Decorating A House Into A Home

What is it about certain friends homes that when you walk in, you just take a deep breath? Not the kind of overwhelming breath because it is so lavish and extravagant, but because you immediately feel relaxed and at home. And you know that seems silly because it isn’t even your home!

It is almost like returning to the little girl in you when you needed comforting and mom was there with cookies and milk. Some women have the ability to create such an environment. It takes a conscious effort to generate such a home.

So, let’s talk about a few things that I truly believe will help in creating such an environment.

First of all, before any decorating or designing there must be a conscious and mental understanding of what you are hoping to achieve in your home. What feeling do you want to invoke upon all who enter? Do you have an understanding of the importance of your job as Queen of the Home? What that really entails, and the power you wield? Only you can create a home environment that comforts, protects, and nurtures your family. It doesn’t come from a perfectly kept house. It comes from sights, sounds, scents, and your attitude.

Scents are one of the highest forms of memory makers, and memory triggers. I’ve raised two boys. To this day when they walk through the door, they will make a remark on a certain candle burning, or something I have cooking in the oven. They will talk about how it reminds them of when they grew up here. Even if you are not cooking dinner everyday, lighting an aromatic candle everyday heightens the senses and brings a form of comfort to your family.

Music is another must of my home. Even if it is simply playing softly in the background, it is something that brings tranquility to the home. Soft, sweet, easy-going music is best. Some of my favorites are Michael Buble, Dean Martin, and Norah Jones to name just a few. Happy music makes happy people! I also like to cheer up on TheMockingMemes website where many funny memes.

I’m not a particularly awesome cook by any means, but my family lights up when something good is coming from the kitchen. Even if it is a brownies I made from a box! It is so worth the time of cooking for your family. We all can’t cook everyday, but I feel we have lost the value and the importance of how cooking really makes our families feel special. When they open the door to a wonderful smell emitting from the kitchen, the troubles of the day begin to melt away.

So, really, this is how I begin to decorate my house into a home. Yes, I am addicted to decorating, but my family isn’t! We get one shot to make wonderful memories for our children just one! Is it worth it to try to remove a few things off of our plate in order to do this? I promise it is worth the world!

Window Treatment Ideas

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Your Own Custom Curtains

Does the idea of finding the right window treatment ideas and the right home decor fabric make you feel overwhelmed? Well, I wrote this article to help make this job much easier! Making the right choices in your curtains and drapery fabric will make all the difference. There is one major fundamental belief I have when it comes to decorating: “know where to spend money, and know where to save money”.

Whether it is living room curtains, custom kitchen curtains, bay window treatments, or kid’s bedroom curtains, there are many different window treatment ideas for you to choose from.

Figuring out what window treatments are best for your windows can be frustrating, let alone trying to decide on drapery fabrics.

Below are 5 tips to help guide you through this decorating process.

  1. Know ahead of time what window treatment ideas you like. Go through decorating magazines and rip out photos that appeal to you, always keeping in mind the style of your room.
  2. Learn how to measure your own window; there is a charge for someone to come out and measure. Be able to figure out a rough estimate of the amount of drapery fabric you will need.
  3. Visit a home decor fabric store and ask if they have their own workroom. If they don’t, ask for their seamstress’ recommendations.
  4. Decide whether you like heavier drapery fabrics, or light fabrics like linen, sheer, or polyester fabrics. Certain fabrics work better with different interior decorating styles.
  5. Try your hand at sewing your own! There are several curtain patterns that make easy sewing projects. Really, you can do it!

Ready-Made Drapery Panels

An Easy Solution for Custom Window Treatments

One of the most popular draperies I install right now are ready-made drapery panels. They are a fantastic choice, not only because of the quality, but because you can install them yourself and save hundreds of dollars! No interior designer necessary!

Long panels mounted on each side of a window just soften a room, and give it a wonderful finishing touch. Installation is easy. Your window treatments will look like you hired an interior designer and paid thousands of dollars! You would be amazed at what companies like Decorating Den charge for custom draperies. If you are looking for cheap window treatments that aren’t cheap in quality, these are a fantastic choice!

Tip: To dress up your ready-made panels, or to add a bit of whimsy attach trim to the inner edges of your panels. You can add tassels, pom-poms, or even beaded trim. Attach your trim with hot glue. Fast and easy!

One of my favorite window covering ideas is pairing long drapery panels with faux wood blinds, bamboo window coverings, or blackout roman shades.

