Exceptionally Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This year, Mother’s Day is on the 14th of May and is surely fast approaching. For those who love their moms so much or love their wives, in the same manner, this day is worth preparing for. Our mothers, without a doubt, are the people who, if someone is keeping scores, have the highest score when it comes to taking care of us and making sure that we grow healthy and happy. Mother’s Day is the only day of the year wherein all of us can express our gratitude and love for our one and only mothers who of all the times of our lives, starting from we were still in their wombs, they are already loving us. No one is excused on this day since all of us came from a special woman, the woman whom you only share with your brothers and sisters if you have one.

For the kids, mother’s day gift can come simple things like greeting cards, flowers, chocolates, even a special talent presentation dedicated to their moms. Surely, this simple yet very thoughtful gifts can already make each mother’s day a very special and heartwarming one. However, for the husbands, flowers and chocolates are already overrated and common. Although it still spells sweetness and thoughtfulness, during this new times, these gifts may already lack the element of surprise. This is quite a challenge for all loving husbands of the world since Mother’s Day is like a birthday of their wives that are celebrated every year. Getting a unique and surprising gift every time needs planning, research, and ingenuity. Surely, in order for husbands to succeed, enough time and effort are expected to be allotted for setting up an unforgettable surprise for the wives.

No need to worry though since a few concerned experts are here to help every man of the house in coming up with the best and the coolest gifts they can give to their wives this coming Mother’s Day. In fact, this article may have just the thing for you. We carefully considered all the things the mothers of the world enjoys doing and we researched for things that they may be wanting to facilitate their passion and past times. With this new and exciting gifts, Mother’s Day would be more fun and full of surprises which all moms and wives deserve to have.

KITCHEN

The first set of gift ideas is for the kitchen moms or wives that spend most of their time in the kitchen. Personally, I consider these moms as the best moms in the world for they say that the fastest way to man’s heart is through his stomach. If you have a wife who loves to cook for you, the husband, and for the kids, there is no day that is not the best day.

CUSTOMIZED APRON

Surely, for kitchen devoted wives, aprons are one of the essentials that you can see in their kitchen spaces. However, a simple customized apron made for her is something you can give that your wife will surely find adorable and sweet.

MY FAMILY COOKBOOK WITH OPTIONAL PERSONALIZATION

The Family Cookbook with Optional Personalization is a great gift for wives who love to cook and do recipes out of scratch. It’s a genuine way to show your appreciation on every cooking that she does for your family as well as an efficient means to motivate her and let her keep track of the past recipes that she did.

WOOD CHOPPING BOARD WITH KITCHEN CONVERSIONS

Kitchen measurements and conversions is truly a hassle for cooking wives. Let her spare some time from searching conversion tools over the internet by giving her this ingenious Wood Chopping Board with Kitchen Conversions. This chopping board has all the help that your wife needs. It comes with dry and liquid ingredients’ measurements and cooking tools’ suggested temperatures.

SMART BREAKFAST MASTER

Morning is the busiest time of the day for every mom out there. From waking you up and getting the kids out of their beds, assisting you and your kids’ needs and prepping your breakfast meals – it is truly a grueling part of their day. Conversely, you can help your wife by giving this inventive Smart Breakfast Master on Mother’s Day. This all-in-one breakfast mechanical chef can produce the best toast, the best egg dishes, and cook the best bacon which surely wakes up every member of the house who still wants to go back to their beds. This is a perfect gift not just for the busy wives who needs to prepare a meal for the family but also for the family who loves to take time and enjoy a fulfilling breakfast.

HANDS ON COOKERY LESSON FOR TWO

It is definitely comforting to have a wife who cooks well yet there are some wives who are having a hard time preparing simple meals for the family. Make this Mother’s Day extra sweet by sharing cooking lessons with her. Certainly, both of you will enjoy the short journey of culinary exploration. This cooking lesson opportunities are ideal for moms and wives who already have the skills in culinary arts or even to those who are still practicing to be one. The tips and samples provided can help beginners boost their confidence in the kitchen and at the same time can aid skillful mom chef to hone their skills further.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Like all hardworking women of the world, moms and wives deserve a good ‘ol pampering for themselves. Pampering is one way to relax and regain confidence that may be lost due to stress and overwhelmed responsibilities. Because of these responsibilities that most of the time moms took in for themselves, they already forget how to take a break and give themselves time to rejuvenate. That is why gifts that can help them get back their youthfulness and glow are one of the best gifts husbands may consider for the upcoming Mother’s Day.

