How to Pack a Bridesmaid Dress For a Flight

So much goes into planning a wedding that often times the smallest issues can be overlooked. One such example is that of bridesmaids who must travel to reach the wedding. What is the best way to pack a formal bridesmaid dress when traveling by plane? And how do you avoid losing your dress in transit? Below are some suggestions for showing up in your bridesmaid dress as if you just stepped out of the showroom.

o Roll your dress and pack it like a sleeping bag in your suitcase. Once you arrive at your destination, unroll your dress and hang it up.

o Use dry cleaning garment bags, a regular garment bag, or the dress bag that the dress maker sent the dress home in to transport your bridesmaid dress with ease. These kinds of bags are designed to keep wrinkles in clothing to a minimum.

o If extra reinforcement is needed, wrap the bridesmaid dress in a large cotton sheet before placing it in the garment bag.

o When traveling during inclement weather, add a large industrial garbage bag on the bottom to prevent the dress from accidentally dragging on a wet or dirty floor. Do not pin the bag to the dress; instead, pin or tape it to the garment, dry cleaning, or dress bag already covering the bridesmaid dress.

o Call the airline ahead of time and ask if there is any way they can offer a cabin closet for you to hang your dress. They are usually happy to hang a wedding or bridesmaid dress in the first class closet if there is room.

o Consider taking your dress as your carry-on item. Again, check with your airline ahead of time to make sure that the bag with your dress in it will fit in the overhead compartment.

o Rolling your dress up in a carry-on bag is another way to make sure it doesn’t get lost en route and remains wrinkle-free. Not only do you get to keep your it with you for the flight, you can make sure that it’s not getting unnecessarily dirty, tossed about, or trampled upon.

Once you arrive at your destination, unpack your dress immediately. Minor wrinkles should come out by hanging it in the bathroom while you shower. The steam in the bathroom will help the material loosen and creases should disappear. If, however, you still further help, most hotels, cruises, and laundry services offer pressing for a reasonable price, usually under $20.

Source by Lucinda Starling

The Advantageous Properties of Leather

Leather is a wonderful material with many uses. It’s unique properties and characteristics make it the ideal choice for many different applications. Here we will discuss some of the most useful properties of leather.

It has a high tensile strength and is resistant to tearing, flexing and puncturing. This helps leather items last for a long time while retaining their look and feel.

It is a good heat barrier and provides excellent heat insulation. Leather contains a large amount of air and air is a poor conductor of heat. This makes leather a very comfortable item for the human skin.

It is able to hold large quantities of water vapor such as human perspiration and then dissipate it later. This makes leather a comfortable item to wear or sit on.

Leather’s thermostatic properties make it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This makes leather comfortable to wear.

It can be made to stiffen or can be made to be flexible. It can be molded into a certain shape and then remolded into another shape later.

Leather is resistant to abrasion in both wet and dry environments. This makes leather an excellent protector of human skin.

It is resistant to heat and fire. It is also resistant to fungal growth such as mildew.

It consists of many fibers that are breathable. This breathability makes it very comfortable to wear in any climate.

Leather can be dyed many different colors that makes it attractive in the production of leather clothing, as a cover for furniture and for many other color sensitive applications.

It is can be soft and supple. Leather clothing becomes a literal second skin. It warms to your body temperature. It is not itchy and does not scratch. It is non-irritating to the skin.

Leather is a fantastic material with excellent physical properties that enables it to be used in many diverse applications from furniture to clothing.

Source by Mike Harader

The Fifty Commands of Jesus

In many of my articles I speak about the commands of Jesus. I have found he had at least fifty so here is a list of them in an original list my mother typed up for your reference. There are many benefits to obeying Jesus.

