Archives for July 2017

Enhance Your Garden With Natural Stone Paving Options

 

Some of the different natural stone options for use in the garden for patios and paving. Limestone, slate, granite, travertine, Yorkstone and sandstone discussed. 

Choosing the best type of natural stone to make the most of your space

Natural stone is an excellent choice whether for paving, hard standing or a patio area. Compared to manmade stone it looks more natural, lasts longer, enhances the value and ‘market appeal’ of your home, and is actually very cost effective in the longer term.

There are various types to choose from, so what may be the best for your use? The first step is to consider your garden needs and take a look at some stone types along with other items and materials you may be using in your garden, so Milestone garden supplies is a good place to start.

Sandstone

A popular choice in gardens; with its granular appearance sandstone combines a ‘warm’ and natural look with the benefit of versatility and, despite its name, offers a choice of colours other than a sandy shade including creams and greys.

Sandstone offers good slip resistance and is porous so makes a good choice as a poolside surface and for gardens and other wetter locations.

Granite

Often considered the ultimate natural stone, granite can be seen in many settings including many famous landmarks and city centres throughout the world. It’s very hard wearing, extremely low-maintenance, known for its attractive appearance and can be specified in a wide range of colours.

While it may be considered expensive, once laid your granite paving will last many years and will soon be seen more as an investment in your property than an expense.

Slate

A sound choice; slate offers a very natural look with its characteristically uneven texture and offers the strength of manmade concrete in one of the more affordable natural stone options.

Some slate paving can be specified in a more uniform colour scheme whereas if you prefer a more variable and ‘natural’ weathered look, then more rustic types are available. Slate is generally low maintenance, and if one slab should become damaged it can be replaced without affecting the look of the paving. Its slip-resistant nature makes it a good choice in higher footfall areas.

Limestone

Add a distinctive appearance to your paving by choosing limestone with its natural veining and distinctive colour choices of greys, blues and tans along with a striking black option.

With a fine grain composition, limestone is easy to cut into different shapes so ideal if your paving is partly or wholly of an oddball design.

Yorkstone

As its name suggests, Yorkstone is a type of sandstone native to Yorkshire whereas other sandstones are likely sourced from countries such as China and India.

Yorkstone is a classic natural stone commonly found in a buff or tan colour although two-tone versions are available for a little variety. It’s possible to choose reclaimed Yorkstone which is ideal for period properties where you want to immediately experience the ‘weathered’ look rather than waiting for new stone paving to age.

Travertine

An affordable and very effective natural stone with strong anti-slip properties, travertine is a good choice around wet areas such as poolsides. This natural stone is a form of limestone that was affected by extra heat and pressure when formed.

Travertine can appear in smoother or more textured finishes depending on how it’s prepared, and in colour tends to be available in beige, ivory and gold shades. It’s an easy stone to work with and very versatile so can be adapted to various outdoor and indoor applications.

Choices, choices

So there are at least six solid choices of natural stone all offering major benefits. The key is to visit a natural stone expert for unbiased advice and to see some examples for yourself.

8 Interesting Costume Ideas For Your Kids

 

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that kids love colorful costumes. The joyful face a child makes when they receive a new beautiful costume can simply warm a mother’s heart. Unfortunately, costumes can cost a lot of money when purchased through retailers. Is there any way to bring joy in a more cost-effective way? The answer is YES. With home embroidery machines listed on Design My Costume, moms everywhere are pouring their love into making their own choice of EMBROIDERY DESIGNS, to the delight of children all around the world.

Here are a few ideas of costumes moms can make themselves:

Little Lion:

List of Supplies: Brown fleece, Light Brown fleece, Elastic, Cardboard.

This is one beautiful costume most moms love to make at home. With the embroidery machines, the workload is made even easier. The key here is to pay a great deal of attention to the design of the lion’s mane, the positioning of the gloves, boots and the wiggly tail. With a bit of hard work and determination you will be entertaining a beautiful baby-lion so in love with the costume you worked so hard to make. This must go up on your Facebook and Instagram as #Mommylove.

