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Giveaway: Win This Book – The Creative Entrepreneur

Update: CONTEST CLOSED NOVEMBER 2008.

I’m so excited to share The Creative Entrepreneur book today because I spoke with my contact at Quayside Publishing Group and she has agreed to do a giveaway here on decor8 – 5 books for 5 very lucky readers (1 book per winner in other words)! I’ll tell you how to enter below, but for now here’s a little show and tell a little as this book is very, very special. I think it will appeal to MANY of you which is precisely why I wanted to approach the publisher about hosting a giveaway.

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam (founder of The Creative Entrepreneur blog/website) takes creative types on a visual journey into their soul to dig deep, find the right path, and then once on it, how to get from point A to Z. This book just may help you to figure out “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do”, remember that series of posts here on decor8? If not, read them all here, they are VERY inspiring. If you found those helpful I think that you’ll just love The Creative Entrepreneur because Lisa’s words as an artist, teacher, business woman…and the journal that you’ll need to create in order to successfully ‘complete’ this book will help you get on your feet heading in the right direction.

“The Creative Entrepreneur takes readers on an inner journey of creative exploration to discover how to make their dreams of creative livelihood real… it is a visual, project-oriented, step-by-step approach to business development especially for creatives.”

Psst: If you live in the Bay area, Lisa is giving a workshop for $70 next month that you may like to attend, more information on it here. She’ll also be giving another workshop in LA this March.

Want to win a copy of this book? I thought so. I will select 5 of you who comment on this post between now and Wednesday, the winners will be posted on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm EST and each will receive one brand new copy of this book from the publisher. The book is in English.

To enter: It’s easy! Simply comment below (only one entry per household) with your thoughts on this subject: What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently? Discuss at as much length as you’d like but remember, enter only one time please.

UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED, WINNERS WERE ALREADY SELECTED AND NOTIFIED. THANK YOU.

(images: quayside publishing, lisa sonora beam, holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, contests on November 24, 2008

Fabulous Stationery Contest Winners

I simply cannot keep you waiting, I must share with you who Fabulous Stationery has selected as the winner of the Name That Card contest, along with our two runner ups. {drum roll please.}

And the winner is…

First Place Winner: “Winter Metro”, Comment #64 left by H is for Home. You have won a $200 gift certificate to be used towards anything you?d like at Fabulous Stationery PLUS you will be sent a set of the note cards bearing the winning name Winter Metro in one of the three color choices and customized to your specifications.

And our two runner ups…

1. High Street Holiday, Comment #144 left by Mark, you’ve won a $50 gift certificate and a pashmina.
2. Piccadilly Circus, Comment #5 left by Mia, you’ve won a $50 gift certificate and a pashmina, too!

Congratulations to all! If your name is above, please email for instructions on how to claim your prize: decor8blog AT yahoo.com. A big thanks to all who participated. :)

(image from fabulous stationery and decor8)

Posted in contests, stationery on October 17, 2008

Fabulous Stationery Contest: Name That Card!

See this card? It comes in three different colorways and looks oh-so-cheerful, but it’s actually feeling a bit sad and lonely. Why? It has NO NAME! Yup, that’s right. All of the cards at Fabulous Stationery have names but not this brand new design so it needs YOUR help.

Fabulous Stationery has asked if you can be so kind as to get involved and name this card design.? They trust that someone will come up with a great name for it and the best name wins!

What can you win? A $200 gift certificate to be used towards anything you’d like on their website AND a set of the note cards bearing the winning name in one of the three colors shown, customized to your specifications of course. Two runners up each receive a $50 gift certificate and a cashmere/silk pashmina.

To enter, simply comment below with ONE name you think best fits the above design. Only one suggestion per person please. In order for your contest entry to qualify, please indicate your email address in the comment form below (don’t worry, it will not show up on the actual post but I will see it behind the scenes). This contest will end at midnight on October 15th. The winner will be chosen by Fabulous Stationery along with the two runner ups and announced here this Friday, October 17th.

All the best! Have fun and get as creative as you’d like…

(images from fabulous stationery)

Posted in contests, stationery on October 13, 2008

Taking Flight Giveaway – Winners!

Drum roll please… The three winning entries from the Taking Flight Giveaway are listed below. Yay! If you see your name please contact me via this form with your complete name and mailing address so Kelly can send you your signed book and limited edition print.

A big thank you to all 216 who entered, each comment was dear to Kelly and I and we were touched by how many shared intimate details regarding career decisions and goals. Thank you for being so open and honest. We have a great community here (on the web), I encourage you all to connect with one another through comments left on decor8 (click around on the commenter’s name, blog/website, etc.) and get to know the person behind the words… make connections! I can’t even begin to express how deeply such relationships mean to me that I’ve found on the web through blogs like this one. Connecting to those who ‘get us’ can do a whole bunch of good things for the soul. There is nothing quite like finding a good friend to stimulate creative thinking and who encourages us to reach for our dreams. I hope that in the process of commenting on the Taking Flight post that you took time to read through the comments for ideas and inspiration. I certainly did!

Congrats to Holly, Kerri, and Alicia!

A special thank you to Kelly for offering to sponsor this giveaway on decor8 too! I really appreciate it when talented artists and designers reach out to me with ideas as to how they can further inspire readers here, so thanks Kelly!

(image from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on September 09, 2008

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