Common Questions about Photo Booths

 

Photo booth rentals are growing in popularity for a number of good reasons. Having photo booths in parties can help improve the overall mood of an event while at the same time, give guests and attendees that chance to bring photos with them after they leave. Their huge popularity has led to many questions about their services. Let us look at some of the common questions revolving around photo booths.

 

What Events are Suitable for Photo Booth Rentals?

 

Photo booths are quite flexible which allows them to be used in a variety of events. Holiday parties, weddings, birthdays, conferences, private dinners, galas, product launches are among the popular events in which photo booth rentals are widely used.

 

How Much Space Do They Take Up?

 

2.5m x 2m is considered to be the ideal area required for a photo booth to function normally. This allows the booth a bit more leeway with their backdrop, prop box table, studio lighting and the likes. By giving it more space, photo booths will be able to accommodate more people in a group picture which is often the highlight of the event.

 

How Are Pictures Taken?

It should be noted that photo booths come in two different categories namely enclosed and open air. Open air photo booths require the assistance of operators which allows for a more interactive experience. On the other hand, enclosed photo booths often make use of automation with equipment such as touch screen panels to give clients freedom and control on how they want their pictures to be taken.

 

Are Photos Limited?

The beauty of photo booth rentals is that there is no limit on how many pictures you want to take with your friends. Furthermore, each guest will be able to receive a copy of the photo along with complementary reprints when the need calls for them to do so.

Photo booths rentals are often provided on an hourly basis so even though picture taking is unlimited, it may be a good idea to take turns giving other guests the chance to take photos for their own.

We’ve mentioned a few of the many questions that revolve around photo booth rentals. Get in touch with photo booth rental companies near you to learn more about their services as well as their rates. See interesting photo booths in Raleigh for more options for your event. Don’t forget to book an appointment in advance to help save a fair amount of your time and resources.

How to Deal With the Tragic Loss of Your Dog

Dogs are men’s best friend and that is absolutely true. your dog lives with you, plays with you, eats with you, makes you smile at your worst time, makes you feel safe, keeps you warm at times – so many emotions you go through when you have a dog at home. They are god sent and we know how hard it is to live when this precious thing leaves forever.

Coping with the loss of your dog is a very tragic thing you have to do and it’s real hard. We have seen people going through trauma and depression due to the loss of their dogs and we don’t want any such things should happen to you. Here is why, we have come up with some of the ways to deal with the loss of your beloved dog –

  1. Say Goodbye – We know it’s really hard but you must learn to say goodbye to him or her. The memory will always remain sweet and intact forever but you need to make sure that you don’t let yourself get carried away. To keep the memory alive, you can safely keep all its belongings or you can make pet memorial items like a grave stone (more information here: https://lcmemorials.com/collections/dog-memorial-stones/, pictures, videos or maybe a beautiful garden in its name. It will give you inner peace and happiness.
  2. Stay in touch with People – Keep in touch with your friends and family. They will keep you engaged and most importantly you will be able to share your grief with them. Don’t shut yourself in a shell and make sure you talk to people around you. Otherwise you will be making your grief worse and worse and that will affect both your mental and physical health.
  3. Don’t stop eating – A lot of people make this biggest mistake. They stop eating. Don’t do that. This will only make you weal physically and mentally. It is hard to keep up with the grief but if you stop eating, that will only make it harder for you to cope with the same. It is understandable that eating seems to be the most impossible thing to do but try eating at least a small piece of bread or drink a cup of coffee or juice to keep your energy up.
  4. Get another Dog – If you want then get another dog for yourself. It is true that nothing can replace your first dog but getting another dog will keep you happy. We will suggest you to adopt one – the idea of giving shelter and love to a homeless dog is really a good one and you will also find peace in your heart to see a homeless dog being loved and getting the right shelter. It is a noble thing you will do for some other dog.

There are a lot of other ways you can cope with the grief of your lost dog. However, to deal with the pain you must be very strong and determined and you must make sure that you are doing it right. Let go off the pain and you will be feeling lively pretty soon.

