sweet as honey tour update

February 19, 2014

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hey everyone! i just wanted to pop in and give you a little update. as you know, we’re out on the sweet as honey southeast tour this week and are having so much fun! we’ve met the most lovely people and are having so much fun seeing all the beautiful shops around the southeast. in fact, i think the tour is really just a good excuse to make new friends and drool over everyone’s pretty projects!

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the little general’s shop owner gina and her adorable son, brooks above on the left!

so far we’ve been to the little general, papanana and quilted thimble cottage. each shop has been so beautiful and we’ve been greeted with such kindness and the most lovely group of ladies. tonight we’ll be speaking at the modern quilt guild in asheville, nc before we head to kingsport, tn, franklin, nc and rome, ga the rest of the week. click here for full details on our location and times!

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quilted thimble cottage owner jenn and her cutie son, caleb above on the left!

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each time we visit a shop, we present oodles of pretty projects made with sweet as honey, demo several techniques, chit chat about the ins and outs of fabric design and how i got started, and do a few giveaways at the end. we have tons of fun and would love to see you if you can make it to one of the locations!

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turn your hobby into a business course

next monday, i’m thrilled to be joining four other business experts in teaching turn you hobby into a business. in this four day class, you’ll learn how to turn your hobby into a bisuness as we share with you the paths we’ve taken in building the businesses that we love. learn how to create a business that sets you apart from competitors, attracts your ideal customers and empowers you to grow the business of your dreams. create a brand that inspires you and expresses the best of yourself and what you do.

in my part of the course, i’ll be sharing the 5 most important steps i’ve taken to building my blog, brand and business. i can’t wait to chat with you all about it!

the course will run february 24-27 from 1:00-2:00pm est. (it will also be recorded for on-demand access as well.)

the course is $150. *special discount for going home to roost readers! enroll by february 18th and join the class for just $99. use code ‘LAUNCHIT’ during checkout.

Enroll here!

schedule:

SESSION ONE: FINDING AN IDEA AND CREATING YOUR PLAN
arianne segerman is a freelance editor and the founder of award-winning blog, mabel + riv. learn with arianne how starting your own business doesn’t have to mean spending thousands of dollars on setup costs before you even open your doors.

what you will learn:

identify your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to use that information to monetize your existing skills. how to vet ideas and know if your business will work before you launch create a business plan from scratch. we will show you how to set achievable goals for your business that lead to steady growth.

SESSION TWO: BUILD A PRODUCT FROM THE GROUND UP
maggie whitley took her sewing hobby and built a nationally recognized online shop. maggie will discuss the process of going from idea to product, and share all of the lessons she learned along the way. you can start small with just one thing. it can be a product or a service. it can be something that saves time or creates fun. think of your one thing. this session will show you how to turn a great idea into a new product.

what you will learn:

how to price your products effectively. the secret to knowing when to expand your offerings. create multiple revenue streams in a way that minimizes risks and maximizes your income.

SESSION THREE: POSITIONING YOUR BRAND FOR SUCCESS
abby kerr is the founder of the voice bureau, a boutique branding agency serving micro-businesses with an online presence. she works hand-in-hand with online businesses to develop a voice that stands out from the rest.

you can make sales just learning how to switch from the language of a hobbyist to the language of an entrepreneur. an entrepreneur isn’t something with a lot of money and a huge business. it’s someone who has an idea for what people might want to buy. this session will help you talk about yourself in a way that allows you to see yourself how you want to be. then others will see you that way, too.

what you will learn:

learn how to look outside of yourself to develop a unique selling proposition. position your brand in a way that aligns with your values and attracts the perfect clients. create a brand voice that allows you to stand out from your competitors and show the value you bring.

