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Hello Handmade {New!}

Just in! The talented Betsy Dunlap and Shanna Murray have teamed up to open Hello Handmade, a shop that just opened this morning. Combining the artful calligraphy of Betsy with the beautiful illustration of Shanna, you will find a special ’09 calendar, seasonal print, and some vintage hangers to purchase for display use – all ready for you in their new shop this morning. Congrats, ladies!



In the weeks and months to come, you can expect cards, gift tags, and more! Not only are collaborations huge right now, but have you noticed hangers becoming increasingly popular to display prints, photography, and calendars vs. traditional frames? Fun!

Thank you Betsy and Shanna for letting us know about your new shop, best wishes for a successful business!

Psst: Have you seen “The Jill”, Betsy’s custom calligraphy style? It would be perfect for a wedding or on place cards for a fancy dinner, don’t you think?

(images from hello handmade paperie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 03, 2008
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Posted in uncategorized on November 03, 2008

Happy Weekend!

I hope that you had a really good week and that you’re ready for the weekend as much as I am. I love Fridays! :) I’m signing off now but remember that Monday is our BIG DAY as it kicks off two full weeks of decor8 discounts so please remember to stop by each day between November 3-14 to view the stores offering deals just for you. Note: All discounts will be valid from the time that they post until November 21, 2008.

“The Big Day” by Sycamore Press.

What are your plans this weekend? One highlight of mine: I’m meeting a group of ladies first thing in the morning for coffee and then we’re off to the fabric market! Yay! If you are local and want to join us, please email me and I’ll fill you in on the details. Here’s the rest of my agenda: If you’d like to tell me yours, please comment below and on Monday you can comment again to report in on your progress.

Saturday: Girls breakfast and then we hit the Holland fabric market (Stoffmarkt). Buy fresh flowers (I forgot to do this today). Finish painting my dining room chairs, reupholster them, bake cookies, and relax for the evening as I think this weekend will mostly be about reading, relaxing, and baking. Get crafty: Make a few necklaces while I watch a movie. Write a letter to my mother.

Sunday: Talk a long walk in the forest with my man, collect pine branches, go shopping (special shopping day this Sunday where stores will be open and there’s a festival downtown with food and such), spend time with friends in the afternoon, and at night… bubble bath! Every woman should end the weekend with a bit of pampering, don’t you think?

What will you do this weekend? Your plans?

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 31, 2008

I’m a Little Teapot…

Remember this post from September when I confessed a little obsession I had? I’d been dreaming of a certain tea kettle in the Netherlands for weeks… but the dream is over. Enter reality. I purchased it as a housewarming gift for my husband (and I) as he has been wanting a very special teapot and figuring as I liked it so much, knowing his taste leans strongly towards well made copper and such an ornate design… I ordered it.

Can you see why? Go ahead, swoon along with me.

I spent 8 weeks searching here for one in Germany that would be more affordable but it seems I wasted a lot of time because none of them fit the high standards that were set the moment I first laid eyes on the one at Le Souk. When it arrived today, my husband’s face beamed as he unwrapped it — I hit the jackpot with a teapot! He loved it. Of course, I knew I would like it but I don’t just like it, I’m in awe of the quality, weight, ornately carved patterns, this copper kettle it is exquisite — unlike any other I’ve ever seen. Remember the scene in Wayne’s World, “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!”… I almost feel this way right now because it’s easily one of my top purchases in the past several years. It’s worth saving for if you drink tea as often as we do. I think it was around $150 (after conversion from Euro to USD) with shipping but considering an expresso machine or even a good coffee maker costs that much and more (and we don’t own either), I decided to put my money into something we’d both use daily (unlike a coffee machine which would only be used once a month at most). As a bonus, it arrived with 4 Turkish tea glasses. How sweet!

If you are considering a kettle for yourself look no further, don’t try to find a less expensive one elsewhere, seriously it’s fantastic and not stamped Made In China!

Today was a little cold and gray so we had company, served a homemade Hungarian goulash with sp?tzle followed by tea and kuchen, and had a super nice afternoon despite the lack of sunshine as you can tell from these photos. The candles and warm food made us happy, and of course the little teapot, which arrived before our friends did, made the afternoon complete.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in kitchen, shopping, stationery on October 31, 2008

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