Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Works in Progress- Linky Party

It's all in the name, Scatter Girls. When Chrissy, Gina and I created Scatter Girls one of the constant themes we discussed was having multiple projects going on at once. Whether those projects be home decorating, shop items, custom orders, handmade gifts or anything else this is what made us Scatter Girls, the ability to scatter our creativity a little bit here and a little bit there. 

The creative community can be the most supportive place to share your works in progress and to even ask for feedback. Today we want to see what you've been working on. Show us what projects you currently have in progress. Link up and visit the other links to see what everyone else has been working on. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Helpful Links Gathered For You

Gain more readers your might not otherwise have had by linking up to these 62 blog directories all at no cost to you! 

Blog conferences are an amazing way to network yourself and your blog but they can be pricey if you are having to travel. This post done by Social Dialect explains ways to make attending a blog conference affordable for anyone. 

We all want to be great at taking photos, whether it be of our children, family, friends, products, travels or whatever else we want to be good at it. Darcy over at My 3 Boybarians shares some great tips that will help even the beginners like myself how to take better photos. 

This post done by Oh My! Handmade is beneficial for those hosting a giveaway and those looking for a blog to host a giveaway for them. I enjoy this post because it expresses the both sides of a giveaway and a lot of times that always isn't discussed. 

Create your own QR code that can link to a special page to your blog or a specific page of your shop with coupon codes. 

If you own a creative business it only makes sense to be creative in the promoting of your business, correct? Handmadeology writes a great post on some ways to promote your business you may have never thought of before. 

SEO has never come easy to me so I constantly read up on articles to help gain readers to my blog or customers to my shop through SEO and this article was a great help for just that. 

Hopefully these links provide you with some help as they have me.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Adding a Search Box to your Blog

Has this ever happened to you? You read something great on a blog and you want to go back and maybe that blogger does not have archives set up or any way to go back and see old posts? Or you have to hunt and peck through all the archives to look for the post you saw?

Seak and you shall find - maybe
Photo via Pinterest - direct link

How about adding a search box to your blog?

Here is the simple code.  Just paste it in your widgets area under the HTML and your set!

<center><p align="center"><form id="searchthis" action="/search" style="display:inline;" method="get"> <input id="search-box" name="q" size="25" type="text"/> <input id="search-btn" value="Search" type="submit"/> </form></p><center></center></center>

See Our Scatter Girls search box up there to the right under
our Facebook/Twitter and RSS feed round buttons?

Super easy and a time saver for your followers
who come back to visit to find just what they are looking for.

Happy Blogging

Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet Andrea w/ Bubblewrapp'd

Have you met Andrea yet?  She is our resident Scatter Girl block maker.  Andrea also has the cutest shop with the most fun blocks, you can vist her on Etsy and see all the fun there.

Blog / Shop / Twitter

Here is a snippit of Andrea's "Meet Andrea" from her blog, hop on over
and see what you have in common.

I started my shop very late last year.
I love working on my shop stuff.
I love coming up with new ideas.
I love working on custom orders.
I love working on any of my orders.
I love it all.
I love what I get to do.
It's amazing.
All of it.

If you see something in the Andrea's shop that you LOVE she has given our Scatter Girls a special coupon code good through Monday the 29th.
"SCATTER10" is good for 10% off

Look how cute it will come packaged!



And in case you wanted to know, Andrea's favorite
Favorite Ice Cream flavor
Braum's Malted Milk Ball!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

About Me- Link Up

An about me page on your blog or website can be a great spot for you to obviously introduce yourself to your readers and even introduce your readers to your goals for your site. When I visit a blog or website without an about me site I often feel so lost as to who the author is, who is this person I'm reading about, who is this person behind these words? If I visit a new website or a new blog for the first time and become enticed in the site the next thing I do is look for their about me page to find a little bit more about that author. If there is no about me page I really become quite bummed out. Today were hosting an about me link up party. We want to know more about you! This link party serves as a great way to get to know each other a bit more and stress the importance of an about me page.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crafty Girls Workshop

