WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design.

To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design.

By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height.

When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, or download a ready-made grid template. If we create our own grid, we will need to rely on what option works best for us and the web design project we are working on. It is therefore valuable to follow some simple guidelines when creating our own grids. These are:

• Use only enough columns as needed for the web design. In other words, if you are only going to use ten columns, then only create ten columns – and not twenty.
• Watch the spacing. As a general rule, columns should have the same number of pixels across as rows are high.
• Don’t box yourself in. If you need to move outside of the grid for specific graphic elements, then do so. A grid is only there for structural support, and is not the end product.

If creating your own grid-based layout isn’t appealing, or you simple do not have the time to invest in it, then downloading a pre-designed grid template is available. There are many online sources that provide such templates, and by downloading a grid template you can save on time and have, at your disposal, an effective grid template ready to use.

It is important to re-emphasise that grid-based layouts for web design should not be mistaken for a strict rule by which all graphic elements or content must adhere to. Naturally, when creating anything we can move beyond specific rules in order to achieve our creative goal, and grid-based layouts are no different. If we use grids as a structural guide in our web design, then we are better able to create amazing web designs that will not only appear organised on our web page, but will hopefully inspire and engage every website visitor. Article from, web developer brisbane Nets and Webs

Styles of Yoga

Yoga originated in ancient India, and is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “union”, its primary goal is to help the student achieve union with the divine by way of specific poses (asanas), breath (pranayama), and meditation to achieve a state of spiritual liberation. Though yoga in the Western world focuses on health and fitness, it is important to appreciate yoga’s long history as a vital component of the Hindu philosophical and theological system.
As one of the most popular of natural therapies in the West, there are many types of yoga available for those seeking health and wellness. The following covers the more popular yoga styles in the West, and helps you have a clearer understanding of the basics of each yoga style so that you can choose one which best suits you and your needs.

Hatha
Hatha yoga is a generic title which describes any yoga style, and most yoga classes advertised in the West will be hatha yoga, unless otherwise stated. When a yoga class is advertised as hatha, it usually refers to a slow-paced and gentle introduction to yoga, incorporating basis poses and simple breathing exercises. Before attending a hatha yoga class, it is wise to ask the yoga teacher where he/she trained and what the class will consist of, e.g. yoga poses, pace, meditation and mantras etc. This will help to to decide if the yoga class will be beneficial for you.

Vinyasa
Vinyasa yoga is perhaps the most common for those wanting yoga purely for fitness. This form of yoga combines a sequence of flowing poses with rhythmic breathing, and is designed as an intense body-mind workout. As a generic term for any form of yoga that involves poses synchronised to the breath (where there is a flow as the poses run together), Vinyasa yoga is also used to describe yoga styles that have derived from it, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga.

Ashtanga
As mentioned, Ashtanga is a form of yoga that has derived from the concept of Vinyasa yoga. It is fast-paced and based on six series of poses that increase in difficulty as each series moves through one to the next without stopping. As there is no time for adjustments, once a series of yogic poses and breathing are underway the student is encouraged to move through the series of movements without stopping, making for an ideal full body work-out that will stimulate and improve circulation and detoxification, and get that heart rate pumping!
Power Yoga
Another form of yoga derived from Vinyasa, Power yoga is a Western product based on the fundamentals of yoga tradition. More likely to be part of a gym curriculum, Power yoga weaves common yoga poses and breathe techniques to a rigorous exercise workout, designed to strengthen the body and promote flexibility. Power yoga is great as part of your training and fitness routine, but rarely addresses the philosophical aspects of yoga.

Bikram yoga
Designed by Bikram Choudhury, this form of yoga is better known for its use of sauna-like conditions to promote detoxification of the body through sweat. Bikram yoga classes are held in studios designed to replicate India’s climate, mimicking a hot and humid temperature. Here students work through a series of 26 traditional yoga poses (usually slow-paced and gentle) as they sweat and, as a result, promote fresh blood and oxygen to circulate throughout the body. This form of yoga is ideal as a detoxifying exercise to boost the immune system.

Sivananda
For those seeking a more philosophical approach to their yoga, Sivananda yoga is based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda and his five principles:
1. Proper exercise
2. Proper breathing
3. Proper relaxation
4. Proper diet
5. Positive thinking/meditation

Sivananda yoga classes work through twelve basic poses. As a slow-paced form of yoga, the emphasis is on the full exploration of each pose so that the eventual mastering of each pose is achieved as part of an overall philosophical approach.

