Etsy Faves

*New* Feature – Fresh Finds: Etsy!

June 25, 2007

I’ve added a fun new widget called “Fresh Finds: Etsy” to decor8 located in the left column where I’ll show you some of my current etsy favorites. Just click on the mini views and you’ll land in the store where you’ll learn more about the item and the seller. I’ll try to update it often to get things fresh. :)

*New* Feature - Fresh Finds: Etsy!
This cool little widget was added for two reasons. First, because many of my friends that have an etsy store, like Marisa, have this widget on their own blogs showing their work and I really like it. I thought that there must be a way to have something like this on decor8 even though I don’t sell things on etsy, but have hundreds of sellers and favorites bookmarked on their site. After some research, I found a widget and it works perfectly. I haven’t noticed this “etsy favorites” widget on other design blogs yet, so if you’re interested in adding something like this to your blog and you need a quick tutorial, just email me and I’ll walk you through it. It’s a breeze, and helps all of us spread the love when it comes to supporting independent artists by purchasing handmade.

But wait, I said I have two reasons. The next has to do with you guys. Many sellers write in requesting that I feature their work on decor8, but with so many jewelry, handbag, and misc. items that sellers write in about, I just can’t do it all. My goal is to keep decor8 on track – it’s a a blog about the home – decorating, design, inspiration, and so on. I have to keep the focus on that. This widget allows me to share some of the great finds on etsy that I’m currently checking out that I’m not able to dedicate an entire post to – like all the amazing fashion accessories out there. Hope you enjoy it!

By the way… If you’re a seller (or simply an Etsy addict) and you have something that you think I’d like for my favorites, please email me with the link and I’ll certainly check it out. Thank you!


Happiness is…

June 24, 2007

Relaxing in your backyard, reading a great story or two, and enjoying the delicious sounds of Blonde Redhead on your iPod.

Happiness is... If you’ve not heard of Blonde Redhead before, my husband gave me this CD yesterday, 23, and it’s even better than their last… I bet most of you will love it. They’re currently touring over in Europe, but on August 5th they’ll be in Brooklyn, NY giving a free concert at McCarren park pool (same location as Renegade!).

Happiness is...
Hope you are all having an easy, breezy Sunday. See you tomorrow!

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Shopping + Products

Anthropologie: Coming to Burlington, MA (and 40% off in-store home items)

June 23, 2007

Just to let you know… A little birdie told me today that Anthropologie is coming to Burlington, MA and they’re seeking a Display Coordinator, Visual Manager, Department Manager, and more so if you’re local and super creative, go for it. Here’s a link where you can submit your resume and learn more about the Burlington positions. Also, I shopped their Boston store recently because my friend Brent told me that he scooped up this killer clock at the Minneapolis store on Thursday for under $100! They are having a huge 40% sale on already marked down merchandise in their home departments, so head to your nearest Anthro this weekend and go nuts. I picked up a large new doormat marked down from $48 to $9!

Anthropologie: Coming to Burlington, MA (and 40% off in-store home items)
And if you’re looking for new Anthro goodies online, why not pick up the Anthropologie: Coming to Burlington, MA (and 40% off in-store home items)
Wouldn’t it be fun to collect time pieces, timers, anything related to telling time? I think a collection on a shelf would be fun, maybe a theme – all in white. Or silver and white. Maybe yellow, red, and white. You could really have fun creating a little clock collection. You can get started with these from Anthropologie.

(images from anthropologie)


Amy Butler Contest Winners

June 22, 2007

Last minute change of plans! I have to run out for the afternoon on a project, so I won’t be near a computer at 4pm to post the results – so here are the winners of the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board Contest for all the early birds tuning in. Drum roll please…

1st place: Studio Space by Starlee Matz (47.8% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
2nd place: Tea at Tiffany’s by Katherine Black (31.1% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
3rd place: Grey + Brown Living Room by Paula Gibbs (28.2% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
4th place: Ladies Only Tea Room by Jeska Pettitt (22% response)

Amy Butler Contest Winners
If you’re one of the winners, your 5 Amy Butler patterns will ship on Monday, June 25th. Please email me with your complete name and address so I can get them out to you promptly.

I’d like to thank Amy Butler for sponsoring this contest, and for all of the wonderful entries, it was inspiring for me to see all the designs of so many talented readers of this blog. :)

And since we all love surprises… I have a few extra patterns that I’d like to give away. I’ll randomly select a few winners based on your replies to this post. Here’s the topic: “What makes a house a home”. You can go as deep as you’d like on this one. I really want to hear some unique perspectives on this, so if you’d like to take part, please comment below. This contest will only run for today ONLY. Since I’ll be away from my desk until tonight, none of the responses will be shown below until after 6pm EST. I think this keeps it fair, as no one can peek at the comments of others for “help” on this. :) Your comment below will be approved and posted on the blog after 6pm. I’ll reveal the winners in the comments section tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd. Have fun.

What makes a house a home to you?

Events + Markets

Rock & Shop Market: Tomorrow in Raleigh, NC

June 22, 2007

I promised Michelle Smith all week that I’d post this, and with the Rock & Shop Market happening tomorrow down in Raleigh, North Carolina, I figured no time like the day before! Live music, over 35 emerging designers, and lots of southern smiles at this event, going on tomorrow, June 23rd at the Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh from 1-5pm. For more information, and to check out all the designers and their websites (great for those of us that cannot attend), click here.

Rock & Shop Market: Tomorrow in Raleigh, NC Shown above: Tin jewelry from The Pinkhare, pin cushion from Made By Tess, tea towels from Rock, Paper, Scissors, and poster by Plastic Flame Press.

Sorry for the last minute post, Michelle. Have fun everyone!

(images from the rock & shop market)

Etsy Faves

While She Naps

June 22, 2007

I’m super excited to see that While She Naps updated her etsy store with some new goodies. I know, more stuffed cuteness, but I seriously can’t help it. My friends tell me that this is part of nesting and that I’ll soon want babies, as in human babies. But I’m not so sure about that because I’m not there yet in my head. Maybe other earlythirtysomething girls can relate? So for now, I’m sticking with softies.

While She Naps
(images from while she naps)

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