The History of Model Art and Miniature Art

The term miniature basically means something of small size or reduced scale. This genre is so unique since one has to really pay attention on the details. Even if the details are too small to be seen, they cannot escape the prying eyes of many critics. Don Giulio Clovio was among the most exceptional miniature artists during his time. It was around 1550. He loved painting small things. However, it was in the 16th century when the term miniature was described as an art form. It was said by Sir Philip Sydney. Another person used the term miniature in France. It was used in the book Les Ouevres written by P. de Ronsard.

The succeeding artists were basically nonconformists. They tried to bring a unique dish on the table and did not follow the guidelines set by the society. Instead, they just worked on what they think was art and some others worked with other artists who understood their craft. However, some others tried to create art forms based on what the buying public had dictated.

In recent years, miniature artists have faced more challenges as the art form starts to fade. With the rise of rival art forms such as photography, less people are interested in miniature art. However, there are a lot of revival efforts in order to make this art appeal to a broader market. It is considered a formidable task given all the consequences, but many artists think it is possible. Those who have started their passion in creating miniature arts continued doing what they love and some others have succeeded in making more people appreciate what they do. The future of this art is quite bleak for now, but artists are hopeful that they can tickle the interest of more people through this art form.

Insuring Works of Art

History can attest on how even world-renowned artworks can be stolen even when kept in a museum, which is heavily secured. If this kind of threat is possible, then more artists are at risk since they only keep their artwork at home or in their studio. If you are one of these artists whose works are really of high value, you might want to consider insuring your art.

Types of Insurance

There are 2 types of art insurance to choose from. The first one is called Title Insurance. This is important to prove that the artwork belongs to you. This means that it was not stolen from someone. In the event of intellectual rights cases to be filed against you later on, you have a wall to protect you. Another type of insurance is called property insurance. This is the more common type of insurance that protects artists against thefts and burglars or property damage due to fire. When you artwork is stolen, you can claim certain amount of money.

The Unpopularity of Art Insurance

Aside from artists, those who love collecting artworks must also insure their collection. However, many people don’t do it. In fact, according to recent statistics, the amount of insured art is just around $1 billion. This means that there are a lot of other artworks out there that were not insured yet. These works are on the risk of being stolen and the owner gets nothing if they are lost.

However, many artwork owners or even artists don’t necessarily see the value of this insurance. They collect these items just because they love them. They don’t think about what happens if they will be lost. Besides, they have this wrong notion that no one will pay closer interest to these items.

If you wish to secure your artwork, whether you have personally made them or not, you need to be buy this insurance now. Rest assured, there are lots of premium packages available. This does not necessarily have to be expensive. Also, there are tons of insurance companies out there that can give you more affordable rates.

My Unique Bedroom Blind Designs


There are many ways to spruce up the ordinary look of your bedroom. One of the best ways is to buy blinds that will create a unique effect on your room. Take note that when you place a cover on your window, it will be very visible and it could potentially dictate the overall ambiance of your room. Here are some ideas that will help you make your bedroom look really unique and stunning:

  • Use bamboo blinds. These are made from refined bamboo sticks. Some blinds are coated with dark varnish for a more unique effect. Some others are left the way they are for a more natural appeal. The best part about using bamboo blinds is that not so many bedrooms have them. Therefore, when you invite someone over, you can easily wow this person. Besides, if you really want to make your bedroom feel more relaxing and villa-like, this is the best possible choice.
  • Go for printed roller blinds. These blinds were digitally printed based on the design that you wish to have. You can have your own photo or an image of your most favorite celebrity. You can also paint something and have it digitally printed as blinds. Of course, since it is customized, you have the assurance that it can’t be seen in any other bedroom. Though this costs a bit higher than regular blinds, they are definitely worth it especially if you are going for a more unique look.
  • Pair up classic white neon blinds with a colorful printed curtain. Though the blinds are not the ones that will create the effect that you desire to see, their combination with colorful curtains will surely make you achieve your goal. You just have to be careful not to overdo things as some curtains can be very overwhelming. Also, you have to match your curtains with other bedroom designs.

By using these unique blinds, there are a lot of things that you can do to your room. For sure, when you have put them on, you will be surprised with their ability to transform the overall look of your bedroom.