Iyengar
Iyengar yoga is based on the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar, one of the most influential yogis of all time. This form of yoga focuses on the subtleties of each pose, which are held much longer than traditional forms of yoga. Focussing on the physical alignment of the body in the poses, students are encouraged to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. This is based on the philosophical belief that once the body is in perfect balance by means of mastering each pose, the mind with reflect this balance. In addition, unlike other forms of yoga, Iyengar also uses props such as belts or chairs to accommodate any needs or structural imbalances in the body, which makes it a good option for those with poor mobility.
Anusara
Anusara means “to step into the current of divine will” and is a modern form of yoga created by American John Friend, with its origins derived from Iyengar yoga. Its practice focusses on three key areas:
• Attitude – by opening to grace one can awaken his/her true nature.
• Alignment – integrated awareness of the different
• Action – pose as expression of the heart and inner freedom.
This form of yoga reintroduces traditional Hindi elements of yoga, however is primary health orientated as it focuses on inner and outer body alignment.
Kundalini
Considered the most comprehensive of yogas, Kundalini is derived from the tantra yoga tradition and refers to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within us. Incorporating poses and dynamic breathing techniques, combined with specific mantra chanting and chakra awakening, Kundalini yoga acts as a holistic philosophy that keeps the body and mind strong and flexible in times of stress and conflict. This yoga style is suited for those wanting a holistic approach to their yoga practice.

There are many other forms of yoga available, with more yoga traditions and styles being introduced into the West every year. Like all things, however, it is best to have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve from yoga and then find a style that best suits that. Happy yoga practicing from Radiant Heart Yoga Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

MALE MULTIPLE ORGASM : TEN STEPS TO SUCCESS

I would like to expand your thinking about male multiple orgasms. My name is Aleena Aspley and I have been working with men coaching and teaching male multiple orgasm for nearly 9 years. I have seen many regular male orgasms, where a male builds to orgasm and ejaculates. This experience is called a genital orgasm, and every male on the planet is wired to experience a genital orgasm. It is nature’s desire, that a man ejaculates every time he has an orgasm and the male body comes wired for procreational sex.

Male Multiple Orgasm is a passion of mine. I have also taught many men how to last longer and re-train their male body to become multi-orgasmic.

WHAT IS MALE MULTIPLE ORGASM?
A male multiple orgasm, or cellular full-body orgasm, is an orgasm that can be felt in every cell of the body. When a male has a full-body orgasm, he can be aroused to the point of no return and continue into an extended full-body cellular orgasm without ejaculation. I have safely taught many adult males to experience over 30 minutes, or more, of orgasm after orgasm, without ejaculating.

Guys, it is hard to imagine, this superior orgasmic experience, if you haven’t had one! However, if you were able to pleasure your partner, for as long as you wanted, with a rock hard erection, without stopping and changing positions, or using head control tactics period, then you wouldn’t want it any other way!

WHAT IS AN ORGASM?
Energy is the answer, orgasm is energy. Humans are very successful, at harnessing energy, to make our world an easier place to live. We can position solar panels, on the roof of a house, to harness the sun’s energy and power our homes with electricity. We can convert crude oil, into petroleum products, to power our car.

Men can learn to harness, their male sexual energy, by practicing my simple solo masturbation techniques below. The male body does learn very quickly, how to power its’ owners, basic genital orgasm, into intense dimensions, of full-body multiple ecstasy.

10 TIPS TO BECOME MULTI-ORGASMIC

  1. Solo Masturbation – Take it slow, lie down and close your eyes and stimulate slowly.

  2. Breathe – Breath slowly into the abdomen. Breathe in your nose and slowly out of your mouth.

  3. Movement – Move your hips. Stiff hips, can quickly accelerate a man to the point of no return. Allow your body, and hips, to move with enjoyment and freedom.

  4. Sound – Breathe in your nose and out of your mouth, with an “Aarrrgh”, upward sound. Sound moves erotic energy, from the genitals and upwards into the body. I believe, males are unconsciously wired to make no sound, that’s why many women are multi-orgasmic. Note: grunts and blowing sounds are no good either!

  5. Intention – Lift your chin, so that your eyes are shut and looking upwards. Energy follows your eyes, and your intention is to expand your orgasm into your whole body.

