The Handbuilt Home by Ana White {Book Giveaway!}


I am so thrilled to tell you about one of the coolest DIY books I have ever seen.

{It may help that I know the person that wrote it.}  hee.hee.

But seriously, I am so excited to tell you about Ana White’s new book, The Handbuilt Home.


The Handbuilt Home

If for some reason you have never heard of the famous Ana White, here’s an introduction.

Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.   {source}


Why do I love Ana White?

Because she is a mom and blogger just like me.  However, she is extremely skilled with power tools.  Smile

She began sharing all of her DIY knowledge of furniture building on her blog which has taken her on this wild ride of being an author of her very own book!  I love celebrating this milestone with her!

Ana was a speaker at Haven 2012, and we were so honored that she flew all the way from Alaska to join us.  It was so much fun to make my online friend my real life friend at Haven.

Ana White

Ana’s book is beautiful to look at but also very informative.  My husband was actually loving the book with its great illustrations.  Seeing the project details all laid out in easy to follow instructions with beautiful photos to boot makes tackling these projects at home even more doable.


The Handbuilt Home

Guess what?!  To help you get a feel of the The Handbuilt Home, Ana has provided an excerpt from the book of her Farmhouse Bench project.  You can find that free project here.

Farmhouse bench plans


Would you like to own your own copy of

The Handbuilt Home?


Well, all you have to do is leave a comment

and you will be entered to win!


The giveaway will end at 9pm est on Friday, Nov. 2nd, and I will announce the winner on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012.

Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win.


  1. I would love a copy! Also, does it come in kindle format? Love your blog and following along with your home remodel. Your master bath is awesome!!

  2. I am not a crafty person at all but thanks to blogs like yours I’ve taken the plunge and have done a few projects. My husband has been very encouraging and has enjoyed some of these projects too! This book would be such a blessing for future DIY’s we want to do!

  3. I’m a fan of Ana White. I made her Farmhouse bed for our bedroom and I love it.
    I would love her book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I have been aware of Ana’s designs for a while now and love what she does. Would love to win a copy of her book. She is an inspiration.

  5. I would love a copy. First time hearing about her. The projects look amazing. We just moved into our house and starting the long D.I.Y. adventure. :)

  6. I’ve been following Ana’s blog since the beginning and I’m so inspired by her. Would love to win a copy!

  7. I so enjoy your blog posts. And I would love to know more about Ana White by reading her new book. Thank you.

  8. I’ve heard alot about Ana White and have seen pieces that other bloggers have made! I would love a copy of her book!

  9. I learned carpentry from my dad but also by just taking on a project and learning as I went along. My brothers are fantastic carpenters as was my grandfather so maybe I’ve gotten some skills through osmosis! This would be a great resource book for me. I see another project looming…

  10. This book is the only thing I want for Christmas! I was so looking forward to Ana’s class at Haven before I had to cancel my trip. Thank you for offering a copy on your blog, Traci, I would love to win it.

  11. I would love to build furniture that is durable and expensive looking. More power to women with tools!

  12. Would love to see her book, I’m currently building a dresser and two nightstands . . . love power tools!!

  13. I would love to have her book. Her projects are amazing and everything I’ve seen on her blog is explained so thoroughly.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  14. I was introduced to Ana White through your blog and love her designs and would love to try my hand at some of her projects. I would love a copy of her book.

  15. I love Ana White. Even my husband has followed Ana’s plans when he made my desk for my office at work… Love that girl!

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m such an Ana White fan!! (and obviously of course a fan of yours as well!)

  17. I have been eyeing this book and think it will be the perfect addition to our log cabin projects :)

  18. We are trying to fix up our house so we can sell it and retire. This book would be a tremendous help with this house and hopefully with our next one. Thanks.

