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Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Love and a Contest

 David and I went to LACMA last Tuesday to see Man's Favorite Sport (directed by Howard Hawks and starring Rock Hudson.) It was a fun afternoon date that ended with a trip to Johnny Rockets for milkshakes and a quick pop in at The Grove where I immediately got into trouble. Anthropologie had two of the books that I've had on my wishlist for sometime now on sale (more than half off.) I picked up Creative Display (I have Creative Walls and LOVE it) and Sibella Court's The Life of a Bowerbird. At Barnes and Noble, I picked up Mollie Makes Home. I've seen Mollie Makes but have never loved it enough to buy an issue before. I couldn't pass this one up with the studio shots.

Speaking of magazines, the next issue of Darling is due out any moment now. 

I've saved the best for last! Artist Extraordinaire Melody Nunez has a new book out called An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories from the Past. It's self published and she wants to give YOU a copy! 

I am enjoying what I've read so far and the altered photos that are at the start of each chapter are super cool. I'm looking forward to reading more of it. The chapter that caught my eye right away was called "An Inherited Trait" about a daughter coming to grips with her Mother's odd traits of collecting fabric and notions. It's something that I think most of us can identify with (collecting art supplies.) 

Visit Melody's website here. You can pick up a copy of her book here or here.

If you'd like to win a copy, please leave a comment with your name and some way to contact you. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday, March 20th.

Happy Reading!


Susie said...

Wow, thanks Kelly. Book looks like something I'd dive into for sure. Please add me to the draw.

Unknown said...

Hey, Kelly, This book looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to win it.
Cheers - Judith (judith.hollowood At gmail.com)

Melanie said...

This sounds like a fun book to read .. would love a copy!

Natasha said...

I love finding bargains I have hunkered after. I take it as a sign I am meant to have it! :)

The book looks delightfully quirky, I would adore it.

liannallama said...

What an awesome book! I'd love to have a copy. Liannallama at gmail dot com

Maria Ontiveros said...

I would love to win!
Rinda (aka Maria Ontiveros - you have my email from class)

trish quilty said...

please add my name to the mix for the book. it looks interesting and I collect cabinet cards.

daisy69778 said...

Count me in plz! Hugs!

Kate Burroughs said...

Looks like some fun books! I have a big pile next to my bed, awaiting reading.
Aloha, Kate

martha brown said...

Just added Creative Display to my wishlist. I had Molly Makes Home in my hand at Barnes and Noble yesterday.... but I was too cheap to buy it! (I was in Rochester for the weekend).
This looks like an interesting book by Melody Nunez! but I understand if I cant enter. The postal prices to Canada are skyrocketing!

princess singular said...

omg kelly, you are like my book/crack connection, lol. You always find the coolest stuff! All of this sounds amazing! Would love to win, though I think mercury is in retrograde and I have singlehandedly broken four major appliances in two days in a 400 sq ft apt, (my personal best), so not sure how my luck is lately! :)

lollok2 said...

This book looks interesting.. its sad when I see those vintage photos at swap meets.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to participate!

The Equation Book said...

This sounds like a full of fun book to read .. would love a copy!

Lori Wostl said...

I LOVE books! Posted you over at my art blog...would like to win this book! Lori W at Art Camp for Women

Anonymous said...

How generous to be able to win a book. It seems very interesting... about altering photo's? I keep my fingers crossed... Cindy, Holland

The Creative Beast said...

I have heard about this book through the Art Gang group and it looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy Kelly! My email can be found at my blog The Creative Beast =-)

Carol said...

Going to head to my Anthro today to see if they have those books on sale. Melody's book looks like fun!

tgarrett said...

This looks like a great book!

Melody M. Nunez said...


Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway for my book - An Altered Existence. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the stories thus far! I look forward to mailing a signed copy of the book to the winner later this week, after you've drawn a name.

Thanks again!
Melody Nunez

Kara said...

This looks lovely! and I'm loving your work these days, thanks for sharing so many photos!

postalorphan said...

Ooh, Melody's book looks like it would be a fabulous book - I'd love to win a copy! Thanks to both you and Melody for the chance.

Tammy said...

Your book recommendations are always the best! Please enter me in the drawing.

wen said...

Oh wow, looks like a fun book - thanks for the chance!

wvm at juno dot com

Karen Provost said...

Thanks Kelly for offering up this cool book. I would love to win it.