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6 Fashion Trends to Design for in 2016

Having just relaunched our jewelry marketplace to better highlight micro-brands and feature curated collections, we’re excited to position ourselves as an excellent destination for holiday shoppers to snag some uniquely designed accessories. While we know our designers have already uploaded some incredible designs, we wanted to flag some trends we saw on the NYFW runway to give our makers a glance at what trend-setting shoppers may be looking for this season.

We’ve also included examples of existing products from Shapeways designers below!Silver reigns supreme:

We saw lots and lots of silver accessories on the runway this season– something to keep in mind when determining which materials you want to offer designs in.

Statement necklaces:

Oversized chokers and large necklaces were prevalent at shows including Balenciaga, Valentino, Loewe, Chanel, and Balmain. This was a fun opportunity to play with larger geometric designs, crazy pendants– great inspiration for designers looking to create some more unusual signature pieces.

Dodeca Horizontal Pendant by Studio Noesis

Earnestly large statements:

From Sachin and Babi to Creatures of the Wind to Altuzarra to Tory Burch, big earrings were everywhere. Large hoop earrings to geometric shapes, we’re excited to see that loads of our designers’ products seem to be similarly inspired.

Star Coral Earrings by Coraline Jewels

Ear cuffs:

Rodarte’s models wore extremely intricate ear cuffs which seemed floral-inspired (one even featured an insect). We’ve seen a number of ear cuffs in our marketplace, so it’s definitely an accessory ripe for design experimentation.

 

Brass Triangles Earcuff by 3Different

Interlocking Circles:

Hellessy sent models down the runway with some beautiful earrings which were made up of metal interlocking circles. This is a perfect trend to pull inspiration from, especially since Shapeways is the only company to offer interlocking metals!

Twisted Square Earrings by ByNatalia

Off-balance:

Lots of designers (Isabel Marant, Christian Dior and Sonia Rykiel) were sending their models down the runway with asymmetrical earrings– allowing for some great variation. Other designers like Mugler, Anthony Vaccarello and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, opted for the one-earring look. At Shapeways you’re able to order one earring, making it totally unnecessary to purchase a complete pair for this look.

Septum Rings:

While septum rings had a big moment last year, some made an appearance on the runway during the Monse show this NYFW. Shapeways designers have created a number of faux septum rings– a good option for people looking to try the look without committing to the actual piercing.

Septum Ring by PrimalCrafts

If you’re interested in more in-depth looks at these trends, we recommend checking out this Vogue roundup and this piece from Justine Carreon at Elle for coverage of this year’s trends.

4 Gadget Gift Making Trends For Holiday 2016!!

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’re excited to be positioning Shapeways as the go-to for unique, customizable gifts– and our designers are crucial to growing that marketplace. We’ve identified some of the hottest tech hobbyist trends of this year to inspire our makers to stretch their imaginations and consider creating accessories for each, making them on-demand stocking stuffers.

Raspberry Pi: With this little computer giving you a lot of power to program and create, what better companion for it than 3D printed accessories? We’d suggest our designers tap into Shapeways customizable product feature to create Raspberry Pi cases or stands– because while it’s what’s on the inside that matters, it doesn’t hurt to have a neat exterior for your favorite gadget.Apple III Raspberry Pi Case 3d printed

Raspberry Pi Apple III case by RetroConnector

iPhone 7: With Apple’s latest release being on (most) people’s wishlists and being significantly different than previous models, it’s a great opportunity to tap into creative cases and accessories.The Vibe iPhone Case - 40033196:7.67 3d printed

The Vibe iPhone Case by Cacai

GoPro Hero 5 (Black and Session): GoPro’s latest cameras come in two sizes, meaning double the accessory options! Because both work on voice-command, there should be some fun potential for newly designed cases and accessories. We also hear that while the Hero 4 Black is waterproof, it won’t float so some aquatic accessories could be useful.Boonie Hat Mount for GoPro Cameras (Slim Case) 3d printed

Boonie Hat Mount for GoPro Cameras by BrainExploder Creations

Apple Watch Series 2: The new Apple Watch model is about the same size and shape as its predecessor but slightly thicker. We’ve been seeing some great watch docks and charging stations, and there’s limitless room for variations.Apple Watch Metal Bumper 42mm 3d printed

 

Apple Watch Metal Bumper by Amznfx

Remember, one of the most important parts of leveraging the products you create is showing vs. telling shoppers what your product does. Quality photos tell a thousand (or more) words and super nifty videos are even better.

Shop More Gadget and Tech Trends Here!