My Personal Passion With Homemade Rifle Scopes

Making your own arts and crafts can be very fulfilling. Sure you could go to the store and pick up what you need, but you get so much more satisfaction out of making it yourself. You get bragging rights if you have made your own products, and not least of all, it is much more inexpensive, as buying the item at a store could cost you up to three or four times the cost of making it yourself. An interesting pastime that not many people may have heard of is making your own rifle scopes. This is a great thing to do if you are an avid hunter.

During hunting season, nothing could be more fun than heading out into the woods with a couple of buddies for some sports shooting. But as anyone who has ever handled a rifle will tell you, hitting your mark is not child’s play. You have to have a steady hand and you need a really good eye as well. If your aim is not that great, or not as great as you would like it to be then you may want to use a rifle scope. How do you need a rifle scope? Well first of all, a rifle scope is very important and you really do want to have a good quality one. Some experts believe that the quality of the rifle scope is more important than the quality of the rifle. Apparently, you are more likely to hit your target with an average rifle and a great rifle scope, rather than the other way around.

The type of scope you will need varies according to the type of shooting you are going to do. Where do you get your rifle scope? You could get one online; a comparison of some of the best are shown on this specialist scope site, but they are quite expensive, so we are going to look at a way to make them yourself at home. If you are thinking it will be too challenging to attempt this do it yourself project, you are wrong. It is quite easy to do. All you need is a few basic tools and you are set to start. You will need a pair of binoculars, a screwdriver and a hacksaw, some sandpaper, and some duct tape. The first thing you need to do is get a pair of binoculars that have straight round cylinders. You need to get something that is going to fit onto your gun.

Now you have to take the binoculars apart. You can do this using your hacksaw. Simply saw apart the two lenses from each other. It will now have an uneven surface (because of the sawing). Use your sandpaper and sandpaper down the edges so that you have a nice smooth surface. You can use a coarse grain sandpaper for big protrusions, and once these have been removed you can continue with fine grain sandpaper to get it perfectly smooth. Now position this sanded down “scope” on top of your gun. Make sure you can see well through the eye piece and that the scope does not encroach upon parts of the gun necessary for shooting. You can connect your homemade scope to your gun using duct tape. Tie it down with one strip of duct tape at the front end and one at the back end. Finally, compare your scope effort with the real thing, think of the money you saved and give yourself a pat on the back.

Are Art Cars Considered Classic And Are There Any Insurance Companies Who Will Insure Them?

This is one of the most asked questions among vintage car owners in Ireland. It will be asked by people who practice car art as well as proud owners of classic or antique cars. Well, getting a straightforward answer is usually quite tricky. For many decades, artists as well as car collectors have always desired to insure their collections. However, limited information or lack of clear-cut definitions has made it a bit challenging.

What are the challenges?

There are many reasons behind the confusion or lack of sufficient information pertaining to art cars. Many proponents state that the car has another function which is not artistic. It is supposed to be a means of transport. Making art out of it is simply trying to enhance its ornamental value. They also suggest that art car is not true art since other non-art related activities also take place; for instance ensuring its sound both structurally and mechanically.

Is an art car a classic?

Well, an art car that meets the requirements or matches the definition of a classic car is certainly a classic. Although, the definition may vary slightly from region to region, a classic car is simply a car that is over 25 or 30 years. A classic car that is more than 45 years is defined as an antique. Therefore, as long as the car has attained this age then its fit to say it’s a classic. Actually, many car shows are held quite often showcasing creativity.

Is the car insurable?

Yes, art cars can be insured just like how one would get classic car insurance in Ireland. However, defining or categorizing it is usually quite challenging. Will it be insured as a classic or antique car? Or will it be insured as classic art or a collectible? In addition, determining the true worth is also quite tricky. Unlike other items, classic cars don’t have a fixed or stated market value. And just like art, their value is more symbolic rather than intrinsic/ face-value. Usually, when determining value, an art appraiser has to be involved.

How to insure it?

Insuring art cars isn’t that difficult as many people perceive. It only requires a bit of research and searching for the right insurer. The first step is always seeking the services of an art appraiser. He is trained and possesses hands-on -experience in regard to valuing art pieces. The next step is comparing the quotes being offered by various Irish insurance providers. The final step is contacting the most suitable insurance company. Always have records, documents or receipts that can support the cost you have incurred in the process.

Remember, it’s important to revalue the car annually.

