Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Online Sources for Discount China

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Who doesn't love a beautiful set of China? It's just that the prices are normally a lot higher than what one would prefer to pay. Well now there are several top online sources for discount china. Some of the top lines including Lenox, Oneida, Gorham, Waterford and more are available are many of the top online sources for discount China.
If you are a lover of fine China, but don't want to pay retail for it, there are several top online sources for discount china. One such source is Place Settings.com who carries a large selection of high-end china. Offering such names as Lenox, Picard, Royal Doulton, Vera Wang, Villeroy & Boch, and even Blue Italian by Spode. Pretty much any brand you might be interested in is available on Place Settings.com at an excellent discounted rate. The online store offers promotional specials, and for customer convenience offers silver and crystal as well. In addition to their wonderful selection, promotions, and discount prices, they also offer a bridal registry service. For more information on one of the top online sources for discount china visit the Web site for Place Settings.com today.
The nest of the top online sources for discount china is American Discount China.com offering top of the line fine china, and ceramic ware. American Discount has an impressive selection of fine Bone China in exquisite designs such as Empress and Coral (visit the Web site) that truly express the meaning of "presentation is everything," in Culinary Arts. It's hard to go wrong with the China offered on this site. Excellent discounts are offered and in addition they offer tips on china care for those who are not used to caring for their own china. For really unique pieces they offer a selection of samples, custom designs, specialty items as well as a link to their specials. For more information on one of the top online sources for discount china visit the Web site for American Discount China.com today.

Dinner Ware Depot is the next of the top online sources for china offering excellent discounts on beautiful high-end china. Choose from lines such as Portmeirion, Tracy Porter, Wedgwood, Lenox, Versace, Spode and more. You will have many choices for formal china, casual china, and other dinnerware as well. Dinner Ware Depot is a very versatile site offering nice giftware, glassware, flatware and more. Most importantly their wide selection, and many brands of the finest china available at an excellent price is what makes them one of the top online sources for china. For more information visit the Web site today. Thanks to Lola Inez for these ideeas.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Start Your Own Sewing Business And Fill a Wide Open Niche!

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With the economy and rising prices, most everyone is looking for a way to make some extra cash nowadays. Some people who are frustrated with "lining other people's pockets" yearn to start their own business. While others who have been "downsized" or laid off are searching for a job period.

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Of course, the most successful businesses fill a niche. That is, they provide a particular product or service that customers want or need. My friend Becky found a money-making niche when she started her own sewing business. Becky started out by sewing clothing for her daughters and herself. She also repaired their clothes and fixed and patched her husband's attire. Her husband worked a full-time job, but Becky found their finances strained, especially when he was laid off.

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So, she put the word out to her family and friends that she was now doing sewing repairs and alterations for hire. Did the work come? You bet it did! She was immediately hired to replace broken zippers, hem up pants, skirts, and dresses, sew up holes in pockets, reattach buttons and snaps, and more. Because Jean is a skeptic, she wondered if her business would amount to much. To her amazement, she got more and more work just by "word of mouth" advertising.
I wasn't surprised by her success. In a world where both the husband and wife have to work full-time jobs just to make ends meet, who has time to make needed repairs on the family's clothing? And if one has the time, not all women have the ability to sew.

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As Jean's business took off, I advised her, as a business owner myself, to give her company a name and apply for a business license. She also needed to find out if her workplace had to be zoned for business. As for the bookkeeping and tax ends of her business, Jean took my advice. She opted to let an accountant handle all that for her.
I f you're handy when it comes to sewing, and you're looking to earn some extra cash, you can start your own business right out of your home as well. The start-up costs are minimal, especially if you already own a sewing machine and some basic supplies. Don't worry if you don't have a sewing machine. You can pick up a good-used model for a couple hundred bucks. Check the classified section of your local newspaper. Or, check out some of the online auctions to see what you can find there.

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You'll have to set up a price list and an hourly rate right from the start. You can charge a fixed amount for zippers - X amount per inch is the usual cost- and other repairs. But you'll need to establish an hourly rate for large jobs like sewing a wedding dress, etcetera.
You may choose to take on all types of sewing jobs like Jean did, or, you may decide to specialize in one or two areas. For example, instead of doing repairs, you may choose to make clothes for your customers. Maybe you'll decide to focus on sewing wedding dresses. Or maybe you prefer to make kids' clothing. Since you're the boss of your own business, the choice is yours!

