7 Winter Decorations That Aren’t Related to Christmas

How do you decorate your home once Santa has come and gone? It can be difficult to find cheerful, festive decorations that aren’t centered around the holidays, so here are just a few ideas for stylish interior design even after New Year’s Eve.

1. Painted Fruit

Fake apples will never go bad, and as a bonus, they can be painted with all sorts of winter-themed designs. Make them gold and silver for a regal centerpiece; paint them with snowflakes to reflect the sky outside; personalize them with names, dates and fingerprints for the kids.

2. Dried Flowers

Dried flowers serve two purposes. Not only are they unique decorative elements that can be arranged behind glass frames or in festive bouquets, but they’re also perfect for wintertime when the frost would kill a living plant.

3. Tea Lights

You may have said goodbye to Christmas lights, but you can still illuminate your home and yard with a selection of tea lights. Put them in your windows; let them glimmer above the fireplace; make a glowing path up your driveway.

4. Winter Figurines

There are all kinds of figurines that say “winter” without necessarily saying “Christmas” at the same time. For example, snow-covered mini-towns are relevant as long as it’s cold outside, and things like Jim Shore figurines are timeless.

5. Stars

Stars are a common motif of the holiday season, but you can also disassociate them with Christmas when you use them in bulk. For example, you can put a constellation on your window or your staircase. It also helps if you paint them colors that aren’t red and green.

6. Tinsel

Do you have heaps of leftover tinsel from your holiday decorating? Think about re-purposing it as a general symbol of winter. For example, tufts of tinsel can be glued on top of drink stirrers to make them a fancy talking point at your next party.

7. Painted Pine Cones

Pine cones are used in a variety of crafts, so don’t feel shy about collecting and hoarding them in your closet for wintertime fun with the kids. They can be decorated in a variety of ways, including paint, bells, ribbons, jewels, glitter and hanging hooks.

These are just a few interior decorating ideas for your post-Christmas home. If you’re looking to harness the spirit of the holidays even after the holidays are over, use these suggestions for a great look!

Christmas Gift Basket for Everyone

One of the most challenging part of the holiday season is creating a gift list and finding that perfect gift for every unique friend, colleague or family you have. This becomes even more frustrating if you have someone who is particularly picky when it comes to gifts. Fortunately now, there are online shops which are focused into creating themed gift baskets for every personality and occasion. Apart from the general gift basket, you can actually ask for a customized basket which you can send to everyone on your list.

You can find generally designed gourmet Christmas gift baskets with red and green colored ribbons or accents containing gourmet food choices. But you can also get a more specifically themed basket depending on the passion or hobby of your recipient. Pet lovers can be gifted with cat or dog gift baskets containing treats for their furry babies. Your fashionista sisters would love having a gift basket with spa and beauty products such as lotions, eye masks, makeup products, pleasure soaks, body oils and others. Even sports fanatics can have their fill of foodie delightful basket with interesting trivia items or a basket of seed, seedlings, gardening book and tools for the self-proclaimed green thumb. Christmas gift baskets are proven crowd-pleasers especially those themed ones so don’t stress yourself too much this season, get them something that they would truly appreciate.

Valuable Coin Collections

Antique, unique and interesting coins make a valuable piece in any coin collectors’ hand. Many collectors go to great lengths just to find their one of a kind coin that they can brag about. We have looked the coins offered at www.goldeneaglecoin.com/ for something that we can give to our coin fanatic friend. He said that there is still something missing from his golden eagle coin set and we might just find it there in time for his birthday. He had shelves full of coins from different countries already and we’re sure they are worth a lot of money especially those sets of really hard to find pieces.

