Transform Your Music Collections Into Modern Wall Art

Transform Your Music Collections Into Modern Wall Art

Are you a music lover? Do you have a collection of music instruments, recordings and other music related stuff? If you have a fortune of these materials, you can actually create a place to display your collection to everyone visiting your house while enjoying them at the same time. One good example of this idea is having a multimedia room or a music lounge. Music is art and art is anything that expresses creativity and passion. By using modern wall art and music wall decor, your simple collection of music materials can become a priceless selection of art in an instant!

A profitable number of home owners are now hooked into constructing music rooms or a theater inside the house as a place to relax and enjoy soothing sounds or snuggle with friends, family or your loved one while watching your favorite movies. Most of these consumers are not only willing to invest in establishing the room itself but will also pay a desirable amount in developing its interior design. And for fashion conscious owners, the look and feel of the room should be perfect in every possible angle. Perhaps adding modern wall art and music wall decor can give more interest and color inside the room. These home accents do not only complement the overall design but can also set the mood of the entire place. If you are planning to put up this project as your personal sanctuary, you might want to choose the idea of decorating using a long term perspective rather than developing it from time to time. If you have the budget then go for it, if not, there are also some options I can offer.

If you want to construct a cost effective music room, you should know how to improvise and use every resource you have at hand. If you have a good set of drums, or guitars, a piano and other instruments which are still in good condition, use them as furnishings. You don’t need to buy new ones. All it takes is a quick trip to the repair shop, a paint job and a perfect spot in the music room and your instrument is all set. If you have vinyl recordings, posters, souvenirs and autographed materials, you can actually frame them and hang them in the wall. If you can’t find any, you can purchase cheap but cool modern wall decor and music wall art to accentuate your dull wall. The trick in making your music room interesting without spending too much. You can do this by picking the right spots and adding lighting for a dramatic effect. Modern wall decor and music wall art are two things that come very handy for a budget size music room.

Nowadays, modern wall artwork is setting a new phase in the interior design industry. Its simple yet striking appearance can be a good focal point to conceptualize the entire room. You can also combine various accessories like drumsticks, signature shirts of famous music icons, guitar picks and other stuff in the shelf. Always remember that your passion is your art and making it a public interest is one way to express your self as an artist. Have fun!

Paul Andonaque is the senior online promotions director and market researcher of innovative butterfly wall decor,jazz wall art, and butterfly wall art for Hooks and Lattice. He conducts continued exploration for different materials and styles to improve the industry of interior and outdoor decoration.

Redefining Fine Art with Giclee

Redefining Fine Art with Giclee

The connoisseurs of the fine art in Giclee love it for its precision and the artistic touch it imparts to the photos, portraits, images and other artworks. For the enthusiasts of fine art, Giclee print is something that they can use to showcase their artistic taste and thus make a lasting impression on the visitors who come to their place (be it home or workplace). Besides being a perfect item to decorate the walls of your living room, kitchen, dining room or your office, the fine art Giclee prints are excellent as a gift too.

With Christmas and New Year round the corner, you can consider printing your chosen fine art Giclee on canvas as a gift for your near and dear ones. There is certainly no dearth of fine art Giclee printing services online. All you have to do is carry out a meticulous search for the well known Giclee printers and the search results would lead you to the best one. There are certain measures you need to take while zeroing in on the services of these printers. Make sure the printer you choose caters to the Giclee printing needs of commercial clients as well as successful artists with equal quality and high standards of fine art printing in Giclee. The printer you choose must offer value for your money. The Giclee services along with film scanning and economic print pricing shouldn’t be heavy on your pockets. The printer should guarantee that the Giclee printing services offered would exceed your expectations. For this, the printer must use best equipment along with best quality material available to ensure that the fine art Giclee print you’d get would be of the best quality.

Reputation of the printer is of great importance, as this would ensure you are not duped. The reputed printer would ensure customer satisfaction and thus would go all out to deliver the best Giclee print for your favorite fine art. With a Giclee print of exceptional quality, you can surely impress the recipient as well as show your class and high taste before the visitors who’d surely appreciate the prints and your selection and taste.