The fifty commands of Jesus

1 Don’t call Jesus Lord when you don’t obey Him. Lk 6:46, Mt 7:21.

2 Build on the rock of obedience to Jesus otherwise you will fall. Mt 7:24-27, Lk 6:47-49.

3 Worship God alone. Mt 4:10b, Lk 4:8.

4 Follow Jesus. Mt 4:19, 11:28-30, Mk 1:17, Jn 1:43,12:26, 10:27, 21:22b.

5 Be salt and light to this world. Mt 5:13-16 Mk 9:50, Lk 11:33, 14:34. Jn 3:21.

6 Don’t call your brother a fool. Mt 5:22, 12:36.

7 Practice instant reconciliation. Mt 5:24-25.

8 Do not look with lust at another this is adultery in the heart. Mt 5:27-28.

9 Do not divorce and marry another, this is adultery. Mt 5:32, 19:9, Mk 10:11-12.

10 Don’t swear an oath. Mt 5:33-37.

11 Do more than expected, go the 2nd mile. Mt 5:38-41.

12 Give to those that ask. Mt 5:42, Lk 6:30, 38.

13 Love, bless and pray for your enemies. Mt 5:43-48, Lk 6:27-29.

14 Quietly do good for God’s praise alone. Mt 6:1-4.

15 When you pray, fast or give do it secretly. Mt 6:5-6.

16 Don’t use vain repetitions when praying. Mt 6:7-8, Mk 12:40.

17 Pray to God the Father. Mt 6:9, Jn 16:23-24.

18 Don’t be anxious. Mt 6:25-32, Lk 12:22-30, Jn14:1, 16:33.

19 Store your riches in heaven not on earth. Mt 6:19-21, 33, Lk 12:21, 31-34, Jn 12:25.

20 Judge not that you may not be judged. Mt 7:1-5, Lk 6:37, 41-42, Jn 7:24.

21 Keep asking, seeking and knocking. Mt 6:9-11, 7:7-11, Lk 11:9-13.

22 Treat others as you like to be treated. Mt 7:12, Lk 6:31.

23 Don’t waste time on argumentative people. Mt 7:6.

24 Forgive others. Mt 6:12, 14-15, 18:21, Mk 11:25-26, Lk 11:9-13.

25 Let the dead bury their dead. Mt 8:22, Lk 9:6a.

26 Don’t fear people-fear God. Mt 10:28, 16:23, Lk 12:4-5.

27 Confess Christ before men. Mt 10:32-33, Mk 5:19, 8:38, Lk 9:26, 12:8-9.

28 Take up your cross. Mt 10:38-39, 16:24-26, Mk 8:34-37, Lk 9:23-26, 14:26-33.

29 Beware of hypocrisy and greed. Mt 15:6-9, 23:28, Lk 6:41-42, 12:1b, 20:46-47.

30 Privately rebuke a brother and if he repents forgive him. Mt 18:15, Lk 17:3-4.

31 Pay your taxes and give to God what is his. Mt 22:21, Mk 12:17, Lk 20:25, 21:4.

32 Love God and others. Mt 22:37-40, Mk 12:30-31, Lk 10:27, Jn 15:12, 13:34-35.

33 Keep alert and watch for the 2nd coming. Mt 24:44,46, 50-51, Mk 14:62, Lk 12:35-40, 21:27-28.

34 Honour God with all that you have been given. Mt 25:14-31, Lk 18:18.

35 Minister to others as you would to Jesus Himself. Mt 25:34-46.

36 Preach the Gospel and teach obedience. Mt 28:20, Mk 16:15, Lk 9:60b, Jn 21:15b, 16b, 17b.

37 Repent of your sins. Mk 1:15, Lk 13:3,5, Lk 15:7,10, 18-24.

38 Believe in Jesus Mk 16:16, Lk 9:35, Jn 12:36, 6:29, 20:29, 14:6.

39 Have child like faith. Mk 10:15, Lk 18:17, Mt 9:29.

40 Don’t sell things in God’s house. Mk 11:15-17, Jn 2:16.

41 Rejoice when you are persecuted. Lk 6:22-23.

42 Don’t be distracted from hearing God’s Word. Lk 10:38-42.

43 Act with compassion and not prejudice towards others. Lk 10:30-37.

44 Invite the poor to eat with you. Lk 14:13-14.

45 Humble yourself & take the lowest position Lk 14:8-11, 18:13-14, Mt 23:12, 19:30.

46 You must be born again. Jn 3:3, Jn 3:5-8.

47 Live in Me and live in My love. Jn 8:31-32, Jn 15:4, 9

48 Don’t covet your bother’s blessing Lk 12:13-15, 15:29-30

49 Be baptised Mt 29:19, Mk 16:16

50 Strive for perfection Mt 5:48, Jn 15:14

Source by Matthew Robert Payne

The Best Metal Detectors

The secret to the best metal detectors ever made is often overlooked by those searching to buy those elusive best metal detectors. The true secret is really to find a detector that you are comfortable with, so you will be more likely to learn the machine and be able to use it proficiently.

Being comfortable means different things to each metal detector user. To some, best metal detectors indicate those of a certain brand like the more popular White's, Garrett, Tesoro and other manufacturers. To others, it is the physical feel and balance of a metal detector. It can also be a correlation to what the metal detector cost. Each of these will be explained below.

Probably the most recognized best metal detectors factor is how well the machine performs in the field, especially in terms of how deep it will detect. Typically, a comparison of major brands per price range will show little difference in capability. On occasion, I have found pronounced differences between two metal detectors of the same brand and model!

Some users, especially those that have been metal detecting for many years, classify the best metal detectors as those of a specific brand or brands. Like myself, I prefer some of the older models because I have had good luck with them in the past. This is all individual preference based on lengthy use and becoming familiar with certain machines. Each metal detector manufacturer uses their own circuit design, so the audible and visual response to targets can vary between brands. This has been a factor in my best metal detectors decisions, especially when it comes to the tones emitted. Some brands just do not sound pleasing to my ears, and I would miss targets because of it.

