What’s Happening Wednesday`

What ISN’T happening today?

 

I have in my line up

  • Shopping with sister (need to get more flowers for fascinators)
  • make two suit style male chef aprons
  • make 4 makeup capes aprons
  • make one specialty makeup apron
  • Record videos for Be Fabulous launching Friday
  • Work on Be Fabulous Worksheets and materials
  • Later go to movie screening for 48 Hour Film Project Des Moines to see how some of my Trisha Trixie items were used in the film
  • Maybe work on some new custom Tattoo Nylons and make a DIY video for it (it was a big hit on the blog and FB)
  • Somewhere in there eat, drink and be merry
  • Breathe

So for now, I am off this idiot box called a computer…Enjoy the day my lovelies!

Until next time,

XOXO Trisha Trixie

Trixie Tuesdays The Boyfriend Apron Continued…

Sorry it is so late. Been a crazy day getting pliers and zipper feet for my sewing machine and all sorts of crazy things for this seamstress and designer. I finally got around to finishing on of the parts of the Boyfriend Apron. Here is the outcome…

 

 

So what will i do with this? I think this would be a perfect apron for Housecleaning. It is already used, I don’t have to iron it, and if it gets dirty, it’s no big deal. Yes a housecleaning apron fer sure.I don’t event know if I will put pockets on it. To me this is like a shirt you make dishrags out of. You don’t have to put a lot of work into it because it is just going to get filthy.

What do you think? What would YOU use it for?

TrishaTrixie Tuesdays: The Boyfriend Apron

Do you have an old boyfriend shirts you just don’t know what to do with? I found a tutorial on how to take a shirt and make it into an apron and thought I would show you my process and how I did it for this Trixie Tuesdays

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I cut off the arms and then trimmed them for the ties

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I cut thae collar and used as much of the sleeve as I could for each set of ties

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I laid out each sleeve and then slit up the sides to open it up

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like this I laid it out and then counted four squares over and cut

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I also took what was left of the top part of the collar and trimmed it to use for puppy and cat scarves

Stay tuned later today to see how this turns out!

Until then,

 

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

 

Sunday Recipe Guest Post : Kale Salad by Katie Sullivan

One of my favorite foods in the entire world is Kale. And I’ve only been eating it for a few years now. I discovered it from some of my closet friends who are health and nutrition coaches along the East Coast and in California. Not only is kale an amazing food, but also it has some incredible benefits that make me love it even more. Best news, kale is so versatile! You can use it in salads, pastas, stews, smoothies, and more!

Some of the incredible benefits of kale include:

  • Low in calorie
  • High in fiber
  • Filled with so many nutrients it would boggle your mind such as, iron, vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Considered an anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great for your liver and detoxing your body

If you want more information on how kale is an amazing food, check out this incredible article on the Huffington Post from Drew Ramsey, Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University.

One of the other reasons I love kale so much is that it is a substitute for lettuce or spring mixes you can buy at the grocery store. For those of you who don’t enjoy the taste of kale, try adding spices such as Mrs. Dash or even some kind of vinaigrette dressing when you are trying it for the first time!

The recipe I am going to be sharing with you today is my favorite version of a kale salad. This is great meal for either lunch or dinner depending on if you decide to pair it with a lean protein such as chicken or fish.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large kale leaves
  • ½ cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots sticks
  • ¼ cup of chopped red onions
  • Large red pepper
  • Large green pepper
  • Large orange pepper
  • Large yellow pepper
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • Couple shakes of Mrs. Dash
  • Your favorite dressing

Before prepping the salad, ensure that you wash each of these ingredients thoroughly with warm water.

Preparation:

  • Chop kale leaves into half inch pieces
  • Slice cherry tomatoes as thin as you feel appropriate
  • Chop carrots sticks into small pieces
  • Chop each of the peppers in half (saving ½ for another time)
  • Chop the other of the peppers into small thin pieces
  • Skin and cut cucumber into thin strips
  • Cook quinoa based on directions on the box
    • Boil 2 cups of water, add in 1 cup of quinoa and allow it to simmer
    • Scoop ¼ red onions out of the package

Final Preparation:

Place each of these items into a large bowl. Add in each of the vegetables in whichever order you chose. Once quinoa is cooked, add it into the bowl, along with the red onions, Mrs. Dash, and your favorite dressing, Take tongs and mix up the entire mix. Let it chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or however long you prefer. Once it is chilled, grab a bowl or a plate and you are ready to eat!! Enjoy!!

Trisha’s Aprons and Jewelry of Choice for Cooking Your Own Kale Salad:

  • Apron: Green and Gorgeous (because kale is the same way!!)
  • Earrings: Stud Angel Wings
  • Necklace: Hourglass Double Ribbon Necklace

By Katie Sullivan

Fabulous Friday: Is It Time to Be Fabulous Yet?

Nope, but we are not far off!

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Next week, August 2nd is our First Be Fabulous Friday to kick off my  NEW Be Fabulous Campaign aka Course for Fabulousness!

Want in on this? I still have room in my BETA group for the first round. Join the BE FABULOUS Facebook Group here!

What will be in store for you? Each of these are up to you to participate if you desire. I will give you the tools and info. You have to have the desire. The following week we will be sharing our thoughts, comments, awareness’s, and if you like any images you also choose to share from what you created. I have listed the basics of what I plan to offer you and if you choose to create any of the items what you will need for each week. Some people in my other courses I have taken sometimes even like to make one BIG Journal and clip, post and paste everything in one. This is YOURS. I want you to do whatever YOU want to do.  I will have info and print outs for each week. None of these things are set in stone. You can do online or handmade. You can just read them. You can do nothing.

BE FABULOUS in YOUR OWN WAY!

  • Week 1: Be Fabulous 

Envisioning Guided Fabulous Mediation by HypKnowTherapy Solutions with Betsy Bicsak, CHt 

You will receive an audio to download or listen to online (cd’s can be purchased for $10 which includes shipping and handling in the US)

We will discuss what is means to Be Fabulous and open your mind to what it might mean to you

We will be making a Be Fabulous Collage/Vision Board. I will give you some sheets you can print out for ideas and cut outs. It will be up to you to purchase or use materials as you desire. This could be a card, a poster board, a canvas, it it up to you.

If you desire to make a Pinterest Board or other online Board that is fine as well.

Items Needed:

Poster Board, Bristol Paper, Piece of Cardboard, Wood, or whatever you desire to put you Vision Board Collage on. I use Canvas Boards or Bristol Paper with a heavy thickness. You can use anything you just need something to glue your items on.

Magazine tear outs of things that you feel or are connected to as FABULOUS. This could be words, images, pictures, designs, etc.

ModPodge or Glue Sticks

Glitter if you want it or other embellishments

My printout for the week

  • Week2: Be Grateful

Week two we will talk about being Grateful and I will give you instructions on making a Mini Gratitude Journals you can carry with you so you can write down all the things you  are grateful for or notice to Be Grateful for during the day. I will also give you some sites for some Online Journals if you prefer to keep track that way.

Items needed:

Mini Composition Journal (you can buy a 4 pack at Target or Walmart generally for $1-$2)

Scrapbook paper

Modpodge or Glue Sticks

Other items you want to add (i.e. stickers, glitter, etc)

  • Week 3: Be Strong

In week three we will discuss Toxic People and how they affect us and how to overcome this with some hints tips and tricks from my OWN life. We will go over jealously, saboteurs and haters and how to move past those who try to deter you from your Fabulous journey. I will give you a few book ideas as well as some other quotes and info from others I have learned throughout the years.

(We will not be making anything this week but you can make a Pinterest Board or another Vision Board here if you like. I will share my Strong Vision Board with you all for suggestions)

  • Week4: Be Enlightened

In week four, our FINAL WEEK, we will discuss how our lives have changed. How you can Be Enlightened and stay enlightened.  I will share some of my favorite sites, people and things that will help you and guide you along your path to continued power and positive thinking so you can always carry that Be Fabulous attitude with you.

