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Milchmaedchen Offer for decor8 Readers

Every serious small business lady needs a stylish bag, don’t you think? I have a plain Jane black nylon bag (ashamed to admit) but I’m considering dropping the cash to give myself a bag that doesn’t scream COLLEGE KID. Before signing off for the weekend, I want to mention a special promotion that Irina from Milchmaedchen in Hamburg, Germany would like to offer to decor8 readers until the end of October. It’s especially useful to readers looking for a well designed, good looking laptop bag made especially by business women for girls on the go.

If you recall, I visited Irina in her shop this past August and wrote about it here, her shop is so nice and it is exciting to have her in nearby Hamburg because I find her style very good and her products well chosen. The special offer that she’d like to extend is a 10% discount to decor8 readers (and free shipping within Germany, if outside see details below) on a brand new collection of stylish laptop bags designed by German designers Miriam Paschmann and Anja Heinz of Haikouella.

To view them click here and then look for “unterwegs mit laptop” in the left column. The website is in German but within the description of each bag Irina has an English translation.

I don’t know about you, but finding a stylish laptop bag is nothing short of a nightmare for me. I can’t seem to find anything that looks professional yet has some character… something unique about it, a pattern that is subtle but definitely noticeable. I think Haikouella does a nice job at being stylish, grown up, yet fun.

Re: Shipping — Shipping costs differ from destination to destination (within Germany shipping is free, within EU: 15.- Euros; Overseas: United States with DHL logistics within 10-12 days: 32.- Euros/ within 6 days: 45.- Euros). Orders from the U.S. and other countries outside of the EU need to be processed individually so please order via email and let Irina know that you found this offer on decor8. Contact Irina: shop AT milchmaedchen-design.de. Offer good until October 31, 2008.

(images from milchmaedchen design)

Posted in fashion + accessories, reader discounts, small business on October 17, 2008

2009 Calendar Round Up

It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006 I had no idea it would stick. Then in 2007, artists automatically contacted me asking if I would be doing another round up and if so, when. Now this year, same thing. Calendars have been rolling in via email from all over the world! Yay! So thanks to all who have sent in submissions — I’ve tried to include all! If I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their calendar. Enjoy!

Fun & creative calendars from Be Happy Now.

Lotta Jansdotter fabric calendar and pillow.

Kris’ Color Stripes, Avie Designs, Camilla Engman, and Anna Cote.

Ink & Wit in collaboration with Pistachio Press.

Jessica Gonacha, Tim Walker, Kate Spade, Sukie, and Jill Bliss & Saelee Oh.

Cath Kidston, Japanese animal desk calendars, Daily Color planner, and Non Planner.

Perpetual Calendar D/M/Y, Massimo Vignelli, Rex Ray, Grady McFerrin, and Calendreco.

Yellow Monday, Inkspot, Just Another Day, and Happify.

Creative Thursday.

Melissa Lund Photography, Nella Designs, Green Chair Press and Silhouette Blue.

Snow & Graham.

Cavallini calendars (huge selection), Eco-Chic, Mateo Ilasco, Bird Songs, and Orange Beautiful.

Pocket Calendars from Smosch’s Sandra Juto.

Zoozoo cards, Anne Cresci, Edesse designs, and Papered Together.

Printable 2009 calendar Little Brown Pen.

More from Silhouette Blue, Modern Art Everyday, Esta Sketch and Satsuma.

Magnolia Moonlight.

Paper and Inkling, Seventy and Sunny, Story by Mia, Turtle Papers and Michele Brusegaard.

Egg Press.

Tea towel calendar by Cicada Studio.

Wolfie and the Sneak.

J Hill Design.

365 Reasons Not to Be Bored by Kim’s Suitcase, The Beautiful Project, Stelie Designs and Yee Haw.

Linea Carta.

P.S. Paper Goods, Shalom Cottage Home, Girl Metro, Stephanie Fizer and Beau Ideal.

And of course, a calendar round up would not be complete without showing a little love to super fab Little Otsu. Swoon!

Wow! I think you have plenty of cally options for ’09, huh!? Again, if I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their 2009 calendar so we can include as many as possible into this round up because you can hyperlink in the comments section, no problem-o!

I’ll be back in a moment to wish everyone a happy Friday and to announce the winner of the Fabulous Stationery contest along with our 2 runner ups!

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in round-up, stationery on October 17, 2008

10 Great Etsy Shops

10 Etsy Favorites for October here.

Posted in uncategorized on October 17, 2008

Inspire Company

Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.

The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.

I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!


You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.

I think that this bejeweled shade DIY is just great, directions here.

You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.

I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!

(images from the inspire company)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, shopping on October 16, 2008

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