Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Crafty Inspiration: Kaari Meng GIVEAWAY!


Way back in the fall of 2003 I was having a crappy year. My Dad had died in June, we sold our house before our new one was built so we had to move in with my Mom. I was working on a book and stressed out to the max-as a matter of fact, I was diagnosed with hypertension in October. Not a good few months. So at the start of 2004, I was looking for brighter things. One day during this time I picked up the latest copy of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion to find a small write up about French General, Kaari's beautiful store. It sounded like heaven to me! Luckily, there was a decorating box for purchase ... 



And when it came, I fell in love! 

As you can see it was filled with lovely treasures and wrapped so pretty ... I didn't dare use anything! Of course I did break down and many of the embellishments are in my first book. The rest I have saved in a special place in my office ... I just can't use them! 

I was delighted with the announcement of her first book, The French Inspired Home, 



Especially since it was published by our sister publishing company, Lark Books (it's now available in paperback for a GREAT price on AMAZON). 

Next came 


 Which I bought (and LOVED) right away. (also available in paperback HERE)

They are without a doubt two of my all time favorite creative books!

Since that time she has authored four other books and been featured in too many publications to count, including the very first issue of WHERE WOMEN CREATE (you can purchase the digital edition here).




Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Kaari in person at 

THE CREATIVE CONNECTION.

We were also able to spend some time together at Spring Quilt Market, where she was debuting her newest line for Moda, Paniers de Fleurs. It's BEAUTIFUL!!!! 




Yes, she is just as wonderful in person as she is talented ...

Kaari is defiantly one of my favorite creative people! 

And guess what? 

This year she and Wendy Addison will be teaching two great classes for this year's TCC:




I'm taking both ... I can't wait!  

Kaari's latest project is called "The Art of Craft." 



It's a place where artists can connect and share ideas, plus download FREE projects!

Click HERE to sign up. 


Please take a minute to visit


then

 Kaari's blog.

You'll be smitten with FG. Just like I am:) 

Now ... 


You know what I love? GIVEAWAYS! 

So guess what I've got for you? 


A French General Jewelry kit! 

YES! 

Simply comment to this post and you're entered! 

Additional entries if you:

*Follow French General on Facebook

Just make sure you post separately for each entry! 


I'll close out the posts on Tuesday, July 5th, so make sure you comment by then.


GOOD LUCK! 

Thank you so much for entering the last contest. 

The winner was:






Congratulations Lil! 



Have a great day everyone! 

77 comments:

  1. Love FG and looking forward to the workshops in September! Thanks for the giveaway,

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  2. Love your ideas and storys!XXOO

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  3. What a great giveaway. Love the French General and the wonderful work of Kaari Meng.

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  4. I also follow French General on Facebook.

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  5. Kaari is a constant inspiration to me. I read her books over and over and over again.

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  6. I'm going to follow everyone! The kit looks amazing too
    thanks Laurie

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  7. I am also a member of the Art of Craft.

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  8. Your article was so inspiring! I loved the French General boxyou got and I too would have saved it only to take it out occasionally just to drool over all of it! Now I haveto order the books and whatever else that will delight! OoohLaLa!!!

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  9. Thanks for the chance...
    Thanks for sharing this with me..
    I already visited the website..and sign up for members too..

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  10. I had joined The Art of Craft now..
    Cheers..

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  11. Man, that is a great giveaway! It is so inspiring!

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  12. How timely, I JUST checked out the French Inspired Home from the library today!

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  13. Thanks for the chance...very generous of u!

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  14. Oh My....I'm smitten already and I haven't even visited the other pages yet! I'm excited to see everything related to this lovely store and want all of her books too. Oh sigh.....

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  15. Lovely! I love French General too! The projects are so cute!Thanks for the give away!

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  16. I am a new member of the Art of Craft! Thanks again!

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  17. I'm friends with FG and love there products.

