Free DIY Books Giveaway – Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend.  Before we get full-force into Christmas decorating and shopping, I’d love to get the new Miss Mustard Seed book, Inspired You, into the hands of three lucky readers.

decorating book  Inspired You, by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)


DIY maven, Marian Parsons, is editor of the popular DIY blog, Miss Mustard Seed.  She recently published her first book, Inspired You.   Marian is all about making a beautiful home on a tight budget with a bit of creativity and elbow grease – something I can definitely relate to!

Miss Mustard Seed


This book tells her personal story of homemaking, blogging, and launching a successful business through the lens of faith and family.  She also shares lots of DIY projects and inspirational ideas that you can use in your own home.

 Miss Mustard Seed


Marian’s publisher, Thomas Nelson, recently sent me three of her new books to share with you. The talented editor of this beautiful book just happens to be my BFF of the last 35 years!  

Miss Mustard Seed 


To be eligible to win:

1) Subscribe via email to my blog (if you don’t already).

2) Let me know in the comments below that you’d like to win one of the books.

3) Go to Miss Mustard Seed’s Facebook page and let her know you are hoping to win one of her books from The Decorologist.  

4) To be entered another three times, share this post on your Facebook page and let me know you did!



What a great gift for yourself or a friend this Christmas!  Good luck!


  1. Rachel jennings says:

    Would love one of those books !!!!!! Please!!!!

  2. This book looks gorgeous and I love her blog! Would love to win this book

  3. Tammy Roberts says:

    I would like to add one of these books to my library!

  4. Karen Hattan says:

    Me! Me! Me! I want one! I want one! Pick me! :)

  5. Mary Harper says:

    I would love to be entered to win a book. Thanks! :)

  6. Tracy Beasley says:

    I would love to win one of these books. Looks like it is right up my alley :)

  7. Michelle Burke says:

    Thank you, friend!

  8. sarah mitchell says:

    looks like a wonderful book, i would love to win a copy. love your blog too :)

  9. would LOVE to win one, Christy!

  10. I would love to win a copy Kristie….I have signed up to receive your blog, shared via fb and visited Miss Mustard Seed’s page as well.

    Great giveaway!!


  11. I would love to win of these books!

  12. A. Fernandez says:

    Just subscribed to your blog :) Would love to win one of those books!Thanks!!!

  13. Kristie — I would love to read this book. I just had fellow home stager complete a project with Miss Mustard Seed’s paint and it turned out fabulous. I would enjoy learning how to do this as well.

  14. Would love to use the book to inspire some home diy projects in the new year! Thank you. :)

  15. Martha Johnson says:

    I’d love to win a book!

  16. I would love to have the book!

  17. Martha Johnson says:

    And I shared this opportunity on Facebook!

  18. Pick me…

  19. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!!!

  20. This book looks fabulous! I would love to have a copy for my hubby who happily does all my DIY projects!@ Thanks.

  21. Wish I had you and Marion as BFF’s. Will have to settle for her book! Subscribed to your blog-it is currently my favorite decorating blog.

  22. Laurie Wier says:

    I came, I posted, I SHARED! :)

  23. Would love one of these books for my collection! Nothing better than having coffee and reading through design books! Thank you for the opportunity!

  24. Joanne Prater says:

    I’d love to have one of these beautiful books! BTW, Michelle is our niece (her dad and my husband are brothers) . . . I know it has to be a great book!

  25. Love her blog (and yours) and can’t wait to read the book!

  26. I would love to win a book – I love your blog, emails and I also came, posted and shared!!

  27. Michelle west says:

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been wanting this book so badly for Christmas!! So excited for this giveaway! Yeah!!

  28. Mary Knauf says:

    Would LOVE to win on of these books! (I am already signed up for your blog via email)

  29. Mary Knauf says:

    Shared this post on my FB page!

  30. kristie burns says:

    subscribed. commented. shared. would *lurve* a copy of the book!

  31. Yes, I would definitely like to win. Looks like a very good read

  32. I am a follower of your blog – have been (which is how I know about the giveaway) and I would be thrilled to win a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s book. I had the pleasure of meeting her once at Lucketts and she was amazing.

