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UPDATE 1/9/2013: Congratulations to Colleen White of Bradenton, Florida, the randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Our thanks to everyone who participated: thank you for being a part of our community! ~ Ray

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Well, it’s the holiday season, and I hope you’re feeling in the spirit—or at least whatever kind of good spirit is meaningful to you!

The spirit I’m feeling today is genuine gratitude for all the kind community you share with us throughout the year, and that makes me want to give something special to thank you.

So I’m doing a spur-of-the-moment giveaway, and a big one: a random selection of 15 of our 500 Series books old and new from Lark Jewelry & Beading, including two especially precious ones that are out of print. Here are the books in the set, stacked nicely in a pile by my desk (okay, honestly, that’s not my desk or anywhere close to it; my desk is covered in papers and a stack of books would tumble over very loudly):

Showcase 500 Rings
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry
500 Necklaces
500 Pendants & Lockets
500 Metal Vessels
500 Judaica
500 Silver Jewelry Designs
500 Plastic Jewelry Designs
500 Brooches (out of print)
500 Bracelets
400 Polymer Clay Designs
500 Gemstone Jewels
1000 Glass Beads (being taken out of print with more than 38,000 copies sold lifetime, and we have now run out of stock in our warehouse)
1000 Rings
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series

How can you enter for a chance to win this fabulous set of 15 inspiring gift books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 2. Any comment will do, but we’d love it if you’d write about something special: the most meaningful present you’ve ever given—and what made it so special.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on January 11, 2013. I encourage you to join us: Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page to see photos of contemporary jewelry and beading work and to be alerted to free projects and giveaways on this blog. Click here for the official giveaway rules.

Good luck. And, of course, we here at Lark wish you and your family a holiday season and new year filled with kindness, joy, laughter, and grace.

 
 
 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/marie.e.gibbons Marie EvB Gibbons

    ahhh these are the most amazing books ever!! Beautifully done, full of beautiful work!! Thank You Lark Books for the wonderful things you do!!

  • Moriah Betterly

    Wow! Very generous of you! The gift I enjoyed giving the most was a little snowman ornament I had made myself and sent to an online friend whom I’d never met in person. She was so incredibly touched that a “stranger” had thought of her during the holidays. Made my day.

  • Deborah Boschert

    Wow… that is an awesome pile of books! My parents are pretty thrilled with the grandchildren I gave them! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083555035 Linda Schultz

    My most meaning present was finding a Rolex Oyster watch at the flea market. The seller didn’t know what it was and asked for a dollar for it. I handed it to him and asked to promise that he would take it to a watch dealer. He did and the next week I got the biggest hug from his wife-they hadn’t know how they would pay their property taxes bit were able to do so with the money they received from the dealer. Best hug ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judi.delgado Judi Delgado

    I love all these books; I’ve learned so much from Lark. But even if I hadn’t, I’d still love the books because they are just so gorgeous!

    I suppose I’ve reached a certain age, because the gifts that are most satisfying to me are the family bits and pieces that I am passing on to my daughters now. Each event, I can present them with something precious – though not in monetary value – along with a story, a memory, a bit of history of a loved one gone before. I hope they treasure these otherwise ordinary objects as much as I have because of the family love within.

  • Irene Barnett

    I don’t think I have a most meaningful gift. Anytime a face lights up in response to a gift is a win.

  • Wendy

    One year I had to sell my most cherished pair of leather boots to have enough money to buy my daughter a pair of roller skates. She LOVED them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vicki.grabowski Vicki Grabowski

    Awesome giveaway Lark, I’m impressed!

  • Tammy

    Gosh, I hope I’ve given many meaningful gifts… Last year I gave my cousin’s (who has passed) musician son an engraved sterling guitar pick with his initials on one side and his dad’s on the other. I have a friend whose last name is the same as what was once a very famous chain of luxury hotels, and he just moved into a new home, so I tracked down a corkscrew, linen towel, and ash tray with that hotel name on them for entertaining guests in his new home. Another friend recently published her first and second novels in which a hourglass is important so I made a tiny glass hourglass pendant and filled it with teeeeny diamonds instead of sand to show how proud I am of her talent. I like to give snowglobes at Christmas with photos of our lost loved ones inside, there’s something magical about remembering them that way. Hopefully many others…

  • Rose

    Not a clue. Lived too long to remember!

  • Karen

    The most memorable gift I have given was copies of very old pictures of my grandmother as a young 16 year old girl and my grandfather as a jaunty young man in a straw bowler to my cousins and other family members. Thank you Lark for this great giveaway!

  • Kate

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was a granddaughter to my mother-in-law. Anne had terminal liver cancer and it was her dying wish to have a grandchild. Her son (the only married child she had) and I had only been married 10 mos. and I wasn’t even sure I wanted kids but the thought of her dying without getting her wish (and also my parents possibly never having grandkids) was too much to bear. Sadly, Anne passed away before we found out I was pregnant but I know she was with us when her first grandchild was born 9 mos. later. As it turned out, our daughter, Madison, was just as much a gift for us as it was for her grandma.

  • kathyS

    I always give art; its always appreciated. I often give books as well.

  • Allison C

    I like giving handmade gifts for Christmas and the best are large quilts. People are always surprised since they know how much work I put into it. Not only do I get to enjoy making it, I get to watch them enjoy it for years afterwards.

  • Anna

    my most meaningful gift was to my mother-in-law (or at least it was the most memorable for me) – I gave it to her as a gift when she and her fiancee went to visit her sister’s home in another state. What she did not know (and everyone else did) was that this trip was also to be her wedding trip – her fiancee had already made arrangements for the wedding and for family to be in attendance.
    Her sister had talked her into buying a new dress for the trip – and I made a necklace that went with it (after getting pictures of the dress from her sis). So she had an outfit that was perfect for her and the wedding, and the new jewelry to set it off just right!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055451431 Laura Rae Hulka

    The most meaningful gifts I have ever given have been tied into our family history. One year I made small cookbooks with family recipes in it – some over 100 years old. Another year, I gave away special pieces of lace made by my grandmother and grandmother, mounted in frames. These gifts mean so much, because they tie the present generations to the past ones!

  • Debbie

    Well, another totally awesome give away! The person winning these will be a very blessed person.

  • Gretchen Coats

    I would like to think that all of my beadwork that I have given away at the holidays is meaningful!
    I would love to win these books! They would make such a nice addition to my library!

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.davis5 Renee Cain Davis

    The most meaningful present I gave was a hand embroidered mixer cover to my Mother. She taught me at a very young age how to embroider. My Dad bought the pattern for me and it was a complete to her. The best gift I ever received was about 40 years later when my Mother gave back to me that same mixer cover. She didn’t have a mixer any more and thought I would like to have it. She took great care of it all those years and every time I visited it was sitting right on the counter.

  • Gretchen Coats

    I would like to think that all of my beadwork that I have given away at the holidays is meaningful!
    I would love to win these books! They would make such a nice addition to my library!

  • http://www.facebook.com/omabertha Bertha Will Hawley

    Great looking collection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/that.owl Lela Bouse McCracken

    Thank you for this amazing give-away! Even though I love giving handmade gifts to family members (jewelry, baskets, journals, etc) and they seem to love them….. I think I get the biggest warm fuzzy when we shop for two angels from a local angel tree. It’s such a nice feeling knowing that someones Christmas will be a little brighter. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469186434 Irene Bubulka Lenihan

    My most meaingful presents were the ones I made for others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530970095 Sasha Haddock

    Hand stamped piece with a soldier’s name and military logo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.longgallegos Julie Long Gallegos

    My most meaningful gift is from my grandmothers, my mother and my sister who taught me, and in many ways, are still teaching me to sew. Because of their amazingly accomplished sewing skills, I’ve had something to aspire to, and it informs and challenges my own beadwork and sewing. I can never thank them enough.

  • Gretchen Coats

    I would like to think that all the beadwork I have given away for presents is meaningful!
    I would love to win these books, they would make a great addition to me library!

  • Gretchen Coats

    I would like to think that all the beadwork I have given away for presents is meaningful!
    I would love to win these books, they would make a great addition to my library!

  • Kalina

    I’m hungry to learn more about jewelry making – make my day! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikia.angel Nikia Angel

    I’m proud to be in the first one! 500 beaded objects…would love to own them all

  • http://www.facebook.com/kirsten.pearson57 Kirsten Lambdin

    I like to believe that the most meaningful gift I give are the ones I’ve custom made specially for my loved ones and friends.

  • Katie Hanrahan

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was a collage made from pictures and words cut from magazines. It was for a very special friend. At the time, I had no money to purchase anything for him so decided to make a collage showing what he and our friendship meant to me. It touched him deeply, and he kept it for many years. We are still very good friends to this day – 36 years later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meg.waff Meg Waff

    My favorite moment was when I gave my sister a handmade bead embroidered purse. The image was of the Yates Mill in NC where works as a manager. She was going to be headed to a gala after the holidays named “Jeans & Jewels” so I incorporated that too. The look on her face when she opened that made my heart sing. Always buy handmade, make handmade & give handmade! Love those books, BTW : )

  • Sally Anderson

    Oh, my. What a wonderful stack of books you have sitting there. They need a new home and I’d be happy to provide that! Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LindaLarsen33 Linda Larsen

    I have some of these book and love the inspiration that they give me!! The most meaningful gifts are the ones that no one knows you gave…

  • Therese Magnani

    One of my oldest and dearest friends had a mastectomy earlier this year. She was blessed to not to have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. But the toll on her was imense. I made a bracelet for her with turquoise, rose quartz, and howlite; all stones with healing properties. As I made it, I thought of all the joy we have shared over the past 40 years, and I prayed for her continued healing. She loves it, and as of this writing, she remains cancer free.

  • Fran

    A most meaningful gift would be to win these wonderful books, I would treasure them always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgraywurz Deborah L Gray-Wurz

    Shortly after I married my husband, I made my mother-in-law a necklace. When she passed away, I made sure one of my sister-in-laws took the piece. It helped ease the loss of a special women.

  • http://www.facebook.com/1valerietyler Valerie Cooper Tyler

    Some of my favorite all time art books! I actually just recommended the series to a customer at my last art show! It’s hard to think of the most meaningful gift I’ve given–I’d like to think it’s anything I’ve given away freely without expecting something in return. :)

  • Beth T.

    What a great story. They are probably still talking about your honesty and kindness.

  • Sally Anderson

    I just commented but forgot to tell you about the amazing gift I received. In 1985 my dad died in a house fire. We (his 4 grown kids) were supposed to put prices on everything we could remember that were in that house. My mom had had some really precious glass pieces and since I worked in NYC, my task was going to tiffany’s to check prices. While there I saw this beautiful but simple pin, a circle pin with sapphires and one diamond. I loved that pin so much but never mentioned it to any other person. That was in the fall. That Christmas I opened a gift from my husband and it was in the Tiffany’s blue box. It was that circle pin! I don’t know how he ever got on my wave length to that extent but he sure was puzzled when I burst into tears.

  • Billie Henson

    My best Christmas present yet? Probably when I was 6 and I got my first bicycle. There was snow on the ground outside so I couldn’t ride it so my father propped up the training wheels on telephone books and Sears catalogs. I must have ridden that bike a million miles inside that winter!!! It was great!!!

  • phylart

    The best present I got was someone’s video taping my 98 year old dad singing a holiday song in Yiddish that I had never before heard him sing. Love Lark books; would be happy to get those I don’t have and pass on any that I already own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.vagnone Kim Vagnone

    I would have to say my most meaningful gift I gave (and I had no idea how much it really meant to her until she passed away 9 months after) was giving my grandmother’s middle name to my newborn daughter as her middle name. My grandmother (Nanny) was 65 years old when I was born, and she often told me I was a gift to her. By the time my girl was born, Nan had lots of grandchildren and about 17 great-grandchildren, yet my girl was the only one who carries Nanny’s name. This kind of love, totally unconditional, is quite amazing and often a person may never experience something so awesome once during a lifetime. I have been blessed with having this type of bond twice, with Nan and with my daughter. And the gift I received in return…..the memories of Nanny holding her namesake on her lap, bouncing and laughing…..yeah, that would be the best gift so far. <3

  • Billie Henson

    My best Christmas present yet? Probably when I was 6 and I got my first bicycle. There was snow on the ground outside so I couldn’t ride it so my father propped up the training wheels on telephone books and Sears catalogs. I must have ridden that bike a million miles inside that winter!!! It was great!!!

  • Beth T.

    That’s a tough one–much easier to think of the meaningful gifts I have received. But maybe it was the year after my mother died, when I made recipe books of her favorite recipes and wrote a little blurb about them–things she used to say about them, or the occasions on which she’d make them–and sent them off to her sister & brother, and her best friend, and my cousins, and my brother. We were all missing her so much, and yet it was much more practical than overtly sentimental, just like my mom. I received a lot of heartfelt ‘thank you’s’ that year

  • Janet Abreu

    I gave my grandmother a beaded bracelet for her birthday last year and she was so happy. She actually cried!! It was very touching to be able to give a handmade gift that meant so much.

  • Kimberley

    The greatest gift I have ever given is one I continue to give on a daily basis. To be drug & disease free for 10 years. I am now an available and involved mother, a loving sister, a devoted daughter, an honest & compassionate human to people. No matter their race, creed, or religion. I help others whenever I can or whenever the opportunity is presented. I am not posting this to receive a free book or anything for that matter. I am posting this so if anyone struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. That they know there is a better way to live. I happier, peaceful, & loving way to be. To theirselves & others. Love & light be with everyone always~~

  • Linda Roberts

    Oh My! Fabulous giveaway. I don’t have any of the 500 series and have been feeling quite depressed about it! lol Thanks so much!

  • Lorraine Vogel

    What an amazing giveaway! I’m always looking for good inspiration. Count me in! Thank you! The most meaningful present my husband and I gave was a ”Pay it Forward” gift. We gave my in-laws $200 and told them to pay it forward in any way they chose. They chose small amounts here and there. They were thrilled to be able to do it and we loved knowing they surprised waitresses, grocery store workers and moms on the street with a $20, etc for no reason. Spreading joy that Christmas was meaningful. :)

  • Carrie Tahquechi

    I would love this gift. The most meaningful gift I have given is a tough one, I usualy try to balance gifts for my family with some wants and some needs. Probibly the gift with the most meaning for me was a handmade vase and glass flowers I gave to my mother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maybeline.perey Maybeline Perey

    I guess it would be the matched set of engraved gold rings to my parents. Their wedding anniversary is on the 16th, so their combined anniversary/Christmas gifts were the ring, engraved to celebrate 20 years of marriage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Johnson/100000156981518 Dylan Johnson

    My most meaningful gifts are the ones either made for me or I always love get to get tools so that I can create new and great projects that go out into the world.

  • Ana Alvarez

    Nice giveaway, good luck all !!!!!!!!

  • Carrie Tahquechi

    I would love this gift. The most meaningful gift I have given is a tough one, I usualy try to balance gifts for my family with some wants and some needs. Probibly the gift with the most meaning for me was a handmade vase and glass flowers I gave to my mother.

  • Patricia

    I enjoy books like these – wonderful ideas lie between those covers!

  • Brenda

    The winner will be notified on my birthday! This would make a awesome birthday present….pick me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marie.waterman.9 Marie Waterman

    The most meaningful present that I’ve ever given was an end-of-the-year present to my granddaughter’s fourth grade teacher. It was a cross stitched mini wall hanging that had words, phrases, and motifs about the school and the subjects the class had studied under her that year. She really liked it and hung it in the classroom. Unfortunately, she died unexpectedly the week after she received it, just after school finished for the year. I was so glad that I had spent so much time on it and that I had given her some pleasure. I hope that it was passed down to a family member.

  • Drew Curtright

    I think the most meaningful gift I have ever given was when I gave my grandfather a book of ‘coupons’ that included things like hugs, dog walks, yard work, and any Nebraska football game (he had been asking me to go with him for years).

  • Linda Brundies

    The most meaningful gift I’ve given was a hand-made piece of jewelry to an artist friend of mine. She said she always gives hand-made gifts but had never received one herself.

  • Kera

    Not a physical gift, but to be able to spend time with the ones I love is a present within itself!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.rhine Ann Marie Rhine

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave? I bought a hollow lampwork bead necklace from my friend Debbie Smith one year. She had attached a Turkish prayer tassel to the bead. I gave it to my mother. Now that Mom has dementia, it’s hard to get a reaction out of her. But when she wears this necklace, I catch her smiling and stroking the bead and tassel. I think it is the tactile feeling she likes about the ridges on the bead and the smoothness of the tassel that brings out the rare smile on her face. All I know is I love when she wears that necklace; I’m assured of seeing a smile on her face that day. To me, that is so special.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurastaley Laura Geesey Staley

    I’m so excited about this Christmas! I always try to give my kids that “something” that will encourage them, relate to their talent, etc., and this year I bought my son a computer that will run his music mixing software, and for my oldest daughter — a kitchen aid mixer for her first home! I can’t wait for them to open them!

  • Linda

    I have most of these books but I would like to win them for the borrowing library of my metal guild, the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths. There is a lot of inspiration in that set of books! The best gift I gave was just today, a couple of my Metalsmith friends went together and bought another friend everything needed for powder coating. A powder coating unit, a compressor, and an oven to bake the paint on. Lots of colors of paint too, even a couple of drop clothes. It was a gift for a very generous friend who lets us come to her studio once or twice to work.

  • Shelley

    This is such an awesome thing you are doing.The winner will be one very fortunate person!
    Thank-you for
    your generosity!

  • http://www.facebook.com/caren.cohen.5 Caren Cohen

    The most appreciated present I gave was a grandmother’s bracelet for my mom and an aunt’s bracelet to my aunt.

  • Cherie Duvall

    The best gift I was ever given is the gift of craft. My stepmother taught me a few basic skills as child. I have turned those skills into a wonderful hobby. I am also able to bring a love for beading to a small part of the elderly communtiy who thought they would never be able to create such beautiful jewelry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannathing Hanna Rose

    I’d love to win these!

    I’m pretty young, so I haven’t given many gifts. Sadly, I don’t have an awesome story.

  • Priscilla Vassao

    When I was 8 and my sister was 6, I helped her create a scrapbook for my mom’s birthday. We would clip magazines for jewelry, makeup, travel pictures, write sweet little things like “I love the way you smell”- and then my sister proceeded to dump my mom’s favorite perfume’s ENTIRE BOTTLE on the book. I know my mom probably wasn’t too pleased, but she never showed!

  • Priscilla Vassao

    When I was 8 and my sister was 6, I helped her create a scrapbook for my mom’s birthday. We would clip magazines for jewelry, makeup, travel pictures, write sweet little things like “I love the way you smell”- and then my sister proceeded to dump my mom’s favorite perfume’s ENTIRE BOTTLE on the book. I know my mom probably wasn’t too pleased, but she never showed!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • floyfreestyle

    What a prize!

  • floyfreestyle

    What a prize!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • Pam Pitts

    The most meaningful present I have given was bringing a huge Thanksgiving meal out to a migrant worker camp in CA. Spending the day with beautiful families over a meal that was unexpected was a gift that gave both ways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025027393 Leayn Tabili

    I have given many meaningful gifts, but my favorites are always the ones where they don’t know I’m the one who sent it. It fills my heart to know that they can just be a joyful recipient without feeling any obligation at all.

  • Kay

    I guess the most meaningful present I’ve ever given is to my Mom and Dad. They don’t really need anything. But we decided to give them the gift of time. We gave them so many days/weeks of time to get things done for them, painting, building a deck, cleaning, play, whatever. They enjoyed it and we did too.
    Would love the books to share with both my mom and sister.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.k.bernhardt Tracy Kuhlenbeck Bernhardt

    Crayola “artist’s” box when I was 8 or so. I wanted it so bad and Santa delivered!

  • Sally

    What an awesome set of books! Could get lots of ideas and tips from those to keep busy all winter and then some!

  • Kerry Collett

    My MIL had an inflammatory disease and during one Christmas she wasn’t feeling up to much. She knew we were planning to visit but didn’t know we planned on doing a huge Christmas dinner. We asked if she wanted ham or turkey, and she laughed and said both. We drove from Utah to Texas with a turkey marinating in a cooler in the trunk of the car. Both our kids and their families made the trip as well, the first time in over 10 years we were able to spend Christmas together. We wouldn’t let her do anything and we all fixed the dinner, which seemed to mean more to her than anything else. It was a great Christmas. She unexpectedly died three months later.

  • Cindy

    For me the most gift given to me that held the most meaning was when my Aunt and Uncle gave me some dishes in the depression glass pattern I was collecting. I forget how old I was but I was around 10.

  • Sandra

    An angel and a smile: There was a young girl who had lost most of her lower teeth due to certain medications she was on. She would not go out, would not date. She was young and just on her own so had no money and no dental insurance, she could not even afford the cost of dental work at the low income dentist group. She was a pretty girl but sadly she withdrew from the world,laughing with only her hand over her mouth, not being able to enjoy eating the way she used to. Her life was drastically altered by this event.

    A woman who was a a loyal but not a close friend and certainly not a wealthy friend said to her “go and get the work done you need for a denture or a partial, go do this for me and do not worry for the cost. I will take care of your teeth.”

    It was a long task, it took over four months. By Christmas of that year the young girl and the woman had become very close friends and the partial denture was completed. She went out for the first night with her new smile to a Choir concert all dressed up with a big smile planted on her face and life glowing in her eyes. She could smile again and she was a bright light that evening.

    The woman who gave the girl her smile back not only gave the girl a smile but a life again, a quality of life. The woman not only has the joy of knowing she changed a life so directly, but that she made a friend for life as well.

    There are angels in this world, and there are some very, very good people. This is one of my favorite personal Christmas stories.

  • Deborah Commander

    I always try to give that something special to my twin sister. This past July we lost our mom. She was 83. She loved Christmas and has passed that love to myself and my sister. I had to go through all my mom’s possessions and decide who got her precious memories. Mom had made a ceramic nativity in the late 70′s. The pieces were about 3 inches tall. I came across it and decided to wrap it and give it to my sister. I wrapped it and put “from Mom” on the label. I mailed it last week and she should get it tomorrow. I also put on the label to open now. I know she will cry because I did just wrapping it. This gift will mean so much to my sister and just knowing that will be the best gift for me too.

  • Barbara Conrad

    Lark Books have been my favorite books for years. Everything is done so well, from instructions, to diagrams, to photos of finished projects. Love them.Looking forward to seeing the new Soutache book by Annetta Valioues. Her work is great.

  • Rosie

    I would love a new set of beading books….I love making jewelry and other beadwork. Since there’s isn’t going to be a Christmas here (no $$$) that would make such a nice gift…lol!!!

  • Jeanne

    What a fabulous collection! I put a lot of thought into gifts I give, but I can’t think of one that would qualify as “best ever”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1105549471 Kimberly Butler

    My family is my greatest gift and a source of great inspiration.

  • susan lloyd

    I love to give and recieve handmade things…that conveys to me that someone took the time, effort and love to create something.

  • Anna D

    To me the most meaningful gifts to give or receive are always the handmade ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1545995236 Cynthia Bourlier Williams

    I usually struggle to find good gifts for people, but I know my husband loved his most recent birthday gift. He studied architecture and especially loves modern architecture, and it just happened that the same weekend as his birthday the American Institute of Architects was sponsoring a modernist home tour. I bought two tickets and we had a blast.

  • Leslie Gordon

    I love Lark books, and the amazing inspiration they provide. Thank you for your generosity.

  • Karen Firnberg

    The most meaningful gift I have given would have to be a gold bracelet I purchased for my Mom (to be from my father). My Dad was always a great gifter. He knew just what he wanted to give to her but he wasn’t able to do the shopping. The bracelet was my Dad’s last gift to her. She rarely takes it off. I am so thankful to have been able to make his wish happen.

