A Grand Design: Quilts of Love Series by Amber Stockton Book Review

A Grand Design: Quilts of Love Series by Amber Stockton My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was a delight to see the basis of this book, being based on the book “Somewhere in Time” and the characters name was based on the movies character, “A Grand Design” was a romantic story that focused more…



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How to Treat Flea Bites on Humans

Visit: http://fleas-on-humans.blogspot.com , For More Information.. How to Treat Flea Bites on Humans: How to treat flea bites on humans — well, in most cas…
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Thyroid Problems in Dogs


Thyroid problems in dogs are often difficult to recognize because the symptoms are so subtle. You might notice a change in the level of your dog’s energy, weight gain, or severe skin problems, but not associate these changes with anything serious that you should be concerned about. To detect thyroid problems a dog needs a blood test before the symptoms can be correctly diagnosed as a thyroid problem.

Hypothyroidism is a common illness in dogs and occurs when not enough thyroid hormones are produced in the animal’s body. The thyroid hormone has many functions and the most important is to regulate metabolism. Weight gain then becomes one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism cases are caused by a genetic autoimmune disease called thyroiditis, which produces anti-thyroid antibodies in the dog’s body. Sometimes the disease will develop as early as puberty even though the clinical signs won’t appear until later in a dog’s life.

Hypothyroidism most commonly affects dogs from four to ten years of age, especially large breed dogs. Miniature and toy breeds are very seldom affected.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight loss, an elevated heart rate, increased urination, hyperactivity, lethargy, excessive hair loss and shedding, an intolerance for exercise – especially in colder weather – a low heart rate, and sudden changes in behavior such as increased aggression. All dogs suffering from hypothyroidism don’t display the full range of these symptoms, and some may exhibit only a few mild symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

In more serious cases, a dog may have seizures, chronic hepatitis, cardiac irregularities, or a loss of smell or taste.

To detect and diagnose hypothyroidism, a vet will do a blood test called a T4 panel which measures the level of thyroid hormones in the blood. A dog that tests positive for thyroid disease will require medication to regulate the thyroid hormones for the rest of its life.

More than 50 different breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to developing thyroid problems. No matter which breed of dog you have, if these symptoms become noticeable and last for a protracted period of time, you should have your dog tested before the disease can cause serious damage.

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Bedbugs and lice can surreptitiously infiltrate luggage and clothing before…

Bedbugs and lice can surreptitiously infiltrate luggage and clothing before…
Gear: Baggage kills pests that might hide inside. Bedbugs and lice can surreptitiously infiltrate luggage and clothing before or after a trip. Now comes luggage that functions as an execution chamber for stowaway bugs by heating them to death
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Everything you need to know about Head Lice
by Laura Cummins | 5 September 2014. With the kids back at school, the chances of catching head lice increases. As new results reveal that one in five children in the UK may have head lice at any one time, it's important to catch the unwanted guests as
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In the battle against lice, in steps the 'Nit Fairy'
Lice are tiny — smaller than the writing on a penny. But don't let size fool you; these critters cause major panic and disruption. "When you hear the word 'lice,' you're still like 'Ahhhhh!'" one mom told us. "I immediately want to protect my kids and
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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is ‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’ – who knew!  So I give you this tiny ‘Pirate’ who I’m sure can ‘woof’ in an ‘Ahoy matey’ sort of way!

