Furia Rubel Communications Honored with PBJ Corporate Giving Award

Doylestown, PA (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., (http://www.furiarubel.com) an integrated marketing and public relations agency, again has been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the region’s top corporate philanthropic givers.

The Philadelphia Business Journal selected Furia Rubel as one of the winners of its 2014 Corporate Giving awards, presented at the publications celebratory event on July 24, 2014 at the Union League of Philadelphia. The award recognizes the commitment of the agency and its team members to support worthy causes with their time and talents.

Furia Rubel was honored in the Hands-On Initiatives category, joining fellow nominees such as First Federal of Bucks County, Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young LLP, KPMG LLP and Deloitte LLP.

“Im proud that weve created a lasting culture of social responsibility here at Furia Rubel, said Gina F. Rubel, Esq. president and CEO of Furia Rubel. “Our philanthropic endeavors are their own reward, but its always nice to be recognized, especially if it might help encourage greater support of these causes.

Furia Rubel and its team members give back to community causes in many ways, including pro bono work on behalf of nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Bucks County Opportunity Council, and Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent (Philly VIP).

The award from the Philadelphia Business Journal honored a program of 10 projects the agency implemented over the course of one year, from launching an adopt-a-road cleanup program in its hometown, to sponsoring a food drive and open house at a local homeless shelter, to serving meals at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Corporate Giving Summit brought together the region’s leading business and civic leaders to share insight about and recognize the philanthropic efforts that make the Philadelphia region a great place to work and live. The event included keynote speaker Don Smolenski, president of the Philadelphia Eagles, and a Q&A with notable restaurateur Stephen Starr.

Founded in 2002, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. is an integrated and strategic marketing and public relations agency based in Bucks County, Pa. The certified women-owned agency provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations, media relations, graphic design, website design, blog production and social media services to a wide array of professional clients. Furia Rubel represents law firms, technology companies, educational organizations, accounting and tax providers, nonprofits, municipalities, and pharmaceutical, manufacturing and elder care companies. For more information, visit http://www.furiarubel.com, follow on Twitter at @FuriaRubel or subscribe to the blog at ThePRLawyer.com.

Expression College Student Wins International DJ and Music Production Competition

Emeryville, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Expression College student Sasha Michkovsky is one of three Grand Prize winners of the 2014 Discovery Project EDC Las Vegas DJ/Producer competition. 400 entrants from around the world participated in the competition, which required the submission of an original, self-produced song and a 30 minute DJ mix set.

I heard about the Discovery Project from a few DJ buddies of mine, says Michkovsky, who performs under the moniker Zima. The Projects judges called to tell me that I was a winner as I was going to one of my classes at Expression. I couldnt believe it.

Michkovsky was born in Ukraine and grew up in Alameda, CA. He took up the trumpet while in Lincoln Middle School and was a member of the marching band, which performed at Disneyland, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, Knotts Berry Farm, and at other prominent locations/events in northern California.

While attending Alameda High School, he developed an interest in DJing and music production. He became familiar with Expression from the colleges presentations in his multi-media arts class. This awareness inspired him to attend some of Expressions open houses and attend one of the Expression summer camps for teens.

After graduating from high school in 2012, I looked at a number of digital arts colleges that offered Sound Arts programs, but I was hooked on Ex’pression College, says Michkovsky, who cites Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, and Fedde Le Grand as his DJ influences. Their degree program made economic sense and their friendly environment and knowledgeable, experienced staff really differentiated it from the other schools that I visited. I was also impressed by their top-of-the-line facilities, the ability for graduates to have access to their studios, and the excellent preparation that they provide for the real-world challenges that an audio technology professional faces each day.

As a Grand Prize winner, Michkovsky received an all-expenses trip to the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, and was a featured DJ performer at the event on June 21. Hes also being considered for the DJ management and music marketing platform of Insomniac, the producer and promoter of EDC.

Regarding his future plans, Michkovsky will be graduating from Expression in 2015 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sound Arts. He plans to continue working on his music productions and performing as a DJ, and is considering eventually moving to Los Angeles to pursue work in sound design, scoring, and possibly recording.