  • Ada Mangoes

    Introducing a 2nd grader to the basics of the scientific method and how to make up his own science experiments.

  • Cathy Messina

    The gift I’ve given with the most meaning was from me to my daughter on her graduation day from law school. Many years before, I had purchased a cross-stitch kit called ‘The Dolls Closet’ featuring a doll in the center with several dresses hanging on the racks all around her, and a lovely sentiment. My intent was to surprise her with it when she left home for college. I hadn’t realized at the time that it was counted cross-stich and not stamped (I don’t pick up a needle and thread unless beads are involved). It was much more difficult than I had thought it would be, so it never got finished in time for her send-off. Four years of undergrad and almost three years of law school went by before I remembered I had tucked it away somewhere. I pulled it out just one month before graduation and stayed up into the wee hours finishing it (of course, I had to add beads). I had it framed just in time for the big day.
    The sentiment reads “Wherever you go, whatever you do, be happy and know I love you”. I still smile when I think of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LelandaLee Lelanda Lee

    I’m a relatively novice beader, but enjoy beading greatly. I apparently have a sense of color and style, and my work has been complimented by many people. Thus far, I’ve given everything I’ve made away, typically by donating the necklace, bracelet, and earring sets to silent auctions for local causes. The organizations help low income people who welcome the caring of the volunteers in feeding and food distribution programs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.mcgregor.7 Annette McGregor

    One of my friends and I have known each other since we were babies (we are in our 40′s now). One year I gave her a homemade box filled with our precious memories growing up; each written on individual pieces of paper. She cried; which she doesn’t like to do. :) She loved it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.halas Lisa Halas

    The most meaningful present I received recently was a birthday gift from my kids and husband. We spent the entire evening together , went to a show and had dinner together. It was definitely quality time that I had been wanting. I’m hoping to create a meaningful Christmas for our family this year. Christmas has gotten so commercialized. Presents are great, but being with family should be far more important. Instead of doing presents this year, we are going to spend special days (like Christmas) being together and celebrating *family*.

  • Varda

    I have submitted some work for a new 500 necklaces book and hope to get in.

  • Lisa Liddy

    What a generous giveaway! I’d love to win these books. My most meaningful gift is probably coming this Christmas from my daughter. I have no idea what it is, but it truly will be “the thought that counts”. She has used money from her part-time job to buy gifts for the family and it’s a huge step for her to do this on her own…she doesn’t “connect” with us on a typical level so this is a big step.

  • Lisa Liddy

    What a generous giveaway! I’d love to win these books. My most meaningful gift is probably coming this Christmas from my daughter. I have no idea what it is, but it truly will be “the thought that counts”. She has used money from her part-time job to buy gifts for the family and it’s a huge step for her to do this on her own…she doesn’t “connect” with us on a typical level so this is a big step.

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.field2 April Field

    Love this giveaway, would be a great christmas present. It’s hard for me to think of the most meaningful gift I’ve ever given. This year my most meaningful gift is one that I am making for my brother. He is about to move into a new house, so I am making a copper key hanger for him that is personalized with his name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mia.cobell Mia Cobell

    My most meaningful gift was jewelry that had belonged to my great grandmother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janel.gradowski Janel Gradowski

    When I was a child I remember my aunt wearing a winter hat that was kind of like a cross between a headband and ear warmers. I made her an updated version several years ago.

  • Linda Greene

    My best gift was the work bench my wife made for me years ago, to use for my early wire work and lamp work beads. I still use to today and am still making beautiful jewelry. Thanks Honey!

  • http://twitter.com/karlatrx Karla T

    I was very happy to give my mother a necklace with the names of her daughters and grandchildren on it. I think it was a nice way to show her how much she means to us and how thankful we are for her. karlatrx at gmail dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/wendyoes Wendy Toman Oestreicher

    Maybe not the most meaningful, but the most fun… I bought my husband a new snowblower for Christmas one year and hid it in my neighbor’s garage. Then I programed a portable GPS with the coordinates of the garage and wrapped it up and put it under the tree. My husband had to use the GPS to find his gift on Christmas morning. A wonderful surprise and a fun way to put a twist on it!

  • Kym

    I hope I win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.k.marston Heather Kelly Marston

    The best gifts I was ever given were my children. They fill my life with so much happiness and joy.

  • staci l. smith

    The most meaning ful gift I’ve ever given, was when I wrote a poem for each of my three kids. It started out to be just a corny card from me sort of thing, and it turned into me finding a fun and quirky way to capture everything I love about them in perfect prose! They are young still, but I hope someday they love them as much as I loved making them.

  • Barbara Judy

    This is a fabulous collection. Good luck and congrats to the winner!

  • Leora

    Really love the Lark books. Well organized, great photos and lots of useful information.

  • Annita

    what a wonderful prize would love to win

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.bentley.37 Debra Bentley

    The most meaningful present I’ve given was to my Mom. I gave her two pillows, one with photos of her parents and sister, and one with photos of my sister, brother and me. When she had dementia, she would look at them to remember. This would be a wonderful package to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Rosemary

    My favorite gift I ever gave was a “Something Blue” Ankle bracelet I made for my niece when she got married.

  • staci l. smith

    The most meaning ful gift I’ve ever given, was when I wrote a poem for each of my three kids. It started out to be just a corny card from me sort of thing, and it turned into me finding a fun and quirky way to capture everything I love about them in perfect prose! They are young still, but I hope someday they love them as much as I loved making them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tia.b.wilke Tia Balamcita Wilke

    The best eye candy there is!

    When I was a young mother with little money, I gave my Grandparents a coupon book I made, promising activities together or chores I could do for them. I now have grandchildren of my own and recently as I was going through my Grandma’s things, I found the coupon book. It looked like it had been “read” several times. Thank you Grandma.

  • Beverly

    This year I made special bracelets for all the girls in my family. The grandchildren who are now teenagers, for my sisters and for my Mom a necklace. Last night I carefully packed each piece into a jewelry box with a ribbon tied around it. Today they went out in the mail. Even though I won’t be in the same state celebrating with them, a little bit of me will be with everyone when they open their gifts.

  • Kelly Jewell

    I breed Labrador Retrievers with wonderful heart and I had a family with two autistic boys that I had sold a puppy to a couple of years ago. I think so very much of them and what a great family they are that when I had another puppy that I thought was exceptional, I called them and asked them if they would like him…at no cost. They are the perfect family for both of my boys and they think of my boys as a blessing to their family. I brings me happiness.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lindab142 Linda Blatchford

    The most meaningful gift that I have given was purchasing tickets for a Sting concert for an unemployed friend and me to attend. We had such a blast.

  • Rebecca Zink

    I was in Hawaii with my then-boyfriend. He kept seeing this beautiful wave photography that he really enjoyed and kept pointing out the same photo over and over. Later I was able to track the photo down and had it framed. The look on his face was pretty awesome when he saw it…

  • Ashley

    Would love these for my book shelf. Most meaningful gift is a hard one, I think the best gifts are the ones that are hand made. Ever since I started making jewelry, I try to make people a piece of jewelry that is both meaningful and unique.

  • Cynthia Sexton

    It was the Christmas of 2007 and the most meaningful present I gave was a Webkinz Beagle to my nephew Zachary and what made it so special was that the family’s Beagle Molly passed away that year and he was having trouble sleeping when he got it he hugged me and that night he slept like a baby. That same Christmas I gave a Three Dimensional Star-Trek Album to my other nephew Jeremy and he cleared out a dresser drawer to put the book in there for safe keeping. My Best Friend Lisa their mother said to me that their dad was very impressed with the gifts that year that I gave them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marylou.holvenstot MaryLou Holvenstot

    Wow! I so love Lark Books! I have a pretty decent collection myself. :-)
    My most meaningful present wasn’t really a present at all. About three years ago, right before Christmas, my half-sister tracked me down on the internet. I hadn’t seen her or my half-brother for more than 35 years and had no idea that anyone on that side of the family wanted to have anything to do with me. She convinced me otherwise, and I got to spend a little time with my Dad before he died of lung cancer a year later. My Dad’s side of the family welcomed me with open arms, so I credit my half-sister with giving me the gift of family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ssorca19 Shannon Saunders

    Wow I could really use this set! My favorite gifts to give are handmade, things that are personal to the receiver, and especially something that takes them by surprise- details they maybe didn’t realize you were paying attention to!

  • Kathy

    What a wonderful holiday gift!!
    Best present I’ve ever given was a fresh gardenia flower to my dying mother, because it was her favorite flower and scent, and a nurse told me that the sense of smell is one of the last senses we lose as we pass.

  • Kathy

    What a wonderful holiday gift!!
    Best present I’ve ever given was a fresh gardenia flower to my dying mother, because it was her favorite flower and scent, and a nurse told me that the sense of smell is one of the last senses we lose as we pass.

  • Madeline Michael

    One of the most meaningful presents I have given was to my parents. It was the end of the 2011 and they had an extremely hard year. I could tell they were feeling relieved that a new year was right around the corner, but also anxious that it would be another year of struggling. I wanted to remind them of happier times and give them hope for brighter times to come. I went onto my dad’s computer and “stole” some of their pictures from a trip they had gone on the year before. I edited them, printed them in black and white, and framed them. They looked so happy and healthy in the pictures. When my mom opened them, she started crying. I could tell they understood the reasoning behind the present without me even explaining. It felt liberating to contribute to their confidence and hopefulness.

  • Cindy Smith

    One of my favorite and earliest memories was playing with my maiden aunts’ (four sisters) Art Deco jewelry. This was in the mid 60′s, when the Aunts were in their late 80′s, but they told great stories of parties and dances in beautiful gowns and their jewelry. Long ropes of pearls, chockers of faceted jet, brooches of paved garnets, I loved it all!

  • Jordana Meisner

    What a truly amazing giveaway you are doing!

    I’m sure I have given some special gifts in the past, but I hope the one I will be giving this year will be very special. My dad/stepmom had a cat my stepmom loved a great deal. She called me in tears one morning asking me to come help take her to the vet, as she (the cat) couldn’t (or wouldn’t) walk, and was breathing very oddly. I rushed over there and found Polska in bad shape. In the end, we made the decision at the vet’s to put her down. I’ve been a personal friend of that vet for many years, and asked her to send me the fur cutting I knew she would do. I then sent that clump of hair off to N Valentine Studio to wrap that fur in one of her beautiful lampwork beads and put a sterling core in it. My plan is to make a simple short necklace so Polska-kitty can be with my stepmom for many years to come. I hate making people cry for Xmas, but this will be good tears :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruth.shapiro.7 Ruth Shapiro

    The best reaction to a gift I’ve given recently was when I gave some goldfish in a bowl to my twin grandaughters, age 2. They couldn’t take their eyes off the “fishies.” I couldn’t take my eyes off them! They even insisted I say goodbye to the fishies when I left! I would love to win the 500 Judaica. Sadly my work was not included in that book, so I would love to study the works that were included!

  • Tish Reed

    Most meaningful present – I would say a bicycle when I was 8 years old. My mom and dad both worked – my dad two jobs to support his family of 5 kids. I’m sure it was tough and we don’t have any idea of how they did it; but, all 5 kids got bikes that year. We’ll never forget waking up and seeing 5 bikes under the tree. It was testament to how they hard worked to to make sure we got what we needed and a few extra things too. Even, today, I can’t see a bike at Christmas without remembering that day.

  • Kathy J

    These would be great tools to help with my 2013 TO DO/WISH list!!

    Most memorable gift I’ve given, was coordinating a collection to purchase a special garden bench for the parents of a friend/co-worker who passed away unexpectedly. We’d never met them, but through stories she had shared and we wanted them to know they were in our thoughts.

  • Carla Allen

    I would love to win these books!

  • Carla Allen

    Would love to win these

  • goddess41

    Thanks for all you do to encourage and educate beading skills. Love your publications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Alexander/100000790480228 Rebecca Alexander

    the most memorable gift I’ve given? hmm…. well, I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one, but I’d have to say the most memorable gifts I’ve given were all things I’d made myself. in my house, my mom was(is) the queen of craft, and seemed like she could do anything.. she was even my girl scout troop leader, so I’ve been making things (all kinds of things) for a long time. my parents still have things I made and gave them when I was only 5 – my mom kept all of them, and still keeps most of them out where she can see them.

  • Molly Schaller

    My most meaningful gift is still in the works: a topographic map watercolor for my father of the lake our family vacations on. He’s a fisherman and I wanted to mark special spots where different memorable moments happened.

  • Molly Schaller

    My most meaningful gift is still in the works: a topographic map watercolor for my father of the lake our family vacations on. He’s a fisherman and I wanted to mark special spots where different memorable moments happened.

  • SueZemps

    Wow,, I really like the give aways you have, they are super!!! Thanks for the chance to win them!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Laurathomas61 Laura Dienstbier Thomas

    My most meaningful present I gave was to my Mom. I found her senior yearbook online and bought it for her. I wrote in the front cover that I appreciated her giving up her youth to raise 4 girls and that I wanted to give her back some of her youth!

  • Molly Schaller

    My most meaningful gift is still in the works: a topographic map watercolor for my father of the lake our family vacations on. He’s a fisherman and I wanted to mark special spots where different memorable moments happened.

  • SueZemps

    Wow,, I really like the give aways you have, they are super!!! Thanks for the chance to win them!!

  • Molly Schaller

    My most meaningful gift is still in the works: a topographic map watercolor for my father of the lake our family vacations on. He’s a fisherman and I wanted to mark special spots where different memorable moments happened.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.white.336717 Chris White

    I think the most memorable gift I have given so far is making quilts for kids with cancer. I would sew small quilts that an organization, “Quilts for Kids” in Yardley, PA, would distribute to kids with cancer while in the hospital to have something of their own to hold on to and wrap themselves in.
    God Bless the Children of the world, indeed.
    ‘would love to win this great stack of books! Thanks

  • Susan Lambert

    The most memorable gift. I made a mosaic table top for my mother in law. She was so surprised and pleased!

  • http://www.facebook.com/therenterias Olga Saenz-Renteria

    Awesome giveaways!!!! I hope i have a chance!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Laurathomas61 Laura Dienstbier Thomas

    Last year on Christmas eave I received an email from a woman asking about my father inlaw. she had seen my family tree on ancestry. It seems that he was her father by a previous unknown to us marriage. So last year for Christmas I gave my husband a Sister! We have so enjoyed getting to know her.

  • Chowchillagal

    Now that’s some seriously great reading and inspiration….

  • Lisa Petrillo

    My mom makes me something handmade every year for Christmas, and it is always something she has put a lot of time and love into. Those are the most meaningful gifts to me. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Bryant

    When I was 12 (1972) I crocheted my mother a gold, burnt orange and olive green afghan. to match her den decor. I would lock my bedroom door to work on the gift and Mom worried I was doing drugs! Imagine her surprise on Christmas Day!

  • Jan

    Okay, this is really silly but…
    When my son was in college, he was home for Xmas one year and his gift to me was a little box of tiny plastic penises! I laughed so hard when I opened it and what really delighted me was the idea that my kid would be in a store, see a bowl of tiny plastic dicks and think, “Mom would crack up!” Laughter is the greatest gift!

  • Paula L

    The best gift I’ve given is that I’ve given 100% of myself as a parent to my children, one who has a severe mental illness and the other who is a prodigy. I’ve not given up when I’ve wanted to, and through the toughest (and sometimes horrific) struggles, I’ve gotten up every morning for the last 17 years and done what I had to do each day to ensure my children saw what morals, ethics, and self-worth looked like, even when I didn’t think they *could* see it. And I got up and “did it” when things were so bad I just couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

  • chowchillagal

    The most meaningful present I was ever given was my husbands hand in marriage on Thanksgiving Day. We don’t exchange presents – we just enjoy each other’s company. Every day together is a gift.

  • Ann Rishell

    I found a 1921Morgan dollar on eBay and gave it to my dad. He used to carry one in his pocket for “luck”. It was lost long ago. When I gave it to him, he was not walking around much anymore, but kept it in his pocket or on the table near his hair until he died.

  • Kathy Crabtree

    I guess the most memorable gift I have ever given was just the other day. My older sister’s birthday was on December 8, 2012 and I really hadn’t been working enough to buy something from the store for her, so I looked around my house for something that had a lot of meaning to me. In my room on display I has a snow globe music box that I have treasured for many years, I thought to myself that it would look so good at her house. Inside the globe are three herald angels blowing their trumpets announcing Jesus’s birth. My sister is a christian and she just loved it. She hugged me so hard and long and thanked me for giving her the globe.

  • Cherry Chick

    Somehow I just knew that wasn’t you desk. :-) I’m happy to share that I am an owner of one of those soon to be rare 1000 Beads book. I’m sure it would be happy to have other titles join it on my bookshelf. :-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dot.lewallen Dot Lewallen

    My most meaning present was when I first moved away from college. My brother was only 6 at the time, and he was so upset that I couldn’t have a dog. So he made me a dog! He took a plastic coin purse he’d gotten out of his cereal (it was the Flintstone’s Dino). Then he glued a strip of rabbit fur on it so it was would be soft to the touch, and he made a golden collar with a ribbon he got off a candy box. That was 40 years ago. I still have my “dog” somewhere. But I always smile at Christmas thinking about that little boy who was so worried about his big sis.

  • Kay JACKSON

    2013 would be perfect with these wonderful books to inspire new creations!

  • Kay JACKSON

    2013 would be perfect with these wonderful books to inspire new creations!

  • Bonnie M

    My daughter had a very dfficult 2011, so for Christmas I made her a braclet with “Right Here,Right Now” stamped into precious metal silver clay. It is the end of a better 2012 and she told me the bracelet helped her to focus on today and things got better. Love making meaninful jewelry fo gifts.

  • Tiffany H

    Taking my new baby to see his grandparents in TX!

  • Tina W.

    What a great giveaway! I’m not sure what my most meaningful gifts given might have been but two that were beloved were a Soda Stream and a truck detailing gift certificate. Go figure.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mkaymac Mary K McGraw

    The most meaningful present I have ever given was not really a present it was a donation for a fund raiser for a local group to feed the hungry. I gave one of my bead embroidered cuffs and it raised a few dollars and I was glad to be able to help.

  • Lyuda F.

    Every time I make a piece of jewelry for someone special – I create it thinking about the likes and dislikes of that person, character, individuality – and as a result want the jewelry to be a reminder – every time she/he wears it, she/he remembers about me and the great times we had and hopefully it brings a smile to her/his face :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Astrid-Boyce/100003189611603 Astrid Boyce

    My husband and I had been married two years and our son was 5 months old. We were paying off the hospital bills and when Christmas arrived we had no money to spare. I took the German Steiff animals I had been collecting (one a year) since I was three years old to a local doll store and sold them all for $125 which was just enough to buy my husband the Air Jordans he loved but knew we couldn’t afford. He finally had to give them up five years later when the uppers completely separated from the soles. My son is 23 now. My husband opening that box on Christmas Day remains one of my most cherished memories.

  • Lindly Haunani

    I compiled a collection of family recipes- which brought back great memories and helped those who had misplaced the original sources.

  • Kim Reid

    We received a wonderful pay it forward one year around Christmas time, thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cintra.harbach Cintra Ann Harbach

    a mobile i made out of peanut shells glued back together….for my grandmother…she kept it hung over the floor heater so it would turn…this mobile made me realize I might be an artist!

  • Anonymous

    Loved your post.

  • Lisa

    We both bought each other the same chrome brantania bin for our new kitchen one Christmas we were obviously on the same wavelength back then, who says romance isn’t dead!

  • Betsy baker

    Your books are so inspiring! Thank you and keep them coming!

  • Rose Yingling

    What a fantastic giveaway! I wish I had a story to tell, but it is way to early and I can’t think of anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655206576 Michelle Walrath

    The most meaningful gift I have ever given was to my husband on fathers day. Two years ago we found out that he fathered a child that was put up for adoption when he was 15. When his daughter went looking for her biological parents is when we found out. It was quite a shock when we found out, and it was made even more difficult because we lived so far away from each other. So for fathers day, about 7 or 8 months after we found out I flew her to us for them to meet. It was such an incredible time for them both. We continue to stay in touch and work on building a relationship that had been denied to them both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655206576 Michelle Walrath

    The most meaningful gift I have ever given was to my husband on fathers day. Two years ago we found out that he fathered a child that was put up for adoption when he was 15. When his daughter went looking for her biological parents is when we found out. It was quite a shock when we found out, and it was made even more difficult because we lived so far away from each other. So for fathers day, about 7 or 8 months after we found out I flew her to us for them to meet. It was such an incredible time for them both. We continue to stay in touch and work on building a relationship that had been denied to them both.

  • Chrissie

    What an amazing giveaway. I can’t begin to follow some of the amazing stories already printed so I won’t even try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charly.rambin Charly Rambin

    I once gave my mother a wire necklace made of vintage German pressed glass flowers and leaves. I think it was probably the most beautiful piece I have ever made, and it was also the second piece I had ever made! She’s gone now, but I still have the necklace, and I treasure it.

  • Denise

    Great set of books. Would love to own some of these.

  • Janet M

    The most memorable for me was when I was a child in the 1970′s. Our mom/dad gave each child $5 to buy gifts for the rest of the family, so we had about $1 to spend on each person. We got the wackiest things and I remember my mom holding a turkey baster, a pair of clip earrings, and little basket of flowers that she got from us. The turkey baster still cracks me up!!

  • Cathy Henke

    In the days that things are going electronic I really appreciate someone keeping books in print! Nothing like browsing through a paper book for inspiration. As to the wonderful stories, I cannot begin to top those already told. They are an inspiration to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.stabile Patty Stabile

    Oh, please let it be me!!!!

  • Adori L’Argento

    Pick me, me, me, me, me, pleaseeeeeeee. This year I will celebrate my 15 year anniversary. I dated my husband for a year when I was 19. We separated and 10 years later we found each other again at a small airport in Milwaukee. We were engaged that same week, and married within that same year. I was the one who got away, he was the one that my heart belong too. I have to say it got even better, now we have 2 beautiful boys to share our love.

  • debrah block

    love the lark 500 series! the most meaningful and wonderful presents i have ever RECEIVED were my 2 sons. they are a joy and drive me nuts but they have made my life meaningful— and continue to bring joy to my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.apodaca Deborah Ainsley Apodaca

    I would think that my most meaningful gift ever given would be the jewelry that I have made and given as gifts. My friends really enjoy pieces that are designed with just them in mind. The most meaningful gifts I have ever received are my husband’s love and my many friendships. The books look amazing and I would love to add them to my beading library :)

  • Carolyn (Sam) Macklem

    I love Lark books…they are inspiring, educational, and just plain gorgeous to look at. Thank you for producing such fine work that is motivational for our creative energies!

  • Carolyn (Sam) Macklem

    I love Lark books…they are inspiring, educational, and just plain gorgeous to look at. Thank you for producing such fine work that is motivational for our creative energies!

  • Lily

    Love the 500 series. My favorite gift was a Garage Door Opener – 30 years ago when I lived up North. It was a real luxury not to have to get out of the car to open the garage doors after coming home from work.

  • anyjsmith

    I wrote a letter to my Dad thanking him for all of the things he’d taught me. I think it was appreciated more than any other gift I’d ever given.

  • Penney Bidwell

    Every year I make homemade gifts for each person in my family. Small ceramic books and jewelry with handmade ceramic beads are common. This year I took my son’s old toy car and painted it. I glued it on top of an old cigar box that I painted and embellished with found objects and a map. Underneath the box I created an axel and made the box moveable. My son is a collector of bits of things so I thought he would love a box created from bits of things and discarded objects.

