Three Decorative Knots And How To Tie Them

Braid KnotBesides being useful, knots can be attractive with a high decorative value. I have brought together three of my favorite knots which not only have high decorative value but also are easy to tie. Apart from these three, there a number of other decorative knots also but they can be quite complex to make.

Let us have a look at each of my 3 favorite decorative knots and learn how to tie them:

1. Braid Knot

This knot features in the list of my favorites because it can be used as a friendship band, a decorative handle or as a decorative pull at the end of a string.

To tie this knot, loop the string around twice to create three strands. Now start braiding the three strands just as you braid hair while making a pony by bringing the bottom strand over the central one and then bringing the top strand over the one in center now. Keep braiding with the end of the string outside the braids. If the material of the string is thick, such a knot will result in a nice makeshift handle for a travelling case. Continue reading…

Searching for the Perfect Christmas Gifts?

craftsGifts! Who doesn’t love receiving them? Wrapped in pretty and colorful papers, and put in boxes of all sizes, the gifts we receive can range from the most boring mug to the most exciting game consoles we’ve been wishing for whole-year round. However, we should remember that gift giving is not about the material itself. The object you give symbolizes how you value the receiver’s relationship with you. You give the gift not to show that you have money, but to remind them that you’re thinking of them in this special time of the year.

That’s why gifts such as arts and crafts are considered more special, because the gift giver has invested time to create the perfect gift for the receiver.Here are a few reasons why a homemade gift, especially an arts and crafts piece,can be the perfect gift to give this holiday season:


1. To Give To That Friend

You know the one, the friend who already has everything. Why give material objects that she can just buy for a better price? Your gift will just end up in her unused pile. A special made present just oozes love, which is the best you can give anyone, really.


2. Quality Control

Yes, you can assure quality when you go for the expensive brands. But at a limited budget, what can you buy that can be considered the perfect gift? Your best bet would be to buy the materials you need and then make the gift you have in mind and you’ll know for sure that it was made from the best materials, using the best techniques.


3. A Gift Meant For One Person Alone 

Wouldn’t it be awesome if your friend tells you that someone else saw them using your gift, and asked them where they got it? Even more awesome is the answer they gave, “My friend made this for me.” They’re the only person in the whole world who has that because it’s made especially for them. It’s a way of showing how you know them so well, and know that they will enjoy that very specific gift you made.


4. Sharing yourself

When you give something you bought, you’re still sharing yourself, since you worked hard for the money you used and you spent time looking for the gift. But with homemade gifts, you share your creative talents to loved ones as well. It’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment once you finished all your gifts. Giving homemade gifts to kids can also inspire them to try their hands on making their own creative handmade crafts. Here are some creative gift ideas for kids.


5. Unforgettable

If you got it right (and you will, because why else would you make a homemade gift?), then your friend will have received a special holiday gift she will never forget. Uniquely made for them, your love will be felt every time they look at the gift.


And where can you buy all the materials for this big Christmas project? Why, in an arts and craft store, of course! Sure, online shopping can seem a better choice in some shopping purchases. If you have yet to try online shopping, you can refer to this article to learn about the process. However, there is still nothing like going to a store, especially a crafts store, and seeing all the unique items inside. Feeling the excitement while on the trip to the store almost seems part of the Christmas celebration. Make sure that the trip remains safe by bringing your Tire Plus coupons that are available here. Keep them in your car to make this Christmas season a little less stressful.

To Knot or Not to Knot

knotsWe may see knot tying as one of the skills we’ll never really need if we just stay in the city our whole lives. After all, if, as a kid, you wanted to be a lawyer, a doctor, or a rockstar, you wouldn’t think where knot tying would fit into your list of things to know. Unless of course, you planned to be a pirate.

However, knot tying is still a very essential skill for a lot of reasons. The art of sailing, for example, involves a lots of ropes and hundreds of knots, as emphasized here. Although we may not be men sailing the sea, but living the outdoor life will necessitate learning certain kinds of knots. The more experienced outdoorsmen will know that different situations and jobs call for various ways of tying knots. Knowing at least some of it will be of help if ever you do get stuck in a situation that calls for this skill. It is better to know the skill and not be in need of it, then be in a difficult setting that necessitates knowledge of the skill, which you unfortunately do not have.You don’t want to be the person who only knows how to tie your shoelaces; or worse, a ribbon.

