Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

November 12, 2012

Good morning friends! What’s going on in your part of the world? It’s a bit chilly here and overcast but I’m ready to face a new week because there is lots to work on. Did you know that I’m hosting a workshop at my home studio next month? It is sold out, which I am so thankful for, but after scheduling it I quickly realized that I need to do a second event in the new year because we had to turn away so many wonderful ladies… I feel sad about that. I know how much we all crave friendship, inspiration and creative business ideas and for me to host this type of even in my private home is a joy but next time, I’m thinking to either get a larger space so I can fit more ladies (like our NYC workshop that I did with Leslie Shewring) or continue to limit them to 15 students and host more of them.

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

It’s a bit tricky though because I don’t have a lot of time to host lots of these events at home. I put so much time and energy into hosting them. There’s of course the class itself and preparing what you will teach, but then there are goody bags, catering, decorating, correspondence, working with sponsors, making things, cleaning your home so that it’s just perfect and making everything shine, shine, shine! It’s way more work than hosting at offsite locations – hosting workshops in your private home is a pretty big deal but I see a lot more in my future so I’m definitely going to host more. I’m thinking of how to approach future workshops… Maybe just a good mix of small, medium and large and have some at home, others offsite. I have been teaching for years but mostly in conference rooms, hotel event spaces, large retail stores and cafes but until now, I’ve only taught very small groups at home. Having 15 ladies is a big jump for me – and I can’t WAIT to welcome them in December. I love connecting with creatives live in addition to online so I need to keep moving forward with teaching for 2013. I love it – it makes me so happy. :)

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

Today I’m going through all of our sponsor goody bag loot. It’s exciting to start laying things out and seeing how they all work together to fit our theme: creative inspiration for 2013. Sponsors working with Steffi and I so far include:

* Ferm Living
* Chronicle Books
* Bertine
* Bloomingville via Mein Cupcake
* Rosa Cosa
* Kusmi Tea
* Feine Billetterie
* Wednesday Paper Works

NOW I’m looking for a tote bag sponsor – I found lots on Etsy but small companies are often so reluctant to provide products in exchange for marketing/promotional opps – but I’d love to find a sponsor for linen tote bags that have some neon pink accents. I’ll let you know what I come up with – I may have to buy the totes myself at the local craft store and get crafty with some paint. I have a few ideas. :)

After the event, which runs from December 7-9, 2012, I’ll post photos showing the final goody bag loot, how I decorated the space, photos from the welcome party (location currently top secret) and more fun stuff so that you can see how the workshop went and maybe be inspired a little bit. Who knows, maybe you can host your own workshops at home or from your work studio eventually too?

(images: holly becker)


  • Reply Esther November 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Oh, these goodies look YUM! I have an Etsy shop: and I love to make tote bags. I don’t have something like you requested in my shop at the moment, but as soon as I read your idea, 10 ideas popped up into my head ;-) My biggest questions are: how many do you need and when do you need them?? Time is always tricky, especially with a fulltime editing/journalism job!!

  • Reply Tiffany Grant-Riley November 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Just a thought but have you tried my friends at Alphabet Bags? They do a neon pink heart?

    Sounds like the workshop is going to be brilliant!

    • Reply decor8 November 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      @Tiffany – Never heard of them before until now. I’m going to write to them straight away. THANK YOU! Great suggestion!!!

  • Reply Jenna @Jenna Lou Designs November 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I would be interested in talking with you about sponsoring the totes. Feel free to email me with more information. I don’t have anything neon pink already made up, but most of my work is custom anyways so I could work with your ideas / design.

    – Jenna

  • Reply Cyn | decyng November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    wow! I wish I could go to any of your meetings! Good luck with this workshop. I´ll be waiting for your post about it to tell us how it goes.

    Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Reply Jen November 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I’m not going into production on my linen bags until late December, BUT if you have a sponsorship opportunity in the late winter/early spring, I’d love to participate! Please feel free to contact me directly.

  • Reply Andreia November 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I have a proposal, to which email should I write? Thanks Holly!

    • Reply decor8 November 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      @Andreia – holly at THANK YOU!

