Sunday, October 9, 2011

Paint the Town

Paint happens to be a craft supply that no crafter could ever be without. You will find that you can buy the paint at local craft store and you will begin to get familiar with the brands and colors of paints. You will also find that the wide range of products can be overwhelming and sometimes intimidating. You will find that you will want to take your time to choose the right paints so that you can save some money and so you can create good and enjoyable projects. You will also learn the difference in paints and be able to shop efficiently.

The most popular kind of paint happens to be watercolor.. Most children have a set of watercolors when growing up, and they are common in craft rooms as well. Watercolors are great because they can create a soft look if you use a lot of water or a very sharp, heavy look if you use very little water. You may be able to use this type of paint for all sorts of projects, but you will find that you can waste all your paints trying to make it even in coating or thick in coating. And, of course, watercolors are not good for outdoor projects, because they do not withstand the rain. Tempera paint, which is commonly sold with children’s craft kits and is used in school frequently, is basically very thick water colors, so use it as you would watercolor paints.

Acrylic paints happen to be something that is very common to use among crafters. You will find that these paints are not something for children to use, but children can use them. Although these are not used frequently with children as watercolors may be. When acrylic paint dries, it becomes a plastic, so you can use acrylics for outdoor projects as well as for indoor projects. This type of paint is thicker than tempera pain, but it cleans up easily with water. However, make sure that you clean your brushes and any spills before the acrylic paint dries—afterwards, the plastic-y remains are permanent.

Oil paints are used a lot in the market. You will find that they can require some dangerous chemicals to use for clean up and they aren’t among the favorite kinds of paints with most crafters. Oil paints are more common for artists to use than for crafters, but they still do have a place in the crafting world. If you purchase oil paints, remember that you’ll need to get special cleaning tools and liquids as well, and don’t use them around children.

There happen to be a variety of paints that you can use and purchase that will help you to do large projects and even special projects. You will find that there are edible paints for cakes or cookies and then there are fabric paints that will help you to decorate or design clothing. When you have decided on the type of paint that you would like to buy, you will then want to make a purchase and get at least five colors in the paint to help you to make your paintings or designs. You will need the primaries plus black and white paint to help you make every color. You may also want to get green, purple, and orange, but you can also mix colors to get every color of the rainbow. Mixing colors can be a fun aspect of painting.

Monday, February 21, 2011

What Is a Memory Foam Mattress

What is a memory foam mattress? It is a whole bed made from memory foam that has the ability to sense your body’s weight and temperature so it is able to conform to your shape, minimize pressure points, aid alignment and reduce tossing and turning.

This was first developed by NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the 1970’s. But the first generation memory foam mattress was too brittle and had the tendency to break after just one to two years of use.

Ten years later, a Swedish company that worked closely with NASA in making the first memory foam mattress got it right. This was made using a spongy, gel like plastic whose composite open cells could deform under pressure and reshape back to its original form.

Just to prove how effective it is, one brand called Tempur-Pedic sells these to hospitals. Patients who have used the memory foam mattress claim that this has reduced remarkably the pressure on joints whenever they lie down. It also gives good support for the back.

Memory foam mattresses were first introduced in the market in the early 1990’s. The problem then was that these were very expensive. But this soon changed as other companies were able to produce similar products.

But the story of the memory foam mattress doesn’t end there. If it is good for the back, then it could also have benefits in other places in the body which is why the foam is also used on other products such as mattress toppers, pillows, office furniture, automobile seat padding, infant cribs, car seats, wheelchair cushions, hip pads, sweat pads, computer cases, movie theater seating, pistol gloves, ear plugs and tennis racquets.

The price of memory foam mattress is from $300 to $600. This depends on the density that you wish to buy. The thicker they are, the more expensive  it is. Most people get those that weigh 3 to 5.5 pounds since this is what fits their budget.

Some of these are sold in stores while you can also find these online. These come in different sizes so you can surely get one for every bedroom in the house and if you find these expensive, perhaps you should consider getting a topper.

A topper is much smaller than the foam mattress given that you put this simply over an existing mattress. Its thickness is 1 to 4 inches thick. If you plan to put this over a spring mattress, make sure that this is not more than 5 years old.

Memory foam mattresses are not affected by the temperature outdoors. If this happened, it will not be able to do its job which is to adjust to the shape of the person.

You might be thinking that all the companies that make memory foam mattresses use the same materials to make their product. This is not true because some use liquid foam while others use a vacuum injection which means they do not rely on gravity to provide consistent density and eliminate variation. So when you are looking for a memory foam mattress, ask the sales person what material is used.

A lot of people say that the memory foam mattress is out of this world given that this was first designed for use by astronauts. Given that it is used in almost every type of furniture these days, you can now say that it has taken the world by storm.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fasting Month

In about a week times the Muslim will be fasting with the coming of the Ramadan month. To me, the excitement of this fasting month is something that couldn't be describe in words. It is something that's very special.