Inspired You, by Miss Mustard Seed {Book Review and Giveaway}

This giveaway is now closed. Winner announced at bottom. Happy Friday everyone!  I have another special treat for you all today. Remember how I told you several friends have written books lately? Well here’s another! The one and only Miss Mustard Seed has come out with her new book, Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home.

Inspired You

The book is just gorgeous with plenty of eye candy, but most importantly, it’s truly inspiring. Marian just has the gift of writing and pulling you in with her words and leaves you with wanting more. If you read her blog you know what I’m talking about. And reading the book is just like reading her blog. Like you are her friend, just sitting down chit chatting about life with a nice cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea. :)

When I first started reading the book, there was one particular paragraph that has stood out to me, and I think about it all the time now.

I know I am not the only one who has struggled with any of those feelings she described right there. Right?  Marian reminds us what a home is truly about. It’s not about perfection, and that is something so many of us struggle with. Marian teaches us in the book how to be content in our homes and let our creativity take over.

If you already know Miss Mustard Seed, you will know she’s an avid DIY’er, an expert second-hand shopper, and even has her own line of Milk Paint now!  Here are some previews of what’s in the book.

In Inspired You, you will learn how to sew, refinish furniture, get her best tips and tricks, make simple crafts, how to decorate with a small budget, and you will just want to be her friend when it’s all said and done. :)

If you are tired of the mundane, and want to ignite something within you, then you need to read this book. You will walk away encouraged, inspired, and full of hope that your heart and home can be what God intended it to be. He will move mountains.

And lucky for you, I get to give away TWO copies of Inspired You!

To enter:

  • Just leave a comment here that you’d like to read Marian’s book. Easy peasy.
  • If you want an extra entry, feel free to share the giveaway on any social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc) so your friends can know about the book too.

I’ll announce the winners at the end of next week.  Leave separate comments for each entry please.

Good luck everyone, and congratulations Marian we are so proud of you!!

Update: The winner is #55 and that is Candy Thayer! Congrats, and email has been sent. 



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  1. This looks amazing! I would love to flip through it and get inspired :)

  2. Laura Miles says:

    This looks like a beautiful read :) love following your blog

  3. I too would enjoy reading Miss Mustard Seed’s lovely book…

  4. I LOVE Miss Mustard Seed! I even just bought my first milk paint. I’m waiting for it to come in the mail. I can’t WAIT! I would also love her book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

  5. I purchased a copy as soon as it was available and love it!!! Would love to have a copy to gift a friend. Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Shared the giveaway on Facebook. Thanks for the second entry!

  7. Would love love love to read the book. Thanks

  8. tweet & +1 on google thanks

  9. Diana Duncan says:

    I love MMS! Would so love to have her book too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. Delphine B says:

    Thank you for this giveaway, I’d love to win that book!

  11. Definitely on my Christmas list, especially if I don’t win one :) What a great giveaway during this Thanksgiving season..

  12. I’d love to read it!

  13. The book looks beautiful….I would love to linger over the pages of it and enjoy all of the creativity.

  14. I would love to read/own this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I’d love to read her book! That cover is even drool-worthy, along with all of the pictures! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  16. Forgot to add – I shared it on Twitter too! :)

  17. I would love to read and be inspired by this book! Thanks for the chance!

  18. I so want to read it!! I have her book in my Amazon cart to buy if I dont win it!

  19. Cheryl W. says:

    I would LOVE to read this book! I love Miss Mustard Seed!!

  20. Tis book sounds wonderful!! Would love to be able to read it!! :)

  21. Pam Norris says:

    I luv to look thru books for Inpirations…..Books are the best Bibles.

  22. Yes! I would love to read thhis book, from cover to cover.
    Liz @ Fresh Plate

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

  24. Sarah Cartmill says:

    I’m feeling like God’s putting things in my path this week.
    I would love to read this, not only for myself, but for my family.

  25. Hope Badge says:

    I would love to receive Miss Mustard Seed’s new book. Have been contemplating buy it for myself for Christmas!!! :)

  26. I would love to read Marian’s book. Thank you.

  27. Her blog is awesome.I would love to win this book!!

  28. Kristin Shepler says:

    I see everyone on the blogs is raving about this book. I gotta see what the hype is all about!

  29. Jodi Jackson says:

    I LOVE Miss Mustard seed and I can not WAIT to read her book. She is sooo inspiring and has helped me get the courage to grow my own little business.

  30. Jeannnie Sloop says:

    I would love to read this book and start a few new projects.

