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Jan 26

How to Manifest Anything

How To Manifest Anything (courtesy of TheRealPaulVHarris)

Hello! I’m Paul V Harris, and you can reach me at Clear.com/PaulVHarris, or you can find me at DrInspiration.com. You know, I have, I’ve been doing this video newsletter or this video blog, for about a year now, and I’ve had some amazing responses. And, there was something that occurred to me that I haven’t been telling you where I’ve been doing these videos! The video has always got the same kind of background in them, and I was like, “whoa! What do I need to do to change this up?” And, it occurred to me that I should tell you where I’m doing it! And, it also occurred to me that I’m manifesting this place out of nothing…which was absolutely amazing.

You know, I remember years ago, when I was driving my old motor home down the road, and I’d see these guys with these big diesel pushers driving down the road, and the first thing that came to my mind was “that’s how the other half lives”. Has anybody ever thought that? Now, anybody watching this video, have you ever thought, you see something going down the road and you think man, I’d really like to have that, and I just don’t believe I can ever have it. Well, you know I thought the same way. I thought the same way.

I drove down the street – I live over here in Courts Hill, and I kept driving by this motor home every day. And, I’d look at that motor home and I’d go “that’s the motor home I want some day”. That’s the motor home I want some day. Every day I’d drive by this motor home, just sitting there. And, to make a long story short, my buddy comes down the street and says there’s some people around the corner, you know, where that big motor home is, and they wanna sell that motor home. And I just went yea, whatever, you know. And I didn’t go over there or do any follow-up. And then, this lady down the street tells me hey you might want to go over and take a look at that motor home because they’re selling it. So now, that’s 2 people that have told me about this motor home over there that’s for sale. And I still kinda blew it off and didn’t pay attention, and then another friend of mine – unrelated to these other two – these people don’t know each other – comes down the street and tells me about this motor home around the corner that’s for sale. And at that point, it’s like look…3 times I’ve been told about this motor home – I’d better go over there and at least take a look at it!

Ok now, I was, I wrote down everything I wanted in a motor home. You know, my wife and I were sitting down – what are all the things we want in a motor home, should we decide to upgrade? Should we decide to move in to a better motor home than what we’ve had – our little 1989 34′ Bounder that we’ve been killin’ for 15 years, every time we take it out, overloading it and all that. And I said ok, I want a diesel, I want , I want 10,000 barrel tow rating, she wants a dinette like this, she wants a brown interior because we always go to the desert. And, we go over to look at this motor home – and we talked about how much we wanted to pay, and it’s like ok, we know we want a motor home that’s from $125 to $150,000 and that’s way, way out of our price range, for something that we don’t use that often. I said ok, I’m willing to pay $75,000. And that’s a pretty substantial discount, right?

So, we go over, we look at this motor home – it’s brand new! This thing is like, it’s got 14,000 miles on it, it’s been put underneath a shaded storage its entire existence, it’s hardly been used, and the lady says, “oh, you know, I’ll take $74,000.” And, it’s amazing how we manifest things in our life, just by looking at it every day. You know, that’s why it’s so important for us to write down we want – specifically, what it is we want. Now, there are things on this motor home that I didn’t write down, that I wanted, that I saw, in other people’s motor homes, and I was like, wow look at all this extra stuff! It’s like, you can never sell somebody less that what they want. You can always sell them more. This fit my criteria to the absolute perfect, and that’s where I’m doing this filming – inside of my motor home! Because, it’s the only place quiet! I have kids, it’s the summertime, my grandfather’s here, my mom’s here, and it’s quiet – I can do my videos…it’s like my office. It’s an amazing place to be, and let me know what you think about manifestation. Let me know about the things that you want to manifest in your life. Just take this video, embed it in your blog, post a comment, let me know that you’re alive – just take action, and you can manifest everything that you want in your life! If I can do it, you can do it!

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Jan 05

How To Make Lavender and Chamomile Sugar Scrub

How To Make Lavendar and Chamomile Sugar Scrub (courtesy of NoreensKitchen.com)

Hi everyone! It’s Noreen, and welcome to my kitchen! And welcome to another episode of The holidays are coming! Now, last week, we did bath salts, and I did want to make a statement about that. In some states, what they call “bath salts” have been made “illegal” because it’s a certain type of drug, that, I think you smoke – I don’t even know. But, they’re not the bath salts that I make. So, when you talk about bath salts and you hear that in the news, that’s not what we’re talking about. That’s something totally different – it’s just called the same thing.

But anyway, we’re gonna kinda go a step further today, and we’re gonna make a sugar scrub. This is really nice – you take it in the shower and then you scrub it all over your skin, and you rinse it off when you wash off, and it exfoliates all of those dead skin cells and it makes your skin glow, and it helps your body absorb moisturizer a lot more quickly, and it helps you to – the things that are in it are gonna help the toxins escape from your body, and it’s gonna be wonderful!

So, let’s see what goes in this! This is another thing that you could make assembly line style. You can make a whole bunch of it and just jar it up. You could even sell this at bazaars – it would be fantastic. So, what we’re gonna start with is a cup of Demerara sugar, and I’ll show you what that looks like. I should have left it out – you know what? I have a full one over here, let me grab it. I buy this in my grocery store – this is also what I use in my favorite bread recipe! This is pure cane sugar – sugar before it’s refined – so it still has a lot of molasses in it. Still has a lot of nutrients and minerals in it that refined sugar does not have. In the bowl it goes – a cup.

And, this is a ¼ cup of epsom salt. Not sea salt – a ¼ cup of epsom salt, because epsom salt is gonna help extract toxins from your body.

The next thing we’re gonna do…this is Vitamin E oil. You can get this at the health food store, you can get it online, I bought it in the vitamin section at Walmart, and it was about $3.00. And this will go a very long way – except you have to get it open! I’m gonna use a tablespoon of Vitamin E oil.

