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!


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. 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. Love her!! And YOU for hosting a great giveaway, thanks ;)


  3. What an awesome give away! I would love to read her book! Thanks for the chance!

  4. I’m already following you on FB. ;) Thanks again for the chance!

  5. Love this Allison and love MMS too!! Great idea.

    And I liked you long ago on FB :-)

  6. This looks like fun! Thanks for the chance!

  7. I need decorating help big time! This book would be a great place to start! :)

  8. Already following Golden Sycamore too!

  9. Love this, Allison! Miss Mustard Seed is fabulous!

  10. and I follow you on Facebook.

  11. I would love the chance to win this book.

  12. And I follow you on facebook

  13. 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!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity. – Amanda Rull

  15. Anonymous says:

    And I already “like” you on facebook! -Amanda Rull

  16. Love the book. I finished it in one evening!


  17. Would love to win a copy!
    Sunflowerhugs at gmail dot com

  18. I liked you on Facebook.
    Sunflowerhugs at gmail dot com

  19. If I win this book, then I won’t mind having to return my overdue library book :) contact me at

  20. Liked you on fb.

  21. 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!

  22. I have heard so many great comments about this book, I’d love to win a copy!

  23. Going for another chance to win this book for my very own – I liked you on FB too.

  24. 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

  25. Oh, and I’m a fan of your FB page. :)
    Lora- Leisure Living Furniture

  26. Anonymous says:

    I’ve actually wanted to get this book for a friend. I would pass along (after I read it however!).

  27. Anonymous says:

    “Liked” on FB. I actually “like” following blogs on FB.

  28. You’ve really made me want this book now :)

  29. I’ve been eyeing this book so I really hope I win! I will enjoy it so much! Thanks for hosting!

    Ally from Home by Ally

  30. I liked you on Facebook! Great blog!

    Ally from Home by Ally

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  32. 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. :-)

  33. Anonymous says:

    I liked you on FB

  34. Love Miss Mustard Seed! Would love to win this book :)

  35. I liked The Golden Sycamore on Facebook :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for offering the chance to have Marian’s book!

  37. I’ve been wanting this book, would love to get it. Thanks!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  39. I liked your page. I look forward to your Facebook posts.

  40. 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.

  41. I liked you on Facebook – thanks

  42. Just liked you on facebook. Oh I so want this book. Thanks for the chance!

  43. This book looks fabulous! Thank you for posting!

  44. 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!

  45. I just liked your page on facebook. So glad to find your blog & I hope I win this book – it looks wonderful! Thank you!

  46. Yay for Miss Mustard Seed! Your changing table is perfect in Paris blue, great transformation!

  47. Liked you on facebook….totally stalking your blog now. ;)

  48. 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.)

  49. I have been wanting to get this, LOVE her.

  50. also like on FB :) YAY

  51. Great giveaway!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  52. I follow you on Facebook!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  53. 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.

  54. I hope I win!

  55. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I’ve been wanting to read it for some time. Maybe I’ll win it!

  56. I also follow you on Facebook!

  57. 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 :-)

  58. First time visitor to you blog (thanks to Ms Mustardseed). Lovely!

  59. Huge Fan would love to get the Book!!!

  60. Liked The Golden Sycamore on face book!!!!

  61. I came across your blog today through Ms. Mustardseed and have been wanting to read her book….good thing you have a giveaway going on :)

  62. I liked you on facebook and can’t wait to follow along and see some more of your great ideas and projects!

  63. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now. I love your blog and enjoy following you on Facebook.

  64. Love it!! Your great and I love all your posts from facebook!

  65. I would love to win this book! – Karen Spears

  66. Michelle Wallace says:

    I would love to win a copy of her book! She is such an inspiration.

  67. 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

  68. I liked your page on FB…thanks

  69. Michelle Wallace says:

    Liked you on FB

  70. I liked The Golden Sycamore Facebook page and love your style! – Karen Spears

  71. 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

  72. OK – I just went to FB and “liked” your page!
    Jane Bowers

  73. I also liked your page. Always looking for ways to reuse and/or repurpose items.

  74. 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.

