The Needlework Revolution
Posted by admin on April 21, 2017
The Modern Woman on the 1990’s had an aversion to anything homemade or handmade, preferring to purchase products mass produced. Knitted jerseys, crocheted cloths, hand stitched articles, tapestries and cross stitch articles were considered old fashioned, prudish and not meant for the modern age.
The past ten years has seen a rapidly rising interest in all of the above needle crafts. In fact, it has become somewhat of a novelty for women and men and children to take up their needles and learn one or more of these cross stitching and needlework crafts.
Women’s craft magazines display interesting variations of vintage looks and modern trendy takes to try out. A whole new culture has been developed that has not only changed the way in which needlework was viewed in the 1990’s, but also in exploring the individuals’ creativity in putting together pieces of work that are more trendy or artistic in nature.
The term “needlework” refers to any handicraft that uses a needle to create artistic, or useful articles of clothing, decorative art, toys, etc.
The interest in needlework has opened up a whole new area of education for those interested in history or geography. Many people have discovered stitching crafts used by their ancestors as they had to make do with the resources available to them. A greater sense appreciation goes into a piece of needlework when one understands the cost and time consuming effort women went through in the past to ensure that their homes looked homely, the basic needs of the family were met in the area of clothing and of course in decorating their homes, whether it was through quilted work, cross stitch or some other form of embroidered work to liven up their homes.
The gift of a needlework, learned and passed on through the generations, seemed to have almost come to a time of extinction in some circles towards the end of the last century. But, thankfully, there were those who for the love of the craft, continued to knit, crochet, embroider, cross stitch, etc. And it is these men and women who have given us the gift of learning these wonderful crafts once again.
The added advantage we have in the 21st Century is that we have the wonderful world of the internet at our disposal. We can google anything from tutorials to cross stitch online shops to online craft magazines to online groups and forums that help us to gain knowledge, insight and ideas for any needlework craft we wish to learn.
Creative Cloud Libraries Streamline Processes Across Adobe CC Products
Posted by admin on August 28, 2016
Learn how to access, organize, and share creative assets with other users, and Adobe desktop and mobile apps.
Easily access, organize and share your design assets using Creative Cloud Libraries. As you and your creative team move between computers and devices, your shared library items are ready to use anywhere, in your Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps. Create personal and shared libraries to keep track of brand identity assets, frequently-used icons for web layouts, video clips, or your go-to brushes and color themes for illustrations. Your library items are automatically synced to your Creative Cloud account, so you can work with them wherever you are, even if you’re offline.
Add assets created in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Muse, Fuse CC (Preview), and Animate CC. You can also add assets created in Adobe mobile apps or downloaded from Adobe Stock or Creative Cloud Market.
Add assets to CC Libraries
To add assets to a Creative Cloud Library in your desktop app, go to Window > Libraries to open the Libraries panel.
You can use the Library menu to create a new Library and name it, or simply add assets to the default library, named My Library.
Click the corresponding button in the Libraries panel to add graphics, text styles, colors, and effects from your document. You can also add graphic assets such as shapes and photos by dragging them directly from your project into the Libraries panel.
Asset thumbnails are organized by category, so they’re easy to locate. Double click an asset’s title to rename it.
Now that the asset is saved to a library, it’s easy to drag and drop it to add it to other projects.
Add assets from Adobe Stock and mobile apps
You can access Adobe Stock directly from Adobe desktop applications.
In the Libraries panel, click the Adobe Stock icon. With Adobe Stock, you can easily browse images, illustrations, and video assets directly from the CC Libraries panel. When you find the right asset, download a watermarked version of the asset directly to your Libraries. Now you can use your newly saved Adobe Stock asset in any Adobe desktop application.
When you’re ready to use the non-watermarked version, right-click the asset thumbnail in your library and choose License this image/video from the pop-up menu.
You can easily add assets to Libraries from Adobe’s growing family of mobile apps and services. Assets are automatically converted to the right formats for use in your desktop or mobile apps.
Reuse assets from CC Libraries
Once assets are saved to Libraries, you can reuse them in your designs—in the same file, another project, or another app—without worrying that you’ll grab the wrong versions.
To add a graphic asset to your project, drag it directly from the Library onto your Illustrator artboard, Photoshop canvas, InDesign layout, Premiere Pro or Animate CC timeline, or web page layout in Dreamweaver and Muse CC.
To apply layer styles, colors, and text styles, select an object in your project and click the thumbnail of the desired library asset.
For the full story click here: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/how-to/creative-cloud-libraries.html
When it comes to Adobe products, Adobe has done an excellent job of integrating their applications to streamline the processes required to achieve your end goal. Creative Cloud libraries is an excellent example of this.
