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Creative kid’s rooms

A child’s bedroom should capture their personality completely, becoming a fun place for them to hang out. Decorating your little one’s room can be a fun and exciting project where you can really channel your creative flair. Here are some great ways to unleash your inner child and get creative…

Wall art

Hanging picture frames in a kid’s room is simply an accident waiting to happen. With toys and balls being thrown about in play, it is a matter of time before they are knocked down and broken.

Instead, go for a foolproof way of injecting art into your kid’s room by painting designs directly on the wall. Select a theme that your kid’s enjoy, whether it’s princesses or dinosaurs, and let your creativity run free.

If you don’t have a steady hand, but still want to revamp their bedrooms, you could always use wall stencils instead of going freehand. Stencil Warehouse have a great collection of stencils, in a variety of shapes and sizes that will allow you to easily transform any playroom or bedroom.

Chalkboard

While you let your creativity loose in your child’s bedroom, you can give them the opportunity to do the same.

Specially designed chalkboard paint can be painted directly onto any surface, whether it’s a wall or a wardrobe, to create a space for your kids to draw and get creative. This is great if your kids are messy, as the chalkboard will provide hours of entertainment, with the chalk simply wiping away when they’re done.

Furniture

Plain, wooden furniture can look drab in your kid’s bedroom, but there are a number of simple and easy ways to update them.

Tying ribbons around the handles is a cost-effective way to liven up the furniture. Also, replacing the handles for funky designs, like jewels, is a great way to update your tired old furniture.

By: Will Clayton

Electronic Birthday Wishes

It’s becoming increasingly common to send electronic birthday wishes, with the most common form being eCards, which can also be sent to mobile phones. ECards are highly effective as ways to wish someone Happy Birthday – they’re easy to send, and can be extensively customised with photos and videos, as well as with special messages. What, then, are some of the main advantages of electronic birthday wishes, and what other alternatives are there?

Primarily, electronic birthday wishes will cut down post and packaging costs, and also reduce environmental damage by not using paper. By sending a card online, you also don’t have to worry about whether or not a card will arrive in the post on time. Going onto websites, you can find ready made templates, as well as complete cards that can be sent with options for adding in names to the design of cards, as well as photos and videos.

When deciding on what sort of designs you want, sending an eCard gives you the advantage of the broad range of card styles available online – this is typically much greater than the stock limitations of a high street card shop. You can find different templates to use for particular seasons or holidays, or you can work with different templates to produce something more personal, which can involve adding in your own photo to an animation.

At the same time, eCards can be sent directly to someone’s email address on their birthday, or can be distributed over social networks – the latter option is useful if you want an eCard to show up in your friend’s social feed – cards and animation for social networks can consequently be used as a complement to traditional cards, and can mean that you can keep on top of your card sending if you’re living abroad.

It’s also possible to send eCards to mobiles, which can be distributed as SMS messages, or as email attachments; many websites offer a straightforward sending service for mobiles, which means that individual eCards can be optimised to look better on smaller screens. One of the most common ways to send these eCards involves attaching them to a normal birthday text message – an SMS message will cost a little more than a standard email, unless you have unlimited text messages – this can be a better option, though, if the recipient doesn’t use the Internet very much.

ECards can be effectively combined with other electronic birthday messages, which might involve vouchers or online gifts, and can be sent as part of a package of different messages. When sending an electronic birthday greeting, make sure that you follow safety rules and use websites that send eCards that won’t be blocked as spam, or set up in such a way so that the recipients won’t be confident about opening an email attachment or a text message.

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Article by Rosette

Rosette has been sending birthday eCards to friends and family for many years, and particularly likes being able to put together animations for Christmas cards. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle tips.

