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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Rochester Surgeon Hits Milestone with Keller Funnel


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Utilizing the Keller Funnel, Quatela Center for Plastic Surgerys own Dr. William J. Koenig has topped a record number of complication-free breast augmentations. Far surpassing his peers, he has performed over 400 successful procedures without the occurrence of a capsular contraction.

Dr. Koenig is well-known across the country for his expertise with the breast augmentation procedure. His exceptional safety record has long been the foundation for numerous studies and research. Most recently, the report, Primary Breast Augmentation: A Single Surgeons Experience with Nearly 1000 Cases, was published by the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgery.

In 2010, Dr. Koenig began working with the Keller Funnel. Immediately after the device went on the market, Dr. Koenig noted its unique ability to provide patients with a safer breast augmentation. Capsular contraction, often triggered by the presence of bacteria, was markedly eliminated.

Developed by a South Carolina surgeon in 2009, the Keller Funnel is a conical-shaped device, used to place a silicone implant without the transmission of harmful bacteria. The first new breast augmentation tool for decades, the Keller Funnel also allows for a smaller incision, reduces scarring, decreases bruising, and minimizes post-surgical swelling.

Infection is the primary cause of capsular contracture, occurring in over 15% of all breast augmentation procedures. Approximately, two-thirds of (these) infections are likely due to a break in surgical technique or poor skin preparation, Emory Universitys Dr. Hunter Moyer tells Plastic Surgery Practice magazine. He goes on to say that the Keller Funnel can significantly reduce the risk of contamination during the breast augmentation procedure.

Dr. Koenig has been with the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery since 2003 and has over 22 years of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experience. In the last ten years, he has performed over 1,250 breast augmentation procedures; more than 400 of these used the Keller Funnel. Dr. Koenig continues to be the leading provider of breast augmentations in Central and Western New York.

If you would like more information on the Keller Funnel or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koenig, contact the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery at 585.244.1000. Conveniently located in Rochester, New York, the office is only minutes away from the Greater Rochester International Airport.

Contact:

Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery

Ashley Leathersich

973 East Avenue

Rochester, New York 14607

585.244.1000

http://www.quatela.com







Kickstarter: A First-of-its-Kind eSports Bar & Gaming Arena Wants to Open in the Silicon Valley; 10 Days Left to Fund


San Jose, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Kickstarter: eSports Tries to Move into the Real World with Ambitious LAN & Bar Concept

AFK Gamer Lounge launched a Kickstarter on May 7 to open an eSports bar & LAN center in the Silicon Valley. AFK will be a real-world hub for eSports and a social gaming paradise geared toward the large and growing population of adult gamers. The project already has a 15,000 sq ft building, a strong team, some investment, and is looking to raise $ 50,000 for equipment purchases. The Kickstarter also encourages backers to exceed the initial goal through a unique Kickstarter mini-game that allows backers to level-up features of the bar, LAN, or lounge using experience points gained from pledging.

The Social Needs of the Adult Gamer

Adult gamers are the largest, most important market you have not heard ofyet. According to the Entertainment Software Association (theesa.com), 71% of gamers are age 18 and the average age of gamers is 31 years old. To millions of adults, gaming is their preferred entertainment activity, however, it keeps them tethered to their desks and sofas at home. Adult gamers yearn for a real-world social experience, but have had nowhere to go. We want to build AFK to be the home of social gaming. Kevin Wick, Co-Founder of AFK

Features of AFK

AFK expands upon the traditional LAN center by adding an eSports bar and lounge. The eSports bar resembles a traditional sports bar atmosphere, however, instead of traditional sports on the TVs, professionally played video games are streamed from the Internet. The lounge is a large, open area dedicated to the community; here: everything from guild meetups to viewing parties.

