Month: January 2019

What Are Some Top Destinations?

Posted on January 15, 2019 by

Polynesia, French Polynesia, Tahiti
It doesn’t matter where on Earth you want to go – Expedia offers discount travel to just about every country.
In 2002, it was bought out by USA Interactive. Today it’s the leading online travel booking organization and has affiliation with hundreds of thousands of hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and car rental companies all over the world. This extensive network makes it feasible to offer affordable travel options to businesses, professionals, leisure travelers, tourists, etc..
So far as getaway deals go, there’s a variety to choose from, ranging from weekend trips to Vegas to a 7-day adventure in the Grand Canyon. You can go abroad, on a cruise, to Alaska, and just about anywhere else you wish to go. There are variables that determine price, such as the time of year, destination, state of tourism in the area, etc.
Expedia enables users to search for specific deals by going into the departure city, destination, and dates on which they travel. Users can select to look for the airfare itself, or in combination with a hotel room, car rental, or both. It is recommended that you play around with the dates and timing a bit to determine if you’re able to find a cheaper deal. Airfare fluctuates considerably – sometimes on an everyday basis.
What are some of the most popular destinations?
Popular Destinations for Expedia Getaway Deals
Some of the Greatest Expedia getaway deals include the following destinations:
• Las Vegas
• Orlando
• Key West
• Caribbean
• Cancun
• Hawaii
• Myrtle Beach
• Atlantic City
• Chicago
• Alaska
Some of these destinations clearly cost more to visit than others, but depending on the time of year (and fortune ), you still might find a discount or two to help you save.
Don’t think that an worldwide vacation will be too much cash. While airfare to Australia and popular Asian cities isn’t known for being cheap, you can still save money by going the backpacking route and staying in hostels.
Once more, airfare and hotel prices are subject to change depending on the time of year along with a variety of other reasons. Just keep a look out on Expedia escape deals until you find an offer on one of your perfect destinations. Sign up for the newsletter and download the app on your smartphone or tablet.
You might already have a notion of how beneficial it is to make your travel plans online. If you haven’t used any Expedia promo codes yet, now’s the time. Look over all of the offers carefully. Where do you want to go? Expedia escape deals are some of the most affordable (and best!) .

Tiles Elevate Lavish Indoor Environments

Posted on January 15, 2019 by

White, Background, Pattern, Tile
Aim for the easy effect that often leads to powerful esthetics! The Domino Porcelain Tile Collection achieves minimal effects with white and black shades and gloss and matte finishes. The shapes and dimensions ensure grand decoration. Large-format ceramic tile simplify life with various advantages like easier cleaning with less grout.
Wet spaces such as bathrooms would do well with porcelains that keep out water. Grout is less too with the uniform sizes and shapes of tiles. Cleaning grout is easy too with a normal spritz of vinegar or mild bleach solution. Put in a pristine white shower surround for a splendid effect.
Bathrooms ought to be a place for relaxation and rest, according to modern ideas. The large formats present clean spaces with few grout lines that are intensely soothing. If grout colours are matched, the end result is a uniform expanse of the identical shade. Matte tiles are safer in wet spaces such as the shower with less slippery surfaces.
Consistency is the hallmark of a cute room design and the spaces seem so coordinated. Rooms look bigger with the uniformity of designs. White porcelain tiles on the bathroom walls would create an electrifying effect with the White Domino large-format tiles. It’s a stylish and modern look that is really unbeatable, superb in simplicity.
Black Domino Porcelain
Even in smaller rooms, large format tiles create illusions of larger spaces! The benefit is less of border lines to break the visual impression. It is a high contrast black and white effect that creates a balanced environment on the toilet floor.
Large format tiles were built for larger spaces. Large tiles are installed very fast. Graceful kitchen environments are created with this super impact. Countertops and cabinets are an attractive general region of the design scheme, but the tile dominates.
Domino ceramic set is so durable and long lasting that it takes the strain out of planning and building design. High traffic kitchens and bathrooms need not worry with the water resistant qualities and easy to maintain porcelains. Look forward to many years of happy porcelains.
Inspiration Gallery takes you through the total Domino Collection after the few samples you know. Besides the dramatic large format tiles, other shapes and sizes are also available to suit particular needs and fancies. Choose the traditional black porcelain tiles to experience an elegant, simple happiness.

