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October 2006

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coffee + cre8tive {oct 12 ’06}

October 12, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 12 '06}
coffee + cre8tive {oct 12 '06}
This contest is so much fun, It’s great to see where you work, how you organize things, and the colors that you love to work around. Such creativity! In addition to the entries, it’s fun to read your comments, too. Please keep ’em flowing, as they are extremely helpful as we try to determine our final three.

From our five entries posted yesterday, we have three strong leaders of the pack. Based solely on your comments and emails, Christine and her classroom (#105), Gennine in Mexico (#101), and Jessica in Chicago (#104) are the leading ladies for now (not in that order). Let’s see how things go today as more appear here on decor8!

So… Look for more workspace entries today, voice your opinion, and help us find our winners! Winners will be announced on Friday, October 13th at 5PM EST! Who said Friday the 13th is always bad?! :)






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Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine’s Classroom (#105)

October 11, 2006

Here’s a fun and quite unexpected entry – I’m so happy to have second grade teacher Christine in our contest.

Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105)
Here is my entry for the workspace contest. This is probably not the type of entry that you are recieving. This is my second year teaching second grade so I’m still settling into my classroom. My goal is to try to make my classroom functional, inviting, and cute (but not too cute) without it seriously affecting my less than fabulous teacher’s salary. I’m also at work a lot so I want it to be a space that I feel comfortable in.

What would I do without my venti coffees?

Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105) peek-a-boo!
Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105) As for the card style that I think best matches my workspace: I had to pick, what else?, an Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105) 1OOth day book chain: my students wrote down 1OO of their favorite books that they read during the 1st 1OO days of school.

Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105) teddy bear reward jar
Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105)
colorful crayons!
Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105) daily files
Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105)
Super silly!
Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105)
You can view more photos here, and to enlarge views, click on each image above.

Tutti Fruitti Apple: Christine's Classroom (#105)
COMMENTS?

(images from christine for decor8)






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Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)

October 11, 2006

Jessica is a Graphic Designer from Chicago. Check out her energetic workspace!

Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)Here are pix of my home office for the Fabulous Stationery contest! As you can see, orange makes me happy–from the design on the curtains I painted, to the pillows on my reading chair, to the goldfish on my mousepad. You’ll glimpse fun features in here (can you find them?), such as my square flower painting and the tiny cow that reminds me of home. This is the place I like to be.
Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)
Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104) Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)
Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)
Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)
Orbit Names: Jessica in Chicago (#104)

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(images from jessica for decor8)






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Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103)

October 11, 2006

My inspirational swipe board….and a small batch of my cupcake pincushions!

Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103)Betz would like to welcome you to her studio! Betz combines the ancient technique of felting with today’s cast-away sweaters to create what she calls “felted wool, artfully stitched”. Betz has been experimenting with felting and fulling wool for more than 10 years. With a background in children’s apparel design the results are fun, fresh and whimsical.

Notes from Betz: I am a textile and apparel designer. I also have my own website, where I feature my work in recycled felted wool. My studio is a sun room accessed by french doors off of our family room. I can seclude myself from the mine field of legos lurking right outside my door. On the flip side, when I make my own creative catastrophe in my studio, I can leave it behind closed doors.

Outgrown kiddie chair, now used as a book shelf…

Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103)
The card that best fits my studio: Bands.

Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103) As you can see, there are a lot of windows and natural light, which I love!

Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103)
Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103) The armoire is my stash of supplies…
Bands: Betz in Wisconsin (#103)Betz has a Etsy store, if you’re interested in her felted wool beauties!

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COMMENTS?

(images from betz and decor8)






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Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)

October 11, 2006

Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)
From Kelly, a collage artist in PA: I’m excited to be a part of this contest. These are tight shots from around my studio, where I write and work on collage. I love controlled chaos, so I keep most of my belongings tucked away in antique boxes or old glass jars. The bright blue box on the shelf has special meaning; it originally housed a doll’s wardrobe and the paint had aged so beautifully that I had to buy it, even though it was an antique and way out of my budget. Now, it holds holds acrylic paints and scraps of fabric. The little doll in the same photo is actually a clay embodiment of my inner critic — I got the inspiration to make it from The Artists’ Way. She’s ugly but nonthreatening, which helps to remember when I am working on a difficult piece.

Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)The other photos are pretty self-explanitory. The photo of the floor has some more art supplies in tackle boxes and an altered book made by a blogging friend of mine.

Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)I think the stationary that best describes my work is Tutti-Frutti Mango, not only for its rich colors and artistic appeal, but because mangos remind me of SARK. If you’re not familiar with her work, she’s an inspirational writer, and her best advice to me has been to “eat mangos naked – lick the juice off your arms!” It reminds me to lead a rich and daring life, even if things get a little sticky sometimes. (And hey, sometimes, things are better sticky!)

Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)
A sidenote: I think I would make an excellent contest winner because I love writing to people who inspire me — writers, artists, bloggers, etc. Nothing is better than getting an old-fashioned handwritten letter from someone who admires your work. I also like to think that it fosters connection among the artistic community. After all, how many times do we look at work and think, ‘I love that!’ without ever letting the creator know? And how often could the creator benefit from that knowledge? Therefore, awarding me this prize would ultimately increase the good karma to creative folks everywhere. (It can’t hurt to think big.) And of course I would send you a sweet thank-you note, too. :-)

Tutti-Frutti Mango: Kelly in Pennsylvania (#102)
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(images from kelly for decor8)






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Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)

October 11, 2006

Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)From Geninne in Hacienda Jajalpa, Mexico. Graphic designer/illustrator.

A few words to describe my studio: very organized, serene and warm. The colors I used on the walls are eggshell, adobe and chocolate and I love to use orange and olive green as accents to give it some energy and contrast. The wall behind my desk was first primed with Magnetic Primer by Rust-Oleum, then top coated in a chocolate colored water based paint. And now I have a whole wall where I can display my art with cool magnets, which I’m addicted to! My desk is a dining table from IKEA, as is the shelf with all my files and boxes. The 12 drawer mahogany credenza is one of Manolo’s designs (my husband). And all the artwork is done either by my kids or myself. I hope you like it :o)

Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)
The card from Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)
Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)
Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)
Stripes: Geninne in Mexico (#101)
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(photos from geninne for decor8 and fabulous stationery)






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