NAIL DRYER

House chores and wet nails don’t get along pretty well. An instant nail dryer is a perfect gift that will aid this challenge of every mom who has no time going to nail salons and does their manicure and pedicure at home to save time and money.

HOME USE SIT UNDER HAIR DRYER

Every woman wants a good hair day and even the busiest mom deserves that luxury. Drying the hair is quite a time-consuming task and a bit of a hassle for moms who are under pressure. However, there is an inventive item called the Home Use Sit under Hair Dryer which can be a cool gift to all dedicated wives on Mother’s Day. This beauty tool promotes relaxing time for every man’s better half as well as they can do another regimen such as applying makeup while waiting for their hair to completely dry up. With no doubts, this gift will definitely be enjoyed by all wives.

BATH BOMBS

Treat your wife by jazzing up her tub time with bath bombs that are infused with essential oils and aromatic fragrances. Bath bombs will give your wife a relaxing and satisfying feeling which she deserves after a tiring day.

FACE MASK SET

A perfect flawless skin is one of the things that a woman of all ages would love to have. Giving your wife a set of face mask will absolutely be appreciated especially if she has no time for spa treatments and such. Face masks will hydrate the skin, pull out impurities, get rid of excess oils and improve the overall appearance of the pores.

COOLING SLEEPING MASK

Moms normally experience a few headaches at the end of the day due to stress and most of the time, a dose of medication is unfortunately not enough. The Cooling Sleeping Mask is just the right gift for moms out there who always complain about having persistent headaches. This mask has a therapeutic effect as it soothes, comforts and promotes a restful sleep. You can also check out the best sleep mask list provided by the smart home keeping folks.

FOOT MASSAGER

Another pleasurable beauty product that you can give to your better half is a foot massager. The feet are the least cuddled part of our body especially for moms who run a lot of errands every day. A regular foot massage doesn’t only give a person a stimulating pleasure but it also promotes physical and psychological health. Aside from the given fact that it makes your feet healthier, foot massage also helps you feel relax, relieves aches, improves blood circulation and upholds better sleep.

ULTRASONIC INFUSER

If your wife is a little bit techy and at the same time super busy, this high-tech gadget might just be a thing for her. Aside from the usual beauty products that you can give them to help them take care of their skin, this Ultra Sonic Infuser makes sure that the skin takes all the nutrients applied. This gadget allows skincare products to be pushed deeper into the inner layers of the skin, making sure that whatever is applied on the surface will not go to waste and be absorb in the quickest way possible.

HOBBY

FOR SEWING AND KNITTING

ADDI EXPRESS KING SIZE KNITTING MACHINE KIT

Does your wife love knitting, but simply can’t find the time to keep up with all the projects she wants to create? This speedy knitting machine speeds up the knitting process. A hand crank powers the machine, so knitted goods still feel handmade. The machine is built in Germany, and backed by a lifetime guarantee. The machine comes with a variety of replacement parts, so she won’t have to put big projects on hold if something breaks. This might also be a nice gift for women who have a hand or joint pain that prevents them from enjoying traditional knitting. A book of knitting patterns would be a nice addition or alternative.

EMBROIDERY THREAD COLLECTION

For moms who sew a lot, this Embroidery Thread Collection is a box made in heaven. Definitely, your wife is going to love it and treasure it as if it is a box of jewelry.

SEWING STATION IN A CABINET

The Sewing Station in A Cabinet is perfect for moms who have little tolerance of clutter. This ingenious compact sewing cabinet can be placed anywhere in the house.

FOR GARDENING:

BOXWILD BIRD FEEDER GIFT BOX

Like fairy tales, beautiful and hardworking ladies must be adorned not just be you or your kids but also by nature. This lovely bird feeder encourages bird visits into your wife’s garden creating a serene and natural ambiance which not only relaxes the mind but also enhances the ecosystem of the garden. The feeder box comes with three packets of seed mixes which entices all kinds of birds that are roaming the neighborhood. The design itself is a good addition for the garden, boosting its visual appeal. The dispenser is sturdy enough to secure the seeds from naughty squirrels who may have plans of hoarding the supplies.

