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Contest: Win the decor8 Book of the Week (& a print!)

Looking for inspiration? Would you like to win a free book to help you get started on some art projects you’ve been putting off? I’m so very pleased to talk about Kelly Rae Roberts today and the release of her new book Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings as well as a mini contest in which you can win a free autographed copy along with one limited edition print!

Before I tell you how to win, let’s talk about Kelly’s life and book for a moment shall we? I’ve decided to make it the decor8 book of the week since the theme of this book has already inspired me so much that I’m going to purchase a copy to rekindle my artistic side a little. With Fall on it’s way, it’s the perfect time to find some ‘cozy’ at home projects to work on and painting couldn’t be more fun!

Taking Flight Book Cover.

Kelly is what you’d call a late bloomer. I don’t mean this as an insult, but you know how it works. One is expected to go to college and settle on a career and go with that for as long as possible. There are bills to pay! Kids to feed! No time (or money) to change the tide and decide to take on a new career once you’re neck deep in what’s called “life”. I personally find this general mindset (one that forces sticking to one profession for life) both frustrating and mundane. If a person genuinely wants to change their course, I say GO FOR IT. Whether you change your career or just add to your day job with an exciting evening pursuit, dream big and jump right in. My goodness, we only will be the age we are today for one year and then we move on to the next and the next and soon we’re living with regrets (or let’s hope not) that we didn’t go for our dreams much sooner.? I’m especially fond of what society calls “late bloomers” like Kelly because I happen to be one myself, I didn’t listen to my creative voice until I turned 30. Kelly is a successful mixed-media artist who didn’t listen and develop her creative side until she was 30 but once she did, she found nothing but success by listening to her inner longing. How about that?

Maybe you can be another Kelly. Any why not? I believe that if you associate with successful people (whether online, through books, magazines, in person, whatever) you can become a success. That’s why I think it’s important to surround oneself with those who are reaching goals and fulfilling dreams like Kelly. We may never meet her in ‘real’ life, but we can meet her online, read her website and blog, and read her new book and there we can be around her and breath in her positivity. Perhaps this sounds corny or way too hyped-up but you know what? I believe it. To repeat what we’ve all heard a million times as children, “You are the company you keep”.

In addition to her new book, her work has been published both online and in magazines, she runs workshops, has a busy little Etsy store, she presents in juried art shows regularly, and her paintings are known, and collected, all over the world. The internet has given her business wings, as much of her networking takes place online and also during art shows, but through her etsy store, blog, website, and the supportive network of fellow artists online, her life has literally exploded into the things dreams are made of. Magic.

Win this Limited Edition Print.

That’s not all… Kelly just received a long-term licensing agreement with a large publishing company so you can expect to see more of Kelly on greeting cards, magnets, calendar, wall art (reproductions), and journals throughout America. All I can say is YOU GO GIRLFRIEND (*snap*snap*snap*)!

This is one inspiration story that deserves the spotlight. I think it’s exciting to see her grow right before our eyes online, I remember first hearing about her a few years ago and now to see how far she’s come further proves that with so many success stories out there, why not be one yourself if you heart happens to long for a walk down an alternate career path. Who knows what will await you if you follow your dreams.

Would you like to know a little about Taking Flight? It’s an art how-to book that demonstrates step-by-step instruction guiding you through creating your own mixed-media painting. Kelly, along with seven contributing artists show you the ropes offering a fresh new perspective to this medium. She also shares inspirational quotes, encouraging stories, and encouragement that may help you find, and follow, your bliss too. Of course no art book would interest any of us without images! Kelly features pages of her own work along with those from contributing artists so there is a nice range for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Interested in winning a free, autographed copy of Taking Flight along with a free limited-edition print? Kelly has offered to give these things away to 3 lucky decor8 readers today. The contest will end on Friday at midnight EST and winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th. Kelly will sign and ship your prizes to you personally!

To win… Please comment below telling Kelly and I about your dream job and whether or not you are currently pursuing it. If you are living your dream, comment with the best advice you can give others to encourage them to do the same. If you are not living the dream, comment on why you are not and by all means, go into as much detail as you’d like. Have you found balance between the day job and a fun evening or weekend pursuit? No answer is wrong as they will be selected at random according to comment number. The goal here is to encourage yourself while encouraging others and hey, you just may win some free goodies so why not!?

Ready!? Set… Go comment!

(images from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on September 03, 2008

Vote: The Handmade Kids Sweepstakes!

