Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunflower Houses Giveaway: Drawing February 15!

If you love children and gardens, you will love this book, Sunflower Houses, by Sharon Lovejoy. I bought my own copy long ago, and use it often when planning my garden or looking for fun games to play in the garden during the spring and summer. It has chapters about garden games and toys made of flowers. Below, you will see the illustration for the page about how to make hollyhock dolls.


A sunflower house is a beautiful living playhouse made of morning glory and sunflowers.


Sharon Lovejoy, the author and illustrator of Sunflower Houses, interviewed many grown-ups about their favorite flowers, childhood garden memories, traditions, and how-to's. Many of my favorite ideas are from your great-grandparents' generation and before, when boys and girls made their own fun and their own toys outside with what was growing around them. You will remember or learn about grass slides, screechers, secret lemon juice notes, poppy maidens, sassafras chains, tree swings, tops made of acorns, mini trough gardens for children, living playhouses and gazebos, growing vegetables in bottles, how to make a garden "clock", keeping worms, and more.


I like the collections of poems (some of which are Sharon Lovejoy's) the flower lore, and the delicate watercolor illustrations. If your bedside table is starting to look like the picture below, than this is a good time to add Sunflower Houses to your collection. It is a wonderful book to pore over on cold nights when you are beginning to let yourself to dream a little bit about springtime. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you can start using the games and ideas right away!


I decided to have a giveaway in celebration of having collected over 100 wonderful followers. Thank you all for the encouragement, which gives me so much energy! All you have to do to participate in the giveaway is comment on this post. If you post about the giveaway on your blog, let me know about it and I'll put your name in the hat a second time. I will collect all the names I receive before 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 15th. Check back later that day for the name of the winner. Make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win!

Guess what??! Sharon Lovejoy has a blog, too! Visit it at: http://sharonlovejoy.blogspot.com/

85 comments:

eidolons said...

I don't want to be entered in the giveaway - I already have the book - but I wanted to add my love for it just the same. A dear friend gave my boys and I Sunflower Houses at an event where the author actually signed our copy. I love everything about it and just wish we had more room to try out all of the fantastic ideas!

Phyllis said...

This book looks wonderful!
-Phyllis

KeLLy aNN said...

that's Brilliant! We have square foot gardens planned for this spring, and we always do morning glories and moonvine every year.
The kids have already been saving seeds too.
The big excitement around here is the Rain Barrel!

Gabriele said...

Dear Beth,

of course I follow you on your give-away!
Will post about it immediately now on my blog.
How much I would love to have a garden in this narrow Japanese land I am living.....but I keep on dreaming and I know one day it will get true and then, I will read Sunflower House with my grandchildren.
Or earlier, hopefully.....
Love
Gabriele

Angela Mobley said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks, Beth.....i will try to blog about it later this week.

Grace said...

Oh, yes please!! This book sounds and looks amazing! I follow you in google reader so I read every one of your lovely posts. This is such an inspiring blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

One Acre Homestead said...

What a lovely book!! I'd love to get some new adventure ideas for our family. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway!

Also, when we were iced in without power down here in Oklahoma for a week, my girls and I stayed busy making a Spring Swag following your directions and using old clothes we'd outgrown or worn out. It was great fun!

Hallie said...

I love following your blog and was so excited to see a giveaway! My girls would love this! I will pass on the news on my blog for all to see!

www.ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com

Naturalearthfarm said...

Oh Beth,
This is such a great book. I have borrowed it from the library many times and would be thrilled to have a copy of my own.
Warm wishes,
Tonya

Athena said...

How very generous of you. My little boy and I love your blog. We have ice freezing in cans right now to make lanterns!

Lisa said...

Beautiful book! I know Goose would love it!

NYCviaPDX said...

This looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for offering it as a giveaway and thanks for your wonderul and inspiring blog!
Happy Day!
Karen

Sally said...

I have been wanting this book for so long, and no library in this area has it !! Crossing my fingers...now off to blog!

hj said...

That sounds so magical! I will definitely have to get my hands on a copy of this book for my kids!

Sally said...

I just blogged about it! NOW I'm crossing my fingers!

Kim said...

Our family would love to win this book, it's a favorite! Our local library has lost their copy, to our sorrow. Thanks for the giveaway!

mamashawn said...

What a wonderful book! My girls and I would love to pore over it's pages.

Heart Rockin Mama said...

I have looked through this book at a friends, and it is lovely. I would love to be entered to win it. I will add it to my blog post today, too.
Thank you,
Jean

Heart Rockin Mama said...

