April 28, 2012

In Full Bloom Link Party #3 - Featuring Sew Chatty

 

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Elizabeth from Sew Chatty is an amazing lady! I personally love her items and own one of her custom clutches. Last weekend I had the chance to meet her in person and I don’t have enough nice things to say about her; super nice, cute, and genuine. Elizabeth makes unique and stylish handmade items. All of her items are of wonderful quality and the fabrics and patterns she uses make each piece one-of-a-kind.

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Who or what encouraged you to start your Indie Biz?

I made handmade gifts for Christmas a few years back and lots of friends and family encouraged me to open shop so here I am! So blessed to do what I love!

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What is the hardest challenge you have as an Indie Biz owner?

I think the hardest part about owning an Indie Biz is remembering my priorities when it comes to balancing my business and family. I love what I do so much that I would rather sew than do dishes and laundry!

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What is some helpful advice you would offer other Indie Biz owners?

Stay true to you and your style. Do your best to be unique and stand out. You're an indie biz owner, so you ARE creative. Let that shine through in your products, your blog writing...everything!

What is the ultimate goal you have for your Indie Biz?

To contribute to my family's income doing something I love to do! Best job in the world!

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Don’t forget – Elizabeth from Sew Chatty can be found here - BLOG | SHOP | TWITTER | FACEBOOK


in full bloom: helping grow your indie biz!

Time to link up YOUR Indie Biz!!
Don't forget to head over to Neathering Our Fest to see her shop feature too!

Every other week Skye and I will both be featuring a hand-picked handmade shop on our blog and hosting a linky party for you to link up your shop! We want to help spread the word about what you are doing and help grow your sparkly slice of the internet. Since we are co-hosting this shindig - if you link your shop up here it will also show up on Skye's blog post. Here are a couple of guidelines for linking up:

  1. Link up shops/shop platforms only. Please do not link to a specific item, a blog post about your shop, your blog (unless your shop platform is hosted on your blog) or anything other than your beautiful shop.
  2. After you link up, visit two or three of the other shops that have linked up and tweet, pin, or facebook about your favorite item from their shops!
  3. If you have a blog and want to help spread the word, feel free to add this button to your sidebar:
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April 27, 2012

InstaFriday

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Today I am sharing my week in phone pictures. I am SO happy that Droid phones now have the Instagram app available! I'm seriously addicted! Since I attened SNAP last weekend, most of my pictures were taken then.


SNAP! attendees were given tons of swag! This was the bag we received at registration.




Every attendee received a necklace from Amy Cornwell. I had the chance to meet her and talk to her for a while in the airport. She is so sweet!



I traded business cards with so many other bloggers. I still haven't been able to sit down and check them all out. I have the weekend off and I am excited to do some blog hopping!






The Queen Bee Market was at SNAP! and it was awesome. I bought my fair share of handmade goodness!










The Salt Lake City area was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice chance of scenery! I must say I was thrilled to be going home though! I missed my boys so much! On Monday when I got back, I was exhausted and didn't fee like cooking, so we headed to our favorite Italian restaurant.





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April 24, 2012

SNAP! Recap

I got back from SNAP yesterday afternoon and all I can say is – WOW! It was so awesome! Not only did I learn a lot, but I met so many awesome people! I learned that Utah is absolutely beautiful and I have a weakness for ice-cream shakes. Let me also just apologize now for the picture heavy post – there is so much to share!

I quickly got over my nervousness of flying – which was good since I had two layovers on the way to Utah, and one on the way back for a total of 5 take-offs and landings. Maybe it was this beautiful sunrise that calmed my nerves on my first flight out of Florida.

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While we were at Thanksgiving Point they happened to be having their Tulip Festival. During a break we had, we took the opportunity to check out the amazing flowers and scenery! The first picture was taken right outside of our hotel – breathtaking!

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For the most part – these ladies and I all paired together whenever we could! From left to right there is Becky from Babes in Hairland, Holly, Christa from C. Jane Create, me, Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft, Wendy from Pretty Cute Party, and Janeal from the shop Monster and Me. These ladies were super nice and we all enjoyed eating dinners and sitting through classes together.

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Oh the classes – they were informative and motivating. The SNAP team truly did a great job picking all of the speakers as they were super knowledgeable and inspiring.

The panel they chose to speak in the Happy Chaos class on selling handmade couldn’t have been better. There was Heather from Just Lovel.ly Things, Lindsay from The Pleated Poppy, Ashley from Lil Blue Boo, Elizabeth from Dear Lizzy, and Jessica from Allora Handmade. This class was one of the ones that taught me the most. It taught me to take value in my items and myself, to price things correctly, and that it is okay to take a break when you are burned out.

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There were 325 bloggers that attended SNAP, and though I had a list of people I wanted to meet a mile long – I wasn’t able to meet everyone. There were a few people that I just wasn’t able to connect with. HOWEVER- there were ladies that I DID get to meet and I am so thankful for. Elizabeth of Sew Chatty was one of these ladies. She is so sincere and genuine – just as I imagined she would be.

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Desiree of The 36th Avenue was another super awesome lady. We met the first night and she was so sweet!

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Most of all I loved meeting my roommates in person. I could not have asked for better roommates! I roomed with Christa and Vanessa, and I don’t think I could have found a better match!

