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What color with hot pink & lime green wedding?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

My friend is having a hot pink & lime green wedding. Those are her two favorite colors so there’s no changing that. I’m going to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. She’s thinking of having one bridesmaid wearing a hot pink dress with a lime green sash, shoes, and flowers…then the next girl the opposite. I suggested black dresses then having the bright colors in the accessories (shoes & sash). She doesn’t want black because it’s likely going to be an outdoor spring wedding at a local garden. Any other ideas so I don’t have to wear hot pink or lime green? I’m fair skinned with auburn hair and freckles!
She is also looking for ideas for other colors. This wouldn’t be something I’m forcing on her. She wants the pictures to look good…and we both agree that the colors she loves will pop better against a neutral background. I’m looking around and I think a sand color would look nice.

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    Vegetable Garden Irrigation System

    Monday, January 31st, 2011

    Irrigation systems can be a bear to put together. But this segment will show you an easy and fast way to get your garden watered in no time.

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      What paint should I use to create my masterpiece?

      Monday, January 31st, 2011

      I would like to get into painting canvases. Not for money but more or less to hang in my house (to match specific decor). However, I know very little about painting and have no idea what type of materials are used by semi/professionals. I definitely don’t want to use water color but am not sure if I need to use oil paints. There is specific paint for stencilling also, with the very stiff brushes, that I have used before with success for a border, but I don’t know if that would look ridiculous on canvas. If it matters, I wouldn’t be painting a house or a garden, it would be an abstract mess of colors and shapes. Any help?

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        During this recession, what do you think of these ideas for saving and making money?

        Sunday, January 30th, 2011

        1. Set up an apple cider stand on a crisp fall day.
        2. Start a gift-wrapping service at the holidays.
        3. Sell items from the attic using an on-line auction service.
        4. Wear your winter coat one more season
        5. Set up an automatic paycheck withdrawal for per week.
        6. Hold a garage sale.
        7. Barter with neighbors or friends for needed household services.
        8. Babysit for neighbors.
        9. Mow lawns.
        10. Post a flyer at the grocery store offering to help people move.
        11. Start a spring cleaning service.
        12.Walk dogs.
        13. Offer seamstress and tailoring services.
        14. Sew instead of buying clothes or home accessories.
        15. Provide a taxi service for elderly neighbors.
        16. Bike to work.
        17. Car pool.
        18. Use public transportation.
        19. Park in the less expensive lots and enjoy the exercise you get from walking!
        20. Conserve electricity at home and estimate monthly savings.
        21. Find a student (kindergarten through college) who needs a tutor.
        22. Cut out candy and snacks; donate what you save on these purchases and dental bills!
        23. Take outgrown kids’ clothes to a consignment shop.
        24. Take your duds from the ’70s or ’80s to a vintage shop-everything old is new again!
        25. Camp instead of staying in hotels on vacation.
        26. Give up cable television for a few months–or forever!
        27. Pet sit for neighbors who are traveling.
        28. Make Saturday "Homemade Pasta Night" instead of dining out.
        29. Borrow the latest best-sellers from the library instead of buying them.
        30. Give up soft drinks for a whole summer.
        31. Take a Thermos of fresh-brewed coffee to work instead of stopping for gourmet brew.
        32. For your birthday, ask friends and family to make a gift to Mennonite Board of Missions, Commission on Overseas Mission, Commision on Home Ministries or Ministries Commission, Mennonite Church Canada in your name.
        33. Give up your gym membership for the summer and exercise in the fresh air and sunshine.
        34. Use coupons when shopping, and donate the savings.
        35. Shop at yard sales and thrift stores–you never know when you’ll find a hidden treasure.
        36. For large household purchases, look for bargains on-line.
        37. Pay off credit card debt so no interest collects.
        38. Don’t let water run while brushing teeth and turn out lights when you leave a room.
        39. Offer your services as an office temp or substitute teacher.
        40. Design Web sites for local families and businesses.
        41. Buy cost-cutter brands for staples and household supplies.
        42. Email friends and family instead of calling.
        43. Make your own gift cards for holidays and birthdays.
        44. Wear more "hand-me-downs" instead of buying new clothes.
        45. Buy clothes that mix-and-match for each season.
        46. Start flowers from seeds instead of buying seedlings.
        47. Put on a family or neighborhood talent show and charge admission.
        48. Use vinegar and water for a general household cleaning solution and save on expensive products.
        49. Collect cans.
        50. Study your health insurance policy and discover ways to avoid health care costs.
        51. Plant a larger garden and sell vegetables at a roadside stand.
        52. Instead of taking friends or clients out to dinner, send a donation in their name.
        53. Donate your holiday club account and give homemade gifts this year.
        54. Instead of buying a new CD every week, trade with your friends.
        55. Scale back your vacation this year, or choose a service project instead.
        56. Wait another six months for any major household purchase.
        57. Postpone an upgrade to a software application you use.
        58. Make a choice: Chocolate or coffee. Movies or eating out. Experience the one you choose more fully and donate your savings.
        59. Buy a live plant instead of fresh flowers to decorate your table.
        60. Love your looks–give up hair color, permanents, and other things that detract from your natural beauty.
        61. Learn calligraphy and make money addressing invitations and lettering announcements.
        62. For special family nights, plan on a video and pizza at home instead of dinner and a movie out.
        63. Take the kids to the grocery store with you instead of hiring a babysitter.
        64. Restrict your use of the cellular phone to emergencies only.
        65. Choose eyeglasses with a sun clip instead of buying prescription sunglasses.
        66. Wait for summer clothes to go on sale.
        67. Be creative with leftovers–use them for work lunches.
        68. Find loose change and save it in a coffee can for a year.
        69. Bathe the dog yourself and save the groomer’s costs.
        70. Do your own house painting this spring instead of hiring a professional.
        71. Play tennis on the public courts and save fees.
        72. Give up golf for a few weekends and hike in a state park instead.
        73. Rake lawns in your neighborhood in the fall.
        74. Donate your expense checks from work-related travel.
        75. Hold a bake sale.
        76. Have friends over for parlor games instead of going out to the theater or a concert.
        77. Shovel snow for money.
        78. Organize a neighborhood car wash.
        79. Sell lem

