The Stone Soup Challenge is a grassroots movement founded by artist Laura Bray. The goal of the challenge is for artists and crafters to help one another by promising to use a portion of their monthly profits to invest in a fellow artist's shop. To join us in helping artists everywhere and to read more about the challenge, please go to our Facebook page.

Remember! If we all contribute a little to the pot of Stone Soup, we will all feast.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Unfortunately, it appears that the Mr. Linky widget isn't going to be available to us for shop listings on this post anymore. I have been trying to decide what to do the past couple days about it. I care for my three year old daughter full time and run my business, katydid designs and I really can't take the time to keep this blog up to date without having things like widgets available to me. So I've decided that, rather than shutting down the challenge completely, we need to move over to The Stone Soup Challenge Facebook page in order to continue on our journey.

Please go the page today and add your shop link. You can also post Stone Soup Challenge shop specials and blog drawings on the page. Although a bit of change, I think this solution will allow everyone to get more exposure in the end. As of today, I will not be updating this blog. I hope you all understand the need for this change and that you will continue to work on the challenge. I'll see you over on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Business Retreat-Southern California

If you are still deciding on whether or not to come to my Multiple Streams of Income Retreat on June 13, this may help. I'm offering a 2 for 1 special on the retreat! Find a friend and register together for the low price of $150. That's a super bargain at only $75 per person! Just contact me and give me your contact info and your friend's and I'll invoice you for the special. If you have already signed-up, and want to bring a friend, let me know and I'll honor this offer. This offer is only good until June 5, so hurry! Hope to see you at the retreat!

To learn more about the retreat, visit my website at

Monday, June 1, 2009

June Drawing!

Mary Lanigan Russo of Irish Photos is hosting our drawing this month. Go to her blog, The Photo Seen to find out how to win her Celtic Knot print.

(Photo courtesy of Mary Lanigan Russo.)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Technical Difficulties

I just heard that the widget that displays the challenger's shops is down. Apparently there are problems with Mr. Linky. It's out of my control. I do have the list of challengers in a Word Document, so all is not lost. I'll keep you in the loop about how to list your shops and accessing participants (so you can shop!) once I hear from Mr. Linky. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Winner!

I'm pleased to announce that Cara of Cara Makes won my drawing! Congratulations Cara.

There will be a new drawing, hosted by another Stone Soup Challenger, posted on June 1, so be sure to check back and see what you can win!

I still need more volunteers for future months' contests. It's a great (and free!) advertising opportunity. Don't let it pass you by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May Giveaway

I'm hosting the first giveaway! To win get more information about how to win this darling little, framed print, visit my blog at
Hurry! The winner will be announced on May 26th!

Challengers! You may enter this contest as well, but please be sure to spread the word on your blogs, Twitter and Facebook!

Good luck!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monthly Business Tip From Laura Bray: Endorsements

My latest newsletter should be in your in your Inbox any minute. This month, I'm exploring ways to earn income through endoresments. If you get your projects published, you will definately want to read this month's issue. Here's a taste of the article:

If you have ever had your work published, you know the pride you feel to see your project in print. But are you getting everything you can out of your publication? Some magazines and books pay you for your projects, but many don't. So do you just write-off the work to "exposure" and leave it at that? If you are, you are missing an opportunity to get paid. Many manufacturers offer artists and crafters endorsement fees for mentioning their products by name in published projects. Afterall, you are basically advertising for them! Here are some tips to keep in mind as you explore endorsements as a way to generate income in your arts & crafts business.

If you don't get my newsletter and want to read the rest of this article, visit my newsletter archives at

Endorsements are just one of the streams of income I'll be exploring at my Multiple Streams of Income Retreat. To sign-up for the retreat, visit my website at Early bird pricing ends on Friday, so hurry and sign-up today!