Learn some feng shui guidelines for your children's roomWritten by Jakob Jelling
Feng shui indicates some specific guidelines regarding children's spaces and bedrooms. The way we decorate them and way we distribute furniture should be done by following those principles in order to achieve harmony and help your children feel comfortable in that space.
One first important aspect to have into account about a child's room is colors within it. You should pay special attention to colors you choose for this space, not only for walls but for decoration in general. According to feng shui, a child's room should be in earth colors such as light oranges, terracotta or warm yellows. These colors would make them feel safe.
Colors that are cold, such as blue or gray shades should never predominate in a child's room, since they could bring them insecurity feelings. Besides, wall and furniture colors should be in balance as well. It is also important to remark that too bright colors are not recommended for a child's bedroom.
If your child is very active, you should balance this through colors you choose for his bedroom; they should be light and relaxing colors such as beiges or very light oranges. On other hand, if your child is quiet, you should choose warm orange or yellow colors which would be in balance his personality.
SIGNED VS. UNSIGNED-BUYING VINTAGE JEWELRY, ART Written by by Laura Thykeson - Owner of "Ice Originals II"
There is always a large debate between “real” collectors, and your basic lover of beautiful items...should you buy items that are signed by well known and highly sought after designers and artists, or should you just buy what you love and what appeals to you, whether signed or not?
The answer usually lies in how fat your wallet is, and reason you are buying in first place. Highly sought after designers, especially in jewelry and art, are both usually very highly over-priced, as well as you often run risk of getting a “knock-off” either at ignorance of seller, or actual attempt to lead you astray of your hard-earned money. While I am on this subject, it amazes me that people will pass up a signed piece, if priced reasonably or even a real steal, to go on and pay a higher price for same identical item, just because it feels more “authentic” if you paid higher price! Either these people know something that I don’t, (which is entirely possible, I don’t claim to be an expert) or they have much more money to throw around than I do! I have a suspicion that it is mostly fact that they can tell others what a sacrifice they made to own item. In my books, why not save $30.00 or $40.00 on an identical item, if it is truly identical and authentic, if you have opportunity? I have watched this happen repeatedly, especially in jewelry department, and it still amazes me!
If you are buying an item because it appeals to you, whether signed or not, and is something that you feel you will enjoy looking at, wearing, or even admit owning, for at least next 5 years, I say-”Go ahead and buy it.” The reasoning behind that is, whether signed or not, you will be buying for exact reason item was created in first place-for your enjoyment! Plus, who knows what will happen in future? The very item or category of items you decided to purchase may just become next “hot item” and suddenly that little pair of earrings you paid $15.00 for are suddenly worth three times that amount in collectible market! In event that doesn’t happen, you will still have an item that you don’t feel you paid too much for, you still enjoy it, and it appeals to your aesthetic senses. Also, beware of “fad collectibles”! Remember Beanie Baby craze, Cabbage Patch Kids that people were fighting over, and myriad of other “collectibles” that have come and gone? If you got caught up in one of those, and now you can’t even give those items away, much less get what you paid for them, don’t you feel a little silly? I know that I do, I have a few “Beanies” laying around house that still get under my skin. Luckily I mostly bought them because my children wanted them, so it wasn’t for possible profit I might make in future, and I wasn’t an avid collector, ready to pay several hundred dollars for a stuffed animal that was mass produced!
Now, when it comes to Art, I am a very vocal advocate for “unknown artist”. You are probably thinking, “Well, I’m sure she is! She is trying to promote her own and her husband’s art, as well as other Artisans and Artist out there that no one has heard of, so she can make some money!” Actually that is partially reason, and I will admit to it. I would be a fool to not try to promote someone who truly shows great talent, wants a more personal working relationship and outlet for their work than a gallery, and will realize more “clear money” from their efforts than they would get from most mainstream alternatives. The idea of trying to get an agent, approaching a gallery, entering juried shows, all usual formats that an Artist goes through to try to achieve elusive label of “listed” someday, are absolutely terrifying to me, and deep down, I feel they are both unnecessary, and ultimately pretentious. Does fact that one Artist or Artisan is well known and listed make their art any more desirable to look at? Does it mean they are more talented than and unknown? Of course not! It just means that Artist/Artisan has chosen to forge their own path for success, rather than taking mainstream approach. It also means that you will probably take longer to become successful, because in