 

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Making Fabric Flower Hair Clips

With the emergence of websites such as Etsy a lot of us can run a decent supplemental business venture by selling hand-crafted items. I have to admit there are a lot of wonderful, beautiful-looking pieces out there at affordable prices and some I would gladly buy for myself. Today I have stopped my attention on how you can make yourself a hair clips with a fabric flower on them. It is surprisingly easy if you know what you’re doing so without further ado:

1. Choose your fabric wisely

The secret to making these what they are is layering as it is at the core of what we need to do. For that reason you need to choose a fabric which goes well with the intended clothes and which reflects your personal tastes. Perhaps you prefer something dark and Gothic or something light and cheerful? Whatever it is you should make sure the fabric is substantial so you’ll be able to cut it appropriately. You can use old pieces of fabric from clothes you won’t wear anymore as long as they are what you’re looking for.

2. Making the pattern

It is wise to use a thin cardboard so you’ll be able to work with them. Using a water bottle, water glass or a small plate or similar circular objects you should trace several circles with varying sizes so you can imitate the flower petals later on. Make sure they are as round as possible as you’ll want them to be perfect.

3. Tracing and cutting

Now that you have the patterns ready trace them with a pencil or an invisible marker so they won’t stain and cut out the circles one by one. Make sure you’re using new and sharp fabric scissors so you’ll reduce tears and fringing.Making Fabric Flower Hair Clips   Making Fabric Flower Hair Clips

4. Making the petals

Next you should cut out the petals in a pattern which can be done easily with four to five cuts. Make sure they are even and that you don’t cut too deep. Remember how flowers look like in nature and try to emulate that by cutting in the same way.

5. Rounding out the petals

Shape them out with the scissors and remember to make little irregularities in their shape to avoid all of the petals looking the same. Nature is chaotic so no two flowers look the same right? You can add dimension to them by underlining the edges with either fabric pens or hot glue for example to give them volume.

6. Piecing it together

Place all the petals on top of each other and then sew them together. Make sure they are not aligned but mismatched. They still have to go from large to small obviously, just avoid making it look uniform. Once again observe real flowers and imitate those. Add a bead or a button to the center to make it complete with either hot glue or just sewing it on.

7. Gluing it to the hair clip

This should be fairly easy to do – you can also sew it on to the hair clip if that’s possible to increase its durability over the years. And voila! You’re ready to proudly wear your very own fabric flower!

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Article by Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis is blogger, writer and housewife. She is very passionate about art and craft, but also likes writing about home improvement and home maintenance topics. Find heres ome more of her helpful tips and hints: http://www.cleanerscarpet.co.uk/carpet-cleaning/EC4-rug-cleaning-city.html

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Top 10 Creative Business Cards

A business card is more than just a small piece of paper with your contact details on it.  A business card can be used as an effective marketing and branding tool, to say who you are, what you do and what you stand for.  Here are ten of the best creative business cards.

Grow your own lawn

Lawn and property enhancement company, Lush, came up with a novel idea to create a business card which perfectly sums up what their business does.  Designed like a small envelope, the inside of the card contains a handful of grass seeds.

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By Struck, USA, advertising agency

www.lushmichigan.com

The balloon business card

This business card was creatively employed by an asthma allergy centre in India.  In order to read the contact details, the user would need to blow the balloon up, which would also determine their lung capacity.

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Advertising agency: Ogilvy and Mather, Mumbai, India

Model kit

Model-making enthusiasts will love this business card by Tamiya, as the small letters and pieces in the card can be taken out and made into models.

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Designed by Creative Juice

Spin the record

You won’t forget this DJ in a hurry.  Spin the record on the business card and it will reveal DJ Mohit’s contact details.

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Designed by Deepak Nagar & Nasheet Shadan

The tasty business card

Never has a business card tasted more delicious! This clever design from a chocolate company in India involved incorporating the business card into a chocolate, so that the user would have to unwrap the wrapper to find the contact details.  By eating the chocolate the user would be part of the business experience.

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By Draft FCB & Ulka advertising agency, New Delhi, India

A meaty feast

Any recipient of a business card by a deli in Vancouver specialising in meat sandwiches, wouldn’t find it hard to work out what it had to sell.  Shaped like a circular slice of salami, La Charcuterie included its contact details on the back of the salami-shaped card and hung them in salami-inspired netting bags.