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Don’t let me forget that another great party of SNAP was that they hosted the Queen Bee Market! Let’s just say I would have bought the whole dang thing if I could have!

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Saying goodbye to it all was hard, but I was good and ready to see my boys! Being away from them for that many days was SO hard! Farwell Utah – I hope we meet again!

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If given the chance to go to SNAP! you need to go for it! I made a few lists of goals, new things I want to do, blog post ideas, and ways to improve myself - my shop - and my blog!

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April 22, 2012

A Heart for the Hungry–Our Reflection Guest Post

My name is Laura and I'm the one behind Our Reflection. I'm a full-time working mother of two beautiful daughters: Rachel who is 14 and Charlie who's 6. I've been married to Chaz for over 10 years and he's the most amazing encouraging man in the world. When I'm not at my 8-5 or being "mommy", I'm a lifestyle photographer based in Monterey, California. I have a weakness for Starbucks and love the color yellow.
 
For a few months now I feel God has put something in my heart to somehow giveback to the community, but I was never sure just what. I prayed about it a lot. A few weeks ago I was sitting in church reading the bulletin and something just jumped out to me. A Heart for the Hungry. Our church's food pantry was empty. The pantry that used to feed hundreds of families, now, there’s a sign on the door that says “Sorry, there are no food bags available at this time.”
That was it! That’s what my heart wanted to do. Fill those pantry shelves until they’re overflowing! Could I do this alone? No. I needed help. I had this idea of having a table set up in front of a local grocery stores collecting non-perishable food donations, a Food Drive. But I wanted to do more . My idea grew to wanting a table set up in front of every single grocery store in the area, all at the same time. Crazy? I thought so at first. Man, did I pray about it again and again. Slowly, things started to fall into place. Once I started looking for volunteers, they started pouring out of the wood work. Even random strangers that heard of the event asked if they could help out. We ended up with over 25 people helping this little BIG dream come to reality.

My vision came to life. This was my weekend.

 
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We decorated the food donation barrels {10 of them which were donated with a value of $50 each!}, rented the U-Haul truck, gathered our amazing volunteers and headed out!

The day called for rain. We didn't get sprinkled on, it was an all out downpour. As soon as each table was set up, the sky's flood gates opened and I hadn't seen rain like that in ages. Everyone was soaked. But was that going to stop us? No way. We were determined! And it didn't stop people from giving. We had a few people even wheel out a cart full of groceries and just leave it next to our bins. The entire cart fulls were for the Food Drive! I didn't know what to say. Thank you just didn't seem like enough but was all I could say. It made me really emotional. People have such good hearts. The world has put such a dark cloud over humanity, but it's not true. Most people want to give out of the goodness of their hearts. They want to help others. And it showed this very day.

We ended the day with each of our barrels filled to the brim and food bags all around each table. The church's food pantry was so packed the door wouldn't close. This was all God's doing. It started as a thought God had placed on my heart, ended up feeding dozens {even hundreds maybe} of low-income families.

This was such a eye opening experience I just can't wait to do it again. I encourage each and everyone of you to find a way to give back to the community. There's so much out there that needs help and it takes so little to made a huge impact on someone's life.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35


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  Laura is SO inspiring! I hope you will all go visit her at Our Reflection! 

April 18, 2012

Number Three - Announcement

I am so excited for the big announcement I am about to share with you! A picture says a million words.

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We got to see our little baby today and see the heartbeat. That is always my favorite part! The little ‘it’ was quite active in there! Wyatt wants a ‘glyl’ baby and Mason wants a brother. Mike and I would love if it is a little girl – but most of all we want a healthy baby.

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April 17, 2012

SNAP Bound

This week has been another crazy one! You might remember – I won a ticket to SNAP in November and it snuck right up on me! My flight leaves bright and early tomorrow morning and then off I go for a few days of blogging fun!

I have a few crazy thoughts about this trip though! I’m a little afraid of the many layovers I have. On my way to Salt Lake City I have two layovers and on my way home I have one layover. Since I have only ever flown 3 times in my life and they have all been non-stop flights – it makes me a little nervous. I keep thinking thoughts like ‘what if I get lost, what if they loose my luggage, and will I have enough to keep me busy?’ I don’t know why I am letting myself freak out like this. I am not even checking any luggage on the way there! I also bought Bloom by Kelle Hampton, a bag of snacks, and filled my iPod with songs to keep me occupied.

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On another note – I am also VERY EXCITED about this trip. Between twitter and the SNAP blog, I have found out that some of my very favorite bloggers will be there. Lovely ladies like Jenn from Tatertots and Jello, Desiree from The 36th Avenue, Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime, and SO many more! I am rooming with two awesome girls as well; Christa and Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft. We have sent many emails back and fourth trying to plan everything out from transportation to what we are each wearing!

I do have mixed emotions about leaving my two boys and husband for this long. I have gone away 2-3 times before, but I have always been with my husband while the boys stayed with their grandparents. This time it is just me. It is a liberating feeling, yet a bit ‘odd’ feeling. My husband is going to be in charge of running the house, and don’t tell him but I think he is going to find it is harder than he thinks!

P.S. I am also very excited that the Queen Bee Market will be at SNAP too… I hope to get my shop on!!

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P.S.S. I hope you will check back tomorrow! I am sharing some BIG news on the bloggity blog.

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