  6. Relax – If you are having problems with brain chatter, then consider relaxing your whole body, starting from your feet and moving upwards to the top of your head. Male multiple orgasm is achieved, when a males brain waves are in Theta (relaxed just like when you first wake up in the morning).

  7. Arousal – Masturbate SLOWLY, for at least 30 minutes or longer, at least 3 times a week. By the way, masturbating quickly, will re-wire your male body to reach orgasm with speed, so SLOW DOWN! When your arousal builds to 8 out of 10, stop masturbating, breathe, moan and imagine your erotic energy, flowing into every cell of your body. When your arousal backs off, then you can slowly start masturbating again.

  8. Conscious Touch – Relax and feel, the wonderful sensations within your body, as you slowly arouse yourself.

  9. Practice makes Perfect – If you want to be good at any task, then practicing often is the key to success. Solo masturbation, is the best way for a man, to re-train his male body to experience multiple orgasm.

  10. Find a Professional Tantra Coach - do a search on the internet for a Tantra Professional who specialises in Male Multiple Orgasm.

FIND A TANTRA PROFESSIONAL

It is much easier, to quickly learn to become a multi-orgasmic man, by finding a Certified Somatic Sexologist (also known as a Sexological Bodyworker) or professional Tantric Sex Coach. There are many Tantra sexuality coaches, popping up all over the internet, however, during your coaching session, if your Tantric Sex Coach is not coaching my steps 1 through to 8, then you are just being overcharged and in an ordinary massage session.

 

ABOUT ME
Aleena Aspley, from Brisbane Australia, is a Certified Somatic Sexologist (aka Sexological Bodyworker) and Professional Tantric Sex Coach. It is Aleena’s passion, as a sex educator, to educate people of all genders to enjoy safe sex practices, to become better lovers, by enriching their sexual relationship connection with their partner and create sexual harmony in the bedroom.

Aleena is the founder of Male Multiples Makeover, Kinkassage, Tantra Kinkassage and Tantra Fantasy. Do choose the following websites for more information.
www.TantraFantasy.com.auwww.MaleMultiplesMakeover.com and www.Kinkassage.com

Core Drilling Brisbane

DIY vs Hiring a Concrete Cutting Service – including a Step by Step Guide

There is a vast variety of concrete saws and equipment that can be hired to do that pesky DIY project that you have always wanted to get done. But when should you hire a professional and when should you just give it a crack? To do your concrete cutting or core drilling job properly and on budget you will need: the right equipment, the right type – wet or dry, the right protection for yourself and the environment, the right skills and the right value for money. There is lots to consider, but if you read on and follow this step by step guide we can explore this in a little more detail.

Step 1.Choose the right equipment: For gener slab cutting Brisbane you will need a Floor Saw or Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw). This process is used when reasonably level and flat surfaces have to be cut and includes cutting through reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and other structural materials.

These surfaces include floors, roofs, bridge decks and suspended slabs. The surfaces are usually cut to provide expansion joints, to make openings for ducts, elevators, stairwells, machine pads, trenching and for demolition purposes.

For wall sawing Brisbane you will need a Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw) or Ring Saw. This process is used for the cutting of openings in vertical surfaces and surfaces with slopes so great that floor saws cannot be used.

These surfaces are usually cut to provide for doors, windows, vaults, silos, chests, foundations, ducts or large diameter pipes, or to remove part or all of existing walls. For core drilling Brisbane through a floor or wall you will need a core drill. Core drills can usually drill holes from 25mm dia – 660mm dia. This process is used for the drilling of circular holes in reinforced concrete, precast concrete, asphalt, brick, cinderblock and other structural materials. Usually the holes are made for electrical, plumbing, heating, sewer and sprinkler installations. Other applications include holes to anchor bolts or lifting rods, to place explosive charges, to install load carrying devices, or for analysis of the structure of the rock.

Step 2. Wet or Dry cutting? I don’t mean to scare you here, but cutting concrete can be very messy. You can probably figure out that the dry cutting means cutting without water and should be less messy… hmm not so sure. Cutting without water means dust and lots of it. Very messy, minute particles of concrete will billow into a thick cloud of grey concrete dust or red brick dust and coat everything nearby you own. Personally I prefer the wet cutting machines. Even though the mess is wet grey or red slurry, it is much easier to clean up all the mess with a wetvac (wet and dry vacuum cleaner) and a wipe over with a damp cloth. Dust on the other hand can get absolutely everywhere.

