Handmade Beaded Jewelry – The Perfect Gift

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, you might not find it — so why not make it yourself? Handmade beaded jewellery is an easy and inexpensive gift — and fun for givers and receivers.

Make it Anytime

Making it yourself means you can make it at the time that works best for you. This is especially helpful when it’s 11:00 at night and you realize that you need a gift — for the next day! It’s easy to pull out some beads and make something special, even when all the stores have been closed for hours.

Personalize It

It can be hard to decide on the right gift when nothing seems quite right. There’s no better way to personalize a gift then by making it yourself. When you design beaded jewellery for your friends, you can design it with their favourite colours, style, and wardrobe in mind. And if you’re giving clothing as a gift, you can make matching jewellery to go with it.

Match Maker

Once you have one piece designed, you can easily make a set. And you can make exactly what your friend likes, instead of buying a lot of extra stuff just to get the one thing she’ll wear.

Jewellery That Matches Everything…Even Your Wallet

Glass beads come in a wide range of prices, so you’re sure to find something that works for your budget. You can also find beautiful but inexpensive acrylic beads. Or if you want to spend more, you can go with semi-precious stones or crystals. Since you’re making it yourself, it is easy to keep things inexpensive and spend just as much as you want to.

Perfect Fit

Since you’ve made the jewelry yourself, you also have the power to change it. If your friend tries on the piece and finds that it doesn’t quite fit, you can easily adjust it.

I’ve even given my friends unfinished bracelets — after she takes it out of the box, I measure her wrist and finish it for her.

Give Me Something to Talk About

A gift of handmade jewelry makes a great conversation piece, especially at parties. As soon as you say “I made it myself”, people will ask you how you made it, where you got the beads, and how you came up with such great ideas.

It Just Means More:

Perhaps the best reason to make jewellery as a gift is the added meaning attached to it. In this age when everything is pre-packaged and mass manufactured, your friends will appreciate you taking the time to make something by hand, just for them.



A Stainless Steel Handrail Set Can Last You a Long Time With Proper Care

While balustrades are aesthetically pleasing to look at, their main purpose is to serve as a safety and support device for stairways and balconies. They come in different designs that vary depending on the environment in which they are used in and also on the builder’s budget. If you are renovating your home, or are in the process of building one from scratch, it is important to understand the benefits of a stainless steel handrail. Glass, for the longest time, was a popular material used in the construction of these. Today, there are many advantages that steel offers. Let us examine some of these.

A stainless steel handrail is the most durable choice in the balustrades market. Because it is extremely strong and durable, you can be assured that your handrail will give you the support and the safety it is meant to. Most steel handrails are finished with a galvanized coating that will not corrode and a powder coating for an attractive finish that will last for years.

The cleaning process of your stainless steel handrail set should be scheduled. If you have young children or pets in your home, you will want to make sure that someone will be around to care for them. This will save you from any possible delay and accident that are caused when you have children and pets running around your home. If your balustrades are located outside the house, check your local weather forecast. The last thing you want to experience is getting drenched in the rain with all your equipment ready.

What materials are needed to keep your brand new stainless steel handrail set in prime condition? A simple microfiber cloth and vinegar solution will do. An older set of handrails that is showing signs of rust will require the use of a foam brush, spray bottle, anti-rust agents, dishwashing liquid, and some clear coat paint. These materials will help not only in cleaning the surfaces but also in preventing and removing rust. Have some cotton rags handy in case any of these liquids spill while you are cleaning your balustrades.

In order to get started cleaning your stainless steel handrail set, dampen your microfiber cloth with the vinegar solution and wipe the entire surface area clean. Once you have done this, apply the clear coat paint as a protection against fingerprint marks. For handrails that already have signs of rust setting in, use the spray bottle with vinegar to loosen up the rusted areas. After you have done this, scrub the rusted areas with a foam brush to remove the corrosion. The rusted areas should be then wiped dry with the microfiber cloth immediately afterwards. As a last tip, make sure you use gloves and a facemask whenever cleaning balustrades so you do not inhale the liquids in the process.

