It’s time to totally embarrass someone. First let me say that I really appreciate all of my readers because I know there are a billion blogs out there so the fact that you take a moment to visit mine means a great deal to me. Your care and support keeps me going, really it does. I know that many of you who read also leave comments here and I read them all, clicking back to your blogs and exploring the links you may have left in your comment. When you step out from behind the big internet to say hello through a comment it matters. Truly. That is why I am dedicating this post to one very special reader today and her name is Melissa. Her comments mean a lot to me but especially on days when I felt a bit tired or asleep at the wheel, she always seemed to speak up at the precise moment when I needed a good cheering on and I bet she didn’t even realize it… Until now.
I hope she doesn’t freak out when she reads this, and turn all bright red, but I really adore Melissa. Do you know who she is? Honestly, I am not too familiar with her on a personal level though I love reading her guests posts on Creature Comforts which have launched into a special new blog called Melissa Loves. It’s such a fantastic little spot to visit with a cup of tea in the morning… I love that she consistently shows up a few times each week to give us a slice of her inspirations. It’s a very special blog but what is even more interesting is that author Melissa is a genuine and kind person who takes a very personal interest in others.
In addition to her blog, she creates jewelry and owns the Etsy shop Acts of Kindness. Here is a glimpse of some of the lovely things she sells there. Absolute beauties!
So Melissa, I want to thank you so much for your support and for always taking time to visit me here. It makes the internet, and the world in general, a much happier place to have a sincere, warm and encouraging person in it such as you are. Congratulations to you on your new blog, Melissa Loves is a new favorite of mine.
P.S. If you author a blog and have a reader in mind who you’d like to give a virtual hug to, please take a moment to blog about them and post a link to it here below so we can see!!! I know this may be a little too warm and fuzzy for some, but if you are comfortable with giving someone a shout out please do it.
(images from melissa loves and acts of kindness)
Hello and thanks for your patience today as I know decor8 has been down for about 12 hours. Lucky for me, most of you were cozy in your little beds so you may not have noticed, but being 6-9 hours ahead of my friends in the states, I have been diligently working on the problem to see exactly why the little decor8 blog has been sick while you were asleep. I think I may have blog diva Heather Armstrong to blame. Even if I don’t, I will blame her anyway because I feel like it. :) No, serious… it really is all her fault. The moment she blogged about me on her mega hit blog Dooce I was screwed. One part happy another part oh crap! (in that order) because when she wrote this I was happy (and shocked and flattered because we all know she is next to take the seat when Oprah passes the torch to the next big thing) and then 5 minutes later I couldn’t access my blog anymore, a so-called “server error”. I think she sent some kind of crazy traffic spike my way because my server couldn’t take it. I have the prima deluxe ultimate mega server package too so I have no clue why it turned into the little blog that could…n’t but longggg story short, I’m happily blogging again! And thank you Heather, you made my day!
Okay so what shall we talk about today? I’m thinking I’ll start with Etsy Take Five Tuesdays and go from there. Sound like a plan? Okay… Here are my Five Faves for the week.
Cards and calendars never steer far off of my radar as I find myself always loving them. Half of the cards I buy I never send though… it’s more like a paper obsession thing. I love looking at them, tacking them up on my inspiration board, placing a few on my magnetic board, I can’t get enough. Jessica Gonacha makes it easy for paper addicts because finding something you’ll love is super easy. Great product shots too. She gets major props for that.
I don’t think I’ve ever included the High Street Market in my weekly round up of fantastic Etsy sellers and thing is, I’ve meant to ever since she opened up her lovely shop! I know I blog a lot of ‘cute’ things but High Street Market is more grown up for those of you who are looking for some seriously nice (and affordable) home accessories and furnishings. Owned by a talented interior designer, items are carefully collected and made new again to resell in her fab Etsy shop. Such a great selection and best part… it updates constantly so be sure you sign up to be on her mailing list (HighStreetMarket [at] gmail.com).
And finally we have the talented Bow & Arrow out of Brooklyn with letterpress cards… Letterpress is like a totally ‘new’ concept here in Germany for cards – I can’t find a single paper shop that sells them. I’m not sure why, but paper products here are not that great. We need a really kick butt paper seller in this country to establish a chain of high quality stationery and gift wrap shops. Seriously. I see this happening in the future…
Next up is Toast. Puffy fabric floral pins for my jacket? I’m IN on this trend because whoa is this not the cutest ever?? Oh my heart… it’s melting! I really like seeing fun brooches and after realizing lately that my personal style could use a bit more color (I wear wayyy too much purple, gray, silver, and black) I think I’ll place an order with Toast. I want to pin some to pillows too. BTW: Speaking of fashion I have a quick trend report from Germany for ya: Gold (bright yellow) tights are HOT for Fall. They are everywhere here and I heard that they’ll be hot in most northern European cities over the next few months. I noticed them in Berlin over the weekend paired with lots of bright purple. It’s 1988 all over again…
Any Etsy sellers that you’re into this week? I go through phases so my favorites are constantly changing as I’m sure yours as too. Please share, even if you want to be totally shallow and give your own shop a plug. No problem-o!
(images linked to their sources above)