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Adorn magazine: Summer ’07

Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.


The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”


Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.

(images from adorn magazine)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, small business on May 21, 2007

Tah dah! Contest Winners…

A huge thanks to all that participated either with an entry or a supportive vote for the decor8 Get a Hobby contest. If you spot your name and abbreviated answer below, please email me (decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com) with your complete mailing address so I can get one shiny new copy of Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian in the mail to you before I go on vacation. Now it’s time to announce our 23 winners (not in any particular order). Drum roll please…

Travel making gorgeous little travel journals. -Kristin
Take a train around the USA and research mustard.-hollye
Collect HOMES all over the world. -Amy D.
Photography Chinatowns all over the world. -Anita
Design and build miniature movie sets. -Masquaradj
Fulfill secret wishes like Amelie, be a happy-maker. -mooi hoor
Research the Italian mafia + their homes. -studiowellspring
Spent time with craftsman all over the world. -Hajni
Stay at every boutique hotel in the world. -the antibride
Build a beautiful + stylish indoor/outdoor aviary. -paula
Live in a repro period house, in costume! -mymarigold
Beekeeping. -Lauren
Write travel letters using locals inks and memorbilia. -Holly
Collector of rain from all over the world. -Tiziana
Travel via VWCamper + doc American culture. -SFGirlbybay
Be a gift giver to complete strangers. -sarah
Do residential interior design for FREE. -abbey
Build schools for girls in underdeveloped lands. -NYmuhtari
Make elaborate pop up books. -Melissa
Build tree houses for children and adults. – Tonia
Paint huge jungles and rainforests in ugly bldgs. -amrein
Build entire storybook cities for real people! -becca
Collect antique keys and their original locks. -marion

Congratulations!

A special thanks to Harper Collins for supporting my idea to host a book giveaway, and for supplying me with 23 copies of this publication.

(congrats card shown above from bella bella – love her!)

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on May 10, 2007

Shop Girl: Etsy, Anyone?

To keep our Shop Girl series rolling, I had to post this letter from Alicia today because I think opening an Etsy shop is on the minds of many lately. I receive a steady stream of emails on this very topic each week, so let’s open it up as a discussion to see what your experiences with Etsy have been, as either a shop owner or buyer, and hopefully, answer some of Alicia’s questions below.


“You write about different Etsy shops a lot, which I love, and I was thinking eventually I would open one. I wondered if you knew anything about having a shop in general. I’m concerned that perhaps a lot of sellers make stuff that just doesn’t sell, probably due to lack of buyers or publicity, or, how do you even know if your product is interesting to others? Anyway, do you know how well the average seller does? Is there a website that discusses this? I think Etsy is so amazing because there is so much inspiring stuff to buy and I can’t resist being so inspired as to do it myself.” -Alicia

Okay gang, we need to help Alicia out. Anyone have some advice to share? (If you’re a freelance writer, take this as a cue to write your next “How To” guide, there’s certainly enough books about eBay out there – someone write an Etsy book – quick! Even if you self publish on Lulu.)

Psst: If you’d like to read more small biz related posts, click on the words “shop girl” or “small biz” below.

Thanks for writing in Alicia!

(image from etsy store owner munieca)

Posted in etsy, small business on May 10, 2007

Reader Q: Mexico City Shopping Help?

decor8 reader Wyoming Q. is headed to Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende in July and needs our help. I’ve not yet visited that part of Mexico, but I figure with so many globe trotters out there, someone may have some light to shed on the subject of SHOPPING. :) If you have any tips or ideas please comment below. (Geninne, are you out there?)


Wyoming: Off the top of my head, I can direct you to Jane magazine, they pulled together a mini guide, and you can also check out Lucky magazine because they covered Mexico City too. Maybe that will get you started…

(image from michale)

Posted in inspiration, reader questions, small business, travel on May 09, 2007

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