This is in fact a upcycling project – the fabric is cut off from my old long skirt.
I love the fabric, the quality of the cotton, the vibrant ethnic print and bright colours. It was a long skirt, and by that I mean, really long.
This was the total length.
Removed the bottom bit off and used it to make the little skirt. The width was massive, so I could cut the orange panel and stitch two layers for this skirt.
Do you like it? Mini is yet to wear it. I finished it after she went to bed and blogged immediately !!
Did I confess that I am obsessed with Pinterest?
Pinterest gets me through the last few minutes of my childs bedtime. Who knew. This is usually the time when the little one declares that she is not tired and it is too early to go to bed. She doesn’t like me to leave her room, so I promise to be there in her dark room while Mini promises to keep her eyes shut.
Earlier I used to find this, quite boring, but now I have my Pinterest in my tablet. I just love it. So much so, that suddenly I find myself in a dark room for much longer, with a snoring child.
I have a board called Clever and here are three picks from it.
Everything tastes better on a stick
Revamp the free totes
Easy-peasy ‘Mind Jar’ to calm down a toddler tantrum
We were all saddened by the recent tragedy in Bangladesh. A building that housed many garment factory workers, collapsed, killing almost a thousand people. The western media chose to highlight (quite rightly) the fact, that this particular factory manufactured garments for Primark, a very popular budget retailer.
The keyword is budget here. The factory bosses in Bangladesh are under pressure to deliver goods at huge volumes, at a certain price and within a certain time frame, therefore forcing cheap labour to work in unsafe conditions.
So, who is responsible for the loss of these lives? The Western retailers?
i. Considering the fact, that these retailers have strict health and safety policies, here in the West, should they have asked about the safety regulations in the factories of their suppliers, to begin with?
ii. Should these retailers leave Bangladesh and change suppliers, like Walt Disney has decided OR should retailers like H&M push for highest safety standards?
ii. Are we responsible? For demanding cheap clothes?
What emerged out of this particular tragedy (why did they wait for a thousand people to lose their lives?) is a very hurried response where the major clothing retailers had to sign a legally binding agreement aimed at improving safety standards at garment factories in Bangladesh, by 15th May 2013. So far, I have heard that the US giants Walmart, GAP, Target, Sears have refused to sign the agreement. Disagreement in the small print I suppose.
I just hope that the factory workers are not exploited in any ways. I’m sure you will have a similar wish. They should have better wages, reasonable working hours, safe machinery. They need the business from the West.
They don’t need greedy exploiters in any shape or form, East or West.
I like Twitter.
It is good for small businesses.
Personally, even though my account @minor_edition is in the name of my business, my tweets are mostly personal.
The general advice that floats around says, be aggressive with the idea of marketing and selling your product. Consequently, I do ‘schedule’ my ‘pushing to sell’ tweets on and off. However, these tweets don’t appear daily.
On a personal level, I do moan about the weather (as you do), mention my family and inform people about what I am doing. My tweets are not ground breaking or extremely funny or informative, however, I am grateful, that people do connect with me and interact with me.
I have made friends, even met a few of them, done quite a lot of business, met lovely bloggers, shared joys and sorrows, virtually. This is a lovely community. It has been a lovely journey so far and would continue to do so.
I am fond of social media mainly because of twitter.
Some do’s and don’ts, that I can think of:
- Be nice. If you can’t, silence might work.
- Interact, respond, re-tweet, be helpful.
- Nice to interact with like minded people, with similar interests, whose blogs or links you may like.
- Follow someone with the idea of reading their tweets, not necessarily expecting a follow back. If they think they like your interests, they will follow back anyway.
- Numbers don’t matter, and if somebody ‘unfollow’ you, don’t take it personally. For example, my husband and I, don’t follow each other on twitter. One reason is that, he tweets once a month and is a private account. I am just the opposite. So, neither of us mind.
- Use hashtags as and when appropriate.
- Beware, it is an addiction. Might be worth to remember not to stay online for too long at a stretch.
Hope to connect with you on twitter.
Here is an interesting snippet, from 2010. Completely irrelevant now, I know, but gives and idea of the prolific rise of twitter.
Source: Internet, date 2010