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This is my completed SXSW Bingo card, brought to you by the very kind and generous folks at Harvest, the time-tracker of kings!
Completing the card won me a Kindle 2, something I have always coveted but would never have bought for myself, even though I read a lot, so it was more than worth the effort it took to get these photos!
Someone wearing this t-shirt: The Harvest guys promised they’d hook me up with a shirt photo if I got all the other squares, so this was the last photo I took. Thanks @EvilPRGuy, @bjhess and @dannyw! twitpic.com/25us8
BJ Novak making people laugh: Mr. Novak had a panel with some other hilarious comedy writers. He’s the blurry one in the middle, wearing a hat! twitpic.com/23×79
Someone wearing a Snuggie: Surprisingly, especially considering how cold it was at the start of the conference, no geeks at SXSW seemed to have a Snuggie with them…not even for the purpose of ironic humor (though supposedly someone spotted one out on Sixth Street). So, we bought one. I was happy to have the excuse. twitpic.com/250rh
A food blogger eating food: @GoGameMei is great – she blogs about food at eatfamilystyles.com AND her job involves running around in costumes giving people random gifts and inventing secret handshakes! twitpic.com/23x4s
Free cupcakes: Ice cream and cupcakes on their way into the burlesque show Pasties and Pastries at Emo’s. It turns out the girl on the left is @Silona, whose panel I attended the last day of the conference! twitpic.com/22y8s
A pie chart in a presentation: Scott Belsky from Behance talks about "Making Ideas Happen" – great panel, lots of very useful tips and interesting research. twitpic.com/23x1u
Pair programming: @jeyb and @guyp with some handy PHP script on a netbook. twitpic.com/22lv4
Someone who is internet almost famous: @guyp won a game show in the UK called "In It To Win It" and got 20k pounds! He was also a star employee during the ARG Perplex City with a very clever video series and he does lots of stuff online to this day. It’s only a matter of time. twitpic.com/22ko5
Gary Vaynerchuk with a glass of wine: I hovered at the front of the ballroom before @garyvee’s panel just so I could ask him to pose with an imaginary glass of wine. Thank you, @garyvee! twitpic.com/2514y
Guy Kawasaki Twittering: I tracked down the secret AllTop party for the net elite (held at Allen’s Boots) and luckily they had extra invites, so I was able to snap a pic with @guykawasaki! Thank you!! twitpic.com/2510x
A famous actress: We spotted @feliciaday a few times during the conference, but never got a chance to speak to her (once she was walking intently down the street, and once I was going up an escalator while she was going down, though I squeaked out a quick ‘hi’). She was really happy to help with the bingo squares, and offered to be the ‘geek girl’ as she hadn’t brought her Kindle 2. I’m glad she was so nice and friendly, because I like her work as much as I admire her true understanding of the workings of the internet and its culture. twitpic.com/23×89
Scobleizer: I was running up to the Trade Show because someone had spotted a Kindle up there, and I saw Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) crossing the street outside, so I hauled butt to catch up with him. He was very nice and posed with me and very politely didn’t mention anything about ‘the crazy girl charging down the street toward me with a camera.’ twitpic.com/250w7
Something built with an Arduino: Spotted at DorkBot, this is a series of lights used to control one of the bleepy things twitpic.com/23x9l
Old school arcade cabinet: In Champion’s across from the convention center twitpic.com/23wx7
Someone using Kindle 2: Found at the Blurb booth (thanks @AndruEdwards!) twitpic.com/250y6
Cowboy hat: @micahsaul wore this cowboy hat all through Interactive! I was lucky to see him on Sixth Street early on in the week. twitpic.com/22y82
Someone using a Zune: This space is particularly evil as NO ONE at Interactive has a Zune. We had to go to a Best Buy to find one. twitpic.com/250q3
the Yule Lads’ home
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According to Icelandic folklore, Dimmuborgir is the home of a homicidal troll named Grýla, her third husband Leppalúði and their sons The Yule Lads/Yuletide Lads. Though Grýla has psychopathic tendencies, the children aren´t quite so murderous, and are more mischievious than anything. Originally told as a scary story to stop children misbehaving, the Yule Lads have now been merged with the idea of Santa Claus. Children either get gifts or rotten potatoes in their shoes at Christmas depending on whether they’ve behaved well or not.
