How to Make a Wedding Scrapbook as a Gift

1.Try to attend every event and visit every place related to the wedding. Take photos, gather mementos and document everything.
2.Get second copies of photos from other people, especially if their shots are better than yours.
3.Take a class on scrapbook making, if necessary, before you begin laying out pages.
4.Buy the best materials. Acid-free papers, die-cut shapes, craft punches and scissors, stickers, mats, permanent ink pens and rubber stamps are the tools of crafty scrapbook makers.
5.Lay out the pages in chronological order, beginning with the couple when they were first dating. Proceed with the engagement, showers, wedding and honeymoon. Include photos, mementos, invitations, party favors, newspaper announcements and brochures of the honeymoon destination.
6.Wrap your gift and present it to the bride and groom after the honeymoon. 
Consider making a video scrapbook if you've mastered the video camera and can both videotape and edit. Include both photographs and video clips for complete documentation of every aspect of the wedding festivities.
You might let the bride and groom know you're planning a special surprise - to explain why you haven't given a gift at the wedding. 
Warnings: Putting a scrapbook together is going to be especially difficult if you don't have access to the photos and mementos that will make it meaningful. Close friends and family members are therefore the best ones to make a wedding scrapbook.   

How to Grow Sneezeweed (Helenium)

Choosing Sneezeweed
1.Look for plants at nurseries in summer and fall.
2.Buy sneezeweed in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaf and flower bud. 
Planting Sneezeweed

4.Plant sneezeweed in full sun in well-drained soil.
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were when growing in the containers.
7.Set the plants one foot apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with three inches of organic compost.
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. 
Caring for Sneezeweed

10.Remove old foliage in spring using bypass pruners to cut off the old stems.
11.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with three inches of organic compost in spring.
12.Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.
13.Pinch back in June - cutting off the top six to eight inches to just above a new set of leaves - with bypass pruners to encourage more stocky growth. 
Overall Tips:
Grow sneezeweed in zones 3 to 8 of the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Map.
Stake taller varieties in early summer so that they won't flop over.
Sneezeweed doesn't need yearly fertilizer applications.
Sneezeweed won't make you sneeze - the name refers to the fact that the dried leaves were, at one time, used for snuff. 

How to Groom a Lhasa Apso

1.Accustom your puppy to lying on his back and/or side for grooming when he is young. The best time to train him is when he is tired and willing to lie quietly.
2.Give your Lhasa apso a bath every 7 to 14 days, with several brushings in between. Visit a professional groomer every six to eight weeks.
3.Brush the Lhasa before bathing to remove mats or tangles, which can get worse when they are wet.
4.Use dog shampoo and conditioner to maintain the proper pH for the skin.
5.Clean the dog's ears using a cotton ball soaked in ear wash.
6.Squeeze or blot his coat with a towel after bathing - don't rub. Blow-dry the coat at a comfortable temperature.
7.Spray the dog with water mixed with a small amount of conditioner to make brushing easier and to cut down on static electricity. Or use an antistatic spray, detangler or crème rinse.
8.Brush the coat in layers; part the coat during brushing if you wish.
9.Remove a mat by spraying it lightly with conditioner or detangler. Then pull it apart as much as possible with your fingers. Finally, use the end tooth of a comb to loosen the individual hairs.
1..Use barrettes or elastic bands to secure the hair back from the eyes.
1..Trim the hair on the pads of the feet. Spread the pads apart to trim between them.
1..Trim and round the coat of hair around the feet. This step gives the Lhasa a finished look.
1..Take the Lhasa to a veterinarian to have the hair inside the ears removed. Ask the veterinarian to show you how to do it.
1..Trim the nails every two to three weeks. 
Warnings: Don't cut out a mat of hair unless you want a big hole in your dog's coat. Cut through the mat only as a last resort.   

How to Select Basic Garden Tools

1.Select a spading fork as your first tool. Before you plant anything, you will need to open and improve the soil. A spading fork looks like a pitchfork but has a shorter handle and wider tines; it is used to dig down into hard soil and break up the ground.
2.Choose a hoe next. A hoe is useful for weeding and cultivating the surface
3.of the soil to allow for penetration of nutrients and water.
4.Purchase a watering can. Long nozzles allow the water to come out at a very gentle flow rate and are useful for reaching across long distances. Select a watering can that has a detachable spray head - this type of watering can is perfect for watering young seedlings.
5.Select a round-ended shovel for larger digging projects, such as planting shrubs and trees.
6.Buy a good bow rake - a tool that has short tines on one side attached to a metal frame or "bow." It's used for leveling the soil after it has been turned and prior to planting, or for removing large clods of earth or rocks from the soil. You can also turn a bow rake over and use the flat side to smooth soil in preparation for planting.
7.Select a pair of garden shears that fits comfortably in your hand. Shears, sometimes called clippers, are used for pruning, shaping and removing foliage or branches. Steer clear of the most expensive shears until you decide you like gardening. 
Tips: These are the basic garden tools. Anything else is frosting. This collection will get you started, and if you purchase quality tools, they will last for a very long time. 
Warnings: There's no need to buy the most expensive tools when you are just starting out. You may find that you don't really like gardening - and if that's the case, you will not have lost a large investment.   