  19. would really enjoy having a copy of the book. Have been following Ana as they build the Momplex. Thanks for the giveaway

  20. I’d love to win! We are in the process of buying our first home, so this would come in handy!

  21. I would love a copy of this book! I am NOT a DIYer, I can barely hang a picture straight but have this strong desire to become a handy woman!!! My husband is NOT a DIYer either so we can use all the help we can get!!

  22. I’m from Alaska, too! Moved to Salt Lake recently and saw Ana on Studio 5 talking about her book and it instantly went on my wish list!! Would love to win!

  23. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a copy of her book. We are in the middle of a huge basement project and are doing pretty much everything ourselves – a book like this would be perfect for us :)

  24. I read your blog and Ana’s quite often because I love DIY projects. I would love to win Ana’s new book.

  25. Words can’t describe how elated I would be should I get lucky enough to win a copy of this book. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  26. I would LOVE a copy of that book. I had not heard of Ana, but I will certainly check it out.

  27. I so admire Ana White – she makes me feel like I can do it, too. I would love a copy of her book!

  28. I love Ana White’s blog..she is so inspiring. I would love to win her book. Thanks!

  29. I would love to win Ana White’s book! So Inspirational! As you are, as well! Love your blog! :) :) :)

  30. Your blog is great, and b/c of you I discovered Ana’s blog. I’d love the opportunity to win a copy of her new book :)! Thanks

  31. I would love Ana White’s book. I have stalked many of her projects and my husband has a long to-do list because of it:-) Maybe with her book I could tackle some of those projects myself! Woot woot.

  32. Ana has the best website; my husband and I are wanting to build one of the beds she posted for extra storage! Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. I have a daughter who is so brave about tackling DIY projects with power tools. She would enjoy Ana White’s book. I love reading your blog and am inspired by all that you do with your own house projects.

  34. Hello I love your site and blog. I am a self taught furniture maker as well . I would love a copy of the book.

  35. There are lots of projects to do around my house. Her new book would be such a huge help!!

  36. GOT to have this book in my library….. there will be no need for any other DIY book other than this one. :-)

  37. I would love to win this book! I have been following Ana White for a while and love her designs!

  38. What an awesome book!! I am all for doing it DIY style! The more the better!! I truly enjoy your blog – so many creative ideas! Thank you!!

  39. I am in awe with Ana’s talent – would love to win her book. Thanks for giving me the chance!

  40. Would love to win a copy of Ana white’s book! She has great plans & so far my hubby has made a trash can holder and we are finishing up the farmhouse bed!

  41. Just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and love the pictures of your home remodel. thank you for sharing. I would love a copy of Ann Whites new book!

  42. I`m a DIY`er at Heart, somethimes I know what I want to do just don`t know how to execute it. With this book in hand I will be able to do all my inside and out projects without getting caught with a few boards short or unwanted yards of fabic. Thanks for the “Awesome” giveaway.



  43. I would LOVE a copy of your book. I love all of the projects you have done and have a HUGE list of things I want to make using YOUR book!!

  44. Thanks for introducing me to Ana , and for the opportunity to win a copy of her book. Can’t wait to check out her site too.

  45. Traci: I hope I win because my husband needs help when it comes to wood work and this would be great for him. (Me too) Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Awesome contest! I love how it has the projects approximate cost, level of difficulty and amount of time involved. And it explains all the basics, like types of wood, equipment needed, and vocabulary so it really makes no assumptions about one’s skill level. Just what I need for an economical Christmas! Thank you for offering it up!

  47. Traci: I really need to win this for my husband. He struggles with wood working and need help and I think this would do the trick. This is a great giveaway.

  48. I just got an electric brad nailer for my birthday from the hubby and I think this book is just what I need!! The book sounds great!

  49. I LOVE your blog and have read ana’s blog a little. I’ve seen some other bloggers use her plans and the results are so great. I have wanted to try power tools but am a bit intimidated. This book would be a great opportunity to try!!!

