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Why You Need Organic Rugs

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Why You Need Organic Rugs

Add exotic texture to your living room or bedroom with simple jute basket uk. Jute, also known as hessian, is a long vegetable-fiber spun into coarse strands that is commonly used to make burlap fabric. These natural fiber rugs are often hand-woven using hessian and other plant fibers, making beautiful organic home decor pieces. Read on for a few reasons to buy a jute rug and tips on purchasing the perfect rug for your home.

Jute Rugs Provide Texture

When you want to add unique flooring to your home, a natural jute rug is the perfect accent piece. Look for a hand-woven braided jute rug you can place in the entryway of your home or buy natural rugs for your living room to complement your couch and other furniture. A sisal jute rug, which combines two plant fibers, will add a smoother texture to your home and set off natural wood decor.

Jute Rugs Are Durable

Jute area rugs are woven from thick fibers and are made to last. They are also naturally brown in color, which makes stains less noticeable. While you can vacuum your sisal jute rug as often as you like to remove dirt and dust, it does not require special everyday care. Even though the weave of these area rugs is tight, they do not hold up as well in a hallway or similarly busy area. When placed in a low-traffic area, such as a bedroom, these natural rugs can last for many years.

Jute Rugs Are Eco-Friendly

Jute rugs make great alternatives to potentially costly machine-made rugs. These natural fiber rugs provide a stylish, raw texture to your home, and should you ever decide to change your decor, they are recyclable as well as biodegradable. Jute is a fast-growing, replaceable fiber, so production of jute area rugs does not harm the environment.

Jute Rugs Work With All Kinds of Home Decor

Jute rugs uk are versatile and can be incorporated into a variety of looks. Whether you like contemporary design or a vintage vibe, a natural jute rug will add the finishing touch to any room. Buy a rug made of bleached jute fabric for a clean, laid-back feel, or look for a sisal jute rug with a dark brown edge for a bolder look.

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A Guide To Bleeding Radiators

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

A Guide To Bleeding Radiators

Is your radiator full of sludge? Has it been many years since you last cleaned your radiators, or have you never cleaned your radiator at all? Most people don’t even know that cleaning their radiators out is an important job designed to ensure maximum heating in the room. If you don’t get them cleaned out, this can stop your central heating working as efficiently as it should, or can even prevent it from working completely. Making the intelligent decision to have a radiator flush or cleaning your radiators to prevent problems from occurring is the right way to go. You may be able to tell that you need to clean sludge from your radiator if it is warm at the top or at the sides, but is cold at the bottom. Surprisingly this is pretty common but most people don’t even realise that sludge is the reason for the radiator no longer working. Rust and dirt will naturally sink to the bottom of a radiator and create a thick sludgy layer that takes a long time to heat up.

Doing the yearly spring clean is a big job and if you’re like most people, making a list of what jobs to do is the most important thing to do. On that job list you should definitely be including the home maintenance jobs like cleaning and bleeding out the radiators. Each year, radiators build up a sort of ‘sludge’ through them and if your central heating isn’t performing as well as it should, you may find that bleeding your radiators is a good place to start; it may even solve the problem outright. Either way, bleeding regularly is a good habit to get into to keep your home warm and your family comfortable. Companies such as http://www.aebheatingandplumbing.com  always recommend proper drainage of radiators to avoid any plumbing issues.

It may sound like a fairly technical term, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to bleed a radiator. We’re not meaning that you should take a knife and stab it repeatedly, this isn’t that type of bleeding. Before starting, turn off your hot water and your central heating, and wait until the central heating system is completely cold. You definitely don’t want boiling water spraying you in the face the moment you put in the radiator key. Then, place a dry cloth or two underneath the radiator – this is important as otherwise you could damage your carpet or flooring with the water that comes out. Some people choose to place a bucket or a tray underneath the radiator so if discoloured water comes out it won’t ruin the carpet. For the next part, you’ll need a radiator bleed key. These can be bought from any DIY shop and don’t cost much. Look for the square bleed screw which should be located at the top of the radiator, on the side or on the back. Insert the bleed key and – slowly – turn it anticlockwise, by no more than two turns though as you don’t want to remove the screw completely. You will hear a hissing noise, and this is normal. Wait until the hissing stops, and you’ll start to see a small amount of water coming out from the bleed screw, at which point you should tighten the bleed screw again (but be careful not to over-tighten it). Repeat the process for all the radiators in your house.

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Welsh Wedding Traditions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017

Welsh Wedding Traditions

Today I’m looking at the tradition of giving love spoons with welshlovespoons.com. This tradition is thought to date back to the seventeenth century and they were traditionally carved by men to present to young women as a way of asking their girl of choice out or showing affection. It is thought the spoon showed the girls’ father or family that he was good husband material – that he could carve wood and provide for her (grrrr). The earliest known Welsh love spoon dates back to 1667 and is on display at one of our favourite wedding venues, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life (I’m now dreaming of proposals by it. Pleeease say this has happened to one of you!)

