Using a shadow board?

Usually this takes the type of some kind of board that lies near to where the things are most regularly utilized.

I should confess I went a little bit Shadow board insane once I had actually acquired this brand-new located expertise yet like all brand-new points this chaos passed after numerous therapy sessions.

I initially stumbled upon the suggestion of a Shadow board when I was checking out a Plant in the UNITED STATE as part of a Lean Trip. The suggestion is extremely basic. Generally rather than having the devices you have to get the job done, existing regarding everywhere they are arranged in a manner that makes them simple to accessibility and also returned when you are completed with them.

A Tool Shadow Board is generally an aesthetic means of saving things, making use of some type of rundown or history to suggest where the product needs to be positioned. You ought to constantly situate things closest to the work station initially. Typically this will certainly be devices that are utilized on a per hour or everyday basis. When it comes to a workplace atmosphere the very same concepts use: regularly utilized products must be situated on the desk.

Shadow boards can be a terrific method to develop aesthetic effect. Essentially a summary or Shadow is produced for every thing to make sure that it is simple to see, if it exists or otherwise.

Exactly what will certainly you should make one:

This short article is beginning to seem a little bit like a BBC ‘Blue Peter’ truth sheet. I constantly bear in mind composing right into the program as a kid, to obtain their plan on how you can develop a Dalek. I am still really confident, yet after 38 years of waiting I believe that there is a great chance that the truth sheet is not coming currently.

Undoubtedly this will certainly depend upon your style.

Below is the listing:

Collect every one of the devices: Testimonial every one of the devices around as well as concur which ones you should get the job done. We are attempting to produce as well as setting a little bit like an operating theater in a health center. The doctor does not go searching for a scalpel or a set of forceps currently do they.

Having actually chosen the devices that are needed after that we should obtain an ideal provider to put them on. This hinges on the variety of products we intend to shadowboardize (my new word once more) and also the area it is mosting likely to lie. For every thing we wish to have the ability to comprehend exactly what it is, the number of there need to be, and also where it must return to.


These are the 3 basic actions included.

Action 1

Do not overdo it with this suggestion or individuals with assume you have some kind of condition, and also you will certainly shed integrity. When you begin to see points like a Shadow for where somebody’s coffee need to take place their workdesk, after that you recognize you have actually shed the story. Never ever utilize words shadowboardize without composed consent from me.

Some layer timber or MDF as an appropriate history for your board. The products you wish to shadowboardize (A new word designed by me) some hooks, some clips, a leader, Velcro strip for light things, paint for history, a black marker pen, a sharp pencil, and also your personal individual wit, persistence as well as creative imagination.

There are numerous means of attaining this. You could merely attract around the product meticulously with a pencil and after that shade in the form with either a black pen, black paint or develop the form utilizing sticky back plastic, quit and also stick it ready. As soon as you have actually developed the Shadow after that you should discover an ideal method of situating the product on the board. This could be a hook, clip, velcro or a basic rack setup or owner. It is additionally a smart idea to identify each thing on the board.

Action 2

Literally put the devices out on the board as well as produce a summary for every product. Require time to do this well, and also make points degree as well as right.

Some last Shadow Board Suggestions.

Simply the act of collecting these things can be an intriguing workout. I keep in mind when doing a task at a company in the USA.The professional had an upper body packed with devices that was extremely excellent. I indicate truly remarkable. To do the task concerned we just required 7 devices. He needed to quest via his large collection of devices whenever we intended to do this repeated job. As a matter of fact, we ultimately obtained the variety of devices to 4, by welding 3 of the devices with each other making an unique device. These 4 devices after that took place the Shadow board. Task done.

Action 3

Literally build the Shadow Board as well as place it as close as feasible to the procedure. It ought to be really aesthetic and also evident from a range if something is missing out on or in operation.


How to choose an electrician

Obtain a couple of quotes to ensure that you could contrast options.The least expensive quote could not be the most effective offer – if it appears also excellent to be real, it most likely is!
Know every person operating in your residence – do not rely upon the service provider to earn the options

It could be difficult to evaluate if your electrical expert is legit without the ideal inquiries. Selecting a signed up electrical contractor indicates you will certainly obtain added defenses must something go incorrect.
Do not be humiliated – ask to see the documentation

Do not really feel forced to earn a choice rapidly. Look for suggestions prior to you get them to do function for you if an electrical contractor makes you really feel awkward for any type of factor. The assistance on these web pages  will certainly assist you.