  33. I have been eagerly anticipating this book’s release and would love to win a copy. I subscribed via e-mail, commented and shared on Facebook. Here’s hoping Christmas comes early!

  34. Kristy Hartsook says:

    I am so excited at a chance to win this book! It looks wonderful!

  35. What a beautiful book. Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers & toes are crossed!

    Warmly, Michelle

  36. I would love to win Miss Mustard Seed’s book!

  37. I would LOVE to win this!

  38. Aileen Bennett says:

    I’d love to win one of these! Thanks! :)

  39. Love this idea. Please enter me for a chance to win one of these books and thanks so much for introducing me to Miss Mustard Seed! I just visited her site and shared on my FB page. Crossing my fingers now…well, right after typing! ;)

  40. I was just thinking about painting some old chairs while awake last night, and this book will be perfect for some of my projects. Put me on the “want one” list, please. Three books just isn’t going to be enough! Thanks, Kristie and Miss Mustard Seed!

  41. Drayanna Lambert says:

    Cant wait to read about all her ideas and how she did her business…..soooo excited to have a free book.


  42. I’d love to win one of these books for sure!

  43. What a cool looking book and I would love to have it! Definitely need to check this out even if I don’t win.

  44. Linda Shapiro says:

    I look forward to reading all the information from The Decorologist and would absolutely without a doubt love to have this new book Inspired By You!
    You are Shared on my Facebook along with a Like!
    Thanks, Linda

  45. Love Marian and would love to win her book! Thanks for the chance!

  46. Maybe Xmas comes early and I win one of the books?

  47. I would LOVE to win this!!!

  48. Definitely count me in. I love your blog. Went to face book and now I am going to visit her site.

  49. Hi Kristie,
    I have acquired many decorating tips from following both of your blogs. I would like to get this new book for more inspiration. Thanks to you and Marian for sharing your talents, as well as your faith.

  50. Angela Perry says:

    Hello Kristie! I would be honored and happy to be one of the 3 winners of Miss Mustard Seed’s book! I’m headed to her site next! Thank you for all that you work for in your field, and thank you for the fresh approach you give to all your projects! Where were we without you.
    Angela Perry, Greensboro, NC November 26, 2012

  51. I subscribe by email and really enjoy learning from you. I’m local to Nashville too.

  52. I already enjoy her blog but would love the book! She’s so inspiring!

  53. Would LOVE this book!!

  54. Barbara Morano says:

    The book is wonderful as well as following this amazing woman. Love, family, friends and a strong support system is an inspiration for what can be accomplished …as well as hard work!
    I am in…

  55. I would love to win this book!

  56. Angela Perry says:

    Hi Kristie,

    Love The Mustard Seed Blog; went over, checked it out, left a note, and hope 3 people will enjoy this beautiful book. I say beautiful, because just looking at the outside cover, I know that every page will be a new adventure – you know the “rush” you feel when something “pops” for us – as an idea – or project! Well, that’s how I am anyway. Best wishes for your holiday surrounded by those you love and who love you. Angela Perry, Greensboro, NC 11/26/12

  57. I would love to win this book. BABY NEEDS NEW SHOES!!

  58. Julie Berry says:

    Would love to win one of these books.

  59. Julie Berry says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  60. I would love to win this book! She really is amazing how she grew her business and I would love to read more about it. Thanks for the chance to win! I will also share on my fb page!

  61. Wow! Look at all these responses! What a celeb you are! How could a librarian like me not enjoy such a luscious book? I am amazed at what you two women are empowered to do using the tool of the Internet. And humbled that your faith is your foundation. I am following all of your directions, Kristie, so I might have a chance to win this prize!

  62. I would be grateful to receive one of Miss Mustard Seed’s books, Inspired You. I have been one of your members for over a year and have already received great inspiration from your posts. I visited Miss Mustard Seed’s website again and posted to it and share this post on my FB page. Hope to win – Thanks for all you do in the name of Home Decor!!!

