2013, You’ve Been Good To Me

Whew! Talk about long time no see! This past year I have been on one roller coaster after another. God’s been so good and the adventure never stops!

A few things that have made 2013 amazing:

  • Traveling to Central America this past summer, teaching, doing medical clinics, and having the time of my life. A.k.a, living the dream.

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  • Writing my first book. It’s not perfect. And it may take years to polish. But it’s something that’s been on every New Year’s Resolution list since I was young and I can honestly say, it’s something I love doing.

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  • And last but definitely not least, the friends and family God’s blessed me with! I have made so many new friends from all around the world and made the greatest memories with the old ones.

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I want to thank everyone who has supported me this past year, you all are the best (and if you’ve purchased from Hope For Binati, you’re one of those supporters, too!) And of course, I want to thank God for this amazing life He’s given me. Even through the heartbreak, His love is always there!

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a fantastic New Year’s Day! I’m not big on making resolutions anymore, but I do have some big plans for the Hope For Bintati shop, my writing, and school. I also plan on being around here more often.🙂

Until next time!

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Katie Leach

http://www.hopeforbinati.etsy.com

 

 

Found this on the “29 Twig & Vine” blog. LOVE it!🙂

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This is my idea of a good time.When I’m not hanging from the chandeliers or mucking out a henhouse I do like to eat, sleep and read.

It is also the playful slogan of independent bookstore organization indiebound. I’ve seen this banner in several of my favorite locally owned bookstores, and it simply states what I most like to do on a snowy weekend day.

Not in the cards this weekend, however. We’re heading to Manhattan and Brooklyn for five days of eating, exploring, and cooking with our brother and sister-in-law. I’m already anticipating oysters, tamales, dark handmade chocolate.

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“Jesus loved the OUTCASTS. He loved the ones the world just loves to hate.” —Relient K

Change of Focus {*IMPORTANT*}

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Hello everyone! I am excited to let you know about Hope For Binati’s change of direction and new cause.

 

All profits earned are now being used in two ways:

  1. 50% of the money earned will go towards HFTWI (Hope For The World India) Hope Centers in India. At the Hope Centers, kids will come in for a free meal, homework help, and more. Now instead of helping just one child, there is an opportunity to help many children. 
  2. The other 50% of the profits will be used to fund upcoming mission trips. Honduras, Dominican Republic, India (and if God wills, other parts of the world) are a few places your donations will be sending me.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support. I really appreciate all my followers and customers!🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Coupon Codes!

 

 

Hello there! As promised, here are my special offers JUST for Hope For Binati followers.

 

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For free shipping: FREESHIPCHRISTMAS

For 15% off ANY order: CHRISTMAS2012

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You can redeem your codes at the Etsy checkout in my Etsy store:

http://www.hopeforbinati.etsy.com

(^The link above will take you directly to the store.)

 

Here are some photos of the new Christmas products being offered! Keep checking back, new items are added often!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and happy shopping!🙂

Sincerely, Katie Leach

http://www.hopeforbinati.etsy.com

 

 

 

 

Christmas cards are on their way!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to announce that Hope For Binati will be offering Christmas greeting cards, note cards, gift tags, and more November 19th, 2012. That’s this Monday!🙂

 

Make sure to check out the shop and get all of your Christmas goodies!

http://www.hopeforbinati.etsy.com

Also, I will have a special offer JUST for my wonderful blog readers. Make sure you’re following my blog to get updates and coupon codes!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful week!🙂

Sincerely, Katie Leach

http://www.hopeforbinati.etsy.com

How to find the perfect Craft Show!

Hey there, everyone! Welcome to Hope For Binati’s Craft Show Tips series!

The first part of doing a craft show is finding a show(s) that is right for you and your product.

Here are some tips on finding craft shows and deciding whether or not they’re right for you!

  1. Finding a show
  • Search your local newspapers and community calenders. This is a good idea especially if you have a lot of inventory on hand and you do not want to a travel long distance.
  • Search the web. There are several websites below that work in different ways. Some you can search for fairs in your area right from the website, while others you will have to sign up for and be notified by email about shows that are in your area.
  • Talk to other artists. Ask them for the contact information of the people who ran the shows they’ve previously attended.

 

Here are a few websites to check out if you are searching for upcoming fairs/shows!

www.festivalnet.com

CraftLister.com

zapplication.com

www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/

~Google “craft shows” (with quotation marks) and your state & city.

~Sometimes craft shows and fairs ads are listed on Craigslist.com. I suggest checking there as well.

 

 

2. Is the show right for your business?

  • While you’re having that conversation with you artistic friend (as suggested in the last tip), go ahead and ask if it was a profitable show for them. Was there a lot of traffic? Were there many vendors? What kind of vendors were there (jewelry makers, wood workers, pottery & ceramics, etc.)?
  • Talk to the people who are putting on the fair. What types of artists are participating/have participated? Approximately how many customers attended?
  • Don’t talk their ear off, but get the information you need!
  • If it’s a show that’s being put on to benefit a charity or church, it’s more likely to attract middle aged /older people (this is not the ONLY age group, but it will more than likely be the majority). They may bring their children or be buying things for the grandkids. If you sell children’s clothes, pottery, jewelry for adults, or things that could easily be gifts for kids of younger ages, these shows are worth looking into.
  • If it’s a Indie Festival, or an event that is featuring live music and food, it will probably attract teenage/young adults. If you sell clothing/accessories that appeal to this crowd, wall hangings, unusual art, or any Indie styled craft, you should check this festival out!
  • If it’s an outdoor type show, such as a Fourth of July Festival or a Halloween Bash, just about any type of business could do well in these shows. Lots of people are out just to browse, though, not to shop. You will have to work to bring your customers into your booth and show them how amazing your work is!

 

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