Custom handbag branding services caught the eye of local Atlanta designer, Chelsie Tanner, designer and owner of Two.Sevynteen. We were so honored to be part of Chelsie’s dream of becoming a handbag designer and making it come true with our custom handbag branding services.
Chelsie had a dream to have her own handbag line. She wanted her logo on every bag and purse duster. She found us on the web and knew she wanted to hire us for her custom handbag branding project.
We marked stainless steel keychains on bags where we couldn’t add any branding which helped us create a unique look for her bags.
We were able to create a stamping die from her logo to emboss her bags with gold and silver foil. Custom handbag branding was important to ensure her buyers knew they were buying from her line of handbags.
We also used the same die to deboss the bags with no color. This gave a very elegant look to her bags yet the branding was clearly on the front.
We also used vinyl to brand her secondary logo on her clear plastic bags to create a new look that fit with her brand.
We used white toner and holographic foil for her purse duster bags to complete the custom handbag branding project.
We used our laser to mark the metal on some of her custom branded bags which had brass and stainless steel accents.
Her bags went on sale February 17, 2021. (Two.sevynteen, get it?) We all worked hard to meet her deadline date. We are proud to announce her custom handbags sold out within 24 hours!
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Do you find shopping for your daughter to be difficult? Let’s talk about it for a second.
She may have siblings but there is only one of her that exists in the entire world.
She is unique, with her own personality and interests.
She has her own sense of fashion and style.
She has a history with you that is shared by no other person.
That’s a whole lot of individuality. Perhaps that is why some people struggle when looking for a gift. They want it to be as unique as she is, right? Well, the right gift may be easier to find than you think.
Let’s face it, there will never be a gift that compares to the gift that your daughter truly is. But you can certainly find a gift that is created only for her. A one-of-a-kind present that no one else will have. We’re talking about personalized gifts. Custom-created fine jewelry and heirloom keepsakes that feature your daughter’s name and/or a birthstone or a special message from you. Can you imagine how she will feel when she sees the thought and cares you put into your gift selection!
Personalized gifts are a beautiful way to tell your daughter you love her. Or that you are so proud of her. Or simply to remind her that you are thinking about her even when she is far away. And they are also ideal for so many occasions. Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Christmas, her birthday, anniversary, or just because, you can always give your daughter a one-of-a-kind gift.
To help you get your shopping started, we’ve put together a list of our recommendations for Top 5 Personalized Gifts for Daughters:.
Never Ending Love Personalized Flip Pendant Necklace
Your daughter is sure to flip over this unique expression of your devotion for her! And it’s a necklace, so she can always keep it close to her heart. The solid sterling silver pendant is personalized with her crystal heart birthstone and her engraved name. But the biggest surprise comes when she flips the center of the pendant to reveal the message of “Today”, “Tomorrow” and “Always” engraved on 3 hearts. It’s a message and reminder she will always treasure. Plus, it arrives with a velvet jewelry pouch and gift box.
Always Loved Personalized Diamond Pendant Necklace
One of the most iconic expressions of love is the infinity symbol, signifying the never-ending quality of one’s devotion. Now you can give that same sentiment to your daughter, expressed with a meaningful necklace. The infinity symbol pendant is handcrafted of solid sterling silver. It shimmers with a pavé of her Swarovski® crystal birthstone, with her name engraved on an elegant heart. Plus, “I Love you Forever” graces the back for a sentimental touch. Includes a sweet poem card and custom gift box to present to your daughter.
Looking for the perfect gift that you, or both of you, could share with your daughter? This handcrafted charm bracelet makes a wonderful option. Like a beautiful wearable love letter, this bolo-style fashion statement is engraved with her name across the front. And the best part is, it’s personalized with a custom engraving across the back. It could be a heartwarming sentiment from both her parents, a message of love just from you, or a meaningful date. It’s your choice! Plus, it arrives with a custom gift box and a poem card expressing how much you adore her.