Happy Friday everyone! You all may have noticed the super cute Crafty Girls Workshop button located on the Scatter Girls' sidebar the past month and we have mentioned a great deal from them once before, but today I want to elaborate on how fantastic they are! Crafty Girls Workshop is an actually shop located in San Antonio, Texas but if you aren't lucky enough to visit in person you can visit virtually. Crafty Girls Workshop has super fun, bright and funky, 100% cotton designer fabric. The shop has a variety of precut fabrics as well, which are great for fast projects from quilts to twirly skirts for your little princess. There is also a wide selection of patterns, both printed and electronic which can be delivered through e-mail within 24 hours of your purchase. One of the best things about Crafty Girls Workshop is the support you'll get with your purchase. If you need some help putting colors together or finding a coordinating fabric for a project, just e-mail Anna ( for a FREE color consultation. How cool is that? Having your own color consultant on hand whenever you need some help? Anna is the best too she really knows her fabrics! You can also find Crafty Girls Workshop on their Blog and on Facebook. The best part about this whole post is that Crafty Girls Workshop is offering Scatter Girls a discount code off their wide arrange of products! Use code SCATTER at checkout to receive 10% off your total purchase

Aren't those fabrics to die for? You could get 10% your purchase of any of those beauties simply by entering SCATTER at checkout. The code can also be applied to classes, patterns, kits, books, magazines, and more! Don't miss out and hop over to Crafty Girls Workshop today. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pet Love: Linky Party

Pets are some of the greatest friends we can have. Think about it, they don't past judgement and they're always willing to listen. People love their pets and I am certainly no exception. For those of us without children our pets are our children. Whether you have a cat, dog, horse, lizard, pig, pet rock or anything else we want to see it! Today is Pet Love link up. The link party will be up until next Tuesday- August 23rd so you have some time to capture the perfect snapshots of your little prince or princess. 

Chrissy's dog- Sebastian

Gina's dog- Polo

My Dog- Carmelo

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Middle Finger Project

Yes, you read that title right. I'm giddy with excitement about this post. No, not because I have an incredibly immature sense of humor and laugh when I read vulgar things such as "the middle finger" (ok...maybe I do). That's not the reason I'm giddy, I'm giddy because I'm going to introduce you all to the lady behind the middle finger, (ha ha- I had to) Ash. She's a balls to the wall entrepreneur who's going to tell you why you don't need a boss.

That's Ash... the genius behind The Middle Finger Project. If you aren't quite sure what The Middle Finger Project is or think you might be thinking of something else, don't worry I'm here to help. The Middle Finger Project is Ash's website built to help small business owners gain more clients, rake in a bigger cash flow and use the internet wisely. When I discovered Ash's website I really thought she was sitting on my sectional, laughing at me wearing my boyfriend's old college football shorts and telling me to get up, get motivated and that my dreams of becoming my own boss can become a reality. I spent a large amount of time reading The Middle Finger Project and shaking my head to agree with everything that was being said. Ash provides great e-courses on how to find the motivation and determination you need to jump-start your own small business and sometimes isn't that the hardest part? Ash was kind enough to let me ask her some questions and I was so excited I didn't know where to start. I could have asked her a bazillion more questions but here is what I came up with.

1.    What inspired the Middle Finger Project?

 An asshole, of course. (Can I say that on this site?) But, no, really. It all started when someone decided to give me a lecture on the facts of the real world, and told me that nobody liked work, but that they did it because they had to. And then he followed that up with, "Welcome to the real world." I decided he was wrong, so I started TMFproject back in 2009 in order to reject the status quo and rebel against mediocrity, which was its original tagline. :)  Later, I discovered that what I was really after was freedom coupled with self-actualization, which I was able to find through self employment...specifically by leveraging the internet to do my soul's work. And--holy hell--as it tuns out, I DO like work. 

