Inspired You Giveaway

I’m so excited to bring you this giveaway today!
I have been a fan of Marian Parsons’ (aka Miss Mustard Seed) blog for some time now.  It’s amazing what she can do with chalk paint and her new line of milk paint.  And it is always fun to keep track of the beautiful ways she updates her home.
Today I get to give away a signed, inscribed copy of her new book Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home.
When I was thinking about doing this giveaway and writing this post, I kept reading further and further into her book thinking “oh, I have to comment on how much I love this section” and “oh, I really have to include my thoughts on how great this part was”!  Seriously, the book is that good!  I loved it more the more I read it. I have never been one to sit down and read a decorating/interior design book.  From the little bit I have read of other books they seem stuffy and too technical.  And the style always seems unattainable.  I usually end up flipping through the pages, enjoying a few of the pictures, and then never looking at the book again.
When I received Marian’s book as a gift for Christmas, I did what I usually do.  I flipped through the pages and got excited about all the pretty pictures and then set it back down.  A few days later when the holiday hustle and bustle slowed down, I picked up the book again and found a random picture I liked and started reading that section.  I fell in love right then and there!  I immediately felt encouraged and inspired by Marian’s words.  I felt like she was sharing her real life and experiences with her readers and motivating us all to not only be content with what we have, but to also be patient and let our homes’ style evolve and reflect who we are.
Inspired You is not just a decorating book, it’s really so much more.  It is filled with tips and tricks, step-by-step DIY projects, stories and experiences, encouragement and so much more.
So, without further ado, I would like to invite you to participate in my giveaway of Marian Parson’s Inspired You.  One lucky winner will win a signed and inscribed copy of this amazing book.
For one entry, just leave a comment on this post.
For an additional entry, “like” The Golden Sycamore on Facebook and then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment saying you did so (or comment that you already do “like” it!).
Easy as that!
The giveaway will end at 12:00am (EST) on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 and I will announce a winner later that day.
Best wishes and good luck! **THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post.  The opinions are 100% my own. The links are my amazon affiliate links.

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  1. says

    hey allison! i would LOVE to have this book. love Miss Mustard Seed. just found your blog recently and have so enjoyed seeing your work. we are kindred spirits when it comes to painting furniture… that vintage highchair stole my heart. BEAUTIFUL! (i already liked your fb page earlier this week)

  2. Amber White says

    Allison! When are you going to come out with a book? In the meantime I would love to read this one!

    PS…I also follow you on Facebook!

  3. says

    Okay! You have me sold!! You would be great in sales :-) I’m not one to read those books either, but you have me wanting to give it try. Thanks for the giveaway!

    P.S. I liked you on FB!

  4. says

    Thanks for the chance to win, Allison! So fitting that you are giving away her book on the same day that she featured your secretary desk!
    Lora – Leisure Living Furniture

  5. says

    Wow, I just found your blog via Miss Mustard Seeds Facebook post. Will def. be liking your facebook page. I too am a huge fan of Marion’s work and also received her book for Christmas (after much hinting to the family). I’m from Australia, and her line of paint, let alone her book are not available over here yet. I too settled down to read her book during the Christmas break and have been using some quotes from her book as my status updates on my “I Restore Stuff” facebook page. It is so inspirational!! I would love to get a book for a friend, but totally understand if the giveaway is for USA readers only. I just wanted to back your recommendations for reading it. If you don’t win this giveaway, people – you just need to get yourself a copy anyway. :-)

  6. says

    Lately, I have had more time than usual to surf the internet and recently found Miss Mustard Seeds blog and I already have some great ideas to “freshen up” some old furniture and can hardly wait to try her Milk Paint. I would love to win Marion’s book, thanks for the chance to win. Heading over to Facebook to Like your page for another chance to win.

  7. says

    So funny before I saw this I posted on facebook to my husband and children that Feb was my birthday month and I want this book… Now a chance to win it. Thanks for the chance. So glad to have found you!

  8. says

    Isn’t it amazing what a browse through a fellow furniture-painter’s blog will do for one’s spirits! I cannot even imagine what a boost to one’s creative instinct this great book would inspire! I thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book. (Already “liked” The Golden Sycamore.)

