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How To Add Length To Pre Made Curtains

Custom curtains can be extremely expensive when you are trying to decorate oversized or unusually tall windows in new or old construction. The great thing is you can customize pre made curtains from your local Bed Bath and Beyond or even Target.

This simple trick will give you ideas for creating new length on semi homemade custom curtains on a budget for any overly tall window in your home.

Most pre made curtains at the local sore will come in lengths of 63 inches, 84 inches, and 96 inches. 96 inches is a luxury when you can find it.

One of the easiest ways to add length to any pre made curtain is to add length on to the bottom of the curtain. Simply hang your curtains as normal. Now, use a tape measure to measure how far they are from the ground.

Now, choose an accent fabric that coordinates with the colors in your room or even your curtains. It is never great idea to try to simply match your fabric and add the length, but it does look great to choose a complimentary fabric to add on.

Now, cut the accent fabric out two inches taller then the height needed. You should also cut it out two inches wider than the width of your curtains.

Now, simple fold in all four edges one inch. Iron them down. You can sewn them own or no sew them with yoru iron.

Finally, attach the accent fabric to the bottom of your pre made curtain panels by sewing them to the bottom edge of the curtain. Again you can use no sew or your sewing machine.

It is always a great idea to add this extra accent fabric onto the bottom of your pre made curtains to customize them for a variety of reasons.

First of all, by adding the baric onto the bottom, you can keep the existing rod pockets or tabs at the top of the pre made curtain.

If you wanted to add fabric to the top of the curtain you would have to go through the steps of sewing new tabs or even sewing a new rod pocket for your curtain hardware.

Sewing on an accent fabric at the bottom of your pre made curtain to customize it also allows you a change to ground your curtains and add visual interest at an eye level you can see and enjoy.

Ground your pre made curtain panels by choosing a darker shade for the accent fabric. You can also ground your customized curtain panels by choosing the same color as the curtains, but in a heavier fabric.

For instance, if your curtains are silk, try adding velvet fabric on the bottom. Both are luxurious and pair well together because they compliment each other.

The silk on top is light and the velvet is much heavier, which grounds the entire custom curtain.

Installing A Rain Gutter System In Your House

Buildings or houses with pitched roof have a variety of drainage systems. If a building structure’s overhang is wide enough, water can drain directly to the ground without the use of gutters. Most building structures today, however, have some type of drainage system incorporated into their design. Believe it or not, rain gutters have been around for thousands of years.

If your house doesn’t have rain gutters, you may want to consider the following facts. Gutters are an important component of every house because they serve to channel water away from it, thereby extending the life of its exterior. Without gutters, water is free t run down the roof, back across and under the eaves, and down the sides of the house eventually causing water damage. Furthermore, the runoff from the roof can seep in around windows over time, potentially causing water damage to the interior of a house.

Rain gutter systems are most commonly made from galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, and even plastic. In addition, gutters are available in a wide variety of colors, so painting them is often not necessary. If you decide to install a gutter system yourself, the materials can be purchased in precut lengths from your local hardware store and then trimmed on site to the exact length needed. Down spouts and hangers are readily available, too. Gutters are fairly inexpensive, and for several hundred dollars, you should be able to install a complete system.

When installing the gutters, you should make sure that they are hung properly. The front edge should be about one-half inch below the back edge, there should not be any low areas that can collect water, and all of the joints should be sealed properly to ensure that the water flows through the gutters and to the down sprouts rather than dripping through the joints. Finally, if the gutters have a cover screen or similar device used to keep them free of debris, be sure to check them periodically to ensure that they do not become clogged with leaves that would result in water flowing over them and thereby rendering the gutters useless.

You can also hire a professional to install a complete rain-gutter system. Even though the initial cost is more than if you did the work yourself, to me it is well worth it. By having a professional install the gutters, you can usually depend on them to be hung properly with everything functioning as designed. Most companies have a supply of material on their truck that is measured and custom fit to the exact specifications of your house.

