Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fashion Exposed Sydney 2013 Event From 10-12 February, Sydney Exhibition Centre

"Australia’s premier fashion buying event is just around the corner! Be prepared and register your attendance in advance to stay one step ahead of the competition.

FASHION EXPOSED is the most extensive fashion event on the Australian buying calendar with a diverse line-up of over 1500 local and international brands all under the one roof.

The twice-yearly trade event provides an exclusive platform for the fashion industry to meet, source and buy collections. It’s where fashion meets business."

During the three days show there will be Business Seminars that you can attend free.The Fashion Exposed Business Seminars will arm you with the tools and knowledge to buy better and sell more.
These complimentary seminars will be held in 45 minute sessions within the event covering Trends, Digital, Business and Visual Merchandising. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot to avoid disappointment.

Shows trading hours:

10 AM - 5 PM
10AM - 5 PM
TUESDAY12 MAR 201310AM - 3 PM



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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"An Eagle Kiss" an inspirational story worth sharing.

Today, I would like to share with you this inspirational story about Freedom & Jeff. I received an email from a friend of mine Richard Novak. After reading this story and I believe this story is worth sharing with our readers.

his is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control…..

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!

This is Jeff & Freedom inspirational story...

Freedom and Jeff

"Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. 
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a 
huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay 
there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was 
winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't 
bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day. 

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her.I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools
in western Washington. We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, 
which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of 
chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

the day after Thanksgiving,I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was =told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to 
Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped bother wings around me to where I 
could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a 
magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Cancer is a strange cell

You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again.  If you ever have it you will never be free of it.


93% won't forward, but I'm Sure You Will.
A small request.....Just one line

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it's only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been
struck down by cancer or is still living with it
Or just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY

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An email forward by  Richard Novak


Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspirational Quote!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yellow as a Colour Workshop 2 - Part 3 By Artist Pascale Rajek

Discovering Yellow as a colour

Two weeks ago, artist Pascale had shown us how to get close personal with the colour of "Yellow". Today, Pascale is continuing with the final Yellow workshop. So are you ready to have a go with this exercise?

Get all your brushes and paints ready and enjoy the journey.

The next post will be "Blue" as a colour. Pascale will again taking us through a wonderful journey to discover Blue as a colour. So please visit us again in two week time.

Emotion painting Workshop 2:

Mixing Yellow, White and Black
Add yellow, white and black on your pallet.

TIPS: The darker colour is added to the lighter colour.
Use a spare clean brush or pipette to add water in the colour. Less is better

Have a spare paper to test the colours before adding to your A4 paper.

Apply yellow on your paper: thick, thin, very thin (watery).

Make some marks on the paper using only yellow.

Creates shapes, lines, movements, dots, etc.

Explore different emotional words: happy, sad, angry, excited, alone, bright, etc.

How did you feel about the thickness of the colour on the paper?
What kind of marks are you making?
What do you like about Yellow?

If you don’t like Yellow, what is it about this colour that you don’t like? The vibrancy, the brightness, the texture...?

Now mix, yellow with white = yellow tinted*

Remember the darker colour is added to the lighter colour and if you can use a different brush.
* Click on Art on Surface

I have left some blank space on my paper to add the new colour. This will allow me to see how the colours are reacting with each other. I would recommend this as it will help you discover more about the colour.

When mixing colour, you need to know when to stop adding yellow into white.
I have collected from a local paint store some paint chip to have some example.

Apply tinted yellow on your paper on top of the yellow. You can either follow the marks or 
change them


What do you like about tinted Yellow?
If you don’t like Yellow, what about tinted yellow?
How do you feel about the colours together?

Mixing Yellow and black= shaded yellow*
* Click on Art on Surface

Follow the same steps as before.

Take a moment to reflect on your experience with yellow.

How did you feel?
Were you happy? Frustrated?
Was it easy?
What did you learn about yourself? 
Did a colour trigger an emotion?
How did you feel about Yellow? Tinted Yellow? Shaded
Yellow? All together?

A gift about colours from  Art on Surface
Would you like to learn more about colour? 
Click the below link to receive a gift about colours!freedownload/caud

Where to find me and m Art:

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Related Posts:

Yellow as a colour Part 1- by Artist Pascale Rajek, Art on Surface

Yellow as a colour Workshop 1- Part 2 by Artist Pascale Rajek, Art on Surface

Close Up Interview with Colour Artist Pascale Rajek

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sydney Reed Gift Fair 23-27 February Sydney Exhibition Centre

Reed Gift Fairs is Australia’s premier trading platform for buyers and sellers in the gift and homewares industry. Held five times a year, these unique events are where retailers come to source and buy the latest products from the best suppliers in the marketplace.

Reed Gift Fairs is a trade only event, which means that members of the public cannot attend.

If you are from an independent retail store, department store, online business, mail order company, 

supermarket, distributor, importer, wholesaler or multi-channel retailer then Reed Gift Fairs is the right 

place for you. 

