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Create and Connect Project

Have you ever dreamed of turning your hobby into your profession? If so, this giveaway is for you. We are offering one lucky winner a scholarship to a new online class all about business and social savvy created by two successful bloggers: the Create and Connect Project.

What’s the Create + Connect Project?
It’s an 8-week interactive, online video class that will teach you how to turn your creative passion into profit. Yes, make money doing what you love doing – whether it’s blogging, crafting or starting your own design business.

What will you learn?
Founders Mariah Danielsen and Katrina Padron created the class as a crash course of everything you need to start your own business – a combination of online marketing, social media, web development and design, personal branding and just plain good information, like exact scripts the duo used to get featured on major blogs and worksheets for each of the eight class topics.

And the teachers know their stuff: Big-name bloggers like our own Erin Loechner and Shauna Alterio of Something’s Hiding in Here share strategies that worked for them. “I’m a firm believer that knowledge and perspective are most beneficial when shared with others, so I’m always thrilled to participate in projects geared toward the exchange of information, ” Erin says.

How to win:
There are two ways to win— either by submitting a video or crafting a written submission. We want to see your passion, creativity and your ability to follow directions.

1. Submit a Video: Create a video under 2 minutes and answer the following questions

  • Who are you and what is your creative passion?
  • What’s the biggest thing that’s holding you back from doing your dream job?
  • What does success look like for you? Tell us what you’re gonna do when you overcome your challenges  - in both your business and the world.

Then upload your video to YouTube.com and make it public with the following title and description. (Make sure you cut and paste word for word.)

Video Title: Create + Connect Project from @mariahdanielsen and @katrinapadron vid by YOUR NAME

Video Description: http://www.createandconnectproject.com – HGTV Giveaway: Create + Connect Project with Mariah Danielsen and Katrina Padron – where creative entrepreneurs go to turn passion into profit.

After you’re done uploading your video, you must leave a comment with a link to your video in the comments section for this post.

2. Submit a Written Entry: In 500 words or less, answer these questions and leave your entry in the comments section for this post.

  • Who are you and what is your creative passion?
  • What’s the biggest thing that’s holding you back from doing your dream job?
  • What does success look like for you? Tell us what you’re gonna do when you overcome your challenges  - in both your business and the world.

Choosing the winner:
There can only be one winner, so here’s the breakdown of how we’ll evaluate the entrants: 75 percent of your score will be based on creativity and originality and 25 percent is based on how well the submission answers the questions asked.

Dates to remember:
Submit your entries from April 27 at 12 p.m. until May 11 at 11:59 p.m. We’ll announce the winner right here on Design Happens on May 14.

Spread the word:
Know someone who would be perfect for this scholarship? Get the word out about this Create + Connect Project contest on Twitter and Facebook.

A couple sample tweets and Facebook blurbs to get you started:
You could win @mariahdanielsen + @katrinapadron’s Create + Connect Project Scholarship from @hgtv! http://bit.ly/ccproject #CCProject
Submit your video/essay for @mariahdanielsen + @katrinapadron’s Create + Connect Project Scholarship on @hgtv!  http://bit.ly/ccproject #CCProject

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 11, 2012. See the full official rules here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.



27 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    What a fabulous prize and opportunity! I'll enter this week!

    Come check out the Roasted Smashed Potatoes I whipped up. http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/04/roasted-


  2. Andrea Jay says:

    I am a woman who loves to improve things. I am involved in lots of worthwhile projects all the time, and as a result my time is very limited. I really like to do things the right way, and I make conscientious choices all day long. I think beauty is terribly important, and challenge myself to find it everywhere. The biggest thing holding me back from my dream job is that I don't have a lot of interior design contacts anymore, I've been out of the work place for 7 years, and it's a hard track to stay current in without devoting everything to it, which I'm not able to do. I think success looks like effort, if I've done my best work and others are able to see it, and have it inspire them to be better too then I will feel like I've accomplished something worth while. I've recently begun pushing myself to make new contacts in the blogging world, I used to be content to just do the work for myself and my friends, but I think that the public eye could push me to do more, to do better. I also believe that I have worthwhile content and a valuable perspective that could help others.

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Andrea Jay

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    I have been trying to enter your sweepstakes but I can't seem to complete the entry form because where it says to enter state I can't seem to scroll down to n.j. when I try, the entire page moves. This may be because I am trying to enter using my phone, since I do not have a computer in my house. I am in desperate need of landscapeing. My house is completely bare. I have contacted five, yes five companys and they come to my house but never return. I don't know why. It seems that these companys do not want the work. I cannot afford much. Last June my husband passed away. If he were still alive, he would be able to find men to do it. Finally I decided to do it myself. Only to find out how big and hard the job really is.. I'm so discouraged. I am 50 yrs old. I have a job as a casino dealor. Since loosing my husband I am struggling to live without him and his income. I have no family and trying to find help is next to impossible. So I wanted to enter your sweepistakes and unfortunately I am unable to do so. Is there any way to enter using my phone. I know if I do enter, my chances are slim but its worth a try. Janinecaltabiano@yahoo.com.

