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Holiday Gift Baskets

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Holiday gift baskets are a preferred choice for most occasions, Christmas, birthday, anniversary and Thanksgiving.

Let your friends and loved ones savor your thoughtfulness with a holiday gift.

Corporate holiday gift baskets range from elegant wine and gourmet baskets to simple gifts. You can select a corporate gift basket that is elegant and speaks volumes of your taste or a Savory snack gift basket would be a great gift as well.

For a gift basket for corporate clients, you can pick a holly and pine basket with hot cocoa mixes, biscotti bites, cinnamon cookies and Irish whiskey cake. Select gift baskets with fresh almonds and pistachios.

These are exciting presentations for corporate holiday gift baskets, and will leave an lasting impression on the recipient. You can also Select gourmet food gift baskets to send across to your friends for the holiday season.

Surprise your friends with a gourmet holiday gift basket designed with beautiful silk floral accents and ribbons. Chocolate gourmet gift baskets are an all-time favorite with all. You can choose from assorted baskets with different varieties of chocolates, milk, toffee, hazelnut, almond and more!

If you area looking for holiday gourmet gift baskets, look for ones that fall within your budget. These gift baskets can range from $25 to $100. Looking for more options? You can select gift baskets online at Full Moon Gift Baskets.

Holiday gift giving is an excellent way to build or maintain business relations, whether with an important client or a valued employee. Before sending corporate gifts, be sure to check the corporate policy on gift giving. Some companies have strict policies concerning gift giving.

Some companies have strict policies concerning gift giving. For example, many companies place restrictions on the value of the gift or on the situations in which gifts may be given. Ask the personnel department for the company’s guidelines. Once you have checked the corporate policy on gift giving, keep in mind that gifts should reflect careful attention paid to the recipient’s tastes. Try to choose gifts fitting to the client or employee’s hobbies, interests, or employment.

Gift Occasions…While the holiday season is the standard time of the year for corporate gift giving, many other occasions merit gift giving and will make an impact on the recipient.

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Glassware Can Turn Any Ocassion Into A Sophisticated Affair!

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Glassware is excellent as tableware or for ornamental purposes that occupies every part of our life.

Different glassware is made of different kinds of glass, depending on the cost and need. Glassware is available in an enormous variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and decorations. Plain or decorated, clear or colored, formal or informal, all glassware has the same basic purpose, to hold liquid for drinking.

Importance Of Glassware :
From the breakfast table to a full on dinner party, glassware plays an important part in our everyday life. Throughout its long history, glassware has evolved into specific shapes according to the type of liquid it holds, whether it is water or a hot beverage.

Types And Uses Of Glassware :

Glassware includes:
Drink ware
Beverage ware
If you’re confused about glassware, the overview provided below will help you understand the different types of glassware available and what each is used for.

Beverage Ware
Water glasses: are used daily
Juice glasses: these glasses are usually smaller than water glasses, and come in a variety of attractive shapes and colors.

Apart from this, glass is also used in making flower vases, glass containers, art glass, and art marbles, all in exclusive designs, colors and varieties.

Advantages Of Glassware
Taking into account the specific advantages of glassware, glasses can be used for any purpose.

Glass has a very good chemical resistance against water, saline solutions (salted solutions), acids, alkalis and organic solvents, and exceeds most plastics in this regard.
Glass has dimensional stability even at elevated temperatures, and has a high transparency.

Glassware is safe to use, as it does not emit any acidic solutions like other utensils can, which would be harmful to your health. Glassware gives a beautiful and distinct look to your tableware. Glass when used in making art marble and flower vases, provides a royal and completely different look to your interior decor.

Cautions To Be Taken When Handling Glassware

Glassware can be easily broken with improper handling, as glass breaks into very minute particles which will be very sharp and can cause severe wounds.
Never pour any hot substance into glassware, because the glass may easily crack.
Never place any heavy objects on the glassware.
Glassware may easily break when exposed to sudden changes in temperature.
Never place any closed glassware (filled bottles) into the freezer because some times the glass may break.
Never wash delicate glassware in the dishwasher that may damage the glass.