Some individuals really feel self-conscious concerning inspecting certifications of the individual they are using however if you are dealing with a tradesperson that hesitates to reveal you proof of their credentials and also enrollment condition this might be an indication.
Do not simply take their word for it – obtain a referral

We are seeing an expanding trouble with specialists such as contractors or cooking area fitters making affordable or inadequate selections of the electrical contractors they function or utilize with on a work. It’s simple to think the tradesperson accountable will certainly examine certification as well as enrollment. Do not leave it to possibility– ask to see evidence of every person’s capability on your own.
If it does not really feel appropriate – obtain guidance

If you desire to challenge job, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and also Trading Standards will certainly be able to provide suggestions.

If you are unsure concerning a private ask them to offer referrals of previous satisfied clients.. Ask these umpires to clarify the job they had actually done as well as exactly how completely satisfied they were with the work done.
Obtain greater than one quote

The lawful needs for electric setups in England as well as Wales are various from those in Scotland and also Northern Ireland. Electrical experts executing installment operate in England and also Wales need to maintain to the Building Regulations as well as in Scotland it is the Building Standards system. Presently, there is no comparable lawful demand in Northern Ireland.
Know the appropriate inquiries to ask


It’s time to hire an author.

More and more business are relying on freelance writers for assist with jobs varying from unique reports to producing marketing material. Freelance authors can also aid people that want experience on smaller sized projects such as updating a résumé or writing a short bio.

Quality material aids form the reputation of your business’s on-line existence. Smart business are beginning to understand that hiring content creators is an essential facet of their sales and advertising and marketing engine. Increasingly more find freelance writers making use the most cost-effective chances for obtaining quality material that will represent your brand in the best possible means.

You may really feel a little bit overwhelmed if you have actually never ever hired a freelancer in the past. How do you get started? Best place to hire a writer?

Running a business in the digital age requires a massive quantity of writing. There’s your website. Your blog site. Newsletters. Social media messages. Sales replicate. Advertisements. Visitor blog posts. The checklist goes on. Who’s mosting likely to do every one of that writing?

Are you going to take 15 or 20 hours out of your week to do all of that? Just what are you going to do?

It’s time to hire an author.

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about writing in style. Whether you call it UX writing, item writing, or material design, it’s clear that words in your style matter.

In his 2017 Layout in Tech talk, John Maeda spelled it out for us: “Words are really important since the graphics don’t make good sense often.” Quick Co Design followed up with an item called “Neglect Coding: Writing Is Design’s Unicorn Ability.”

While designers tend to concentrate on a single product location, item writers tend to concentrate on multiple product areas. This is a good idea, since it allows authors see links and discrepancies in the overall experience.

Writers are the adhesive in between various item locations. We help promote uniformity throughout a product, particularly when it involves the language.

There are various kinds of writers readily available for hire. Depending on your firm’s particular requirements, a consultant, in-house setting (copywriter, e-mail marketer, etc.), or company could be the best choice. The structure below can be related to any course you decide to go with.

1. Nowadays, composed material is unavoidable.

The written word is anywhere. Social network content, your company blog site, site duplicate, and also YouTube scripts are just a few networks that include creating.

In order to stay on top of the raising need of content marketing, your brand name needs to be publishing important web content on a consistent basis. This is why it’s important to have someone on personnel who’s a real wordsmith to reduce the workload.

2. Writing is a skill.

Maybe you’ll obtain lucky and have a trainee who’s an incredible author, but chances are you’ll need to go with a professional to obtain top-tier high quality. It takes years to hone any craft, and creating is no different.


A challenge to you, lovely readers!

So often when I post to the BLBB tumblr, I notice reblogs with comments like “I wish I could wear things like that”, or “one day I’ll dress like that” and the like.

It makes me sad. And leaves me wondering why you can’t dress “like that”.

Is it budget? Lack of confidence? Not knowing what to wear/how to style it? No occasions to wear it? Can’t find sizes to fit you?

Ladies. You can dress like that. Here’s how.


Stocking Fillers II: Damsels and Dames, and Debstar Designs

Installment two of our Christmas Stocking Filler Highlights! Today we’re talking Damsels and Dames, and Debstar Designs!

