Throwback Thursday: A Year of Pies

July 31, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman

This week we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with: A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies!

Pie, the country’s perennial favorite and savory delight is the perfect way to get your summer off to a delicious start. With expert baker, Ashley English, learn how to fashion, bake, and shape 60 mouthwatering treats for the hot summer months and for all year round.

By using the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, English provides traditional and delectable recipes, for classic summer favorites of Blueberry Pie and Peaches & Creme Pie. With the accompanying full paged photos of English’s heavenly baked goods included, this cookbook will keep you coming back for seconds. Treat yourself to your own copy of A Year of Pies by clicking here.

Ashley English, author of the homemade Living series, has had a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge and Taproot magazine and has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM and has been named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Food Books of 2012.



Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, August 7th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!


Throwback Thursday: Crochet Love

July 24, 2014, 16:32 pm  Posted by joshglickman

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!

While we love sharing all of our latest titles with you, sometimes it’s nice to take a look back at some of the other great Lark books now lining our shelves. With guides on everything from crocheting and knitting to beading and book-binding, we at Lark Books pride ourselves on having something for everyone, with books of projects and instruction to help crafters of every discipline progress from beginner to expert in their respective fields. So whether you missed hearing about these fantastic titles when they first came out or you could just use a fresh reminder, there’s no need to worry about missing out on all the fun.

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Whether you sew, embroider, scrapbook, or crochet, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the name Jenny Doh. The renowned craft author has made quite a name for herself within many different areas of the crafting world, and it’s no wonder why when her books are all so elegant, sweet, and fun. Well Crochet Love is no exception.

Inspired by the Japanese design style of Zakka, which is all about elevating the ordinary to imaginative levels that make people smile, Crochet Love offers 27 simple and stunning projects that include scarves, handbags, finger puppets, and more. With detailed instructions and photographs that illustrate each step of the process, as well as an informative “Basics” section, Crochet Love is perfect for beginners looking to jump right in and start creating fun and adorable crafts right away.

With a variety of small projects that are ideal for crocheting on the go (and finishing quickly), as well as projects that are not only decorative but useful too (like a seat cushion and a doorstop), Crochet Love is a wonderful tool for anyone looking to fill their house with handmade crafts or give make someone special a personalized gift.



Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, July 30th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, July 31st. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!


Starting next week: Throwback Thursdays!

July 17, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by joshglickman

Announcing a new feature segment on our Lark Crafts blog: Throwback Thursday, or as you might already call it, #TBT! Starting next week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite books from past seasons, every Thursday. With great crafting projects and ideas to share from our archives, this is a chance to revisit old favorites, and to discover something new you might’ve missed the first time.


To make Throwback Thursday even more fun, we’ll be offering book giveaways each week to our readers, so be sure not to miss out on the craft-stalgia! We can’t wait for next Thursday and hope you’ll join us for the #TBT fun.


Cute Crochet World giveaway!

July 03, 2014, 09:00 am  Posted by joshglickman

Free book and project giveaway! To celebrate the recent release of Suzann Thompson’s new book, we are giving away three free copies of Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More, along with one of three delightful motifs from the book: a Martian, a vintage television, or a gingerbread couple.

With Cute Crochet World, learn to crochet more than 50 different motifs, like scrumptious cupcakes and colorful crayons. With designs that fall into 6 different categories, including seasons, home, food, and critters, Thompson’s delightful and colorful collection has something for everyone. These adorable and quirky projects are great for embellishing fashion and home accessories or making jewelry and ornaments. You can even use them to customize stationary. The perfect size for crafting on the go, Thompson’s creations are fun and simple to make, with detailed instructions and a number of photographs.

Suzann Thompson has crocheted and knitted since childhood. In junior high, she earned a fortune (of several hundred dollars) by crocheting and selling granny-square handbags. However, she later chose writing and designing over mass production. The author of Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden (both Lark), Suzann also teaches and writes about crochet, knitting, and polymer clay. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dublin, TX. Follow her on Instagram at @cutecrochetworld.



A copy of Cute Crochet World


Either a Martian, vintage television, or gingerbread couple


Just leave a comment from Thursday, July 3 to Friday, July 11 and 3 lucky craft winners will be chosen to win our Lark gift giveaway!


Earringology Giveaway

June 12, 2014, 09:00 am  Posted by joshglickman

To celebrate the publication of Candie Cooper’s Earringology, we’re giving away a copy of the book and a pair of handcrafted earrings designed by the author! The earrings are base metal parts with Swarovski crystal droplets.

In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.

Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for unique materials and color combinations, inspired by her extensive travel and years living in China. She is the author of several jewelry books with Lark, including Necklaceology and Metalworking 101 for Beaders. Candie hosts the public television series Hands On, has appeared as a featured guest on PBS’s popular Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, and teaches creative workshops nationally. She currently lives in Wabash, IN.



* A copy of the Earringology book

* A pair of handcrafted earrings from the book

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Thursday, June 19th. Winners will be selected by Friday, June 20th. Click here for the official rules. Show us some Lark love, and we’ll return the favor!


Packaging Your Crafts Giveaway

May 08, 2014, 02:00 am  Posted by joshglickman

Who says you can’t profit off of your creativity? We live in a world where originality has value. Whether you’re addicted to your Etsy shop or like to daydream about turning creative hobbies into an enterprise— we’ve got the perfect guide to your success.