Heart Tattoo Designs

There is nothing more ordinary than a heart tattoo, right? That may be true for the small red heart that many women tattoo onto delicate areas of their body, but it is not true for the majority of heart tattoo designs found online today. Red hearts are the classical way to symbolize love, but that is not the only meaning attributable to a heart. You can create heart tattoo designs that have nothing to do with love. The shape is universally recognized, but it is not associated with love in every culture. For instance, the heart shape is often associated with religious and cultural beliefs. The shape also holds sentimental meaning for some people. If you are searching for unique heart tattoo designs, consider the many printable tattoo designs at BullsEyeTattoos.com. The site does feature some love-inspired heart tattoo designs, but it also shows some unique designs that are more artistic. For example, the Glass Heart tattoo design shows an interesting glass heart with a broken red heart bleeding from within. The vine, ribbon, and tribal heart designs are artistic and attention-grabbing, and you have to look closely to see the incorporated hearts. The site also features heart tattoo designs with daggers, wings, skulls, barbed wire, and even a sexy kitten. As you browse through page after page of interesting heart tattoo designs at BullsEyeTattoos.com, you will see that hearts are anything but ordinary in the hands of a talented artist. Heart tattoos can symbolize your love for someone special, but they can also symbolize the negative sides of love. Or, they may have nothing to do with love at all.

Matching Practicality with Design

Floor lamps are hugely useful thanks to their bendy flexible design that allows you to angle aspects of the lamp to ensure you have optimum lighting. They are especially useful for lighting work and books but also look good and work well for feature lighting if you only need part of the room to be well lit.  Their ability to fit in small spaces often makes them more practical then a lamp and the flexible head makes them more practical then a wall light.

The Anglepoise floor lights at GeoffreyHarris.co.uk are a great range that marries practicality with style.  The balanced arm lamp was designed by car designer George Carwardine in 1932.  He realized the practicality of having a lamp that can be used in various tasks and tilted to ensure the light hit the most needed areas.

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These lights look stylish in the home and are perfect in a study or reading corner in another room.  These lights are available to buy online at Geoffrey Harris or in their store in Battersea, London.

Also available at Geoffrey Harris is the Milanese Artemide range.  The award winning Artemide company has lamps in permanent museum collections including in the Musee des Artes Decoratifs de Montreal, The Met in New York, The MOMA New York and in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.  You can have your own stylish Artemide lamp in your own home at reasonable prices.  Not only do these lights look great they also work well and are well designed.

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These three lights, the Tolo Basculante Lettura, Tolomeo Mega Floor lamp and Tolomeo Terra are just three of the elegant lamps available from the Artemide range.

Geoffrey Harris also stock a range of Bestlite floor lamps.  All the Bestlite floor lamps are practical and will look good in the home.  They are perfect in an office or even in a dark corner behind sofa or table where a lamp won’t fit but a floor lamp is the perfect design and size to fit in small areas of floor space.

The Bestlite BL3, BL3 Flowerpot and BL4 are great examples of practical yet stylish British designed floor lamps.

How to Join Two or More Fabric Materials

Are you often puzzled on how the comforters are made? If not, this page will provide you with a brief review of such challenging task.

When we say quilting, it refers to a process of sewing wherein two or more layers of materials are joined together to come up with a thicker material. This can be done manually or with the use of hands, use of a sewing machine or some sort of high-technology system.

Furthermore, there are different types of sewing method. These may include:

  • Outline
  • Accent
  • Ditch
  • Motif
  • Fill
  • Allover
  • Selective

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Overall, this could be an exciting and challenging task. However, a quilter should be equipped with knowledge, skills and patience to efficiently complete such venture.

Carpentry and Woodworking

My uncle loves working in his garage and creating things from scratch. Many guys envy his talents at coming up with tables, chairs, cabinets and others from shapeless wood products. His ability to create useable things for the home is well appreciated by members of the family. He loves to build cribs and wooden toys for his nieces and nephews. And as a thank you for all his efforts, my husband and I thought of giving him more hand woodworking tools to upgrade his carpentry tools. I know he would love it and would be really surprised with what we came up.

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Looking around for these tools wasn’t really very hard as there are online woodcraft sites that sell carving tools, hand saws, and other wood working equipment. We all know that my uncle can start a great business with his talents and carpentry skills but he is still unsure about that. The whole clan is backing him up on this because he’s been really good with everyone and most of our kids have wooden creations since they were little. Some of our boys have also shown interest in wood working and uncle has been very eager to teach them. Since Christmas is coming we’re thinking of adding another tool for his workplace. My sister in law is still scouring the internet for some electric knife sharpeners for sale or maybe a set of carving tools to give him. Maybe soon he will become confident about starting a business with his carpentry and woodworks so more people can appreciate his creations.