Divided Attentions

Posted on January 15, 2019 by

Father, Daughter, Beach, Family, Daddy
In not being present, in pretending I could hold at least two attentions concurrently, I betray eternity’s moment for the temporary release I feel I could have by taking a look at just a tiny machine at the end of my arm.
When it is an important e-mail I’ve been waiting for, or some kind of message by a friend, or an acquaintance, or even a prospect, I really do need to admit that there is always a buzz to receiving email.
I believe the earliest I can remember feeling excited about email was when I received a postcard or a letter or just a package in brown paper wrapped together with string through the email as a pre-schooler. (There’s something about a package wrapped in brown paper and string that takes me all the way back to the 70s.)
The problem is partly about accessibility, about us being too accessible, but it’s also partly about craving information.
The timing of this guide is poignant given that it’s Father’s Day in Australia. The Fathering Project have elevated the role of Dad significantly over the past few years. And it is normal for dads to expect to be celebrated with this one particular day of the year.
However, what if as fathers we took some time to reflect on the interruptions our devices create?
Let’s just be honest.
Could we be as daring to think about a structure of discipline that would restore our control over the machine rather than relinquish our control to it?
I have done like many individuals have over the last few years and deleted programs on my phone. But there continue to be the text messages and e-mails that I prefer to answer in a timely manner.
I have needed to be reminded occasionally to stop looking at my phone during family times, and I guess for me I have come to accept how fast I substitute my precious family time with superfluities. It is fortunate that my spouse can be direct with me. But it saddens me how many precious family moments I’ve missed with my children. I doubt whether they would have even noticed, since it is not that big a problem, but that’s just the problem; we continue to allow the technology to interfere with and at times ambush our lives. And some of the time it can be completely essential.
So here is a message to dads: Have you been able to be fully present with your kids for the precious moments you have them?
It seems that childhood never ends for parents, but like anyone with adult children would inform us, once that time has gone it is gone. I believe I still grieve my three adult daughters having grown up. I’m so glad they’re adults now, but as parents, if we are truthful, we miss them. Yet I’m so proud they have their own lives.
I think for me being a good dad is about refocusing daily and finding ways of simply being present.
Fatherhood is for now. We can’t afford not to make the most of each moment, but inevitably we will waste lots of them. Let us make the most of as many of those moments we might otherwise waste.

