Decorative Pillow Giveaway

October 28th, 2011

Hello hello and happy Friday everyone!  Thanks so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post on creativity and Why I DIY, I’ve read them all and appreciate all of your perspectives, it’s a great conversation so join in with your opinion!

When I posted pictures of my fall mantel a few weeks ago, several of you asked me where did I get those colorful floral pillows on the sofa and chair.  Well I’ll tell ya!  They come from a fabulous Etsy shop I discovered called Festive Home Décor. After I found Michelle’s shop, I had a hard time picking just one!  It’s filled with so many elegant and modern pillows made with designer fabrics.

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Festive Home Décor offers pillow covers, cushion covers, and drapery panels, and all pillow covers feature the same designer fabric front and back. There are many designer fabrics including Kravet, Waverly, Richloom and more.  All products are handmade.

You’ll notice most of the sets of pillow covers in Michelle’s shop are around $30, so take note and bookmark Festive Home Décor when you’re inclined to switch out your look with designer fabrics at affordable prices.   

For those of you who want to shop now, Michelle is offering for two weeks only a 10% discount with the code: cent10

Now for the giveaway!  This weekend, Festive Home Décor is offering three lucky winners a $50 Gift Card to the shop, plus free shipping.  Woo to the hooo!

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Eligibility to win one of three $50 shop credits to Festive Home Décor:

1) Visit Festive Home Décor and pick you favorite set of pillow covers then name them in a comment!

2)  For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment sharing where you linked (FB or Twitter.)

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Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Monday October 31, 2011 at 8 p.m. PST. US and Canada only.  By entering this giveaway to agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

WINNERS:  #410 Heather Jensen; # 754 Stacey; #1,012 Mallory

Wanna know who won the Moroccan Pouf from last weekend’s giveaway?  Find out here (or if it’s you, you’ll see an email from me in your inbox!) 

That’s all friends, wishing you a fun and fright filled Halloween weekend!

xo,

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Why I DIY

October 27th, 2011

Last weekend we had some friends and relatives over and in mid conversation, one of the friends asked me out of genuine curiosity, "Why do you choose to make so many things by yourself?  Why don’t you just buy these things, or pay someone else to do it for you?”  The best short answer I could come up with at the time was “I just like it.” 

The longer answer, and what I wish I’d explained much better, is that DIY projects give me a sense of accomplishment. It makes me feel good to design and create all kinds of things, whether I’m crafting or cooking, styling or decorating. Frankly I’m just one of those people who likes to dream up things in my mind and then make them with my own hands.

I’m not a fine artist or an especially skilled carpenter, but I love working with paint and building things and that makes me a creative. It took me over 30 years to finally acknowledge that fact, but then I realized I possess many of the attitudes of creative people. I believe in reinvention, perseverance, and I have an ongoing curiosity about how things are made. 

There’s always a calculation I make before undertaking any DIY project. Do I have the time?  Do I possess the skill?  Will taking on this project teach me something new?  How much money will I save?  Will it look good in the end?  If you’d asked me ten years ago whether I’d tackle a staircase remodel or install a new stone patio, my answer would have been “Do what?  Heck no.”  How did I end up taking on those projects?  Because I’d read how others had gone before me, I was inspired, and had the desire to learn how.

As a creative, it’s important to surround yourself with people who share your passion so I feed off of the inspiration and knowledge that comes from others in the DIY community. When I read about other creatives using their hands to build something amazing, I can’t help but feel admiration for their skills and DIY savvy, which is why I began the ‘Best of the Blogsophere’ series so many months ago. Not everyone has the time, inclination, or skill to take on major DIY projects, and that’s fine. But I believe those skills can be learned if the ‘can do’ attitude is there.

It frustrates me when I hear people say “I’m not creative.” I don’t agree with that. Every person possesses the innate ability to be creative. The naysayers simply have yet to tap into their creativity. Perhaps they lack confidence. Perhaps they’re afraid they won’t be any good. Mostly I think they just haven’t tried. We’re all creative to one degree or another, it just has to be discovered deep within. Life hasn’t been the same since I tapped into mine. 

That’s my long answer.  What’s the short answer to the question, “Why do I DIY?”

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Do you see yourself as a creative person?

Why do you or don’t you DIY? 

 

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