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Weekend Reading

I felt like doing a little weekend blogging about bedroom decorating, a fabulous light, and a few thoughts on wooden spoons and white china. Perhaps you’d be interested in reading my thoughts? I’ve linked each post below…

I hope you are having a lovely weekend! It’s cold and rainy here in New Hampshire, but I did have a little visitor in my backyard today when the rain stopped that I enjoyed watching. So cute. One reason why, despite how rural it is here, the country still continues to hold a special place in my heart…

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Rooms on July 05, 2008

See you on Monday!

It’s been one of those days my friends. Thunderstorms, power outages, internet connection out for several hours… So I shall return to blogging on Monday, July 7 since we have a holiday here in the states and I plan to spend a long relaxing time away from work to enjoy every moment of summer that I can. Though the entire time promises to be gray and rainy, I plan to cherish the moments indoors anyway. I’m off to light candles, play some Beirut and Edith Piaf, and make Thai food. I have a craving for something spicy with mango. Have a lovely time off!

7/3 update: i’ve blogged a little over on my more personal blog called haus maus today in case you care to peek in over there…

Posted in uncategorized on July 02, 2008

Can You Inspire Someone? {Winners}

When I wrote Can You Inspire Someone? nearly a month ago, I had no idea that I’d be picking up over 90 packages at my local post office during the past three weeks. You are all quite amazing! I expected maybe a few would be interested in donating, but nearly 100? And a few, like Hable Construction, wrote in recently saying their scrap package is on the way. I even had a donation package arrive from Designers Guild in London!


It’s amazing to know so many of you a little better. How completely giving and caring you all are. And through your packages, which I carefully unwrapped to investigate every single scrap, I was able to catch a glimpse into your world just as I guess you do daily here into mine on decor8. I absolutely loved it. Each package had it’s very own style, a bit of you wrapped up in paper and twine. Some packs were tiny and very special, others sent a single cigar box filled with pretty vintage things. Fabric scraps from design projects or discontinued fabric samples arrived as well. As I type I sit here surrounded by neat stacks of wonderful fabric, paper, and notions. My husband smiles patiently as I continue to prepare for the big giveaway. But first… It’s time to reward the kindness of our givers…

At first, I thought that I’d award one person the standard ad campaign on decor8 as a prize for donating — I’d draw a business card and that person would win a standard ad space for 3 months. Remember at that time I also thought maybe only a few would submit things. After the 93rd package arrived today, I realized that I need to select a few more than one! I decided to do this. Instead of giving one person 3 months, I’m going to give 3 people one month each of free ad space on decor8. It makes more sense to me. I added in those who have packages in the mail to this count and here’s how I found the winners…

As each package arrived, I carefully logged it in and numbered it 1, 2, 3 and so on. Then this evening, I used Randomizer and it selected 3 numbers for me all at once. The numbers are #68, #36, and number #1. Here are the winners below.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

#68: Sofia Barao – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of August
#36 Pixie Dust Decor – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of September
#1 Jen Renninger – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of October

A big thanks to all who donated scraps for this inspiring giveaway. I’m donating lots of goodies as well, including discontinued fabric samples and such. Now I can’t wait to see who actually wins these beautiful things!

Next week, I will show you some of the scrap packages that I’ve pulled together and will list all who contributed to this giveaway in a post that will include their business name and a link to their site. That means you will see all 90+ on this blog, their name up in lights! I’ll also kick off the contest which will be a single post sometime next week between July 7-11. It will be a very easy contest to enter, I’ll ask a question and you leave your comment and that’s about it. I will then select the winners, let everyone know, and send off boxes of inspiration! Yay!

(image from holly becker for decor8. the letterpressed print inspire, create, do was contributed by sarah parrott. she gave me 10 of these for the upcoming scrap packs so if you win, one will be in your box!)