Glassware is available in various shapes and size like: 

– Tulip shaped: this is a most unusual and attractive shape given for beverage glasses.
– Triangular shaped:
– Round shape: this is a regular shape.
– Square shape: this is also a usual shape.
– Taller glasses: more attractive and are narrow in size.
– Short glasses: very short

Family Time Can be Scrapbooking Time

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Involving kids in scrapbooking is a wonderful way to spend family time together. Depending on the age of your kids, they can help you with your album or they can create albums of their own.

Step one is going through photos. Children love to look at pictures. Young children love to tell you who the person in the picture is. Older children love to tell the story of the photo or ask you to tell the story of the photo. Both of my kids always love to look at the photos my mom has, many are in black and white. They love to see the differences between life back then, and life today. Of course my mom enjoys sharing with my kids about life back then.

Again, depending on the age of your kids, they can help you choose the color of the paper used, the stickers you use, any lettering you use and can help design the overall layout of the page. When you open a scrapbook there is a page on the left and a page on the right. Often, my kids will each design one side. If you have all of the supplies organized, it’s very reasonable to be able to create several pages in one evening.

The adhesives I use are all zots, or precut small squares that are double sided. These adhesives are very simple to use. Even young kids can attach one side to the photo and then when ready peel off the other side and then press into the album. I am not an artist by any means. I also can not cut a straight line. One of the things my own children most love about the albums I’ve given to them is that every album has crooked pictures. We truly laugh until tears roll down our faces about how I can not even attach a photo straight onto a page. So, even if your young children do attach a photo a bit crooked, seeing the album, knowing you and child made it together will bring you great joy.

If your children are old enough to write, have them do some of the journaling. Help them write their story about the pictures they are putting into the album.

Scrapbook pages all should be in sheet protectors, so even small fingers can’t smudge photos. It really is a joy to watch young children take out the scrapbook album they helped to create and watch them tell their dolls or imaginary friends all of the stories behind the various photos.

Scrapbooking is multi generational, allowing young children and even great grandparents to participate in an activity together. One thing that always makes my own children giggle are the bathing suits my grandparents wore in one photo we have. My grandparents were both born in the late 1800’s and so the bathing suits were quite different from what we see today.

I was born in New York and so we have photos of me in a baby carriage in the snow. Living in California today, these photos are all of a different place and different time to my own children. They have so enjoyed my own mother telling them about life in New York. Since both of my children are older (driving age) and since we live in California, neither has ever driven in snow. Asking my mom about driving in the snow has provided conversation that would not have taken place if we didn’t have the photos and scrapbooks to talk about.

Scrapbooking and photos truly are a way to provide conversation, to bridge the gap between generations and to provide a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your children.

Flower Arrangements: Classicalmesh

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Visualize the phrase: “Floral arrangement” and you can almost smell it. A glorious bouquet of fresh roses arranged festively or solemnly, depending on the occasion. These floral arrangements are undeniably beautiful, emotive and symbolic, and are a part of our culture. Our Judeo Christian never preclude the study of Lao Tzu, Confucius and the Zen, and Ikebana is indeed the Zen in the art of flower arrangements.

The materials used for Ikebana are earthy freshly cut branches, vines, leaves, grasses, berries, fruit, seeds and flowers also the wilted and dried plants. Putting it all together is decidedly spiritual. An expression of spiritual resonance. In Ikebana floral arrangement, the material, the style of the arrangement; the size, shape, texture, volume and color of the container even the place and occasion for its display are all vitally important factors.

Ikebana originated from a simple ritual flower offering made in Buddhist temples in Japan during the sixth century. In that initial arrangement the flowers and the branches both were made to point toward heaven to show reverence. With the passage of time this art evolved into a sophisticated style of arranging flowers called “Rikka” (standing flowers) in 15th century. Rikka was created by the Buddhist monks of the Ikenobo School. The Rikka depicts the magnificence of nature plus its display. The material used in it, were pine branches represent rocks and stones, and white chrysanthemums signifying a river or small stream. This style became quite famous in seventeenth century but worn as a decoration for ceremonies and festivities. Alas it is now considered old-fashioned and is rarely practiced.