2.    You say that it is ultimately about “guts”, how would you define guts?
In a nutshell? It's not about joining the real world--it's about molding your own reality. That's guts. And so many people are scared to death to do so, because even though they've got that empty nagging feeling deep inside of them, the risk of failure and of looking like an idiot and, in my opinion, the fear of hard work, prevent them from doing anything they'd truly be proud to do. Without guts, you're living your own tragedy. 

3.    What is the safety and security in being an entrepreneur, in being your own boss?

Ha - well, for starters, no one can fire me and take away my income at the drop of a hat. :)  But secondly, I love being in control of my income and the way I run business. It's incredibly liberating. I know that if I need more money, I can make more money. And I also feel confident knowing that things are getting run the way that I want them--right up to my ridiculous autoresponder I currently have up, which is sarcastic and silly and fun. Not your typical business. :) 

4.    What has been the most satisfying part of being your own boss for you?
Definitely the travel! That was a very large motivator for me when I began the path of self-employment - I wanted to be able to travel wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Two weeks a year is a pathetic excuse for a vacation - I didn't want two weeks - I wanted my entire life. Every single moment of it. So, running my biz from my laptop allows me to do just that. I'm in Barcelona, Spain right now, spending a few months here. I just came from 9 months in Santiago, Chile. I've also lived extensively in Costa Rica, and soon, will be headed to spend some time in my hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, before taking off again. Freedom of location is AMAZING.

5.    How can an individual identify their ideal life and job? It sounds like quite a big goal, is it possible?
You know what? It IS a big task. And answers don't just appear out of thin air. I believe that finding some answers comes as a function of two things: 1) Giving yourself the time to really sit back and THINK. Too often, our culture is just all go-go-go and no one really has anytime to truly do some deep thinking.  2) Getting out there and experiencing all sorts of new things. If you haven't found that one thing that lights you up inside, I believe you just haven't tried it yet. :)  Experience breeds possibility. 

6.    What is the number one thing you have learned about yourself by being your own boss?

I am terrible, terrible, terrible at staying organized! When you're in a position of high-profile online, for example, you get tons of requests and emails every single day - and I'm a stubborn ox in that I like to answer my email personally. But...I'm also terrible at keeping track of everything and remember who needs what, when. Lists are my savior! 

 I want to thank Ash for taking the time to answer a couple of questions for the Scatter Girls and want to encourage all of you to check out The Middle Finger Project. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

All About SNAP! The Conference April 2011

SNAP! is a three-day conference April 19-21, 2012 in Utah, targeting the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft, mind-blowing events and DIY.

Welcome to SNAP, where you’ll find creativity at your fingertips.  There is something a bit different about being a creative blogger…Instead of dissecting life and examining the pieces like many online writers, we’re busy dreaming, sharing and building things up.

We inspire one another and when we connect in ways that comfort and sustain, it is something truly extraordinary.  That is why we launched SNAP – a community where imaginative bloggers can come together; learn from one another and walk away invigorated.  

To ensure an optimal experience, tickets to this event are limited. Register today!

Photo courtesy of Angry Julie

The buzz about town during SNAP! the Conference April 19-21, in Salt Lake City, is bound to be our latest addition – Queen Bee Market!

SNAP! is partnering with one of the nation’s premiere handmade markets. Forget dimly lit and cramped. The hallmark of Queen Bee is the number of incredibly amazing, dramatically done vendor booths.

Queen Bee Market at SNAP!, is set to showcase the very best in modern handmade, carefully selected just for you. Get ready to shop an incredible inventory of items – from jewelry and home goods to a variety of other one of a kind treasures.

Click Photo

Here is where SNAP will be held

The on-site hotel is a Springhill Suites, by Marriott Hotel. Rooms will be available at a discounted rated for $129. Simply mention that you are with SNAP! when you book.

Friday, August 12, 2011

July's Scatter Girl!!! Teresa w/ Blooming on Bainbridge

Happy Friday!
We are so excited to introduce our July Scatter Girl to you today!

