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Gearing up for International Quilt Market This week

May 10th, 2011

Boutique__pink-I am giddy that this week, in just a few days I’ll have the experience once again of attending Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Quilt Market is a twice a year phenomenon where fabric designers, pattern makers, sewing enthusiasts and industry gather to showcase what they have been working on. It’s a treat and there is always great energy in the air. Sometimes you feel like you’re bursting with ideas just by being in the room.

We have been covering Quilt Market as Press for our viewers for several years now, and I have a feeling that this year is going to be the best ever! To share in all the creative fun I have a great team coming along with me – Emily our Contributing Editor and owner of Is This Really My Life, and Megan (our past Queen of Chat on Boutique Cafe) and owner of Brassy Apple. Aren’t I a lucky girl to have such a talented and amazing team?!! Just look for the two tall, amazingly stunning gals with cute hair and great shoes and you’ll spot Emily and Megan!! We are gearing up for all the fun and mayhem that Quilt Market provides. If you are attending and see us in the aisles please stop and say hello, we would love to meet you. I also have a few goodies to give away…shhhhhh its kind of a surprise.

Boutique Cafe will be featuring a huge selection of Market interviews, pictures and oodles of giveaways with many of your favourite designers, so be sure to check back here for post-Market coverage. We will even be partying with many bloggers at the Quilt Market Meet-up on Saturday evening. Thursday evening I’m hoping to make it to Quilt Market Sweet Treats and Drinks, a mixer so I’m crossing my fingers that my plane arrives on time for us to attend. It’s going to be a whirlwind of a weekend (feet don’t fail me now), but I can’t wait to get back and share all that we have discovered with you.

See you in SLC and beyond everyone! XO - Daria

If you have questions for specific designers, we would love to capture them answering you on video. Simply post or email your question and we’ll do our best to ask the designer for you at Market. Just a fun way to bring you all along with us.

Networking when you can’t “face to face”

March 1st, 2011

Business Networking I know you’ve been there, the next great networking conference is announcing all of their fantastic speakers, events and mixer opportunities in your niche market. You read the tweets, you see the blog posts, you can’t escape the Facebook Status updates from all the cool kids saying “I’m going!” and you literally wilt in your chair. You KNOW that if only you could attend it would catapult your business into stardom, you’d be rollin’ with the homies baby!

We’ve all been there when the reality sets in that this time (maybe every time) you have to pass on the chance to connect in a real live “face to face” situation with heavy hitters in your industry. It’s crushing, it’s depressing, you wonder if you can ever develop a connection and lasting business relationship using alternative means of networking. Can you get results, win friends and influence people without the actual face to face connect a conference setting provides?

This is the topic we’re tweeting about and discussing in the Boutique Cafe Facebook group this week. Have you had a similar experience please come share it. If you have found other means and methods of alternative networking it’s time to spill the beans and share your secret to networking success. That way the next conference that rolls around that we can’t attend won’t send us into a tailspin of chocolate eating and deep sobs. – Daria

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Boutique Cafe Conference – Keynote with Charlene May of Greggy Girl Pt.2

October 28th, 2010

Continuing our Boutique Cafe Conference Keynote – Part 2 with Greggy Girl Founder Charlene May.

Topics In this episode :
Keynote pt. 2 with Greggy Girl Founder Charlene May:

– Technology – Her thoughts on Boutique Cafe – Market – Advertising – Product Reviews – Magazine ads – Celebrity Product Placement – Tradeshow tips – Selling at Market

**You can watch Part 1 of this Keynote Presentation here>>

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Coverage of ‘Moms Who Make It’ Conference – Show #114

September 3rd, 2009

We recently sent Boutique Cafe viewer Jen Holyoak as our “Special BC Correspondent” to attend the “Moms Who Make it Conference” in SLC Utah. The goal of the conference was “Give Your Life & Business a Complete Make-Over, Creating the Life You’ve Been Dreaming Of!”

Jen was able to interview some incredibly talented women, get the scoop on some great businesses, and we’re thrilled to see the fun footage she was able to snag on her new Flip Camera!! Enjoy the ride as we share a bit of the behind the scenes from this amazing summer conference, put together by the dynamic duo of Quinn Curtis & Emily Hill. Thank you for inviting us to attend, and thank you Jen for all your hard work!! We LOVE our amazing viewers! Please leave comments for the featured gals in this episode – they ROCK!