If you practice car art or intend to do so, then you can always rest easy knowing that you can insure your timeless piece. In fact, of late, the number of insurance firms willing to insure the objects of art has been rising. You only need to search online, visit art museums or galleries to get a suitable service provider. Nevertheless, it’s always important to get the true value at all times because you never know how much your car will be worth one day. This may entail engaging an art appraiser, keeping tabs of market trends, and also comparing similar art pieces.

How to Make the Best Bow Hunter Models

To understand how bows are made, one must first comprehend the basic design of bows. There are three basic types of bows that are used for hunting and other recreational purposes including target practice and competition archery events. Today we will go a little further into detail about each bow type and how they are made.

  1. The longbow is the oldest design in modern archery history. It was the first to become popular and was used for many years for both hunting and target shooting. The longbow is made up of two parts; the bow itself which is often made of wood or fiberglass and the string. This is the most basic of all bow types but is also the hardest to control and shoot. Some say that if you learn how to shoot a long bow the rest are a walk in the park. Today, it is mainly used for target shooting by most people.
  2. The compound bow is the best all-around hunting bow in the world. Because it is the easiest of all bows to both shoot and control killing big game accurately is a breeze. Make in just one piece the compound bow isn’t the best for traveling because it can’t be taken down. Almost all compound bows are made of lightweight fiberglass that adds to its appeal.
  3. A recurve bow is a four part bow that is easy to take down and great for travel. The recurve bow is made up of a riser, two limbs and a string. Also, very easy to shoot and control the recurve bow is popular with youth and beginning archers alike. Mostly used for target shooting, the recurve is also used in many professional archery competitions. Some hunters use the recurve bow because it is easy to carry into the field and can be broken down to fit a pack. You can find quality products from The Best Recurve Bows. A modern take on the basic design of bows is the crossbow. Both compound bows and crossbows are powered by limbs which are drawn and captured by a crossbow trigger or compound’s mechanical release.

Three of the best bows on the market today for hunting

  • The Martin Jaguar Takedown recurve bow is one of the best recurve bows on the market today. This prized bow is made from durable laminated wood with fiberglass limbs for peak performance. Perfect for hunting, the Martin Jaguar has a 30 pound draw weight that is perfect for taking down game. An overall length of 60 inches and a weight of only 2.7 pounds make it the perfect bow for travel.
  • The OMP Ozark Hunter Longbow LH is a very popular model that everyone seems to love to shoot. A length of 68 inches makes it perfect for a weekend of target shooting. Made of both choice maple and oak woods, this bow is a work of art. With a 45 pound draw, this bow can be also used for hunting and is perfect for those who love the classic feel of a longbow.
  • The 13 Diamond Infinite Edge compound bow is the ultimate hunter. This powerful bow has a strong 70 pound draw weight that can easily take down big game. Weighing just over three pounds this is a go anywhere bow. Made of strong metal and fiberglass, this bow will last many years of hard use. At only 30 inches long, it can easily be used in thick wooded areas and is very accurate.

How to Make Your Own Leather Messenger Bag

Messenger bags are one of the most efficient and convenient bag styles out there. It’s roomy with a multitude of pocket space for various items. It’s ideal for a student, office worker, or casual individual. It’s perfect for carrying books, a laptop, tablet, or notebooks. Just about anything will fit in it. Additionally, it simply looks great and can be used by both genders.

What if you could make your own?

In this how-to, I’ll show you how you can put together your very own leather messenger bag easily.

First, it’s very important to get your materials. You’ll of course need leather, a leatherworking needle, some heavy duty thread, a measuring grid, a round plate, leather punch, leather finisher, and a straight edge. Leather can be found in particular fabric stores, but there are many online retailers to choose from. Just scour through the different options to find the best material, stain, and price. Unfortunately, leather cannot be purchased by the yard like fabric but by entire hides that are measured and priced in square feet. You’ll need roughly 20 square feet of hide to make a messenger bag that is 18×12 inches.

Many craft stores will carry various pieces of hardware, like belt buckles, loops, and rivets.

Next, you’ll need to cut up your leather pieces. For the flap, back, and bottom piece, you’ll need to cut it up 18×42 inches. Cut a second piece with the same dimensions. Then cut two strips that are 3×48 inches wide for your strap. You’ll use a straight edge for the cutting to achieve a clean and sharp cut. Cut four pieces that are 2×8 inches. These are for your frontal straps. Lastly, cut four strips that are 4×12 inches. These will be for your sides.