Knots can be used for tree, wall, and mountain climbing, fishing, boating, splicing, surgical, rescue, and other household necessities. Learning all the knot techniques may take months, or even years.And let’s face it, knowing all that will probably be unnecessary. Although, there are a few basic knots that you should learn how to do even with your eyes closed.

The Overhand Knot, one of the simplest, can help prevent a rope from fraying and will act as a stopper since it’s usually done at the end of a rope. A Square Knot is mainly used to connect two equal sized ropes together. For different sized ropes, the Sheet Bend Knot is used. A Bowline Knot is incredibly handy to know, since it creates a loop that won’t shrink or expand, and can be used to hoist someone. You can even do it one-handed if needed. To prevent a rope from sliding through a pulley, the Figure 8 Knot is used. It’s important to know how to tie the Figure 8 to learn other more complicated knots.

These are just a few of the knot techniques that can be helpful if we learn it. For more information and knot inspirations, you can always check out the various knots and crafts shows on television or the Internet. Get a good start by visiting this website to acquaint yourself with the different terminologies used in the art of knot tying. You may just enjoy it as a hobby, but it may end up as a life-saving technique; after all, who can predict the future?

Note that even if you do copy the techniques you learn online, the results you get may vary. The age, material, and size of the rope used in the instructional material may be different from what you’re using. Any amateur use of rope may be potentially risky, so it’s better to be careful and read the directions step-by-step when handling ropes of any kind.

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Crafts that Your Little Girls Will Love

craftsforkidsWith the ever-changing technological evolution, we can’t contain the rapid release of one advanced gadget after another. Individuals of all ages have become more hooked on these devices. It doesn’t come as a surprise anymore when we see young kids holding their own new smartphones or tablets.

It’s arguable whether there’s something wrong with letting kids have these gadgets early in life, as pointed out in this article, there are advantages as well as disadvantages when we get used to these modern gadgets. However, many parents would surely love to see  their kids enjoy old-school playtime instead of just being in front of a screen. It’s cute to see children playing with each other, doing hobbies, or learning new skills, much like what we used to do when we were younger.

However, when the kids start to whine and parents are already stressed from work, the easiest solution would just be to hand the kids our devices and let them play with it. This is supported by the general observation that children are spending less and less quality time with their parents and more time on using gadgets, as highlighted in this informative discussion about modern parenting. When we’re looking for peace and quiet, we can’t really think of what else we can have them do. But after the day has ended and you think of what your child’s hobbies are, you begin to question… what can I do to get my child interested in other pastimes?

The good news is, when you have a little girl, you can get as creative as you can. When your little girl is complaining of boredom, it might be a good idea to introduce her to crafts making and DIY projects. This way, you know she’ll spend her time being resourceful and learning how to do projects that will improve her artistic skills. Here are some ideas for crafts that your little girl will love:


1. Accessories

Probably the more popular craft projects are how to make cute accessories. You can find different instructions online on how to make adorable headbands, jewelries, and even purses. You can use these accessories when you play dress-up with your kids, and have more fun times ahead.



2. Dresses

If you’re familiar with sewing, creating and designing dresses would be a fun activity to try with your girls. It’s a good way to have the little girls pick what they want to wear, and have it in the exact color and size they prefer. That’s certainly better than having to go around the mall looking for the one dress she likes.


3. Room Decorations

Paper cutouts of pretty animal and flower (even butterflies!) designs liven up any room. Making artwork that can be displayed will serve as a reminder of the enjoyable times you and your kids spent together.


4. Toys

DIY projects are good for decorations, but they can also be functional as well. You can make various toys for children to play with. This way, your child can experience creating her own toys, so when she wants new things to play with, she can come up with ideas on what to make next.


5. Accessories for Toys

Aside from making their own toys, the girls could also make accessories for their playthings. For example, designing clothes and apparel for American Dolls would be fun to do. These dolls can also teach your children history during playtime. You can purchase them at lower prices from a website that offer American Girl free shipping coupons.