My recommendation for Expression students is to try to figure out exactly what it is that you want to do, says Michkovsky. Even though Im interested in working in a number of areas, I realize that I need to prioritize and ultimately focus on one particular thing. Also, dont be afraid to take risks: you have to be a little crazy to make it in this business, and you really have to believe in yourself and your abilities so be bold. Most important: network, network, network!

Outback Deck of Roswell, GA Receives Remodeling Industry’s Highest Honor

Roswell, GA (PRWEB) June 19, 2014

Outback Deck Recognized as Big 50 by Remodeling Magazine

Bryan Miller and John Gwaltney, owners of Outback Deck, have been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. The Big50 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2014. The 2014 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 98,000 professional remodeling contractors.

Its such an honor to receive this industry accolade, adds Bryan Miller, President of Outback Deck. Weve worked hard to create an outdoor living brand consumers can trust, adds Miller. Remodeling magazine chose Outback Deck because of their commitment to outstanding customer service, quality craftsmanship, and integrity.

Miller adds, Our business philosophy is simple. We own homes too. We created a company that was designed around the way we wanted to be treated. Thats why our approach is simple. We educate homeowners about their options, then we offer them product and budget choices.

Outback Deck client, Mary Rollins, adds, l was so pleased with the people at Outback Deck. I felt like they genuinely cared about me and my home, I would highly recommend them.

Each year, since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, Remodeling editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. Uniting the 2014 inductees are high standards and a determination to push through the recession taking the opportunity to retool systems and processes to prepare for the recovery ensuring that as business picks up, they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive, according to Remodeling.

The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and its a privilege to be named to this select group of remodelers.

Remodeling editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. Outback Deck was selected for the category of outstanding ethics.

About Outback Deck:

Outback Deck Inc. is one of the fastest growing exterior living space companies in the North Atlanta. Serving the area since 2010, they are well-known for building wood and synthetic decks, porches, sunrooms, patio enclosures, screened porches, pergolas, gazebos, and arbors to retaining walls and fire pits. Outback Deck has been recognized by Guild Quality for high customer satisfaction and holds a high rating on Angies List.

About Remodeling Magazine:

Remodeling, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. Designed to address the specific concerns of residential remodeling pros, the magazine is both a business tool and an industry leader for a market that reached $ 278 billion in 2011.

Media Contact:

Missy Greco

Marketing, Outback Deck


Best Replacement Windows for Homes Is the Subject of New and Helpful Blog from Bulls Glass

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2014

Bulls Glass and Screen Center, a company that provides top-notch window replacement services for the Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and West San Jose communities, has just posted a new blog to its website. Titled Bulls Glass and Screen Window Guide on Best Replacement Windows, the helpful article provides readers with in-depth information they can use to determine if and when its time to replace their windows.

As the newly-posted article notes, the friendly and experienced employees at Bulls Glass and Screen Center pride themselves on their excellent service, and making sure each and every job is done right the first time. As a company spokesperson noted, many customers come to Bulls Glass to have their windows re-installed properly, after having a less-than-satisfactory experience with another company.

While the owners of Bulls Glass do not believe in trying to sell their customers something they do not need, there are times when homeowners do need to replace their windows.

Whether you just want to give your home a facelift or your heating and cooling bills are too high, new windows can help by keeping your home quieter, cooler and more comfortable, the new blog notes, adding that recent developments in window design technology have also made windows more energy-efficient, easier to clean and maintain, and more durable.

In order to select the perfect windows for their home, homeowners should not only consider safety and security, but also if they want to reduce the levels of light and heat that are getting into the home, as well as if they wish to reduce their heating and cooling bills.

About Bulls Glass and Screen Center:

Bull’s Glass and Screen Center has been serving the Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and West San Jose communities for over 40 years. The company’s technicians are highly trained and professional, each with over 20 years experience in the industry. For more information, please visit http://bullsglass.com/.

