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Attention to Details Makes Wor(l)ds Magical

By January 13, 2018 Art, Memes, Travel

WALT DISNEY

These words of Walt Disney ring true as we walk around any Disney theme park. The attention to details paid in every thing, from the obvious to the little things like trash cans and benches and lamp posts, is simply amazing. A post with more photos and tips from our Disney trip to come soon…

For Six Word Saturday  hosted at Travel with Intent and  Saturday Snapshot over at West Mommy Reads, as well as for UBC

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Street (sm)Art

By January 9, 2018 Art, Travel

As we drove past the streets of quaint Winter Park, Florida, my eyes were drawn to this mural. I do not recall what the store was, or even the name of the street we were on, but I had to click a photo. Luckily, we had to stop for a red light ahead, and here is my click….

This fits perfectly into today’s prompt for the UBC (post a photo), and for RubyTuesdayToo.

this below is street art…so, you might wonder about the smart part of it.. 🙂 Here it is

I actually asked this puzzle to readers in my Liebster post here but am sure it got lost in the wordiness of the post.. so, here it is again.

One favorite question I was asked in an interview – You are given 10 bags of coins, each containing x number of coins (let us say, 500 coins each), but one bag contains coins that are fake. You only know that the fake coins weigh one gram lesser than the real coins. You are also handed a digital kitchen scale (with just one weighing pan/not a balance). How can you find out which bag contains the fake coins with just ONE weighing?  (Let me know – You can email me the answer –  vidya@ladyinreadwrites.com . and i will post it on my blog post later this week)That Random Street Art In Winter Park

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13 Things We Learned From Our First Craft Fair

By December 8, 2017 Art, Everything Else, Learning

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The concept of fairs (and as such, craft fairs too) is not new to me. Growing up in a small town, we had annual fairs, where the women folk of the town would get to set up their stalls and sell food and wares (including small decor, crafts, jewelry, clothes, and more). I would help my mom setup the booth and sell as well. Mom is a stupendous cook and her stall would always be super busy. It was fun and aptly named ‘Anand Bazaar’. Anand meaning happiness and Bazaar meaning market – so market of happiness.

Today, I am a mom, and this past weekend, had craft and activity booths to setup at our very first craft fair – the Girl Scouts’ Craftapalooza event. I realized that what I did as a child to help my mom was only part of all that needs to be done.

Now that the event is done, here is what we learned from our craft fair experience. This is assuming you have booked the booth for a fair/similar event already.

Before the fair:

  1. Listen to the buyers.  In this case, the makers and the primary buyers were all going to be girls, primarily in the age range of five to fifteen! And while they did sit and make the ornaments very happily, what they really, really, really wanted to make – slime.
    Slime on couple of nearby booths was selling off their tables, literally, while we were contemplating reducing prices on our products. So, the next time, I plan to ensure we have items the girls want to make (because that is what they will want to buy) in addition to items we adults believe the parents will want to buy.
  2. Make a few items of different types/sizes/prices to appeal to all the different people who visit the event. A few paintings and tons of ornaments were what we had this time around, but in hindsight we should have had a few more paintings, lot lesser ornaments and few of couple more things.. OR just a few of higher priced items
  3. Plan ahead – months ahead if possible – order items online to save (eg: alibaba or other discount craft stores). Spend a few hours each week on making the items where possible so does not seem overwhelming. We spent a couple of hours or more over three weeks of Girl Scout meetings on this, but could be next time, 1/2 hour of a few months of meetings set aside for this would work better?
  4. Dress rehearsal – we did not do this but it would have definitely helped to have a dress rehearsal of sorts at home, and have friends and family enact potential customers with our table/booth setup as we want it.
  5. Schedule who is going to be doing what and where at all times of the event

At the fair:craft fair decor snowman

    1. Setup – decor: Prep decor for your booth beforehand. Our booth had a snowman that people aawed over and remarked how cute he was.. not sure if he really helped in sales but it did increase the curb appeal of our booth a bit. And the paintings did get sold – 4 out of the 5 we had!
    2. Setup – for item prices and for cash: Mark items with price tags clearly … we had smaller items – ornaments mainly so kept different priced ones in different sections (small trees/hangers where they hung off of and baskets for the remaining pieces). We also had a small poster with prices but I think that small chalkboard easels would have been a better tactic – both in terms of looks and clarity of items and prices (pictured below – I got this for an event at home earlier but could not find these at all:( ).
      For storing the cash, we used a fancy photo storage box (one I got at Michaels) to store the cash but if you plan to do multiple sales over the year, then a regular cash box might be good. I saw many booths had those and it looked cool.

    1. Setup – for your actual items themselves: Ensure you keep the right quantity of items outside for display and to sell – do not overcrowd your table. You can keep replenishing as you sell the items. We realized that we had too much and then toned it down to something more visually appealing an hour into the fair.
      Ensure you have additional items readily accessible (under the tables in boxes might be the only option, like in our case). Also, do not forget to have carry bags for customers to take what they buy from you. We almost forgot these and ended up getting a combination of different bags from parents in our troop towards the end. But many customers opted to put their purchases (small wooden ornaments in our case) directly into their bags. Also plan ahead and think of any other items you might need that will help to complete the setup for your booth.