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By Advertising/Design agency: Rethink, Vancouver, Canada

The furniture specialist

Here is yet another clever business card that doesn’t require much imagination to work out what it does.  The contact details of Casabella Furniture are easily displayed on this vibrant-coloured card shaped like a sofa.

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By art director, Amanda Casabella

Relationship specialist

Couples in need of relationship advice or therapy are not likely to forget this business card in a hurry.  Shaped like a heart, the user has to pull back a strip cutting through the heart to reveal therapist Marisa Schmidt’s contact details.

Top 10 Creative Business Cards   By advertising agency Master Promo Curitiba Brazil

By advertising agency Master Promo, Curitiba, Brazil

The yoga mat

This unique business card will bring a smile to any yoga enthusiast’s face.  Rolled up like a yoga mat, the user needs to unfurl the mat in order to reveal the yoga specialist’s contact details.

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www.flowyogavancouver.com

The divorce lawyer business card

Divorce lawyer James Mahon has a clever way of giving his contact details to both parties going through the divorce process.  His business card can easily be divided into two, with each section detailing the same contact information.

Top 10 Creative Business Cards   By James Mahon Divorce Lawyer

By James Mahon, Divorce Lawyer

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This guest article was submitted by UK Print Price.  As specialist printers they provide printed carrier bags, mugs and a wide range of personalised promotional gifts.

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The Art of Home Decoration after You Relocate

Moving to a new house needs the complete change up of living accessories and the stuff in the house. You have moved to a new home and left your old home. You have to start from the scratch decorating your home and setting it up for the house warming party and after living. It is recommended that you start decorating your new home after you have settled in for some time because you will get to know about the colors and the arrangement that will look good in your new home.

Turning your house to home is a tricky task and it involves the artist within you. Many people go crazy adding up all the artifacts and the antiques to the new home making it full of clutter. The key here is to keep the decoration natural and keeping it simple, because simple is beautiful. Below are some of the ideas that you can adopt to make your home more beautiful.

  • Clean the old house: After leaving your old home you must have cleaned the home and would have carried all the stuff to the new home using man and van service. It is important that at your old home you should categorize the items needed and the items that are of no use. So what’s the use of getting the stuff you do not need at all to your new home? You should hold a garage sale or donate the stuff to charity as you do not need to add clutter to your new home.
  • Start with bedroom: Bedroom is the place where you spend one third of the time when you at home. Assuming that you are on a tight budget then purchasing affordable bedding is the first thing to get. You can paint the walls of the bedroom with a color that compliments your furniture and the curtains. People who get up early should look for light and more translucent treatments. Your bed room should mirror your personality.
  • Don’t shop for all the things at once:  It is recommended that you should live at least for 2 months before you begin purchasing for the home décor items. Remember not to make your home a lifeless furniture showroom. Purchase the things slowly keeping in mind the theme of your home. You have to live in the house for some time before you have a hang of the theme.
  • Solve the practical problems without spending much: There might be some of the problems that arise while living in a place, like your kitchen cabinets are drab, then instead of getting a overly expensive cabinet will not be a good idea, instead you can paint it and change some hardware and a new looking kitchen cabinet is ready to be used.
  • Wake up the artist sleeping within: At the end of the day it is your home so you have to get your inner instincts to play some music. What I want to say here is that bring out the artist hidden inside and get some creative ideas and put them in place. You know best what your requirement is and what will go well in your home.

These were some of the tips which can help you to make your house a complete home. Rest anytime one can take the advice of friends or family members who recently moved, plus you can go through some of the home décor magazines and find some stuff over the internet.

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Article by Tony Parker

Tony Parker is a writer and environmental enthusiast. Apart from writing about DIY guides, and home improvement tips, he is concerned about creating awareness about modern home décor ideas and storage ideas ,relocation tips some simple steps like Get the affordable services of Man and van Bath, saving money, using modern techniques and implementing right technology can help. That’s exactly what Tony loves to write about


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London’s Street Art Square Mile

Had enough of the Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery? Some of the best art in London can be found on outside the galleries. Right next to the Square Mile – London’s shiny financial district – lays an alternative square mile, containing some of the city’s most eye-popping street art. Here street artists from around the world lay claim to the peeling billboards and crumbling walls of Hackney and Shoreditch, painting, chiselling, pasting and installing their fingerprints onto the cityscape. As anyone who lives there knows, the work of certain artists starts to follow you around and sticks in your mind. Here are the main examples and where you can find them.