Links to check out:
Olive Juice Co. (Kim)
You Can Make This & You Can Quilt This (Kim, Kris & Sherrie)
Girls Loft (Margie)
Dear Lizzy (Liz Karchner)
House of Three (Rhonna Farrer)
Created by Mom (Quinn Curtis)

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KSL News covers Moms Who Make it Conference

July 26th, 2009


There’s nothing better than giving a shoutout, a hoot and a holler to mompreneurs who are getting noticed! Congratulations to Quinn Curtis (organizer of the recent Moms Who Make it Conference) and Cari Greer (Owner of Sole Desires) for their feature on KSL news.

This piece focuses on the specific way Cari Greer is making it in these tough economic times with her business on wheels. It also shares the focus of the Moms Who Make It Conference including such tips as:

Get out there and network.

Seek professional advice.

Don’t be afraid.

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Moms Who Make It: Nominate a mom

July 9th, 2009

Though the mini-class and full-day conference tickets for Moms Who Make It are sold out (by the way, the conference isn’t just for moms) there is still time to buy your afternoon/evening session tickets. This ticket will get you into main part of the conference, which includes our Shop & Socialize (browsing the boutiques and sponsors); inspiring keynote speakers; panel of fab women; breakout sessions on everything from motherhood to social media; a gourmet—and I truly mean gourmet—dinner; and Mocktail Party social. Did I mention we also have some fun swag for our attendees? I should know since the boxes arrive daily at my home!

To buy your evening session tickets before they’re sold out and take a peek at the schedule, click here!

One fun part of the Moms Who Make It conference is our Moms Who Are Making It spotlight. During this time we will be honoring 10 moms who have had difficult life circumstances but have used them as a catalyst to change their lives for the better. These are moms who have inspired you to look at your own life and think, “I can make it too!”

We will collect all the nominations and randomly select ten to be honored at the conference. Each time a mom is nominated she receives an entry into the drawing, so the more nominations the better her chance of being spotlighted at our event. These moms will receive a full-day ticket to the conference and some fun swag! If you know a mom who is “making it,” please email or comment a quick summary (200 words or less) on why you think she should be honored during the Moms Who Make It conference. You can send an email to momswhomakeit {at} createdbymom {dot} com.

If you wonder if you’ll be honored as one of our Moms Who Are Making It, buy your ticket now before the price goes up on July 7th (midnight) OR before they sell out! If you are chosen we will refund your ticket price.

We’re looking forward to sharing their stories and being inspired just as you have been inspired by them!

Moms Who Are Making It is sponsored by The Potted Pansy

We want YOU to be our conference correspondent!

June 21st, 2009

Have you ever seen those guest correspondents on the red carpet and wished it were you talking up celebrities and getting behind-the-scenes interviews? And I know I’m not the only one who got a kick out of watching Ross the Intern on Jay Leno; he had a heck of a lot more than fifteen minutes of fame. Well, now it’s your turn to be a guest correspondent, but instead of doing something lame like talking with Spielberg about his latest movie, you get to talk with the fabulous women behind the Moms Who Make It conference!

I am working with Quinn Curtis, the woman behind CreatedByMom.com, helping throw the biggest party plan this most awesome conference! The conference will take place on Thursday, July 16th near Salt Lake City, Utah. Quinn is all about empowering and inspiring women and Moms Who Make It is the ONLY conference dedicated to strengthening moms in all facets of life and/or business. This isn’t an event just for women entrepreneurs nor is it just for moms. It’s for any woman who is looking for powerful tools and insight to start or grow her business and creatively balance her personal life.

Special guests include Kim Christopherson (YouCanMakeThis.com), Rachael Herrscher (TodaysMama), Melissa Chapell (Raw Melissa), Kelly Anderson (Startup Princess) and Pamela Baumeister (Wasatch Woman magazine). Here is just a sampling of topics featured at the conference:

  • Know the power in living your purpose; harness your creativity to build the life you want

  • Balance your daily demands allowing sufficient time and energy for your family

  • Cut your grocery bill in half while making mealtime more meaningful to your family

  • Enhance your natural beauty holistically

  • Know how to take your business idea and make it a reality

  • Utilize social media to broaden your support base; gain hundreds of new potential clients

Now here’s the super cool, nifty, better-read-this-whole-post part:

We are looking for one Boutique Café reader to be our

Moms Who Make It correspondent at the conference!

Daria can’t make it and wants to send YOU in her place to provide behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and coverage of the conference!

