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Happy Thoughts!

I came across this wonderful image in the flickr pages of Matirose and had to share this message with you. It’s a simple one that we can all to often forget as creative professionals trying to navigate the wild, wild west of freelance, the web, new careers, reinventing ourselves, launching a business, or anything else that was once “the greener grass” until you got on the other side and realized that you were on the grass alone with your big idea and now it’s 100% up to you to do something with it. And there you sit, sometimes frozen. And your idea may not be taking off as quickly as you’d like. Or you feel like you made a really big mistake. Or maybe you aren’t that talented. Let me remind you of this…

I’m not a shrink. But I am a human being sitting here writing these posts each day. And sometimes I think something is wrong with me. For every 10 supporting you, there’s a few that want you to disappear. Let’s face it, bad motives do exist. It’s part of life. So often we feel like Ugly Betty on some level. It’s our hips, if only they were more boyish. It’s our career, we’re not where we expected to be at this age. Maybe our family life sucks right now. When will he propose? Should we have kids, all our friends are having them? Or maybe it’s time, we need more hours in a day. Our hair is falling out in clumps, we can’t keep the plants alive, the dog likes our spouse more, the weather is depressing, oh the list can go on and on. We can be high on Friday and at the lowest point in our life on Saturday morning. But I assure you that you are not alone. We are all in this together. Nothing is wrong with you. Accept this simple truth with me today.

There is nothing wrong with you.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other because, what’s that quote, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Yes that’s it. So keep steppin’. You’re fierce. You can do anything you have passion for as long as you take steps and make progress on some level. Remember that.

So if you’re about to go into the month of December with any doubt in yourself or your dreams at all, remember There is Nothing Wrong With You. Back straight, chin up, eyes ahead, keep your dreams in front of you and don’t stop until you can hold them in your hands.

Now it’s Friday, go have some fun! See you on Monday. :)

(image from matirose)

Posted in inspiration on November 30, 2007

decor8 Discount: Modern Dose -20%

The grocery store has become a real challenge lately. Stores are completely mobbed. The gas station is a zoo. Starbucks? Forget it. Lines wrap outside and around the block and by the time I’m up to bat, I want to order like 10 to ease my nerves. I think I’ll stay home from now and January 1st!


Fortunately for those of us that need to shop but prefer to avoid the insanity out there, we can tap away on our keyboards to find some of the best merchandise online. That’s why I’d like to once again direct you to the web today for a great discount, this time over at Modern Dose. Starting now until December 7th, take 20% off of your order total by entering code: decor8 upon checkout (plus free shipping).

From wave pendants to snow owls, Modern Dose has you covered. Love this mod rocker for $299? Take 20% off and it’s even a better bargain for a Eames-repro piece. And for when you are exhausted from shopping, go take a cat nap on this Quba daybed – the design and color are both timeless.

(images from modern dose)

Posted in discounts, furniture on November 30, 2007

Chez-Sucre-Chez

When Kimberly from Chez-Sucre-Chez wrote to me last night confessing her fear of self-promotion, I knew I had to rid her of these fears by posting about her work here on decor8.


The #1 mistake we can make as creative types is to kick our own butt by not talking about our work and passions with others. Always carry business cards, a small photo book showing off your wares (a little Kate Spade or Hable Construction brag book is both fashionable and durable while giving a professional appearance. Plus, you aren’t a walking url, you can’t show them your website while in line at Starbucks, but you can pull out a mini non-intimidating book showing recent photos of your collection inside). And most importantly, keep a positive feeling in your heart about who you are and what you are working so hard to do because that passion inside will beam through on your face. If you don’t love your work, no one else will. I walked around Renegade last year and though I really enjoyed it and plan to return next summer, I couldn’t believe some of the non-communicative, fear loaded vendors sitting around talking to their partners and ignoring their customers. I know they weren’t being mean, they were most likely scared to be approached. Don’t be. Then I noticed Emily from the Black Apple who took a very different approach – chatty, welcoming, warm. As a result, her booth was hopping, not 5 minutes passed where that booth sat still. So let’s put an end to I’m not good enough. You are good enough. You rock. Get it? Self promote with style (don’t annoy, just share) and you’ll go far.