The final thing you will receive is the Be FABULOUS Mantra. I have a mantra I have made FOR YOU but desire you to add to it and make it yours as well. I hope that you will print the Mantra out and post it where you can see it so you will be able to Be Fabulous every day! You can also collage it and frame it or have it online. As long as it is something you will see, read and feel in your heart regularly.

Is it Time to Be Fabulous for you?

Come join our group of nearly 50 participants now! CLICK HERE to JOIN!!

All items for this will be posted in here. I am currently offering this for FREE to test it out, get your input and feedback and make this the best course ever with YOU in mind!

Want a great way to remember to Be Fabulous? Order this “Time to Be Fabulous Hourglass Double Ribbon Necklace” and wear it with pride! This can also be Converted to a Zipper Pull or whatever you desire. Custom Orders are encouraged.

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Until Next Time,

Xoxo Be Fabulous

Trisha Trixie

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Men Digi Stamps

Today will be short.

Because…

My man is taking the day off today to spend a day with me since we both have been so dern busy. He has been working so hard and hasn’t had a lot of time off.

So I thought I would find a few Digi Stamps for you…

This one is funny to me because my man was in the doghouse a bit.

I thought I would give you some Vintage Digit Stamps  to play around with for scrapbooking or just perusing

Hopefully you are lucky enough to have a good man in your life. If not, you can print these out and make yourself one I guess 🙂

For those who want the Muscle Man here is a funny one for ya!

Until Next Time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie

 

 

What’s Happening Wednesday: Catch Up Day

I have been busy doing so many other things and trying things out I have been bad in not devoting time to the “needed” things like Inventory, updating the website, updating my Online Store, and most especially sewing, making Aprons and Pocket Squares.

So today, that is what I am doing here.

I hate doing those businessy things because it is time consuming and takes away from the creative side of things, but those things must be done. I mean how you going to know what to buy if the item is not updated?

As I said I DO need to get some sewing done and I have been wanting to start on the Vintage Male Chef Aprons I have had an idea about for some time. I know my male followers will be super happy to see what comes out of this! Let’s just say, when I am done, you might be a bit “overdressed” at the BBQ or in the kitchen! 🙂

Taking care of my business is an essential part though so today I will handle those little tasks that need tended to but I will do it with fun and style! I still put on a fun outfit, add a fun “working or crafting” apron, add some tuneage then have some fun. I take care of the mindless tasks and then interchange it with the fun things. This way I don’t feel overwhelmed.

In the end, I hope for this to be a productive day, though I know it will be very busy!

Hope you have a fun Wednesday and you make it fun while going about your business.

Here is a little song to help you get along your way. Whenever I think of doing BIZNESS I think of the beginning of the song and then as the lyrics go through I change the words to

“There’s no business like my business like my business I know…” and so on so it makes it more fun!

Until Next Time,

Trisha Trixie

Trisha Trixie Two Hundreth Post: How I Got Here & Where Am I Going

Today is the day I hit 200 posts on this page! A few of you sent in replies about what you wanted me to write about and such and the biggest outcome of those was the questions of

“How did I get from here to there?” Meaning what brought me here, the journey, how am I doing, and where am I going from here. What do I plan to do going forward and the journey it took to get to this point. I did talk about this before for an IFB Challenge, but I wanted to elaborate for this post (Click here for previous post)

Let’s take a quick backtrack. I used to model a long long time ago in 1988 back in California.  It wasn’t much but it was fun and I really enjoyed it. Then in the late 90’s I worked in Iowa doing some short term modeling and  stints around town. In 2010 I had the chance to be in a Fashion Show and was featured as well in the Juice Magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. All of these little modeling stints pulled at me to get back into modeling. But the timing wasn’t right and I just didn’t want to do Commercial.

In 2009 I added another website to my list of others I was doing and tried my hand at a Fashion website where one could come into a community of others who were also interested in Fashion. In essence it was like a dating website but for Fashion. I talked to many people, I had a few on the site, and I even discussed this with StartUpCityDSM and others in Business and the field. It fell to the ground and I let it fall.

I went back to cubicle work to earn some money under my belt since I did not have anyone handing out dollar bills my way to fund my ideas and business like many other do. Here I was, in all my businesses, doing this by the sweat of my brow. Yet, I was still determined to keep up with my thoughts and ideas and go for what I loved to do.

In 2011, I ventured into doing Art. Just art, drawing, digital art, etc of the like. I didn’t really think I wanted to be an artist for the rest of my life full time but it was good for me to unleash that inner side of creativity out of me and honestly I needed to do it to heal after a life altering event that happened.

It was like it all hit me. I wanted to do what I LOVED to do. Model and Fashion. But not just anything. I wanted to go back to Vintage Modeling and creating Fashions for others.

So in 2012 with assistance from family and friends, I ventured into the world of working in a cubicle gaining money under my belt and living life like most people do I think. They have something they TRULY desire to do, yet allowed the humdrum part of like to weigh them down and not do what they loved. That was NOT ME and I was hating every minute of it. I did however meet some amazing new people and friends along the way and the cubicle life for a time reminded me why I am an Entrepreneur. Because I thrive off my OWN life and my OWN ideas.

It is really hard to live your dream when you are getting paid to help someone else live theirs. I do not like working for the man and watching my life pass by while I punched a time clock.

2013 came around and when that contract was over I jumped head first into a pool of uncertainty yet again and did everything I could to have the life I desired. I knew I wanted to fully be invested in my brand and what I was doing but I didn’t know how. Somehow I fell into the lap of knowledge about IFB Independent Fashion Bloggers and saw there was an even in February where there would be workshops and a chance to really learn and connect. I just knew deep down in my gut, that I had to go, this was it, this was my jumping off point.

I saved the money up to go and got assistance from those around me for extra funds to pay for it all. It was exactly what I wanted, needed and yearned for. I learned so much and met so many people. As I said earlier, I talk about it more here.

It changed my life. But the one thing that really changed the direction of success I made I feel is credited to Susan Baroncini-Moe who wrote Business in Blue Jeans. I won a session with her and in 30 minutes I felt I knew more of what I had to do that I had learned in the past year. Sometimes, things just hit you and people get put in your path for a reason. I like to listen when that happens.

At the time I was scattered, doing everything regarding fashion. The funny thing is that all I really wanted to do what Aprons and Accessories. She encouraged me to focus on my own Trademark, do what I love and don’t fight it. After doing some investigation I found out I would have to change my Trademark anyway because of my business name was connected to another business and since I own the rights to Trisha Trixie I claimed it.

I went through a re-branding and re- everything. Sadly at the time everyone jumped ship at the same time as well. Luckily I am not Kelly Coutrone, but at time I feel like it because I tend to have people come and go, but I guess perhaps that is the business.

Since March of 2013 when I made that vast change in my business, things have gone up , up an away from here. Sometimes it dearly is hard to remember to come down off my cloud and see things for how they are.

I have done well in sales. I have been through great learning processes and have made changes and adjustments along the way. Some for the good and some I have had to change again and again. Having your own business is quite the learning process. It is a trial and error and sometimes trial by fire times and moments.

I am still changing, growing and learning but I think things are going well.

I am currently a 7 Miracles a Month Group with Stephannie St. Claire and it it amazing and well worth it. A great group of people and a wonderful tribe that also encourages and inspires.

I write for my blog and for a few others here and there but mostly www.desmoinesisnotboring.com. 

I have done a few guests posts on various sites.

I have items in local shops and online.

I sell at Tradeshows and Craft Fairs as well.

The fall in 2013 is looking to be a great one.

I will be going back to New York for NYFW, New York Fashion Week as a gift from IFB that I won when I was there last. I am taking my man who has never been there and we plan on going to a few Fashion Shows. Who knows, maybe I will get recognized by what I am wearing and might meet some people who will help me along the way. It also could just be a great trip with my man. I am open for anything.