 

Benefits of using predictive maintenance

Maintenance is always a headache for the industries. Be it small or big, every company needs to incorporate the cost of maintenance in its balance sheet. For big industries, the cost goes higher and for small ones the cost stays relatively small. But regardless, the maintenance aspect always plays a crucial part in overall health of the system. With sound maintenance, a system works at. Optimal level thus increased production and with inefficient maintenance, the system may waste energy and resources thus leading to negative production costs.

That’s why maintenance is always integral part of the industry. And this maintenance is carried out different manner. Predictive maintenance is one the measures through which, the health of the system is kept on check and thus leading to even more production.

1. Prevent a disaster: predictive maintenance can prevent a. Disaster by making it know beforehand that the system may fail in near future. There are various elements of the system checking upon which could give a overall picture of the health of the system. For example, a. System built with pumps and rotors, the vibration level could indicate a future failure. These aspect can be anything including infra red technology to check temperature of the various components in order to assess their performance level.

2. Cost effective: simply speaking, predictive maintenance in short term, is a bit more costly than reactive maintenance which deals with, maintenance of the system when the failure actually occurs in contrast to predictive maintenance where maintenance is carried out on predictions of failures. But in long term, the predictive maintenance could yield saving much money than reactive maintenance as, in reactive maintenance, at times cost could go up to mountains depending upon the level of failure. With companies like proaxion around – it is not that expensive, you can check them out at http://www.proaxion.io/ Since the system was already working at Mon optimal level due to inefficiency of some components, it may lead to hazardous environment to the other components and lead to failure of the various parts of the system one by one, which in turn, can lead to overall decrease in life cycle of the system. But predictive maintenance can simply prevent that by assessing the faulty components and replacing them, could prevent further damage into the system. Just a simple example, a. Motor was creating friction due to misalignment of the inside parts. Since it was working, a reactive maintenance will let it go signaling there was no need of maintenance. But predictive maintenance will assess the system faulty and weed out the components which were at fault.

3. Predictive maintenance increases the life of the system: this is actually obvious. Reactive maintenance deals with repairing when there are needed. Sometimes it may be needed to replace the while system since, it was difficult to replace the various components and it is better to change it, than to repair it. But with predictive maintenance coming into play, every individual component could be assessed and hence it is able to pin point where the fault lies. Simply changing only that component could increase the life cycle.

4. Save time and resources: when a disaster occurs, at times the whole system could come into a halt thus stopping the production all together. While it takes time to repair the system, it can significantly decrease the efficiency level of. Other related resources. Since production is stopped for a period, profits will also take a hit. Predictive maintenance prevents it by letting one know about the disaster beforehand so that needed precautions are made before disaster can even occur. Thus production remains unaffected and overall, it gives support to the system that no other maintenance can give.

Unique slate cheese boards that can be used as decor

So I’d like to start in on a series of blog posts where I can speak towards some unorthodox methods for home decoration. I feel as though pushing against the boundaries of the ordinary is important in order to facilitate progress among the clichés of home decoration. We all get so caught up in what’s accepted as good, what’s standard, what’s proven to look the best, that we stop innovating and pushing against the standards of the industry.

So in this post I want to talk about slate. Most people consider slate to be typically exterior resource. Roofs, walkways, garden walls. When slate is brought into the interior, it’s almost exclusively used for fairly standardized things that one would usually use stone for, like countertops.

Slate, however, doesn’t have to be an off putting, outdoorsy stone with no real decorative purpose. Sure, most of it is indeed just that, but not all of it. So before getting into my favorite uses, a bit of background would be helpful.

Slate is a metamorphic rock that is formed under extreme pressure and heat from sedimentary rocks. It occurs naturally in our world. It forms in many textures, which is great news for us, because we can make use of them for different purposes. My favorite for interior decoration is fine grain slate. Fine grain slate is smooth, has a small almost uniform texture over the primary portion of the plate. This means it easily matches its surroundings and can hold a variety of purpose better than other textures. However, if the need fits, I’m also quite fond of the wave texture, which is, as the name implies, wavy, or the Ribbon texture, which is a finer, straighter version of the wave. Each can be used to draw the eyes of someone toward a feature. A sort of “follow the line,” if you will.

