About Taking Care of Teak Chairs

November 1, 2012 Leave a comment
teak furniture

Teak furniture

Teak is a durable, yellowish-brown timber used in making furniture, indoor flooring, layer for indoor furnishings, and boat decks. The wood has natural oils, making it highly resistant to rotting, insect infestations, and weather disturbances like heat, rain, snow, or frost. It is also highly desired as outdoor furniture because it is water-resistant.

As shower stool, teak shower bench provides stability and comfort whether used in the bathroom or shower. Attractive, stylish, and lightweight, the rectangular teak bath bench has a compact design that perfectly fits any bath or shower. Despite being made of wood, you do not have to worry about wetting it since teak naturally resists growth of molds, mildew, and bacteria.

When it comes to taking care of teak chairs, there are often a lot of questions asked. Most people who own teak chairs know they love the way they look, feel and even the smell of them. But when it comes to taking care of them, they don’t always know what to do. Here’s a look at a few common questions asked about teak chairs.

What should I do to keep teak chairs looking like new?

This is a great and easy question. Teak chairs don’t need a lot of care to keep them looking like new. This is thanks to the oil that is naturally in the wood. Teak will keep looking new and beautiful for years to come. All you need to do is dust it from time to time and clean up anything that spills on it.Teak will change color over time. This is part of the charm to the wood. Teak wood that is set outside will lighten. Eventually it will lose those brown colors and turn to a silver shade. Teak chairs that are left inside all the time will take on another role. They will instead become darker and darker over time.

Should I stain my teak?

You do not need to stain teak wood. It comes with naturally beautiful colors and is sealed by it’s own oils. If you really want to change the color of your teak chairs, you can stain it, but you should be very careful before you select a stain. Look for a wood specialist, possibly a furniture maker, in your area and ask them for advice on how to best achieve the desired effect in your teak.

Can I paint my teak chairs?

Painting teak will do nothing more than make a major mess of a beautiful piece of furniture. Here’s the problem. We’ve already mentioned that teak has a lot of oil in the wood, naturally. Well, you can’t get that to go away. So, if you were to paint the teak wood, that oil will keep coming to the surface of the wood and pushing away anything that is trying to get in. This includes paint. If you paint teak, you will notice that the paint has a tough time sticking to the wood and instead will peel and make a mess. Read more…

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Classic Jigsaw Puzzles and Benefits of Doing Jigsaw Puzzles

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment


Fairyland Palace Glitter Jigsaw Puzzle

Fairyland Palace Glitter Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles are fun to play with because you just want to complete the picture in the shortest time possible. Well, that depends on how big the puzzle is and how small the pieces are. The smaller the jigsaw pieces are, the harder it is to finish the puzzle. jigsaw puzzles have captured the attention of the children because of their designs. In addition, their jigsaw puzzles cater to all ages that make parents happy about. All they need to do is to check on the box on what age group the puzzle is for and then buy it.

Jigsaw puzzles are solved by placing together matching cut tiles, resulting in the creation of a whole picture.  John Spilsbury is credited with their invention of the in the year 1760.  Originally it was thought of as a teaching tool. Today, maps made into puzzles are used to teach school children geography.

Classic puzzles were called push-fit and the tiles were not interlocking.  Historians say that jigsaw puzzles became quite popular in the early 20th century, and they became even more popular after the invention of interlocking tiles.  At first, these puzzles were entertainment for the rich, but mass production has now reduced the prices, and they are available to virtually anyone.

During the Depression of the 1930s, jigsaw puzzles became a very popular form of fun and entertainment for the family, and local pharmacies and libraries would lend them out to patrons.  Cardboard and wood puzzles which are antique are now considered highly sought after collectibles with completed antique puzzles being even more expensive.   Wood puzzles are thought to be the best and are are often handcrafted using special saws.

Typical puzzle sizes come in 500, 750, 1000, 5000 piece puzzle boxes.  Today, jigsaw puzzles are also available in two-sided, and 3-D varieties.   Modern puzzles are usually made of cardboard with photographs printed on it.  The cardboard picture is then machine cut into tiles with the help of specially designed metal blades.  Scenes of classic castles and famous mountains are very popular images in puzzles today.