Students in Primary and Secondary Schools

Posted on January 15, 2019 by

Jailed, Imprisoned, Abandoned, Lonely
Although current policy concerning violence in schools says that corporal punishment is banned, we find that it’s being practiced in schools as a frequent tool for discipline with barely parents’ ability to stop or report it. Reporting is usually for extreme cases reported concerning severe injuries or even death of kids that are printed to the public such as the death of a child in one of Punjab schools as a result of a teacher’s beating. There’s little record on child abuse or child death resulting from violence.
Possible reasons for expanding the use of corporal punishment in schools despite its legal ban may be administrative acceptance represented by the faculty and societal acceptance represented by parents. This occurrence is stirred by administrative acceptance represented by the faculty through not implementing the policy effectively; lack of communication with family; inability to find alternative means of discipline to teachers; and marginalizing the role of social workers. Social acceptance is exemplified by parents’ endorsement; lack of awareness; applying CP on their children at home; and refrain from reporting actively their children’s exposure to assault believing that the school won’t take deterrent action.
This study shows that CP is prevalent in schools especially in public schools. This failure of implementation was mainly attributed to administrative and social acceptance. We will consider in this chapter how to decrease the gap by dealing with factors involved. We presented earlier what strategies have been adopted in different countries to enforce the ban of corporal punishment. In this section, we’ll develop a professional approach to correcting student behavior that best suits the Egyptian context for a strategy for combating corporal punishment in schools, as well as specifying alternatives to corporal punishment.
Generally, policy enforcement can’t be the responsibility of a single party. Rather, all entities and organizations involved in policy making and policy implementation must collaborate to successfully reduce and then eliminate corporal punishment from schools to accomplish the best interest for the child. Traditionally, the Ministry of Education represents the policy makers in terms of education legislation and policy formulationnonetheless, empirical experience shows a vital need for other entities and associations concerned with child rights to interfere with new programs for child protection that operate in accordance with the ministry’s policy. To develop an approach to combating corporal punishment in schools in Pakistan, other approaches which have been successfully employed by other countries should be taken into consideration and assessed with terms of the Pakistani context.
Recommendation
In this regard, the following proposed approach would reflect a combination of different states’ experiences in combating corporal punishment with regard to the overall atmosphere in Pakistan.
To get started with the school-based elements, professional applications designed by specialized NGOs such as Save the Children and UNICEF should be introduced and supported by the Ministry of Education. As mentioned earlier in the literature review section, the model of this child-friendly school introduced by the UNICEF in Australia and the Eastern Caribbean; could be embraced and piloted in Egypt also. The pilot already implemented by Save the Children in Alexandria shows a way forward in this regard.
The practical experience of the latter project demonstrates that successful projects can’t avoid going through the long path of bureaucracy in order to scale up their strategy. There has to be full awareness that policy enforcement won’t be achieved without providing required facilities which accelerate program initiations by entities and organizations assisting in policy implementation. In regards to the UNICEF module, the schools in which the program is being piloted ought to be labeled with a different name like”child-friendly school” to distinguish them from regular schools, as experimental public schools are distinguished from regular public schools. As explained previously, the project is in need for proper financial support to continue since it relies heavily on external donations.
One approach to overcome the budget problem, might be to allocate part of the education budget to finance these programs so long as the final outcome would be directly associated with developing education system in schools. Data findings and other studies indicate that eliminating CP from schools will require the MOE to spend some money as a partial step to develop education. This budget allocation wouldn’t exceed the cost required to offer annual training to teachers, social workers, and school principals across the lines of the yearly training for schools in preparation for the yearly school contest sponsored by the USAID.
At the school level, the role of social workers in schools needs to be activated to match what is stated in their job description. To put it differently, a social worker would represent a mediator or facilitator between students and teachers so as to oversee the connection between them, sustain policy enforcement, report policy violation cases, and investigate students’ learning and behaviour problems so as to solve them. In order to add this dimension to the social workers’ job, they need to be permitted by the ministry and receive professional training through specialists in NGOs concerned with education and learning processes. Activating the social worker’s role this way would take in the instructor the burden of correcting students’ deviant or violent behaviour and the use of teacher would be solely for reporting and teaching the pupils’ progress to their prosecution. So as to empower and activate the social worker’s mission in monitoring policy enforcement and reporting policy violation, they should report directly to the Ministry of Education. So, rather than having a general inspector who comes to school once or twice per semester to evaluate teachers’ performance in class and make certain that everything is going well, with the social worker’s assistance, the whole school would be always committed.
With regard to the teacher, it is clear that most teachers lack appropriate qualifications as indicated in previous sections. The procedure for accredited teachers and continuing their development should start at early stages. To begin from scratch, teachers should be familiar with options to non-violent disciplinary tactics and behavior-management techniques early through the faculty of education where they learn the fundamentals of teaching. The two years of instruction they spend in schools before graduation would be an appropriate venue to practice those techniques and talk with their professors the challenges they confront. Later, upon real recruitment, they need to get regular training by the ministry or specialized NGOs as part of a piloted program. Teachers who exhibit commitment and excellence in such training could be given a professional certificate from a reputable educational organization. Depending on the size of policy violation, the sanction policy would say that those teachers would like have a permanent mark in their career file, have delay in their advertising, or be prevented from receiving any sort of usual incentives.
Considering disciplinary methods, educators will need to find means of punishment which aren’t degrading or humiliating to pupils to convey a message to the students that it’s the misbehavior that has been punished not the student himself. One of the most proactive means of discipline is”Meaningful Work” that curbs the student’s misbehavior through assigning tasks to them such as raising the flag for a while, helping out at the school’s cafeteria or any other tasks that require physical exertion. This strategy is apparently among the best ones because ostensibly it incurs punishment but it suits the student’s need to feel important by doing something useful. In-class time outs also are a good alternative technique which aims at temporary isolation for the student from the class to give them an opportunity to calm down and rethink his or her mistake. Additionally, the student could be punished through depriving his or her from engaging in any of the school’s activities or by taking a break. This sheet would be sent every day to the pupil’s parents to involve them in reforming the student’s misbehavior and keep them updated with the student weaknesses. In cases where none of these approaches work, suspension for some days could be utilised as a punishment leading to expulsion if the overall numbers of suspension days exceeded a maximum number.
Conclusion
The research findings proved a positive connection between administrative approval and the use of corporal punishment in schools in the sense that school administrators themselves practice corporal punishment. Furthermore, they deal passively with parents’ complaints, don’t communication with parents, barely apply sanction on educators violating law, and have failed to activate the function the social worker. The study findings also proved a direct connection between social acceptance and the use of corporal punishment in schools concerning practicing corporal punishment in the home with children, poor follow up with the school, approval of corporal punishment in school, and refrain from reporting actively their kids exposure to corporal punishment.
It may be concluded also in the research findings that corporal punishment isn’t seen by most parents or teachers as an effective way of discipline, even though a minority see it as somewhat useful. Thus, there should be sufficient support for non-violent means of discipline if they are properly selected and implemented. This result denies the traditional assumption that corporal punishment helps pupils to study and behaves well, and keeps the teachers’ respect in class.
In response to this study findings which conforms to our hypothesis, recommendations were formulated to take care of school-based factors and family-based reasons for corporal punishment in schools. Regarding the school, it has been recommended that policies must be enforced by implementing sanctions on practitioners; that the social worker should be involved in reforming pupils and coordinating activities; and that teachers need more training on disciplinary techniques. Schools should involve parents more in reforming their kids’ behavior. Concerning parents, it has been suggested that civil society organizations including the media and religious communities might assist in raising parents’ awareness of the requirement to remove CP from home and school, specifying the right plan of action to report it, and clarifying the damage of CP on children.