Japan too was affected by the Western Civilization after the beginning of Meiji era (1868– 1912) . The new style in Ikebana called Moribana, literally “piled-up flowers” brought a total revolution in this art. The traditional way was to gather different materials and place them in a container to emerge from a single point. Ohara the revolutionist made use of diverse types of supports to arrange the cut plants on an extended surface in wide but shallow containers called suiban meaning “water basin”. This technique introduced the usage of new imported materials which were never accommodated before in traditional styles. This allowed the conception of landscape style called “shakei” in flower arrangement. This gave way to show scenes from nature in a very naturalist rather more symbolic manner.

Another prominent innovator was Adachi Choka (1887–1969), who implemented moribana but described his work simply as decoration. The innovation in the art of flower arrangement continued. After the Meiji cult Ikebana further improved as zen’ei ikebana or zen’eibana. This new form of Ikebana was even more expressive than the old style. Women were conventionally schooled in Ikebana, tea ceremony and calligraphy in training for marriage. Flower arrangement today is established as one of the traditional arts in Japan. People practice it on many occasions as ceremonies and festivities, modern people are still opting to study the art. At this time there are 3000 schools ikebana schools in Japan and almost thousand more worldwide. The most famous Ikebana schools are Ikebono, Ohara and Sogetsu. Most of the Ikebana school sprouts from Ikebono School even today Ikebono School alone has 60,000 teachers around the world. 15 million people in Japan practice Ikebana, typically young women.

We can divide Ikebana approximately into two styles. Moribana which has a shallow vase style and second is Nageire having a tall vase style. Sogetsu School adapts array of kakei (patterns) for either style consequently even an apprentice can swiftly generate their own arrangements. All the Ikebana schools mainly emphasis on the basic rule of proportion between material and container or the other way round. It requires the existence of three main lines: Sky, man and earth. And these lines are affixed in the container in certain preset sizes and angle of inclination. The rules of Ikebana teach sensitivity for balance and proportion and also the well-balance coexistence of weak and strong material. It brings you closer to nature. Ikebana, for the one who knows the spirit of this art is more than just a way of flower arrangement it’s a complete different perspective of showing life and reverence.

Sogetsu School that is just dedicated for Ikebana was formed by the founder Tofu Teshigahara in 1927. He adopted modernity of art and fused it with historical traditions of Ikebana. After his death in 1979, the school was monitored by his daughter Kasumi Teshigahara. Unfortunately due to her untimely death in 1980 school was followed by her brother in 1980 Hiroshi Teshigahara. Hiroshi Teshigahara being already the famous movie director and ceramicist introduced advanced impulses into the teaching of school. It’s the result of his devotion for the art of Ikebana that today ikebana has gained more and more acknowledgement even in the western world. After his death in 2001 his daughter is supervising the school. Ikebana has always considered as an asset in Japan and learned with respect and devotion.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Beeswax Candles – And More

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Beeswax candles are made from all natural ingredients made by honeybees. When bees eat honey, they produce this wax. Beekeepers filter the beeswax from the honeycombs, cool it and sell it for use in making candles. Beeswax candles are the most natural candles that you can buy. They are available as taper candles, votives, tea lights and pillar candles. For those with sensitive allergies, beeswax candles allow them to enjoy the warmth and beauty of a burning candle.

You don’t need to add any scent to a bees wax candle because the wax is naturally scented with honey. Therefore beeswax candles rarely have any additives and this includes color. The natural yellow color adds to the ambiance of a bees wax taper candle and the scent of honey will perfume the air. Like soy candles, bees wax candles burn longer and cleaner than paraffin candles. However, one of the disadvantages of using bees wax taper candles is that they cost more than soy or paraffin candles.

The wax used in making beeswax candles can vary from white to a light brown. In some cases, candle makers may add bleach to the wax to lighten the color of the bees wax. Candles that have been bleached may not have as much of a honey scent to them, but you won’t be able to smell the scent of bleach. The bleach also helps to filter the beeswax. A candle made from unfiltered bees wax may contain small bits of wood or even parts of the bees.