First up, Damsels and Dames! Tani, the powerhouse behind Damsels and Dames, is a friend of mine who I first met about four years ago when she was running Blue Attic on Lygon St, Brunswick East. She’s fabulously quirky and offbeat and will happily, fiercely discuss pretty much anything you can think of. She’s a dancer, makeup artist, crafter, feminist, artist … but for the intents and purposes of this post, she’s primarily makeup artist and purveyor of cute and kawaii accessories and vegan makeup!

Earlier this year I asked Tani if she’d do my makeup for a dark arts festival I was attending in Melbourne, and the resulting makeup rendered me totally unrecogniseable. Literally: I was approaching friends at the venue and people were giving me the polite but blank look you give when a total stranger approaches you like a long lost friend. Tani is amazing and I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her if you’re looking for a makeup artist in Victoria.

Makeup wizardry aside, Damsels and Dames sells a range of makeup for lips and eyes, pinup and tattoo charms, hair clips and pins, brooches, purses … the list goes on!

Next, Debstar Designs. Deb defines her accessories as ‘gothabilly’, and I think she’s hit the nail on the head with that tag! From the webstore;

[…] unique take on costume jewellery results in an assortment of necklaces, chokers, earrings, brooches, hair clips, shoe clips and more, featuring skulls and crossbones, razor blades, safety pins, tattoo inspired pendants, dice, anchors and much more, all beautifully handmade with crystal beads and quality metal findings.

Her accessories also include a men’s range, and a range catering specifically to the interests of Derby girls!

Deb’s accessories are quality pieces, made by hand and to order – and they’re customizable, so you can choose the colours and finishings. She also accepts custom orders, so you and Deb can work together to create a custom item from start to finish! I own the handcuffs necklace (I opted for black), and it’s a serious statement piece that I love!

Once again, when you shop with Debstar, you’re supporting a small Australian business. Feel good!


Stocking fillers: Sailor Mouth Soaps and Jubly Umph

Kicking off the Christmas Stocking Fillers Showcase with two of my favourite Australian businesses: Sailor Mouth Soaps and Jubly Umph. I think the best compliment for a small business is when you choose to shop with them repeatedly, and both Sailor Mouth Soaps and Jubly Umph are businesses I have gone back to time and again, both for my own needs and when shopping for gifts.

First up: Jubly Umph. Direct quote from the webstore as it says almost everything that needs to be said:

Jubly-Umph is a Melbourne artist who paints pictures in watercolours and indian ink creating characters with mysterious eyes and curious occupations.

Her lovely lady heads are instantly recognisable and owning one is like being in a secret club. She is influenced by traditional tattoos, folk art and Victorian sentimental ephemera.

Jubly Umph pieces are made from 45% stainless steel, 45% resin – they’re hypoallergenic and completely waterproof, and they use stainless steel and silver coated stainless steel posts for our stud and dangle earrings.

I own all of these except the skull purse. Which I’d really like to own. HINT HINT.
The pictured items are just a fraction of the collection I’ve accumulated over the last year (minus the delightful skull purse, which I don’t yet own but would really, really like to own, hint hint, nudge nudge). They’re the sorts of items that people will comment on because they’re unique, eye catching, and beautiful quality. Postage is super speedy (everything I’ve ever ordered has arrived the next day – items are sent from Daylesford Victoria, and I’m in Melbourne, so it’s generally less than 24 hour turnaround!). And one of the best parts about turning to Jubly Umph for your Christmas stocking filler needs is that you can choose between a pouch or gift tin for packaging, and with most pieces you can opt to ‘upgrade’ to a matching set (earrings and necklace), or even choose a handbag to match a brooch!

Next: Sailor Mouth Soaps. The only soaps I use at home come from Sailor Mouth Soaps. Why? Simple: they’re cute, they smell amazing, they’re gentle on my skin, and they support ethical business practices.

A few of my favourite things …

From the shop site:

I don’t believe in using animal products, animal derived ingredients or animal testing so all of my soap are vegan and cruelty free.

Sailor Mouth Soaps is fully accredited with Choose Cruelty Free, Australia’s cruelty free regulator as well as the international group, PETA.

Cute and good for the environment! Bonus points: despite the name, you can also shop for lip balms, perfumes and home fragrances!