Like all other games that have digital or computer counterparts these days, jigsaw puzzles are also available as computer games, which can be found online.  When you do a search on the web the results can be staggering.  There are many websites today that offer puzzle software that you can install and play on your computer, as well as sites which offer online shockwave jigsaw puzzles featuring a variety of subjects ranging from christmas to adult puzzles.  These websites offer a fantastic way to play and solve new and exciting free daily jigsaw puzzle without incurring any cost.    Finding your way around these puzzle sites however can be a daunting task.  Read more…

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What Is The Best Hair Dryer?

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment
hair drying

Hair drying

With so many types and even more brands on offer, deciding on what hair dryer to buy can be a difficult decision. If you want that salon perfect, shiny, smooth and healthy look with lots of body, you’re going to have to put some thought into the subject and do some research.

There are five main types of hair drier on the market today: traditional, ionic, ceramic, tourmaline and nano-silver. Quite frankly, don’t waste your money on a traditional appliance that comes with a metal heating coil, plastic casing and simple motor. These will certainly dry your hair but will also leave it feeling ‘frizzy’ and ‘blow dried’.

There are so many hair dryers in the market that often, we find it difficult to find out which one is the best. Is the price really such a big factor when picking out the right product? Or is it something that consumers can easily take for granted and still get the same results.

Whether the product is worth $30 or $300, buying it completely depends on you, but still, there are a few things to consider. In this article you will find some categories and characteristics that make a great hair dryer. Also the top selling hair dryer brands will be discussed in brief in order to give a clear idea of who are the top players in the market.

Hot – Smoking Hot!

When buying a hair dryer, you need to look into the heating process of the product. Most of the cheaper products in the market rely on plastic or metal heating elements. The heat from these materials are often very hard to control and can spike up so much that they leave the hair dry inside and out. Another disadvantage to plastic and metal heated hair dryers is that they can cause the hair to heat up too much causing the hair to get brittle and therefore increase the amount of breakage and damage.

Hair may indeed be composed of keratin cells, but it doesn’t mean that it will stand such abuse from overly heated hair styling tools. If you allow your hair to get damaged in that manner, you can be certain that no amount of conditioning can bring it back, you’ll just have to wait till you grow it back again.

High quality hair dryers on the other hand use much gentler heating materials and ceramic heated ones are the most popular. Some top of the line products like Chi, Sedu and Babybliss uses ceramic heating elements to produce heat. Ceramic heats evenly and releases moisture that results in hair that is shinier when it is dried out. A plus factor for ceramics is that they can be infused with other elements like tourmaline crystals that help improve results. Read more…

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All About Digital Atomic Wall Clocks

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Atomic analog wall clock

Atomic analog wall clock

To those who think that all clocks are alike, it’s time to think again. Today, clocks do more than simply tell time; they are an expression of your personal style. Whether you’re in the market for a watches or wall clocks, alarm clocks or patio clocks, your choices have never been more varied. Here is an overview of the versatile world of timepieces.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably experienced times when you’ve wondered whether the time on your watch, the clock in your car, or the alarm clock in your hotel room is running slow or fast. Perhaps the person you’re meeting at 3:00 hasn’t yet appeared, or you were surprised when you arrived at a meeting ten minutes after everyone else. While some of us always seem to run a bit early or late, the culprit is often the timepiece we use. When that’s the case, the best solution is to welcome atomic digital clocks into your life.

Digital atomic wall clocks give accurate time to within 2 nanoseconds per day. This level of accuracy has brought about the development of a universal time scale, known as UTC, which maintains continuous and stable time, even to adding the extra day in the calendar in a leap year. At one time, these clocks were only used in laboratories and were really expensive, but they are now available for use in homes and are reasonably priced.

Atomic Clocks

There are many different brand names of these atomic clocks, but they all have some common features. Along with showing the time, the display feature on the clock also shows the phases of the moon, the day and date and the temperature inside and outside the house. You won’t have to squint to read all this information as it is printed in 2-inch digits. The wireless transmitter inside the clock can detect the outdoor temperature from up to 330 feet away. You can also use this clock as an alarm clock and press the snooze button when you want an extra few minutes in the morning.

The clock itself is larger than a normal alarm clock – about 12 inches X 8 inches. You can easily read the digits on the clock from across the room. You can mount this type of clock on the wall, but it does have an integral folding mount so that it will stand on a shelf or table.

