A new Headshot appears! And how I met Bonnie McCaffery…

HeadshotWhile I was in Houston, I signed up with my friend Bonnie McCaffery to have new headshots taken.  It’s not that my old one was bad… But I have often said that you should refresh your headshot often so that you don’t show up to an event and not look like what the folks there are expecting!  I have even been told “You look just like your picture!”  That’s great, but even this photo is about 4 years old.   bonnie-version-headshot

I’m super happy with the new headshot!  So Bonnie is a super professional photographer.  I had two “thoughts” I wanted to express to her about what I wanted.  I said I wanted a) a pointy chin, and b) to show off my dimple.  (I only have a dimple on one side) I also wanted my shirt to be in the photo so it advertised my product line.  This photo was the second one she took!  Amazing. She directed me expertly.  On top of it, she has done a little Photoshop magic on the background, and even without me telling her, the green is super close to my business’ branding!  Now the focus is on me and not all that stuff in the background of the previous one.

Bonnie and I met AGES ago, when I was first at International Quilt Festival in Chicago, 2008.  Funny thing about blogging, you can READ all about it here.   She had her vid casts going at the time, and I was literally watching one on my phone when she sat down right across from me to gather her stuff together.  I was so star struck I couldn’t say anything then, but we laugh about it now.  She is still a fabulous quilter and quilt teacher, and now is a superstar photographer.  I have come a long way since then too.  What a small world.

I hope you are enjoying the #31dayblogwritingchallenge, and be sure to visit the other bloggers! So many more people joined since yesterday.  I love you guys…  :)

Why December? #31dayblogwritingchallenge

31-dayblog-challenge-1When I would tell people that I plan to blog 31 days in a row in order to kick start my blog, lots of folks say “That’s great.  But WHY is it in December?”.  I know, it sounds crazy, right?  The busiest time of year, crunch time for the holidays, lots of people take time off, and it’s generally just a run-up to getting the year over with. (Especially this year).

But there is a reason I pick this month every year to host the #31DayBlogWritingChallenge, and it’s because if you can blog every day in the craziest, most stressful month of the year, you can kickstart your blog at any time.

I held a lovely webinar yesterday on Better Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day (On Demnad viewing link coming soon) and in it I tell my viewers that blogging is NOT DEAD.  Nope, it’s not.  In fact, it’s going to have a great “comeback” of sorts.  Why do I say this?  Because blogging isn’t dead, it’s the blogs that are.  Bloggers are the ones who stopped blogging, thinking that people only wanted to say things on Social Media.  That’s not entirely true.  So it looks like blogging is dead, but many many blogs, including mine, still continue to post.

So, consider joining our little Blog Challenge by clicking HERE and adding your blog to the roster.  We’d love to see you!


Better Social Media in 15 Minutes A Day Webinar!

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-The difference between followers and fans.
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Technique of the Week – Season 2- Week 13 – Terial Magic

Well, I am here in Houston at Quilt Market and Festival, and there’s a new technique of the Week video for you to view! Check it out:

So this Terial Magic Spray is a lot of fun to use and like I said in the video lots of the digital die cutting companies are suggesting it for stiffening fabric before it goes through the cutter, which is awesome. But I think it’s dimensional properties are the BEST. The fabric gets super stiff and can be ironed board-straight. It’s really awesome.

So I wanted to also thank you all for sticking with me during this season. It’s been an interesting journey, and I appreciate you for tagging along.
See you next season!

Technique of the Week – Season 2- Week 12 – Thermofax Screen Printing

This week on Technique of the Week, I try my hand at screen printing…again.  But this time I am using techniques from my friend Lyric Kinard’s DVD, Thermofax 101.  Check it out:

So as you can see, my results are a little bit better! And I’m sure with practice and the correct thickness fabric paint, I’ll be in the full swing of things very soon!

img025As I said in the video, Lyric is a screen printer and will print screens for you, so please be sure to check out her screen printing service.

In the meantime, I’m prepping for Houston Quilt Festival and the final video of this season next week! Stay tuned!