 

As far as coloring, slate can be several variations of gray. There’s very little need, in my opinion, for the ugly ashen gray slate unless your needs are perfectly suited to a monotone and subdued gray. The slate I most prefer to work with is a perfect, rich, and deep black. The slate black is a rare color in decor, and thus offsets most other work in a most impressive way. It can be used to either highlight or complement other design decisions.

The black slate looks classy and elegant in certain settings, but can also be provide a rustic and/or modern look to a room. It’s a highly variable object that can be repurposed based on its surroundings, which is an indescribably invaluable tool for any home decorator.

Now, funnily enough, the slate I most often use is primarily purposed as a slate board for cheese. It’s even used in restaurants – I definitely see how they make interesting plates in restaurants. They also cover what restaurants should consider before buying their dinnerware, visit this page for further details on slateplate care, and more info on where they source the material. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s the best I’ve found on the market, despite my repurposing of it. I buy nearly all my slate from Slateplate. That said, they do host some products for home and decoration purposes, like their tealight holdersand their Slate garden markers. But even the slate that they purpose toward food products work wonders as simple decorating items.

 

They can be used in the kitchen to hold hot serving platters, in bathrooms to raise tissue boxes, on hallway stands to highlight vases or other knick knacks. You can even have holes drilled into them in order to hang them on walls. They smooth and sand their slates to perfection, oil it accordingly, and they all contain that desirable jet black color that’s necessary for the decor portion. The lovely folks at Slateplate will also engrave nearly anything onto their slates, in any location on the slate, though typically in the bottom right unless otherwise specified. You can submit your own designs, words, and images, or simply choose from their stock selection. They’re non-stick and non-slip, so they work marvelously on any surface. Tables, counters, backs of toilets, carpet, anything really.

They, therefore, make wonderful gifts. I often get my friends’ initials engraved into the bottom corners and then suggest placements for the slates where the slate can host one of their most prized possessions. Anything from figurines to stand-up photo frames. The slate will complement nearly any setting.

 

But of course, even used for their intended purpose of food service, will liven up any kitchen. Simply serving or eating off of the slate makes any kitchen instantly more posh, and an absolute unique delight to dine in. Slate is simply perfect when you’re avoiding that florid overuse of decoration and simply trying to achieve that minimalistic subtle feel to any room.

Sew a Designer Custom Pillow: Ribbon Weaving in Home Decor

In the age of designer custom pillows, that isn’t as easy or an inexpensive option unless you can make them yourself.

Here is a project that allows you to create your own custom pillow with the designer look for a fraction of the expense.

You will also find it can be difficult to find the exact shade of a particular color to fit your personalized taste. Often times people settle for what they can find that will work instead of the color they really wanted. This project will let you use only the color of your choice in the exact shade you desire.

Directions are for two throw pillows approximately 16″ square. If you only need one cut the ribbon, fabric and trim in half. You will also use only one pillow form or half the batting.

Materials Needed:

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Approx. 18 yards of ribbon (about 2 inches wide)
  • 1 yard cotton muslin (36″ X 36″)
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Batting or 2 pillow forms
  • Measuring tape
  • Optional-4 yards of trim

