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Fabulous Stationery Contest: Name That Card!

See this card? It comes in three different colorways and looks oh-so-cheerful, but it’s actually feeling a bit sad and lonely. Why? It has NO NAME! Yup, that’s right. All of the cards at Fabulous Stationery have names but not this brand new design so it needs YOUR help.

Fabulous Stationery has asked if you can be so kind as to get involved and name this card design.? They trust that someone will come up with a great name for it and the best name wins!

What can you win? A $200 gift certificate to be used towards anything you’d like on their website AND a set of the note cards bearing the winning name in one of the three colors shown, customized to your specifications of course. Two runners up each receive a $50 gift certificate and a cashmere/silk pashmina.

To enter, simply comment below with ONE name you think best fits the above design. Only one suggestion per person please. In order for your contest entry to qualify, please indicate your email address in the comment form below (don’t worry, it will not show up on the actual post but I will see it behind the scenes). This contest will end at midnight on October 15th. The winner will be chosen by Fabulous Stationery along with the two runner ups and announced here this Friday, October 17th.

All the best! Have fun and get as creative as you’d like…

(images from fabulous stationery)

Posted in contests, stationery on October 13, 2008

Kitchen Progress

I planned to only write about this on haus maus today but with so many of you interested in kitchen design on a budget I thought I’d share my little German kitchen here on decor8 instead. For a bit of history, here is what the kitchen looked like before renovations in our apartment. These photos were taken last October when we agreed to take this flat.


Slightly after… This is when we officially moved in this past August 2008.

My kitchen inspiration board created in May… I had plans!

And now!

I have a few more things to do and eventually I want to wallpaper or paint it, but for now I’m quite content and pleased with the outcome. I need to sew a roman blind for the window this week, hang a vintage clock I won on eBay, and put up some art to the left of the shelves, and then I can officially call it quits in the kitchen at least for this year.

A vintage cabinet from the 1940’s from eBay Germany. I wanted a contrast – vintage on the left, modern to the right (IKEA). I love the contrast, I think it makes the kitchen more interesting. I want to paint the inside white, wallpaper the interior doors, and stack lots of pretty dishtowels and plates on it.

Next year when I return to Germany to stay here in our apartment again, I will consider wallpaper and/or paint for the walls. Until then, this is my kitchen. I’m so happy with it, my husband and I designed it by ourselves and I think we did a nice job considering I have so little experience in kitchen design and he has, well… none. We just went with gut instinct, used the IKEA kitchen planning tool online, and purchased nearly all of our appliances on Amazon. You cannot see it, but in the kitchen we have a dryer with a butcher block top where we keep canisters and such, with a chalkboard/message center above that.

This darling glass pear terrarium was found at a local hardware store for $10. I couldn’t let such cuteness remain in the store… It needed to come home with me. They had an apple too. :)

Hope my little city kitchen inspires some of you today that between IKEA, eBay, and Amazon you can design a nice little kitchen that won’t break the bank! Most of the accessories that you see are from Danish companies, the rug, bowls, etc. or from the local flea market which I shop religiously each and every Saturday. :)

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in design, kitchen on October 13, 2008

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Posted in uncategorized on October 13, 2008

Record The Day

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up today? Looking for a creative outlet that is inexpensive, easy, fun, and a way for you to connect with others or to simply inspire yourself? Many of you know the creative Jess as the lady behind the lovely Lobster and Swan blog and from her etsy shop… but did you know that she maintains another blog as well? Oh yes, it is called Record The Day and it’s very, VERY inspirational. {Warning: Jess may inspire you to start recording your day as well.} Her blog contains little text and lots of gorgeous collages that she pulls together to give you a glimpse of her day translated into papers of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

This is a brilliant idea, a very visual journal, a great way to record your life if you don’t always feel like writing. I’d like to experiment with something like this as a personal project or as a way to share my day with my Flickr contacts. I already have a large empty journal that would be the perfect place for something like this. Would you like to share your day visually too? Why not give this idea a try.

Paste, tape, staple… receipts, photos, torn pages from magazines, a train ticket, a mood board recording the thoughts and experiences had during the day… I really love this as a form of blogging as well and think that Record The Day is absolutely lovely. Thank you Jess for putting your wonderful self out into the world, we are all so inspired by you!

(images from jess from record the day)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, inspiration on October 13, 2008

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