Make Gift Baskets For Fun & ProfitWritten by Lisa Maliga
Putting together lovely gift baskets is way to give a memorable gift to anyone at any time of year. Now you can assemble gift baskets, and at a very low price! Baskets come in a variety of shapes from traditional round to oval, square, heart-shaped, and circular. Some have a couple of handles, others are colored brightly, while still more baskets are as natural as reeds that make them up. Of course not all baskets are made from reeds; youíll find those made from plastic, metal, tin, fabric, or combinations thereof.
Basic Baskets Decide what item[s] will be going into that gift basket. Group items together. It is best if largest items are in center or at back, so it creates a pyramid shape. If in doubt about sizing your gifts to your basket, just measure tallest part and circumference of your gift items. Make sure your basket will be a bit larger than items. Decide what you will fill your basket with: plastic grass, tissue paper, raffia, crinkled or shredded paper or a towel. Add your items carefully and securely.
You might be able to find a cellophane bag that is large enough to cover a gift basket and add that.
If using cello wrap, make sure you have a large enough piece. Using clear tape, apply to bottom of basket to help secure it. Sometimes it may be necessary to tape around width of basket. If so, please use invisible tape! Tightly gather ends of cello wrap and tie together tightly with a twist tie. Then add a bow, making sure itís securely attached. Adding a gift card is always a nice idea. Your gift card should have a loop in which you add a short length of ribbon or elasticized band which you then attach to perimeter of ribbon or twist tie.
Make Your Own Shredded Paper All you need is a nice quality paper shredder and some plain colored paper and you have your own basket lining at virtually no cost, and no effort!
Basket Themes Creativity rules here when it comes to what you can add to a gift basket! Determine whom you will be giving this basket to, if this person is male or female, and what their interests are. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Baby ~ Stuffed toy, blanket, booties, cap, bib, baby powder, mobile, pacifier, books, blocks, toys, bath & body items, music CD, and baby shop gift certificate. Bath & Body ~ Soap, loofah sponge, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, whipped shea butter, bath salts, sugar scrub, aromatherapy bath oils, bubble bath, washcloth, rubber ducky, spa gift certificate, relaxing music CD, and scented candles. Birthday ~ Balloons, candles, stickers, bubbles, toys, games, teddy bears, dolls, jewelry, books, gift certificates, cookies, candies, and fruit. Bon Voyage ~ Travel guides, maps, compass, travel diary, passport holder, atlas, travel size toiletries, and gift certificates. Bridal ~ Scented candles, bath & body products, spa gift certificate, gourmet chocolate, flowers, lingerie, champagne, wine, crystal, other gift certificates.
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.