  9. says

    I, because of circumstances I could not control, had to downsize and move into a home I am not happy with. I don’t want to entertain because it is not pulled together. I have some nice pieces of furniture and everything fits well in the space. I need ideas to pull it together so I can be happy with what I have and make it a home — a place to have friends and family. I am bold, creative and want to follow her tutorials and show progress. I would love to have a copy of her book.

  10. says

    I truly like your FB page and will be following you here. Thanks for the opportunity to win (hopefully) Marion’s book. She’s been inspiring many of us for a while now :-)

  11. says

    I gave this book as gifts this past Christmas and kind of browsed before wrapping, but didn’t order one for myself. You are supposed to give something that you would like, right? Anyway, I would love to have this book for myself. Thank you for the give away opportunity. Blessings, Cherri

  12. Anonymous says

    What a sweet give away. Can’t imagine I would be lucky enough to win this but what the heck…I’m giving it a good try! Jane Bowers

  13. Anonymous says

    I would love to have this book, took a class with Miss Mustard Seed, loved it, and do not know why I did not purchase this book.

  14. Andrea in Charlotte says

    I love your blog and read it voraciously! I would love to have a copy of the book as I’m settling into a new place after unsettling life changes. It sounds like a winner for me and for my place! Thanks for the offer even if I don’t “win”!!! (PS I liked your page too)

  15. Anne Anderson says

    I’d LOVE to have that book, but don’t know if I’m eligible to win :) If I don’t, Allison, please let me know how I can purchase it—and where. Thanks a bunch!

  16. says

    Hi Allison! Looking forward to following you now, thanks to this link from MMS. I know anyone that she supports must be worth the time. I would love to win her book and well it is my birthday :) so its meant to be.

  17. says

    Hello again! I went to your Facebook page and liked it. I really do like it. You’ve done a great job setting it all up. Good luck to you on your endeavors I can’t wait to see how your house comes along.

  18. says

    Now I’m really hoping to win this book! I, too, have never been one to sit down and read a decorating/interior design book. The pictures were the main reason for picking up such a book. Can’t wait to read all of Marian’s book and devour the pics!

  19. says

    So enjoy Marion’s blog and her great works. Would really enjoy her book. A bonus is discovering your blog through her. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. says

    I’ve been following Miss Mustard Seed on Facebook for a few months now and adore her projects. Would absolutely love a copy of her new book! I am a new fan of yours on Facebook too :) Thanks for sharing your talent, ideas and giveaways with us, Allison!

  21. Anonymous says

    Allison….I just found your page today and liked it….I would love to receive this book. I recently took a ASCP course. I have several pieces waiting for inspiration! thank you for the giveaway….

  22. Anonymous says

    New to your page today. Liked you on Facebook and your explaination of the book…if I can’t win it I may have to buy…. :)

  23. Anonymous says

    New to your page today. Liked you on Facebook and your explaination of the book…if I can’t win it I may have to buy…. :)

  24. Anonymous says

    Allison….I just found your page today and liked it….I would love to receive this book. I recently took a ASCP course. I have several pieces waiting for inspiration! thank you for the giveaway….

  25. says

    I just found your blog today through It’s Overflowing blog and I love your blog. Will definitely be following you. I too love MMS and would love to own her book!

  26. says

    I have been wanting to read this book so I would love to win ! I have the white mms chalk paint but havent tried it yet so I am looking forward to it.

  27. says

    Ok I tried to leave a comment earlier from my phone but it didn’t work… 😛
    Anyway- I would love to win the book! I’ve only started following MMS within the last few months but I love her style and I know I’d enjoy the book. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  28. says

    I would LOVE to win her book! I have been a follower of hers for a long, long time and now I follow you too! Thanks for a chance for a great giveaway!

  29. says

    I would love to win this book! I’ve been eyeing it on Amazon and never pulled the trigger. I’m the same as you. I buy the book and then I don’t really read it. Just enjoy a pretty picture or two. Often feeling frustrated with my own space. This does look very uplifting!

  30. says

    I would love a chance to win that book, although I’m probably not eligible because I’m family. I hope the person that wins the book, loves it! Allison, I also “LIKE” you on Facebook, and “LOVE” you in person, you are an amazing, talented woman and it is so much fun reading your blog! Congratulations in advance to whomever wins this wonderful book!

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