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3 Things To Do With Your Orts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Orts are the leftover bits of thread you have after completing an embroidery project. Some people refer to them as tails or ends. If you’ve been tossing out your orts because you don’t think there’s anything you can do with them, think again. Here are three ways to make use of your orts.

Christmas Ornaments

After collecting the orts from various projects, you’ll have multi-colored collection of string that can be quite beautiful if displayed properly. Christmas ornaments make beautiful displays. Here’s what you do:

  • Go to your local hobby shop and purchase clear Christmas ornaments.
  • Grab the orts you have collected over the year and mix them with a bit of sparkly tinsel.
  • Unscrew the metal tip from the ornament and stuff the inside with the orts and tinsel.

When the lights from the Christmas tree hit your ort ornament, the colors inside will sparkle. If you aren’t interested in rainbow ornaments, just remove the colors that you don’t want.

Give Texture to Handmade Cards

Orts are a great way to take handmade cards to the next level. They add texture and make your cards pop. To make a handmade card that will be treasured, follow these steps:

  • Take a card that has some design, or picture on it and decide which images you want to color with your orts.
  • Take an ort, using a pair of tweezers dip into clear-drying craft glue.
  • Take the ort with the glue on it and use it to outline an image. Use a pair of scissors to clip off any excess.
  • Once an image is completely outlined using an ort, fill in the inside with cut pieces of ort that have also been dipped in glue.

The fiber adds depth to your picture giving it a cool 3D effect. You can also try this on things besides cards. If you have a scrapbook, invitations or any other type of paper material that you want to stand out, you can use this method. Make sure that you use paper that is thick. The glue may compromise the integrity of paper that is too thin.

Tie Them Together

Orts can also be tied end to end to make a workable fiber to knit or crochet with. It could take a considerable amount of time to amass enough orts to do even a small project. However, having a single project made from all the ort you have collected over the years can make for an endearing project.

If none of these projects sound interesting to you, you can always donate your orts to other fiber artists who can make use out of them. They make seem like insignificant scraps but over time, those scraps can add up to quite a bit of material. Why waste it when there are some many uses for it?

For more information regarding embroidery projects, contact your local sewing center such as Visual Effects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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How To Keep Mold From Returning To Your Newly Remediated Bathroom

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

You’ve finally had the mold cleared out from your bathroom, and you’re enjoying you new, mold-free space. In order to keep it that way, you’re going to need to be careful. Mold loves moisture, which is obviously easy to come by in bathrooms. In order to keep the mold from coming back, follow these tips.

Tip #1: Always run the fan or vent after showering.

This is a huge first step towards preventing the mold from coming back. The faster you clear the steam and moisture out of your bathroom after showering, the less of an opportunity mold will have to grow. If you have trouble getting your kids to switch the fan on after showering, consider posting a sign on the inside of your bathroom door that reads, “Don’t leave until you turn the fan on!”

Tip #2: Spray your shower after every use.

Visit your local grocery or home goods store, and look for an after-shower, daily spray cleaner. These sprays are intended to be spritzed on your shower walls after every use. Using one will help keep soap scum, which is sticky and can attract mold spores, to a minimum.

Tip #3: Keep caulk in good shape.

Peeling caulk is a breeding ground for mold. The spores can get stuck in the jagged little edges of the caulk, and before you know it, mold is growing behind and underneath your tub or sink. As soon as you spot a little bit of caulk damage, take the time to repair it. Remember to let the caulk dry completely before using your shower again, or otherwise moisture may get beneath it and contribute to mold growth.

Tip #4: Vacuum and dust regularly.

Dust often contains mold spores, so it’s important to keep dust out of your bathroom. Dust off your surfaces and vacuum the floor once per week to keep dust at bay.

Tip #5: Hang your wet towels somewhere other than inside the bathroom.

Your bathroom is already such a moist place, that it’s silly to add even more moisture to the air by letting your wet towels dry in there. Find a well ventilated place, such as a wide-open bedroom, or even in front of the mud room window, to hang them. The air in these areas is dryer, so your towels will dry faster and won’t contribute to mold growth.

If you’ve experienced mold in the bathroom before, it’s likely because you were not careful enough about controlling the moisture levels. Luckily, once your room has been remediated and is free of mold, keeping it away should be as simple as following the steps above. Talk to businesses like ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning Services for more information.

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Brand Recognition: Tips To Designing The Perfect Logo

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

Sometimes you see a logo and think it looks so simple that you wonder why a company paid huge chunks of money for a graphic designer to create it. That’s the point, though. Logos and designs are supposed to appear effortless and clean.

So, how do you create a company logo that will look just as easy and fit on billboards, advertisements, and signs? It’s simple. You use originality, brand history, color, and name.

Originality

The idea is to create something that someone hasn’t felt like they’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean you create something so abstract that no one wants to see it. Originality comes from the fonts you use. A good logo will use a font that resembles your business, but can’t be replicated by simply choosing a font from any word processing software or graphic design package.

Brand History

Imagine that you own a coffee company. What’s the history of your company? Is it new or old? Is it family owned, or part of another business? Does it appeal to a specific crowd?