I have my SECOND Fashion Show for the year planned. The first was a mini show for a Residential Facility. It was light and fun. The second is my main event and I am planning, creating, doing everything I can to make this a Fabulous Event. Omaha Fashion Week told me when I applied for them this year, that they felt Aprons would NOT translate on the runway. I am out to prove them wrong. So far, I have done well in that quest.

This fall I will also be doing a variety of other Craft Shows, Fairs etc to get my brand out there and sell. I plan on hosting a few events on my own and seeing how that goes.

I have started a new side of my business to inspire and encourage others as well as doing what I love to do. To me, they go hand i hand. Be Fabulous Campaign is a part of who I am and who this business is. I think others need to see and learn to be the real authentic selves and their passions will help them be fruitful i their life like mine has.

I am creating a Fabulous Fall and am ready to wait and see what the rest of 2013 turns out to be and will re asses this plan of action for 2014.

I am thinking of adding some Home Baked Goodness  in with my aprons and maybe some other items and changing things up a bit. Maybe gift baskets with an Apron, a Treat, a Potholder to match the apron and a wooden spoon. I don’t want to be a bakery and take orders. I just want to bake what I love and share it with others. It is a means to bring to life the Old Fashioned Goodies like Grandma used to make. Simple, Sweet, Delicious. The thought concept is “Yes, there are still women who like to be in the kitchen” 🙂

Who knows what the future holds, but I do know this:

  • I am enjoying my life.
  • It might be hard at times but it is worth it
  • I love what I do and I have a fire and passion for it that I think others feel and see.
  • I love this life and will keep on keeping on.
  • When I wrote about this back in March these were the Goals I had back then. I wanted to bring them back up and share and show you were I am now in relation to these goals and dreams:

My Future Desires:

  • I hope to accomplish a full line of Aprons and show at Omaha Fashion Week and one day soon at New York Fashion Week.
    OFW turned me down but I have had one mini Fashion Show already and planning the main one for October 13, 2013
  • I hope to be able to sell in a boutique or store for at least the next 6 months to a year.
    My items can now be found in three local boutiques and online in two places
  • I hope to have my own boutique in the next two years
    The quest for my own boutique is out there, but I am waiting until after my Fashion Show to see the reaction from my town and how my sales are at that time
  • I hope to be known as a name in the PinUp industry for TrishaTrixie and for my modeling uniqueness and my amazing fashions
    I was in a local magazine and on a Local Morning TV Show which helped others to recognize me more. I do hear from time time time “Aren’t you….and it warms and delights my heart to hear so
  • I hope to be published in online and offline magazines and hopefully some widely known ones
    I was featured in one local mag and might possibly be featured in a regular online mag
  • I hope to be a speaker at a variety of events in my town and in other places about these accomplishments
    I have yet to be a speaker but the year isn’t over yet
  • I hope to one day be one of the speakers at IFBCON within the next two years if not sooner (wink and smile)
    Perhaps the grander I get and the more success I can show by doing what I love will help IFB see an interest in me. This goal is still very much alive in me
  • I hope TrishaTrixie  to be names people hear and learn to love!  I am working on it, but it is starting to happen!

The final thing I want to say is for other to be themselves. Enjoy life. Go for their goals. Live out their dreams. Do what works for them.  But if it is not working for them, see how others are doing it. Talk to advisers and gurus or those you admire and find out how they do it. Expect Miracles.

The most joy I have ever had in life was reaching, yearning and going for my goals and dreams.

It may not always be easy.

But it is always worth it.

Until Next Time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Happy 200th Post!!

Monday Manifesto: Blissbombed aka Stephanie St. Claire

For today’s Monday Manifesto Day I want to share my journey with this amazing woman that I have never met and the beginning of her Blissbombed Manifesto that started it all..

A few years back my path collided with hers. But little did I know until recently in a Coaching Session that our paths have been rotating around each other for years. While we were discussing a variety of things come to find out we have oft times been growing up, living, being or doing things in the same neighborhoods in California and when I was even in New York for a time. It was funny to hear, but at the same time confirmed to me even more that the universe was telling me

“You need to learn from this woman.”

When I DID happen to connect with her for the first time like I think for many women it might be to get over a heartache or because things are not right in their life. I, also like others, might have been doing what I was. In looking back I realized I have been following her since 2010. Since October 2010 in fact. I figured that out by going through the old Facebook posts and seeing when I liked them. In 2011 my life must have been going merrily along while I was coursing through one online class or the other. 2012 began a bit more of a struggle and I seeking and yearning and hungry for her guidance after a horrible breakup. It amazed my how often I liked something or had been following her, but yet said nothing or did a thing about my life until I was struggling. I think sometimes that is what it takes for us to wake up.

The universe smacks us in the head and says

“Well, are you going to do something now?” I heeded that call and said “Hell Yes!” when I read Hell Yes Hell No on her site, I was hooked as well as so many other posts and mantras and Manifestos.

I love to see others share their life and share their struggles. Many people ask me as well, why do I say anything about what I have been through? I do so just as I think Stephanie and others who write and blog and share do, we have been there and we want to share in the event that by our sharing we can help another first know they are not alone and we love them and are there for them. That is why “I” do it anyway.  I will say I am truly grateful to Stephanie for sharing and opening up her life with us all. IT helped me immensely and her coaching is spot on.

If I know someone has been through my path I am more likely to get on board with classes, courses and caching because I feel they can relate. Well, this woman can relate. Let me tell you. In addition to that, she has the most tenderest, purest heart of any woman I probably know and yet at the same time will tell you to get up off your ass and get your shit in gear! LOL That is WHY I love her so much!

This is my vision of Stephanie. She may agree or not, but after following her, taking courses, having one on one coaching and now being in her Miracles Course…this is the woman “I” see and “I” think of when I think of her…

She has the heart of a kitten and the fire of a lion. She is soft like the wind, but if you stir her up, I bet a storm would be brewing. She is loving and kind, gentle and pure. She has empathy of life because she has been there and done that. She has pulled up her bootstraps a few times and dusted off the ashes from being burned. I know somehwere she has cried in ehr pillow and I know the next morning she decided it was better and would be a fabulous day. You know from her kindness and tenderness mixed with kick ass bad assness, that she is still a girl under it all and has a heart and feelings, but she will karate chop you if you mess with her!  She is determined, driven, audacious, amazing and to me…a miracle.

Don’t miss a chance to work with someone so freakin amazing… The next Miracles Course is coming soon. Don’t sit by like I did. Hop on board the Miracle Train with the rest of us and watch your life unfold. http://blissbombed.com/7-miracles/

OR check out the other amazing opportunities to work with her on her site http://blissbombed.com/

Until next time,

Xoxo

Trisha Trixie

Sunday Recipe : Crepes

Today my man is in the kitchen trying out some crepe recipes. We haven’t quite figured it out yet.

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But we are definitely giving it another shot. Here is how they turned out.

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They were amazing and FABULOUS! We just had them with a bit or butter and Cinnamon and Sugar. As you see I had mine with a glass of milk from one of my favorite places The Funny Bone Comedy Club

Ben said he found the Recipe at James Starmer Food

CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Crepe Recipe

Ingedients

1 cup flour
1 & 1/2 cups of milk
2 large eggs

butter for pan

Preparation

Put the first three ingredients into a blender.
Blend for 7-10 seconds.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Lightly brush the pan with butter.
Pour enough crepe mix into the pan to coat it.
Wait a few seconds then pour the remaining liquid back into the remaining crepe mix.
Use a rubber spatula to remove the clean up the area where the mix was poured out of the pan.
Depending on the heat of the pan, cook time will vary. So I just wait unlit the edge of the crepe starts to peel away from the pan. Then I give it another few seconds on the other side.

James has a video on his site if you would rather watch someone making them. Ben wasn’t really into watching a video and did it all just from the directions. They turned out great.

If you want something easy and fun, try these out. If you do, let me know how they turned out for you and go to James’s blog as well as give him a shout out! I like to give credit where credit is due and this man James deserves props for these crepes.

Happy Sunday Recipe Day!

