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Loving the full on Chinoiserie at Philosophy!
I've been telling you something BIG was coming in September, well the wait is finally over! Almost! On the heels of writing Confessions of a First Timer, I have received loads of requests to go deeper into the process. I've taken all your requests and more and created SHOWSTOPPER - Road Map to Rocking your Trade Show. This is not just an ebook! With the help of some AWESOME GUEST STARS, I have literally created your guide to getting it all done. What I can tell you now, is this project is like no other. While I am putting the final touches on things, hop on the mailing list to be THE FIRST to hear about the upcoming release, FREEBIES, and a few surprises (that you will only find out if you are on the list! :)) along the way. Show season will soon be upon us! Get ready to be a Showstopper!
Excited?? I am! I would love if you would tweet it, post it on FB, and tell all your friends who have been dreaming of making their show dreams a reality!
Today's the day!! Today I am turning the big 3-0!! Guess that means the training wheels are off, and I am really, really an adult! Wow, how strange is that?! There have been a lot of 30 before 30, or 30 while...kinds of lists going around, and that is great fun. I've decided to keep things a bit more simple. In honor of my big day, I've decided to work on three really important things this year, and maybe one to grow on too! :) This year I will strive to...
1/ Be a better friend.
2/ Be a better daughter
3/ Stop neglecting the things that deeply feed my soul (the French language, salsa dancing, and yoga)
Let's face it. This year has been totally crazy! Getting a business off the ground, going to my first trade show, writing an ebook, these are no small tasks. My work life balance has pretty much been out the window. Obviously, I have been having so much fun building my business, but all work and no play...well you know how it goes. My friends and family have been sooo very supportive in the last few years of my new independent adventure, I want to be sure to spend more quality time with all of them. So this is my commitment to myself (in a very public forum so you all will hold me to it!) - this year, I restore the balance.
And here is my gift to you in the form of a pretty cute printable if I say so myself! Click the image and it's all yours - blank for you to fill in of course! Hooray for all the Virgos!
Happy Monday all! I'm back after spending four days in Minneapolis at the Creative Connections Event! I feel so lucky to have been a part of the inaugural event created by the dynamic duo of Nancy Soriano and Jo Packham. Big, huge thank you to Nancy for inviting me to speak on the How to Launch a Business Panel. This is event was so impressive, it is hard to know where to start. The most valuable part of this experience for me was how sincerely everyone wanted to share and nurture business and creativity. By that I mean not only for their own ventures, but also for everyone else's who was at the event as well. This event was truly a manifestation of what is happening in the craft/creative/women's arts movement. Everyone was so kind, and giving with their knowledge and talents. It was remarkable, motivating, and heart warming. This few days was far above and beyond a creative meetup. The Creative Connections Event was, and will continue to be, a place to learn about your craft, your community, you business, and a wonderful safe place to explore the depths of your creative make up.lisa leonard generously donated the lovely necklace in our bags!
So just to get an idea of what the days were like...PACKED with goodies to say the least. The handmade market was open daily (and open to the public as well). There were also a wide range of classes throughout the day from painting folk art to jewelry making and everywhere in between. Lunches and dinners were provided and included a keynote speaker (Amy Butler, Ree Drummond, etc) or a panel on great subjects like the ins and outs of the editorial process (ie getting published, press etc). The dinners were great because they provided another great time to meet other fabulous creative women (especially if you were traveling alone like me).
Each day included a morning panel and an afternoon panel. Topics included: How to start a business (that's me with my panel pals! Amy Barickman, Laurie Lenfestey, and Serena Thompson), Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool, Blogging: How to Make it Matter More, The Future Face of Retail etc.
one of the dinners included beautiful decorations by Christine Hoffman
Happy Monday all! Did you know that September is my favorite month of all?! AND its my birthday month? AND I am turning 30?! Oh yeah, we are celebrating all month long over here! I have a great new project in the works (details to come, promise!), and I am just on top of the world with all my fabric collections FINALLY hitting stores! How about a free download to start the week? A little question I ask myself whenever, I want to start something new, or just get nervous about the future. I know we have all been there. Here is a friendly reminder there is really nothing to fear. Two colorways to choose from. Enjoy! Just click the image for your FREE DOWNLOAD! Here's to a great week!
Rock Paper Scissors in New Jersey!
The Fabric Quarter Quilt Shop
Sew, Mama, Sew is hosting a giveaway through the weekend! Winner will be announced on Monday!
I love this teal color against the antiqued rust and mixing erosion with such distinguished line quality.
This door makes me want to start a collection of doorknobs.
Vintage florals are everywhere! This old chair is proof that flowers are a timeless classic. Mixing it up with fun, bright teals is a retro way of making old things new again.
I was on the hunt to visit the oh so fab hable construction when I was in New York last month. I finally found the tiny door on Perry Street in the west village. To my surprise hable was no longer there. Instead I found this little jewel Kaas Glassworks. They do a wide fabulous range of handmade decoupage. There images come from scouring flea markets for old paper. The results is a space that feels aged and oh so romantic. They also do custom work which is so exciting! Enjoy!
I just love hearing the sound of the fedex truck pulling up, don't you? Last week I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this gorgeous new catalog from one of my new licensees I met at SURTEX! My bikes from my Cafe du Monde line are going to be on this adorable napkin! How exciting right? How great are these images too?! This is a new line for the group. It's called Elise. Look for the new line with my napkins next spring. Hooray! :)