Great Gatsby Giveaway

Great Gatsby Giveaway from The Sewing Muse | gimmesomereads.com

Snuggle up with a classic novel — literally.

As I mentioned before, I’ve got a crush on vintage Penguin books. Imagine my delight when I found The Sewing Muse, who embroiders cushions to look just like them. And now one of you lucky readers gets to win a Penguin cushion in honour of the upcoming film release of The Great Gatsby!

What is Included in the Giveaway:

One participant will win one Great Gatsby Penguin Books Cushion created by Laura Muse.

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How to Enter the Great Gatsby Giveaway:

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You must leave at least one comment on this post in order to win. Giveaway runs from May 6th – 24th.

The Cushion

Gatsby Penguin Cushion

Get cozy with this handmade cushion based on the classic Penguin book cover of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, complete with all the pertinent details embroidered on the front, right down to the delightful satin-bellied penguin.

Measurements: 40cm x 25cm (approximately 15″ x 10″)
Cushion Padding: Duck Feather
Backside: Simple envelope style in a natural fabric with concealed zip

The perfect addition to your library or living room. Your Penguin collection doesn’t have to end with paperbacks, now you can start gathering Penguin pillows of your favourite books!

The Artist

Laura Muse hails from London where she works as a copywriter at an ad agency (she told me — think Peggy from Mad Men). Muse started her Etsy shop, The Sewing Muse, to share both her vintage finds and her own unique creations.

Her first Penguin cushion (Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own) was an inspired Christmas gift for a friend who already had a large Penguin books collection. It takes Muse around 20 hours to finish one and surprisingly, the bit that takes the longest is the border around “Penguin Books” at the top of the cushion.

Penguin Cushion

The Sewing Muse offers custom orders so you can choose between the traditional orange or dark green colour bands and also pick your own book title. (Browse the first 1000 vintage Penguin paperbacks for some inspiration.)

Muse is currently sewing new cushion designs from vintage silks her boyfriend’s Grandma gave her, so be sure to check out her shop soon to see these beauties, as well.

» Follow The Sewing Muse on Etsy; you will be alerted when she’s added new items.

Gimme Some Gatsby

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This giveaway has been sponsored by The Sewing Muse. I was in no way compensated to host this giveaway, and all opinions are my own as always.
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  1. Cari — May 6, 2013 @ 9:10 am (#)

    I had a dream two nights ago that Gatsby was talking to me, so I’d have to say he’s my favorite character. So excited to see the movie! And what a wonderful pillow!

    • bet — May 6, 2013 @ 9:28 am (#)

      That is awesome, Cari. Do you remember your conversation? :)

  2. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 6, 2013 @ 9:11 am (#)

    I have to go with the man himself. Fascinating.

    • bet — May 6, 2013 @ 9:29 am (#)

      Truth. Plus, he’s a 4. :)

  3. Leanna Hiner — May 6, 2013 @ 9:11 am (#)

    Daisy

  4. Leanna Hiner — May 6, 2013 @ 9:14 am (#)

    Favorite quote “a hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away”

    • bet — May 6, 2013 @ 9:28 am (#)

      Cool quote. From Bil Keane, right? What’s your favourite Gatsby quote?

  5. Cathy C — May 6, 2013 @ 10:03 am (#)

    Nick Carraway is my favorite. I like how his character develops and his morality strengthens despite the lack of it in the people around him.

    • bet — May 6, 2013 @ 10:22 am (#)

      He’s an interesting narrator. You only get glimpses of him, but it does subtly build into a fairly favourable character sketch. Quite fascinating how Fitzgerald does it.

  6. Cathy C — May 6, 2013 @ 10:49 am (#)

    One of my favorite quotes is when Nick sums up Tom and Daisy as “careless people.” “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy–they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

  7. Suzanne — May 6, 2013 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    I love Nick, but I love Gatsby more, especially when he waits all night outside of Daisy’s window.

    And Owl Eyes, of course.

    • bet — May 6, 2013 @ 12:59 pm (#)

      Owl Eyes! :)

  8. Cassie — May 6, 2013 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    Wow! That pillow is adorable. It’s hard to pick a favourite character as most have such terrible qualities, but I’m always intrigued by Daisy, so I’ll go with her!

  9. Elizabeth — May 9, 2013 @ 11:56 pm (#)

    My favorite character is the enigmatic Gatsby. What can I say, I love a mysterious man!

