Painting the Sky with Glamor

A massive, teeming crowd of spectators requires a level of entertainment that not only hypnotizes its viewers during the moment, but leaves a memory that sparkles in their mind like a shimmering jewel for ages after. Flooding a darkened sky with an ocean of color can create those kind of moments.

There are few better ways to dramatically recognize a special occasion than with an explosive display of colorful fireworks. Originating with the Chinese in the 7th century AD, fireworks are now used the world over to commemorate any momentous day, from holidays to royal weddings to any major time of local or national celebration. Fired off after sunset by rocket or mortar, the booming pyrotechnics can be used to fill the night with a brilliant bursting combination of color, light and smoke high above the heads of enchanted onlookers. Fireworks will undoubtedly continue to captivate audiences of all ages for centuries to come.

Try this: Connection conniption!

You will need

  • A plain mug that you can mark
  • Permanent marker
  • Three whiteboard markers in different colours

Making the puzzle

  1. With your permanent marker, draw three small separate houses on the mug. Make sure you spread them out, so there’s space to draw between them.
  2. Now draw three separate small factories on the same mug. Label one factory ‘E’ for electricity, one ‘W’ for water and one ‘G’ for gas.

The three utilities puzzle

  • Three houses each want to be connected to electricity, gas and water. Unfortunately, the three utility companies are having a dispute – they won’t let their lines cross.
  • Draw a line from each factory to each house. You can’t let lines from different utilities touch. Use one colour whiteboard marker for each utility.

Hint: This puzzle is possible on a mug, but you can’t do it on a bowl. What makes a mug different from a bowl?

What’s happening?

This is a tricky puzzle. If you’re having difficulty, it might help to try a much simpler version. Grab a piece of paper and draw two factories and three houses. Then draw a line from each house to the first factory and another to the second factory.

If you look carefully, you’ll notice you’ve fenced off two regions with your connections. One fence goes – factory 1, house 1, factory 2, house 2. The other fence goes – factory 1, house 2, factory 2, house 3.

If you try to add a third factory, you must put it in one of the two regions, or somewhere on the rest of the paper. Wherever you put the extra factory, there will be one house you can’t get to. In order to solve this puzzle, you’ll need to find a way of getting over a line without crossing it!

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You will need these items.

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Draw three houses and three factories on the mug.

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Use different coloured markers for each utility.

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Try to connect each house to all three utilities. Remember, you can draw on ANY PART of the mug!

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The Striking Rainbow Colours Of Cowhide

Cowhide Rugs And Their Many Wondrous Colours

Designing a home isn’t always simple or easy. It can be a lot of fun, but not if you’re at a loss of what to do. If you’re currently exploring your home decoration options, it may benefit you to think about cowhide rugs. These rugs are gaining significant popularity in the home design sector lately. This popularity is the result of many things. Cowhide rugs are celebrated due to their immense beauty, strength and versatility. Many people also love them because they’re hypoallergenic. If you want to give your home design a serious boost, a cowhide rug may be the perfect solution for you.

Cowhide Rug APR517Cowhide rugs are obviously gorgeous. Animal print rugs are a wonderful blend of comforting, exotic and fascinating. They’re also memorable due to the fact that they’re truly ‘one-of-a-kind.’ If you look at cows, you’ll realise that their coats are never exactly the same. All cow coats are equipped with beautiful colour combinations and patterns that are uniquely their own. Cowhide rug colours are genuinely stunning and compelling. They are diverse. Some examples of the many colours that are seen on cowhide are white, black, grey, brown, dark brown, beige and off-white. Brindle cowhide isn’t at all uncommon. If you carefully observe cowhide, you’ll notice that the available patterns are unpredictable. Mark placement is always different and distinctive. Patterns are always truly identifiable and easy to differentiate. It goes to show that cows are all true individuals just like human beings are! If you want to wow your guests with a rug that looks distinctive, remarkable and elegant, cowhide may be the key. If you own a cowhide rug, telling it apart from others should be easy and quick. Cowhide rugs aren’t like mass-produced rugs that literally have thousands and thousands of ‘identical twins’ floating around out there. They’re excellent home design options for people who are passionate about uniqueness.

Cowhide rugs are indeed colourful and interesting, but they also possess many other beneficial characteristics that are hard to ignore. These rugs are the epitome of versatility. This is because they have a handful of easy and suitable applications. You can, of course, choose to put a cowhide rug on the floor. These rugs are smooth and are great to walk on regularly. These rugs work great as throws for chairs and sofas. They make beautiful and unforgettable tapestries as well. If you want to showcase the beauty of your cowhide rug in a big way, using it as a tapestry can be a great option. People who visit your home won’t be able to miss the lovely cowhide design they see adorning your wall.

These rugs are convenient for people who are always pressed for time. If you barely feel like you have time to breathe let alone maintain a rug, then you’re probably the ideal candidate for cowhide rug ownership. Keeping a cowhide rug in fantastic condition isn’t really something that calls for a lot of effort, experience or time. If you want to make sure your cowhide rug is always clean and pleasant as can be, you should shake it outdoors weekly. A good shake should be able to free your cowhide rug of dirt and other dust particles. Wiping a cowhide rug down with warm water and soap can also be effective. Just be sure to use a gentle soap for this job. Although cowhide rugs are tough and durable, harsh soaps aren’t at all appropriate for them.

Cowhide rugs are fantastic for a lot of reasons. If you bring one into your home, you’ll be able to see for yourself.

Lighting in the Home

Lighting within a home is one of the most fundamental necessities humans have today. Without lighting, we are thrust back into the dark ages, and are unable to accomplish tasks we deem essential.

Lighting takes on many forms within the home, from the common lamp to everything else including walls and ceiling lights, spotlights, downlights, garden lights, chandeliers, solar lights, security lights, pendants, uplights, recessed lights and timed lighting. Depending on the mood of the room, one or more of these types of lights might come into play.

What lighting is best for a warm, comfortable living area? A combination of lights is best for a room where people spend a lot of time. This is because not only is this area meant for comfort, but may also have to provide room for many different tasks. A spotlight might be necessary in the corner of the room by a couch to provide the matriarch with the best lighting for needlework, uplights look charming and evoke warmth and comfort when placed behind plants and furniture. Lamps on each table provide essential lighting for everyday living as well as take on the task of translating the occupants personal style.

Bathroom areas are less complicated and may need only lighting above the sink and perhaps a nightlight or two to provide late night access.

On the outside of the home, solar lights and security lighting may be installed. Solar lights make use of the environment and help conserve energy while allowing a subtle, beautiful light for visitors to see by as they enter and exit the home. Security lighting is important two-fold, streaming on when visitors arrive, as well as alerting the household of possible intruders.

Shades and controls may be installed to allow for adjustments with lighting. Dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms are all excellent places to install dimmer switches to be able to control the atmosphere of the room. Shades can be replaced from season to season to best represent the style of the homeowner.

Kitchen lighting may also require a combination of lighting tools such as pendants, simple chandeliers, as well as hidden lights – beneath the cupboards, as well as inside the cupboards. The use of glass with lights is particularly useful in the kitchen, colored and painted glass coupled with the right lighting creates a beautiful effect.

Designing the home with light and lighting fixtures has fast become one of the most popular areas of home design. Finding new ways to use light, whether it be subtle or overt, white or colorful, will only enhance the comfort level of a home. Find cool lightning in our bathroom design ideas.