Friday, May 2, 2014

Stanley and the Hot Air Balloon; The Book Giveaway!

 I can't believe that I finally have a copy of the book in my hands. It's not due for release until July, however.... I have one copy ready for one lucky reader!
This book has been such a labour of love. I started writing it about 4 years ago and now, well now it's sitting on my kitchen table!!!!!
 It is a children's book but there are patterns included too. I love the thought of children reading (or being read to) while cuddling their very only Stanley. I will show you photos of the projects another day.
 So I hope you like this sneak preview. 



To enter, leave a comment in the section below and I will pick a number (randomly through random.org) on Monday, 5th May. Good luck!
Lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.
p.s. This giveaway is available worldwide. The book will be ready for purchase in July and will also be available worldwide via airmail (postage will be a pittance).

110 comments:

  1. Your book looks amazing, you must be very excited. Well done you.

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  2. Absolutely lovely. Congratulations. A beautiful book indeedy. I too love the thought of a child hugging their very own Stanley as they read. Delightful.

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  3. I could cry with happiness for you! Don't put me in the draw! Love Mum

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  4. Oh wow congratulations! What a beautiful story I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and try the patterns too!!

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  5. What a beautiful book, and I'm very for you, it is a great achievement!!

    Eliane

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  6. I have been as excited waiting for this book almost like it was mine. congratulations.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! It looks truly fabulous! I had no idea that you were doing patterns as well, no wonder it has been so much work - not that I didn't marvel about the amount of work in case, but I am marvelling even more now! I hope that it is greatly loved. xx

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  8. Your book looks so lovely, I'd love to read it to my niece and make her her very own bunnies!

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  9. Wow!!! Congratulations! It looks lovely. I would love to win a copy and I'm sure my little boys would have me making every pattern as quick as I could.

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  10. Your bunnies in the book are too cute. Thanks for sharing it with all of us and giving us a chance to win one of our own.

    melsdaisypatch at gmail dot com

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  11. It looks totally gorgeous Kate! Big Congratulations!
    I can't wait to try out the patterns! Much love Julie xx

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  12. Kate,
    How amazing to see your book! I have been following along for some time now, looking at all of the bunnies and the backgrounds; the love you have put into it. Congrats!
    I would like to enter the draw for the book. I have a new grand daughter and will give the book to her. If I don't win, I'm purchasing the book, as I want her to have it. Her mama loved and still loves bunnies, so it will be something for them to share.
    Once again, congrats for the book. I do love your blog so much. I hope you are having a good spring.
    Hugs,
    Debbie Price

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  13. Wow! It's beautiful! That must be such a wonderful feeling, to hold all that work in your hands...I would just love if I won. I have a one year old little girl and I would love making Stanley and reading this to her. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. gosh , gorjus !
    i even love the words [ for a non reader hehe ] the words falling off edges and such
    4 years of amazing and mad thinking and doing and making and now a just reward to have in your hands.
    if i win i will have to employ someone to do the crotchet bit !!while i loooook at the pretty pictures ..what the heck it would be worth it!

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  15. It is easy to see how much work has gone into your book ..lovely illustration and crafting to delight young and old and the crafter in all of us. Beautiful Congratulations on a wonderful effort. How sweet is your mum!!

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  16. That's so exciting for you! The book looks amazing. I've just learnt to crochet and would love to try your patterns. More importantly I'm sure my sons would love the story. I hope the book is a great success, well done!!!
    Abbe

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  17. What a beautiful project to pour your heart into. I am definitely going to buy it even if I don't win. PS Your mum sounds gorgeous.

    Melanie K

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  18. I'd love to read this to my great-grands! How fun to be able to make all the figures.

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  19. congratulations, Kate! a dream come true for you, I'm sure! thank you for offering a give away.

    best ~ annri

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  20. I love Stanley and his friends! I'd love to win a copy xx

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  21. oh I love this well done indeed!

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  22. Congratulations! The hugging picture is too cute for words. Even if I don't win a copy, it will definitley go on my birthday list...which is in July! Can't wait:)
    All the best to you and yours,
    Steph

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  23. It looks fantastic! A great gift idea!

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  24. Oh wow, I your book looks fantastic. Congratulations!

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  25. Congratulations!
    It looks absolutely gorgeous! I would love to knit Stanley and gift it to my niece together with the book :)

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  26. The book looks amazing, and yes, I love the idea that the book can come to life for the child reading it with their very own Stanley in their arms... looking forward to July!

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  27. GiulianellaneveMay 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I was checking everyday your blog for any news related to the book!!! congratulations, it looks amazing, I can wait to have it and read to my daughter.. finger crossed I will the lucky one to get the first copy!!! finger crossed! elbows and knees crossed too!

