Today is my final day of work for this week, I’ve decided that since I run my own business I am entitled to take normal holidays off just like everyone else. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and though no one observes it here in Germany, I decided that I am taking it off anyway! I’m also taking Friday off so I can enjoy a much needed 4 day weekend. Yippee! I can’t wait to unplug from the computer for a few days and jump into some crafting projects. I want to make several mini paintings for friends, work on some projects around my apartment, and just enjoy the last 3 weeks in Germany as I leave in 22 days (wahhh!) and head back to the states for the winter. Tomorrow begins the annual Weihnachtsm?rkte for the next three weeks so I’ll be out and about with my camera and of course, my wallet! I love to shop at these little vendors, I usually don’t spend much money but I do enjoy all of the treats and wooden toys. I am so looking forward to this short vacation.
Here are some of my current Flickr faves. Please click here to view them all, you can click on the mini photos once you are on Flickr to view them in full size. Pay special attention to the little fox. Once you click on him you will find the most lovely story.
Have a bright and beautiful few days and since you’re an international crowd and not all celebrate Thanksgiving since it’s primarily an American holiday, I’ll simply wish you a lovely time doing whatever it is that you will do until we meet again. I’ll see you on Monday, December 1st.
“I’m glad… to go…. I cannot tell a lie… so Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye….I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye!” – Lyrics from the Sound of Music.
(image from flickr)
I have a surprise for all 400+ of you who entered the decor8 giveaway for a free copy of the just released book: The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam (founder of The Creative Entrepreneur blog/website). Remember how I told you that I’d select 5 winners? After the huge response, it took me nearly 2 days to read all of your inspiring comments, I decided to write to the publisher and request that 10 books be given away and they’ve agreed though they never go above 5 so I’m thrilled to say we now have TEN WINNERS. Yay!
If you name is shown below please contact me via this form and in the body of the message send me your complete name and address. I will forward all ten names to the publisher and they’ll ship out your copy of the book sometime next week. Sound good?
Drum roll please… And the winners are:
#2 Shanon, #63 kristen k., #75 Anne Julie, #87 Art of Dealing, #99 Kayte, #113 Brandy Milne, #173 Vica Flying Umbrellas, #220 Maury, #314 Morgan, #371 Artemis.
Congratulations! A special thanks to ALL who entered… and to further thank you next week I’m going to talk to all of you about some of the fears you have expressed in these comments along with other uncomfortable feelings you’ve shared. My hope is to come together once again for a lively discussion to provide some support and encouragement and who knows… inspire you to take action. We all need it so why not use this blog as a special place to share some encouragement. More on this next week…
(image from holly becker for decor8)
I was pleased when Julia Rothman wrote in earlier this week to tell me about her wallpaper. I’ve been very busy over the past few days and haven’t been reading as many blogs as usual so I’m not sure if this made the blog rounds already. If so, my apologies for repeat content.
I’m so proud of Julia as I think her eye is outstanding and her style is superb, I think she is one of those designers who is very blessed with not only listening to her own voice and acting on it to pull together her patterns, but her designs just so happen to be extremely marketable. Isn’t this what every creative person hopes, that what they see in their brain that is then translated into a product will be something others will potentially buy? Julia is very lucky in this way and I feel happy to watch her growing as a designer all of time thanks to determination and hard work. Her latest project happens to be hand screened (made in Chicago) wallpaper, no longer do you have to dream of having her patterns cover your walls as it is now a reality. Aren’t these drool inducing? Learn more about them and see all of the colorways and patterns available at Hygge & West for $125 per double roll.
By the way, have you heard of Hygge & West before or is this the first time? For me it is the first time so a special thanks to Julia for the introduction. They have products from many other talented designers as well, here are a few that I enjoy.
1. Wallpaper ceramic votive set by Jeanette Hiiri, 2. Casalinga birds (they look like my vintage birds shown here in my living room), 3. Fiducia set designed by Louise Campbell for Kahler, and 4. Rachel Pearson candles.
Visit Hygge & West here to see more wonderful things for the home (click on the designers names on the right side of this page.)
(images from julia rothman and hygge & west)