In fact, this little sweetheart is called Shelley and is only 9 months old. She lives in Menton but I met her at the Sospel Agricultural Show last Sunday.
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DIY Tutorial // Personalized Dotted Name Lamp

DIY Personalized Dotted Name Lamp Shade // Bubby and Bean


Almost nine months after our daughter Essley was born, I am finally getting around to finishing up her nursery. I still need to hem the curtains, but other than that, the only final detail missing has been a table lamp. Her room is gray, white, and black with pops of vibrant primary colors, and I wanted something simple that would still be fun without being over-the-top. I already had a dark grey lamp shade, and I thought about decorating it with her name, but I didn’t want to use paint or stencils. The other day, while looking through all of the attachments of my Dremel® Micro™ 8050, I came up with the idea to use it to create cut-out style dots to form the letters of her name. I thought it would look so pretty to see the hints of light shining through when her room was dark, and it would be a sweet, subtle way to personalize it just for her. My husband and I worked on this project together, and we loved the way it turned out, so I’m sharing it with you guys. Obviously, this doesn’t have to be for a nursery or kid’s room either – you could use any name (or any word) you wanted.

  • Dremel® Micro™ 8050
  • Lamp base
  • Lamp shade (cylinder or drum shape)
  • Light bulb
  • A measuring tape
  • Masking tape
  • A fine point marker
  • Two copies of your name template (see details below)

1. Begin by creating your name template. To do this, measure around the circumference of your shade with a measuring tape, in order to get an idea of the width that you’ll need your name to be. You’re going to be “punching out” the name on two sides of your shade, so you’ll want the width of the name to measure 4-5 inches inches less than half of the circumference of the shade. Our shade measured 27.5 inches around, and half of that is 13.75 inches, so we made our name template 9 inches wide. Once you know the width you’ll need, create the template by choosing a dotted font, then typing out the text in the program of your choice. (I used Photoshop, and the font I used is called National First Font Dotted, which can be downloaded here. Another option is to create dotted text using a handwriting worksheet like this one.) After you’ve finished creating your template, print two copies and trim them down.

2. Next, attach the templates to the inside of the shade with tape. To do this in a way that is centered properly, start from the seam of your shade, measure a quarter way around in both directions along the bottom, and make a tiny mark on each side (on the inside at the bottom of the shade).  Repeat this along the top. Then measure halfway from the top mark to the bottom mark on each side, and make another small mark on the inside of the shade at the halfway point for each side.  Center your name templates on top of these marks (the middle mark on each side) on the inside of the shade, then attach with masking tape.

3. Use a fine tip marker to mark each dot on the outside of the shade. If you’re in a dark room, it may be difficult to see through to the templates, so make sure you’re in a well lit space. Although our shade was very dark grey, I did this sitting by a window and was able to see the template dots with no problem.

4. Now comes the fun part. Using your Dremel® Micro™ 8050 and the 105 attachment (carving/engraving), create small holes on each of the dots you drew in step 3. To do this, make sure you choose the highest speed (28), then set the tip on top of each dot to “drill out” your holes. Be gentle and let the tool do the work; the Dremel® Micro™ 8050 is the most powerful and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced, and will create perfect, uniformly sized holes with very little effort. Continue this with each dot until the names on each side are completed.

5. Put your shade on your lamp base, insert your lightbulb, turn on the lamp, and watch your name light up!

This project was a lot of fun, and I absolutely love the finished product. And best of all, it was easy – in large part thanks to the Dremel® Micro™8050. Most piercing tools would have caused the inside of the lamp shade to crack, but the Micro’s fluid movements prevented this and allowed for perfectly uniformed holes. This little tool is no joke. It’s super lightweight and easy to handle in tight spaces, but it’s packed with features that are heaven to a DIYer: a soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery. It can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish. It’s also fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories. We’ve already made a list of projects we plan to create with it soon. If you are into DIYs like we are, you can purchase a Micro 8050 of your own online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $ 89 USD. For more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit www.dremel.com.

And here’s some great news before I go… Dremel wants to celebrate its fans’ brilliant projects, work and ideas! Now through October 12, share, tweet or post photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that depict your brilliant ideas using the hashtag #MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps for the chance to win weekly prizes, including free tools and handmade gifts, or the grand prize: a custom-engraved Honda scooter and a Micro 8050. Visit www.facebook.com/dremel for rules and to learn more.

