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Here are my thoughts, my ideas, my progress from pen to perfection for past, present, and future events. Enjoy

Etsy Time

Aphrodite INK and Etsy Time

The inbox notification chime that I hear when I get a response back from a listing on Etsy, I gleefully refer to as my Etsy Time. It’s better than a text message and more exciting than a phone call. That chime is the sound of a shop owner responding back to an inquiry I made on one of their listing. Seeing that I throw event and attend events throughout the year and several times throughout the year, I find all of my handmade and hand crafted and customizable listings on Etsy. If I want to shop for a custom costume or customizable promotional item, or a one of a kind memorabilia product, or if I want an antique inspired wedding favor or decoration, Etsy is the first place I come to. Anything you can think of you are sure to find it as a specialty from somebody on Etsy. The creative hands and minds from these shop owners start from a passion and a gift that they possess and make it into a successful business. I know I’ve contributed to the success of many shop owners on Etsy by the extensive custom-made items I own. From custom pirate hats, to custom masks and all the way down to full custom gowns and faerie wings that I own thanks to Etsy, I have always and will forever start on Etsy for my creative and customizable needs. Here’s one shop owners attest and success from Etsy.

Meet Etsy’s richest seller

ThreeBirdNest.com Founder Alicia Shaffer on the company and its success selling products on Etsy.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4052430899001/meet-etsys-richest-seller/

Mardi Gras 2015

Aphrodite INK on Mardi Gras 2015

Having enjoyed and experienced Mardi Gras 2013 personally, I hope everyone took some part of Mardi Gras this year. It’s an experience everyone at some time should be able to take apart of one day. Whether it was an event, a party bus to New Orleans, or your office celebrated or will celebrate this holiday, please enjoy

Enjoy some pictures from this years Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras 2015 falls on February 17 and the fun, frolic, frenzy has rolled onto the streets of New Orleans. Check out the action-packed parades, colourful floats and all the glitz and glamour of the carnival nights:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/photos/mardi-gras-2015-let-the-parade-begin/ss-AA9qZwz

Themes not so thematic

Aphrodite INK on Themes not so thematic

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I’ve learned through personal experience from putting on my own events that themes don’t always come across in actuality from what you’ve planned.

I attended a themed event over this past weekend that didn’t exactly come across as the intended theme. Although the crowd was very engaging, the drinks were on point, and the venue itself was artsy and spirited as advertised from Studio No.7’s site, the theme of the night was visually unapparent. Friday night’s theme was “Carnival, The Masquerade” where they would be celebrating their own take on the Carnival of Brazil, however once my friends and I arrived fifteen minutes until 11pm there were no masks, no Brazilian type atmosphere, and though the music was fun, there was no essence of Carnival. Their food and drink menu advertised that food would be served until 11 so as soon as we walked in we went to the bar to order food and their kitchen was already closed. We figured as much but were a little upset that they didn’t adhere to their own times. Also being that it was a bar and lounge there were more people than there were available seating so we piled together up on one couch. We didn’t stay long since the drinks were strong and we weren’t able to eat so we left only after thirty minutes. Another thing that was misleading for this night, was that they didn’t previse of the parking arrangements, as it was $10 to park across the street and also they advised to RSVP for the event beforehand so upon looking online to do so I found an Eventbrite listing for $10 to attend the event. Earlier in the day I was on Eventbrite to purchase my tickets and soon found out that ticket purchases had ended. Once I called the venue to confirm having to purchase tickets, someone advised that it was open to the public and that tickets did not need to be purchased. I found it very upsetting if I had bought tickets for this event and it turned out to be for nothing, so I was pleased that I didn’t buy them prior to the event. Altogether it was a good experience and a great opportunity to see a venue with potential so I would definitely find myself hosting or attending another event there. However as far as food goes, my group and I ended up walking down the street to a restaurant called STATS that was open late and had great food served until 1am. We ended the night there and quite enjoyed ourselves.