How To Add Glam To Your FitBit Flex

Some say the FitBit Flex is the ultimate wearable fitness tracker. Its pricepoint, durability and battery life put it ahead of the pack, all while touting the now infamous FitBit monicker.

But sometimes you want to wear something a bit more upscale than a not-so-flashy rubber-and-plastic(ish) fitness tracker. Bytten makes that possible, completely transforming your FitBit without losing a step. They come in multiple colors, materials and styles; and some are even customizable! Whether you want something edgy… Elegant… Simple… Or completely custom… It’s all here. Check out Bytten’s shop, and tell us how you spice up your FitBit.

Hacking Your Home With 3D Printing

Why should your house look the same as the one next door? Home is where the heart is, right? And creativity comes from the heart. So a home that breathes your creativity is what makes it your home.

With 3D Printing, it becomes easier than ever to hack existing items you have in your house to create a dynamic space, a place that changes, grows and is really you. Last week we got an email from Evan Gant, who has his own shop on Shapeways called Olivebird and created a range of products that show how easy it becomes to manipulate your own environment.

Take these brilliant small components called “Links” that you can attach to your wall and create a whole new dimension for using building blocks. While it provides a fun way for your kid to decorate the wall their bedrooms (obviously preferred above using crayons on the wall), you can also create fun looking and yet functional storage spaces with these Links.

What never fails to liven up your home is.. Life! With this clever Bell Vase hack you can reuse the jars from your favorite food by simply adding a 3D printed lid to transform them into vases. Designer izign believes in sustainable design, so I’m curious to see what other life extending hacks he comes up with.

With summer drawing near, I can imagine you’re ready to start using your ceiling fan any time soon. But don’t you just hate the moment pulling on the wrong cord and having the light go on in stead? Noé and Pedro Ruiz (design duo Pixil 3D) decided they needed a simple solution, which resulted in the Typography Fan Pull Handles.

Last example I want to give really turned the world of Home Deco upside down. This Radiolaria Vertebralia Planter is a cool design by Joaquin Baldwin that shows plants from a whole new dimension in your home.

Need even more cool ideas to hack your house with 3D Printing? Browse this list of products and get inspired!

Unique Gift Ideas for the Perfect Mother’s Day

We know finding the perfect gift for mom isn’t always easy, so we’ve curated a list of unique gift ideas for you! Because every mom deserves a gift as special as she is.

Personalized Pendants

MOMPENDANT

If your mom has been hanging your drawings on the fridge since you could pick up a crayon, we bet she’ll love a personalized pendant created by you. You can make one using our pendant creator app. Check out the video below to see how.

Portraits in Porcelain

Have a photo you’re looking to memorialize in a special way? You can upload the photo and have it 3D printed in our Porcelain Ceramic with our celadon-selfie creator. These make for perfect, long-lasting and unique gifts for Mom.

Prefer to get her something one-of-a-kind designed by our creative community based around the world? Take a look at our Mothers Day Gift Guide or check outa few of our favorite unique gifts for mom.

Have you made something special that you’d like to share with us? Show us your work by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter with #3DMothersDay or post it to our Facebook page.

Follow Decorilla To Find Beautiful Home Decor

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Many of you may have noticed that we have made it easier (and more fun) to connect with designers on Shapeways and find amazing products. When you log onto Shapeways you’ll immeditely see products that designers you follow have found, favorited and commented on recently. It’s a great, social way to discover new products, designers and companies.

Today we’re highlighting a company that truly gets good design. Decorilla offers customized interior design packages from hundreds of interior designers across the world. They created a list with their favorite interior design pieces that is full of beautiful lamp shades, vases and more. Check out a sneak peek of their list below and don’t forget to follow them on Shapeways to find more amazing 3D printed pieces perfect for any home!

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Share your Shapeways wishlist

If you’re trying to figure out how to tell your friends and family about all the 3D printed goodies you want this holiday season, consider using Custom Lists. Formerly known as wishlist, Custom Lists has been updated to be a better way to save, organize and share products.

Using this tool, you can create multiple lists on Shapeways to save your favorite products and set them to be either public or private. So if you have a list of products you want to get for others you can create a private list for yourself, or make a list of what you want and share with your friends and family for easy shopping. Creating your list is very easy!

