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Countdown to Christmas - Another Give Away


Hello friends,

How are you? Happy Saturday.....

I'm popping in quickly to announce the lovely Holstee gift card winner....and to offer up one final give away.....

You know how much I love Kinfolk magazine....right? It's such a treasure....just holding it in my hands is enough. There's something about the paper that makes me so happy.... and of course the photos are always so inspiring.

My copy of volume 6 arrived a few days ago. I haven't had a chance to sit down with it quite yet... I can't wait to open it up and soak it all in.

Today I'm giving away a copy of Kinfolk volume 6 to one lovely reader. 

To enter, simply share a comment below. To keep it interesting....I'd love to hear a recent 'read' you've enjoyed.... fiction, non-fiction, a magazine, quarterly publication..... Do tell!

I will be back on Monday to announce the winner.....

I so enjoyed reading your Christmas stories below Thursdays posts. Thank you for sharing...and for all your skinny tree love.... 'sigh'.... I wish I could write back to every one of you that comments and emails. The days are so full..... Please know I read every single note, and I appreciate you so much.

The winner of the Holstee notecards is: Scott Allen. Congrats, my friend! Please pop me a quick note, so I can get you all hooked up.

Okie doke, I'm off.... time for a little wrapping...

Until Monday....xo,

p.s. as requested I posted our Christmas Brunch recipe. Click HERE to take a peek.

Reader Comments (117)

Thanks for that competition! I never heard about that mag (as I live in Europe) but I'm pretty curious about what it makes it so attractive ;-)

To answer your question, I'm reading great expectations (C. Dickens).

Have a wonderful Christmas!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSchtanzerl
I have also never heard about this magazine, very interested to know what is about. Reading A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Garden of Threads
I recently read The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd. It was a good curl-up-by-the-fireplace read.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie E.
I'm currently reading David McCollough's "The Greater Journey" about Americans in Paris. One particular interest for me is the inclusion of Harriet Beecher Stowe (of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" fame), who is a distant relative of my husband's! I am a bookworm of the highest order --- love Dickens especially!!!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Potter
I recently finished "When Women Were Birds" by Terry Tempest Williams. GREAT book, I will buy a copy (usually just get a copy from the library) as I had to resist underlining and highlighting in the library copy!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNM Creatrix
Nobody does white like you. And I've never seen or had the privilege to read this magazine. Thanks for the opportunity Kim. Merry Christmas.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Kardos
I love anything to do with England and especially around the World War II. I just finished reading The Solder's Wife by Margaret Leroy, set in England. I just started a new one again set in England about the children that were sent out of London during WWII to the countryside. It is called The Very Thought of You by Rosie Allison, just started it but know I will like it.

Hope your Christmas is wonderful, I am sure it will be.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
Only heard about the magazine through your posts, would be awesome, as it always looks so interesting!
Love to you!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlea
I just finished reading Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto. It is an excellent read especially if you love photography! The book centers on 8 fictional narratives about women photographers that are based loosely on the lives of real photographers such as Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Orkin, Tina Modotti and others. It is fascinating especially concerning how creative women try to reconcile their creative and artistic life with their family life. Seems like this has been a historical problem for women artists!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatja
What a beautiful magazine. Recently I've read and enjoyed "The Sun" magazine - it's a subscription that our niece sent us for Christmas.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
Never hear of Kinfolk looking forward to looking for it at bookstore tomorrow when we go for coffee/visit. My book I'm doing now is Quiet as per your site. I downloaded it for my walks. You are my special source of ALL information, Thax. : )
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
would be thrilled to get a copy of Kinfolk...I know you love it and I've never seen a copy...but something tells me I would love it too!
I just finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series...intense but compelling! Next on my nightstand...Sibella Court's new book, Life of a Bowerbird...can't wait to dig into it...
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy of four corners design
I just started reading Quiet and the highly sensitive person. Kim thank you so much for all the lovely things you share. Merry Christmas! Blessings, Nancy
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternancy lennon
I'm obsessed with the throw or whatever it is in your picture. All nice and white with that bright splash of puffy pink and blue. What is it and where did it come from?
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyn
Hi Kim, Since my sister just got back from a trip to Paris I'm reading a book called Almost French, a true story by author Sarah Turnbull who as n up & coming journalist falls in love with a French man. It's about how a very casual living Australian girl learns to adapt to life in Paris where appearance is very important and how you present yourself is a sign of respect. I'm really enjoying it especially since it's autobiographical. I would love to win a copy of your book Kinfolk. As a young child we didn't have TV so we all learned to love our books and all four siblings are avid readers to this day.
Have a joyful Christmas filled with the warmth and love you so deserve. You have brightened many days for so many of us.
Hugs and Love,
Anne H.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Hartman
Oh my gosh... I love Kinfolk, but have only seen it from a distant.... Never held one in my hands. I am currently reading Eight Girls Taking Pictures. by Whitney Otto. It is really good. It is the story of eight different woman, from around the world and their struggles. Each use their camera in one way or another to work through life's problems. The stories take place in the early 1900's. So far I am loving it. Thanks Kim for all you do!
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercathy
Hey Kim ... I am reading "A Nation Worth Ranting About" by Rick Mercer. He has got to have THE coolest job ever! I love his humour and laugh hysterically whenever I watch his show.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Flewellyn
The book thief. Plays in nazi Germany. Narrated by death.
My parents ( i am Dutch) lived the war. And growing up i listened to many stories told by the Australian author Markus Zusak.
Touching sweet story...
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterels
I love books, especially old books. I have a large collection of children's fiction. However my most recent read was 'Endal', the story of a CPI dog who brought his master back from the depths of depression after he was injured while serving overseas, giving him a new will to live and enjoy life again. Endal was a truly amazing dog who I was privileged to meet on one occasion.
I'd love to read Kinfolk magazine, I've never hear of it but if you like it, it must be good!

