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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

Bed Crumb {New!}

I recently heard from Heidi from Bed Crumb (cutest name!) in the UK and so I have to spread the good word in case you do not know about it already… so sweet! Heidi just launched Bed Crumb, an online shop where she sells exclusive range of home accessories and gifts, her specialty is a cozy range of cushions combining original illustrations and contemporary textile design.

It was her experience in commercial fashion and textile design which sparked her interest in following a dream — to combine her background in the industry with a desire to own a small business where she could exercise her creativity freely, without restraint. This is how Bed Crumb was born. Heidi digitally prints her illustrations onto silk and then adds both vintage and new textiles, trims and other accessories to adorn them, each one-of-a-kind, handmade in her small studio.

I absolutely love hearing stories like this because it takes a lot of guts to change the direction in which you’ve been sailing along, comfortably, for many years. I applaud anyone who does this, I did it and trust me coming from experience, it IS HARD WORK. You think you work hard when you work ‘for the man’. Running your own business isn’t 40, 50, or even a 60 hour per week dedication, it’s a 24/7 dedication because even when you are not working your business and keeping it fresh and afloat is constantly occupying your mind. That is why I say it takes guts because it’s not always easy to pursue your passions on paper as it is in your mind, you know how you imagine it to be. When I see people like Heidi who are new in the indie community working hard to promote their business, I cannot feel but a special affection (and admiration) for them.

Congratulations Heidi on following your dreams and all the best on your new business. Three words for you Heidi: YOU GO GIRL.

And readers, Heidi ships worldwide and she is currently looking to do wholesale so if you are a small shop owner please contact her if you like what you see here. :)

(images from bed crumb)

Posted in small business, textiles on October 31, 2008

What Blogging Means To Me

I have a very special blog in which I visit each day authored by Kathryn in England. Her blog, Secrets of a Butterfly, is not only a beautiful space, but one that fills me back up again whenever I’m feeling a bit tired or lonely because let’s face it, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! It’s easy to run low on fuel but I think if you’re also a small business owner working mostly alone you can relate. We really need our friends whether they are virtual or sitting across from us, and I think Kathryn nicely explains why on her blog and I’ll direct you to a post that I particularly enjoyed in just a moment…

Kathryn is a caring soul, someone who may be young but is filled with wisdom, hope, strength. Her genuine spirit illuminates through her blog right into the reader. At least this reader: me. Kat recently wrote a beautiful post on Secrets of a Butterfly called What Blogging Means To Me that touched my heart. I hope that if you have time you will read it because I would like to see some of you commenting over there on her blog to tell her what blogging means to you if you’re interested… I think Kathryn, who has reached out with such honestly, deserves some in return so maybe you can visit her today and share your blogging experience there.

One quote she mentioned on her blog is one I’d not heard before, but so very nice, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” — George Eliot, English novelist.

(image designed by secrets of a butterfly using flickr toys. To see who the owner is of each photo shown, click here please.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on October 30, 2008

A Gift For You: decor8 Discount Week(s)!

It’s about that time for some delicious deals! Ever since I started this blog nearly 3 years ago I’ve chosen the Fall/Winter season to host a special decor8 discount week where shops offer discounts that range from BOGO offers to free shipping and/or discounts on their products. This year, I thought I’d shake things up a bit and though I’m continuing tradition, I’ve encouraged store owners to sweeten their deals due to the current economy. Here’s what you can expect on decor8 in November… beginning on Monday!

November 3-7: Sponsor Discounts. In the far right column you will find 40+ sponsors of decor8. I’ve asked them to participate in this special week and so far, 15 have enthusiastically agreed to participate. The catch this year was different than years past: Sponsors cannot offer only free shipping or a BOGO offer, it had to be a set discount on either a group of products on their site or on everything in their shop — and no 10% or 15% discounts either. Discounts range from 20-30% this year! Yay! Each day, starting November 3 and ending November 7, I will blog several of these sponsor discounts.

November 10-14: Non-Sponsor Discounts – Friends of decor8: Unlike years past, this year I’ve handpicked those that I’d like to participate in this special discount week and the same criteria applies: offers must be a flat discount of 20% or more. Some already offer free shipping so it’s quite an incentive to shop on top of a generous discount. I’m still in the process of contacting everyone so I’m not sure exactly how many will accept the offer to get involved but I’m confident based on past experience that we’ll have a terrific turn out.

So! With all that said I do have one small favor to ask… Who would you like to see on decor8 during the Non-Sponsor week? Any favorite stores you can think of? Please do not comment below to answer this (I think that’s a little too forward and may make some companies feel bad if they cannot participate). You can contact me via this form. Please submit your top 5 stores that you’d love and if they are also ones that I’m interested in, I’ll certainly approach them on your behalf.

This special annual discount time is my way of thanking all of you for reading decor8 and for your continued friendship… It’s the least I can do to show you a little love. :)

Excited? I hope so! I sure am…

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 30, 2008

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