When you click on “Favorites and Lists” from your account you’ll see this page. This is where all of your different lists will live. They will be split up by Public Lists:

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And Private Lists:

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You just need to follow a few steps to create each list and populate. As you can see above, you can create a new list on the lists page. When you’re ready to populate, just go to your favorite products and hit “Add To List”:

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From there a box will pop-up and prompt you to pick which list you would like to add the product to. If you want to create a whole new list, you’ll be able to from here as well:

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Below you’ll see what a list looks like when it is populated. From here you can share with your friends and family (and even us!) to let them know what you’ve been eyeing:

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Be sure to share your wishlist with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and you could win $100 in Shapeways credit (open to US residents only)! Just share the link to your list of your favorite 15-20 products  and make sure to use the hashtag #shapewayswishlist and #contest. We’ll pick a winner every Wednesday through December 9th.

Shapeways Sweepstakes Rules
Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways. It is open to Shapeways users in the United
States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit
this contest. Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are
not eligible to enter. Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may
not do so by way of automated means. By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by
these Rules.

Prize. The winning entrants will receive $100 in Shapeways credit.

Contest period. This contest is open from November 5, 2015 to December 9, 2015. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. EST on December 9, 2015.

How to Enter. Share a link of your Shapeways holiday wishlist. Entries must include the hashtags #shapewayswishlist and #contest. Entries that do not include @Shapeways, #shapewayswishlist, and #contest will be considered incomplete and discarded. You may also enter by sending a postcard with your name, phone number, and email address to:

  • Shapeways
  • Attn: Contest Department
  • 419 Park Ave. South
  • Suite 900
  • New York, NY 10016

Postcards must be received by the end of the contest period in order to enter.

Winner Selection. Shapeways will select the winners from the cumulative pool of applicants on every Wednesday through December 9, 2015. There will be only one winner each week.  Individual winners are disqualified from winning in subsequent weeks. Shapeways will be prepared to award the prize to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time. Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.

Winner notification. The winners will be notified via Twitter. Upon contact,
Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility. If Shapeways cannot
contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable
amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize. If a runner-up cannot be contacted,
Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.

Taxes. The winners will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that
may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the
winner complete tax documentation.

Liability and Jurisdiction. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where
prohibited. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively
by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA. Decisions by Shapeways regarding the
interpretation of these rules are final. By participating in this contest, you agree to release
Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries,
damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the
receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Shapeways reserves the right to
amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes
has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel
this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering. Any questions
regarding this contest should be directed to community@shapeways.com.

Other Restrictions. Users discovered creating multiple Twitter accounts in order to enter this
contest will be disqualified from entry. 

Gorgeous 3D Printed Porcelain Baby Dragon

We have seen some incredible porcelain prints over the last several months from community members and as we ramp up porcelain production we have seen that this material is a hit within the community. We have come across many fun designs and recently these porcelain prints designed by community member Matt Bagshaw have caught our eye. Matt has designed an absolutely gorgeous baby dragon and had it printed in Shapeways porcelain.

Baby Dragon printed in Porcelain in Celedon Green glaze.

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Baby Dragon Video

As you can tell from the photos and video the glazing and detail on the model are incredible. Do you have a porcelain print to share with us? We want to see them! Share your prints on the It Arrived Section on our forums as well as on Instagram and Twitter tagging @Shapeways.

 

 

3D Printed Father’s Day Gifts Designed by Dads For Dads

Posted by in Community, Curation

This Father’s Day give something unique, original, and aesthetically pleasing to show dad how much you care. For the modern dad, giving the gift of a 3D printed product from the Shapeways Marketplace can be thoughtful and personal. On Shapeways some of our community members are father’s themselves, so we’ve rounded up a few interesting products and gift ideas designed by Shapie Dads for Dads.

1) Fatherhood Knot Pendant by designer and Dad, Dan Foley

This Celtic design is sometimes referred to as a “fatherhood knot” or “father’s knot”, often it is a child that gets it as a way to remember their father. Occasionally a father and a child will both have one to represent that bond. It’s often done as a tattoo in this way

2) Ethanol Molecule Bottle Opener by designer and Dad, Steven Gray

Looking a little bit like a dog, this molecule model is made from steel and is an ideal gift for the beer loving dad in your life, or just anyone who loves beer!

3) Toothbrush Holder / Stand Submarine by designer and father, Kurt Drubbel

Remind your dad to be a kid again with this fun apparatus to put in toothbrush in when he’s done brushing his teeth.

4) Ghost Spinning Top by designer and father, Michiel Cornelissen

This is a a lightweight, 3D-printed stainless steel spinning top unlike any you’re likely to have seen. When it spins  it creates a fascinating, semi-transparent outline of a top. Show this to your dad and he will surely be impressed.

Michiel Cornelissen with his daughter living the good life. Can you spot the elephant in the background?

