[Handmade]-DIY 3D Christmas Ornament

DIY Ornament

DIY Ornament

If you’re tired of the boring same old template of a snowflake people and designers alike have been feeding us all these years, try to make this 3D felt ornament model instead. It will bring an art ambiance and contemporary feeling to your homestead. The curves and the Ogee shape will definitely awe people that expect the classical dull representation of a snowflake when you tell them you decorated your home with some felt models. Its beauty is only surpassed by its simplicity, making it one of the most ingenious decorations you will make this Christmas. From a piece of 3mm thick 100% wool felt, with a chalk liner pen and a cut knife, you will make your very own felt ogee snowflake. Here is what you need to do.

Firstly, cut your piece of felt into a 6×6 inch square and mark lines 3/4 inches apart, parallel to the perimeter and one line from corner to corner, diagonally across the square. Cut along the first line from the corner to about 1/4 inches from the diagonal line; you could use a straight edge to make the cut steadier. Be careful the felt doesn’t creep while cutting. You can do this by making 2-3 passes with the blade on the lines you cut. Repeat the process on all cuts. Make sure you keep the felt intact at each corner on the diagonal line! Brush away the chalk lines which might have remained on the felt.

Then, hand stitch with matching thread the ends of the lifted corners of the center square. Don’t let the thread hanging; cut it and hide the knot between the layers. Afterward, you will need to lift the corners of the second square, but only after you turned the piece over! Repeat the previous technique and stitch together at each point. Continue to turn the piece over; overlap points and stitch. Don’t stop until all 4 squares are stitched.

You finish the ornament by creating a hanging loop at one end with a thread. Feel free to decorate with a few felt balls. The 10 inch length snowflake can now be placed in the kitchen or in the living room so people coming in will be amazed by this wonderful Christmas DIY art decoration.

Source: www.goodshomedesign.com

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[Home]-Aquarium Landscaping Layout Skills

Aquarium landscaping arranged properly, allowing fish to survive closer to the natural environment of the aquarium bottom sand with vivid plants, fish, shuttling between rockery stone, improved ornamental fish tank, but also to the home environment more harmony, aquarium landscaping layout should pay attention to what matters? How novice fish aquarium landscaping?

Aquarium landscaping

Aquarium landscaping

The overall idea of ​​the aquarium landscaping

Tank placement : the majority of small tropical fish afraid of light, like low light, so the diffuse light tank is best placed to accept the place.

Landscaping equipped : For aquarium landscaping, must be equipped with adequate landscaping materials. Aquarium equipped with thermostats, filtration, aeration and other facilities and equipment, so that the aquarium orderly work.

Landscaping clear priorities : aquarium landscaping prominent theme, prioritize, personalized affordable, high contrast color patterns.

Fish Jing Qiao second match : Fish to lining King, King to highlight the fish, the grass should be structured, intricate delivered, rockery, fake stone, sand bottom undulation orderly hierarchy highlights the three-dimensional.

Aquarium lighting color : aquarium with side-firing lighting, so that not only the entire water show fantastic results, and many tropical fish and bright colors will be more impact.

Aquarium background extension : to buy or painted a landscape with the words of the same size aquarium. Let the aquarium if exposure Wonderland general, the whole landscape aesthetics unlimited expansion of extension, improve the value of appreciation.

Aquarium landscaping materials recommended

The use of natural materials : planted tank is usually to emphasize natural, it is recommended that the use of natural material such as driftwood, rocks and so on with, avoid using too much artificial materials, such as plastic products, ceramic products, etc.

With driftwood rocks : special effects only with artificial landscaping material in the tank top, but it should not use too much choice with material such as driftwood, rocks have to consider personal preferences, but also pay attention to whether it will affect the water quality.

Aquarium landscaping plants choice

Plants color varieties : Choose plants should be taken into account when the foreground, middle ground, after the King, must have the appropriate category.Try to pick the color of leaf type size is not similar varieties. Plants should not be too red lines.

Avoid excessive clutter : too many plants seed but will no messy beauty of moderation between can try more than one can appreciate the balance.

Plants growth rate : King available after the start of some of the plants grow faster, foreground middle ground with a long slow plants, in addition to foreground grass, plants try to make each one into a clump plexiform, in principle, stepped tank made King Law is the foreground grass next scene gradually increasing high grass, to better show the three-dimensional landscape.

Bottom sand aquarium landscaping choices

Sand thickness options : sand bottom of the aquarium should not be too thick, choose a slightly thin sand as well. But not too small, the bottom line is likely to cause blockage aquarium.