I did add this to my blog :)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh you are so dear to write these kind words about my old book Sunflower Houses. Thank you for caring about it and sharing it with others.

Please stop over for a visit on my blog. I feel as though we are already friends. http://sharonlovejoy.blogspot.com

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Check my old posts and see the garbage gardens entry. You'll enjoy doing this project. It is fun! Oh, and don't bother entering me in the giveaway, I seem to have a good stock on hand!

Satsuki Rebel said...

Sounds like a good read!

The Magic Onions said...

Oooh... looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for offering this giveaway, Beth.
Blessings and magic,
Donni

woolies said...

This book sounds just SO wonderful! Keeping fingers crossed!
I love to garden, and had an awesome garden when we lived on the east coast. (veggies/flowers - you name it!). MUCH more challenging in the desert.

woolies said...

I blogged about your giveaway!
http://woolies-woolies.blogspot.com

SewnNatural said...

THis book looks fantastic. I'll just have to get my own copy if I don't win... it has sparked my interest and seems like something I would cherish.

Thanks, Beth!

Ariad said...

What a beautiful looking book. I garden with my children in mind often. Planting things for them to eat all about the garden as well as in the vege patch, I love the idea of a sunflower house. Thanks for offering this give away.

darlene said...

I want one of these! As a grandmother-to-be I want ideas to make my garden more inviting for the little ones to come!

frantically heidi said...

I was just telling my husband that I wanted to give one of these sweet houses a go this year. I didn't even know about this book and now I must have it. :) Thanks for sharing.

Lena said...

This book looks and sound wonderful, I hope to blog about it as sometime this week. It would be a lovely addition the the bookcase.

Elizabeth said...

Oh I have looked at this book before but never had the funds to purchase it. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

gardenmama said...

It sounds and looks lovely! Thank you for this give away Beth : )

Heather said...

I'd love to be entered in your drawing. I love books that combine healthy, outdoor family activities and arts and crafts!

Stephanie said...

Oh, I would love a chance to win this lovely book! Thanks so much for the lovely give-away!
I'll announce it on Growing Naturally right away.
:) Stephanie

Mama K's said...

i love this. i've been needing some inspiration to get out in the garden with my little ladies. this looks perfect!

Mama K

www.mama-ks.com

Kelli said...

I had decided just the other day to add this book to my wish list! I would love to be entered for the drawing. I also posted about the contest, so I'd love to be entered twice!

kristin said...

it's funny how we are all so connected with the internet...i am just visiting your blog for the first time today. i was looking at some of your inspiring projects to try with my preschoolers. at my preschool we built a willow house in the yard last spring and just the other day one of the parents mentioned sharon lovejoy's sunflower houses and i'm truly inspired to add one to our schools' backyard. i would feel quite priviledged to win this in your give-away. even if i don't, i have still won by finding your blog and all of your inspiring projects. thank you Beth!!

janil said...

You have a lovely blog and the book is wonderful!Please pick me up!You have a new follower now!

have a nice day!

Mousy Brown said...

I'd love a chance to win - it looks a beautiful read - Thank you and congratulations! :D

Knot By Gran'ma said...

It looks like a lovely book.

Kelly said...

Hi Beth,
This sounds like a wonderful book with lots of great ideas to bring joy to children in the garden!
We would love to be entered.
Best wishes
Kelly

5orangepotatoes said...

Love, love, love Sharon Lovejoy! I don't have this book though. Thanks for the chance Beth!
lisa

suzanne said...

Hello Beth

I could not think of a more beautiful Summer book for a giveaway. I already have this book so please don't count me in but I just want to add that I have loved this book and use it often.

Congratulations on your wonderful gathering of followers. I for one am a happy follower!

Have a happy day Beth
Warm regards
Suzanne

River Sanctuary: Marykaye said...

Sunflower play spaces--what a fun idea, like so many on your wonderful site. This was a good time to post as I'd love the book but mostly want to say thank you for time spent on your lovely blog!

Stephanie said...

I've blogged about it!
Stephanie

One Woman's Journey said...

Sharon I have "A Blessing of Toads"
would love this book also.
Wish you lived near me. I would love to visit your gardens, sit and talk and have a cup of tea.
Blessings to you this day!!!

Jessica said...

Ooooh, I'd love to be entered in this contest. Benjamin & I would surely enjoy this book & all it has to offer. My mom "built" a Rose of Sharon house for Benjamin at her house--so we are well aware of the joy natural play houses can bring! :)

Honey Pumpkin Mama said...