On both 18x42pieces, on one end, you’ll want to take your bowl and trace a curved line around the corners. Take your straight edge and cut. These two pieces will be the front, bottom, back, and flap part. Take both pieces and make sure the lined part is facing outwards with the interiors facing each other. About half an inch from the edge, sew both pieces together using your heavy duty thread.

Follow the same process with the long strap pieces (3×48), the front strap pieces (2×8), and the side pieces (4×12). With your long straps, make sure you sew in your belt buckle in between each piece.

On the side that is not curved, move about 10 inches inward, bend your leather to a 90 degree angle. Move three more inches in, bend it once more at 90 degrees. This will form the bottom of the bag. Move further about 14 inches and bend it once more at 90 degrees. This separates the back padding from the flap piece.

Place the side pieces (4×12) in the fold just formed (the bottom piece in between the back and frontal pieces). Using your heavy duty thread, sew together the side pieces with the bottom, front, and back pieces on the left and right side. Now we have the bag in place.

Next thing to tackle is the straps. The 2×8 strap pieces will need holes in it. Using your leather puncher about 3 inches down, make holes half an inch apart from one another until you reach half an inch from the bottom of the piece. About an 3 inches in, place your buckle in between the two front strap pieces. Do this for both strips. Sew them together with a buckle in between them using your heavy duty thread.

Next, on the flap of the bag, hold down the front straps using rivets. On the bottom part of the bag, do the same.

Lastly, use your leather punch to punch holes in both sides of the bag. On the other end of your bag straps, add on the clip. In the holes on the sides, add a loop for the clip to hook onto. Now you have a working strap. If the strap is too long, it can be cut and readjusted.

There you go! You have a simple and operational leather messenger bag. If you want a ready-made messenger bag, find the best from The Best Messenger Bags. You will find a lot of designs that will suit your specific needs. To begin with, you might want to check out Kenneth Cole Risky Business Messenger Bag.

Model Making is Critical For Dental Implants

The model making process is used in a variety of fields to create materials that are easy to use and prepare for a large variety of purposes. In particular, model making is often used in the process of creating dental implants. These implants have to be made with care in order to create a better look that stands out and has a style of its own while also fitting into the patient’s gum line.

Model making works by taking a closer look at one’s teeth and gums and to see where implants are more likely to be beneficial in. In addition, this involves looking to see the exact shape that the implant is to be made in.

This is an aspect of making models that is important. If an implant is not used in a space where a tooth is missing then the patient will end up being at risk of suffering from fatigue in the area while the jaw bone will start to shrink in size. This may hurt all the other healthy teeth in a space. Fixing the implants properly enough is important for all to see.

How Is the Size Determined?

The size of an implant has typically been determined by the use of an impression. This is where a patient bites down on a material to create a display of one’s teeth. This is then reviewed in order to create a shape for the implant that will fit into the space that it is supposed to go into.

However, today a CT scan or MRI may be used in lieu of an impression. This can not only create a more accurate depiction of the area but also establish the exact parameters for the implant’s design. While it is true that dental implants cost from a place like http://dentalimplantshub.co.uk/ can be higher when it uses this process, the accuracy that comes with it will certainly make the process worthwhile and essential to have.

How Is the Model Created?

A proper resin is then added into the process. This material is gathered and cut around through a modeling machine that is linked to the program that figured out the shape of the implant. This machine will cut through and sand down spaces around the implant to the exact measurement that the program states.

The implant can then be measured to confirm that it is appropriate for the patient’s needs. It can also be colored based on the appearance of the teeth surrounding it. This colorization has to be done to create a better and more appropriate look that can really stand out and have a design that is special and interesting to use.

Model making is a great point of dental implants to see as it allows an implant to be created with more than enough care. If the design is made well enough then it should fit in with a patient’s need to have a brilliant tooth design that fits in well with one’s life. It should really create a striking appearance if it is used with enough care.

How photography courses let to my enjoyment of scrap booking

Before I took photography courses in college, I didn’t really give much thought to scrap-booking. I knew other people did it, but I just never really thought about it. I was also that person in the background at family gatherings that would barely even smile when they took the pictures, and would barely take any pictures when we went on vacations or got together. Fortunately, most people in my family didn’t care about that. We have entire years where, if you looked at our photo albums, you’d think nothing had happened.

Reading about the history of photography in photography courses was pretty interesting. I learned that my family’s experience would have been the default for many people in the early days of photography and its predecessors. Plenty of people barely had any pictures of their children, and there was almost no photographic evidence of entire families. Nowadays, people have almost every second of their children’s lives on their social media accounts. I guess my family is kind of old-fashioned in that way.