Step 3. Protect yourself and the environment. Basic safety equipment you will need include goggles, ear plugs, safety boots/steel capped gumboots and gloves. If you have chosen a dry cutting machine you will also need to work with a dust mask on to protect your lungs, and sun protection and long sleeves if you are working outside.

Cutting concrete can be very noisy so be mindful of neighbors and nearby businesses in case of noise pollution and air pollution. Think about what is below you if you are cutting on a floor higher than ground floor. Sadly I have heard of some terrible injuries because of falling cores and no safety barriers. Protect the environment with plastic sheeting, extraction fans and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In many countries, letting waste such as concrete slurry go down the drain is against the law and you will be fined.

Step 4. Check if you have the right skills. There are many dangers associated with concrete cutting equipment. Even though this equipment can be readily hired, this equipment should only be operated by experienced personnel. You won’t need to google ‘saw injuries’ to imagine the dangers of operating such powerful equipment without the right know how and strength.

Step 5. Check out the cost. Believe it or not the cost to hire a skilled professional who has all the equipment needed and can get the job done with minimal fuss, is often not much more than hiring the equipment yourself. Aside from the safety risk, mistakes in concrete are expensive if you get it wrong. Before you go ahead with the hire, at least get an idea of price from a professional by obtaining a quote.

For example you may be surprised to know that at elliottandfyfe.com.au you can hire a Brisbane concrete cutting operator to do a basic job for about $150.00. That’s hardly more than the cost of hiring the concrete cutting equipment, and comes with a skilled operator to do the hard work. Might just be worth the call?

Shaun McCabe Elliott and Fyfe Concrete Cutting Service – Brisbane. For an obligation free quote on any job call 07 3806 9100 or 0411 554 737.

The Significance Of Building Inspections When Buying A Home

Whether it is your first house, your retirement house or your vacation house, buying a house is a significant milestone in your life. It is not only a huge financial investment but also an emotional one. When buying a home one should put into consideration various factors such as its pricing range, its location, size, peripheral expenses and most of all the condition of the house. That is where a building inspection comes in. A building inspection is an invaluable, visual, non-invasive inspection of a property. It attempts to identify significant building defects, gradual deterioration, safety hazards or inferior building work to name a few. A pre-purchase house inspection may also identify issues that are unknown to the vendor. It is therefore a paramount undertaking.

1. Building defects
During home inspection ceiling stains, roofing defects, rotted wood, faulty ground drainage and electrical safety violations are common defects found in the houses. This does not mean that the house is in need of major replacements, but that it is in need of maintenance and repair. This underscores the significance of a thorough evaluation of the building by a competent house inspector. The inspectors examine the house from top to bottom with their knowledge and expertise to deliver a detailed report which is vital in your decision on whether to buy the house.

2. Gradual deterioration
A house is an expensive purchase and one could regret the decision of buying a house if faced with extra and unexpected expenses such as repair bills. During a pre-purchase house inspection, the building surveyor looks for damages caused by gradually operating causes. These include; rot, rust, corrosion, denting or chipping. If one buys a house experiencing such problems, it is impossible for them to acquire an insurance policy that covers such losses since it is mostly excluded from the policy. It is thus critically important for the buyer to request an inspection report.

3. Safety hazards
Safety is a significant factor to consider when buying a home. Most homes be it new or old have life-threatening defects that can remain undiscovered until too late. These can range from ungrounded electrical outlets, exposed hot wires in junction boxes, faulty gas piping and faulty water heaters. If left unchecked the damage and harm that may occur can be quite extensive. This is among the reasons why it is recommended to employ the services of a building surveyor to identify such hazards before buying a house.

4. Inferior building work
This refers to failure to construct the building in a reasonably workmanlike manner. The building therefore fails to perform in a manner that was reasonably intended by the buyer. Design, material and workmanship are some of the common deficiencies found in most homes. Design architects may design a building and system that fails to work as specified resulting in a defect. The use of inferior building materials may also result in defects that cause significant problems such as leaking windows. Poor quality workmanship may result in defects such as cracks in wall foundations, plumbing leaks and electrical or mechanical problems. This undeniably shows the need of hiring a home inspector to point out such potential problems that could require costly repairs down the road.