  • Penney Bidwell

    What a beautiful story.

  • Carolyn (Sam) Macklem

    I love Lark books…they are inspiring, educational, and just plain gorgeous to look at. Thank you for producing such fine work that is motivational for our creative energies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethcase Beth Case

    It’s hard to think about a most meaningful gift! When my grandmother died, she left behind tons of old photographs, many faded and with names handwritten on the back. I took these photos to a restorer who scanned and enhanced the photos digitally and I burned CDs of the photos for all her children. Then I put the originals in an acid proof album to help keep them from fading any more.

  • Ellen

    I have to say, winning this collection would probably be the best gift I ever received – on my birthday, January 11th! That must be a sign, don’t you think? Books are always a great gift because you can go back to them again and again throughout your lifetime; when we were young, a book at Christmas or birthday was the best gift. And I still own many of those gift books, from family and friends! Cheers to you, Lark Books, for printing these high quality, beautifully photographed and laid-out books which enrich our lives!

  • Barbara Todd – B T Beads

    What a great prize!!! Love your books….would love to win these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dot.winchell Dot Winchell

    I was able to tell my husband that we were expecting our son on Christmas Day.

  • crssyreader

    I RECEIVED an amazing gift when I was 8 and wanted a bride doll for Christmas. My grandmother, mother, and aunts stayed up late on Christmas eve making one for me by dressing a doll that was supposed to be on a cake. That was back in the day before all night shopping. I was loved!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.m.holmes.3 Rachel Marks Holmes

    What an incredible give-away. The best gift I have ever received was a quilt from my niece. I love to give homemade jewelry as a gift as it is from the heart.

  • Goudvinkje

    I’m one of them lucky people who became goldsmiths.
    I like designing for people. listening to their story and try to captivate their story in a piece of jewellery.
    It is so special to walk a little bit off someones path. To design weddingbands, to make a rattle, to make a ring filled with someones ashes, and so on and so on.

    Since a few years I’m making jewellery from childrens drawings. Special, unique and soooo cute. And this year my mom was the lucky one. She became 65 and her 8 grandchildren did make a drawing with Grandma as a theme.
    Even the youngest one is included, 2.5 yrs old, makes a wicked scratch..

    They did the drawing, i made it in silver and now my mom is very proud wearing it and the kids are so proud because they did design it….. :)

    The same childrensdrawingjewellery i’m offering to an auction for the red cross (Serious Request) and a radio station. Last year it made a staggering 600 euro’s for the moms/ This year is still bsy and all for the little ones on this planet.

  • Karen Firnberg

    I love this gift, MaryLou. You are so lucky to have found family, again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lois.l.griffin Lois Lubsen Griffin

    I have made scrapbooks as gifts for many special people in my life and have been told by the recipients that it has been the most meaningful gift they have ever received. This satisfies my soul as it is also a joy for me to make them!

  • Stephanie Riva

    I love Lark books and would be thrilled to win the set!

  • Sharon Gacek

    My partner and I made angels from beads one year to give to health care professionals for Christmas. This was 5 years ago. And the other day, one of the recipents mentioned that she still has hers in her car and loves it. Something so small and quick to make can make a lasting impression. Makes one feel good.

  • Susan H

    I love to give and receive home made gifts because they are made with love. Would be so happy to win any of your titles, they are all wonderful.

  • Colleen

    In the late 90′s I was working in the orphanages of Cambodia, building sanitary kitchens, bathrooms, and renovating facilities. Before I went over on a trip that I knew would be over the Christmas holidays, I went to yard sales and collected as many small stuffed toys ( like the give-aways from fast food places) as I could fit in a huge suitcase. (We sat on it to close it!) We threw Christmas parties at 2 orphanages that year, and each child got a toy – for many the first they had ever had. The light on their faces was the best gift I ever got!.

  • Brenda Shreves

    I have helped deliver food boxes and secret angel gifts around town off and on when younger. Some of the faces when you hand them something free…no charge is priceless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanie.pratt.12 Jeanie Pratt

    I would be thrilled to win the book collection with images of 7900+ objects to inspire me! Thank you for producing this fabulous series!

  • Sue

    It would be so wonderful to win this series of books. I hope I get to read all of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tami.hergert Tami Hergert

    I love to read. One xmas my family gave me 2 huge boxes with a lovely letter. A book a day for a year. they actually wrapped 365 books for me! A mix of gaarage sale finds and brand new bestsellars, I read for more than a year. An Amazing gift.

  • vampme3

    Love reading these stories. Thanks for the chance to win one of these gorgeous books!

  • Anita Heijmenberg

    Hallo to you all,
    Here in the Netherlands I have a tiny workplace. And as a goldsmith (one of the best proffessions you can have ) I make my own designs and work on commision.
    Most of my inspiration I get from all the media around, but being from the generation of books, I love to sitt down and get inspired bij the wonderfull pictures of jewelry in books.

    During the lessons, I teach to a small froup of women, it’s the “1000 rings”-book (the only one from the Lark-serie I own) which they alway grab when they are in need of inspration.
    I stumbeled on the “1000-rings”-book an a jewelryfair. Stunned by the pictures I boughed it.
    Although I took all the money I had on that moment I never was sorry.
    I didn’t know there were so many titles in this serie!!!
    So now is the chance to win them!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed untill the 2nd of january.
    Wouldn’t i be a great (late) x-mas present.

  • Noor Smeets

    What a wonderfull give away this is. Lucky for me I already have some of the wonderfull lark books because I can’t win these, I’m in the Netherlands. Wish all you people good luck in winning. And a merry christmas and a happy new year!
    Now for a story: a few years ago I was a member of a international lampworkforum. They held a secret santa. Most of the people on there where not in the Netherlands so most of them I didn’t know. You had to make a wishlist and you choose to give what you ha. Someone ( don’t know the name anymore) asked for a smithing torch for jewelry making. I had one that was bareley used and I did/do all my silversmithing ad a friend of mine. So I packed it for her and send it of to america, it costed a lot for the posting, but even though i didn’t knew the lady, it was a great feeling to give someone a special gift that she really wanted. Very sorry for my bad englisch.

    Best wishes Noor

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.lindell.9 Mary Lindell

    My Grandmother gave me her beautiful antique silver dresser set for Christmas. I loved to brush my hair with the brush when I was a little girl. I thought the set looked like something that a princess would have. My Grandmother died later in the following year. The set will always remind me of my Grandmother.

  • JulRi Designs

    Two years ago, my daughter became a Bat Mitzvah. I spent weeks trying to come up with a perfect gift for her…since my main talent is beadwoven jewelry and she doesn’t wear jewelry. I finally came up with idea of making her a Yad (Torah pointer, literal meaning ‘hand’), something that the Jews use to read the Torah. I soldered a pointing hand out of silver, created the rest of it riveting brass tubing together, and then used my passion for beads to weave the entire thing using peyote stitch. I created a stand for this Yad out of copper, with my daughter’s Hebrew name on it. It is a heirloom type gift to pass down from generation to generation. I presented this gift to my daughter during her ceremony (instead of a Talit). My daughter and the entire congregation were touched and in awe of how unique this gift is.

  • Natalie England

    Great collection of books!! I hope I win!

  • Cindy Leonardelli

    Would love to win these. The most meaningful gift I every got was when my grandmother gave us her Bible for a wedding gift. I will hand it down to my kids.

  • Cindy Leonardelli

    Would love to win these. The most meaningful gift I every got was when my grandmother gave us her Bible for a wedding gift. I will hand it down to my kids.

  • Jane-Michael Stallings

    The best gift is that of knowledge…

  • Jane-Michael Stallings

    The best gift is that of knowledge…

  • Joy

    I have to say it is something I’ve gotten, not given. My mother made me a wall hanging using leftover fabric scraps from clothes she’d made me over the years. Good memories.

  • Laura

    A couple of years ago a friend asked for financial help for a family in need. Later she called to say that she was able to buy school supplies, clothing, and shoes for all six kids and the grandparents. The grandmother shared her story that when she was a child, she had always wished for a pair of shoes to wear to school, and not only did she get her new shoes, her children and grandchildren got new shoes too. I keep this story close to my heart to remind me to be thankful for the gifts I have been given, and not take for granted the simple things in life…something as simple as a pair of shoes, which I had always taken for granted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.bergmann Lori Bergmann

    My most meaningful gift was from my husband on our 1st wedding anniversary. We didn’t have much money at the time, but he gave me something with a priceless value—a cookie tin filled with 365 handwritten notes, each one with a completely different compliment for things he loved about me or a special thing he would do for me like “do the dishes for a week” or “good for one ice cream date.” I got to randomly pick one of these notes per day for the entire year and each day was a loving surprise! *Ü*

  • LorrieH

    One of the best gifts I ever received was a book from a friend right after I lost my Mother. We were in the moving process at the time, leaving our friends and in flux. This book was about acceptance, consolation and comfort as one moves through life’s changes and losses. It was the perfect gift. I will never forget this friend for such thoughfulness. I passed it on.
    Merry Christmas everybody. What a fabulous gift you have, I cannot believe the selection. I want, I want!!!!!

  • Divine Ornaments

    I am in the process of creating what I hope to be my most meaningful present. I am re-setting a pair of family diamonds into earrings for my mother. I have created a family crest in silver metal clay and will set a stone in each. Hoping she will LOVE it!

  • Judy

    Hi Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was when I gave my daughter exactly what she gave me — craft classes!!!

  • Ariane Tobin

    The cufflinks I gave my Dad when I finished my 2 year Goldsmithing skills course – They represented a game he loved and he realised how far my skill had come – the pride and joy on his face was great :)

  • mindy simmons

    the most meaningful gift[s] have been the xxxtra special wee gifts in my Christmas stocking from my husband. = AMBER …different each year. & thank*you for the chance to win

  • Nyssa Stem

    I haven’t given them yet, but this year I’m making my mom and my one friend gifts. For my friend I’m doing a beaded bookmark, and for my mom I’m making a beaded bookmark and a 3 piece black pearl coin and turquoise set. I normally don’t make jewelry for gifts, but I wanted to give them something very special. I went all out on the materials too :)

  • Tammy

    As I kept thinking about what I should post my mind kept going back to a time 3 1/2 years ago when we lost our only son, Hakan, Age 30 to a very very tragic death. And His Memorial Service. I wanted something special for our sons Memorial, even though I was going through the most unimaginably Horrific Grief , I didn’t know how to do a dvd video so I Had some friends get me 4 new Huge Black Poster Frames and I filled them completely with photos our sons life, from photos of me pregnant with him to the last photos I had of him before he died. I stayed up almost round the clock to get them finished in time for his Memorial. My two sisters helped me go through all the photos and commented on how they didn’t have that many photos of all their children combined. I have always loved and cherished taking photos of my kids throughout their lives and was so glad that I had done so. Some Friends borrowed some Beautiful Antique Metal Easels for me to Display all the Huge Poster Frames of Hakans Life , two on each side of the podium for all to see. I received Many “Thanks” from the crowd that attended for sharing all the photos of Hakans life ,especially since many of them had not known him as a child. Thanks for letting me share this. To win the books would be a very good thing for me, since one of the best things that helps me with my on-going grief and the post traumatic Stress disorder I suffer with because of it Is making jewelry. And I loved that your giveaway is in Jan, since my Husband and I were married Jan. 3rd 1976 and our 37th wedding anniversary is Jan 3rd, 2013. Thanks again for allowing my entry ~Tammy

  • Heidi S.

    Last summer, I painstakingly handdcrafted and sculpted a focal necklace and earring set for my beautiful sister to wear on her wedding day. I’ve often given handmade items to my family members for birthdays or just because, but this was a very special gift for a very special occasion and I know that she will cherish it for many years to come.

  • Cathryn Campbell

    My favourite gift was a Christmas present from my parents. When I was fifteen years old, they gave me the Penguin edition of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” with the translation by Dorothy L. Sayers. I sat reading the ‘Paradiso’ that Christmas with tears (of joy) pouring down my cheeks.
    I know that I cannot qualify for your book giveaway because I’m a Canadian. I just wanted to share my memory of the best gift ever!

  • Zan

    Most meaningful gift I have given? That’s a hard one to answer. I guess when I gave a friend money to send her son on a school trip. I know it meant a lot to her at the time and it was fun to give. Her son never knew how his Mom came up with the money.

  • Zan

    Most meaningful gift I have given? That’s a hard one to answer. I guess when I gave a friend money to send her son on a school trip. I know it meant a lot to her at the time and it was fun to give. Her son never knew how his Mom came up with the money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaVilladiego Melissa Villadiego

    I <3 the 500 series, especially the one with glass beads. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/klhood.pca Kathryn Larson Hood

    I know this is not the question, but we got to bring our son home from the hospital on Christmas day after being in the NICU for 7 weeks. It was the best present we ever got.

  • Debbi

    The most meaningful gift was my first jewelry-making class. What a wonderful journey it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.chambers.75 Amber Chambers

    My grandfather gave me a bookshelf he made in woodshop when he was 12, a few months before he died. It sits in my studio and I think of him fondly everytime I see it.

  • Michele L

    This isn’t a gift I gave, sadly, but my husband was at a pharmacy picking up medicine. An elderly man in front of him was nearly in tears because he wasn’t able to pay for his medication. My husband told the clerk he would pay for it, which the clerk said wasn’t allowed. After a few angry words, they finally let my husband pay for the man’s meds. Sad that the elderly can’t pay for the medicine they need

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.persson.9847 Linda Persson

    Books! Books, especially craft books are the most meaning presents.
    Books are the best present to give away. If I win the giveaway I will give the books to my sister to inspire her in her jewelry studio.
    God Jul (Merry Christmas in Swedish).

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.follette.9 Linda Follette

    That would be a wealth of info

  • Kelly McNulty

    The most meaningful gift came every from my Aunt Joanie up to her passing. She gave us each a handmade ornament with the year and our name on it. My siblings and I still have them to this day.

  • Sandra Brick

    Each book is full of inspiration no matter what your medium.

  • Bead Fiend

    I pretty much give people gifts that would be useful for things that are of personal interest to them. I don’t try to create an interest for them…hasn’t worked when I have tried to do it that way.

  • BeadHostage

    I don’t know what the most meaningful gift is…hard to say..unless I survey everyone I have ever given a gift to. I’d like to think it was something that I made by hand as a child. I remember crocheting strips of plastic bags to make a jump rope for my sister when I was a child. I hope she thought it was special.

  • Beadfairie

    I hope that the most meaningful gift I have ever given was something simple like validating a person with a smile that said “hey stranger you matter”

  • karen

    Great collection of books. Hope I win! Inspiration to create.
    Books have always been special to me since I was a little girl.

  • Book Fiend

    I don’t know what the most meaningful gift was. I hope it wasn’t that box of chocolate covered cherries from the $1 store…lol

  • Books4me

    It isn’t past tense…because it’s a gift that keeps giving. I would like to think they are the Kiva micro-loans I have recycled every since someone gave me a gift card to use on someone in need. It was the best gift given to me and at the same time allows me (even though a stranger) to continuously give someone what I hope is the best gift they have ever received. It’s been a lot of fun recycling a gift…re-gifting has been a lot of fun…lol. Not spamming…there are a lot of organizations that do the same thing…just google ;)

  • T. Whitfield

    I really would love to expand my library with these!! I have a few already, but the whole set is amazing! As for most meaningful gift I have ever given…well, I found a way to give 4 people what they wanted, tho I am one of those 4. I absolved my son’s biological father of 19 years of back child support which he could never hope to pay, gave my son the father who loved him, gave my husband the son of his heart in all legal terms, and gave myself a sense of peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.mcdowell Paula McDowell

    I already have a few of these books, as well as other Lark titles. They provide inspiration and information…and I never tire of looking through them

  • CWein

    I’d be the luckiest girl ever!

  • Lindsey Gould

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was the beaded figure I gave my Mum after she’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I beaded an 8″ figure all in oranges and reds, complete with beaded face and hair. I told my Mum that it represented love and strength. She took it with her to every chemo treatment and hospital visit and even slept with it by her side. During the last few days of her life it never left her hand. She took great comfort from that beaded figure, perhaps because she knew that it was infused with love. When her soul departed from this world she was still holding on to it.

  • Tessa Rickard-Carpenter

    I think it was when I gave a gift. I was living downtown in Detroit in a loft. Our parking lot had lots of junked out cars. There was a man living in one. He never asked me for money or begged. One day close to christamas I asked if he was OK because it was getting cold. He said he was still trying to find a job and he was cold. He never asked again for anything. I went to the store bought him warm blanket, fresh fruit, and food. I put it in his car. The next time I saw him he thanked me and said it was the best gift he could have gotten at this time.

  • colleen gilgenbach

    i would be THRILLED to win this set of books. So much inspiration!

  • Katrina

    Best present that I gave my children this year (who are at the age of starting to understand about giving): for every treat, gift, or trinket we buy for ourselves–no matter how big or small–we will buy a treat, gift, or trinket to add to our giving box. Once the box is full, we will donate it to a local shelter or community organization in need. I can only imagine the the impact this will have on my children as they grow up. And on their children. And so on…

  • Jennifer B

    I would love to win these books and share them!

  • Trudie Sullivan

    Oh I would not only be inspired by this great collection of books but also cementing their usefulness as a tool while loving and cherishing them. These books would give me encouragement to broaden my creation and that would be one of the most thoughtful gift ever given to me.

  • Pilar Burg

    WOW! Loved reading everyone’s stories. It warms my heart to known there are still generous souls out there!

  • Glenda

    My most meaningful gifts are always the ones given me by my immediate family — the notes and cards most of all. The gifts come and go, but the words stay with me forever. It’s why I always sign and add a note to any gift I ever create and why I’m big on inscriptions. (Guess it makes sense that I’m also a writer…hmmm) Thanks for your always-creative books AND for the chance to win them!

  • G T

    The most meaningful gift I gave at christmas eve where $50. I bravely gave that money to a person to convince him to give me his dog. This midsize dog was kept in a small crate outside in his back yard. The dog had lost a lot of fur and her skin was filled with flees and scabies. I immediately called authorities but since it was the holiday season they were going to take a few days to come out. This dog was in such bad shape that I had to act that day. I bravely knocked on this man’s door with a very tall and strong friend waiting a few feet away. Wow, at that time I did not even realize that she was a german shepherd. I named her Fenja and she turned into one of the most beautiful and devoted dogs. I don’t think I will ever be able to top this gift to myself and yes, after I freed her I told that horrible person who kept her that I will raise hell if I ever see him with another pet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wvancamp Wendy Van Camp

    Wow, this is quite a giveaway. I don’t own any of the 500 series, but I’d love to add them to my library. I hope that I can join in on the contest!

  • Mara

    I think the most meaningful gifts have been the “small things” which pay it forward- paying the toll for the driver behind me, volunteering by harvesting fruit trees to donate needed fresh produce to shelters, little things that help others- the small things which also instill gratitude within myself as well as others…
    I love the Lark 500 Series,fingers crossed!

  • Sharon Siqueiros

    ~WOW~
    that’s all I can say…. this is so generous and fantastic!!

  • Sandy

    I had made all my nieces, nephews, my children and my parents……Christmas stockings made of felt appliques, embroidered, sequined and stuffed many years ago. Its a wonderful feeling, after all these years that they still treasure their stockings. Each one was made to suit their personality a bit and when they take them out every year, they know their daughter, mom, aunt loves them and that makes me happy. The first stocking was made some 20+ years ago.

  • Norma Paley

    I love the Lark books. Some already live here in my collection but there is always room for another.

  • cabrina channing

    As a beginning jeweler my family was never very supportive. They always preferred i became a doctor or anything with a more solid and promising future. of course i was young, motivated, and rebelious so i persued a life in metal art. Slowly my parents learned i wasnt goibg to change my mind and started to join my side. A few years afterwards i was so surprised to be asked to make my dad and step mothers wedding rings! To see them still on their proud fingers 7 years later is all the drive i need to know that i have already succeeded as a jeweler no matter how far or short my journey in metal art takes me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707037827 Chris Elser

    Happy Holidays!

  • debosmith1

    The spirit of the holidays should always be held dear and close, striving to maintain throughout the year. The best gift I give are those of service or items to those who have no idea who they are from, It is the gift held in confidence and silence.

  • Cami

    I love Christmas morning when after the gifts have been opened…. and one of my gifts was a book from Lark . Then I can spend some quiet restful time surrounded by my family and just looking at each photo slowly !

  • Tammy

    The most meaningful gifts to give, I believe, are those made with love from the heart. It shows you are thinking of them always. I always make something special for the people I love to show them that they matter to me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/debby.schlozman Debby Schlozman

    Your books are tremendous inspiration, thanks for publishing them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.clay.9 Becky Clay

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever give is a brooch with a mother and baby to my daughter when she gave birth to my first grandchild, a boy named Daniel, who seems like my own son. I absolutely love Lark Books, they are so nicely made!

  • Goldie

    These books are wonderful! I would love to have the entire library of them.

  • Lynette Fisk

    Best gift this year – giving my daughter and her husband 2 free days of babysitting each week for my new granddaughter. Now 6 months old, she’s knows me, touches my face when I arrive, mommy keeps her job (and health care) and her daddy is able to work on his thesis in peace. It’s helping them but giving me more joy than they know. It is cutting into my studio time, but the cuddle therapy I receive is simply amazing. So my gift is giving back exponentially.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you SO much for the chance to win!! The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given – random acts of kindness and behind the scenes sorts of things. anonymous ‘giving’ to those who are really in need of something. Those hold the most meaning to me.

  • DeeDee

    This is such a special giveaway. Usually giveaways are used to promote some product but this one is special because it is obvious that the motivation is to give an artist the opportunity to gain inspiration so they can improve their talent. Thanks so much for your generosity. I know whoever wins this will be appreciated

  • http://www.facebook.com/dina.mcmullin.7 Dina McMullin

    Last year I started getting my mom’s photographs (some dating back to the 1900′s) digitized. I made it to 1970 last year. I gave each of my siblings a copy of the CD and played it on our 55 inch TV during our Christmas get-together. So now everyone has a copy and the memories will last forever. This year, they are getting 1970 – 1990.

  • DeeDee

    This is such a special giveaway. Usually giveaways are used to promote some product but this one is special because it is obvious that the motivation is to give an artist the opportunity to gain inspiration so they can improve their talent. Thanks so much for your generosity. I know whoever wins this will be appreciated

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Williams/45507238 Jennifer Williams

    The most meaningful present was from my parents, they gave me Life.

  • wendy

    i have 3 of the 500 series, would love some more!!!

  • wendy

    i have 3 of the 500 series, would love some more!!!

  • Lisette Root

    Oh how I love my books! Lark books are my very favorite because of the way they lay out knowledge and inspiration, and the big beautiful pictures I know will be inside;) My library is my most treasured possession, and I would LOVE to win these books! All Lark books are true treasures:) Sincerely, Lisette Root

  • Cool Bijou Princess

    The best gift is easy and I try to give it often. When I’m at a drive-thru Starbucks, I pay for the car behind me. They don’t know me so it is an anonymous gift to cheer their day – not to mention, they are probably thinking all day, who was that woman????

  • Kelly betts

    I find that the most meaningful gifts are the ones you make yourself. I am an artist and have made custom paintings for people before. My nephew loved Mario, so I painted him a scene from super Mario galaxy. And my mother loves sunflowers, so I painted her a painting of a sunflower field.

    I would love to win theses books to further my success of selling art and crafts on etsy. Thank you so much for the opportunity!!

    Happy holidays!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robertthomasmullen Robert Thomas Mullen

    What a wonderful collection of books! I would love to have them. They are so inspiring.