Here are the show dates for 2013

Show Hours:
Saturday23 February9am - 6pm
Sunday24 February9am - 6pm
Monday25 February9am - 6pm
Tuesday26 February9am - 6pm
Wednesday27 February9am - 3pm

Monday, February 18, 2013

Inspirational Quote!

"Effort and courage are not enough without 
purpose and direction"
~John. F. Kennedy

Friday, February 15, 2013

Why Do We Like A Page on Social Media?

Today, I would like to share with you about Social Media engagement around the globe.  Iybi (If You Build It) has compiled an info-graphic snapshot of  how consumers are engaging with business on social media, and may give you some insight into when and how to best engage with your current and potential customers.
So ask yourself these following questions:
  • Why are you using Social Media in your business?
  • Why do consumers engage with your brand on social Media?
  • How can you optimise your social media strategy to most effectively engage with your consumers?
  • How do you convert the interaction into sales?

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Life Instyle Returns 21-24 February 2013, Royal Hall of Industries & Hodern Pavilion, Sydney

Life Instyle will be back in Sydney again in March 2013 . The show will be held at the Royal Hall of Industries & Hodern Pavilion. Life Instyle is the only boutique trade event dedicated to bringing you the coolest, most cutting edge brands and products. The show will feature the absolute best selection of designs, home, gift, kids, baby and lifestyle products in Australia and will bring them directly to you in one impressive hub of retail heaven.

Spread the word and REGISTER NOW  see you soon!


Life Instyle, Kids Instyle and First Instyle are curated trade events, and as such all applications are reviewed by a selection panel made up of industry professionals. Once your application has been reviewed you will be informed by e-mail of the outcome. Applications are welcome at any time for our Sydney trade show staged in February, or our Melbourne trade show staged in August.

APPLY TO EXHIBITIf you are interested in exhibiting at Life Instyle or Kids Instyle please complete the online Apply to Exhibit form
If you are interested in applying for First Instyle please first read the First Instyle Guidelines before completing theFirst Instyle Application Form. All applications must be accompanied by product images. Without accompanying product images your application will not be reviewed.  Please forward all clearly labeled images in a separate e-mail to

All applications are reviewed by an industry panel that adheres to the Life Instyle principles of design, individuality, style, presentation and applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of that review. Panel decisions are final, reasons for a decision will not be provided and no correspondence will be entered into. For an overview of stand costs and general event information please email

Register To Visit


To find out more information about Life Instyle or Kids Instyle please visit our

For further information please contact:

Life Instyle Sydney 2013

Registration Enquiries
Tel: 02 9211 8894

Event Enquiries
Tel: 02 9422 2552

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Anyone can catch your eye, 
but it takes someone special to catch your heart". 
 ~Author Unknown

Happy Valentines's Day Everyone!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What stakeholder alignment can mean for your business

Stakeholder alignment is the process of understanding your stakeholder’s interests and aligning those interests with your own business objectives.

Your stakeholders are the group of individuals who are involved in your business. They could be  your spouse and/or business partner(s), your team, and your customers too.

The alignment process gives you and your team the clarity and focus you need to do what is necessary for your business to be successful. The process also allows you to better define the specific target market you’re committed to attract.

You may think that as a sole trader you don’t have stakeholders...

If this is what you’ve been thinking. it’s time to rethink... In fact, the need to establish your stakeholder group and gain their support is greater than ever!

Your key stakeholders could be your spouse and your family. In other words, your greatest supporters. Imagine what it would mean to lack their support. This could even lead to your business failure...

The stakeholder alignment process is also a great empowerment tool. It serves to get all your stakeholders working together and delivering on the same common business goal.

What follows is a practical tool for talking to stakeholders about your business. It could be used in three ways:
1.    Understanding Your Stakeholders. Ask stakeholders the key questions and make a note of their answers. Stakeholder answers reveal their interests in, and perceptions of your business. When stakeholders answer the questions differently, you have early warning of emerging conflicts.

The goal of Stakeholder Alignment is to get agreement from stakeholders on what the answers to these questions could be. Note that it is easiest to achieve this agreement at the very beginning of a business or a project you want to implement in your business– ideally, during the “Define” Phase.
2.    Communicating with Your Key Stakeholders. It takes skill in communication and negotiation to align stakeholder interests, particularly when stakeholders have very different perspectives and needs. Keeping them informed about what is happening in your business, where you are right now, and where you will see the business going is critical.
    Make sure your communication also includes those who do not support your  business or project too. Have a shared understanding of the following points:

(i)   What your business or project is doing;
(ii)  Why your business is doing it this way.
(iii)  Who will judge the business success.
3.    Empower your Key Stakeholders. Share you vision with your key stakeholders. The more they are involved in your business they easier it will be for you to achieve your business objectives.
 Remember, a team effort is always better than trying to do every yourself.

Want to learn more about  Stakholders  Alignment in your business?

It’s as simple as 1... 2... 3...

2: Come along to the ArtSHINE workshops in Sydney:

3: Contact Vinh for a no cost, no obligation coaching session:

Vinh direct on  0410 636

or go to: 

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