010 at 4:18 am

    In recent years, I have “repurposed” my creative spirit! I got caught up in corporate America and then realized there was a void in my life-my creativity was stifled! You are an inspiration and “fuel my fire” and my creativity. I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book Vintage Notions and continue along my new path of creativity, particularly sewing.
    Thanks and threads to you!
    Karen Yagerhofer

  17. Theresa Cordova August 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I love vintage! Everything vintage! I’m quite at home looking through an antinque store and bringing the good old days back to life!

  18. I am looking forward to your new book.

  19. Great idea. I was born too late. I love the Victorian Era. From making the clothes of the Victorian Era and all the embelishments that go with the clothing. Love buttons, hankies, and findings of all kinds.

  20. What a wonderful idea for a book…I love crafting and especially craftig items where I am able to use objects and textiles that have meaning. My mother passed away two years ago and left behind so many found oject and fabric pieces that I just couldn’t part with. I have created button and crystal bracelets from broken vintage necklaces ad cut-out flowers from damaged cookbooks. This book sounds like just what I need to add to my library; an inspirational jumpstart to fashion many precious gifts for the upcoming Holiday Season…Thank you for sharing!

  21. Amy, I have purchased your patterns and books from Indygo Junction and Vintage Workshop over the years and one reason I love them is that you really have such a creative eye.
    Even though many of your images are vintage, your projects are current and contemporary as well! I simply cannot wait to read this new book. If I don’t win it I am sure I can find it here in Overland Park! Is it for sale at Harper’s?
    I have to tell you, when I see patterns or projects with your name on them, there is a feeling I get, a comfortable feeling. It’s like coming home. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me over the years. You’re an incredible designer! Congrats on this new book! I can’t wait to get it!

  22. I love anything vintage, especially books that reminisce. Okay, I am a bookaholic….

  23. Sussanna Koeneman August 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I love any thing Vintage. I grew up in a home where everything was home made.My family were Western Europe Immigrants. We were taught to work hard and take care of what we had. I love Vintage and I can’t wait to see your book.
    I love your patterns. You can always make everything old new again.

  24. I am so looking forward to Vintage Notions. I come from a family of strong women who made the very best with what they had. My grandmothers were avid quilters. My mother is a seamstress, tailor and hatmaker. I like to dabble in it all. I call myself a dollmaker. It is like giving birth. Each has its own personality. Working with my hands is my best therapy. It fills you up!

  25. Wow I really love Amy’s ideas!! I am all set to be inspired by what I see in her new book!!!
    Also, I love reading the comments on this page.
    There are really a lot of talented people on here who read this blog. I have so many projects that I want to start but need to learn the skills first. For example I have been wanting to make a quilt for years and I hope to begin one soon.

  26. Bev Duell-Moore August 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    It looks like a fun book! I would love to win a copy of it!

  27. Your book sounds wonderful! I have a collection of vintage sewing books and tools from my mother and grandmother. They were very good seamstresses and taught me the love of creating with fabric and thread. I now care for my Mom who is 85. I’m sure she will recognize many things in your book.

    Thanks you for inspiring women to sew.

  28. I love your book

  29. Jane T in NW Louisiana August 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I can tell by what you have shared that I would love to have this book.

  30. Cheri Deardorff August 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I can’t wait to show your blog and book to the Fashion teacher here at my high school! It is nice to introduce high school students to something other than what they view as “retro” – The 80’s! They think that is “way cool” and ancient! I teache Advertising Design and will purchase your book to demonstrate illustration styles before the computer age…imagine that! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  31. I love the pictures shown onthe email. tha’t just about the cutest Pajamas I’ve seen

  32. HOW GREAT IS THIS. i look forward to getting your book sooner OR later. I would love it to be sooner. I find myself drawn to all things vintage and now that i’m a grandmother (ya ya ) i want my grand daughter to love it to. Not just wear it, but enjoy it and learn HOW to pass it on as well. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into putting this book together and sharing it with everyone. and YES i would love to win this book too. i look froward to having it in my personal library

  33. What a happy surprise, this is exactly what I have been working on. The project is at rest now while I wait for my head to come up with some new and fresh ideas. Oh, Happy Day, I have found some inspirations!!!

  34. Every morning, I intend to walk out and get the newspaper to read with morning coffee. Invariably, that little jaunt results in 2-3 hours of snipping flowers, squating in hopes of seeing new plants popping through the soil, and listening to the birds sing–all the while in my pajamas. Luckily, we live in the country; but, my husband winces at the thought of his wife in her pajamas, with morning traffic picking up in front of our house. For a woman who loves vintage anything, wouldn’t it be great to do this all in vintage-style pajamas. Ahhhh….the thought of admiring those pages in your book while enjoying the morning in WAY more fitting pajamas.

  35. will share with my sister….she doesn’t have a computer so the book will be fantastic…

    Thank you!

  36. Love vintage…… daughter was just married wearing a vintage dress.
    patricia m.

  37. I am so excited for the release of your new book–thank you for the chance to win!!!

  38. Carolyn Winslow August 26, 2010 at 9:08 am

    As we do things for our friends and family, whether a craft, cooking, sewing or passing on home-grown produce, we realize how many loving thoughts and prayers and even the anticipation of our delight come with the gifts we’ve received from others! Thanks for introducing us to Mary Brooks Picken.

  39. Catherine Kastle August 26, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I am so impressed with your efforts and talent in
    putting together and creating such delightful
    projects! It is a joy to find pictures that are
    what my mother and grandmother had and
    used long ago. Thank you for sharing your
    wonderful ideas that are constantly inspiring.

  40. Hi Amy, this book is long overdue in the crafting world! I have purchased many items from the Vintage Workshop for my crafting ventures…artist cards, journalling. I am the Homework Coordinator at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland and plan to use many of your ideas with my STARS group…Students [email protected] (the name of our branch library). I look forward to enjoying the book with a good cup of tea! Sincerely, K Campbell

  41. I just recently found your blog and find it very educational. I know your book will add much to my library. Thank you

  42. Holly Hutchinson August 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I am a big fan. I too have been collecting vintage notions for most of my 52 years….inherited this love and a big stash from my Grandmother Pauline, possibly one of the finest women ever to walk this earth..I cant wait to get my hands on your new book, as my birthday is on Sept one will object to me purchasing it for my self as a gift!

  43. Love the emails and can’t wait to see the new book.