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I’m a lucky girl! Diane Gillelland of Craftypod sent me a copy of her new book, Kansahi in Bloom. Maybe you’ll be lucky too: she sent me a second one to give away as part of her book release Blog Tour!

Traditional kanzashi are beautiful Japanese flowers created by folding small squares of silk into petals and then gluing them together. Diane has developed her own method for making these flowers and her book shows you how in clear, simple step-by-step photography.

There is an extensive techniques section followed by projects that vary in materials and ideas for creative embellishment using kansashi. I love the Butterfly Jar Toppers! See below…

Ok, so here’s the skinny on the give-away, are you ready? It’s going to be a fast one!

1) The Kansahi in Bloom book give-away is only open to residents of the USA. Sorry, postage is a bugger.
2) Enter by commenting on this post by 12:00 NOON, EST Wednesday July 29th. (Be sure to leave a means of contacting you in case you win!)
3) A winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email after the drawing. You can also check back at the bottom of this post to see who won.
4) If I am unable to contact the winner within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck! And be sure to check out the rest of Diane’s Blog Tour!

***Comments now closed!*** Congratulations to Ferne, you won!
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  • mamalion

    Oh, beautiful! I have a dd that would flip over this book!

  • restitcherator

    How lucky are you to get TWO copies and a preview! I just love the flip flop flowers…I’ve been resisting buying a pair. With the book I could MAKE them.

    Hoping your vacation was wonderful, but happy to have you back blogging!


  • Anonymous

    I, too, would love to be entering into the drawing for the giveaway! Love your blog posts! Cyndi
    [email protected]

  • Joelle

    What a beautiful book! I love small, intricate projects like this. Thanks so much! [email protected]

  • The Sick Chick

    In my quest to learn every craft on the planet and read every craft book I can get my hands on, I have this one squarely in my sights :) It would rock to win it :)

    I’m TheSickChick on Twitter and Gmail :)

  • Kandra

    Ooooo!!! PICK ME, PICK ME! I’ve been oogling this book lately! :D

  • Susan

    Want it!!! Would love it!!! My kind of little sweet stuff!!! Never seen it before!!!

    your friend, susan b anderson :)

  • Anonymous

    I love the flowers I have seen from this book. I think they could become addictive–guess there are worse things!!! I can’t wait to see your fabric line this week…
    Laura ([email protected])

  • DebrfromMD

    These look beautiful! I would love to have this book!

  • Mary Ellen

    The book looks great!

  • DebrafromMD

    These are beautiful! I would love to win this book.

  • archmom

    Gorgeous flowers.

  • Stargirl

    Ooooo. Please enter me in the drawing for this giveaway. Those flowers are too precious!

  • Lindsay

    The book looks like one which is destined to grace my shelves, contest or no contest. What a lovely introduction to a beautiful tradition.

  • Michelle | Cicada Studio

    I know a lovely young lady who would pour through this book with a passion. Will pass on the info if I’m not the lucky winner!

  • LindaSonia

    Would be thrilled to win this book. Count me in!! LindaSonia ([email protected])

  • Teara

    Oh, I LOVE making flowers for my little girl’s hair and clothes!

    [email protected]

  • annemarie

    My fingers are crossed – oh how I would love this book.

  • balbei

    Exciting! I would love to win this book and learn the art of Kanzashi! Thanks for this opportunity.

  • gardienne

    This book looks beautiful! I would love to have a copy. :)

  • Mare

    I’m so sad, I’m not in the USA,… but in case I’m the winner I do have some friends who will lend me their address!!!!!

  • charlotte

    what a wonderfully delightful book! i love the elegant simplicity of the projects.

  • lemondropdesigns

    The book looks awesome! I love the flowers on the flip flops!

  • Anonymous

    This would be a fabulous addition to my library and the many knit items I could embellish. Will have to look for this at the bookstore soon!

