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The Importance of Taking Time Out

Hello friends! How are you today? All is well here in Germany, we are experiencing summer weather still so it’s warm and very sunny. It’s been really hard for me to stay home and work! One year ago today Thorsten’s oma passed away so we took his mother out for the day to ease the sadness for her. My mother-in-law is such a wonderful lady, every moment I spend with her is always so refreshing, so the least I could do was to take the day off and spend time with her. It was such a pleasure, we went to the zoo here and had such a great time enjoying the animals and even enjoying dinner there under the warm sunshine at this traditional German restaurant dining outside on a small farm. Would you like to see a few photos that I took today?

It never ceases to amaze me how much inspiration one can draw from observing animals and nature in general, I feel so energized and creative after spending the day at the zoo – the least likely place I thought I would find this sort of creative energy. Funny how this is, don’t you think?

I still want to write all about my weekend in Amsterdam and the blogger meet and greet, but I’m still waiting for my husband to re size the images so that I can upload them to Flickr so please be patient with me. I will definitely be blogging about Am’dam soon though, I have so much to tell you!

All this talk about nature and inspiration, I’d like to ask you… what have you done lately to relax and recharge? It is vital to take time away from the normal routine — something that doesn’t involve a cell phone, computer, or entering a retail space! For instance, after walking around a zoo for six hours I am now on my bed blogging (my desk hasn’t arrived yet), sipping chai, and listening to a new CD (Nylon: 10 Lieder ?ber Liebe) as I watch the sunset and feel the warm summer air blowing through my window. I have candles flickering on the window sill and ah yes… this is the life. This special time right before the sun goes down to write, reflect on my day, and enjoy the good feeling of being alive and to live on a planet with so much to explore and enjoy. We are so lucky just to be alive and healthy, to have our families and friends, to enjoy the luxury of sitting before a computer and communicating with people in other parts of the world.

So again I ask, what have you done lately to refresh yourself? Do you have a special routine? What do you like to do to chill? Why do I care? Well truth is I like to hear from you because I learn? a lot from the comments left on this blog. You may look at decor8 as an inspiring blog, but I look at all of you as inspiring people that I enjoy being around here each and every day. I look forward to your comments and learning about you. Never be too shy to share!

See the little cuddle action above? Aren’t they the sweetest little creatures? I cannot stop looking at them… They look like little people in fur coats. :)

(photographs taken by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in inspiration, travel on September 10, 2008

Taking Flight Giveaway – Winners!

Drum roll please… The three winning entries from the Taking Flight Giveaway are listed below. Yay! If you see your name please contact me via this form with your complete name and mailing address so Kelly can send you your signed book and limited edition print.

A big thank you to all 216 who entered, each comment was dear to Kelly and I and we were touched by how many shared intimate details regarding career decisions and goals. Thank you for being so open and honest. We have a great community here (on the web), I encourage you all to connect with one another through comments left on decor8 (click around on the commenter’s name, blog/website, etc.) and get to know the person behind the words… make connections! I can’t even begin to express how deeply such relationships mean to me that I’ve found on the web through blogs like this one. Connecting to those who ‘get us’ can do a whole bunch of good things for the soul. There is nothing quite like finding a good friend to stimulate creative thinking and who encourages us to reach for our dreams. I hope that in the process of commenting on the Taking Flight post that you took time to read through the comments for ideas and inspiration. I certainly did!

Congrats to Holly, Kerri, and Alicia!

A special thank you to Kelly for offering to sponsor this giveaway on decor8 too! I really appreciate it when talented artists and designers reach out to me with ideas as to how they can further inspire readers here, so thanks Kelly!

(image from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on September 09, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello friends! I’m back from Amsterdam so you know what that means… lots of great things to show and tell which I’ll get to shortly (tonight or perhaps tomorrow). But first, I cannot let Tuesday go by without the weekly Etsy Take Five Tuesday. Enjoy!

Bostonian Jill Rosenwald recently notified me that she has a? new shop on Etsy where her ceramic creations are sold, ranging from plates to bowls and vases. Fantastic patterns and colorways… really great.

Pirilampo Riscado is based in Portugal and is a-m-a-z-i-n-g-l-y talented… gifted really. I cannot take my eyes off of her intricately woven handcrafted treasures to wear or display. This jewelry is not only breathtaking but made with heart, you can feel it as you look over her goods in her Etsy shop. I keep finding myself back on her Flickr “Necklace” set just to drool. When I see work like this I’m reminded of the sheer talent that exists in this world and how privileged we are to be online with continual exposure to it all without having to jump on an airplane.




Marta is a one-girl shop in Barcelona where her thoughtfully made things are sold under the name Emedemarta. Wood, linen, and cotton are a few of her favorite things along with deer and mushrooms (still popular motifs amongst indie designers, especially here in Europe).


Pardon My Vintage (cute name) is a shop filled with new-to-you finds curated with love and exceptional taste. Some of my personal faves include the retro pear canister, the folksy recipe tin, Rorstrand Fenix cup and saucer, and the vintage Heath mugs. Best part, she’ll ship worldwide! You can keep up with the latest Pardon My Vintage finds also via her Flickr account.


Bubbo-Tubbo is a sweet shop you’re certain to adore as much as I do. Originally from Russia now living in America, I stumbled upon Natasha Mileshina and her illustrations just this morning by roaming Flickr and was quite pleased that I took the time to wander… her drawings are pretty special! I’ve already decided to place an order for a few of her prints to put in my hallway. I can’t help myself!

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 09, 2008

Domino: My Deco File

You have to check this out: My Deco File.

Posted in uncategorized on September 05, 2008

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