Bull’s Glass and Screen Center

1362 S. De Anza Blvd.

San Jose, Ca. 95129


Keep Kids Safe in the Water with 5 Tips from Amica

Lincoln, RI (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Pools and beaches are the place to be on hot summer days. But the water can be dangerous, especially for small children, so Amica Insurance is sharing five tips to promote water safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children between the ages of 1 and 4 are most at risk for water-related injuries and deaths. Its important to know the best practices for keeping young children safe around water, so Amica is offering the following tips from the American Red Cross:

At the beach, only swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards, and never let children swim unattended.

Do not trust a childs safety to another child. Make sure that children are always supervised by an adult around water.

Have inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

Install a gate around pools to keep children from entering unsupervised, and remove access ladders and secure the safety cover when the pool is not in use.

Keep pool toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Pool toys often attract younger children to the pool.

Poor swimming ability, the absence of barriers around water and a lack of close supervision are all key factors in drownings. By following these five tips and always monitoring small children around water, you can help keep your kids safe this summer.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nations oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,300 people in 43 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.

Contact: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way, Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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Skye Gibson Launches Contemporary Fashion Line in Denver

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Skye Gibson today announced the launch of the new womens contemporary fashion label. Made in the USA and using sustainable materials, the summer collection includes a selection of ready-to-wear dresses, jackets, and skirts.

Fit is a central focus at Skye Gibson. As owner/designer Sherissa Skye Gibson notes, poor fit is the number one complaint from consumers when shopping for clothes. Bearing that in mind, Gibson developed the new fashion line to address these frustrations she and other women often encounter, including gaping, pulling and formlessness. The Skye Gibson design team applied careful attention to ensure that each silhouette, fabric and design detail fits and flatters the unique contours of a woman’s figure. Each piece moves with the body and is made of soft, comfortable fabricwith a green ethos: fabrics include Modal and TENCEL, both of which are derived from wood pulp.

A native Coloradan, the designer grew up in Silverton, CO (population: 400), where she would often modify her clothes to achieve a better fit and express her own unique style. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Colorado, Gibson moved across the world to Melbourne, Australia, where she spent a year involved with The Fashion Incubator, a nonprofit organization that provides business-development and technical support for emerging fashion labels. Opportunities followed to showcase her designs in runway shows during a number of events, including Melbourne Fashion Festival. After receiving media attention describing her work as sensational and standout design, Gibson made the full-time shift to fashion design.

Back stateside in Los Angeles, Gibson worked as a freelance wardrobe stylist and also as assistant to designer Kelly Wearstler. Now based in her native Colorado, and calling on her diverse experiences, Gibson has applied her design background to develop her own brand with a neutral palate, abstract prints, and intriguing design details. Skye Gibson looks are available exclusively at http://www.SkyeGibson.com.


With a focus on fit and femininity, Skye Gibson garments are designed to be seasonless, easily transitioning from spring/summer to fall/winter. The versatile styles are appropriate for work attire, events like weddings and dinner dates, and more casual occasions alike. For more information please visit http://www.SkyeGibson.com.

Media Contact:

David Scott

CONTENT Public Relations

david (at) ContentUniversal (dot) com


Engineering Program Established for Veterans

Livermore, California (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Las Positas College (LPC) recently established a 24-month academic program to provide technical education and hands-on training for veterans, officials recently announced.

The new Engineering Technology Program at Las Positas is designed to help veterans develop the skills and training needed for engineering technician careers, and establishes a pipeline of qualified candidates for LLNL and other Bay Area employers such as NASA and Sandia and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories.

Up to 30 veterans are expected to enroll in the program when coursework begins at LPC in the fall. Some of them have started the summer internship portion of the program at Lawrence Livermore.

“This program is a win-win situation for both the veterans who have passionately served our nation and employers such as Lawrence Livermore who want to hire vets and need a pipeline of qualified technicians,” said Beth McCormick, an LLNL Strategic Human Resources Management manager, who helped create the program.

