Silk Hanging Plants

If you are not an interior designer, redesigning the inside of your house or your office is no easy task; But a way to liven up the room is to utilize the natural beauty of plants. The initial reaction for plant decorations to someone could have been the overwhelming responsibility that comes with having to maintain a balance of sunlight and water to these plants, or perhaps the threat of possible infestations from insects of different kind that might start inhabiting the plants. You may also think of the expense you might incur in having to replace the plants every time they start to wilt and die.

A solution to that apprehension is to use silk plants. Silk plants are artificially manufactured plants made of, as the name impressions, silk. These plants eliminate the responsibility of tedious and expensive maintenance. To keep these synthetic plants bright and beautiful, all you need to do is use a wet towel or a wet rag to wipe off the dust that they might occasionally catch. You can find different plants like ferns, cactus, floor plants, flowering plants and trees, greenery plants, greenery trees, hanging plants, outdoor plants, palm trees, topiaries, bonsais or wreaths, garlands, and swags.

Among the different silk plants mentioned, a particularly popular type is the artificial hanging silk plant. You can find Spider Plants, English Ivy Hanging Bush, Wandering Jew Hanging Bush, Mini Philodendron Hanging Bush, Mini Pothos Hanging Bush, Sage Ivy Hanging Bush, Purple Clematis Hanging Basket, Light Purple Wisteria Hanging Bush, Violet Wisteria Hanging Bush, Deluxe Bougainvillea Hanging Bush, and other different hanging plants.

Whichever type of silk plant you suits your taste and matches the decorations at your home or your office, you will find that silk plants are more affordable and less tedious to maintain as compared to the real thing. …

What Are Lava Rock Beads? How They Are Formed and How to Make Lava Bead Jewelry

What are lava beads

They are a new type of jewelry-making gemstone that is becoming increasingly popular. Everyone who makes and sells home-crafted jewelry should try some. The inexpensive stone is surprisingly light, making the present fashion for large chunky jewelry, comfortable to wear. The chic usually-black beads are also available in many different shapes and sizes allowing creative designs. Some are even dyed brown, and others brighter colors.

How they are born

Lava beads started life as molten rock over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It takes this high temperature and huge pressure to make rock melt beneath an active volcano. Most rock deep inside the Earth’s interior is not molten. This molten rock is spewed out of the erupting volcano and flows in streams until cooler air freezes it solid. Sometimes the flow can travel as fast as 30 km/hour on steep slopes and reach tens of kilometers, destroying everything in its path. However, usually it moves less than 1 km/hour, giving people time to move out of the way.

Properties

Lava beads promote strength and fertility. Bringing stability in changing times, driving away anger – and helping one to understand a problem in order to spring back to a stronger position. A very grounding stone that strengthens our connection to Mother Earth.

Lava bead jewelry

Beads from these rocks make very unusual jewelry. Used as pendants or parts of a necklace, these unusual black beads ooze style and mystique, drawing attention whenever worn. When admiring lava bead jewelry, people will ask, “whatever is it made out of?” This ensures all the mystique and power of a volcano are in your design!

Designing lava bead jewelry

Take advantage of how light these beads weigh, and try making long earrings to match large lava bead pendants for necklaces and bracelets. Mix different sizes and shapes to make the design interesting. Because most are jet-black, they go well with any color or style of clothes, making them more appealing, and so easier to sell. By their nature, these beads create an earthy rustic style – ideal for “wild” outdoor jewellery, especially for late-in-the year or Halloween. And as most are large and powerful in a design, you need fewer beads to make your piece, saving you money.

Lava bead finish

Although looking coarse with tiny holes and cracks, most of these beads are polished to feel smooth, making your jewelry comfortable to wear.…

Professional Mice Extermination Methods

Is your apartment located on the first floor or above the grocery store? Are you tired of waking up at night from the vile clutches of the stamping of the rat and in the morning to find unpleasant “surprises” in various places and kitchen corridor?

In addition, rats and mice can cause harm to not only food but also the electric cables, wires and even domestic buildings.

Rodents – These creatures find a loophole in the most remote places. In addition, sometimes struggle with rodents can become a real headache. You start to think that rats and mice become, day-by-day, more intelligent, uniquely avoid the mousetraps? Then you should consider purchasing a more efficient means to fight the hated rodents.