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5) Voodoo Doll by deigner and father, Edrice Waliyar

Now your dad can You can play with his own Guybrush threepwood voodoo doll!

6) Ll Bean Sonic Snow Tube GoPro Mount by designer and Dad Jeremy Mikesell

A video shot with a GoPro Hero2 on a 3D printed mount for the LL Bean Sonic Snow Tube featuring designer Jeremy and his kid.

7) Espresso cup holder by Dad and designer Henrik Sozzi

This cup holder apparatus will make your dad feel like he’s  drinking  coffee in a espresso cup at your home!

8) S’more pendant by Dad and designer Michael Williams

Give your Dad this adorable 3D printed S’more pendant (non-edible) to remind him of the times you two spent around the camp fire making S’mores. Who doesn’t like S’mores?

How are you spending Father’s Day this year? Did you design something special for your old man? Let us know in a comment below!

 

Shapeways and DJI Take Flight

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Today we are excited to announce that we have partnered with DJI, the market leader in easy-to-fly drones, to further enable the Shapeways community to create unique 3D printed accessories for drone products. DJI hand-picked some of their favorite drone accessories on Shapeways for a special curated list to show support for the current (and future) maker community.

Why is this so exciting? It’s the first time a major brand has supported the maker community in this way. By acknowledging the unique creations Shapeways designers are making for their products, they are truly showing their support of the maker community and the innovation that is produced on a daily basis. Check out this page to see the amazing DJI-curated accessories!

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We’re also thrilled to announce that Adam Savage (host of Mythbusters!) is working with us and DJI to show his support of the 3D printing community. An avid DJI drone fan, Adam has been making his own modifications for years. He is a fan of 3D printing with Shapeways to bring to life durable, custom add-ons, creating more drone accessories that build off the incredible design of DJI drone products. He will be working with the Shapeways community of designers to create more accessories to offer to drone fans around the world.

Fresh off the announcement of their new Phantom 3, we’re excited to see what new designs and accessories show up in the future. We’re so glad that DJI is further supporting its customers’ passion and innovation by highlighting some of the best community-designed accessories and opening up co-creation to its whole fan base.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more exciting news and collaborations between us and DJI. In the meantime, keep creating amazing products!

 

 

Five 3D Prints To Celebrate International TableTop Day

Posted by in Community, Curation, Games

International Table Top Day is right around the corner and we wanted to curate some of the coolest 3D printed products on Shapeways designed by community members to help you take your table top gaming to the next level this year. Whether you’re into RPGs or card games, these 3D prints are sure to impress your family and friends.

1) Celtic Dice Set by eondesigner

2) ‘Twined’ Dice D20 Spindown Life Counter Die by Foxworks

3) Catan Card Management designed by Carpemortis

4) Role Playing Counter Blades Set designed by Berian

5) HeroForge Custom 3D Printed Miniatures – Making custom  3D printed tabletop gaming miniatures gets real easy with the Hero Forge App.

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We have a very active and engaged tabletop gaming community on Shapeways and you can always explore more tabletop game inspired designs on our game category on Shapeways. What are some of your favorite table top games to play? Let us know in a comment below or feel free to tweet at us @Shapeways on Twitter. 

Unleash The Dragon With This Epic 3D Printed Dragon Door Handle

Looking for an upgrade to your average and boring door handle? Kai Bracher of the Shapeways shop Cabrada has designed an epic detailed dragon door handle 3D printed in stainless steel.

Here are some of the amazing photos of the dragon door handle which are also available for sale on his Shapeways store here.

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Dragon door handle video by Kai Bracher

Do you have an epic eye catching design that utilizes the amazing technology of Shapeways 3D printing? Share them with us on the feature this section on our forums.

Five Social Media Tactics That Will Drive Traffic And Sales For Your Shapeways Products

We all want more sales and exposure for our Shapeways business and products but in order for that to happen we have to put in the effort to make it happen. Social Media has made selling and marketing online so much easier in the digital age, and with the right tactics and practice you can begin seeing sales and traffic to your Shapeways products increase immediately. In this blog post I will highlight five specific tactics and channels that will help get you in the mindset of being your own sales person and sales lead generator.

1) Facebook Fan page direct Messaging

Whether you’re selling miniatures, jewelry, figurines, or tech accessories there are Facebook fan pages and brand pages associated with that specific product category. By doing a simple search on Facebook and filtering out your search to “pages” you will see a list of fan pages. From those search results you can find a blog fan page that might be interested in sharing your content. In this case I will use my Thorgi as an example, I searched “Corgi” on Facebook, filtered out the pages related to Corgis and began direct messaging the fan page owner asking in a kind and respectful way if they would be interested in sharing my 3D printed product with their audience. It’s ok if you don’t get a response back or they say no. My philosophy for why we share on social media is that we tend to share content that makes us look good to our audience. If the content you’re asking them to share isn’t relevant or interesting, don’t be offended if it doesn’t get shared.