Inventive designers and builder prefer using a stainless steel handrail set because the design is sturdy yet elegant and eye-catching at the same time. If you are on a mission to beautify your home or office, you can choose to order a pre-made set or have one custom-built through a reputable manufacturer. Not only will you improve the inner and outer appearance of your home, you will also increase its safety features once these are installed.



How To Clean Fabric Office Partitions

Most people don’t bother with cleaning their office partitions on a regular basis, if at all. They might assume that the office cleaners who come in after hours will do it. But one day, one of your employees may begin complaining of dust in the office or you might be having a very important client visit the office – it’s at times like these that you may find yourself looking at your office partitions and wishing you could clean them thoroughly.

Begin by removing any dust and dirt from the partition with a dry cloth. Make sure to vacuum the dirt out of the office carpet once you are finished. It is also a good idea to run a vacuum, with the brush or upholstery attachment securely in place, over the partition walls themselves to get any dust you may have missed.

Then, fill a bucket with warm water and mix in about half a cup of powdered laundry detergent. Keep mixing the solution until foam forms on the surface of the water. Dip a clean sponge into the mixture, wring out the excess water, and scrub the office partitions gently. Be sure to do this in a circular motion to prevent damage to the partition, and it is best to start from the bottom and work your way up.

If you notice any stains or marks on the office partitions that you wish to remove this can be easily achieved. Mix together a solution consisting of two tablespoons of bleach and around four cups of water. Test a small area of the solution on an inconspicuous area of the partition, such as under the desk, and if discolouration occurs do not continue use in the office. Dip a clean sponge into the solution and gently blot at the stain until you can no longer see it. Do not wipe or rub the marks as this can cause them to spread.

To rinse the office partition walls, fill a clean bucket with cool water. Dip a cloth into the bucket, wring out the excess water, and wipe down the partitions to remove the soap and stain remover. When the cloth becomes dirty, dip it back into the bucket, rinse and repeat. Pat the office partitions dry with some towels. It is important to remove as much of the water from the walls as possible as some partitions are made with cardboard in the middle and this cannot get too wet. Aiming some office fans at the walls will also help to speed up the drying of the fabric.

To finish, some people like to spray their office partitions with a fabric or upholstery stain protector. This will help to prevent future stains and dust from gathering, keeping your office partitions looking as good as new.



The Riderless Horse in American Presidents’ Funerals

While having roots in antiquity, the custom of a riderless horse participating in a funeral procession has changed dramatically since the time of an ancient legend of mourners leading a horse to a burial site, where it was slaughtered and eaten as part of a ritual. Horses were occasionally sacrificed so that their souls could accompany their masters into an afterlife, were buried in tombs from time to time for the same purpose, and were dispatched on similar journeys to another world well into the 14th century.

In North America, early Native Americans had great reverence for horses, and while the founders of the United States of America may not have shared that reverence initially, they nonetheless respected the animal’s significant roles in transportation, agriculture, sport and the military. At the end of the 18th century in the United States, with the death of America’s first president, a new role emerged: the riderless horse representing the mount of a fallen leader.

A former officer in the American Revolutionary War, Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee eulogized George Washington in December 1799 as being “…first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen…” Twelve days after Washington’s death at Mt. Vernon, a riderless horse took part in an elaborate, simulated funeral ceremony conducted in Philadelphia, the then-capital of the United States, with an empty casket symbolizing the late president. The event was described in The Pennsylvania Gazette:

Immediately preceding the clergy in the funeral procession, two marines wearing black scarves escorted the horse, who carried the general’s “saddle, holsters, and pistols” and boots reversed in the stirrups. The riderless horse was “trimmed with black – the head festooned with elegant black and white feathers – the American Eagle displayed in a rose upon the breast, and in a feather upon the head.”

The empty boots facing backward in the stirrups had two levels of meaning. First, their being empty indicated the individual would ride no more. Secondly, they suggested the deceased was taking one last look back at his family and the troops he commanded. Both of these meanings carry forward to today’s tradition of boots reversed in the stirrups.

In 1850 the funeral of President Zachary Taylor, a former Army general celebrated as “Old Rough and Ready,” took a more personal turn, so to speak. Taylor’s own Army horse, Old Whitey, was walked in the funeral procession while bearing the military saddle worn in combat during the Mexican-American War, when Old Rough and Ready sat astride him as “shots buzzed around his head.” As in the Philadelphia ceremony commemorating George Washington, the general’s boots were turned backward in the stirrups.