You can now vote for your favorite items from the Handmade Kids Challenge and win one of fourteen $350 Etsy Shopping Sprees until September 8, 2008. Your vote is your chance to win, all you have to do is visit the Challenge Finalists and choose your top pick in each category (pick your fave from each of the seven categories because each vote in each category is an individual entry in the competition and offer you another opportunity to win).

I’d like to thank Etsy for including me as one of the contest judges. I’m part of a lovely panel of talented peeps so of course I’m flattered to be in such great company… You can read all of their bios here.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and happy voting everyone!

(image from etsy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, contests, etsy on August 27, 2008

Inspire Me Giveaway – Winners

I promised I would announce the winners of our Inspire Me contest today and it’s time! But first I want to thank the many generous contributors who shipped packages both large and small from all over the world filled with paper, fabric, and notions ranging from brand new to gently used — all for this special giveaway. 1,060 comments arrived which made this one difficult decision. I was so blown away by the number of entries, I expected maybe 200 tops. And yes, I read them all!

Here are the sponsors of this contest, and I’d like to add that I also contributed from my personal stash of papers and fabrics because I wanted to take part. Please visit the following contributors, there are so many great artists and stores linked below…

Jen Renniger
Rita Vindedzis
Vol.25
Tulle
Arian Armstrong
The Little Stitch
Wood Mouse
Pink Almond
This Love Forever
Blue Tree Art Gallery
Anna Sofia Designs
Phat Sheep Textiles
Mode ala Pie
Exquisite Affair Productions
Marilyn Patrizio
Volksfaden
Mister Judy
Whitney English
G.R.Y.B. At Home
Doug, Jack and Me
Leanne Graeff Patterns
Lavatican
Eden: Schnickschnack
Rekoj Design
Vintageweave Interiors, Inc.
Sol Kawage
Nan Kim
Bumblebird
Cartolina Cards
Darling Dexter
Design for Mankind
Erin Ruth
Paula Gibbs
Life in the Desert
MB Farrell
Pixie Dust Decor
Rag & Bone Bindery
Ink Lore
Pixie Blossom
Cindy Ann Ganaden Illustration
Love Your Invite
Hang Tight Studio
Blue Citrus Art
Megan McNabb
Purple Lemon Designs
Dozi
Home Refiner
Ellen Crimi-Trent
Odd Owl
Coveiter
Wistful Republic
emc
Athena Dreams Design
Miko Design
Pink Shirts N Car Wrecks
Graciel Evenstar Art
Sofia Barao
Funky and Delightful
Cutie Pie Company
Double H
Tamptation
Moss & Vesper Arts
Cori Kindred
Modish
Kelly Murray
JHill Design
Fresh Vintage Style
Red Birthmark
Andy Mathis
RiffeRaff
Enjoy Design
Re*kindle
Christina Perdue
Alex Tebb
Minka Handbags
Brookelit’s Shop
Byvik Ink
Melba McMullin
Barbara Munsel
Uncle Beefy
Stockton & Co.
Lindsay Brackeen
My Happy Accidents
Vintage Rescue Squad
Sara Ahearn
AnastasiaC
Bride Design & Sweet Talk Boutique
Armstrong Industry
Specialty Cards 4 U
Things Are Better With a Parrott
Design Healing
Paper Stories Letterpress
Designers Guild
Folkloreye
Fine Stationery
Hable Construction
Lemonade

Some of the above names listed are not linked because I could not locate them in my notes, if you are linkless and listed above please let me know so I can link you if you have one (a few of you sent in things without business cards). Also there may be a chance that I missed someone and if that is the case please let me know so I can add you to the list as soon as possible.

Okay time for the winners of the Inspire Me giveaway! Drum roll please…

  1. Comment #61 from Fert
  2. Comment #140 from Elizabeth
  3. Comment #302 from Lauren
  4. Comment #287 from Jess Gonacha
  5. Comment # 751 from Andria Lisle
  6. Comment #237 from Claire
  7. Comment #166 Jana Souza
  8. Comment #410 Jen
  9. Comment # 944 Jessica
  10. Comment #927 Amy Carle

If your name is above, please contact me using this form as soon as possible (deadline Friday, August 1st) with your full name and mailing address. If I do not hear from you by Friday, I will select another winner in your place. I am leaving the country next week for five months hence the rush to get these packages shipped before I head off.

A big thank you to all who entered!

Perhaps we will do this again to kick off the new year in 2009 — Anyone interested in a second round of recycling for inspiration’s sake? Let me know and depending on interest, I will gladly do something fun like this again.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in contests on July 28, 2008

Inspire Me Giveaway – Enter To Win!