You can always search online for more ideas on what fun projects to do. Get creative and enjoy crafts time with your kid

Awesome Knots and Crafts Gift Ideas for the Holidays

craft4xmas_1Oh, the holidays! The time for lazy mornings, hot drinks, blankets and hot showers. You get all those thick jackets, additional scarves and gloves, because you can’t go out without them. And on Christmas day, you hear the carolers belt out their tunes, you see the people smiling at strangers, and you get presents under the Christmas tree. Isn’t it exciting?

As you give gifts this holiday season, you might be worried that you’ll have to break the bank. With all your beloved family members and friends, you want to show all of them love by giving each of them at least a small gift.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret: you can always do it yourself – handmade. This way, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on each present, and you can give them something that will truly represent the value of your relationship.


1. Photo Memorabilia

Picture frames and mugs used to be the default gifts for people you didn’t care much for but were required to give to (office gift exchange of some sort). If you buy them from the store and just wrap them up instantly, then yes, it will not have any personalized effect and will make it seem like you didn’t bother to think of what you’re giving. However, if you make it in your own way, then it will result to a very touching gift.

You can create your own picture frame with your photos in it, or scrapbooks with quotes and inside jokes, and decorations of symbols of your friendship. You can also opt to design photo clocks, mugs, or key chains with your pictures on it. These memorabilia are easy to create, and will show that you’ve really put a lot of thought in the process.


2.  Jewelry

With the recent trending of loom bands and DIY hair accessories, jewelry personally made will be the best fit for people who enjoy arts and crafts. You can also create charm bracelets, which are cute gifts for friends. Assorted necklaces and earrings can also be made by hand – you just need a few materials and a whole lot of creativity.


3. Designs and Decoration

Houses nowadays don’t just have a single theme anymore when it comes to the interior design. Or there may be a dominant motif for the place, but creative people have come to incorporate the different designs in houses and make them all go together. You can give a chalkboard, to let the person finally experiment on calligraphy and typography. Artificial paper flowers are also an amazing addition to a house, and don’t need to be changed as often as fresh ones. Wall decorations such as canvass decorated with art stuff, such as buttons or strings can make fine centerpieces at home too.


4. Sweets

During holidays, desserts and sweets go up another level. They don’t just taste good – they look all sorts of adorable with their colorful wrappers and personalized tags. Sending these presents to your friends will make their days much more sweeter.


These are just a few of ideas to pick from when you’re choosing what gift to give. You can also see a lot of DIY projects online in various sites, as well as through watching arts and crafts shows on the television. If you want to get your own speedy internet connection, or you’re having issues with your own, you can call the Xfinity phone number provided here to get some help in resolving your internet problems so you can continue looking for more gift ideas for your loved ones this coming holiday

Fancy Knots For Fishing I Learned At The Salon

josephine knot

josephine knotI love going to the salon to do my hair every other weekend and while away time since I usually do not have much to do on weekends. We always sit and wait for each other’s turn as we chit chat about nothing in particular. My hair stylist always insists on washing my hair with a nice smelling volumizing shampoo since she tells me it’s the best for my hair which is thin. This helps the hair to look full in the head after she is done. Nothing beats the feeling of having your head massaged then washed with some nice warm water! This is what makes me never to miss my salon appointments with my hairdresser. She then deep conditions my hair with a good deep conditioner before she dries it.
Last week as I was on the line waiting for my turn, a friend came in with some nice decorative knots that she had been doing at home. She had brought them for the salon dresser who had requested for them since her son was going fishing. Everybody was in awe as we stared at the nicely made knots. Wondering what are fancy knots? These are complex knots that have repeated patterns. These knots are used for practical or aesthetic purposes. Anglers have been using decorative or fancy knots for years in fishing. Here are some fancy knots that I learnt about at the salon.

Buglars braid

This fancy knot has so many practical uses. It’s very easy to make because all you need to do is shorten a cord, line or a rope to tie this knot. You do not have to cut it and you can easily untie it at any point.

Chain Sennit

Also known as Drummer’s plait. This kind of knot is tied in an interesting technique, where the main purpose is to create linked loops which will make the cord shorter. This knot is often used in jewelry making although it’s very popular in fishing as well.