OPINEL THREE PIECE GARDENERS SET

Every serious gardener must have their own set of reliable gardening shears and cutting tools which are needed to maintain the mini biosphere of the property. A famous knife maker, Opinel, has created a three-piece gardening wedge set that can effortlessly cut, slice, prune, and saw garden plants. The gardening tools also come with safety features such as locking rings to prevent moms from accidents.

FOR BAKING:

DESSERT AND BAKING SALTS

If your wife loves to bake yummies and make desserts for the family, then you should give her the Dessert and Baking Salts set as a Mother’s Day present. This premium quality assorted baking salts is a precious find for bakers. They are sure to add that extra special touch to the foods that your wife will bake.

CLIP TIMER

This clip timer makes sure that no matter where they roam about in the kitchen, they’ll always know how much time is left until things are done. It’s a great way to make sure they don’t overdo anything, and always have excellent results.

 

 

On Varying Forms Of Powers: Power In The Javanese Culture

Power is power. – Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones

Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value. – Frank Underwood, House of Cards

Power is probably one of the most popular and disputed topic in philosophy, social science and humanities since time immemorial. It is also well received in popular literature; sometimes even the source of fantastic elements that permeate in pop-culture.

George Lucas’ use of the concept force, an invisible, infinite, and guiding preternatural power, is a good example of this popularization. Derivatives like mana or chakra or spiritual energy (in general) are recurring concepts in our cinema, books, and graphic novels (especially those with deep Asian influence/grounding). The same is also true if we look at the large corpus of published manga (Japanese comic book) that we have today. This article even started by quoting popular lines from TV series.

This continuum of conceptions makes the idea of power very hard to delineate. Its meaning and significance transform depending on the social and cultural contexts where it is being enacted and performed. According to sociologist Benedict Anderson (probably one of the most famous scholars in the field of social sciences), the notions and meanings of power purported between Western and Eastern cultures are very different. In his seminal essay titled The Idea of Power in Javanese Culture (1972), Anderson argues that Javanese idea of power is not only different to that of the West (which has evolved since the Middle Ages) but also with diametrically opposed tenets.

Javanese refers to a particular ethnic identity located in Java, Indonesia. Their idea of power may not only be limited to Indonesia for it may extend to the larger part of Southeast Asian region – especially those located within the archipelagic zones.

Western versus Javanese Idea of Power

We can better understand the Javanese idea of power by drawing a schematic contrast between the Javanese system and the systems of modern European conceptualization. This schematic framing can be summarized into four main categories, namely: (i) abstract vs concrete, (ii) heterogeneous source vs homogenous source, (iii) unlimited acquisition vs limited acquisition, (iv) morally ambiguous vs absence of legitimacy. After the discussion of these four, we will look at the reason why their notion is very different from that of West.

i. ‘Power is abstract’ vs ‘Power is concrete’

Western idea of power is heavily dependent on the interactions of individuals. It is surely rare for Europeans to conceive power as something out there (in existence without the presence of human agency). Power is normally associated to people; and people can only exercise this power by relating to other people. Power, then, becomes an abstraction. It is not necessary a certain human or object, but their interrelationship. For instance, a CEO of a company is not necessarily powerful without his/her staff and employee. The asymmetrical relationship of the CEO and the employee allows the former to exercise his power over the latter. Thus, it is all about relating to other people. It is abstract in a sense. It ceases to exist without an existing social linkage. To quote a popular TV series line, “Everything in this world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.” Biological determinism aside (pointing to the idea that humans exist to have sex – for the continuation of genetic line of course!), this line perfectly encapsulates why relationships are also about power play. It is not as simple as a romantic interaction because it is also a space where control persists.

For the Javanese, however, power is concrete. It may pertain to the relationship of people (like that of the West) but it is mostly independent of its possible user. Power is perceived as tangible, mysterious, and divine energy that animates everything. Sounds mystical? Yes, it is. They associate power to a larger universe to begin with, not persons and linkages. For the Javanese, power can be manifested not only by people but also objects.

