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Amy Butler Contest Winners (and a little surprise for everyone else!)

Last minute change of plans! I have to run out for the afternoon on a project, so I won’t be near a computer at 4pm to post the results – so here are the winners of the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board Contest for all the early birds tuning in. Drum roll please…

1st place: Studio Space by Starlee Matz (47.8% response)


2nd place: Tea at Tiffany’s by Katherine Black (31.1% response)


3rd place: Grey + Brown Living Room by Paula Gibbs (28.2% response)


4th place: Ladies Only Tea Room by Jeska Pettitt (22% response)


If you’re one of the winners, your 5 Amy Butler patterns will ship on Monday, June 25th. Please email me with your complete name and address so I can get them out to you promptly.

I’d like to thank Amy Butler for sponsoring this contest, and for all of the wonderful entries, it was inspiring for me to see all the designs of so many talented readers of this blog. :)

And since we all love surprises… I have a few extra patterns that I’d like to give away. I’ll randomly select a few winners based on your replies to this post. Here’s the topic: “What makes a house a home”. You can go as deep as you’d like on this one. I really want to hear some unique perspectives on this, so if you’d like to take part, please comment below. This contest will only run for today ONLY. Since I’ll be away from my desk until tonight, none of the responses will be shown below until after 6pm EST. I think this keeps it fair, as no one can peek at the comments of others for “help” on this. :) Your comment below will be approved and posted on the blog after 6pm. I’ll reveal the winners in the comments section tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd. Have fun.

What makes a house a home to you?

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on June 22, 2007

Rock & Shop Market: Tomorrow in Raleigh, NC

I promised Michelle Smith all week that I’d post this, and with the Rock & Shop Market happening tomorrow down in Raleigh, North Carolina, I figured no time like the day before! Live music, over 35 emerging designers, and lots of southern smiles at this event, going on tomorrow, June 23rd at the Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh from 1-5pm. For more information, and to check out all the designers and their websites (great for those of us that cannot attend), click here.

Shown above: Tin jewelry from The Pinkhare, pin cushion from Made By Tess, tea towels from Rock, Paper, Scissors, and poster by Plastic Flame Press.

Sorry for the last minute post, Michelle. Have fun everyone!

(images from the rock & shop market)

Posted in events + markets on June 22, 2007

While She Naps

I’m super excited to see that While She Naps updated her etsy store with some new goodies. I know, more stuffed cuteness, but I seriously can’t help it. My friends tell me that this is part of nesting and that I’ll soon want babies, as in human babies. But I’m not so sure about that because I’m not there yet in my head. Maybe other earlythirtysomething girls can relate? So for now, I’m sticking with softies.


(images from while she naps)

Posted in etsy on June 22, 2007

Ink + Wit: Biz Cards Update

Yesterday was a happy mail day for me because my new business cards arrived. Since a few of you wanted to see the finished product, here you go. :)


A huge thanks to Tara at Ink & Wit for her vision because they came out amazing. I just love the color, rounded edges, and the yellow and white trellis pattern on the back. They’re slightly glossy and about the same weight as a playing card (just not as large of course), so they really make a statement. I can’t wait to hire her again in the Fall to experiment with a different look. I think I’ll use this design in the Spring/Summer and something a little more dramatic for Fall/Winter. Maybe a white fox with a big swishy tail against a navy blue background, a fire engine red/white chevron pattern on the back, and a little red bow around her neck? That would look nice!


Thank you for all of your earlier comments about these, many of your thoughts really inspired the final design, so thank you for that! (Here’s a few earlier designs we were exploring.) And most of all, thank you Tara!

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in small business, stationery on June 22, 2007

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