Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Worldclass Wedding Card Without Tears!

I am sure you have been wondering what has kept me away form the blog, Well I just returned from an unscheduled meeting in New York. (My first time there) I mean I have always gone past in a train or plane. but this was my first time to stand on solid ground. Subsequent on my return, I had to conclude a small conference (www.cenbank.org/webconf2007/) I was handling before jumping of on yet another project.

My wife (Tanatiblo) had cleverly suggested that I take up the printing of her sisters wedding cards as way of contribution to the project. Perhaps they expected that I was going to spend huge amount of money on this one...

I started by visualizing what the card would look like, then proceeded to "Staples" - the office stationary outlet. I bought card bows (Gold) and design paper with scatted fibres (Pastel Blue). I spent less than $30 on the whole 200 units.

The design was typeset was done on my laptop then, the envelopes where bought here in Abuja. the card looks cool, I got Tosins nudge before proceeding to do the entire thing.

A quick run down of the process will look like this.
  1. Print the design unto the fibre paper on a laser printer. This will ensure that it doesn't wash out when wet. Ink jets will normally run when wet.
  2. Stick the paper unto a pre-cut card (Use a clear stick glue). Ensure its smack in the middle of the paper. Avoid oil based gum like Evo Stick or other rubber adhesives.
  3. Place the transparent over the print out (you can make it stay in place by applying a dab of stick glue.
  4. Measure out the middle of the card and punch two holes near the middle to create holes to tie the ribbon/bow to.

The biggest trouble now is sitting down to tie 200 bows. depending on how fast you work or how many relatives you bring in to help, you can tie this in one weekend.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Garden City!!!

A recent post about Port Harcourt Nigeria got me worried. It is no longer news that the people of the Niger delta are suffering yet another un challenged afront by the Nigerian state. Kpatakpata is a blog hosted by Porter De Harcourt - http://kpatakpata.blogspot.com/2007/08/port-harcourt-exaggerated-account.html.

Wooow, If you dared to comeback from that link. That was a thought provoking write up. got me staring at the window to the clowdy skies over Abuja.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Step into the light!

Yep!!! I have finally stepped out. Yes! into the light. I have been contemplating hosting a blog for a while now. I wanted to talk about the many things that trouble my mind and soul. Tonight (5Th August, 2007) while lying on my bed with madam snoring away by my side, pretending I am not really bored, I finally made up my mind and jumped at it.

leave my own small splashes on the What will I be posting here you ask? well any thing that catches my fancy. From mundane issues like the corruption that plague this naive nation of mine to no go issues like the church and the papacy. If only you would sit and listen or read, I would be able to bear my mind... and perhaps leave my own splashes on this enormous graffiti of life in the third world.

Call me Shaka, not the Zulu even if I am proud black man - but my Shaka is derived from our local name for the shot gun. Shakabula! the sound of the recoil or reload action of a shot gun. most people get their nick names from friends or borrowed from an icon they idolize, but mine was literally coined by me. An attempt to explain why will certainly call for a six pack, blanket and sofa - so I will leave that post for another day. But like the shots fired from the nozzle, my singular ideas tend to hit a wide range of issues.

Since this is my first post, let this serve as an invitation to welcome you and hope to see you soon.