Power can be imbued to amulets and weapons. It can manifest within the body of human dwarves or blind persons. Because it is physical, it can be acquired. It can also be centered into a particular locale. In this case, power is very concrete.

ii. ‘Heterogeneous source’ versus ‘Homogenous source’

In the Western world, a person can gain power by amassing wealth, social status, formal office, joining organizations, acquiring weapons, controlling populations, and so forth. A politician can gain more power, for instance, by creating wider political capital (translated as connections) and running for higher office. Aside from that, he/she can also accumulate wealth and social status to strengthen his/her power-holdings. Sources are heterogeneous and can be acquired non-endlessly (which is connected to the third category).

The second tenet reflects how Javanese people reckon their cosmology. Power is homogenous for them. Power originates from a same source and presents the same type. Though it can be imbued to objects (and persons), its source is the greater flow that exists as the focal part of the whole universal order. To put it simply, the very source of power is the universe (though it can be transferred to other vessels/bodies). Thus, the source is perceived as homogenous.

iii. ‘Accumulation of power has no inherent limits’ vs ‘Limited quantity’

Since power is deemed as an abstraction in the West, and not a material capital, it is not self-limiting. This means that the accumulation of power from different sources (since it is inherently heterogeneous) goes without limitation. A businessman can acquire real estate properties as much as possible assuming that he/she has the monetary capacity. In a more militaristic vista, a country can increase its power by acquiring more warfare implements like fighter plants, nuclear warheads, and creating well-positioned political alliances. Thus, the amount of power that we have in the world today surpasses that of yesterday and will also be surpassed in the future.

This is not true for the Javanese. They believe that a person cannot gain power without someone losing theirs. Power is seen as constant in total quantity. For them, cosmos is neither expanding nor contracting. In this context, the amount of power remains fixed since power animates the cosmos. It is not subject to change but it can only be distributed or redistributed. For a person to gain a power, some other person should also lose their share. It is not rare that they associate the luck of an individual to the downfall of others. Equivalent exchange?

iv. ‘Power is morally ambiguous’ vs ‘Power is without inherent moral implications’

The genocide of the Jewish population during WW1 is negatively attributed to Adolf Hitler. During this period, Hitler was actually as one of the most powerful and influential leader in the globe. Yet, his use of power has always been subjected to criticism and opposition. This chunk of Western history tells us that power is not inherently legitimate. Power can be bad or good, depending on its ethical and moral underpinnings. Raising the question, “what kinds of power are legitimate/illegitimate?”

Fascinatingly, Javanese worldview do not frame power in such light. It is even perceived as a matter without any inherent moral implication. Power is not necessarily bad or good. Since power is derived from a single source, it then antecedes the question of good and evil. Still, they believe that the lack of ascetic practices will eventually erode one’s power. Thus, despite the lack of moral implications, they are tasked to use their power into something good and self-less.

Final Thoughts…

These categories tell us that different cultures view social constructs differently. The definition of power, in this case, is heavily shaped by cultural and historical underpinnings. For the Javanese people, the idea of power transcends the everyday body politic and social relationships. Power is seen as part of the cosmological and spiritual realm. It may be imbued into physical objects but its source is homogenous and finite.

This variation of perspective tells us that there is no such thing as universal truth when we talk about culture. Local concepts and logic will always vary. What is logical for one culture may be silly to others, and vice versa. The plethora of partial truth resonates the chaos and beauty of cultures around the world.

10 Most Beautiful Stained-Glass Windows in Churches All Over the World

One of the best things about churches is the intricate and eye-catching stained-glass artwork around the building. When the sun strikes these stunning glass masterpieces, colorful light showers most of the church’s naturally dark interior during daytime. Darkness becomes unnoticeable – the whole church becomes a spectacle of dazzling beams of light. Some churches all over the world take their stained-glass windows to the next level through more detailed and complex designs. Here are 10 of the best stained-glass windows in churches you will ever see:

Cathedral of Notre Dame (Paris, France)

Known as the seat of the Archbishop of Paris, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is also popular as one of the best architectural examples of French Gothic design. Many of the stained-glass windows of this cathedral dates back to the 13th century – all the way back to the time of church’s construction! When it comes to style, the stained glass presents the big influence of naturalism, leading to a secular look which does not usually show in early Romanesque architecture. The highlight of the church’s most precious stained-glass masterpieces is its collection of heavenly rose windows.

