Contests

Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!

December 10, 2014

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. I have a gorgeous gift box of books as part of our #12daysofgiveaways that you simply must have from Potter Craft and Potter Style, imprints of The Crown Publishing Group.  These books below are all so lovely and special in their way, so different from the next, but all together an inspiration collection. I am honored to say that I wrote the foreword for Petit Collage, too! Two lucky winners will get all 5 of these books: Q&A a Day for Me ($16.95), Modern Manners – Tools to Take You to the Top ($19.99), Petit Collage ($24.99), Paper to Petal ($24.99) and Happy Handmade Home (A Beautiful Mess $21.99) – a value of nearly $109 worth of books! Ohhhh my!

Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!
Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!
Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!
Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!
Win Potter Craft Box of 5 Books!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Tell us why you’d like to win these books above and out of them all, which ones really appeal to you the most and why.
  • If you have twitter, tweet “I’ve entered to win a stack of books from @crownpublishing on @decor8 during #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3fX”
  • IF you don’t want to post on twitter, you can use instagram and post a photo of mine from this post and beneath it write, “I’ve entered to win a stack of books from @crownpublishing on @decor8 #12daysofgiveaways”

THAT’S IT!
You must be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. Offer is for one set of the five titles shown throughout this post only. No exchanges or special requests. You may enter once daily until December 12th. Our two winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below but do not put your email address in the comment – use the appropriate boxes please. This contest is open to readers worldwide. You need to complete at least two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily.

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Potter Craft and Potter Style for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #111 Tarah #178 Karyn

(images: holly becker)






Contests

Win Falcon Enamelware

December 10, 2014

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. I have two gorgeous giveaways for you today for #12daysofgiveaways. The first is for all of the foodies in the house! You can win the gorgeous and durable Falcon Enamelware that I own and love and instead of 2 winners, we will draw 3 lucky winners! Aw yeah! Here is what you can win (pick one set from the stack below, any color, and it’s yours). I think this is so exciting because there is nothing like enamelware and I love cooking with it and serving from it as well. It’s so pretty and my pigeon gray sets match all of my dish ware and linens so everything coordinates so nicely when I lay things out.

Win Falcon Enamelware

Win Falcon Enamelware

Win Falcon Enamelware

Win Falcon Enamelware

Win Falcon Enamelware

Win Falcon Enamelware

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to falconenamelware.com and tell us in the comments section below which set you would like (prep set, bake set or pie set) and in which color (I have the pigeon gray but red and blue are also available).
  • If you have twitter, tweet with this message, “I’ve entered to win @falconenamel on @decor8 during #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3fJ”
  • IF you don’t want to post on twitter, you can use instagram and post a photo of mine from this post and beneath it write, “I’ve entered to win a Falcon Enamelware sets on @decor8 #12daysofgiveaways”

THAT’S IT!
You must be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. Offer is for one set of your choice from the Pie, Prep or Bake sets in either blue, red or gray. You may enter once daily until December 12th. The three winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below but do not put your email address in the comment – use the appropriate boxes please. This contest is open to readers worldwide. You need to complete at least two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily.

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Falcon Enamelware for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #26 Kaffiknopf #213 Sharmaine #298 Melissa Coleman 

(images: holly becker)






Contests

Win Plum Pretty Sugar Gift Cards

December 9, 2014

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post.  Hello lovely friends of decor8! We are on day 9 already of our #12daysofgiveaways, I can’t believe Friday is the final day! Wow! I can tell by the endless entries that everyone is super excited and this makes me quite pleased because I really wanted to give back this holiday season and these giveaways certainly gave me the chance to meet a personal goal. I can’t wait to announce the over 32 winners next week! So, let’s look at our next giveaway — this one is  all about lounging around the house in something feminine and beautiful by Plum Pretty Sugar. Do you know this brand? They have some of their sleepwear at BHLDN, the wedding brand from Anthropologie. In addition to lovely things to wear around the home, Plum Pretty Sugar also carries a small line of bedding.