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  28. I just knew this would be a wonderful book, and from the sneak peak I can see it's certainly not going to disappoint! Congratulations, what an amazing achievement. i can't wait to read this to my 3 girls and apply myself to the fine art of bunny making... Alex

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  29. Oh how cute the book looks! I can only imagine the amount of work you've put into it. Congrats!

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  30. What a beautiful book!!

    My grandchildren would love it!

    And so would I :)

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  31. soooooooooooo cute! i love your book, gratulations to you for this hard work! greetings from germany, sylvie

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  32. It looks gorgeous !!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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  33. How exciting for you. Your own book in print! Can I enter the draw.
    Jacqui x

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  34. Wow! what a beautiful book, a HUGE well done you!
    Please put me in the draw - my youngest Grandson is called Stanley.

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  35. Congrats on your book - you must be so pleased xx

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  36. Wow, that looks amazing! I am so sorry my child is too big for this book otherwise I'd would have loved to enter your give away! Now I would just like to say congratulations!!

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  37. One million congratulations! :) I'm thrilled to see just glimps of the steamingly fresh copy of your Stanley book, and I can only imagine how excited you must be :)
    So pleased for you :) This looks like an even more tremendous book than I anticipated. Extremely well done, you! :)
    Love Kristin xx

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  38. Wowie!!! Congrats to you Kate! it looks absolutely gorgeous! Even if i don't win you can bet ill be buying a copy come July!!! Go you!!!

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  39. It looks delightful, would love a chance to win. xx

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  40. Looks wonderful! I would love to win, but I imagine I'll be buying a few copies for all the little lovelies in my life.

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  41. Congratulations on finishing your book!! It looks amazing! I would love to create a little Stanley with your patterns.

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  42. It's an amazing feeling to hold the printed version for the first time isn't it? I was awestuck when I unwrapped the parcel containing my thesis-book... :-)

    Take care,
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  43. Oh my, how lovely. And how exciting for you. Many congratulations, I bet you're counting down the days until July! x

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  44. I love that the patterns will be included! A lovely touch. (Your mum's comment is SO sweet)

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  45. Looks great - my four year old boy would love it and I would too! Well done :)

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  46. How exciting for you to have a book published - it looks a fabulous book, well done you.

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  47. That looks great! My youngest would love the book, and I could enlist my sister to make the Stanley...

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  48. What a gorgeous book! A visual feast and perfect for sharing.

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  49. This really really is the most amazing amazing thing ever. I am in love with this book and July is too far away in my mind!!!
    I am glad, though, that I already have my own little Stanley to cuddle up to. He sits on the shelf above my computer and makes me happy to look at him. But a hot air balloon - ooohhhh that would be lovely to make.

    Kate - this is the best book ever. And I'm so so pleased for you xxxx YAH.
    (also, give my Stef a hug will you. I miss her ever so much).

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  50. Wow...Kate...This is amazing! If I don't win it, I will def. buy it! ;)

    Karline

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  51. Congratulations! It looks like such a lovely book.

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  52. What a great book! I have started amigurumi recently! I would love to have this!ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com
    AriadnefromGreece!

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  53. KAte, the book looks amazing!
    So very excited for you!

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  54. Such a lovely book, would be amazing to win it - my young grandchildren would so enjoy the story and nan nan would be busy making up Stanley

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  55. It look fantastic- would love to see more! Congratulations :-)

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  56. this is such an amazing book! congratulations :-)

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  57. Congratulations!!! Well Done! I want! I neeeed! I must MUST have one:)! Ooooo I love it!!!

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  58. These buns are absolutely adorable!! I would love to give this book to my friend's son and to crochet him his own Stanley. My first gift to him was a stuffed bunny and he's slept with it every night since (he's four) Oh, and Monday's my birthday :-)

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  59. Oh my that looks so inspirational! I would love to win a copy of it!

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  60. It looks so lovely. I've followed your blogs and been waiting and waiting. It's my birthday on 4 May so surely I'll be lucky? If not I'll just buy my own copy in July :)

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  61. What a beautiful book, love it. I'll have to buy several for nieces & nephews when it's available.

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  62. Congratulations. The book looks fabulous. July can't come soon enough.

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  63. Crongatulations!!!This must really give you a happy and good feeling!Really great to have your own book like this!!!The rabbits are adorable and so lovely to maken for children togehter with reading this book for them so they can get in the story together with a kind of real life persons in crochet from your book!I love it!♥

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  64. What an amazing achievement. Congratulations, all of your hard work has come together to make something truly special.

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  65. OMG!This is amazing,you must be so proud,congratulations!!!Clever idea to be children book to beside patterns,so mammy and kid can both enjoy it.Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.