5. Saves your money
Though it may be rather expensive to hire an experienced building surveyor, in the long run it proves to be a quite indispensable undertaking when it comes to saving your money .A certified home inspector combs a property to identify almost all its problems. The comprehensive report received from the inspector gives you the information needed to decide whether or not to buy the home in its present state, re-negotiate or have the seller fix some of the problems. In most cases, after a thorough house inspection the seller reduces the price of the house or fixes the various defects found in the home. This saves the buyer a substantial amount of money.

Hiring a building inspector is evidently vital during the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is similar to buying a car without even kicking the tires. Therefore, if you are ready to start house hunting make sure you are accompanied by a house inspector. Building inspections is the ultimate way to avoid maknig blunders when you want to purchase a new home.

Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding Complemented by CraftStone

A two storey residence on the mid north coast of NSW has combined Austech’s Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding with CraftStone to completely rejuvenate the exterior finish of the home. K & N Spicer Constructions based in Nambucca Heads, completed the install and fit out of the vinyl cladding and stone products. Around 200m2 of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the colour Linen was fitted as the external cladding while Quarry Stone Matador (CSI-086) was used as a feature for the columns with the two products complementing one another.

The superior finish and appealing appearance of the home demonstrates the quality of the Austech product range. The attention to detail in the assembly process is highlighted by K & N Spicer Constructions who service the mid north coast of NSW and are recommended by Austech.’ You can contact K & N Spicer Constructions on 0408 654 915.

Duratuff Select and Craft Stone will add value to your home and are both built to last, that is why we can offer 50 and 25 year warranties respectively. CraftStone can be used both internally and externally. The CraftStone range has many different profiles and colours to suit any. You can learn more about the product and how you can apply it to your next project at craftstoneoz.com.au.

With offices in every state, Austech supply Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding and CraftStone throughout Australia. To speak to an experienced member of the Austech team in your area, send us an email or see our office locations and details. Austech – Supporting you with Smart Solutions.

Stacked Stone Melbourne

If you are looking for a company where you can find best quality stone cladding in Melbourne, then look no further than Craftstone Oz.

Pure natural stone may have been commonplace eons ago, but it is rare in this day and age as the supply of fine, beautifully crafted natural stone has dwindled and is generally extremely highly priced. At Craftstone Oz, we offer an affordable solution, creating a wall and cladding material with the unique beauty of natural-looking stone.

The secret is in the base materials used. Instead of scouring the world for very rare and beautiful natural stone, Craftstone Oz molds replicas from a combination of cement, pumice and other materials. And if you’re concerned about your walls or cladding having a ‘cookie-cutter’ effect, there’s no need to be, as it’s impossible to detect any difference between Craftstone Oz products and real, natural stones. The colour blends throughout the material rather than only on the surface, which makes each piece appear authentic.

You don’t need to worry about the style appearing repetitious either. Almost a thousand molding models are used, essentially removing {all possibility of repetition. Another thing to note is that each of the stones are coloured individually, therefore there can never be any two stones that are exactly alike. No matter how you view at Craftstone Oz stone, they look and feel like natural stone. All of the moulds are designed to be almost identical to real stones and the process in making them ensures that each one is appropriate for the construction it is intended for.

Craftstone Oz products are lightweight and compatible with other building of materials. They will give your home or establishment a fresh new look that brings the natural beauty of stone to indoor or outdoor architecture, being the best option for feature walls, barbecues, posts, and other side structures. However, since they are lightweight and can be cut by construction equipment they are not suited for paths, fountains, patios or structures to be walked on.

Craftstone Oz offers a total of nineteen different textures and over eighty colours that will guarantee you the best choice of designer products available in Melbourne. For stacked stone Melbourne, contact Craftstoneoz.com.au today.

Johnny the Jester- the best kids magician Brisbane has to offer

What are you planning for your child’s party this coming weekend? If it is a children’s party make sure that everything children like is availed. One thing you cannot lack is a clown or a magician. Clowns are so overrated nowadays, unfortunately. On the flip side, magicians will always have some special trick in their bag to entertain not only your children but also the adult guests at your party. The best kids’ magician Brisbane has to offer has to be Johnny the Jester- this guy is hilarious.

Mind boggling tricks
Johnny the Jester is one of the finest magicians in Brisbane. The fact that he can work very well with children adds to his excellence. He has been in the business for quite some time now. The experience and talent he packs in him is amazing. With him on stage, the kids are always screaming with such adorable glee and you can tell that they are really happy having him around. The magical python is usually the best part of the show.

