GIVEAWAY: “Lost Ocean, Magic Happens”

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win the beautiful coloring book, Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book, that appears on the back cover.

Written and illustrated by Johanna Basford, creator of Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean invites kids and adults alike to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses; visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks; and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure.

For a chance to win Johanna’s book, tell me what your favorite indoor winter pastime is in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

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  1. Linda says:

    I have several winter past-times – my quilting and other fabric crafts are just one of them. I can often stay up way way past bedtime trying to put “just one more piece” into a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Or knit or crochet a nice cozy afghan as a gift – as it grows to completion it keeps me snuggly and warm. Or read a nice mystery – and I can find myself again staying awake way past bedtime because I have to find out what is happening and want to read “just one more page or chapter” to see if my guess on who-done-it is correct. I am now, like many other farmgirls, becoming addicted to the adult coloring books; trying to decide what colors and media to use and trying to stay within the lines.

  2. Rachel Gilbert says:

    I have many things I enjoy inside in winter. My likes seem to be very similar to many of the comments I read.~~ Read a good book or a magazine like MJF. I usually do a puzzle in winter. Crocheting. I enjoy baking and cooking…..having a big pot of “something” simmering on the woodstove to have whenever we want after coming in from shoveling snow or taking a walk…can’t beat that! And of course…coloring….I’ve always done that, never stopped. I always colored Christmas coloring books with my kids when they were small, didn’t stop after they grew and left home! I was so happy to see those adult coloring books…yes, I have one or two. =^_^=

  3. Dawn says:

    My favorite winter past time is tending my house plants, especially the winter bloomers, and daydreaming of spring.

  4. Ann says:

    In the winter I enjoy reading, trying new recipes, planning summer trips and looking at maps of the locations I want to visit. I also enjoy coloring and journaling.

  5. Ashley Nikles says:

    My favorite indoor activity during wintertime is using my slow cooker! Whether it’s chowder, spiced cider or pot roast, the aroma and warmth make the place feel cozy.

  6. Sheila O'Brien says:

    In the winter I dig out big books that I’ve been meaning to read for years and cozy up to the fire. War and Peace is on this winter’s menu.

  7. I LOVE Mary Janes Farm, my favorite magazine all time. I look forward to receiving my copy each month, and have given subscriptions as gifts. Thank you Mary Jane for creating such an entertaining and useful magazine.

  8. mari-lyn says:

    Favorite past time during the winter is scrapbooking and baking

  9. Pamela says:

    In the winter, I love to sit in a chair with a nice cup of hot tea reading my favorite magazine and with my knitting or recently with my newly found hobby of coloring books. A great form of relaxation.

  10. Deborah McKissic says:

    I like to sew….and, I am finally getting my sewing room back in order…a new place to sew…and I love to color with the grandkids…..how cool if I had my own coloring book instead of a torn out picture that I am “allowed to color”? ha, ha… If I win, I might have to get some of my own crayons!!

  11. Kyla Hill says:

    Honestly, my favorite winter past time is gathering with loved ones; making crafts, cooking, chores, and making memories together as a family.

  12. Sandy Frericks says:

    My favorite winter pastime is working in my shop on the many vintage pieces of furniture collected during the summer. I also craft with old cans, weathered wood and antlers. My mom who is 85, introduced me to her coloring books and markers so I would love to have my own. This book looks beautiful!

  13. Ellen Floyd says:

    My favorite winter activity is knitting beaded lace shawls with alpaca yarn

  14. Jeannie says:

    I LOVE snow. I love to sit by the fireplace and read a book or crochet.

  15. LeAnn says:

    My family love to create things… weather it’s new Christmas ornaments or gifts for friends we sit with our hot chocolate and paint, sew, crochet, glue, carve, and bead…anything we can think of.
    Even though my children are young adults we still love to sit at the table and create.

  16. I have so many favorite winter pastimes. My most favorite are reading a good book or magazine.(the only mag I read is MJ’s Farm) Although sewing, knitting, and baking all come in with a close 2nd. Coloring would be a visit to an activity I enjoyed when I was much younger.

  17. Sydney2015 says:

    My favorite pastime is probably drinking tea, while under a blanket, watching the snowflakes fall! I also love reading, winter is the time for it around here! I also love to bake and cook.

  18. Juliann Wilkins says:

    My favorite winter indoor activity is making ornaments. We color, paste, glue, and spray glitter to our hearts content. Some of our creations this year will be made out of pine cones my daughter and I found, kitchen utensils/rusty cookie cutters from garage sales, and mini mandalas my daughter colored. (Adult coloring is an activity we both do. It calms her. And helps me clear my head from the struggles of the workday.) She is 32 years old, handicapped, and has had a love for Christmas and family all her life! She is an inspiration!

  19. Pam says:

    I love cozying up on the couch with my husband, or crocheting or embroidery…I’m hoping that I can start making a baby blanket this winter!!

  20. 3bordercollies says:

    I love to spend time with my family and pets (4 bordercollies and 3 cats). Playing outside and then coming in to warm by the stove.

  21. Erin says:

    Favorite indoor winter pastime? KNITTING!