After taking photography courses, I actually got really interested in the whole thing. When you don’t know much about photography, every picture looks the same to you and you can’t even articulate why a professional modeling test photo looks better than the snapshot you took of yourself with your old phone. Now I know about the importance of lighting, lenses, angles, and catching people at the right time. I’ve officially become that person at family gatherings that takes a picture of almost everything and everyone. Now, we barely even have a minor family event where i don’t bring out my professional camera and ask people to pose like they’re lifestyle models. Fortunately, I’ve learned enough about photography that people are usually at least moderately happy with the results, so they forgive me for interrupting them.

I give a lot of scrap-booking projects to people at holidays as presents. A lot of the family is thrilled that someone’s making sure that someone is preserving our memories. We barely had any pictures for years, and now we have entire albums. People can see family snapshots surrounded by plenty of other mementos of our family vacations and family gatherings. Some people were a little reluctant to pose for pictures on cue, but years later, they wanted to look at the scrapbooks just like everyone else.

I figure that there’s going to be a point where all of us are a lot older, and we’ll have all of these memories from when we were young. One day, some of these people will pass away, but we’ll have memories of them. I hope some of these scrapbooks stay in the family for a long enough time, so future generations can see them. They can see what life was like in the early twenty-first century, or at least a small piece of it. They will also be able to see what our family was like. I have almost no photographs of my great-grandparents, and none of my great-great-grandparents. Maybe situations like that will soon be unusual.

An introduction to paper model art

An architectural model is a smaller physical representation of a building, landscape or a combination of the two. While the model is a scaled down, the proportions are kept intact. This makes architectural models look extremely realistic.

Architects use simple models as a proof of concept, while the more detailed versions are used to promote a project to a client or the public. You´ll often find these kind of models in municipal information centers.

However, the use of architectural models is not only limited to professionals. Hobbyists all over the world use the same technique to replicate some of the world´s most famous buildings and landmarks.

Getting started is simple: just download a printable design, cut it out and stick it to pieces of wood or card stock. After that, it´s simply a question of fitting the pieces together in the right order.

What to look for

When you start searching for print designs, you´ll soon find that the models very widely in quality and details. In most cases, the motto “you get what you pay for” applies, but that´s not always the case.

Some of the best designs are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free. The designs provided by companies are usually of high quality as well. And if you can´t find anything for free, remember that there are many premium options ranging in price from just a few dollars to over a hundred dollars.

Examples

  • Eiffel Tower – It´s hard to image a more iconic landmark then La Tour Eiffel. If you´re looking for a paper model of this tower, you won´t be disappointed: the models range from simple 3-fold cards to highly detailed multi-part constructions. Have a look here and pick the model you like.
  • Flat Iron – A flat iron is not only a useful hair straightening utility, it´s also the name of an famous building right in the heart of New York. There are quite a few paper models available of this monument. Here´s a simple version that can also be used in class.
  • Burj al Arab – To show that model makers don´t live in the past, here´s an example of a new landmark building that has been transformed to a paper model: the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. A model of this 7-star hotel can be found here. The site also lists a number of other uncommon models, including the Torii of Itsukushima, a Mayan Pyramid and the Roman Colosseum.

Getting started

Creating a model from 2 or 3 paper sheets requires a good amount of patience and perseverance. Especially if you´re just starting out, you´ll probably stick the the wrong parts together or tear up the parts you need to work with.

But don´t give up! In the end, all your struggles will be worth it. Just do a quick search on Google to see some of the amazing models people have created over time. It´s really not that hard. And whatever happens, you can also print out another copy of your paper model.

Going Green for Your Next Model Making Project

Model making is a great hobby. It is very much alike with other hobbies like cross-stitching, bonsai making, and crocheting. That is because all these hobbies take time to finish but the outcome almost always is worth all the time spent in them.  A lot of people have found model making to be a very good way to while away idle time and also relieve those stresses that have been bugging them.

The good thing about this hobby is that while it provides for an avenue to express creativity, it also proves to be a good hobby to turn into a business. You can either sell your own output or accept commissions to create one. Either way, you can truly benefit financially from this interest. This hobby is like investing in binary options trading. Spend your free time in it and earn big!

The biggest obstacles that you could probably encounter with model making are the materials. Common materials used for model making include plastics, matchsticks and woods, cardboards, and wires. The problem really is that while these could really provide for a good looking model, they could also be expensive.

