Gratitude Sunday: A Giveaway


First image by assembledhazardly; All other images from Bailey's Home

I am giving away a new copy of  'Simple Home: Calm Spaces for Comfortable Living' by Mark and Sally Bailey as a way of saying thank you to readers who have been following this blog through its 3 odd years of obtuse rambling.

I received this book last Christmas and really enjoyed thumbing through the pages of shabby chic minimalism; the design found in this book is sort of  the British equivalent of 'wabi-sabi'. The main draw of the book for me is that most of the spaces featured are aspirational, the book actually offers a lot of really great ideas and inspiration to turn your home into a refuge where you can rejuvenate, reflect and meditate. The designers stress the importance of reducing clutter and present myriad ways of repurposing and recycling well-worn items . I think it's apt that as we transition into fall to prepare our homes into a nest and retreat of sorts by just reducing the amount of things we have. Coupled with great pictures from photographer Debi Treloar, this also makes for a great coffee table book.

All I ask from you in order to participate in the giveaway is to do something kind -  donate to an animal shelter, buy dinner for a homeless person, volunteer at a youth program or just call someone up whom you haven't talked to in a while. Come back here and leave a comment about your act of kindness and why you chose to do what you do.

The giveaway ends two weeks from today on Sunday, October 5.

** This giveaway has now ended. The chosen commenter was Jocy via a random number generator. Everyone else who participated, please send me your address as well, I'll put something in the mail for you as a thank you. *

11 comments :

  1. Donated money to Doctors without borders!

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  2. Mine is that I donated a pile of clothing to Safe Harbor, a women's shelter up here in Upstate South Carolina that has several locations and that I've basically declared my "charity of choice". It's badly needed; South Carolina leads the nation in states in which men kill women, and domestic violence is still overwhelmingly handled as a "it's their business" matter by the police, instead of giving women the help they need. That's beginning to change, but change is slow; only a couple of years ago there was pushback against building a new shelter in a local county because the sheriff simply "didn't see the need" for such a shelter to exist - despite the fact that all the beds in the other Safe Harbor shelters are continually full.

    So, yeah. I donate regularly - money, toothbrushes, deoderant, clothing, etc. This time was clothing. And any time there's a challenge to donate to a charity, Safe Harbor is who I pick.

    In case any of your readers are from SC and would like to donate to Safe Harbor as well, here's the link to their site:
    http://safeharborsc.org/

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    1. (sorry for the novel; DV is kind of my cause of choice and I tend to ramble about it)

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    2. Hi, mail me your address - I'll put something in the mail as a thank you for participating.

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  3. Hi Amanda,

    I make regular donations, but yesterday you gave me the push to call my brother and try to help him with his job-hunting. He's discouraged, so I talked to him about setting up a LinkedIn account, reaching out to his alma mater, etc. etc. Trying to start giving to the people who are closest to me as well as those who are far away. Thanks.

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  4. Not entering - I'm useless at interiors - but this is such a lovely idea Amanda! Best idea for giveaway entries ever, seriously. Kudos. I'll make sure to do an extra act of kindness for you.

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  5. What a great idea for a giveaway. I'm not one to toot my own horn but I can't resist a giveaway - and I am SO in need of interior inspiration at the moment. So my good deed is donating money to urban refugee families in Thailand. I worked with some of these families in the past. They came from all over the world but the current wave came from Pakistan, Syria (including Palestinian refugees who sought refuge in Syria), Sri Lanka, Iraq, Cameroon, Vietnam, etc. These families relocate to Thailand to seek refugee status before the UN, but they often don't realize: (1) how hostile Thailand is to refugees (there is no domestic law recognizing their status); (2) how long the refugee status determination process takes (often averaging 2+ years); and (3) while all this happens, because of #1, they are considered illegal, cannot legally work in the country and are subject to extortion by local police, detention and sometimes deportation - even if they are recognized UN refugees. It's a precarious existence. So, these families need all the help they can get while they are in limbo.

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    1. Hi Jocy, please send me your mailing address. Thanks!

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  6. I brought toiletries to my local women's shelter! :) LOVE this idea for entry into a giveaway; it should happen more often.
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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