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Happy Weekend!

I hope that you had a really good week and that you’re ready for the weekend as much as I am. I love Fridays! :) I’m signing off now but remember that Monday is our BIG DAY as it kicks off two full weeks of decor8 discounts so please remember to stop by each day between November 3-14 to view the stores offering deals just for you. Note: All discounts will be valid from the time that they post until November 21, 2008.

“The Big Day” by Sycamore Press.

What are your plans this weekend? One highlight of mine: I’m meeting a group of ladies first thing in the morning for coffee and then we’re off to the fabric market! Yay! If you are local and want to join us, please email me and I’ll fill you in on the details. Here’s the rest of my agenda: If you’d like to tell me yours, please comment below and on Monday you can comment again to report in on your progress.

Saturday: Girls breakfast and then we hit the Holland fabric market (Stoffmarkt). Buy fresh flowers (I forgot to do this today). Finish painting my dining room chairs, reupholster them, bake cookies, and relax for the evening as I think this weekend will mostly be about reading, relaxing, and baking. Get crafty: Make a few necklaces while I watch a movie. Write a letter to my mother.

Sunday: Talk a long walk in the forest with my man, collect pine branches, go shopping (special shopping day this Sunday where stores will be open and there’s a festival downtown with food and such), spend time with friends in the afternoon, and at night… bubble bath! Every woman should end the weekend with a bit of pampering, don’t you think?

What will you do this weekend? Your plans?

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 31, 2008

I’m a Little Teapot…

Remember this post from September when I confessed a little obsession I had? I’d been dreaming of a certain tea kettle in the Netherlands for weeks… but the dream is over. Enter reality. I purchased it as a housewarming gift for my husband (and I) as he has been wanting a very special teapot and figuring as I liked it so much, knowing his taste leans strongly towards well made copper and such an ornate design… I ordered it.

Can you see why? Go ahead, swoon along with me.

I spent 8 weeks searching here for one in Germany that would be more affordable but it seems I wasted a lot of time because none of them fit the high standards that were set the moment I first laid eyes on the one at Le Souk. When it arrived today, my husband’s face beamed as he unwrapped it — I hit the jackpot with a teapot! He loved it. Of course, I knew I would like it but I don’t just like it, I’m in awe of the quality, weight, ornately carved patterns, this copper kettle it is exquisite — unlike any other I’ve ever seen. Remember the scene in Wayne’s World, “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!”… I almost feel this way right now because it’s easily one of my top purchases in the past several years. It’s worth saving for if you drink tea as often as we do. I think it was around $150 (after conversion from Euro to USD) with shipping but considering an expresso machine or even a good coffee maker costs that much and more (and we don’t own either), I decided to put my money into something we’d both use daily (unlike a coffee machine which would only be used once a month at most). As a bonus, it arrived with 4 Turkish tea glasses. How sweet!

If you are considering a kettle for yourself look no further, don’t try to find a less expensive one elsewhere, seriously it’s fantastic and not stamped Made In China!

Today was a little cold and gray so we had company, served a homemade Hungarian goulash with sp?tzle followed by tea and kuchen, and had a super nice afternoon despite the lack of sunshine as you can tell from these photos. The candles and warm food made us happy, and of course the little teapot, which arrived before our friends did, made the afternoon complete.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in kitchen, shopping, stationery on October 31, 2008

Bed Crumb {New!}

I recently heard from Heidi from Bed Crumb (cutest name!) in the UK and so I have to spread the good word in case you do not know about it already… so sweet! Heidi just launched Bed Crumb, an online shop where she sells exclusive range of home accessories and gifts, her specialty is a cozy range of cushions combining original illustrations and contemporary textile design.

It was her experience in commercial fashion and textile design which sparked her interest in following a dream — to combine her background in the industry with a desire to own a small business where she could exercise her creativity freely, without restraint. This is how Bed Crumb was born. Heidi digitally prints her illustrations onto silk and then adds both vintage and new textiles, trims and other accessories to adorn them, each one-of-a-kind, handmade in her small studio.

I absolutely love hearing stories like this because it takes a lot of guts to change the direction in which you’ve been sailing along, comfortably, for many years. I applaud anyone who does this, I did it and trust me coming from experience, it IS HARD WORK. You think you work hard when you work ‘for the man’. Running your own business isn’t 40, 50, or even a 60 hour per week dedication, it’s a 24/7 dedication because even when you are not working your business and keeping it fresh and afloat is constantly occupying your mind. That is why I say it takes guts because it’s not always easy to pursue your passions on paper as it is in your mind, you know how you imagine it to be. When I see people like Heidi who are new in the indie community working hard to promote their business, I cannot feel but a special affection (and admiration) for them.

Congratulations Heidi on following your dreams and all the best on your new business. Three words for you Heidi: YOU GO GIRL.

And readers, Heidi ships worldwide and she is currently looking to do wholesale so if you are a small shop owner please contact her if you like what you see here. :)

(images from bed crumb)

Posted in small business, textiles on October 31, 2008

What Blogging Means To Me

I have a very special blog in which I visit each day authored by Kathryn in England. Her blog, Secrets of a Butterfly, is not only a beautiful space, but one that fills me back up again whenever I’m feeling a bit tired or lonely because let’s face it, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! It’s easy to run low on fuel but I think if you’re also a small business owner working mostly alone you can relate. We really need our friends whether they are virtual or sitting across from us, and I think Kathryn nicely explains why on her blog and I’ll direct you to a post that I particularly enjoyed in just a moment…

Kathryn is a caring soul, someone who may be young but is filled with wisdom, hope, strength. Her genuine spirit illuminates through her blog right into the reader. At least this reader: me. Kat recently wrote a beautiful post on Secrets of a Butterfly called What Blogging Means To Me that touched my heart. I hope that if you have time you will read it because I would like to see some of you commenting over there on her blog to tell her what blogging means to you if you’re interested… I think Kathryn, who has reached out with such honestly, deserves some in return so maybe you can visit her today and share your blogging experience there.

One quote she mentioned on her blog is one I’d not heard before, but so very nice, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” — George Eliot, English novelist.

(image designed by secrets of a butterfly using flickr toys. To see who the owner is of each photo shown, click here please.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on October 30, 2008

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