Over the course of just a few days, Nisha Blackwell went from losing her job to launching her own successful and eco-friendly business making bows and bow ties for kids.

The Pittsburgh resident was laid off right before she was supposed to attend a birthday party for her friend’s daughter. Blackwell, who was also in nursing school, didn’t have enough money to buy a gift, but she did own a brand new sewing machine, still in the box, and fabric. She decided to make the birthday girl several bows, but there was one big problem: she had no idea how to sew.

“I was literally typing into YouTube ‘how to turn a Brother sewing machine on,’ ‘how to thread the bobbin,'” Blackwell told CBS News. After watching tons of videos, she had made enough bows to fill a box. Blackwell held her breath when the girl opened her present, but

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Nisha Blackwell was putting herself through nursing school when she was laid off for the third time. Adding insult to injury, she was set to attend the first birthday party of a close friend’s daughter just a few days later. Now, she wouldn’t have enough money to buy a gift.

“That’s when I looked around and I said, ‘What do I have?’ I had a sewing machine still in a box, still sealed,” she told CBS News. “And I had this bag of thrifted clothes.”

Nisha had fabric and a sewing machine, but she didn’t actually know how to sew. So she took to YouTube, and video by video, taught herself.

“I was literally typing into YouTube: How to turn a Brother sewing machine on. How to thread the bobbin,” she recalls. “I probably didn’t make a stitch until midnight and this was in the hot summer when my house

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Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) – Mukesh Ambani is wrapping up a deal to buy a brick-and-mortar shopping rival with a golden bow. A unit of his Reliance Industries conglomerate has agreed to buy the retail, wholesale and supply chain businesses from Kishore Biyani’s Future Group. It’s a fiddly but clever acquisition that girds for online battle with Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart.

As a first step in the transaction, Biyani will consolidate his sprawling assets, including Big Bazaar supermarkets and modern warehousing, into the Mumbai-listed Future Enterprises. That company is swapping shares to absorb five related listed companies. It also will swallow up more than a dozen mostly smaller and unlisted firms. Once that’s done, Future Enterprises plans to sell the retail assets to Reliance for an enterprise value of $3.4 billion.

The terms of the Future share swaps are, in one way, generous for shareholders of the affiliates. Owners

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