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas. Love Karen x
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
I remember the first time I saw Somerset Studio magazine. We were on holiday from the the UK and we were in Barnes and Noble in Boston. Oh my it was love at first sight and over the last 6 years I have eagerly awaited the next edition. But now there are more help to many to subscribe to so now I just treat myself every now and then ..... Thanks for the chance to win...
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterViv
Oh, as an out and proud bookworm, what do I choose? In fact, which do I remember? Age has not stopped me reading but it does prevent my recall being as sharp lol. I'm going to go for 'Dial M for Mascara by Kyle Wallace, simply because of all the quips and barbs and beautiful one-liners it contains. I keep promising myself another copy so that I can mark all my favourite quotes in pen. :) Px
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B
Kim your photos are so dreamy! You must love winter on the prairies as it gives you the perfect blanket of white! I'm presently reading National Geographics book on Peru :) I've been intrigued by finding out more about Kinfolk through your lovely photos.
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
I had never heard of Kinfolk either so I had to Google it! Looks like a lovely magazine and I would love to win a copy! :)
I am currently reading "These Is My Words," a fictional diary written by a young lady in 1880s Arizona Territory. Since it is where I live, I'm really enjoying it!
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandy C.
I am currently reading a Goodwill find, Happily Ever After. It was published in 1949 and tells the story of a family's adventures restoring an old home called Gaston Hall in Orange County, Virginia. I live in Virginia not far from Orange County, so I was hooked right away. And, of course, no matter how old I grow, I still believe in happily ever after. I'd love to win the copy of Kinfolk magazine, so please add to my wish list!
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
I'm reading Shadow of Night right now, the 2nd in a trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The first one, A Discovery of Witches, was terrific. I'm intrigued by that magazine and I'd love to win it. Merry Christmas, Kim!
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
I'd love to experience Kinfolk as it sounds inspiring.
I've been reading cookbooks lately, trying to find the perfect Christmas cookie recipe.
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
I just finished reading another haunting story by Kate Morton, "The Secret Keeper."
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Fehr
I love any of Malcolm Gladwell interesting and i always learn something any time i read th.
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdee
I haven't seen a Kinfolk either. I was thrilled to get the last 6 months of Country Living magazine from My Mother in law! :) OOh so much goodness!
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly n
I like to read books that take me "away" for awhile. I love everything funny. Janet Evanovich is probably my favorite author for this type of reading. Merry Christmas, Kim, to you and your beautiful family. I pray 2013 is a kind and gentle year for all of us. God Bless you.
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo
A most blessed Christmas wish to you, dear Kim!
With the crazy year we have had, there has not been much time for casual reading, however...I just received a new cookbook for Christmas from my daughter and am loving it! Deb Perelman's "Smitten Kitchen". Oh, the yumminess I am finding in there!
God bless you, friend.
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFarmgirlCyn
Hi, Kim. I just finished The Rose and the Beast : Faery Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block. I thoroughly enjoyed it. She's a wonderful writer. It was so good, I bought my own copy and am planning to re-read it. Never heard of Kinfolk, but you've piqued my interest. Happy Holidays from Wisconsin!
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichele M.
I am reading "The Help" and am thoroughly enjoying it. I got so involved that I didn't realize that I had stayed up until 4 AM the other morning. I only stopped because my son came home! I had to meet a client at 10 AM, so I didn't get much sleep. Thank you for another giveaway opportunity and Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadelin C. Wolf
I've just closed the cover on The Tale of Despereaux by Kate di Camillo. I've not seen the movie so the book was new to me though it has been around quite some time. A wonderful read.
I wish you all the best now and always, Kim.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter~Kristina
Feliz Navidad!
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda Guzman
Happy holidays to you, Kim! Thank you for making life more beautiful.
I have a stash of Christmas home decorating books that I pull out every year...last year I added Nell Hill's 'O Christmas Tree' to the collection. It's such a visual feast! Last might I sat with a cup of hot chocolate (with a shot of peppermint schnapps, of course!) and savored it again.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue
I read some articles yesterday from the Style section of the NYT. I don't often read this paper- but thoroughly enjoyed just sitting and reading for a bit... I am anxious to see Kinfolk... Not familiar with this magazine . Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo Hilton
My favorite read of the year was "The Help". What a truly spectacular book.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisty Dawn
This is crazy because I would never choose to read this but...I got to thinking about my mother who passed away in 2006. She only had an 8th grade education and books were just not a large part of her life.