Worcester Cathedral (Worcestershire, England)

Previously called Worcester Priory, Worcester Cathedral is a gigantic Anglican church. It overlooks the Severn River. It is known as the seat of the Bishop of Worcester. Actually, the official name of this cathedral is way longer than its popular one. It is the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester. The cathedral was constructed from 1084 to 1504. It bears different styles of English architecture such as Perpendicular Gothic and Norman. Between 1857 and 1874, it was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott and W.A. Perkins. Most of the stained-glass artworks were made during this time.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington (Kentucky, United States)

A Roman Catholic minor basilica, St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption was constructed under the third bishop of the Diocese of Covington known as Camillus Paul Maes. In 1895, the construction took place in order to replace the old 1834 church. Pope Pius XII was the one who made the cathedral into a minor basilica. St Denis in France was the inspiration for the interior’s model. St. Mary’s interior has murals made by a local named Frank Duveneck. The high altar was built with Carrara marble. Its floors are Breche and Rosata marble. Amazingly, St. Mary is believed to have the biggest handmade stained-glass window all over the world.

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Martyrs’ Shrine (Midland, Canada)

Outside Quebec, Martyrs’ Shrine is the only national shrine in Canada. St. Joseph’s Oratory, located in Montreal, is the country’s other national shrine and just the same age as Martyrs’. This church was being renovated the same year as London’s cathedral. Even though the architect did not want the artworks depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross, his opinion became irrelevant leading to these artworks’ display in today’s church. These artworks even became part of the church’s highlights. Regarding the stained-glass windows, these were given to the church for free with paintwork all the way from Germany.

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Chichester Cathedral (West Sussex, England)

With its formal name which is the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Chichester Cathedral is the seat of Chichester’s Anglican Bishop. In 1075, this church was established as a cathedral when the bishop’s seat was transferred from Selsey. Meanwhile, Marc Chagall was a famous stained-glass artist. When the Dean of Chichester, Walter Hussey, saw the artist’s magnificent glass artworks at the Louvre museum in 1960, the cathedral decided to commission Chagall to design its window. Fun fact: The cathedral’s window and Chagall’s previous glass artwork in a hospital are the only ones dominated with the color red. Chagall’s preferred color actually was blue.

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church (Lavenham, England)

A parish church listed as Grade I, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church is a wool church, considered as the best architectural example in England when it comes to Late Perpendicular Gothic. It was rebuilt in the 14th century from wood to stone. Nowadays, the oldest part of the church is the chancel. The prominent stained-glass window of the church is composed mainly of purple hues, contrasting nicely with the antique quality of the stone walls.

St. Mary’s Church (Melton Mowbray, England)

Although St. Mary’s Church badly needs restoration because of its deteriorating state, this parish church was actually known as one of the best and biggest churches of Leicestershire. Its stained-glass window actually says it all. The church still looks grand despite the rundown walls and other architectural flaws because of the classic and intricate stained-glass artwork. For now, an appeal for £2 million fund was started to restore the once glorious parish church. The church should be saved because of its antique quality with remains tracing back to the 13th until 15th century. Its tower’s stonework even goes back to the year 1170.

St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague, Czech Republic)

All it took for this grand cathedral to be finished was nearly 600 years. That’s how magnificent and classic St. Vitus Cathedral is. It is known as one of the most luxurious cathedrals in Europe. It became very essential to the culture and religion of the people in Czech Republic. This cathedral also has a lot of precious objects such as the Last Judgement mosaic from the 14th century, Charles IV’s and St. Wenceslas’ tombs, St. John of Nepomuck’s intricate silver tomb and finally, the grand stained-glass artwork of Alfons Mucha. Mucha’s artwork presents the lives of St. Methodius and St. Cyril. This is one of my personal favorites because of the complex details on the glass.

Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

Because of the residents of Barcelona, Sagrada Familia came to be. The gigantic church became a symbol of Barcelona’s culture and strong faith. Thanks to the architectural genius of project director Antoni Gaudi, Sagrada Familia became one of the most complex and stunning architectural designs in history. Let’s proceed to the highlight – windows! The church’s windows are so prominent because of their coverage which measures at least two stories high. Being the center of the building, churchgoers will really look upwards as they pray because of the heavenly colors. The colorful lights do not only illuminate the interior; they also highlight the complex structures of the building. This is definitely one of my most favorite stained-glass artworks.

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Sainte Chapelle (Paris, France)

This royal chapel is one of the lasting buildings of the Capetian palace. Saint Chapelle was damaged in the French Revolution but thankfully restored in the 19th century. No wonder, it houses one of the most beautiful stained-glass collection in the world which can be traced to the 13th century. The stained-glass windows present significant religious events: the Life of John the Evangelist, the Infancy of Christ, the Passion, the Book of Genesis, and scenes from David and the Book of Kings, Esther, Judith or Job, Jeremiah or Tobias, Judges, Joshua or Deuteronomy, Numbers or Leviticus, Joseph and Exodus. The last window tells the story of kingship, Christ’s relics, miracles, and King Louis’s influence. I really have to see these majestic windows for myself.

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Final Thoughts

There’s definitely a reason why churches exert so much time, effort and money just to finish intricate and costly stained-glass windows. If there were no colorful windows, churches would look dark and lifeless. We can’t have that because the House of God must always look beautiful and grand.

4 Ways to Start an Ecommerce Business with $100 Budget

If you’re planning right now to start an online business or service, then you’re going on a journey to the world of ecommerce. The best part about this type of business is that you can invest just a minimal amount of money to let people know your products are available. Compared to building your own actual store, ecommerce is way cheaper when it comes to investment.


More about Ecommerce

Ecommerce is a shorter and more popular term for electronic commerce. It refers to any type of business or service that uses the internet for communicating with customers and selling products. Under ecommerce, we have retail, music, auction and trade websites as examples. Ecommerce is considered as one of the most important breakthroughs the internet has offered.


The Challenge

The internet can be confusing to both avid users and newbies. Why? There’s a lot going on out there. You might be unsure where to start your business. You’re probably confused in choosing the right website to work with. Making a lot of mistakes during startup can lead to more expenses. I know I said investing in ecommerce can be cheap. But, that is only possible when you know what to do.


Important Tips

I used to work as a marketer for an Amazon business years ago. Here are lessons and realizations I’ve learned as I went through the obstacles of ecommerce:

Choose the right products to sell.

I have to admit, not all products are effective to be sold online. This step can actually be the make or break of your ecommerce business. You don’t have to spend anything in this part of the process. You just have to research before deciding what to sell. Now, the factors you have to consider when it comes to choosing products are availability, level of demand and their disadvantages. Knowing the flaws of a popular product enables you to give a better alternative for it. That’s why competitors emerge, which is a good thing for new businesses.

For example, my client from Amazon wanted to start selling harnesses for dogs. But, he needed to be different from most sellers of this type of product. So, I researched in the negative Amazon reviews of the most popular products. The most common complaints were overly thick harnesses that make dogs uncomfortable because of intense heat. Researching deeper, polyester mesh is a good alternative for a lighter yet still durable material. So, I contacted a supplier to manufacture polyester mesh dog harnesses and package them according to our brand’s logo and image.

Of course, the $100 investment I was talking about doesn’t include the products. You should not start an ecommerce vehicle if you still don’t have the actual products. Manufacturing can take months or years. You don’t want to give your potential customers false hope.

Other ways to research for the right products are getting opinions from your family and friends about what they currently need that is still not popular in the market. You can also ask them about their usual complaints or pet peeves on daily products. You can even research in forums found in Reddit and comments in Facebook pages or groups.


Sell the product with catchy words.

This is also another free process in starting an ecommerce business. You just need your creativity with words. The offer must address directly the product’s special features that are not usually found in its category. In our previous step, you have to research for common complaints in one specific product category. Now, apply it on your own product through catchy yet realistic statements.

Don’t claim “Check out the best dog harness ever!” or “You will never regret buying this dog harness!” These statements are too exaggerated that they seem to appear like clickbait spams. The right statement is “Check out our lightweight and durable pet harness to keep your dog comfortable and cool!”