  • Anonymous

    Your book would be a wonderful addition in my home with my grandchildren learning and growing up with precious flowers and such, please enter me in the contest. Thank you for sharing. Jan

  • Karen

    I just found your blog!!! I saw your name and thought — Is that the Warm Fuzzies woman? Glad to find you and I’ve already linked you up on my little blog. I love your work!

  • Jimberlys

    What a beautiful book. If I don’t win I am going to buy! Thanks for the chance.

    [email protected]

  • Aimee

    Wow! We really do learn something every day. I am an art teacher and this looks like something my students would enjoy.

  • Aimee

    I’ve never heard of this! I am an art teacher and this looks like something my students would like.

  • textile_fetish

    I would be thrilled to take on a new craft. Can they be made with various fabrics? I wonder. . . jennymeg(at)textilefetish(dot)com

  • Not quite there yet...

    Betz White,

    I would love LOVE that book! I would so SO appreciate it if you pick me!

  • Kelly O.

    This book looks fabulous!!!

    My mom lives in the States and we are visiting her in August. I’d love to have this waiting for me when I arrive :)

  • DianeCK7

    Beautiful ideas…thanks for the opportunity to win. If my name is chosen please wait for me to respond. I’ll be away from 7/29-8/2 with no internet!
    ([email protected])

  • Janet

    This book looks to be as fabulous as your Warm Fuzzies book! Thanks for doing the give away!
    [email protected]

  • coffeechris

    Beautiful work, would love to try the technique. Welcome home Betz.

  • abbyglassenberg

    I would love to win a copy of Diane’s book! So lovely!

  • Ally

    I have so many scraps of fabric that I’d love to use to make these projects!

  • Denise

    Thanks for a chance to win this book. It looks absolutely amazing and a great project to keep me busy through the long Maine winter!
    Dancingly, Denise
    [email protected]

  • Brian, Cheri and Adele

    Those are amazing, how beautiful!

  • Janna

    looks like a fabulous book!

    etsyteachermom at comcast dot net

  • Lynnderful

    What an amazing prize!

    Lynn Hill
    [email protected]

  • Ali

    I’ve been admiring this book. It would certainly be fun to win a copy!

  • Gabriel and Dorothy

    Simply beautiful. Would love to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  • Beehave

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book! I found your site through the book’s blog tour and think that it’s great. I’ve added you to my reader.

  • Kate

    Gorgeous book! What a great giveaway.

  • Michele Bogs

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this technique!! Thanks for all of your creative posts! I just made the placemat/karate belt bag! Fabulous!

    [email protected]

  • carrie

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the fantastic give-away!

  • Corvus

    I love how you set up your pictures of the book- flowers of every type, fabric and real!

    Thank you for the chance to win. corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

  • Allison

    This book looks so pretty! I’d love to try my hand at crafting some cool flowers like that.

  • Kristi

    This looks like such a great book ! Thanks you for the give-aways :)

  • shelleyandmike

    These look like beautiful projects~ I can’t wait to try!

  • Caro

    I have not seen this book until you mentioned it—it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for offering a copy (and introducing it!)!

  • Kiki, The Fearless Crafter

    I just love the look of the flowers, but those butterfly jar toppers are TOO cute! I’ve never tried kanzashi, but I think I might after seeing the great ideas here!

    [email protected]

  • sandy

    I have been looking into making fabric flowers from my many,MANY fabric scraps. What perfect timing for this book. It looks great!

  • Megan

    i’m so excited about this book. can’t wait to see it in person!

  • Jennifer Doll

    I would love to make these little treasures!! I love them! How darling!!

  • Jenny

    Such a beautiful book! Thanks for entering me in the contest to win it!

  • KV

    I would love to have this book! I lived in Japan for a couple of years and wish I had learned how to do this there.

    (crafty.vance at

  • Anna Rose

    Oh my God! The flowers are beautiful and the butterflys are amazing! I have never seen this art before. Would love to learn it. Please. please, please… enter me in the drawing!