Gutters are relatively inexpensive to install, serve a very important purpose, and will enhance the appearance of most any home by providing a clean and finished look to the eaves and corners of the house.

How Vacations That Honor Death In History Can Be Worth Doing

Death surrounds us. Just as people are born every day, people die every day. We find their names in the obituary articles. We see the funeral procession on its way to the graveyard. On gravestones, the faces of death either kindly or horrific gaze down upon us. In museums, we find the bones of the dead. At Halloween we worry about the dead coming back to life and haunting us. Whether our fascination is because the idea of ending makes us sad, or the idea of burial reminds us of smelly decay or just because of the fear of the unknown doesn’t really matter. We like to pay attention to death.
What Are the Most Common Symbols of Death?

According to J.C. Cooper, the most common symbols of death include the skeleton with scythe, sword, sickle and or hourglass, the veil, serpent, lion, scorpion, ashes and drummer. In Hinduism, a beautiful dancer often symbolizes Siva the God of Death and dance.

Find Death and Symbols of Death on Gravestones in Europe

Some of the most interesting symbols of death are found on gravestones in Europe where the Black Death hit hardest. In St. Stephen’s in Vienna, Austria, a tour will take you into the catacombs below where the bones of the dead were crammed into niches during the Black Death and it is unlikely that anyone knows who they all belong to. In Salzburg, I found a little church inset into a wall of rock and a carving of death climbing out of a gravestone. Many churches have monuments to dead persons featuring lifelike statues of the deceased. England’s Canterbury Cathedral has the largest collection of famous burials I have seen. 

Visit the Remains of the Nazi Concentration Camps from the Holocaust

A visit to any of the Nazi Concentration camps in Europe will educate anyone about the massive destruction of World War II. I visited Dachau outside of Munich and found remains of ovens, prison camp buildings and a museum exhibit with photographs of what Allied Forces found at the camp when they freed it including pictures of the remaining survivors and pictures of the dead. To forget is to allow the same mistake to happen again. Others to visit include Auschwitz near Krakow, Poland, Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany.

Find Dried Animal Remains and Fossils in Museums

I guess I am odd, but when I’ve come upon the remains of an animal that has died, it is hard not to look and see how the bones and skin and tendons fit together. In the Serengeti National Park, animals that die of natural causes or are eaten by predators leave bones lying on the plain. Once on a farm in New Zealand I came upon a pile of dried hide and bones where a dead steer had been left to perish. On the shores of the Harrison River in winter, eagles leave the carcasses of salmon picked clean on the shore. At the John Day Fossil Beds State Park, Oregon, there is a hike into a chalky pit with the remains of fossilized creatures set out for easy viewing including the tooth of a saber-toothed lion. On an archaeological research group in Turkey, I got to see the remains of a farmhouse and funeral memorial.

Find Information About Mortuary Processes in Books

To get a good idea about how the study of forensics has progressed in the past decades, “Body in Question” provides basic facts and pictures explaining decay processes and evidence that police use to determine cause and time of death.

Celebrate Death during Dia de los Muertos on All Saint’s Day in Mexico or Puerto Rico

When the Conquistador’s arrived in Mexico, the native population was practicing an Aztec ritual that celebrated their deceased loved ones. The Spaniard’s tried to eliminate the practice, but the best they accomplished was to move it to All Saint’s Day (November 1 and 2) to make it more Christian. Expect decorations and celebrations around the country. This is very similar to the United States celebration of Halloween but different.

Find Death Processes at Work in Your Garden or Forest

One of the most fascinating trips I took was on a hike into Seattle’s water control district’s Cedar River Watershed where we were introduced to the huge variety of mushrooms that grow in the region. We spent four hours on a bus, walking and picking mushrooms, and many more trying to identify them in a guide. I found at least a dozen varieties. Mushrooms are one of the most visible reminders of the decay processes that transform dead items into new life. Also look for ants, termites, nematodes, and earthworms, they help process and consume items.

