25 May 2011

our creative space 'keeping-it-simple craft' & Handmade Summit All Inclusive Pass to WIN!!

Greetings all,
Pottering away in the studio with some simple crafts this week, deflated that my husband went back to Brisbane after a week long holiday with us & so very sad that we lost another soldier overseas.  Makes my husband's world all too real, dangerous & our time with him so incredibly precious.  It will be very hard to let him go back there. 
Small details in handmade goods warm my heart, like this wordy ribbon tape from Pepe's which i'll add to a denim coin purse??  My 3 favourite words - LOVE * LIVE * LAUGH.
 Continuing on with keeping-it-simple craft, making a gazillion small tags for sale at the Handmade Market in 2 weeks (gulp).  Loving the new owl stamps from Kikki-K on a basic handmade tag - just die cut, stamp & add twine.
 Um, so i make hot water bottle covers but could not resist this from Bed Bath & Table, i mean, it's a Babushka, forgive me?? 
I feel quite zen with a break from complicated & detailed sewing this week, it's good for the soul & i'm still building stock.  No rest for the handmade crafter in small business.

Now for something totally cool & a-must-attend-event for small business owners - here's your chance to win an ALL INCLUSIVE PASS to the amazing Handmade Business Summit & Expo 2011 on Friday 10th June at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.  It's on the day before the next Handmade Market, making it the PERFECT reason to visit Canberra!!  Oh visit Shop Handmade while you're here too & pick up a copy of Handmade Living!!
The official word . . .
"The Small Business Summit & Expo 2011 aims to bring together designers, small business owners, employees, business experts and stylists to discuss the latest in business strategies in a not-to-be-missed day of practical business building and ideas exchange.
Some of Australia's best corporate and motivational speakers who have built their businesses from the ground up will be providing us with insight, invaluable information, intellectual stimulation and many “light bulb” moments. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to learn important information about retailing, merchandising, customer service, Social Media, IP and marketing, as well as attending our Small Business Expo."
OK, it says "light bulb" moments, sounds like an event Oprah would endorse!!  I'm going, i can't wait, i'll hold your hand if you're coming along & you don't know anyone!!  
The full day includes . . . Branding & Marketing Your Business . . . Digital & Social Media . . . Morning Tea . . . Small Business Start Up . . . Lunch . . . Retail Selling, Customer Service & Merchandising . . . IP & What It Means in 2011 . . . Small Business Expo . . . giveaways & door prizes. ALL for under $140!! 
These industry experts charge up to $300 each for these talks, so this is incredible value & a wonderful opportunity + you'll get fed & a huge networking opportunity.  All details at the Handmade Business & Networking site, including registration, accommodation & speakers.
To enter, please leave a comment at this post saying a) you'd love to come & b) how you'd like to improve your business/ what you'd like to gain from a summit like this.  If you can't possibly factor in attending, i'd still be interested in what you'd like to gain from the Summit, i can ask your questions for you & post the answers afterwards.  A winner will be drawn on Friday 3rd June by Julie Nichols, Queen of Handmade, so you have a week to plan & get excited or time to book your own tickets!!  Thanks for sponsoring this Julie!!
Enjoy more Our Creative Spaces this Thursday, love Posie 
EDIT: the winner of the Handmade Business Summit All Inclusive Pass for this Friday in Canberra is Fiona, who is just starting up a small business now, Congratulations, you were randomly selected by Julie, Queen of Handmade, thank you to everyone for entering!!

18 comments:

Mama of 2 boys said...

I can understand your feelings of concern Posie. It is heartbreaking every time I see 'breaking story in Afghanistan' across my Tv screen. Those headlines are never good. I feel for everyone left behind so much.
Your Live Love Laugh ribbon is gorgeous though and definitely a great motto to adopt.
The babushka hot water bottle cover is way too sweet, lovely! xo

polkadotpeticoat said...

You always amaze me, can you believe were on summer break already for the next 3 months....

Mama Mogantosh said...

Sorry to hear the husbo has gone again. It must be heartbreaking to hear about a soldiers death. Hope the hot-water bottle is warming the bed at night a little. x

Miss Prudence said...

Good on you Posie, keep busy and focus on the moment - I know it is scary stuff, real and surreal, yet noble...Keep reading that tape! It IS your motto : )

Snuggle with Babushka and feel the love xxxxxx

Market Girl said...

Thanks for the post Posie, happy to share the love with a give away for the small business summit.
Julie x

Market Girl said...

Thanks for supporting us Posie, as always you are doing a fabulous job.
Jules x

Gillian said...

Summit-o-rama: There is so much I need to know I am not quite sure where to start! Using social media to generate interest would be good, advertising and marketing plans...oh I don't know...just everything!

: )

willow and moo said...

LOL I just bought that LOVE stamp set from Kikki-K this week! It's so cute. Have fun stamping.

Rosalind said...

love Kikki K - the tags look great. he he to your water bottle cover - don't you have babushka fabric? you know you do.

Alisa said...

Wow, that must be tough. Lucky you have such a gorgeous tribe to hang out with. Kids really help with focusing on the moment : )
Love the water bottle cover and all the best for the market. x Alisa

Posie Patchwork said...

Is anyone else having huge issues leaving comments, not being able to sign in, argh!! Love Posie

deux chiens et un garcon said...

My thoughts were immediately with you.

x

Fiona said...

I would love to come to the summit. It is perfect timing for the launch of my new business.... sooooooo much to learn. My lightbulb moment to just start the business was on the Federal Hwy playing 'I spy'.

Rebekah said...

Sorry to hear about your husband having to go back :-(. I can't even fathom how hard that must be.

I went and got those owl stamps too. I can never resist something with owls on it. And I have a weakness for KikkiK ;). Wha is that stamp set I can see in the background? It looks terribly cute!

Kate Ward said...

The conference is such an amazing opportunity to learn new techniques to apply to our businesses and meet like minded people. I would LOVE to be part of the opportunity to win a free ticket - being in small business means that every penny counts!
Kx

almondtreeframes said...

Can't wait to come to the summit, I have booked 1 pass, but would love another for my mum! I can't wait for the session on IP & What It Means in 2011, especially with so many instances lately of handmade designers being ripped off by larger businesses, and exactly IP means now.

Posie Patchwork said...

Thank you everyone for entering, the winner is Fiona!! Congratulations, can't wait to see you there, love Posie

Posie Patchwork said...

Thank you everyone for entering, the winner is Fiona!! Congratulations, can't wait to see you there, love Posie