    The best gift I ever gave was a slideshow for my father. I went through boxes upon boxes of old photographs and scanned them into my computer. Then I put background music that was meaningful to him. I had never seen my father cry before. It brought tears to his eyes. I’ll always remember that Christmas.

  • Sharlyn

    I guess the present I gave that I think was the most meaningful was the Christmas when my husband and I learned we were expecting our first child. We wrapped up baby bibs for everyone and put them under the tree. Since ours was the first grand child on both sides of our families…it was quite a gift. Our son continues to be a wonderful gift to all of us!

  • Kyle G.

    The most meaningful present is actually something im giving my mother this year. Im a jeweler just out of college. My great grandmothers wedding rings have been damaged beyond repair for years now, and i decided to tackle this mountain. Without my mother knowing, i took the rings and have now restored them to their former glory, and I know my mother is going to have a heart attack (not literally lol) when she sees them!

  • Amy B

    Being able to open my home to family and friends.
    That means the world to me. !

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.acciarito Judy Princess Acciarito

    Ooooh, wonderful books! The most meaningful gift I’ve given was probably the mother’s ring I gave to my mother. She had wanted one for years and I scrimped and saved one year to have one custom made for her with genuine gem stones. She was completely surprised!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.newton.90 Michelle Newton

    The most meaningful gift I gave was a home to my best friend who had fallen on hard times.

  • Carol

    The most meaningful presents I gave were to my parents in their later years. It seems at that age they appreciated the little things more. I only wish I had been beading then. My mom would have loved receiving handmade gifts.

  • Amanda

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was a pair of gloves I had knitted. My friend was born with a few fingers fused together and has never been able to own a pair of gloves. I was able to knit him a custom pair using the live long and prosper pattern. It was awesome how happy he was over such a simple thing.

  • Mini Moe

    The most meaningful gift that I gave was in 2005, Christmas time and I felt so bad about the people who were living down by the river in the cold, that I purchased about $800 worth of fleece fabric and sat on my empty dining room floor and made cut & tied, no-sew blankets to hand out. Some of my family members tried to change my mind about doing this when they found out by telling me the homeless with just sell the blankets for alcohol or drugs but I did it anyways, in hopes that it helped them stay warm. The winter of 2004, I made about 30 of the same type of blankets and took them to the local womens, battered sheltered. I tried to make some cute ones for the children. I made and delivered the blankets without leaving my name, since it wasn’t notariety I was seeking but to know that I was very fortunate to have a new, clean, warm home for my children and felt I wanted to give a little back to someone who was less then fortunate…

  • Mini Moe

    The most meaningful gift that I gave was in 2005, Christmas time and I felt so bad about the people who were living down by the river in the cold, that I purchased about $800 worth of fleece fabric and sat on my empty dining room floor and made cut & tied, no-sew blankets to hand out. Some of my family members tried to change my mind about doing this when they found out by telling me the homeless with just sell the blankets for alcohol or drugs but I did it anyways, in hopes that it helped them stay warm. The winter of 2004, I made about 30 of the same type of blankets and took them to the local womens, battered sheltered. I tried to make some cute ones for the children. I made and delivered the blankets without leaving my name, since it wasn’t notariety I was seeking but to know that I was very fortunate to have a new, clean, warm home for my children and felt I wanted to give a little back to someone who was less then fortunate…

  • Mini Moe

    The most meaningful gift that I gave was in 2005, Christmas time and I felt so bad about the people who were living down by the river in the cold, that I purchased about $800 worth of fleece fabric and sat on my empty dining room floor and made cut & tied, no-sew blankets to hand out. Some of my family members tried to change my mind about doing this when they found out by telling me the homeless with just sell the blankets for alcohol or drugs but I did it anyways, in hopes that it helped them stay warm. The winter of 2004, I made about 30 of the same type of blankets and took them to the local womens, battered sheltered. I tried to make some cute ones for the children. I made and delivered the blankets without leaving my name, since it wasn’t notariety I was seeking but to know that I was very fortunate to have a new, clean, warm home for my children and felt I wanted to give a little back to someone who was less then fortunate…

  • Jessie H

    amazing giveaway! thank you

  • Anne Vanderlaan

    My husband had been sick with a brain tumor and we had a few boys who were foster children that did not appreciate anything we would do for them. My birth kids always shared everything they had and it became a real hassle. The foster kids wanted everything my birth kids had and I explained to them that the things they had they collected for many years and that I will be fair and that the foster boys needed to understand that I would try and provide everything I could for them. I bought them bikes and they did not like them because they were not brand new. I could not afford to buy new bikes for any of my kids and most of what we had was not new. These teenage brothers fought constantly and badgered the birth kids. I was at wits end what to do and Christmas was coming as a family we decided to give up Christmas and go work in a Mexican orphanage. I wanted to show them what true poverty was. It was an amazing experience for all of us. On Christmas eve we worked at a Salvation Army home for orphans and abused women. We brought with us food and toys that we all had collected. We cleaned the court yard and painted two murals. The local television station told people what we were doing and people all over the city began to bring food to the orphanage. The whole community came together. We had so many people coming and saying “God bless you”. We posted a blog all our photos online hoping others might do the same thing. We have gone several times and always we come away feeling blessed. My one foster son (18) is now living with his grandmother and sent me a letter saying how much he loved going to work in Mexico and how it opened his eyes. The world would be a better place if all of us could learn to give to others. Love and light to everyone.

  • Susanne

    I would love to win these books. I think the jewelry that make and give are the best presents since I put a little piece of myself in each one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/EggcentricityJewels Ewanna K Seremetis-Georgopoulo

    WOW that’s a very generous give-away. Perhaps the most precious and unique gift that I’ve made and given was a white pearl and peridot green Swarovski crystal necklace I made for my neice to wear with her wedding gown.

  • Sheila

    I’d love to win these. I’m not sure what the most meaningful present I’ve ever given was – I suppose one of the many handknit presents I’ve designed with the recipient in mind. An afghan for the newlywed couple who watch a lot of tv, a pair of matching scarves for the more active couple, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Listrud/100000336648087 Kimberly Listrud

    The best gift I have given, in my opinion, is a toy cat doll, outfits and accessories including a pet mouse I made for my niece one Christmas. I worked on it about a month straight and it had poseable limbs and ears and tail you could bend. I was trying to do a homemade theme that year and I also made my sister a pair of slippers from felt with soft cushiony soles. I made my mom a decorator pillow like one she liked in a store and a simple beaded necklace and earrings set. I do not remember what I made my dad that year (I think a scarf and hat). I went all out with making gift tags and a special note for each recipient. I wrapped in christmas fabric and ribbon. Everyone was so happy with their gifts I made and it was well worth all the hours and cramped hands and fingers and lack of sleep. That was the last good holiday we all had together and it is a cherished memory for me. I miss them more as each year passes but I hope to rekindle my joy in the holidays with my 1 year old son. I am making him a toy this year for one of his gifts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Listrud/100000336648087 Kimberly Listrud

    That is the best present ever! My son was in the NICU too for a time and the day I could hold him was I thought the best but bringing him home where I could hold him all the time was even better. I love your comment!

  • motidana

    Oh what a lovely giveaway ! I would love to win this . Being in India , it`s hard to come by any beading books and always on the lookout for inspiration , I view this site ardently.
    As to the most meaningful present that I have been given , is the inspiration and tons of encouragement I have got from my mother .Being an avid beader at the age of 73, and a pro at making beaded purses , she has gifted me the most precious thing in my life, CREATIVITY. A gift , that will remain with me always!

  • Susan Ovard

    I was out of work for 2.5 years. I was the recipient of a lot of help from family and friends. I got a new job last May. Since thanksgiving, I have been helping out a family I found out about from a coworker. I have given them 2 large boxes of groceries. Today I got them Christmas dinner, a turkey and all the trimmings from snack to dessert. It was the first time in a long while that I was able to give back. I have never met the family, but I am glad I was able to help

  • Sommer

    I love my husband

  • Kim Redtree

    Awesome and generous giveaway, thank you for the opportunity

  • Charlie

    My most meaningful present was the chance to take a class from a professional jewelry artist :)

  • debbie

    I have an on again off again love for making jewelry but never lose my love for beads. I made a wonderful necklace for my sister in law for Christmas. I can’t wait until she opens it. I am looking for books to get back into beading.

  • Mini Moe

    I didnt realize that my previous post was posted numerous times in error. It most certainly tuwasnt to greaten my odds of winning…..Merry Christmas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697533779 Andrea Glick

    I love to give people presents, and donate a ton of jewelry to worthy causes on a regular basis. I guess my most recent gift went to an under-privileged young woman, who otherwise wouldn’t have had many presents for Christmas this year. I even managed to make most of the goodies green- her favorite color! :) I truly hope it will perk up her Christmas.

  • Jaan L of Tx

    My most meaningful gift, was a stuff toy cat from my nephew. He received from my mother for Christmas the year before. He gave it to me two years later at Christmas time, simply because he loved me. My son, now 12, played with it, that darn cat is 30yrs old, waiting to be return to my nephew when he starts his own family. Happy Holidays

  • Donna Moffett

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was an HO train set to my husband and sons as a joint gift. It really helped the boys to connect with each other and made for great father/son time, which didn’t happen much at that time in their lives.

  • Donna Moffett

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was an HO train set to my husband and sons as a joint gift. It really helped the boys to connect with each other and made for great father/son time, which didn’t happen much at that time in their lives.

  • HawaiianLibrarian

    Mahalo for the op to win this awesome collection of books to add to our public library! I think the best gift ever given and received was a brand new baby daughter who came home on Christmas Eve after 10 days in the NICU.

  • Rickey Whitlock

    Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway. I am new to jewelry making and this would be a big help to me. I think my most meaningful gift is kind of silly but I bought my husband a box of twinkies this year…I think he’s going to be so shocked and love them! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Blessings to All!

  • Tammy Hempel

    WOW! This would be a very nice Christmas gift for anyone to win. I would love to win these books.

  • Sheila

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was to track down an out of print movie for a friend. Her uncle was a famous actor some years ago and she had never seen him in action. The movie was his swan song, made not long before he died. She said it was the best gift she had ever received.

  • grandma

    the most wonderful gift i have ever given was a necklace that i gave my daughter in law. she actually loved it!

  • Marianne

    For my daughters 1st communion,I gave her my charm barcelet hat I had received for my 1st communion. Jewelry w/a history.

  • june

    Pick me!!!!

  • Jeanne Clarke

    Most meaningful present was a newspaper printed on the day I was born- I could read about everything happening in the world on the actual day I was fortunate enough to enter. Fascinating!

  • Diana Elliott

    I dabbled in beading years ago but now there are so many beautiful ideas out there! I have seen stunning projects on Etsy and Craft Gossip. They have inspired me to renew my creative bead head! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • marijo hinton

    My best present was the feeling I received as a 4 year old child during the Depression. My Mother took me with her to buy $2.00 worth of gifts for a very poor little boy. She purchased a shirt, a pair of pants, underwear and socks (it was the Depression). I have never felt quite like that again in my long life. Doing for others with no prospect of return is the best there is!

  • marijo hinton

    My best present was the feeling I received as a 4 year old child during the Depression. My Mother took me with her to buy $2.00 worth of gifts for a very poor little boy. She purchased a shirt, a pair of pants, underwear and socks (it was the Depression). I have never felt quite like that again in my long life. Doing for others with no prospect of return is the best there is!

  • Shelley Shipley

    I would adore having these boks to share with my daughter, grandaughter and myself. What fun that would be! What is meaningful to me may not have been as meaningful to the receiver is some cases I guess. So I will just say my most meaningful gift was when I had taken in and adopted a severly abused dog and gave it the gift of my unconditional love. Medical care healed the open wounds, proper food and shelter helped with its health and my love and devotion overcame his fear and allowed him to have two more years of life that were happy and safe before he passed. How I miss him. I wonder, was more meaningful to me or to him. The love he gave back has never been forgotten.

  • Shelley Shipley

    I would adore having these boks to share with my daughter, grandaughter and myself. What fun that would be! What is meaningful to me may not have been as meaningful to the receiver is some cases I guess. So I will just say my most meaningful gift was when I had taken in and adopted a severly abused dog and gave it the gift of my unconditional love. Medical care healed the open wounds, proper food and shelter helped with its health and my love and devotion overcame his fear and allowed him to have two more years of life that were happy and safe before he passed. How I miss him. I wonder, was more meaningful to me or to him. The love he gave back has never been forgotten.

  • red carousel lion

    the most memorable christmas present that I ever received was a Singer sewing machine when I was 18. I had been sewing 10 years by that time on my Mom’s old, old machine and to receive a sewing machine that had zig zag stitches and button hole makers built in was astonishing. Over the many years, this machine has helped me create wonderful clothing, drapes, costumes, etc and has always served as a constant reminder of my Mom ( who I lost way too young) and a passion that she inspired and shared with me

  • wabbstersbooks

    One year I made quilts for everyone. Everyone loved them.

  • Skezzcrom

    My father gave me a “wood burning” art kit when I was very young. This gift got me a start in doing things with my hands and led me to the creation of art. I still have a pyro tool to this day. Give a child the gift that lasts forever, you will never be sorry.

  • chrissi_matusevics

    I’m afraid that I cannot compete with any of these beautiful and sometimes sad stories but I’d love to have some of these wonderful books, we’ve had a bit of an annus horriblis this year,and could do with something that we all could look at to cheer us up- and inspire us to make better jewellery as this is what we all do to relax- and me, to bring beauty into the world

  • Red Carousel Lion

    My mom had been a seamstress and instilled a love of sewing in me when I was very young. Many, many hours were spent at her old, old “knee-operated” singer sewing machine. When I was 18, she had saved enough to get me a “modern” sewing machine with zig zag stitches and a button hole maker built in, which astonished me. Over the years, while this wonderful machine has (and still does) serve me well making clothes, drapes, halloween costumes…the best part of this gift is the constant reminder of the passion that my Mom (who I lost soon after receiving the sewing machine) shared with me. It says “love” to me everytime I use it

  • Rhonda Desgranges

    What a wonderful giveaway! To own a library of books like that would be a dream come true!
    The most meaningful gift that I have ever given was a quilted pillow I made for my sister, and a gift that I have not given yet~~ a completely hand pieced/hand quilted St. Louis Cardinals baseball quilt that I am working on for my husband. Hopefully I can give it to him next year.
    Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas to all!
    wigglypuo2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Josanne Mitchell

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was the wedding ring I made for my husband. We didn’t have alot of money when we got married, so I couldn’t afford to get him a ring. I took whatever gold I had, melted it and made him a ring. I was so happy I could give that to him and he absolutely loves it. He also gave me the best gift when he proposed the year before on Christmas Day

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoraLHoward Lora L Howard

    I’ve never gotten a particularly memorable gift, but I strive to GIVE memorable ones! A few yrs back, my middle brother, who is a “self-made” man, bought a brand new Hummer H3 with cash! He was so proud of that thing!!! That Christmas, I managed to get a picture of him leaning against the bumper of the H3 (told him I wanted to send it to my son who is in the military) then I fished out an REALLY old picture of him when he was about 6 in his “HAD TO HAVE” Christmas gift – what he called “A Hong-Kong Fuey” car (from the old Hanna-Barbara cartoon.) I then had the pics matted one above the other in a long narrow frame with a smaller “frame opening” between them, where I wrote “You’ve come a long way, baby!” He still has this framed picture hanging in his office!

  • Nancy

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you Lark Books!

  • Chelsea

    I designed and made a pendant to represent a friend’s wedding bouquet and gave it to her at her wedding shower.

  • Julie Aubert

    My post meaningful gifts have always been time – sitting down with a kid & playing barbies or legos, helping a neighbor shell peas, paint, etc. This time isn’t that much & gives both of us memories forever. I would love to win these books & make items to give to others!

  • sarah hardy

    I gave a baby quilt that I made to a great friend when she had her baby. It is meaningful to us both because I have never made one before or since. Truly one-of-a-kind I guess.

  • Angie

    I’m overwhelmed by this amazing giveaway!

  • Elena Tucker

    Love Lark books! Maybe not the most meaningful, but definitely most inspired present is the Traeger grill I gave my hubby – he loves to cook on it, which means he cooks a lot! He makes the most perfect rib roast for Christmas dinner on it.

  • Donna Reed

    I made a rosary for a friend. Being protestant, I knew nothing of the construction or symbolism before researching the design. It was a gift for both of us.

  • laura morris

    for some reason my response wont post…hope it does this time. i’d hate to miss this opportunity.

  • Nancy Sopp

    I would love to have those books. The most meaningful gifts to give ARE handmade, and there are more than enough gift ideas in those books for a century of holidays. Plus, beading is a great activity for dark Alaskan winter days.

  • Joy Funnell

    Wow – great givaway!

  • Wendy R aka Santa

    My most meaningful gift to give was when I was at a hospital with a friend and found an envelope containing a lot of money in the parking lot. I did not count it because at the time I needed money but knew that money was not mine to keep, suffice it to say there was a stack of hundreds! There was a license within the envelope and I turned it into the security desk at the hospital. I did not want to leave my name but did tell the security guy to tell the owner of the envelope “Merry Christmas and to pay it forward”.. :-) I did call their desk later on to make sure that the money was indeed returned. He said she wanted to know my name and I refused once more. I told him to tell her Santa came to visit. :) It still feels good to this day. I can’t remember any other gift I gave that made me feel that good so many years later.

  • Heather M.

    What a great giveaway!! I’ve given many gifts, but the best one _received_ at Christmas was my son – 2 months early!

  • Kait

    My sister retired from a very stressful job with long hours. I knew how she craved what little time she had with her children and than now she would be able to spend more time with them. I made a collaged piece with a woman casting off the restrictions of time and gave it to my sister. She was so touched at having something to capture this new found freedom, and the process of creating it made me so much more appreciative of my creative time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/astropalmistry00 Leslie Zemenek

    The most meaningful presents I’ve ever given have been the ones I’ve made myself. This year I made sterling and gemstone rosaries for my favorite aunt and my mother-in-law. I’m better at metalworking than beading, but I know they’ll both love them.

  • lv

    what great stories here wish i could think of one

  • lv

    what great stories here wish i could think of one

  • Zan

    When we were first married I gave my husband the Martin guitar of his dreams.

  • Zan

    When we were first married I gave my husband the Martin guitar of his dreams.

  • Jane S.

    What an amazing collection of books! Thank you for the chance to win them. :)

  • joy smith

    My co-workers and I would pick a family in the small town where we lived and buy them christmas-presents and dinner. We loved surprising them but we got the best feeling from giving.

  • debb

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was a photo album to my mother in law (of her family). She loved it and even though she was only able to treasure it for a very short time, I am glad for the time she was able to.

  • Camilla Mann

    The most meaningful present I’ve ever given: we brought Christmas to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law at the hospital. They had just had their daughter who was born with multiple birth defects. We picked up a tree, ornaments, lights, groceries and drove 3 hours on Christmas Eve to make sure that they had a celebration despite their circumstances.

  • BurghGurl

    Gosh, the most FUN gift was probably the time when we came into some money 15 years ago and decided to give it away – to 8 others, parents and siblings – to be used for their heart’s desire. It was used for various things from paying off bills to traveling to Australia, traveling to China, a nice stereo system, an ultralite aircraft kit, and some put it in the bank to have a nest egg. I don’t know whether the opportunity will come again to be such a gift giver, but the recipients were all overjoyed with such a nice windfall, and still enjoy the travel memories, the house full of music, the feeling of being a bird in the sky, and the stress relief that comes with paid bills, and some money in the bank.
    But the most MEANINGFUL gift was when we hired a man to rake our leaves around Thanksgiving one year, and he came with wife and kids in tow. You could see that they had little, but were a loving family, and our hearts went out to them. We found where they lived, and went shopping! We filled lots of bags with good food, the makings of a Thanksgiving feast, a turkey and some cash. We enlisted the help of friends to take it to the trailer where they lived (saying it was from a secret friend), and we were told about the incredulous looks from the adults, and the happy giggles from the kids, to receive it all out of the blue. it really DOES feel better to give than to receive!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tabitha.pearson.92 Tabitha Pearson

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was a copy of Pema Chodron’s book “When Things Fall Apart”. I gave it to a friend who had just lost her husband. It is such a great book. I give a lot of copies of this book away..but she needed it more than anyone else I had ever given it to before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.greta Charlotte Christensen

    I love beading and find it so much fun and amazing… I love to try new techniques and get new and different looks with all the gorgeous beads. I like to give the necklaces I make to my mother and my sister…. and anyone who admires them!! It is just so much fun to do and I would love to have more instructional books to help my on my jewelry making quest!! Love it! Thanks.

  • Rebekah Lewis

    Awesome giveaway! The most meaningful gift I’ve given was to my husband. I compiled all of our emails (we had a long-distance relationship) into a book for our first anniversary. Now we have a written record from the time we met until we were married.

  • t k

    Three years ago, I gave my uncle (85yrs old and housebound) 2 gifts. One was a mug with our picture on it (I had taken the picture while visiting him a few months before) and one was a picture of my aunt (deceased for many years). He misses her so much. He had a small, wallet size picture covered with tape and asked if I could make him a bigger picture. It turned out that I had the exact picture (without the tape) so I enlarged it for a 16×20 size, matted and framed it. Drove out to deliver it (he lives 2 states away). He put it on his wall across from the chair he sits in. I call him nearly every day just to chat for a few minutes and he still comments on what that picture means to him. I know in my heart that he cherishes it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-A-Johnson/100001400816201 Mary A Johnson

    I’d love a set of these wonderful books!

  • Barbara Moore

    I have a great-grandson who will be having his first Christmas this year. He’s six months old. I purchased a football bank that counts the money up that you put in it and purchased 25 gold dollars which I fed into it. It says “Touchdown” each time you put a piece of change in it and the crowd roars. I’m hoping this will be something that he’ll enjoy saving his money in as he grows older. Just a little something special to go with his other things.

  • Barbara Moore

    I have a great-grandson who will be having his first Christmas this year. He’s six months old. I purchased a football bank that counts the money up that you put in it and purchased 25 gold dollars which I fed into it. It says “Touchdown” each time you put a piece of change in it and the crowd roars. I’m hoping this will be something that he’ll enjoy saving his money in as he grows older. Just a little something special to go with his other things.

  • Barbara Moore

    I have a great-grandson who will be having his first Christmas this year. He’s six months old. I purchased a football bank that counts the money up that you put in it and purchased 25 gold dollars which I fed into it. It says “Touchdown” each time you put a piece of change in it and the crowd roars. I’m hoping this will be something that he’ll enjoy saving his money in as he grows older. Just a little something special to go with his other things.

  • Cee Someone

    Thanks everyone with a story to tell, I wish I could think of something as nice or generous or meaningful right now, but I’m drawing a blank.

  • Kelly B

    Thank you for a chance at such a great giveaway

  • Connie Keck

    I think the most meaningful present I have ever given was a doll I made to look like my son. He loved it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128025555 Karla Holm Baker

    The most meaningful present was an electric typewriter for my mom. She had been writing a book on the life of Zenobia, plunking away on an old Smith Corona. She mentioned how she wished she had one of those new electric typewriters. I was bought her one…even had to take it on the airplane with me as ‘carry on’ when I came home at Christmas. The wrapping got torn, but she was really surprised.

  • Terri W

    Oh, Wow! This is like heaven. Fifteen books filled with ideas and information – what more could a crafter hope for. Wow. Did I say that already? Okay, Wow! This giveaway is impressive. Thanks for the chance of a life time.
    Terri

  • carolyn laliberte

    I would imagine any artist or any body would love to have a collection of books like these. Inspiration, talent, ideas, creations, unusual and perfectly perfect. Great addition to anyone’s collection

  • jodi

    hmmm, that’s a hard one… I make a lot of my presents, so they are all very special. tough to pick just one! they’re all made with love…. :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sShaiha Shaiha Williams

    Oh my goodness. What an incredible gift!