  75. Thank you so much! I would love to have her book!
    Blessings to you…Alice

  76. 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)

  77. You are up to 215 likes!! I like you too. Alice

  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. Would LOVE to have this book!!! Thank you for the chance!!

  82. And I already like you on Facebook :)

  83. Hi just found your blog today and would love a chance to win the book.

  84. Hi Allison – thanks for the giveaway – please enter my name.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I would love to win this book! I love miss mistard seed and her blog!
    Debbie Degroot

  86. Liked your page and would love to win the book! :)

  87. Liked your page and hope to win this fabulous book!
    thanks Judy

  88. Allison,
    Please count me in on this wonderful giveaway:)


  89. I already “liked” your facebook page:)


  90. Awesome giveaway!

  91. “Liked” you on face book!

  92. This looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it :)

  93. I LIKE The Golden Sycamore on Facebook.

  94. 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!

  95. I would love to win this book!

  96. Just “liked” on FB and now commenting!!! ♥ ur work!!!

  97. Ooo, I’d love, love, love to win this book!!

  98. I would love to have this book as a trusty companion for all my DIY furniture projects!!

  99. New follower to your blog, and new “liker” of your fb page.

  100. 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!

  101. 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!

  102. I would love to win this book!!!!!!

  103. I just liked your FB page!!!!

  104. Anonymous says:

    This book is inspiring. Thankyou

  105. I just liked your Facebook page as well.

  106. 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….

  107. Thanks for the great give away!

  108. 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…. :)

  109. 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…. :)

  110. 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….

  111. 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!

  112. Love-Love-Love decore books with diy tips, etc. Thanks for the chance to win!! xo

  113. Following (like) via FB :)

  114. Awesome giveaway!!! Thanks :)

  115. Liking on fb too

  116. Thanks so much for the sneak peek inside this beautiful book and for the chance to win!

  117. I liked the Facebook page also.

  118. 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.

  119. I also liked your facebook page . I would have anyways but didnt think to when I became a subscriber. Thank you!

  120. Thanks for the chance to win MMS’s book!

  121. I bet this is a
    wonderful book!

  122. I follow you on FB! Love the herringbone dresser by the way. msmaf at ymail (dot) com

  123. Wanted to read Marian’s book since it came out!

    msmaf at ymail (dot) com

  124. I have followed MissMustardSeed’s blog for a loooong time. I’m so happy she’s written a successful book! I’m happy to have found YOUR blog, too.

  125. Ok I tried to leave a comment earlier from my phone but it didn’t work… :P
    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!

  126. AND…. I already follow you on FB! :)

  127. What a great giveaway! Would love to win!

  128. I am also a Facebook follower ;-)

  129. I like The Golden Sycamore on Facebook

  130. I just found your blog and I “liked” your fb page even before I read this post! Love your style!

  131. 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!

  132. 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!

  133. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  134. I Like on Facebook. Thanks again!!

  135. 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!

  136. Just found you through Pinterest! And have loved Miss Mustard Seed for awhile now!

  137. Found you on Facebook and am just getting into chalk paint. This book would be so great to have! Enjoyed your blog and liked you on FB.

  138. Thanks for giving us 2 chances to win!

  139. I “Liked” you on Facebook. Thanks for the give away!

  140. This book looks like it would be full of great ideas! Thanks for the give away!

  141. The images in that book look sooo inspiring and lovely! Would love to have it. Great giveaway Allison.

  142. I like Golden Sycamore on FB!

  143. I liked you on Facebook. Love your blog! Great giveaway!

  144. I already LIKE you on Facebook! And I can’t remember if I left a comment or not but here, here. I’ll leave another.

  145. I would loooove to have this book. I really enjoyed your blog too! Glad you joined Blogtalk!

  146. Liked The Golden Sycamore on facebook!

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