Now I am off to go try MY hand at making crackers with my new Cookie Press. More info on it tmrw so stay tuned…

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Throwback Thursday: Retro Summer Fun Activities

I was watching the movie Grown Ups last night with my man and it reminded me that the kids today (wow that makes me sound so old) don’t understand what it means to enjoy life. Especially summer. When I was young, I couldn’t wait for summer. It means I got to be a tomboy, I got to play all day at Ledges in Boone, it meant I got to climb trees, and skin my knees (not intended to rhyme btw) and it meant when I loved i the city I got to have lemonade stands and go rollerskating and fly kites and all the fun outdoor activities.

If you are struggling for ideas, I have found this list for you to print off and mark off as you finish up your summer. For some like here in the mid west, school is just around the corner. For others school is a bit of time away. Regardless the days for the Summer of 2013 are soon ending and I don’t know about you but I believe in making every moment count.

Right click image, save as, then print, or print off straight away if you

There are plenty more activities and ideas out there everywhere on line. Just Google or Bing “Summer Activities”.

Step away from the computer and video games and make your kids do the same. Go play with them, connect with them and make great old time family memories. Take your kids and maybe others out with you and let the kids make friends the old fashioned way…IN PERSON.

Bring back the good ole days have some fun in the sun!

Until next time,

Xoxo

Trisha Trixie

 

What’s Happening Wednesday: Retro Auto Time

Today I need to take my truck/suv to the Auto Repair Shop. As I am describing on the phone the sounds and clanks I start smirking to myself thinking,

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“Is this how all women sound to auto repair guys?” and

What did women do in the past when the car or vehicle needed fixing?”

There were some women who evidently could handle it all or at least that is what the old ads WANT you to belive

Some women gave it their all

Although I don’t know why but whenever I think of Car Mechanics I can’t help but think of the boys fro Grease

Though the image below is about something else, the way it makes me feel is the same. This is what I want. I want a mechanic to be the guy who is looking over my car and tells me what to do, but won’t cheat me because he is a respectable man and I am a lady in aid.

if I could fix my car I still wouldn’t because I just feel there are some things a lady should not have to tend to.

Fix my car and I’ll bake you a cake if you want, just don’t ask a woman to do a man’s job. I know that way of thinking is out of the norm, but it is how I feel.

Now, to finish getting ready, run my last errand to shop for the home then take the car to my mechanic guy.

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

 

Monday Manifesto: Brave Girls Club

Going for my dreams and goals hasn’t always been easy. But I will say for me it has always been worth it. There have been struggles and hard times in my life sure! Everyone has those. But sometimes we need that EXTRA added oopmh or push. Sometimes we need to let go, heal the hurt and pain and get thru it. Learn ways and techniques and connect with like minded tribe of others.

That is how I came upon Brave Girls Club. I discuss in my video here the beginning of my journey a few years back. (I need to do an updated video)

I have a variety of books and Manifestos all around that keep me on my path for my life and business.

 

My Pinterest Board for Brave Girl Love shows things I love that others have created that helps rejuvenate my mind.

Here are some other places where I have discussed my journey with Brave Girls Club 

and here is when I started getting back into fashion because of Brave Girls Club

Why do I share this with you? Why on a on a blog about my business? Because I desire for others to know as well that life is not always sunshine and roses. I want others to see that to have the drive and passion I do, I have overcome a lot and that character building is the reason why I am the person I am and do the things I do and reach for dreams and goals such as this business.

Sure I could just talk about aprons and accessories but there is more to me and my business than JUST those things.

My Brave Girl Manifestos surround me and words and snippets even are pasted in various places to keep me on the right path.

For me, running this business isn’t just about sewing and creating aprons and accessories, it is also having a brand people can look up to. Now I realize i may not be everyone’s cuppa tea, but that doesn’t stop me nor deter me. Find the manifestos that work for you to stay on your path and perhaps find your tribe to help the inner part of you match the outer core of what you sell  🙂

People, competitors, etc will try to bring you down, get in your way and try to sabotage you telling you horrible mean things and may even tell you you can’t do it or shouldn’t. The phrase I REALLY love we learned in BG…..

She Did it Anyway!

Don’t worry about the Naysayers and the Haters. I just got a bumper sticker that says My Haters are my Motivators because they are. Don’t let others drag you down.

 

Keep moving forward and Do it Anyway!

Hope you enjoyed today’s Monday Manifesto. Please share it with others, go check out Brave Girls Club and ALL the MANY things they have to offer. You might find a manifesto or mantra that works for you and YOUR business.

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Sunday Recipe: Green Bean Styles

My intern Tiffany Gilbert sent me this Fabulous recipe for Green Beans

I can’t wait till my Green beans outside are big enough to make it. If you have Green Beans or want to go to that thing called a store and buy them, this would be a great recipe.

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I’d wear my Bouquet Apron and my cute little birdie necklace to get in the mood.

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Add a touch of Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Pink to get in the mood and start cooking

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Now for the cooking…

 

Green Beans – the way your grandparents used to make them

Need:
One pot
Small whole potatos washed or cut large potatos – leave skin on
Green beans – tips off and popped in smaller pieces
Red onions from garden
Bacon cut into strips
Salt
Water

Cook:
Place bacon in pot, and cook until done. Remove most but not ALL of the grease. Add green beans, potatos, and cut up onion as you add them in. Add enough water (and a pinch of salt) to cover the top of the bean mix. Turn to medium and let cook until done.

This whole recipe is based on preference. The amount shown in the pictures makes enough for a party of 40, with a large bowlful left over. There is no set ratio so if you want more potatos and less beans or more bacon just add to your heart’s content.

Its considered done when the beans are cooked, the potatos are soft but not mush, and you can’t wait any longer to eat it.

Plate it up, season to taste, and devour.

 

Have a great Sunday folks!

Apron out!  Trixie

Fabulous Friday: Being Fabulous

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What does it mean to Be Fabulous?

A good friend recently pointed out to me, that perhaps people don’t know what Fabulous means, what does one do, how does one act, etc. So I thought I would take today to comment on that.

The Free Dictonary defines it this way

fab·u·lous  (fby-ls)

adj.

1. Barely credible; astonishing: the fabulous endurance of a marathon runner.
2. Extremely pleasing or successful: a fabulous vacation.
3.

a. Of the nature of a fable or myth; legendary.
b. Told of or celebrated in fables or legends.

[Middle English, mythical, from Old French fabuleux, from Latin fbulsus, from fbula, fable; see fable.]