8 Great Paper Crafts to Teach Your Children

Did you ever notice that children tend to go crazy on rainy days? Nothing is worse for a child then being stuck inside the house. After hearing the words “I’m bored” every ten minutes for a few hours, the caregivers often start to get a little edgy too. Here are some great ways to keep your children busy on any day, not just the rainy ones.

1. Paper Chains

Children get excited about everything. They often start counting down the days in advance for birthdays, holidays, even the first day of school. Making a paper chain is a great way to involve your child in the countdown process. Cut one inch strips of paper. Glue the first strip together at the end to make a loop. Continue making loops out of the paper strips, making sure that each one interlocks with the one before it. The child can then remove a loop each day, watching the time disappear, along with the chain!

2. Cards And Books

Children love to be creative and express themselves. Let them make their own cards and books out of construction paper. It only takes one simple fold to transform an ordinary piece of paper into a special gift from your child.

3. Collages

Collages are especially fun for children if you let them help make the materials first. Take out various colors of construction or tissue paper, and let the child have fun ripping it into a bunch of smaller pieces. Give the child a glue stick, and let him/her arrange the different bits any way he/she wants, to form a collage.

4. Mosaics

Similar to the collage is the mosaic craft technique. Mosaics may take a little more time and concentration, so they are probably better suited for an older child. Let the child create his/her own picture out of little squares of paper. All of the squares should be the same size when making a mosaic.

5. Hand Puppets

Paper hand puppets are fun to create. The best part about making puppets is being able to play with them when they are finished. Brown paper bags are the perfect size for little hands, thus making them ideal material for puppets.

6. Origami

Origami is another great craft idea. While it can be a very difficult art, there are some simple things even a child can make. A paper fan just requires some back and forth folds, and most people can make paper airplanes.

7. Weaving

Weaving can be done with paper as well. This is a great way for a child to make his/her own placemat. Cut one inch strips out of construction paper. Use a separate sheet of paper as the base. Leaving a one inch margin from the edge, cut slits in the base at one inch intervals. Let the child weave the strips in and out of the slits to form a placemat.

8. Handprints

One final idea that is definitely worth mentioning is the handprint technique. This is a great craft idea for even the youngest artists. As long as the child will allow paint on his/her hand, handprints can be turned into anything. For the older child, the hand can be traced and then cut out to form the print. Handprints can become antlers, leaves, wings, flower petals and a great many other things.

The next time it rains, grab your child and give one of these techniques a try. There is a world of possibilities waiting for you. All it takes is a little bit of paper and a lot of creativity.

Working for a printer cartridge supplier in Manchester has allowed James to learn a lot about HP inkjet cartridges, printing and blogging.

Print and Label 2011

We are all set for the Print and Label 2011 on October 5 – 8, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center. Stickerworld will be at Booth Number 115.

Booth decors are almost done, our artist is currently plotting the stickers while the rest of the team are installing in the panels. The girls are all excited with their cute Octoberfest costumes. We will be using the same log furniture we used last year as it is also fit with the theme. Last year’s theme was Halloween.

Where to Find Antiques and Hard Wood Furnitures

I started working for Uncle C in 1999, I cannot forget that since it was also the year when I lose my father. It was a great loss for me but God also give me another father-like figure in Uncle C. He has molded me into what I am today.

He has been into several business from  waste paper, antiques, cabin furniture and consumer goods like wet tissues, German brand beers and gummy candies. I could still remember going to Sagada and Banaue to find good and really old antiques and Quezon province for  furnitures made of hard wood and roots. It was a long journey but at the same time nice to see the countryside.

Buying antiques not only for collection but also to understanding the origin of the said figure is really worth all the hardwork of long travels.  I was able to understand the importance of preserving and conserving things. If you want to find antiques, go to Mountain Province and Ifugao.