How to Keep Your Business Safe From Fire Hazards

1.Conduct an office fire drill once every six months. It's a good idea to have one person appointed to "fire safety duty" to plan drills and make sure fire hazards are avoided.
2.Make sure fire extinguishers are mounted every 75 feet, in the vicinity of employees.
3.Keep fire sprinklers clear of clutter. Avoid hanging objects from them, and make sure there's an 18-inch clearance below each sprinkler.
4.Leave fire doors closed. In the event of a fire, a closed fire door can save more of the building from becoming damaged by not allowing the fire to spread.
5.Check all electrical wires and cords for fraying. Use a power strip if you need more than two outlets.
6.Dispose of all broken electrical appliances.
7.Turn off all decorative lights when you leave work. 
Make sure you have working smoke detectors in the building.
Know two ways out of the building in case of a fire. 
Warnings: Never take an elevator during a fire - take the stairs.   Steps:
1.Check all the electrical wires and cords of appliances you use in the dining room. Make sure cords are not frayed. Check on electric lights in china cabinets, especially antiques.
2.Avoid using extension cords - use junction boxes with built-in ground fault interrupters (GFIs) instead. If there is a surge or short in the appliance, wiring or plug, the GFI will shut down the power.
3.Dispose of any broken electrical appliances.
4.Avoid placing any linens near a light in a china cabinet. The heat from the light could ignite a fire if the linens touch the bulb.
5.Make sure matches and lighters are kept out of the hands of children. Put them in high places where tiny hands can't get to them.
6.Avoid using candles in the dining room. If you choose to use them, place candles in safe, non-flammable holders and extinguish them when you leave the room.
7.Make sure long curtains and furniture don't block heater vents. 
Tips: If you throw a dinner party, make sure that all hot foods are kept high off the ground so tiny hands can't touch hot plates and get burned. 
Warnings: Practice exit drills in the home with your family to ensure a safe exit in case of fire.   

How to Rid Your Home of Spiders

1.Practice good sanitation for control. Vacuum and clear away all webs, being sure to remove any egg cases. Move and dust frequently behind furniture, stored boxes and appliances.
2.Eliminate the spiders’ food sources - including flies, cockroaches and moths - and they will be less likely to return. Check and repair all screens, and seal cracks.
3.Remove piles of wood, trash and debris from around the foundation of your home. Be sure to wear protective clothing: long-sleeved shirts, long pants, gloves and boots.
4.Hose off the outside of your home to destroy webs and egg cases.
5.Replace outdoor lights with yellow or sodium-vapor lightbulbs, which are less likely to attract insects and then spiders.
6.Shake out clothing that has been stored before putting it on. 
Tips: If you’re determined to use a chemical control against spiders, keep in mind that these are only effective if the chemical lands directly on the spider. A flyswatter works as quickly. 
Warnings: Two kinds of poisonous spiders inhabit North America: the black widow and the brown recluse. Watch for black widows in piles of wood, trash or stones, and in sheds, garages and barns. Watch for brown recluse spiders in old hanging clothing, behind pictures or in dark corners.   

How to Decide if a Home-Based Business Is Right for You

1.Ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish by starting a home-based business. Do you want more time to spend with your family? Do you want to have some flexibility in your work hours? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you want to make more money?
2.Consider your personality when making this decision. Are you the sort of person who enjoys the solitude of working alone?
3.Consider whether there are small children, pets or anything else that might distract you at home.
4.Decide what type of business you are interested in. Is it performing a service or creating a product? Is it best done at home, or will an office or additional workspace be required once you are successful?
5.Talk to other people who do the same or similar work from home. Ask what problems they run into.
6.Discover whether you can make enough money to meet your financial needs doing this sort of work.
7.Research what sort of resources will be required to get your business going - cash, equipment, marketing.
8.Identify whether you can do all the work yourself or if this business will require work from additional people. Can you use independent contractors or will you have to hire employees?
9.Decide on a business that suits your personal needs and meets your financial commitments. 
Tips: Ask yourself these lifestyle/work-style questions: Are you a self-starter? Are you able to meet deadlines without someone constantly reminding you? Do you require personal interaction throughout the day? Can you make decisions on your own? Do you enjoy having lunch with co-workers? Do you need a regimented workday? Do you prefer to leave your work behind when you leave the office? Do you prefer a flexible schedule that allows you to intersperse personal needs with work needs? 
Running a home-based business is not glamorous; it is hard work that requires great time management and dedication.
Although working from home makes it easier to do things around the house, you might very well find yourself caught in a vise when family and work demands conflict.  Steps:
1.Decide what you will do to earn a living if you quit your day job.
2.Do you have another job to go to, or will you be starting a business from scratch?
3.Determine how long you can go without work with the money you have available. Make a budget from your expenses from the past six months to see exactly where your money is spent, and see whether you can cut back on any expenditures until your cash flow returns.
4.Consider your emotional needs. Do you have a strong bond to the work you do and the people you work with, or are you the adventurous type who is excited by change and the unknown? Is your identity tied into your current job?
5.Ask yourself whether you have people who are counting on you and your current job to take care of them. Family responsibilities often keep people from making radical changes in their work life.
6.Investigate the benefits you will lose by quitting your day job, including medical and retirement. Research some alternatives, including COBRAs and mutual funds.
7.Quit your day job and discover the world that is waiting out there for you. 
Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need to have some other means of sustaining yourself after you quit your job.
Quitting a job can be very stressful; many people do not deal with uncertainty well. Determine what you can and cannot put up with.
Contact a therapist or a career counselor for guidance during this period of uncertainty. 
Warnings: The financial constraints that most of us live within require that we have a certain amount of security in our work. Make sure you can financially handle quitting before you quit.  Steps:
1.Discuss your thoughts about quitting your job with your spouse or other important family members.
2.Create a plan for how to make your life work financially if you quit your job.
3.Decide whether you need to line up some other steady income before you can quit your present job, and if so, how much.
4.Research alternatives to your job that interest you before you quit your job.
5.Exhaust all options for making your current job work, if there is any prospect for making it more acceptable. That might include speaking with your boss or the company's human resources department, or applying for another job within the company.
6.Reduce your living expenses as much as you can. 
Sometimes your job is causing you so much grief that you have to leave even if you aren't financially prepared. In that case, believe that something better will show up once you leave the current negative situation.
If you are quitting your day job to start your own business, double the amount of money you think you'll need to invest, and triple the amount of time you think it will take.
If possible, have six months of living expenses saved up, or good (and extensive) credit. 
Try to bring your significant other on board before quitting your job.
The grass often looks greener somewhere else, so be sure you know exactly what you're getting yourself into.   