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Although sewing clothing is where the big money is at, you may also choose to make curtains, decorative pillows, cloth dolls, and other items using your sewing machine.
To help your fledgling business gain customers, besides using the "word of mouth" method of advertising, you can also use another type of free advertising. Start out by composing an ad on your computer. Then, print several copies out. Tack these ads up on bulletin boards at your post office, local grocery store, Laundromat, fabric stores, at styling salons, and anywhere else you can find!

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You can also print up your own business cards on your computer and distribute them to the public as well. Kassidy Emmerson.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interview Mistakes: Think Positive for that First Impression

Avoid making these mistakes at an interview:

NOT LOOKING YOUR BEST
*Always be prepared, get plenty of rest.... because you don't want to show the employer a lack of interest while sitting there, you don't want to just seem perky, but look energetic.

NOT ARRIVING AT A TIMELY MANNER
*Be aware of what the employer would expect by showing up on time and arrive at least (15) minutes prior your appointed interview, should you need to gasp a breathe or give a greeting to the reception.

NOT BEING PREPARED FOR AN INTERVIEW 
*Carry on your best of gathered information about the place your seeking employment and certainly your most updated resume. (a couple of copies of your resume' printed out with a cover letter for show)
*Do greet the employer with a hand shake and look focused.
*Pertain to questions that give the employer and idea just who he/she is about to hire.(by not leading that person to speak of all the criteria of the placement).
*Leave the office with a smile say, "Thank-You"... for your time and I look forward to meeting with you again".(this gives the employer something to think about should you be a better candidate compared to your competition).

DON'T' FORGET TO FOLLOW-UP YOUR INTERVIEW WITH A THANK-YOU RESPONSE  (email are postal send)
* Looks are important as well as apparel, so wear that professional appeal (business suit of a jacket, pants and a tie, also skirts/dresses for ladies and not just as if you are going out to waste time and effort). Cyndys Cozy Corner

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress

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     The little black dress is hanging in nearly every woman's closet because it is so versatile; it can be worn day or night, for casual or formal occasions, and in any season. The problem with such a simple, versatile little black dress is how to make it look different each time it's worn. Here are a few tips on how to make your little black dress even more versatile.

How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Accessorize
Not enough can be said about accessorizing where the little black dress is concerned; an accessory can entirely make the outfit and too many people think that the outfit stops with the dress.
Try switching up purses, adding a colorful belt, necklace or scarf to your little black dress to spice it up, or perhaps a hat; wide brimmed sun hats are quite glamorous for daytime wear with a little black dress.
Don't be afraid to experiment here because fearless accessorizing can lead to the very best ensembles. Try mixing styles to create an eclectic look; perhaps pair an 80's cuff bracelet with your classic little black dress, or a boho chic handbag.

How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Color
Color should be used sparingly with the little black dress so as not to dilute it, but if done right, a splash of color can entirely change the dress. Try adding a pair of red pumps, a red boho chic bag or classic clutch, or a red ruby necklace, or go eccentric and try a canary yellow silk scarf with your little black dress.
How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Layer
Don't forget about the option of layering; depending on the season and particular style of your dress, you could layer a lace shawl, a plush pashmina, or a blazer over your little black dress to create different looks.

How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Shoes
Some people think of shoes as accessories, but they really are kind of in a category of their own. There is so much you can do with shoes to give variety to the little black dress.
Depending on your other accessories and colors, you could play up the shoes wearing an eye catching red or play them down with a mute taupe or beige shade; you could go heel or flat. If you typically where your little black dress with a beige princess heel, try a peek-a-boo toe red heel. Try what you've never tried before.


How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Conclusion
Just think outside the box the next time you put on your little black dress; there's no need to run out and buy a new little black dress for every occasion when you can just spice up the one you already have with items in your closet.

Please also look for my two coming articles on how to dress up your little black dress and how to dress down your little black dress; each of these articles go into a little more detail as to how to accomplish each look. Thank you, Alexandra Morgan! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Parental Control Apps for iPhone

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If you are a parent and you have given your child an iPhone, you've no doubt worried about their safety. Whether you worry about who their talking with or what they have been browsing on the Internet, there's plenty to be concerned about.
However, with the right apps you can worry a whole lot less.
There are plenty of apps available for the iPhone that can help you monitor your child's activity and even limit them from using their iPhones during certain hours or to keep them from viewing unwanted websites.
In this article, I will list the four best parental control apps for iPhone.