These days love spoons are generally given as gifts and presented at weddings, births, christenings and for anniversaries. As I’m sure you’re aware there are many different symbols and meanings associated with the spoons. Symbols are carved into the wood and, collectively, hold a little message. I remember my father giving me a silver love spoon necklace when I was a little girl which was meant to prevent my heart being broken. Of course, I did have my heart broken but I can honestly say that I wasn’t wearing it at the time and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened if I had been.

So let’s have a look at the different meanings and ways you can incorporate love spoons into your wedding. Predominantly, these are the main symbols you will find carved into them.

Horseshoe: luck

Cross: faith

Bells: marriage

Hearts: love

Wheel: supporting a loved one

Lock: security

Caged balls: the number of children hoped for

Birds: going away together

Stalk: a new birth

Chain: a wish to be together

Diamond: wealth and good fortune

Key, lock or keyhole: security (I will look after you)

Knot: eternal love

Twisted stem: togetherness

Dragon: the protective symbol of Wales

In terms of incorporating this tradition into your day, there are many ways you can do so! You could present your husband or wife-to-be with a bespoke spoon as a gift they can cherish forever. If your budget allows you can buy personalised spoons in bulk to give as favours. You may choose to have spoons made for your bridesmaids, groomsmen or parents to say thank you. Or you could put one on your gift list if you’d like one for your own home to remember your day! Left it too late for your wedding? Your fifth anniversary is the one requiring a wooden gift .

If you don’t have the time or expertise to carve love spoons for your guests or loved one, shame on you (although I may be able to help).  Luckily, living in Wales, you can buy gorgeous spoons on your doorstep. Or for those further afield, they are readily available online too. Here are my picks…

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Wedding Stationery You Really Don’t Need

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Wedding Stationery You Really Don’t Need

It can be really confusing to decide what wedding stationery you need. Most people forget that there is a much bigger list than just the save the dates and the invitations. There are menu cards, wedding programmes, place cards, menu cards and all other manner of stationery options to keep your stationer busy on the run up to the best day of your life. The thing is, there are an awful lot of options here and there are only really three pieces of wedding stationery you actually need.

Save the dates are usually sent six to nine months before your big day and it gives your guests the first peek at your plans, allowing them to see what 17sort of wedding you’re hoping to have. The thing is if you are marrying close to home you don’t actually need to send out save the dates. Those who live near you don’t really need a save the date as those tend to be common for those who need a lot longer notice for planning purposes. They’re used mainly for destination weddings or if you’re getting married during a busy period. It’s increasingly popular to get married on a week day now as wedding packages are cheaper so in these instances a save the date would be necessary because people need ample notice for time off work.

Your wedding invitations are obviously a really important part of the day and you can buy any design you like from stationers like cardsbysophie.com and you are able to make choices that are best for your day. Where wedding invitations are important, wedding programmes are not. Small or brief ceremonies don’t require a comprehensive programme of the day that lets people know a step by step breakdown of the day and the activities that will be happening throughout. However, if you have a larger scale wedding you will need to be open to the idea that guests may want that run down. It’s a very individual decision based on both taste and how the day should go. Escort cards aren’t usually heard of by most but are an absolute essential. When your guests arrive at the wedding venue and you’re having a sit down meal, they will need to know where they are going to be seated. These escort cards are there for that purpose. Even for a small wedding it’s a good idea to pick these up and have a seating arrangement – otherwise the grandparents can be relegated to the back of the ceremony!

Place cards won’t really be necessary if you are offering escort cards; you would be double printing and costing yourself more money doing this. Menu cards are another stationers dream and brides’ nightmare cost. Whether you have a buffet or a dinner with many courses your menu cards can give the guests a good idea of what will be served up to them. Buffets don’t really need menu cards as you can clearly see what’s on offer for your guests. However if you have a seated menu sometimes knowing what’s coming can help the picky eaters out there!

Ultimately only you can really decide what stationery you see as fit for your wedding day so you have to make the right decisions and not baulk just because there are articles on the internet telling you what you may not need. What you need for your wedding day will be suited for you so go out and do what you think will make your day sparkle.



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Destination Holidays: Golf!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016

Destination Holidays: Golf!