  • KV

    I would love to win this book! I lived in Japan for a couple of years and wish I had learned to make kanzashi while I was there.

    crafty.vance at

  • Tracy

    So generous of you to offer one to your readers! Looks like a beautiful book.

  • Danielle

    Those flowers are absolutely adorable! Please enter me.

    ([email protected])

  • kitkabbit

    oh, I would love to win this book! so far i’ve only been using web tutorials, how great would it be to have this beautifully photographed book as reference. (crossing fingers & toes)

  • Trisha

    These look wonderful, and I’d like to try the butterflies. Welcome back from your vacation. You can reach me at tthorme at yahoo dot com. All the best to you.

  • AndreaLea

    Like everyone else, I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!!

  • Linda and Greg

    Gorgeous book! Would love to win!!!

  • simply geometric

    What an amazing book! It’s always fun to learn something new :)

  • greeblygreebly

    Such a beautiful book, it looks like a wonderful methood for embellishing all kinds of things.

  • Misha

    That looks so cool! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Maija

    Yes, Please, enter my name:
    [email protected]!

  • Heather

    Welcome back!
    It looks like a great book (which I also haven’t seen) and I’d love to add it to my bookshelf. You know where to find me and you could save on postage (if I win!).

  • Liz McMahon

    This looks so awesome! I just finished crocheting a scarf and would love to attach one of these to it(and many other things! I would love a copy of this awesome book. :D
    [email protected]

  • Chia Chia

    I love japaness art and craft.. What a lovely book.

  • Rachel

    Those butterflies would look beautiful on the home canned fruits and veggies I give away at Christmas. I’d LOVE a copy of this book!

  • Tiffani

    Those bows look fabulous! I can’t wait to learn how to make them myself!

    [email protected]

  • KG

    I have been following this book tour. This book looks better and better!

  • Amy

    I would love to get this book! Crossing my fingers!

  • June

    I’ll play! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  • ferne

    What a beautiful book and right up your alley! Looks like fun.

    [email protected]

  • Dimple

    Beautiful book. Wonderful ideas. Hope I win it!

  • Southern Lady's Vintage

    What a beautiful art! Gorgeous book!! Please do count me in!! Congratulations for making Blogger’s Blogs of Note!

  • ina and gumby

    betz … pretty please with sugar on top is a very nice way to ask non?! … thanks for entering my name in the drawing … happy days … ina … gumby & mimi …

  • Deborah in IL

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have a stack of recycled silk that would make lovely butterflies!

  • Matt, Jen, Addison, & Gavin

    I would love to win a copy! Thanks so much for this oppurtunity.

  • lauren

    This book looks like it’s filled with so many fun little projects. I am definitely not creative or skilled enough to figure out how to do these things on my own, so this book would be so helpful!

  • Teri

    Pick me!

    pretty please

  • lauren

    This book looks like fun! I love the hydrangea flower bouquet!

  • chppie

    You picked some cute projects to highlight. I was noticing the jar toppers too. The holidays aren’t that far away.

  • terrysweet


  • Señorita Andalucíana

    I would love this book! I really enjoy the crafts you’ve posted up, haven’t had time to do any truthfully but they look fun!

  • Angela

    What a neat book! I’ve seen it on a few other blogs … I may have to go buy it if I don’t win it.

  • EEMedley

    how nice of you, im not much into fabric but ive been thinking bout it =) [email protected] ty!

  • Teddi Taylor

    Really, honestly, truly? Is postage that bad to Canada? Can I enter if I pay the postage? I would love this book.

  • kristina proffitt

    Thank you for the chance! I’d love to win this book!! :-D

  • Hannah Stevenson

    I have three little baby girls and would love to learn this technique to both use up my scraps of fabric and to adorn everything I can with flowers, butterflies, etc.! If I don’t win, I’m definitely buying…thanks for the heads up on what looks like a wonderful book!