This Month's Scatter Girl of the Month is:

Teresa who blogs at

Could she be any cuter and look at her furry pal Dugan, my goodness he is the curliest cutest pup ever!

•Always interested in others and takes time to get to know those in the handmade community.

•She is always willing to help others with advice, guest posts, tips, or suggestions.

•She is fun and her blog is a place that is jam packed with handmade goodness.

•This Scatter Girl is active in the blog community and is often seen guest blogging on others' blogs.

•She is a busy bee but always makes time to create, emails, twitter friends, blog, and to get involved in any initiative that she can.

•She is forward thinking and always wants to be the best she can be.

Look at Teresa's cute house!!


Teresa will get one of these for her craft room courtesy of Bubblewrapp'd

And this month a special treat from Gina with #SetUpShop

I am so excited to offer this month's Scatter Girl of the Month a seat to a #SetUpShop Workshop of her choice. The courses are designed to assist creative individuals with ideas and tactics to open their own business or strategies to take their current business to the next level. I am so thrilled to offer this opportunity to the Scatter Girl of the Month and am looking forward to a great set of upcoming classes!

And a button for your blog!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hi,  This is Scatter Girl Chrissy, I work for, and I love it.   Lauren also works for Juice in the City as a Blogger.  And Gina is in line for the launch of the Deleware market!!

I'd love it if you and your friends worked with me/us earning money and being paid to experience the best local businesses! I promise this is not a MLM opportunity and I want you to join because it's a great opportunity, not because I'll earn money. Please check out our NBC, USA Today, and other press coverage on our website here ( I'll describe the opportunity below, but to cut to the chase, if this sounds interesting to you and you are willing to share the opportunity please do!! Here's How...

1. Apply here ( and tell Juice that I referred you when asked during the application.  Be sure to put my name Chrissy Farnan as your referrer.

2. Post this job application/information to all of your groups (moms groups, college alumni, PTA, Facebook, Linkedin)
Juice is venture backed and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moms all across the country can work from home for Juice sourcing and experiencing local deals. We are growing fast, and hiring like crazy. 

We’re looking for more local expert moms!
The benefits are getting extra cash by doing what you already enjoy doing, shopping or window-shopping, meeting local business owners and actually making a difference in helping to grow your local economy.  There are so many perks in being part of this great community at  You get discounts through your tenure, win prizes, and in community with other individuals who are supportive, motivated and driven. We are focused on Fun, Family and helping local business thrive!
Here is a job description of the current opening, as well as sample Facebook and Linkedin posts.  Again, when you apply, please use me as a referral source. 

Thank you again!

Here is the Job Description: 

Local Moms –
Have a Fun Career from Home and Become the Local Go To Mom! 

JuiceRoots: Local Business Consultant Job Description

Juice in the City connects local businesses and local moms to create local discovery and fun for all moms in your area. With Juice in the City, you can:

·    Become the local “go to” mom by discovering great local gems
·    Earn hundreds to thousands per month while being paid to experience the best local businesses
·    Have a fulfilling career from home that you can do during just a few hours a day
·    Have a fulfilling career the kids can tag along on
·    Instantly be a part of a hot Silicon Valley start up (See our press coverage from NBC, USA Today, The New York Times on our website)
·    Join a highly passionate team started by two very passionate moms

We rely on your local knowledge to find the best deals that moms in your area would love to buy. And, that's not all, you will become part of a community of moms in over 20 major markets throughout the US who share a common vision to save local and support their community and families.
How you fit in:
Most moms already have the skills we're looking for:

  • Knowledge of local businesses and a desire to help them grow
  • You enjoy challenges and have excellent communication skills.
  • You have good insight on what deals other moms would enjoy
  • You enjoy talking to local shop owners and building community
  • Prior sales / customer experience is a plus but not required.

With flexible hours and the ability to take your kids to work with you, this is unlike any company you've worked for!

To get started on the application process, simply fill out an application, which takes no more than five minutes.

CLICK HERE: [Be sure to state my name, Chrissy Farnan as the  person who referred you to when you are asked during Stage 2 of the application.]