Randy Pico, LLNL Engineering Directorate’s senior superintendent, said he wanted to create a strong local pathway for veterans interested in mechanical engineering technology that would include worksite activities, tours, job shadowing, on-site training, mentoring and learning activities.

“The ability for vets to participate in this type of industry cluster-specific training program will provide a meaningful role in the development of their academic skills and competencies as well as long-term partnerships with employers,” said Pico, who also helped create the program.

The need for technicians has become critical for LLNL as well as other Bay Area employers, especially since many local community colleges had to reduce their two-year technical-degree programs because of state budget cuts. LLNL needs a significant number of technicians to support the replacement of an estimated 200 vacancies over the next five years from retirements.

In response, LLNL, LPC, WIB and the nonprofit Growth Sector developed the curriculum needed for the Engineering Technology Program. Funding from WIB and Growth Sector’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) development program, combined with a hands-on technical training at the Lab and LPC’s large veteran population, made launching the Engineering Technology Program possible.

WIB plans and oversees local workforce investment programs, which include one-stop career centers, youth and adult programs, as well as other federal programs that specifically address high-growth industry workforce gaps. Growth Sector develops strategic approaches to bring together employers, community colleges, government and foundations to develop pathways to high-wage, high-growth jobs.

“The collaboration between industry experts and educators has created a program that meets the requirements of local industry’s need,” said Todd Steffan, the Veterans’ First coordinator at Las Positas who helped develop the program. “In this case, it is more engineering technicians. Ultimately, we hope this program leads to good-paying careers for many of our returning veterans.”

McCormick said the average age for veterans to attend college after active duty is 24. If they decide to go into a STEM field, they often need to start with the most basic math classes, which already puts them behind other students.

That’s why Growth Sector developed an accelerated math curriculum coupled with tutoring. The Engineering Technology Program is designed in a cohort-style format, so vets have each other for support.

“This makes a big impact on helping veterans succeed,” McCormick said.

Jeremy Taylor, an Army staff sergeant who served in Afghanistan, is enrolled in the program and spending this summer learning how to manufacture cooling arms and other custom-engineered parts for the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

“I really appreciate the opportunities the program has opened up for me,” he said. “It has allowed me to acquire a new set of skills and see a career path I would have never considered before.”

Steven Leahy, a Marine Corps corporal who served in Iraq, is doing computer modeling at the National Security Engineering Division’s Pulsed Power Lab.

“I’m extremely grateful to be here,” he said. “I moved from Montana exclusively to attend Las Positas after hearing they have an outstanding veterans’ support program, but I never could have imagined getting an opportunity like this.”

David Perecman Expresses Safety Concerns Following Construction Accident at Asphalt Green

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

A piece of construction equipment from a city construction site on the Upper East Side flew up and crashed through a window of the Asphalt Green recreation center, injuring a woman who was exercising. According to CBS News (7.9.14), two construction workers were trying to lift a manhole cover using jack hammer chisels at the time of the accident. The incident was recorded on video.

Robin Cocking, the injured Asphalt Green employee, suffered minor cuts and bruises from the shattered glass, reported CBS News.

The construction was being done on a ramp leading to the Marine Transfer Station project, said CBS News. The accident added to the controversy over the construction of a garbage transfer station next to the center.

A number of local residents and officials have protested the location of the transfer station saying it will endanger children who use the sports and fitness complex. One main concern, said [Attorney at Law David Perecman, is the truck ramp which leads to the station. It will cut through the fitness facility, between the recreational center and a soccer field.

Concerns about safety are valid and necessary. We can never lose sight of the need to put the safety of children first, and building a truck ramp where children play is worrying, said Perecman.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2012. More than one-fifth of the traffic deaths in the 14-and-younger age group were pedestrians. In the same year, an estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured and 11,000 of them were 14 and younger.

Drivers are going to have to be extremely careful to ensure that the safety of all pedestrians near the center is their number one concern, added Perecman.

The incident occurred at the Asphalt Green Aqua Center on York Avenue at 91st Street.