  • textilejunkie

    Going for the win! :)

  • Noel

    Wow! Cool book. I’ll be doing cartwheels if I win.

  • Amy

    What a cool book, and lucky you. Maybe lucky Me?

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  • Tina @ Squirrel Acorns

    What a beautiful book! I agree, the butterfly toppers looks extraordinary!

  • luke and pamela

    what a beautiful project!

  • Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie, LLC

    Ooh…what a lovely book! I’d love to win.

  • Mary

    Please enter me in the drawing for this giveaway. It looks like a beautiful book!

  • Nonerz

    2 of my favorite things…books & crafting!! I really enjoyed your “Sewing Green” book – gave me lots of ideas! =)

  • Owen

    I’ve been waiting for the book! Can’t wait to try this out myself :)

  • BibìeBibò

    Saluti dall’Italia

  • Sarah

    These designs are wonderful, and to think I had never heard of it before! I would love love love to win this book! Thanks so much for offering it…

    [email protected]

  • Jaime

    Love, love, love your blog and would love to win this book! Thanks for all you do, Betz!

  • Cherylyn

    Oh, how I love to make pretties. I’ve been oogling this book at the craftypod for some time.

  • Joan and Kevin

    Wow, what a beautiful book. You could make beautiful flowers from your old silk dresses.

  • Lisbeth

    Wouldn’t I be just the luckiest person to receive this book! Thanks for having cool giveaways like this. I enjoy your blog so much!

  • Allyn Wise

    You have introduced me to some of the coolest crafts! Thank you!!!

  • Kim

    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book!

  • Inspired Tokens

    Wonderful book and wonderful tour! Please do enter me in your contest for this beautiful book! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that I might be the lucky winner!

  • 1happemom

    I love to embellish and would love using that book. Hope I get it!
    [email protected]

  • Kiwi in NC

    To dream, perchance to win! I would love to have a chance at this. Crossing my fingers.

  • Weedwacker

    I never win anything, but I love this book! Please enter me in the contest. I hope to win this time.

  • Heather - -

    Don’t enter me (I have one!) I just wanted to say good job on the flower/book photos! :) And I heart Diane!

  • Seema

    Gotto know about this giveaway and wouldnt miss it i am a big fan of art and craft and would not miss a book related to it….would love to win this.
    [email protected]

  • Suzanne

    Add my name. Pretty please. I’m feeling lucky and creative.

    – Suzanne

  • bluekaeru

    Please add me in for a chance to win. I absolutely love the sweet butterflies.

  • Astrid

    That looks like a very nice book! I’d love a chance to win a copy. :)

  • raebeth

    Just started trying quiltagami which is fabric flower embellishments! This book would be great!

  • Jen

    Looks like a beautiful book with tons of ideas. I will love the chance to win.

  • Pumpkin

    Keepin” my fingers crossed!

  • Amy

    This books looks so fun!

  • Firefly

    What a wonderful book…I’d love to try my hand at some of those flowers and crafts :)

  • Katie

    I do so want this book!

  • sb

    I saw a little about this book on another site and was smitten. I’d love to make some pretty embellishments for, well, everything! Those flowers are so cute and I see a lot of potential!

  • mkayteem on scs

    Would love to learn how to make the butterfly! Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Candace

    Hoping to win – this book looks fantastic!

  • Jennifer

    it’s like origami with fabric. i want to read it.

  • DrLeonesse

    Betz, How generous to have such a wonderful giveaway! I’d love to have a copy.

  • just being me

    The book is great. I’ll be visiting my grandchildren in Japan in November and would love to bring them somethin from the states and something i made for them. thanks for the chance to win.
    [email protected]

  • Deanna

    Lovely photo! I’d really love to win :)

  • Johanna

    wow wath a nice book

  • Ann

    The book looks beautiful! I would love to have a copy. I especially love those butterflies!!

  • <b>Upper West Side Writer</b>

    Please sign me–I desperately want this book! Thanks!