    I found out today that my local Chevy’s is closing down this Sunday so we (myself and hubby) went out to get some nachos. When we left I gave the server a 100% tip. She was shocked but I felt really good to be able to help out in my small way.

  • Theresa

    I made a cross stitched image of a danish dessert for my nephew with a Family Guy quote that he has been infatuated with ever since he first saw it. The look on his face when he opened up the gift will forever be priceless to me.

  • Vickie Rhoades

    My brother had a Scottie whom he adored. The elderly dog got sick and had to be euthanized before Thanksgiving. I wanted to give him something to remember Puddles by. Yes, you can imagine how he got his name:). I sent a picture to one of those places that will make a counted cross stitch picture pattern. I worked on it after work, weekends and some all- nighters at the end, but was able to complete the 8×10 picture, have it framed and ready to give for Christmas. When he opened it, it brought tears to his eyes and everyone’s in the room. That was my favorite Christmas gift I’ve ever given. I love giving homemade gifts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.faro Kelly Faro

    The best gift I ever gave was horseback riding lessons for my daughter. She loves riding.

  • Megan P.

    My most meaningful present so far has been the promise ring my now husband gave me when we were dating. Its small and delicate but most of all it came from him. ; )

  • Chris Marhover

    Such a wonderful gift! These would go to my future daughter-in-law who told me last year that she wanted this collection. I bought her 1st one for her and found them fascinating myself. Good luck to everyone and congrats to the winner!

  • Terri Richards

    Wow oh Wow! Who wouldn’t want this fabulous Giveaway!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27425255 Cindy Hughes Lynch

    The best present I am receiving this year is being blessed to be part of a stranger’s Christmas. I have “adopted” a lady in a domestic violence safe-house and get to buy her presents for Christmas. I am a widow, so every year I honor my late husband buy using the money I would use to buy a gift for him to give to another. I had so much fun picking out all the things on this lady’s list. It really made me feel the true spirit of Christmas. I will never meet this woman, but she will hold a special place in my heart for allowing me to be a part of her Christmas.

  • Cynthis

    I can’t think of anything in particular but I know the best gift is having my family around and just relaxing and being together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crystal.carpenter.353 Crystal Carpenter

    the best present i ever gave was a simple calendar to my mom, but inside was written dates w me like movies, dinner, apple picking etc we both loved it

  • Sandi S.

    I enjoy beading and when I heard a friend who loved hearts had cancer I made her a beaded heart worry bracelet. Told her to stroke the beads and her heart would grow stronger but her worries would grow smaller. She died a year later but her husband said she never took that bracelet off. Have never had a gift that was that appreciated since then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaela.shaver Michaela Rae

    The best gift I ever gave was through The Christmas Cheer board. How it works is you are given a family in need and from there must put together a hamper full of Christmas food and toys for their kids. I did it with my Grade 7 class many years back, but it will always stick out in my head as one of my most heart-warming Christmas moments. A few days before Christmas, I went with a few other students to deliver it to the family, I don’t think I have ever seen anyone so genuinely happy and appreciative. It was such a beautiful thing.

  • Willow

    Again to mirror someone else’s thoughts, it’s hard to say unless I ask everyone. But the most special gift that was received was to my son. In the summer of 2002 he was hit by a speeding driver, while riding his bicycle, he had just turned 17. He was thrown 50 feet into the air & landed approximately 100 feet into the ditch. He was in an induced coma because he had a severe head trauma & a broken neck. Surgery on part of his hip bone that was going to be fused to his neck had to be postpone due to brain swelling. After a lengthy stay in the hospital he was in , in Ontario, he was transferred to Our Lady of Victory hospital in Buffalo were he underwent extreme rehab to learn everything all over again. At Christmas time we went to see him & during our Christmas dinner in the cafeteria, he tried to engage conversation with the older couple at the next table. They asked his name, how old he was, & what had happened. He knew his name but not much else. We all said Merry Christmas to each other & carried on with our meal. When we went to pay for our meal we were told that Santa had come & that we didn’t have to pay. There was also a $50 bill for my son for Christmas. When I whisper, ” Who paid for all of this? “, the reply was, ” The couple who sat next to you. ” I was so shocked & grateful to know there were angles out there that really cared.

  • Lisa FH

    Being home with my family was always wonderful. More wonderful now as I have the memory of Christmas past to cherish forever.

  • waterrose

    One year I created a hand appliqued and quilted Christmas tree skirts for each of my sister-in-laws. Their children were old enough to write their names on a piece of muslin which I then hand embroidered. I set these into the skirt along with a Santa and reindeer’s applique. We exchanged presents on Christmas Eve and each of their eyes lit up and the kids were so excited to see their names… I was so happy to have created such a nice memory piece for each of them.

  • Kathleen Hackney

    The most meaniful present was a photo quilt I made for my father who turned 80. It had signed blocks from his children & photos of his lifetime and families

  • David Lloyd Stewart

    My Mother was a fabulous artist who painted beautiful paintings in the Sumi-e and oriental watercolor styles. She learned her techniques in Japan when our Navy family was stationed in Tokyo, and taught privately out of her home.

    My mother & father were living in Belgium many years later, and my wife and I lived in our family home of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every year, I would participate in the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair here. We got the idea that if my mother’s work was juried into the summer fair, it would give her an excuse to come home to visit us … so we secretly entered her paintings in the fair! Of course, her wonderful work was accepted, so we had a nice surprise for her when we were notified that each of us had been accepted.

    During the fair that year, sales were a bit slow for everybody – my mom & myself included. By the third day, she had not sold any of her work. Since the main reason we wanted her to show was to get positive validation for her work (in addition to having a nice visit), it was unacceptable to me that she would do poorly in sales! We contacted one of the jurors who had juried her work in, and told him that if he wanted to pick out something for himself in her booth to buy, we would pay for it – but he had to keep our arrangement a secret! He gladly agreed, as he loved her work, too.

    We were very pleasantly “surprised”, when she came to us, excitedly telling us that one of the JURORS had purchased a piece of her work! She was elated, and went home afterwards thrilled with the experience. We, too, were thrilled that a wonderful artist had found validation for her art. Later, after they returned home to New Mexico to retire, her work was always in high demand … but it was nice to be able to provide a little boost when she needed it. She passed away many years ago, and it has remained my little secret ’til now.

  • susan

    So many inspiring stories. Thanks for the boost.

  • 10alicesmith

    I have always told my daughter I love her “more than the sun, the moon and the stars” and when she graduated from high school I had a custom pendant made by a goldsmith with a sun, moon and star theme.

  • Sarah S.

    this year I found an old picture of me and my siblings sitting with Santa. I have printed it Shrink Plastic and creating ornaments to give to each sibling.

  • Tamara d’Auvergne

    The most meaningful present I’ve ever given was to my son who had become very interested in Tibetan buddhism. I had just bought a book by the Dalai Lama for him and was sitting at the bus station waiting for my bus. A guy came and sat next to me and we got chatting. It turns out that he came from Lhasa in Tibet and I showed him the book I had bought for my son. He was delighted when he saw pictures of his home city. HIs real delight was that he could be so far from home and meet people who were interested in Tibet and buddhism. As I traveled home on the bus I was profoundly struck by how interconnected we all really are and what the chances were that the day I was on a mission to buy a book on Tibetan buddhism that I should end up sitting next to and chatting to a genuine Tibetan buddhist. Serendepity and syncronicity really do exist! I wrote all this in my gift to my son and it has always been a special book for him.

  • Jane T

    I would love to win any of these books. Thank you!

  • Gilly Crews

    The most meaningful present I ever received was finding my Mother.

  • Lissa Atkins

    I’d love to win this set of books, of course! The most meaningful gift I’ve ever received was an old crazy patch quilt, with black velvet and lots of bright colors, that my grandmother and her sisters made. The fabric came from old clothes and the stitching is precise. I know that they were very resourceful, hardy women who could do anything despite having very little, and it is inspirational for me

  • Lissa Atkins

    So sorry! I misread the question! One of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever given was setting up a week-long shadowing experience for my teen-age niece who is interested in fashion. She got to attend fashion shows and work with a fashion writer at the shows and in a newsroom. I think it was an eye-opening experience for her.

  • Dawn McCreary

    This is your best giveaway yet, in my opinion!!!
    Good luck to all.

    Thanks,
    Dawn McCreary

  • http://twitter.com/twicewild Charlotte Nickerson

    This is a wonderful collection of books. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good “most meaningful present” story to add.

  • http://twitter.com/NuggetyGoodness Nuggets Of Goodness

    I surprised my bffs with necklaces I made for them and I was SO excited! I used old parts of my grandmother’s earrrings which made it really special, and they LOVED them. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.cherweniuk Sharon Cherweniuk

    Hello, Wishing everyone a beautiful Holiday season! We recently opened a resource library and study centre on Fine Craft. The Lark library would be a fantasic addition!

  • Heather Anderson

    Holy Moly! That’s alot of books! =) I think the most memorable present that I have ever given was when I had friends in need. They have both just lost their jobs, and had a 3 month old baby at home. I had been in a pretty good position financially at the time, and so I was able to take them grocery shopping…and stocked up their cabinets with food, formula, diapers…everything they needed that we could get at the grocery store. I know they appreciated it, but to this day, I am thankful that I was put in a place where I could really make a difference for them. I think I got a bigger blessing than they did!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone about this; at least I don’t remember if I did. I was slightly embarrassed at the time, and maybe still am a little bit, because I don’t know what possessed me. One really cold and rainy winter (here in Eugene, OR) I noticed the same skinny old guy, day after day, holding his cardboard sign on the corner asking for “anything.” Sometimes he stood, but mostly he was sitting. There was a McDonald’s across the street, and one morning I went through the drive-thru and bought a $50 gift card, made three right turns out of the driveway to get back on the main drag, and gave him the card.

    I don’t know if McDonald’s was the right choice, lol, and I really couldn’t afford the $50, but I felt really lucky and warm compared to him. I don’t know how much it meant to him — he seemed pretty out of it; probably drunk — but it meant something to me. I liked to imagine him inside out of the rain, eating a hot meal.

  • Christine Wilson

    Each year I’ve given one adult member of my family supplies to rekindle the art/craft they’ve left behind over the years. Everyone needs a little play and fun. Happy holidays.

  • Anonymous

    Good for you, and good for Fenja!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your sisters and friends sound wonderful. And Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, too.

  • Gail

    I have just cleaned off an entire bookshelf in anticipation! What a fantastic way to start off the new year —– lots and lots of great books to enjoy!

  • eva

    my most meaningful present was the year i found a place that sold hungarian foods and bought one or two of everything that said made in hungary to give my dad, an immigrant. he was already pretty sick by then, but seeing all that food from home was the biggest best surprise. he was happy for a while. it was great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emyoung13 Edie Marie Hastings Young

    Best of luck to all of us!

  • Lois Buhalis

    Most meaningful gift… I gave a homeless girl, I think she was about 17 or so, $20 a few years ago. She was trying to sell her coat for that so she could get another night or two in her tiny room at a hotel. I wouldn’t take the coat, of course, it was cold out, and she needed it. She just needed a little more time before she could get into a city homeless program. The look on her face said it all to me. Since then, when I’m able to, I give a homeless person $10 or $20. It’s sometimes a stretch for me, and sometimes it’s only $5, but it means a meal or enough to get a room for a night or travel money. I do this throughout the year, not as often as I’d like to, but as often as I can.

  • Paula

    Would love to win this!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anke.bohmer Anke Bohmer

    My brother who lives in Germany turned 60 years old recently, and as a present I recalled a comment he made 35 years ago regarding his favorite song. I asked my family in Germany to play the song for him, and I e-mailed the accompanying memory to be read to gim. This was a gift that took 35 years to realize, and I was told that he was very touched.

  • Jeannie

    I love these collectible books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.carvalho.9 Tina Carvalho

    Many meaningful gifts stand out, but no one in particular. Each year I work to give handmade gifts to all my loved ones, and try to make each meaningful to them. I mostly make jewelry or other precious metal items. Needless to say, the Lark books are a primary source of inspiration!

  • http://twitter.com/myartandmysoul Sally Hoffman

    Any gift that is handmade is a treasure to me and I have many. This collection of books is fabulous and I would certainly treasure them if I were lucky enough to win:O)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1549703600 Laura Irenze

    The best gifts have always been jewelry.

  • Gena

    Your free giveaway is exciting. I am new to making jewelry, but am having a fun time learning. I love to find ways to incorporate native Nevada gems into the process. I found a wonderful garnet at Ely Nevada a couple of months ago and would love to turn it into a beautiful ring. It is very dark in color. I have done a few pieces of wire wrap with Nevada wonderstone. It is some I found just east of Fallon Nevada. Next project is to find some agates near Fernley.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolescarlson Carole Carlson

    Oooh, pick me, pick me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.a.neffsinclair Jan Neff-Sinclair

    Unfortunately, I cannot think of any meaningful presents. However, most of the presents I give are handmade, which makes them more meaningful. This year, I gave everyone copper enameled jewelry or key chain fobs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolescarlson Carole Carlson

    Oooh, pick me, pick me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.lorensen Beth Lorensen

    I don’t think I can pick one present that I have given as the best. I like to give gifts. I enjoy giving things I have made or finding just the perfect item, especially if someone is not expecting it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LCB221 Leithleach Alainn Seodra

    I made a beaded bee for my mum this Christmas. Inspired by some honeycomb coral found in a random box of auction stuff(which I attached it to). It fit her so well and I know nothing else I could have given her would have meant as much or been so fitting

  • Carol Fisher

    What a wonderful way to share an interest!

  • Ann Sturtz

    Most meaningful present was a hand drawn picture of my friend’s dog after he had to be put to sleep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.tilly Lori Tilly

    Lark Books are always top quality. The pictures are incredible, and the text well written, including instructions. I’ve taught myself a variety of techniques with help from Lark Books. I would love to have this set of books – I can’t imagine the inspiration I would gain.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001896357511 Angie Gill

    My mother bless her soul did a lot of beading while I was growing up. I have beautiful snowflake ornaments that she made from wire and beads and angles and crosses and so many more. As I get older now I want to learn the craft of beading so I can try to make ornaments for my children now that they have family’s of their own. Just a way to pass on the tradition.

  • jcmilnermetalworks

    Lark books are the most amazingly colorful, creative books out there… a delight! Thank you for keeping us all at the top of our game & striving for excellence. Jennie Milner (J.C. Milner Metalworks)

  • jcmilnermetalworks

    oh yes, and the most meaningful gift I have given was a hand-made shooting star necklace that I made and gave to my daughter who is an academic rock star!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.zumbrun Karen Zumbrun

    Hi. Thanks for the giveaway. I almost always hand make all the gifts I give for almost every occasion. I love it when people wear my jewelry or display my paintings. It’s a gift right back to me when I see my creations.

  • corey

    A photo album made of old picture (that were previously all on slides) to my Dad

  • Beth P

    I think the most meaningful present I have ever given was last Christmas when I sent money to my best friend in Georgia. She has four children and due to bills and lack of work, she and her husband had no money for Christmas presents for their kids. I have no kids, and have always been an aunt to her children. Because I had a little bit extra that year, I sent extra presents to them from “Santa”, along with money for my friend to buy their presents for their kids.

  • lcwos42

    Not sure if this counts, but my most memorable Christmas gift was arriving in Hawaii for our honeymoon on Christmas Day. It would never have been possible if not for the kindness and generosity of a friend of my husband’s who was stationed there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1310919348 Lori Callahan

    It would be wonderful to have this library full of inspiration!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.j.parker Mickey Jo Parker

    That is an amazing collection of people’s work !

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.b.taylor.56 Carol Berger Taylor

    The most meaningful gift I have ever received is the gift of my education.I had been in graduate school in social work and was very unhappy and decided to leave the program. I had moved to Phoenix and the economic climate was bleak. My Dad told me if I wanted to move home I could have the time to find out where I wanted my life to go. I moved back to Buffalo NY and began going to the Creative Craft Center at SUNY @ Buffalo. I became obsessed with metalwork and enameling. My Dad took care of my tuition and encouraged me in my new direction. I studied there for 3 years and then moved back to Phoenix to attend ASU’s metals program. I have been working in metals since 1974 and have found my passion! I was very honored to be included in “500 Judaica”. My Dad was a holocaust survivor and I dedicated my Judaic metals creations to him. I know he would have been proud to see that my work was recognized in your wonderful series of books. I have been teaching metalworking for the last 28 years and feel blessed to be able to pass on the knowledge that many amazingly talented artists have shared with me.

  • Varda Amnony

    My most meaningful present must by my 3 wonderful amazing children !

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.d.halpenny Sandra D Halpenny

    Happy Holidays Ray, thanks for having a holiday contest.

  • Lisa Ballowe

    One of the best gifts i gave happened to be this year. I picked two names of little girls off a tree in our town hall of little girls who were interested in arts and crafts. I was excited to buy for girls since i have two boys. I had the best time shopping! I love to make jewelry so i bought them jewelry making kits, jewelry box kit, clothes, etc. I was in the middle of my shopping and was over budget. I was looking through everything to decide what to put back when my husband called me to tell me what happened at Newtown CT. I cried and decided to give them everything i had in the cart. I hope it helps make these girls happy on Christmas morning and starts a seed to the love of making jewelry like i have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deb.kogan Deb Kogan

    I love to browse through these books and get inspired bigtime!

  • Julie Sanford

    Although there have been lots of special gifts given and received in my fife, this year I am most excited about my gift to my husband. He has a hobby that is turning into an organization/club and for the last few weeks I have been building a website for him. I purchased the domain name, uploaded photos and links, added text and graphics… Can’t wait to show him!

  • Brenda Shreves

    What inspiration in these books!!! What a lovely gift! I always liked the handmade gifts the best! Thank you Lark for all your hard work this year.

  • iesaerck

    Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance. Happy Holidays.

  • Dee

    Handmade photo albums with personalized covers, family photos and notes…each one made uniquely for the receiver, and so fun to make.

  • Kathy

    Every Lark Book on jewlery and beading I have bought has been fabulous! This is a real treat of a contest!!

  • Wanda

    The gift of life – of my family and friends

  • Carole

    Hi,
    Is this where I leave a comment for the chance to win the books? I just retired and look forward to make jewelry everyday in the daylight! The books would be great!
    Thanks
    Carole
    pinotrouge@hotmail.com

  • Dori Benner

    that is so awesome, it would be a treat to share with younger folks.

  • Dori Benner

    I totally agree with you, I was thrilled at a meeting at work one day when everyone in the meeting (including the guys) were wearing a piece of my jewelry, doesnt happen often but is memorable when it does!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Birney-Nelsen/509567362 Elizabeth Birney Nelsen

    the most meaningful present I can remember giving was very long ago. My brother was in active combat in Vietnam. I made a miniature Christmas tree trimmed with charms from my charm bracelet and other jewelry to send to him.

  • Tropicalkaren

    I love this series. I own 2 of them so the whole set would be fantastic!!

  • Amberrose

    I was a kid and didn’t have any extra money so for my grandpa, I had someone take a picture of me holding a sign that just says, “I Love You Grandpa.” I put it in a frame I found around the house and he’s had it in his workshop right where he looks everyday for the past 19 years.

  • Joanthec

    The best gift I ever got on Christmas was an impromptu dinner on Christmas Eve with my whole family. It was unplanned an really fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmee.tureaud Emmee Tureaud

    I changed jobs at the start of Dec. Then I loaned the last of my savings to a friend in need. I am waiting for my first paycheck to arrive. I have nothing under the tree for my family the first time in my adult life. But I have my family, my health, and my hands. Today I am beading gifts and baking my gifts… What a joy! I had no idea this Christmas would turn out this way…but I am glad it did. Life is good. Today is my gift.

  • Kathy K.

    The most meaningful present I’ve ever given was a rag doll dressed in a regency gown to my mother. She loved it.

  • Mary Renner

    Wow! What a great give-away!!

  • Mary Renner

    Wow! What a great give-away!! Very exciting.

  • Tiffany Kunkler

    my most meaningful gift was Oppi Untracht jewelry concepts and technology, that book never leaves my desk and I look at it constantly for teaching as well as to show to students to explain ideas.

  • Nancy Keane

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was the color purple. Our daughter Karen loved the color purple, and one Christmas we gave her a big box of purple gifts, ranging from a purple pen with purple ink to an expensive purple sweater, lots of things in between. Each was wrapped in purple paper, and the box that held everything was also wrapped in purple paper with a big purple bow.

    Years later Karen still told people that the best gift she ever received was the color purple! She never lost her love of purple. She was very active in our church children’s ministry Karen passed away from cancer in 2005, and when the church children were told, one said that “Miss Karen has a purple mansion in heaven!” At Karen’s funeral there were purple balloons that we released at the cemetery. Even now, each year on her birthday we go to her grave and release a purple balloon.

    Giving Karen the color purple was not only a joy to do but was a joy to receive, and we are still blessed at the memory of how much she enjoyed it!

  • Christine Carroll

    My most meaningful gift? My son Christopher was about to participate in his first Iron Man competition the day after his 45th birthday this year. He lives in Tampa, Florida, far away from his small birth family. Just me, his sister Juliet, my grandaughter Anna, and his stepdad Jack are left here in New England. Chris so wanted his family to be there with him for that race. I made him a bracelet with sterling letters for the initial of each person’s name and their birthstone. That way, we all went with him. I put on letters for his gone-to-glory grandparents, his father, his uncle, all his children, Julie, Anna, Jack, and me. Every moment he hesitated along the way, he was able to look down at that simple bracelet and know we were all there with him, encouraging him and loving him the entire way. Christopher finished his race in 12 hours, 58 minutes. The bracelet is framed with his medal because he knows his family helped him and loved him all the way to the end.

  • MaryJo Frechette

    I think the best gift I gave was a mounted and enlarged old postcard of my sister-in-law’s lakefront home before her home was built. She was so happy at seeing it. It now has a rime place in her home.

  • Amy

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was a Thank You note to my father. I thought back over my 40 some years and all the little things he did for me. From thanking him for warming my frozen feet after a 5 am ice skating practice to thanking him for forgetting some of my teenage antics, to being a fantastic grandfather. Glad I did it while he was alive. Maybe in 10 years, I will write him another one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Kelley/100000584204315 Sharon Kelley

    These books are always interesting to find new ideas for jewelry making.

  • Queen Katherine

    My favorite gift to give was the gift I gave my mom last year. My dad died the year before, just 9 days before Christmas. I made a video for his funeral that included hundreds of photos of him. I chose 10 of my absolute favorites – of the photos containing both of them – and printed them into an art journal I made. My mom really isn’t into mixed media art, but this meant a lot to her. I also took some of that airline plastic tubing and printed their wedding photos on shrink plastic. I placed those photos inside the tubing plastic & used beads to make a bracelet. That project turned out AWESOMELY!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1580603853 Linda Jones

    The most meaningful gift that I have given in recent years is a shrink art Christmas decoration to put on my mothers Christmas wreath (made by my sister). Mom loved “Silent Night”, so I wrote in a beautiful cursive the words Silent Night, and glued an angel to the top corner. I know my Mom was looking at it with a smile on her face!

  • abarrett

    I have been making jewelry for members of my family for a couple of years. This book will help me expand the jewelry I can make for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmie.brannon.10 Jimmie Brannon

    My first efforts at creating jewelry have been a joy to create and well received by family and friends that have received them as gifts.

  • ATM4940

    The most meaningful presents I’ve ever made and given were two rosaries – one was the more traditional style of rosary with a Lourdes water in the centerpiece; the other was an Anglican style rosary. Both were made for dear friend and teacher of the Episcopalian faith, and both were the first pieces of jewelry I had ever made.

