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win a ticket to the maker's summit!

oh boy oh boy oh boy. the lovely creatives over at the indie craft parade are giving one lucky ghtr reader a ticket to the makers summit and the best craft party ever! this one-day business conference for the art, craft, and design world will help you learn how to start or grow your business as you hear practical advice from industry leaders and peers during keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and one-on-one time with experts. i’m thrilled to attend myself this year, and would love to see you there!

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the makers summit is a one-day business conference for the creative community, on saturday, march 1st in greenville, sc. designed to help artists and creatives found and run successful businesses as attendees will hear practical advice from industry experts.

after the conference, you’re also invited to join the after-party, the best craft party ever. here, you’ll enjoy a full gourmet dinner provided by some of their favorite local chefs while you create and mingle with experts and peers alike. project stations and supplies will be provided.

giveaway

enter to win: one free all-access pass to the makers summit and the best craft party ever.

deadline: giveaway will end friday, february 7th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

the fine print: travel and accommodations are not included. please do not enter to win unless you would be able to make the trip. ticket is not transferable. winner required to register by feb. 10, 2014.

to enter: comment on this post letting us know why you’d like to attend the makers summit and best craft party ever!

additional ways to enter:

>> like both going home to roost and the indie craft parade on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @craftparade

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #makerssummit

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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hello, lovelies! i’m really thrilled to announce that lisa jacobs will be joining us each month to share some creative business advice with us! lisa is one of the most knowledgeable and talented creative gals in the business. she’s an absolute marketing guru and i can’t wait for you to get to know her better. i’m already taking advice from her post today!

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image via love from ginger altered by lisa jacobs

Have you ever had a highly productive Monday? The kind of day that makes you think, “Look at all I’ve done! I’m going to knock it out of the ballpark this week!” Only to wake up on Tuesday and find yourself mentally and physically spent; so much so that it’s virtually impossible to get anything done?
That happens because each of us has a reserve of willpower, and when it’s spent, so are you.  It’s why most people quit the gym after January, and it’s also why the bakery is the last area of the grocery store (after you’ve used all your willpower to make good decisions in the fruit and vegetable section).

Moreover, an empty willpower tank is the black hole of productivity.

Since it’s the New Year and many of us are in planning mode, it’s a great time to talk about making the most of your working hours so that you can go the distance. This involves spending your time wisely, refilling your willpower tank more quickly, and expanding that reserve so it can hold more of your sacred energy.

How to Train Your Focus Muscle

Because focus is just that, a mental muscle that can be strengthened. Think of building your focus like you would train for long distance running. In order to improve, to go farther at a faster pace, you would gradually (and regularly) push yourself just past your personal breaking point. If I can comfortably run 2 miles in 20 minutes today, tomorrow I will have to run 2.25 miles in 22 minutes to build up my strength and endurance.

The same goes for your personal reserves of willpower. Your focus muscle needs to be trained for increased strength and endurance. First thing’s first …

Set a timer. As I write this, I have a free app called Alinof Timer counting down my 50-minute interval of pure focus. This helps me stay on track.

The level of energy or resistance I have for a task determines how long the timer will be set between breaks. Here is my guide:

  • Difficult tasks and grudge work: 15 minutes
  • Work I’m resisting, but perfectly capable of doing: 25 minutes
  • Work I enjoy: 50 minutes

The results from a laser-focused, timed work session are truly amazing. Try it out for one week to see how much you’re able to accomplish.

Identify your bad habits. True story: When I finished the first draft of this post, I opened a new browser window and went internet-clicking before I caught myself in the act. Mindlessly clicking around the internet is my favorite method of “checking out” during the day, and it’s my absolute best way to waste time.

What’s worse is, my internet clicking doesn’t look like a waste of time. It still looks like production. I answered an email and updated a social media status. That’s part of my job, and it’s a pleasure to connect with other creative business owners throughout the day.

The problem with that is: it’s taken me off the most important task at hand, which is writing this article for Going Home to Roost. Will that social work get done outside of my laser-focused production hours? Yes, it will happen no matter what, but my task (finishing this post) will not get done if I don’t push through the less fun (editing) stages and stay focused.

In order to honor your to-do list, you have to bring awareness to your favorite method of wasting time and avoid those bad habits.

Understand your personal energy cycles. There’s a natural order to things: A new idea comes with a giant burst of productive energy. It’s exciting! It’s fresh! It could attract loads of fame and fortune if it all works out. So naturally, you get right to work.

Then somewhere towards the middle of the project, the energy slows down and the idea requires effort. You meet resistance, and your shiny new project suddenly doesn’t seem so fun anymore.

I feel quite confident that many of you in creative business can relate to this resistance. What I want to propose today is that you can overcome it, and each time you do, you strengthen your focus muscle far beyond your wildest dreams. Every time you push a project into completion, you enlarge your willpower reserve. When you bring awareness to your energy cycles, you are more likely to overcome resistance and feed the momentum your business so desperately needs.

Here’s wishing you all the best in love, life and business in 2014!