Just the right size to stuff into a stocking, and with the huge range there’s definitely something for everyone. As much as I love the range of colourful novelty soaps (they’re also fantastic for convincing bath-wary children to get into the tub! My son loves the dinosaurs and jolly roger soaps!), I’m actually a huge fan of the chocolate and oatmeal face soap (I have sensitive skin on my face and this is beautiful on it!) and the exfoliating raspberry and vanilla sugar soap. They smell divine and work wonders on the skin, promise!


Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is coming! Shock, horror and great disbelief delight. I FREAKING LOVE CHRISTMAS BUT IT HAS SNUCK UP THIS YEAR.

Anyway, general Betty Le Bonbon housekeeping as the festive season approaches!

First and most importantly: our cut off date for Christmas custom skirt orders is NOVEMBER 15. If you’d like a custom skirt in time for December 25, please get your order in before November 15 – with the Christmas postal rush, we simply can’t guarantee your skirts will get to you in time if you order after this date. We’ll still be taking orders after that date, of course – just no guarantees they’ll reach you before Christmas.

So. November 15. Remember it!

Next: we’re contemplating doing another run of red circle skirts in time for Christmas, but again, it needs to happen ASAP if we’re to get these skirts to you on time. To encourage people to get their orders in, we’re going to offer a very special Christmas price of $45 if you pre-order a red circle skirt (that’s a saving of $10).

Our circle skirts are made of a beautiful stretch cotton sateen, they’re a full circle of fabric, they’re 24 inches long, feature a 2 inch deep waistband and have side seam pockets. They fasten at the back with a zip. These skirts are fabulous and we’re always receiving comments from happy customers about how versatile, well made and beautiful they are, and because of the medium weight of the fabric they’re perfect for both summer and winter! Email me at bettylebonbon@gmail.com to pre-order a skirt in your size – orders must be received by October 25!

Finally! Want to give someone the gift of Betty Le Bonbon but have no idea what to choose? We’ve got gift vouchers available! We have a $55 option, perfect for our ready to wear skirts, and a $90 option, ideal for a custom skirt. But as always, we’re flexible, and if there’s some other price point you have in mind, simply email me at bettylebonbon@gmail.com to discuss. Easy!

I’ve been lazy with blogging recently (let’s just pretend I’ve been that busy organising our upcoming dresses!), but please stay tuned over the next few weeks as we’ve got plenty coming up. Hopefully the first dresses will be available very, very soon, plus I’ll be reviewing some of my favourite Australian small businesses who provide the perfect gifts for Christmas, and I might even feature a few international options if anyone wants to make a suggestion!


Polka Dot Appreciation Post

I love polka dots. I don’t know when or where the love started, but it’s there, has infiltrated my handbags, shoes, and most definitely my clothes.

So it goes without saying that it has also infiltrated the Betty Le Bonbon fabric selection on a number of occasions. Indeed, all our first skirts were polka dot fabrics and a variety of different colour ways.

The way I see it, polka dots are the ‘neutral’ of printed fabrics. Quirky, fun and visually interesting … without being too in your face or outlandish (having said that, when it came to my grandfather’s funeral I had to choose between a black with red polka dot swing dress, and an almost inappropriately short LBD – I went with the short LBD, feeling the polka dot swing dress from Vivien of Holloway was a little too fun for a funeral … unless it’s my funeral, in which case, I’d like it on the record that everyone is to wear polka dots). They’re a great choice for people who are looking to change it up from the standard solid colours and neutrals and want to introduce something a little more bold and patterned into their wardrobe.

If you’re looking for fun and summery … polka dots are always a great choice. We recently sent Betty Le Bonbon model Meredith a selection of our polka dotted swing and circle skirts, and here’s the fun and sassy results!


Illustrated tutorials: the best kind of tutorials!

I love illustrated tutorials. It’s just the way I learn. The only thing better than an illustrated tutorial, is the illustrated tutorial with written instructions.

Don’t get me wrong. Videos are great. How shocking yet awesome is it when you finally hear your favourite blogger talk for the first time. Is their voice what you imagined? They’re so cute! AND THAT ACCENT! (Carly from Smaggle is my favourite for any sort of video. She’s hilarious, she’s entertaining, and she’s Australian, so she could be any one of my crazy hilarious girlfriends.)

And yet, illustrated tutorials still remain my favourite of the internet-based tutorials. Here’s some I’ve been collecting recently.