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The Fine Art Of Appreciation

The Fine Art Of Appreciation

We live in a world of constant carping, unending complaining, where “nary is heard a discouraging word” is long dead. Instead, the order of the day is grouse, groan, gripe. If you listen to the person on the street, nothing is ever right; everything is always wrong.

Whether this is true or not (and it isn’t), the plain truth is: it’s time to make a concerted effort to thank the folks who do things right. THEY are an endangered species, and they need all the help they can get.

1) Resolve to appreciate

Now, too many people go out in search of what’s wrong. Let’s flip that and resolve to seek what’s right. This doesn’t and shouldn’t mean that we don’t see and deal with the bad. However, it does mean that we take a more balanced approach: to see and root out what’s wrong… but equally to see and laud what’s good.

2) Compliment good service… at once

When was the last time that someone, a fellow human being, did something nice for you… and you let the moment pass without uttering a few good words? The truth is, it happens all the time. Someone made an extra effort for you… went that extra mile… and you said NOTHING! In the famous line, that makes YOU part of the problem!

Be it resolved: whenever anyone does anything nice for you, make it a point to compliment the good deed doer. At once.

3) Send a note.

Good words are nice. But in our time-pressed world, if you really want to compliment good service and make an impresssion, send a note.

Do it the old-fashioned way, the way your mother taught you. Use your personal stationery (you do have some, don’t you) and write a personal note. Then stick a stamp on it and mail. Yours will be the first such note the recipient has received in months… or even years… and will be valued accordingly.

Note: e-mailing a message is nice, but because e-mail is so prevalent (and because most e-mails that people send are poorly spelled and otherwise replete with error), e-mails have less of the impact you desire. And text messages have even less.

4) Notify a supervisor.

Were you the recipient of something very nice indeed? Then don’t just compliment the good deed do-er; notify her employer, too.

People in authority constantly complain that it’s difficult to find good workers. For such people your good words are like gold, helping them sort out the better personnel from the rest. Since yours may be the only such message received, it will have a significant impact.

Take a moment, therefore, to call the company where the good deed do-er works. Get the name and address of the company owner, ceo, president, or supervisor. Ask for their e-mail address, too.

Then either mail or e-mail a brief but focused note. Make sure you include the full name of the employee who helped you. Make your message short, clear, upbeat. Don’t be surprised if you get a nice response to you note; such messages are always most welcome. (You may even get a little token of appreciation yourself!)

5) When the deed is REALLY meritorious

There are times in life when a note, no matter how flattering, is not enough. I think, for instance, of when I took ill in a restaurant one festive evening… and how helpful the staff was. For them something more was required… and a lavish bouquet with accompanying note… was immediately dispatched. For such events, I have an account with a local florist. You’ll find that useful, too.

6) Tell a friend

ALL businesses appreciate the value of word-of- mouth advertising. Sadly, ten times as many people tell friends about the things that go wrong than the ones which go right. Make sure you help lower these odds by passing on the good things, not just the bad.

Make a concerted effort, the next time you receive good service, to tell a friend. And make sure the person so informed mentions this recommendation when they ask for the service themselves. The recipients of the good word will be glad to know they’re being favorably discussed.

7) Answer customer surveys

Businesses need to know how they’re doing. Thus when you’ve been the recipient of something good, don’t withhold this crucial information; make sure to complete survey questionnaires so the company knows.

Companies know you’re busy. Thus, they usually make such surveys short and sweet. 5-10 minutes is all that’s required on your part. There is usually a “comments” section; if so, be SURE to mention the name of the person who was good to you. This useful information will certainly be noted.

Last Words

By following these steps, you will assuredly lighten steps, generate smiles, and encourage the good to continue their winning ways. After all, despite all the undoubted bad in the world, we are all, yes every one of us, the recipient of good. Our job is to foster and encourage it. Now you know how!