We’re gonna use a ¼ cup of some sort of oil, but, this is organic olive oil – cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, ok? I will warn you – you cannot use vegetable oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, with this. You can use these 3 types of oil. You can use olive oil, you can use liquid coconut oil or you can use almond oil for this scrub. The olive oil contains lots of antioxidants that are fabulous for your skin, so you’re nourishing your body as well as having healthier skin.

Now, I’m also going to add a tablespoon each of lavender flowers and dried camomile flowers. Put those both in. You can do anything with this. If you want to make a lemon scrub, you can zest a lemon and you can put the lemon zest in here and it will smell fabulous. You can throw some black tea in here – just pop open a couple of black tea bags – or you can use green tea, or you can open up your favorite herbal tea and just toss a couple of those loose tea bags in here. Not the bag part, just the herb part.

Now, let me show you these herbs here before we move forward. This bag of lavender flowers was less than $5.00, and I get this from San Francisco Herb and Natural Food Company, and their website is HerbSpiceTea.com, and I love them! They have fantastic prices and an amazing, amazing selection to choose from, and they have medicinal herbs, they have culinary herbs and spices. And then, this is whole chamomile flowers, and both of these bags are a pound. You know, that’s a lot. When you think, I’m gonna buy a pound, that’s a huge bag. A huge bag! But, the chamomile flowers are fabulous. Chamomile helps you to relax. It takes the edge off, it has a natural calming quality about it, so this is perfect for taking a shower in the evening. It’s gonna help you exfoliate your skin as well, along with everything else that we’ve put in this scrub. This one I got from MountainRoseHerbs, which is another one of my favorite purveyors, or vendors, for herbal supplies. And, I will put their web addresses in the underbar, and their website is MountainRoseHerbs.com. And again, they have fabulous prices, and they also have – they have some things that San Francisco Herb and Tea doesn’t have, and vice versa. They also have a fantastic website where they actually have videos – they have a YouTube channel, and they have recipes and demonstrations, and you can learn a lot on their website about the origins and the uses for all of the herbs and everything that you’re looking at on there.

So, back to this! The only thing left to do know is to jar this up. I just put my trusty canning funnel up here, and I may have to tap this down. You’re gonna get more than a jar’s worth. This is just for demonstration purposes. You can pretty up that jar, put it in a cellophane bag, tie it with a bow, and you’re ready for gift giving! You can put a tag on it, and leave instructions below on how to use it. In fact, I’ll show you right here. I’ll just take some warm water – I’ll just do it on my arm, here. Just take a handful of it and rub it on your skin, and you’ll be able to feel – it’s gonna exfoliate all of the dry skin of of your body wherever you use it. It smells wonderful, and the, you know, the oil is not gonna be greasy on your skin, and you’re gonna wash it off with soap after you’re done. And I’ll just reach over here and get some of my hand soap. And it’s just like, if you’ve ever gone to Bath and Body Works or Crabtree and Evelyn or some really – like The Body shop, they’re really expensive places where you can go and get body care items. And you just dry off. But, this makes your skin really soft – feel it. Really soft!

So, give this a try. It’s a great gift! We’ve added the extra vitamin e in there. You don’t have to use a tablespoon if you choose not to. You can use a teaspoon. If you’re looking out for your budge, you don’t have to use it at all. So, there you have it – Sugar and Olive Oil Body Scrub that you make from home to give to your friends and family for Christmas. It’s not expensive, and you can make – if you buy a container of the Demarar sugar, a bottle of olive oil, a bag of epsom salts and a little bit of chamomile or lavender or spearmint or whatever herb you choose to put in there, or you don’t have to put herbs in it at all. You can make a whole bunch really cheap, and you can give it to everybody that you know and care about for Christmas. So, there’s another idea for holiday gift giving…I hope you try it, and I hope you enjoy it! Until next time – I’ll see ya!

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Dec 21

Learn How To Make A Novel Wreath From An Old Book

How To Make A Novel Wreath From Old Books (courtesy of MadeByMarzipan.com)

This project is not hard, but it is time consuming. Put on a movie, and get comfortable, and make yourself a novel wreath!

Supplies Needed:

Foam Wreath Form
Old Books
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric Scraps
Ribbon or Tulle
Beads or corsage pin

I’m using a foam wreath form. Wrap it tightly with a scrap of mutual colored fabric. I recycled this strip of fabric from an old skirt. Use hot glue to secure in place. Once you’ve covered the wreath, use a generous amount of glue on the back to secure the fabric’s loose end. Trim off any excess fabric.

Now I’ll show you how to make the flowers. You’ll need an old book. If you have one that’s a little aged and yellowed, it gives the flowers an antiqued look. You’ll need 3 yellowed pages for each flower. Cut the pages in half. Round off the edges and corners of the pages.

Now, start at the paper’s edge, cut in a spiraling circle towards the center. When you reach the middle, you’ll have a round little tab in the center. Keeping the 3 layers together, roll tightly from the edge. I’m holding the paper a little awkwardly, since I’m trying to capture this on video, but I find it easiest to pinch the top and bottom of the paper, between my thumb and forefinger, and turn the flower with the other hand to roll it up.

When you reach the end of the paper, you’ll have the round tab at the bottom. Squirt hot glue on the spiraled bottom of the flower and press this tab to make it stick. You can vary the size of your flowers by loosening your grip. The paper will unravel and make a fuller blossom.

Once you’ve made all your flowers, you can add them to your wreath form. Nestle the flowers close together – you don’t want the fabric to show through.

Before you finish covering your wreath, you’ll want to add your ribbon for hanging. Tie both ends of a ribbon to the wreath, then make sure the knots are on the back of the wreath. Use another segment of ribbon to tie a bow at the top.

Keep going until the top and sides are all covered. Finally, you can add pearl beads to the center of each flower. Alternately, you could also stick pearl tipped corsage pins through the middle of each blossom.

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Nov 18

Learn How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Family

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Family (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Forced feeding, intrusive questions, tipsy relatives, stuffing – it’s all part of Thanksgiving’s charm – if you know how to finesse it! You will need:

A relaxation strategy

A party rental company

Some little white lies

A hearty appetite

and Gratitude!

