Learn How to Sew for Personalization

Personalization is a key reason for someone to decide to learn how to sew. You are able to personalize everything associated with your item when you sew it yourself. Even if you use a commercial pattern as your project base, you will automatically make it personal by your choice of fabric and embellishments. Let’s examine this topic further.

The first aspect that you will make “personal” when starting a sewing project is the choice of project itself. The possibilities are vast, and you will be able to find a pattern for just about anything you decide you want to make whether it’s clothing, home decorator items such as throw pillows or curtains, or craft items, the variety of patterns is virtually endless. Something really exciting to note is, that with just a little experience and imagination, you can mix and match pieces of commercial patterns and create something truly unique. Handmade gifts are one of the best reasons to learn how to sew – everybody LOVES a gift made just for them.

The second personalized aspect of sewing is the choice of fabric for your project. This is the raw material that you will magically transform with your sewing skills. In today’s marketplace, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing fabric. You aren’t restricted to fabric shops you can physically visit anymore. You can purchase virtually ANY kind of fabric right from your own home over the internet. The selection is endless, and finding a special fabric – whether a particular type or color – is actually easier with the internet than if you were shopping in a store.

The third personalized aspect of creating your own items (and the best, in my opinion) is embellishment. With just a little imagination and some simple supplies you can turn a clothing item into wearable art. There are many types of embellishments – here are just a few:

Threads of different colors, weights, and material content
Beads, crystals, sequins
Buttons of all shapes and sizes
Ribbons
Laces
Jewelry makings, charms
Paints

You can use embellishment to transform ready-made garments or dress up items you are making yourself. There is really no limit to what you can create if you unleash your imagination.

I hope this short look at how to use simple supplies to personalize your creations has gotten your creative juices flowing, and you will run to your sewing area to plan our next (or even first) project. Have fun while you learn how to sew!

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Saints Row The Third

When Saints Row 2 came out in 2008 it was an unapologetically violent, raunchy, profane and outrageously silly genre parody. Some dismissed it as a Grand Theft Auto Clone, but in reality, Saints Row 2 was a unique, mayhem filled, thrill ride that gave us colorful characters, top of the line voice acting and a gritty, Guy Ritchie style storyline. Saints Row 2 had some of the best character and vehicle customization options in the genre and despite the lackluster visuals and unrefined controls; it was my favorite action game of the year.

Saints Row The Third was one of my most anticipated titles of 2011. The trailers promised everything that was great about Saints Row 2, times a hundred. On November 15, 2011 reality sunk in. The sequel was out and like a hurricane it destroyed all my hopes for the sequel and was over before I could scream for help.

The Good
– The first few hours are a blast
– If you can stomach the goofiness, there is a ton of it
– Moments of brilliance

The Bad
– Very underwhelming graphics
– Embarrassing storyline and characters
– Idiotic gimmicks replaced the charm of the series

Saints Row The Third is loud, obnoxious and tasteless. The last game managed to balance the ridiculous with the brilliant, but Volition’s latest outing is a huge disappointment for fans of the series. Gamers unfamiliar with the previous title should immediately stop reading and go play Saints Row 2 in order to understand my bitterness.

Once upon a time, when pimps ruled the world

Since the last game’s events, The Saints have gone from street gangsters to owning a media empire. We see a return of our favorite character Johnny Gat and Shaundi, but neither of them gets the screen time they deserve.

The first tutorial mission is a heist gone wrong. The bank tellers start fighting back with military grade weapons and it leads to a chaotic shootout between The Saints and the Stilwater P.D. The Saints end up in jail and you learn about the Syndicate, a criminal organization led by Phillipe Loren, who coincidentally owns the bank you tried to rob and has the police in his pocket. The story then takes you to Steelport, the new city that the Saints will try to take from the Syndicate.

Beyond the promising intro, the game becomes duller with each objective. The storyline hangs on a thread throughout the campaign as each mission gushes with overdone dialogue and cheap gimmicks.

In some of the earlier developer interviews, Volition claimed that they would focus on the more ridiculous nature of the franchise, but I never imagined they would take it this far. What you see in the previews is exactly, and unfortunately, all you get. The purple dildo weapon that seemed so funny the first time it was shown in trailers has more character than the rest of the Saints Crew.

The developers boasted about the amount of content they would bring into the game, but not only is it ironically smaller, lacking everything that was great about the previous title, it even reuses most of the mini missions from the predecessor. Cheap! Very Cheap!

Been there, done that, please bring back Johnny Gat

For a game that tries so hard to be unique with its vulgar attitude (which I generally don’t mind if done right), Saints Row The Third comes off as extremely repetitive and boring. I am not looking for groundbreaking gameplay elements or graphics, but for charmingly abrasive characters that made the previous game so much fun. This isn’t really a spoiler since it happens in the first mission, but Johnny Gat dies, the one character that would have likely made a difference in this masquerade.