How to Upgrade Your Computer Cost-Effectively – Buy PC Parts Online (Gamers)

Computers these days are always being replaced by newer and faster computer components. It’s a fact that new versions and new models of processors graphics cards and memory for PCs are released within weeks. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate if you want to keep up with the flow you’ll have to know how to budget your spending while getting a top-of-the-line PC gear. This is mostly important for gamers and people who work in graphic modeling industry.

Spending your hard-earned dollar at retail stores is not recommended. It’s best if you can research the best prices available in electronic online and buy these products online. The shipping industry is very advanced so no worry about the wait times it takes to receive your precious new electronics. When hot new video game titles are released most gamers are going to be eager to play the new games. But the biggest problem is that the gamers PC doesn’t have what it takes in terms of hardware to play the game seamlessly and lag free while getting the right graphically rendered visuals. 

When new video games are released chances are they’re going to use the newer graphics technology available on the market which means it’s time to upgrade your PC. What was top-of-the-line a year ago is now electrically outdated. The best website to start with in your quest of finding the most reasonably priced electronic computer equipment would be pricewatch.com. Upon visiting the website’s home page you can easily navigate what electronic equipment you’re looking for.

To continue with this example go ahead and click on video cards under the cards category. Video cards are by far the most demanding PC equipment. Gamers constantly upgrade their video cards so that they can keep up with new games based off of new graphics technology. In regards to video cards the two top competing companies would be ATI and NVIDIA. Go and take a look at the category ATI Radeon HD series. As of July 21 the newest video card is $205.99 which is a Radeon HD 4890. Price watch is pretty good at maintaining the latest video technology available for sale. And by all means $205.99 is a great price for the latest ATI video card available. It seems that technology even years ago couldn’t compete with these low prices.

Go ahead and click on the radeon hd 4890. Pricewatch should then take you to a page where this specific model of video card is listed for sale by many different retailers in the United States and around the world. Immediately there are results from eWiz.com, Buy.com, and Amazon.com which all show competitive prices from $199.17 to $$249.00 just from the first page. Feel free to compare these price results with other video card models to get the best for your money.

How To Start A Small Business

More about the business plan

If you are like me and you want to start up your own business, and you want to write up a good business plan, you get a brain freeze. You might not know how to start or what you need to say in your business plan. First you need to have an idea what your business is going to be about, so you have an idea of its concept. You have to have a basic idea of what you want to do and how you want to do it.

You need to gather information about your business concept and find out if your business is even going to be feasible. Is there going to be a market for what you want to do for a living. A good thing to do is do some Internet searches on businesses similar to the one you want to start. You might even contact these businesses and ask what their mission is and how much they charge for their service.

Your business plan should be a sort of outline that describes what you want to do, where you want to do it, and how you plan to do it, and why you want to do it. You must be able to fill some kind of need that a consumer will relate to and want to engage with your business. A good way to know if your business will be viable is to have some knowledge before you ever start up on your own. Many folks, including myself have worked in industries that could very well be viable as a small business. For a long time when I was nursing I wanted to have my own nursing agency, where I would have RN’s and LPN’s on staff as independent contractors. I worked a full time job, and on the side I worked as an independent contractor for a couple of nursing agencies. And now that I am retired I write for part of my living for a ghostwriting company. Both industries nursing and ghostwriting are viable industries. It is up to us who want to start up a small business to do all of our homework, and have a plan in place to make our vision a reality.

Test your business before you go commercial

Before you invest a lot of money into your business, you might want to test your plan before you start up commercially. If you want to start a commercial cleaning business, you might want to start up first with a few houses. Maybe start up with one house to clean, and let word of mouth find you that next job. If you are cleaning houses and doing a great job, people will talk and refer you. By the time you have all the houses you can reasonably handle, you know your business is going to be a success. Now is the time to go commercial. Get that business started for real, and if you need to add on people to help you, you can work and manage others. Eventually, you may be able to manage your business and have employees working under you.