Over time, you may notice that there is a white powder on the outside of your beeswax candles. This does not mean that the bees wax candles are no longer any good. The development of this powder is a natural occurrence with beeswax taper candles and is called blooming. You can easily wipe the powder off of the beeswax candle. It is actually a good thing for this to happen because it will tell you that your bees wax taper candles have been made from pure beeswax.

If you like making your own candles, beeswax candles are the easiest ones to make at home. Beeswax is sold in sheets and you don’t have to bother with any additives, colors or candle scents. The bees wax that you buy is already filtered so you don’t need to bother with bleaching it. All you have to do is melt down the bees wax and pour it into your molds to have the perfect beeswax candles.

Don’t You Love Highly Scented Candles?

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The majority of highly scented candles use fragrance oils, which means the intention is to scent the air of a room. However, you can also have highly scented candles that use essential oils. This type of candle has many therapeutic uses as aromatherapy candles. If you research the various aromatherapy scents, you will find one that will have the healing properties you need, whether you just need to relax, cure an illness or help soothe your spirit. Highly scented candles are widely available, but if there is a specific scent that you want you can have your candles custom made.

Although beeswax candles are supposed to be the best candles, soy candles come in a close second. In addition, beeswax candles are rarely scented whereas highly scented soy candles will hold the scent until the candle is completely burned out. Like beeswax candles, these highly scented candles are cleaner when burning and do not give off black soot as do paraffin candles. Soy candles are made of all natural ingredients and do not contain any petroleum by-products, such as oil.

Highly scented candles give off the scent even when they are not lit. For this reason, many people have highly scented soy candles simply for the decorative effect they provide. Whether you choose pillar, taper or votive soy candles, you can choose from a wide variety of scents and combination of scents. If you are not sure whether the scented candles use fragrance oils or essential oils, a quick look at the name of the scent will give you the answer. Names such as hot fudge sundae or cinnamon pie are likely to be fragrance oils. Essential oils come from plants and bear the name of the plant, such as eucalyptus, marjoram, chamomile, or ginger, for example.

If you want highly scented aromatherapy candles, you need to choose candles with the plant names for the scents. Knowing a little about the healing properties of such highly scented candles will also help you choose the right ones. The color has little to do with aromatherapy, but it is likely that the color of the candle will be closely linked to the scent. Lavender is one oil that is known for its soothing and relaxing properties and most highly scented soy candles of this nature are some shade of purple or lilac. Similarly, soy candles highly scented in pine are likely to be a shade of green.

Highly scented candles can mask the odor of cooking or of pet odors. When you use soy candles to do this job for you, you also have a healthier home. By using highly scented soy candles, you have the sweet scents in the air without having to use any harsh spray chemicals. Highly scented candles have many more uses than just setting the scene for romance.

Badge Lanyards: An Overview

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Badge lanyards are typically a length of rope, wire, or cloth designed to secure or display an identification card or an access badge. The most typical way to wear a badge lanyard is around the neck. This efficient way to display or secure a badge allows it to be frequently utilized while keeping the hands free. Badge lanyards can often be seen being worn by business employees, referees, lifeguards, medical staff, students, or trade show attendees.

Badge lanyards can be custom printed with a company’s logo or slogan for advertising purposes. Due to the fact that most badge lanyards are worn around the neck, they are often designed with an important safety device referred to as a “plastic safety breakaway.” The breakaway will release if the lanyard becomes snagged or entangled with an object. This forces the lanyard to then breakaway, or fall, from the wearer’s neck. The safety breakaway is perfect for specific environmental conditions or factory workers.

There are a variety of hardware attachment options designed specifically to secure a badge to a lanyard. Attachment options include plastic badge straps, bulldog clips, alligator clips, split rings, swivel hooks, and spring hooks. The popular swivel hook is designed to fit through the hole of a plastic badge holder. The plastic badge holder protects the identification card or access badge from the elements and from general wear and tear. Most companies that supply lanyards also supply badge holders and appropriate attachment hardware.

