24 February 2017

Brighten In Royse City

Thank you for joining us today as we share Brighten In Royse City!
Searching for just the right establishment to host our Brighten Workshop at this year was no simple task.
Carole and I combined a modest budget, a whole lot of passion, perseverance and a deep desire to bring inspiration, motivation, tips and takeaways all together under one sweet roof.
That roof just happens to be in Royse City where " a friendly touch of Texas," is melded together with a hometown atmosphere. 
We were also fortunate enough to snap up one of the best venues in town, the Sweet Face Sugar Shoppe and Bakery on 134 East Main Street in Royse City Texas.
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As we defined our vision for the Brighten workshop we knew we wanted to bring you a unique experience.
Was camaraderie on our list? Absolutely!
When we work together we create bonds that span a lifetime and we form unions that offer support, education, inspiration and opportunities.
We are not Islands, we are communities.
So when we found the Sweet Face Sugar Shoppe & Bakery we knew we were all a perfect fit.
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It is important for us to share a bit about one of the founders and owners of the Bakery, Amy Cody.
Amy is a delightful, warm and exuberant young woman and when you walk in the Bakery you immediately feel welcomed.
Her laugh and smile as are as genuine as the Texas sunshine.
She openly, honestly and bravely shared why and how she and her husband opened the bakery.
For  Carole and I this was testimony to anything is possible as long as you keep trying.

"Amy, why did you open up your Bakery?"

" To cope with the loss of our son, I started painting which led me to baking. Sweet Face started from coping with grief because the plan I had for my life was very different than God's plan for my life."

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"Amy, how did you decide on the name of your Bakery?"

"Sweet Face was named after my son who passed away at 13 months from brain cancer. Everyday I called him "Sweet Face," until his passing."

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"What year did you open up your Bakery?"

" I worked 8 years out of my home and then opened our shop in March 2015 in Royse City."

We are humbled and honored to be able to share with you the story of the Sweet Face Bakery & Sweet Shoppe in Royse City, which hosts Birthday parties, Christmas gatherings, Sunday socials and now the Brighten Workshop!

Today Carole From Garden Up Green and I are sharing a little preview of a few of the things that are included in your ticket to the Brighten Workshop.

Carole will be demonstrating a Stenciling Make and Take Using Funky Junks Old Time Stencils.
Aren't you so thrilled to know you will be taking home such a fabulous creation.


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Jemma  will be sharing tips on how to work with brands and also creative  ways to style and photograph products that brands have sent you.

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Please join us on Sunday March 26th from 2-5 for an Afternoon Tea and Workshop.
If you are a budding blogger or seasoned blogger we welcome you.
If you are on Instagram and would like to use your IG account to include sponsored posts or freelance writing, this workshop will benefit you too.
Please stop back on Monday for a fabulous Lemon Cake recipe and on Wednesday we will be sharing more snippets of the upcoming workshop and a video too.
Tickets on sale on the sidebar.


Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

26 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing workshop! I need to move to Texas! Sweet Face sounds like a very special place. I am touched by the meaning behind the name and Carole's story of how the bakery came to be.

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    1. Now you know how much we would love, love to have you!
      Come visit us soon!

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  2. I think my trip to Texas was badly timed! This sounds just wonderful -- you amazing women doing great fun things, being creative, talking blogs and at a bakery no less. Sweet Face really does sound like a perfect spot to inspire such positive energy. A lovely interview.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie, I think this is just a perfect fit for our Brighten Workshop.
      We are focusing on the things that really matter in life while at the same time we hope to grow our blogs and other social media.
      Wish you were here to add your talent and grace.

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  3. I'm so bummed that I am missing this since I'm out of town that week. I hope it's a huge success & therefore something similar is offered later! 😊

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    1. I am dissapointed too Laura. When we planned the Brighten workshop I had you as a definite yes in my mind! Seems as though this time of the year is a busy one for trips.
      Next time though for certain, my sweet friend!

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  4. This sounds delightful! I love the story of the bakery. Have a wonderful time and I hope it is a huge success!

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    1. We hope it will be a great success too and thank you for your kindness and support from afar!