A good way to deal with this problem is to recycle. Go over stuff that you were about to throw away and you would be amazed at the massive amount of usable materials for your hobby just waiting for you to pick up.

Here are some recyclable materials you could easily use for your next project:

Broken down electronic parts

Your broken computer or very old cellphone is a great resource for very useful materials. Grab that circuit board and remove the transistors and all other electronic parts attached. These can be very good materials you could glue on your model to provide for a greater look. You can also find coiled copper wires in them. Know that copper wires can be very useful for your project but are very expensive to purchase. Moreover, when all parts are removed, the board itself can be used as a base for your project.

Old credit cards, IDs, and plant tags

Go through your personal stuff. You may be able to find some old company or even student IDs. You can also find old credit, debit or ATM cards, as well as used cellphone prepaid cards. These are very useful much like the way you would use the circuit board. You can put them all up together to serve as a base or cut them into strips so could put them up for other use.

Plant tags are also very handy. And, since they usually have a picture of the plant or flower on them, they can be very good materials to provide colour for your project.

Model making need not be an expensive hobby. The key to be successful in this hobby is to be creative. As you go green and recycle, you can cut the volume of trash you throw away and you can also save money. The money supposed to be allotted for purchasing of materials can now be used for other beneficial projects like trading in financial market for maximum profits. That is like shooting two birds with one stone!

Pressure Washing My Garage for Model Making Man Cave

As you all know I enjoy model making and this is taking up more and more of my time and space. I am running out of room in my house for all my models and projects. Therefore, I have decided to convert my garage into a space for model making. This will also be my new man cave, a place for me to relax and drink a pint or two with the fellas. As you may know a man cave is a place that men like to hang out where they can be away from the women in their lives. They can go there to relax, drink beer, play pool, watch TV and do all sorts of other activities. This manly space will be decorated just the way I want because I have many ideas. One of the popular locations to make into a man cave is the garage. In order to do that there are several steps to follow to get it done, including cleaning up the garage in preparation for putting in all the man cave furniture and accessories.

Cleaning Up a Garage

One of the best ways to ensure that your garage floor is super clean before you set up your man cave is to use a pressure washer. The proper way to use a pressure washer begins with making sure that you have access to plenty of very hot water. That’s because there is usually a lot of dirty things like grease and oil on a garage floor that needs to be cleaned up, as well as mystery stains and deep driven in dirt of all kinds. Cold water won’t handle the job, so be sure to have hot water and plenty of degreasing soap to being cleaning your garage for your man cave debut.

Depending on how dirty your garage floor is, you may need to rent a gas pressure washer or powerful electric model in order to get it sparkling clean. A good electric power washer is sure to do the job well and since it’s something you aren’t likely to use much, it’s probably best to rent one instead of purchasing one yourself. I decided to buy a Karcher model and have included a picture of it with this post. Rentals are expensive and if you are going to do more than three big pressure washing jobs in a year you might as well buy one of the best units, maybe even a used washer off ebay.

Before applying the pressure washer, be sure to spot clean the garage floor with some sort of degreasing agent if there are oil, paint or similar stains. Then, while using the pressure washer, you will likely have to use it at different pressures to make sure to get up all the dirt on the garage floor. For deep cleaning, the wand tip of a pressure washer is usually held close to the surface so you get more power.

Setting up the Man Cave

After you get your garage sparkling clean with the pressure washer, it’s time to equip it with all the things that men love to have around them when they want to relax. Usually that means picking out a good TV, a couch and perhaps a lazy boy recliner, a table for holding your snacks and drinks, a small refrigerator to hold those snacks and drinks, and then some manly decorations on the walls like tools, team logos, sporting goods, fishing gear, etc. It all depends on what you like and who you plan to invite.

You can collect all of these things without breaking your budget by going to a thrift store, yard sales, or pawn shop if desired. Or, you can ask some of your guy friends to bring things and everyone gets a hand in setting up your new man cave so it can be enjoyed by all.

Crafting an Indoor Grow Room

Today I created a new grow room for my tomatoes, eggplants, herbs and green onions and I got the plant growing supplies from Plantozoid.com. I also read a few plasma grow light reviews and purchased the best plasma grow lights for my grow room. I'm excited especially this time because I finally learned how to grow eggplant indoors after failing about two to three times previously. Now that I have this grow room I don't have to buy expensive produce from the supermarket. I just need the vegetable seeds, hydrophonic system and grow lights and that's it.