Buy a domain and create your own ecommerce website.

This time, you need to start spending your $100 budget. Creating a website is either free or not. But, the downside of free sites is that they don’t look convincing enough for the consumers. You can’t mention the company or brand name alone on the site URL. Free URLs usually include the name of the website builder you used after the brand name.

Don’t worry because the only thing you have to spend for is the domain. For less than $50, you can already purchase one. The price depends on the package the site builder offers. The $50 budget for the domain also depends. If you want to hire a web designer, then you would spend extra money.


Good thing that some websites such as Weebly and Wix offer beautiful templates for you to use. I used Wix several times already and remained satisfied because it is so user-friendly. You just have to follow a simple design for your products. What matters most anyway is the content. To achieve effective website content:

  • Make sure to be specific and engaging in your words.
  • Paragraphs must be short.
  • Letters should not be too small and hard to read because of mismatched colors to the background.
  • Use high-definition pictures for a more eye-candy site.
  • Include links or detailed information to ensure that customers can actually buy your products for real.

Create pay-per-click ads.

How can people see your website and product pages though? For less than $50, you can avail online advertisements though Google AdWords. It seems complex but tutorials in making Google Ad campaigns are easy enough to understand. One ad text is composed of a short title, a link and a short description – just like the ads you see when you search something on Google. Just set a price that’s not too high for each ad text. I usually set only a maximum of $1 for each ad. Fifty dollars can already give you at least 50 views on your website and other pages.

You can also use these free options for better results. Visit Reddit and search a subreddit which is relevant to your brand or product. Simply create a post under that subreddit and leave it up until you get customers. Again, stay catchy with the title of the post. You can also make your own Facebook page and share it with your friends. Convince them to share it as well.


Final Thoughts

The beauty of ecommerce is that business thrives under your fingertips. It may be easy to start an online business, but you also have to make sure to maintain it. Don’t expect to earn when you start an ecommerce business and just wait for customers afterwards. Do continuous research, find ways to gain extra investment, make more connections, and create additional websites or ads online.

The History and Transfer Process behind Gigantic Cyclorama Paintings

Have you ever wondered how famous museums managed to have huge paintings? Just imagine the work done just to transfer one gigantic painting from one place to another. What makes it even more difficult? Some humongous paintings are circular in form!


History of Panoramas and Cycloramas

From the 1870s to the 1880s, the United States was crazy about cycloramas. Cycloramas started when gigantic panoramas were created in the later part of the 18th century. Artists in Europe loved to paint larger-than-life artworks that showed explorers, exotic places, landscapes, mythology, Biblical scenes, major battles, and other interesting themes. From panoramas, the gigantic paintings turned into 360-degree paintings called cycloramas. These paintings could only be installed in circular buildings. Their main purpose was to give a realistic experience to the viewers, as if the guests were part of the scene in the painting.


Examples

Here are examples of famous panoramas or cycloramas:

“The Battle of Gettysburg” (1883)

One famous example of a cyclorama is “The Battle of Gettysburg.” This painting is known as the biggest oil painting of all time. It was created by French painter Paul Philippoteaux who started making cycloramas back in Europe in 1871. Philippoteaux painted the Gettysburg cyclorama because of investors from Chicago. He created the cyclorama for two years. But, he couldn’t handle everything. So, he hired approximately 24 assistants. The display was so successful that Philippoteaux was asked again to paint three more cycloramas solely focusing on the famous Battle of Gettysburg.

Paul Philippoteaux/National Park Service

“The Battle of Atlanta” (1887)

After the trend of “The Battle of Gettysburg,” the American Panorama Company was founded by William Wehner. The founder was born in Germany but lived in Milwaukee. The company’s most detailed work was “The Battle of Atlanta.” Wehner probably chose this battle scene because one of his patrons was the commander of the Fifteenth Corps for the Battle of Atlanta, Major General John Logan. The commander was also known as “Black Jack.”