Have you ever done any craft projects involving lamps or lighting? Do you have any fun DIY projects or ideas involving a Dremel that you can share?

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Elena Georgieva – Mite more Mite (LIVE)

“ZAJDI, ZAJDI” 15.06.2014 ALFA TV – MACEDONIA – MAKEDONIJA Emisija posvetena na ELENA GEORGIEVA Elena Georgieva – Mite more Mite (LIVE) ORCHESTRA: MILAN ZAVK…
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Frank Stasio from WUNC’s The State of Things donated his face mites today! Check out the story here: http://wunc.org/post/supergluing-your-face-science.

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Let’s Talk Eco-Friendly Furniture (+ My Favorite Pieces)

1. Alex Nightstand (handmade from reclaimed demolition hardwoods), Tansu //  2. Zudu Asymmetrical Corner Sofa (made with recycled teak and recycled Sunbrella fabrics), Mamagreen  //  3. Aria 6-Drawer Dresser (handmade from eco-friendly bamboo), Tansu //  4. Great Wall Bookcase (handmade from eco-friendly plantation grown mahogany), Tansu  //  5. Eco-Natura Roma Dining Table (made from CARB compliant and VOC-free materials), Inmod  //  6. Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair (made from VOC-free, recyclable fiberglass), Herman Miller Store //  7. Mid-Century Modern Platform Bed (made from sustainable bamboo), Bambeco  //  8. Lotus Console (made from sustainable bamboo), Tansu //  9. Randy Nightstand (handmade from sustainable bamboo), Tanua  

I know, I know. It’s gotten all home-themed post crazy up in here lately. Don’t worry, there are plenty more style and food and DIY posts on the calendar too (I’m going a little DIY crazy next week, as a matter of fact). But as I mentioned in a recent post, this time of year just seems to get me in a home improvement sort of mood. As the weather and seasons shift into a period where we’re spending more time indoors, all cozied up and stuff, I think it’s natural (at least in my mind) to want to focus more on your living space. And lately, my focus has been on furniture that has sustainability in mind.

As many of you know, I designed for an eco-friendly clothing line for 15 years. And although we are (sadly) in the process of closing it down, I’ve learned so much over the past decade and a half about earth-conscious design, and the different industries in which it can be applied. When it comes to furniture, there is a lot of consider – from whether the materials are sustainable to how well a piece was made and how long it will last to if it was produced locally or via fair trade practices. I’ll be the first to admit that I own my fair share of furniture from places (like the blue and yellow palace, ahem) that isn’t exactly made to last decades – but if I’m actively looking for a furniture item, I always pay attention to what aspects of a piece may or may not be sustainable.

The pieces you see above as some of my recent favorite eco-friendly furniture finds, along with a brief note next to each link explaining what makes them earth conscious. I’ve been on the look-out for new nightstands, and I especially love #1 from Tansu. I’m all about the rustic vibe and the fact that it’s made from reclaimed woods. So beautiful.

Which is your favorite? Do you consider sustainability when looking for furniture?

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Love of sports sends spunky girl onto the football field
Second-grader Chloe Kowal is excited to begin the football season as the only girl on the Valparaiso Pop Warner Football Junior Mitey Mite 3 team. The team is comprised of 7- and 8-yearolds and practices on the Valparaiso High School field. This year
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But even when the plotting feels strained or inauthentic, the Asche & Spencer score a mite too insistent, Monaghan's performance rings true. Maggie is tough and formidable, yet also practical, fair-minded and willing to give others the benefit of the
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Rudy Green’s

Karla, proprietor of Rudy Greens and chef extraordinaire to the dogs, just sent this hilarious video a few weeks back and it stars Teh-De a pit bull we met on our first walk and cancer survivor.  Check it out!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cffel7ly3Gg

Also, Karla has been nominated for Martha Stewarts American Made awards – please share on Facebook and Twitter http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/88599/food/rudy-green-incrudy-greens
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