In the beginning, you may want to have a mentor to guide you along the process of building your new business. It’s good to connect with people who have many of the skills you already have in your business, plus skills that you need. If your business is ready to expand, look for people that will bring something to your business. Bring in people that know more than you do about the business; this will help you when you are just beginning, because you could be just floundering like a fish out of water without someone that is more seasoned in some areas. You may have your strong points, but others may have strong points that you don’t have.

A word about money

Many of us don’t have a degree in accounting. We have to be able to keep up with our cash flow. It might be good to take a course in accounting before you actually start a business, or hire someone who does have a background in accounting. There is good accounting software, but you still need to know how to manage your company’s money.

Use the Internet

The Internet is a great way to get your business started. You can get some great websites designed for you, or you can design them yourself. Take out an ad in your local paper and tell the general public who you are, your company’s name and what you have to offer. Give the web address of your company, and before long you will be getting hits to beat the band if all is going well. You might also want to put some ads in other papers and magazines from all around the state you live in, and keep branching out as your business grows. The Internet can bring in so much business, and then you can confirm orders, or set up appointments from there. Whether you are selling a service, or selling a product you have a great future ahead of you if you plan carefully and know your market.

How To Set Up And Stick With A Cardio Workout Routine

To give you some background on my knowledge of cardio workouts, I completed my first triathlon recently after months of training. I’ll go through how I set up my routines.

Because I was attempting a triathlon the exercises I chose were pretty straightforward (swim, bike, run, and lift), but the exercises you do depend on what your goal is. My workout schedule would cycle through the exercises for defined durations each week (usually 20-100 minute workouts). Then I would repeat the same workout schedule the next week and increase the duration of the exercises for the next two weeks. My weekly schedule consisted of 4-5 days of exercise. During these workouts, I started out doing each exercise independently, but as I got more fit, I started to bike before running and swim before lifting. In order to understand my workouts I’ll go through each exercise in more detail.

Swimming

The key to a successful swim is to raise your heart rate by keeping your body moving. I swam by doing long sets of laps with minimal amounts of rest in between sets of laps. As for the strokes I did, I started by switching off each lap between front crawl and breath stroke, but as I swam more, I was able to transition to a more front crawl heavy workout.

Biking

When you start biking, you realize that the muscles is your legs start to get sore way before your cardiovascular system starts to get tired. The key to biking over time is to continually increase the distances you bike by building leg muscle while not decreasing the speed you bike at. When I bike on a stationary I like to keep a standard pace with a 30 second hill interval every 10 minutes.

Running

There are a couple different schools of thought on how to go about your runs: sprints, interval training, constant pace, etc. The method you chose really depends on what you want to get out of your runs. Personally, I prefer interval training because it builds some endurance and works best mentally for me. You should try many different approaches to running to figure out what works best for you. Also, your running schedule should accommodate short, moderate, and long runs. The key to knowing how far to run is to listen to your body and not push yourself further than you feel comfortable.

Motivating yourself

Before you can even get out of the house, there’s one major obstacle to overcome: motivation. I’ve found that it’s all about having the initial push to start exercising. Once you get started, between the release of endorphins and self-confidence, you’ll start to actually enjoy exercising. There are many different methods that people use to get themselves started: goal oriented motivation, rewards, a sense of accomplishment, etc. In my case, I registered for a triathlon and knew that I’d be wasting time and money if I didn’t train hard enough.

How To Rent Books Online With BookSwim.com

Have you ever visited your local library to go check out a book, only to find that it wasn’t there? Or perhaps, you wanted to order it through their book system, but of course, it was unavailable, and would be for some time. Also, if you are a working individual, or a college student, finding time to visit the library can be hard, but at some point, we do try to make that visit happen.