If selected as the winner here’s what you’ll win:

  1. All-access ticket to the MWMI conference (or if you have already paid for your conference ticket, we will reimburse your purchase price)

  2. Invitation to the after-hours VIP Mocktail Party

  3. Flip Video camera (to be picked up when you arrive at our on-site registration)

  4. Boutique Cafe t-shirt

  5. CreatedByMom.com super chic camera wrist strap

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CreatedByMom.com for Mother’s Day and any day!

May 8th, 2009

Yes, Mother’s Day is this weekend and yes, if you’re shopping online you should have done your shopping by now. But I know a few of you out there are still on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift and may have a forgiving mom like mine who’s okay with a gift that’s a few days late (as long as she gets a card, chocolate and an IOU on Mother’s Day). If that’s the case then you need to check out the fabulous products from CreatedByMom.com.

And that’s the main reason I waited until today to feature this site—it is PERFECT for Mother’s Day because everything on CreatedByMom.com is made by moms. The site carries over 50 lines all designed by moms and boasts over 400 unique products with the offerings growing daily. (This is where I should probably disclose that georgie tees is one of CreatedByMom.com’s vendors so I am a little biased.) But even if we weren’t on her site I would still love the product selection and more importantly the story behind the site:

The CreatedByMom.com Chic Boutique was created by a mom to support moms everywhere, creating what they love and succeeding, selling their products in a mom-friendly environment.

CreatedByMom.com began with the perfect recipe of 50% inspiration and 50% desperation. After watching many friends make fabulous products and then start their own businesses Quinn Curtis had a brilliant idea: open an online store that makes it easier for moms to sell and buy each other’s products, making a one-stop shop for consumers to also support moms and their creations.

This site has everything from yummy lip balm to stunning jewelry to gorgeous handbags to one of my favorites, the Boot Scoot Bike. I love the Scribbly Tee pictured here and apparently the handmade tutus are a big hit!

CreatedByMom.com works using drop-ship accounts and quite possibly has the lowest fees and commission around. I remember going to pay the commission, thinking it was one amount, and having Quinn correct me telling it was another—almost half of what I was going to pay! One of the best perks about working with CreatedByMom.com is the 20% discount mom vendors receive on all other CreatedByMom.com products! Gotta love a good—no, great—discount!

Quinn doesn’t stop at providing a site for moms to showcase their products. She is all about empowering creativity and helping moms turn their dreams into reality. This July CreatedByMom.com is launching the first annual Moms Who Make It conference! The theme of the conference is “empowering creativity in life & business” and is an event you won’t want to miss. With our very own Daria form Boutique Cafe and Kim from YouCanMakeThis.com as keynote speakers, a variety of timely classes from blogging and social media to how to get press for your product and an awesome panel, you’ll be counting down the days until July 16th (around 68)! The Moms Who Make It conference will be held in South Jordan, Utah on Thursday, July 16th. Tickets will be on sale soon and you can visit MomsWhoMakeIt.com for more information.

Interested in keeping up with the latest happenings at CreatedByMom.com? You can connect with the LinkedIn group here, follow CBM on Twitter (@createdbymom) or visit the Facebook page here. This Mother’s Day it’s all about moms…and mom-made products!—Emily

*** Giveaway! In honor of Mother’s Day I am giving away a SoYoung Mother diaper bag in chocolate! (Read my review about this fabulous diaper bag here.) To enter visit CreatedByMom.com and leave a comment telling us your favorite mom-made product other than the ones I’ve already mentioned. Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: May 15, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* For an extra entry tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet below!

  • Congratulations to Clara M., the winner of the SoYoung Mother giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

We’ll Represent YOUR Company at BlogHer ’09

March 5th, 2009

It’s time for another amazing BlogHer conference, and Boutique Cafe wants to represent your company at the event. This is an exciting opportunity to have Daria and Emily from Boutique Cafe work the conference for you and introduce your product to the most influential bloggers in the country.

What we offer: – hand out product giveaways, business cards at the events – network on your behalf, talking about your product/services – live video stream from BlogHer (sponsored by your company) – live tweet updates from BlogHer (sharing the scoop as sponsored by you) – follow up podcast on Boutique Cafe (sponsored by your company) – your company’s banner will run in the Boutique Cafe header during the event month ($300 value) – we’ll even wear your company t-shirts and logo

BlogHer Info:
BlogHer’s annual conference will take place all day Friday and Saturday, July 24 & 25, 2009.

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago

Cost for Sponsorship:
Please email daria@boutiquecafe.com for details on sponsorship pricing for this event. We look forward to working with you and sharing your company’s message at BlogHer this year!

For more information on Daria, Emily and Boutique Cafe please check out our About Us page.

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