SESSION FOUR: MARKETING FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS
with bonnie forkner (that’s me!) & cassie boorn

it costs nothing to start a business online. and it costs nothing to build a community of people who are interested in what you are doing. learn effective marketing by being true to yourself. that’s the way the best businesses grow.

cassie spent her career building national marketing campaigns for fortune 500 companies, while building her personal brand from scratch. she launched her blog in 2009, which has been featured across national media outlets including the new york times.

what you will learn:

how to create a marketing plan from scratch. the secret behind landing press coverage for your business. learn the path to getting your business in front of the customers that matter.

SESSION FIVE: PRODUCTIVITY AND BALANCE AS YOUR BUSINESS STARTS -AND GROWS
over the last year kyla roma has put balance, ease, health, connection and fun at the center of her life, and wrapped her work around them. the result has been energizing, transformative, and exciting. she’s working less, earning more, making new friends, and enjoying the kind of life she used to think wasn’t possible.

what you will learn:

how to build a business around the life you want to live. tools for seamlessly integrating productivity into your daily routine. a plan for managing the growth of your business without losing your mind.

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sweet as honey southeast tour - see you there!

as you might have heard over on facebook and instagram, sweet as honey is hitting the road! i’m so excited to debut my new fabric line and meet and greet with you all at your local quilt and fabric shops. we’ll be showcasing a large trunk show full of beautiful projects, present a couple of demos and chit chat about the ins and outs of designing fabric before we close the day a sweet giveaway. it’s going to be so much fun!

you’ll see our schedule on the flyer above. can’t wait to see you there!

p.s. new to sweet as honey? jump in the sweet as honey lookbook to get inspired!

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plant based dinner ideas

happy valentine’s day my little sweet potatoes! i’ve been beyond excited to discover the first mess this week. i’ve been drooling all over my keyboard as i scroll through laura’s vegan archives, and have even been able to try my hand at a few of her recipes this week. i’m happy to say that i have a few new favorites myself and can’t wait to start cooking my way through her blog!

monday: chana masala
tuesday: veg chicky parm (made vegan by using substitutes)
wednesday: favorite tofu – topped everything this week with it!
thursday: red pepper rapini with white beans and grits (made vegan by omitting cheese & egg, topping it with above tofu)
friday: favorite lentil soup

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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printable tea tags

February 12, 2014

printable tea tags

hey, all my little sweet potatoes! today i’m sharing a set of printable tea tags i made for world label – just in time for valentine’s day (or any love filled day)! you can find david and i sipping tea together on most any given day, so i’m excited to surprise him with a few of these myself. they are simple to print, cut out and attach (see below). with several tags that would work for a sweetheart, friend or family member – i hope you’ll enjoy using them!

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instructions for the tea tags: head on over to world label to download the tea tags. print on full page white sticker paper and cut out along the faint grey lines. remove the backing and place the string from a tea bag in the middle of one side. fold in half. optional: for a professional look- use a hole punch to cut out notches at each top end, or scissors to bevel each corner.

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the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available! (1)

hello, loves! i’m so pleased to share with you the quilt for my latest fabric collection, sweet as honey. the honey pot quilt is a free pattern (click here to download) that goes together quickly with machine piecing and no binding. because this design keeps the integrity of the hexagon shapes around the edges, the finished look is both unique and stunning.  the finished size of the quilt is 65″ x 70″ – perfect for your sofa or afternoon picnic!

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

in addition to the free quilt pattern, we’re so excited to also offer die-cut hexagon kits that include all 260 hexagons! both colorways are offered, spring harvest and autumn harvest. purchasing the kit let’s you skip all the tedious hexagon cutting and let’s you get right to the fun part- sewing!

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

the honey pot quilt kits include all the hexagons needed for the quilt, as well as the pattern and a die cut template for marking the sewing dots. visit a stitch in time to see more and grab your kit!

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

click on the image above to download the free project sheet for the honey pot quilt.

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

the honey pot quilt - free quilt pattern + kits available!

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3 Easy Steps to Turn Your Dreams into Reality

It happens every New Year: at some point, we start to feel more stuck in the mud than motivated about our goals.