Roa

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Hackney Road

Jumping out at you from the walls of Hackney, Roa’s intricate black and white animals harshly confront us with our turbulent relationship with the natural world. Most of the Ghent-based street artist’s work is legal (with prior permission arranged) so the pieces tend to stick around longer than most and become a permanent fixture of a constantly-shifting landscape. Both the rabbit on Hackney Road and the sacred crane on Hanbury Street caused uproar when there was talk of painting over them, and both were saved by passionate petitions.

Stik

Stik’s strikingly simple but expressive figures show that art doesn’t have to be complex to be effective. His gigantic androgynous paintings appear everywhere from shop fronts to sides of buildings and even people’s houses. Stik was homeless for a while, and his time spent observing people must contribute to the human emotion that these characters convey. One of the best examples is on Princlet Street, which shows two communities living side by side in the Brick Lane area.

“Beauty is in movement. That’s what it’s about. Beauty is about the way that someone moves their body. You can tell by someone’s walk if they’re angry, whether they’re happy or if they’ve just eaten. You can tell a lot about someone just by the way they’re moving their back or their eyes.”

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Princlet Street (off Brick Lane)

Vhils

Taking street art to new levels of technical mastery, Portugese street artist Alexandre Farto has been scalpeling, drilling and chiselling away at the crumbling walls of Shoreditch for several years, producing lifelike portraits etched into the very fabric of the city itself. His subjects are not the politicians and celebrities of countless billboard advertisements. They are the ‘everyday heroes’, the people we pass on the Tube whose names we don’t know, living out their lives. As our walls get thicker with layers of advertisements, graffiti paint and whitewash, Vhils strips these layers away again, revealing what lies underneath. Check out his exploding murals.

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The Old Truman Brewery

Christiaan Nagel

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Old Street Roundabout

Street art can be sculpture as well as painting, as South African Christiaan Nagel’s brightly coloured mushrooms make perfectly clear. Look up at the roofs and tops of buildings of Old Street and you’ll see these unlikely urban fungii popping up everywhere. Made from polyurethane (surfboard foam), fibreglass and stainless steel, they represent new creative ideas, appearing out of nowhere and flourishing in sometimes unlikely circumstances. “There is an element of randomness in any idea, that part we don’t have a choice in. Just like wild mushrooms, ideas pop-up.” Check out his mushroom sculptures for sale on is website.

Invader

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Brick Lane

One of the true originals, French street artist Invader has been installing his surveillance drones around cities worldwide for over a decade. His pixelated Space Invaders mosaics can be found in high up, high visibility areas, their sinister gaze providing a fitting commentary on the paranoid, surveillance culture in which we live. There’s estimated to be around 40 around London, assembled in advance and quickly installed, which you’ll start to spot when you tune into their specific vibrations. Ironically, almost nothing about Invader is known.

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Article by Matt Lindley

Written by Matt Lindley on behalf of  HotelClub London.

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4 Easy DIY Smartphone Covers

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Smartphone owners can protect their devices by keeping them in covers. If you can’t find a cover that you like, though, you have to get creative and make your own. Here are four homemade smartphone covers to inspire you.

Duct Tape Smartphone Cover

It doesn’t get much easier or cheaper than this duct tape smartphone cover. If you decide to make this kind of cover, double wrap the tape so that the sticky side is not left exposed. It’s easiest to cover your phone in paper and apply the tape to contour to the shape of your phone. Then you can simply slide your phone from the mold and apply tape to the interior of the case. Some even have carbineers on the back so you can attach it to your backpack or belt loop for safe keeping.

Remember to apply tape to the interior of the case as not tape your phone inside. A sticky interior will make it nearly impossible for you to slide the phone in and out. – Example

A Knitted Cover

You can keep any type of phone, from a BlackBerry 9310 to an iPhone, snug in this knitted cover. It offers cushiony protection from the elements and provides a bit of defense against those horrible accidental drops. Knitting requires a little more skill, though, so you might want to recruit help from someone with more experience.

