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Giveaway: Micush $100 Gift Cards

Today and tomorrow are our final days of #12daysofgiveaways on decor8. So sad to say goodbye but SO HAPPY to soon give out all of the prizes to our lucky winners. This giveaway is for two of you to each win a $100 gift card to the Micush etsy shop. I love her patterns and just had to include this small biz owner all the way in Tel Aviv. Check out her great things, I’m so in love with the notebooks! Her illustrations are so sweet and she carries such a nice assortment of things from phone cases to postcards, notebooks, prints, wooden brooches, melamine trays and cushions. Also, for those who don’t win this contest, you can get 15% off of your order between now and December 31st by entering code HOLIDAYS2014 when you check out.

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Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to the Micush Facebook page and if you like her products, follow/like her page if you want to.
  • Visit her etsy shop and find the items you’d like to spend your $100 gift card on.
  • Come back to this post and tell us what your wish list is from her shop and why.

THAT’S IT!
You must be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. Winner receives $100 worth of product to be used one time only. No exchanges or special requests. You may enter once daily until December 15th. Our two winners will be chosen on December 16th and announced on December 17th 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.

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Thank you Micush, and good luck to all of you!

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Posted in contests on December 11, 2014

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

I’m really excited to share my 15 favorite gifts from Zazzle because I’ve recently fallen in love with this site. It’s bananas, it’s just tops! I’ve now managed to turn most of my friends onto it and they are ordering and experimenting with putting their designs and photos on products too. And for the holidays, it’s a great place to shop, especially if you are looking for the perfect gift for a host or hostess since so many of us are invited to lots of soirées this time of year. You can shop Zazzle anytime of the year though whether you need some goodies for yourself or dear friends. Zazzle is the place to go!

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When I first came across the site I didn’t know what to think – there was so much and I didn’t “get” that everything could be personalized and I do mean everything. But then I placed an order (I live in Germany and got everything within 3-4 days!) and fell in love with my loot – I ordered cards and address labels, a blanket for Aidan, a custom poster for his room, etc.

Then Zazzle was nice enough to send me some products of my choice from their site to test so I’m sharing those in addition to some of my loot below. I tell ya, because you can personalize gifts on Zazzle, you can totally impress your friends with this stuff. It’s so much more thoughtful than to just throw whatever from some big store into a gift bag at the last minute, right? You can put your own graphic designs on things, photos, you name it. If you’re a graphic designer or take decent photos, this is a dream come true. I am already dreaming up some ideas!

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1/ Custom Merry + Bright cards, signature matte, 5×7 2/Envelopes 5×7, in Caspian 3/ Forest return address labels. I am in love with my non-holiday cards this year. With so many being of different faiths, or none at all, I like to just send notes at the end of the year to send my love and greetings from my heart. These are perfect and such great quality. You can add images to the flip side, but I just kept mine in standard solid yellow because it’s cheery and I can write a message there.

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4/ Panda pattern pillow, lumbar 13×21, grade A cotton in mint (D9ebdd) 5/ Cute Dots throw pillow in black and white, 16×16, grade A cotton with zipper 6/ Mustache little man baby blanket 7/ Modern Navy Blue Peach Watercolor Block Stripes Fleece Blanket 50X60. I definitely know my way around any home product or store and therefore, I know quality (or not) when I see it.

The mustache blanket for baby is really good – thin but strong – and very black and very crisp white which I love. Aidan loves it! The watercolor blanket is super cozy for watching French films (I’m a junkie!) on cold nights. The two throw pillows are just gorgeous – the colors, the fabric, really great for the price. The dots will go in my work studio and the pandas in Aidan’s nursery on his black Eames rocker.

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10″ diameter Melamine plates: 8/ Light as a Feather 9/ Pink Lemonade 10/ Paradise Floral 11/ Cat Lady  – I am a total fangirl of melamine now since having a child because I know these will become our dinnerware of choice for the first several years – so my little boy gets the cats because he gets super excited over anything black and white right now due to his age, he is so attracted to very graphic patterns.

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12/ Sturdy iPhone 6 plus case in gold dots, tough. I tested it by doing what I do best, dropping my phone a thousand times. Yup, the phone still works.

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13 / Merry & Bright cheeseboard, Ventana with black handles. I can’t wait to use this, I know I’m an adult but I’ve never owned a cheeseboard like this with actual tools in my whole life!

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14/ There is always room for more cake tea towels – and they are those great waffled-cotton kind. So pretty. 15/ OMG Cake baking pan with lid. Could this get more cute (or accurate)? I can’t wait to bake a cake to take to the next ladies club meet-up in my city. They all speak English and will totally get this expression, most of my German friends wouldn’t understand.