Aluminum Foil To Reflect Grow Room Light

I chose to use aluminum foil to cover the walls of the grow room since the foil will not damage the walls too bad and it is reflective enough for the grow room. I even dyed the aluminum foil in multiple colors to add a fun look to the grow room. My friends prefer to use colored latex paint as a way for the grow room to reflect light but I hate to paint rooms unless I have assistance.

Other Supplies That I Used For Grow Room

Aside from the grow lights, other supplies I used included growing medium, fertilizer specifically designed for hydroponic gardens, little containers I created from old pieces of cardboard, and when I was confused about certain things, I purchased some books on the topic.

How I Decorated The Grow Room

I put some tie dye tables in the grow room to place the plants on and I also placed two huge rugs on the floor to complement the bold colors in the tie dye table. On the walls I hung up photos of myself and good friends when we first started helping neighbors create indoor grow rooms and those photos serve as an inspiration to me.

What I Did With My Harvest

A few weeks after I created the grow room, I went out and picked the eggplants and tomatoes and I created a variety of recipes with them. On Monday I prepared eggplant relish and served it with whole grain crackers for my girlfriend when she visited. Tuesday I made and preserved chunky spicy tomato sauce, and I canned at least eight jars of the sauce. Wednesday I fried eggplant and prepared a garlic butter sauce for it. By the weekend I sauteed tomatoes and red peppers and made a sandwich out of them.

Conclusion

I'm pleased with the fact that I can grow a hydroponic garden where I'll have nonstop access to fresh produce that keeps my body healthy. I've gotten better at creating grow rooms now and my friends ask me for advice all the time. The good thing about growing a grow room is that it relieves stress and I have a sense of gratification in knowing that I'm caring for other living things in the world. Finally, my grow room allows me to share produce with neighbors and they're pleased whenever I do this.

Get Those Creative Juices Flowing

As a person that loves model making or arts and crafts, people often tell me that I can see things with a different eye. I must admit that there must be some truths to what they say as I have come up with some ideas that may seem strange to some but actually do work in the end. Since an early age I was exposed to many crafts and have always been one to try something at least once. My granny taught me the art of knitting and crotchet work then my mom taught me to cook and sew. From there, as new crafts came onto the arts and crafts scene, I spent time experimenting with each new one as they came along. Some crafts came and went while others still find their place in my home to this day.

Now you are probably going to think that I am crazy but I have found some fun craft uses for an old rowing machine that I had stuck in my garage. I was very eager to make an upright planter for some of my plants and wanted to use something different. The first place I went to look was, of course, my garage. Many treasures have been found in my garage over the years. Anyway, in I went and lo and behold, sitting in the corner under a layer of dust was my old rowing machine. I had spent many hours getting great workouts on my rower in the days where time was my own and I actually had time to exercise. I used to not only get a great cardio workout from it but was able to exercise most of the large muscles groups as well. My children also made use of it, more to play on but my rowing machine was definitely worth every penny. On seeing the rowing machine I realised that I had find the “planter” I wanted to make. I started by sanding it down and removing all the cumbersome parts since all I needed was the slider part. I decorated the rowing machine by using mosaic art and then I got my husband to weld cross bars onto the slide base making plenty of space for my plants to hang on. It didn’t take long to get the planter I have always wanted and it always feels great to be creative and reuse old things.

Another object in my house that doesn’t get used all that often and is also used for something totally different from what it was designed for, is my inversion table. It was originally bought to ease the back pain that I frequently experienced after having spent many hours doing arts and crafts. I would hook my feet into the foot stays, tip myself over and feel the stretch in my back which brought a great amount of relief. It eventually ended up being my think tank where great craft and model making ideas were born, all from the upside down position.

Through The Eyes Of A Model Maker

At a very early age my father introduced me to the wonderful world of model making. My first model I was given was one of a motorbike which I dearly loved. I am not the type of person that does anything in half measures and I was not prepared to do my first model in half measures either. I went to the library and researched the model I was about to start and looked at every detail on the bike to see if I could add to the original model by adding my own detailing. Living in a very small town meant not having access to many helpful products to make my model making easier but our local Arts and Crafts shop had a magnificent magnifying glasses that had its own stand and LED light to shed light on the subject as well as magnify it. I personally think it was one of the best purchases I could’ve made since the detailing I wanted to do required very fine work.