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  18. I joined Arts & Craft to try and participate. Hope to win this giveaway.

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  19. Last entry from the Paige Hill page. Horray for you putting on this giveaway.

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  20. I have been lucky to take 2 classes from Kaari in the last couple of years. She is such a wonderful teacher. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

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  21. I'm taking this giveaway seriously. I have joined "The Art of the Craft" for another chance in this giveaway. I am also anxious to stroll through your blog. I like your style!

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  22. Back for my third chance as I also "Liked" (how could you not like French General?) the Facebook page. Thanks for offering this fantastic giveaway!

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  23. Wonderful post and a fun giveaway. Please count me in.

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  24. I love Kaari! I was lucky enough to meet her and take one of her classes at TCC last year. I'm so bummed that I can't make it to this year's event even though I only live a couple of hours up the road. The jewelry that I created in last year's class is the stuff I wear constantly!

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  25. i am such a french general fan, every jewelry kit is a swoonfull treat! so excited to join The art of Craft.

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  26. I agree, everything is LOVELY from French General! Lucky you taking her classes! Thanks too for a chance to win the beautiful goodies! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

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  27. I am a new member of The Art of Craft! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

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  28. I am following FG on FB! Susan T Hahaj is me there! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

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  29. I would love to win this jewelry kit! It's all so fabulous! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I am a new member of the art craft! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

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  31. I am following FG on FB! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

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  32. you ladies are a beautiful inspiration! Keep doin' what you're doin'. F/G rocks.

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  33. I am following FG on FB! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

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  34. I love love love the French General and would love to win her jewelry kit!

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  35. Everything looks so lovely. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  36. I am a fan of the French General on Facebook.

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  37. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great French General kit. I love her stuff so much.
    Becky in Wa

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  38. Oh I love French General, thank you so much for the chance to win those lovelies

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  39. I already like them on Facebook. Yay.

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  40. I have just joined "The Art of Craft".

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  41. I've been a fan of Kaari and French General for years - her kits are fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win this jewelry kit!

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  42. I love Kaari Meng and already own two of her books as well. I am just starting out on jewelry making but love it!

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  43. What wonderful inspiration! This is a great "gift-a-way"!

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  44. Just joined The Art of Craft ~

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  45. Love French General - great post.

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  46. her work is beautiful. you are right.

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  47. following the general on facebook

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  48. And I signed up for The Art of Craft!! Thank you!!!!

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  49. Oh my Goodness! I would just LOVE to win this 8) French General and Kaari Meng are so inspirational and charming!

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  50. I just liked on FB...found you through WWC!

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  51. WoW...just purely AWESOME...Thank You for this generous giveaway and I am so glad I found this!! Very inspirational indeed!! :-D

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  52. My favorite FG book is Treasured Notions.

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  53. Wow.....I've never tried jewelry before

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  54. I love French General and all her books and projects:>) Great giveaway!

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  55. I joined the Art Of Craft. Looking forward to some great projects:>)

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  56. Lovely giveaway! Great post...I find it hard to use some of my goodies, also!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  57. So many beautiful items, I love them all!

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  58. So many beautiful items, I love them all!

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  59. Love Kaari and FG! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  60. Just signed up for the art of craft! Thanks for the chance!

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  61. It's clear how much you love French General; thanks for sharing it with us.

    This is my first visit here, and I think the art at the top of your blog--I can't think what that is called--is just beautiful. It reminds me so much of the storybooks of my childhood. You, too?

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  62. Thanks for the chance to win this great kit. :)

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  63. This would be AWESOME to win. I just LOVE the French General style too! Amazing...thank you for the giveaway!

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  64. OoOOooo...I really do like that jewelry! Very nice giveaway~

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  65. I've joined The Art of Craft-

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  66. Now following the French General on Facebook & on her blog, really enjoying the reading!

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  67. The French General is terrific. I did register on Keri's site...such a great site filled with wonderful ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway. Your site is also inspiring.

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