It is known that cats – good rat-catcher, and if t s presented in the house, than you do not have to be afraid of rodents. However, not everyone has the opportunity to have a cat, for example due to an allergy to wool, or due to lack of time to care for animals.

Traditional methods of struggle are also not always effective, and the use of poison to kill mice, rats, is very unsafe. In addition, mice are able to adapt to various poisons, and their rate of reproduction will quickly emerge new isolates resistant to your poison. Just rodents have very acute hearing and smell, which allows them to bypass a variety of lures. Therefore, the extermination of the rodents has to be approached professionally.

Apart from the fact that rodents cause discomfort, they also are carriers of various infectious diseases. Everyone knows that a rodent bite requires immediate medical attention to avoid serious consequences. Therefore, the destruction of rodents should be carried out immediately after their appearance.

Professional wrestling against mice and rats – this is professionals’ task. Qualified specialists offer sophisticated methods to eliminate these unpleasant creatures without risk to the health of the inhabitants of the apartment.

Destruction of rats and mice requires a preliminary assessment of the numbers of these rodents and complex sequential events – rodent. The drugs used by professional mice removers will not harm the apartment; do not leave marks on the interior, and the total time for the destruction will not exceed 30 minutes.

Rodent control requires two options for pest control – its preventative methods and complete annihilation.

Preventive methods protect food and water from the access of rodents, as well as blocking the ability of rats and mice to choose a good place to create nests. Prophylactic disinfestations treatment involves different kinds of holes and sealing them (out of communications, pipes and the like.), as well as the installation of metal grids in place of the holes.…

Travel to Paradise – Phuket Island Thailand

Phuket Island Thailand – One of the World’s Great Island Holidays

Most people visit Phuket for the beaches and because it’s one of those ‘must-see’ tropical islands. For those who can pry themselves away from the regular tourist trappings and head across the island, they can catch a glimpse of what the island offered prior to the growth of the tourism industry.

At the island’s main crossroads at Ban Tha Rua stand bronze statues of Khunying Jan and her sister Mook, celebrating their heroic and successful resistance to the Burmese invasion in 1785. In Phuket City, the ornate Chinese wats of Jui Tai and Put Jaw are testament to the island’s economic history. Tin was once the primary source of wealth for the island, and from the 16th century onwards, Hakka Chinese entrepreneurs and their workforces came to the island to exploit the mines.

When the price of Tin dropped, the island shifted its primary production to rubber and pineapple plantations and then, in the mid 1970’s, turned it’s attention to maximizing the possibilities provided by an inexhaustible stream of tourists.

Between the headlands, particularly on Phuket’s west coast, are the sandy beaches fringing the Andaman Sea against a backdrop of the little explored interior of heavily forested mountains. Chief among these beaches is Patong, the eternally busy repository of most of Phuket’s hustle and bustle. This is where the Hawkers hawk, touts tout and the kathoey ladyboys bamboozle beer-soaked tourists in the bars of Soi Bangla.

In the 2004 tsunami Patong’s many hotel developments suffered badly, though Hat Kamala slightly to the north bore the full brunt.

If the pace of life in Patong is taking it’s toll, if the prospect of yet another karaoke night seems simply too demanding, there are a myriad of alternatives to chose from. After all, Phuket is a considerably large island, nearly the size of Singapore in fact, so your options are hardly restricted.

To find the quieter beaches it’s advised you head to the northern end of the island, where Phuket’s largest beach, Hat Mai Khao, remains relatively unspoiled and less crowded. Just round the corner of the islands southern tip is Rawai Beach, which (by virtue of its east coast location) offers some fabulous sunset views.

Away from the water and the ribbon developments visitors will find the interiors national parks and reserves, along with the rubber and pineapple plantations. If the mind is soothed by these peaceful surroundings, the body can also enjoy it’s own vacation during the nine-day vegetarian festival that falls each October, at the end of the cool season in Phuket – a true detox for body, mind and spirit.

Amongst the myriad of pleasures on Phuket is the fabulous local cuisine. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and seek out the eating-houses where locals are dining on mass. This is a sure sign that the food is good and inexpensive. The experience alone is enough to satisfy you but the quality of the meals will draw …

What is the Significance of Art

Art is such a simple term but it is difficult to define. To a child, art is drawing and coloring. For celebrities, art is acting and entertaining. For designers, art is trend and fashion. The definition of art can be very objective.