The developers couldn’t even keep the goofiness persistent. All exciting missions take place in the first half of the game and you’re left with redundant objectives until the extremely anti climactic finale. The mission structure is dishearteningly conservative, especially when considering the length of the game, which is around 17 hrs (compared to the 30 hours in Saints Row 2).

Ugly, purple duckling

I didn’t expect a graphical masterpiece, but I was hoping for a step up from Saints Row 2. There is minor polish here and there, but considering the entire engine was re built from ground up, the visuals are very underwhelming.

My biggest disappointment is the character creator. The character models look bad and the outfits, while large in selection, are goofy and lack any of the customization options from the last game. Little details, such as the ability to mix and match every single item of clothing and the super flexible weight sliders are all gone. Everything is replaced by ridiculously contrived costumes that lose their charm within the first few hours. It’s funny the first time you try on a bondage outfit, but the juvenile humor wears off fast.

Make Up Or Break Up

Another word for adultery or cheating or having an fling or having an affair is Infidelity. Infidelity is the ultimate sin and dishonor to your loved one. The vulgar act of Infidelity may be a spontaneous dirty deed or one night stand that generally involves an unknown third person and your guilty spouse, and its still hurts like hell. In some relationships, Infidelity can leave many couples living under the same roof, mentally detached from each other and emotionally cut off permanently. This preempted event happened on the day you detected that your spouse was acting differently weird, saying things that weren’t true, being dishonest and spinning lies. That was the day you lost all trust in your partner and things were never the same again. Inflicting pain on your partner by betrayal is one of the most difficult issues to mend, it does so much irreversible damage to your marriage that the roof of your relationship caves in, the walls crumble under the pressure and everything comes down in a crashing heap. Infidelity is a real deal breaker not only could you lose your partner’s trust but it is detrimental to any relationship as two things generally happen after the dust settles, divorce follows marriage and the single life takes place of a committed relationship.

What goes on after the infidelity takes place?

Three definite scenarios a relationship under goes after the aftermath.

Stage One. A spouses emotions at this stage are so intense, they spend alot of time withdrawn, alone and crying. Feeling hurt and angry, they will blame themselves for what happened. Continually over thinking their character and self worth, they’d spend hours analyzing their partners motives for the infidelity. Lacking sleep and exhausted from stress, the spouse generally experiences emotional surges like waves crashing on the sea shore, surging high and surging low, over and over again. Over time the strength of the emotional surges weaken then lessen and feelings and emotions become more bearable and life goes back to normal.

Stage Two. The innocent spouse experiences a lot less emotional trauma at this point and tries to piece together the betrayal. At this stage the spouse may confront the guilty partner and ask about the affair or withdraw completely from all contact or secretly seek from others information about the affair.

Stage Three. At this stage, the guilty partner apologizes and it is accepted by the innocent spouse. The couple decide to remain in the relationship and agree to make their marriage work out. During this last stage, the couple will attempt to make a go of the marriage and a new found friendship is formed. A binding promise is also forged, guaranteeing the success of the marriage and eventually with time all love, trust and forgiveness is restored.

You may find yourself questioning your partner alot, about their comings and goings, long after the infidelity has occurred. Don’t lose focus, have some faith and be strong, there is still hope for your relationship on the horizon.

Here’s some information that you can use to indicate whether or not your partners is honorable and trustworthy of your love and affection.

1.Your partners heartfelt confessions and apology seem genuine and truthful.
2.Your partner insists on openly discussing the infidelity.
3.Your partner takes full responsibility of the affair.
4.Your partner shows you, love and affection.
5.Your partner is keen on committing to counseling.
6.Your partner shows deep feelings of shame and guilt for the betrayal.
7. All contact with the guilty home wrecker and your partner is totally discontinued.

If both parties agree to commit to discussions to remedy their marital problems, the relationship can progress quite significantly. Although, should your spouse not show you any love or respect that you truly deserve, or do any of the numbers list above, throw them under the bus and quit out of the relationship. Another tip is if your partner acts suspicious or shows no love or seems physically isolated and emotionally preoccupied. Don’t hesitate, pull the plug on the relationship immediately. One final tip, maybe your partner has be working long hours and coming home late or making secret calls, sly texts and sneaky emails or going out alone to often. Should one or all of the tips mentioned above occur frequently, chances are your partner could be having an affair behind your back. If you discover any proof of this betrayal, dissolve the marriage. Any Marriage relationship not based on love, honesty or truth deserves to no longer exist. Long after the infidelity has occurred, pay close attention to your partner actions and intentions to make sure they are with you for the right reasons and not heading back down the same old road of Infidelity.