US and Europe

Posted on January 9, 2019 by

Prague, Praha, Winter, Night
So, to the meat and potatoes (arroz y habichuelas in Puerto Rico)! These observations are purely facts (with a small bit of my opinion thrown in) and not listed in any specific order. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the remainder. Of course, I have to mention that I did bulge Europe, a continent composed of 50ish states (depending on your political views), into one thing, but I was careful to choose things I have personally observed and experienced in at least a few different countries in Europe. So, that should count for something, right?
Smoking
I remember a time in the US if you would go to a restaurant and they would ask you,”smoking or non-smoking?” Now, everything is non-smoking. Most public areas are smoke-free zones. As a non-smoker, I really like this. However, moving to Europe might not have been the wisest place to move for a non-smoker who is bothered by the smell.
The Europeans smoke – in public, at home, or where they want. Granted, there are a number of locations where you will see a no-smoking sign, but they are few and far between, especially in the event you would like to go out for nightlife. And even if there’s absolutely no smoking indoors, there are, without fail, at least three smokers sitting directly in front of the door of whatever non-smoking establishment. Europe seems to be getting the”smoking is bad for you” rhetoric and scientific evidence to back this up, only a little bit later than the United States. Although, I am aware that France is aggressively tackling the issue and has seen decent results.
Driving
I cannot say with any confidence that European drivers are worse than American drivers. I can say that driving expectations are different and so affect how drivers behave. By way of instance, on European highways there are not exits every 12 miles with food and gas alternatives, like in the countries. Or, which you can turn right on red in America, but this is illegal in Europe. And, my personal/least favorite, there are no street cops, and any ticket you’ll get will come from a (sometimes cleverly hidden) camera on the side of the street that flashes a bright white light of guilt at you, and you also get to lament speeding, all the way home.
Food
Food is cheap and accessible. The grocery store in the states is quite like a European grocery store, but just add two more cereal aisles, a full chips-candy-soda aisle, three more health food aisles, remove the beer and wine aisle(s), and voila, the stores are identical.
In Europe, the rations aren’t large enough that there’ll be any food left, but if you request to take the food home you may received some perplexed stares, and may possibly leave empty handed.
Nature Calls
In the united states, if you gotta go, it is quite easy to find a restroom at a gas station or a public location (excluding New York). In Europe there are several states that charge you to use the bathrooms at gas stations and in public areas, but there are a few others that simply do not even have a toilet to offer. If you’re accustomed to not going before you leave the home in the states, when you go to Europe, I would not recommend taking that opportunity.
Customer Service
All of us knew it was coming. Anyone that has been to Europe (or Europeans who’ve visited the US) understands that most European countries aren’t known for their stellar customer service (cough, cough France & Germany cough,cough). Shoot, if you’ve ever seen a movie or heard someone else talk about their visit to Europe, you probably knew that!
A poor customer service experience in Europe is just one of those things that isn’t necessarily as bad as it sounds, but it will for sure happen to you at least once; just like in the united states! But, the differences are the motives and your refuge. In Europe, they don’t, so kissing your butt is not important to their livelihood. Also, in Europe, there’s no Better Business Bureau, so if a bank teller or shop owner is rude to you, you just need to suck it up and not shop there anymore.
Am I 100% right or only 99% right?

Paninis

Posted on January 8, 2019 by

1.

Remember, Panini is an Italian sandwich, that is recommended by 100% reviewers, so there is no way you wouldn’t like it, if you bear in mind some small advice. First of all: Pay attention to the quality of your Panini sandwich! When it comes to cheese, Mozzarella is the best choice you can make. Additionally, make sure all of the ingredients you use are fresh and clean, before adding them into your Panini recipe.

  1. Tasty Panini

It’s now time to produce the Panini value its popularity! While grilled poultry and poultry meat are well-known components, they might not be the best for you.