Optional: Miniature bottles of liquor and extra therapy sessions!

Step 1: Prepare yourself for the stress ahead by practicing deep breathing, meditating, or stocking up on mini bottles of booze that can be hidden in your clothes. If you’re seeing a therapist, now would be a good time to book an extra appointment or 2.

Step 2 – Before your mom can ask, are you seeing anyone? or your dad can demand, when are you gonna get a real job?, slyly hint at a potential romance/career advancement/Nobel Peace Prize nomination – then refuse to say another word lest you jinx it.

Step 3 – Give your hostess, especially if that hostess is you, the perfect gift. Rent dishes from a caterer! No more spending hours up to your elbows in turkey grease, while the men in the family act like dishwashing is tantamantic castration.

Step 4 – When it’s time to go around the table and state what you’re grateful for, have a sentimental spiel ready about the person at the table whom you like least. It will completely throw them off their game!

Step 5 – Go ahead and gorge yourself! Thought it is widely believed that people pack on 5 to 10 pounds during the holiday season, the truth is that the average person gains less than a pound!

Step 6 – When all is said and done, be grateful that you are healthy enough to be celebrating Thanksgiving, prosperous enough to have to worry about overeating, and lucky enough to have loved ones to share the day with! Did you know? Chardonnay is the perfect wine to pair with turkey; if you prefer red, make it a pinot noir and serve it slightly chilled.

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Nov 11

Learn How To Furnish An Apartment For Almost No Money

How To Furnish An Apartment With Practically No Money (courtesy of Howcast.com)

You can’t be a couch potato without a couch. So stop squatting and listen to these hints! You will need:

Investigative skills

A dose of humility

And a keen eye

Step 1: Spread the word among friends and family that you are in the market for furniture they no longer need or want.

Step 2: Check out www.craigslist.com for free stuff, trade possibilities, or the opportunity to barter one of your skills.

Step 3: Comb thrift stores and second-hand stores in your area. Make friends with an employee at the local Goodwill or Salvation Army store so they can alert you if the perfect sofa, desk, or whatever comes in.

Step 4: Go curb shopping—that is, drive around looking for perfectly good pieces of furniture that people have thrown out. Some communities have designated “big trash” days when large items are allowed to be discarded. Time your curb shopping for maximum results. The end of the month at apartment complexes is good, as that’s when people move out, as is early May around universities, when college kids are cleaning out their dorm rooms.

Step 5: Check community websites for “freecycling” postings.

Step 6: Be creative. See the possibilities in things: an old bedspread can become drapes by sewing a pocket for a curtain rod; old dressers and bookshelves can be jazzed up with paint and new hardware; chair slipcovers can make the ugliest chairs look elegant.

Step 7: Check for discounts. Visit your local furniture stores to see if they have any scratched furniture or showroom samples available at deep discount.

Did you know? An Englishman vacationing in Australia in 2004 paid $36 for a suitcase that turned out to be filled with Beatles memorabilia worth nearly a million dollars!

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Oct 31

How To Make Resin Jewelry

How To Make Rock Star Resin Jewelry (courtesy of CreativeJuice.com)

Today, rockin’ crafts take center stage! First, we break the mold, designing some hard core resin jewelry. Then, we belt out stylin’ ideas for buckles that burst with glitz and glam! And, we;ll tear through a tee technique that’s totally cutting edge! Sine like a rock start, right now on Creative Juice!

You don’t have to be a rock start to appreciate some edgier fashion style, like this resin guitar pick necklace. But, you can be a fan of creating your own resin style jewelry. Fun, funky and easy to do, and we’re gonna show you how!

Creating resin jewelry isn’t as scary or intimidating as it may appear. It’s actually very easy, and considering how many you can get out of these 2 bottles, it’s very cost effective. So, we got these 2 bottles at the craft store. They come as a kit. You also want to purchase a mold, like this one here. They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. We’re gonna be making the oval one right here. And, these cost about $1.50 – really cheap.

Now, you also need to purchase some food grade silicone, and before you put your resin in, you have to spray the entire sheet with the silicone. Or, at least the mold that you’re gonna be using. Now this is kind of a lubricant, so when the resin hardens, it’s very easy to pop out and it’s not gonna stick to your mold. And we’ve gone ahead and just pre-sprayed these.

The next thing you want to do is choose what you want to embed. You can embed so many different things. I’ve got fun beads here, you could do this confetti – what I used to put in cards all the time and it would spill everywhere, stars and heart shapes! We’re gonna be using a guitar pick for ours. Now, we went and purchased these little tiny cups, these little measuring cups. You can get them at hobby stores or at medical supply stores, and they’re great because they have all different kinds of measurements all the way around. We’re gonna be using the drams measurement.

Now, we’re using 2 part resin, so let’s pour that right in.

Don’t forget your gloves!

Oh, yeah – gloves! Thanks for reminding me! You definitely want to wear gloves on this, because if it gets on your skin, it will burn you. We’re ready! OK, so, I’m doing 2 drams of the resin, and you really need to measure carefully, because even a small discrepancy can make your final resin too soft or too brittle. And, I’m doing 2 drams of the hardener. Like that. Now, I want to mix this up. I use these tiny, little popsicle sticks here. You want to mix this slowly for about 2 minutes, and avoid all air bubbles. That’s why I’m going really slow and just gently blending this together. Now, you can see it’s kind of foggy right now. You want to wait til it gets a little bit clear. The more you blend it, the clearer it’s gonna get. So now, I’m just gonna go around these edges here and scrape the sides and just make sure that it’s all blended very nicely together.

OK, I think our 2 minutes area about up. What I’m going to do is pour it into our 2nd cup here. Just make sure it’s all completely, completely blended all nicely together. And now, I’m just gonna remix this for about 30 seconds is all you have to do. And this will really help to make sure that all that’s blended together. All right, our resin is ready to pour. There you go, Cathie!