  1. Ensure you have change in all denominations if possible. So you are ready for customers who would otherwise not have bought goods from you because they/you did not have the right cash amount.
  2. An option for people to use credit cards. The Girl Scouts of Northern California recommended option – Square. Square is a nifty little tool (which I am waiting for in the mail at this time, and did not get to use at this craft fair) that lets you connect it to your phone and swipe cards for payment. You order the card-reader (for free when you request them to mail it to you), download their app, connect to the correct bank accounts, and you are done!
  3. Walk around the fair, visit other booths, make friends with other fair hosts, and you will surely get help and tons of ideas.

After the fair

  1. Talk to everyone on your team(be it family, friends, or in our case, our Girl Scouts and parent volunteers) about the highlights for each of them, what each felt they learned, what we could do better next time, and what they enjoyed the most
  2. And last, but not the least, celebrate – you have accomplished something.

What we earned:

  • Loads of fun
  • A great experience – in both selling and the activity booths, as well as trying out different activities themselves, and checking other books to see what they were selling
  • Tons of ideas for our next Craft fair event (we are already ready to setup our next craft fair!!) and
  • $67.50 in cash 🙂 yay!!!

Our expenses:  more than what we earned above definitely so we did not make a monetary profit, but like the Mastercard ad says – what we got out of this whole experience – it was priceless.

Linking this towards one more of the memes I love participating in – Thursday 13.

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day Seven

By December 4, 2017 Art, Everything Else

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

Additional Notes for today: Today is the last day of this challenge (yay). I am glad that it got me going on looking for photos that I took and editing them and sharing them, so here is hoping I will get to photographing more often (have not been doing it as much as I used to and love to). Thank you Martha for this opportunity!!

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Kate at Homebound but Hopeful – another newly discovered blogger who I hope I can connect with as her About Me page itself totally resonated with me 🙂 Kate – you will be seeing me at your blog often…

Today’s photo:

Wagon Black and White

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day Six

By December 3, 2017 Art, Everything Else

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Karina from over at Love Made Hand Made. Sew-perfect is her blog, that both my DD (who wants to learn to sew using her machine) and I love it. I found her blog in the recent few weeks and I know that we will be visiting again as my DD learns sewing..

Today’s photo:art

 

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day Five

By December 2, 2017 Art, Everything Else

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Puneeta from Maple and Marigold. I discovered her blog recently and it resonates with me in many ways. While I am yet to actively interact with her (commenting, etc), I am hoping to use this as a start..

Today’s photo:

Ferndale

 

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day Four

By December 1, 2017 Art

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Carol at A Creative Harbor. I newly re-discovered her blog and she has photographs and poetry that will awe you.

Today’s photo:

Gi-Ants

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day 3

By November 30, 2017 Art

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Renee from Heart, Soul, and Whole Food. I newly discovered her blog and have to admit I have to start actively interacting with her – commenting, etc, but I have been reading her posts of the past few todays, and even older ones.  You have to check out her blog, her about me page, and you will be back at her blog again once you do!

Today’s photo:

Bridges and shadows black and white blog photo challenge

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day Two

By November 29, 2017 Art

The challenge:  You can read about it here in my day one post and it is exactly what it says it is – a black and white blog photo challenge.

The rules:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

Today’s nomination:

Today, I am nominating Patricia from AMummysLifeNZ. Patricia blogs about life, motherhood, product reviews, recipes, and more! Her motherhood journey is inspiring to read about and I discovered her blog during the Ultimate Blogging Challenges I have done in the past. Do check out her blog, you will love it.

Today’s photo:

San Francisco Airport jun 2009 Black and White photo Challenge

 

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Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – Day One – Springing into Fall

By November 28, 2017 Art

The Black and White Blog Photo Challenge – it is exactly what it says it is. The wow factor of the photos people across social media have put up for the Facebook challenge of the similar nom, inspired; and here I am, trying out the challenge. My always handy iPhone and my always visible on the dining table Canon SX40 HS are both going to be used over the next few days.

The always gracious, always energetic Martha, from The Martha Review has nominated me for the Black and White Blog Photo Challenge (well, I was going – ‘pick me, pick me’, and she did, so – thank you Martha). Now I just need to find seven people I can nominate over the course of the next seven days. So, for those of who nominated – no pressures at all – you can join in on the challenge and nominate other bloggers, or not – totally up to you, seriously! But if you are reading this post and would like to be take part in the challenge, sure, let me know –  right here in the comments and I will nominate you for another day. Like Kyla says, in her day one post, nominating others kind of feels ‘spammy’:-) to me too, but I will randomly pick anyways (the rules say so – they are coming up next:))

Go ahead and check out Martha’s and Kyla’s blogs for tips and droolworthy recipes…

So, here are the rules that I will put in today’s post and point back to it for the next seven days:

  1. Share black and white photos daily for 7 days;

  2. There must be no animals or people in the photos;

  3. No captions, explanations, or other words to accompany the images;

  4. Nominate one person to participate each day of the challenge.

    So here are my photos for today: Black and white blog photo challenge

Black and White Blog Photo Challenge

Today, I am nominating Deepa who blogs at  Mrs.Dash Says and Indian Drama Queen. I discovered her blog during the A to Z Challenge earlier this year and enjoyed connecting with her then and now – this is an effort to reconnect and re-enjoy her cool sense of humor.

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