So as to find the tastiest Panini for you, make certain to use your favorite ingredients in it! You may prefer ham or porch, rather than turkey meat, so do not be afraid to replace it into your Panini! The key thing, however, is to not forget any of these: meat, cheese and vegetables.

The classic Panini includes meat. But if you are a vegetarian, Vegan Panini’s are well-known in the Indian kitchen, and are made with fruits and veggies, so you can adjust them to your tastes, too!

Just a little advice: Panini is great with meat, obviously, so you’d better use it in order to feel the authentic, heavenly flavor of the Italian food!

  1. Beautiful Panini

Here we are, at the primary point!

Do not use only ciabatta or michetta bread, but also baguettes and make different notches on the top surface of them, in order to give it a nicer aspect. Utilize as many ingredients – it’s preferred to use as many colours as possible (red tomato, green salad, brown meat etc.), to provide it both very best look and taste simultaneously.

Also, using a Panini Grill or a Panini Press is the best way to provide it the most delicious taste and the best look, too.

Using this information, not just that your Panini will suppress your hunger, but will also enchant you with the greatest taste. Try more recipes of Panini Sandwiches – such as Chicken Panini, Turkey Panini, Vegan Panini etc. – in order to find the best, tastiest and most amazing Panini meals for you!

Painting At Home

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Painting, Acrylic Paint, Background

Most people know now that personal financing will be getting tighter and tighter. Everything is going up in price, such as art materials. How are we to maintain painting, whether we’re selling our job or not?

There are various ways that costs can be kept down. This article aims to explore and find out what some of them are.

Online Shopping (and indeed offline).

Always keep an eye open for discount offers. If you buy from various online suppliers as I do, you will be on their mailing lists. When discounts are operating, it is a good time to buy things which are normally quite expensive, such as oil paints or very heavy-weight watercolour paper. If you can stretch your purse, consider larger tubes of paint (like 200ml) especially oils and particularly if they’re the more expensive colors. The top brands will last for years (unless you are painting huge yacht-sail canvases).

EBay is worth a punt, but notice that many sellers are very aware of what things normally go for and, although their costs may appear lower, they then have to add the postage on. A tube of paint priced #2 or so lower than the standard may not end up being a great deal of saving from the time you’ve paid #3 postage for this single product. Having said this, if you trawl regularly through the art supplies sections, you can encounter bargains. I once purchased a full set of Daler-Rowney pastel pencils for nearly half-price, only because the firm had made alterations to the pastel formula and had ceased the present boxes of pencils.

Similarly, there are branded paints that are actually very good quality, but are not household names to the vast majority of people… these sometimes come up for sale and can be obtained with no competing bids simply because most people aren’t familiar with them.

If you sell your work, you will likely prefer artist-grade paintbut it’s not unusual to find professional artists picking certain student-grade colors for their work simply because they enjoy the shade or the handling of the paint. Student grade paints from the big names are generally excellent value; especially in acrylics, where they often come in large volume.

Canvases.

Piles of canvases come from several areas in the East these days. You can purchase whole boxes of them at discounted prices from online suppliers, including eBay.

The one thing I would note is the build quality. Many are OK; but some are badly assembled. I’ve had”square” canvases looking anything but square. What happens is that if a single stretcher-bar is a little more than the rest, a perfect square or rectangle is not obtained. The resulting canvas looks absolutely awful when hung on the wall and it’s not fit for purpose… even if you ARE a penny-pinching artist.

Dud canvas? Cut off the canvas and use it to make a panel; or just practise on. Better yet, invest in a complete roll of canvas. Expensive outlay but you’ll be able to cut off exactly what you want, if you want, and prepare it as you wish… and it may last you simply years.

Another way to save is to utilize canvas-boards. Canvas-boards are made from compressed card overlaid with a proper sheet of decent quality canvas and glued in place. They last for a long time; I still have canvas-board paintings from the 1970’s and they’re absolutely fine.

You can buy boxes of them from some online suppliers and eBay is not a bad place to look .

And even cheaper…

MDF

Bear in mind the edges as well. If you reduce your own, use a dust mask, MDF does create a lot of flying particles.

However, MDF is not quite as stable as people think. There is a problem sometimes with what’s called substrate-induced discolouration (SID). There are some solutions on the artists’ marketplace that will deal with this.

Conservation experts aren’t convinced about the long-term stability of MDF, but most people aren’t going to be painting masterpieces that need to last for several hundred years. Properly prepared, MDF is fine. Some artists find it is too smooth for their own liking. Additionally it is feasible to prepare a panel and then paste proper canvas around itthis may provide the additional tooth that some favor.