Thank you! We’re gonna pour it into our mold. We’re gonna fill it about halfway up, and then we’re ready to embed our guitar pick. I’m gonna use a tweezer here, and go in with a popsicle stick and coat the front and back of this, and that’s gonna help it slide right into place without creating any more air bubbles. If you were using paper or fabric, you would want to make sure that you coated them with some sort of a spray polyurethane or a decoupage medium before embedding them. Then, place it face down, because we want that to show. And we’ll just top it off with the rest of the resin. I’m not gonna go all the way to the top of the mold, cause if you did, you may get a lip once it’s dry, and then you’d have to go in with a file and file that away.

And, there you go! It’s really as easy as that. Now, you just want to set this aside for 3 days. Let it dry for a good 3 days. Completely cure it up. Now, this is for a clear one. We do want to show you how to add color, which is so fun! Blues, reds, greens, every color you can possibly imagine! This one here has been drying for one day. So, we already have our resin down, and we still have some room at the top. So what we’re gonna do is, we’re gonna add some dye to our resin, mix it together and pour a layer right on top, just like this one. So it’s basically just the back of it that’s giving this whole entire thing the color. If you were to mix all of the resin green – add some dye to all the resin and pour it on top – you would not be able to see this pick. It would completely cover it. Look at that. Just the tiniest little amount of dye here. Got a little bit extra. Place that right in there. And these dyes are specifically made for this.

A little bit goes a long way, doesn’t it?

Yea. Same thing, you don’t want to stir it too aggressively, you don’t want to create any more air bubbles. Now we’re ready to just pour it right on top. Ooh, that looks great with the yellow – nice, soft green. And, there you go! Same thing, you just want to set this aside for 3 days.

Now, we’re ready to pop out our guitar pick. Here’s the one that we did. What we just showed you how to do, this one has been drying for 3 days and it’s as simple as just popping it out, just like this. Put your thumb right on the bottom, move it around a little bit, and there it is! Pretty nice, huh?

Now, we just need to create a pendant out of it. It’s very simple. We’re just using the Fiskar drill, here. Just a hand drill. We’ve got a 1/8th inch drill bit, and we’re just gonna drill straight onto this – it’s so easy! You could use a power drill if you wanted to, but this just works so great. You can see how easy. I’m not even using one muscle!

There we go! Let’s dust this off. If you’ve got any little sharp edges here, you might want to use a little file. This little round file works nicely. Put it through, just kind of spin it around here. You could use a bead reamer if you have bead reamer at home. And remember, all the instructions on resin are at our website, DIYNetwork.com.

So, to get started with the wire wrapping, I’ve just got a small piece of wire here and it’s very flexible, and I’m gonna place that right through he hole that we drilled, just like that. And, you want to go ahead and just wrap one of them, just kind of coiling it around. Now I’ve got a wire cutter here, and I’m gonna cut away this excess. Go in with my pliers and flatten that down. Now I just need to create a little loop at the top. To do that, you just want to bend back your wire, then come on forward with it. Let’s make a pretty good size. I’m gonna leave a little bit of length on there, and we’ve got ourselves one inexpensive pendant.

Well done, Cath! Now all we need to do is, we’re just gonna string some chain right through it. You can buy ball chain by the foot, or if you have an old necklace laying around, just revamp it with a new resin pendant! There you have it, you wanna try it on?

I would love to try that on! So, have some fun with resin and make some jewelry! Coming up – we buckle down with a belt project that’s flashy and flamboyant! So strap yourself in with more Creative Juice!

For our rocker episode, I’m gonna belt one out…aww just kidding I’m not gonna sing a tune! But, I’m gonna craft up a really fun, rocker-inspired belt. First thing that you’re gonna need is a belt blank. Just go online and search for belt buckle blanks. They’re about 6 bucks and they come in tons of different styles. I’ve got some paper cut-outs here, and this one here, the crown, is just a font that I enlarged on the computer. This one here is just a piece of wrapping paper, and I spelled out the word Rock Queen. I’m gonna glue stick these right down onto the surface of my belt. Just cut them to size. Just fits in there. If you wanted to get real precise with your edges, you could lay this down on a photocopier and just use that to build a template.

Now, I’m gonna add a fun crown. Now, this font is called a dingbat, I think. It just came with my computer. And you can just print it out on a larger size and change up the colors, and ou can keep layering these up with tons of different images or sayings.

Now for my words – Rock Queen! I’m just gonna slide that right across the glue stick, sorta overlap that right there, and there you go! I got all the paper glued down, and now I’m gonna add some glitz to this! I’m gonna start by adding some rhinestones with some jewel glue. And this stuff works great if you’re working with plastic rhinestones, because it won’t cloud up on the backs. I’m gonna use some, kind of smoky quartz color to mix in. Just going in with my toothpick, place a couple of dots of glue down there, place our rhinestones on top, now we’re getting a little glitz. There you go, I’ve got those all glued down, now. At this point, I just want to set this aside and let this dry, and I’ve got one right here that’s already been drying, and I’m gonna apply some glitter and some Mod Podge to this. Now, Mod Podge is just a decoupage medium, and I’ve got a trick for creating a really cool sparking effect with it. I’ve got some copper glitter here and it’s ultra fine, and I’m gonna mix this together. And give a really nice coat over the entire belt buckle. That’s going to seal in all of the paper, I’m going right over the rhinestones. I like to go in one direction. Trying to go horizontal, across, because your brush strokes will show a little bit. That way, you have a nice, even coat. There we go! Got that all applied. Now, at this point, you want to set this aside and let it dry, and once it’s dry, it’s gonna look just like this. Look at all that sparkle – just by adding a little bit of glitter to the mod podge. So fun!

At this point, you’re ready to just attach it to a belt. I’ve got a belt blank here, and I want to show you how to attach the belt buckle to the belt. It’s very simple. Most of these types of belts have some snaps on the back, so, all you want to do is slide that piece, right under the bar, and then you’re gonna fold back the leather flap and snap it into place. It’s as easy as that! Then your belt will loop right through there. There’s usually a little notch here and that will hook right on through, just like that. So easy! So, get creative, get crafty, and Rock On, cause they’re a cinch!