Additional features include:

Main Stage: For live shows and exhibition matches
Private Team Rooms: Teams will practice here, similar to a traditional athletes gym
eSports Pro Shop: Selling specialty gaming equipment & pro eSports team merchandise
Private Casting Rooms: Professional-grade camera and mic for doing live-streams
NACL Broadcast Center: Our partners at the North American Challenger League will do ESPN-style broadcasting from their broadcast center at AFK
Why Downtown San Jose?

With easy access to multiple freeways, extensive parking and multiple public transit options, Downtown San Jose is one of the fastest growing urban entertainment centers in the Bay Area. The AFK facility is slated to open one block from the San Jose Convention Center, home to multiple tech and gaming culture conferences every year: the Nvidia GPU Conference, Creative Convergence Silicon Valley, and Fanime Convention, just to name a few.

Unique Kickstarter Prizes & The Level Up AFK Mini-game

The AFK Kickstarter features a number of never-before-done incentives for backing the project. Pledge packages range from playing a 1 versus 1 match in any video game against an AFK founder at the low end, to a stately portrait of the backer in a golden frame hanging on the wall in AFK.

In addition, every pledge package comes with experience points (XP) which allow backers to collectively level up AFKs features. This level up mini-game was designed to make the Kickstarter more fun, as well as involve backers in deciding how AFK will look and feel.

Here’s the link to AFK Gamer Lounge’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/510544678/afk-gamer-lounge.







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AcademicWorks Announces the Release of the Renewal Management Module


Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

AcademicWorks is excited to announce the release of the Renewal Management Module, the only commercially available solution allowing colleges, universities, and foundations to easily manage renewable scholarship awards.

In order to verify student compliance with renewal award requirements, scholarship administrators manually review hundreds or even thousands of renewable scholarship commitments each term. The renewal requirements for each scholarship award can differ resulting in a very time consuming and laborious process for administrators.

The Renewal Management Module allows organizations to easily track renewable award commitments by student, fund or award period, request renewal documentation from students, automatically monitor student compliance with renewal requirements, and encumber, cancel or defer renewable award payments.

The Renewal Management Module eliminates the spreadsheets, paper processing, and guesswork associated with managing scholarship renewals, allowing administrators more time to focus on assisting students,” says Brandon Phipps, CEO of AcademicWorks.

The Renewal Management Module is designed to work in conjunction with AcademicWorks Scholarship Management Module to create one comprehensive solution for all scholarship application, review, awarding and stewardship activities.

Having both the renewal and new award information together in one place will reduce processing time and the likelihood of mistakes, especially in determining a students eligibility for renewal or overextending available funds,” says Jason Bornhop, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).

For more information on the Renewal Management Module or AcademicWorks please visit http://www.academicworks.com or email us at info(at)academicworks(dot)com.

About AcademicWorks

AcademicWorks is the leading provider of scholarship management solutions for institutions of Higher Education and Foundations. Nearly 300 colleges, universities and foundations use AcademicWorks to improve the compliance, utilization and stewardship of their scholarship funds, while enhancing services to students, donors and the community.







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Mortgage Master First Non-Depository Lender to Join Massachusetts Home Ownership Compact


Walpole, MA (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

Mortgage Master, Inc., a regional mortgage lender and one of the Countrys largest privately-owned mortgage companies, announced today it has become the first non-depository lender to join the Massachusetts Home Ownership Compact to provide affordable mortgage solutions to lower income first-time home buyers. As a signatory of the Home Ownership Compact, Mortgage Master has committed to make a good faith effort to provide Mass Housing mortgage loans to borrowers below the median household income in 2014.

Mortgage Master is proud to call Massachusetts its corporate headquarters and we are committed to serving our local state community, said Paul Anastos, President of Mortgage Master. The recovery of the housing market, the dream of homeownership and the overall economic success of our local communities are things that are extremely important to us at Mortgage Master. We are excited to support the governors initiative and do our part as a collaborative community member in helping borrowers and working toward strengthening Massachusetts.