For those with busy schedules, having a book loan or book rent program would make life for “bookworms” much easier. With all of the popularity of Netflix, it would seem as if there could be a similar service with books as well. Also, with the rising price of every other product there is on the market, the prices of books seem to be on the rise too. Some of the books on the best seller’s list cost more than $20 each. Two individuals by the name of George and Shamoon came up with the idea of BookSwim after repeatedly borrowing books from a local café in their area.

In March of 2007, the idea of Bookswim was born when it loaned out it’s very first book, The Richest Man in Babylon. BookSwim is allowing individuals to rent books online without a special return date, and best of all, the website is open 24 hours a day-seven days a week! For those that have heard of Netflix-where people can rent movies online, and then return them in mailers provided by Netflix, without any extra shipping costs, there is now a book service that will allow readers to exactly that.

Joining this new book rental service is very easy, and costs around $20 a month to have three books out at a time. It also includes free shipping both ways. To join BookSwim, all new members need to do, is sign up for membership at their website, and then choose the package of their choice. From there, members can choose a book from the available categories to have shipped to their place of choice. While reading their current loaned out books, users can have a que of books on the side, so that when their finished book is shipped back, another new book is shipped directly to them. This way, a reader always has plenty of books being sent to them to enjoy all the time.

For those looking for an easy book rental program, BookSwim is a simple solution for emerging and developed book worms. While there are other book rental programs emerging online in the internet world, BookSwim is promising a great and simple service to it’s readers. BookSwim is still a new service on the internet, but currently there is over 150,000 book titles that are available for rent. Members can select from categories such as nonfiction, sports, romance, science, religion, parenting and families, art, biographies, mysteries, computers, history, and many more categories that are there to choose from. BookSwim.com is allowing users to register online to rent books.

Some may find it silly to pay for a subscription, when they can, of course visit their local library. But this service is well worth the cost, when you can have any book of your choice delivered to you at any time and you can keep it for as long as you want. Bookswim also provides the mailers to mail your books back in too. Should a member decide that they like their book that they have rented, Bookswim will allow members to purchase the books at low discounted prices that would be cheaper than buying them from a bookstore.

How To Recruit New Avon Representatives ; Increase Your Earnings

Throughout the years, I have given just about every direct sales company in the world a try, having been a representative for Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Avon, 1-800-PARTYSHOP, and Big Yellow Box by Crayola. Out of all the companies I’ve given a try, I have been most successful with Avon, as it seems they sell products that people need on a regular basis and at a price that competes with most drug stores and grocery stores. I’ve made a good deal of money just selling Avon products, but recently I’ve begun recruiting other Avon representatives into my downline, and that is where the money really is. Basically, when you are an Avon representative and you recruit a new person to sell Avon, you will make a percentage of everything that they sell…forever. You are essentially duplicating yourself and making money off the efforts of other representatives. But finding new reps can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas for where you might find people interested in signing up to sell Avon:

1) Post ads or leave business cards on free community bulletin boards at grocery stores and coffee shops. Many of these places have free bulletin boards where you can post an ad or a business card. You can get cheap business cards printed through http://www.vistaprint.com or print your own on your home computer. Keep an eye out for these free community bulletin boards everywhere you go, and always have something with your contact information in case you find one. You’ll be surprised how many Avon leads these free bulletin boards can provide.

2) Get a cheap classified ad in the local newspaper or Penny Saver. In most communities you can place a classified ad in one of these publications for less than $30, and you can get discounts if you run your ad in multiple issues. Check the Avon representative website for approved advertising copy as there are some regulations you must follow. People often browse the classified section of their newspaper and this can be another great recruiting tool for you.

3) Place recruiting literature in each Avon brochure you hand out. Your current customer base can be your best source of new Avon representatives. You don’t have to be pushy. Avon makes friendly recruiting postcards that you can slip inside each brochure you deliver. That way, if someone is interested in the Avon sales opportunity, they can contact you to get more information.

Recruiting a sizable Avon downline can take some time and effort, but it is well worth it in the end. A successful downline can mean a monthly commission check from Avon for hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars per month. If you are interested in signing up to sell Avon, contact your local Avon sales representative. They can give you all the information you need.