Hi, Thanks for entering me for the giveaway! I just heard about this book and would just love to use it for ideas for my children. I'm crossing my fingers.

kindredmamma said...

What perfect timing. We were just starting to talk about our garden for the spring. Thanks for the giveaway.

Pampered Mom said...

What a fantastic book!

Miranda said...

nice set of books

Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks for a great givceaway. I adore your blog!
Sue C from Ontario

SONFLOWER SISTERS... said...

How wonderful! We love her books :) We began growing sunflowers last year, too.

Jenn said...

my friend sara (woolies) posted about this giveaway and i have never been to your blog before, so i am very excited! what a great blog. i plan to read here for a good long time. it looks so lovely and inviting. thanks for offering a great book for your giveaway, we love to garden and i bought the children mammoth sunflowers to grow this year. fun!!

RR said...

The book looks lovely. Thanks for the chance.

kate said...

i have always wanted a copy of that book! wonderful!

Hope said...

I have wanted this book for a while and your glimpse makes me want it even more!!! I would LOVE to make one of these with my daughter this summer. Thanks for offering this great giveaway!!!

Dana said...

Great Idea. Thanks for the inspiration always!

cat said...

oh i love this!! thanks so much beth!

xoxo

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! Am I too late? Hopefully,
Kay Guest
chriskayrich@att.net

Vernal Pools said...

What a beautiful book!
Cathy at trahans dot net

sunnymama said...

This looks a beautiful book. I would love to enter. :)

I've posted a link to the giveaway here:
http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaways.html

Lise said...

I'd love to have a chance to win this book! Thank you! And congratulations on 100 followers!

Bobbi said...

What a beautiful book! Would be so happy to win!

Thank you for the opportunity! :)

-Bobbi
snoodledoodles@gmail.com

Caroline said...

This was my first look at your blog. I love it. I am always looking for things to do with my children. nature is awesome. I sent this link to my MIL, she loves to make things with my 4 year old. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win the beautiful book-Jan

Caroline said...

I entered your giveaway on my blog!

amy said...

We're planting a garden for the first time this year. My kids are really looking forward to it!

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

I am sure my girls would love to add this book to our collection. Thanks for sharing!

Chrissy said...

I would love to create a garden with my kids this year! They would love it!

Anonymous said...

I love her books! I just came over from The Magic Onions - thanks for the giveaway.


Mrs. H

Playing by the book said...

We love sunflowers! see http://www.playingbythebook.net/2009/09/17/sunflowers/ and http://www.playingbythebook.net/2009/10/22/a-new-house/
It would be a wonderful book to win!

Faith Void said...

I love this book, we have checked it out of the library every year for several in a row. It would be a great one to own.

farmama said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss your lovely give away Beth! Thank you for the chance to win....I'd love to add this to our library!
love, sara

Christine said...

Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book. It looks very inspirational. I noticed your white flower farm catalog. we are lucky to live close-up the property and it is breathtaking and very spectacular.

Angela Mobley said...

Just blogged it....Angie

Hello There! said...

I have her other book and think this one sounds neat! Thanks for a chance to win.

Jen Serra Shean said...

We made one last year. YAY!

Christina said...

Thanks for the book recommendation! We have hollyhocks and the doll looks like a great garden project for my daughter.

*erin* said...

Please enter me in the contest!

Melinda said...

That looks like such a beautiful book! I love your blog. So many great ideas!

Patzi said...

This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the nice giveaway. I hope I get lucky :-)

Christie said...

I wonder if I've made it in time> fingers crossed. :)

zUzU said...

=^..^= a dreamy book if ever i have seen ... sigh.

i found the link to your blog on Sharon's and popped over to see what Acorn Pie could possibly be. Where to start when I arrived!

Well, i seem to be quite delighted at my findings. First thing i must build is a snow lantern for the faeries at the bottom of the wood. They will be over the moon.

See you soon.
love, zUzU

PeaceMama said...

love this book--how wonderful to think of gardens as the snow falls outside!

Kaye said...

I might be missing the time frame for this contest, but It would be fun to win if i can- The kids and I will be growing our sunflower house this spring. i can hardly wait to try it out!

MuddyMuse said...

Just loved seeing your creative ideas as I browsed your blog. I'll be back to check out some of your project ideas. This book is awesome. I have looked at it again and again in the bookstore. My daughters and I tried to plant a sunflower house last year but the deer ate it along with our greenbeans.