An important factor in finding the best metal detectors is to find one that physically feels good in your hands. One with a good balance allows you to swing it all day long without getting tired. The metal detectors of today have come a long way in this aspect. Most of the newer detectors are balanced really well. If you find an older, heavier detector that you must use, consider converting it to a hip mount configuration so you can relate the problem of swinging a heavy weight. I converted a White's Coinmaster 6000D Series 2 to hip mount and loved it! It was one of my best metal detectors for many years.

How complex a metal detector is can play a role in finding the best metal detectors to buy. Some people want a simple machine to just turn on and hunt and may be intimidated by a bunch of knobs, controls and programming. Many modern metal detectors of today are computer controlled, complex devices but most are made so even the new user can turn them on and go. The extra features are there in case you want to grow with the complexity of your detector as you gain more experience. With that said, it is advisable to not let this factor decide your best metal detectors.

The type of hunting you will be doing will play a role in discovering your best metal detectors. You may find that one brand is better for you to find old coins while another will be better at finding rings on the beach. For instance, some treasure hunters prefer Minelab metal detectors while searching for gold nuggets and switch over to Nautilus metal detectors when looking for Civil War relics. Some manufactures do target specific niches with their metal detector designs. Finding the best metal detectors for each of your treasure hunting interests may mean a different brand for each.

The actual cost can be of importance to some people when formulating their best metal detectors decisions. It is like the saying of you get what you pay for. Buying the top of the line metal detector made by a manufacturer may be all it takes to find your favorite. This can be true in some cases but the top machine from one company may not hold a candle to a mid-range model from another. Also, some of the best metal detectors I have used have been older models that are not even made anymore.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when finding the best metal detectors. It will vary from person to person and may only be found through use. A user may swear by one but it may not be right for you. You may need to use several over a period of time to find your best metal detectors but do not give up. With practice in the field, you will find them!

Source by Kenneth D Bush

English Furniture Design of the Early Sixteenth Century

A brief examination of English furniture from the early sixteenth century based on pieces in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The result of this wave of fashion on the domestic furniture of England was to impart to it the elegance of Italian art combined with a national sturdiness of character seemingly inseparable from English art at all periods. As the reign of Queen Elizabeth extended from the year 1558 to the year 1603, it is usual to speak of architecture and furniture of the latter half of the sixteenth century as Elizabethan.

A favourite design in Elizabethan woodwork is the interlaced strapwork, which was derived from similar designs employed by the contemporary stone carver, and is found on Flemish woodwork of the same period. The panel of a sixteenth-century Flemish virginal, carved in walnut, illustrated, shows this form of decoration.

Grotesque terminal figures, half-human, half-monster, supported the front of the buffets, or were the supporting terminals of cornices. This feature is an adaptation from the Caryatides, the supporting figures used instead of columns in architecture, which in Renaissance days extended to woodwork. Table-legs and bed-posts swelled into heavy, acorn-shaped supports of massive dimensions. Cabinets were sometimes inlaid, as was also the room panelling, but it cannot be said that at this period the art of marquetry had arrived at a great state of perfection in this country.

It is noticeable that in the rare pieces that are inlaid in the Late Tudor and Early Jacobean period the inlay itself is a sixteenth of an inch thick, whereas in later inlays of more modern days the inlay is thinner and flimsier. In the Flemish examples ivory was often used, and holly and sycamore and box seem to have been the favourite woods selected for inlay.

Take, for example, the mirror with the frame of carved oak, with scroll outline and narrow bands inlaid with small squares of wood, alternately light and dark. This inlay is very coarsely done, and unworthy tocompare with Italian marquetry of contemporary date, or of an earlier period. The uprights and feet of the frame, it will be noticed, are baluster-shaped. The glass mirror is of nineteenth-century manufacture.

The date carved upon the frame is 1603, the first year of the reign of James I., and it is stated to have come from Derby Old Hall.

The Court cupboard, also of the same date, begins to show the coming style of Jacobean ornamentation in the turning in the upright pillars and supports and the square baluster termination. The massive carving and elaborate richness of the early Elizabethan period have given place to a more restrained decoration. Between the drawers is the design of a tulip in marquetry, and narrow bands of inlay are used to decorate the piece. In place of the chimerical monsters we have a portrait in wood of a lady, for which Arabella Stuart might have sat as model.

The days were approaching when furniture was designed for use, and ornament was put aside if it interfered with the structural utility of the piece. The wrought-iron handle to the drawer should be noted, and in connection with the observation brought to bear by the beginner on genuine specimens in the Victoria and Albert Museum and other collections, it is well not to let any detail escape minute attention. Hinges and lock emblems and handles to drawers must not be neglected in order to acquire a sound working knowledge of the peculiarities of the different periods.

Source by Michael K Taylor