How To Prepare For Your First Court Case

Being a new lawyer can be a little intimidating. How do you prepare mentally for the challenges of your first court case? You don’t know the judge and you have not went against the opposing counsel, so what do you do to make sure you are mentally prepared? To mentally prepare for your first court case you must be confident, make sure you know all the facts of the case, make sure you know all of the applicable law and that you are prepared for any motions that may arise during your case.

Confidence is a large part of winning any court battle. You can gain confidence in your case by knowing your case inside and out. Confidence also gains favor with the judge and jury because it looks like you are in control of the situation and you are working in the best interest of your client.

Knowing the facts of your case is very important. Knowing the facts helps you to identify whether the witnesses are telling the truth when they are on the stand. It also helps you to be prepared with objections if the opposing party attempts to add facts to the case through testimony that are not in evidence. Be prepared with objections you may want to use to keep certain facts out. Also, have responses to objections prepared.

One way of being mentally prepared is to know what laws apply to the case. Just as important as knowing the laws that you are applying to the case, you must anticipate the laws that your opponent may be applying to the case. You must anticipate any arguments they make and have a response prepared in case they do.

Researching case law is your best indicator of what motions the opposing party may make and what arguments they are using against you. Cases that set precedents in your jurisdiction are the best indicators for how your case may play out. If a motion was successful, it is far more likely the opposing party will make that motion during the course of the case.

Have any anticipated motions prepared before you enter the courtroom. Once you make the motion, let the judge know that you have a proposed order for him to sign and that makes the process much easier. Having a proposed order keeps you from running back and forth from the courthouse to get paperwork filed.

Being mentally prepared for court is a large part of winning your case. If the judge and jury feel that you are prepared and doing a good job, the case is far more likely to go your way. If you know your facts, know your law and are prepared with your paperwork you can rest easy. With a little confidence and preparation, you will win your case.

How To Install New Windows

If you have been thinking about improving the value of your home, then you might want to install new windows. This is a job that is made much easier for the average person thanks to windows that are pre-hung, meaning they come already assembled with their frames. Always ask a professional for help if you’re concerned about being able to install new windows.

When you are going to install new windows, you most likely will choose pre-hung windows. There are some general guidelines to follow when installing these kinds of windows, but the directions will vary a little depending on the manufacturer of your particular window. Make sure that you read all of the instructions before you start installing your new windows.

You first need to prepare the opening. Decide where you want the window and mark the location. The easiest way is to drill each corner where the new window will be and insert a long nail through each hole. They will poke through to the exterior of your home and you can use a level to draw lines marking the perimeter. From the outside, you then saw through siding and sheathing. From inside, remove the drywall.

Next you place the window into the opening to ensure the fit. The opening should be just slightly larger than the window – the manufacturer instructions will tell you how much larger. The manufacturer will also recommend water-resistant barriers so install those. Usually this is just inserting strips around the edges of a moisture barrier and using staples and flashing tape to secure it. Spacers should be inserted in the bottom of the opening and attached with 6d nails. They shouldn’t protrude beyond the outside and inside walls. If the opening is not level, you can add shims.

To mount the window go outside. Put the bottom of the window on the spacers and push the top slowly into the opening, making sure it’s centered. Drive nails partially through one or both of the upper corners to hold it in place. Insert shims at the sides near the bottom, top, and midpoint and adjust until the window is vertical and even. Be sure the window is easy to open and secure it with nails into the brick mold or the casing. Flashing and sealant should be applied inside and outside as per the manufacturer.

To finish, go inside and apply molding to the window if you want. Side casings will also work. Wooden windows will need to be painted, but be careful you don’t paint your window shut. side casings and moldings will work for double hung or single hung windows, so you have a wide variety of decorative styles to choose from when you install new windows.Sears Home Improvements offers quality home renovation services including the Install of New Windows, Please visit our Home Improvements website or call us at 1-877-587-1990 for more information today.