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I’ve photographed everything above a bit more moody because we have zero natural light today, it’s very stormy, plus I reasoned that Zazzle has everything on their site true-to-color and professionally shot so why do over what they’ve so expertly done? I thought instead to share my own creative touch and since product shots can be boring why not add a filter and have some fun! But please note, some of the colors you see above are not exactly as they are on the site, so just look at the product on Zazzle for the true-to-life tones.

Also, when ordering pillows I highly suggest buying the best grade fabric you can afford like mine above. I also must add that the Zazzle pillows include zippers which was a big bonus for me because you can put in your own goose down inserts if you want squishier pillows though I really like the Zazzle inserts because they weren’t overstuffed so the pillow still had some squishiness to it. And with zippered cases, you can easily toss them in the wash. When it comes to ordering the best quality you can afford, the same goes for paper products, always order the best. Paper and fabric are the two materials that you just can’t mess with because they are so tactile and when it comes to paper, you want it to feel good in your hands and with fabrics, you want something like a pillow to feel nice against your face when you are watching a film on the sofa.

Have you entered the Zazzle giveaway yet? You have until the 12th to enter HERE.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Zazzle.com. All content and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to earn a living doing what I love.

(images: holly becker for zazzle)

Posted in shopping on December 10, 2014

What Is Your Word for 2015?

Hi friends! I am feeling quite good today with my next book contract on my desk for book 4 – it’s all so nerve wracking and exciting rolled into one heap of emotion! I’ve decided to work with Leslie Shewring since Decorate With Flowers is such a success and will soon be in 10 languages globally with the Japanese version due out in January. Plus, I love Leslie and working with her is so much fun. This time, we’re doing something that will challenge us even more than Decorate With Flowers did so we can keep growing and building our strengths and so we can both learn from one another as we go, too. I love that part about writing, you are always learning as you research and build each page, one by one. Writing books became an even more rewarding career path for me as I had imagined when I was a little girl holding book signings in my bedroom with my dolls and bears. Speaking of dolls, yesterday we enjoyed Aidan’s special day because he turned 10 months and like every month on the 9th (until his first birthday), we celebrate with a mini photo shoot and nothing but joy in our hearts. Here is little Aidan below in his room yesterday. Such a sweet little blue-eyed boy!

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When I look into his sparkling happy eyes, I know 2014 gave me the missing link in my life. No more chasing rainbows or feeling like something is missing. My son is the greatest thing I’ve ever done and I’m so proud of that. I never “got it” when I used to hear other mothers wax poetic about their kids, it all sounded so over the top back then. Like maybe some moms were even a little cuckoo or smoking funny things. But now that I have a son, I totally get it. It’s hard, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional, it’s tiring some days, but it’s way better than I had imagined and I feel like I can work better, harder and with more focus going forward because he is in my life. And next year I can’t wait to travel with him – I just know it will be better than before because after awhile every city was looking like the last one and every hotel the same as the one before. He’s definitely going to add a new dimension to travel when I start to see everything through new eyes. He’ll be so excited when I show him landmarks and all of the things I take for granted. I needed that. I’ve been on the road for a long time seeing things in my own way so he just might prove to be a fresh dose of inspiration.

As I wrap up this year (I take vacation after December 15th until January 3), I can’t help but feel really lucky to be alive, to have a blossoming 10-month-old son, to live in a great place, have wonderful friends both online and off, be doing what I love for a living and to have some very important and challenging projects planned for 2015, including the next book which we begin shooting soon. I’m also so grateful to have this blog and all of you because there is real meaning behind all of it for me. In January, I’ll be celebrating my 9th anniversary as a full-time blogger. NINE YEARS. I remember when I started – so unsure, unsteady, but full of zeal and excitement for what blogs could become and wow – blogging has certainly exceeded even my high expectations.

I feel really good right now. There are many things that I need to improve, and I’m working on them slowly, but I’m content – a feeling I’ve not had in so long that I wonder if I’ve ever had it. I no longer feel like I’m going in a hundred different directions. Everything changed when I gave birth and the feeling of contentment, inner peace, has stayed with me ever since.

Content is my 2015 word. It’s what I hope to maintain throughout the new year and into the future because it’s a really great way to be.

What is your word for 2015? Why?

(image: holly becker)

 

 

Posted in real talk on December 10, 2014

Giveaway: Potter Craft – Win a Box of 5 Books!

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!

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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.

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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)

Posted in contests on December 10, 2014

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