Intermediate Creative Business Workshop: New Date

I'm excited to launch my latest Intermediate Creative Business Workshop date! This will be the last business workshop for 2014, but fear not there will be more dates in 2015 including some other exciting news!

TO BOOK: Click here to go to Hello Pretty booking site or email me if you prefer.
DATE: 29th November 2014
VENUE: Open Plan Studio - 39 Station Drive, Durban.
FULL DAY COURSE: 9am - 5pm
COST: R1000
Space is very limited so don't delay.

I have worked with Hello Pretty to set-up an online shop through which you can buy your ticket for the workshop. When booking via the site - ensure you double check the date and details. The aim is to make the process easy and simple for you. I can highly recommend the site and the process (payment is safe), but if you prefer you can email me to book. 

The workshops are aimed at creative business owners in a variety of fields from photography and design to crafters or even bloggers. If you have your own business (or want to start your own) and want to learn and prosper, then the workshops are ideal for you. The topics range from social media to creative marketing ideas and there are two types of workshops – one for beginners and one for intermediates. The Beginner Workshops is ideal for business owners who would like to learn the basics. The Intermediate Workshops are for those who are in the industry and on the right track, but would perhaps like step it up a notch.

The workshops started in Durban with sold out dates and an amazing array of creatives joining in and last year I added Joburg into the mix as well as Cape Town in 2014. All the past attendees have given wonderful reviews. Creatives who attend can look forward to a day of learning with practical examples and case studies of successful businesses. The day is the ideal platform for networking within a creative environment. All the courses include a delicious lunch, snacks, a really lovely goodie bag and a host of giveaways from wonderful brands.

How do I know I'm intermediate? 
You already have a blog or understanding of social media. You enjoy being online and want to grow your business even further.

The Facts:
This workshop is aimed at creatives who are ready to expand, grow their business and blog readership. You would like to get an even better understanding of the various tools available to you.

What does your hard earned money get you?

Creative Goal Setting:  How to breakdown and achieve your personal and business goals.

Creative Branding:  Tying your brand and business together as one. We cover the essentials of what creates a good brand.

Blogging Tips:  Planning, scheduling and basic creative tips for putting posts together.

Social Media Tips:  We will focus on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and how these can work towards generating blog readers and in turn more sales and opportunities.

Creative Marketing Ideas:  Fun, cost effective ways to generate interest in your business or blog.

How to Approach the Press:  Want to have your products or blog featured in magazines? I will give you the tips you need, from what to say to how you to say it.

Question and Answer Session:  A time for you to chat to me about your problems, new ideas or even plans for your business.

In addition you will receive snacks, an amazing lunch, the chance to mingle and make new friends as well as network. A goodie bag bursting with wonderful surprises will also be waiting for you!

How to sign up: 
Book your ticket via my Hello Pretty shop.


Email me ( or call me (072 093 7730) with your full name, contact number and request to book your spot. I will send you an invoice and all the relevant booking details - payment is due once invoice is received.

A Few Thoughts via GFWS

Last week I received a wonderful invite to the Good Food and Wine Show's Trade Talk. I was quite excited as several well established professionals were speaking. I sat front row like the nerd I am - all the better to hear and see all! The talk covered a few topics, including business, creativity and finding your passion. Even more suited to me than I first thought. I have several clients in the food / hospitality industry so I thought it very relevant to attend. Regardless of that I found the panel discussion so interesting and inspiring! 

I took detailed notes and summarised them into quick short bursts of info - easy to put into practice and remember. What I particularly loved was how honest all these wonderfully successful people were and how they spoke from personal experiences. Happy reading!

The venue was really dark so I didn't get any clear snaps of the chefs talking. I did spot a few colourful and beautiful items while walking around to add some colour to this post. Daniela's Macarons, Tea Merchant tea pot, The Coffee Theatre's biscuits & a colourful cake from Chilli Chocolate Chefs.

Think big, start small.
Don't create barriers for yourself - a common problem for creatives. Get going and make that crucial start.

Do things well, represent your brand through all you do. 
You will have to bust your ass (said in a fantastic NY accent). You will be working when others are having a good time.