There’s nothing like sitting and choosing where to go on holiday. The trouble with choosing holidays is that you have to cater for everyone in the family around you and that includes being aware of what your other half wants too! Choosing where to have a break is always difficult as it’s flooded with choices from spas to themed weekend breaks abroad. There are a lot of fun weekend ideas and part of those weekends can include a heck of a round of golf with your friends. Some stag parties are geared toward golf breaks with their colleagues, friends and families and are the ultimate in men to men bonding. Golf has been one of the world’s most popular sports for a long time now and while it’s difficult, we’ve listed for you five of the top golf destinations:

  • Spain: Southern Spain is one of the biggest golf hubs and this is mainly thanks to the all year round warm climates and over 100 courses to pick from. San Roque hosts the European Tour’s qualifying school and it neighbours the western Costa del Sol. Almeria, Cadiz and Malaga have some of the most beautiful golfing greens and is nearby to Anadalusia so if you’re away with family who aren’t interested in golf, there’s gorgeous beaches, rich cultures and excellent cuisine.
  • Scotland: St Andrews is ranked as one of the top golfing destinations in the UK and tons of golfers who are anyone make a point of playing here. There are seven prominent Championship golf courses and Gleneagles is also said to surpass world courses and beautiful scenery along with fantastic space for a round or two, what more could you want? Grab your golf clubs and hop onto the nearest resort to purchase golf carts for sale and off you go!
  • USA: Maine or New Mexico? Either one has plentiful greens as well as award winning courses available for play. Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club has been ranked as the number one course in the USA and it’s actually one of the most exclusive in the world and as a sport, golf is right up there with baseball.
  • South Africa: Challenging courses can be found all over South Africa but Garden Route’s Pinnacle Point Championship Golf course near Mossel Bay is one of the most famous. Caddies are an option at all South African golf courses.
  • Portugal: With 80 top quality golf courses, Portugal’s courses are hard to beat and with the sunshine and views, clifftop courses are always available to tee-off on. San Lorenzo on the Algarve is one of the most loved courses and it was awarded the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.

Wherever you choose to take your golf weekend, it’s not always about the course but the entire destination itself and making sure you have more to your holiday than where you set your tee down is so important. Travelling away for a golf holiday is a way to relax, unwind and using golf as a business incentive is extremely popular especially breaks abroad. It adds that little touch of luxury to your break which is something that most have to pay that little extra to achieve.

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Mirror Restoration

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

Mirror Restoration

Vintage mirrors have such an old antique feel to them and can add such a sense of glamour with their ornate frames. The results of mirror restoration can be very unpredictable and that is why there is companies out there like aldgatehome.com as they restore mirrors into window frames to create beautiful outdoor look window finishes. Restoring the glass of a very old mirror can be a very delicate process and a thorough but extremely gentle cleaning of the glass is just the first step! Below we have a step by step of how to restore a mirror yourself:


  • Always make to remove the mirror from the actual frame but you’ve got to be so careful. Not only is this glass you’re handling but it is very old! You can slowly and carefully pry the glass loose with a screwdriver or similar flat tool. Give the glass a thorough clean and dry it with a cloth.
  • Apply some paint stripper to remove any backing paint. Most mirrors have this and the paint stripper should be left on for a minimum of twelve hours so usually overnight. Leave the mirror on a large painters’ cloth or newspaper for you to work on. Test one corner by gently lifting the paint off the mirror. Peel all of the backing paint away slowly and give the back another thorough cleaning.
  • Did you know old silver can contain mercury? No? Wear your marigolds! You don’t want that getting on your skin. Apply a chemical silver remover and use the scraper to remove any excess debris. Clean the glass thoroughly to remove all chemical traces and dry with a clean cloth. Do not handle the glass with bare hands from this point on as your hands are generally oily. Companies such as com do a mirror restoration on a regular basis so while you can hire a company to do it you could easily follow these instructions to do it yourself.
  • Before starting you should have bought some wooden blocks to balance your glass on. Place the wood blocks into a shallow pan at an angle, with the bottom of the blocks resting against the side and bottom of the pan. Place the glass on the wood, so that the glass is also resting at an angle. Use double-sided tape if necessary to hold the glass in place. Cut several pieces of waxed paper slightly larger than each sheet of silver leaf. Cut one piece of waxed paper for every sheet of silver leaf that will be applied to the glass twice
  • Start in a corner and brush the sizing on to the glass in strips. Cover the entire area at once if the glass is small in size. Allow any extra sizing to drip off into the pan
  • Place a sheet of waxed paper very carefully over a piece of silver leaf. Rub it gently all over until the entire sheet of silver leaf attaches to the wax paper. Lift the wax paper carefully by the edges, taking care not to touch the silver leaf. Position the leaf over the wet glass and slowly lower it onto the glass.
  • Hold the wax paper with one hand and carefully rub a finger over the wax paper until the silver leaf attaches to the glass. Start in the middle and work your way toward the edges, squeezing out extra sizing and wrinkles as you go.
  • Allow the sizing to rest for six to eight hours. Place the glass on a level surface. Start in the middle and gently rub the surface of the silver, using a soft felt cloth. Remove wrinkles as you work your way toward each edge.
  • Apply a protective backing of black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, for eight to 12 hours. Place the mirror back into its frame.
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