The New York City Department of Design and Construction suspended construction on the project while the incident was being investigated, reported CBS News.

For more than 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped individuals and-or families obtain compensation following accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The CBS News story cited is Woman Hurt After Construction Chisel Crashes Through Window At Asphalt Green.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $ 15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $ 5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $ 40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $ 7.940 million

InventHelp Inventor Develops Versatile Porch Swing (HCD-264)

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

“I love sitting outdoors in my swing, but I hate how I have to reposition it constantly if I want to change my view of the surroundings,” said an inventor from El Campo, Texas. “As a solution, I came up with this more versatile alternative.”

He created a prototype for the TWO SIDED SWING to be sat upon in either direction. This affords different views of the surrounding area. The design eliminates the need to reposition the swing. The swing provides a pleasurable way to pass the time outdoors. Additionally, the invention is designed to be relaxing and comforting.

The original design was submitted to the Houston office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 13-HCD-264, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com – http://inventhelp-innovation.blogspot.com/.

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I first came across Gabriel Campanario when i saw an amazing sketch he had done of a hotel I stayed at in Vegas in 2008. I have fallen in love with his amazing illustration style. I don’t know if his illustrations are for sale …I sure would like one!

He is also founder of the Urban Sketchers, an online blog that features the sketches of over 100 artists from over 30 countries around the world.

I could spend all afternoon looking through this blog….but I better get back to work!

I am very excited to have Georgie Baker Designs as one of our newest designers on the site. She has such a creative, unique style and we are lucky enough to get a little look into the secret life of Georgie :)

My parents were undoubtedly the people who influenced me creatively. There would always be an abundance of sewing threads and fabrics squirreled away in a box in my mother’s wardrobe, and I would always anticipate their next outing onto the bed, where cottons and needles would scatter the sheets and the floor. My father is also artistic, and as a child I would often sift through his collection of black and white sketches that resembled photographs.
The house I grew up in was a modest three bedroom semi with a beautiful garden, and one I miss considerably.
If I could change one thing about myself it would be to learn from those who practice the art of spontaneity.
You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at playing a few tunes on the piano. I had lessons as a child, but I haven’t kept it up as much as I should have.
You may not know it but I’m no good at maths and numbers. I really couldn’t think of anything worse.
At night I dream of strange things mostly. Although I can never remember them fully. Most are fleeting visits to another time or conversations I may have had, and most are quite bizarre.
What I see when I look in the mirror my reflection when I wake for work at 5:30 in the morning.
My favourite item of clothing has to be a pair of black patent T-bar shoes that look like they have been pulled straight out of 1920’s black and white film. They are lovely.
I wish I’d never worn fluorescent pink leggings. I was aged eight at the time.
I drive an old clapped out Mazda which I have become surprisingly attached to. It has seen me through many an adventure.
My favourite building is St Vitus cathedral in Prague; it is a beautifully haunting building, with amazing structure and craftsmanship. I also adore the mosaic structures built by Gaudi.
A book that changed me ‘Textures of Memory, the Poetics of Cloth’. A collection of artist reviews and reflections on the power of re-collection and memory.
Movie heaven … I love horrors, anything with atmosphere and anticipation.
The last song I downloaded was an album by a band called The XX. One of the best records I’ve bought for a while.
My secret crush is the jewellery made by Marmod 8 as seen on etsy.com. They manage to get just the right amount of macabre in their pieces, whilst still retaining a beautiful design aesthetic.

My real-life villain is The taxman.
The people who really make me laugh are my three wonderful friends who I lived with at University. I wish they lived just around the corner.
My greatest regret is not having a definite action plan after graduating from University.
The last time I cried … I cry at silly things mostly.
My five-year plan … I’d love to move to either Brighton or London, set up a shop, albeit a virtual one rather than one made with bricks and mortar, and sell my wares. I’d also love to design for Vivienne Westwood. I can but dream.
My life in six words… Unpredictable, Surprising, Rewarding, Difficult, Challenging, Productive.

