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I'm a last minute decorator. Every year I see the note and huge reminder on my calendar to decorate for Halloween starting October first. And every year October flies by and I'm scrambling to decorate the weekend before Halloween if not the day of. And every year I swear I will decorate next year on October first so that I can enjoy my fun decorations for the entire month; not a week. This year wasn't any different than any other year and I'm back to square one with promising myself to be more on the ball next year. Something tell's me the cycle will not change, but I can always hope right?
So here's a fun, less-than-an-hour project for you to do on Halloween weekend!
– Cardboard (cereal boxes with thinner walls works perfect)
– Black Paint or even Chalkboard Paint
– Jute Twine (any length of: rope, ribbon, twine, etc. you feel like using)
– Chalk or White Paint
– Box-Cutter or Xacto Blade
– Heavy Duty Paper Cutter (optional, will make it easier)
– Corner Cutter (scrapbooking punch-out / optional)
Warning! : The colors below may cause sweating, irritation to the eyes & mouth, the forming of sad, scared, awkward looking facial expressions, and the gratuitous exhibition of machismo. Be careful not to touch your eyes or your ...er...more sensitive areas after handling. Now, the hottest colors in the world.
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The spicy heat of peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units. This scale measures the amount of Capsaicin the chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes. In other words it makes that stuff hot.
To give us an idea of the Scoville scale, Pure capsaicin (the active component in peppers) is a 15,000,000 - 16,000,000, you don't want to eat or even get near that. If your using pepper as a weapon or deterrent you'll want at least 5,000,000, which is what is used by law enforcement in pepper spray. On the other side of the scale we have bell peppers at 0 units and Tabasco red pepper sauce with a rating between 2,500 & 5,000 units.
We start of with the hottest peppers in the world and work our way down through some of those with less heat but still packed with hot colors.
Scoville: 855,000 - 1,075,000 | This is the hottest chili in the world.
The idea is very simple and it started from a study of color perception that I began at university: to create a gigantic moisaic of color and meanings about love. What is the color of love? Why love has this color? Why did you choose this color? It's your answer that will give significance to this website. Be part of it!
Grabba Beast™ lets you build your own Beast from a huge, ever-growing library of body types and parts — some scary, some cute, most are ridiculous — and arrange/color them as you see fit. Similar, in a way, to a really, really advanced digital Mr. Potato Head. You can then unleash your Beast: send your friends an e-card, post a Tweet or Facebook status update, add to your blog or Facebook/MySpace profile, download desktop wallpapers and even buy it as an 11" x 17" fine art print.
Or, if you’re feeling lazy, you can randomize or evolve an existing Beast — swap colors, backgrounds, arms, whatever you want — and make it uniquely yours. In the future, you’ll be able to make custom t-shirts, and the highest-rated Beasts will be made into Grabba Beast brand vinyl toys. So be sure to check back often! We will constantly add new parts, backgrounds, features and full Beast Packs, including those from special guest artists. And we're just up the road in Portland! Grabba Beast Browse, rate, download, share or buy your favorite Grabba Beast or start by building your own!
We first got our needles out back in 2003 when we knitted 20,000 hats to raise £10,000 money for Age Concern. Since then The Big Knit has grown every single year - and 2010 will be the year we smash the £1 million mark of total money raised over the campaign’s history as we aim to put 800,000 hats on our bottles.
Since we started the Big Knit, we’ve worked with Age Concern and Help the Aged (who have now merged to Age UK) to help keep thousands of older people across the UK warm and healthy during the chilly winter months.
Our hats are knitted by knitters up and down the country. They send us their hats between August and October and we then count them all up before handpacking them onto our little bottles. They are then sent off to store, and will be available to buy in Boots and Sainsbury’s stores across the UK for 3 weeks from the 3rd November.
For every behatted bottle sold, 25p is donated to Age UK.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is over. In the U.S., Labor Day has passed, school has started, the sun is setting sooner and we're getting ready to tuck away our white clothes and shoes until spring--well, at least that's what we've been told to do.
A suggested ban on white clothing and shoes after Labor Day, the first Monday of September, has been a rule of etiquette since the early 20th century. But is it really all that important by today's standards? Fashion--and even an etiquette expert or two--doesn't think so. In recent seasons, white has become an all-year hue. And a few other formerly fatal color combinations--brown and black, black and navy--have moved from fashion don't to fashion can-do territory, too.
"For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool--like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture," wrote TIME's Laura Fitzpatrick. In the early 1900s, clothing covered a lot more of the body than it does now, so summer whites, with their reflective qualities, made sense. But beyond practicality, white had a following in high society that may have led to the no-white rule.
"In the early 20th century, white was the uniform of choice for Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climes for months at a time: light summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life," Fitzpatrick wrote." Labor Day, celebrated in the U.S. on the first Monday of September, marked the traditional end of summer; the well-heeled vacationers would stow their summer duds and dust off their heavier, darker-colored fall clothing."