And really really cheapskates…

Paper

You can paint oils on watercolour paper so long as you prime the surface , acrylic gesso is ideal. This creates a barrier, preventing (or certainly reevaluate ) destruction of the newspaper by the oils. How long it lasts for, I really don’t know but I’d suggest not generating a lot of trainings this way; just to be on the safe side. Acrylics on watercolour paper do not cause a problem.

There are now special papers available for oil-painting; these look just like watercolour paper but have been specially treated to manage the harmful properties of oil-paint. They are not always cheap per sheet… but… a whole sheet for six or seven pounds will cut up into whatever size you want, and you will receive several work surfaces for the money.

Hardboard.
I am not sure about this one. The perfect hardboard is one without oils inside (untempered) but I have no means of telling you from the other. If you use it, sand the surface , use SID therapy and give several good coats of primer.

Attempt to use artists’ primers rather than those from a DIY shop. I know this is a penny-pinching article but these primers have fungicides and other chemicals in that may react with your paints.

It is possible to make rather good panels by gluing sections of cotton shirts or old bedsheets on MDF or hardboard. Use pva or an acrylic medium to do the sticking. Wrap the material over the edges and fix to the back, before adding a primer on the surface.

Acrylics can be painted onto plastic surfaces, opening up several ideas for using acrylic-sheet, perspex and other similar substances. One of the best places to trawl is, again, eBay, look for offcuts or someone promoting panels.

Other Media… Watercolour.

Good quality watercolour paper could be costly. So why not look at the lightweight papers such as 90lb? I have read about artists spreading water on both sides of the 90lb paper and simply letting it stick flat–with no taping– into a very clean smooth board such as formica or marble (an older kitchen work-surface would likely do). The sheet remains in place for a reasonable length of time. Other people do not tape it, but only place bulldog-style clips to affix it to a board, allowing the paper to stretch, cockle and then dry without fiddly taping.

Pastels

There are options for creating many different surfaces which can make you less dependent on”ready-done” papers.

Gritty or grainy papers are extremely popular today for pastel work. You can make your own gritty surfaces using several materials along with a kettle of pastel-primer paint. Try using the primer on mountboard (which is conveniently acid-free), or other thick card. There is a tendency to using MDF as well, painted and prepared with a gritty primer. Even metal and plastics will maintain a proprietary pastel-primer.

This medium really has a fantastic tooth and a few coats will probably give you all of the grip you require.

If you’re keen you can purchase a bag of 4+ fine-grade pumice stone and mix it with white gesso, to paint in your surfaces.

I’ve known people use sandpaper from the hardware store; yes it does work, but the paper is not acid-free.

Finally… PAINT SMALLER!

The main thing is that you are able to find ways of maintaining your skills alive when cash is somewhat tight. If you can paint,… or even just DRAW… during those times, you will have a collection of work ready to sell when the dark clouds draw away and things improve .

Ruff, Ruff, Ruff

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Golden Retriever, Dog, Retriever, Bitch

I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, as I felt a pair of eyes looking at me. No, it wasn’t creepy at all, because my little Golden Pup was sitting beside my bed, wagging her tail as she waited for me to wake up and play with her.

Golden Retriever puppies are surely one of the cutest things in the world. Shiny gold coat, twinkling eyes, and softest paws are something which could melt anyone’s heart. In case you’ve always wanted a dog, this breed are the perfect selection for you. These are very obedient and friendly puppies that produce a great family pet.

Choosing the name

Deciding the best name for your pet is a enormous task because that name would be called out each time. The name is similar to an identity of an individual and same is true for puppies. Firstly find the names that are pleasant to the ears and are easy to pronounce.

Possessing a unique yet simple name could be an amazing thing. If you have more than 1 puppy, stay away from naming them with rhyming words as this causes confusion when they hear you call out their name. Search for titles that perfectly portray the character or looks of your golden retriever.

I and my hubby named them in the most amazing manner. We composed our top three favorite names on small pieces of paper and held them in front of our puppy. She noticed them and caught one of them with her little teeth!

We named them Rosie and Noddy, and these names felt as if they had been perfectly chosen out for our puppies. These names suited them nicely and they reacted to them better than I could have imagined.

My Experience with two puppies

People feel blessed when they get a puppy, I was super, super lucky to have two little darlings! Having two gold sisters was among the happiest phases of my life and the moments we shared are something that I would always cherish.

I got two 8 week old golden retriever puppies, which were nothing less than fluffy, cozy cotton balls. They would play around all the time, and take away household items, which we later have to grab back from them.