A light gray horse, Old Whitey was familiar to many who witnessed the funeral cortege that day in 1850. He had become a popular tourist attraction while grazing on the front lawn of the White House during his master’s sixteen-month presidency, which ended abruptly when Taylor was struck down by an alleged gastrointestinal complication that reportedly stemmed from ingesting cold milk and cherries on an extremely hot day.

Perhaps because the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln was immediately recognized as a profound tragedy in American history, Lincoln’s funeral was orchestrated on a grand scale befitting the people’s adulation. A funeral train carrying his casket traveled nearly 1,700 miles through 180 cities and towns in seven states, stopping occasionally for public viewings and tributes, as it progressed toward its final destination, Springfield, Illinois, where a young Abe had grown to manhood.

This marks the first time we have photographs of the riderless horse participating in the funeral of an American president. Of the many photos of Lincoln’s horse Old Bob, one of the most memorable shows him draped in a black mourning blanket bordered in white, trimmed with alternating black and white tassels, and a black hood topped by an elaborate head-dressing as he stands in front of a building with windows draped and adorned in a similar manner.

Ridden by Lincoln from town to town while the self-educated lawyer campaigned for office, Old Bob was brought out of retirement in a pasture for his master’s final rites. He was led in the funeral procession by the Reverend Henry Brown, an African-American minister who performed occasional handyman tasks for the Lincolns, as they followed the hearse to Lincoln’s resting place.

Curiously, the tradition of the riderless horse in funerals of American presidents was not observed for the next eighty years. It was not until 1945, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died unexpectedly while in his fourth term as president, that the horse appears once more. As it turned out, the horse seems to have been almost an afterthought in the plans for FDR’s funeral.

Roosevelt’s death stunned Americans to the core, and inasmuch as U.S. government officials were focused on the transition to their new leader in a world at war, it is understandable that the participation of a riderless horse in FDR’s funeral procession may not have received the attention it had in earlier days. This is how the New York Herald Tribune described the matter:

“Directly in back of the caisson (bearing FDR’s flag-draped casket), a Negro soldier led a riderless horse.” The horse was “draped in black, its head covered in a dark cowl, and a saber bouncing gently off the horse’s belly.” The funeral procession was in Hyde Park, New York, where the late president was buried in a garden on the Roosevelt estate. We will assume the saber was attached to a saddle and bounced gently off the horse’s side.

The year 1963 marked another traumatic time for Americans, particularly the family of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 23rd. The riderless horse who took part in JFK’s funeral procession would become the most renowned of them all: Black Jack, who would represent the mount of a fallen leader in the processions for Kennedy, Presidents Herbert Hoover (1964) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1973), as well as General Douglas MacArthur (1964), among other prominent Americans.

The protocol for Black Jack in Kennedy’s funeral procession would set the standard for riderless horses from 1963 to the present day. He was tacked with a black modified English riding saddle and black bridle. Black, spurred cavalry boots faced backward in the stirrups, and a scabbard with sword hung from the rear of the saddle’s right side. Positioned beneath the saddle, a heavy saddle cloth, or saddle blanket, was ornamental in design.

Although he was a military horse named in honor of General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, Black Jack was not born into the service. A dark bay Morgan-Quarterhorse cross with a small star on his forehead, he was foaled on a Kansas farm in 1947 and later purchased by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps for remount service, the remount referring to a soldier’s need to replace a mount that had been injured or killed in the days of the U.S. Cavalry. The Army then shipped Black Jack to the Fort Reno, Oklahoma, Remount Depot, where he was raised and trained.

He was not a tall horse – 15 hands, weighing 1,050 pounds – but he had a big personality and was spirited. In fact, his rambunctious spirit was a problem for his handlers when he was transferred in 1952 to Fort Myer, the Army post adjacent to the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In his first outing as a riderless horse in a funeral procession to Arlington, he pranced and danced a great deal. Mourners liked his spirited nature, however, and so his unmilitary antics were tolerated. Those antics continued until he was retired in 1973 after participating in several thousand funerals.

