The members-only community for creative small business owners to get practical business skills, goal-getting guidance, mindset shifts, support and accountability to discover and take your next big leap.

before we talk about us, let's talk about you . . .

You’re a creative who loves to keep your hands busy whether they’re covered in paint, furiously typing email replies, winding a skein of yarn or laying out your big dreams in your bullet journal.

  • You want to grow (or start) your business with expert guidance from someone who has been there before and knows the path you need to be on.
  • You’re looking for encouragement and advice from your own secret society of supporters.
  • You’d love some help honing in on and keeping track of your big and small goals.
  • You have heaps of passion but could use an extra dose of focus and accountability to help you get from inspiration to action to results.

But more than anything, you know that to get what you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done and you realize that you can’t do it alone.

sound familiar? yeah, you're in the right place!

We have exactly what you're looking for!

The mentorship, resources,
education and community
you’ve been longing for are
waiting for you inside our
exclusive membership community, Dear Handmade Life: The Club.

Here's the deal . . .

Most of us creative business owners are wearing ALL the hats… social media manager, product designer, head of sales and marketing, etc.

Even though you may want to improve all those areas, if you try to DO IT ALL at once, the only thing you’ll get is overwhelmed.

That’s why we zero in on ONE topic (like social media, newsletters, branding, time management, etc.) each month.

This laser-focus combats that “I’ll just binge The Office again while mindlessly scrolling on my phone because my TO-DO list feels like a TOO-MUCH list” feeling that often stops you from following through or even getting started.

Being a creative business owner isn’t easy, but trust me, it’s WAY better when you have a plan, a community of people who “get it” by your side and expert guidance and know-how!

We’ve got you!

“We don't have to do all of it alone.
We were never meant to.”
― Brené Brown

Monthly Meet-Up Sessions

We meet online 3+ times a month for classes, mentorships and more. If you can’t make the Live session,
don’t worry! All sessions are recorded and available for you to watch in our Class Library.

Make it Happen

Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a business class, heard a TED talk or listened to a podcast and felt TOTALLY inspired only to loose steam figuring out how to implement what you learned in your business.

Our Make it Happen Mentorship Sessions create a bridge between inspiration and action so that you can stop wondering “what’s next?” and start seeing real results in your business.

Mentorship Sessions help you implement what you learned in that month’s business class. Through group discussions and small breakouts, we work together to come up with specific goals and action items tailored for your business and a plan to make it all happen. You’ll have the opportunity to get personalized help from Nicole as well as support and advice from your peers.

Business Classes

After 13 years curating our award-winning Craftcation Conference, we know the best of the best when it comes to business mentorship.

The workshop teachers inside The Club are experienced business owners who have built their skills and knowledge through starting and growing their own businesses.

You’ll learn the tried and true systems that got them to where they are so that your learning curve shrinks and your profits and productivity grow.


Procrastination. Impostor Syndrome. Overwhelm. If any of these have held you back from your goals, you’re not alone!

In our monthly mastermind meetings we’ll check in with your progress and help you get to what’s behind your roadblocks and break them down.

And, because you’re 95% more likely to reach your goals when you commit them to another person and have ongoing meetings with them, when you join The Club you’ll have the opportunity to be placed into carefully selected Mastermind Accountability Groups where you’ll get the extra dose of support, motivation and feedback you need for a kick in pants and high fives to help get you to your goals.


Bonus Sessions!

Most months feature a bonus session including:
– Goal-getting Group Coaching Sessions where you’ll be walked through our business assessment and goal-setting worksheets.
– Critique Sessions where you can apply to have a specific aspect of your business critiqued like your products, website, social media etc.
– Chat and Craft Sessions where you’ll join us for an informal hangout.

AND, there's even more in The Clubhouse!

Goal-Getting Group Coaching Sessions & Worksheets

Forget New Year’s Resolutions! The proven way to finally add and cross those things off your list is through consistent goal-setting, action and accountability.

Through our yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly assessment worksheets and guidance via our meetings, you’ll uncover your BIG and small goals, figure out what’s working and what isn’t and get the support to take daily small actions to get you from where you are to .where you want to be.


Unlimited Access to
The Club Class Library

Whether inspiration strikes at 1am or you want to multi-task during your 6am shower (oh, that’s just me who puts her phone in a Ziploc and listens to business classes in the shower?) The Club Class Library is available 24/7 so you can dive into our on demand business classes led by some of the most sought-after teachers in our community.

The Library includes classes in social media, newsletter marketing, finance, branding, goal-getting and more. You can even each out in our member’s group for a friend to take the class with you so you can share insights.

Unlimited Support in our Members Only Community

Thelma had Louise. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph have each other. Belinda Carlisle had the Go-Go’s. 

It’s no secret that community is the key ingredient to growth and it’s why we created our online members group where you can get support, encouragement and resources from members (and Nicole & KatieMac) anytime.

You can ask questions, get feedback on ideas and share your ups and downs.

club resource hub

Exclusive Access to
The Club
Resource Hub

Ever spend hours trying to find the best and most budget-friendly printer for your new business cards? Or settle for an accountant you don’t click with because you don’t know how to find the right one? Or are you searching for the best social media scheduler?

The Club Resource Hub is the place where you can find all of that and more. This is your one-stop-spot to find our curated list of the service providers, platforms and services that we love and use.

this is exactly what I need!


Set your alarm!

Enrollment for The Club is only open for TWO WEEKS!