Simply put, it’s all about the packaging. Just ask Viola E. Sutanto— award-winning graphic artist, product designer, and author of Packaging Your Crafts. Sutanto provides the go-to guide for crafters who want to gain a professional edge. Learn how to mix business with pleasure and turn one-time buyers into loyal customers. The book covers specialist terms, standard envelope sizes, and various materials, and offers a wealth of ideas, tutorials, templates, charts, and interviews with the experts.

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And guess what…

THREE lucky Lark crafters are going to receive a copy of Packaging Your Crafts PLUS a fun bonus gift that will help inspire your creative packaging (*hint* chocolate is involved!). Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Thursday, May 15th. Winners will be selected by Friday, May 16th. Click here for the official rules. Show us some Lark love, and we’ll return the favor!



* A copy of the Packaging Your Crafts book

* A sample craft package from the book


Break the Rules — Get a Free Book!

April 01, 2014, 15:14 pm  Posted by Lark

No, no, no, I’m not suggesting you shoplift…or break any other rules like sneaking into a movie theater or peeing in a swimming pool. I’m talking about Diane Hyde‘s new book, Break the Rules Bead Embroidery—I’m giving away an advance copy to one lucky person!

This book releases in stores on May 2, and the creativity within its pages is gonna knock your socks off. Diane gives herself permission to include the the most innovative materials in her pretty bead-embroidered jewelry! We’re talking pen nibs, toys, spoons, old keys, brass hinges, guitar picks, mini bulbs–and that’s just a start! This book will inspire you and kick-start your imagination.

Getting in on the giveaway couldn’t be simpler. To be eligible, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 7, 2014. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Click here for the official rules (don’t break those!). This giveaway is over; the winner is Nancy Ludvik. Happy beading, Nancy!

Diane Hyde


A Year of Pies – Autographed Copy GIVEAWAY

December 09, 2013, 11:09 am  Posted by Lark

Tis the season for baked goods! Whether you’re whipping up something special to share at an upcoming holiday gathering or simply feel the urge to warm up your kitchen with the comfort of something piping hot to balance out these cold days, we have the book for you. A Year of Pies offers up a full year of seasonal, natural recipes for pies and tarts both sweet and savory utilizing the best of what each season has to offer. A total of 60 recipes are included, 15 for each season. Classics are covered, but with Ashley English’s unique culinary spin. It would make a perfect holiday gift for that foodie friend on your list.

Learn much more about A Year of Pies in my earlier post here and view some of the great praise the book has garnered here.

To further celebrate the holiday season, we wanted to provide a chance to win an autographed copy of the book. Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 15. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us your favorite kind of pie or a fond pie memory. One lucky winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, December 16. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!


Mod Podge Rocks! & Mod Podge Product Bundle GIVEAWAY

December 02, 2013, 14:13 pm  Posted by Lark

We’re feeling really generous around here lately, swept up by the holiday spirit. What a perfect opportunity for us to shed a light on one of our favorite books and product lines.

Written by dynamo Amy Anderson, Mod Podge Rocks! is a fun exploration of one of the world’s favorite craft brands and line of products. We know crafters absolutely love Mod Podge and embrace the opportunity to learn more about its vast creative potential.

To continue to celebrate the book we wanted to offer up an absolutely huge giveaway to one very lucky winner. Whether you’re looking to add to your own personal crafting arsenal, or you’re seeking to bestow the gift of Mod Podge to someone else, why not throw your name in the virtual hat?

Here’s what the package includes:

* a copy of the Mod Podge Rocks! book

* Mod Podge mini tote bag

* Essential Tool Kit (brayer and squeegee)

* Silicone Craft Mat

* Roller Applicator Kit

* Detail Tool Kit (pouch, ruler, distressing stick, squeegee, 3.5-inch scissors, 6.5-inch scissors, brush)

* Brush Applicator

* Glow-in-the-Dark with Brush

* One-Step Crackle Medium with Brush

* Dimensional Magic (original + silver glitter)

* Tracing Templates (alphabet + shapes)

* Podgeable Papers (six sets)

* Podgeable Shapes (three sets)

* 3D Adhesive Mounts

* Sampler Set (six mini .44 oz. pots)

How can you enter for a chance to win this amazing giveaway? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 10. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us how you like to use Mod Podge? One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, December 11. Click here for the official rules.This giveaway is now closed. We will be announcing the winner soon.



November 26, 2013, 05:00 am  Posted by Lark



Enter for a chance to win all four copies of the fabulous crochet books shown above! 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, A.H.K.!

Last year, I made a mid-year’s resolution to learn to crochet. This year, I kept it. Crocheting is so much fun, and I’ve already made the Skinny Scalloped Scarf from Crochet Love and the Chunky Ribbed Scarf from Crochet Boutique.

Because it’s the holidays, and because Lark loves you, and to celebrate the one resolution I’ve followed through with in the last 20 years, we’re giving away a sweet little bundle of four Lark crochet books to one lucky winner! Simply enter a comment below, and you could win a copy of Crochet Love, Crochet Boutique, AmiguruME, and Crochet Garden.

Whether you’re a newbie crocheter like me or are already accomplished with the hook, you’ll find a wide range of projects in these books: fresh, modern wearables and accessories; sweet, zakka-inspired, simple-to-stitch projects; amigurume people you can create in any shape or size; and lovely, floral-inspired motifs for any season. 

How can you enter for a chance to win this essential collection of crochet books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 5. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us about any holiday crochet projects you have in the works? One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced on Friday, December 6. Click here for the official rules.