Mobicip Safe Browser 

If you want a safe web browser for your child to use that will give you control over what they can and cannot see on the Internet then Mobicip's Safe Browser is a great choice.
Mobicip Safe Browser has a plethora of handy features you can take advantage of. You can filter certain YouTube videos from showing, monitor your child's web browsing history remotely, create your own Internet filter, and much more.
Best of all, Mobicip Safe Browser is designed to behave as similar to Safari as possible, this way your child still has access to a full-featured web browser instead of a watered down one that so many other safe web browsers offer.

AVG Family Safety 

You may have already heard of AVG from some of their other products such as their anti-virus software. AVG Family Safety is their foray into iPhone parental controls.
With AVG Family Safety you can easily view your child's web browser history, block certain social networking sites or block social networking altogether, create a custom list of blocked websites, and even monitor the internet usage for multiple users on the same iPhone.


Norton Family 

Norton Family is a companion app for parents that already have a Norton Family account, giving you more control over your child's iPhone.
The Norton Family companion app will allow you to block websites, view your child's browsing history, view any information your child shares online, see what your child is searching for online, and it will even send you alerts when your child does something they're not supposed to.



AppCertain 

While the previous apps have focused on keeping your child safe from online threats and monitoring web browser usage, AppCertain will give you more control of the apps your child uses.

AppCertain will let you see what apps your child installs by sending you a report of each app to your email, and allows you to block access to certain ones. There is also a "curfew mode" makes it so your child doesn't have access to any non-essential iPhone apps, fundamentally blocking access to 3rd-party apps. Thanks to Marie Williams for the ideeas! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tips for Reducing the Energy Used by a Clothes Dryer

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      Here are some easy to use tips for reducing the energy used by a clothes dryer. Whether your dryer is electric or gas, there are things that you can do to make certain that the dryer is running as efficiently as possible.

              Use Sensor Settings

To avoid running the dryer unnecessarily, use your dryer on the moisture sensor setting which will stop the dryer when the clothes are dry. Using a timed setting can result in the dryer running after the clothes are dry which will result in a higher energy bill due to the additional dryer running time.

Clean Lint Filter

The simplest step to make certain that you dryer is running efficiently is to clean the lint filter before each use. Failing to clean the filter will restrict air movement through the dryer, causing the dryer to take longer to dry the clothes and using more energy.If the lint filter is damaged, replace the filter with an appropriate replacement. Failing to replace a defective filter will result in a large amount of lint going into the vent hose which can cause clogs. These clogs will not only cause the dryer to work inefficiently and increase your energy bill, but the clogs can cause a fire hazard.

Clean Lint Trap

At least once a month, use a brush and / or a vacuum to remove excess line in the lint trap. Use a soft brush to clean the lint filter at this time as well. Small amounts of lint and dryer sheet residue will buildup on the filter over time, restricting air flow and causing the filter to clog with lint more quickly.

Check the Hose

The dryer vents the air from the dryer to the outside of your home through a hose. This hose can become clogged or crushed restricting air flow. To maximize the energy efficiency of your dryer, make certain that the hose is in good condition and periodically remove the hose and clean it free of lint. Check the vent of the outside of your home to remove accumulated lint which can also restrict air movement from the dryer.

Skip the Dryer


Whenever practical, air drying clothes on a line is the best way to dry clothes from an energy perspective. Clothes line is inexpensive and can be purchased at hardware stores and other retailers. Lines can be placed inside or outside to dry clothes. J. Motes