fabu·lous·ly adv.
fabu·lous·ness n.
Ok now how many other of you saw that word Legendary and thought of Barney Stinson? Ok me too, so here ya go, I just had to
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1. Owning up to YOUR Fabulous
I feel that to Be Fabulous you need to have own up to your Fabulousness. You, who you are and how you are is ALREADY Fabulous! A phrase I learned from Stephanie St. Claire was “All things are already mine” I thought, “Snap, that is just like being Fabulous. There is nothing we have to do, or say or become, we already ARE Fabulous! just as we are!”
I don’t want to taut all these thing for who you have to be or how you are. You know who you are. Owning up to who you are, what type of person you are, what your body shape is or isn’t,  what your life is and so on. Anyone, ANY…ONE can be Fabulous.
2-Attitude of Fabulous
Which means-Deciding you ARE Fabulous and then own it. Barney never had anyone tell him he was Legendary, he decided he was and then acted in that manner. I decided I was Fabulous and act in a manner that says so that works for me. That is important because perhaps you are shy. It is not like you are going to start shouting from the rooftops (though I would) I am FABULOUS! Do what feels comfortable to own it, but if you get a chance to step outside of the shell, I think you will find new fabulousness waiting you never knew existed.
Most importantly, have a positive attitude, be grateful for your life and what you have, who you are, desire to be kind to another, and have dignity and integrity. Smile, be happy, compliment others, take compliments well, enjoy life, enjoy all things of life, good AND bad.  Be confident, go out once in awhile, clean up or do your makeup daily, even if you are not going out, a little mascara, blush and balm always help me feel fabulous. If you are not a makeup wearer, or perhaps a guy reading this, do whatever it takes to keep yourself clean and groomed. When I was very down because of a break up, once I crawled out from under the covers and at least brushed my hair and washed my face, I feel SO much better. Feeling good, makes you feel happy, when you are happy, others are happy, when others and you are happy you tend to start feeling fabulous.
3-Be Confident
This can get confused with arrogance, but I seem to notice that those who say I am arrogant are actually ones not confident with themselves. They have a deeper insecurity perhaps or they were raised not to be proud or boastful and think you are being outlandish. I say, GOOD! Be outlandish if you desire to be. You might have to test out that Fabulous Confidence a bit to find the right blend that works for you.
If you constantly feel out of your element in what you think acting and owning Fabulous means, maybe tone it down a notch or two. If you feel like you are not quite there, amp it up!  Be you, Be Fabulous You.
4-Learning Fabulous
There are books and I will give you a  few to read, with caution.
One of the first things I see a LOT of these books say I get a new wardrobe. Now, maybe you NEED a new wardrobe, but maybe you don’t. Most likely you just need a good friend or someone you trust or even a Fashion Advisor to help you leverage the items you already have and make your wardrobe better. That COULD be the case. But I don’t want you thinking that you need to rush out and buy a new wardrobe.
My sister loves flannel shirts. That is her. She is a flannel shirt girl. Would that work for me? No. But let me tell you, she rocks the flannel shirt and it works for her. Does she look amazing when she dresses up? Sure don’t we all, but that doesn’t mean she can’t rock that flannel shirt and still be fabulous because she can.
Understand rubberband?
Ok so here are some books…
Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It – Kimora Lee Simmons.
and my idol…
Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour Rachel Zoe.
5-Keep it Together
Ok so another rant. I feel most fabulous when my home and desk and life are clean and organized. I love wwwFlylady.com and how she helps others to get their life clean and ways to STAY Clean.  But I also know a few people who throw things on the floor and all about and if you clean it they have no clue where anything is. Being clean and organized is great and I think for me it makes a vast difference.
Again, try what works for you. Go to Fly Lady and test out her methods. They are very simple and I love how easy they integrate into other things in my life.  I now have these habits because of her (even if nothing else gets done)…
Always put my shoes on
Swish the toilet with a brush daily
Always keep my sink clean and shiny
and like I said I add one, groom myself daily
6- Love Yourself
If you don’t love you, who will? You are your own best friend and your own worst enemy. Don’t let the self talk be negative talk. Let it be positive, uplifting talk. No mean talk to yourself. Let go of your past and those who hurt you. Decide you are NOT a victim anymore.  You are Fabulous.
If you feel this is hard to do I have a suggestion for you. Read how I went from Fragile to Fabulous
There is SO much more to my story and if you really want to know, there is a whole blog for you to read at As Days Go By
The short version of that is I lost my father at  young age, I was molested, raped, beaten, bruised, divorce, lost custody of children, struggled, was homeless, lost businesses, sacrificed and lived a lot of my life feeling like I was a victim. If you have been through something, I probably have to or something like it. I look at those things in my life as experiences to help me to help you.
If I can smile and look life in the face of it all and Be Fabulous…YOU can too!
7-Be Friendly
If you are friendly to others, they will want to be your friend. Fabulous people attract friends because people are drawn to them. Say hi. Compliment others. Talk about similar likes and once in awhile dislikes (just don’t get hung up on the negative). Smile. Be inviting to things or groups you are in. If you see others standing alone, invite them in. If you are the one alone, and someone else invites you, go try it out. Be engaging and discuss things with them. To have a friend is to be a friend.
8-Have Fun
Laugh. Smile. Watch comedy shows if need be. Just enjoy life. don’t worry about what others think, just go do and be what you like to do to have fun. Ok, disclaimer…if you are a psychopath and like to kill others for fun please don’t do that. But if you want to swing on swings, do it (which btw is my like ultimate favorite thing to do in like always) . If you want to plank on the hot ground, do it. If you want to be silly, do it. If you want to crochet all day or knit or sew, do it. YOU know what you like to do for fun and what fun means to you. Do that and be that.
If you DON”T know what fun means, try some things out until you do.
I also have a De-Suckify List I learned from Leonie Dawson. I made a list of things to do when I feel life suck or I am not “in a good mood” On my list”
 
Watch a funny movie
Play Fun Music
Go outside
Take a shower
Create
Collage
Meditate
Breathe
9-Stay True to You
I am making some suggestions for things, but I want you to stay true to you as well. Don’t change just to change. Change, grow evolve because you desire to. Don’t EVER change for someone else or compromise your boundaries or values.  You know what you feel comfortable with and you generally know when you have crossed the line. If you do cross it and you don’t feel right, remember that you can ALWAYS walk away. If it doesn’t fit, feel right, or more uncomfortable than you can be, then try something else, walk way. Above all, be you.
10-Trixie Fabulousity
On this last note, I want to share how I go about Being and Feeling Fabulous. Some of you who know me personally already know some of these things and will sit there nodding your head saying to yourself “Yep, that Trixie!”
*I wake happy. If I am not happy, I get happy.
*Limit my time online (I actually set a timer)
*While online enjoy positive and uplifting things*Do what I want each day. Seriously. Some days I get up and want to work in my studio. Some days I want to lie around and watch movies. Now I realize that not everyone has the life I have, but even so, do what you want and enjoy it. IF you are not enjoying it, why are you doing it?
*I listen to uplifting music during the day.
*Take regular breaks
*Go to events
*Socialize with others
*Take Chances and Leaps for things I desire and goals I am reaching for
*Meet new people everywhere I go
*Say Hello Fabulous to others often
*Say Be Fabulous instead of saying goodbye
*Be VERY Happy and smile…ALOT
*Be energetic
*Be driven
*Be audacious and ostentatious (basically be “over the top”)
*Live vicariously thru myself
I quote what I said on FB
“I’m every man’s dream and every girls inspiration. I’m awesome in a FABULOUS package. I’m confident strong and determined. Success is my only option failures not. I live life vicariously thru myself. I enjoy the show. I protect my soul house fiercely. My boundary lines are unmovable. I’m Authentic Real Unique. I’m me.”
I close with what I said on my picture for today. I am not perfect. Hell, none of us are. But I own up to the me I am. I own up to my successes as well as my failures. I am no longer breakable. I am no longer a victim. I am me….and I am…

FABULOUS

Throwback Thursday: Funny Vintage Humor

I wanted to share a wonderful Throwback spot I found many Retro or Vintage Stamps and Images. I love this little place and she also has links on the side to many others on the right hand side. Here is some funny Vintage humor on her site

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http://freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-vintage-printables-retro-humor.html

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Vintage Kitchen

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These just make me crack up…

So, there you have it. Enjoy your Thursday and remember to not take others, bashers, haters or anyone too seriously…

 

Have fun and Enjoy the show…

Until next time,

XoXo, Trisha Trixie

Trixie Tuesdays: Selling STUFF (TrishaTrixie Style)

So ya wanna sell your STUFF? From Aprons to Artist to Social Media Strategiest, no matter what you do, if you love it enough, you might decide you want to make money at it.

Selling items you make is not easy. Making a business out of it is even harder. Often I fight the comments of others asking me or stating to me that what I do is a”Hobby” not a business and on top of it all, I have to make sure I do enough, but not too much business to deal with the IRS (who always wants to dip their hands in my pockets it seems)

I am no expert, though I would say I have a pretty good handle on connecting, networking and marketing and that helps. It always surprises people when they ACTUALLY see how much work I put into my business. I would first say to you, be sure that you really want to do this. As I said before, it is NOT easy. But if you love it, you pull up your boots straps and do what you gotta do!

If you are doing it as a hobby, you might not desire to put in as much effort as I do. That is up to you. I will let you decide. I will say however all the things I am going to tell you have moved me from a mere online existence to getting my brand out there, getting traffic on Social Media, turning that traffic into buyers, and getting my brand known more and more as I go.