Then again, this is a relatively small project, so you could use it to improve your own skills. If you don’t like the results, you haven’t wasted much money or materials. You can always start again and avoid the mistakes you made last time. Eventually you can even start to make your own designs. – Example

Bedazzling Makes Everything Better

It looks like someone got a little carried away with the Bedazzler. But hey, if that’s what you’re into, then give it a shot. This form of do-it-yourself creating allows for much personal flare to be channeled through the design of your case. Adding trinkets and personal effects that are important to you will help to make your case unique and special. You can make this project easy by purchasing a bland cell phone cover and decorating it with your own flowers and fake jewels. Just use a hot glue gun to spice up that drab cover. – Example

Sophisticated Leather Cases

Some felt smartphone covers have a little button and tie that offer more security for your phone. Choosing out the material and print makes the project even more significant and special. Cutting, sowing and molding your felt case yourself will make you proud of your uniquely designed smartphone cover. If you’ve already made the basic felt covers above, you might want to try a slightly more sophisticated design that uses buttons and a variety of fabrics. – Example

If you are feeling crafty or just want to save a few dollars, making your own smartphone covers could be the way to go. Use these covers for inspiration to help you create your own unique items. What kind of design would you like to make?

Article by DJ

DJ is a graduate student at University of Tampa. He is an avid gadget geek who spends his time writing about various topics including travel, technology, and current events. When he is not in school or working he likes to play soccer, watch movies, or text his friends on his new BlackBerry 9310.

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Creative Gift Ideas for Christmas

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Merry Christmas everyone! With happiness, health and endless creativity Creative Gift Ideas for Christmas   icon smile

We hope you are enjoying our articles as much as we do writing them!

For those who want some last minute gift ideas for the New Years Eve, or for Christmas, I assembled for you some cool articles we had posted during December and you might missed them!

Christmas craft ideas for kids

As the days get darker, earlier, and the cold discourages kids from venturing outside I find that keeping them busy and occupied at this time of year is easy with festive arts and craft.

Since the purse strings are getting ever so tighter, Christmas crafts are great way to entertain the kids on a budget whilst creating some wonderful homemade gifts for teachers, family and friends.

The Best Ways To Give Unique/Custom Gifts

When you give someone a gift you will want it to be a personal and thoughtful gesture that will show them that you took the time and effort to think about them and that you know them well enough to choose a gift that they’ll really like. This means that just buying something from a list, or getting a film you know they want, won’t really make much of an impact or always be as well received as it could be – it might be thoughtful an well meant, but ultimately it’s something they could have made themselves. See how you can make the difference!

Creative Ways To Present Christmas Gifts

Coming up with new and unique ways to present your Christmas presents each year can be difficult. Personally I like my gift to stand out, to be that one gift under the tree that jumps out at you above all the rest. Christmas is about being lavish, going over the top and being eccentric. But how do you come up with something unique and eye catching? Here are some creative ideas to present your gifts this year!

Perfectly Capturing Christmas

With the Christmas season already in full swing, there are bound to be a multitude of seasonal photo opportunities that will create long-lasting memories.  However, there is nothing worse than a blurry group photo, or a dull photo of a Christmas tree.  Therefore, I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to present you with a handy guide to getting the most out of your Christmas photos, which will help you to perfectly capture the most wonderful time of the year. Because some times a photo can be the best gift in the world!

Finally for your designers friends we have the best gift you can give them! A book Creative Gift Ideas for Christmas   icon wink

Top 10 Design Books for Christmas

With the opportunity of Christmas, I compiled several nice reading lists concerning various aspects of design. Mostly with books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to get in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior designer or a grizzled award winning designer. Either way I am sure your designer friends will love them!

That’s all folks! Enjoy your Christmas!  And if you find yourself in the need to read something new while waiting for the festive dinner, we’ll be around with fresh material in a couple of hours Creative Gift Ideas for Christmas   icon smile