Next, release your inner rock star with a cutaway t-shirt that will turn you inside out! T-shirts will always be a wardrobe essential. I always look for cool t-shirts, and variety is pretty important, too, like this t-shirt right here!

This t-shirt is so simple to make! We’re calling these cutaway t-shirts. We made this one earlier, and all we did was layer a piece of fabric behind our t-shirt, and then we went in and stitched out this star design. We did an outside stitching, and then we did some inside, and then we just cutaway to remove the t-shirt, exposing the cool fabric underneath there.

These are super expensive at the stores, and we’re gonna show you how to make them for minimal money. This is the one that we’re gonna be making today. This is for Cathie. I drew her a fly away heart, and that’s the image we’re gonna put right down here on the sweatshirt.

Just get your image and place it where you want to on your shirt. Let me show you a little trick, here, because I’m gonna be pinning this image onto the sweatshirt, and I’m using a self-healing mat. First, we need the piece of fabric that’s gonna peek-a-boo right through that sweatshirt. There’s lots of fabrics out there. We have found that if you use medium to small prints, you’re gonna have really good success with designs that will fit on the front of the t-shirt. This design here is great, because it’s an all-over design – there’s no right or wrong direction with it. If you’re going with some kind of really serious straight lines, you may have trouble lining it up and having really good results at the end. So look for medium to small images, all over pattern, and I like to go with 100% cotton or fiber that’s comparable to the sweatshirt or t-shirt that you’re using.

So, I’m using a self-healing mat here, and I’m just gonna slide it in my sweatshirt. And I’m using this because I’m gonna be pinning the fabric to the top of my sweatshirt, and I don’t want to possibly pin underneath here. So, if you have a piece of cardboard, a magazine, self-healing mat, works fantastic. So I’m just gonna be placing my fabric right in the area that I know my image is gonna go on top, and I’m gonna take a little time with this because I absolutely don’t want any wrinkles in this before I pin it. Fold this fabric over, and then position my image right on top. As you can see, I’ve got this lean here. I kind of want it to go off a little bit on the sweatshirt here by the zipper, so I’m just gonna fold this image over, this little piece of the wing, right there. So that looks just about right – let’s pin this down!

Now, you wanna pin this really, really well so when you start stitching everything together, nothing shifts around. You may think this is over stitching, but, trust me, you’ll be glad once you start stitching! And remember, for more information on this project and all of our other great sewing projects, just log on to our website at DIYNetwork.com. And this is ready to be sewn! So, Cathie’s gonna show you how to do this – get my self-healing mat out – there we go!

So let’s get stitching. I’m using a ball point needle, and that’s kind of a rounded needle. It’s still sharp, and it’s gonna go through the fabric really smoothly and help prevent any extra fraying that may happen. I’m using a short stitch length and going very carefully over my template. This is pretty easy sewing, but it’s also really detailed, so take your time and make it look right! There we go! Trim away these threads…

OK, so the next step in this is we want to remove this paper. So, I’m just gonna slowly pull it away from the sweatshirt here. Now, don’t go crazy and pull it really quick. You want to be a little gentle with this so you’re not gonna be pulling any threads out. Sounds like you’re ripping it, but that’s just the paper! Alright! There you go – how great is that? But, we need to reveal our fabric, and to do that, we’re gonna do the cutaway part now. What I’m gonna do is just go in and grab just this back fabric and sort of hold it separate, and in the center of where we just stitched, I’m gonna go in and make a slit. Just cut right in there. Then we’re gonna go in and we’re gonna cut very close to the stitching line, about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch. You want to get close to the line, but you don’t want to go over that line, because then you would end up cutting through your stitches.

And we’ve got ourselves one cool, cutaway design! Now, all we need to do is to go in on the backside and remove a little it of this bulk. So I’m just using some pinking shears here, and just getting close to my stitch here and just cutting away that extra bulk. You don’t need that in there…it would just be irritating!

Let me see! I think I’m gonna be wearing this for a long time! Pretty cool! From t-shirts to sweatshirts to even jeans, you can create a rock and roll cutaway on just about any piece of fabric! Coming up, we square off with a pillow project that offers star treatment. You’ve got a backstage pass, next on Creative Juice!

Remember those cutaway tees that we did earlier, like my shirt here? Well, we did the exact same technique right on top of pillows, using this red faux suede and this black…a great combination. We also did it right on top of denim, which looked great. And we have a few tips and techniques for working with different fabrics when you’re using this cutaway technique. If you’re doing it on a t-shirt or using t-shirt knit material, you’re not gonna get much fray on your cut lines, but if you’re working with denim, you may need to use a little bit of this product called Stop Fraying. What we did is, we went in with a little bit of our Stop Fraying on a paintbrush and went right around our edges. This stuff dries perfectly clear, and it goes through the laundry.

Now, we specifically made these big pillows for on top of a bed. What we’ve done is, we wanted our birds to look at each other, going left to right, so what we’ve done is. We’ve just reversed the image on one of the pillows so they can sit comfortably and watch each other, all day long!

We hope that this cutaway technique has inspired you to try some of your own! Thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you next time – see you later!

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Oct 11

Learn How To Cure Jet Lag

How To Cure Jet Lag (courtesy of HealthyAirTravel.com)

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Traveler’s Defense Healthy Travel Tip Of The Week! This week’s healthy travel topic – How To Avoid Jet Lag. Let’s take a closer look at how the stresses of flying are affecting your body, and what you can do to prevent the symptoms of jet lag.

To truly understand jet lag, let’s take a look at how it’s actually affecting your body. The human body operates on what is called a Circadian Rhythm, otherwise known as your biological clock. This natural rhythm is synchronized with your local time zone, and tells your body when to wake up in the morning, and when it’s time to go to sleep again at night. In addition to controlling your sleep and wake cycles, these rhythms also affect your hunger, digestion, bowel habits, urine production, temperature and blood pressure. As you can see, these rhythms are essential in maintaining optimal health.