  63. Count me in…would love the book! Thanks. :-)

  64. I love your style! and i would love to have a copy of this book to be inspired in my own home!

  65. Looking for some inspiration up here in the north! Would love a copy of the book! I will post to my design studio facebook page as well!

  66. Carole Foreman says:

    I am 72 1/2 and I still love to paint and renew my house. I would love her book. I follow her blog each and every day. Thank you!

  67. Would Love It!!

  68. Love Miss Mustard Seed and would love one of her new books!:)

  69. Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to win one!! Not sure if I can get this book in Canada. Will share on FB.

  70. Debbie Bruns says:

    I would love to win this book !!!

    I follow Marion on her blog everyday .

  71. Jeanine Adams says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book to share with my daughters and daughter-in-laws! It looks wonderful!

  72. Love the inspiration, creativity and zest both of you have! Hope to get it by “energy transfer” ! Please enter my into your draw. Thank you :O)

  73. Really enjoy your website and the book looks great! Will share!

  74. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Ok, it’s learning curve time!—I will have to learn how to send this post to my husband’s facebook page.
    I don’t have one. He won’t mind–he likes your blog too.
    So here goes–I would love to win these books (or book)!!!!
    If I don’t win–at least now I know the name of the book and where to get it!!
    Thanks Kristie!

  75. You creative blogging ladies keep me so inspired with my own business! I would love to win this lovely book for coffee table inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!

  76. Add me to the list of people who would love to win! Thanks for the fun opportunity.

  77. I just shared on my FB page and I already subscribe to your fabulous newsletter!

    Thanks again-Kari, Winston-Salem, NC

  78. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail (and love it!) and would love to win this book!

  79. Oh, and I also just shared on my facebook page!

  80. I would love love love to win a book! I absolutely adore Miss Mustard Seed!

  81. Ashley Fawkes-Sylver says:

    Great book! I would love to be one of the winners!

  82. Vicky Riddle says:

    Would love to win this book!

  83. I love your ideas and would love to have this book!

  84. Mustard Seed is one of my favorite blog sites. Would love to win the book. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Lisa Brinkman says:

    Hi Kristie!
    Just started subscribing to your blog last month and I love it! You’ve already inspired me to ‘reinvent’ my 16year old daughter’s room by painting all her furniture; I’ve made a gallery wall in our living room and I refinished a tired armoire! Thanks for all your ideas….and I would love to win one of Miss Mustard Seed’s books! thanks,
    Lisa from Philadelphia

  86. Lisa Brinkman says:

    Just shared this on my fb page!

  87. I would love to have this book–I’ve been a fan of your website since discovering it a year ago! Love decorating and RE-decorating. I’m an addict and I’m not afraid to say it out loud!

  88. Kathleen Steenson says:

    Would love love love to have one of the books!

  89. Marilee Tice says:

    I am so excited and have followed all your directions! All my Facebook buddies will be checking you both out. I am so envious. I wish I had a friend for so many years. You are very blessed.

    Fairview TN

    P.S. I sent this email earlier today to the email on your site but it bounced back. Arrrrghghghghgh! Hope it doesn’t hurt my chances. : )

  90. I would love to win Miss Mustard Seed’s book but will definitely purchase one if I am not a winner. Thanks for sharing!

    Phoenix, AZ

  91. would love to win a copy. I already receive your blog but will post on miss mustard seeds FB page and share on my FB page.

  92. How could anyone not want this insightful book?! It looks so enticing! Please count me in this drawing

  93. I would LOVE to win Miss Mustard Seed’s book. Thank you for this giveaway.

  94. Kim Schadrack says:

    I love both of your blogs and would loooove to win a copy of MMS book.

  95. What a delightful looking book! I would certainly be pleased to win. As a dedicated Decorologist follower, I am already subscribed, but I have gone and posted on Miss Mustard Seed’s page, and liked it, too, while I was there, and posted your giveaway on my fb page. I think I have all the bases covered. Thanks for always bringing sparkle to life. I can see why you would share this book with us.