Preparation

  1. Cut the piece of muslin into quarters measuring 17″ x 17″ each.
  2. Measure the ribbon and cut it into 17″ strips.

Weaving

  1. Take one piece of muslin and lay it flat on a table.
  2. Take nine pieces of ribbon and lay them side by side on the piece of muslin running east to west.
  3. Pin the ends of the ribbon to the muslin on one side only.
  4. Take nine pieces of ribbon and lay them side by side on the same piece of muslin running north to south.
  5. Pin one end of the north to south ribbon.
  6. Fold back all of the north/south ribbon. (Note: You will have all of the east/west ribbon still laying across the surface of the muslin.)
  7. Take the first piece of north/south ribbon that is closest to the pinned end of the east/west ribbon and run the piece over and under each of the east/west ribbons.
  8. Pin the end.
  9. Take the next north/south ribbon and run it under and over opposite of the first piece. If you ran the first piece under then over, run this piece over then under.
  10. Pin the end.
  11. Repeat with the ribbon until you have filled the surface of the muslin.
  12. Follow steps 1 through 11 with the other three pieces of muslin and the remaining ribbon,

Assembly

  1. Sew each muslin piece all the way around on the sewing machine using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  2. Remove pins.
  3. Take two of your muslin pieces and lay them with right sides facing.
  4. Pin all the way around the edges.
  5. Sew the edges leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around leaving a 4″ opening for turning and stuffing.
  6. Turn the fabric right sides out.
  7. Stuff with batting or your pillow form
  8. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Trim

Trimming the pillow is optional. You can hand or machine sew on the trim around the edges. That’s it.

Options to Explore

When you get comfortable, try making different designs with your ribbon. You can alternate going over two, under one or tier the ribbon. Try using different sizes of ribbon or using different colors of ribbon on the same pillow.

Frugal cooking

Now everyone has a different idea of what frugal means. I will give my own version of it and go from there. Frugal to me is saving money on anything and everything possible to make sure that neither my children or I go without one necessity in life.

The biggest and most necessary change I had to make in my budget was for groceries. This included eating out. I couldn’t figure it out. I would make a list and go to the grocery store and come home with at least twice what I had planned on. Now, for a single mother of 4 to have to spend over $150.00 a week on groceries just wasn’t working. Not to mention the little stops off at the fast food drive-thru on the way home. It was killing me.

One day I sat down, my bills in hand and cried. I didn’t have enough money to make any of them.

So, the first thing I had to change was the way I bought groceries, then the way I used them.

I had the world at my fingertips and ran a search. I must have read and looked through one-hundred sites or more.

Each one I took a piece of advice from and moved on to the next. By the time my eyes and brain gave up I had an entire notebook filled with my new plan.

First I wrote out a month’s worth of meals, 30 breakfast, 30 lunch and 30 dinners. Next, I followed the advice off of a few sites and found out which recipe’s I had that I could cook in one day (referred to as once-a-month cooking) and made a new list. This list consisted of the name of the food item, the contents in which to make the food item and then the preparation and freezing of it. This list would not only save me time and money but health, no more fast food for us.

With my handy lists I started my grocery list. It looked a bit over-whelming but I made columns, A) Produce, B) Meats and so on. Then, once again, went to my computer and pulled up all of my grocery stores weekly ads. Beside each item on my grocery list I wrote the name of the store that had the item on sale. If it wasn’t on sale then I put the name of my local Save-a-lot store. Now if I had been a smart person I would have gathered coupons before my big shopping spree, but, that notion would come later. I didn’t waste much gas having to go to the different store, here in my home town they are all within a 5 mile radius of each other. I spent more time than normal in the grocery store that day (and yes some people looked at me strange because I was buying so much at one time) but my entire grocery list came to just a little more than I was spending on a week’s worth before that. So I was very excited.

Home I went with all of my groceries and a new outlook.

Then it came to putting these things away and start the cooking. This is where the kids came in the kitchen looking at me a little strange. I was in the kitchen until well after dinner time,cooking up a storm. It was a lot of work. Now even though it took quite a bit of work to get it all done I had just about an entire month off. Once a week I still had to stop by the grocery to get milk, but that was it. My menu (I had already planned out) was posted on the fridge, so each morning I took whatever we were having out of the freezer. Some mornings all it took was putting it into the crock pot and turning it on.

Now, a few months down the road on my frugal lifestyle, I have made a few changes to make the process easier for me. I think that is a person’s own trial and error. I expanded my frugality into other portions of my life and hope to add more as the month’s go on. I would not change this journey for anything. It is wonderful to take control over a bad situation in your life and turn it around and actually end up enjoying yourself.