Height bottom thickness : no heating system for the aquarium, generally a mixture of silica sand and Duplarit basal to the bottom, with two-thirds of washed silica sand, diameter of 1 ~ 2cm, the entire ground floor height 2 ~ 3cm.Need to limit the height or thickness of the bottom, in order to ensure the necessary water flow limited, and alternate.

Other details aquarium landscaping layout

Considerations power outlet : The selected placement of the aquarium where the ground should be flat, should have the power point. There are at least four mounting a socket drag strip.

Clean inside and outside : You must clean both inside and outside the aquarium. Wash the sand and driftwood, rocks, scrub clean the filter in the filter.

Mix in the bottom Chaki fat : 20 liters Sharjah 1000 Albuquerque fertilizer.Containing basal sand covered bottom, then the remaining 50 liters sand covered. The driftwood and rocks into the aquarium.

Installed submersible motor : If the connecting pipe, you must install. The submersible motor installed, straw from the bottom of the sieve should be at least 5cm. Connect the lights, turn on the lights every time 10-12 hours.

To ease water tank : The water along the cylinder wall temperature suitable slowly into the aquarium, the bottom can be flat on a glass or bowl to prevent break up the bottom sand, to half the height of the water column.

Leaf pruning plants : Planting plants, I remember the first cut stems addled and root pruning to a third, different plants need to consider when planting lighting and other growth factors. Aquarium landscaping of the more important part is added to water plants.

Source: petbird.tw/article4725.html

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[Decoration]-Decorating with House Plants

House plants

House plants

The real value of house plants lies in their use as decorations for the home. House plants automatically create a sense of coziness and put people at ease. Properly used, they can make large spaces look intimate and magnify small spaces to create an impression of depth. It is hard to imagine a decor that doesn’t call for at least a few house plants placed in just the right spots.

Movable House Plants

The spot in the home or office where a plant looks the best is not always the one in which it grows well, usually due to lack of light. Artificial lights could be installed to improve conditions, but it is far easier to consider house plants as movable objects. For every shady spot calling for greenery, buy two plants. While the first plant does duty as a decorative item, place the other in a brightly lit window, then, once a week, switch the plants around. You’ll keep your house plants healthy and attractive for a much longer time.

Flowering house plants need more light than foliage types and can rarely be grown anywhere but directly in front of a window. They can, however, be used as decorative items while in bloom and placed anywhere in the home. When they stop blooming, move them back into the light until they have recuperated enough to bloom again.

Dish Gardens and Terrariums

It is easy to make fascinating miniature gardens in small containers. Just mix small foliage plants and the occasional flowering plant in a decorative dish garden, or create one entirely composed of cacti and succulents.
A mixture of trailing and bushy plants, with the occasional upright one for contrast, will create an especially decorative effect. For delicate plants, use glass terrariums instead of trays. If the container is deep enough, don’t even unpot the plants — just hide their pots in decorative mulch. Any plant that becomes unattractive can then be easily replaced without upsetting the other plants.

source: home.howstuffworks.com

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Learn about Lighting

handmade rattan table lamp

handmade rattan table lamp

Need some help deciding what type of lighting will work best in your home?
An effective way to maximize the appearance and functionality of any space is to light in layers. Multiple light sources help balance a room by minimizing glare and shadows, while adding depth and dimension. A light layering approach also improves a room’s versatility. A well thought out lighting plan better accommodates the many different activities that can take place.

Types of Lighting
Ambient Lighting – Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the four types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mount fixtures, track or recessed lights, and even table and floor lamps. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. It’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.
Task Lighting – Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed. To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows. It can be achieved by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, and under cabinet lighting, as well as vanity lights and floor, table, and desk lamps.
Accent Lighting – Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors. It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen. Accent lighting can be provided by recessed and track lighting, chandeliers with dimmer switches, over- and under cabinet lighting, and wall sconces.
Decorative Lighting – Lighting itself can be a work of art. With today’s many choices in glass, fabric, finishes and profiles, decorative lighting has a style all its own and can lend that style to your room. In fact, you can change the whole feel of a space – from modern to classic – just by adding this decorative touch. Keep in mind, however, that decorative lighting should be used along with other lighting types for improved functionality.

source: http://www.kichler.com

[Craft]-Fun Craft Projects for Mother’s Day

Dress Up a Plain Hat with Raffia Flowers

flower hat

flower hat

Boost even the most basic topper with a row of raffia flowers. Here’s how to make each blossom, in three steps:

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard that’s approximately four inches long and one inch wide. Cut a length of raffia to approximately six feet. Tightly wrap the raffia around the cardboard lengthwise.

Step 2: Carefully slide the wrapped raffia bundle off the cardboard, then tie a two-inch length of raffia around the bundle’s middle. Snip through the looped raffia at both ends. Repeat three more times to create four bundles.