When Black Jack passed away in 1976, his remains were cremated and his ashes buried with full military honors. A monument on the parade ground at Fort Myer’s Summerall Field attests to the degree he had been revered. Raven, another dark horse, succeeded Black Jack in his duties as a riderless horse.

Raven made no appearance in the funeral procession of an American president, although he likely participated in more than a thousand funerals of military leaders who were eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. The stately funeral service provided for presidents, who are military commanders-in-chief, is also available to Army and USMC officers having a rank of colonel or higher, and there are many such officers among Arlington’s honored dead.

At this point a mention should be made of President Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower, who passed away in March 1969 and was buried in Abilene, Kansas. No horse of record participated in the Kansas funeral ceremonies, but earlier, in Washington, a riderless horse did follow the horse-drawn caisson bearing Eisenhower’s casket from the Washington National Cathedral to the Capitol, where the late president lay in state for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda.

A video of the procession from the Cathedral to the Capitol shows a riderless horse who is nearly liver chestnut in color with a small star on his forehead, a horse whose prancing and dancing in the procession, and pawing impatiently while standing “at rest,” bear a suspicious resemblance to Black Jack’s behavior. If the fidelity of the color in the video is flawed, and the horse’s coat is indeed nearly black, it could be that BJ, as Black Jack’s grooms and walkers called him, had a connection with the man who was the most popular military commander of World War II and, later, the 34th president of the U.S.

The most recent riderless horse to represent the mount of a deceased American president, and the last on record, followed the caisson bearing the body of Ronald Reagan in 2004. Reagan was later buried in Simi Valley, California, so here again we have something of an Eisenhower situation. The late president’s tan, spurred riding boots were reversed in the stirrups, replacing the black cavalry boots traditionally used. The procession in Washington ended at the Capitol, where a closed casket lay in state for viewing.

The riderless horse in the procession paying tribute to Ronald Reagan was Sergeant York, a dark bay gelding named for the decorated American soldier of World War I, Alvin C. York. Before Sergeant York the horse entered military service, however, he had plied a trade in harness racing for several years under the name Allaboard Jules. A standardbred foaled in 1991, Allaboard Jules became an Army horse with a famous name in 1997.

The military has been referred to many times in this article, which will draw to a close with an explanation for those many references.

In 1948, the Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment was assigned the responsibility of organizing and conducting the funeral processions of American presidents laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as other Americans eligible for burial with military honors in Arlington. The Old Guard, as the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment is known, was formed in 1784, is the oldest active unit in the U.S. Army, and is based at Fort Myer, Virginia, adjacent to the nation’s most hallowed cemetery.

The Old Guard’s Caisson Platoon provided the muscle and polish for the formal and elegant funeral procession honoring JFK in 1963, as well as the processions that followed that point of time in this article. The soldiers in the Caisson Platoon are dedicated to tradition, are respectful of the honored dead, respectful of the forty or more horses they provide care for, respectful in their maintenance of the 1918 caissons that bear the caskets to their final resting places with full military tribute.

The riderless horse is also known as the caparisoned horse, the caparison referring to the ornamental design on the horse’s saddle cloth, or saddle blanket. The solider who leads the riderless horse is called the cap walker, and in the case of the spirited Black Jack, the young cap walker handling him in a procession likely had quite a story to tell his comrades in the Caisson Platoon at the end of day.



Cape Town City Center – Travel Information on Cape Town

The enthusiasm and energy of a new, proud nation comes to life on the streets and in the City Centre of Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa. A rich diversity of shopping opportunities, art, music, cuisine, theatre, entertainment and nightlife awaits the visitor. And for the sporty and adventurous, there is something to suit everybody’s adrenaline rush – from all kinds of conventional sports to water sports to helicopter flips.

The beautiful Mother City has so much to offer, but since it is not our intention to present a comprehensive tourism brochure – rather consult the various tourism information bureaus for detailed information – we’ll stick to wetting your appetite with our Travel Information and some highly recommended attractions and things to do:

CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE: Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fort is the oldest colonial and best preserved structure of its kind in South Africa. Guided tours daily – experience cultural exhibitions, military history and colourful ceremonies, the dungeons, blacksmith, fine wines and Cape Malay cuisine.

