I promised a second giveaway this week, so are you ready? Hygge & West would love to give THREE lucky winners two rolls of JULIA ROTHMAN wallpaper valued at $250, winners choice! Isn’t this exciting? I knew you’d just love it. I wish I could win my own contest because this wallpaper is gorgeous. Time to stop procrastinating on that space that needs a pick-me-up, free wallpaper will motivate you!
HOW TO ENTER:
Hygge is a Danish term for living well, living simply, living cozy. It’s about living in the small moments, appreciating what you have, creating warm, comfortable environments. Please comment below (one comment per person) and share a description that you’ve written, a poem, or a picture (please link to it using tinyurl.com only or your entry will not qualify) from your home or office of what living cozy, living well, living in the moment, means to you. Your writing or photography only, please.
Hygge & West will follow all of your answers and three winners will announced on Wednesday, February 11th. Have fun and good luck!
Thank you Hygge & West for this fantastic giveaway!
(images from hygge & west)
Congratulations to Hayley Morgan from North Carolina, comment #293! Hayley please select a blanket of your choice and contact me directly with item name, color, and size along with your mailing address. A special thank you for all who took the time to enter, I read each and every one of them and enjoyed all of your comments so much.
Thank you Yumi & Laurie for this great giveaway!
Readers: Stay tuned, another giveaway will be posted later today for rolls of WALLPAPER for 3 lucky winners.
(image by holly becker for decor8)
Time for a giveaway! This week on decor8 I’m hosting two giveaways so expect another one on Thursday where you can win some pretty amazing wallpaper. Today Yumi & Laurie is giving away ONE organic blanQuette manufactured with environmentally sound materials and manufacturing techniques (readers select style and size) valued at up to $235. To enter, simply comment below with an answer to the follow question…
Question: Imagine you are snuggled beneath this blanket looking through a design book. Tell me, in as much detail as you’d like, what book you’d love to read that isn’t currently out there. In other words, what is missing in design books that you’re picking up these days? What would you like to see more of? Particular sections, topics, people? etc.
Only one entry per person. Winners will be announced on Thursday at noon EST.
Thank you Yumi & Laurie for this great giveaway!
Ready, set, go!
(image from yumi & laurie)
I mentioned earlier today that I’ve had mandala patterns on the brain again. When I say again it’s because I was very into them back in 1999-2000. I purchased every mandala book I could at that time because I saw them everywhere and had to know more. I even purchased coloring books with mandala patterns for kids (yes, kids!) just so I could use the outlines to fill in with my own paint colors, found paper, etc. I really enjoyed experimenting with them in this way, but never had I thought to sit down and make my own from scratch without a general outline until recently. In fact I hadn’t thought much of mandalas in quite a few years. This is what made me think of them again…
One of my favorite bloggers is Kat from Secrets of a Butterfly and she recently inspired me in one of her October posts because she was touched by the work of California artist Anahata Katkin (the designer for PaPaYa!), a lady I’ve known about via the web, but Kat’s words about her touched me and it was only then did I really feel like exploring Anahata’s work myself. Do you know about her? She is an artist with work that is quite amazing and now I’m wishing I could somehow meet her and take one of her classes because the art fest she taught earlier this year seemed pretty great (images here).
Kat has never met Anahata to learn her technique so I’m quite impressed that by using her paintings as a guide she created this very lovely mandala mixed media painting using vintage wallpaper and old sheet music. You can see Kat’s painting above shown in her craft room in England. So pretty and well, REAL. I’m more and more attracted to such work, art from the heart and that is handmade at home because something the person saw motivated them to use their own hands to create something similar. So many times we consume, consume, consume without thinking, “Hey I could make that myself!” and I don’t mean COPYING work because a one-to-one version isn’t using your own creativity and it’s not fair to the artist. But if something you saw moved you and you just cannot afford it to buy it (or you rather do it yourself), then there is no reason NOT to try to do something for your own personal use.
This makes me think of cooking. In America we have nearly every meal you can imagine in the frozen food aisle. Here in Germany it’s much different, the selection is smaller. You are forced here to cook many things from scratch because you cannot conveniently buy them already made by someone (or something) else. I think it’s easy to get a bit lazy and not make your own recipes because it’s often easier and faster to buy it frozen or to order take-out. I think we sometimes forget the joy of making things for ourselves, you know? Add to this art, things around the house, etc. So much can be made by our own hands without buying it from someone else. Not everything of course, but a good amount.
Maybe we don’t have the time, or confidence in what we can do, but what about making time this month to make a few things handmade? I think it’s good for our self esteem, our wallet, and we can be a good example to others because often our children, friends, and family members (even e-friends) can be so inspired by something we’ve made and it may motivate them to create as well. When it comes to self esteem, the more you practice something you do not consider yourself very good at, you will improve and those improvements build your self confidence.
It’s not about quantity either. You don’t have to be some kind of energizer rabbit super crafter.
It can just be ONE painting, one apron, one really good batch of muffins… Just make something and how you feel afterwards. Imagine the fantastic circle of joy in that — you inspire others, yourself, and you have things around you made by your very own hands and heart. Nice!
Lots of us pledge to buy handmade and I’m all for that, but let’s pledge to also make handmade and do some things for ourselves this winter season. It’s such a good idea in this economy too. Take out those old copies of Martha Stewart Living and those PILES of arts and crafts book, pick a SINGLE project, and just do it. Want to make a pledge to make something handmade? You can leave your pledge in the comments section below and then when your item is finished, photograph it, place it in your Flickr account, and link it here once it’s finished. Or if you’ve already made your own things recently, comment with a link below because it’s fun to share.
You can see a roll of gift wrap and decide to go home and create your own like Ez did (and displayed a tutorial for) over on her blog Creature Comforts recently. I’m absolutely amazed by what some of my fellow bloggers are doing with their own hands lately and so impressed by their creativity.
Have you made anything with your own hands lately? Just ONE thing. Anything that you are proud to share? If so, please link to it in the comments section below, please show & tell!
(images from kat and the secrets of a butterfly)