  10. Elizabeth — May 9, 2013 @ 11:59 pm (#)

    On of my favorite Gatsby quotes is, “I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.” It makes me chuckle every time.

    • bet — May 10, 2013 @ 12:00 am (#)

      Ha! Owl Eyes is one of the best random characters ever. I love how he keeps exclaiming over the “real” books.

  11. Kesha — May 10, 2013 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    I love Nick!

  12. Kesha — May 10, 2013 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    My favorite quote is Daisy, on her newborn girl: “All right…I’m glad it’s a girl. And I
    hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”

  13. Kathy S — May 10, 2013 @ 9:43 pm (#)

    Daisy Buchanan

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:36 am (#)

      Interesting. What makes her your favourite?

  14. Elizabeth — May 11, 2013 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Gotta go with Gatsby

  15. Elizabeth — May 11, 2013 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:37 am (#)

      Yes. Love that one, too.

  16. Katie Contests — May 12, 2013 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    My favorite character is Daisy.

  17. Katie Contests — May 12, 2013 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    Favorite quote: “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

  18. tammy cordery — May 13, 2013 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    i love the great gatsby would love the pillow.

  19. Katie Chapman — May 14, 2013 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    I’m so excited to see this movie!!

  20. Amy — May 14, 2013 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    My favorite quote…eek! It’s a book of so many classic lines and unexpectedly poetic phrasing. Let me claim the last line: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:38 am (#)

      What a great response — unexpectedly poetic phrasing. And yes, what a last line. *sigh*

  21. moe — May 16, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#)

    totes cute. that orange pillow would fit my living room scheme perfectly.

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:38 am (#)

      Indeed it would. :)

  22. moe — May 16, 2013 @ 10:14 am (#)

    Oh my fave character is definitely Gatsby. Even more after seeing the movie ..;)

  23. Cass — May 16, 2013 @ 10:23 am (#)

    Daisy is my favorite. The science of charm!

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:39 am (#)

      Care to elaborate?

  24. Amanda L. — May 16, 2013 @ 10:26 am (#)

    My favourite character is Gatsby’s dad.

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:47 am (#)

      Oh man. I should’ve known you’d come up with a singular answer. ;) One of the most fascinating lines in the book (for me) is about Mr. Gatz — “his eyes leaking isolated and unpunctual tears”.

  25. Amanda L. — May 16, 2013 @ 10:27 am (#)

    Do I need to leave two comments? Um, let’s see, this pillow idea is great!

  26. sara — May 16, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

    My favorite character is definitely Gatsby. I feel a tragic, pitying sort of affection for him.

  27. sara — May 16, 2013 @ 11:51 am (#)

    I also would like to start a collection of penguin pillows…please oh please let the gatsby one be the first! *crossing fingers*

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 11:58 am (#)

      Yes! A collection! Can you imagine? :) Bliss.

  28. Sara — May 16, 2013 @ 2:05 pm (#)

    I’m curious how Daisy and Tom’s marriage continued on down the line. She had to have been pretty heartbroken about the turn of events, even if she cared more about herself than anyone else.

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 3:10 pm (#)

      [spoiler alert]

      I’d guess it continued on pretty similar to how it had been — except that Daisy probably didn’t cheat on Tom again (though Tom most certainly continued to have flings throughout their marriage). Their relationship and their “love” was convenient and didn’t exact too much from either of them. If Daisy wouldn’t change it for Gatsby, she probably wouldn’t change it for anyone.

  29. elizabeth — May 16, 2013 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    oh, fav line: “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”

    • bet — May 16, 2013 @ 3:08 pm (#)

      I think that’s mine, too. :)

  30. Ann — May 16, 2013 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    Gatsby, of course. I really want to see the new movie. I’m a visual person.

    BTW – LOVE LOVE LOVE the pillow. My hubby loves penguins, so I would love to win for him.

  31. Kerry — May 16, 2013 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    My favorite character is the man with the owl-eyed glasses in Gatsby’s library. :)

  32. Tara — May 18, 2013 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    Adorable pillow. Fantastic embroidery work!

    • bet — May 21, 2013 @ 3:11 pm (#)

      Seriously. I can’t wait to own one of these myself!

  33. Tara — May 18, 2013 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Oops, and Gatsby is my fave!

  34. Sarah — May 24, 2013 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    This pillow is great.

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