I’m facing the energy lull in my own business right now. The excitement of a new project has worn off, and it now requires dedicated effort. When I say effort, I mean I am trudging through the uncomfortable stages, fighting off procrastination, and using determined force to keep the momentum going on this thing. It’s not easy!

Good old resistance is rearing her ugly head, and I have no choice but to face her. In fact, having the courage to persevere when the going gets tough is what builds long-lasting success.

Today, I have a three-step formula that you can follow to achieve all that you desire:

Step 1: Act as if. Act as if you are already where you want to be. Imagine your biggest dream came true last week: all that you’ve been wishing on is now yours! Does that change anything about your day? Would you be wearing what you have on? Would you be doing what you had planned? Would your mood be the same?

To change your present attitude and act as if you already have what you want, think of the positive role models in your life, the people whom you admire. When you find yourself in a funk or you’re struggling to get a project completed, ask yourself:

  • What would my role model do if faced with a similar obstacle?
  • How would my role model be dressed today?
  • How would my role model manage the project I’m working on?
  • Would I be proud to show my role model this project/space/idea and the progress I’ve made toward building it?

Acting as if you’re already the success you wish to achieve will change your mindset and propel you toward becoming it.

Step 2: Create a Plan B and be stoked about it. I am working on a life-changing Plan A this year. I want Plan A so badly I can taste it! I visualize how it will unfold. I get carried away in daydreams, and I practice my reaction to Plan A coming true in the mirror. I love Plan A.

So that my desire for Plan A doesn’t turn into desperation, I have carefully drafted a second place prize: Plan B. In Plan B, I still achieve the feelings I desire, I just have to practice more patience to reach the ultimate goal (Plan A).

For example, let’s say you want to learn to speak French. You go and buy a course that will teach you the language, and then you set a rewarding Plan A. “If I get to third level French by the end of the year, I will travel to my dream destination of Paris, France for one week. I will become affluent in the French language using the week to practice speaking with Parisians.”

That’s a pretty lofty goal, but just imagine it! Picture yourself on the streets of Paris in the springtime speaking French. Allow daydreams galore in which Plan A unfolds in all its glory.

As you envision Plan A, you might realize some obstacles. It’s an expensive vacation and a long flight. How will you save the money and take that much time off work? Maybe you’ve never traveled so far, and the idea of leaving for Europe begins to overwhelm you.

So that Plan A doesn’t become desperate or hopeless, you need a hearty Plan B. In Plan B, you still learn French; that life-long goal still comes true. In case Plan A falls through (Paris for the week), you could go to Quebec for the weekend. You still get to practice French with native speakers, and it’s still a pretty romantic vacation. In fact, following through with Plan B will get you closer to Plan A. You’ll practice leaving the country, finding your way in a foreign city, and using the French language. I’d bet that once you conquer the Quebec trip, Paris will feel more doable than ever before!

Step 3: Keep your vision front and center. The things I’m working toward (new deck, family car for travel, tickets to Wicked the Musical, etc.) are plastered all over my office walls and Pinterest boards. Remembering what I’m working so hard for keeps me grounded and focused on my tasks.

I’m grateful for every luxury and reward that my creative business adds to my life, and I try to surround myself with reminders of the comforts it brings. Create a vision board for yourself to collect these desires and reflections. Appreciating them will only bring more of what you want into your life.

Best of luck in making your dreams a reality!

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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dinner ideas 2.7.14

February 7, 2014

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, loves! we’re still eating lots of cauliflower, cabbage and potatoes but i’m not complaining. it’s these winter vegetables that sustain us and make winter so savory. our favorite meal this week was this delicious shaved cauliflower salad.

monday: cauliflower buffalo bites (um, yum!)
tuesday: thai noodle soup
wednesday:  jumbo stuffed shells
thursday: shepherd’s pie
friday: shaved cauliflower salad

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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