THE GARDENS: Established in 1962 by Jan van Riebeeck, the first colonial governor in South Africa, to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to passing ships, the Company Gardens is a green, peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling modern city, worthy of a stroll and house the SA Museum and Planetarium, the SA Cultural History Museum, the SA Jewish Museum, the SA National Gallery with contemporary works of art.

CRAFT MARKETS: Get a taste of Africa at Green Market Square and the pedestrian walk at St George’s Mall where vendors sell anything from African crafts to clothes, jewelery and books to bric-a-brac. Visit also the craft markets of Greenpoint, Noordhoek and Khayelitsha.

CABLE CAR UP TABLE MOUNTAIN: The summit of Table Mountain is more than 1 000 meters high, provide spectacular views and sports a restaurant, shop, telescopes and walkways.

CAPE MALAY QUARTER: Also called the Bo-Kaap, guided walking tours will give you insight into the influence of the colourful Malay culture on the SA cuisine and architecture in Cape Town.

LONG STREET: Famous for all kinds of fascinating shops selling antiques, collectibles, clothing and books, a vibrant nightlife and good restaurants.

Explore the city on the open-top bus and get to know more about the history and culture of the Mother City.

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a working habour that has been turned into South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction. It has over 270 contemporary stores, street entertainers, live music shows at the open air amphitheatre, 11 cinemas, an Imax theater, 7 hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium where you can swim with the sharks, boat trips, harbour cruises, helicopter charters, art and craft markets, designer clothes, African souvenirs and jewelery shops, a variety of top restaurants, historic sites, a working brewery – to mention a few.

Robben Island

The departure point for ferries and a tour of the maximum-security prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years, is at the Clock Tower.

Things to do in Cape Town Central, South Africa

* Visit the V&A Waterfront for excellent restaurants and shopping

* Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront

* Take a trip to Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront

* Take a harbour sunset cruise from the V&A Waterfront

* Visit the oldest building in the country, the Castle of Good Hope

* Spend some time in the historic Company Gardens

* Visits the craft stalls at Green Market Square for a taste of Africa

* Explore the Bo-Kaap with its Cape Malay flavour

* Take the cable car up Table Mountain

* Take a helicopter trip over the Peninsula

* Visit Long Street with its antique and book shops

* Explore the city on the open-top bus

* Drive the scenic coastal road from Green Point to Chapman’s Peak

* Hike up Table Mountain

* Take a charter cruise from the harbour

The Southern Suburbs

* Visit Mostert’s Mill, one of only two Dutch windmills in the Cape, in Rosebank

* Visit Rodes Memorial on the slopes of Table Mountain where antelope roam freely

* Newlands Stadium and cricket fields

* Have a picnic in the Newlands Forest with its an amazing tapestry of trees

* Shop at award-winning Cavendish Square Shopping Centre in Claremont

* Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – over 5 000 species of indigenous flora

* Visit Constantia Valley and the wine estates

Atlantic Coast, Cape Town, South Africa

* Do one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world – the Chapman’s Peak Drive