Josephine knot

This is an ancient design which is over two thousand years old. It is created by very common decorative patterns such that they form multiples of the knot and left flat. The knot is usually made of decorative patterns that are common and it’s mainly seen in military braids although it’s very useful in fishing. It also referred to as Double Coin Knot.

Navy Sheepshank

This knot can be used to bypass a damaged line. One doesn’t have to cut and splice this decorative knot. It’s used for décor so as to brighten up a room or display board. It’s very useful for fishing.

Shake Hands Bend

This is an exceptional fancy knot which is a good line joining bend, widely used for light cordage through to heavier ropes. Most users love this knots because they are very easy to adjust, tie and untie.
I must admit I really learned a lot from the salon. She also showed us how to tie some of the knots and I promised that I would book a lesson so that I could learn more from her. Making knots is a hobby for her and she also gets to earn some money while making the knots because she sells them to people.

Types of necktie knots

necktie knotsOne thing that defines a man is being able to tie a tie. You can all agree with me that when you went to high school your mum was so happy when you stopped waking her up in the morning to tie your neck tie. However, you cannot deny the fact that being able to tie is not  that easy, especially when it comes to trying different tie knots. However, it takes only a few minutes to get the job done, but using different types of knots can do you better. Are you sick and tired of having to put on your outdated tie and you wish to advance a little? Well, you do not have to worry. This article will educate you on popular types of tie knots that will help you stand out in a crowd.

Basic considerations
Before you start typing your neck tie, you need to ensure that your shirt is fully buttoned. A finished tie should have a knot at the middle of the collar and a wide end right around belt buckle. The choice of the knot will depend on the kind of collar your shirt has, the width of the tie, the height of the person wearing it, and you cannot also ignore the current fashion trends. You would not want to go to a party that your friend invited you only to embarrass him with an outdated necktie knot. With a well tied necktie, you will be able to sip classy vodka that is offered with confidence.

1. Four-in-Hand or Simple Knot
This is an awesome knot that goes well with men tie and looks good in almost every collar. This knot forms a narrow shape and has a slightly longer appearance and it is also slightly lopsided. You can wear this shirt when going to a casual or formal event and still look outstanding. For example, you can choose to wear it at a dinner party. I remember the first time I tied this knot it was on my friend’s son homecoming party. I was surprised to learn the types of beer my friend could differentiate. However, it was only because I didn’t that he had subscribed to the scotch of the month club, where he could sample the best beer brands of some before they are discovered by others.

2. Simple Windsor or Half-Windsor Knot
This knot is considered to be more formal than the rest. The Windsor does not take too much material and it results into a triangular knot and it is long, making it suitable for tall people.

3. Double Windsor or Full Windsor knot
This knot is the most formal yet fashionable. It allows any individual wearing it to have a more symmetrical shape. This knot needs several loops that give it a full bodied and it is ideal for shirts that has triangular widespread collar.

4. Kent Knot
This is a small knot that does not have a lot of loops. It uses less material thus making your necktie longer and suitable for tall men. It involves a twist at the wide and around the collar before using a loop to tie. It looks easy but not that simple to do.

5. Price Albert Knot
This knot is a variation that gives a fuller looking knot but with a long appearance. If you are tall and you love a bigger looking knot combined with a good looking tie, then this is what you should practice.

Some neck-tie knots are challenging to do, but there are those that are simple. However, with practice, you will easily accomplish your goal of appearing outstanding. All you need to do is to practice as much knots as possible because knowing your knots will make your tying experience fun and hassle free.

