Recently I became a mentor for the First FTC team 8943, also known as OOPS! Now you may be wondering what First FTC is, well it is a robotics competition in which teams design robots that fit within an 18in cube. To learn more about FTC and First, click on their logo to the left. The team I joined is especially unique because it is composed entirely of Girl Scouts.
My job as a mentor is to help the girls out with any problem I can assist. For me that means helping them have a greater social media extent, helping them design things, and helping them understand CAD programs. Essentially the things I learned in college.
The first thing I assisted with was the design of the team business cards. The team, titled OOPS, designated a cyborg panda as their mascot. After brainstorming ideas with the girls, I brought the design to life. Here is the business card. The design includes the panda and the teams color, purple.
My Etsy shop, Trinkets and Décor, came to be after I was given a load of vintage jewelry that had belong to my great-aunt. When she passed away, my grandma came to possess the hidden jewels. Since she did not wear much jewelry and a lot of it did not suit her tastes, the jewelry lay hidden away in an old box, in the bottom corner of a seldom used closet. Recently my grandma realized my affection towards old things and gave me the trove of accessories. After perusing the assortment of necklaces, earrings, brooches, and bracelets, I realized that much of the jewelry did not suit me either (mostly because I also do not wear jewelry often). Granted permission to sell the jewelry, so it would stop gathering dust in closets, I started my etsy shop, Trinkets and Décor.
Even before the treasure trove of jewelry came into my possession, I contemplated opening an etsy shop for paintings and other things I made. I have painted since middle school and made jewelry since high school. The addition of my great-aunt’s jewelry, pushed me to finally open the shop.
I decided to name the shop Trinkets and Décor to represent the vintage jewelry I am selling (the trinkets) and the paintings I hope to sell (the Décor).
You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with a book blog?” Well, in addition to the jewelry (vintage and handmade), I am also selling other things I have made like bookmarks, but more on that later. Continue reading →