Monday, October 13, 2014

Best Bridesmaid Dresses in Green


Match Your Wedding Colors with Various Shades of Green 

According to the Bridal Wishlist, green bridesmaid dresses are at the top of the list for brides searching for just the right dresses for their weddings. From sage to hunter to lime, shades of green are readily available when ordering your bridesmaids' dresses online.
In an article "Top 7 Bridesmaid Tips" on theknot.com, it was reported that tea-length styles are becoming the more popular choice for bridesmaids. Besides being fun, feminine and flirty, this length allows the dresses to be worn again and again for special occasions.
Alfred Sung has designed a beautiful and affordable tea-length strapless tiered organdy dress in moss or kiwi green in his Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress Style. The beauty of this dress lies in its elegant simplicity. Optional spaghetti straps are included . Sizes available at Beautifully Elegant are 0-16 for $97.35 and 18-28 for $122.35. Delivery from Beautifully Elegant takes 8-12 weeks, but a rush cut is available for $50 extra. 
Bari Jay Bridesmaid Style 751 is a sophisticated halter dress with a self tie pick up skirt with matching shawl in Charmuese. The dress comes in forest, emerald, sage, and hunter shades of green and sizes 2-16 are priced at Beautifully Elegant at $127.50; Misses Sizes 18-20, add $20; Women's sizes 16W - 28W, add $35. An additional five inches in length may be added to the dress for $18. Beautifully Elegant reports that standard shipping on this dress is 10-14 weeks, but a rush shipping of either 4 or 6 weeks is available for additional charges.
Beautifully Elegant also offers the After Six Bridesmaid Dresses Style which is a tea-length strapless Nu-Georgette empire waist dress with shirred sash. The dress features vertical shirring at the bodice, waist, in the front and back. At the back waist, there is bow detailing. You can order this dress in sizes 0-16 for $107.80 and sizes 18-28 for an additional $25. Green shades available include meadow, celadon, mint, kiwi, moss, clover and hunter. This strapless dress comes with optional spaghetti straps and will take 8-12 weeks for shipping.

Adorona Women's Floor Length Strapless A Line Dress

Satin Yoryu Strapless A-line Dress with Sash. is made of soft satin, creates a long, graceful silhouette, and is a full-length gown. The strapless A-line boasts a flattering ruched bodice with a tie-back sash at its empire waist. The dress is fully lined with a back zipper. Dry clean only. Available in Clover in sizes 2-26 online only from David's Bridal. Customers who ordered this dress all reported that the dress was true to the size charts provided, shipped quickly and a true value for the money. They reported feeling elegant, yet comfortable. This will be a dress that can be worn for special occasions long after the wedding is over.
You can get a Strapless Shirred Taffeta Dress by Mori Lee for $132.00 at edressme. The dress features a strapless square neckline with an accent of a rhinestone pendant in the bodice. The cinched shirred waist accents the waist and the knee length bubble skirt adds chic glamor. The dress comes in sizes 2 through 18 and is special ordered. It will take about 12 weeks for delivery.
If you are looking for a lime green dress, check out CocoMyles Custom Formal Wear. Featuring design-your-own custom couture, celebrity inspired dresses, or even maternity wear, CocoMyles offers every dress in lime green and your choice of fabric from satin, georgette, or charmeuse. Whether you want your dress to be sleeveless or long sleeved; straight skirt, A-line, or a pick-up skirt, you can mix and match to get the right combination for everyone. If you prefer to pick one of the celebrity inspired dresses, there are many different styles to choose from.
I particularly like the Golden Felicity. It is a traditional shaped gown with an empire waist with just the right amount of extra to make it unforgettable. This gown comes only in georgette fabric in the lime green and can have either gold or silver metallic straps. This dress, like most of the others on the website comes, in size 0-24 and costs between $148 and $160. Please allow about 6 weeks for delivery of your custom-made dress. 
An article in the New York Times, "Catching the Bouquet, in a Dress You Bought Online" by Elizabeth Olson, reports that the growing trend is to shopping online for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. One of the advantages is the ease of communication that the internet affords wedding parties that are separated by distance.
Through emails or Y/IM, a decision can be made by the whole party quickly. Options by online e-tailers for custom made dresses allow the bride to ensure that the wedding party's dresses will all match by reserving the same lot of material. By paying careful attention to the size charts provided, any alterations necessary may be made easily by a local business.

