Organizing: Vintage Tins Turned Refrigerator Magnets

I always look forward to Spring and the promise of warm-weather outdoor flea markets. After what feels like a long winter, I can hardly wait to get out on a blacktop covered in tables stacked with vintage finds. SCJ-CH-Refrigerator-Tins-Nov.-2012-01For a new twist on organizing with some of those flea market goods, check out my latest blog post over at SC Johnson Family Economics!

Disclosure: I am a paid blogger for SC Johnson.

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Join Me at Craftcation 2013

craftcation-conference-share-banner-2013-largeMake plans to join me at the beach in beautiful Ventura, California next month for one of the most exciting conferences in the craft industry- CRAFTCATION!

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Craftcation is a three day indie business & DIY workshop conference- a retreat to inspire, network and build upon the independent craft business community. Igniting the entrepenurerial business spirit, it will strengthen skills and abilities of both seasoned business owners and newcomers to indie craft business. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network, communicate and share with your peers. Incorporating both business and fun, Craftcation features industry professionals leading attendees in DIY and indie business workshops, panel discussions and Q & A sessions.

Craftcation events and topics include:

Indie Business: How to start a crafty business, maximizing social media, blogging, ins & outs of indie craft shows, Etsy, wholesaling, merchandising, accounting, legal issues, branding, website design and more.

DIY workshops: Screenprinting, sewing, canning & preserving, cheesemaking, needle arts, terrariums & edible gardens, organic bath products, jewelry and more.

Community: Meet & greets, pop-up shops, yoga, bbq & cocktail socials and so much more!

HURRY, REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 1, 2013!

I’m very excited to be a part of this awesome event. Here’s what I’ll be speaking on and teaching:

Blog Perspectives

Cathe Holden shares her journey as a work-from-home graphic designer to her personal success in the craft blog arena.

Hear her perspectives on writing, branding, marketing, public relations, etiquette, and style and how she carved out her own unique spot among the vast population of craft bloggers, becoming contributing editor for Country Living magazine and author at Chronicle Books.

Cathe will also share an intimate look at how baring her creative soul on the world wide web brought peace to her personal struggles.

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Packaging & Merchandising

with Cathy Callahan, Kelly Lynn Jones and Nicole Stevenson

So, its official, you’re one talented individual and you’ve made the perfect product. The next step is just as important as the product itself – how you present it to the world.

Veteran crafty product makers Nicole & Cathy will share what they’ve learned over the years about how to package, tag, label and display products for the public. They’ll focus on creative and budget conscious solutions as well as present tons of inspirational images from crafty biz pros.

You’ll also get a list of resources so you can make your products look polished and professional.

 Prize Ribbon Rosette Image Brooches

Join Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made to work with wood, vintage collage images, ribbon, beads and other notions to create a mixed media brooch.

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You’ll master some new skills like learning how to use the Xyron sticker maker as you create a design with balanced composition and color that employs techniques from mixed media art, graphic design, jewelry making and more!

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 Rosette Art Book Signing

I was so excited to see that my editor, Lisa Tauber of Chronicle Books would be one of the speakers at Craftcation. In fact, Chronicle Books will be doing an early release of my book just for this event! So, as you can imagine, I can hardly wait to do my very first book signing. (I’ve been practicing.)Cathe-Holden-Rosette-Art-Preview

Don’t you think this would be the most amazing girlfriend get-away!? Head over to the Craftcation website to see all the great things planned and the incredible line-up of speakers and teachers. But hurry and register, this could sell out soon! I really hope to see you there.

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Crafty Pizza

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not as creative in the kitchen as you might think. I suppose by the end of a very creative day I usually don’t have a lot of good ideas left over for dinner. I have several go-to meals, a husband who is a fantastic cook, and three teens who are slowly but surely cooking a few family meals of their own. But once in a while I do come up with a yummy recipe that I tuck away in my portfolio of favorite dishes if it turns out to be a hit with the home crew. My latest is a pizza dish that was inspired by a lunch salad from a local cafe. With the ingredients in topping form, this pizza recipe is perfect as a meal or appetizer. SCJ-CH-Asparagus-Pizza-02 Click over to my blog post at SC Johnson Family Economics to see how to make my Asparagus Walnut Pizza and please add to the comments there your favorite pizza recipe. I’m hoping we can build up a fabulous pizza idea resource!

Disclosure: I am a paid blogger for SC Johnson.

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