1-Products-The one thing I learned early on this year is that I need product. That sounds simple, right? But just having a small selection of product is NOT enough. You need to have product to sell to the customer. One drawing here or there or one apron was not enough. Last year when I was focusing on my art I sold nothing when I had 2 or 3 drawings. Once I had a variety of over 20 for them to choose from, I sold more. People want to see what you have and I think it relates to the fact they are not a one trick pony and don’t want you to be either.

Part of products is staying true to the brand. I have had a hard time with and struggling at times. People want me to make all sorts of things but if it doesn’t stay true to my brand I am only doing myself a disservice. Don’t stray too far. Stay true to the brand. Sometimes I have to eloquently say to people, “thank you for the suggestion, but that does not stay true to my brand right now. I keep that in consideration for in the future for if I change it.”

2- Networking- Just making the items will not work. Sadly they don’t sell themselves. People may joke that an item is so good that it sells itself, but in reality…it does not. YOU have to do the work. I network. I buy myself a stack of Business Cards from 123print.com or moo.com and then I take them out with me. I get all my Trisha Trixie cards from123print because I can hand out more because the cost is lower but I still get some amazing looking quality cards. I do design them myself and use hi resolution pictures so they come out the best. If you don’t know design, getting a pal, college intern from your local community college or design school will keep the cost down. I use Moo.com for all my Modeling cards. They are a higher cost, even using their templates, but I don’t mind because they are a higher quality and I don’t hand them out as much.

Get on local websites like here we have www.catchdesmoines.com, www.desmoinesisnotboring.com, and then there are Chamber of Commerce site in your local areas like Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and others. Get on their email lists if you can to find out where the events are. Then you MUST go to them. Go mingle, share your passion, talk about what you do, your excitement and passion will come across and people will want you card. If you are an artist, having a selection of cards with small showings of you art is a good idea. If you are a model, pics of yourself, and for me, I have a pic of me in one of my aprons. Show what you do somehow some way.

Get out there, meet others, hand out your cards and in addition a part of Networking is going to events where you listen to a speaker or learn something. Take the time to do these as well. It will further your knowledge and thus further your career if you are able to take away that knowledge and apply it to what you do. Plus as you get further down the line, you could be asked to be a guest speaker and sharing your passion on the other side of the coin.

3- Marketing-I am often teased that I am the QUEEN of Marketing and Networking. I wouldn’t go THAT far, but I will say a funny story. After awhile going to events and marketing myself so much I was at an event and my friend said to another person “This is Trisha Trixie, she is like the Princess Mafia Connection, she is cute and well connected!” I never laughed so hard, but I even used that to my advantage and started a Linked In Group. It hasn’t taken off much, but I don’t want to let it go, because it was cute and such a great idea.

The reality is, that Marketing to me is thought of in the same manner as Networking. To me they go hand in hand. But you CAN take marketing further. People need to see your items, hear about your STUFF and connect with you, somehow, someway. How YOU do that will be up to you. How I do it is through a variety of means.

Facebook Pages are fabulous to me. Make one for yourself. This is different than your profile. A lot of people refuse to connect with a Business Profile, they only desire to connect to a page. I am the same.  Get yourself a Business Page, but here is the key…USE IT! write a post at least once a week, engage in your followers, ask them questions, ask them their comments or ideas, start a conversation. Upload pictures of your products. If it is art, watermark is or make sure it is signed so no one steals it, if you have a business name or quote that is yours, trademark it by adding ™ behind it so you can start tagging it and in the event someone TRIES to steal it you have proof. If you are super serious about Trademarking or Copyrighting find out more about it and start applying for them. I have been through 3 Trademark Infringements and 2 Copyright issues on written items, it is not fun and the first few times I lost. But once you properly protect yourself, you will be ready for the next guy that tries to take away your items by calling it their own.

3.0-Marketing Ladders– There is a new thing I found. Now this doesn’t mean it is NEW, I just mean to say I have found it and I feel like I have struck GOLD! Promotional Ladders on Facebook. In the Search bar enter Ladders or Promote. There you go. Choose one and copy and paste your Facebook page into the ladder.

Here is how “I” do it so not to waste time. I set a timer for 5 minutes. Find a ladder I want to connect with for the night. Copy my page in the ladder or one the front page stating “Could use some love on ______ (whatever your page name is) then add the link. Then I like all the items ABOVE me. If I have the time still left I might delve into a few of them deeper if they peak my interests and make sure the GET NOTIFICATIONS is checked and ADD TO INTEREST LIST. When the timer goes off, I am done. Someone recently said to me “I spent over 30 minutes on doing Ladders the other night.” Well, then that was a waste of your time. The output to input from those likes ratio just got diminished by you doing that.  What will happen is others will come like you as well. Should you send a message? Well, I don’t. Again to me it wastes time. Do I get message from others saying “Like from so and so page”, yes I do and then I take a special moment to go LIKE their page and make sure the GET NOTIFICATIONS is on. Why? Because I KNOW it takes time so if they took the time to send me a message I desire to return the favor.

4-Beautification- Just making things is only the first step. I know I keep saying that but I want to get it through to you that there are SO many more steps. Get yourself a good camera or Camera Phone to take pictures of your items, or have a photographer friend help you out. Don’t post up grainy, dark or blurry pics of your items and expect them to sell. Would you buy an apron if you couldn’t see it? No, you wouldn’t. But you would be surprised how many people do that.  Also if you are an artist get yourself a good scanner. Taking a picture of your art is not the same as a good scan. If you don’t have one, save your pennies and go to Kinkos or Staples to have them scan it for you. Make sure it is above 300 dpi. I have them scan my larger items at 600 dpi. Then I can use that image on any site large or small and make it look my best. I keep a small thumb drive just for my Kinkos and Staples trips. I also add my images on there from my home so when I am doing a show, I can take them to one of those places and get print off done. I use heavy paper of 60 weight or higher.I tried 38 lb and they were too flimsy. Test out a few weights and see what sells for you. If it is black and white and you want them to color it in, a lower weight is fine because you can roll it up and pop a rubber band on it. The heavier weights I also buy Sleeves from Hobby Lobby and slide my prints into the sleeves and sell that way.

Making items look their best is beneficial.

Another fun way is PicMonkey. It is a fun photo editing and collage web software. But don’t go crazy. Remember THE PRODUCT is the most important. IF you add to many flashy items and embellishments and logos, then you can’t see what is being sold.  There is a free version but I spend the $5 a month to gain access to the extra fonts and embellishments.  I also create Facebook Banners there as well as many other uses. Save your money paying for banners and logo and try them out here first.

5-Other Social Media Suggestions- I think the number #1 way to get your message across is through Hootsuite or a program like it. I started out with ping.fm and once I saw Hootsuite I fell in love.  Again, there is a free version, but I pay a little more each money to be able to get my message across to more places. If you have the free version I would suggest, Facebook, Linked In and Twitter to connect to. If you pay for the expanded version, add Linked In Groups, and Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, and Google Pages like I do. In one sweep I can add a message to over 27 places. Bam, one and done. Again, less time, more ROI, Return on Investment in time and money.

Which leads me to the other extras: Join Facebook Groups which connect you to others in your craft or what you want to do. I am in groups for models, vendor shows, art groups and more. I also am in Linked In Groups that do the same.  Then I follow people on Twitter who either are in my craft or could connect me to others. Google Pages are new but I have already found value in them.

You are already blown away now aren’t you. See I told you it wasn’t easy. But I have streamlined my processes to make it easy. First you need to invest some time perhaps a whole day once to get connected with these groups and get set up on sites etc. But once you have done the front work, then maintaining is the key.

I pick Mondays to usually do all the big things I need to do. Then whenever I write a blog, I copy it into Hootsuite and tada, it goes across to all those groups and Twitter feeds etc I added before.