Different sectors have their own definition of art. They have various standards too. For a mother, the drawings of her children are works of art. For museums, art is the genuine creation of a significant artist in the past.

Just like its definition, its significance also varies. There are various forms of art today, and each is important to the artist involved. A good example is a musician. Music is a good example of art. That is why singers are called artists. For a songwriter, each song has a story that he wants the people to hear. For most writers, this is very personal.

For various artists, art is way of expressing themselves. You may have seen an abstract oil painting, although you cannot recognize the patterns and strokes of the artists, it is very important for the painter. For him, it represents his emotion and his character. It can symbolize his anger and frustration. However, it can also represent his love and compassion. Anyone who sees it can also use it to represent how they feel. Strokes and colors can evoke certain emotions from other people. This is why most people want to buy pieces of artwork.

For others, it represents their dreams. The television today has produced several competitions that opened the doors for various dreamers. There are dancers across the country who lined up to audition because all their life they wanted to dance in front of an audience who appreciates what they can do. Many have gone to school to enhance their skills so that they can be among the best dancers in the world.

Like music, dancing is a form of art that can evoke various feelings. Aside from love, dances can also evoke sensuality, excitement, fun, passion, anger, and happiness. Art here is more than entertainment and talent. It is more of touching people lives through their moves and choreography.

Today, art also symbolizes comfort. You can see art in many beautiful and comfortable homes. Interior designers are also artists in many ways. They match things to provide a wonderful space for their client. Seeing the overwhelming reactions of their clients gives them satisfaction. To them, that is the most rewarding feeling.

Art has also transcended in foods. Many cooks and chefs have proven this. Some maybe predictable but others are like the abstract oil painting. You do not care what is in there as long as you like the taste. For them, being able to feed and satisfy their customers is all that matters.

Art is very significant in today’s generation. Since it has taken various forms, it has earned the respect of almost all the artists. Musicians respect their instruments. Painters respect their brushes, paints, and canvass. And, chefs respect …

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

Your RV has been sitting idle over the winter. Now the early signs of spring are here and it’s time to take it out of storage and prepare the coach and chassis for this years camping season. If you’re like me, you want to have some type of logical sequence to follow rather then haphazardly checking the unit out. I made a simple checklist to use so that nothing is overlooked. I prefer to do the majority of spring preparation myself. If you’re more comfortable having someone else do it you can schedule an appointment with a reputable RV service center to have it done.

* Depending on how your unit was winterized it will need to be de-winterized. If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze you need to run fresh water through the entire system until all traces of antifreeze are gone. To remove it from the 12-volt water pump add water to the fresh water-holding tank, turn the pump on and open all water faucets. When the antifreeze is out of the system turn the pump off and take the water heater out of the by-pass mode (if applicable). Re-install any water filter cartridges you removed for storage.

* At this point I like to sanitize the water system. Make sure all of the drains are closed and drain plugs are installed. Take a quarter cup of household bleach for every fifteen gallons of water your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with water into a one-gallon container and pour it into the fresh water holding tank. Fill the fresh water holding tank completely full of water. Turn the water pump on and open all faucets, run water until you smell the bleach. Close the faucets and let it sit for at least twelve hours. Drain all of the water and re-fill the tank with fresh water. Turn the pump on and open all faucets until you no longer smell bleach. It may be necessary to repeat this process to eliminate all signs of the bleach.

* With the water system under pressure inspect for water leaks. Check the operation of the toilet.

* Wash the unit thoroughly. This is a good time to inspect the roof and body seams, and window sealants for cracking that would allow water to get in. Consult a dealer for sealants compatible with these materials.

* Inspect the operation of the awning and clean the awning fabric as required.

* Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot. Inflate all tires to the recommended COLD tire pressure.

* Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.

* Remove any tape or protective covering you may have put over LP gas vents to keep insects and rodents out. Check any mousetraps you may have put out. Open all doors and compartments and check for rodent intrusion and water damage.

* Inspect and clean the interior.

* Plug in any appliances that you unplugged for storage and replace any dry cell batteries you may …

Living Room Design Ideas

The living room is not the only place where you and your family will get spend time together relaxing and enjoying each others company, but it is also the place where your guests will sit and probably dine. For this it is important that when designing your living room you come with the best ideas possible. You don’t have to be an artist or interior designer by profession to do it, all you need is the right choice of colors, furniture and your room will look spacious and lively.