  6. Melinda Brown says:

    I am Melinda Brown, also known as Mo. I currently am a partner in a clothing store called Mo, Jo & Zoe with my mom Jo. We also have our own jewelry company that we carry within our store, called Zoe Designs. You might be asking yourself now… Who is Zoe? Zoe is my grandmother, and Jo's mother. Zoe really pushed us forward with our jewelry making business, which in-turn opened up Mo, Jo & Zoe; an affordable place to shop and find fun, unique items to wear and share with friends, family, and strangers. I have to stay, my dream job has become a reality- now I just need to tools and guidance to make it my forever dream job! Success to me, is being able to have a thriving business- not only making Mo, Jo & Zoe successful for Jo and I (and of course Zoe, who is keeping track of us from above), but I also want Mo, Jo & Zoe to be a strong pulse in the community. Our community, both local and tourist have kept us going, and we have worked hard to build relationships with our customers. I feel a sense of success when I talk to people and they tell me what they enjoy about the store, or when my neighbors want to know when new goods are coming in- success, to me is being a part of the community and having people look forward to seeing you and coming into your shop. I also believe that success is something that you build upon. Once I get Mo, Jo & Zoe up and running on the web, and fully saturated in the Social Media World, it will allow Jo and I to dedicate more time to community activities, and putting together events that will benefit the community. Ultimately, taking the store world-wide would be amazing (again, building on success), but I really need to focus on one thing at a time right now.(here comes what is holding me back). I AM WONDER WOMAN! I can do it all (at least that is what I tell myself- it's a good thing about 90% of the time- then reality kicks in.) Time is also another one of my arch enemies- sometimes I need 48 hours in a day to get everything accomplished; however, I am hoping that after a successful summer I will be able to hire another employee or two that can help out with the sales floor, which will allow me to focus more on the web-store, and social media. It is truly the Mo & Jo show right now, and to take us to the next level, we will need a household or possibly a small village; but with the right mindset, determination and tools, anything is possible!

    The future is looking bright!

    Melinda Brown
    aka Mo

  7. Mariah Danielsen says:

    Thanks for entering Mo! Best of luck!

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  9. @SandyBee says:

    Hi – I'm Sandy and I am an artist, writer, illustrator, certified Zentangle® teacher, store owner, stamp designer… and (divorced) mom. I use watercolors, colored pencils, papier mache, acrylics, mixed media, polymer clay, collage, stained glass, PMC, metal and I also paint furniture and murals, design rubber stamps, sew creatures, needle felt, teach, run a store, write books and a blog …

    My creative passion is helping other people find THEIR creativity. I also really like to MAKE things. I'm not crafty and I don't have much patience for crafty-things, I like IDEAS. You know, "what if…?" kinds of things. What if I combined this with that? What if we covered the staircase walls with tangles? That sort of thing. My ideal job changes constantly, and I admit that I actually like that. As my work changes, the possibilities morph too. Right now, I would like to expand my online store, move my studio to a larger space and have a shop there, open two days a week, with an art cafe for casual networking and some classes and retreats too. I would like to work on some new books (I have so many ideas!) and also spend more time writing and drawing for my blog. AND I would like some free time so I can turn off everything and actually play with some of these "what ifs" that are in my head!

    What's holding me back? Well, I am doing a lot of these things, but I feel I could fly into it all, and have fun, if I had a real support team. Basically, I need help! Help with orders, scheduling.. all that… but mostly I need a buffer zone. Is there such a job description? I am an incredible introvert, but I also LOVE being with creative, enthusiastic people. And I can't say "no." I need someone to organize all this stuff and make it flow. I have too many loose ends flying around and I waste a lot of time on everyday tasks. I end up exhausted and frustrated.

    To me, success is being streamlined and efficient, yet free and spontaneous – all at the same time. Having systems and people who know what to do to keep it all moving and earning money. And that would give me the freedom to create and change and improvise, and even fail sometimes, without losing everything. When I am successful – I will share ideas freely with anyone – through art, books, classes, the internet – without fear about money or contracts or barriers. I will just MAKE stuff and be happy doing it.

    Sandy Steen Bartholomew

  10. Christine says:

    i wish this was for high school students too instead of 21 or older! i am very passionate about pursuing a future career in interior design, and this scholarship would be perfect for me! -Christine(:

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