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Part Two: Newborn and Toddlers

Your baby comes into the world; you’re happy yet insecure: am I doing everything right? Has my baby everything it needs? You need a few days to realize that there is a new family member living in your house now.

It takes time to get familiar with all the different needs of the baby, what it likes and dislikes or what it wants when it screams in a particular way. You don’t have to worry about doing something wrong. It’s in a mother’s nature to try and do everything for her baby.

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous – it is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.” (E. Stone)

So everything you do, you do not only for yourself but also for your child. You do it with love, passion and dedication, and the baby feels that. It will feel the comfort, the love and the attention. The newborn will receive only the best: the best products, the best food, and the best care, just because you want to make sure it’s fine. As far as child care is concerned, everything, starting from their health, hygiene and safety at home and outside the home needs to be considered.

Basically, if you fully dedicate yourself to the new challenge and trust your motherly instincts, you can’t do anything wrong. You will see your beautiful and healthy baby grow a little more each and every day.

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Bartering Is a Great Deal

Posted on November 24th, 2009
Original post by: Stephanie Hirschmiller


Bartering has long been a mechanism on which the art world spins – from Picasso exchanging sketches for meals and London’s YBAs running tabs at The Ivy in exchange for pieces of their work to adorn the venues walls. Even Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, home to a slew of famous residents including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas and William Burroughs would once accept art in lieu of rent from its cash strapped incumbents.

Now, however, curators Lauren Jones and Alix Janta are organizing a show that takes things to the next level. It is to feature work from 50 London artists including Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw and Gary Hume. The event will open its doors from the 27th of November to the 29th of November at the Rag Factory in east London. The idea is that artwork will be acquired by individuals through alternative means to money. As ever, though, there’s a catch as the public will not know which artwork belongs to which artist until after the show’s end.

Says Jones, “We want to make art available to a more diverse crowd, not just people with disposable income. ArtBarter is the perfect setting to make this happen, whilst also providing a fun way to get people involved with the arts.” So whether you have a special talent or skill to offer or something unused that may be desirable to others or if you just want to see a great exhibition you can come down and try your luck.

One lesser-known artist, Ian Bruce, also one of The Correspondents, who went down a storm at this year’s Glastonbury is hoping that “it’s going to be sexual favours and trips to people’s holiday homes.” However what he’d really like in exchange is the chance to paint someone he really admires like Stephen Fry”.

“We have a Swiss taxidermy enthusiast who has fantasies about owning Polly Morgan’s work,” says Jones. “He has a chalet in Switzerland to barter with and there’s an anonymous artist who has been given a grant to build the actual wing of an aeroplane through his council flat in Fulham, and is offering it as his work of art. Apparently he is hoping to get a big house in Chelsea in exchange for it!”

But today’s barter economy doesn’t stop at art. The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral recently rewarded London’s keenest gardeners with a ground breaking ‘Harvest Swap Shop’ – one box of their finest horticultural efforts in exchange for a free Sunday lunch.

Out in Amersham, the tiny Artichoke restaurant set in a Grade II listed townhouse and described by Raymond Blanc as his best discovery in the last five years, operates a bartering scheme with the locals who bring in produce from their gardens in exchange for wine with their meal or a dessert made from the fruits of their labour.

Back in the smoke, The Marksman pub on Hackney Road operates a bartering system in return for beer and meals. It all started when Dawn Kolpin, the pub’s Colorado born land lady decided to replace the music on the jukebox and placed an advert on the classified website, Craigslist. A customer offering Perry Como cds negotiated a free meal. The idea mushroomed and Kolpin compiles a wish list including a piano tuner and a set of drill bits. She’s even scored a redesign on the pub’s roof terrace from a landscape gardener.

Skill swapping is a great way to raise money for charity as well. In January, the intrepid Becca McRow is climbing the 7000m Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, in aid of The Anthony Nolan Trust. However, rather than simply requesting sponsorship, she is raising money through a skill swap involving her very talented friends who are offering their services for free. And with burlesque dancing lessons going for a tenner, there’s no excuse not to get involved.

Trade Your Art for a Good Advertisment

Posted on November 19th, 2009
Original post by Atlanta Artist Examiner, Darla Dixon


Advertising can be a major expense.

Whenever I have paid for advertising, it has been (to me) a considerable amount of money. Most paid print ads have cost me $100 or more each monthly run, and generally the publication wants the commitment of 4 or 6 months’ worth of ads. There is also usually a design fee of about $50. Then I sit and cross my fingers and hope I have done the right thing.

Even once you’ve been an established artist for awhile, it’s still good to keep expenses low. But how do you do this?

One way is to barter. I have successfully bartered portraits for advertising space in publications. It never hurts to ask. Many small local publications are owned by individuals – individuals who have children and pets, so it’s expecially good for portrait artists. If you’re not a portrait artist, almost everyone can use beautiful art for gifts or to decorate their home or office.

When you are approaching them regarding an ad, you can show them examples of your artwork. See if they are interested. In some cases, their order by barter may pay for your entire ad, or it might pay for half your ad run. It’s a win-win situation.

The publisher has space to fill in their publication, and you need the promotion. The publisher will know your work first-hand, and many publishers know a lot of people in your local area. You’ll probably receive some business just from this word of mouth.