Self-taught skills are driven by passion.
There is so much opportunity in South Africa for entrepreneurs (something I think we often forget).
Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Find people who support your vision.
Do what you love and follow your dreams.

He was particularly inspiring and spoke a great deal about developing your own successful career. I got to speak to him afterwards and was truly amazed at how open he was to helping people and sharing his knowledge. 

What are you good at? Define what you want to do and go after it.
There will be disappointments, but it's how you choose to deal with these will set you apart. 
Embrace opportunities, ask questions, keep on learning, be adventurous (all things that will help you achieve your dreams).

A few final thoughts...
A common thread was the fact that money can't be your only driving force as you build your business or career. This is always a tough fact to face as society reflects the opposite. As creative business owners we have to realise that building a successful business has different facets.

The second common thread was the concept of setting goals and actually planning ahead in order to achieve them. This is something I teach at my workshops and it was great to have this concept validated further.

Everyone was truly inspiring and their stories were all so varied, but one thing they all have in common is that they worked very hard to get where they are. 

Tried & Tested: MFM Series #1

Olive Finch Notebooks

I mentioned in last week's post that I will be hosting a new Meet Free Monday series aimed at getting organised for year-end as well as for 2015. There are so many amazing stationery items out there, including diaries, calendars and a whole host of useful goodies. I have sourced a few that I think are lovely and will be reviewing and sharing them with you over the next few weeks. I hope these posts inspire you, as well as offer insight into what to buy or how to use certain items.

The series kicks off with a selection of beautiful notebooks by Olive Finch (previously Little Mud Hut).

Overall Review:
The notebooks are absolutely beautiful and the bright designs are so cheerful. The range of colours and patterns offer something to suit varied tastes. My personal favourite is the 'Choose Happy' black and white striped notebook with a hint of pink. However, my eye is drawn to all of them. The notebooks have a lovely design inside too which is repeated on each of the lined pages. I thoroughly tested the notebooks, I took them to meetings, used them in the office and they held up wonderfully. The lined pages are a great feature as they offer a neat option for hand written notes or letters (I love lined paper).

Best Feature: 
The quality! The paper quality is exceptional with no bleeding through from page to page. 

Useful For:
Letter writing, note taking, to do lists and anything else that needs jotting down. I would personally save these for letters and notes due to the wonderful quality. They also make fantastic gifts as you can pair them with the Olive Finch tags which match the range.

R50 each (what a bargain).

Where to Buy:
Venessa the lovely lady behind Olive Finch stocks several stores (click here to view). She isn't currently selling online, but you can order the notebooks via email and pay via EFT. She is efficient and helpful so don't hesitate to contact her.

I hope you enjoyed today's review style post. I would love to hear from you and feel free to let me know if I can include any additional facts.

Cath Kidston's New Sewing Book

Yesterday the delightful Cath Kidston launched her new Sewing Book, called just that. To tease us further she signed copies at the flagship Piccadilly Circus shop and oh my what I would have given to have been there. Regardless of missing out, the book is still something to look forward to. In true Cath style it is filled with an abundance of florals, beautiful photos and a mix of fun projects. I wouldn't mind a copy of this in my Christmas stocking this year (hint hint). Let me know if you get this beautiful book as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Here is some more info...
Step-by-step illustrations and templates for all 30 projects make this a perfect book for sewing novices as well as enthusiasts. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath Kidston is giving away all the materials to make the cover project — a pocket sewing kit — in a unique fabric specially printed for the book. Templates are included, all the sewing techniques are clearly explained and each project is paired with hand-drawn, step-by-step illustrations and beautiful photography, so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success. There are stitching shortcuts for the time-pressed, take-it-further guides, and, for the more adventurous stitcher, a guide to experimenting with a range of fabrics from cotton and oilcloth to flannel, silk and linen.

"Five years on from our first sewing book, I wanted to follow up the huge success of Sew! with a very modern sewing book: practical, accessible, bright and fun, with a breadth of projects that felt versatile and relevant for today." — Cath Kidston

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