Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My First Speaking Engagement!

I was asked to speak about crafting businesses for an online Christian women's conference! I am so honored and excited!

The conference is called Ultimate Women's Expo. The focus of this conference is to inspire, encourage, and equip Christian women who are running or starting their own business. The theme for this year is Creating Success and Defining Your Voice. Just hearing the theme is inspiring, isn't it?!

Ultimate Women's Expo

Here are the details of my workshop:

Got Craft? Make It a Business!
Do you sew, knit, crochet, paint, make jewelry, or love crafting in general? No matter your medium, the market for handmade items is very hot right now. If you have ever thought of sharing your crafting with others, this is a great time to try it! Connie will share what she has learned about selling handmade items and how you can get started. With a little creativity and research, you can start your own crafting business locally or online. 

Wanna know more?

This Expo works a little differently than most. Cindy Rushton began this Expo years ago. She is such a generous person that she wanted to offer sessions for FREE so that anyone could see what the Expo is like and benefit from great information without buying a ticket. Last year she found an equally generous lady to take over running the Expo. Felice Gerwitz has kept these FREE sessions! She really has a heart to minister and help other women along. She's a gem!

Some of the sessions are recorded live. Those sessions are absolutely FREE. You can come to the chat room to listen to the speaker at the time of taping and participate in the chat. It's wonderful! You get the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker, and you get to make connections with other women in the chat room. Win-win!

Not all of the sessions are taped live. Many sessions are recorded behind the scenes. (My session was recorded today!) If you want access to all of the sessions, you can buy a ticket to the Expo. When you buy a ticket, you also get a load of freebies! It's just like going to a conference in real life~ but better! You can always listen to the mp3s of the sessions over again!

I really hope you'll check it out. Felice always puts together an awesome line-up of speakers. If you are even thinking of starting a crafting business, opening an online shop, writing a book, publishing an ebook, or any kind of business from home, then you will benefit from this conference!

If you want to find out more, you can listen to Felice explain the purpose and theme of Ultimate Women's Expo.

The Expo starts tomorrow! It runs from Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, May 21. Don't miss it!

Also Wednesday evening's session will be followed by a Facebook party and lots of prizes! Come join us!


The links above are my affiliate links. If you wish to buy a ticket and click through my link, I earn a percentage of the ticket price. So if you click through my link~ Thank you!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Pastor Hat

I simply could not start selling hats made from upcycled coffee bags without making one for my pastor. You see, Guy loves coffee. I have heard him call himself a coffee snob. He has a business selling coffee equipment. He helps people set up coffee shops. He is the one who helped begin Alliance World Coffees, the coffee roasting business where I get all the coffee bags to repurpose. Plus, he wears drivers caps all the time. I had to make a hat for Guy.

Hubby and Guy went to the roasting building to choose the coffee bag for his hat. Finally he chose the bag and pointed out to Hubby the design that he would really love on the hat. The only problem was that the bag was still half full of beans. About a week later, Hubby brought the bag home. I had to laugh when I saw the words right below Guy's chosen design...

Pastor! Better yet, neither Guy nor Hubby realized that it said "La Pastora" right under the coffee flower design that he wanted!

I think that's hilarious! So I couldn't resist. Hubby called him up to ask if he wanted his hat to say "pastor." He liked the idea, so I had to make it!

The hat is made from a Costa Rica coffee bag. I forgot to take a picture of the coffee bag before I started cutting. I remembered after I cut the first piece out~ the main hat piece. So I put the pieces back together for a picture. Can you see where his hat was cut from? For those of you who do not know, the flower in the center that looks like a poinsettia is the flower of a coffee plant. The little red berries that some think look like holly berries are actually coffee berries. They are the part that becomes the coffee beans that we roast.

After getting the hat sized just right for his head, I finally delivered it to him earlier this week. He seemed pretty excited to finally get his hat. I hope you're enjoying your pastor hat, Guy!

Coffee Up!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The First Fisherman's Cap

The first fisherman's cap is done! Hubby requested this one and then picked out the coffee bag (and design from it) that he wanted. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I like it.

When I laid out the pattern, I wasn't really certain how the designs on each piece would go together. I was pleasantly surprised!

This hat was made from a Brazil coffee bag. I love the green stripe on the bill. I love how the three coffee beans fill the top of the hat. I love that this hat is very colorful without being loud and overly busy. It was really fun to make!

I think some fisherman's hats will need to make their way to the Coffee Up! shop very soon. You can email me (top of sidebar) to add your name to my waiting list for your very own fishermans cap~ made especially for you!

Coffee Up!