Remember when she was your precious little girl? As she grew up, you bonded and became best friends. While your relationship with your daughter has evolved over the years, one thing has remained unchanged: she will forever be your daughter, that precious little girl. Show her how special she is to you with this Heirloom Porcelain® music box. Her name is engraved on a heart charm that graces the lid to make this tuneful tribute 100% hers. And when she hears the melody of “You Are So Beautiful,” she will recall your fondness for her.
My Daughter, You Are One of a Kind Personalized Poem Frame
What’s in a name? Well, if it’s your daughter’s name, surely a few things come to mind. This personalized gift makes a meaningful way to celebrate her name, her character and all the unique traits that define her. You get to select her best qualities from the letters of her name to be transformed into a custom-made acrostic poem, presented in a mahogany-finished frame. There are even 28 simulated jewels around the trim to add a bit of sparkle to the presentation. Every time she sees it, she will remember how proud you are of her.
Did you see a gift you would like to personalize for your daughter? Something that would be simply perfect for her? We hope our suggestions are helpful. Remember that while there are so many presents you could purchase for your daughter, there are few that express your feelings and celebrate her uniqueness like a personalized gift. Happy shopping!
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Adapted from The 250 Best Cookie Recipes by Esther Brody. To add a bit of extra flavour (since meringues are notorious for tasting just sweet), I used a minty trifecta of dried peppermint, peppermint extract and mint chocolate chips – its a perfectly light addition to the cookie swap.
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My husband’s only sister was named Mona. For many years, she and her husband ran Bob’s Cafe in Grace, Idaho She was well known for NOT sharing her recipes–I never got the one for homemade sweet mustard. She said guys came into the cafe for that mustard, and if their wives could make it at home, she and Bob would lose business. There is even a story, possibly apocryphal, that she gave a recipe to an insistent person once–with an inportant ingredient left out.
She did give me this recipe, though, and I copied it into a steno notebook that has other recipes of that era–in the first two years of my marriage– either written in, or clipped and pasted. The handwriting is recognizably mine; my handwriting still looks very much like this.This page is the dirtiest in the notebook, and testifies to the many times I have made these rolls. It also demonstrates what 50 years will do to paper that is not acid-free. This notebook, and the Betty Crocker cookbook that was a wedding gift got us through our first few years of wedded life. Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese Dinner was 11 cents at the PX in Lawton, Oklahoma. My husband was drafted into an artillery unit there right after we were married. I served this mac and cheese with frozen peas about once a week; ’twas a very thrifty meal. Said husband gently explained to me that he was tired of it, and would like just a bit more variety.
I got the notebook out today to copy the recipe for my niece, Ekaterina, who is getting married soon. My sister adopted Katya from a Russian orphanage when she was eleven. I can’t go to her kitchen shower, but I will send this, my best recipe. I will write clearer directions about punching down the dough in the morning and how to bake. I am at an age where daughter-in-laws cook Thanksgivng Dinner for me, but I still usually am asked to make these rolls.
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Our after-school students at Tam High are building a City of the Future together, using arts and electronics to make a model of what our world may be like in 100 years.
In our second class, they designed the city they envision for this project and took turns discussing their ideas with each other. In their post-apocalyptic scenario, the rich are separated from the poor, who mine the sea floor and are oppressed by a government run by machines.
They also picked characters and objects for their city — some of which will be laser cut and printed in 3D. Next, they learned to solder stick figures out of copper wire, then made light circuits with LEDs and batteries. Finally, they added these lights to their futuristic homes, which they continued to decorate with gift wrapping paper, art supplies and everyday objects.
We have a great group of eight middle school students, ages 12 to 14, in this after-school class. Through this course, students will develop a range of skills, from creative expression to science and engineering (STEAM). And they will learn to create their own interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful way that makes learning more fun.