  96. Valerie thibodea says:

    I’d love to win one of miss mustard seed’s books … S’il vous plaît :)

  97. I would really love a copy of Marian’s book. ♥

  98. Would feel really blessed to win a copy. I’m a follower and a lover of Miss Mustard Seed and now of you! I’m a growing DIY-er. The proof? Husby says, “Nowwww what are you up to?” ;-) I’ve done all the steps and shared on my fb. Thanks for the chance!

  99. I hope I win! I love MMS!

  100. I’d love to win a copy of Marian’s book. Thanks

  101. Would love to win a copy. I also shared this on my facebook page: Handmade by Davina

  102. Tann Gattis says:

    I would love to win this book!! Huge fan of Miss Mustard Seed and The Decorologist!!! Thanks!!

  103. Oh Goodness Gracious YES! I would love to win and hope I do!
    I am a follower (via email of your blog) and posted on MMS facebook wall (j’adore her). Thanks for the opportunity!

  104. LaBet Perry says:

    Have just discovered Miss Mustard Seed and your site. Love them both! Would love to have a copy of her book!

  105. Kat Wynveen says:

    Love Miss Mustard Seed and would love a copy of her book.

  106. Tracy Myers says:

    This is an awesome giveaway!! I so could use some inspiration in my fast paced life!! Thank you so much.

  107. I want this book!!

  108. Hi, I’m all subscribed up, can’t wait to get stuck into reading your blog! I would love to win one of Marian’s books, it looks amazing :)

  109. I’m always looking for books , magazines and blogs that have beautiful home decor ideas . I’m bookmarking this blog ! I hope I win the book too :)

  110. Oh, and I absolutely shared the link!!

  111. Elizabetty Sarajane Booth says:

    Love to win INSPIRED YOU!

  112. I want to win a book!!! (Because I want to be Miss Mustard Seed when I grow up!) :D

  113. LaBet Perry says:

    Sounds great! Would love to win the book, and love your blog! I’ve shared your info on fb, fingers crossed! :)

  114. I would LOVE her book!!!!

  115. I’m a subscriber!

  116. Awesome giveaway – count me in!!! I’d love to win this book :)

  117. I posted on Miss Mustard Seed’s wall :)

  118. OH how I want to win Miss Mustard Seeds book. I sooo want to.

  119. shared your blog about the book on my fb page!/erin.kaven

  120. Sharon Lynn says:

    Hope to win a Miss Mustard Seed Book :-)

  121. I just moved from where she’s doing some of her shows/workshops…now she could come to me ;) 2nd best option :)

  122. Melissa Bryant says:

    I would love to win this book!

  123. How fun….! Thanks for the chance to win~

  124. I’ve been a big fan for years! I too would love to win one of her books..

  125. Hi, I would love a copy!

  126. Me too! I would love the book, thanks for offering it.

  127. I would love to have a copy of this amazing book…saw it at Barnes and noble and put it on my Christmas wish list! Thanks for offering it!

  128. Elizabeth Booker says:

    I would love to win “Inspired You.” I love Miss Mustard Seed’s blog, that’s where I found you!

  129. Good Morning…
    I would so love and appreciate a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s new book Inspired You…I can use all the inspiration I can get today and everyday…Lost my job on Oct 30th and am on an adventure of a lifetime to start my own business now…had plans to do so after retirement but retirement came early it seems…I love the paints and cant wait to try some on a few projects. I would love to read about her building her business, that is always the best reading about someone who had done what you aspire to do…start your own business. I have had this dream for several years now and it is time to make it my reality…time to fire up the blog again, start talking to people and put the plans in action…reading the book would Im sure be a source of true inspiration for me…Thanks and have a BLESSED day! <3 :)

  130. Sharing the post now to Facebook…Left comments on Miss Mustard seeds Facebook page…

  131. So glad I found your blog just now through Miss Mustard Seed – can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog. I’d absolutely love to win a copy of Inspired You!

  132. I shared your giveaway on my FB page Also LIKE you on Facebook now too!

  133. I would love to win this. Left comments on Miss Mustard seed too!

  134. I have subscribed, commented, shared and visited Marian’s Facebook. I sure hope I am one of the winners! I’m feeling lucky!!!!