I also (most of the time) write my blogs ahead of time. I got out of sync with that and am working on getting myself back into the groove. But I also have learned to forgive myself and not beat myself up if I miss one. If my followers bring it to my attention, I put one together, but everyone leads a life and they understand if I don’t get to a blog one day.

The best advice I received recently was from Susan, from Business in Blue Jeans   when she told me to blog about recipes and what aprons to wear with them and to talk about the world around Aprons. Connecting with others and talking about what you love is essential. I also have added my HOW TOs like today. I know I have knowledge to share and I think the business is more than just Aprons. It is about me, Trisha Trixie the persona and the Brand.

Focusing on this has been very successful for me and really drawn people in. I blog, I copy the blog to Hootsuite and Independent Fashion Bloggers, Then I share it on Google and Stumble Upon. My hits have gone from 100 followers in January to over 5,000 now!

6-Online, Tradeshows or Both- Where to sell your items is essential. I do sell online and sadly have jumped around trying to find the right niche. Etsy is great if you have a little of product and can afford to pay because they hit you with fees and costs going in and coming out, for you AND the buyer. I found out about Goodsmiths and at first didn’t think I wanted to sell there because it appeared saturated with Aprons. Once I saw the cost benefit I found it to be worthy for me. Under 25 items was free but again I pay the little bit extra to sell more products. Their tool is easy to use and within two hours of putting an item up it sold! Then I was SOLD, on Goodsmiths!

I also do Tradeshows. I wanted to apply for a lot more but some of the shows require Liability and the costs are too high so I have to step back for now. I am working on those things but found through Craigslist and the other pages I mentioned shows I can sell my items in. Also because I was in a few shows last year, they generally reach back to to interested vendors to see if they want to do it again.  So all I have to do is fill out application, send check and I am ready.

For Tradeshows though, you might need to invest in a booth, a Tradeshow Board or set up or find visually appealing ways to show your items. I don’t know that there is a WRONG way but I know the most appealing beings people in. Also I rotate my items around throughout the show. Then if people come back around they might see something they didn’t see before. That is usually when I make sales.

Some sell online, some only do shows some like me do both. There is a cost for shows but if you can sell over and above the booth cost I feel it is worth it.

Is it worth it?

In the end I ask myself it is worth it. Is the thing I am going to do, the time I put in, the show I am going to do etc worth it. IF I feel it would not be a value of my time or effort I don’t do it. ROI, Return on Investment for the time I put into something has to be worth the output. Sometimes, I don’t know that until I do it. I recently did a show that I thought would easily bank $200, yet instead I sold $45.  So next year, when that show comes back around I will either do something else or just not do that one. As well, I have spent time on adding my items to Chiq. com and Pose.com to see if that would gain more traffic to my site and sales. When it did not I slowed down or on another site I dumped it all together.

You might have to test a few things out to get your groove and niche together.  See what works for you, see what doesn’t. If it doesn’t try something else. Keep going, keep moving forward. Don’t let the hates and saboteurs get in your head. Jealous people tend to be the worst because they see you happy and making money and they aren’t so they want to disrupt your life. Don’t let them. And if you fail, get back up again. Many a businesses I know as well as myself didn’t work the first time. Others will scoff at that too. Let those comments and words roll off your back. All that matters is you, your life, your business and if you want to do it and if you are enjoying it.

7-Training & Learning, aka Extra Curriculum- I found a few sites and books helpful for me. I try to have some downtime on Sundays to read learn and do the things that will help me grow and still learn. Since I am an adult not in college anymore, we need books and perhaps online courses to help keep our ideas and mind fresh. Plus some of these courses have been great connections to other places.

These are ones I did that you might explore and see if they could work for you

Right Brain Business Plan- A creative Way

Goddess Leonie Business Guidebook

From Good to Great, Why Some Companies Take the Leap

You Inc, The Art of Selling Yourself

Working for Good

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary

…as well I want to link you back to my PERSONAL Knowledge and growth that has helped me. I write about that and have all the links to these and more on my blog, please take the time to read it and investigate these sources further. CLICK HERE

I hope all of these have helped. If there are any questions I could answer, comment, message me etc. I am happy to help in any way I can…

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

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Monday Manifesto: Two Rubies aka Carolyn Rubenstein

One of the other FABULOUS ladies I follow is Carolyn Rubenstein aka Founder of Two Rubies.

Many a Collage I have made from her quotes, Inspirational Thoughts, you name it. CLICK HERE to see more

I find her site and words to be very profound and moving.

Her weekend ideas are always helpful to me

Her ideas for Inspiration Boards are unique and inspiring of course

The best Manifesto I have found and liked from her was this one

18 Guideposts on Your Personal Journey

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/now-is-everything/201109/18-guideposts-your-personal-journey

18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey

  1. It’s okay to struggle, it’s okay to wear (and own) your imperfections, and to fall flat on your face – as long as you keep reaching out for support and maintaining the courage to put one foot in front of the other.
  2. Actions speak louder than words.
  3. Learn to say no as much as you say yes. Less is more. Replace “Could I do more?” with “Would I like to do more?”.
  4. Mistakes are powerful gifts. Don’t leave the lessons within them concealed – gently unwrap a mistake to gain the wisdom within its rough exterior.
  5. Ask why before you ask how. Intention is required to create your compass.
  6. Action deflates fear – always.
  7. Recycle. Don’t fix what’s not broken. Reuse what’s worked before.
  8. Trust your intuition. Resist second-guessing.
  9. “Success” cannot be defined by others or even put into the hands of others for evaluation. If left unguarded, your success could be taken away at any moment. If you equate success with your intrinsic worth (even subconsciously), then you will be left broken apart.
  10. Be more proactive and less reactive – to better align your reality with your vision.
  11. Attempting to avoid negative events and situations proves an exercise in futility – negative things happen to everyone. However, adversity can often provide an opportunity to strengthen character, deepen emotional fortitude, and increase your overall sense of self and self-worth. These life lessons can only come when you decide to channel through difficult circumstances while relying on the gift of embracing self-empowerment.
  12. Time and energy are not equal. Improve their interaction by learning their unique characteristics.
  13. Don’t get stuck within the details. Whisper to yourself the words of Terri St. Cloud: She could never go back and make some of the details pretty. All she could do was move forward and make the whole beautiful.
  14. Remember to breathe.
  15. By acknowledging when you don’t know the answers and shedding light on your vulnerabilities, you are creating space for your authentic self to live wholeheartedly and courageously. We learn the most about ourselves from the moments in which we let down our guard and admit, “I don’t know all the answers. I am uncertain and that’s okay. How can I transform this experience from one of self-doubt to one of self-compassion?”
  16. When the journey gets tough, remember the words of Margaret Thatcher: You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
  17. Gratitude is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.
  18. Greatness is never achieved. It is something you must intrinsically bestow upon yourself.

(Sorry for so late in the day for today’s post. Recovering from a FULL 3 day show weekend)

Until Next Time,

Xoxo

Trisha Trixie

 

Sunday Guest Post : Tiffany Gilbert DMACC Intern

Memory Lane (4th of July Weekends)

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Every year we have 4th of July, and Thanksgiving at our house. It used to be the matron of our family’s home -Great Grandma Areline John or Grannie for short. When I was little, the family wasn’t as dispersed as now, and it was a truly grand affair.

We had dozens of relatives over, and I mean dozens. There were a few years that we had more than usual. It ended up a madhouse of over 80 people, but that was when I was young. Cousins, aunts/uncles, and even a few in laws that came when the blood relatives didn’t. Things have quieted down quite a lot since then. Well for us it’s quiet.

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The past few years we’ve only averaged about 20-50. To some that may seem like a lot, but that’s not really. We’ve had to say goodbye to a few, some have moved far away, others have grown up with families of their own, or they just come to one holiday or the other. They live close or at least in state. Some travel here like my Cousin Areline who comes all the way from Florida every few years.