His shows are usually subdivided into three. There is the first part- the magic show which lasts for some forty five minutes. This is where you will get to witness some real tricks happening before your eyes. Johnny enjoys working with live animals. Steward the rabbit and Dorothy the dove are notable mentions. They take part in the magic show, disappearing and reappearing in such as rib- cracking fashion. Johnny is especially hilarious even without the rabbits- if your ribs crack laughing at his jokes, there is no telling what will happen when you bear witness to the events he showcases. Johnny is the best childrens entertainer in brisbane.

The python demonstrations
The second part of these highly interactive shows is the python demonstration. It lasts for some fifteen minutes that seem to run by too fast. Who said that people cannot acquire some new knowledge at a party? The python demonstrations are very educational and Johnny makes learning about pythons so much easier. Did you know that there are many types of pythons including the water python that is to be found anywhere there is a water body? Well, if you did not Johnny does and he is more than willing to share the information with the kids.

This session gives the children a chance to not only learn about pythons but also to play, touch and have a one-on-one session with the creatures. If you have always wanted to drape a python around your shoulders, you can do that during this session- of course after the kids have had their chance. Some of the things you will get to learn include:

1. what to do if you come across a snake in your backyard or in the wild

2. why it is important to look after local habitat to conserve living organisms

The size of the events
Johnny does not discriminate against what parties to attend. Putting a smile on a kid’s face is what he strives to do. However, the number of people in attendance will determine how many animals he will bring to the show so that everyone gets a chance to touch them.

Stack Stone Decorative Applications

Updating the look of an establishment is not only easy with stacked stone cladding, but also proves to be a better choice in terms of durability.

Long-lasting stone veneers look absolutely natural. The product contains cement, pumice, iron oxide, and aggregates, and good quality stone veneers are hard to distinguish from actual stone, even on close inspection.

One of the greatest advantages that stacked stone veneer has over natural stone is its weight. The veneer is incredibly light and therefore easy to work with, so when planning to install stacked stone veneer, you will not have to provide reinforcement, yet another factor for it being cost-effective, while also providings a fantastic medium for use in so many places.

The stylish appearance of stone makes this form of veneer ideal for any kind of structure, and with the variety of colours, patters and sizes available, it will be easy to choose one that suits your environment perfectly. Whether it’s a home or a commercial setting, these veneers have the potential to enhance your décor with anything from a contemporary design to a rustic Stone-Age look.

Many places in your home or office can be treated with stone veneers. Here are just some suggestions:

Fireplaces
Fireplace areas can be made attractive with stacked stone veneers. By changing the appearance of the focal point of your home, you can change the feel of the environment very easily. Furthermore, you can add variations to the fireplace by selecting a mantel. A different colored stone or similar colored one can be used for this purpose.

Columns or Pillars
Give your patio a strong, natural style by adding stacked stone veneers to the pillars. The stone appearance will make the columns blend beautifully with the outdoors environment. You can experiment with a host of themes such as a Greek garden look. Choose a light grey or an ivory color for your veneer pillars.

Walls
Whether you choose to change the design of your building completely, or simply add a feature to a wall or pillar, using stack stone cladding on walls is design genius.

Infuse life in your garden by creating a contrast to the color of the flowers, plants or pathways. You can also have low-height boundaries around flower beds or a small pool with waterfalls.

Since stacked stone veneers imitate natural stone, you can enhance the look immensely by adding wooden or wrought iron furniture in the surroundings.

House facade
Make your house look like a country home, or update your home’s look by installing stack stone veneers on the facade and increase the value both aesthetically and economically.

If you are looking for stack stone brisbane or stack stone melbourne – contact Craftstone Oz today.

The Secret of Organising Kids’ Parties

Children’s parties have come a long way in the last decade, parties used to be a basic checklist of guests, ‘party food’, games, cake and party bags. A simple and predictable structure yet always fun, easy and relatively cheap. The two biggest decisions would be, which cake out of the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday cakes to choose and should be a party for a few close friends or the whole class?

Nowadays it’s more like should we have it at the indoor Playcentre, McDonalds or the bowling alley and to hire a face painter, magician, jumping castle or clown? It’s a modern world, children’s entertainment services like everything are more readily available and in our time poor lifestyles it easier to outsource and get somebody else to take care of the food and entertainment.