Step 3: Stack the bundles atop one another as shown, then tie the entire stack together in the middle with a three-inch-length of raffia. Fan the bundles to make the flower appear full. Repeat as desired, making enough flowers to encircle your hat’s brim.

To attach the blooms to one another, and your hat, cut another length of raffia to approximately four feet. Slide the raffia through the center knot of each flower. Push the flowers together, then tie the raffia around your hat’s brim and trim any excess raffia — to fashion a bonnet in full bloom.

source: CountryLiving.com

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[Trade Show]-Living Variety—Green and LOHAS Is The Way

A dazzling array of houseware and home living products are ready to take over the household! From cups to lamps, great pickings of all sizes crowd this exhibit area.

bathroom accessories

bathroom accessories

For starters, confronting the threat of ozone depletion and climate change, general manager Yeh of Simpla Bio Tech leads the research in developing non-toxic, healthy and eco-friendly products. The 100% biodegradable PLA kitchen and home living items are corn based and uncompromising.

Talking about safe and relaxing dining experiences, Layana is without doubt the go-to Company. Approved by ISO 9001, SGS and TUV standards, all lines of food containers are sturdy and machine washable. By consensus, the most popular utensil series goes to the 12 zodiac animal signs spoon collection. These purely Taiwan style soup spoons uses 18/8 stainless steel. Ancient Chinese characters for each animal are engraved onto individual spoons, adding sophistication and grace—a guaranteed choice as a gift or for personal use. This year, as it is the year of the snake, Layana launches the golden snake antique chopsticks and spoon set as a compliment tradition.

When it comes to eco friendly ways, reusable shopping bags has always been a preferred substitute for one-time plastic bags. Perennial Cuts & Sew International offers OEM and EDM machine sewed bags. PVC bags, pencil bags, make up kit container, weaved bags—take your pick! They are trendy, waterproof and easy to carry.

Established in 1961, Sun Yang Glass focuses on glassware. The seemingly ordinary glasses are essential to every household. With the right touch, even water glasses, wine glasses, or dessert glasses can make your day. Through molding, printing, coloring and other manufacturing processes, Sun Yang turns simple glass into brilliant design.

Home living items are all about practicality, as the Wonson Taiwan thermal lid will testify. The quality aluminum construction keeps food steamy and fresh, allowing mothers to put on a whole table of warm food for the family. Not just a pretty face! The gorgeous item really adds splendor and flavor to the dining table.

source: cloud.taiwantradeshows.com.tw

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[Trade Show]-2013 Taipei Giftionery

The 2013 Taipei Giftionery is not only the most prominent gift and stationery trade platform, but also offers a peek into the new black of the industry. This year, 4 exceptional focal points are going to open your eyes and sweep you off your feet.

Oil Tung blossom series

Oil Tung blossom series

For starters, oriental aesthetic has always been a great inspiration to gift suppliers. It is safe to say that the spirit of Taiwan fully reflects the simple but sophisticated nature of oriental aesthetic. Cheerful Fashion Goods’ Clavier Hakka collection holds items from the Oil Tung blossom series, NEOPRENE series and the floral emblem series. These high quality items incorporate Taiwan elements and graphic art. To mention a few, the yummy Taiwan food matte, and the (Taiwan bird) T-shirt bags are both fascinating products with a pitch of nostalgia.

High tech gifts that cater to the more practical side of gift giving are now also pretty and artsy. MAGI WAY presents the Saturn products for Tablet PC and mobile phones. Made of beech wood, the holder is considered elegant and heart warming. XUAN design offers wooden mobile phone cases. Engraved with intricate laser print, the graceful case is both a treat to the eyes and the nose.

Recent years, Taiwan has gained recognition and appreciation through international designing awards. Taiwanese companies gradually switches from MIT (Made in Taiwan) to DIT (Designed in Taiwan). Many gift suppliers dedicate themselves to developing their own brands. For example, SOLIS proudly presents backpacks using Taiwan manufactured eco fabric (Polyester made from recycled PET bottles). Tone 40 sells Taiwan designed furniture and home accessories. Of which the cool collecting box and pen holder collections are highly popular.

At the end of the day, eco friendly gifts are still the all time favorite. Ecobook uses recycled paper. This Taiwan designed notebook is both eco friendly and fashionable. It allows A 4 sheets that are only printed on one side to become a part of our life again. Salute to Mother Earth!

Besides the 4 focal points, the nearly 700 booths total also reaches record high. Many foreign countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, and Indonesia, are all setting up country pavilions, adding to the attraction. The Cross Strait Exhibition Area also plans to make an appearance for the fifth year in a role. That would sure turn some heads this year.

source: cloud.taiwantradeshows.com.tw

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