You can buy Adobe CC directly from the official Adobe website. However, if you are from South Africa and local support is important to you, we would recommend that you purchase from a local Adobe partner. Learning Curve – Adobe Reseller is an official partner that offers great support to students, education and business alike. They also have a national footprint.
However, they are only one of a few official Adobe partners so feel free to do your own research to get the best deal for you.
Finding a Pool Cover to Suit Your Needs
Posted by admin on August 5, 2016
Pool covers are great, but knowing which one to choose may be a bit tricky. There’s quite a variety of pool covers and each of them have different functions. Let’s look at a few different covers to help you see which one suits your needs best.
Leaf Catchers do exactly what their name says: They catch leaves and other debris and are ideal if you have trees or hedges close to your pool. Made from polyethylene that’s been finely woven, they are generally lightweight and can be used on their own or on top of a winter, solar or vinyl cover to prevent twigs, leaves and debris from getting into the pool. It will also protect, and thereby extend the lifespan of the the solar, vinyl or winter cover it’s placed over. These covers can be used for both built in pools and pools above the ground. Your local pool covers supplier will be able to tailor make your cover to fit your pool. These are not safety covers.
Solar pool covers absorb the sun’s heat and keep your pool water warm. These covers look like a big sheet of bubble wrap and float on the pool water. They are good money savers too, because over and above keeping the heat in your pool, they also stop water and chemical evaporation from taking place. This is a good way to save on your water bill and operating costs. Solar covers are also lightweight and can be used for all pools – above or below ground. They will, however, not keep debris out of your pool and are not safety covers. To keep your pool warm and keep the debris out, you could use this in conjunction with the leaf catcher as previously mentioned. To keep your pool warm and safe, you could use the solar cover with a safety net.
Safety pool nets are specifically made for safety. They will have holes big enough for babies’ hands and feet to fit through, but not their heads or bodies. This is good, because the babies won’t be able to crawl too far from the edge of the pool, because they’. It will also be uncomfortable for them, so they’ll cry, thus grabbing your attention. They are strong enough for adults to walk on and generally come with a floating device that will keep the net elevated high enough from the pool water to prevent drowning. These nets, however, will not keep your swimming pool warm or keep debris out. They can, however be used in conjunction with the leaf catcher or solar covers.
Vinyl pool covers are heavier covers and the manual versions usually need 2 people operate them. However, if you prefer convenience, there’s the option of automatic pool covers. They may cost more, but you’ll be able to cover and uncover your pool at the press of a button. Aside from automatic and manual vinyl covers, there are also those that provide safety features. Vinyl covers will keep debris out of your pool, stop water evaporation from taking place and, depending on which type you buy, they can also serve as solid safety covers.
These are the main types of pool covers available. Always contact the supplier and talk to the salesperson to find out which pool cover will suit your needs best in order to get the most out of your pool cover.
Ordering Flowers for Delivery from an Online Florist in Cape Town
Posted by admin on July 17, 2016
Ordering flowers from an online florist in Cape Town to be delivered to someone is one of the simplest ways to buy a thoughtful gift fast, but it helps to know a few things, like the fact that you’ll probably need an email address and that you should have your credit card information ready before following the tips below.
This might sound a bit back-to-front, but the first thing to do is choose a message that you would like to have written on the card that’s included with the flowers. Think of something heartfelt to say on the card that the recipient will appreciate. If composing good messages is not your forte, you can look for beautiful messages online.
Find an online florist that makes deliveries to the area you’d like to have them delivered to. You could type “florist Cape Town” or “online florist Cape Town ” into one of the search engines to find a list of websites for florists in Cape Town. These websites will usually have a “delivery areas” page. Click on that page to see if they deliver to the particular suburb in Cape Town that you have in mind.
Check if the florist does deliveries on the day you’d like to have the flowers delivered. Some florists don’t deliver on Sundays, for instance, so check this before browsing the flowers.
From there you can browse their bouquets. Nowadays online florists sell gifts as well, so you have the choice of buying a gift or a gift to accompany your flowers or a bouquet of flowers.
Add a personal touch. Get to know a few things about the person you’re sending flowers to. First prize is knowing which flowers are her favourite. That way, you’ll be able to pick out the best bouquet for her. If you don’t have that much information, try going for her favourite colour.
Make sure the bouquet you send is appropriate. Different flowers have different meanings. Red roses might be ideal for your wife or girlfriend, may not be appropriate for someone you only consider a friend or colleague, because they suggest love. Of course if red roses are your friend or colleague’s favourite flowers and your relationship is at the level where she’ll know you bought them because it’s her favourite flowers and not because you have feelings, that’s okay too.