Vintage Musings III: complexity and when to pick

Does it not behoove us as producers to try to find a concentration that is toeing the threshold line that is likely to augment the varietal character and overall complexity of a wine? I am always looking for answers on this question.

With Merlot and Cabernet in California, waiting to completely rid the grapes of this aroma is a common practice and may often require a winemaker to wait and wait and wait; all the while the pH is increasing, acid decreasing, sugars climbing, and flavors becoming jammier, and even more toward dried fruit. While many like these aromas, I find it unconvincing that a wine should be made this way simply to avoid the bell pepper aroma.

It is difficult NOT to conclude that one of the large factors that has contributed to later and later picks is that the gatekeeper critics loathe, and many winemakers fear the term green.

Or at least that is what I am beginning to think because I want to give my purple stained colleagues the benefit of the doubt that they too think it would be preferable to avoid adding acid to lower the pH, water to decrease the alcohol, and excessive nutrients to get the ferments to finish. And while these jammy (or JamWam) wines tend to have improved density, weight, and intense fruit aromas I am left wondering where one of my favorite components is: spice (I mean this generally, but not sweet spice such as clove, cinnamon, etc.).

Is it not a tacit admission that many of these wines lack spice and a certain complexity when larger amounts of new oak (or oak alternatives) are beneficial -even necessary – to improving the wines balance?

Think of your favorite summer or fall crisp. Baked blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries would not be quite as delicious without the nutmeg, clove, vanilla and cinnamon aromas, no? See, winemakers are smart and tend of have good – if different – palates. They understand that adding this spice via oak is tasty and that it balances the immense fruit derived from late picking.

This was confirmed with me recently when I tasted a wine a good friend made. He was beholden to pick the fruit late in order to get it for free. While nice and jammy, it was that summer baked crisp without all the oaky spices and as much as it is not a style I prefer it certainly would have been a better wine if he had the ability to add more spices with oak.

Online casino tips that will turn you from beginner to pro player written

You have been attracted by the potential loads of money available by playing online casino games. You have dabbled a bit and made some, but not a lot of money, and now feel the time is right to up your game. After all, you want to make sure that any increase in money in is balanced by a quantum increase in money out.

First though, you must understand that professional gambling is not a game. You are not there for fun. You are there first and foremost to pay the rent and put food on your table. It is your job. To be a professional gambler takes immense mental discipline. If you cannot remove yourself emotionally from the gambling arena then you should not be there.

Bear in mind there are very few poor casino owners or bookmakers. They have been made rich by people not realising their limitations and carrying on far beyond the bounds of common sense.

Here are some tips to help you in your quest.

1. Choose your online game wisely.

Choose a game you know and understand like Backgammon, Poker or Roulette. The chances of being burned are far less than if you go for some home-grown game on the casino website.

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2. Don’t believe all you read.

The majority of online blogs giving gambling tips are written by the casinos themselves. They aren’t going to help you take money from them. Often if you follow their advice you will win for a while and all of a sudden you hit a bad patch and lose your stash.

3. Set a Loss Limit and stick to it.

Decide how much you are willing to lose and if you reach that limit in a session, stop and come back another day. The chances of your making it all up on the last throw of the dice or turn of a card are very slim. It’s difficult, but you understand that the mental discipline you need to exhibit demands that you apply a loss limit.

4. Set a profit Limit and when you reach it, cash out.

On the reverse side of the coin, set a profit limit, and when you reach that, cash out. Start again if you wish with your original stake, but the profit you have taken is your wages for the session you have just completed. Do not be tempted to use those profits if you hit a bad patch.

5. Take a long view.

The corollary to this tip is to know when to say when is enough. The House has an inbuilt edge, in the case of legitimate games of casino roulette of about 5%. Online games should be similar, but often are not with the house rigging the game. Apart from lower winnings, it means that if you play continuously, over time you will lose. There are similar edges for other games. That is why you need to take your profit and keep it. Keep a Profit and Loss ledger showing the results of each session.

6. Buy a decent watch.

Both physical and online casinos don’t have any clocks. They want you to stay in their cocoon of suspended time and keep playing to increase their chances of taking all your money from you. Keep wearing your watch or set an alarm on your phone to tell you when to stop.

7. Leave your credit and ATM cards at home.

One of the saddest sights I have seen was a guy, paid on the 31st of the month blow all his salary in one night at an online casino and be completely broke by the 1st. Every time he ran out of cash, he replenished his pot from his bank account using online banking. A recipe for poverty and gambling addiction. Also your wife beating you around the head with a heavy object.