How To Earn Extra Money By Making Decorative Ribbon Knots And Selling Them

ribbon knot

ribbon knotMaking knots may look and even sound very complicated, but it may not be as difficult as it may seem. If you have a ribbon, and follow the steps correctly, you can easily learn how to tie lovely decorative knots. These knots are great for gift wrapping or custom jewelry and they can increase you source of income if you market yourself properly. With a single strand of ribbon, you can easily come up with a unique and beautiful series of interlocking circles that stand out.
Just like any other art, you will need to practice so that you can master the craft. I learnt this skill while I was still in law school, from one of my friends, and I am grateful that he was patient enough to teach me. We had lots of free time, and I grabbed every chance that I had to perfect my skill. Looking back, I am grateful I learnt this craft. Now that I am a police officer and earn very little, I make sure that on my off days, I make as many ribbon knots as possible. I supply my knots to a small shop in the town that makes custom jewelry and this earns me some extra cash to help me pay out my bills. Here’s how you can also make your own ribbon knots.
1. Measure one end of the ribbon on a hard surface like a table. The other end should be stretched into a horizontal line. Curve the ribbon in the center such that the end of the ribbon bends back to the end of the tape. The ribbon should be in a “C” shape.
2. Next, pull the ribbon that has loosed under the ribbon that is taped then pass it back on top of the taped ribbon end. Slowly pull the end of the ribbon straight out and place it over the curved part of the opposite “C”. You will realize that the ribbon crosses over itself thrice, forming three lines in the ribbon inside the “C”.
3. Pull the ribbon line over the middle line. This will form a figure eight in the ribbon, whereas the loose ribbon will exit on the bottom loop of the figure eight.
4. Tightly pull the loose ribbon end through the bottom loop. When it is pulled, the ribbon knot will form the shape of a braid. Pull the loose end of the ribbon to the right of the braid shape. This will create other three lines in the ribbon.
5. Again cross the bottom line of the “C” over the top line of the “C” to form a second, though smaller, figure eight. Thread the end of the ribbon that are loose through the bottom loop of the figure eight and then tightly pull to make the braided knot tighter. This will create for you a beautiful knot.
If you want to make various ribbon knot designs, you can just add some twist in the way you tie your ribbon and create your own creative designs.

Have You Been to the National Crafts Show?

craftshowCrafts Shows have different meanings to various individuals. Some of you may hear the word “crafts show” and immediately want to go as far away as possible – none of the grandmother knitting stuff for you. Some of you may actually want to attend these events; even going as far as researching about it and bookmarking your calendar to the latest shows you want to attend. More likely though, you’re one of those people who couldn’t care less what a crafts show is. What is that anyway? Does it involve witchcraft?

It might involve magic, yes, but not in the way you think. Crafts shows are festivals hosted in different states all over the country that celebrates the different arts and crafts activities. Artists and enthusiasts alike come from different places to gather and show their passion in similar activities.

Here are some of the national crafts shows in the Unites States that you might want to attend:


  • Allentown Art Festival

Most crafts shows don’t have one specific art that they celebrate, but instead give focus to the place it’s being held at. In 1958, Allentown citizens in Buffalo, New York wanted to host an event to make the local businesses boom, and through it the official Art Festival was born. Happening every second weekend of June, locals and visitors alike can enjoy artworks from participatingartists and craftsmen as selected by the Allentown Village Society.


  • Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Other arts festivals pick a single product, and have contests on the most creative piece using that item. One of the largest local festivals in California, this one happens annually for one weekend during pumpkin harvest season.


  • Dogwood Arts Festival

Nature lover? If you’re all for appreciating the blooming of dogwood trees, and enjoying parades, garden shows, and demonstration of Appalachian arts and crafts, visit Knoxville, Tennessee next April.


  • Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival

This is a four-day entertainment event held on the first weekend of August in Nappanee, Indiana that started as a part of a park department’s summer arts program. The show now features over 350 artists and craftsmen which all compete for prizes amounting to over ten thousand dollars.


  • Vermont Quilt Festival

If you’re in the mood for some snuggling, you might be interested to go to New England’s oldest quilt festival. It not only has various quilt exhibits, contests, and lectures, it also has classes taught by famous quilt makers worldwide.


There are lots more of course, and all these national crafts shows have different histories and different reasons for celebrating. The activities and the entertainment provided may vary, but they all have one thing in common, and that is that they honor their arts.

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Useful Knots for Bushcraft-Learn More


Bowline knot

This is a knot that helps in creating a fixed loop at the end of your rope. It is one of the most crucial knots due to its stability, strength, and versatility. It is easily made and can be untied. This knot is great when used for hiking or as a running rope.

