This Week In Business: One Person Edition

This Week In Business: One Person Edition

Sometimes, all it takes is one person to make a difference. This week, I salute that one person, and the many forms they came in:

My friend Matt and I had one person sign up for our workshop...and hopefully more to come.
We took the plunge and Matt and I went forward with our presentation idea. We reserved the room. We advertised the presentation to our networks. We bought the projector and screen (nothing like the thrill and terror of spending $850 in 5 minutes). I began to panic this week when no one was signing up. Did we charge too much? Was it too early to hope for more enthusiasm? Did we schedule this workshop the wrong time of year?

And just when I was second guessing the whole thing, someone signed up. And paid. Insert sigh of relief here.

Here's hoping for a few more participants. For more information or to sign up yourself, click here.

I'll be presenting to the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, and as part of the Schoodic Arts Festival this summer.
Based on my Ellsworth Chamber presentation, I booked two more speaking gigs for the coming months.

Too Cute Tuesday: Morsbags

Too Cute Tuesday: Morsbags

Too Cute Tuesday involves fun friends, a cheap craft, and a cool cocktail. To get involved, check us out on Facebook or contact Nicole.

Who doesn't love it when crafting is part of a larger movement? When Meg (friend and craft enthusiast on Vinalhaven) alerted Too Cute Tuesday of the Morsbag movement ('socialable guerilla bagging'), we wanted to join in.

Morsbag seeks to empower people to create their own bags in an effort to cut down on use of plastic shopping bags. You make them and give them to people (and yourself if you want).

Materials:
Fabric (18" by 4" sections, 18" by 20" sections- 2 of each)
Sewing machine
Iron and ironing board
Thread
Pencil
Tape measure
Straight edge

Click here for the pattern! (a one page, relatively easy to follow .pdf you can print off or pass on)

Cocktail of the Night: Seadog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale (Sorry folks, getting my sewing machine down from the top of my closet was challenge enough for the evening)

1. Gather supplies. Observe that this may take the longest time of anything you are going to do this evening. Print off pdf of instructions. (Sorry environmental folks, easier to pass around the table that way! I'll write on the back of the paper though, promise.)

Marketing Monday: Hulu

Marketing Monday: Hulu

Marketing Monday profiles a cool person, website, or business doing more online. Got an idea? Contact me so I can write about it.

People always ask me: How do you get by without cable? I say that my Google Reader keeps me in touch with what's going on in the blogosphere/pop culture and I listen to NPR for my news. Both of these are true, that's part of the reason I can go without a cable bill. I do, however, get my television zoning out pleasure courtesy of Hulu.

There is two main ways for media companies to make money online: 1) charge users a fee to access the site or 2) get advertisers to foot the bill and offer the users free access. Hulu has opted for the latter, and may or may not be making enough money to support themselves. Regardless of whether Hulu is turning a profit at the moment though, they are doing interesting things online.

Hulu is having customers chose their viewing experience... and getting customer data in the process.
Several times recently, I was given options for commercials. Did I want to watch a 1 minute 30 second long commercial about Nuvaring before the show began or did I want several shorter commercial breaks? Did I want to watch the stylish, tech, or speed-oriented commercial for Google Chrome? (Part of me also wonders also if there is some ad targeting going on based on my age, sex, and other demographics.)

Fun Friday: Chef Dan

Fun Friday: Chef Dan

Let me just say right off that I am far from being some kind of smooth lady on the relationship front. But I've recently did something where I accidentally encouraged my new boyfriend to do something nice for me, and then it kept happening.

Dan likes to cook. The second meal he made me, I decided to take out my digital camera and record him on video.

The next day, I watched it. What surprised me was that the video was actually good. I asked if I could post it on Facebook, thinking his friends would get a kick out of it. Almost immediately, he got phone calls, emails, and comments, mostly asking when the next video was coming out.

Next video?

This Week In Business: Oh Wait, There’s More Edition

This Week In Business: Oh Wait, There’s More Edition

Remember last week when I had the brilliant idea of offering a workshop with my friend Matt? Well turns out planning events takes, um, planning.

This week, I learned there's always a little more to something than we expect there to be. Here's what happened so far this week:

The workshop had multiple details to iron out.
First of all, Matt and I realized that neither of us have a projector. With this realization came more questions: Which projector do we buy? Are there any on CraigsList? What about people we know who might have one? Which one of us should buy it? You can see what I mean.

Then there was the whole "How are we going to accept payments?" issue. Which one of us is talking about what? What if people don't have laptops? What's the internet connection like at our venue? Oh, and what are we going to call this workshop anyway?

Too Cute Tuesday: Mardi Gras Masks

Too Cute Tuesday: Mardi Gras Masks

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event that involves a craft, a cocktail, and a friendly get together. Join us each week for a different inexpensive craft. Currently there are TCT chapters in Bar Harbor, Maine and Saint Louis, Missouri. If you want to join in on the fun, check out Facebook or contact Nicole.
Mardi Gras always makes me proud to be a French gal. The whole joie de vivre culture, not to mention music, food, and drink, well, it's a fun time no matter what culture you're from.
Too Cute Tuesday ends up being on Mardi Gras every year (Fat Tuesday) and this Mardi Gras, we made masks and drank hurricanes in addition to listening to traditional music and eating gumbo beforehand. If you want to follow my whole menu, I modified this gumbo recipe by adding scallops and sausage to it (and omitting less exciting ingredients like celery) and I modified this tarte au sucre recipe to include a bit of vanilla extract. I also made ployes to go with the gumbo, an Acadian tradition. All in all, in addition to a fun craft night with cocktail, there was a meal with dessert and it was all pretty authentically French.
Laissez les bonnes temps rouler!
Jen and I, being goofballs with our final products. but behind those masks is a lot of pride in our work.
Materials:
Exacto knife
Takeout chopsticks (for mask handles)
Scissors
Fabric, old costume jewelry, construction paper, ribbon (for decoration)
Glue gun (for hardcore gluing)
Sue could only stay an hour because she had to run an experiment but look at what she managed to make, and how much fun she managed to have. Now that's the spirit!
Cocktail of the Night: Hurricane (invented in New Orleans, here's where I got the Pat O'Briens cheat recipe)

1.5 oz. light rum
1.5 oz. dark rum
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice (NOT Rose's or RealLime)
1/4 cup passion fruit juice, or 1 tablespoon passion fruit syrup
1 tsp. superfine sugar
1 tsp. grenadine
Shake ingredients, serve on ice.
1. Serve happy participants food. I guess I can make good soup after all! Pour hurricanes to go with. Ahhh...