Gambling in the last century has become a global phenomenon. From a pastime to a full-fledged industry, gambling in casinos has seen the ups and the downs of the gamblers as well as the countries. Gambling can be conveniently called as one constant phenomenon happening throughout the world.

Playing on slot machines always bear the stereotype of being done in rundown and dark casinos. Tourists from all over the world take advantage of casino games in exotic locations such as Las Vegas. Below is a list of the most exotic casino destinations in the world:


Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most popular destinations in the world, renowned for its gambling casinos and exotic shows. People flock here, from all over the world, but some of these visitors are not into just gambling. Many would like to see what there is to do when not in the casino.

The Nevada landscape offers amazing sights, within a few hours from the gambling strip, for those who take the time to visit. There are many companies who offer, half-day, one-day or longer, trips. Visitors, who have rented a car, can easily drive themselves to these attractions, allowing them to stay as long as they wish, on their own time schedule.

From the circus casino, Suncoast casino to cannery casino. Las Vegas has a lot of exciting casino locations you can enjoy. In Las Vegas casinos,

• About 72% of visitors gambled during their stay

• Gambling as the primary purpose to visit increased from 8% to 11%;

• Percent of visitors who gamble increased from 72% to 84%;

• Visitors under the age of 21 increased from 8% to 11%


Monaco is a very beautiful and exotic location which has some of the most popular casinos in the world. Monaco has its distinctive style and serene environment to support most tourists and attract them. But with attachments like gambling the inflow has become multifold. The beautiful city of Monte Carlo has some of the fabulous casinos and they are attracting many tourist gamblers towards it.

Monte Carlo is endowed with fanciful gambling opportunities including one of the world’s biggest high rollers. IF you want to play with the best and most famous people in the world, yu should visit Grand Casino which has the symbol for luxury and status.


The city of Macau has over 35 casinos with about 15% of Macau population working in gambling industry. Gambling in casinos in Macau are known to be fun, the excitement and the disappointment of losing are what makes tourist love taking the risk. Casino Lisbao is one of the best casino in Macau with its characteristics landmarks makes it more attractive to tourist.


The sun city casino offers tourists and gamblers the greatest gambling experience available. The casion offers a variety of games that covers more than 33 tables which includes Roulette, Blackjack, Banco and a whole lot more.

The casino is rated among the most exotic vacation destinations because it offers the best and also features eight hundred and fifty-two slot machines. The casino has been a destination for most tourists for decades. The sun city had:

• Visitors from foreign countries increased from 12% to 17%;

• Total visitors increased slightly from 39.2 million to 39.7 million even though there was a recession.


The Marina Bay offers new selection of the most popular gaming machines with more than 240 game titles to select from. This casino is one of the most exotic destinations in Asia that offers business, gambling, entertainment and a lot more. If you love seeing breathtaking landscapes and exciting views, Singapore is just for you.


If you have been searching for the best casinos in the world and you haven’t gotten what you want, try visiting these 5 places we have highlighted in our most exotic casinos to visit and you would have a fun filled vacation as they offer only the best services you can get anywhere. Take a gamble today at one of the most exotic casinos in the world during your vacation.

Tim Bray Productions

Come and enjoy these humorous, energetic and larger-than-life shows.

Tim Bray Productions presents theatre shows that are enjoyable, original, entertaining and have quality production values.

The shows are put together by a creative team of producers, writers, directors, actors, designers, lighting and sound technicians, musicians and composers, publicists, set, prop and costume makers, and our wonderful volunteers and helpers.

Our shows are also wonderfully supported by our ever-growing fan base.

The productions are also very kindly supported by our fantastic sponsors, funding bodies, theatre venue staff and volunteers. We could not do these shows without you, thank you!

The theatre company’s Artistic Director is Tim Bray, an Auckland actor/playwright/producer who has been creating his own style of theatre productions in New Zealand for more than 18 years.

Tim was the founder of The Central Theatre, which produced such classic and diverse shows such as ‘The Nice Show’, ‘Mothers and Fathers’, a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ at The Herald Theatre, and the funny and fabulous ‘Ponsonby Road’.

He has written and performed three solo shows, ‘Me and My Vice’, which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1998, ‘The Last Laugh’ and ‘Foibles’. He co-wrote and starred in the comedy play, ‘Ponsonby Road’. He also has a passion for creating theatre for children and has written 14 plays for children (three original and ten adaptations) and co-written four children’s plays creating his own style of theatre productions in New Zealand for more than 17 years.