Now back to Chez-Sucre-Chez. This is a confident business lady, she takes pride in her work which is exactly why she wrote to me despite her fears to self-promote. I’m so glad she did. Her little crochet letters are Domino or Blueprint magazine worthy for sure. Best part, she’ll create any letter you’d like, or if you’d like several to spell a word, just let her know. Wrap a few up and give to your friends. I appreciate how she showcases her work arranged here in a studio space. Fantastic!

(image from chez-sucre-chez)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 29, 2007

December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}

Shop Indie Boston! I really look forward to all the fun summer and winter craft events that spring up each year. Last season I selected the best of the best events happening in Boston + Providence and this year is no different, another round-up! And yes baby, I know it’s cold outside – but neither snow nor sleet prevents Boston locals from a few good sales. Here’s a quick view of events going on (starting tomorrow!) around town. Please feel free to print this handy guide so you’ll have it on you during the month. Have fun!

Not in New England? See the last paragraph of this post for a GREAT link just for you.


Crafts at the Castle
11/30, 10-8
12/1, 10-6
12/2, 10-5
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 900 Boylston St. (1st floor), Boston.
Rain or shine. $18.00 for adults. $15.00 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

Holiday Artisian Fair at The Eliot School
12/1, 11-5
The Eliot School, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain.
Free Admission.

NEW! Paper & Chocolate Event with Albertine Press & Taza Chocolate
12/2, 1-6
561 Windsor Street, Somerville.
Tastings, factory tours, letterpress demonstrations, artisan chocolates,
handmade books, holiday cards and more.

Celebrate Newton! Arts + Crafts Festival
12/2, 10-4
Newton South H.S., 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center.
Free Admission.

MassArt Annual Sale
12/3-8, 10-7
MassArt, Tower Building (lobby), 621 Huntington Ave. (corner of Huntington Ave. and Evans Way), Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Arsenal on the Charles Vendor Fair
12/4, 10-2
3 Kingsbury Avenue, Watertown.
Free Admission.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts December Sale
12/5-6, 12?8
12/7-9, 12?6
SMFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston.
Free Admission.

NEW! Design Nearby at the pinkcomma Gallery
12/7, 5-10
Pinkcomma, 81b Wareham Street (South End), Boston.

MIT Sloan Craft Fair (sorry no link)
12/7, 9-6
Lobby of the Tang Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (entrance on Wadsworth Street).

Fort Point Holiday Sale

12/7, 4-7
12/8-9, 11-5
Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston with additional studios open throughout the neighborhood.
Rain or shine. Free admission. Free Parking.
{NEW! They also have a brick and mortar holiday store open for the season on weekdays until 1/4/08.}

RISD Alumni Art Sale
12/8, 10-5
RI Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence.
Rain or shine. Admission is $7; children under 14 or current RISD students (with ID) get in free.

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 & 540 Harrison Ave.

Bazaar Bizarre
12/9, 12-5
Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts) at 539 Tremont Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $1.00 Admission.
{Tip: Arrive early for the best selection. The line wraps around the block and booths are known to sell out fast.}

UPDATE: This event will not take place this year. Sorry for any confusion! Wears + Wares Final Market of the Year
12/16, 11-5
Downtown Crossing on Summer Street in the lobby of 101 Arch, Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

Month Long Markets

Craftland Show
12/1-12/22 – daily
Wednesday 11-6, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-6.
235 Westminster Street, Providence.
Psst: There’s a meet the artists free event on December 13, 6-8 PM.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair

12/9-11, M-F 10-7, S 12-6, Su 11-7
12/16-18
12/20-24
First Parish Unitarian Church, on the corner of Mass Ave and Church in Harvard Square.
Free Admission.

Psst: Not in Boston or Providence and feeling a bit left out? No worries! For a complete list of indie markets taking place all over the world visit the Indie Craft Fair Guide. If you are a market owner, don’t forget to list your event on their website because I see this site as only growing and becoming THE source for indie markets in the future. I’m spreading the word the best that I can – it’s a great site – so tell all of your friends!

If I’ve missed a venue for Boston or Providence, please comment below with the scoop. Please share this with a friend by clicking the envelope icon below this post - spread the word – shop Indie. :)

(image from the SOWA website)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on November 29, 2007

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