Cassia Beck is a very busy, talented lady! Not only is she a mummy but she also is also the lady behind Cassia Beck Photography, Cassia Rose Jewellery and her latest venture, Violet May.

We always hear such kind comments on her work and I am personally very proud to have such a creative lady working with us. I wanted to bring you details of her newest project. She is currently photographing a toy horse that she played with as a child every day for a year. The horse is always there but just in different creative scenes. So far she has done 27 beautiful photographs so there is lots more to come!

You can follow the horse here.

I LOVE Fifi Lapin.

The fabulous little Fifi is definitely nothing new on the fashion scene but just in case you don’t know her, according to her very own blog:

Fifi Lapin is an extremely stylish rabbit.

Fifi was born one of 257 brothers and sisters (you know what they say about rabbits) but sadly there was an outbreak of myxamatosis when she was just a year old and she was the only one to survive. Her parents are therefore incredibly protective and spoil her rotten. As an ‘haress’ to her fathers fortune (which he made playing fast and loose with carrot and lettuce shares on the international stock market) she loves nothing better than spending her time shopping, browsing fashion magazines, shopping and attending the opening of an envelope. People may think she’s just a socialite but behind that sweet smile lies more than just an extremely stylish clotheshorse.

Fifi is running an amazing competition too!

Fifi’s first book is coming out soon where you will see Fifi dressed by some of the most famous designers including Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and many many more.

She is giving one lucky fan the chance to dress Fifi for the book launch on the eve of London Fashion Week 2010, plus:

- The chance to see Fifi wearing your outfit on her blog
- A hot off the presses copy of What Shall I Wear Today? Style Secrets of a Furry Fashionista
- An invitation to Fifi’s very stylish London book launch (sorry travel to the venue is not included)
- A limited edition Fifi Lapin for Lesportsac Bag
- A Fifi Lapin T-shirt
- A signed limited edition print
- A limited edition Fifi Lapin pin brooch.

All you need to do is draw in the style of the cut out dress page in her book:

You can find all the details here.

So go on get entering…you have until the 31st August!

In the wake of Bike Week I thought now was a good time to show All Things Original what I have been up to recently. In a nutshell, I have been ‘doing up’ antique bicycles. I have been digging oily muddy and unused bicycles out of the shed, away from the car-boot sales and transforming them into pretty shiny happy bikes … Bearing in mind that I know nothing about the mechanics of a bike, doing this project was an experiment from start to finish and therefore, for me was fresh and exciting. Annnnd because I was so pleased with the results I wanted to share the photos and the process with you guys!.

Ingredients to make a nice bike:

One old tatty bicycle

Lots of Sandpaper

Paint remover


A strong housemate to bash off stubborn mud guards (optional)

And about 3 cans of spray paints

Firstly I source a beautiful bicycle in bad condition.. Then I take the bike apart, and try to photograph and bag all the nuts and bolts up in a logical order. Easier said than done! Then I strip all the paint off using paint stripper,(very smelly stuff and a bit burny if you get it on your skin) and masking tape and chrome parts. The fun bit is then designing stencils and choosing spray paints, and this takes me ages to do, because I change my mind so much. Fortunately there is a lot of scope for doing so much on the frames in terms of patterns and prints and a lot of bicycles out there! By the time the bike is sprayed and finished, I have forgotten how it all goes back together, lost the photos I took and it doesn’t seem to make any sense so I take the bike and bits to the nice man in the bike shop to sort it out for me. Job done.

Things I liked

Making rusty parts shiny ( the bikes were more or less covered in it)

Making stencils

Spray painting, sooo much fun :)

Things I didn’t like

Going to Halfords about 50 times to find the right bloody tyre, apparently ‘it’s a size of wheel that is not longer catered for’. Gah.

Having to learn the hard way that pyjamas + bicycle riding = material tangled in pedal and a heap of human in a rose bush


Although the bicycle looks like an extension of my wardrobe the essence of cycling is not lost. Idly riding around towns and parks, or doing circles in your garden (no hardcore mountains for me, thanks) is good for the soul and the environment.