To get started on the application process, fill out a simple application, which takes no more than five-minutes. Go to
Be sure to give my name Chrissy Farnan when you are asked!

Then send me an email so I can send on to the powers that be that you have applied and I know you!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Facebook Fan Link Up

There is no doubt in the world that Facebook is the most powerful social media tool out there today. They say if Facebook was a country then it would be the third largest country in the world. So it makes a ton of sense that marketing has become almost a must for businesses today. For this week's linkup the Scatter Girls hope to help gain some exposure to your Facebook Fan page and maybe introduce you to some new Facebook pages that you might "like". So link up your Facebook Fan page and check out the other pages while you are here! 

Groopdealz - The Process with Andrea {Bubblewrapp'd}

We are excited to have Andrea guest posting for us today!!  Visit Andrea's blog and shop you will be doing some creative financing to purchase one of each, I promise!!

Hi Scattergirls readers!
I'm Andrea. I blog over at Bubblewrapp'd {the blog}. And my shop is Bubblewrapp'd on Etsy.

This story begins as good stories do, with a large glass of vodka and cranberry juice...

I had my first Groopdealz deal run in June. It was a last minute opportunity, and I had no time to prepare, I just jumped on in.

I had set the limit to 65 orders, and 7 days to get all the orders shipped for them to make it in time for father's day.

My second Groopdealz deal ran July 6. I knew about this deal date for a couple months in advance.

I set the limit at 150 orders, and 2-4 weeks to ship out all orders.

Here's what I know.

{Preparation makes life so much easier.}

Make sure that you have more than enough supplies on hand. Whatever supplies you use to create, package, and ship your product, make sure that you have more than you *think* you'll need.

{Stuff takes longer than you think it will}

Life is unpredictable. Things come up. Know this in advance of working on your deal orders so that you spend less time being frustrated, and more time just accepting it, dealing with it, and getting back to work.

{Clean your house.}

If your house is a wreck before you start working on your orders, it's going to be a complete disaster by the time you ship out all your orders.

Start with a (semi) clean house, and it will just be (very) messy by the time you ship all your orders out, rather than a complete and total, embarrassing disaster.

{You need help.}

See above. Also, cooking still has to get done. Dishes have to be done. Laundry has to get done. Bills still have to be paid. Groceries need to be bought. Kids still need your love and attention.

You absolutely need help. Accept it.

{You will go on a roller coaster of emotions.}

I can't do this. What was I thinking? How am I ever going to be able to do this? I can do this! This is going to get done. I can't do this. I'm never going to make it. I think I might actually do this!

Most of the roller coaster of emotion happens in the final stretch of getting all the orders out.

You can do it. You will do it.

{Plan wisely.}

My second deal ran one day before my 5 year old had his tonsils out. Also, we had family coming to visit from Michigan during the last couple weeks that I had to ship out all of my orders.

I should have asked to reschedule my deal date honestly, but I thought these things would be "no big deal". That they wouldn't take away from the time I needed to get everything done.


{You will get orders.}

Your shop will. One of the beauties of Groopdealz is that they are sweet enough to link directly to your shop from your deal, which means your shop will have a large, new audience coming to check out, and purchase your stuff!

More orders on top of Groopdealz orders! Yippee! :) So you need to plan for that as well.

{Mistakes are inevitable.}

I shipped someone the wrong color block. I felt like a complete loser for making such a mistake, but it's fixable. I fixed it. It's done.

Mistakes happen. Fix it. Get over it.

{Know your limits}

Consider setting a limit on the amount of items you sell in your deal. I did on both of mine, and I am so glad that I did.

{Expect emails.}

People will email you throughout the time from when your deal ends until ??? All of the emails I have received were people asking when their item would ship.

Answer kindly.
{Enjoy the ride.}

It's exciting! Be thankful, grateful, and enjoy the whole experience as much as you can! People loved your stuff enough to buy it. A lot of it! Enjoy that!