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Our Atlanta laser engraving studio specializes in engraving everything from Yeti® tumblers to luggage tags and everything in between. We even stock items such as Polar Camel® tumblers, water bottles and bottle openers, magnets, name tags, cake pans and more. If you’re looking for high quality laser etching, you’ve come to the right place near Atlanta.
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A mix of ready-to-eat and unripe Concord grapes from our backyard vineyard made for a perfectly set, tangy jam that I canned to give away for Christmas gifts! I have another 5 lbs of grapes in the freezer for a second batch!
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June 9, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces. This short vid shows the unveiling.
As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to honour the service of our women and men in uniform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today visited Canadian Forces Base Borden to participate in the unveiling of the new Borden Legacy Monument, part of the CFB Borden Centennial Celebrations.
The monument is a gift from the local communities of Simcoe County to honour the two million sons and daughters of Canada who have trained at CFB Borden over the last 100 years. It will continue to pay tribute to the over 20,000 sailors, soldiers and aviators per year who train at the base to serve this country.
During the unveiling, an urn containing battlefield soil patriated from Vimy, France, was enshrined in a niche in the monument. More than 66,000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, including at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
“Today, we all come together to take part in these centennial celebrations, united in common purpose. The Borden Legacy Monument is a fitting honour to those who serve in uniform to protect our values and way of life at home and abroad.”
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“The monument unveiled at Borden today, during the Centennial celebrations, is a longstanding symbol of honour and remembrance bestowed upon all the women and men who wear the uniform in service to Canada. It demonstrates one community’s proud commitment to and passion for the Canadian Armed Forces.”
Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, I am honoured by this gift to CFB Borden. Those involved in the Legacy Project, led by Honorary Colonel Jamie Massie, have thereby shown the greatest respect to our military personnel – those who have come before, who are here today, and who will serve Canada in the future.”
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff
The battlefield soil was retrieved from Vimy, France, in June 2015, during a ceremony attended by Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Ambassador to France, a delegation from Simcoe County, members from Base Borden, French Forces, and the Vimy Foundation.
Article by: Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Mon. Dec. 15, 2014.
Canadians who have gone to war during the last century, and those who will go in the next one, will be honoured by a new monument at the Angus gate of Canadian Forces Base Borden.
“What I want to do is pay honour to the history to the people who served our country 100 years ago,” said Honourary Col. Jamie Massie, of the Borden Legacy Project. “And a 100 years from now I want soldiers to go through those gates and to be motivated and inspired by this monument.
“To me it’s about being Canadian and serving the Canadian Forces.”
CFB Borden’s 100th anniversary is 2016, when a century ago, the base was training soldiers for the First World War.
Massie, who spoke to Barrie city council Monday night about the legacy project, noted many of the Canadian troops who went overseas from 1916 until 1918 were trained at Borden – where the original training trenches were restored in 2011.
“You go look at these trenches and how they trained, their optimism about going there,” he said, “and then they show up there and ended up with these absolutely devastating conditions of battle.”
Many who trained at Borden also fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9-12, 1917, when 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the Germans, but with a terrible toll – 3,598 soldiers killed and 7,000 wounded (Canadian War Museum, Tim Cook).
It was that battle which changed Canada from a British colony into a nation, as noted by Gen. Arthur Currie, commander of the Canadian Corps during the latter part of the war.
And Massie said it’s only fitting that the monument contain Currie’s words.
“To those who fall I say, ‘You will not die, but step into immortality. Your mothers will not lament your fate, but will have been proud to have borne such sons. Your names will be revered for ever and ever by your grateful country, and God will take you unto Himself.’”
Massie also has a personal connection to Vimy Ridge. His grandfather fought there with the 48th Highlanders and lost his left leg during the battle
“He lay bleeding in the mud for 18 hours before they picked him up. Then they took him and they cut his leg off,” Massie said.
His father also trained at Borden and served in the Second World War.
