1.Get organized. If you can't set up a permanent sewing area, try to keep all of your sewing equipment, patterns, notions, fabric and accessories in the same general area. Your time is valuable - don't spend it searching for missing items.
2.Keep smaller, like-kind sewing items together as well. For example, keep your thread and bobbins in one container, your needles and pins in another and measuring tools in yet another. Remember to return them to their appropriate containers after you're finished using them.
3.Try to set aside a specific time each day or each week for your sewing. The time you set aside doesn't have to be lengthy. Even sewing for 15 or 30 minutes at a time will allow you to get something accomplished.
4.Work on one project at a time. If you have multiple projects going at once and little time to spend on them, it's easy to start feeling frustrated and more than a little overwhelmed. Set realistic goals for yourself.
5.Unplug the phone and turn off the television while you're sewing. Phones can limit the use of your hands and televisions can take your focus away from your sewing. For entertainment, opt for a radio or stereo system instead.
6.Take advantage of sewing classes offered at fabric stores, craft stores and sewing machine shops. These classes are an excellent way to learn timesaving sewing techniques.
7.Keep your machine properly maintained. Clean it, oil it and have the machine professionally serviced on a regular basis. Nothing wastes time like an improperly functioning sewing machine.
Think ahead and set aside a sewing time when you're least likely to be disturbed. After the kids go to bed? Before they wake up? Weekend mornings?
Buy a headset for your phone if you feel uncomfortable with the notion of unplugging your phone while you work. This will allow you to take calls and still leave your hands free to continue with your sewing.
1.Use a blank greeting card or a piece of card stock paper that has been cut to the desired size and folded in half. For traditional Valentine greeting card colors, stick with pink, red, or white.
2.Draw or trace a heart shape onto a piece of heavy red paper. Card stock or heavier is best. The heart should be ½ to ¾ the length of your greeting card and ¾ the width of the open greeting card. ( Image a.)
3.Use crayons, paint, markers and/or glitter to decorate one side of the heart shape. Allow paint and glue to dry thoroughly. ( Image b.)
4.Use a ruler and pencil to draw two vertical lines on either side of the shape. Each line should be placed 1½ inches from the heart's widest point. Cut along the vertical lines. ( Image c.)
5.Use scissors to cut out the heart shape from the paper. Leave a 2-inch-long horizontal strip of paper uncut on each side of the heart for tabs. Keep both tabs centered and even with each other. ( Image d.)
6.Fold the heart in half, vertically, blank sides together. Make a sharp crease and unfold. Fold the tabs on the sides of the heart under ½ inch. Make a sharp crease.
7.Position the heart over the open greeting card so that the heart's centerfold lines up with the center of the card and is at the correct distance from the surface of the card. This is how the pop-up will appear when the card is opened. ( Image e.)
8.Glue the ½-inch folded portion of the tabs to the surface of the greeting card so that the pop-up shape remains in the position determined in Step 7. Allow glue to dry.
9.Decorate the remainder of the greeting card as desired, and add your message with the felt-tip or calligraphy pen of your choice. ( Image f.)
Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter as a template for your pop-up heart.
Take a paper lace doily and cut a heart shape out of it. The heart shape can be the same size as your pop-up heart or a bit smaller. Use a glue stick to apply glue to the wrong side of the doily and stick it onto the heart shape. If your paper doily heart is smaller, make sure it is centered on your pop-up heart.
Use a white greeting card and a gold heart and gold embellishments for a different look to your pop-up. Use gold paint, a gold paint pen and/or gold foil to achieve the desired effect.
Remember that, when you decorate your heart, it will be creased in the center. Avoid using glitter extensively in this area.
Make sure that the tabs are the same color as the interior of the greeting card. You may have to draw your heart onto the desired color card stock and then glue it onto paper that matches the greeting card.
Creating a Chart
1.Start Microsoft Excel, and open the file you want to use to make a chart.
2.Drag the cursor over the columns you want to show in your chart.
3.Open the Insert menu, and select Chart. You can also select the chart icon on the toolbar.
4.Select the type of chart you want to make, such as a line graph or pie chart, from the list on the left.
5.Press Finish if you do not want to label or format your chart.
6.Press Next to label and format your chart.
You do not need to select an entire column.
A bar graph shows how data has changed over a period of time.
A line chart shows trends at intervals.
Use the Back button if you want to change your selection.
Press Cancel if you do not want to continue creating your chart.
Formatting Your Graph
7.In the box that appears after you clicked Next, click the Series tab.
8.Click on Series1, and enter a label for your data, such as "Number of Widgets per Month," in the Name field.
9.Click on any additional series, and name those as well.
1..Select the Titles tab to label your chart and both its x-axis and y-axis.