These days’ parents are happy to spend more on their children and really spoil them on their birthday. If you have the money and you know your child will absolutely love it, go for it. The added bonus is that it can make your life a little less stressful – the children are entertained and you can kick back and enjoy the party yourself.

It’s become the new normal to hire an entertainer or activity for a child’s Birthday party and it is certainly a special gift to the children to experience something out of the ordinary.

I do however think there is a fine line between enhancing a children party and an overblown party. I think the best parties are based on the traditional concepts with an added extra, like a jumping castle OR a clown show not both! I have attended many parties where the parent has hired a face painter, a magician-balloonist plus a jumping castle and lolly buffet and the children are either being forced into a tight schedule so they experience everything or they are completely wild with so much stimulation they’re bouncing from one thing to another without the time to really enjoy each activity or each others company.

Birthday parties are so popular with children as essentially they enjoying sharing this special occasion together, playing games, running about and laughing. I guarantee if you went to the park, brought along a birthday cake and called it a party the children would enjoy themselves. Some parents can overlook the fundamental purpose of the party and hijack it using it as a vehicle to show-off to friends and family.

I have read several articles about the excessiveness of the ‘modern day’ children’s party can be fuelled by parent’s guilt. Parents feel guilty that due to work commitments and heavy schedules they haven’t spent enough quality time with their children. Putting on a no-expense-spared party proves their love to their child while appeasing the guilt they feel as failed parents.

As a parent I can see the validity as to why children’s parties have developed into a mini circus. We want our children’s party to be a special experience and parents are under constant pressure to have what that friend’s party had or worse; to go one step better! It’s easy to get over excited and even easier to blow out the budget.

When planning your next children’s party, keep in mind who the party is for and who is it really you want to impress. Set yourself a budget and remember – keep it simple!

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Shrink Wrap Film – Presentsation Counts

Manufacturers across the divide continue to produce quality products. We are all too familiar, with the attractive transparent packaging of toys, imported fruits, clothes, pens amongst other things. Unlike the previous times, customers can still have a glimpse into their prospective purchases, carefully examining them without necessarily compromising their state or quality (food).

It is of note that, both polymers are ideal for different packaging purposes. The choice of shrink film is determined by the product, budget and level of technology the producer in question has.

The undeniable fact is, packaging being the cornerstone of branding and advertising can be responsible for high sales volume or the reverse. Manufacturers and producers alike are today faced with the tough task of choosing the ideal packaging material. In the end the functionality of the shrink wrap can only be determined by the manufactures and producers.

It is as a result of these demands that the skrink wrap film was developed. In the formative years; we were all accustomed to the brown paper bags which had our tree population on the decline. Subsequent move to the opaque store-name-christened polythene was a further disservice. Then came the perfect solution to all these problems, the shrink film.Initially, the shrink film was exclusively made from PVC (Polyvinylchloride).This is a plastic polymer (third most used plastic in the world) that had the capability of sealing products with a thin layer of plastic sheet. These sheets were often transparent to allow the customer have a view of the product.

The sheet would be wrapped over the product and passed over a heat tunnel or a heat gun. Normally, the length or circumference of the product would be measured, 10% of this value would be added then the sum is divided by two, this would give the size of PVC shrink wrapping to be used. PVC has the ability to shrink by 40% percent giving the packaging a tight grip of the product.

However, with time it was noticed that PVC could release small amounts of hydrogen chloride giving the products a characteristic smell in addition to poisoning. The sealers also would have small carbon deposits. The presence of a plasticizer in PVC had the drawback of hardening and shrinkage during cold weather and extreme stetching with subsequent temperature increases.

These drawbacks meant a suitable shrink film devoid of a plasticizer be developed. Polyolefin was found to have the packaging abilities of PVC but lacked the setbacks that faced the latter. It became a preferred choice of packaging. Offering a stronger seal and fewer odours. Its lack of plasticizer meant no physical changes to the shrink film. It would become the perfect storage solution; all weather .Lack of chlorine in its polymer meant no hydrogen chloride previously characteristic of PVC. Visit http://www.redblade.com.au/shrink-wrap-plastic-films.html for info about film options.

However, while its predecessor PVC enjoys machine compatibility and low cost purchases, polyolefin is the opposite, it remains relatively expensive and hard to use alongside machines.PVC on the other hand remains a suitable choice for manufacturers who don’t deal with edible products. Owing to its cheap price and machine compatibility it is a manufacturers darling.