Posted in inspiration on July 02, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays {10 Today!}

I’m away at an art class today so while I’m painting you can enjoy a few etsy finds if you’d like. Since I missed Take Five Tuesdays (my apologies) last week because it was the first day of class I have a treat for you today – 10 sellers instead of 5! If you look carefully you will actually find 12 stores linked below. See if you can find the hidden two. Weeee! But only for this week, don’t expect me to be so nice next Tuesday because it will drop back to 5 again. :)


Nesting Emily is a real charmer, isn’t she? Hand thrown ceramics… Could these be more feminine and lovely? Oh Emily! I love the raw matte porcelain and what she is doing with her most recent work incorporating these lacy details. So, so nice.


Her name was Lola… She was a showgirl. Eh. Um. Not in this case, Lola is a jewelry designer and her shop is called The Lola Collection and it runs over with good things. No dresses cut down to there! Just necklaces perhaps meant for such dresses. :) These pieces are all so very pretty, I think you’ll like them. See for yourself.


Caramelos is a sweet crafty supply shop for those of you who like to create things by hand. I especially like how she packages her goods and the overall look and feel of her etsy shop, I think it’s pulled together rather nicely. This store owner is also the lady behind a second etsy shop called Artful M Studio where she uses her crafts to create special handmade goods including Marie Antoinette flat cards, digital collage prints, and my favorite – wedded bliss tickets. Dum, dum, da, dum!


I think you’ll really like how Elizabeth Williams displays and photographs her handmade jewelry, her designs are very vintage-like. They have that Anthropologie ‘look’ without the high price to match. It’s great that we can buy handmade jewelry direct, to own something original like this is a piece to always cherish. All of my necklaces and earrings from Etsy are such a treat to wear, share, and display. Elizabeth has a really nice blog in case you are interested in learning more about the lady behind these dainty things.


I found Cutie Pie Company via email, she wrote to me regarding this post and quickly sent in a package of scraps for the upcoming decor8 inspiration pack giveaway (stay tuned!). I adore her sweet handmade stationery and books, and I just noticed that she has another Etsy store called Hunters Hideaway where she sells scrap packs so if you’re in need of inspiration $6 can buy you some.


Kitschy Hippo is a cute collection of collages from Chicago. Whoa. Lots of C’s there. I like how honest the seller is about her art, “I have never been able to concentrate…I think that’s why collage suits me.” Isn’t this what draws us to blogs and indie sellers in general — the honesty? I mean, you just don’t find gems like this in most magazines where everything is sugarcoated to perfection, like everyone just fell into their amazing career and lifestyle. I prefer it ‘raw’ nowadays. These ‘magazine voices’ as I call them are boring me. Just say it how you see it, show yourself for who you are, and stop polishing up everything to please and impress others. The Kitschy Hippo says a lot about her humility in one single sentence. It’s a good lesson for us all I think. Oh and Ms. Hippo, sorry for invading your space here with my rant. I appreciate your down-to-this-planet reason for why you started collage art, that’s all.


Pretty Little Thieves has some sweet original drawings as well as prints. Love her simple lines and charming little characters. Way cute. The girl in pink reminds me of the quirky cute Lisa Loeb (who I secretly want to be when I grow up) or the supergirl of graphic design – Nicole aka Pink Loves Brown. Nicole this little girl is calling you, dear!


If you’re riding on the rubber stamping wagon these days creating your own patterned textiles (or even wrapping paper), Cotton Blue has some darling stamps for ya. They even sell Japanese fabric along with iron-on embroidered patches, trims, craft books from Japan, and leather handles in case you want to create a tote. Decole/KOKKA/kawaii fans will love this place.


Studio MIKMIK is a great find for prints and handmade notebooks. They just opened up shop a mere week ago so let’s run over and give them some love, shall we? I like their Japan pop aesthetic.


Hide your eyes as this image may offend due to a little dog on dog action! {grin} These dashing dachshunds from the UK are handmade by Alice Apple and absolutely adorable. The fabrics she uses have that Japanese kawaii thing going on. Come to think of it, I had a stuffed pup like this when I was a kid, I had one at school that everyone autographed. It was something we did in the late 80’s — though I don’t recall the occasion or why. Maybe it was for elementary school and middle school graduation? I almost remember it had a black cap and we had them around the same time the annual yearbook released… Does anyone remember this dog signing thing? Do kids still do this?

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out.

(images linked to sources above.)

Posted in Etsy Faves on July 01, 2008

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