  135. Like I said…this Northern Chic would love your book. Since Sandy arrived… I really appreciate electricity and I think reading a Miss Mustard Seed under the WONDERFUL lights would be fun. Love your site Kristie it is inspirational! What a fun contest! AnyWho…Good luck to all!

  136. Mary Lauffer says:

    Looks like MY kind of book! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win a book!!

  137. I would love to win one of the books and can’t wait to look at all the creative projects.

  138. I just shared this post on Facebook!

  139. I would love to be entered to win a book. Thanks so much!

  140. I’d luv to receive one of the bks!!

  141. I shared the contest on my FB page. :-)

  142. I entered and would love to win this book~

  143. Love miss mustard seed. Love your blog too. Would love to win a book of my own! Thanks

  144. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to get Miss Mustard Seed’s book!!!!!

  145. Pretty, Pretty Please!!! I would love to win one of the books. Just posted on Miss Mustard Seeds Facebook page that I want one too!!! My dream job for sure!!!

  146. Hi Kristie,
    Would love this book!!!! Sitting in a comfortable chair near the fireplace with a nice warm cup of coffee enjoying this book!! What a wonderful way to settle in from a busy day of Christmas shopping:)
    I have done all required to be eligible to win:)
    Have a great day!!!

  147. Choose Me Please !!

  148. Thank you for the Miss Mustard Seed’s book. It sounds like a book I would love..a creative book and by Thomas Nelson..perfect!

  149. I would LOVE TO WIN one her books! I am a huge fan of MMS!!!

  150. Long time subscriber to your blog and honestly one of the handful that I ALWAYS open and read entirely. Love your work and your design camp mood board is the color scheme of my home. Halfway there anyway…. Transitioning the home we purchased 2 years ago from the tired Tuscan scheme. Love the cover of Miss Mustard Seeds book. Can’t wait to check her site out.

  151. Done! Hope I win! I’ve been subscribed to your blog for some time and didn’t realize you were having this giveaway. Thanks, Kristie!

  152. YES & YES & YES would love the book

  153. Hello Kristie!
    I’ve lived in my home for more than ten years here in beautiful Montana with the same décor, and now that I’ve been introduced to your site by my lovely sis-in-law it has opened my eyes to the power of paint and to not be afraid to switch it up using my items I already have to create new and functional looks. You are fabulously talented and I would be forever grateful to win your highly recommended book as it is YOU that has INSPIRED me!!! Keep me inspired =)

  154. your website inspires ideas for projects in my home and i look forward to Miss Mustard Seed’s book doing the same. both of you are part of my evening routine. thank you for this opportunity!

  155. Ann Adamson says:

    I would love to win one of these books!

  156. Ann Adamson says:

    Shared on my FB wall too!

  157. A friend just shared your site with me and I’m in love!!!! Just subscribed and liked on Facebook an I would LOVE to win the Miss Mustard Seed book! Looking forward to getting to know your blog much better!

  158. Looks like a fabulous book. So happy for Marian!

  159. I’d love one of these books!

  160. Would LOVE to have this book! I’ve also posted on FB. Thanks!

  161. Would love to win this yummy book! Shared and liked and posted on my FB and Miss Mustard seeds FB! Fingers crossed :)

  162. jeannie casey says:

    i would love to win it. i also posted on my jeannie casey fb page and the nashville childbirth fb page

  163. What a nice gift it would be to receive one of these books!

  164. What a fantastic giveaway, Kristie! I enjoy Miss Mustard Seed’s blog, and would love to win her new book! I already subscribe to your blog by email… I have popped over to Miss Mustard Seed’s FB page and left a comment, and I have shared this giveaway on my own FB page. Did I mention how awesome it would be to win this book? :-)

  165. I love all your tips and tutorials, we live part time in the bush and part time in town.
    Have been in the bush for a while and dont get onto internet all that ofter, otherwise would have been first in line, begging to win your book
    Had to sit on the road for ages this morning as two young lion were blocking the entrance to our house.
    Would love to win your book, just so sad that we cant get everything here.
    In any event, win or not, I am an avid follower of your blog, its brilliant,
    Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it.
    Going to check out my lion photos now,
    xxx Louise

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