  31. jill martin says:

    This seems like a book I would enjoy reading and owning.l

  32. I’d love to read Miss Mustard Seed’s new book – I need a bit of inspiration right now!

  33. Tracey Whitney says:

    I would love to win the book! Looking to have a little bit of inspiration for me and my home!

  34. I do enjoy Miss Mustard Seed! And I appreciate the paragraph that you showcased here about her thoughts on making our homes the best we can with what we have. Cozy can happen without a lot of money! Thanks for this opportunity to win her book. Blessings.

  35. Sharing on pinterest also. Thanks.

  36. I love it!! I want it!xo

  37. Id love to read Miss Mustard Seed’s book–I could use some inspiration.

  38. jill martin says:

    Shared on FB.

  39. I would LOVE to read this book!

  40. Allowing God to insight us is a necessity to create a loving home for family and friends. I can’t wait to read it either way.

  41. Holly Bonville says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  42. Deborah Biggers says:

    What a lovely book! I’d love to read it and make it a new coffee table addition.

  43. Kimberlee Lambert says:

    We are buying a new house soon and would love to get some inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  44. Would love to win this book! I enjoy reading home decor books, and this one looks especially intriguing. ;-)

  45. I’d love to read her book!! Looks like my cup of tea! :)

  46. Kimberlee Lambert says:

    Shared on facebook :)

  47. I would just love to read her book! I am in Paris right now and feeling more inspired than ever!!!

  48. Shared it on my FB page….shabbysweettea

  49. Would love to read it! I’m in decorating mode and need inspiration…badly!

  50. Just shared the giveaway on Google+! I am under Jewelsbytrish there. :)

  51. Shared on Facebook! :)

  52. Kristi Olson says:

    Cannot wait to get a copy of this book ~ I will have to get 2 so I don’t have to give away my copy to my Mom!

  53. I would love to read her book! she is so creative!

  54. I love her blog and would love to read her book!

  55. Candy Thayer says:

    Love her blog and would love to win the book!

  56. Beautiful book. Would love to have it.

  57. It looks like such an inspiring book and I would love to own a copy. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  58. I would love to read this book! I love the Miss Mustard Seed blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. I would live to read this. Pick me! :)

  60. I would LOVE to read this book! My fingers are crossed!

  61. I would love to read this awesome book!

  62. Post on Facebook

  63. Just what I need a glimmer of hope and inspiration. It will be great if I win this!

  64. Of course I would love to read the book! I’m excited for the chance to win a copy.

  65. Amanda Bryant says:

    I would love to read this book! :)

  66. I would love a chance to win this book!

  67. I’d love to read Marian’s book! I’ve followed her blog for a long time.

  68. I almost bought this book but decided to wait as we did not have the cash in our budget at the time and we no longer use credit as we work to become debt free.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

  69. kelly thompson says:

    i would love to read this book-its really exciting for her i bet!

  70. Nancy Crane says:

    Would love to read this book…have been admiring her work for many months and want to try her new paint on a room that I’m working on…she’s an inspiration (as you are too)…thanks!

  71. Rachel Parrott says:

    I would love this book and I love your blog!

  72. I would love a copy! Thank you so much for a chance at a wonderful giveaway!

    xoxo, Tanya

  73. Sheree Perelman says:

    Her blog is one of my favorites!

  74. I would love to have this book. Every night I read 2 or 3 hours, and this would be great to have.


  75. This looks like a fabulous book–I’d love to read it!

  76. Anne Marie says:

    I would love to have her book – I enjoy her blog.

  77. I would love to win a copy – love the color blue in her decorating! Want to see and read more!

  78. Anonymous says:

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  79. I would love to read this book!!!

  80. Denise Childs says:


  81. She inspires me, and I’d love her book. Thanks!

  82. Lisa Kubin says:

    I would love to get a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s book. I have been following her blog for some time now and she has some great ideas!
    Lisa K.

  83. Annalisa C. says:

    Posted on facebook :)

  84. Annalisa C. says:

    What a fabulous looking book! Not only do I love Miss Mustard Seed, I love being inspired in the choices I make for my home. Not everything works for everyone, but to know I can rely on my own sense of what works for me as well as my belief in creating a home focused on my belief in a loving God, certainly has made it easier to make my home uniquely mine!

  85. I would LOVE to read Marian’s book!! I’ve seen her paint at a local refurbish shop that I love!! I love that her book is focused on making our homes pleasing to the Lord! Thanks for the opportunity!

  86. I tweeted about this giveaway and this fabulous new book!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  87. I shared on Facebook about the giveaway and this exciting new book!
    I didn’t realize she had a blog so I’ll be going there too!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  88. I would really like to read this book. Thank you for the chance.