  • Reply Jessica @ Dear Emmeline November 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    linen and neon pink sounds so fun! how many do you need? I have a ton of ideas of what you could do on some totes with neon pink felt, yarn, and/or craft paint!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente November 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    You probably already saw this one hun, but worth a shout. What a beautiful gathering this is going to be! Wish I could be there!

  • Reply Alexis November 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    My favorite kind of goodie bag! I love stationary!

    x Alexis

  • Reply Nadine November 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Holly,

    now that I´ve sent my first draft to you, so many other ideas pop in…
    maybe another modeling than a “tote style”? …other Prints?

    If you´re interested, please let me know!


  • Reply Michelle November 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Anthropologie sponsored the Selvedge fair last sat, they were canvas totes with neon pink logo, they might have some left?

  • Reply Kirsty Rogers November 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Hi there!
    We’re just starting up and may be able to help. Not sure of the scale of the task, but am sure for some marketing we can come up with something completely lush. Will forward the info to my business partner and hopefully we can get our product over to you.
    Kirsty @


  • Reply Kirsty Rogers November 13, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Hi there!
    We’re just starting up and may be able to help. Not sure of the scale of the task, but am sure for some marketing we can come up with something completely lush. Will forward the info to my business partner and hopefully we can get our product over to you. Can do any colour you like, any design you require.

  • Reply Jessica @ Dear Emmeline November 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

    just a thought…depending on how many bags you need you could get several small shops to participate in providing bags that match the linen and neon pink theme!

  • Reply Lisa November 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I want to be a part of the NY workshop :) My home!

  • Reply Anouk November 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I know a French one with neon pink tote bags !

  • Reply Jaclyn November 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Thanks to you and your BYW class I just hosted my first blog photography class this past weekend – I loved every minute of it! :)

  • Reply Margarida November 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    If I had known this in advance I would have created one just for the event :-( but now I don’t have time to do it…


  • Reply Melanie November 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Your goodie bag loot looks fantastic, so does the whole workshop idea! We got some great neon bags from etsy Germany itself for our blogLiebe photoworkshops, maybe they still have them?
    xoxo, Melanie

  • Reply Rosa Paula November 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I would looove to participate on a workshop like that! To bad I’m so far away (Brazil). Are you still in Germany?
    I come here often but I never write. Thank you for all the inspiration that you bring as all!

  • Reply Vicki November 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This sounds so fun, Holly … the perfect combination of friends and creativity! xo

    I’d love to do some goody bags but think they might arrive a little late for your event. If you do this again in the future, count me in! :)

  • Reply Tami November 14, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Hi Holly- I would love to attend one of your workshops but they are so far for me. If you ever want to hold one in the Washington DC area- my home is yours! I love hosting parties and it would be an honor if you ever come this way.
    Past BYW student, Tami

  • Reply Liz November 14, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Check ou pattern designer Colbey Decker of

    She has fantastic products and is self taught!

  • Reply fenny setiawan November 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I really envy those 15 ladies that will join to your workshop at home. I hope I can be there too someday. Can;t wait for the inspiring outcome, Holly. All the best.

  • Reply Magda November 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Holly,

    I sent you an email on November 4th regarding your workshop. I wanted to attend but have never gotten a reply. It sounds like you have no free spaces. Really said that nobody got back to me!


    • Reply decor8 November 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      @Magda – I wrote you back – check your inbox again!

  • Reply Cathy November 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Holly—don’t know if they make linen bags–but might do for a special run..I love my Ellen Allen Eastport tote–it’s laminated as all their products are—but they are beautifully made…I met the designer at the Washington Design Center. She really keeps expanding her line….Good luck! Just ordered your new book!

  • Reply Eleanor November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    So bummed I can’t make it, but glad to hear you’ll be hosting more :-)
    The goody bag looks fantastic!

  • Reply Magda November 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I did :). And of course, I replied right away, chack your mailbox, please!

  • Reply Play CLan November 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Holly,

    This is Tanuja from Play Clan, a fashion, art, design firm based in New Delhi India. We have an eclectic India inspired collection of home decor, apparel, curios, gifts and souvenirs.

    We will be happy to supply tote bags to you according to your requirements and ship them across.

    You can have a look at our products here

    Do let us know.

    Keep Playing

  • Reply miya June 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    wow!! great to see our shop on the list!! :)

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