You can only imagine my frustration when I found that even though I was using the magnifying glass, certain things were still blurry. I was able to see far away items but as soon as I started working on my model my focus was blurred. Needless to say I took myself off to the nearest optician to try and establish what was happening to my eyes. After one consultation my optician noted that I would have to wear glasses as contact lenses were not an option for me. As an Asthma sufferer that didn’t need much to set off an attack, it wasn’t long before having glasses perched on my nose would set me off sneezing which invariably ended up in an Asthma attack. It wasn’t until I was evaluated by a Lasik Eye Surgeon that my world began to change.

Up until that time I had discussed various options with my friend, a dental hygienist. Since she dealt often with people from many different fields, she had a vast knowledge and contacts of people in the medical field. One of the patients she was providing therapeutic services to was this particular Eye Surgeon. It was during one of his therapeutic session where my friend was administering a treatment to maintain healthy tissues in his mouth that they got talking. After mentioning my predicament to him, he immediately said he had the answer for me and before I could wipe my eyes out I was in his office preparing for Lasik Surgery. It was such a relief to hear that all he had to do was reshape my cornea so that the cornea and lens would work together to focus incoming light onto the retina, producing a focused picture. My operation was scheduled and after my recovery period I was able to get back to my much loved model making. So if you are battling to do all the fine detailing on your models and already have the right equipment then maybe you too should look at having your eyes checked like I did.

Crafts Weekend and Graham The Vaper

Today, I’ll be telling you about this guy whom I met in crafts group and his story – but this post will not be about arts and crafts. In fact, I’ll be sharing something I really don’t talk about, and that’s smoking and how dangerous it is, and why vaporizer pens can help you if you are struggling with nicotine addiction.

So, here goes…

Meet Graham The Vaper

I met Graham when I joined a craft group in our community. He is one of the senior members of the craft group, and he was boisterous and funny and everyone would always listen to him talk. He was outrageously outspoken and very creative, and we bonded immediately over our hobbies.

The flooding in my basement caused me to miss two weeks of crafts session, and when I got back, I saw him using a new device – the vape pen. Because I wasn’t really that much of a smoker, I got curious and bombarded him with questions. What was more interesting was that Graham could smoke ten sticks of cigarettes during our crafts session, and this was something really new. It appears that Graham and the vape pen had a rather colorful back story.

Vaping To Stop Smoking

One of Graham’s closest friends just recently passed away due to lung cancer. The friend was Graham’s smoking buddy back in college, and both of them had been smoking ever since. His friend’s death has rendered Graham fearful of the consequences he might (and probably will) suffer if he continues smoking, so he decided to try to quit. He thought about patches, and using gum and quitting cold turkey, but those weren’t ideas he was sold with. We all know that trying to quit smoking is very difficult, and Graham fell off the wagons for more than a few times.

His son, Tommy, was aware of his father’s struggle with smoking and advised that instead of quitting cold turkey, he might want to switch to using vape pens instead. Graham decided to invest in a vape pen and hasn’t looked back.

My Take On Vaping

I’m not a smoker, but I am rather inquisitive (and I do have family members who smoke, so I did some reading up). I learned that Graham’s method for quitting actually makes a lot of sense. Doing my own research online, I found out vaping is one alternative you might want to consider when you want to stop smoking. It’s basically similar to using a cigarette, only that it is safer on the health because it lacks the chemicals and the carcinogens that are associated with the burning of tobacco and producing cigarette smoke. Vaping is healthier on the lungs because it does not induce any burning – you are merely inhaling the vapor (caused by heating) of your chosen oil or herb, which can be nicotine. Vaping also contains at least 3,992 chemicals less than smoking, which are mostly byproducts of the burning process, so you’re sure that none of those cancerous chemicals are consumed by your body. Finally, aside from the health benefits, vaping is also much cheaper in the long run than smoking, for you only have to invest once in a vape pen and get regular refills, and it will last you a very long time.

Stop Smoking, If You Can’t, Then Vape

Here is what I learned from Graham which I want to share to you: Cigarettes may offer you temporary comfort, but it will can is definitely bad for your health and will ail you in the long run. If you have never started yet – do not, but if you have already done so, the best thing you can do is stop.
While it is wise to stop whenever you can, it may be a hard thing to do right away. Hence, it’s recommended to start with something small, and vape pens can help you and be your key to doing finally quitting!