The body’s circadian rhythm actually operates on a 25-hour cycle, which is why it’s much easier to stay up an hour later, but so much more difficult to get to bed an hour earlier. This results in a more severe jet lag effect when traveling west to east.

Now that you understand what’s causing jet lag, let’s take a look at some of the best methods for prevention.

Since your body’s natural clock is synchronized to its local time, you can begin to prepare yourself in advance, by not hitting that snooze button in the morning. Starting your day slightly earlier each day, a few days before you travel, will better prepare you to adjust to a new time zone at your final destination.

Once you have made it to your destination, one of the best ways to induce a natural sleep is with the use of an over-the-counter supplement, such as melatonin. By telling your body when it should be going to sleep each night with a dietary supplement, you will find yourself acclimated much faster, and with plenty of energy to take on the day when you wake up.

Let’s not forget the cardinal rule of hydration. Drink, drink, and then keep on drinking! Healthy hydration levels is the best way to keep your body in peak shape to fend off these feelings of fatigue and weakness brought on by jet lag. That said, try your best to stay away from drinking liquids like caffeine or alcohol, that further dehydrate your body. Although you may think you need that last boost of energy to get something done on the flight, or you just want to lay back and enjoy a few drinks, the long term affects definitely outweigh the short term benefits, when it comes to this.

From all of us at Travelers Defense, thanks for watching! If you’d like to learn more about this topic, come visit us at www.HealthyAirTravel.com.

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Oct 08

How to Repair Cane Furniture Part 1

How To Repair Cane Furniture Part 1 (Wickerworks.com/au)

Here we have an antique child’s highchair, and we’re gonna put a new seat in. And, I’ve actually fixed it all up before. It was all cracked around the front area here, as you can see, but, it’s nicely glued up. And, what we’re gonna do is show you how we can hand-weave a new seat – the traditional method of caning, individually laced through all these holes.

What you’re gonna need first of all is a good-sized cane. This one is 2 ½ mil, rattan chair cane, and you can buy it at any supplier. And you also need some golf tees. I’ve got a mixture of wood and plastic golf tees in there, so you can hold the cane in place.

OK, before we get started, what you need to do is soak the cane for about a couple of minutes – 5, 10 minutes at tops – so it becomes a lot more supple, easier to weave, and you can stop and start as often as you like when you’re starting this project, as long as you ensure that the cane is wet. Obviously, if you’ve got cane in the seat partially done, soak that for a little while, and also the new strands that you start weaving, and then that way, you’re gonna find it a lot easier to slide the cane through and make a better job. Because, once it dries out , it tightens up.

Now, there’s a little tip here I want to show you. You won’t be able to see this too well on the camera film, but there’s a little node – little barbs – where the leaves come out from the rattan. It actually grows that way – outwards of course – and the leaves come out this area here. These little barbs catch on your finger, or your fingernail, as you run through there. So, it’s imperative that, when you start weaving – especially the last 2 areas – to run it so that it runs smooth against the rest of the cane. Otherwise, you’re gonna keep catching this on parts of the weave, and it will just cause a bit of a nightmare. In fact, it might even fray or split. So, there’s a little tip for you. Run your finger on the top, and if it’s nice and smooth, that’s the direction you’ve gotta weave, ok? Now, let’s get started!

OK, the very first step you want to do is to ensure that you keep a nice, straight edge from the front to the back – so it’s not sort of going over to the left or the right – by your eyes, make sure you’ve got a nice, straight side there. So you can see that’s pretty straight. You don’t want it over in that hole over there – it would look a bit silly. So, put your first strand here, have a little bit hanging down below here and golf tee in there. Make sure you have the shiny side of the cane up on top, of course, pass it through the hole that you think is dead straight, and bring it up and under next to the right or the left – whichever direction you want to take to. I’m gonna go to the right, because I’m right-handed, so it makes it a little bit easier. Bring it up through the 2nd hole. And, always ensure that you’ve got it nice and fairly tight. Pull it taught. I’m doing this with one hand and holding the camera with the other, but, I can get it fairly tight. And then, when you want to stop, just put a little tee in there, a little golf tee in there and that will hold it in place.

So then, you just keep on going through, down to this hole, run it parallel, into the next hole, crossing, and do that right on to the very end, until you get to the straight, and I’ll show you that in a sec.

So, here’s the first part done, and you can see where I’ve kept it nice and parallel, and there’s no more room for anymore. You don’t need to put any more here. And, so they’re secured by the golf tees. Now, what I’m gonna do is just carry on across the end here. And, once we’ve got all this part in, we’ll go to Stage 2, Step 2.

So, Stage 1 is done. All the strands from the front to the back of the chair are in place. And, I’ve got a fair bit left over, so I’ve brought up the other over here, and now what we’re gonna do is Stage 2 or Step 2 – come across 90° to the first step. So, as you can see – I’ll move the camera around – you’re gonna come across there and weave through those holes and then come out the other hole next to it, and then go back and forth so you’ve got a nice, square pattern.

So, you can now see how we’re forming a nice, square pattern. The cane just sits straight over the top of the first stage. And make sure it stays nice and parallel. And so you’re following every other hole that goes round – every hole that goes round. And we’ll complete that to the very end, here. There’s also a strand parallel to that one. Now, I can get one more in here. As long as it’s run parallel. So, you’ll miss another couple of holes here…so, come up, say from that hole there and run parallel to this string, and that should finish that there off. There’s a few more golf tees in here now – that’s because there’s some ends here that I haven’t tied off but you need to keep them in here, anyway. And then, be sure that you keep this rattan wet as you’re weaving away.

OK, having done Stage 2, now we’re doing Stage 3, and that’s really the same as Stage 1. I’ve come up through this little hole here, as you can see, I’m gonna run parallel to the first stage. On top, once again, and keeping it to the right of the first stage. And you’re gonna go underneath here and, I’m gonna go from left to right just to finish this little bit here off because I’ve got enough cane, and then I’m gonna start on the other area.

