Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
So here is what I made...
My, isn’t that classy?
You are ready now. Clean the surfaces of the bottle, wipe it dry. I painted the bottle with thick layers of olive green and sea blue, to remind me of sea and sands…I then let it dry as the coats were too thick.
After it had all dried, I proceeded to stick the pebbles with glue on to the bottle in decorative shapes. I did it in flower shapes..you can do it in the form of any shape you fancy. However, be careful not to overdo to make everything messy. Learnt that the harder way J
Here it is up close..
I tied a golden ribbon on to the neck of the bottle, coz it had gotten little messy there, so I had to cover it up that way! It does not look bad though.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
- Lay the tshirt on a flat surface; iron if necessary. Trim out the collar in straight line, and sleeves too.
- Reverse the shirt and stitch along the bottom edge.
- For the handles, I used a matching red scrap fabric from another t-shirt, and cut it into three nearly equal strips. You really need not be very precise in dimensions of these strips, as it wouldn’t matter. Now tie the strips together on one end and plait them together, the same way as you plait your hair. Make two such plaits if you want two handles for your bag, like I did.
- Stitch the edges of these plaited strips onto the inside of the top side corners of the tshirt. You are done! Accessorize your bag with buttons to make it look cooler. If wanted, you can also stitch pockets on the inside for keeping small change.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
- Take a scrapbook paper and draw this shape on it. Leave some allowance (around 1cm) for sewing.
- Cut the shape with the help of scissors and with a water soluble marker pen; trace it along on the fabric of the t-shirt being used by you. Fold the fabric in double first.
- Place these two pieces one over the other with the right sides facing each other, as shown in the picture below.
- Now sew along the edges, leaving some allowance. I used basting stitch with hand; it was so easy! Take care that you leave some gap so as to reverse the fabric so that the right side shows outside now, and also for inserting the stuffing. Use your index finger or a knitting needle to reverse the stitched fabric inside out.
- I know, you must be thinking that it looks very puny. Not to worry, as it will fill out as you stuff it later. Do not worry if the edges look little rough and unsymmetrical, it can be corrected and smoothened once we have stuffed the toy. Now stuff the toy with cotton or with remaining t-shirt scraps. I used t-shirt scraps as I wanted to save cotton for another project and there was a lot of fabric scrap remaining, which I decide to use up wisely, lol! Now stitch the gap completely.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Mantra # 1: The ‘Emotional Connect’
Advertisements and promotions part of a company always catch our attention. It always amazes me as to how a small accidental phrase or idea revolutionizes the entire advertisement industry, and makes the particular a market favorite forever. The ‘emotional connect’ factor is just amazing in nature. As an ad agency, once you are successful in making the audiences able to ‘connect’ emotionally with your ad, your job is done! Well, easier said than done. Those working in ad agencies spend days and nights steaming up their grey cells to come up with the right idea for a ‘connect’ ad. There are some ads however, which are made on the ideas based on a spur of moment blurt, which makes history in terms of their popularity.
Many of us might not know this, but the most revolutionary ad campaign of the century was undoubtedly Volkswagen Beetle’s “Think Small”, which made connection with the hearts of billions of people all over the world. To make this ad attractive was a mammoth challenge for the ad agency. Where there were other newly released long, sleek and shiny cars from competitors, Volkswagen Beetle looked ugly, small and patronizing. Funnily, it started accidentally when the ad agency copyrighter compared the glove compartment of this car and compared it with a lemon. This funny comparison made it to the top selling car in the markets. To this day, ad agencies remember this comparison while trying to think of a worthwhile theme for a product.
Another marvelous ad that made sure that the Volkswagen Beetle stayed on top selling cars list using ‘connect’ mantra was the famous ‘funeral’ ad. (I’m lil obsessed with VW today!!) This was when TV was newly invented and was still a show-off. You have to watch it to believe its ingeniousness (click on the video below). A rich man dies and leaves nothing for the wife, sons and business partner as they have vices. But he leaves everything to a nephew who believes that “a penny saved is a penny earned” and drives a Volkswagen Beetle. This ingrained in the minds of thousands the idea that to own a VW Beetle is wise. Another blockbuster idea, this sure was!
Keep watching this space for more such marketing mantras, im off for now, as my testosterone calls for some craft!!
“A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with bad advertising” - Henry Ford