The Fine Art of Hitching

The Fine Art of Hitching

Have you ever hitched? Of course we are not talking about the art of sticking your thumb out to catch a ride. Hitching does involve a ride of another kind, a horse. Hitching involves the use of horsehair. A hitcher will start with each hair and combining each strand of hair together, create the desired results. Very much the same as construction of a rope, hitching is done by hand and requires much patience. Twisting the hair into a strand and then again into a larger design can take many, many hours. The art of hitching dates back to Spain in the 8th century, and was brought over to America by the early Spaniards. Many early American hitchers were actually prisoners in western prisons. Of course it is amazing how much patience one has when locked in Yuma Territorial Prison for a 5-7 year vacation.

By now a cowboy tradition of the west, hitching can be found in the form of hatbands, belts, horse bridles and many other forms. Many pieces will often take hundreds of hours of hand made work to complete. Some will incorporate differing colors and designs, this being accomplished by the dyeing of the hair. This is where the art comes in, creativity can flow through a piece. The hitcher is an artist creating a three dimensional work of art.

Dallas Ray Schut is one of those hitchers. Describing himself as “persistent” more than “patient”, he insists he must finish what he starts. Working out of his homestead in New River, Az. he is a 25 year disciple of the hitching discipline. It has gotten to the point that he has had his works shown in many public shows and museums. The works of art he creates really do take hundreds of hours at a time to complete, and it shows. The amazing amount of detailed work involved can be seen in each piece. While this was the way of the west for many years, with modern times brought modern methods. It is great to see the artistry of a time gone by from the old west still in those who do things the old fashioned way.

Author: Chris Bowley is the owner of, a web design service with a western twist. Web design with the west in mind.

Finding Good Modern Abstract Art Online

Finding Good Modern Abstract Art Online

The Internet has emancipated a lot of previously institutionalised items – including modern abstract art, which used to be strictly the province of the gallery and the gallery owner. Since cyberspace really opened up, people have been able to source their art directly, allowing their own tastes to play as much of a role as their wallets do in defining what goes on their walls. So far so good: but then how does one make sure that one is going to a good location for one’s art when on no longer has the “guarantee” of an art gallery dealer? In other words – now that anything can be sold as art, how much of that stuff is worth buying as art: and where do you find it?

There’s a fortunately basic answer here: go where the reputation is. Sites that develop good reputations for supplying quality modern abstract art (like Britain’s own Art2Arts, a site devoted to supplying original art in all painted formats) do so for a reason. And, of course, sites that sell art rise or fall on their reputations: so you can be sure that anything that looks as good as it sounds is probably a safe place to start looking.

Beyond that, and overall, of course, one’s final judgement should rest squarely with the art available. If you want some abstract art, go looking – and when you find something you like at a price you can afford, well, then you’ve found what you need. It is here, of course, that most of the worry concerned with buying modern abstract art, or any art, online or off, is seated. The question most people inevitably ask themselves when they start buying anything other than reproduction art (which has, in a strange way, already been “voted” good by the very fact of its reproduction), is this: am I paying the right amount of money for it? Well, here’s a thought for all those people: if you like it, and you want it, and you can afford it: then surely that’s enough? Good abstract art is whatever abstract art you as an individual find affecting, or joyful, or simply beautiful – and the right price for it is the price you are willing to pay.

The Internet has made a great stride on the behalf of all art here. Art is valued now according to what people will pay for it, rather than what a small coterie of gallery owners insist they ought to pay for it. A good place to find modern abstract art, then, is simply the Internet as a whole. Wherever the pieces you like, personally, reside, at a price you are willing to pay for them: that’s where to go. And with the whole of the web at your virtual feet, there’s a big hunting ground to go looking in.

That said, of course, a little guidance is always useful: and so, for starters, one would suggest you look in places where the art is clearly pictured and there are obvious guarantees regarding supply and return. No thumbnail can do full justice to a piece of modern abstract art, so you need to find a place that offers a satisfaction or money back guarantee. Though Internet trading laws pretty much mean that you can return anything you don’t like when it turns up anyway – so we’re back to our original conclusion. Find the art on the Internet – and if the price is right, go for it.