Win Plum Pretty Sugar Gift Cards
Win Plum Pretty Sugar Gift Cards
Win Plum Pretty Sugar Gift Cards
Win Plum Pretty Sugar Gift Cards

I have a robe from them and it’s so pretty with a beautiful light feel and it flows so nice… And the colors and florals are gorgeous. It’s a treat to lounge around in something that looks and feels so girly.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to plumprettysugar.com and tell us in the comments section below what you’d spend your $125 gift card on (and free shipping on top of that) and what you love most about the pattern and item.
  • Comment on the decor8 Facebook page under the giveaway post for Plum Pretty Sugar (like my page if you want to) and post this message “I’ve entered to win a $125 gift card from Plum Pretty Sugar on@decor8 during #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3fC”.
  • IF you don’t want to post on Facebook, you can post on your Instagram using a photo from this post and beneath the photo write, “I’m hoping to win a $125 gift card from @plumprettysugar on @decor8 during #12daysofgiveaways”

THAT’S IT!
You may enter as many times as you like but only ONCE daily. Our two winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to readers WORLDWIDE. Shipping not included. You need to complete at least two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Plum Pretty Sugar for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #86 (Anastasia) #99 (Mary Nasser)

(images: plum pretty sugar)






Contests

Win Thistle & Finn Gift Cards

December 8, 2014

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. Ready for a new giveaway to kick off the week? This one will help you pad your nest and find other perfectly pretty things from jewelry to scarves and candles. I’d like to welcome Thistle & Finn to our steller line-up of giveaways and they have decided to be extra generous for a small business and give two readers a $100 gift card and free shipping to anything in their online shop. Yowser! They’ve got some super great things, here are my favorite things from their online shop below. I am addicted and seriously craving decorative matchboxes at the moment and have a hard time finding them in German shops over here – what a quirky thing to suddenly be so passionate about – but I definitely am on the prowl for stylish matchboxes!

Win Thistle & Finn Gift Cards
Win Thistle & Finn Gift Cards
Win Thistle & Finn Gift Cards

I also really love those white trays for placing accessories and perfume bottles, that rose and vanilla hand soap, the arrow dish, hobnob bowl, lace embellished ceramic dish and those earrings! IN LOVE! You guys are so lucky to have a shot at winning so many great things during #12daysofgiveaways.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to thistleandfinn.com and list 3 things that you’d love to use your $100 gift card on if you should win and comment with your wish list below.
  • OPTIONAL: Comment on the decor8 Facebook page under the giveaway post for Thistle & Finn (like my page if you want to) and post this message “I’ve entered to win a $100 gift card from Thistle & Finn on@decor8 during #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3fx”.

THAT’S IT!
You may enter as many times as you like but only ONCE daily. Our two winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to readers WORLDWIDE. You need to complete the first step above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Thistle & Finn for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #176 (Jessica) #194 Kayla

(images: thistle & finn)






Blogging

Slow Blogging Movement

December 8, 2014

I’ve decided to start a blogger series called Blog Trends #20blogtrends that will focus primarily on creative blogs so design, art, food, entertaining, floral, craft, decorating, wedding, you get it… With a new year approaching, it’s a timely topic for us to not only examine the current state of affairs but because doing so will help us as bloggers to plan out a fresh, new approach for the year ahead. You can count on this column to appear once weekly on Mondays for the next 20 weeks. If any of these topics hit you as interesting, or you want to start your own conversations about them on Instagram, Twitter, etc. please use hashtag #20blogtrends so we can pool our thoughts and have one big global conversation.

Slow Blogging Movement

The first blog trend I want to talk about is called Slow Blogging or, quality over quantity.

This trend is a biggie but it’s met with some fan and advertiser/sponsor displeasure, that’s for sure. It’s when a blogger consciously decides to start producing quality content on a consistent basis but not at a frenetic pace as was the case in the past. Posts go from 5 times a day to 5 times a week or less, for instance. More thought travels into what’s being thrown out into the world. It used to be that blogs were esteemed if they churned out streaming content 24/7, the time when posts were scheduled to go live every few hours (I remember being a fan girl to some blogs like this). Currently, such blogs are at the top of field earning crazy revenue dollars but to the rest of us who read blogs for what we can learn and find inspiring, blogs like that come across lately as tiresome to keep up with, old school, uninspired and muddy/unedited. Some readers want streaming daily content and get upset when their favorite blogger slows down. But many of us have a lot of responsibilities in our life and just don’t have the time to read blogs for hours each day.

I love a good, slow blog.

I frankly can’t read blogs that post more than once or twice a day because I use Friday afternoons to indulge in catching up on blog reading for the week and if a ton of posts have mounted up from a fave blogger, I am instantly overwhelmed. I then half-heartedly scan the content and don’t feel that excited because it’s just too much to take in. Even worse is when every post is “Click here to read more”. I don’t have time for that if I’ve missed the last 20 posts and they are all good! Whereas if I only have maybe 5 or 10 posts to look at from my favorite blogger after a week’s time, I feel excited to read them. Even better is if there are only 3 or 5 quality posts because then I savor and even share them. And for the really great blogs that I have to stay on top of each day, I simply subscribe to them to be sent to my inbox if they have this option so they get read along with my daily email.