  • Lisa P

    The most memorable gifts I have given are ones that are handmade and have special meaning. Examples are a framed photo that has special meaning and a photo book I made full of special memories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.morton.399 Lynn Morton

    The most meaningful gift is what I’am giving this year. My Mother gave me a crystal chandelier years ago that I never found the time to have put up! She passed away 6 yrs ago & never saw it hanging in my house. I was cleaning up my basement a week ago & saw it boxed up in a corner with alot of dust on it. I opened it up & saw it was broken! And I cried…. But….right in the middle of all that glass was the bag of crystals that hung from that chandelier. I kept looking at those crystals, & looking, then thought…EARRINGS!!!!! YESSSssss!!!So thats what I am giving to my daughters,granddaughters, & niece’s this Christmas. I hope they like it.
    p.s. I loved reading the other stories!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.morton.399 Lynn Morton

    Thats special!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.morton.399 Lynn Morton

    That was nice!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.morton.399 Lynn Morton

    Oh Lord……Didn’t WE ALL cry…& still am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brightsib2001 Shannon Fries

    The best present I ever received was the news I was pregnant. I was told at 17 that I would never have children. My first husband and I were stunned after being sick every morning to hear we were pregnant. I had all the symptoms, but kept telling myself it couldn’t be true, but it was!!
    The best present I have ever given was 2 owls I made out of shells for my mom. She collects owls, and we didn’t have a lot of money. We found a bunch of shells of different sizes and shapes. They basically just told me where they went. 2 beautiful owls for my mom who I adore.

  • TXBELLEBLC

    I am fairly new to jewelry making, but it has become my passion!!Winning these books would be the most fantastic thing!! Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorraine.twissdunnington Lorraine Twiss Dunnington

    My husband I and spent many years living far from family. My husband’s mother has not been well most of our marriage and due to a messy divorce with my father-in-law, carries a lot of negative feelings. It has made family events extremely difficult. So, one year I purchased one of the digital photo frames and spent literally hours cropping, scanning, and trying to heal some of the wounds and bitterness so that hopefully the spirit of Christmas would help her overcome. It was amazing how much that time spent multiplied exponentially the amount of healing in her, my husband’s, and my children’s lives. She even asked my forgiveness for years of abuse that I had had to feel at her hands … something I never thought would happen. It definitely wasn’t the most expensive gift I’ve ever given, but definitely gave the most back!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mareta.pascoe Mareta Pascoe

    The most memorable gift I have received was when I was hospitalised for 18 months, but was given permission to spend Christmas day with my family at home.

  • Sue C

    It was one week before Christmas, I had very limited money, was running out of money for gifts and did not have a Christmas tree. I live in a rural area with not too many options to buy a tree this late in the season. The only trees in town that were left were too expensive. A friend told me of a farm in a neighboring town that might have less expensive trees. I drove that night to try and find it. I, ended up in a very dark and little frightening place where there was no one around, and only four trees leaning in the front of a farm. I hesitantly got out of my car, waited for someone to appear. And out walked a friendly elderly man with a warm smile and gentle way about him. I asked him if his trees were for sale and asked about the scraggly tree in the back thinking that was the only one I could afford. This man looked at me and said, why not one of these more beautiful trees, they are free. I thought he was kidding so just gave him a smile and continued about the little tree in the back. But he redirected me again to these ‘free’ trees. I then picked one of these trees still wondering if he was joking. He got the tree ready, put it in my trunk, would not take any money, not even a tip. I thanked him telling him he had no idea what this meant to me. He gave me a big hug and wished me a Merry Christmas! Of all the trees over all the years, this by far is my favorite tree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JewelryDesignsByDianneGH Dianne G Hayes

    I would love to win new books with ideas and change for my jewelry

  • Blanca

    The best present I ever received was from my daughter when she was five years old. She saw a homeless woman sitting beside a building, walked over to her and gave her the peach she was about to eat.

  • Kathy

    The most memorable present I have gotten is to be able to spend another Christmas with my Dad, who has colon cancer. He has been told he would only live six months, that was 2 years ago. Each day we try to enjoy and be grateful for.

  • http://twitter.com/loriannwhite Lori Ann White

    Ooo, that’s a toughy. A recent gift was pretty fun and I think my sister appreciated it. She and her husband got married in Vegas and so for her birthday this year I made a treasure bracelet with all kinds of dice beads, fruit beads, playing card beads–I went a little nuts. Something that has paid *me* back a thousand-fold is that I spent the time and effort (and expense, but who’s counting) to get to know my niece better. She’s an amazing young woman and I thoroughly enjoy hanging out with her, plus it brought me closer to my brother and sister-in-law, who are amazing (slightly older) folks. Nice question.

  • Carol B.

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was to a dear friend. She has always been in poor health due to a lung condition and every day we count as a blessing that she is with us still. She was a neighbor when I was growing up and always a friend of our family. When my mom passed away several years ago she began keeping company with my Dad. She has kept him going and we are forever thankful that she is part of our lives. Her mom was a beader and embroiderer – working mostly for bridal shops. Unbelievable work!!! Well, a couple of years ago our friend gave me many of her mother’s beads and pearls. Her mother passed about 20 years ago and she misses her every day. They were very close. These beads are probably 100 years old. I used some of them make a wishing star that she could wish upon when she was missing her mom and feeling like giving up. The wishing star hangs where she can see it all of the time and makes here feel close to her mom. I would like to think that I have brought her a little joy and peace.

  • shannapup

    Hi most meaningful gift? A phone call from my son.

  • Pat in Oregon

    I’m thinking the most meaningful gift was given by my Aunt Angie years ago. It was a simple wire and beaded spider. I kept it for many years where I can see it. Eventually I wanted to make one, found the supplies and made a few.
    That was the inspiration that started my obsession with beads. I had to explore all that is beading, everything!

  • Suzanne

    I love reading and rereading jewelry books. Much of the jewelry I make is using discarded items mixed in with purchased beads and findings. The gifts I give represent something about the receiver and some even include pieces of broken jewelry they have given me to play with.

  • kathi

    My son, at the age of 5, gave to me, with MUCH anticiaption, a gumball machine ring. A band. I wore it for a long time. I still have it. He is an Army soldier serving in AFG this holiday.

  • Sidney

    The most meaningful present I ever gifted was finally having the ability to reciprocate a hand made seed bead bangle to my Aunt Ginni. She has done much crafting over the years and understood the worked involved; it moved her to tears.

  • sian

    me,me,me please

  • tdm6926

    II always give as much as I can to pet charities especially at the holidays. A couple of years of ago I gave our county shelter a great deal of my jewelry to sell at one of their pet fairs. I would really like win this collection.

  • Denise

    The present was a ceramic Buddah for my mother many years ago. I was a pre-teen and rode with it carefully balanced on my bike tp get it home. She still has it 35 years later in her living room.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.miwa Lisa Miwa

    I love to make things. These days I really strive to give handmade gifts, knit wear, jewelry, baked goods. Nothing like a handmade gift of love.

  • Allen

    I would love the books.Allen deloresborchert@sbcglobal.net

  • http://www.facebook.com/glister.creek Glister Creek

    There was a Christmas when finances were so tight, we used construction paper to make a tree and ornaments. Foil for the star on top. Other decorations cut out of coloring books. Gave my daughter a couple strands of jewelry of mine she had admired for a long time. She was thrilled. She gave me a “stained glass” drawing with a few ‘snowflake’ cuts. (Stained glass: cover a sheet of paper thoroughly with a coating of crayons. Cover this with all black crayon. Scrap away the crayon layers to create design, leaving some of the black as ‘outlines’. The paper retains the crayon colors.) Put it in the window to let the sun shine thru it. Carried that picture for the longest time in my wallet. Still have it. It’s in my jewelry box. It’s over 30 years old. The most special gift i ever got. Hope everyone Holidays are safe and warm.

  • VB girl

    My most meaningful present was a bracelet that I made for a friend. My friend, who loved lryaquamarine, had just lost her mother, who loved moonstones. She had jewelry with each stone, but wanted something to tie them together when she wore them. I found some sterling beads that worked with her current pieces, added the moonstones & aquamarine and created a unique piece that she loved. She wears it often along with the jewelry her mom left her and it brings her happy memories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.spilsbury.3 Kathy Spilsbury

    Most meaningful present…thats a hard one. I did a crazy quilt jacket for my sis years ago and every charm I used represented something in her life…maybe that would be one of the most meaningful. I would say most meaningful would be something I made.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cara.press.3 Cara Press

    I made a pair of dangling earrings from her bracelet which I found smashed in the street. Several cars had run over it. She had purchased the same bracelet again, so now she had matching earrings.

  • Laura O

    The best gift I ever gave my six-year-old daughter was a certificate to spend an hour each weekeend doing crafts with her.

  • Sandy

    Quick count is 7900 things to look at! I would start at the top book, work my way through, and then gift it to my local very deserving arts organization. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/S_Hyler sandra Hyler

    what a wonderful giveaway I would love to be inclued in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/betsyesnider Betsy Snider

    The best gift I ever gave seems odd, but I gave my sister a divorce. She had been separated for years and could not afford a divorce because she had cervical cancer which eventually metastasized into her brain and spine and all of her resources were going to fight off the cancer. She so wanted to be out of the marriage and so that’s what I gave her. It made her happy so I think it was a good gift.

  • luckycat

    Ooooooooooooooh! ……… I’m such a fan of the Lark 500s! I would love to get these!

  • Lori Crawford

    The best present I ever gave was a bracelet I made for my Mom. She had fell and broke a bone in her hip and my stepfather put her in a nursinghome. She was so depressed and so was I. He would not let me get her out and take her home with me. So I made her a bubble bracelet with the faces of my brother, sister and I in them and gave it to her. She wouldn’t take it off her wrist. Not even to bath. It made me feel so good inside.

  • penelope snyder

    i am new at beading at the age of 65 and love it . when i am done with a piece i full beautiful again. penelope

  • mamaowl

    my most meaningful gifts given were not necessarily the most expensive but the ones that I gave my time to. Gift certificates for baking, cleaning, etc. to family members when times were tight. Most meaningful gift received was the year my daughter wrote a poem book for me. All her own poetry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drlspears Linda Weyrich Spears

    I gave two meaningful presents this month. My husband and I gave each other a new mattress. It is special because we are still together after 26 years and enjoy it. It is important for him to sleep better. It is hard to pick something we can both agree on. Phew. After one week of intense study, store testing, etc. we agreed. I enjoyed getting our two year old grandaughter a princess doll, and putting on real jewels on the crown and chocker, adding a pearl bracelet and the best part seeing her open it…and knowing she carries it everywhere. It was fun customizing it. They had no idea the doll did not come that way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drlspears Linda Weyrich Spears

    I gave two meaningful presents this month. My husband and I gave each other a new mattress. It is special because we are still together after 26 years and enjoy it. It is important for him to sleep better. It is hard to pick something we can both agree on. Phew. After one week of intense study, store testing, etc. we agreed. I enjoyed getting our two year old grandaughter a princess doll, and putting on real jewels on the crown and chocker, adding a pearl bracelet and the best part seeing her open it…and knowing she carries it everywhere. It was fun customizing it. They had no idea the doll did not come that way.

  • http://twitter.com/aya_turner Aya Designs

    I would hope that most of my gifts are meaningful to those I gift. But I was told once by my boyfriend that he had received the best gift ever when I gave him the Bose docking station for his ipod! LOL ..
    Awesome giveaway!

  • http://www.facebook.com/moon.stumpp Moon Stumpp

    Wowser…love the 500 series!!!!

  • Marsha Wiest-Hines

    My parents gave me a sewing machine when I was 18 and a High School Senior. It was an awesome confirmation if their faith in my ability to make a living with my hands and my art. It has never been topped, although my wonderful hubby gave me the iPad I am posting this comment with this year. The iPad is running a close second!

  • Regine Hanisch

    What a fantastic giveaway!!!

    A few weeks ago, a really good beading friend of mine was going on a trip to Vatican. She was a little bit unstable, but very religious. I’ve made her a bracelet called Dragonscale (Chainmaille) in dark purple. She was so happy and told me the meaning of the colour…”A person who is oriented new, changing, reverses, turns away from established ways of life” And this is what she really had done… She’s oriented new. And when she feels bad, she’s wearing the bracelet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1705551242 Iggy Gunther

    Oh, I would love to have this collection of books! :)

  • lisa

    Love that you are so thankful for your craft and community.

  • lisa

    Love that you are so thankful for your craft and community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beadsoul Bette Beadsoul Behr

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway. To me the most meaningful gifts are always home made. but this year the most meaningful gift would be if I got to see my son, who I have not seen in over 2 years.

  • Sherry Hernandez

    I give my 4 girls a gift from me personally every year. It has been a personal necklace to each with it’s special meaning for their own personality to a book that suits them to this yrs. crystal hair sticks with each one in their favorite color :)

  • Melissa So

    Love that give away books that would be a big inspirational idea in making new designs. That is how I got most of my Christmas gifts done, from looking at different beading books to make bracelet, earrings, neclaces and other crafts. Not only did it make the gift more meaningful because It’s handcrafted by myself but every detail of where to put the beads, how to coil or bend the wire and what thread to use are all formed with care to pair it with the person who’s the gifts are for. I would really love to have this fabulous books set for more ideas in Jewelry & Beading designs !!

  • Rae Burns

    My hubby and I are both on our second marriages. Our first marriages didn’t last more than 3 years each and our marriage is now 14 years and going strong. We met on AOL – when it wasn’t cool to meet on the Internet. We both decided we wanted to do things differently than our first marriages, of course, because they did not work!

    When the marriage was young – we of course, celebrated every holiday with gusto. . . buying all the gifts we could dream to give each other. And that didn’t just include Christmas – we celebrated with gusto for Easter, July 4th, St. Patricks – every holiday!

    About 10 years ago – we were sitting in the dining room talking about what we might want to give each other as gifts and both of us kept saying – I don’t need anything – I don’t really want anything? We have every thing we might need and if we didn’t – we could buy it? I am sure many couples run into these same issues? :D

    We talked for a long time that night and agreed that we were fortunate – but others were not. So we called a few places in town and talked with some of our friends and found out that CONCERN, a local DHS day care accepted gifts – year round – for kids whose parents could not afford day care or were on public assistance. Most of the children in CONCERN day care services were children that weren’t going to get birthday, Christmas, Easter – or any other gifts.

    That year we started a new family tradition…in lieu of getting each other gifts – we now give to CONCERN and Angel Tree. And through the years – even though things have gotten tighter here at home, even though we’re not as financially set as we used to be – we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than giving to children. The funny thing about this entire story is – no one knows we do it. My hubby and I have not told anyone that we do this every year. This is the first time I’ve told anyone – including our own family. It’s our gift to each other and it’s the best gift we’ve ever gotten or given.

  • Beth

    The best gift I ever gave was two llamas to Heifer International in the name of my parents. My family had visited a llama ranch earlier in the year, and I used a multiple picture frame to include several shots of us with the llamas for my parents to unwrap.

  • http://twitter.com/Elena_TPKnits Elena Rosenberg

    Count me in, please! Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.davis5 Renee Cain Davis

    I would love to win!

  • kimberly

    How wonderful it is to be able to give and share meaningful thoughts and things for holidays and special events, after all it’s the thought that counts. And thoughtfully so we most certainly dont really even need a special occaison to give. I must say the most meaningful gift i have ever given would be the gift of life other than that, there are many beautiful things as a jewelry maker, a writer and collector of random knowledge and material things thru-out a lifetime. i most definitely believe the greatest gift to give would be love. After it goes into everything we make or buy or give as a gift anyway. :)

  • Kristen Ho

    The most meaningful present I gave was babysitting time for a dear couple of ours. They needed some quality time together being parents to twins where one is constantly in and out of the hospital. I’d love to win this set of books. I’d give away the ones I have duplicates of.

  • M Lorenz

    My most meaningful & memorable gift was the year, my daughter age 6 wanted a pair of earmuffs for Christmas. She didn’t ask for other toys or gifts, just the earmuffs. I have a picture of her in her pajamas with those earmuffs on her head, and she is smiling from ear to ear! Sometimes the simpliest gifts mean the most!

  • Lisa Briles

    This would be amazing to receive!

  • karen

    this would be a wonderful gift to give the other members of my beading guild! Lark rocks!

  • Sherry

    My most meaningful gift I gave was a pair of handwoven earrings I made for my mother. They were made of swarovski 4mm pearls and 4mm crystal ab bicones. They reminded her of a pair of earrings she had before I was even a twinkle in her eye. I am now 58 years young and making her happy is what totally makes me happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/colleen.gilgenbach Colleen Gilgenbach

    I made some pottery from a bunch of clay pots that were broken in an anger ceremony and gave each participant the evolution of their anger into something beautiful.

  • colleen gilgenbach

    I made some pottery from a bunch of clay pots that were broken in an anger ceremony and gave each participant the evolution of their anger into something beautiful.

  • Wendy Brown

    please pick me!

  • Donna

    What a fantastic giveaway! The most meaningful gift I gave was putting my daughter through four years of college.

  • dlsmiller52

    The most memorable gift that I have given to my children and now grandchildren is hand made Christmas ornaments every year. They are displayed on their trees and talked about and they can’t wait to see what their new ones are each year! These ornaments will hold memories for many years and hopefully generations! What a wonderful giveaway-thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kate Ball

    Years ago, I cross stitched a clock face — very detailed. I assembled the clock and gave it to my ex’s mom as a Christmas gift. She loved that clock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/milwbeader Suzanne Stern-Bitenc

    These books are simply bead-dazzling!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000083165083 Theresa Clare

    I just completed my first stationary beading necklace using Jamie Cloud Eakin’s books , the recipient absolutely LOVED the necklace! Hard to believe I actually created something so beautiful. Thanks Jamie Cloud Eakin and Lark for sharing such wonderful knowledge!

  • Carol Haggiag

    The most meaningful present I received was right after a treatment at Sloan Kettering. My husband picked me up and we left the hospital. I remember looking at the sky and thinking it’s so good to be alive!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/terri.velasco Terri Velasco

    Very sad to say tis but the most meaningful present I’ve ever given has not come to mind. I will say that I am very proud of giving each of my sisters and my brother a hand made beaded gift for Christmas this year.

  • jbharb

    The most meaning full holiday’s for me are peaceful holiday’s . A day of peace with my family is priceless.

  • Connie Fidgeon

    I love to give my daughters something for Christmas that I have created. It’s usually something similar (I also make one for myself) such as necklaces, earrings, or such. One of these books would inspire me to continue.

  • Manuela Tufano

    My older son (29 in January) and his fiance (they are getting married in July, 2013) recently moved to South Carolina from Pennsylvania. They wanted to live in a warmer climate among other reasons for moving. I miss them terribly and would love the distraction of a new set of projects that “winning” these books would bring. Making jewelry is a great therapy for many reasons. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.e.eaton Suzanne Eaton

    One of the best gifts I ever received was a copy of “1000 Glass Beads” from my sister-in-law. Anytime that I’m feeling uninspired at my torch, I open that book and immerse myself in the beauty. I always come away inspired to create again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kate.benson.986 Kate Benson

    A good set of beaded earrings for my mom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kate.benson.986 Kate Benson

    A good set of beaded earrings for my mom.

  • Maureen

    Love all the 500 series books, thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristineGilbreath Christine Gilbreath

    My friend told me I could only get her one gift one Christmas. They had been a bit short on money for a while and I had been buying her kids stuff and helping with food and things, so she didn’t want me to be spending a lot on her. So I gave her one BIG box filled with lots of things, like nice warm sweaters and other clothes and such. I hid the things in the box among a ton of packing popcorn and wrapped them all up. She says I cheated, but I still say I only gave her ONE gift box!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.field.nee.meyers Susan Meyers Field

    I made handmade jewelry for my family.

  • Marlo M

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was a surprise visit to my parents! Best Christmas ever!

  • Kelly

    Most meaningful gift I have ever given? My best friend was getting ready to head to Uganda on a 2 yr mission trip. My other best friend and I knew that she couldn’t take much so we decided to give her a best friend photo shoot and then pick the best photo of the 3 of us and put it in a frame and send it with her. We wanted her to remember that no matter how far away she was that we were always with her. =)

  • linda

    I always find the ’500 Series’ so inspirational!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sally.nichelson Sally Nichelson

    I just discovered your website and have been collecting beads and tools to start making jewelry for myself. There are such beautiful stones out there that wirewrapping is my top choice to learn and master. There are such beautfiul and creative individuals in the world that I can’t wait to get started.

  • Sally4gems

    I just discovered your website and have been collecting beads and tools to start making jewelry for myself. There are such beautiful stones out there that wirewrapping is my top choice to learn and master. There are such beautfiul and creative individuals in the world that I can’t wait to get started.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meredith.nesbitt Meredith Fellabaum Nesbitt

    I love books, these are especially enticing… and I love giving gifts that I have made. My media? Jewelry and glass. I love all of the work that goes into designing, fabricating and finishing. I love the look on the face of the person that receives my handmade gift when they catch the first glimpse after opening the package. I have some very special memories of these events…

  • Cheryl

    My most meaningful present to family members this year was jewelry I made with love and passion, with inspiration from Lark Jewelry and beading books.

  • CiCi

    My most meaningful present that I have ever given was to my grandson who just joined the military. He just arrived at bootcamp on 12/18/12 and was away from home for the very first Christmas. Some angel military moms saw to it that every one of the new recruits had a Christmas stocking loaded with little gifts and cards. Family members and others were able to make a donation so all recruits would have a stocking. They took photos of the handing out of the stockings and posted them on facebook, on Christmas day. I was able to see my grandson receive his stocking and to see the smile on his face. That was the best Christmas present I could have ever had…to know that he was okay and that he was being cared for by others during this holiday away from home.

  • Sue

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was this year. I’ve made a lot of jewelry for my family and I always enjoyed them enjoying it. This year however, my grown daughter asked me to make a wrap bracelet so that she could give it to her best friend for her birthday. I knew I’d really perfected my technique! Of course, you don’t charge your daughter for anything, you give it from the heart. She touched my heart by just asking me to make it.

  • http://twitter.com/klcmaher The More The Merrier

    The most meaningful present I’ve ever given? I think the most meaningful gifts I give are the ones that are unexpected, even for me…like the time I gave a little girl a bunch of snowflakes I had crocheted. She was playing with them in the waiting room, and when they called her name, her mother tried to give them back to me. The little girl got so upset, I told her just to keep them. The smile on that little girls face was enough for me… Or the time I handed my whole lunch to the man holding the sign on the corner… he was so grateful… It’s little things like that, that are the most meaningful.

  • Guest

    The most meaningful gift made just last week by my family was a donation to pay for a clean water supply system to a rural area in Guatemala that has no running potable water and now many families will be able to have one of the most taken for granted vital element. Happy new year!

  • Naomi

    The most meaningful gift made just last week by my family was a donation to pay for a clean water supply system to a rural area in Guatemala that has no running potable water and now many families will be able to have one of the most taken for granted vital element. Happy new year!

  • MoKa Pottery

    The Lark 500 series books are wonderful. I have 500 Cups and 500 Tiles and they are a constant source of inspiration in my ceramic work.

  • Hayden

    The best gifts I have ever given have been ones for people that I didn’t know and who would never know who had done it for them….just a little time and effort can make someones life just a little easier….and adds SO much to yours….