1..Select the Axes, Gridlines, or Legend tabs to format the look of your chart.
1..Select the Data Label tab to label specific points on your chart.
1..Select the Data Table tab to add a table of chart data under your chart.
1..Decide whether you want your chart on a new worksheet or on the same worksheet with your current Excel entries.
After the chart is done, you can also use the Chart menu to change the chart format.
Use the Chart Wizard provided with Excel.
Use the Back button if you want to change your selection.
Press Cancel if you do not want to continue creating your chart.
1.Make sure the database you use to create your labels is up to date. The only way you can print multiple labels with different information is to merge information in your database with the Works label function.
2.Open Works, then open a new document.
3.Click Labels on the Tools menu. Select the Labels option to create labels with different information on each label. Click on the Label Size tab to choose the size of your label.
4.Click on the Database tab to indicate which database you will be using to create your labels.
5.Click on the Recipients tab to choose the database records you want to use.
6.Click on the Label Layout tab to choose the database fields you want to use and to further define the appearance of your labels.
7.Click the Printing tab to select printing options.
8.Click Preview to see how your labels will look. If they are not correct, double-check the previous steps.
9.Click Test to print a test sheet of your labels. Again, if the labels do not look right, repeat the previous steps and continue to run test pages until your labels look like you want them to.
1..Load the appropriate number of labels into your printer and print the labels.
You can also use the label function of Works to print file folder labels, name tags or any other kind of label. Just be sure to choose the appropriate label size in the Label Size option
If you get confused at any point in the process, click on the question mark in the upper-right corner of the dialog box and then click an option.
Use the Printing option to adjust your setting so that you can begin printing labels on a part of the page other than the top row of labels. This comes in handy if you're using a page only partially filled with labels.
1.Launch MS Access and open your database.
2.Use the F11 key to switch to the database window.
3.Click on the Table tab. A list of tables appears.
4.Select the table that you want to use, then click Open. The table appears. Each horizontal row represents one record. Each column in the row represents a field in the record.
5.Click in the first cell in the empty record.
6.Type the information that should go there.
7.Move from one horizontal column to the next by using the Tab key or by clicking in the column.
8.When one record is complete, a new, blank record will automatically appear at the bottom of the rows.
In Access, a database is made up of various "tables," but each table is probably what you'd think of as a "database" - it's a collection of records.
If you created a form for entering data, you will have the choice between entering your data through a form or directly into a table.
1.Exhale as much of the air in your lungs as possible, and then inhale as much as possible.
2.Repeat the first step one more time, and then slide beneath the surface of the water, holding your breath.
3.Push off hard (provided there is something to push off of) and streamline your body, with your legs together and your arms extended above your head. Point your toes and try to push your shoulders up to your ears.
4.Pull your knees up to your chest, kick out and apart, and then squeeze your legs together. This is the same as the breaststroke kick.
5.Turn your palms outward and pull your arms all the way down to your sides. Bend your arms and cup your hands to push as much water back as you can with your pull. This motion is done at the same time as your kick.
6.Glide as far as possible in your streamline position.
7.As your legs begin to pull up for your next kick, put your hands together and extend your arms for your next pull.
8.Relax and try not to concentrate on the time or distance spent underwater. When you need a breath of air, return to the surface.
Relax. Remain as calm as possible the entire time you are underwater. The more relaxed you are, the less oxygen your body will waste.
If you have fins, use the same stroke, but with a freestyle kick.
Don't overexert yourself holding your breath. Your lungs will build endurance with practice.
Don't hyperventilate before swimming underwater. This is not a safe practice.
1.Find out fall foliage timing predictions for the year. Peak foliage times for both Washington and Oregon begin in late October and last until the beginning of November, though color will probably start to peak in mid-October in the highest parts of the Cascades and along the Idaho border.
2.Try Mount Hood in Oregon as a base for exploring fall color, with the drive along the Hood River Valley as a high point. Mount Hood also has a Harvest Fest one weekend in October, including a train ride to view foliage in neighboring orchards and farmlands.
3.Take a good drive on Highways 2 and 20 through the Cascade range; allow time for side trips and hikes.
4.Consider a brief respite in Seattle as a lively starting point for a day trip or a weekend visit.
5.Visit Wenatchee, Washington, for a quieter location. It is an excellent base for exploring the eastern side of the Cascades.
For peak color times, call (800) 354-4595 in Washington or (800) 547-5445 in Oregon. For more information about fall foliage on National Forest Service lands, call (800) 354-4595.
This is a quiet time for tourists in most places. Although reservations for lodging are recommended, you probably won't need to call very far in advance, and you may be able to find lodging without them.
Warnings: Nights can be chilly, but days will be reasonably warm. Dress in layers and be prepared for rain at any time. Snow is a possibility in the highest elevations.
