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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

I heart Hannah Chan Cuteness

CUTE (and affordable!): Hannah Chan.

Posted in uncategorized on October 30, 2008

Folksy – NEW!

I have a question for everyone and I’d love your input but first I have to tell you about Folksy before I ask… I haven’t seen this site blogged about yet but I think that Etsy and DaWanda have a new kid on the block to play nice with called Folksy!

Currently in beta, Folksy is a brand new online marketplace for independent arts and crafts based in the UK. Like Etsy and DaWanda, you can set up a shop on Folksy and sell your wares… If you are not based in the UK you cannot sell right now, but they will soon roll out international sales in February 2009 which will include eighteen of the major world currencies currently supported by Paypal. If you haven’t heard of Folksy, I invite you to go check it out and see what you think.

About Folksy, “Folksy champions cool crafts and design talent. We marry up designers and crafters with buyers who want individual, quality stuff that’s made with love. Plus, we run design competitions and other fun stuff.”

About Etsy, “Your place to buy and sell all things handmade.”

About DaWanda, “Dawanda – Products With Love” and, “DaWanda is the place for unique and individual products and people. Buy handmade and hard to find goods, share your discoveries with your friends and create your own collections.”

Now for the question… What do you think of all of these similar online marketplaces? I’d love to hear your opinion so please… fire away! Do you think it can be compared to blogging — the more the merrier, or is it different? Do you think that having an Etsy, a DaWanda, now a Folksy… that it’s just too much? Do you think it benefits the sellers on these sites? If you sell on such sites, why do you choose to sell on them and not just one?

I personally wish someone would start a site like this in Japan but with an English version as well! Wouldn’t that be the BEST. THING. EVER?

(images from folksy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, real talk, shopping on October 30, 2008

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