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Inspire Me Giveaway – Enter To Win!

July 18, 2008

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.)

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win!
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. :)

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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.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Assorted fabric squares from Volksfaden, one stack per winner.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! more fabric stacks…
Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Henry Road donated ten 13 x 11″ squares in two patterns,
each winner will receive one square each.
Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Ellen Crimi-Trent included pre-made packs for each winner of her products.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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!

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! These stationery sample packs were also included from Whitney English. Each winner will receive two packs each.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! And of course there are notions! Tons of them. Here is a glimpse of mostly vintage things…

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Some more lovelies to enjoy, yarn arrived tagged which I thought was completely thoughtful!

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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.

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Stationery from Marilyn Patrizio. Not photographed, tons of paper pads with bunnies on them that she created, such cuteness!

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Assorted fabrics donated by Designers Guild,
just a sampling of what I have to giveaway.
Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! More fabric stacks…
Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! And more!

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Okay… And MORE! I can’t show you everything though — I’m almost finished with this post. :)

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! Each box includes a pack I created containing the business cards of
all who donated goods for this very special giveaway.
Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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?

Inspire Me Giveaway - Enter To Win! 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)

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Mood Board Contest: 23 Finalists!

June 25, 2008

Are you ready to view the finalists and vote for your faves? We had 118 entries from all over the world and they can all be viewed right here. All are amazing, each with a unique twist showing the versatility of Amy’s collection — you can use her fabrics in rooms ranging from Indian to country, contemporary, and beyond. As is the case with every contest though, it comes down to only a handful of winners. Well winners who receive prizes at least. In my eyes all of you are winners. It’s so difficult to ‘judge’ creativity and talent. Amy and I had to consider how the fabric was used, if the look was cohesive, and of course the overall layout was a huge consideration along with many other things. When one creates a mood board they have to imagine themselves standing before their client presenting this look that they are trying to sell them, presentation is everything! Even if your design is amazing, a board that doesn’t excite the client will most likely fall flat. There’s so much to consider and given that I consider Amy a pro, I think she did a great job selecting her top choices. In addition to her choices, I’ve added some of my own and together we came up with 23 finalists. Ready to see ’em?

Please Click Here to Select Your Favorites!

p.s. I will post all 23 on decor8 tomorrow with links to where you can find the items on their mood boards.

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Can You Inspire Someone?

June 3, 2008

It’s time to inspire and be inspired! I recently read about the beautiful pack of fabric and notions that Emily Martin from the Black Apple sent to Marisa Haedike at Creative Thursday and I felt like I should do something to inspire others in this way so I came up with an idea to create Inspiration Packs and give them away. But I need your help.

Can You Inspire Someone? (Emily’s gift to Marisa)

Many artists read this blog and after talking last week to my friend Tara Hogan at Ink & Wit, I realized that lots of you have scraps galore that you’d like to get rid of. Why not donate them to a good cause? Tara thinks it would be nice if makers considered donating their leftovers to others instead of allowing them to overtake their craft room or worse, throw them away. I couldn’t agree more.

Would you like to donate a few of your scraps?

Inspiration Pack Details: Anyone can donate at least 10 items minimum. Please make sure that everything is in good condition and clean. Fabric scraps should be no smaller than a 6 x 6 square. If you are feeling generous and have yardage to donate, please indicate the amount before shipping. From fabric to buttons, your own prints or cards that perhaps didn’t print out perfectly, scrap papers, ribbon, if you have leftovers that you would like to donate to give others a little creative inspiration, please contact me via email at decor8blog AT yahoo.com.

Once I have everything, I’ll spend the first week of July sorting through the goods and I’ll organize packages, photograph each of the 10 packs, and show them on decor8 along with a simple comment contest where I’ll randomly select 10 winners. If I get enough goods, I will create more than 10 gift packs (10-20).

Deadline: All donated items will need to arrive to my New Hampshire address no later than June 30th.