Trucker’s hitch

This is a combination of knots that allows you to pull a line very tight and secured. You can tie this knot to apply tension on a line; in fact, it can do wonders on a survival knife.

Clove hitch

This knot is considered one of the most important knots. It has two successive half-hitches around an object. It is perfect for grabbing cylindrical objects. You can effectively grab your water bottle while in the bush.

Fisherman’s knot

It is used to form a loop with 2 ends of a rope. Some may say that sheet bend knot bend is better but everyone will surely love the neat appearance of the fisherman’s knot.

Bush craft is all about the skills and the ability to survive in the harsh environment. It necessitates your ability to make good use of such knowledge and capabilities to manipulate the environment, experiencing the state of how our ancestors lived some thousands of years ago. If you are thinking of going camping, this article will be of great help to you for you will learn more on useful knots for bush-craft.

Factors contributing to bush-craft:

When we talk of bush-craft, factors that contribute to this include:

Hunting-the main aim of hunting is to find food to survive in the bush. With the use of a survival knife, you can hunt successfully.

Fire craft-in the forest, fire plays crucial can protect you from wild animals at night, keep you warm, cook your food, and create smoke to signal rescue teams.

Tent making-making a shelter in the bush is one the crucial things since you can be free from damages. One of the easiest way to build a shelter is probably just bring a backpacking tent with you. OutdoorAid has a good article on backpacking tent picks and reviews.

Rope making-this is one of the crucial activities in the bush. Knowing how to twine ropes and make other crucial survival tools is also very crucial. This is why in this article we will concentrate more on useful knots for bushcraft, which are usually achieved with the use of a rope. You can make knots with a rope for:

· Fastening

· Pulling

· Attaching 

· Carrying 

· Lifting

Bushcraft is not only a skill to help you survive in the wild, bringing you inner harmony with the environment but will also become a skill to use on other recreational activities such as hunting, mountain climbing, making tents, etc. Of course you will need some essential equipments such as a good knife, water bottle, or maybe a sleeping bag and food.

Pretty Knots I Made For My Dogs

Accessories for dogs are plentiful. You can very easily go to a pet store and browse isle after isle of decorative dog collars and leashes, dog clothing and booties, and multiple designs of dog toys. Pet lovers are notorious for spending quite a bit on decorative items and accessories for their dogs to make them pretty. But did you know that some of these things you can make yourself for much less? Many people don’t think of hand made dog accessories because of all the items that are already on the market. If you’re the creative and artistic type, hand making some of your dogs accessories may be a fun project or hobby for you.

Some pretty knots I made for my dogs are Sailors Knots (used to make a bandana that can be warn around a dogs neck), Cobra Stitch Knots (square knots used to make paracord dog collars), and Braids.

Sailors Knots-Sailors Knot For Decorative Dog Bandanas. A bandana can be made out of any square piece of material. It doesn’t have to be a pre-made bandana, you can choose any material you like and then cut it to size. You may need a smaller piece of material for small dogs and a larger piece of material for large or medium sized dogs. The sailors knot is then used to transform the material into a bandana and tie it around your dogs neck. This will make your dog pretty or handsome, and will make them stand out from the crowd.

-Cobra Stich Knot For Making Paracord Dog Collars. The great thing about this is that you can choose your own thin rope to make these collars. Bright colors, soft colors, patterns and designs, you can mix and match, whatever you want! Paracord collars are made by using the same techniques as for making bracelets, and will look so pretty when it’s worn on your dogs neck. They are also very durable and even weather resistant, depending on the rope you use.

-Braids. Braids are a fun and simple creation. You can use decorative ribbon or sting to make the braid, and it can be any length and thickness you desire. After you make your braid, be sure to secure it at each end with a basic knot to prevent it from unraveling. A braid can make your dog pretty when attached to the collar. It makes for a great handmade accessory that is cheap and easy to make.

Knots are a fun way to add some color and uniqueness to your dog. If your dog sheds a lot, you may need to remove hair that attaches itself to the knots every once in a while, but for a dog that doesn’t shed (see the most popular non-shedding dogs here), this probably won’t be necessary. Make sure the knots and accessories are secure and kept free from the dogs mouth. Have fun, and be creative!