I’ve completed all of the packages to giveaway for the Inspire Me giveaway. Originally inspired by Creative Thursday’s Marisa Haedike and Emily from The Black Apple, I wrote this post about sponsoring a giveaway here on decor8 that would inspire readers and donations started to flood in from all over the world within days. Packages filled with scraps that may have otherwise ended up in the trash arrived and as I opened them I immediately saw potential in everything. I’ve spent weeks sorting through piles of things and I’m ready to share everything with you! Would you to like to learn more about how this giveaway works? Well first let me show you what you have a chance to win… (click on images below for a closer view.)


Ten (10) winners will each receive a box (that’s right, a box!) filled with paper, fabric, trims, ribbons, tags, buttons, stationery, and various other materials donated by nearly 100 friends of decor8. I guarantee that if you win a box, you will love what I’ve filled them with. :)


I’ve compiled large (12 x 13.5″) scrap packs according to color, each pack stuffed with new and vintage papers, wallpaper scraps, and miscellaneous notions that will hopefully inspire you to transform them into works of art, craft projects, etc. I’ve arranged them carefully because it made sense to me that each pack feel personal and special — I didn’t want to just throw papers into a box and be done with it. Sure, it took me hours and days AND my house is a complete mess with papers but it was SO worth it to do this. I want the presentation alone to give you creative ideas. Side point: If you happen to win, I’d love to see what you do with these goodies so I invite you to email photos in the months ahead sharing your work. If you happen to do this I will certainly share your creations on decor8.

Also included in your box… smaller scrap packs (again by color), piles of fabric, stacks of fabric by theme, and stacks of other fun things — like tag packs that I made so you can make your own art tags too.

Assorted fabric squares from Volksfaden, one stack per winner.

Make Your Own gift tag packs. Tags donated (I can’t recall who, please remind me if it is you!) and then I had the idea to create packs that include all the tags and bits for you to create your own.

I assorted piles of fabrics by color, imagining mood boards or mini sewing projects as I stacked each pile. I have stacks and stacks of every color! They will each be finished off with coordinating ribbons and trims.

more fabric stacks…

Henry Road donated ten 13 x 11″ squares in two patterns,
each winner will receive one square each.

Ellen Crimi-Trent included pre-made packs for each winner of her products.

These packs were also pre-made by Tamptation in Australia. She included over $40 in products from her etsy store for each winner that includes fabric, a handmade rubber stamp, and a handmade cosmetics bag. This was so generous of her since it was all handmade. Wow!

These stationery sample packs were also included from Whitney English. Each winner will receive two packs each.

And of course there are notions! Tons of them. Here is a glimpse of mostly vintage things…

Some more lovelies to enjoy, yarn arrived tagged which I thought was completely thoughtful!

Some trims arrived tangled around others so I sorted through the chaos and unearthed some real gems. I created a bookmark of trims shown here, one example of how I organized them for recycling.

Stationery from Marilyn Patrizio. Not photographed, tons of paper pads with bunnies on them that she created, such cuteness!

Assorted fabrics donated by Designers Guild,
just a sampling of what I have to giveaway.

More fabric stacks…

And more!

Okay… And MORE! I can’t show you everything though — I’m almost finished with this post. :)

Each box includes a pack I created containing the business cards of
all who donated goods for this very special giveaway.

Donations from Hable Construction will be included in each box.

Now for the fun part… How do you win? It’s pretty easy actually — just comment on this post! Here is what I’d like you to include in your comment:

Your blog/website URL, your name (first is fine), 3 of your favorite colors, and why you feel like you are in need of inspiration right now and what you’d like to do with these things if you win. AND please let me know if you are interested in any of these fabrics below. These are not scraps, these are brand new cut from the bolt fabrics from Pixie Dust Decor and each pattern is at least 4 yards if not more. I’ve numbered them, so if you are interested please indicate your favorites in your comment. Only 6 winners will receive one each. Okay… Ready?

Select your favorite and post it with your comment please. If you are not interested, you do not need to mention it. Because this fabric takes up 1/3 of the box, other items will be left out in exchange for this so please take this into account and make sure you will really use it — again there is yardage of each pattern. It is 100% soft beautiful cotton, pure white background.

Winners will be announced on Monday, July 28 – the same day that the new decor8 launches and will be selected by me. All boxes will be shipped on July 29 & 30, so if you win you will need to send me your address immediately. I leave the country on August 7 so if I don’t receive your mailing address right away, you will have to wait until the end of this year when I return to the states for your box.

I’ll post additional photos of giveaway goodies in this Flickr folder, so you can keep watching it fill up over the next few days as I have so many photographs to upload there.

Please note: When I announce the winners, I’ll be sure to include in that post all of the links to each business who made a donation.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in contests on July 18, 2008

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