  22. christy wilkinson says:

    It’s hard to pick just one! I absolutely love curling up with a blanket, greedily positioned atop a register or the hearth, soaking up the irreplacible warmth of wood heat. While there I enjoy reading for myself or to my children. Or maybe I’ll work on a cross-stitch. If I eventually absorb enough heat I enjoy setting a table and working on jigsaw puzzles.

  23. Amy Litherland says:

    I am a scrapper! On cold days I like working in my craft area on my scrapbook or making paper crafts with my Cricut! On warmer snowy days when the snow is right for packing I like to build a snowman as a front yard decoration…! ☃❄️ I also enjoy listening to music while surfing the net or reading your blog! Love the magazine too!

  24. Mia H. says:

    I really enjoy drawing, reading, and watching the snow fall outside.

  25. Vickie Chandler says:

    My favorite winter pastime is reading cuddledup with a squisy blanket or if I feel like not cuddling up I paint water colors

  26. Boogie says:

    My favorite winter indoor pastime is working on my cross stitch projects while watching Chrisrmas movies.

  27. Leslie says:

    I usually end up sewing when I have a free moment. With 8 children, there is lots of mending and “requests”.;) Of course, I sew allot of my Christmas gifts too.

  28. READING , READING ,READING ! One of my favorite quotes is ” there is never enough time to do all the nothing you want” -Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbs –
    but wintertime does give me some downtime to read and I delve into my large collection of vintage mysteries in particular.

  29. Dena P. says:

    Baking cookies, reading, and working up wire mobiles are my favorite indoor winter activities. Constructing snowmen is my favorite outdoor winter activity. 🙂

  30. Michele Ziegler says:

    Hot tea, candles glowing, a fuzzy blanket and new book to get lost in…. my favorite cuddle up/snuggle down activity 🙂

  31. Diana Jansma says:

    I love making jewelry and creating homemade soups. I love watching my grandson grow and be creative.

  32. daria says:

    Staying under the covers and not getting up.

  33. Barbara Carr says:

    My favorite indoor winter activities are sewing – warm colors, rich textures, beautiful outcomes.

  34. Carol Chesley says:

    My favorite indoor pasttime is baking! Bread, cookies, cakes, and candy making. Keeps the house warmer too and is so enjoyable to me and my family, The house smells great so its a win/win for everyone!

  35. Alan Chesley says:

    The winter is the time I use to prepare, clean, and fix my tools and supplies for our garden and beehives. This also provides extra time for the family to strengthen bonds through the conversations over hot cider and family games. And while a TV is in the house it is best used for the holiday music as time with family is most important. And as the days draw to a close and the sandman creeps in nothing beets snuggling up to my special someone and a good book.

  36. Denise Kreider says:

    This is my most favorite time of the year😄 I love to make quilts from start to finish…I also love to bake and fill the house with yummy smells has the snow falls outside. .then relax under one of my newly created quilts and sip a hot beverage with a yummy cookie, reading a Maryjanes Farm magazine.

  37. Jacque Stroh says:

    I love reading, and do a lot more baking in the winter than the summer. And I also like to crochet and cuddle with my puppy and my old cat. : )

  38. Emily Mathews says:

    My favorite indoor activity is napping! As a mother of 2 small ones a nap is a rare and treasured gift!

  39. Theresa Burkhardt says:

    My favorite pasttime is painting. I love painting pictures of my favorite things. The feel of the brush in my hand and watching a thought come to life is fantastic. I also love to sit and pet and play with my six dogs.

  40. Michelle O'Banion says:

    ~*~*~* I love to “cross-stitch!” ~*~*~*

  41. Tammy Weeks says:

    Winter is snuggle time – snuggling with my hubby, the grandkids or in my favorite quilt while watching old Christmas movies, stitching some crafts or looking through my favorite magazines.

  42. Beki Guion says:

    I love looking through seed catalogs. I’m actually starting a new job with Family Farmer Seed Co-op cleaning and shipping seed for them. 🙂

  43. Nicki says:

    Rake leaves for the compost pile and take the dogs for walks on sunny afternoons

  44. Kristi says:

    Cross-stitching or reading are always tops!

  45. Karen Ringen says:

    My favorite winter project is beadweaving. I just love sewing tiny glass beads to each other.

  46. deb church says:

    so far this winter i have been reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. am looking forward to get back into crocheting. and some coloring books, i felt so relaxed as a kid when i was coloring.

  47. Joan H says:

    I love sewing all year round but it’s especially nice to have some handwork to sit with to keep my lap warm! Having supper bubbling in the crock pot is nice too. Yum. I’ve already decided to try coloring in one of these beautiful books. I miss coloring!

  48. Becky Scogin says:

    My favorite winter pastime is making gifts for others. I make all my greeting cards.
    Recently I made Make Up Remover pads and decorated the jars with some really cute
    embellishments. I also make sugar scrubs and advent calendars. Thank you for
    the opportunity. Becky

  49. Becky Scogin says:

    I make my own greeting cards and party invitations. Recently I made Make Up remover pads and decorated the mason jars. Very cute and useful. Thank you for the opportunity. Becky

  50. MaJo Roof says:

    Drinking anything hot…cocoa, tea or coffee and curling up with a warm blanket on the couch reading a book or favorite magazine.

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