The bride will always take center stage at her wedding. But, today's choices of bridesmaid dresses make sure that no one feels like they are getting stuck with a dress that they hate. With so many options, there is a dress for every shape, size, and preference. Carole Larkin.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Guide to Wedding Dresses

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If clothes make the man then the wedding dress makes the bride. Every woman should be looking like royalty on her wedding day and with these summer wedding dresses under $500 it can be accomplished. Although choosing the perfect summer wedding dress for next year might be the most important decision, it doesn't have to be the most expensive one.
The prettiest wedding dress is the Alfred Angelo bridal wedding gown #1153. This strapless wedding dress is made from taffeta, net embroidered lace with metallic accents, beading and sequins. This wedding gown has a semi-Cathedral train, a full skirt, and a beautifully embroidered bust. The front of the skirt has a wide arcing layer with embroidery details. This is the most delicious wedding dress and is sure to make any woman happy. This wedding dress can be bought online at Wedding Dress City and costs only $369. This dress is made to order to your body measurements.
Interested in a simple yet classic dress with a taste of color? Then be sure to check out the Alfred Angelo wedding gown #1233. This floor length satin wedding dress is strapless with a dipping back. The dress has a sash of color that runs the top of the dress and around to where the sash hangs down the back like streamers. The sash has crystal beads and sequins. This wedding gown is available at Wedding Dress City and costs $289.
Gold is a great way to shine on the special day. The Alfred Angelo bridal wedding gown #1608 is perfect for those that want a touch of gold. This satin floor length billowy wedding dress is strapless, has a sequin studded neckline, a semi-Cathedral train, and a gold metallic sash tied in a bow around the waist. This wedding gown is also available at Wedding Dress City and costs only $300. This dress is made to fit your body so that you know you look the best that you can.

David's Bridal Women's One Shoulder Beaded
Bridesmaid Dress with Side Slit

David's Bridal is another wonderful place to find summer wedding dresses. David's Bridal wedding dress style VW9478 is the best buy of the season since it is on sale from $499 to only $299.99. This taffeta halter A-line gown with a V-neck ruched bodice and a halter neckline. The dropped waistline and the fit and flair skirt make this an elegant yet simple gown for any woman on her special day. The dress is polyester, zips up the back and is available in white only.
One more delightful dress from David's Bridal is style MP9573. This chiffon sweetheart halter A-line gown compliments your body with an empire waist and pleated bust. The waist is decorated with beaded crocheted lace. The skirt is full and hangs nicely to the floor. This dress is also a steal with the retail price being $399 but on sale for $249.

So do yourself a favor and check out these fantastic choices for your wedding dress. Rose Ruff

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tide To Go Stain Remover


              Tide To Go is a great product for on-the-go stains in your daily life. Any busy mom will love tucking the Tide To Go laundry pen in her purse. Not only will TideTo Go work on those spatters of ketchup from the fry your preschooler was wielding like a magic wand, but it'll work on your own dribbles from salsa and sodas.

How to use Tide To Go?
Follow the instructions. Press the pen in to release some of the product onto the stain. Rub Tide To Go into the stain to make it work. Depending on the stain, the mark should lighten or completely disappear.

Where can I find Tide To Go?
You can find the Tide To go laundry pen in the laundry detergent section of your grocery store or discount chain store such as Target or Wal-Mart. You also may be able to find it in quickie-marts at gas stations.

How much does Tide To Go Cost?
The laundry pen costs a few dollars and is very affordable. Consider buying the Tide To Go laundry pen for each purse, one for your car and one for your desk at work.

What I like about Tide To Go:
Surprisingly, it actually works on most stains, if you get to them quickly. Salsa, ketchup, soda and creamy salad dressings disappear quickly.
Tide To Go is about the size of a pen, so it fits easily into a purse, glove compartment and desk drawer.
It's safe to use on kid's clothes. However, it is an eye irritant and should be kept out of the reach of children.
The top fits snugly, so the product shouldn't leak all over your purse.
It works almost every color-fast fabric, including dry cleanable fabrics.

            What I don't like about Tide To Go:
It leaves a big wet spot until it dries. And unlike the commercials, waving a piece of paper at it will not cause it to dry; it takes about ten to fifteen minutes to dry.
Tide To Go doesn't work on everything, particularly grease stains. However, it does lighten these stains, so you might be able to fake having stain-free clothes.
It doesn't work as well on stains that are a couple of hours old. You have to get to the stains fast for Tide To Go work.

            Overall Recommendation of Tide To Go:

            This is a great product for quick, on the go stains. The size of the pen makes it great for carrying every where you go. Credits for this recomendations go to Teri Halvorsen.