So now we’ve successfully done Step 2, or Stage 3, and all the parallel lines are done. And Stage 4 will be doing the same as Step 2 or Stage 2…I’m getting them mixed up here, but it doesn’t really matter there – you get the gist of it all! So, now, we’re gonna go from left to right and follow the Stage 2 ones that run parallel. But, this one is a little bit different. Just start the ball rolling by putting the cane in, and I’ll show you what I mean.

So, for Stage 4, I’ve come up out of this hole here, and if you can see close enough, I’ve gone under the first strand and over the 2nd one. And you have to do that to the next parallel one running here, too – under the first one and over the 2nd one. So, you see, there’s a nice, little square pattern forming there. I’ll just do a couple of other strands so you can see. See these little square patterns forming here? So, don’t forget, it’s under over, under over, under over – just keep on going. And don’t forget to keep the cane fairly damp. I use a little spray bottle, here, which does the trick. Just spray a little water so it slides easier, too. And don’t forget the little tip I told you before with having that running of the cane smoothly up your fingers, because as you start pulling this through, it might catch on some of the cane and break. So make sure it runs nice and smoothly. You don’t need to go right across in one go – you can do it in stages and just gently pull. See? Watch this, where it slides quite easily, and pull that nice and tight til we get to the end, here. Now, when we get to the end here, make sure you don’t get the cane twisting on anything, make sure it stays nice and straight. Keep a nice, straight square pattern here.

And there you go. So, there’s the beginning of Stage 4. So, just keep on doing that, and I’m gonna do a few more strands so you can see what it looks like. So now you can see it’s starting to form a nice square pattern there. I’m just gonna put this black fabric underneath so you can probably see it a lot easier. There you go! That’s a lot better, isn’t it? So, that’s what you’ve got to achieve – keep the squares nice and close to one another and keeping them all parallel. See? It’s looking quite good now! So, I’m gonna finish this off now and then I’ll show you what it looks like when I’ve done the whole – finished the Stage 4.

So here you can see – now, I’ve finished the 4th stage, so we’ve got a nice, square sort of pattern, and all we need to do now is the next 2 stages – these are the diagonals. (Go to How To Repair Cane Furniture Part II)

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Jul 29

Learn How To Read Palms

How To Read Palms (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Learn how to read a person, just by looking at their hand, using the ancient art of Palmistry. You will need:

Palm to Read
Basics of Palmistry

Step 1: Read the Dominant hand – the one the person uses to write with. It reveals what’s going on now. The Passive hand represents the person’s inherited characteristics. Markedly different lines on each hand indicate a person who has worked hard to change their basic nature.

Step 2 – Know how to view the lines. Read Horizontal Lines from the thumb side across, and Vertical Lines from the wrist up.

Step 3 – Start with the top horizontal line, or the Heart line. A line that’s close to the fingers indicates a passionate, sometimes jealous person. If the line goes straight across, the person keeps a tight rein on their emotions. If it curves up, toward the index finger, the person is more outwardly affectionate. Gaps in the Heart line suggest the person has known heartbreak. Short lines that cross the Heart line show they are very flirtatious and have a hard time staying faithful.

Step 4 – Look at the next horizontal line, which is the Head line. A strong, straight line that goes all the way across the hand, indicates a logical, no-nonsense thinker. A zig-zag line represents a mind that tends to wander. If the line curves downward, toward the wrist, the person is creative and trusting.

Step 5 – Examine the 3rd major line, which usually slopes from horizontal to vertical – the Life Line. A strong, deep line suggests a person who is enthusiastic about life and strives to reach their full potential. A shallow or faint line indicates someone with less ambition. Contrary to popular belief, the Life Line has nothing to do with how long a person will live!

Step 6 – Check out the Fate Line…the vertical line in the center of the palm. A strong, straight line indicates a person with a focused career. A faint line suggests someone less happy with their job. Forks and branches represent many starts and stops in a person’s career path.

Step 7 – Don’t like what you’re seeing? Remember that your fate is not on your hands, but in your hands. The existing lines simply represent what has come before.

Did you know? There is evidence that Palm Reading may have begun in India about 4,500 years ago.

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Jul 20

Learn How To Ride A Motorcycle

How To Ride A Motorcycle for the Very First Time (courtesy of 13mordeth)

Hello, this is 13! I’ve got a few people that watch my vids that like motorcycles (no surprise there!), and some of them don’t have a bike yet, and they plan on getting one in the near future. So, this video is for them, and it is How To Ride A Motorcycle for the first time! This pretty much applies to someone who has never ridden a bike before, so, if you’ve ridden a bike before, you can just skip this vid. And, you know, this is for people who are either gonna buy a bike who haven’t owned one before, or people who come across a bike and decide they wanna steal it! Either way! So, you’ve got a motorcycle – now, what do you do?

The first thing you do is you put on your protective gear. Make sure you have the body armor. You shouldn’t wear running shoes, because running shoes have laces that can catch on things. If you do have laces, take like the loops of the bow and tuck them back into the shoes, so there’s nothing really hanging loose. Or, you could tuck the bows into the laces here – like, take a bow and tuck it underneath – just get the laces and bows out of the way, because you don’t want them to catch on anything!

OK, so you get on the motorcycle and you turn the key. The fuel injection does its thing, and then the red light comes on. That means it’s ready to start. Notice that the neutral light is not on, so that means we’re not in neutral. Most motorcycles, the gears are:

1 – Down

Neutral – Up

Up past neutral – 2nd

Then keep going up for the gears – 2nd , 3rd , 4th, 5th.

So, it’s like – 1st gear, neutral, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th.

So, I’m in gear right now, but I don’t know which gear, right? So, I hold in the clutch and just keep kicking down all the way, to make sure I’m on. It doesn’t go down, so that means I’m in 1st. So, I wanna go up half a click, to neutral. And now, the neutral light’s on – so, I’m in neutral. Now, I can start the bike and it won’t go anywhere.