  50. I would love to win Ana’s book. I just made her $10 picture ledges. Thanks for giveaway

  51. I have been waiting for this book to come out! I am so excited to get my power tool on! My husband and I just signed the papers for our first house today, so this would be a great way to get going on some fun projects!

  52. The only paint in my workshop is Ana’s……love it! I’d also love a copy of her new book!

  53. Love all the projects I’ve seen made using Anna whites plan!!!! Would love to have a copy of my own!!!

  54. Oh, this girl is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!!!! Would luuurrrrvvve to win a copy of her book.

    Thanks Traci!

    Marilyn C.

  55. Yes, please, I would love to own Ana’s book. She is an amazing women and I love her blog and following her building one step at a time…

  56. I would love to receive this book.

    I am waiting for a copy from the library….but having one of my own, would be wonderful!!!

  57. I want her book, I’ve been following her website for years and love her ideas and information.

  58. I love her website. I have some projects in the back of my head that I want to do as soon as we are able to buy a home and move. this book would be a great help!

    1. I kept getting an error when I first commented so I ended up sending a second…sorry about that! You only need to count me once!

  59. I would love to win this book. My husband and I have started tackling a few DIY projects ourselves so this would help us tremendously!

  60. Looks like such a fun book! I’m already envisioning curling up in a chair and enjoying the whole thing, page by page!

  61. I would love a copy of this! My husband has really enjoyed her blog lately and I know the book would just enhance the projects he has lined up!

  62. I would love a copy of this book! Have seen so many great things people have made using her plans. Would love to attempt something myself sometime.

  63. Yay! I was drifting off to sleep last night planning how to build a bench for my entryway & now I don’t have to. Because of building projects with my dad in the barn/wood shop during my growing up years, I love the smell of fresh cut wood & using power tools (though some are a bit intimidating). I’m looking forward to checking out this book, thanks Traci!

  64. Love me some Ana White!! I’m forever printing out projects and taking home to the hubs to build for us :)

  65. Anna’s book is on my short list to Santa this year!!
    I wish I had confidence and the know how to use power tools…

  66. I would love her book! I just recently started my own DIY projects. I think this would come in handy for this newbie!!

  67. Anna’s book is on my short list to Santa this year, but I’d love to win it before Christmas!!
    I wish I had confidence and the know how to use power tools…

  68. I would love to win this book and get started on some new projects! Thanks for the opportunity.

  69. I’d love to win this book. I’ve seen what others have made with her designs and am amazed.

  70. I would love this book! My husband and I are such novices when it comes to building things. Awesome giveaway!

  71. I have “pinned” tons of Ana White’s projects and would love to read more about her techniques before trying any of them. Thanks!

  72. I already love Ana White and follow her blog! My husband is impressed when I come out with plans and a shopping list instead of just saying ‘hey, I think I need this wood to build something’ and then be totally off!

  73. Ohmygoodness there are a lot of posts here already…I see I am in good company! I would absolutely love to have a copy of Ana’s book. =) Thanks so much for the giveaway. Blessings!

  74. My daughter just got married and they are remodeling an older home – this would come in so handy!!

  75. I have not made the attempt to make any projects yet, but soooo what to!! I look through Ana’s site all the time to see all the beautiful and fun projects available. If only I had the confidence needed to try (I am getting closer!). A copy of her book would bolster confidence and inspiration.

  76. I would love to win Ana’s book!
    Also, did you mean to say you must be a “US Resident” in order to win? You said “US Citizen” but that would be quite discriminatory.

  77. I do a lot of refinishing ,repaitin and rebuilding, but neve have built anything from start to finish. This might help get me started. CTD

  78. I so want to start to making something of my own. A Plantation Style Bookcase is the first on my list!

  79. I would absolutely love this. My latest new obsession is learning to use tools to create beautiful things for my home. I know this book would aid me in that effort and give me courage as well.