And the sun is STILL shining so I’m off to blast the love handles in style. :)

Louise from Super Duper Things is going to be at – the Woodbridge Vintage and Contemporary craft market weekender in Woodbridge, Suffolk on the 12th and 13th of June.

‘There’s some fab stuff to tempt visitors – from the ice-cold cool to timeless classics. Retro and handmade clothes, jewelry and handbags vie for attention alongside modernist-style radios, twentieth century furniture (Barcelona chair anyone?) and one-off homewares.’ There’s also always really nice food and some great pubs. Woodbridge is a gorgeous little market town and worth a visit anyway.

I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend! We’re very excited to be bringing you a lovely “Easy Cheat Bow” tutorial by the fabulous Louise from Super Duper Things and we’re even lucky enough to get a sneaky peak into where she works too….

This is my desk, which somehow followed me from my parents’ when I moved out. It’s often quite a lot messier than this, as I use it for jewellery-making, sewing, uni work and internetting – everything, really! On the right sits Brian, my trusty printer, whom I could not live without.

I keep all my materials in vintage tins from carboot sales and charity shops, but I’m such a hoarder it’s getting out of hand and what I long for is one of those vintage tea chest or spice chest thingies with lots and lots of small drawers!

The ‘I love bingo’ clipboard came from a pound shop somewhere and I just couldn’t leave it there- it makes me smile whenever I look at it, although I have no particular emotion about bingo really. The phone was also my parents’, not sure where it came from, but I love it so much! Really long to dial a mobile though, which is just as well to keep me working and not chatting….

How to make my Easy Cheat Bow..

I’ve just come back from a weekend away in Cornwall. I spend lots of holidays down in Cornwall and it really is one of my most favourite places in the world. There are just so many beautiful beaches and seaside towns to explore and maybe that’s why I am especially in love with the fabulous company Welbeck Tiles which is based all the way down in Penzance. They make handmade tiles, designed in a small workshop using traditional materials.

I dream of one day owning my own little cottage somewhere in Cornwall and I’m already planning to adorn my kitchen and bathroom walls with some of their gorgeous tiles.

I just love the vintage imagery they use of jellies and old household products. But I have to say that my favourite has to be the coastal selection which is filled with vintage postcards and old adverts.

You can even have your own images printed! I’ve one from this weekend that I think would be great…

Now in it’s second year, the Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree is a vintage-themed market with the best of both the craft and vintage worlds.

This month, it’s making it’s Edinburgh debut, setting up shop in the Roxy Art House, a 19th century refurbished church in the picturesque Old Town.

From 10.30am til 5pm on Saturday 15th May, you can shop til you drop (to a vintage soundtrack) from 40 vendors, including All Things Original’s very own Miso Funky, Clare Nicolson and Dazed Dorothy. There’s homewares, jewellery, art, clothing, accessories, stationery, vintage notions – a great mixture of indie designers with something for everyone.

Entry costs just £1 and as well as the shopping, there’s a pop-up cake lounge, live music and a chance to get involved in some crafting yourself. It’s a great day out, so if you’re in Scotland’s capital this Saturday, make sure you don’t miss out!

Charlotte Macey Textiles will be busy in the next few days as she prepares for her stand at the Bath Coffee Festival on the weekend of Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th May.

Charlotte will be at stand B14 for both two days, selling a range of homewares and coffee-related items, including coffee cosies, tea cosies, tea towels, and other exciting homewares.

The event will have a wide array of stalls in a huge 60 metre marquee in the centre of Bath, so even if it rains it will still be a fun event! Admission is free, and there will be lots of lovely coffee-related stalls, food stands, and demonstrations from celebrity chefs and award winning baristas!

Charlotte told us she’s very excited about the festival and is currently busying away making stock to adorn her stall. She’s hoping to see lots of friendly faces there over the weekend, so if you are in the area pop over to stand B14 and say hello :)

The Bath Coffee Festival ’10
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 May
The Recreation Ground, Bath
FREE admission!



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