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          Vegetable & Fruit Gardening : How to Grow Cucumbers

          Sunday, January 30th, 2011

          Cucumbers are often grown in raised beds or mounds with freshly tilled soil. Plant cucumber seeds 2 inches deep withhelp from an organic farmer in this free video on gourd gardening. Expert: Jarrett Man Contact: stonesoupfarm.googlepages.com Bio: Jarrett Man created and runs Stone Soup Farm, an organic vegetable and fruit operation in Belchertown, Mass. Filmmaker: EquilibrioFilms Jenn

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            which arch for outdoor wedding?

            Sunday, January 30th, 2011

            This the garden where the wedding is going to be.

            http://www.yewdellgardens.org/files/images/wedding/davenport_conway_wedding___06.jpg

            we will have these flower balls for the aisle decorations
            http://www.balsacircle.com/images/article/aisle_decor_3.jpg

            which arch should we go with.
            1.http://greensfloraldesign.com/library/WEDDING-ARCH–BASKETS-web.jpg

            or

            2.http://www.mysilkweddingflowers.com/brass-wedding-arch-and-kneeling-benches.jpg.

            im meeting with florist on wednesday id like to have an idea of what will look better and not too over the top. thanks
            sorry about the second link.
            http://www.mysilkweddingflowers.com/brass-wedding-arch-and-kneeling-benches.jpg
            I’m having 150 guest.

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              I’m visiting Paris next year & I’m a novice at photography. What’s the best film camera kit to begin with? ?

              Saturday, January 29th, 2011

              I’m going to take a Cool Shot digital camera as well but I want fantastic photographs to commemorate my experience. I want to take color and black & white photos of the city. I want to capture the architecture, the markets, the cobblestones, the people, the gardens, through my very own eyes. I need a camera that will deliver without being over-complicated. I have a budget of 0-0 which should include the camera and lens (other accessories are not as important). I also need recommendations for film (i.e. during the morning, day, night, for museums, restaurants, shops, markets, we’re attending the opera, cabaret,etc. and would like photos of our formal wear…. lol, for those sites where a big camera isn’t feasible, the Cool Shot will serve me well). Thanks so much for your help! 🙂

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                Vegetable & Fruit Gardening : How to Grow Broccoli

                Saturday, January 29th, 2011

                Broccoli is a plant that is easy to grow in cold temperature, and it’s a plant that likes well-drained soil. Make sure to give broccoli plants space to unfold withhelp from an organic farmer in this free video on vegetable gardening. Expert: Jarrett Man Contact: stonesoupfarm.googlepages.com Bio: Jarrett Man created and runs Stone Soup Farm, an organic vegetable and fruit operation in Belchertown, Mass. Filmmaker: EquilibrioFilms Jenn

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                  Is it possible to be a woman in a relationship and not contribute to a household in a divorce?