Quantity (number of posts) was key when I started blogging 9 years ago but today quality (posts that stand out) opens doors to bigger things: book writing, magazine work, lecturing, working with advertisers, television, video, etc. It also increases exposure and helps you get your name circulating much faster. Hustling has begun to look desperate in my eyes at least. I don’t think you need to hustle to make it in this business as much as you need to have an opinion and voice it and if you can create other things outside of great words, like photos, DIY projects, videos, recipes, etc. then even better.

When it comes to frequency of posts, it’s the difference between dinner out at your favorite Michelin star restaurant vs. an all-you-can-eat buffet for $7.99. At least to me. While there is nothing wrong with either and some who comb blogs for a living (magazine editors and publicists for instance) seek out the buffets, I personally want to dine on blogs that take time to craft each meal (post) – either with thoughtful words, a great how-to, an instructional video, an interesting series or column, beautiful photography, recipes or a combination of some or all.

Oftentimes, my favorite posts are those that have great story telling. Beautiful photos abound online but those stories of love and woe, parenting issues, travel tales, home renovations and the problems encountered, health issues and how one feels (told in a frank way), behind-the-scenes of how a blogger did something interesting, that’s all content that I get into. Of course, every blogger has a different mission, some have advertisers to please, and not everyone has a great story to tell daily or even weekly.

The web is filled with distraction and noise – and a lot of junk. There are also a ton of copycats and things that look all look the same lately – including the stuff on blogs. Which is only normal because we are all inspiring one another – it’s impossible to not find similarities between us. Similarities in aesthetics isn’t the problem though, the problem is when voices all begin to sound the same.

Imagine squeezing tubes of acrylic paint onto a palette. Individually they posses a district color. If you blend them all together you are left with one big brown pool of muddy paint. This is what happens when we all claim to think the same way and like the same things and keep the real stuff we wish she could share behind the scenes. But those things we don’t share are the gems that help us to carve out our niche. We love people like that, who follow their own beat – like Zooey Deschanel and Iris Apfel. Even Jenna Lyons, she definitely does her own thing and has created an iconic American fashion empire in doing so. When we follow protocol too closely, take a formulaic approach, walk the easy road and stop taking risks that becomes the greatest risk.

Note: The Slow Blogging trend is not for everyone, especially pro bloggers who make their living serving millions of hungry readers each day. But I think even a pro blogger makes that decision – no one is forcing us to pump out a billion blog posts. Usually this comes from an overwhelming need to succeed coupled with fear of losing readers, fear of losing advertisers and worry that you’ll no longer hold the spotlight. Is this what blogging has to come down to though? Is this all that matters? I don’t judge either way, I only know what feels right to me and that’s a decision each blogger needs to make without regret.

What are some blogs, in your eyes, that have a blogger behind them who has a strong vision and voice? Which bloggers do you think have great photography and styling? The best videos? I’d love to also hear what you think about this topic in general. Comment below and remember, if you comment elsewhere online or want to extend this conversation, please use hashtag #20blogtrends

(image: holly becker for decor8)






Contests

Win Eye Poetry Gift Cards

December 7, 2014

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. Irene Suchocki is such a lovely person and a talented photographer with an online store called Eye Poetry Shop that will blow your mind! And she is part of our #12daysofgiveaways so you’re in luck. Need some new prints for your home or office? Irene has some super stunners for you to choose from. Two of you will win $100 worth of free prints (and free shipping) worldwide. All you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter. And by the way, if you own the new Kate Spade book, Places To Go, People To See, her red balloon print is featured on a full page inside (see below) and you can choose it as one of your prints if you win.

Win Eye Poetry Gift Cards

Win Eye Poetry Gift Cards

Win Eye Poetry Gift Cards

Win Eye Poetry Gift Cards

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to eyepoetryshop.com and tell us what print you love the most and why and comment below
  • OPTIONAL: If you have twitter, say hello to Irene by sending her this message “I found @eyepoetry on @decor8 and hope to win some photographs during #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3fp”.
    THAT’S IT!

You may enter as many times as you like but only ONCE daily. Our two winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to readers WORLDWIDE. You need to complete the first step above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Irene for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #42 (Lyka Walton) #184 (Megan Rhapsody in Rooms)

(images: irene suchocki)






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