Things to Consider Before Building or Remodeling Your Kitchen

Planning for a Beautiful Kitchen

 

Creating a beautiful kitchen to reflect your lifestyle is close to many hearts. The vast array of kitchen products and furnishings to choose from can make the whole process seem rather daunting. However, there is one thing that everyone is agreed on – that the most important part of buying a new kitchen is the planning. Here are some pointers to help you get started. With a bit of advance preparation, you and your local kitchen designer will be able to create your dream kitchen!

Functionality

Make sure you’re clear about what you want from your kitchen. Will you be entertaining there or simply cooking? If you will be entertaining, how many people will you want to seat? Do you have your heart set on a kitchen that can act as a focal point for the house? Think about what works well and what doesn’t in your current kitchen. Prepare a list of essentials – what do you really need to make your life easier? What other activities will take place in your kitchen? Will it be used for watching television, doing homework, paying bills, surfing the web or organising laundry? Do you want to keep your existing appliances? Finally, think about the traffic patterns in your house. Is the kitchen acting as a thoroughfare to the back door?

Fitted or free-standing?

Consider whether you want a fitted or a free-standing kitchen. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Fitted kitchens make the most of the available space, since awkward corners can be hidden and used for storage. You can choose flat-pack, rigid or custom-built to suit your needs. Fitted kitchens can also add value to your home, but you can’t take it with you when you move!

Alternatively, a free-standing kitchen offers an individual, informal look. All types of furniture can be used to create the perfect ambiance. When you move, you can take your furniture with you. Bear in mind that you have to choose your furniture carefully in order to create as much storage space as in a fitted kitchen.

 

 

Fashion and style

Is your preferred style contemporary or classic? If you’re not sure about what you want, visit your local kitchen designer to see what’s on offer. Do you want to incorporate the latest fashions? Colour and gloss are two of 2009’s strongest trends. Gloss continues to be popular in modern homes. Available in a wide range of colours, gloss units are highly reflective and bounce light all around, which makes them ideal for kitchens that don’t get much natural light, as long as you choose a light colour. If you yearn for a kitchen with a personal feel, pick a favourite colour and

choose units in a painted finish. For a beautiful bespoke look, units with a hand-painted finish are ideal. While door fronts for this style are normally in a traditional Shaker style, some flat-fronted designs are available which work well in modern homes. Whatever your preferred style, your local kitchen designer will be able to talk you through all the options and show you the latest products.

HGTV has a wonderful guide on their website, if you are interested in reading more, I reccomend you check them out here

5 ways to upgrade your Home Décor

Upscaling your old furniture and home décor is the new age term for renovation. Investing in all new furniture pieces and upholstery is very tedious in this time and age and that is why people who appreciate the value of available materials in their home are opting to reuse and upgrade their out dated home décor pieces. There are umpteen ways you can upgrade your home décor in the simplest ways possible. Let us count down on a few ways you can revamp your décor.

  • Changing the colour of your wooden furniture by painting over the existing paint that may be peeling off. You can jazz up these simple home décor elements by using colour instead of the same browns.
  • Transform storage boxes, shelves and drawers using decoupage paper and glue. If you have the crafting streak in you, you can easily get this easy home décor DIY done very easily.
  • Transform old shelves and broken drawers into slide-in and slide-out cabinets that can be accommodated under the bed. If you have a lot of empty space under your bed, these shelves can make for additional storage under the bed. Plus to add a funky element to the home décor, you can colour the shelves.
  • You can use things that are kept in your store room that are not used anymore to add interesting elements to your home. For instance, an old ladder can become a clothes rack when hung on the wall vertically. Another interesting home décor element can be to use old tires, paint and glue them together and attach a pillow on top to make a convenient sitting stool.
  • Use old trunks or big storage boxes to your advantage by painting them over and making them a coffee table in your living room.