  89. Patti Sampson says:

    I would LOVE this book sitting on my coffee table to be inspired by every day!
    I love what great ideas both of you provide. Thank you.

  90. Bridget Brecheeb says:

    Wow! Sound like a great book! I would love to add it to my library.

  91. Patti Sampson says:
  92. Lesley Small says:

    Would love to get my hands on this book! So interesting and inspiring!

  93. This book is exactly what I need!!!

  94. This book looks great, I would love to win a copy! I feel kind of stuck and would love to be inspired to love my home again.

  95. ooh! i’d love to read this book!!! pick me, pick me! {♥}

  96. Would love to win !

  97. I want to win Marian’s book. It certainly looks inspirational!

  98. Kendra Barnett says:

    I would love to read her book! We bought a major fixer upper foreclosure last year and have been in a constant state of remodeling since. I could really use some inspiration right now!

  99. KimberlyJ says:

    I love Miss Mustard and would love to read her book!

  100. Kendra Barnett says:

    I shared your post on Facebook :)

  101. Would love to win this book ! Thanks for the opportunity !

  102. I am a regular reader of the Miss Mustard Seed blog, and would LOVE to read her book!!!

  103. Oh I would love to read this book, and I guess I’m very out of touch as I had no clue who she was. Thank you for bringing her to my attention.

  104. Marilyn Snow says:

    This looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway. . . .

  105. Marilyn Snow says:

    I shared the contest link on facebook

  106. Michele M says:

    This book looks like it is full of great ideas. Would love to read it!

  107. I have been saving to buy this it would be amazing to win it! The book just looks so inspirational.

  108. The book looks wonderful. I would love to read it.

  109. Bobbye McCartha says:

    I love Miss Mustard Seed! Since I have limited use of my left hand from nerve damage, it is important that I be able to do things that I can be proud of. Simple but beautiful things for my home. It makes my heart smile when I accomplish a DIY project! I really need that. On days that the pain is stronger than I am, Facebook helps take my mind off it. Hours can pass while I look at projects and tutorials :) I thank God that I have this outlet. God bless you all.

  110. I am not familiar with Miss Mustard, but after reading what you wrote I definitely would like the opportunity to win the book. Thank you so much!

  111. The inspiration would really be a blessing right now! Thanks for doing this!!

  112. I would love to win Marian’s book! She’s such an inspiration.

  113. Joanne Mt Smith says:

    I have just tripped over a link to this lovely site on a friend’s FB/pg… I love the same paragraph that you do, regarding not needing a huge budget and the latest collectibles to make a house a real HOME! I am now living with my Mom, who is 81 y.o, w/DEMENTIA… & I am overwhelmed at being both her only caregiver/FT overseer of all things Mom-related, in a house full of 45 yrs of memories of all kinds, and the clutter that comes with it! I wake and go to bed with my stomach-in-knots, knowing that I aim to give Mom the longest time possible in her own home, close to her own things, but am becoming decreasingly able to cope w/the bills, repairs, pets, housework, yardwork, medical care, and the financial and legal focus needed to UNtangle this mess! Furthermore, as I am on disability, cannot drive and must supervise her 24/7 ~ 365 dys a yr… am very isolated, and frustrated attempting to get the same chores done, day-in, day-out w/o success. It is hellish navigating the social work and medical care systems, even here in Canada… where medicare has been financially exhausted, long ago. So many people fall in-between the cracks and the many grey areas that may not ever be addressed as our population ages! I look forward to being inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s book, as a spiritual guide to bringing some semblance of organization and presentation to the chaos that has become our home ~ for the little time we have left to share it; and before we must put the property up for sale to meet our debtors… Here’s to HOPE , HEALTH and HUMOUR! <3 jo-CAT! ^^ ^^ ^^

  114. Wow, these are some really cool ideas and I would love to read it!

  115. I got to see a copy of the book today and the photos are gorgeous! I so want to read it!!


  116. This sounds like my kinda book! I’d love to win it!

  117. Wow, this book looks amaaaazing! Hope I win! :)

  118. I’d love to read Marian’s book. I’ve been following her for awhile and admire her decorating skills.

  119. Great giveaway! I would love to win a copy of Marian’s book. I really need to learn how to sew! :)

  120. carol jane says:

    I love Miss Mustard Seed, and would be soooo happy to win a copy of her brautiful new book!

  121. Terri Anderson says:

    She is truly an inspiration to us all. I am grateful to have passed her way. I would love to receive this book

  122. Melissa C. says:

    Would love to win this!!

