Best Camping Activities and Games for Families Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Families who like to go camping are often in search of great activities do while living out of a tent or sitting around the campfire. If you children are not old enough to sit around debating the merits of ales versus lagers, consider some of the camping activities suggested below.

In daylight hours, take the kids hiking. Not only is this a great chance to see and experience new things, children will love learning about different kinds of edible plants and discovering the best way to read a hiking map.

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How to Make A Mosaic Mirror Frame Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Mosaic mirror frames make beautiful wall accents. They can be made easily with a few basic items. By making them by hand, you can add details to blend them into the room’s dcor.

To start, you will need four strips of wood that are about two inches wide and a foot long. On a table, horizontally place two wood strips about a foot apart. Then, vertically add two more on each side of Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Started: Blow Your Own Glass Beads Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Beadmaking is a fascinating craft that is easy to do when you learn the basics. You will need to invest in the appropriate equipment, such as a torch, mandrel, heatproof work surface and fireproof blanket. Beadmaking requires some expendable materials including glass rods and bead release. Some of the safety equipment that you need includes safety goggles, a fire extinguisher and heat resistant work gloves.

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10 Things Glass Blowers Should Know Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Highly skilled artisans are employed in a field called glass blowing. It is a process where glass is melted and molded into different shapes for use in research and production. Although the work environment is not very demanding, it still requires some basic fundamentals. Listed below will be 10 things that they should know.

The 5 Glassblower Skills

The bench is not just fopr comfort. It is a place to set up hazardous equipment. With this in mind, a glassblower should always consider safety. Glassbending Read the rest of this entry »

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Holiday Scrapbook Paper for Gift Giving Friday, July 8th, 2011

You may scrapbook. You may know someone who does. You may even know someone who hasn’t tried it yet. Whatever the reason, here are a few ideas that might help you decide exactly what to do and what to give.

Themed Paper

When we think about the word “Holiday” images of a jolly old elf and decorated trees may spring to mind. Scrapbooking paper could be for a birthday, a baby shower, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, a wedding, Valentine’s Day, or any of the various Read the rest of this entry »

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Scrapbook Cover Designs for New Moms Monday, June 27th, 2011

Scrapbook Cover Designs for New Moms

Scrapbooking has become a popular hobby, going along with rubber stamping, sticker art and stencils. A scrapbook is for the purpose of displaying your favorite photos, usually on a special theme, such as the arrival of a new baby. A scrapbook would be a wonderful baby shower gift, and you could start it out by making a beautiful cover, leaving the inside pages for her to fill in.

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Scrapbook Solutions for Kids Memory Books Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Memory books are important pieces of childhood memorabilia. They are perfect keepsakes for babies, toddlers, and children, and they are special treasures for parents.

Scrapbooking is also a great bonding activity for families. Creating a book together is a fun way to preserve childhood memories and relive them later on.

Part photo album, part journal, and part scrapbook, kids memory books share and preserve the important events in a child’s life. Photographs, personal stories, and memorabilia keep special memories alive, leaving a lasting legacy for Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Started With Home Brew Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Home brewing is becoming more and more popular among baby boomers with a little extra cash and a lot of extra time. Here are a few tips about the easy ways you can get started tomorrow with a home brewing operation of your own! First, pick up a book about brewing at a local bookstore or online. Something simple will do such as “Home Brewing for Dummies” and will help familiarize you with brewers terms. After you’ve read up on the subject, seek out a home brew store in your area. For the most part, these stores are Read the rest of this entry »

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San Juan Island Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

When discussing San Juan Island, it’s important to make sure you’re not missing an ‘s’ at the end. You see, the San Juan Islands are part of the San Juan Archipelago, located in the northwest corner of the continental U.S. There are more than 450 islands in the chain, but only fifteen are accessible by ferry. Of these, nine are part of British Columbia, and six are part of the state of Washington. Of those six, San Juan Island is the second-largest and the most-populated. It has an area of 55.053 square miles and recorded a population of 6,822 at the 2000 census.Friday Harbor is the only incorporated town on the island. It was named after Joseph Poalie Friday, a Hawaiian sheep farmer who worked for the Hudson Bay Company in Cowlitz County from 1841 to 1860, and then moved to the island. In the early 20th century, the harbor was a regular stop for the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet of steamships. These ships carried goods such as apples, pears, strawberries, chickens, salmon and more back to the mainland, but this trade diminished starting around the time of the Great Depression and continuing through World War II. In the 1960s, a tourism and retirement industry started, and the harbor remains the center of San Juan Island to this day. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Introduction to WA Brewing Companies Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Washington State is home to a number of different breweries, all of which are sure to reward thirsty travelers. The Washington Brewers Guild was founded to educate people about the variety of beers in the area, and to give the companies a voice in the local community. For more information, visit the Washington Brewers Guild to learn about member brewing companies, or visit the website of one of the companies listed below. Safe travels, and happy drinking! Read the rest of this entry »

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