OK. So, the bike is started. Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you where the controls are!

The left-hand side of the motorcycle is for gears. This is a gear-shifter, and this is the clutch. Just like a car has a clutch – and these are the gears. So, the left side is for shifting.

The right side of a motorcycle is for breaking! This is the rear brake, and this is the front brake. This is the accelerator. If you didn’t know where the accelerator was, you really shouldn’t try to ride a bike!

OK…and for low speed, you should pretty much just use the back break. It’s safer, and, if you lock it up, the bike’s not gonna fall over. So, I’d say, while just getting familiar with the bike, and familiar with the clutch and stuff, you should pretty much just use the rear break. I’ll probably use both…out of habit…but, for you, I’d say just use the rear. So, just use your right foot.

OK. So, I hold the clutch in, push down. Neutral light goes off, and you feel a click. It’s in 1st gear again. 1st gear is the only, real tricky part to driving. Same as a standard car. The first thing you want to do is figure out where the clutch engages. You’re not gonna be familiar with this clutch. So, what you do is you just let it out really slowly. And, you can see now that the bike is starting to move. And I’m not touching the accelerator, but the bike’s rolling, because the clutch is like, maybe 20%, 10% engaged. And that 10% engaged is enough to get the bike to roll. So, once it starts rolling, just pull your hand back in and try it again, ok? See, the bike’s moving, and I’m not – I don’t even have my hand on the accelerator. It’s not stalling, because I’m only partially engaged. If I let it out too far, too fast…it’s rolling…now, look at that! I got the bike rolling without even touching the accelerator! I didn’t think that would happen!

Let’s try that again – it’s cause I let it out smoothly – I let it out too smoothly. If I let it out too fast, then it just stalls. OK, if your bike stalls, it’s just telling you you let the clutch out too fast. You see, that second time I let the clutch out so slowly, that the bike started riding, and it didn’t even stall, and I didn’t give it any gas! So, that just goes to prove, what you can do with a smooth clutch. A smooth clutch release. You don’t even need to give it gas. And, that’s a pretty safe way to get the bike started rolling, you know – no fear of popping the clutch, or giving it too much RPMS a doing a wheelie or whatnot, like you see on the internet. So, let’s try that again. That time I didn’t put it in neutral – I just held the clutch in, and then started it. That’s another way. You don’t have to have it in neutral to start the bike. It’s the better way to start it, but, I was certain that it was in 1st gear, so I just held the clutch in all the way and started it.

So, I’m still in 1st gear – make sure – and then…so, I’m gonna give it a bit of gas and just let the clutch out slowly. Feel it start to move…slowly. OK, now I can let go of the clutch – I’m engaged. I don’t let go of the handle, but I’m just letting go to show you that the clutch is fully disengaged…or engaged…or whatever. So, anyways, yea…when you’re at slower speeds again, you just hold the clutch in, so the bike isn’t jerky, you know? If I were to let the clutch out and then drive at this speed, it’s kind of jerky, so you just pull the clutch in, and work it together with the gas.

The first time you ride a bike, first of all, you’re stopping and starting a lot. Stop, let the clutch out, give it a little bit of gas, work the 2 together to get it rolling, ok. Stop again. You know, a lot of times, what happens is that they stall the bike. They stall it like I did earlier. Then they get frustrated, so they start it up again, then they give it more gas and let the clutch out quicker to hurry up and get moving. Then they stall it again. And, then, the next time, they give it even more gas, and then the bike jerks, and then they lose control and they crash.

So, just keep the speed down low and practice. And, that’s about it…just…the most important thing when you’re first start riding – is just really move the clutch control. Get used to moving your hand in such a slow, controlled fashion. See, you can kind of see what I’m doing with the clutch…just letting it out and letting the bike move. Then, when I stop, I let the clutch out, give it gas. When I’m giving it gas, again, I’m only going about 2000 RPMs. You can see how much that is – just a little bit. Watch the RPMs…I’m keeping it at about 2000, just to get it rolling. Try that again – watch. See, it doesn’t go up over 2, for a smooth start.

If you want to start it quicker, you can bring the RPMs up higher, but, you don’t want to do that when you’re new. I can bring the RPMs up to, like…over 5,000 – 6,000. Then I let the clutch out. But, I’m also letting it out smoothly. If I just let go of it, the front might pop up, or you might lose control, so, smooth is the key. Video is getting a little bit long, so I’m gonna stop it, here. The first time you ride a motorcycle, know where everything is, and practice starting and stopping, because, the most important thing is clutch control.

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Jun 18

How to Pit Cherries

How To Pit Cherries (courtesy of WholeFoodsMarket.com)

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Jun 08

How to Line a Cake Pan

How To Line A Cake Pan (courtesy of Chow.com)

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Jun 04

How to Decorate Cupcakes – Buttercream Flower

How To Decorate Buttercream Cupcakes (courtesy of SavorySweetLife.com)

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Mar 29

A Guide to Improving Your Knife Skills

How To Improve Your Kitchen Knife Skills (courtesy of CookingWithCaitlin.com)

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Jun 03

How to Poach an Egg

Learn how to poach and egg without making a mess in this video from Chow.com

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Mar 16

How to Cut an Onion

Don’t cry! Learn how to cut an onion from the experts at the Culinary Institute of America.

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Dec 31

How to Ice a Cake

Learn how to ice a cake and prep it for decorating in this video from MonkeySee.com

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Mar 18

Cake Decorating Instructions – Frosting a Cake

Learn how to frost a cake with this video from Epicurious.com

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Feb 22

How to Eat a Pomegranate

Learn how to eat a pomegranate and easily remove kernels without making a mess in this video from Food Wishes.

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Nov 29

How to Eat Healthy – Natural Alternative Sweetners

Learn how to sweeten up your life with a few healthy alternatives from Lime.com

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Aug 12

What does Organic Mean

Learn what “organic” means with this video from NutritionOnDemand.com

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Feb 16

How to Filet Salmon

Learn how to filet salmon with this video from dsugden.

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