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‘Girl’s World’ Blog Tour Stop and Book Giveaway

I’ve been living in a “girl’s world” all my life. I grew up with two sisters and now have two daughters who love to play dress up and host tea parties for their stuffed animal friends.

While all the women in my family are fans of pretty things and twirly dresses, some of us have also been known to play video games until we blister and run through mud puddles in the rain. And that’s the beauty of being a girl. You  can can go mix it up on a muddy soccer field, then come home, hit the shower, put on a beautiful dress and twirl around with your little sister if you want to.

So it’s my pleasure to tell you about Jennifer Paganelli’s book, “Girl’s World: Twenty-one Sewing Projects To Make For Little Girls” ($24.95, 176 pages, Chronicle Books). This book is colorful and bright and like a fancy, post-soccer game celebration for my girls.

From super cute dresses and a tulle ballet skirt, to a ruffled apron and frilly room decor, this book by the Sis Boom fabric designer is packed with bright ideas that inspire readers to celebrate being a girl. And you gotta love that.

With photography by Tim Geaney, the book features fun patterns for dresses that fit toddlers to tweens, as well instructions to make accessories and fun room decor.

Paper patterns are conveniently included in a pouch inside the front cover, making this book a great value. So if you’re looking to add a little frill to your little girl’s world, this book can help you along. My daughters have several pages marked and are waiting for me to get to work on their requested dresses. I just wish the book came with another pouch of “extra sewing time.” : )

I interviewed Jennifer for my podcast a while back. You can listen to her story on CraftSanity Podcast episode 94.

Ok, so now the moment you’ve been waiting for… Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered into the random drawing to win a copy of “Girl’s World” courtesy of Chronicle Books. The deadline to enter is noon (EST) Friday, July 1, 2011. Good luck!!!

**** UPDATE: Comment #15 left by Rachel was randomly selected to win a copy of “Girls World.” Congrats! Rachel, please send me your address so I can get your book shipped out.


Comment from Bonney
Time: June 27, 2011, 10:41 am

I’ve been seeing this book all over and I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

Comment from Kelli
Time: June 27, 2011, 10:55 am

So many adorable things to make. My daughter would love them.

Comment from Shannon H
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:03 am

What a beautiful book!! I would love to win this! My girls would love everything from it and surely request all of it :)

Comment from Kelgurl
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:25 am

thanks for the opportunity, Jennifer. This would be a wonderful book for us soon to be grandmothers….. :)
have a wonderful day–it’s raining and I’m sewing (soon)

Comment from Mirja
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:28 am

I would love to win this beautiful book!

Comment from Connie @ Daydream In Color
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:58 am

This book looks chock full of fun projects! I’d love to win!

Comment from Cheryl
Time: June 27, 2011, 12:08 pm

My 3 daughters and I were gazing at Girl’s World in Hobby Lobby this weekend – they all were saying “Make this for me, Mom!”

Comment from Pattie
Time: June 27, 2011, 12:37 pm

what a beautiful book! I have a daughter and several nieces and great nieces who love pretty dresses.

Comment from judy
Time: June 27, 2011, 1:09 pm

Oh! SOOO cute!
I have a three year old grand daughter who lives her life surrounded by brothers.

Comment from VickiT
Time: June 27, 2011, 2:14 pm

This is definitely a book anyone with a little girl or Granddaughter needs to have from what I’ve seen during this blog tour. I am really hoping to win one but, if not, I’ll be buying it for sure. Thank you for the chance.

Comment from Sharonnz
Time: June 27, 2011, 4:30 pm

What a lot of scrummy girliness!

Comment from Kristy – Hopeful Threads
Time: June 27, 2011, 4:47 pm

Loving this book!!! It’s so beautiful and so many projects I know my girls and I would enjoy doing! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Comment from Rachel
Time: June 27, 2011, 6:06 pm

i’m looking to add a little frill to my girl’s world !

Comment from Ellyn Z
Time: June 27, 2011, 9:16 pm

Even though my girls are big now, I see several things they would like. And my niece too… Too bad it doesn’t come with the extra sewing hours, I agree!

Comment from Rachel
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:00 pm

I’m just dying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

Comment from Martina
Time: June 27, 2011, 11:51 pm

My world could do with a bit more girly-ness. THis looks like an awesome book!

Comment from Janelle
Time: June 28, 2011, 12:54 am

This book looks amazing! I just had a daughter and can’t wait to start sewing for her like my mom did for me! Thanks for the chance to win!

