I’m on holiday this week, though we returned from our road trip a couple of days early, each of us plagued by some variation of a wicked head and/or chest cold. The upside is that I can tell you about an awesome book giveaway, and also I can take way more naps and drink way more tea than I could if we were away from home.

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Oh My Handmade Goodness has paired a copy of Make It Mighty Ugly with a set of twelve notebooks, which is pretty much the perfect giveaway pairing ever (enter on their Facebook page!). Especially if you’re going to do a Year of Making, eh?

Speaking of #yearofmaking, my interview with Miriam Felton in the latest Compulsory Podcast episode seems to be convincing people that it’s a good idea to start one. Of course I agree. (If this is the first you’re hearing of it, #yearofmaking is a commitment to make something – anything – every day for a year. Nothing huge or daunting. Could be dinner [from the freezer]. Could be a row of knitting. Could be a masterpiece. Whatever. Just something, even a tiny bit, every day. Share a photo – crappy photos most welcome – with the tag #yearofmaking so you can keep track and others can follow along. My first #yearofmaking is coming to an end, and it was a surprisingly transformative project. For real. I’m going to do it again in 2015.)

I’ve received the manuscript for the #yearofmaking ebook back from my editor, and I’m still aiming to have it ready before the end of 2014. It’ll have a bunch of worksheets and wee bits of advice to help you figure out what you love to make, and to help you keep track of what you make over the course of the year. Also, it’ll have some tips and advice for how to ensure that a year-long commitment isn’t a stressful commitment, but rather a fun and satisfying one.

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Ok, time for more tea.