The uniquely non-representational nature of modern abstract art allows an interior designer to incorporate it into a room’s design much more thoroughly than a “normal” painting.

Understanding The Art Of Modern Food Preservation

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Understanding The Art Of Modern Food Preservation
If you are interested in preserving foods, you may soon find that methods have changed dramatically over the years. There is no reason to use the same methods your grandmother used-see what changes have occurred, for our modern convenience.

Because food is so important to our survival, food preservation is one of the oldest technologies used by human beings. Even though we see and use many of these technologies every day, we often don’t realize how interesting they are.

So let’s take a look at some of the technologies that you can find in your home today. To understand how to save something, we first need to understand how something spoils.

The basic process is very simple: bacteria invades the food and causes it to rot. Technology therefore comes in two different forms.

Either the technology is trying to slow down the activity of disease-causing bacteria, or it is trying to kill the bacteria altogether and sterilize the food. A food that is sterile contains no bacteria.

Unless sterilized and sealed, all food contains bacteria. The food preservation technology that we are most familiar with is the refrigerator.

It takes the “slow bacteria down” approach. For example, germs naturally living in milk will spoil the milk in a few hours if the milk is left out on the kitchen counter at room temperature.

By putting the milk in the refrigerator, you don’t eliminate the bacteria already there, but you do slow it down enough to keep it fresh for a week or two. The same holds true for fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. that you keep refrigerated.

In the case of freezing, the idea is to stop bacterial action altogether. Frozen germs are completely inactive, so frozen food lasts for months.

In general, refrigeration has no effect on a food’s taste or texture. Freezing has little effect on the taste or texture of most meats, but often completely changes fruits (which become mushy).

Refrigeration’s minimal effects account for its huge popularity. Before there were refrigerators, canning was king.

Since 1825 or so, canning has provided a way for people to store foods for extremely long periods of time. In canning, you boil the food in the can to kill all the germs and seal the can (either before or while the food is boiling) to prevent any new bacteria from getting in.

Since the food in the can is completely sterile, it does not spoil. Once you open the can, germs enter and begin attacking the food, so you have to “refrigerate the contents after opening.”

One problem with canning, and the reason why refrigeration or freezing is preferred to canning, is that the act of boiling food in the can changes its taste and texture. Many foods are dehydrated to preserve them.

If you walk through any grocery store you may notice the following dehydrated products: powdered milk, dehydrated potatoes in a box, dried fruits and vegetables, dried meats (like beef jerky), powdered soups and sauces, dried pasta, etc. Since most bacteria die or become completely inactive when dried, dried foods kept in air-tight containers can last quite a long time.

Freeze-drying is a special form of drying. Food is frozen and placed in a strong vacuum.

The water in the food then sublimates – that is, it turns straight from ice into vapor. Freeze-drying is most commonly used to make instant coffee, but also works extremely well on fruits such as apples.

Salting, especially of meat, is an ancient preservation technique. The salt draws out moisture and creates an environment inhospitable to bacteria.

If salted in cold weather (so that the meat does not spoil while the salt has time to take effect), salted meat can last for years. You can read about salt’s use during the sailing voyages around the time of Columbus.

Many accounts of the Revolutionary War and especially the Civil War talk about meat preserved in this way. Today, we have the modern vacuum sealer.

By sucking all of the air out of special plastic containers, we can be sure that our food will stay fresh and germs will not be allowed to grow. This is becoming a very popular alternative.

Then there are the chemical preservatives-things like Benzoates (such as sodium benzoate), Nitrites (such as sodium nitrite), antioxidants like BHT and BHA, and Sulfates (such as sulfur dioxide). If you look at the ingredient labels of different foods, you will frequently see these different types of chemicals used.

These chemicals often have more of an effect on color and texture than they do on bacteria activity. Choose what method you fell would be best for you, and make sure your ingredients stay fresh for as long as possible!

Jack R. Landry has been working in the food preservation business for 31 years. One of his favorite products are seal a meal bags. He has written hundreds about food preservation.

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