* Visit the Green Point craft market on Sundays

* Stroll along Sea Point Beachfront Promenade

* Swim in the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Sea Point

* Visit the four elite beaches amongst the boulders of Clifton

* Enjoy the view from a restaurant at Camps Bay

* Visit Llandudno for surfing and scuba diving

* Tan at Sandy Bay, South Africa’s only nudist beach

* Visit the Hout Bay harbour with its Yacht Club Marina and Mariner’s Wharf

* Sunset cruises from Hout Bay harbour

* Scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing

* Abseil from Chapman’s Peak

* Cruise from Hout Bay to see the seals

Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa

* Take a train ride from Simonstown to Muizenberg

* Swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town

* Visit the Toy Museum and Maritime Museum in Simon’s Town

* Visit Gemstone Factory in Simon’s Town

* Visit Just Nuisance’s Grave in Simon’s Town

* Swim at Fish Hoek beach

* Snorkel off Sunnycove beach in Fish Hoek

* Golf at Clovelly

* Go caving in the mountains near Kalk Bay

* Browse amongst antique shops in Kalk Bay

* Visit the old fashioned fishing harbour in Kalk Bay

* Horse riding at 8 km Long Beach near Noordhoek

* For excellent surfing, angling, crayfish boat trips visit Kommetjie

* Visit Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve

* Take a walk at Cape Point to see the Fynbos (indigenous flora}

* Visit the ostrich farm – camel rides

* Walk in Silvermine Nature Reserve

* Surf at “The Hoek” or walk along the beach at Noorhoek

* Sunset beach rides – with champagne at Noordhoek

* Scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, power boating

* Blaauwberg Region, Cape Town Metro, South Africa

* Enjoy the view of Table Mountain from 48 km of white, sandy beaches

* Top angling spots as well as surfing, wind and kite surfing

* Shop at Canal Walk, the biggest shopping centre on the continent

* Sail on the Rietvlei Dam in the Nature Reserve

* Milnerton Golf Club

* Visit Sanccob, famous rescue centre for polluted marine birds and penquins.

* Watch whales (July to September) and year-round dolphin watching at Bloubergstrand

* Visit Melkbosstrand, the gateway to the West Coast

* Koeberg Power Station and Nature Reserve

* Tygerberg Region, Cape Town, South Africa

* Visit the Grand West Casino Complex with 2 hotels, Olympic sized ice rink, 60 restaurants

* Take a township tour to Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats

* Entertainment and sport at the Velodrome

* Shop at the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in Bellville

* The Durbanville Wine Route has six wine estates open for tastings

* Durbanville Golf Club

Oostenberg Region, Cape Town Metro, South Africa

* Oostenberg has six own wine estates with wine tasting and hamper picnics

* Visit the Tygerberg Zoo, Drakenstein Lion Park and Animalzone

* Visit the Wijnland Auto Museum – biggest collection of classic and vintage cars in the country

* Kuils River Golf Club offers an 18-hole course and welcomes visitors

* Helderberg Region, Cape Town Metro, South Africa

* Visit the Helderberg Wine Route, starting at Somerset West

* Visit the Stellenbosch winelands

* Swim at long, white, safe swimming beaches of Strand and Gordon’s Bay

* Visit the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West

* Visit the Fynbos Biosphere near Betty’s Bay

* Magnificent coastal scenic Clarence Drive to Rooi Els

* Watch whales from August to November from Gordon’s Bay

* Scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing in area

* Shop at Somerset Mall, one of the biggest shopping malls in the Western Cape

* Take a drive along the beautiful coastal False Bay road to Muizenberg

* Visit historic Vergelegen Wine Estate

* Visit Monkey Town with 24 species or monkeys

* Golf at Erinvale, Somerset West and Strand Golf Clubs

* Go for shark diving in Gansbaai further along the coast

* See the cheetahs at Spier Wine Estate



Is Talent More Important Than Hard Work When Producing Canvas Art Or Design Work?

An art teacher I had in college once told a story that made an excellent point about the importance of hard work when producing canvas art or design work. The story went like this…

A teacher gave a class of ceramics students the task of producing the perfect vase based on its symmetry and balance of composition. He split the class into two sections and told the first section to focus all their time and energy on the design process. They had to come up with the idea for the perfect vase before they got down to the making of it. To the second group he told to simply make as many vases as they could in the allotted time. Their only task was to produce vases in volume. When the class came to a finish it was clear that the group who had produced the most perfect vases was the latter group who were given the task of producing the largest quantity. Constant action had meant that they had intuitively learned the art of making perfect vases.

This story illustrates an important point but it isn’t to say that you should just dive into your canvas art or design endeavors and blindly take action. It is possible to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. The antidote to this is to vary your technique. An excellent way to do this is to find online tutorials that will introduce your to new habits of working. Also, getting quality instruction from an experienced creative person is massively helpful.

I hope this article helps when producing canvas art and design work.



Shopping – Zara Clothing Online

Everyone likes to buy classy clothes that are trendy and still reasonably priced. Finding these types of clothing is not hard especially if you know where to look. However time and convenience is always a factor when shopping so online shopping has become one of the most popular market place for clothing and when you think style and class, Zara should come to mind. Zara offers a wide collection of clothes for men, women and kids and clothes be found for all occasions and style types, so when you need to do all your apparel shopping in one place then you can simply get all your Zara clothing online.