Answers to those questions are important. They’ll be what guide your design. If your company has been around a few decades, and is an independent and family owned operation, you might consider a single logo in the middle of a colored rectangle. It’ll give your logo an independent feel. If you sell artisan coffees, you’ll want a sign that looks detailed, but not overdone.

Color

You can’t underscore the importance of color. They present feelings and emotions. There’s a reason why companies trying to promote themselves as earth-friendly or green use the color green. It promotes an organic feel. Here is a quick — albeit incomplete — breakdown of colors and the emotions they evoke.

  • Red: energetic, sexy, bold
  • Orange: creative, friendly, youthful
  • Yellow: sunny, inventive, optimism
  • Green: growth, organic, instructional
  • Blue: professional, medical, tranquil, trustworthy
  • Purple: spiritual, wise, evocative
  • Black: credible and powerful
  • White: simple, clean, pure
  • Pink: fun and flirty
  • Brown: rural, historical, steady

If your current logo contains colors that don’t offer those feelings and emotions, and it doesn’t already have a strong standing with your business and customers, you might consider a logo redesign.

Name

Your name has a two-part affect on your logo. First, if you’re creating a logo for the first time, no one’s going to recognize the logo alone. Second, if everything goes right, your logo will begin to represent your company name. A good place to start might be to use a logo that includes your name in it.

If your company has a long name, this might be hard to conceptualize. However, if you consult a graphic design team from a local business, such as Signs In One Day, they can probably come up with a design that will leave you wondering why you never started there in the first place.

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Ways You Can Keep Your Bathroom Mirror And Glass Shower Doors Fog Free

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you hate getting out of your shower and seeing a fogged up bathroom mirror, there are things you can do to keep this from happening. You can also keep the fog off your glass shower doors using the techniques below.

Fog Free Bathroom Mirror

An easy and inexpensive way to make your bathroom mirror fog free is to drape a towel over it before you get into the shower. The towel will work as a barrier, and absorbs moisture to keep the fog off the mirror.

You can also squirt a little shaving cream on a paper towel, and rub it all over the mirror. Use a fresh paper towel and rub it on until you no longer see the shaving cream. This works as a natural defogger to keep moisture from building up on the mirror.

You can also purchase an anti-fog spray that is used for the windshield on cars. It works just as well for a bathroom mirror. Follow the directions on the product label on how to put it on your mirror. You can purchase this at most car supply stores.

If you want to spend money, you can purchase a fog free mirror. These mirrors will not fog up while you are taking a hot shower. You can purchase these at most home supply stores.

Fog Free Glass

If you have glass shower doors, you can also keep them fog free. One way you can do this is to add 1/2 cup of vinegar in one gallon of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray it on your shower doors. Dry them off with a lint free cloth, and condensation will not build up.

Another way you can do this is mix together two cups of ammonia, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and two teaspoons of liquid dishwashing liquid in one gallon of water. Put into a spray bottle, spray it on the glass shower doors, and wipe them dry with a dry lint free cloth.

You can also rub one tablespoon of regular toothpaste onto the glass, and then rinse it off with water. Let it dry naturally. This will leave a light film on the glass that acts as a barrier.

The next time you get out of your shower, you will not have a fogged up mirror. This saves you time from having to wipe it off every time. You will also be able to see out of your shower doors while you are showering. 

For more information, contact D Pollack Glass & Mirror Inc.

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3 Tips For Storing Your Piano

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you have successfully sold your house and are ready to downsize, chances are that you will need to store some of your larger furniture, including your piano, until you figure out a way to fit it all into your smaller home. For this reason, you might want to consider temporarily placing your piano in a self storage facility, like AA All American Airborne Self-Storage. How you prepare your piano for storage, as well as how you store it, can have a direct impact on its integrity and condition once you move it to its final spot.

Preparing Your Piano For the Move

Before you give the movers the go-ahead, you will want to give your piano a good cleaning. Use a furniture polish specially designed for fine wood, and wipe down the keys with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Check the casters and make sure they are tight, as well as taking note of any imperfections before the move. If you document any marks or scrapes that are already present, you will be able to tell if any new scratches appear as a result of rough handling.

You might be tempted to tune your piano before moving so that it’s ready for its permanent home. Avoid this at all costs, because moving will knock its perfect tune out of whack. Give your piano about two weeks to adjust after the final move before getting it tuned.

Choose a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

When you made the decision to store your piano, you will likely have chosen a climate-controlled unit to keep it comfortable. Make sure you keep an eye on your climate settings, and check that everything is functioning properly while your piano is in storage. If you experience problems with the climate settings for your unit, raise your concerns with the manager of the self storage facility.

Getting Your Piano Adjusted to Storage

Once your piano has arrived at the storage unit, you will want to go ahead and uncover it to give it another check up. Again, check for scratches and marks, and give it another quick wipe down. Make sure there is enough room around your piano so that when you come for visits to check on it, you will be able to move around the whole instrument. Having enough room around your piano will also ensure that none of your other storage items are resting on or against it, causing unnecessary damage.

Be sure to visit your piano regularly, and if you have any concerns about your storage needs, be sure to discuss them with the facility manager. Storing your precious piano can be nerve-wracking, but taking these steps to ensure proper storage will guarantee that when your piano finally makes it to your new home, you will once again make beautiful music.

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