Cleaning the house was just another challenge that was faced as these mischievous fur balls always wanted to play and cuddle. Their best activities included:

– Running around the home

– Wagging tail most of the time

– Looking adorable every single second!

These are the top things which most golden retriever puppies would do till they grow into a dog. Some could even do all these things even after being a full- grown up because after all, they are the most cheerful, joyful and friendly breed of dogs in the world!

If anybody looked in my golden retriever pups for the first time, they would have a real hard time identifying them on the basis of their looks. Since I had sisters, it was easy to get confused and call out wrong names.

I had my little secret when it comes to identifying my puppies. It might sound unique to some of you while common to others, this little trick always helped me to stay away from the problem of confusing between the Golden Sisters. Noddy, the elder puppy had warm, dark golden ears that almost looked brown. Rosie, the younger sister had whitish ears that had a tint of gold like her body fur. This little color distinction helped me in easily identifying my puppies and I was never confused between them.

Penny-Pinching Artist

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Abstract, Art, Background, Paint
Most men and women know now that private financing will be getting tighter and tighter. Everything is going up in cost, such as art materials. How are we to maintain painting, whether we’re selling our job or not?
There are a variety of ways that costs can be kept down. This report aims to explore and learn what some of these are.
Online Shopping (and really offline).
If you buy from several online providers as I do, you’ll be on their mailing lists. When discounts are operating, it’s an excellent time to buy things which are normally quite expensive, such as oil paints or quite heavy-weight watercolour paper. If you can stretch your handbag, consider bigger tubes of paint (such as 200ml) especially oils and especially if they’re the more expensive colors. The best brands will last for a long time (unless you are painting enormous yacht-sail canvases).
EBay is worth a punt, but notice that many sellers are extremely aware of what things normally go for and, although their costs may appear lower, then they need to add the postage on. A tube of paint priced #2 or so lower than the standard may not end up being a great deal of saving from the time you’ve paid #3 postage for this single product. Having said this, if you trawl frequently through the art supplies segments, you can encounter bargains. I once bought a complete set of Daler-Rowney pastel pencils for nearly half-price, only because the firm had made adjustments to the pastel formula and had ceased the present boxes of pencils.
Likewise there are branded paints which are actually very good quality, but aren’t household names to the vast majority of people… these occasionally come up for sale and are available with no rival bids simply because most individuals are not familiar with them.
If you market your work, you will likely prefer artist-grade paintbut it’s not uncommon to find professional artists picking certain student-grade colors for their work only because they enjoy the colour or the handling of the paint. Student grade paints in the big names are usually excellent value; particularly in acrylics, where they frequently come in large quantity.
Canvases.
Piles of canvases come from several areas in the East these days. You can purchase whole boxes of them at discounted prices from online providers, including eBay.
The 1 thing I’d note is that the build quality. Many are OK; but some are badly assembled. I’ve had”square” canvases appearing anything but square. What happens is that if a single stretcher-bar is a little more than the rest, a perfect square or rectangle isn’t obtained. The subsequent canvas looks absolutely awful when hung on the wall and it’s not fit for purpose… even if you’re a penny-pinching artist.
Dud canvas? Better yet, invest in a complete roll of canvas. Expensive outlay but you will have the ability to cut off precisely what you want, if you want, and prepare it as you wish… and it may last you only years.
Another way to save is to utilize canvas-boards. They last for a long time; I have canvas-board paintings in the 1970’s and they’re absolutely fine.
You can purchase boxes of them from some online providers and eBay is not a bad place to look .
MDF
Bear in mind the edges also. If you reduce your own, use a dust mask, MDF does produce a good deal of flying particles.
However, MDF is not quite as secure as people believe. There’s a problem sometimes with what’s called substrate-induced discolouration (SID). There are a few options on the artists’ marketplace that will deal with this.
Conservation experts aren’t convinced about the long-term stability of MDF, but most people aren’t going to be painting masterpieces that will need to last for a few hundred years. Some artists find it’s too smooth for their own liking. Additionally it is possible to prepare a panel and then paste proper canvas around itthis may offer the additional tooth that some favor.
And actually really cheapskates…
Paper
It’s possible to paint oils on watercolour paper so long as you prime the surface , acrylic gesso is best. This creates a barrier, preventing (or certainly reevaluate ) destruction of this newspaper by the oils. How long it lasts for, I truly don’t know but I’d suggest not generating a lot of trainings this way; just to be on the safe side. Acrylics on watercolour paper don’t cause a problem.
There are now special papers offered for oil-painting; these seem the same as watercolour paper but have been specially treated to manage the harmful properties of oil-paint. They are not always cheap per sheet… however… a complete sheet for six or seven pounds will cut up into whatever size you need, and you will receive several work surfaces for the money.
Hardboard.
The perfect hardboard is one without oils inside (untempered) but I don’t have any means of telling you from the other. If you use it, sand the surface , use SID therapy and provide several good coats of primer.
Attempt to use artists’ primers instead of those from a DIY shop.
It’s possible to make quite good panels by gluing sections of cotton shirts or old bedsheets on MDF or hardboard. Use pva or an acrylic medium to perform the sticking. Wrap the substance over the borders and fix to the trunk, before adding a primer on the surface.
Acrylics can be painted onto plastic surfaces, opening up several ideas for using acrylic-sheet, perspex and other similar substances. Among the best places to trawl is, again, eBay, start looking for offcuts or someone promoting panels.
Additional Media… Watercolour.
Fantastic quality watercolour paper could be costly. So why not look at the lightweight papers like 90lb? I’ve read about artists spreading water on each side of the 90lb paper and just letting it stand flat–with no taping– into a very clean smooth board like formica or marble (an older kitchen work-surface would likely do). The sheet remains in place for a reasonable length of time. Other folks don’t tape it, but only place bulldog-style clips to affix it to a board, allowing the paper to elongate, cockle and dry without fiddly taping.
Pastels
There are options for developing many different surfaces that can make you less dependent on”ready-done” papers.
Gritty or grainy papers are extremely common now for pastel work. You can create your own tiled surfaces using several materials along with a kettle of pastel-primer paint. There’s a tendency to using MDF also, painted and ready with a gritty primer. Even metal and plastics will maintain a proprietary pastel-primer.
This medium really has a fantastic tooth and a few coats will most likely give you all of the grip you require.
If you are keen you can purchase a bag of 4fine-grade pumice stone and mix it with white gesso, to paint in your surfaces.
I have known people use sandpaper from the hardware store; yes it will work, but the newspaper isn’t acid-free.
Eventually… PAINT SMALLER!
The main issue is that you have the ability to find ways of maintaining your skills alive when cash is somewhat tight. If you can paint,… or perhaps just DRAW… during those times, you’ll have a group of work ready to sell when the dark clouds draw away and things improve .

