Tuesday, October 4, 2011

W.E.S.T. October Design Challenge: With a Grateful Heart

Now that we are all back into our fall routines, it's time to take a moment to reflect on the things we are thankful for. October brings Thanksgiving to Canadians, and we have so much to be thankful for. This month's design challenge has the theme "With a Grateful Heart."

Thankful. Blessings. Family and Friends. Abundance. Home. Luxuries. Necessities. Turkey.

What comes to mind when you think of thankfulness? You can be as lighthearted or serious as you choose.

To help inspire you and fire up your imagination, here are a few items from WEST designers representing things I'm grateful for, currently for sale on Etsy:

My own private stash of chocolate! And how better to store it than with this snack bag:

Reusable Ecofriendly Snack Bag by EmmsPocketShop

My family, how can I ever forget when the population of stuffed animals in our house exceeded that of Winnipeg? (Oh, and I'm thankful we're past that stage!)

Kid's Dream Ship Teddy Bed by TawnyBee

Here's how each design challenge works: 
Check the forums and blog at the start of the month to get the inspiration topic. As you mull over what that particular idea means to you, jot down some notes in the discussion thread or leave a comment on the blog. Take pictures of your process and finished item and post them in the forum thread. We would love to hear the story behind how you arrived at your finished object! I will post a separate feature for each item entered into the design challenge with a round up at the end of the month. 

A few notes: 
Create something new, especially for the challenge. Entries for each month should be finished by the last day of the month. Vintage and supply sellers are welcome to participate too, with a focus on artful photography and careful choice of item. 

Happy designing! 


  1. Great topic Prairie! I too have so much to be thankful for, including this fabulous team!!!

  2. Terrific topic Laura! And thank you for featuring my teddy bed. I am still in that stage of family where there are more teddies than people in this house. I love it!


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