Archive for January, 2015

How To Create Classy Custom Rhinestone Designs on Clothing

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For those who love sparkle on all of their clothes it’s challenging to find plenty of options! Even if you enjoy glitz in smaller measures, it’s rare to find something with sophistication. There is always the craft store, where you will find predesigned iron-press designs and large adhesive sheets for making a big design in one shot. However, rhinestones often look prettiest when applied as a smattering, as if a fashionable fairy just stopped by for a quick visit to sprinkle some glimmer. To accomplish this on your own you must simply set aside lots of time and patience because you are going to be applying them one by one! It’s worth it though because the result looks classy and professional, and no two designs are alike. This technique also allows you to put them on delicate fabrics since you can control the application (test it on an inconspicuous area.)

Supplies:

Hot-Fix rhinestones. An absolute must! They will say Hot Fix on the package. Rhinestones are sold by size and they’re referred to as SS. 10ss, 20ss, 30ss, etc. As a general guideline 10ss is tiny and 30ss is great for some obvious glamour without looking oversized.

Rhinestone Setter – Hot Fix Applicator. Looks kind of like a wand and it will have interchangeable tips to accommodate various size rhinestones.

Rhinestone tweezers and triangle tray. These ensure you don’t go crazy chasing stones across the table and trying to flip them over. This tray magically allows you to gently shake stones and flip them over. Tweezers for rhinestones allow you to pick them up individually and maintain a grip until they’re exactly where you want them.

Craft Mat –This is a paper-thin mat that rolls up and it’s heat resistant. (Great for lots of other projects too!)

The tools are the most important part! Now just get to work. Lay the part of the garment you’re going to rhinestone on the mat and hold in place. Pick up a stone with the tweezers and place it. Use hot wand and place the tip on top of the stone. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, hold for 10-20 seconds. Use the top side of the tweezers to press and set it. Rhinestone tweezers even have divot specifically for this purpose. Now move on to the next stone. You might want to put on a movie or video-call a friend because you’re going to be busy for awhile. But result will be gorgeous, handmade, and unique!

How To Create Runway Model Hair

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How in the world do they do it? It seems like every time you see a runway fashion show or magazine there are women with impossibly big hair, full of curls and volume. But when you try it at home it falls flat in 30 minutes. Here’s how the pros do it. It isn’t a quick process but at least it will actually last long enough for someone other than you to see it!

Supplies

  • Fine tooth comb
  • Short bristled teasing brush
  • Medium barrel curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Styling clips

Using the styling clips, start with small sections. They should be no more than four inches wide. Begin at the base of the neck, and split an eight inch section in half. Bring forward on each side of your neck. Use the fine toothed comb and teasing brush to “tease” the hair at the base, nearest to your head. Teasing hair is also called back combing, and it simply means that you comb in the opposite direction than you normally would. This creates a structure that supports lots of volume in your hair. Next, spray the section the section with hairspray. This might surprise you, but spraying it before you curl it gives it more hold.

Then, instead of wrapping the hair from the ends, start the curl at the base of the hair. Do so by slipping the curling iron over the hair nearest your head, and using your hand to hold the end of the section of hair so can control the section as you move through it. Wrap entire the entire section around the barrel of the curling iron while still holding onto the end, and hold for 15 seconds. Then release it by gently pulling the iron downward to create a spiral. Notice how much more curl you created by not starting at the end. Lightly spray again with hairspray, and then move on to the next section.

Continue until you’ve curled all of your hair. When you get to the hair that surrounds your face pay attention to the direction you curl it. Curling it toward your face will achieve a different look than curling it away from your face. Neither option is wrong, however you need to decide which you prefer so that you don’t accidently curl it in the wrong direction. To set it, bend over and flip your hair over your head and spray thoroughly but lightly with hairspray. Before you complete the style make sure to let all of the curls cool completely. Once they’re ready, flip your head over again and slide your fingers into the middle shafts of the hair and tousle it. Do so vigorously for a big, glam hair or gently for a more pulled together look.

How To DIY Create Marquee Letters To Decorate a Room

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This project instantly adds wow factor to any room! You can incorporate just one letter or a whole word or name. It’s a project that requires time and patience, though, so choose wisely – especially if you have a deadline. We promise, though, the effect is worth the wait.

Supplies

  • Paper mache letter(s) found at the craft store or online retailer. For our example we worked with a 23.5 inch letter.
  • 1 strand globe string lights with 25 globe light bulbs. Use the kind that use a standard plug, not the ones that require knowledge about electrical wiring.
  • Hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Extension Cord
  • Large, clear plastic ruler, found at craft stores.
  • Spray Paint – for letters, and the color of the wall the letter(s) will hang on.
  • Pencil

Using the ruler and a pencil, mark each spot where a light bulb will be inserted. For our example this would be 25 dots (according to the number of bulbs on the string.) Distribute them evenly around the letter, use the ruler to clean up your estimate, and center each dot. If it’s a symmetrical letter, such as A, you’ll need to be more precise. Double check the number of dots, just to be sure it’s exactly as many as you need. Unscrew all of the bulbs out of the light string. Use one of the sockets to trace the size of the hole around each mark you made.