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2) Creating albums and uploading your photos to Imgur

Imgur is a online photo hosting service where users can upload their photos and create photo albums that can be easily shared across the internet. With a click of a button you can upload your product photos to Imgur, share with the Imgur community, and then share across your own social media channels, and Reddit. Sharing Imgur photos and albums is now the preferred way to share photos on Reddit which is a great platform to drive hundreds to thousands of visits to your Shapeways product page. Here is my previous blog post for Reddit best practices for showcasing your work.

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3) Instagram – Search hashtag and Comment

Instagram is becoming more and more a platform where brands and small businesses go to attract shoppers. By searching the right hashtags and commenting on relevant photos, you can go straight to your customer and make a direct sale. In this example I will use my Tardigrade as an example, I searched #Tardigrade and found hundreds of photos of die hard Tardigrade fans. I began commenting on a few photos letting these Tardigrade fans know I made the World’s first 3D printed Tardigrade and before you know it users were commenting on the photo of my Tardigrade and buying them a few days later. A important tip for promoting your products on instagram, when someone comments on your photo and says things like “This is awesome” or “I need this”, they have expressed interest in purchasing and it is YOUR job to ask for the sale and engage those users letting them know where to find and buy your product.

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4) YouTube Influencers and unboxing videos 

Youtube is the largest platform for video content creators. In this previous blog post I speak on the importance of having a engaging product video to showcase and sell the product. A tactical way to get your product seen by thousands of potential shoppers is to reach out to a Youtube channel relevant to your niche and contact them about featuring your product whether that’s through a giveaway, unboxing video, or product review video. You can find Youtube influencers simply by doing a simple search on Youtube, browsing their channel, and often times their business contact information is on their Youtube channel information page under “contact”. Here is an example of a product review done by Scott Manley on 3D printed dice designed by Avandius.

 

5) Product browsing website outreach

A great way to get your products seen by shoppers is to get your products featured on sites where shoppers browse products in a form of entertainment. One of my favorite sites to browse cool and interesting products for geeks are ThisIsWhyImBroke, DudeIWantThat, CoolThingsAddicted, and Nerd Approved. There are hundreds of them out there for your specific niche that if you were to reach out with a great product design it might get featured. A great way to get in contact with the editors of those websites is through their contacts page or following tactic #1 on this blog post.

 

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Give these new marketing tips and tricks a try and you just might see a big increase in exposure, awareness, and sales for your 3D printing business. If you haven’t done so already read my previous blog post on how to make each social media platform work for you and your Shapeways business here.

The Best 3D Printed Gifts For Geeks

Are you looking for the perfect unique gift for a geeky friend or loved one (or even yourself)? Look no further than Shapeways this holiday season. If you’re like me, a tech geek who is experiencing electronics overload and is looking for a cool geeky gift to buy this year that doesn’t run of batteries, I’d suggest exploring a 3D printed product this year. I’ve taken the time to curate some cool 3D printed products that any geek would love this year. Here are my picks!

1) A Personalized 3D printed Wire Frame Astronaut by VidalCris

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2) Mobius Nautilus by JoaBaldwin

Why not give the gift of a Mobius Strip of Mobius strips?

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3) Wave by Egant – Wave is a toy that can unexpectedly transfer liquid using the physics of a syphon.

4) Wyvern Skeleton by Brian Richardson

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5) Stereographic projection grid by Henry Segerman

Do yourself a favor this year and give a product that makes your friends and family appreciate the technology of 3D printing, while making you look awesome for doing it!

Winners of the About.com Home and Shapeways #ShapeMyHolidaysSweeps Announced

Our friends at About.com Home their Experts put together a beautiful curation of home products. A few weeks ago, we opened up voting for members of both the Shapeways and About.com communities and let you decide which product you wanted in your home. The voting was extremely close, the winner only separated from the other top few products by a few votes!

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The Favorite Product in the #ShapeMyHolidaySweeps was the 36 pencil bowl by Michiel Cornelissen!!

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Our 48 lucky voters have been notified that they’ve won and will receive their pencil bowl in time for holiday, and Neeharika Ilavala, our grand prize winner, will receive all 10 products from the About.com Home curated collection.

Big thanks to everyone who voted and all the Shop Owners who decided the beautiful products in the curation!