  • Shannon @ Some Fine Taters

    This looks lovely!

  • Veganrocks

    That book looks SO interesting and fun. I would love to have a copy!
    [email protected]

  • A life of Assorted Nuts

    I’d love to get a copy of that book!

    [email protected]

  • letterwoman

    What a beautiful-looking book. Thanks for doing this giveaway. I would really love to have a copy of it.

  • Anonymous

    Hi would like to enter to win the new book, it looks great. My email is [email protected]. I feel lucky! Thanks! Angela

  • Cedaracrelady

    sweet little somethings…………….oh to win them would be divine!

  • LMM

    Cute, cute, cute! And so adorable. Pick me!

  • Pamela

    Boy, this is the week of giveaways!! What fun and what a great book to win!

  • Lorene

    Love the book! Glad for the opportunity to participate in a giveaway!

  • Cindy

    Neat! Somewhere in my stash of books I have a set of old Japanese books on exactly this! My mom gave them to me, I think she did a few projects out of them, we may have done some together.

  • Alisa

    The book looks lovely! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Jeannie

    Oh, I love those butterflys! Have a great week!

  • Michelle

    Please enter me in to win. :) What an awesome book.
    [email protected]

  • Mearaid

    Oh! beautiful book, so many things to embellish so little time.

  • skinimini

    This kind of craft is right up my alley! Thanks for the introduction. Crossing fingers! :)

  • Christina J.

    How pretty!

  • Georgia

    Oh, this book looks lovely! I would definitely enjoy it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! :)

  • Carole

    Little did I know that the author was in Portland over the weekend teaching a class. I would have loved to be there.

    I’d really like to learn to make these flowers, and having the book in my library would be the perfect chance! Thanks for the opportunity. If I should be lucky enough to win I can be contacted by way of either of my blogs.

  • MIchelle

    Way cute! I love all the ideas of how to use them.

  • handbagaddict

    Ah, each time I read a review the more I want this book!!!!

  • sadie

    Oh, I hope I win. This would be a very welcome addition to my small but growing craft book collection. I would also love to give those butterfly toppers a try. PICK ME!!!
    [email protected]

  • Jill

    Oh la la la…two of my favorite things…silk and flowers…I would love to have three favorite things…and this book!

    ([email protected])

  • Melody

    I would love to have this book. The pictures are amazing.

  • Brooke

    Looks like a great book of projects. I would certainly love a copy!
    Brooke McDonnell
    mcdonnell dot brooke at

  • Cindy Is Crafty

    I would love, love, love to win a copy of Diane’s book! Pick me, please!!!

  • handmadeinsurburbia

    Thanks for the introduction to this wonderful book. Would love for this book to end up on my book shelf one way or another!!!

  • Anonymous

    Please pick me!! Looks so cool.

    [email protected]

  • Lynn

    I would love to have the other book. I check out Diane’s blog all the time. I don’t know how I missed that she had that new book out. Duh! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always loved origami or fabric folding…this looks like so much fun! would love to have this book.

    Gardnwest AT aol DOT com

  • Amy

    I want to try the flip flop flowers, what a great way to dress them up.

  • melonkelli

    Aaah! I have to make the flip-flops!

  • Anonymous

    That book looks amazing! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but I’ve never posted. You make some amazing stuff.

    Thanks for the chance!

    [email protected]

  • Tracey

    Keeping my fingers crossed that I win that book!!!! Punkrockertracey(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  • lindagerig

    neat book [email protected]

  • mary ann

    Beautiful flowers and a wonderful new craft to learn! [email protected]

  • Dawn

    That is so beautiful. So delicate and pretty a craft. Would love to have the book. thank you~ [email protected]

  • soilmama

    I would love this!
    [email protected]

  • Lanimoz

    Yes, this is a gorgeous book! How kind of you to share!!

  • Gibb Photo

    Thanks for the giveaway! You have a wonderful blog!

