Every serious small business lady needs a stylish bag, don’t you think? I have a plain Jane black nylon bag (ashamed to admit) but I’m considering dropping the cash to give myself a bag that doesn’t scream COLLEGE KID. Before signing off for the weekend, I want to mention a special promotion that Irina from Milchmaedchen in Hamburg, Germany would like to offer to decor8 readers until the end of October. It’s especially useful to readers looking for a well designed, good looking laptop bag made especially by business women for girls on the go.
If you recall, I visited Irina in her shop this past August and wrote about it here, her shop is so nice and it is exciting to have her in nearby Hamburg because I find her style very good and her products well chosen. The special offer that she’d like to extend is a 10% discount to decor8 readers (and free shipping within Germany, if outside see details below) on a brand new collection of stylish laptop bags designed by German designers Miriam Paschmann and Anja Heinz of Haikouella.
To view them click here and then look for “unterwegs mit laptop” in the left column. The website is in German but within the description of each bag Irina has an English translation.
I don’t know about you, but finding a stylish laptop bag is nothing short of a nightmare for me. I can’t seem to find anything that looks professional yet has some character… something unique about it, a pattern that is subtle but definitely noticeable. I think Haikouella does a nice job at being stylish, grown up, yet fun.
Re: Shipping — Shipping costs differ from destination to destination (within Germany shipping is free, within EU: 15.- Euros; Overseas: United States with DHL logistics within 10-12 days: 32.- Euros/ within 6 days: 45.- Euros). Orders from the U.S. and other countries outside of the EU need to be processed individually so please order via email and let Irina know that you found this offer on decor8. Contact Irina: shop AT milchmaedchen-design.de. Offer good until October 31, 2008.
(images from milchmaedchen design)
It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006 I had no idea it would stick. Then in 2007, artists automatically contacted me asking if I would be doing another round up and if so, when. Now this year, same thing. Calendars have been rolling in via email from all over the world! Yay! So thanks to all who have sent in submissions — I’ve tried to include all! If I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their calendar. Enjoy!
Fun & creative calendars from Be Happy Now.
Ink & Wit in collaboration with Pistachio Press.
Pocket Calendars from Smosch’s Sandra Juto.
Printable 2009 calendar Little Brown Pen.
Tea towel calendar by Cicada Studio.
And of course, a calendar round up would not be complete without showing a little love to super fab Little Otsu. Swoon!
Wow! I think you have plenty of cally options for ’09, huh!? Again, if I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their 2009 calendar so we can include as many as possible into this round up because you can hyperlink in the comments section, no problem-o!
I’ll be back in a moment to wish everyone a happy Friday and to announce the winner of the Fabulous Stationery contest along with our 2 runner ups!
(images linked to their sources above.)
Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.
The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.
I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!
You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.
You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.
I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!
(images from the inspire company)
When I travel outside of the states I have this must-visit on my list that I often hit the second I’ve unpacked: Locate a book shop! Not only because I need to find magazines, cookbooks, interior design and craft books but I must locate the children’s book section. One can learn a lot about a culture by visiting a local book store, don’t you think? Illustrated books provide me with endless inspiration and are such a huge personal pick-me-up. I often flip through them imagining the day when perhaps I’ll author my very own, and if it’s not meant to be that I write a one that is sold in bookstores then I will write them once I become a mother for my own kids.
My aunt was a great lover of illustration and sent me books ever since I was a baby that made a deep impression on me. She paid such close attention to illustration and had great taste, as a fine artist and illustrator herself I now understand why she so carefully selected books for me. My favorite book was The Maggie B, I still have it and when I’m missing my aunt (she passed away at age 41)… I take it from my bookcase and read it because the story so perfectly captures the meaning of comfort and the joy of having a rich imagination, you instantly feel warm the moment you read it and the illustrations convey care and comfort so beautifully.
Here in Germany I escape to the bookstore whenever I need a break and recently discovered publisher Annette Betz and in particular the German illustrator Silke Leffler. I REALLY find her illustrations so full of whimsy and they have a definite fairytale feel to them. I immediately purchased Das Andersen M?rchenbuch because I really like the full page color illustrations. I’m studying German right now and such books help me to learn the language since I’m so visual, and you can’t even believe how I use this point to my advantage when it comes to justifying the purchase of beautiful kiddie books. :)
If you also like Silke’s work you can purchase a print from her at a website in the UK called EasyArt. She has designed bedding for IKEA that Inspire Co. blogged about here that is really sweet, too. I think it’s available in the states in addition to IKEA in Germany.
Now I’m wondering… what is your favorite children’s book? I like so many, but the Maggie B is at the top of my list because it’s a very emotional imaginative tale and connects me back to my Aunt.
(images from silke leffler)