For some reason my sister got her to read V. C. Andrews first book which is called "Flowers in the Attic".
I am reading the book this Christmas in honor of my mom.

I thought my eyes could capture her thoughts are she read this book. ha

Much love to you and yours kind lady! Love, Melinda Hamilton Hunter
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
Wishing you the whitest and most gorgeous Christmas Kim! Big hug from the UK...speak soon.
Denise xxo
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Very curious about this publication; not familiar at all.
Currently reading "Your Spacious Self" by Stephanie Bennett Vogt - Hoping to clear clutter for once and for all.
Have a Merry Christams.
Kim, thank you for your generosity.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo
I've never heard of the magazine either but anything that makes you so happy has to be wonderful. Will check into getting the magazine. Merry Christmas. Mary
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Darling
Have a really wonderful Christmas filled with joy, peace and plenty of good food
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaggi
I've heard of Kinfolk ~ I have a slight addiction to lovely textural magazines! but have not had the in person pleasure of it. I rarely get time to sit and really read these day and that's why "Toujours Provence" is the perfect book. By Peter Mayle, it's a lovely collection of tales about life in Provence.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I´v never heard of that magazine and am very curious what´s it about :) Reading.....well I think it´s an Icelandic magazine called VIKAN just a magazine about fashion, recipes, stories, jokes and so on - the word VIKAN means the week
Wishing you and your´s a happy holiday.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTora
Merry Christmas Kim and thank you for an amazing year. I never heard of the publication but if you've recommended it, I am sure it is awesome. Right now, I'm reading 'The Dovekeepers" and although it's good, it's very wordy. I'm always reading and have several new novels in the wings. Think next will be either "The Paris Wife" or "The Postmistress".
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJP Beth
This is such a beautiful looking magazine! I know it would be such an inspiration to me as I work on my photography in 2013. I so want to improve if only for me. Thank you for the chance to win this and most of all thank you for your generosity over the last year with textures. It brought me back into photography. I didn't realize how much I had missed it.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Littlebird
I have never heard of that magazine! Sounds interesting. At the moment I am reading Scott Kelby books about photography. So much to learn!!!! Thank you for your textures and contests. They are greatly appreciated!
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShauna F.
I just finished The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It is fabulous read...filled with the complexities of life, family, children, relationships, and more life. I loved it. Another excellent read is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Happy happy Holidays and enjoy time with those that you love.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjanel
Oh dear! It seems I'm quite the odd one here! I got an early Xmas present a of an iPad mini and I am reading "A Discovery of Witches" on it. I do have "Gone Girl" waiting on the shelf though. Does that make me more normal?

I've never read Kinfolk but have heard of it. I would love to read it! Maybe that would help? lol!

Have a wonderful Christmas Kim!

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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