What you can submit (ideas): Fabric : Wallpaper Scraps : Stationery : Journals : Pages from Books : Buttons : Ribbons: Stickers : Stamps : Gift tags : Gift Wrap : Vintage Photographs : Pencils : Pens : Art Papers : Patterned Papers : Prints : Cards : Envelopes : Fabric Tim (ric rack, pom poms, etc.) : Postcards.

Also include: 10-20 of your business cards so that I can place your card inside a special envelope that will be included with each Inspiration Pack. That way the winner will know that some items in their pack came from you.

Why: Recycling is smart and helpful to others. The purpose is to recycle what you have and make someone else happy and inspired to do something creative.

Please do not send: Prints in tubes (flat pack only — rolls of wallpaper or gift wrap are fine though because I can cut it up and flat pack it to winners), Paint or liquids, magazines or books, glues, sprays, metal, staples, paperclips, tools, scissors. In other words, nothing that can spill, nothing toxic, explosives, nude or violent imagery (some people are sensitive), etc. I’m trusting you guys with this.

What’s in it for you? I will also dedicate a post to all who donate listing your name and blog or website address, and you will be entered into a drawing to win one free 120 x 120 static ad space here on decor8 for 3 months. The ad will launch along with the all new decor8 blog, I’ve beefed up this little blog and your ad will appear on the new site as it goes forth into the world sometime in July.

Thank you Emily, Marisa, and Tara for inspiring this idea. I can’t wait to see who will donate and how we can all inspire others through this creative recycling project!

(photography by marisa haedike)

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Boston Locals: Wanna Party?

November 19, 2007

I’m attending a launch party for Lola (a Boston Globe publication), Boston’s new magazine for women, and I’d like for you to join me!

Boston Locals: Wanna Party?
The event will be held on Friday, December 7th and to quickly summarize, it’s Lola?s official red carpet launch party and a first pick preview shopping event for the SoWa Holiday Market (the market will be open to everyone else on Saturday and Sunday, but for those attending this event you’ll have first dibs!).

The SoWa Market is giving decor8 readers a chance to attend this event – 10 sets of 2 tickets. It’s a great chance to mingle with local industry people – fashion, photographers, writers, editors, restaurant and boutique owners, so dress to impress and bring those business cards! But first, you have to get in…

If you’d like to attend, please comment below with your answer to, “Why do you think shopping indie is so important?”. When you comment, please include a link to your blog or website so I can verify who you are, and your email address. I hope you can join us!

(image from lola boston)

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Domino Decorating Contest Finalists

October 23, 2007

The five finalists have been selected, now it’s your turn to pick a winner. Click here to cast your vote – who should win the $10,000 grand prize?

Domino Decorating Contest Finalists I’ve already selected my favorite shown here above, Steven from Des Moines, because it’s so completely different from my own decorating style (his is very bold) and I just adore how he uses so much color. I also think his relies less on the architectural features of the room and more on the overall design.

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(image from domino magazine)

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Win JHill Design Calendars

September 22, 2007

Free Stuff Alert! Would you like to win a calendar from JHill Design? I can’t believe we’re already thinking about the new year, but since so many have asked recently if I’d pull together another calendar round up (see 2007 round up here) I figure why not – it’s fun! So the ’08 Calendar Round Up will be posted later this Fall. This is where you come in…

Win JHill Design Calendars
If you plan to sell calendars for ’08 and you’d like to be considered for this round up, please send me clear images, a link to where they can be purchased online, and the price. I will consider all submissions, so please send them to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com. The deadline is October 31st. Of course, I’ll come up with many of my own finds as always, so together we should have a beautiful selection of calendars for the new year.

Now onto the free stuff. I’ll select two readers a prize and entry is easy – Leave a comment (only 1 per person) below listing 5 things that you plan to accomplish in ’08 that are helping/supporting others. You could win either the ’08 desk calendar from JHill Design or the ’08 Wall Calendar*. A special thanks to Jennifer for sponsoring this fun mini giveaway. And please… leave your first name and email address in your comment so that if you win, I can contact you. Thanks!

*Calendars will not ship until late November when I’m back in the states. Thank you!

(images from jennifer hill)

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