The retractable badge reel is a popular accessory to badge lanyards. The retractable badge reel allows the badge or access card to be displayed, checked, or scanned without the wearer having to remove the lanyard. The retractable badge reel contains a durable cord (or wire) that attaches to the badge or badge holder. The cord length stretches for the card’s use and then quickly retracts into the plastic reel for storage.

About wholesaler’s and manufacturer’s of bronze statues, bronze figurines, bronze sculptures

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India is a place of different kinds of handicraft and handcrafted statues and sculptures from the ancient age. Centuries old temples and civilizations are founded in India with a unique sample of handicraft reflecting artistic beauty. Specially the temples in South India bears this great old history of Indian handicraft, as you can see different types of hand curving statues and sculptures in the wall of these temples. All these old temples especially in chennai, kerala, hariyana attracts the people through the beauty of statues and figures made on the wall. For example dancing lady which is normally known as “Nartaki”, “Nataraj”,”Laxmi”,”Ganesh or ganesha”,”Shiva and parbati”, Shri Krishna and Radha Ji”, “Goutam Buddha” are as religious god statues. Different animal figures are also made, like running horse, lion, tiger etc. The centuries old temples and other historic items prove the capacity of the artisans about making statues and sculptures for home decoration and expressing the social life story of that time. In the old ages the King’s made those temples and different handicraft in their kingdom. They inspire the artists to make such stone curving items on the body of temple. They mainly make the statues based on the holy story from Hindu community. A great example is Nataraj. Nataraj is a style of God Shiva. Shiva as destructor as well as creator of the civilization. We inspired from this old culture to make the statues and sculptures as home decoration items. We also just follow the styles of those kings life style. They make statues for home and garden decor; even on those days the people make decoration on the wall of there home. Mainly stone is used on that time to make home, temple everything. So what they do is, they make different statue, sculpture of different god and goddess of Hindu religion on the wall by curving the stone. So we also make this handcrafted statues and sculptures in brass, bronze and stone. Actually “Art” refers to a huge range of human activity. It is a way or medium to express the emotion, nature and lifestyle. We can say that art exist from the first day of human civilization starts. The concept of home decoration through statue and sculptures is also a long days story. We can see the samples of different hand crafted statues, wall decoration in centuries old civilization like Nalanda, Mahenzodaro and Harappa. On that time people use the stonewall of their home and temples to make different decorative statues. The use of Brass and bronze is also a long history. The historians find a lot useful story and proof from this wall decoration. This artistic works is also represents the culture of those peoples. So, finally what we can say that, the history of handicraft in India is very long. Even one greater sample of
handicraft is Taj mahal itself. Today it is considered as the best wonders all over the world. So we can easily say that Indian handicraft has a long golden story from the centuries.

We, Dhiman Chatterjee and Co. is an India (State: West Bengal) based handicraft wholesale export unit. We are engaged in reflecting these all-old tradition’s in our handicraft items and introduce these cultural home improvement items to rest of the world. We wholesale the statues, sculptures, wall hangings, different home and garden decor items made of brass, bronze and stone by taking inspirations from India’s centuries-old traditions. The dancing lady, God Shiva in Nataraj style, Buddha statue are some of the examples which we took from our ancient Indian history. We make the handicrafts in western style also to fulfill the new millennium requirement. So the customers can get the most antique look collectibles as well as the modern sculpture range. We manufacture different kinds of Statue, sculptures, and wall hangings, chandeliers mainly used for home, garden and office decoration. Material we used for these handicraft items are mainly brass, bronze and stone and sometimes we give them a antique look also. We wholesale and retail these all items from our Indian office. We are mainly engaged in exporting these handicraft items to all over the world at most cheap rate and provide a replacement warranty in all our goods. Due to bulk manufacturing unit, we can offer the best rate to our customers for all the items. Starting from different religious statues like Goddess Laxmi, Shri Krishna, Buddha we have a lot of Indian and western style statue and sculptures. Like soldier statue, different animal figure, western and Indian lady figure, abstract figures, different sculptures in western style. Our concern is always try to provide our customers a complete solution in art and craft items, to fulfill there need of getting unique antique and collectibles for office and home interior decoration.