Dining room sets form one of the most important accessories of any living room. And because of this, they have to match just about everything in the dining room. Sofas, fabrics and the wall should also blend in color so as give your living room an extraordinary look. When selecting color, you need bright colors that will compliment each other and at the same time make your room appears more spacious. Colors such as lemon, white, lemon shades and even peach when combined will give your living room extra space together with a sense of comfort. Dark colors on the other hand may not be the best for your room. Not only will they make the room appear smaller, but may make it appear intense and intimate.

Brightness –

When coming with design ideas for your living room, you just have to consider the brightness. A living room should be bright and have all the happy and bright colors visible. A bright room will not only attract members of the family, but it will also provide a memorable experience for whoever pays you a visit. A bright room will set the tone and mood for anything taking place, and you can also spice that up by adding some bright colored flowers, curtains and furniture that will suit it. In your design ideas, try as much to do away with dark and dull colors.

Reflection –

Almost everyone loves a spacious room, and if your room is small then you just have to do something about it. You can make your room appear bigger by placing mirrors in strategic positions. Doing this will increase the width and the breadth of your living room from the reflection.

Floor –

The floor should be something you should consider when coming up with ideas for your living room. Certainly you wouldn’t want a floor where it is almost impossible to walk, but would rather have one where you and other people can move around without having to bump into pieces of furniture. The color and material you use on the floor is also equally important. A common trick to the floor is by using ceramic and mosaic. You can also put fine polished wood so as to give your living a fine bright look.

Lighting is also something to bear in mind when designing your room. The lighting can be from fluorescent bulbs or you can have enough windows to allow more light.…

LED Architectural Lighting Can Accent Your Best Design Elements

A big part of any major architectural project is drawing the eye both to and away from certain design elements. For example, if you have implemented remarkable wall designs, you may want to draw the eye away from the usual focal point, which is the door, and towards your ornate wall design or other adornments. While some design elements naturally draw the eye, you will find that LED architectural lighting can be a great way to ensure that your focal point receives the emphasis that you desire.

Turning the interior of any structure into an architectural masterpiece can take a lot of work, but lighting can prove to be a solid enhancement. In fact, many design features are implemented to make the most of light fixtures, utilizing them to create shadows or to give the feature an even more distinct look. The interior of any home will determine the comfort level of the people living and visiting it, and ensuring that you have the perfect aesthetic can turn any house into a home. Par lamps are a fantastic form of LED architectural lighting that can provide the illumination and accent that you are looking for.

One benefit to using Par lamps as part of your LED architectural lighting is that they can easily be retrofitted into existing light sockets. This is certainly welcome news for people who are remodeling an existing home or business, and it can be a great way to make use of traditional light fixtures and sockets. LED Par lights are fantastic energy savers, and like all LED bulbs, offer a significantly greater lifespan than traditional lights and bulbs.

While Par lights are the most common form of architectural lighting due to the fact that they act as the best spotlights, you will find that there are many other LED options available to you as well. Cove lights are a fantastic way to highlight a beautiful ceiling, while under cabinet and low profile lights can bring out the smaller details in a wall or backsplash. Under shelf lighting can also highlight unique shelf designs or even bring out the best in antiques and other d├ęcor that help give the room its unique aesthetic. Taking the time to look at all of your options in terms of LED architectural lighting can go a long way towards helping to inspire the perfect design for your space.

The bottom line is that LED architectural lighting is a great way to showcase the very best design elements in any space. LED lighting also offers the added benefit of being environmentally friendly, helping you to reduce not only your utility expenses, but your carbon footprint. Modern design takes great care to employ the highest lighting quality and to maintain a high level of energy efficiency, and you will discover that there is no option available on the market today that can accomplish this more effectively than top quality LED par and strip lighting.…

How to Identify Car Issues With Your Nose

Did you know that your nose can actually identify certain warning signs of vehicular trouble? Different smells may imply particular problems with your vehicle, and picking up on these smells early on can spare you time and money on auto repairs. Continue reading to learn which automotive smells to be on the lookout for, and what to do if you detect any of these odors in your vehicle.