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  5. These cupcakes looks YUMMY. What a charming bakery, Jemma. I get so excited when I come across a nice bakery when visiting other towns. It's hard to find a good one. I love that "sweet" wall hanging. Thank you for being such a sweet blog friend, Jemma. I truly appreciate it. : )

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. The aroma of this bakery is wonderful and then all of the pink and sweet sayings make it such a precious and inspirational spot to host this workshop.
      Thank you for your friendship too Sheri!

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  6. What a touching and wonderful story of a family challenged with something that's unimaginable. Such faith and strength from a very brave woman.

    This is going to be a wonderful event

    Cindy

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    1. Good Afternoon Cindy,

      We are so touched by Amy's story too. Her spirit and heart are full of life, hope, goodness and faith.
      We really feel as though we were led to her Bakery Shoppe and that our venue will be full of inspiration, connecting and rejuvenation of all of our spirits!


      Thank you!
      Jemma

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  7. I wish I lived in your area so I could join you for this delightful workshop!

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    1. I wish that you did too Melanie, it would be a joy to meet you. I know we would sit down over a cup of warm tea or coffee and chat just like we had known one another for years.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your bakery find. I've been looking for one around here. The blogging workshop sounds great too.

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    1. It is a darling bakery and I can also vouch for the tasty treats. Amy and her staff bake it all from scratch.

      Hope so see you at the workshop.

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  9. What a lot of fun your stirring up down there in Texas Jemma! The story behind the bakery is very touching, but what a wonderful way for Amy and her husband to turn things around. I'm sure you'll have a great turnout for this event ;)
    Wendy

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    1. Wendy,
      We were very impressed with Amy too, her faith has really helped her and she appears to have a big support group.
      She turned her talents into baking for the rest of us to enjoy.
      Thank you for your vote of confidence and encouragement, wish you were here to join us!

      Hope you are doing well and that the weekend will bring you sweet surprises!
      Jemma

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  10. Jemma this sounds fabulous. I wish I lived closer to Texas to attend. What a heart warming story about how Amy took unbearable loss and made it into something beautiful. Happy Weekend.
    Kris

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    1. Happy weekend to you too. Yes, this precious Amy has the dearest of souls.
      Even though our venue is too far away for many of our Texas bloggers and traveling the Dallas/Ft.Worth area is such an obstacle we will be grateful to those that we connect with and it will be on a learning, crafting and spiritual level.
      I am thankful for those who are able to attend.

      Enjoy your weekend,
      Jemma

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  11. Jemma,
    Brighten workshop sounds like it's going to be a fun day.... with lots of cupcakes to boot. Just four weeks away... you must be getting excited.

    Judith

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    1. Judith,

      I am looking forward to it, amazingly enough the majority of ticket sales are from bloggers that we have not met yet, isn't that exciting! We are so thrilled to be meeting new and enthused bloggers.
      Carole is going to offer some marvelous guidelines on how to become published in magazines and our fingers are crossed that a couple of small merchants may be there too.

      Hope you will be joining us.

      Jemma

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  12. Good morning darling Jemma!

    I can't even start to imagine what this woman went through, but the courage it takes to pick up and move forward is a give from God. I suppose that is all any one of us can do in the face of reality. What a sweet shoppe this looks like, and you are wonderful to seek out connections in your area. I hope that when (God willing), I retire, that on top of involving myself with more creativity in writing and photography, that I can enhance my community with such connections, to make this world a bit sweeter. LOVE YA!

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    1. Well you know, this young woman is just filled with the spirit of God and His love of her shines out of her eyes! She is so genuine and warm and giving.
      Oh and the bakery smells like frosting and cotton-candy, sort of unique experience. It is going to be a special time!

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  13. Thank you for sharing the story behind Sweet Face Bakery. How brave she is. I can't imagine how sad losing a child must be. It definitely adds so much more to the workshop. Can't wait to see you all in a month.

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  14. Thank you for sharing the story ... it is so hard to imagine the losing of a child.

    I am sure your workshop will be great, and I look forward to reading more about it, and seeing photo's in the coming weeks

    All the best Jan

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