Fish Skin – Trash or Luxury Item?

Do not be fooled by fish skin – it is much more than a waste product of the fish and food industry. Craftsmen, artists and fashion houses appreciate its beauty and robustness, turning it into exquisite cloth, accessories, pictures or even book covers. Once treated, the skin is known as fish or ocean leather, a…

Three Underpainting Practices for Oil Painting

The practice of underpainting is almost as large an area of study as oil painting. The purpose of an underpainting is to establish the composition and overall light/dark pattern while initiating the development of volumes and substance to the forms. An underpainting allows you to envision the totality of the pictorial idea. In addition to…

10 Prom Theme Ideas

Planning your school’s prom? Here are some themes to consider. Remember, you need to pick a prom theme that will create a beautiful atmosphere and look great in photos. Use interesting backdrops and props and pay attention to lighting and details. Enchanted Forest Set a romantic nighttime mood with beautiful backdrops of trees and dazzling…

Improve Your Footwork For Ballet Pointe Shoes

Knowing how to improve your footwork for better results in pointe shoes is important. I often hear students telling others “just do one hundred releves a day.” That kind of practice is not necessarily going to produce the outcome you want, but I am going to tell you the right way to get stronger ballet…

Reverse Floating Walls in Basement Construction

When you are working in expansive soil such as clay and other soils that expand with moisture content, you need to take special precautions to keep from having structural damage to the foundation and basement walls. One of these precautions is floating walls. A floating wall is not attached at top and bottom like most…

Dutch Ovens: Legs Or No Legs

Have you ever noticed how some cast iron dutch ovens have little legs on the bottom of them and how others don’t? Ever wonder what purpose those little legs serve? Well, believe it or not, those little legs make the difference of how you are going to cook with your cast iron dutch oven. For…

As Civilization Advances Culture Declines

Civilization and culture are two constellations that lie in the same continuum. Each influences and is in turn influenced by the other. Civilization is an advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping, including writing, and the appearance of…

Building a Jetty for Your Pond or Lake

In my travels I have seen a wide variety of bridges, jetties, and decking arrangements. A good jetty can really make your pond or lake look special, as well as providing a convenient way to get in and out of your pond boat or lake boat. Whilst some of my customers prefer to build their…

2000 Calorie Diet Menu and Meal Plan

The 2000 calorie diet plan limits a person’s daily intake of food to 2000 calories. This is almost close to the normal amount of calories a person consumes in a day. But the difference between a 2000 calorie diet plan and a normal everyday eating is that the 2000 calories from a diet plan come…

Sinus Disease Symptoms Explained

Sinus disease symptoms are very common during a common cold or flu. This happens because the viral infection due to a cold causes the lining of the sinus membrane to inflame creating sinus like symptoms. Though this form of sinusitis is easily curable by the medication taken for the cold or flu, other forms of…