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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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diy reversible ribbon cuffs

December 19, 2013

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next up on the list of diy gifts are these pretty reversible ribbon cuffs. once you gather the supplies, they’re so easy to make! i whipped up about 20 of them in just a few hours. since they’re reversible, i made each side with a different ribbon which really makes them stand out and fun to wear!

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supplies:

- ribbon*
- jump rings**
- lobster clasps**
- ribbon end clamps (make sure to get a size that matches your ribbon widths)**
- fray check
- flat nose pliers
- bent nose pliers
- sewing machine***

*i used designer ribbons from renaissance ribbons. pictured here are some from amy butler, tula pink, anna maria horner and philip jacobs. you can search for them around the web or order them directly from my mom’s quilting shop, a stitch in time (just e-mail her!).

**i got all my supplies from twilights fancy. she was wonderful to work with and shipped very quickly!

***if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could also make these by fusing the two sides together with an iron using a fusible like heat n bond.

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diy reversible ribbon cuffs

directions:

step 1: begin by cutting your ribbon. i made each of mine 7″ long, but you can measure your own wrist and adjust if necessary.

step 2: place two pieces of coordinating ribbon wrong sides (messy sides) together. straight stitch down each side, staying as close to the edges as possible. (see picture above supplies.)

step 3: apply fray check to the cut ends to prevent raveling (you can skip this step if you want, but let me warn you- ribbons fray like crazy!).

step 4: insert each end of the ribbon into a ribbon clamp and clamp each end tightly down using flat nose pliers.

step 5: using curved nose pliers, open a jump ring and place it in the loop at the end of one of the ribbon clamps. close the jump ring.

step 6: open another jump ring, place a lobster claw on it and attach it the other ribbon clamp just like you did in the previous step.

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oh yeah, and did i mention? i got a tattoo!

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paper to petal

May 3, 2013

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i’ve been gushing over this book for days now. paper to petal is a collection of products, handmade paper flowers, and objects that celebrate paper-crafts, each influenced by nature and imaginatively inspired. i think they would be especially nice to make during the winter when fresh blooms aren’t available (depending on where you live, of course!). i’ve missed having a little bouquet of flowers by my desk during the colder months, so paper flowers will definitely be on my crafting list this fall! head on over to amazon, barnes and noble or indiebound to get yours on pre-order now.

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make your own polaroid coasters when i saw this project over on darkroom and dearly i thought, what a great way to bring photos to life! personally, i haven’t printed photos in a very long time (i just keep them digitally), but sometimes i miss having the hard copies to flip through. i think this project would be a great way to show them off, as well as make for some good conversation starters! head on over to darkroom and dearly for the full tutorial!

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planted mugs + printable tags

December 19, 2012

planted mugs + printable tags

printable plant tags

yesterday, i was so inspired after seeing these planted mugs over on design*sponge, that i decided to make some myself, as well as design some gift tags to go along with them! i was looking for a gift idea that was sweet, affordable and memorable – and voila. thanks design*sponge!

planted mugs + printable tags

each planted mug only cost me $6 to make (can i get a woot woot?!). here’s what you need:

supplies:

- any type of mug – i grabbed mine from target for $3 a piece
- small plants to fit inside – i got mine from lowes for $2.98 a plant
- a few pebbles or rocks (you can usually just find some outside!)

directions:

first fill the bottom of each mug with a few pebbles, then simply place your plant in the mug and pack down the dirt around it. you may find it helpful to loosen the roots before you insert the plant.

planted mugs + printable tags

planted mugs + printable tags

planted mugs + printable tags

another nice touch is to add a gift tag and a small bag of your favorite coffee, tea or mulling spices. i went ahead and made these tags a printable for you, so you can use them as well! just fill out the back with the plant instructions so that the recipient will know how to take care of the plant. i punched a hole in the tea bag and tag and tied it up onto a twig (stuck in the soil) using baker’s twine.

planted mugs + printable tags

 

just click on the image above to download and print these gift tags to go along with your planted mugs. have fun!

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holiday gift guide: for the crafter

we probably all have a crafter in our lives. you know, the one who gives handmade gifts, lives in their craft room, has an etsy shop, and/or is always doing some kind of a diy project. i think crafters are one of the most fun groups of people to buy for (probably because i’m one of them myself!).

have something to add? please share your gift suggestions in the comments section!

1) the crafter’s guide to taking great photographs – $16.47 | 2) paint box votive holder – $68 | 3) etsy gift card- $25-250 | 4) porcelain yarn bowl- $33 | 5) boxed japanese washi tape- £16.95 | 6) a subscription to do it yourself magazine – 2 years for $19.97 | 7) give any craftsy class- $30-75 | 8) filled with love embroidery kit- $25 | 9) make your own rabbit toy kit –  £15.00 | 10) grow your handmade business – $11.53

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diy felt snowballs

November 15, 2012

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diy felt snowballs

working with felt is like dream. it comes in an array of colors and is so soft and easy to work with, especially since it doesn’t fray. these sweet little snowballs from the purl bee are a perfect example of what can be done with a little felt and some free time! i envision these ornaments adorning a christmas tree, hung at different heights over a dinner table or even hanging in window. head on over to the purl bee for detailed instructions on how to make these beauties yourself!

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