Once you’ve selected the ideal bouquet of flowers, you’ll be able to type the message you chose to be included with the flowers and input information such as the delivery date, recipient’s name, delivery address and telephone number, bank account details, and so on.
It is crucial that there are no typo’s in the information you provide. Make sure you’ve spelled everything correctly and got the date right.
All of this can be done from anywhere – as long as you are able to go online. Gone are the days where one had to spend hours looking for the perfect flowers. Online florists in Cape Town have made having flowers delivered to someone convenient and fast.
Tips for Putting up Your Property for Sale Mitchells Plain
Posted by admin on July 7, 2016
Selling your Mitchells Plain property can be stressful, but if you’re well prepared it will prove to be a facile process. Here are a few tips to make your experience as stress-free as possible.
Try start with the preparations 3 months ahead of putting your property up for sale. In other words, if you’re contemplating putting your property on the market in March, start preparing for it from January.
Find a reputable estate agency in Mitchells Plain. View the local estate agency websites online to see if you like the way they advertise the various properties they have for sale in your area. This will also give you an idea of what the selling prices are for property listings in your area, so you’ll have a realistic figure in mind.
Go to the local show houses to see if you like the way the estate agents market the properties they’re selling. From there you can set up appointments with the estate agents to narrow down your search. You can also visit the real estate offices to meet with estate agents or call them and ask them to meet with you at your home.
Remember earlier in this article, I mentioned getting an idea of how much you could sell your property for? Well, if you get the estate agents to meet you at your home, you can ask them to do a valuation on your home and tell you what you think they could sell it for. Since they deal with property for sale in Mitchells Plain, this should be rather easy for them to do and it should be a free service. From there you’ll be able to tell if the estate agent is an honest one with good experience or not. If they give a figure that’s far too high or too low, you’ll know not to choose them.
Think about whether you’d prefer to have multiple estate agents working on the sale of your property of if you’d prefer a sole mandate. Each choice has its pros and cons, so it would be a good to do some research on this.
Get your home ready for viewing. Keep in mind that people looking for houses like neat and tidy homes that they could see themselves living in, so make sure it’s clean and smells nice and remove clutter. Try and make your home represent a blank canvas for potential buyers. Fix the little things, give it a fresh coat of paint inside and out – preferably a neutral colour, have the carpets and curtains cleaned, tidy up your garden and your home will look like new.
As you can see, a lot of preparation goes into putting up your Mitchells Plain property for sale, but if you plan well and give yourself three months to get everything done, you’ll thank yourself at the end of the day.
Why not Volunteer Abroad
Posted by admin on June 10, 2016
No matter field they’ve volunteered in, any person that has volunteered abroad will tell you the same thing: It was a rewarding, fulfilling experience. As human beings, it’s probably a part of our make up to feel good, knowing that we’ve helped others, whether it’s animals, nature or people, that are unable to help themselves.
The type of volunteering you do will be determined by your personal preference. Some people love working with animals and this can be broken down into wild animals, house animals, birds, animals on the verge of extinction and so on, while others prefer working with people. Some prefer working with adults, some with the elderly and some with children. Some prefer working with people with special needs, and others with underprivileged or abused people. Some people prefer trying to save the planet some prefer working with marine life. There is no right or wrong. One area of volunteering is not more important than the other. If you actually think about it, the fact that people that volunteer have diverse preferences is a wonderful thing, because it means that there will be help for every area where help is needed.
Where would one go? Volunteer abroad in Africa of course! More specifically volunteer in South Africa. It’s a wonderfully diverse country. If you prefer working with wildlife and like the idea of a busy city that’s not too far from wildlife parks such as the Kruger National Park, Johannesburg is the place to be. For something a bit more laid-back than Johannesburg, but where you can volunteer in just about every category, volunteer in Cape Town.
Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town boasts the famous Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Point and gorgeous white sand beaches, like Camps Bay and Boulders which is known for its penguins. The restaurants and coffee shops range from homely to quaint to decadent and there’s no shortage of nightlife. Activities include skydiving, shark-diving, breathtaking hiking trails and surfing, just to name a few. You’ll never run out of things to do in your free time.
What makes volunteering abroad in Cape Town even better, is the wide range of volunteering that can be done there. Volunteer with underprivileged, abused, special needs people of all ages or volunteer with animals. There’s even a place where you can volunteer to work with sharks if that’s where your heart lies. Most of the volunteer packages will arrange your accommodation, meals and transport to and from the place you choose to volunteer.
Although English is a commonly spoken language in South Africa, there are 11 official languages, so you’ll hear it spoken in a variety of accents and you’ll probably pick up a few new words. You’ll meet people that come from diverse walks of life and cultural backgrounds and taste a variety of South African dishes.