Like Philippoteaux, Wehner also hired more than a dozen artists. But, he chose painters from Germany. Before the process, the artists really researched about the battle through notebooks and sketchbooks from Civil War campaign artist named Theodore Davis, official government maps and documents, veterans from both camps, and going all the way to Atlanta to see where the actual battle took place. Before the debut, unfortunately, Black Jack died. By 1890, the American Panorama Company was problematic. So, Wehner decided to sell the painting to Paul Atkinson, a promoter from Georgia. Many years passed and the painting still didn’t get much attention as expected. That’s why in 1898, “The Battle of Atlanta” ended up in the City of Atlanta itself through donation.

Atlanta History Center

The Dilemma

Now here’s where the fun begins, Atlanta built another building in 1921 to transfer “The Battle of Atlanta” to Grant Park. Funnily enough, the city didn’t thought of measuring the painting meticulously. It prioritized the building, which turned out to be smaller than the giant cyclorama. To solve it, some parts of the cyclorama were cut out to fit most of the painting into the building. The result? Big empty spaces.

The solution was made in 1936. A team from Works Project Administration added 128 soldiers made of plaster, railroad tracks, artillery and landscape features to put volume onto the red floor representing Georgia’s soil. The cyclorama became a 3D painting.

However, in 2014, the city thought of moving the painting once again to attract more visitors. From Grant Park, “The Battle of Atlanta” was moved to the Atlanta History Center. The transfer was a great sacrifice because the painting weighs seven tons and stands 359 feet wide by 42 feet high. The massive weight and height led to two years of planning and preparing.

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The Transfer Process

Workers spent many days just rolling “The Battle of Atlanta.” Afterwards, two spools were finished – both weighing 6,200 pounds! Now, how to carry these gigantic spools? A crane was used to carefully lift them. Everyone behind the project made sure to do the process after the residents go home, the traffic slows down, and the rush hour ends. It usually happens at 3:00 A.M.

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The spools were not raised on the same day. After raising, the painting was hanging like a shower curtain. It had creases and folds. Improvements are planned to be presented next year during the reopening.

8 Fashion Inspirations before You Shop for Your Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Aside from dating and partying, you can also celebrate the special day by wearing it. I’m going to share with you eight outfits that are perfect for V-Day. You can use these as inspirations for your OOTD on February 14.

Heart Prints

This dress just screams, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Aside from the fact that it is very feminine, the heart prints perfectly capture the essence of V-Day. Match this with a long, gold necklace, and a pair of pumps to capture everybody’s hearts as you pass by.

One Big Heart

From a dress full of hearts to this – why not wear just one big heart? This outfit looks so catchy because everything is white and black, except the huge heart print on the chest. It looks so simple, clean and easy on the eyes.

Beige Feminine Casual

Who says that red is the color of V-Day? Well, almost everyone would agree. But, beige can actually be a good color for the day of hearts. It is a color of elegance and femininity. Coupled with a casual outfit – long pencil skirt and pumps – beige looks classier than ever.

Fierce Cupid

People normally see Cupid as a cherub wearing a white robe. You can elevate the look of the god of desire by wearing a white off-shoulder cape dress. With gold accessories and light-colored heels, you would look like a goddess yourself.

Red Minimalist

You don’t have to wear red all over to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For example, it is okay to only wear red on your blouse, accessories and bag like this outfit below. As you can see, red looks so elegant when paired with gray pants and heels. Red accessories can also be mixed with silver.

Valentine Vixen

How about a powerful, sensual look for V-Day? Match a red laced crop top with a long black skirt to balance it out. You don’t want to overdo it. Then wear black stilettos to complete the outfit. Put more red on your lips and purse. The ensemble makes you look fierce.

Pretty in Pink

Of course, we have to add pink to the equation. Pink is so soft and feminine. Wearing a little pink dress would emphasize you as a woman. Also, the effect of your appearance relies on which shade of pink you’re going to wear. Soft, light pink gives a gentle look. Hot pink, on the other hand, can give the same effect as the Valentine Vixen. If you want that look, go for it!

Rosy Skirt

Wear a skirt as if it was a petal from a rose. Choose a long, flowing red skirt or gown. This is one of the best looks to wow your Valentine’s Day date. You would be the epitome of elegance and sophistication.

Final Thoughts

The perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day is not about the red color. It is about balance and what look you’re going for. In the end, it is still up to your confidence and personality to rock the whole outfit, no matter what color it is.