The aim as always been to buy all your Metropark clothing in one place or in this case from one website and that has been accomplished, but after you have bought your Zara clothing online, where do you go to get shoes and accessories? The answer is still Zara. Yes, Zara also supplies a wide selection of shoes and accessories to complete your wardrobe and accommodate your various styles. What ever the occasion that you or any member of your family has coming up, you will always be able to find a suitable outfit with complementing accessories and footwear from Zara. Whether it is Metropark clothing or otherwise, you will always be able to get everything done in one place online. Imagine being able to appropriately suit everyone in your family and being able to match their different styles and individuality without breaking the bank. And the fact that they have now made everything convenient with their one stop shop online store, what more could you asks for?

The kids section is the newest addition to the line, but they came out with a bang!, knowing exactly what kids these days go for, but taking that style and making it chic and classy all at the same time so that the kids will love and so will the parents, everyone can go home happy. This, shopping will not be the task that it used to be when kids are involved. Mom can simply go to the website and allow the child to select a few choice clothing by adding them to their favourites and then mom can go through and make purchases from that selection so that everyone gets what they want and shopping can be done while dinner is being prepared or while any other household duties are being performed, no more all day hassle. Dad will also like this arrangement, because it is a known fact that men do not really shop, they often times know exactly what they are going to buy and where they are going to buy it, previous to leaving the house. Therefore when they go shopping with the rest of the family, they are usually frustrated.

But with Zara online, this is no longer a problem, he can still do his routine of going online, going strait to the Zara website and buying exactly what he wants, then he can go back to doing his manly things while mom and the kids do their shopping and they all can stay at home doing it.



How Important Is Structural Engineering For Construction And Remodeling?

Structural engineering used to be a part of Civil engineering 10 years ago. But now, it has emerged as a separate field of specialization in building construction, mechanical engineering, earthquake resistance construction etc. A structural engineer deals with the design and analyses any fault to before any construction to avoid risks. New building construction and remodeling both require the presence of a professional consultants/engineers. Their prime responsibility includes developing designs and integrating the design. In some case, they also have to supervise construction of projects.

The first use of structural engineering was in 2500 BC during the construction of pyramids. But until the 19th and 20th century, steel was not used for constructions vigorously. Then the structural engineering service became central to any construction work.

Earthquakes are frequent at that time. The last noted earthquake took place in 2014. Now if a building is not designed for these kinds of natural disasters it will not stand a chance to protect the residents. Thus it is ideal for any homeowners or builders to hire a structural engineering expert.

How You Need the Structural Designing Consultants

You should know what exactly you want with your proposed construction before going and meeting your structural engineer. If you have made your mind then it is the right time for you to meet your engineer for good reasons.

Before you build anything new discuss the current architectural plan of the building. Discussing this before any new plan is made, it will help you eliminate any chance of misunderstanding and minimize upcoming unwanted surprises in the designing plan.

It is better to have a general idea of your building before the work actually starts. You may want to do some on a wall where the engineer is proposing the wire box. So, plan it ahead to avoid any unnecessary delay in your construction process.

If you have researched about some basic factors go ahead and check them with your hired consultants/engineers in region. It is quite obvious that they will satisfy your curiosity and resolve any issues.

Structural Designing Process

Structural designing consultants follow a two-step process while preparing a design. To put it in a nutshell, first, they serve the basic purpose of construction that is to make the construction look good. This is known as Functional design. Then they focus on the detail of every nook and corner of the proposed construction. This step is commonly referred to as Structural design. These functional and structural processes also include various sub processes.



How To Handle Excess Scrapbooking Paper

If you are a scrapbooker, chances are you have mounds of leftover scrapbooking paper that you don’t want to throw away but can’t find a use for. Luckily, there are many fantastic tasks that let you turn that leftover paper into something creative and beautiful, and making use of each item of paper to the max aids you get your money’s worth. Commence by sorting your scraps into piles- keep large items (larger than four in. by six inches) in one pile, medium items (less than four by six but greater than two in. by two inches) in another, and small pieces in a third. Then, grab a few supplies and get going!