You can set the clock manually, but it has an automatic time setting feature to a WWVB radio signal. There is a choice of languages for the abbreviation for the month and the day and you have a choice in using a 12-hour or a 24-hour clock. All the time zone settings are available so you will always have the correct time wherever you are. The built-in antenna can pick up radio signals from 2000 miles away, so that this clock can be automatically calibrated in most of the US and Canada. You only need to insert the batteries, wait for the clock to receive the signal and then program the settings you want. If you are located farther than 2000 miles away from the WWVB radio signal, you will have to set the clock manually.

Atomic Clocks

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What Makes Tiffany Style Lamps Unique From Other Lamps

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Tiffany Lamp

Tiffany Table Lamp

When it comes to lighting a room, Tiffany style lamps are some of the most unique ways to softly and elegantly brighten a room. Louis Comfort Tiffany created the original lamp many years ago with his goal of being able to bring a little bit of art to every American home. He was an artist by trade and used his skills as an interior designer, painter, photographer, and a world traveler to create his new Tiffany lamps in his glass-making company in that debut in 1885. In addition to his lamps, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s father, Charles Tiffany was the founder of Tiffany & Company jewelry, but Louis did not want to engage in the jewelry making business.

The idea behind the Tiffany lamps is that the “shade” is made of various colors of glass that were stained, and when a bulb was placed in the lamp, it created various color hues that has never been seen in lamps before. The original lamps were in production from 1885 to 1920, today an authentic Tiffany lamp sells for nearly $2 million dollars, and finding the original lamps is not easy because those that have them in their family do not sell them.

The popularity and demand for the Tiffany lamps continued long after Tiffany’s death in 1933 and therefore, several Tiffany style lamps came on the market, which looked like the original Tiffany’s with the bronze base and the shade made of several pieces of colored glass. These, of course, are much more affordable than trying to find an original Tiffany Lamp.

Today, many homes all around the world proudly display Tiffany style lamps because even with the modern new lamps available, there has never been any lamp quite like the Tiffany. It offers a unique lighting experience that no other lamp has been able to capture. Louis Tiffany would have no doubt been pleased to see how his lamps became so popular long after his death. In fact, at the time of his death, the popularity of the lamps had declined sharply, which is the reason the company discontinued making them.

Today, unlike the original Tiffany lamps, the new Tiffany style lamps come in a variety of styles as far as the glass shade is concerned. For instance, you can find these lamps with various glass shades including an American flag, jasmine, animal style, Cabbage Rose, and jeweled geometric iris styles, to name a few. The fact is, since Tiffany’s death, his lamps have taken on a unique way of lighting the home and his idea of bringing art into the American home has reach far beyond the borders of North America. Read more…

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Upgrade Your TV to a Smart TV for Year 2013

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung smart tvWhen new TV’s first began to incorporate high definition displays, it was a landmark moment within the industry. HDTV’s were arguably the most important revolution in the design of TV sets since the transition from black and white to colour TV. However, HD has been around for over a decade and the technology has increasingly been seen as a standard feature. The next revolution in TV’s is the smart TV. Consumers who bought a new TV recently wouldn’t like to make another purchase. For these people and for anyone who want to upgrade without buying a whole new set, a smart TV upgrader is a great way to upgrade to a smart TV. But what is a smart TV?

Like smartphones, a smart television has internet functionality and can perform a broad range of tasks aside from displaying TV and movies. One of the most significant features of a smart TV upgrader is to connect to the internet, and shares that connection with your television. That internet connection can be used to empower a television to perform an endless array of tasks. Using this internet connection, a smart TV can connect to other streaming services which can reduce money spend renting physical movies/Bigpond Movies.

The additional features from internet access don’t stop here. Smart TV upgraders also have web browsing capabilities built into them. Instead of switching between a TV and a laptop, smart Television users can watch television and surf the web at the same time at one screen. Another feature of a smart TV upgrader is the ability to run apps. Depending on the operating system used, there may be dozens of apps that are available for the user to access right from his or her TV. This year has seen the introduction of new terminology from the four major suppliers describing features on their digital TVs.

Labels stating such features as Motionflow XR800, Clear Motion Rate and Moving Picture Resolution have replaced the traditional 50Hz, 100Hz and 200Hz refresh labelling – much the same as when the industry did away with the millisecond response time labelling a few years back.