OPENS: September 1, 2022 at 9am PT
CLOSES: September 15, 2022 at Midnight PT

Hello! I'm Nicole!

I’m your hostess here at The Club.

I’’m the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life. For over a decade, I’ve worked alongside a team of badass creative women to curate events, education and community for creative misfits and passionate small business owners.

I’ve been a creative business over for over 20 years and have built multiple businesses which have generated millions of dollars in revenue, managed large teams, scaled my brand and worked hard AND smart to become one of only 10% of women-owned businesses to make six-figures.

Just as important as those stats are how I’ve crafted a life built on intention, setting and getting bold goals, finding a community where I belong and making space for work that lights me up and helping other creatives do the same!

Now, we’re bringing the support from our welcoming community of creatives, the education and motivation you need to take your next big leap and my expertise to you through Dear Handmade Life: The Club.

Whether you’re starting a new business or rebooting your current business if you’re ready to challenge yourself, set (and get!) real attainable goals, build your business skills and be a part of community who understands what it’s like to follow your creative dreams then what are you waiting for?

Let’s make it happen together.

You started your business to share your creativity with the world and turn what you love to do into how you make your living.

  • You didn’t sign up to feel isolated working alone and running your ideas by your “co-workers” aka your pets or partner.

  • Your vision of being your own boss didn’t include figuring out how to do everything on your own and struggling to keep up.

  • You want more freedom, not to be tied to a never-ending TO-DO list and longing for a helping hand.

In The Club you’ll get…


Find clarity about what your next steps should be.


Get the mentorship you need to make the business you dream of, the business you have.


Start to work through the limiting mindsets that are holding you back.


Build the community to share experiences, get advice and cheer each other on.

Your Club dues get you…

Expert-Led Business Classes

From newsletter and social media marketing to financial know-how like profit & loss and pricing to creating the systems and automations to help you scale like a CEO to goal-getting and so much more, The Club’s business class help your your learning curve shrink and your profits and productivity grow.

Mentorship-Focused Group Coaching

Through group discussions and small breakouts, we work together to come up with specific goals and action items based on that month’s topic and tailored for your business and a plan to make it all happen. You’ll have the opportunity to get personalized help from Nicole as well as support and advice from your peers.

Curated Mastermind Accountability Groups

You’ll be expertly paired into a group then in our monthly mastermind meetings we’ll check in with your progress and help you get to what’s behind your roadblocks and break them down.

Goal-Getting Group Coaching Sessions & Worksheets

Inside The Club Class Library (open 24/7!) you’ll find ready-to-watch classes and workshops led by some of the most sought-after teachers in our community.

Unlimited Support via our Members-Only Community

The Club provides a safe inclusive space for you to meet other creative business owners. There’s no “who’s-who” or pretension in here. Everyone is welcome! This is the place where you next business bestie is waiting for you.

Unlimited Access to The Club Class Library

Inside The Club Class Library (open 24/7!) you’ll find ready-to-watch classes and workshops led by some of the most sought-after teachers in our community.

Close your eyes and think about a time when you felt truly connected and supported.

Maybe it was when you were a kid and you and your bestie were up late sharing secrets by flashlight under the covers.

Maybe it was sitting in the hotel bar at a creative conference and having one of those laugh until your stomach aches moments with someone you just but who you felt like you knew forever.

Maybe it was excitedly sharing about your latest big idea or win with your partner or a friend over dinner and hearing them root for you.

Maybe it was reading one of those life-changing books… and underlying passage after passage and saying, “Yes!” to yourself over and again as you read. *(We know we’re not the only ones who devoured Big Magic in record time!)

THAT’S the kind of camaraderie and support that you’ll find inside
Dear Handmade Life: The Club.


You can join us from anywhere in the world because everything happens online.


We welcome all types of creatives at any stage in their business.


All of our classes and activities are recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

Everything you want to know…

Enrollment for The Club is only open a few times a year. Our next enrollment period will be: SEPTEMBER 1 – 15, 2022.

You get all the perks of being in The Club for just $42 per month. 

If you’re a creative who is looking for support, education and resources to start or grow your business, then YES! The Club is exactly what you need.

YEP! The classes, activities and mentorship inside The Club are perfect for both product and service-based businesses. Our membership was created for handmade business owners, crafters, photographers, bloggers, coaches, consultants, teachers, makers, craft business owners and creatives of all types. 

That’s OK! The Club is the perfect place to explore your possibilities and get the guidance from seasoned business owners who have been where you are and can help you get started.

The events and mentorship in The Club are geared towards creatives who have, or want to have, a business based off their passion. That said, if you don’t have a business and don’t want one, our doors are still open to you as some of the work we do will be about creativity and mindset. As long as you’re a creative, you’ll get something out of The Club.

Welcome seasoned pro! One of the reasons we started The Club was to specifically help veteran business owners who needed a place to get the connections and resources to take their business from something that they’re working on all the time to something that works for them (even when they’re sleeping). We’ll talk about systems, long-term strategy, delegation, scaling and other topics that experienced business owners need to move to the next level.

We would hate to see you go but understand if the membership just isn’t for you. You can cancel your monthly membership at any time. Annual memberships can be canceled and will expire at the end of your paid term.

Each month, Club members are invited to attend our Group Mentorship session and a live business expert-led workshop. These dates for 2022 have already been scheduled and are available for you in the Clubhouse once you enroll.

Since all the classes and activities inside The Club are online and recorded, you can join from anywhere in the world and participate when it’s convenient for you.

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

-Amy Poehler-