  • J. Anderson

    J. Anderson
    A puppy to love.

  • Kelly Cox

    This a fantastic give away!! How wonderful!! As my girls were growing up, we spent an entire day, every Christmas season, waiting tables and washing dishes at a local hotel that opened up the doors of their restaurant, to the homeless. Everyone was welcome. All of the local shelters knew to bring or direct their residents to this hotel. We served a 5 course meal to each and every person that walked thru the doors, and not 1 penny was charged for it. I believe that involving my daughters in this experience allowed me to give them the gift of empathy, and helped me to teach them generosity.

  • EJB

    Thanks for the opportunity

  • Melissa Moriarty

    I just started beading….opened my own web page to try and sell things. My husband is disabled and we are in dire need of a handicapped acsesable bathroom. This could help with some ideas.

  • Sheryl Holt Eberhardt

    I don’t know what my most meaningful gift ever given was. Over the years I’ve given hand crafted, knit, crocheted, sewn gifts. Gifts from my kitchen and my heart. This is the first year that I have given hand made gifts from my garage studio. I’m learning how to smith metal and fabricate jewelry. Hopefully some loved one still has and appreciates my gifts of love.

  • Siri

    Doing social work provides ample opportunities where a little bit goes a long way. This year involved giving a car-full of gifts to families who were victims of crime, one of whom was a grandmother who did not know how she was going to give Christmas to her grandchild who she was raising after her daughter died. Despite having a substantial stutter, she left a voice message of overwhelming joy, “Ttthhhhank you! My grandson kept sssssssaying, how did they know wwwwwwhat we needed? how did they know what I lovvvvvvved?” The anonymity of generous acts made intimately personal can sometimes be the most rewarding of human experience.

  • Georgette

    The best gift I received during the holidays was the birth of my son. That was 37 years ago!
    This is a great gift. Pick me! Pick me! ;-) Thanks Lark Crafts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112761942 Tisa Witham

    thank you so much for the opportunity to win some wonderful books; Ive always been a jewelry addict and absolutly love these books! They would be wonderful to share with friends and family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.michalowski Paula L. Michalowski

    I think the best gifts I have given are to a number of young people over the last few years. When I find a child or teen who has a desire to learn some craft or is creative in some way I gift them with something to further that talent. Sometimes it’s art supplies or yarn, a book of techniques and projects or even my time to teach them how to do something, These I feel are the best gifts I can give. What makes them special is the appreciation I get from the children and how I feel I am paying my creativity forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119421266 Kathie Skipper Prout

    The most meaningful present I have given is my time. To the young man driver of a car hit by someone who ran a red light, reassuring him until ambulance came and calling his family to meet him at the hospital; a woman I saw sitting outside a hospital who missed the shuttle after being treated at the emergency room and had no way to get home calling and paying for a taxi to take her since I needed to stay with my father and could not take her myself. Leaving my family at Christmas for a week to go to another state and stay at my nephews to take care of their 2 yr. old son while he was with his wife at the hospital bringing their baby into the world on Christmas Eve, a treasured time for all of us indeed. These few first come to mind and I feel the best gift you can ever give is yourself and your time to help others.

  • Vickie Rhoades

    I just started making jewelry about 6 months ago. This Christmas, I gave the ladies handmade bracelets that made them smile and my heart sing. I much prefer handmade gifts made with love.

  • Jillie Duncan-Jack

    I gave my husband a homemade story book called the story of us. It had a narrative and lots of pictures. It started from when we first met and I update it from time to time, he loves it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lulybhatt Luly Bhatt

    The most meaningful gift I have ever given is forgiveness. It was not only special for that person, but for me as well. And I’m so glad I did!

  • Hazel

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was a set of colouring pencils to a child staying at the homeless hostel I was working at. He’d never ever had pencils of his own before and he took them everywhere with him. Of course we benefited to from all the fabulously cheery drawing he gave us to put up in the office. There’s truly nothing like making a child smile and encouraging creativity and all for the price of a few pencils.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacey.dowhowergibson Stacey Dowhower Gibson

    The best thing I ever gave was a new PSP to my oldest son to replace the one he had accidently dropped and had broken the screen. Just days before he was lounging on the couch enjoying it, then he somehow knocked it off onto the tile floor. He was so upset (and being autistic it made it even more traumatic for him). Now he was lying in a bed at the Children’s Hospital while the doctors were telling us it was some form of rare cancer but they couldn’t nail it down. My son was restless and bored so I decided to try to find a used PSP for him because getting his old one fixed would take too long… we would probably be back home by then. Turns out he never did come back home, so that one day he spent enjoying that game was the best. I guess it turned out to be more of a present to myself, since now I have that little memory chip with a few of his last joyful moments held on it. You just never know what little things you do will turn out to be big things later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.bane.9 Nick Bane

    I think the most meaningful present is the gift I gave my 3 yr old daughter this Christmas. I had made her a princess dress for christmas but she kept asking for a knights outfit-she wants to rescue the princess not be the girl sat waiting around to be rescued!! Despite having made the dress I buckled down and made her the knight’s outfit-giving her what she wanted, not what I wanted to give her-a lesson learnt for me
    (and yes she got the princess dress just in case too)

  • Jessie H

    Thank you for the chance too win

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.sotolongo.3 Michelle Sotolongo

    i can’t really single out one particularly meaningful gift, as i always try to give something useful or thoughtful. the one instance that stands out is taking a group of japanese college students to their first small-town christmas carnival in san marcos, texas. we then went bowling and exchanged gifts. many of us still keep in touch despite most of those friends having moved back to japan, but one of them still has the stuffed panda i gave her that night in 2004 to make up for all the stuffed animals she missed back home. all I could hope for is that i helped them feel more welcome and create fond memories of their time here.

  • wvdmt77

    The most meaningful gifts I have ever given are when I anonymously buy dinner for individuals at restaurants. I always try to leave before they are told their meals were paid for by someone in the restaurant. The few times I have not made it out of the restaurant in time and I have heard their remarks, I could tell that that one meal given to them by a total stranger came at a time when they needed their faith in humanity restored.

  • CarolJ

    The loss of my daughter in December of 2010 was the catalyst for what feels to me to be my most meaningful gifts. Her 3 children, my grandchildren were struggling with our loss and i wanted to do something, anything I could both for myself and for them. I went through her jewelry and found items that I then incorporated into the makings for bookmarks. Each bookmark has a special piece that belonged to her and one that they each recognized immediately. I was able to give them something of hers to have forever, and something from me that would remind them of us both in years to come. Making the bookmarks was very special for me. They were my gift to both my daughter, my grandchildren, and to myself.

  • Casy Catalano

    I make most of my gifts (either beading, knitting, quilting, etc.) I think most recently the most meaningful gift was when I knit my husband two pairs of socks for Christmas). This gift was a labor of love – I get second sock syndrom pretty bad – and two pairs with all those tiny stitches took so many hours and months of hard work (not knitting when my husband was present). My hubby is so careful with his handknit socks and he shows everyone his socks!

  • Pamm H

    Great give-away of a group of the most inspirational books published today!

  • Anonymous

    This looks like a wonderful give-away, Thank you.
    The most meaningful gifts that I have given are the ones I have made for those special people in my life. There is usually a great deal of thought that goes into deciding what to put together for any of those I have made a gift for…

  • Ann Cronin

    Ann Cronin

    Many many years ago, when I was 20, I joined the Navy as a driver and it was also my first time away from home. I was stationed in Melbourne and was on duty the day of my 21st birthday so was unable to celebrate it. My parents had come down to visit for a few days after that and we celebrated then. They gave me one of the rolled gold bracelets with my name engraved in it, along with several other things such as clothes and tape player (as I said, many years ago). Unfortunately everything I received for my 21st birthday was stolen, both from my quarters and later, the tape player from my car in Sydney, ,except for the bracelet which I still have to this day. I am now 58, turning 59 years young in a few weeks time. Unfortunately, I lost both my parents in the last 12 months and the bracelet is a bit worn, but I still remember them coming to visit and how important it was to me to know how much they loved me then, and all, of my and their lives. Sometimes we may forget how much parents love us but it’s often the not so glittery things that give us the best shine. Have a wonderful and joyful 2013 everyone – ann

  • Kumi Fisher

    My most meaningful gift was a custom made jeweler’s bench handcrafted by my best friend’s hubby. I cried when i recived it as a Christmas gift this year. No more neck aches from bad posture. It will be a furniture I will cherish in my studio forever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.souter Jim Souter

    A most impressive collection of books for ideas for creating jewelry.

  • Lily Steele

    Lark Books to add to may collection … what a lovely way to start a New Year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joan.chuisano Joan Chuisano

    Looks like someone will be VERY happy in 2013!

  • Guest

    I Have just started doing wire jewelery over the past few years and it is fast becoming my only passion. love working with wire and stones of any kind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shirley-Bishop/1647551181 Shirley Bishop

    The best gift I have ever gotten was the job of handling the angel tree at the military unit where I worked for the last 11 years before I retired. The gifts went to a school for the mentally and physically handicapped that my unit had adopted. Some if the personnel could not understand why someone who was 20 yrs old would want coloring books or toys that make noise!!! They had to be reminded of the circumstances of the children we were getting the toys for. This brought home to me each year the true meaning of Christmas, giving to others.

  • Jules

    This year was my daughters first Christmas. I got to give my family members a frame with her foot prints and a picture of her and that family member. By far the best Christmas I’ve ever had since I was a kid. I’m madly in love with her… Truly my best gift for my husband and myself =)

  • Debbie

    I’ve always made all the holiday gifts I give to the adults on my gift list. I like to to joke that I haven’t had an original idea in years, though, because I always take my crafted ideas from things I see around. Last year, I started making jewelry. It’s a whole new ballgame to give gifts that you’ve not only made, but, also designed. It’s an extremely vulnerable moment when the gift is opened and you’re not sure what the recipient’s reaction will be. The gift I gave with the most meaning has to be the quilt I made for my first grandchild last December. I’m hoping he will enjoy it for many, many years to come and will think of Grandma whenever he snuggles under.

  • Suzanne

    GIving gifts is so special – and, just as you are doing with this generous gift, it’s an opportunity to let those your gifting know just how special they are. While every gift is chosen as something special, the best gift I gave lately was to my niece and nephew. Both cash strapped college students, they were gifted with a dvd of a performance they were both in – the culmination of personal struggle and growth as they left home for the summer and joined Drum Corps International. Practicing long and incredibly hard to perform and travel approximately 15,000 in three months across the U.S – both dug deep and came out at finals as winners (along with the rest of The Cavaliers and The Blue Stars). It was an amazing accomplishment! Both desperately wanted the cost prohibitive dvd of that last performance and it was my honor to gift it to them. It was an opportunity to honor them for performing with such integrity in a summer of musical memories and personal growth for all of us! Thanks for the chance to share and Happy Holidays to you!

  • Sandra Washington

    The best gift I ever gave was to my mom. I didn’t have much money but I found a cross stitch pattern of some winter birds embroidered it on an inexpensive turtleneck. She loved it and wore it often. I wish I had it now to remind me of her.

  • usairdoll

    What a super group of books! It would be amazing to win these! One of my first big handmade projects was for my best friend’s 18th birthday. I crocheted her a bedspread, a round pillow and sewed two pillowcases. I remember working on her gift everyday so I’d have it completed in time. My BFF was very happy and loved it. I was so happy to see that when I was visiting her, twenty years later, that she still had everything.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.kendrick.12 Katie Kendrick

    wishing all a wonderful new yeat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.buchle Theresa Murphy Buchle

    Any time I’ve made something as a gift for my daughters I can tell it has been meaningful. And any time we give of ourselves, our time, our generosity makes for a truly meaningful gift. Selflessness is always appreciated.

  • Yvonne

    What a treat it would be to own all these gorgeous books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.word1 Mary Word

    Well, one that comes to mind is a photo album I made for my brother. I have always liked to take photos, and had taken pictures of his family since the kids (now all over 30) were small. They were not big photographers themselves. I put together an album covering the years of their kids growing up, and used other photos from their home (trees and objects) to create line drawings in Photoshop, which I transferred to different sized tiles of tan polymer clay to make a mosaic for the cover. I think it was something they really enjoyed.

  • Christine Forgo

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever given was a surprise trip to Puerto Rico for my parent’s who gave up so much for me. I wanted to thank them. It was my 1st year out of school and I had a real job. I saved up for their Christmas present.

  • Nancy M.

    The best Christmas present ever was the year my sister and brother and I gave in each other’s names the following: a scholarship to Sky High Hope Camp (Colorado camp for kids with cancer), Women’s Homeless Shelter in Vancouver and the gift of sight to a foundation in Nepal who for a relatively small amount of money donate cataract surgery to restore sight.

  • Vera Dewit

    One of my most dearest presents was a subscription to a magazine. A friend was so kind to let me stay in her home for two years, she didn’t want any money for staying even for water or electricity. So I gave her a subscription to the magazine “FLOW”. It was like a rippling on the water and soon several of her friends were reading the magazine and enjoying it. The magazine was like giving us a boost to know each other and yourself better. Still when I meet someone who is like a soul sister I’am recommending this magazine, and they will soon be recommending it to their friends. It gives me a warm feeling that already a lot of women are reading a magazine that speaks to their hart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.sherwood3 Ann Sherwood

    This is a fantastic giveaway. Count me in the entries.

  • Gemfan

    May 2013 bring 500 amazing moments to everyone who reads this & their friends and the friends of their friends :)

  • Sue Charette-Hood

    I gave my 21 year old daughter a Kit from Heather Kinsley-Heath since she loves owls. She is a beginner so is taking her time completing this bead stitching project… while I watch on eagerly awaiting the end result. This is one of the most rewarding (& long lasting) gifts I have ever given. Sue

  • http://www.facebook.com/alledsome Autumn Ledsome

    I made a beautiful pair of earrings and a necklace bracelet set for my oldest neice this year she smiled and said they were so perfect it what she plans on wearing for her graduation this June !

  • Janet

    I gave a simple close-up photo of a father dancing with is daughter at her wedding. Their emotion was evident in the picture, and he cried when he opened it for Christmas.

  • Janet

    I gave a simple close-up photo of a father dancing with is daughter at her wedding. Their emotion was evident in the picture, and he cried when he opened it for Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    Last year a friend of mine made all her friends beautiful hand-sewn purses/bags. I’m hoping she continues that trend! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauri.suermann Lauri Benoit Suermann

    Handmades are my most meaningful presents. They are always made with love.

  • Naomi

    A very happy and healthy new year to all!

  • sue v

    More books almost as good as more beads

  • sue v

    More books almost as good as more beads

  • myra katz

    I could look at those pictures forever!

  • Mia Denman

    The most memorable gift I ever gave was to my mom. The year my little sister was born, we gave her a “Holly Hobby” Mother’s Day plate with two little girls on it. She accidentally broke many years later, and held onto the pieces because she couldn’t bring herself to throw them away. Several years ago, I decided to search on ebay for a replacement for her. Found one, and wrapped it up for her for Christmas that year from my sis & I. I’ll never forget her face, or her tears of joy. The “new” plate now hangs right where the old one did, over the sink in her kitchen!

  • Dora Muller Harrison

    Thank you for this great chance to win some great books

  • Michael

    The most meaningful present wasn’t even a thought out gift. A few weeks before Christmas, I was busy present shopping at the local mall.After picking out presents for hours with my family, I was walking out to the car by myself to drop off a load of bags and presents before going back in for more. One of the presents I had purchased was a 100 gift card to a wholesale club.

    As I was about to go back into the mall, it was around 8PM, cold, dark and windy. I thought to myself how glad I was to have a nice warm house to go home to. A few minutes later, I saw a huge bundle of clothes and random garbage bags sitting 10-15 feet away from the mall entrance. As I stopped to light a cigarette, I realized that this was actually a woman.

    There was ice and water encrusted all over the pile of rags she had wrapped around her, in a losing battle to keep out the cold. It was all she could do to open her eyes, the only part of her body I could see. She didn’t beg me for anything or bother me in any way. She didn’t even really want to talk to me, probably because she was too busy trying not to freeze to death.

    I felt a pang of guilt, a worrying little flicker in my soul that made me feel uncomfortable for having a home, family and a job to keep me from being in her situation. Even though I knew there was nothing wrong with having these things, it just didn’t feel right that this woman had somehow lost many of the things I often take for granted. Without any conversation, I walked back to the car and pulled out the package with the gift card and a holiday card, one of those cards with a pre-printed message. I tried to hand it to her, and she refused several times. So I tucked it under the bottom of her pile of clothing and quickly got away before she could say no.

    It made me feel better that at least she would be able to use the gift to buy some small necessities or human comforts, like perhaps some new gloves, warm shoes, a heater or whatever else would make her holidays a little better.

    Michael, Wong_83@hotmail.com

  • LaLa

    OMG! I want to win this collection!!!!

    One of the most awesome gifts I have ever received was a book of poetry from my mother. She wrote something on the inside cover. I can’t really remember anything but this, ” To LaLa, My first born child, I love you and I am so proud of you”.

    I think I was 28 years old and she had never said that to me before. It was all I had ever wanted from her! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/ktdid1 Amy Royster

    Handcrafted is my favorite gift to give. The receiver knows that I made it especially for them and they seem to appreiate it that much more.

  • Marshalljodie

    Awesome!

  • Annette Doresey

    My elephant collection that I had collected for over ten years. I gave it to my grandmother because she told me how much she loved them every time she came to visit. It felt so good to see the joy on her face when I showed up with them and told her I wanted her to enjoy them now. It still brings me joy to know how much she cherished them.

  • Ronna

    I volunteer helping high school seniors — many of whom are first-generation and under-served minorities — with their college application essays. It’s a joy, so I guess that qualifies as the most meaningful gift I’ve ever given. Joy multiplied, since I’ve done it for quite a few years now, and I swear I get back so much more than I give.

  • Patricia Williams

    thanks so much for the opportunity to win these fabulous books.

    I think the most meaningful gift I ever gave was to my mother the Christmas after my dad died. I took photos of the whole (large) family and began with their marriage; then followed along with each kid along with their spouses and kids finishing up with a Christmas picture of Mom playing the piano at Christmas with everyone standing around singing carols, I think everyone cried that day…to see what a wonderful family we had grown to be. I had wanted my mom to realize that she was not alone…And I treasure the video myself. Happy New Year to all.

  • http://mirandack.com/ Miranda Ackerley

    I would love to win this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Hema.Malani.BwL Hema Malani

    The best present that I’ve ever given are created by the two hands bestowed by God & the creative mind that He continually inspires.
    Will you ship it to India???? If yes, consider a strong contender for the books & even if not Have a great 2013 at Lark. You guys do a wonderful job :-)
    Hema

  • Marlene

    Most memorable Christmas (to be repeated since then) was the Christmas when my young friends and family members agreed that donations to a charity was OK instead of a gift. From the youngest at 11 to the oldest at 78! Now they do that for me too!

  • Marlene

    Most memorable Christmas (to be repeated since then) was the Christmas when my young friends and family members agreed that donations to a charity was OK instead of a gift. From the youngest at 11 to the oldest at 78! Now they do that for me too!

  • michelle

    most meaningful I’ve ever given??? I’ve given gifts I hoped were meaningful – even money for a museum ticket to someone I overheard at the coffee shop who couldn’t afford it – but I don’t really know how meaningful those were to the recipient.

  • Bobbi P

    I’m doing it the other way – the best gift received. Having been going through a very difficult six months, I’m so grateful to my good friends who have rallied around me and made me part of their families during this holiday season. It’s a precious gift, and one I intend to repay by offering myself and my support to a friend in need when I am aware of their trials.

  • Visnja Timkiv

    Long time ago I gave my late mother dolly I made for her and she loved it.At that time I didn’t do a lots of craft and this was something special.

  • Kathryn Ottman

    The most meaningful gift that I received was one from my parents, shortly before my Father was killed in an auto accident. I had asked them for two things, a bible and a card signed by both of them. I got my wish…with some special words from my Dad. I cherish the gift and continue to pay-it-forward to all with special kind gestures, little mementos, etc. to others. As an artist, I design one-of-a-kind gifts for special occasions and remembrances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.grinkerotoole Christine O’Toole

    I am SO ready to be The IT Gal in my area with the knowledge and leading edge on all things jewelry! This past holiday season was quite a rush with working outside the box and over the edge with creating…I love it! With reference and resource materials like this, the sky would be the limit on creating!

  • Y S

    I was an executive in a modest sized company. My compensation plan included a performance bonus for meeting certain goals. The company usually gave Christmas bonuses to the office staff but cash flow was tight and there wasn’t going to be any money available for bonuses that year. I asked that my performance bonus be re-allocated so that the office staff would get a Christmas bonus. Only a very few knew top managers knew that I had done this. I loved giving that gift to the people who worked with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MeganElizabethMartin Megan Martin

    I always try to think about the recipient when gift giving, but one of my most memorable seems kinda silly. It was a garbage disposal… Having moved to a new home, my mother missed having a disposal, especially during the Holidays when everyone came to visit. My husband snuck in during the week while she was at work and put it in, and while she stood at the sink that weekend saying how much she missed having a disposal we asked why didn’t she just use the one she had… much laughter and tears of joy followed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmie.brannon.10 Jimmie Brannon

    Here is hoping I can get this giveaway for my very own. Would love to have all the new ideas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.charleston.3 Carolyn Charleston

    I have learned so much from the Lark series by various Bead Artist and meatlasmiths! I would so love to win!!!

  • Juanita Finger

    After reading some of these comments, I can’t seem to think of one gift given or received that is as good as these. These books would make a great addition to my library.

  • Liz Thompson

    My most meaningful present has been the opportunity to work with Marcia DeClared and now can count on her as a good friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/skiffywife Dana Moore

    I realized just being with family is the greatest present but I know that’s hokey but the truth. One of my resolution is to try new things and these books would help me in that direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/skiffywife Dana Moore

    I realized just being with family is the greatest present but I know that’s hokey but the truth. One of my resolution is to try new things and these books would help me in that direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Keekarama Karen Dougherty

    Thank you for this wonderful contest. It has inspired me to be a better gift giver.

  • Nancy mac

    Your books are awesome! My husband at the time wanted to spend all this money on gifts for his nieces kids who still enjoyed playing with the boxes things come in instead of the toys themselves. So I got a deco kid tin can & put $10 worth of pennies in it for them. We were a hit with the kids but the adults didn’t like us because the kids only played with the pennies all day. The cutest thing was a year later the 8 yr. old came up to me & asked if I was the one that gave the money. I said, “yes & why?” He then asked me if he could have quarters instead. OMG how adorable. The next year we put a 10 dollar bill in a card & watched how incredibly fast it left the card & flew into his pocket. Kids are so funny!!!

  • Megan B

    One of the most meaningful gifts other than marrying my husband 13 years ago at Christmastime actually came this last Christmas. My mother gifted me an incredible family ring. She wanted to make sure I had it in case anything ever happened to her. It a beautiful large heart aquamarine in a simple setting.

  • Camarata

    I’ve always loved giving books as gifts to family and friends. Each time I’m at a bookstore, I always find a book I fall in love with. So many books, so little time. If I win these books, I’ll donate them to my daughter’s school library. Wish me luck!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammi.iamarino Tammi Iamarino

    The most meaningful gift I have given was i took a strand of my mother’s pearls (she has passed away) And I made earrings for all the girls in our family. Pearl was my mom’s birthstone and I used the birthstones of each of the girl with the pearls and made earrings. They meant alot to each recipient to have a piece of my mom with them forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.loden Melissa Gillette Loden

    I want these! I was born to make things, and now my family expects handmade items for all their gifts. One thing I make every year from resin is our Family Christmas Magnet, and my family only gets one if they show up for the family Christmas. It’s got bragging rights now, the family members with the most gets the most bragging rights (that’d be the grandparents).

  • Debbie

    Some wonderful stories here. Loved reading through them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TreasaBond Treasa Brookman

    I would love to win these books. I make jewelry for friends and try to teach kids to make some.
    thank you!

