Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Musings and a Crafty Giveaway - October 19, 2010

The oddest thing happened to me today. I walked into a bookstore, looked around, and left without buying books. That's not a usual occurrence. It is highly unusual actually. I hope to visit another bookstore later today to see if I can find my book buying mojo.

I do recommend that you pick up the YA novel Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, which is out today. Yes, I read a YA. And, yes, I really enjoyed it. I'll have a review of Nightshade for you in the next few days. I will now probably be adding YAs to my monthly new release list in their own section. Really, stranger things have happened (see not buying books above).

All that aside, it's time for another giveaway. The lovely people from Quirk Books gave me a cute little Witch Craft patch when I visited their booth at New York Comic Con. So I'm giving away the patch and 2 Quirk books.

Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombie , Ninjas, Robots, and More!
by Christen Haden
(April 2008)
If you're a fan of amigurumi, you already know that super-sweet crocheted bunnies and kitties and pandas have taken the indie craft world by storm. Well, the dolls in Creepy Cute Crochet eat your typical amigurumi for breakfast.

This unique craft book contains more than 25 patterns for zombies, ninjas, Vikings, vampires, aliens, robots, and even Death himself. Each easy-to-follow pattern is presented with step-by-step diagrams, hilarious commentary, and full-color photographs of the creatures in their natural environments. Plus each pattern is ranked according to difficulty so that even beginners can share in the fun.

The scary-cute photographs, accessible text, and illustrated patterns are sure to be a hit with indie crafters, angsty teens, and hip moms everywhere.

Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magicial Treats, and More!
Compiled by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar
(September 2010)
Open this wicked little volume for a spellbinding collection of dark arts and crafts! It's full of color photos and simple illustrated instructions for crafting everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats:

• A truly wicked charm bracelet made from a handful of old trinkets

• Spooky little skulls made out of marshmallows

• A bewitching midnight black tutu that can be stitched up in minutes

• A wicked poison apple fashioned from an everyday plushie

• Witches, monsters, spiders, and ghosts to top your cupcakes

• And much, much more!

Each step-by-step project is as easy as the wave of a wand—no previous crafting experience required!

Note that downloads for Witch Craft can be found here.


What: The Witch Craft patch and the Witch Craft and Creepy Cute books.

How: Leave a comment telling The Qwillery which craft is your favorite. If you don't tell The Qwillery about your favorite craft your entry will not be counted!

You can receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 02, 2010.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I enjoy making ornaments out of yarn and adding clothes and accessories. I've been making them for years and I give them to people for Christmas.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  2. I tweeted this giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  3. I love to make plushies, though I'm still a beginner! (:


  4. Following on GFC!


  5. My favorite craft? Ugh... that is a hard one. Depends on my mood... craft painting, drawing, crocheting, sewing, making stuffies... see... told ya. ;)

    Since you didn't say entry per comment I'm putting them all here...
    I'm a gfc follower
    tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/BooksThings/status/27878760413
    listed on my giveaways/contest page in link section
    4 total. :)

  6. I haven't done anything crafty in a long time, so I don't know about "favorite", but...
    I used to loooooove to cross-stitch. (Hard to do w/cats!)
    And for a couple years I was making some pretty good hemp jewelry. (Again w/ the cats!)
    I like to make cards & scrapbook pages when I'm at my sister's house, too. (I think she may own just about everything by Stampin' Up and Cricut! LOL)


    +3 entries... comment, tweet & follower

  7. My favorite craft is knitting b/c you can take it anywhere!! Thank you for the contest!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  8. i tweeted here: http://twitter.com/in_the_hammock/status/27946002471

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  9. I love making things with perler beads :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  10. GFC follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  11. I used to do a lot of cross-stitch before I developed carpal tunnel. That kinda slows you down. But I'd love to get back to crochet work.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. My favorite craft is either crocheting or making hemp jewelry... hard to choose!


  13. My favorite craft is a toss-up between sewing and ceramics (just painting, I don't mess with plaster, etc.). I want to crochet, though. When I was young my grandma taught me, but I don't think I remember 20+ years later. I have this feeling it would be really calming.

    I'm a follower, of course, and added this contest in to this week's roundup: http://vampirebookclub.net/contest-roundup-vampires-werewolves-and-halloween/

  14. I like all sorts of crafts, but I really like knitting and crocheting. I'd love to try to crochet those cute little guys. Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. I am a new GFC followr here, I found you from the Vampire Book Club blog. I Love crocheting & homemade card making. Please enterme in your contest, I'd love to win these. Also, maybe I'm missing it but do you have one of those newsletter subscriby things? I'd love for your blog to be delivered to my email box.
    Have a great day ;D