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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?

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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.

#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

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Posted in contests on December 10, 2014

Giveaway: Falcon Enamelware Sets For 3 Winners

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.

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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 

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Posted in contests on December 10, 2014

Giveaway: Plum Pretty Sugar – Win $125 Gift Cards

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.

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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)

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Posted in contests on December 09, 2014

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