 

Next, cut out the back panel of the paper mache letter and remove the cardboard stuffing.

Flip it over and hand cut each circle where a socket will go, using the X-Acto knife. This will take some time because it’s important that the size of the hole isn’t compromised because you were in a rush. Otherwise, the socket will slip through the hole rather than stay firmly behind it. Then, spray-paint the letter to your liking. Next, flip it back over and glue each socket in place using hot glue. It should be flush with the hole.

Hold each socket in place for 15 seconds to ensure the glue sets completely. As you proceed, tuck the cord into the back of the letter. You can also hot-glue sections of the cord, to ensure it fits tightly and doesn’t pop out. It’s important that the end with the plug is where you want it – likely on the side that is nearest to an outlet. If the cord is too short, add the extension cord. Paint it the same color as your wall so it’s not too obvious. Screw the bulbs into the front of the letter, plug it in and hang it or set it on a table or desk. Showtime!

Living Rooms

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Do you prefer a formal living room? Stately Elegance is all about luxury and refinement, where style and substance are passed down from generation to generation. Colors include, deep reds, blues, rich golds and purples.

Or does your preference move towards a simpler style?  Urban Chic is sophisticated, fresh and contemporary and furniture is streamlined and simple. Black and white, mahogany brown and stainless steel are used in creative combinations.

 

 

A Quick Spill Guide

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Spills can happen any time, but they don’t need to stay!

By being prepared for spills before they happen, you can be ready to take action as soon as possible.  

Be sure to remember the steps below when spills strike!

1. Act Quickly!  

2. Blot liquids, scrape up semi-solids with a spoon and break up and vacuum solids.

3. Always pretest a spot removal solution on an inconspicuous location.

4. Apply a small amount of the spot removal solution to a white cloth and gently blot the spill from the outside edges to the inside (this helps keep the stain from spreading).

5. Be Patient!  Let the solution sit for a while and be sure to never scrub!  Blot only.

6. When the stain is removed or no residue shows on the cloth, rinse the area with cold water and blot again until dry.

7. Make sure to completely remove the spot removal solution to prevent soil being attracted to the area.  

If you need help knowing what solutions are best to use with specific spills, check out our Floor Care Guide.  You will find solutions for any stain you could imagine!

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Virtual Room Designer

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Do you wish you could see how one type of tile would look next to a specific cabinet?  Would you like to be able to visualize if this backsplash would look better than that one?

Now you have the chance!  With our Virtual Room Designer, you can use one of our preloaded room designs and change floor tile, wall color, cabinet color, backsplashes and even ceiling color!  When you find your favorite, you can print your selection names and colors along with a large picture of your creation.

But what if you would like a more accurate image of how these items tie together in your own room? Using the Design Your Room option, you can upload your own photo to see how it would look together.

Try out our Virtual Room Designer for yourself!

How Do You Live?

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With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what type of flooring to choose for your home.  But understanding a little more about your daily living can make the choice much easier.  

Take a couple of minutes to find out “How I Live” by taking this quiz. Your answers to these questions will play a vital factor in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project. 

 

Take our How I Live Quiz to see the best options for your home!

Brighten Your Room

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Light is a major component of design in a home.  A room with plenty of light feels open, large and inviting, while rooms without enough light can have the opposite effect.  If these are problems you face in your own home, try one of the following to help bring more light into your life!

Let the Sun Shine In

Natural light is a wonderful source of free decoration.  This can come into the room from windows, doors or adjacent rooms.  In order to use any light possible to its fullest, try using reflective surfaces throughout the room. Mirrors and glass can both ramp up any light in your room.  Try various placements of mirrors to maximize available light – the difference may surprise you!  Glass decorations in the room allow light to travel through rather than blocking it.  Glass tile or a reflective backsplash can change the lighting of a room dramatically.

Colors Matter

Dark colors in a room have the effect of closing off the space.  The first reaction may be to choose light or bright colors, however this is not the entire answer.  Warm colors, even those that are light, can make a room feel cozy.  This is not the desired direction for enlarging a small room.  Cool colors are the best when opening up a small space.  Bright white, cool gray or blue help the space to open rather than close the space.

More Light

A very important step in brightening a room is of course, more light.  Artificial light sources fall into three categories – ambient, spot lighting and task lighting.  Ambient lighting does not focus on one area but brightens an entire room or space.  This is often installed overhead.  Spot lighting focuses on a specific area and is ideal for a small space, a corner or an item on display.  Don’t forget to add a mirror nearby to amplify this light!  The final light type, task lighting, provides light to specific tasks, for example, under-cabinet lighting or a desk lamp.  Task lighting can give much needed illumination for activities when overhead lighting is not ideal.

Bring more light into your home and see how your home opens up!