Unusual Car Smells

If you buy a car right off the market, you can expect that tell-tale new car smell. But after sometime, that new car smell wears off, and what replaces it depends on your interior automotive hygiene. However, it is possible to smell odors in your vehicle that are different from the food, smoke, perfume, and other odors that may generally occupy your interior. In this case, the presence of unusual odors could be a sign that something is mechanically wrong with your car. Below are the 6 most common automotive odors that may indicate an automotive problem.

Look Out for These Automotive Odors:

Gasoline – If you smell gas, it could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak somewhere in the fuel injection line or fuel tank. Since gasoline is highly flammable, it is vital that you take immediate action. Have a licensed mechanic locate the cause of the smell and make the necessary repairs to get your vehicle back to a safe driving condition.

Burnt Rubber – The smell of burnt rubber could indicate that your engine has slipping drive belts or loose hoses that are rubbing against the rotating accessory drive pulleys. This calls for professional auto repair.

Burnt Carpet – Smelling burnt carpet is a serious sign since it usually indicates a problem with a vehicle’s braking system. This is a serious safety hazard that should be addressed by a professional mechanic immediately upon discovery.

Hot Oil – Hot oil smells could mean that your car has an oil leak that is causing oil to get into the exhaust system. If you also see smoke coming from the hood, or oil on the pavement below, it is most likely an oil leak. This calls for professional service.

Sweet Syrupy Smell – Sweet syrupy smells are an odd odor to experience in your vehicle, but they are also quite serious since they may be an indication that your vehicle has a coolant leak in its cooling system. Get professional auto service right away.

Rotten Eggs – The smell of rotten eggs, or sulfur, is a sign that your car’s catalytic converter is defective. When catalytic converters stop converting hydrogen sulfide into sulfur dioxide properly, it can cause the smell of rotten eggs. This sign requires immediate professional automotive service.

Never ignore odd odors in your car. Consult a licensed automotive mechanic right away if you smell something unusual, especially while driving under normal conditions.

Dealing With Racquetball Injuries

Playing any type of sports always entails risks of injuries. Racquetball is one sports activity that can be risky looking at the speed of play and the equipments used (racquets and balls).

Nevertheless, it is a presented with that sports injuries C severe, superficial or critical C can always be avoided, if you take safeguards. Apart from the protection gears you need to wear, the next are some reminders for you to deal with your racquetball-related injuries.

Eye protection

Racquetball is reckoned a lightweight sport when equated with others which can produce some terrible critical injuries. Alternatively, it is one of the most injury-prone sports because of the speed of the ball traveling within the small confines of the playing court.

Ninety- 5% of these injuries contains being hit in the eyes by the ball. Interior bleeding in the eye socket, lacerations, bleeding eyelids, abrasions, swollen eyes C these are the a lot off the most commonplace eye injuries.

Wearing correct eye gear prevents fundamental injuries to the eye. Be certain to check if your goggles are the right way recommended by the American Standard of Testing and Materials, and the Canadian Standards Association.

Feet protective cover

Racquetball is one game where you do a lot of running. It follows that you need to maintain your feet all during the game.

Ankle sprains can sideline you for in any case 7 days and disrupt your activities. Achilles tendon injuries are rare but they need correct medical care.

Blisters and calluses occur most often if you possess the wrong footwear or if they are a new pair and had not been broken in yet. Dont throw the old pair until you have the new ones fit your feet just right. Afterwards, you can play a hard game with them.

Elbow protective cover

They might call it tennis elbow, but this injury also happens to racquetball players. (Only 5% of all cases happen to tennis players.)

Manifestations incorporates pain around the elbow joint, with tenderness occurring on or underneath the bony bump. Natural expansive arm movements (even simple grip movements) can lead to pain and exacerbate the injury. Follow your physicians advice.

Next, talk over with your racquetball expert for incorrect technique in racquet handling. Is your grip wrong? What about the mass and type of your racquet?

Shoulder protection

Shoulder injury is caused by utilizing the shoulders C and not the right way using the side of the body C in swinging your racquet. These injuries generally develop from a past fall or a slam on the wall.

Remember: Use the entire side of the body in swinging the racquet, NOT the shoulders.

Knee protective cover

All the running and pivoting around on your feet is tough on your knees. In racquetball, all kinds of knee injuries are possible.

These injuries are sneaky, too. They commence with a dull ache somewhere around the sides or back of the knee right after playing. Later, the anguish arrives before, during, and after your …