Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Haulidays!

With Christmas fast approaching, I know many of us have gift giving and the buying of all these gifts on the mind. I, like many others, also use this time of year to give back to charities in as many ways as I can. Luckily, while I was going about my gift browsing I saw this contest on Chronicle Books' website.

Happy Haulidays is giving a chance for one blogger to win up to $500 in their books! Not only that, they will donate $500 of their books to the blogger's charity of choice. Oh, and did I mention the winning blogger will be able to give $500 of their books to a commenter on their post?

It's a win-win-win situation! For those of you unfamiliar with Chronicle Books, they make some very unique books on several topics (including crafts and baking--two of my favorite things!). To get your chance at winning $500 in Chronicle Books titles, simply leave a comment on this blog post, and let your friends know that they can win as well by commenting, and keep your fingers crossed for me to win! I have selected The Children's Book Bank located right here in Portland, OR as my charity of choice for this contest. They provide books to children in low income areas who may otherwise not have any. Please visit their site to find out more about this great organization, and I encourage you to find a similar local charity to donate to this holiday season.

Now on to the books! What exactly might we all be winning? I have a list a mile long but my wishlist includes the following titles:

1-2-3 Sew

Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids

Instant Iron Ons

Every Day's a Holiday


Whip Up Mini Quilts

Denyse Schmidt Quilts



Wookie Cookies

Tartine Bread

Garden Anywhere

Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Real Design Solutions

Penny Saving Household Helper

Over and Under the Snow

I Love Color

His Shoes Were Far Too Tight

Chicken Big

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Pattern Making

World of Geekcraft

Ten Little Zombies

Whew! That's one heck of a list! As you will notice, despite my not having kids I did put some children's books on my wish list. Should I win, I would be donating those to charity as well. Good luck to us all and again, tell your friends to come comment to get their entry in. Visit the Chronicle Books website for more info on their books and the contest! Can't wait to get your hands on some of these books? Chronicle currently has a Friends and Family sale going on through November 30th:


  1. I saw chocolate!! Yum :) Really though there are some really super books in that list.

  2. Your list is so fun too and I will do the most epic happy dance ever if I win haha I'm so excited I want them to pick a winner right now.


  3. This is a fabulous contest! I love that a charity wins as well!!

  4. such a beautiful list! I'm truly reinspired!! The flour and tartine cookbooks I believe are must haves and would love to win your list...good luck!

  5. that is a pretty awesome list! good luck to both of us :)

  6. I thinbk this is a fantastic contest, best of it that a charity wins as well!

  7. Wow, so exciting! Your mention of the cooking and baking books caught my attention as well. That's definitely what I'd put the money towards. I also hadn't really heard of Chronicle Books; very cool to learn about it!

  8. Wow, what a great selection of books. There are several that are going on my Wish List!

  9. I love this contest and the chance to win some great books for charity. Your list is very crafty and looks like lots of fun. Thanks for commenting on my list at Two Kinds of People. Good luck to both of us. Whoever wins, we know one worthy charity will win as well.

  10. Chronicle Books has the best covers! Just loved looking through your choices. :)

    Feel free to comment back on my post:
    the bookish mama

  11. Quite an eclectic list. The gardening book looks interesting. I also listed Flour. Love Joanne Chang's sticky buns recipe.

  12. Love love love Chronicle Books!! I did a list on my blog as well. :)


  13. The mini quilts book is so tempting, good luck!

  14. I really need to take a look at Wookiee Cookies. Looks like fun for my grandsons!

    good luck to both of us ;D

    jcamp2020 at aol

  15. I love your list! My grandchildren are now all teenagers but, should I be so very lucky, our little town has just built a beautiful new library that would love a selection of beautiful new books!! Have a blessed day!!!

  16. Eep!! Paul Frank! How did I miss that one! Love your list! Good luck!

  17. What a nice selection of books! I see several I would love to have, and a bunch that my great nephews would enjoy. Happy holidays Kari!

  18. Great choices! I added some kids books to my list too, I couldn't resist! Good luck!

  19. Great picks! Some of these are on my wishlist as well :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  20. You've got 2 of my favorite books on your list! And the one I reeeeally want this year. :D

    Good luck and Happy Haulidays!

  21. What a GREAT list! Several are on mine and several I now wish were! ;) Good luck!!!

  22. Looks like an AMAZING list. The patternmaking book and the quilt book looked like good and informative reads! I'd be so excited if you won!

  23. Ah, great list! Good luck!! xx fingers crossed for us both!

  24. For the cook or the kids a good list of books.

  25. Way too cool!!! How generous! I liked your star wars cook book that's great!

  26. What a great charity you've chosen. I always find myself a little sad when I walk into a house where there are no books, especially one that has children in it. I love your list of books as well (Tartine Bread is one that I have on my own list).

    Good luck!


  27. great list! I have seen Wookie Cookies on a couple lists now!! here's to a happy Hauliday

  28. I think Garden Anywhere may be my favorite! Good luck@

  29. We have a few in common, Great choices!