So why volunteer abroad? The answer is easy. You get to travel, discover new places, meet new people, make new friends from different parts of the world, learn new cultures and sometimes even new languages while doing something worthwhile. Volunteering to help others is a wonderful gift, so why not treat yourself to some travelling adventures at the same time?
Getting Your Cape Town Business to the Top with SEO Services
Posted by admin on May 27, 2016
A strong online presence is essential when it comes to your Cape Town business, but in order to achieve this you need to have an infallible SEO strategy in place. So how does one go about this? In this article, we’ll take you through the steps to get your business the online exposure it needs to get ahead of your competition and keep it that way.
The first thing you’ll need is a website to advertise your products or services. You could try to design it yourself, but chances are it won’t look as professional as it needs to. The best way to go about this is to have it done professionally. You could have your website built by a web-designing specialist. The web-designer is sure to provide you with a beautiful website, but you’ll need more than just a good-looking website to have an online presence.
To have a strong online presence, your website needs to rank high in the search engines. This means that when people do an online search for a product or service that you provide, you want them to see your website on the first page, and preferably in the first 5 websites displayed. In order to achieve this, your website will need to be optimized and this is where hiring SEO services comes in.
First prize is finding a local SEO company that designs websites too. They’ll be able to set up a professional, user-friendly website that has everything in place for them to get started on getting your website to page 1 on the search engines.
If you already have a website, the SEO firm may require you to make a few changes to your website in order for them to be able to do the necessary work to get it to page 1.
Once the SEO consultant knows what products or services your business offers, he or she should be able to perform a keyword research analysis to see which keywords pertaining to your products and services, are searched for most and use this information to advise you which keywords you should try to get your website to rank for. Keywords are the words or phrases that people type into the search engines when looking for products and services.
Once you’ve agreed on which keywords you’d like your website to rank for, the SEO professionals will get to work on getting your website to the first page of the search engines while you continue to concentrate your time and energy on running your business as usual.
A good SEO company will explain that it will take a few months to see the desired results and keep you updated on the progress they’ve made on your website. If a SEO company promises you a number 1 spot in the search engines overnight, it should serve as a warning not to use them. The chances are that they’re using blackhat methods which put your website at risk of being penalized by the search engines.
As is the case with all investments, it is crucial to do proper research on what what search engine optimizers can realise for your business so that you’ll have clear understanding of what to expect. Find out what the going rate for proper SEO services is and make sure you budget for it.
Once you attain the services of a reputable SEO agency there’s only one way your website is headed in the search engines, and it’s to the top.
Cape Town – An Overview
Posted by admin on May 25, 2016
Cape Town is an amazing city. Considered the Tourism capital of South Africa, it is a place that those fortunate enough to visit from abroad leave with a strong desire to return again. This post is an overview of this beautiful City and is a compilation of snippets from different sites that are relevant to this topic. We have included the links so that you can visit these sites to get more insight into your area of interest.
We’ll kick it of with a formal overview from Wikipedia:
Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad [ˈkɑːpstɐt]; Xhosa: Ikapa) is a coastal city in South Africa. It ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Durban, and has roughly the same population as the Durban Metropolitan Area. It is also the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape.
As the seat of the National Parliament it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape’s population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both the American New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph.
Get more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Town
From Cape Town Travel:
Understanding Cape Town
When navigating Cape Town, it’s easiest to think of it in eight areas, each with their own offerings and special character. These divisions are purely for navigational purposes, however, and we encourage you to discover and enjoy the full range of possibilities Cape Town has to offer.
ATLANTIC SEABOARD AND CITY CENTRE
The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s “Riviera”, stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain, all the way down the west side of the Cape Peninsula, stopping just short of Hout Bay. It takes in Green Point, Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Bakoven, Oudekraal and Llandudno along the way, and includes some of the world’s finest beaches and trendy seafront hot spots. These are all connected by a picturesque scenic drive, flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Peninsula is home to one of the world’s most spectacular passes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, as well as seaside villages and suburbs that remain far from the madding crowd. Cape Point is where the cold Benguela current on the west coast and the warm Agulhus current on the east coast merge, often in cataclysmic confrontation. It is also one of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249m above sea level. The Peninsula is made up of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenburg. (Read more: http://www.capetown.travel/content/page/maps-guides)
From Cape Town.Gov on Investing in Cape Town
Investing in the City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town is dedicated to providing current and future investors with up-to-date and relevant information so that they are able to make the best possible investment decisions.
To access the City’s latest credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service…
For more information on the City’s long-term borrowings…
To access the City’s latest financial statements and Section 33 Contracts having future budgetary implications…
Go here to get access to the topics listed above: https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/visitcapetown/Pages/Businesstradeinvestment.aspx