1.Check the rug's care tag for special care instructions; not all rugs are so easily maintained.
2.Pretreat stains on the rug with laundry pretreatment or stain remover.
3.Machine-wash rugs using the gentle cycle and mild detergent.
4.Hang to dry.
5.Fluff with a brush or your fingers once it's dry.
Tips: Many commercial laundries offer large washers and dryers that can accommodate large rugs.
Warnings: Avoid using high heat when cleaning rugs that have rubber backings.
1.Fly to Fiji via Air New Zealand (800-262-1234) or Air Pacific, both international carriers with great service from the major airports, including Los Angeles, Honolulu, Auckland and Sydney.
2.Jump into a Fiji vacation headfirst. It's a perfect spot for lovers of hiking, trekking, horseback riding, snorkeling, diving, fishing, surfing and river rafting. If you're not an active couple, there are plenty of palm trees under which you can sip a Fiji Bitter, the favorite local beer.
3.Avoid the rain on the windward side of the islands from November to April, but know that you can always find sunshine, as showers tend to be localized. If you both enjoy sailing or windsurfing, you'll love the afternoon breezes from March through October.
4.Be thrifty; you can stay at nice hotels and eat well for approximately $40 to $50 per day. Finer resorts offer inclusive packages with more amenities for $100 to $250 per day.
5.Arrange a stay at one of the tiny offshore island camps, which feature a Fijian-style hut called a "bure."
6.Surf at world-class breaks like Cloudbreak, Restaurants, Swimming Pools, Frigate's and Wilke's Pass.
7.Tour the islands from the air on a helicopter to give you an exciting perspective on the geography and wildlife.
8.Attend a Fijian tribal ceremony full of song and dance and the requisite tiki torches.
Bring lots of sunblock and protective clothing to shield you from the strong South Pacific rays.
Drink the traditional tribal "kava," which tastes like dirt (because it is). Smile, clap your hands three times and pretend you like it.
1.Choose crepe paper for your roses. Some of the most popular colors are pink, red, yellow and white, but you can make your roses in any color you like.
2.Draw a square onto a piece of card-stock paper or cardboard. Make a rose petal shape by rounding off each interior corner of the square. You should be left with a shape that somewhat resembles a circle that is flattened at the top and bottom. ( Image a.)
3.Draw petal shapes in at least three different sizes. Put the smaller petals at the center of your rose, the mid-sized petals at the interior and use the largest petals for the rose's exterior.
4.Add a 3/4-inch-long rectangular shape, or stub, that extends from the center bottom of each petal. This stub will be the portion of the petal that is taped to the rose's wire stem. ( Image b.)
5.Draw a leaf shape onto a piece of card-stock paper or heavy cardboard. Make sure that the size of your leaf is in proportion to the size of your flower, and add a small stub at the bottom of your leaf shape as you did with the petal shape in step 4. ( Image c.)
6.Cut out each petal and leaf shape from the card stock or cardboard. Make sure that you cut along the curved lines made in step 2 and along the stub that was added to each shape.
7.Place each petal shape onto the crepe paper so that the ridges on the paper run from the top to the bottom of each petal. Trace around each shape with a pencil, one at a time, and repeat until the desired number of petals has been traced. Cut out each petal shape from the crepe paper. ( Image d.)
8.Repeat step 7 for the leaf shapes (on green crepe paper). Instead of the ridges in the crepe paper running the length of the leaf, however, position the leaf shape so that the ridges run along its width. Make three or four leaves per flower and cut out the shapes from the paper.
9.Cut a length of floral wire (16- or 18-gauge) and wrap a small petal's stub around it. Secure the petal in place with green floral tape. Take a second petal and place it so that it slightly overlaps the first. Tape this petal into place as you did the first and continue, using larger petals as you move toward the rose's exterior, until all the petals have been wrapped around the wire. ( Image e.)
1..Use clear tape to attach your leaf shapes onto the wire. Space the leaves along the stem as desired and tape the leaves at the stubs. Start at the base of the rose and wrap green floral tape around the length of the wire. Be sure to cover the taped portions of the leaves as you wrap. ( Image f.)
1..Bend the petals of your flower backward, if desired, and arrange the petals as desired. click photos to enlarge
Use real or artificial rose petals and leaves as your models.
Make a total of 12 to 16 petal tracings for each rose. A fuller rose will require more petals and a rosebud will require fewer.
Create ripples along the petal edges. Gently stretch the crepe paper between your thumbs and forefingers all along each petal's edge.
Curl the petal edges backward by running the crepe paper between scissor blades (as you would with curling ribbon). Start at the center of each petal and work outward in all directions until the entire surface of the petal has been covered and all petal edges are curled backward.