The introduction of Samsung Smart TV has seen an array of feature descriptions stickered on the screens displayed on the show room floor – from Built in Wi-Fi, Skype, Video on Demand, Viera Connect, Bigpond TV to Your Video and Search All. Other common features include Passive 3D, Active 3D, Opti-Contrast Panel, USB Recording, Time Machine Ready and cornering glass, to name a few.

Features relating to Motion Samsung – Clear Motion Rate Samsung have abandoned the traditional Refresh Rate measurement, and opted instead for a “Clear Motion Rate” label for each of their Series LEDs. Normally, we are used to being given a Refresh Rate, such as 100Hz, which only refers to the Refresh Rate of the screen. Samsung state that the Refresh Rate only forms part of the Picture quality during fast scenes, where as Clear Motion Rate determines the motion of an image by using three factors: chipset, TV Panel and Backlight.

Refresh rates only determine the number or frames drawn on the screen per second, while the clear motion rate refers to the TV’s ability to draw those frames correctly. Example – Samsung Series 8 LED has a Clear Motion 800 Rating, while the Series 7 LED has a Clear Motion 600 Rating. While the Refresh Rate is 200Hz on both models – the Series 8 has a superior chipset and backlight technology which results in fast motion scenes being clearer.

Sony – Motionflow XR Similar to Samsung, Sony has this year provided a motion quality measurement as opposed to just the Refresh Rate. Sony State that their Motionflow technology creates smooth, detailed moving images for sports or action. Motionflow combines Image Blur Reduction, Frame Creation and backlight blinking technologies together. These three technologies combined are how Sony guages Motion performance from model to model.

Example – Sony’s HX820 range of LED have a Motionflow XR400 rating, while the HX925 LEDs have a Motionflow XR800 Rating. While the Refresh Rate is 200Hz on both models – the HX925 combines this with backlight blinking of up to 600 times per second, as opposed to 200 times per second in the HX820, which results in the motion appearing clearer. Basically the Higher the motionflow number, the better the motion enhancement. Read more…

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Shopping Guide to Manchester

London, Birmingham and Glasgow might get all the plaudits, but Manchester truly is one of the UK’s great shopping destinations. From the designer stores of the Millennium Quarter to the bustling thoroughfares of the Trafford Centre, there’s a huge diversity of shops in this great northern city.

Whether you’re in Manchester on a luxury girl’s weekend or you’re on a routine shop for a new cardigan, the city’s many shopping areas are sure to have the solutions. But with so many retail destinations, just where do you start?

Shopping Guide

Indulgent shopping trips in Manchester

If you’re out to spoil yourself, start in the Millennium Quarter. Here, you’ll find Selfridges, a department store that attracts Manchester’s glitziest residents every weekend. Selfridges is located in Exchange Square and occupies five floors. Its most popular concessions are usually Louis Vuitton and Mac, and its food hall is a great place to find exotic and classic British goodies.

You’ll also find a Harvey Nicholls in Manchester, which is equally popular with the rich and famous, and designers like Vivienne Westwood and Giorgio Armani are also very visible amongst the city’s high-end fashion scene.

One of the most recent additions to luxury shopping in Manchester is The Avenue, in the Spinningfields area. The Avenue is a mecca for designer brand lovers, and is home to Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger and much more. And with its variety of bars and restaurants, it’s the ideal place to spend an indulgent girly getaway in Manchester.

City centre stores and the Trafford Centre

If you’re planning to hit Manchester’s high street stores and you live out of town, it’s worth staying for a whole weekend to ensure you’ve had a complete retail experience. A hotel near Manchester Piccadilly or the Trafford Centre, for instance, means you’re ideally placed near major shopping hotspots.

In the middle of the city, the Arndale Centre – located between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations – has undergone a refurbishment since being damaged in the 1996 Manchester bombing. It’s one of the largest shopping malls in the UK and Europe, and is home to several high street fashion stores.

The Trafford Centre attracts slightly fewer visitors than Arndale, but is bigger in size. In addition to major high street chains, the Trafford Centre is also home to a range of attractions, including a bowling alley, cinema and large food court where fashion shows are often held at the weekends. Nearby, you’ll also find the Chill Factor, an indoor skiing and snowboarding facility that could provide the perfect, adrenaline-filled end to a weekend of shopping.

Shopping Guide to Manchester