The Friendliest Dog Ever

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Puppy, Golden Retriever, Dog
Golden Retriever puppies are definitely among the cutest things on earth. Shiny gold coat, twinkling eyes, and softest paws are something that could melt anyone’s heart. In case you’ve always wanted a dog, this breed are an ideal selection for you. These are very obedient and friendly puppies that produce a excellent family pet.
Choosing the title
Deciding the best name for your pet is a enormous task because that title would be called out each time. The name is similar to an identity of an individual and same is true for puppies.
Possessing a unique yet simple name could be an incredible thing. If you have more than 1 puppy, stay away from naming them with rhyming words as this causes confusion when they hear you call out their name. Look for titles that perfectly portray the character or looks of your golden retriever.
I and my hubby named them in the most incredible manner. We composed our top three favourite names on small pieces of paper and held them in front of our pup. She noticed them and caught them with her small teeth!
We called them Rosie and Noddy, and such names felt like they had been perfectly chosen out for our dogs. These names suited them nicely and they responded to them better than I could have imagined.
My Experience with two dogs
People today feel blessed when they get a pup, I was super, super lucky to have two little darlings! Having two gold sisters was among the happiest phases of my life and the moments we shared are something that I would always cherish.
I got two 8 week old golden retriever puppies, which were nothing less than fluffy, comfy cotton balls. They would play around all of the time, and take away household items, which we later have to grab back from them.
Cleaning the house was just another challenge that was faced as these mischievous fur balls always wanted to play and cuddle. Their best activities included:
Running around the home
Looking adorable every single second!
These are the very best things that most golden retriever puppies would do till they develop into a dog. Some could even do these things even after being a full- grown up because after all, they’re the most cheerful, joyful and friendly breed of dogs in the world!
If anybody looked in my golden retriever pups for the first time, they would have a real tough time identifying them on the basis of their looks. Since I had sisters, it was easy to get confused and call out incorrect names.
I had my little secret when it comes to identifying my dogs. It might sound unique to a few of you while common to others, this little trick always helped me to steer clear of the problem of confusing between the Golden Sisters. Noddy, the elder puppy had warm, dark golden ears that almost looked brown. Rosie, the younger sister had whitish ears which had a tint of gold like her body fur. This little color distinction let me in readily identifying my dogs and I was never confused between them.