  • Syndi

    I give my dad the security and help he needs daily since moving in with him after my mom died.

  • LauraJane

    The most meaningful present I’ve ever given is one to my husband and myself. It’s our children.

  • Taryn McCabe

    This year I gave my little niece a doll I made entirely by hand. I embroidered everything from the face, to the hands, to her outfit… even the doll’s little butt! The doll is almost as big as my niece, as she is not quite one yet. And, I might have made it a bit too realistic, because she looks at it like it might be a real person. It was great fun to spend time making something that I hope she will enjoy for years to come.

  • Cathy

    The best gift I’ve ever given was this Christmas and was to my mother-in-law (well, it was from me and my husband). He had been talking with her before Christmas and she had mentioned that she really needed to get some paint but it was so expensive. She is an artist, and a very, very good one at that. She is retired and on a fixed income so there is very little money left every month for extras. Come to find out she would only buy one or two tubes of paint at a time….which for an artist is really nothing. After researching the paint we discovered that the tubes (depending on the size) can cost from $6.00 a tube up to $30.00 a tube! I was shocked!! So, after a LOT of online surfing trying to find a way for us to afford to send her a decent selection of paints I found a great deal….50 TUBES OF PAINT, it was pricey but well worth every dollar. When she received it she was so excited, said she had seen a double rainbow a few days before and all of the colors of the rainbow were in all of the paints we sent her. She was tickled!! We were so happy to be able to help her with something that is a life passion for her.

  • Breean Rogers

    The most meaningful gift I have ever given was the guitar hero game when it first came out. The kid that it was given to had been hospitalized for a couple of weeks & his family wasn’t able to come see him that often, let alone buy things he wanted for Christmas. Some of the other nurses & I bought this game & guitar for him & it has been my most memorable Christmas yet! I love that feeling!

  • Mary

    What a wonderful prize! I would love to win and Happy New Year to all at Beaducation and Lark Books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobbi.helms Bobbi Mason Helms

    Wow! What a terrific giveaway – and a great way to start the New Year!! THANKS!

  • magpieroo

    Love your books!

  • Michelle

    For mother’s day in 2012, I made my grandmother a special hand stamped necklace. It wasn’t something really expensive or big, but I felt really good knowing something I created with love was going to someone I love dearly. She wears her necklace quite often and every time I see it on her, I feel a sense of pride, knowing she’s shared it with all of her friends numerous times as “look what my granddaughter made me!”

    Would love to win and expand my knowledge of all things jewelry!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.caldwell.585 Tracy Caldwell

    To my mother-in-law, a glass tile pendant with a photo of her deceased daugther. Gently wrapped in wire & stone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debora.mauser Debora Mauser

    the best present i ever got was a coupon book from my son, tickets for afternoons together, or a movie or one day of helping me clean the house! It was fabulous spending those times together

  • http://www.facebook.com/aissa.gulbrandsen Aissa Gulbrandsen

    The most meaningful gift I ever received was when my daughter 15 at the time woke up from her coma saw me and tried to say “Mom”.

  • Anne V.

    I went on a recent trip with my siblings, brother in law, parents and husband. I live across the country from most of my family, so it was really special to spend a vacation all together. I picked out gifts to remind them of the things we all love-from movie quotes to the beautiful scenery. My favorite is a bracelet for my sister stamped with a quote she used most of that week. My mom reported that she laughed out loud when she saw what I’d sent.

  • Sioux

    The last couple years I have been making gifts for family members. Last year I made a quilt for mom, a papercraft rooster for my aunt, and a crochet sock for my dad. This year I made a trichinopoly necklace for my nephew, crobots for my boys and a Totoro for my sister. My mom put it beautifully when she said that she likes to receive gifts that a person made for her because she knows that the whole time that person is making it they are thinking of her.

  • Annita

    Wow! what a wonderful thing to hope to win!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.harderlutzow Anne Harder Lutzow

    This is going to be a fabuolus year! Son and DIL moving west with baby on the way. Family will be closer! And so many baby things to make!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamielyn.hadgkiss Jamie-Lyn Hadgkiss

    Yeah give away!!

  • CHERYL

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway. What a great way to start the new year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.lynn.71868 Stephanie Lynn

    I try to always give memorable gifts. Christmas is about the thought not the money so if its not memorable then it loses sight of that. For Christmas last year I got my man an Airstream ornament. We always stare at it and dream about getting one one day and travelling the world together. We decided to leave it out all year and when we are having rough days we just talk about what we are going to do and see on our adventures

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.lynn.71868 Stephanie Lynn

    I try to always give memorable gifts. Christmas is about the thought not the money so if its not memorable then it loses sight of that. For Christmas last year I got my man an Airstream ornament. We always stare at it and dream about getting one one day and travelling the world together. We decided to leave it out all year and when we are having rough days we just talk about what we are going to do and see on our adventures

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000665646482 Susan Sedloff Bradley

    The most meaningful gift is any gift that is homemade/handmade. Putting a bit of yourself into any gift adds meaning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000665646482 Susan Sedloff Bradley

    The most meaningful gift is any gift that is homemade/handmade. Putting a bit of yourself into any gift adds meaning.

  • Lynda S.

    The most meaning gift that I had received this Christmas was the college acceptance letters my son handed me. It made me feel wonderful.

  • Paulette Hackman

    At early ages, my mother encouraged each of her three daughters to “make” gifts for Christmas. Gifts you make with your own hands, she said, are the most treasured gifts. At first, much like my grandchildren today, I happily put together all sorts of gifts involving paper. I remember going so far as to present my parents with an “activity book,” containing connect-the-dots and games and puzzles I’d dreamed up.

    Fast forward to my early teen years and what I’d make my parents for Christmas, circa early 1960s, was not at the top of my personal to-do. I was a girl whom my mother described as “invested too much—too, too much in her social life” and not enough in her “academic potential.” While this was somewhat true, I did love to make things. I seemed born into it. My father worked with wood and later with glass. My mother worked with fabric and later with pottery. We were all Makers from the get-go.

    Suddenly the big day was approaching and for reasons unfathomable to me now, I decided to make each of my parents giant-sized Christmas stockings. We had a beautiful Fieldstone fireplace and there they’d hang along with each of ours. Oh I could just see it.

    I took myself to Frankel’s, the store my mother went to for fabric. Three grouchy men manned the cutting tables there. “What do you want, girlie?” one asked. I told him. I wanted red felt fabric. “How much of it?” he barked. I had to think. “C’mon,” he said. “I’m a busy man.” With quaky voice I explained my project. “Stockings for grown-ups?” he shouted. He repeated it so the other two grouchy men could hear. This seemed to then satisfy him. “OK. I’ll get you the felt.” The man—it turned out to be Mr. Frankel himself—then helped me figure out the yardage. I had decided to make them a full 3-feet long! The price of the felt took every cent I’d saved from my after school job at a candy store.

    As I now look back at myself in my fourteenth year, I am incredulous about the hold this project had on me. Where did I layout and cut the big piece of fabric? How did I hide what I was doing? What did my sisters have to say? I can’t remember. But I cut four pieces of coloring book shapes—two each per stocking—out of the red felt. I sewed them by hand—running stitches down one side, across the foot, and up the other. They were plain. To dress them up, I took Elmer’s glue and penned “Mom” and “Dad” respectively across the legs of the stocking. I sprinkled lots of silver glitter over the glue and voila! They were done. I attached loops for hanging.

    But what I hadn’t anticipated was having spent all my money on the material, I had nothing to put into the stockings! I imagine my sisters must have put some little gifts into them for they did hang on the fireplace—dejected looking, these flattened, enormous red stockings. However, my parents loved them! They used them until they fell apart a long time after.

    And in future years, yes, we did put our gifts into the huge, Mom and Dad stocking–though they never seemed quite filled to the brim!

  • Kelly Ruff

    Keeping my fingers crossed….

  • Cindy Burns

    The most meaningful gift I ever received was a Wizard of Oz snow globe/music box from my husband. After years of “practical” gifts (like a mop!), it showed he finally understood me and paid attention to what I like. It wasn’t the most expensive gift he ever gave me but it was the most touching. He passed away last year and I treasure that gift even more now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.petersonmelenich Michelle Peterson-Melenich

    The most meaningful Christmas present I have ever given was heat in the wintertime to a family who couldn’t afford to heat their home. I had heard this family was struggling and they had little kids. I talked with the mother of the family who needed someone to just let her know it was all going to be OK We talked and prayed. I tried to lift her and give her Hope for the future. During our conversation I found out the family didn’t have heat. I had originally made connection with her to see what Christmas presents would be best for her kids. I knew the moment she told me they didn’t have heat what I needed to do. It was like a specific calling. The moment I left her I went to her heating company and paid for a ‘tank fill’. Time passed and I ran into this beautiful woman once again. We talked about her answered prayers and where things were in the present moment. Things had improved significantly improved for this family. She told me about the anonymous ‘heat’ donor and how she had ran out to tell the gas truck not to fill the tank because they couldn’t afford it when she was told by the driver it was already paid in full. My heart filled! I never did tell this woman of my gift, her happiness and improved situation were more than I needed. A Blessing had been created by being a servant. God Bless!

  • KLG

    Would love to have some literature!!! Always fun to develop and grow and these would be amazing! Let’s see….the most meaningful gift I have ever give was when I was in middle school. My grandparents were dealing with my grandpa’s brain cancer and he was going downhill fast. I scraped and worked little jobs to save up money to get them the precious moments grandma and grandpa figurines. They set them right next to his “in house” hospital bed so he could see them at all times when I wasn’t there. It was a hard Christmas on us all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.mshaw.9 Cindy Mshaw

    The most meaningful gift I have ever given was a repurposed necklace & earring set I made for my friend Bonnie out of her mother’s old jewelry. When Bonnie’s mother passed away, she sent me some of her mom’s jewelry (clip-on earrings and a couple necklaces with broken chain), so I made an updated set for her. It felt really good to honor her mom this way and do something special for Bonnie.

  • esimon

    Years ago I gave my mom a small abandoned dog as I was leaving for college in another country. My mom sorely needed companionship and I was hoping the pet would draw her out of her comfort zone and meet new people. For many years afterward she battled multiple sclerosis and through all her pain and struggles her little companion kept her spirit strong. My mom said this dog was one of the best things that ever happened in her life.

  • Judy

    My husband says the best gift I gave him was our two boys.

  • Emily L

    What I think one of the most meaningful gifts I have given is a donation to charities in lieu of actual material gifts. This is a tradition I want to foster in my family for birthdays and Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aneva.mounkes Aneva Mounkes

    What Beautiful Stories here. My story is about a bracelet I was wearing one day. I had made a simple beaded bracelet on memory wire. It was for Halloween, and I made it with Crystals that were Clear, Black, Orange and Purple. Then I threw in a few metallic beads of different sizes. I went to a dog rescue festivity and met a friend of a friend, Carol, who was blind. My friend told her how pretty the bracelet was, and how it sparkled. Carol used her hands to feel the bracelet, and by that and the description had a good idea of how it looked and commented on how pretty it was… without seeing it. I took it off and put it on her wrist, and I told her that ‘now it is pretty on your wrist’. She was very touched. It was such a simple bracelet but it made her feel so special, and she is such a special woman to rescue so many animals. Just last night, my friend told me that she wears that bracelet all the time, and loves it. I think that some of the greatest gifts are those that are given unplanned and on a moments notice from the heart!

  • Lea

    WOW! What an incredible offer! I’d be thrilled beyond belief to win!

    The most meaningful gift is one I’m working on right now for a dear friend. I’m involved with a blog hop where we were asked to create something for someone important in our lives. This lady is someone I befriended this past year. She purchased some of my beads & we started conversing on facebook on a regular basis. You know how sometimes you just click with someone? Well, I chose her for the piece I’m working on. I won’t go into details just in case she’s reading this, but it involves a heart since she is very special to me. :-)

  • Wendyoes

    The most meaningful gifts I’ve ever given are ones that I owned and loved but gave to someone else who either needed them more or to whom they had more relevance. It’s harder to give away something you love.

  • Wendyoes

    The most meaningful gifts I’ve ever given are ones that I owned and loved but gave to someone else who either needed them more or to whom they had more relevance. It’s harder to give away something you love.

  • Wendyoes

    The most meaningful gifts I’ve ever given are ones that I owned and loved but gave to someone else who either needed them more or to whom they had more relevance. It’s harder to give away something you love.

  • Annie

    The very best gift I gave was Christmas for my sister’s boys….a few days before Christmas I went over with some money to help put gifts under the tree…..She didn’t know where the money was going to come from….

  • Meg Callahan

    Love your story!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslye.wilkes Leslye Shaw Wilkes

    These books are awesome. I’ve seen two of them in our Gem and Mineral club.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meg.callahan1 Meg Callahan

    How nice of you! You English is a lot better then my Dutch!

  • L J

    My friends and family will not want to know this, but this year I gave all of the Christmas presents I received to Goodwill. I feel like a jerk for giving away things that my friends and family chose for me, but I hope it will do some good for others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbunchtx Carol Bunch

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave was a computerized slide show of my sister’s family photos set to Alan Jackson’s song “Remember When.” The slide show was displayed at my sister and her husband’s 40th anniversary celebration. My sister said it was the best gift she had ever received. Just goes to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to give meaningful gifts.

  • Kim

    It’s hard to say which gift was the most meaningful gift I ever gave, but I think it was probably giving my son his own set of mini tools so that he could build things in the workshop. He was so happy to have tools that he didn’t have to ask to borrow and he loves that independence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meg.callahan1 Meg Callahan

    After reading these stories, I’m teary eyed! I’d love to win the book collection and share them with friends but after reading these entries I’m just happy someone will win them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723984516 Jacqueline Perez Allard

    Thanks for having this great giveaway. My greatest gifts are my family, corny but true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.s.severson Chris Savory Severson

    This would be awesome to win! One of the best gifts my husband and I gave was to my daughter and her husband. Having a 13 day old baby, we gave them the gift of sleep on Christmas night. It was much appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723984516 Jacqueline Perez Allard

    Wow, Michelle what a great story

  • Chris Kerr

    My most meaningful Christmas gift was when I was 16 and I got to “take over” the Christmas festivities for my whole family. My gift to them all was homemade ornaments made with blown out eggs, ornament cookies, salt dough ornaments. I sang carols and tried to keep the spirit light and joyful. It was a hard year. It was in the 70′s and our family was pretty broke. I was the oldest of five kids and my Mom was too tired and discouraged to decorate or bake, so I got to jump in with my youthful energy and enthusiasm. I’m 55 years old now, but that was one of the best Christmases I ever had, with very very little in the way of gifts.

  • EW

    The most meaningful gift I have given was a pair of green-shot-with-black shorts that I sewed for my husband when we first married. A beautiful fabric…light for Japanese summers. He wore them until they fell apart. They were very loved. My brother-in-law coveted them.

  • EW

    The
    most meaningful gift I have given was a pair of green-shot-with-black
    shorts that I sewed for my husband when we first married. A beautiful
    fabric…light for Japanese summers. He wore them until they fell
    apart. They were very loved. My brother-in-law coveted them.

  • Stacey Allison

    This year we gave my 69-year-old father-in-law Bose headphones to listen to his music with on his iPod. He was sooooo excited. He was like a little kid. Knowing that we finally got him something he was actually giddy about was the best!

  • Giniro

    :D Most meaningful gift……. My summer Christmas with my two best friends, i made large crochet cupcakes. :D Summer Christmas because one friend lives in another state for 955 of the year. :D

  • Anne Christ

    I think one of the most meaningful gifts I ever gave was the
    one I made for my father. He had a stack of old panoramic photos of a beautiful
    lake in Wisconsin where his grandparents had built little lakeside cabins and he held
    some of his fondest memories. I enlarged one of the photos and framed it for
    him. I’ll never forget his face when he opened it on Christmas. I could see the
    flood of memories washing over him and he began to share them with us. What
    made it so meaningful was not only how much it meant to him, but although I did
    not know it at the time, he would not be with us much longer, as he suffered a
    massive stroke that following year and passed away. I am able to hold on to the memory that one of the last gifts I gave him made him so happy.

  • donnaj

    Oh my gosh – this is a wonderful giveaway. I’m trying to think of the best gift ev-er. I’m sure it was homemade!

  • Mary Renner

    What a fantastic give away!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlenegrenell Marlene Malone Grenell

    The most meaningful gift I think I have given on Christmas was to an elderly friend of my deceased Mother. She has no living relatives and her husband and only daughter died years ago. She always buys me and my children something and since she is in a nursing home, it was becoming increasingly hard to buy her something meaningful. My gift to her this year was to place flowers on her husband and daughters grave for her twice a year,, at memorial day and Christmas. She always did this while she could and could not do this anymore. She was so grateful she cried.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dana.sireno Dana Sireno

    I create jewelry as a partial living, and moved into my mother’s home to care for her during her last two years on this earth. I made many pairs of earrings for Gladyce, my mom, during that time, and she always wore them proudly while visiting various doctors and for medical tests. I think her favorite was a 14k gold filled pendant I created for her by stamping the names of all 3 of us kids around the disc and then adding our birthstones…she never took that off. Since she’s passed over, I now hold that pendant dear since she loved it so much. Dana xx

  • Susan

    Many years ago I made a bathrobe for my mother-in-law because she was only 4’11” and the ones in the store were too long and the sleeves were also too long. She loved that it fit her perfectly, because it was made just for her.

  • Stephanie Woods

    Most meaningful gift I gave was photo’s of my children, to my father. He has never met my kids, he lives in Oregon and I’m in Florida. I have only seen my father once since I was 4.

  • Angelina Sparkle

    As an artist, I always make gifts myself, or buy gift items from other artists. That way I am supporting artists, and giving a beautiful, meaningful gift that will last a lifetime. I also give gifts that support animal welfare organizations or other charities. However, my best experience was participating in a holiday art show with a unique approach – instead of a booth fee, each artist donated 10% of their proceeds to the animal rescue organization of their choice. Customers could also donate directly to any of the rescues, they did not have to make a purchase. The show was hosted by a local garden center during their off-season. They had lots of greenhouse space they were not using, so they donated the use of it to the art show. It was a great event that brought in lots of gift-shopping customers both for the art show, and the garden center. Everyone benefited, and best of all we raised thousands of dollars that went directly to the animal rescue organizations. I wish there were more art shows like this!

  • Gayle

    what lovely stories

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    My family rule for Christmas presents is homemade. Last year I made some piano hinged books with pictures of my mom and dad (both deceased) mostly and some other family pictures. I also had some lampwork beads made with their ashes which I incorporated into the spine of the books. I gave one of these to each family.

  • Tiffany smith

    Anything given from the heart

  • Sue Waldheim

    I’m looking for new techniques for the new years and these books would be a great way to learn.

  • Sue Waldheim

    I’m looking for new techniques for the new years and these books would be a great way to learn.

  • tammy evans beets

    Just started making bracelets…..these books would be a great help to me !

  • Peggy

    Wow! A totally amazing offer! I had never heard of you before today. I got the link from Mandi Ainsworth’s Bead Circle on Facebook. Enough commenting, I have some browsing to do! The most meaningful present I’ve ever given? It was the one I didn’t know I was giving – my attention to a lonely person.

  • katydid

    Oh boy… the deadline is near!! Did I win? Did I win? did I? huh? Huh? :) Good luck everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Ross-Gee/646943303 Amanda Ross-Gee

    Well, I always thought a homemade gift is a very thoughtful gift and having time to browse through some of those books there, I can’t even imagine the inspiration I will get and the gifts that will be received! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindyrenee67 Cindy DiOrazio

    I love making Jewelry! Beading is my passion! I’ll happily make a home for your beautiful books!

  • Aunt Bee

    I love all of you books I received 500 bowls for Christmas
    Beth

  • Lorraine C

    The gift that my family talks about the most was when I was a little girl. My Dad and I would do our shopping together on Christmas Eve. He and I had gone and gotten a present for my mother. When we got home, she asked what we had gotten. I said I couldn’t tell but that it sounded live guvs. It was gloves. This was when I was probably 5 or 6. I am 52 and that is still a big story in our family.

  • Tammie E

    The best gifts are the ones I didn’t even know I needed. Thanks for the chance to enter for these great books.

  • sYLviA

    w0nDeRFuL sToRYs & gReAT giVeAwaY!

  • SR

    I love all the Lark series books! They make wonderful gifts too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.baklundbrey Shannon Baklund Brey

    Awesome giveaway! I’m such a book junkie – this would be an ultimate prize for me! Most meaningful gift I ever gave was a leather Broncos football jacket for my husband (then boyfriend). This was before the advent of internet shopping, and we lived in MN so we didn’t have much Denver product available. I found it in the middle of summer and put it on layaway (remember that?) for him. He was so shocked to get it and he wore it everywhere and still does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.baklundbrey Shannon Baklund Brey

    Awesome giveaway! I’m such a book junkie – this would be an ultimate prize for me! Most meaningful gift I ever gave was a leather Broncos football jacket for my husband (then boyfriend). This was before the advent of internet shopping, and we lived in MN so we didn’t have much Denver product available. I found it in the middle of summer and put it on layaway (remember that?) for him. He was so shocked to get it and he wore it everywhere and still does. Shannon in MN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.sutton.102 Amy Sutton

    The most meaningful gift I gave was a stained glass window I built for my mom. I designed it around a pink depression glass plate. My mom and dad used to collect pink Petalware, and when my dad passed away in 1998, she chose to not complete their collection. She sold it a couple of years after he passed. I know antiquing meant a lot to my mom and dad, so when my mom came to visit me in 2006, we went antiquing and we bought a Petalware plate together, and that is what became the center of the window. Now, not only will it bring back memories of her trip to Iowa to visit me that summer, it will also remind her of my dad and the times they spent selecting the pieces for their collection.

  • Bryan S

    I wish I could say that I had one gift that stuck out as something special. I just try to make every gift, whether I make it in my shop or purchase it, something that is for solely for that person. I try to make sure it reflects their needs, desires and who they are.

  • Terry Fryer

    Hmmm that is a tough one. I am not sure I have ever been asked that question. I am a part of Michael DeMeng’s Art Abandonment group. I abandoned a number of items in Dec. It was special because I thought each item would bring a smile to the finder. It was giving for the joy of sharing with an unknown person.

  • Mary Furtado

    The best Christmas present I ever received was surviving being hit by a drunk driver with my parents, sister and nephew all in the car! Thank goodness for seat belts and God above!

  • http://www.facebook.com/colleen.gilgenbach Colleen Gilgenbach

    did I win ? ? ? ?

  • Yvonne

    This Christmas I gave boxes of ornaments to all my siblings which our recently departed sister had given me. Everyone’s Christmas was surrounded by a bit of Dorinda spirit.

  • rose

    One year I learned how to make journals and made my whole family journals that matched what their hobby was. It felt so good when they said they loved it and when I see them using them.

  • Amanda Bonvillian

    The best gift is made by the hand straight from the heart. I make personalized metal jewelryand using unique sayings and designs to describe the person I’m giving it to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Julie.A.Bollinger Julie Smits Bollinger

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great collection of books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Julie.A.Bollinger Julie Smits Bollinger

    thanks for the opportunity to win these books

  • http://www.facebook.com/tanya.mcguire.92 Tanya McGuire

    Wow I almost missed the deadline for this give away. My favorite gift to give is nothing less than books.

  • pam summers

    I remember the first Lark’s 500 series book I saw and purchased; it was 500 teapots and I so loved that book – I was totally inspired and began making teapots. I am a ceramic and jewelry artist and enjoy all of the 500 series books. I actually love all of larks books, they always have such beautiful pictures and instructions. Keep the great work up!!!