#Craftcation17 – Presenter Spotlight, Lela Barker

The presenters at Craftcation ARE THE BOMB!  This week let’s take a closer look at Lela Barker…a amazing business woman and one of the most entertainingly down-to-earth presenters I’ve had the privilege of learning from.

lela-barker When it comes to teaching creatives how to build an empire, Lela Barker has a simple philosophy: beneath every successful maker lies a solid business foundation.

As the founder of Bella Lucce, an award-winning international beauty brand distributed through 1,300 spas and the mind behind Lucky Break Consulting, Lela is wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace. Drawing on more than a decade of experience as a successful maker, Lela’s magic lies in distilling complicated business concepts down to their essence, especially in the areas of product pricing, brand development and wholesale strategy. She’s seen firsthand the power of nailing down these important facets of business as creatives strive to build sustainable brands that ignite their passion, put food on the table and make the world a more beautiful place. One client recently christened her the “Mother Theresa of Makers” while another described her “as the best business decision I’ve ever made.”

Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than ninety print publications worldwide and her “LBU: Secrets to Wholesale Success” program sells out within days each time registration opens, welcoming emerging entrepreneurs from Australia to California. She teaches frequently, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and mud huts in Africa and *almost* everywhere in between.

When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find Lela collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising four children. She believes in girl power, second chances, fab shoes and dark chocolate. Lela lives in South Carolina with her family and a small army of pets.

Via: Craftcation Presenters

Get your tickets to #Craftcation17 today and find your favorite new sources of inspiration!

Comikaze Expo is Coming

Oh, wait…we’re calling it L.A. Comic Con now.  That’s going to take some getting used to.

You can find Unexpected Hobby (that’s me!) and Chris Thorne Art (that’s my husband!) in Artist Alley, Table M19.

I will have all my latest cross-stitch kits, and the hubby will have lots of really terrifying clowns and zombies to haunt your Halloween nightmares.  (Seriously, we have so many scary clowns in our house right now, I can’t even…)

See you there…October 28 – 30th.