Meatballs and Spaghetti:

List of Supplies: 2 mop-heads, foam balls, red onesie

The meatballs and spaghetti is another costume most mothers love to make. They rave about how many laughs baby makes because adults who see baby cannot help but laugh too. A couple once discovered that they could use two mop-heads (newly purchased) as the spaghetti, provided baby was well covered. They used foam balls as meatballs, and had him wear a red onesie as sauce. The cute costume was a hit not only because the parents themselves dressed up as chefs, but also because baby was placed in a big enough bowl. One of the best mommy-made costumes ever.

Snowball Costume:

List of Supplies: Light blue sweatshirt, Styrofoam balls

Babies love Olaf, the beloved snowman in the Disney Classic Frozen. So why wait till Christmas to see snow? Dress baby up in a festive snowball/Olaf costume as you sit down for another viewing of the movie. We guarantee a very fun experience. This costume commonly requires a light blue sweatshirt, Styrofoam balls and a few other embroidery designs of mommy’s choosing. This costume is fun and easy to make using home embroidery machines. It works for children of all ages; another fun and affordable way to show your little one you care.

Here Comes the Sun Costume:

List of Supplies: Sweatshirt, glue, elastic, a safety pin, yellow and orange felt pen

For this costume, you will need an oversized yellow sweatshirt, glue, elastic, a safety pin, yellow and orange felt. This costume tends to be somewhat more complicated to make than the others; however, the effect it produces makes the hard work worth it. Children somehow catch unto the brightness of the entire costume and brighten everyone else’s day in turn because of uncontrollable laughter and smiling. Babies love this costume design because it brings out what they feel inside. An awesome costume!

Little Devil:

List of Supplies: Red overalls, wings, horns

PSA: This costume will make your child very adventurous and a mischievously smiling little boy or girl. Create with caution. Literally the simplest costume and the most popular of all. Every Halloween sees little devils scurrying all around our neighborhoods collecting candy with their pitchforks. Truly a sight to behold the joy and happiness babies express when they love the awesome costume you got for them. This requires only a red overall with a tail attachment, wings, and horns.

Garden Fairy:

List of Supplies: Green Felt, tutu, flowers, wings

The Garden Fairy costume while easy to make, requires mom to learn how to make a tutu. However once that step is complete, the costume design flows with ease. With a little bit of work on the machine, and some creative additions of the flowers you’ll be looking at Tinker Bell in her human form. This costume is sure to bring forth lots of joy because every little boy wants to be Peter and every little girl wants to be Tinker. Just as with the snowball costume, enjoy the costume with a Peter Pan movie.

Classic Witch:

List of Supplies: Dress, Pointy hat, black shoes

The classic witch costume is one baby girls love, especially when there is an accompanying flying broom. In terms of Halloween costumes, this may be one of the most common. Mom’s everywhere use embroidery machines to create awesome designs of their choosing to make the costume more complete. Further, moms can design the hats using the same method, so that the costume comes full circle. An interesting idea is to grab pieces of cloth, embroider them with the same designs, and cover the broom with these cloths.

Woodland Fairy:

List of Supplies: Glue, safety pin, silk dress (tutu), orange flowers

The woodland fairy is one of the tougher costumes to make.  It is not as common as some of the others, as most baby girls opt for the garden fairy look. However, this look and style is for the “independent” daughter who wishes to stand out from all the other fairies during Halloween. The woodland fairy is the true queen of all fairies and your baby will feel this when they put it on. Not to mention the free-spirited nature of such a fairy is infectious and you may all end up dancing and spinning in circles.

These are just a few of the ideas mothers can put into creation without having to pay the ridiculous prices at retail centers. The costumes are worth more when they are self-made, and you can see the effect of something you made on your child. There is no need to take our word for it, try it out for yourself with a purchase of excellent embroidery sewing combo like Brother SE400. There are many sites out there that show you how to make a variety of costumes that were not addressed in this article. Check them out and let us know how much you saved!