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  66. Hi there,
    I love the world you live in!
    I can't imagine how it feels to have all that work condensed into one book sat in front of you, you must feel so proud of your achievement!
    I will be buying the book for my two bunnies (sorry, children!) here in England.
    I'm looking forward to making a Stanley and his mummy. Hope I can manage to make them as good as yours!
    Sarah x

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  67. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! So wonderful! I bet it feels great to have such a beautiful book hot off the press sitting in your hands. Congratullations! Your blog is such a piece of art.....;)

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  68. Stanley is so cute! You must be so proud of your little boy.

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  69. I would love this book! My grandson is only 5 and treasures everything I make for him so much that my daughter says he has to sleep with everything! I would love to read him this and teach him the wonderful art of crochet from your book!

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  70. Congratulations! I've really enjoyed reading and seeing stanley develop - how lucky that I have family and friends having wee ones in July and August and have EXCELLENT excuses to buy + make!
    (Please don't include me in the draw - I don't think it's fair - I read often and enjoy - but never comment or express it.)
    And congratulations again!

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  71. This looks so beautifully set out, it's a credit to you. You deserve a great success with this book, the first (I hope) of Stanley's adventures....

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  72. Very well done, I've enjoyed following your creative journey. Such a wonderful imagination. I'm looking forward to making my very own Stanley for my granddaughter and sharing the story with her.
    S xx

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  73. Congratulations! What an amazing job. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy x.

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  74. Many congratulations! A brilliant and imaginative idea that has come to life, can't wait to see more.
    Caz xx

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  75. Your book looks. AMAZING!!!!!!

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  76. I have been watching your progress over the years with Stanley. What a beautiful book! Congratulations!!!

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  77. Such a lovely book,Congratulations.Well done you

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  78. Well done,such a lovely book,Congratulation

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  79. Woo hoo, it looks like such a fun read! Would love to add this to my crazy book collection. Congratulations.

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  80. You did it chick! I am so so proud of you xxxx

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  81. Your book looks so cute, Kate!! Thanks for this giveaway and congratulations for your work!! :)

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  82. Beautiful! I am thrilled for you - been following your Stanley for a while now. I am still particularly enamoured by your drinking straw Birch Trees... :-)

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  83. Your book looks beautiful. Well done!x

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  84. Congratulations on your book :-)

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  85. This is adorable! It combines so many of my loves - crochet, cute miniatures, beautiful books, children's stories. You have made a really original, creative, adorable, special book.

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  86. Oh my life, this is gorgeous on so many levels. What a wonderful thing you have done, congratulations, you must (and rightly so) be so very proud of yourself!!

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  87. It's so beautiful! Even if I don't win, I'll be ordering a copy for sure, and making Stanleys for all my kiddies!
    Congratulations Kate xx
    love from Australia

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  88. Congratulations! I am so very excited about this book, and can't wait to buy one in July. Bravo.

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  89. i'm so happy your book is almost out! i love your work

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  90. The bunnies are so cute! Congratulations, all that hard work is going to give a lot of people pure pleasure in making and then reading Stanley together :)

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  91. Congratulations, the book looks fabulous! You must be so pleased to finally see your work in print

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  92. Congratulations! I am sure I stand no chance but if I do win, can I send the book to your nearest children's hospital or hospice? And I'll just have to buy a copy come July? I have a friend whose granddaughter is ill in hospital here x

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  93. Your book looks amazing x Congratulations Kate x

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  94. What a beautiful book, I would love to be the owner of a copy. Congratulations Kate, for having your amazing work published. May 5th is my Birthday, surely this must be sign! Cx

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  95. Congratulations! What a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing your hard work and talent!

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  96. It looks fabulous, I'm sure kids (big & small will love it), congratulations

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  97. It looks lovely, you must be very proud.

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  98. Congratulations.. I am excited for the book release and make a little stanley for my gal to read together.

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  99. I just love a good kids story and the patterns are the best bonus. Congratulations.

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  100. I am too late to enter the draw, but what a lovely book, even better than I anticipated from the pix you showed of the set ups. Congratulations!

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  101. hi Kate Kathy here from printing.com well done again on your book its just lovely :) just wondering if your book is available to buy in nz anywhere just heading to ireland for a visit and was going to buy a few as presents for nieces and nephews if not ill get them again thank you :)

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  102. It looks adorable! Great job!
    I would love to be able to read this to my little girl. :)

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  103. Your book looks amazing! My children are too old now for that kind of books, but I need a copy for me when it's released in July. So many wonderful details - including the rabbit ears on Mona Lisa :-)))

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  104. It looks like a wonderful book Kate, well done!!!! So exciting for you, I hope it's a big seller. Vanessa xxx

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  105. Congratulations on such a beautiful book!! So inspiring to all of that if you work and dream enough what you want may happen!! Such a work of Love!

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