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As with Grannies passing, as the older generation goes so will the holiday. I don’t mean I will stop having it, or it won’t be as big. No already with the ones that have stopped coming because their families have nice sized gatherings will continue, and for many years because most of them are younger. As the years go by, they will gain more as their kids marry and have kids their gatherings will grow until they disperse as well. This has happened for several generations, and someday I will too with my own family.

Overall despite disliking the prepping for family gatherings (seriously you try to clean a pool before its warmed up, get food for an unknown number, clean the house, and get everything ready for unknown circumstances), and having those people (the ones in every family that no one likes) over; its a good day with good food, some good relatives, and good fun.

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At the same time, next year can take its time getting here while we unwind from this holiday and the after party at someone else’s house (in the county) with fireworks.

Tiffany Gilbert is a student at DMACC in the Fashion Dept as well as a Seamstress and Jewelry Maker not to mention all the other wonderful things she does. You can email here at steamgirl.ts@gmail.com

Saturday Special: Guest Blog: Breaking the Gamer Code

Breaking the Gamer Code

By Michael Mandt

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Many non-gamers have come to me over the past few years and asked me about what it is to be a gamer. Not because they are necessarily looking to become a gamer, but to try and understand them, or even relate to them. I didn’t realize that this was a big issue at first. Is there some kind of great divide amongst gamers and non-gamers that I hadn’t really been aware of or privy to? Could there be a “gamer code” that can be analyzed and accessed by those who don’t know what a tabletop role-playing game is or how many cards are usually in a Magic the Gathering deck? I think there is something about gamers but that something isn’t as different from you as you might think.

So, what is a gamer? We could say that a gamer is anyone who plays games, but for this article we will define gamers as those individuals who more than enjoy hobby games like: Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, Pathfinder, Talisman, Warhammer 40k, etc. These types of gamers are usually not casual players; they live their lives thinking about the game. What is the next step? How can I make my character better? What books, dice, or other accessories do I need to get? This drive and focus on the game is what sets gamers apart from those who are casual players or non-gamers.

What drives a gamer?

First off, obsession is not a way to describe most gamers. The terms I would like to use are, driven or focused. Gamers don’t usually live their games 24/7, but when they are at the table and the dice are in their hand, the great majority of them have left the world behind for a time to completely focus on their match or session. For a non-gamer, this might seem like something very strange. Yet, the same devotion to the gamer’s craft is the same that artists, craftsmen, people playing a sport, readers and movie goers experience while deep into their events.

Gaming is about the experience, the power, and about the social interaction. Yes, gamers like to be social! Even the most anti-social gamer enjoys showing others what they know about the game(s) that they love. The same way that a football quarterback throws a ball is in many ways like how a gamer designs their character or throws their dice. To a gamer, the sport is the intellectual application of the rules to achieve the best outcome—they want to kick ass and take names.

 How do you socialize with a gamer?

There are several things that a non-gamer can do to relate more to gamers. I could go into many examples of ways to respect and understand gamers, but for this article I will focus the top five.

Show interest in a game they love.

This really isn’t any different than talking with your friend, or significant other that isn’t a gamer. If you show interest in a game, a gamer is going to help show you why they love it, and how to be the best at it. The best way to become friends with a gamer, is to like some of the games they like to play. Now, sometimes, gamers won’t want to help teach a non-gamer how to play while they are in the middle of a tough match or a session, but just ask them nicely, “Can you teach me about this game when you have some time?” This will go a long way to getting around the drive or focus that most gamers have playing their game. Be patient with the gamer and they will respond when they have the time.

Don’t degrade what they do or how they dress.

Gamers are just like everyone else, they don’t like to be picked on. Telling a gamer that what they do is “weird” or “stupid” is the wrong thing to do, even even jest about. The game they have invested their time in is no different than a basketball player practicing for a game or a mechanic building a custom vehicle and collecting old muscle cars. In the moment of the game, it is their world and their character is their baby, just like that 1970 Dodge Challenger.

Gamers have been in their circles for awhile and many don’t have time or energy for things like staying up with the latest fashions or trends. If you think a gamer might look good in some type of clothing, just tell them, “Hey, I think you would look great in this!” You’ll get a lot more bugbears with honey than you will with giant wasps. Gamers will more than likely be happy to have someone looking out for them in this way, as long as your suggestions are not condescending. As a gamer myself, I am guilty of not being as trendy as others. I also know anytime that people give heartfelt advice about the way I look or maybe even another game I should look into, I will listen.

 Tell them straight that you like them.

For those who are looking to date a gamer, I could go into an entire article about techniques and advice, but the best advice I can give is, just ask them. In my experience, gamers are wonderful at understanding the complexities of the game, astrophysics, and complex number theories, but they aren’t as great at translating subtle hints. This may come from years of social isolation, fantasy immersion, or self-esteem issues. Just tell them how you feel, let them know you are interested and that you want to go out sometime and talk about their Warhammer army over coffee and donuts (the gamer equivalent might be mountain dew and pizza, but you get the idea).

This straight forward type of thing might not be what you are used to, but the gamer is not your usual prospective mate. Gamers are generally of a higher intelligence, loyalty, focus, and technologically skilled. While some gamers could rebuild your car, the majority would do better with rebuilding your computer or helping you with a long research paper or essay on English literature. Gamers are used to things being in rules, and dating is not usually something that you can read about in a book and know everything about. If you make yourself known to the gamer that you are interested and you want to go out, you will get much better results than using third parties or waiting for them to make the first move. One of the least favorite types games that a gamer likes to play are mind games.

Respect their time gaming

One of the number one questions I get about gamers from my non-gamer friends involves time. “Why is my boyfriend always playing magic?” “Why does D&D take five hours to play?” “I want my girlfriend to spend more time with me and less time playing World of Warcraft.” You are not alone, so first thing is, don’t panic. The gamer still enjoys being with you, they just are in the “gamer zone” and you will have to wait until they are out of it. Really, don’t try and control a gamer’s time during gaming by calling every 10 minutes, throwing their books or gaming system away, or deleting their characters. DON’T EVER MESS WITH A GAMERS GEAR. It is not the gear that you should be taking your frustrations out on, and if you do mess with a gamer’s gear, you might as well have just ended the relationship, because it’s over.

The best way to answer the time question, is to make time with them. Have a schedule, plan a date, or intimate dinner in advance. Don’t expect to be able to pull your significant other away from their scheduled event without a fight. You have to be patient, a gamer is deep in focus and just like a sport, they cannot stop until the game is over. Would you feel the same way about interrupting a tennis match, or a football game that your significant other is playing in? No, you would let them finish, it is no different with gamers. To pull the Dungeon Master away from the table, will ruin the night for all the othe players, just don’t do it. Wait until your gamer mate is done, and they will appreciate the patience you give them when it comes to their games. They will love you forever, if you accept that they love games and you.

Try and play a game with them.  

Even though you might not be a gamer, gamers love it when their friends, family, and significant others to play the games with them. You don’t have to be as hardcore or as driven as the gamer, but interest goes a long way to becoming a closer friend and understanding what they love. You might actually find out that you really like the games they play, and even become more interested in one game or another. One of the greatest feelings I’ve had with my friends is when I see them enjoying the games that I have introduced them too. Every time a girlfriend beat me in Magic, I was very happy to have introduced them to the game, I helped! And role-playing isn’t just something that you have to do at a table. Fantasy role-playing is great if you can enjoy it with the people you love. Girlfriends or boyfriends who really get into their characters can be great both at the table and when you are alone. Try interacting together in your characters outside of the game a little bit, I’ll bet you sparks fly.

In conclusion, gamers are like everyone else. If you prick them, they bleed; if you degrade them, they get sad; if you love them, they will love you. You may never be as driven and focused as the gamer, but you will find that most gamers are great friends to have. So, the next time you see a gamer that you don’t know go up and introduce yourself and see what they are into. You just might find that there is a little gamer inside you just waiting to roll initiative.

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Michael Mandt is an editor, writer and game organizer for www.chamberofchampions.com as well as lifelong gamer and role-player. Check him out on facebook at www.facebook.com/drakesylvan or at the Chamber of Champions website.