The monument will include soil from the Vimy battlefield, with the French government’s permission, that Massie himself will travel to France next June to collect along with other dignitaries.
“It (the soil) represents not just the DNA of those 3,500 who died and 7,000 wounded, but represents the repatriation of Canadian soldiers, who were lost and buried and forgotten,” said Massie. “To me the monument will inspire and motivate because we are living to the standard that Gen. Currie promised his troops, that we wouldn’t forget them.”
The monument will be created by Marlene Hilton Moore, a local artist who creates public art with striking human figures and architectural forms, along with personal art in on-going exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Her Borden Legacy Project will include walls of highly polished black granite, wings of white granite and a First World War bugler. Beyond the bugler will be a contemplation area, nestled among maple trees and four, black, polished granite benches.
“The idea is to create a place where. . .you can have a very quiet and beautiful place to sit and contemplate the meaning of the monument,” Hilton Moore said.
“It will be a reflection point, a chance to think of how lucky we are to have the freedom that we have,” Massie said.
The monument will be paid for with privately donated funds, and Massie said most of the money has already been raised.
“This is an opportunity for our community to say thank you for 100 years,” he said. “All of these people have trained at the base and they have all done their part to bring us the freedom that we share, and we all live with freedom, we live with democracy and we have justice and rule of law, which is what makes us Canadian.”
Base Borden is also an economic driver in the community, with 950 soldiers who work at Base Borden that live in Barrie with their families.
On June 1, 2016 some of the Vimy soil will be left with Barrie’s Cenotaph, when it’s relocated in Memorial Square. The Vimy soil will then be marched back to Base Borden on a gun carriage.
The Borden Legacy Project will be unveiled in mid-June 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of CFB Borden.
Soil from Vimy Ridge to be featured in Borden memorial
Nov. 2014, Barrie Advance Article by Laurie Watt
As the CFB Borden turns 100, Grey and Simcoe Foresters Major John Fisher unveiled a project to commemorate not only the base, but the local people who trained there and fought in the First World War.
Known as the Borden Legacy Project, the memorial –— designed by nationally acclaimed, local sculptor Marlene Hilton Moore –— will include some Vimy Ridge soil and serve as a gateway to restored trenches rediscovered a few years ago, just inside the base’s Angus gates.
“The legacy project is the creation and donation of a large, beautiful memorial tied into the Vimy trenches that have been restored. It’s a memorial to all those who’ve served since 1916,” Grey and Simcoe Foresters Maj. John Fisher said.
“Its two walls with inscriptions on them, are dark and light granite. They’re long and angled — a sculpture more than a chunk of rock. There’ll be a large bronze bugler on a base as well. The pathways to the back will lead into the Vimy trenches.
“It will be quite the emotive experience as you walk through this and into the woods and into the trenches, where the soldiers trained before they went over to France.”
Announced at the Spirit Catcher Awards gala in Barrie Tuesday night, the 0,000 project celebrates the link between the base and Barrie, where the Simcoe Foresters were based in the Mulcaster Street armoury.
Fisher recalled the historic night, Jan. 27, 1912, when Minister of Military and Defence Sir Sam Hughes announced a new base would be built on the Simcoe Pines Plain and a new armoury would be built in Queen’s Park in Barrie. The announcement occurred at a regimental dinner at the Queen’s Hotel and set in motion the construction of the armouries, which opened in 1915, and the base, which opened in 1916.
Fisher added the project will also celebrate the many men who fought and died in France.
“Thirty-six battalions left Barrie between mid-September and mid-November 1916 and they went to England and then broken up and sent into France,” said Fisher, recalling the 157th and 177th Simcoe Foresters and the 147th and 248th Grey Battalions.
The face of the project will be Leonard Webster, a Penetanguishene boy who went overseas as a captain with the 157th, the founding battalion of CFB Borden, and who died three days after arriving in Vimy.
Soil from Vimy Ridge to be featured in Borden memorial
A new memorial is planned for the entrance to Base Borden. Major John Fisher presented the design, featuring an inscribed wall and a statue of a bugler.