Of course, this theory is hotly contested by some--Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, told Fitzpatrick not every rule of etiquette has to be attributed to "snobbery." But whether the rule was meant to be snobby or not, the fashion world hasn't been ruled by it. And perhaps that's why etiquette queen Emily Post says it's OK to throw this rule out with the last of the summer barbecue leftovers.
After being considered a faux pas for so long, the black-and-brown combination--which has been given the go-ahead--is actually a fresh one. According to the Ralph Lauren Style Guide: "When properly executed, the combination of black and brown is a very modern and sophisticated look that’s instantly elegant. Start by adding touches of brown via accessories: the hint of a leather belt beneath a black cardigan or suede boots under slim-fitting pants."
For women, Ladies' Home Journal says, "Pair rich brown wool trousers with a black turtleneck, or wear black shoes and hose with your brown skirt. For evening, try a brown cocktail dress instead of a black one." And a great tip for mixing-and-matching your shoes and handbags?" Try a deep red, hunter green or soft tan bag, or go for shoes in similar shades, all of which will work with your brown and black staples."
Navy and black make for another recently edgy combination--good news for navy lovers who may have had trouble matching shades of blue, or black lovers who have the same trouble matching blacks. This combination works a lot like black and brown in execution--try pairing a navy dress with black tights and shoes or skinny black pants with a navy blazer for a runway-worthy look.
Black shoes are also a good choice with a navy suit, though some advise a deep brown pair--GQ Style Guy Glenn O'Brien says to pick a pair at least as dark as your suit. But he also said, "Not long ago, I read a little manifesto in the catalog of the talented potter Jonathan Adler that stated, among other things: 'We believe colors can't clash.' I am coming to this view more and more."
Looks like others are, too.
I love cool, creative outdoor spaces. Today I happened uppon an article at somewhatsimple.com on making a non-weighted, no-fly-away tablecloth for an outdoor table. That's not the only good point about it; it's also plastic (but tasteful) so it's weather wearable, will protect metal or wood and definitely washable for easy cleanup.
I really enjoyed reading how this cute number was born - pure spontaneity. Initially, she bought the table at Target for $34, but you could use anything you have, yard sale or craigslist, etc. Anything that will fit under a shower curtain! Yes, that's what I said, this is made of a shower curtain!
When a social network like Twitter allows a user to select a theme to represent themselves in the digital world, that user is choosing to identify their digital persona with colors... And we wanted to look at who chooses what colors... If the world is made up of people and those people have a color preference... what then is the color of Texas? What color are mothers? What color are we? Colors when bunched together allow us to visual big data trends that we would otherwise miss out on. From online websites selling digital display to personal dating sites, we see huge variation.
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By looking at the more than 1 Million people who have used our Themeleon tool to design their Twitter Profile in the past 3 months, we were able to paint a picture of the world connecting colors to locations and profile data. Below is a visual guide to what we found: What we noticed first was that a huge majority of people don't wander that far off from Twitter's default light blue colors... and then we went digging deeper.
*A little note regarding the "World vs. U.S." - We know the map is of the United States and does not represent the world, we only focused the map part of the infographic on the U.S. so we had a manageable amount of data to work with and geolocate. The keywords, male & female and video sections below all use data from around the world*
We took the colors from 100,000 profiles designed with Themeleon and geolocated them to the designers location. Although it is a little dark in this compressed video... Each location has a spectrum strip of colors... the more colors from a certain area, the taller the strip. (The US is well defined, Europe and East Asia... although you can see some outlines of other countries too.)
So you don't have a lot of cash or a lot of time to save, and even if you did, no one in either family could afford to travel to a destination wedding if you planned one. Don't lose hope! Isn't the next best thing to create a fun version of your dream destination in your hometown (or wherever you're doing it away from the actual destination you desire)?
Maybe you pictured having a beach or tropical wedding followed with a casual, "kick off your shoes" reception with palm leaves and drinks in coconuts? Well, you can still have that! As long as you're into a little creativity, imagination and fun decor.
Unique Cibachrome transparency backlit with 15 concentric circles of neon; colour changing sequence, fully programmable.
Are you due for some eye-candy? Weather you want to make your own garter or buy one, this is a fun topic! Maybe you're wanting to find something more unique than that white lacy thing they carry almost everywhere (wedding or craft stores). I have concluded that any big company cannot possibly create something as cool as a hand made garter.
When I got married, I just figured what you see on the shelf is what you get. I'm not saying something white and lacy is bad, actually, you can find a number of white and lacy picks that have a lot of uniqueness about them still - simply in the quality or type of lace and/or ribbon used and don't get me started on embellishments! Peacock feathers, antique broaches and little charms are just a few used in these designs.
If you're looking for something wild or super sexy or absolutely adorable - I found that Etsy.com has the biggest and coolest, non-standard variety of wedding day garters than any average offline or online store could ever carry. You can also order a custom garter from places like mom and daughter team, Sew Unique Wedding Garters or ask an Etsy.com crafter to custom-design one especially for you. Ready for some beauties? Here we go...
(Etsy.com - pompandplumage)