  • mama billie

    OoOoOo!!!! Pick me! Pick me! What a fun book! I would love to try to make these for my daughters clothes & for her pretties (barrettes)! Thanks! Billie
    [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous!! And they are crafty instant gratifications!!! Thanks for a chance to win!
    Jeni ([email protected])

  • TitaTita

    Bueno,nunca he sido una chica con suerte,no obstante ,que me agrada cocinar,tejer,coser, bordar, hobbys que he aprendido a lo largo de mi vida por necesidad para sobrevir en este mundo.y que son universales.Me encantaria que en el ocaso de mi vida poder tener la suerte de ser la propietaria de ese libro bellisimo…..

  • quincy

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Emily

    Love this book! Had a chance to peek at it at the Twisted event in Portland on Saturday. Even made a precious little flower brooch. Would love the opportunity to make some more. Thank you for chance!

  • Julie

    I would love the book! I love the flowers. I can be contacted at [email protected]
    Here’s hope’n I win!!!

  • Mariellen

    Kanzashi in Bloom looks incredible. It would be a great addition to anyone’s craft library (especially mine!).


  • Ginny

    This book looks great, lucky you to get a review copy!~

  • jhackie decena

    hi just give u smile :) can i follow you?

  • Brittney Cat

    I would love to have a copy of this beautiful book. My winter coats and sweaters could use a little spring flower to dress them up! They would make wonderful presents to give away and make people smile :)

  • Miss L's Craft Room

    This is my type of book. What a great giveaway!

  • Katie

    Pretty pretty! Do enter my name. One of these days, I’ll be a lucky blog-drawing-entering girl.

  • Tree Dellinger

    Looks like a lovely way to while away a rainy afternoon this fall!

  • littlepeepsmom

    I have to say that the little butterflies are to-die-for! I can imagine so many uses for them!

  • Rebecca

    What a beautiful book! I would love to make those flowers for everyone I know!

  • Karen

    Ooooo! Looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to win! Karen

    [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    What a heat idea for everything from gifts to bags, yes I’m interested. Fringers crossed!!!
    Mariah in Montana
    [email protected]

  • Knitlee

    What a beautiful book!

  • shiela

    Oh my! That book is lovely! Thanks for such a great giveaway!!

  • bkgworldwide

    I found the article in Sew Beautiful very interesting. I have made yo-yo flowers for years and this is a new twist. How have you used these blooms since you have gotten the book? Would love to have a copy of the book.

  • Shorty

    What a great giveaway! I would love to learn to make these flowers, and was so intrigued by your earlier posts on them. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’ll post a link to your giveaway on my blog…

  • michelle

    Looks like such a fun new thing to try!

  • pats730

    What a beautiful book and absolutely beautiful flowers! Please enter me for a chance to win the book. Thanks!

  • Tsoniki Crazy Bull

    This book is beautiful! I am going to the Urban Craft summer show in Seattle this weekend so am excited to get to meet Diane.

  • Chloe

    A giveaway? I can’t believe it! A beautiful book- wonderful flowers and butterflies!! I would love to learn how, and I would love to have a copy of the book! So many options.

  • Kate

    Oh, these projects look lovely!

  • Jayme

    I’d love to try to make these beautiful flowers. Thanks for the chance to win such a cool book.

  • SingingRNtoBe

    Hope it’s me! [email protected]

  • [email protected]

    I would love to get this book!

  • Becky

    Enter me!! [email protected]

    Hope I’m not too late.


  • Allison

    Great giveaway! I’d love to win…

  • balbei

    Hi. I posted earlier as ‘Balbei’ and realized that I didn’t leave a way for you to contact me. My email is simplyblissful [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks so much!

  • Hibler House

    Yay! This book has been on my mind for WEEKS now! Wish me luck, I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  • Mrs. Anderson

    I would love to enter to win if it’s not too late.-Jaimi

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