Comment from Amber Hunter
Time: June 28, 2011, 10:23 am

I would love to win a copy of this book! I have two girls and they have been Oooooing and Ahhhhhing over the previews they’ve seen :)

Comment from Stacy
Time: June 28, 2011, 10:26 am

Eep! I’m crossing my fingers – I really want to make that puppy!

Comment from k.c.
Time: June 28, 2011, 10:31 am

i have a little girl who loves to wear dresses, this would give me some great inspiration to try some new patterns!

Comment from Elaine
Time: June 28, 2011, 10:47 am

I would love to win this book! Such a treasure of ideas.

Comment from Natalie
Time: June 28, 2011, 10:47 am

I love anything Sisboom or by Jennifer Paganelli. Carla’s patterns are so thorough yet simple! Thanks for the chance to win!

Comment from Mary Ann Brumfield
Time: June 28, 2011, 11:06 am

I really would love this book! I have sooo many Sisboom patterns.

Comment from Amber June
Time: June 28, 2011, 11:34 am

Love this book! I flipped through it a a friend’s house (she got an early copy a t Quilt Market) and now I must have it. Thanks for the contest!

Comment from Lana Koopman
Time: June 28, 2011, 12:04 pm

My girls and I would love every inch of this beautiful book!

Comment from Hannah Villa
Time: June 28, 2011, 12:51 pm

I am so in love with Sis Boom it is ridiculous! After seeing this post I immediately went to their website and was swept off my feet! Im looking for new patterns and inspiration to decorate my new home with and this book would be an absolute dream!

Comment from Kim Milburn
Time: June 28, 2011, 12:59 pm

I have a daughter who just loves being a girl, with all the sparkles and ruffles and dresses. Anyway im telling you this would be the perfect book for us! Not to mention I totally love Sis Boom!! Thanks for the contest I surely hope we win!!!! thanks, Kim

Comment from katevet
Time: June 28, 2011, 3:08 pm

This book seems so adorable! I’d love to win it! Thank you :)

Comment from Mary
Time: June 28, 2011, 3:24 pm

I see this book everywhere now and having 2 gorgeous girls of my own I would love to get my hands on it and start sewing! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Comment from Shari
Time: June 28, 2011, 3:58 pm

I’ve seen this book on several You Tube videos about Market. I would love a copy of it! Thanks for the chance to win.

Comment from Jane
Time: June 28, 2011, 7:25 pm

I’d love to win this explosion of colour and prettiness! Thanks x

Comment from Sarah
Time: June 28, 2011, 8:53 pm

With two daughters I like to sew for, this is a book I’ll definitely have to check out. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Comment from Leisa
Time: June 28, 2011, 9:54 pm

Oh the excitement! It is my daughter’s birthday tomorrow – how lovely it would be to give this to her – she has just received her first sewing machine too!

Comment from Kaylene
Time: June 28, 2011, 11:05 pm

Oooh. What a fun book & great giveaway! Hope I win :)

Comment from judy buchanan
Time: June 29, 2011, 7:36 am

cant wait to make some of these goodies for my grandbaby, Ellie!! thanks for the chance to win!!

Comment from Chasley
Time: June 29, 2011, 9:51 am

I keep picking this book up at Hobby Lobby but haven’t bought it yet because I’m kind of broke and I have no girls to sew for. I would love to win this book.

Comment from Ruth
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:23 am

I think this book is pure eye candy! I love it! The patterns don’t look too hard either. What a great give-away! (I also love that they don’t pretend that there is anything in it for boys…nope…all girl!)

Comment from Shirley Clark
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:32 am

This book looks soooo interesting. I sew for my little granddaughter, and I know I would love it!

Comment from Aimee
Time: June 29, 2011, 11:36 am

What a wonderful book! Fingers crossed!

Comment from Jeanne Gwin
Time: June 29, 2011, 3:06 pm

This book has had a huge “WOW” factor. I sure hope I win it.

Comment from Tricia
Time: June 29, 2011, 3:57 pm

I’m so glad to see a book with patterns for bigger girls! So many cute things are just for babies. And I would love to sew more for my 8-year-old.

Comment from Emily Simmons
Time: June 29, 2011, 6:24 pm

Such a cute book! Love it!!!

Comment from Elaine
Time: June 29, 2011, 10:03 pm

I would love to win this book!

Comment from Mariette Shepard
Time: July 1, 2011, 11:32 am

I’m always looking for girly things to make for my two granddaughters, so this book looks wonderful! The colors are just lovely.

Comment from BlessedCP
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This book looks amazing! I would love to win a copy so I can create some adorable things for my daughter and 3 nieces!

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