  80. httpt://my husband was great at dys ….but since his death i have been trying to learn….this book would certainly br a help….please consider sending me a copy . thank you

  81. How fun to win a copy of this book. I love her style of furniture and would love to have some new inspiration!

  82. I love Ana’s projects,, I have so many bookmarked that I want to get to someday. I’d love to win her book.. thanks for the chance

  83. Thanks Traci for the chance to be part of this great giveaway! Your blog is awesome, love how it is Christ centered :)

  84. Every single item that I have seen credited to Ana is amazing and I would love to have a copy of her book! So happy that you are having this giveaway!

  85. I’ve been a follower of Ana’s since she first started her blog and love everything that she does! I’ve made that bench, too!!

  86. I would love a copy !!! I need a project and it looks like I could find the perfect one in her book !!!

  87. After being laid off work six months ago, decluttering, decluttering and more decluttering, I am so ready to start giving my home a new look.

    Thank you for the chance to win this book. Thank you for writing the book.

  88. I would love to win this book! I love Ana White’s website. I made a stool from one of her plans and hope to build more furniture soon!!

  89. Ohmygosh…I would LOVE to win this book! I adore her work!!! ….and….since the 2nd is my birthday, its would be an AWESOME gift!!! =)

  90. I am just starting the journey of DIY and there are sooooo many things I want to learn and do! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a copy of this book!

  91. I would love to win that book – my husband and I just bought our first house and are venturing into the land of DIY!

  92. Ana’s book looks awesome! I’m at the beginning of my DIY journey…..I admire anyone who is creative enough to do projects like that beautiful farmhouse bench:)

  93. WOW, I love Ana and can hardly wait until I am able to have time to try building some of her projects! The book would provide such inspiration as does her website!

  94. Oh…that would be so awesome…I have some of her plans sitting at home right now! My hubby and I are building a cabinet with faux drawer fronts for our living room. :)

  95. I am getting prepared to downsize since I lost my husband eight months ago and would love to have her book and start some projects for my new house when I find it or have one built. Thanks for the chance!

  96. I’m a BIG Ana fan and have been following her Momplex adventures. She is so inspiring and I would love to meet her one day!

  97. I would love a copy! I love her website and I’m sure I’ll love her book!!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

  98. I totally need this book, I have shelves, beds,and cabinets to build. Living room, master and big boys room. Whew! Sure could use some handy dandy direction! Thanks!

  99. I would love to win Ana White’s book. My husband and I used her website to download the instructions to build our granddaughters bunkbeds (single over double)
    Her instructions are very easy to read and understand.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  100. I love her blog! My husband has had me bookmark so many pages for projects for our house. I’d love to be able to have an actual book to flip through! Plus i have all the power tools to put her book to ood use! Now I’m off to look at the bench plans, I’ve been wanting to build one!

  101. I love Ana White and have been too scared to venture into my husband’s power tool territory to try my hand at one of her projects. Would love a copy of her book!

  102. I would love to win Ana’s book…..have been wanting it so badly!!! She’s my hero!!!

  103. I would love to win a copy of this book. Sounds like it would a lot of fun to build a washer/dryer pedestal.

  104. I would luv to have this book!!! I have ordered it 3 times from Amazon this week and every time my order has been cancelled for merchant reasons; out of stock, etc… Grrrr. Looking forward to getting it sometime soon. :-)

  105. I would love to win a copy!!! I need this book badly. Love Ana White and love, love, love Beneath My Heart and all your wonderful transformations!

  106. I still wake up in the middle of the night … or catch myself mentally veering off to design no matter what’s on tv.. I think, I could use that idea or how could I do that… and still being a designer is only a wish. I have notebooks that I have filled with ideas, pix and vid’s that I have taken while watching tv, always looking, always striving to learn. it excites my soul. Thank you for letting me share this secret passion. whether I win a copy of this great book or not, I have won a moment of sharing a special part of who I always wanted to be with really good people! that’s a win-win for me!

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