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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 Faves 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
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
Mister Judy
Whitney English
G.R.Y.B. At Home
Doug, Jack and Me
Leanne Graeff Patterns
Eden: Schnickschnack
Rekoj Design
Vintageweave Interiors, Inc.
Sol Kawage
Nan Kim
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
Home Refiner
Ellen Crimi-Trent
Odd Owl
Wistful Republic
Athena Dreams Design
Miko Design
Pink Shirts N Car Wrecks
Graciel Evenstar Art
Sofia Barao
Funky and Delightful
Cutie Pie Company
Double H
Moss & Vesper Arts
Cori Kindred
Kelly Murray
JHill Design
Fresh Vintage Style
Red Birthmark
Andy Mathis
Enjoy Design
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
Bride Design & Sweet Talk Boutique
Armstrong Industry
Specialty Cards 4 U
Things Are Better With a Parrott
Design Healing
Paper Stories Letterpress
Designers Guild
Fine Stationery
Hable Construction

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

Mood Board Contest Winners!

It’s 3 o’clock… Time to announce the 2008 decor8 Mood Board Contest Winners sponsored by Amy Butler Design! The people have spoken and we’ve found our winner along with the 5 runner ups. Drum roll please…

~~:: The winner is Sandra Earl! ::~~
Sandra wins a prize pack valued at approximately $300 that will include a signed copy of Amy’s book Midwest Modern, 1 Birdie Sling in her Midwest Modern Fabric, 1 Sew It Kit, 2 Card Kits, and 10 of her most recent patterns. Non pro: Technical Writer
Country: Canada
Title: Sunkissed Living Room
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Modern Optic Blossom Linen.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “SooHappy, Soo bright, soo many lovely things to feast your eyes on. Fantastic.”
  • “Theconsistent use of yellows and whites clearly carries the sunkissed theme…”
  • “Thisis the truest representation of “sunkissed” I’ve ever seen in design and out of the ordinary! A true winner.”
  • “Thorough, strong theme without being over the top. Fun and funky!”

1st Runner Up

~~:: Jeanee L. Wallace ::~~
Jeanee wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
State/Country: Missouri, USA
Title: Hostess Haven Kitchen
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: grey happy dots, mustard martini and linen optic blossom.

Survey comments from readers include:

“Couldbe a page out of Domino!”
feel this board has simple yet lovely emotive qualities. The textures are quite inviting. Side illustrations are nice touches.”
is a room not usually done. Love the handmade apron and the cupcakes!”
is fabulous! My favorite, hands down.”

2nd Runner Up

~~:: Zoe Tucker ::~~
Zoe wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Children’s Book Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Country: England
Title: Creative Space
Fabric: Orange Dahlia and Ohio Sky

Survey comments from readers include:
  • “Ilove, love, love this entry! Fresh, vibrant colors; clean, modern lines mixed with vintage-esque fabrics…so me!”
  • “Thisis a beautiful layout that really gives you a sense of thefeel the room would have… gorgeous!”
  • “ILOVE, LOVE, LOVE this entry. I’d move right into this room!”
  • Zo?‘sboard really captures the essence of the mood of the fabricsand her space feels contemporary and fresh whilst at the same time it feelscosy and comfortable somewhere I would definitely like to be.”

3rd Runner Up

~~:: Lisa Tilse ::~~
Lisa wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
Country: Australia
Title: Dots and Dinosaurs — Don’t Forget the Boys!
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Mustard, Martini and Apricot Happy Dots.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “LOVE the colors, layout & made for boys! Very thought out and fun. I think this is my FAVE.”
  • “I really like the creative use of this seemingly “girlish” fabric combined with dinosaurs and little boys! This is a great design!”
  • “Designing for boys and doing it tastefully, whilst retaining the fun and funky elements of children’s design is hard – this is truly gorgeous and a much harder task than designing adult spaces. A clear winner.”
  • “Fun, fresh and very creative. Every boy would love a dinosaur room!”

4th Runner Up

~~:: Natalie Chaung ::~~
Natalie wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Engineer
State/Country: New Jersey, USA
Title: Cheerful Home Office + Guest Bedroom
Fabric: linen and optic blossom

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Wow, so stunning. Should give up engineering.”
  • “Sophisticated, excellent tones. Classic and yet unique at the same time.”
  • “I love the various texture represented here”
  • “Comforting choices and tasteful layout.”

5th Runner Up

~~:: Kathryn Louise ::~~
Kathryn wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Currently not employed
Country: England
Title: Seaglass and Seashells Kitchen/Dining Room
Fabric: Aqua Honeycomb, Green fresh poppies, Green nouveau trees.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Definitely should be pro. Beautiful.”
  • “Lovethe description, love that she stated how the fabrics would be used.”
  • “Perfectas a coastal retreat!”
  • “Thisboard really radiates a feeling above all of the others andI love that it is handmade and not digital, also that paint swatches are shown.”

I will contact each of our winners today for their mailing address and Amy Butler Design will handle the rest from there. Congratulations to all! Yay!

I’d like to give a huge, global virtual hug to all who entered this contest and for those who took the time to vote. I’ve listened to some of your advice and I’ll most definitely use it as I pull together the mood board contest for next year. I want so badly to please everyone and ensure that everything is handled fair and square. I think that this year Amy and I did our best and that the only direction is up from here. Stay tuned for our next contest, although it’s a mini one not requiring a project… Where you can win an Inspiration Box filled with goodies to get your started on your next arts and crafts projects. Stay tuned for that in early July.

Thank you again! – Holly

Posted in contests on June 27, 2008


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