Originating from India, our products do travel across the middle and upper class fashion concern peoples, fashion boutiques, retail and wholesale outlets of all the fashion conscious markets in the entire World. The collection features over enormous styles of great pieces of wholesale statues. We feel proud our self for our good service to customers and the reason for success is the strong commercial aspect of the collection selling unusual, individual pieces of statues and handicrafts at a good price. The intricacy and exclusivity of our designer collections are highlighted by the classy expressions of each statue and sculpture. Alluring the elite class, every statue and sculpture of ours is made out of the best materials and finishing. ighlighting the Indian traditions and the richness of cultural ethnicity, we want to introduce the items to all over the world. This Website has many items on continual display and you can order irectly via this site or by contacting us. We accept all major Credit cards Like Master Card, Visa, American express, and Dinner Club etc. securely via Paypal. Goods will be delivered via air Mail within 10 to 12 days, anywhere in the Entire World. In case any damage occurs while in transit, we assure our customers a full replacement of the goods. Wholesale discounts, very low Minimum order for Wholesalers, personalized pre and post purchase supports are the added advantages to our valued customers.The entire team is working very hard to introduce the Indian Art and craft to rest of the world.

A Brief History of Quilting

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The art of quilting is not something new to this world, it has been around for centuries, but still there is no confirmation about the exact origin. According to the historians is that the history of quilting, piecing and applique was widely used for clothing and decorating stuff at home in ancient times. There is a common belief that quilting originated in China and Egypt at the same time. The oldest quilted garment found till now dates back to somewhere around 3400 BC.

Back in the 11th century, the crusaders picked up a type of quilting from the Middle East and brought it back to Europe. During that time, quilted piece of cloth was used by the Knights to give them extra cushion under their armor.

The Romans were the pioneers in introducing quilted bedding, which was used as mattress. Europeans got hold with this idea and they stuffed sack between two combined mattress. It was in the 15th century when the Europeans found quilting as a necessity when they were troubled by cold winds in the winter season.

The very first quilts were made of few layers of cloth that was attached together with running stitches. Quilt Frames came into existence as it was difficult to stitch many layers of cloth together. Europeans, blessed with these frames started to create quilts that were more decorative, more finely stitched.

19th century marked a great period of quilting in Europe and America. People in villages would come together and make one or more quilts in an afternoon. Women were very pleased with this as they could come out of the boundaries of their home and could contribute in doing something useful.

 

A Beginners Guide on How to Paint a Wall Mural

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Obviously the first thing you need to do is figure out what to paint on the wall. When I know what I want to paint, I typically follow that up by finding different representations, photos, drawings to use as a reference, or by going to a location to take some pictures that I can use as a model. For example, if I wanted to paint a seascape I might drive around the beach area where I look for objects or scenery I want to include in my painting. Most times I am piecing together a scene to create my mural.

Once you have what you need to put together your scene, painting the background first is essential. I start at the top and work my way down. So I lay down the sky first, then the horizon, where I may have mountains, trees, water or land. After I have my background in I will place my other objects, such as people, cars, roads or whatever the subject may be. Sometimes I hand paint in these objects and sometimes I may use a projector first to cast the image on the wall, trace it out and then hand paint it. A projector is very helpful to maintain the correct proportions and to help in placement of the object.

You may be wondering what medium to use on a wall. I use a mixture of acrylic paint that you can buy in any craft or art supply store and also latex paint that you would purchase by the gallon in a paint or hardware store. Both of these mediums dry quickly and clean up easily with water. Also, acrylic paint has no fumes so working with it will not bother you during the process. I typically purchase a gallon of extra bright white paint that I mix with the acrylic colors. This will stretch your dollar, because purchasing small tubes of acrylic paint alone can add up quickly especially if you are painting a large area.

Once you have finished your mural, I suggest painting a clear coat of polyeurothane over it to protect it. Look for a coating that will not yellow with age. The clear coating allows cleanup in case of dirt or fingerprints.

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