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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

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)


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)


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)


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)


Amy Butler Contest Winners

June 22, 2007

Last minute change of plans! I have to run out for the afternoon on a project, so I won’t be near a computer at 4pm to post the results – so here are the winners of the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board Contest for all the early birds tuning in. Drum roll please…

1st place: Studio Space by Starlee Matz (47.8% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
2nd place: Tea at Tiffany’s by Katherine Black (31.1% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
3rd place: Grey + Brown Living Room by Paula Gibbs (28.2% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
4th place: Ladies Only Tea Room by Jeska Pettitt (22% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
If you’re one of the winners, your 5 Amy Butler patterns will ship on Monday, June 25th. Please email me with your complete name and address so I can get them out to you promptly.

I’d like to thank Amy Butler for sponsoring this contest, and for all of the wonderful entries, it was inspiring for me to see all the designs of so many talented readers of this blog. :)

And since we all love surprises… I have a few extra patterns that I’d like to give away. I’ll randomly select a few winners based on your replies to this post. Here’s the topic: “What makes a house a home”. You can go as deep as you’d like on this one. I really want to hear some unique perspectives on this, so if you’d like to take part, please comment below. This contest will only run for today ONLY. Since I’ll be away from my desk until tonight, none of the responses will be shown below until after 6pm EST. I think this keeps it fair, as no one can peek at the comments of others for “help” on this. :) Your comment below will be approved and posted on the blog after 6pm. I’ll reveal the winners in the comments section tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd. Have fun.

What makes a house a home to you?


Win Get a Hobby Book

April 30, 2007

I have 3 copies of Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian to give away this week. I own the book and love it because it turned me on to many new ideas that I hadn’t thought about before, a few I plan to try. I’d love to share this book with you, so if you’d like one, here’s how to enter…

Win Get a Hobby Book
Rules: To enter, Simply comment below and tell us, if money and time were no object and you could have any hobby in the world, what would it be? Only ONE dream hobby and only one entry per person. In order to qualify, you’ll need to include one of the following below your answer: 1) your blog address 2) email address, or 3) your website address. Please post your email address like this: Jane AT yahoo DOT com to avoid spam freaks. If you do not include a place where we can contact you, you will not be entered in the contest, so make sure you include a link of some kind. Thanks!

How winners will be determined: I’ll read through the comments that you leave below and the most bizarre and unique answers will be grouped into my top ten list. I’ll then post the top ten list on Saturday morning, May 5th and I’ll reveal the 3 that I selected as favorites. I’ll also email the winners to notify them. Winners: At that time, you’ll need to reveal your full name and mailing address so I can mail the book to you. It doesn’t matter where you live, the contest is open to anyone, and I’ll pay for the postage on it, so it’s 100% free all the way!

Have fun!

[UPDATE: 5/1, The publisher, Harper Collins, was so impressed by the response that they are giving us additional copies of the book so we’ll have more than 3 winners! Yay! Keep the entries coming, this is fun!]

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