The Homeownership Compact is a great example of how government, lenders and non-profit agencies can work together to make affordable mortgages available to first-time homebuyers across the Commonwealth. We welcome Mortgage Master to the Compact,” added Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary, Department of Housing and Community Development of Massachusetts.

Governor Deval Patrick announced the Massachusetts Homeownership Compact in 2013 with the goal of providing 10,000 mortgage loans over the next five years to first-time home buyers with household incomes below the area median income. In the second year of the Compact, Mortgage Master is paving the way as the first non-depository mortgage lender to sign on.

We are pleased to have Mortgage Master join the Compact, said Esther Maycock-Thorne, President of the non-profit Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. Mortgage companies play an important role in reaching low-to-moderate income first time borrowers in our Commonwealth and we congratulate Mortgage Master on making this commitment.

We hope many more lenders join in by signing the Compact, continued Mr. Anastos. We have 10,000 mortgages to originate and no time to waste. Mortgage Master is eager to focus its capabilities towards such an important initiative that will help citizens of Massachusetts by strengthening our communities and keeping young families in the state as a solid economic foundation for the future.

About Mortgage Master

Mortgage Master, Inc. is a Massachusetts company founded in 1988 by Mr. Leif Thomsen. Since then, the Company has grown to be one of the largest privately owned lenders in the nation, and the largest volume lender of mortgages in Massachusetts. Mortgage Master employs approximately 700 employees nationwide, with over 300 loan experts providing loans and services in 26 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, Mortgage Master was named to Inc. Magazines’ list of America’s Fastest Growing companies.

The corporate headquarters is located in Walpole, MA, in a 56,000 square foot office complex, and the Company has satellite offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information, please call 888-263-1435 or visit http://www.mortgagemaster.com or follow the Company on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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John Lovallo, LEVICK – Telephone: 917-612-8419 – Email: jlovallo(at)levick(dot)com







Book Stores Industry in the US Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2014

Book retailers have had their pages ruffled over the five years to 2014. While demand for book store merchandise has fallen, consumers have not ceased purchasing books altogether. The recession lowered disposable income and consumer sentiment, causing individuals to cut back on discretionary purchases, such as reading materials. The recession also made consumers more price conscious, as they now tend to survey all purchasing options for the best price and value before buying products. In the five years to 2014, industry revenue is expected to decrease.

With these changes in consumer behavior, the Book Stores industry has experienced increased competition from mass merchandisers, department stores and online retailers that has persisted well into the economic recovery. All of these competitors are able to offer a wide selection of books at competitive prices, causing consumers to purchase books at places other than book stores. The trend toward shopping online will keep the industry in decline. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sally Lerman, Over the past five years, many stores have been unable to remain profitable, and will close their doors as a result. Industry establishments are therefore projected to decrease over the period. However, the industry profit margin is projected to rise, partly as a result of cost cutting strategies, including store closures, consolidations and employee layoffs.

While the economy is expected to grow in the next five years, the industry will not follow suit, says Lerman. Revenue decline is anticipated to slow over the five years to 2019, as consumer spending improves with the economy. The industry will continue to face heightened competition from external competitors and will find it difficult to adapt to new technological trends. In the previous five years, many consumers shifted from reading physical books to reading digital books on e-readers and tablets. As this trend continues, physical book sales will decline, negatively affecting the bottom line of most book stores. This trend will benefit a few industry stores, including Barnes & Noble, as the company has created its own e-reader and thriving e-book store. Some operators will be able to weather the changes in the industry by differentiating themselves through niche markets or adapting to new technological trends.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in the Book Stores industry primarily retail a broad range of books and newspapers including trade books, textbooks, magazines, paperbacks and religious books. These goods are purchased from domestic (and in some cases international) manufacturers and wholesalers. Operators then retail these goods, through their stores, to the general public. This industry excludes retailers that operate primarily as used merchandise stores or electronic shopping and mail-order houses.

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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

Patience

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

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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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