How to Grow Gazania

Choosing Gazania
1.Look for plants at nurseries in spring through fall, and seed all year round.
2.Buy gazania in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers or as seed.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaf and flower bud. 
Planting Gazania

4.Plant Gazania in full sun and well-drained soil. Image a.)
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole. Image b.)
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers. Image c.)
7.Set the plants 6 to 9 inches apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost. Image d.)
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. Image e.)
10.Start seed directly in the garden in early spring or indoors four weeks before the last frost date.   Caring for Gazania
11.Remove old foliage in spring using bypass pruners to cut off the old stems.
12.Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil; follow package directions.
13.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
14.Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall. 
Overall Tips: Grow gazania in zone 9 of the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Map, and as an annual in colder climates. 

How to Choose Science Fiction Books for Your Kids

1.Consider your child's comprehension and maturity level. Read a few pages from the middle of each book you're considering, to see if the material seems to be within your child's scope of knowledge.
2.Consider your child's sensitivity level. Some children are much more disturbed than others by negative aspects of the books they read, so if your child is easily frightened or has a tendency to see monsters under the bed, think carefully about the type of fantasy you'll bring home.
3.Decide how much violent content is OK. Many science fiction books for older children contain monsters, aliens, or battles in which some characters may get killed. Decide what's appropriate for your child's maturity level by reading some of the book in advance, or by talking to other people who have read it.
4.Ask a children's librarian for suggestions. While the librarian may not have read all the books you're considering, he or she will be able to let you know which fantasies are popular with which age groups, and may tell you about books or authors you're not familiar with.
5.Consider science fiction books written for a general audience – not just for kids – as your children get older and their tastes become more sophisticated.
6.Look for award-winning books. Newbery and Caldecott award winners are usually excellent, and there are other organizations that reward excellence in children's literature from all genres.
7.Do some Internet research; there are lots of good book review sites out there, many of them specifically for SF fans. 
If your children enjoy science fiction, they may also appreciate fantasy – offer them a few titles that may interest them.
Older children may enjoy attending science fiction conventions; keep an eye open for convention dates in your area. 
Warnings: If you have any doubts about the suitability of a book for your children, read it before you give it to them. This will prepare you to explain any questions they may have about the book, too.   

How to Grow Sedum Spectabile

Choosing Sedum Spectabile
1.Look for sedum spectabile at nurseries spring through fall - or year-round in mild climates.
2.Buy sedum spectabile in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with firm-feeling leaves and no brown or dead-looking centers. 
Planting Sedum Spectabile

4.Plant sedum spectabile in full sun in well-drained soil.
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
6.Set plants 9 to 12 inches apart.
7.Place plants no deeper than they were in their containers.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. 
Caring for Sedum Spectabile

10.Cut back to the ground the old stems and flowers in early spring using bypass pruners - be careful not to cut any new growth coming up.
11.Apply a light application of organic fertilizer to the top of the soil in early spring; follow directions on the fertilizer package.
12.Mulch around but not on top of plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
13.Water well until soil is completely moist; do this weekly in summers with no rainfall. 
Overall Tips:
Grow sedum spectabile in zones 4 to 9 of the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Map.
Sedum spectabile increases in size by growing new clumps of leaves. These new clumps can be dug up with a trowel in early spring and planted elsewhere. If the original plant is old and woody, discard it and replant the new clumps.