  123. Would love it, she is pretty awesome! Shared too :)

  124. Would love a chance to win this great looking book!!!!

  125. Joni Lind says:

    I would love this book.

  126. I’d love to read this book and I’d love to see the photos!

  127. Joan Clapp says:

    I would love to have one of these books,and yes, I will share!

  128. Love to read this book! thanks for the giveaway!

  129. Thank you so much for this great opportunity. I would love to read and share with my friends. I have always been a DIYer but have shared my passion with friends and have helped many with their first projects. I would love to share the books well. Thanks again.

  130. I love your ideas. I would love to read your book.

  131. Her book looks amazing!! I would love to read and get some inspiration..

  132. Her book looks beautiful. She’s always a wealth of inspiration!!!

  133. Clare Marlow says:

    I would absolutely love to read a book by someone who loves the Lord – and creating beauty in her home – like I do! Thank you for the opportunity.

  134. Laurie Pysczynski says:

    I already love her blog…would love to have the book!

  135. Tracy Hoover says:

    I would love to have Miss Mustard’s Seeds inspiration via her book. One day i hope to have time to try out her paint! Thank you Decor Chick for the fab giveaway!

  136. Love Miss Mustard Seed and would love to read her new book!

  137. Tracy Hoover says:

    I’ve linked your giveaway on pinterest! Thanks for a great blog, Decor Chick!

  138. Looks like a great book! I’d love to win it!

  139. This book looks wonderful! would love to win it!

  140. I’d LOVE to read this book!

  141. Mary Johnson says:

    I would love to read this book!!

  142. I would live to have a copy of this book

  143. Juli Wilkins says:

    My house needs a facelift! I would love to read this book for new ideas!

  144. This book looks like just what I need!

  145. I would love to read this book.

  146. Shelley D. says:

    I shared on FB.

  147. Would love to read her book!

  148. Lisa Yablonski says:

    I would really like to read this to help with my over perfectionism.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  149. Would love a copy

  150. kristin M says:

    pick me! pick me! *waves hand wildly

  151. kristin M says:

    I shared the giveaway on Pinterest

  152. Leslie Rhinehart says:

    I would love to read this book. I could really use some inspiration. Both spiritually and with my home.

  153. I would love to read this book and be inspired!

  154. I would love to read/own this book and be inspired!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  155. Carolyn G. says:

    Oh, how I would love to win this book! Pick me, pick me!

  156. I would love to read her book!

  157. Amy Stevenson says:

    This book looks amazing!! I would love to read it.

  158. barbara n says:

    I’d like to read Marian’s book.

  159. Inspiration can come from many areas. THis book would just one of those.

  160. I love her! Would love to get a copy to read!

  161. I would love to read her book! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!!

  162. Would love to read this book! Looks awesome :)

  163. I LOVE to READ and WOULD LOVE to have THE BOOK ;)

  164. This book looks amazing! I would love to own a copy of this book as my husband and I are in the market for a house. If I don’t win a copy, I would be very pleased if you would let me know where I can purchase her book. Thank you for this opportunity!

  165. Susan Rush says:

    Need all the help I can get! Would love to have additional ideas and see the house come alive again. Thank-you for your blog and your inspiration.

  166. I would love to win this book! Thank you.

  167. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read this book. I have the perfect place to put it when I am finished; on one of my beautiful new oak bookcases that my hubby built (I helped with the staining and polying). :-)

  168. Love your blog and would love a copy of the book!

  169. Have this book on my Christmas list, would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  170. I’d absolutely love to read Miss Mustard Seed’s new book. Thanks for sharing some highlights from it with us.

  171. I would love to read this book and drool over the photos, so pretty!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  172. Jami Vass says:

    Would love to have this book. Marian does things in such a way that I think I might be able to do them too. You are both blessed with talent.
    p.s. you inspired my husband and me to do the chairway and molding on our stairs. still working on the box moulding. say a little prayer for us! did get the dining room done and it looks great. The angle of the stairs is a littl e more intimidating! thanks for the tutorial you and your Dad did. You are really blessed to have him.

  173. Jennifer Johnston says:

    The book looks fantastic! Lots of great ideas to get me started!

  174. Love DIY! Would be awesome to win a copy of this book.

  175. I would love to read this book!!! Awesome giveaway – count me in :)

  176. I’d be interested in her book…thank you for the chance. :)

  177. I would love to win this book! She has the best ideas!! :)

  178. Would absolutely love to win this book, what an inspiration she is!

  179. avalonne83 says:

    Great giveaway! I’d love to be entered.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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