Friday Letter - April 26, 2013

dear Friday:  thanks you for getting here but man what a week!  I need my workday to send like right now!

dear self: sometimes it's better to just hold your tongue.  ok,  now get those important emails out this weekend and let's get that to do list ready, it's about to get busy.

dear renegade:  you are coming way too soon and I'm so behind {sad face}

dear honey:  I thought I would hate your new schedule, but it's really been great having you home the last few days.  it's not as bad as I thought

dear SNAP:  thank you!  I had such a great time.  Hope to see you again next year.  I met so many new friends, it was awesome

dear risa:  Happy early birthday to us!  Let's make our 39th year AWESOME!  I can't wait for NYC.

Happy Friday everyone!

exciting week ahead...

so excited today! this week I travel to Utah to attend SNAP conference...I'm so excited to meet my favoriate bloggers I currently follow and can't not wait to meet new ones!  It's going to be 4 days of crafting, learning and playing...I'm sure I will be very tired when I get home.  You can learn more about SNAP {here} and maybe next year you can attend with me.  I promise, promise, promise to share photos and blog about the conference! month, I'm off to New York for the National Stationery Show! OMG!  This has been a dream of mine for years at attend this show.  I have been invited by Fisk & Fern to help with her booth and learn more about the entire process.  AND who can turn down a trip to New York City.
I want to thank her for the invite.  Next week I have a blog post featuring her and her cute little shop...can't wait to share.

Thanks to my small support team who continues to help me stay on track, follow my dreams and accomplish my goals. 

ALL ITEMS IN MY SHOP ARE 10% OFF THIS WEEK, USE CODE: DREAMSGOALS2013 for orders $10 and more! Have a great week everyone!

Friday Letter - April 12, 2013

dear honey - thanks for all the encouragement.  and you do know this new 'situation' is only a small bump in the road.  we will handle it and make everything right.

dear self - try  not to judge yourself so harshly...things are getting better... patience...patience...patience...

dear new frig:  you're so beautiful!  now to make everything around you shine!

dear snap conference:  6 more days, that's only 144 hours or 8640 minutes!

dear week:  not so bad! not bad at all...

dear new PJ's:  you are so cute!  can't for for the pajama party at SNAP conference

dear kid #2:  congrats on your report card...see, I told you!!!

dear kid #1:  where is yours?

dear risa:  I need help with my kitchen, new decorating ideas.  thanks for sending the pic of me and anthony, best laugh this week.  sorry about new york

dear jennifer:  thanks for an awesome photo shoot has sunday

re-cap - craftcation, part 1

I wanted to talk to you today about some of the awesome people I met while at craftcation.

craftcation...yeah, remember this view...simply amazing, right

First, I would like to introduce Lindsey & Mikel Stone of Clean Getaway Soap Company

I have three words for you...OH...MY...GOSH...
two more words...amazing couple
two more {LOL}...amazing presenters
ok, five new handmade business crush!

I took a class they were teaching at Craftcation.  They spoke on Booth Design & Displays @ Craft Shows.  My first thought, "I've done this before, but I might learn something new, so why not."  And oh, boy did I learn something new.  They presented so many great ideas and gave sooooooooooo many great examples.  They told this story of how they made it to their first craft show....on a bike with a baby trailer attached to the back of the funny, I will never for get it...

They run a really cute soap company called Clean Getaway Soap Company.  They have the best soap packaging and not to mention their booth set up is soooo amazing.  It was really a privilege to meet this couple.  Not only were they fun, but I really did  learn something new.

Take a look at their website.
Take a look at their etsy.
Do you see the packaging...OMG, LOVE...much LOVE.  And they have a soap of the month club, genius! I've just placed my first order with them...can't wait to get it!!!
Thanks Lindsey and Mikel


I still have lots more excitement for the next person I met while at Craftcation

Introducing Kari Chapin - she is so stinkin' cute!
Author of

and author of

if you are thinking of starting a handmade business or you are looking to grow, you really should check out her books.  While I didn't take any of her classes.  I was able to sit with her a round first thought - WOW, she's pretty amazing.  She has so much knowledge and information - She was inspiring others to write.  While I'm not a writer she did put a little bug in my ear {that I'm currently ignoring}.  
You can purchase the books here.