                  Saturday, January 29th, 2011

                  It almost appears that the law is written in a sense that allows all woman to be contributors to households even if they pay no bills IE mortgage, utilities, child raising.

                  How is it possible for a woman going through a divorce to be deemed worthless, providing nothing to the household, is this an impossible feat as it appears on it’s face?

                  I’ve read cases where woman who’ve helped manage a garden, pick the wall paper, regardless of who pays for the materials, bills, mortgage, these are identifiers used to actually assist women in proving their worth in divided a house/assets?

                  So again I ask, is it possible for a woman to live in a house, in a relationship, and contribute nothing to the house? It almost appears as if the law is written to ensure every woman is a contributor regardless of financial factors, do you agree? So I as a male will pay the mortgage,utilities, food ETC and the woman will pick the wall paper and help with the decor (elements that come natural with being a women) and this is equated into being a contributor of the household the courts hold, even if no children?
                  It’s kind of like writing a law applying to a man stating you’re a contributor if you drink, burp, and fart elements synonomous with being a man?

                  They list elements synonomous with being a women and use them as contributory factors to screw a man in asset division?
                  It’s almost as if the concept of a man paying for everything is an unrecognizable concept in our courts now a days.

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                    Help with Dad Christmas gift – VERY hard to buy for – PLEASE HELP!!!!!!?

                    Friday, January 28th, 2011

                    Good looking, 55 yr. old VP of construction firm.

                    He has everything he needs or wants!

                    He drinks beer (only) and smokes cigars but only a certain kind (gift baskets with various types are not an option – I’ve tried).
                    He restored a car, but it’s perfected and nothing I could know is needed. (’57 Bel Aire)
                    He works with tools but owns every type – probably more than one, he’s already told me that.
                    He wears cologne, but can’t smell!
                    He’s a freemason, but I’ve exhausted all gifts that relate
                    He golfs, but has brand new clubs, bag, shoes, magazine subscr. He already stocks up on golf balls and tees.
                    He has a brand new computer, and doesn’t care for any other tech-related items.
                    He buys new clothes all the time and hates my taste (he’s a bit, um, unstylish)
                    He’s fun – but have jokingly bought him nerf guns, portable videogames and remote control cars in the past.
                    No hunting or fishing or bowling.
                    He loves food – but a "meat and potatoes" type of guy – one that already has Omaha steaks deliver all the time.
                    No sweet tooth.
                    Will not watch a movie twice, nor tv shows.
                    He gets gift cards from clients all the time.
                    No ties.
                    Renovating the house – well, hired help is
                    He gardens, but barely. Tomatoes and squash only, I think.
                    Likes jewelry, but his taste is not affordable.
                    Doesn’t care for sports – goes to some NFL games, but not a true "fan"
                    New wallet. His type of watches wouldn’t suit my budget.
                    He already has a stack of books he claims to be "getting a start on"
                    Mom deals with decor. Nothing like that would be of interest.
                    No work gear and he has a company car. GPS, cell phone and accessories are redundant.
                    Travels so much for work, he doesn’t care to go for pleasure. Travel items – luggage, travel pillows, etc. would never be used.
                    He’s practical.
                    We have a huge inground pool. Mom buys the fun stuff, and other people come to clean.
                    We have a game room – likes billards and darts – new balls, cues, chalk-holder even. Table was recently recovered and whole dartboard set-up is new.
                    Has an outdoor firepit – had two, gave me one- He already have me his old patio furniture that was from this summer, he didn’t like it.
                    He has all the music he cares for, I’ve tried to buy him some and he either already had it or didn’t care b /c he has satellite radio.
                    Would not be caught dead at a concert.
                    Does his own lawn, oddly enough. He has all the needs, like mower, leaf blower, weed eater, pesticides…

                    ANY other ideas? In reality he’s fun but honestly has all the necessities. Therefore, I need a unique gift that isn’t generic – but must be practical too. He’s not a fan of "gifting for the sake of gifting." Also, not religious.
                    I think all of you have given me some great ideas! Not sure which I’ll pick, but I’ll def check out some of the websites you all recommended. He loves nice wallets, and his are always getting worn out. As for the classic car stuff, I just have no idea where to begin – he’s not the type for "novelty" items like keychains and such, but maybe I could get out of him if he’d like a new gear stick or seat covers – his car is bad-a and I get it eventually!
                    The utopia beer from Sam Adams is a great idea (I worked at a liquor store all through college and we had the really neat looking metal bottle) for the connoisseur, but my dad likes bud and bud only…

                    Anyways, thanks for all the ideas – you have helped immensely!

                    Still, any other novel ideas are still welcome !!!

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