1. Use large items to create ready-made mats and journaling. If the piece is bigr than a four by six photograph, you can turn it into a ready-to-grab mat with just a few slices of your paper cutter. A journaling stamp or a pen and ruler used to make neat strains can turn other leftover scrapbookinging paper into ideal journaling blocks or tags. You can trim the edges with ornamental scissors or a border punch to add a distinctive touch.

2. For medium and small size pieces, try creating patchwork accents for your next project. Adhere leftover scrapbooking paper to a piece of cardstock (use pieces that you would otherwise throw away) or the firm cardboard packaging from paper packs. Create a patchwork effect, create a torn-edge mosaic look, or cut paper into 1/2 inch strips and adhere theme neatly to the paper, mixing with ribbon or decorative tape if desired. Then, draw or trace a shape onto the back of the paper, and cut out the shape. Play with unique coloration combinations and mix scraps to create diverse looks that you can then use on any layout.

3. Bring out the Mod-Podge. scrapbook paper is best for creating decoupage creations that are great as gifts or to keep for yourself. You can decoupage almost anything that is flat and suitable for gluing. Medium and small sized pieces, alongside with leftover stickers, trim, or any other minor items can turn any plain item into a beautiful home decor item. Consider creating a decoupage frame for mother’s or father’s day, a cool pencil holder (from an old can with the edges carefully flattened), decorate a clock face, or turn a plain wood box into one thing special. The options are endless, and you can add extra photographs for a genuinely personal touch.

4. Don’t forget about your punches! Smaller items that you would otherwise throw away can immediately turn into fun confetti if you take advantage of your punches or diecuts. Leftover scrapbookinging paper can be punched in fun shapes that you can scatter on dining tables at your next get together, or you can simply save punched shapes for your next decorating project. This is an easy way to get another use out of your paper.

Of course, one tip that every scrapbooking woman should know is that recycling is the best way to make sure that there is loads of scrapbooking paper for the next generation! If you don’t have a home recycling services, simply find one in your community that you can access and then save your scraps that are too small to use in a paper grocery bag. When it is full, drop it off to be used again. Use your imagination, and you’ll find that leftover scrapbooking paper can be a wonderful source of inspiration for your next cards.



Baby Blanket Knitting Projects – Standard Baby Blanket Sizes

So, you’re ready to knit your first baby blanket. You’ve oohed and aah-ed over pictures of sweet, soft, and comfy blankets that are perfect to snuggle a sweet little baby. You’ve walked the aisles of your favorite yarn store and felt every pastel yarn there is, testing the softness. You’ve fantasized about holding your precious bundle in a blanket you handcrafted with your own two hands or you’ve basked in the admiration you’ll receive as your friend opens your gift at the next baby shower.

Then reality hits. You have an idea of the perfect hand-knit blanket but a few ‘minor details’ are missing — like what size this blanket should be. This is a good question and unless you have a great deal of experience with knitting or babies or both, you’re probably at a loss as to what to do next.

Blanket Sizes

When it comes to baby blankets, there are three main sizes — crib blankets, swaddling blankets, and receiving blankets. You may not have known it, but each of these has a specific purpose.

· Crib Blankets — These blankets do exactly what the name says — they are for the crib. Think of this blanket as a bedspread for the baby crib. This blanket is usually around 36″ x 52″ and while it’s perfect for making the crib look nice and keeping an older baby warm at night, it is too big to swaddle a small baby. If you want to knit a blanket to decorate the baby’s room, this is it.

· Swaddling Blankets — This blanket is the small blanket you use when the baby first comes home from the hospital. Usually lightweight, it is about 30″ square and is perfect to wrap tightly around a baby to give them that ‘in the womb’ feeling. This is a good blanket to swaddle a baby and give her a sense of security when putting her down for a nap.

· Receiving Blankets — If you want to get the most use possible, knit a blanket, knit a receiving blanket that is 34″ x 36″ is perfect. This size is works best because it’s small enough to snuggle a small baby but also perfect for the baby to carry around when he reaches toddler age. This size works great in baby carriers and car seats and is pretty much an all-purpose blanket.

Now that you know the standard sizes, all you have to do is decide on the baby blanket that best suits your needs. Once you’ve made that decision, choose your favorite pattern, buy your yarn and get those knitting needles clicking.