Tips on Outdoor Lighting Design

If you have a home that needs landscape lighting to enhance the beauty of your compound and make it safer at midnight, you are probably looking for great ideas. As a professional lighting company, we usually start with a rough sketch of the compound in order to have a design to meet your lighting needs.

Tips on Outdoor Lighting Design
Tips on Outdoor Lighting Design

Our Outdoor Lighting Company regularly helps homeowners with landscape design. Here are some tips you’ll want to know about DIY lighting scheme that’s beautiful and practical.

#1. Spot Lights

Structural plants and others that grow upward would be great to have uplights on to emphasize the silhouette of the foliage. Practice to only choose plants that will thrive all four seasons: ferny plants and green sturdy plants that could survive cold and hot temperatures. Downlighting gives your landscape a more soothing ambiance because it illuminates a wider area. Also, use Lamp posts to light areas such as benches, bushes, and fountains.

#2. Low Voltage Landscape Lights

You can make your landscape lighting design sweet by using low voltage outdoor lights. They can be installed using 12V that you can easily install on your own with relative ease.  While you can do some of these installations on your own, we recommend you seek professionals when you have challenges or call us. Remember, any project that has to do with electricity has to be handled with care.

Learn to hire professionals for major installations and only do it yourself for maintenance. Saving a few bucks by doing things yourself is great but, not at the expense of an accident or putting your neighbors at risk of fire, electricity, etc.

If you would like to learn more about Outdoor Lighting. feel free to contact us and we will be glad to give you every assistance you need.

Bringing Work Stress Home

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stress management.

One morning, I woke up after a long night’s sleep with the intention to arrive early for a very important meeting. It was imperative that I make a good impression to those who would be there, and I’d been concerned about it all week. The night before, I’d done everything I could think of to prepare for an early start – I picked out my clothes, prepared lunch, and packed my briefcase the night before. Certainly I had done my part to allow myself some breathing room before the meeting.

Unfortunately, my wife decided she needed to finish an Excel project at the last minute and asked if I would be able to take our 14-year-old son to school. I felt my jaw clench as I agreed. I helped our son prepare his things, got in the car, and began pulling out of the driveway. As we left, I noticed he had left emptied trash cans out.

“Son, what’s wrong with this picture?” I asked, angry that I had to take him to school in the first place, but becoming more frustrated with every delay. “Haven’t I told you to always put these cans back? What were you doing? Watching TV? You know you can’t watch TV on school nights! You’re keeping me held up because you didn’t do the job you were supposed to do!”

At this point, I was yelling irrationally. While I could have easily had him get out of the car and return the cans to their proper place, I chose to yell and further delay both of us. That’s when he asked, “Dad, why are you yelling at me?”

“Because I can’t yell at your mother!” I yelled back before I could process the thought. I had certainly brought my work stress home and let it interfere with my life.

After that occurrence, I decided to do something about leaving my work stress at work. Rather than calling it “stress management,” I opted for something much more manly: “Not cussing people out at the drop of a hat” management.

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Push your stress.

It’s a harsh fact that many Americans bring their work stress home with them. After all, we tend to consider our jobs to be one of the most stressful undertakings in our lives. According to a study done by Northwestern National Life, 40% of American workers believe their jobs are “very or extremely stressful.” That’s a huge number! The Families and Work Institute found more concerning data, stating that 26% of workers declare they are burnt out at work. Couple those stats with the fact that the average worker spends at least 2,080 hours per year at their place of business and it’s easy to see why people bring their work home.

Presumably you came upon this article because you wanted help to alleviate your own stress. You’ve identified it. That’s an important step. I won’t harp on the details of what the symptoms of stress are, but if you’d like to read up on the symptoms that you didn’t know about before, and some you may be experiencing, WebMD has a helpful list of the symptoms of stress.

Managing stress is an extremely underrated and underappreciated undertaking that can change your life. It can make you more productive (therefore less stressed) at work, create harmony within your family, give you more energy before and after work, and can help you engage in healthy pursuits outside of work, allowing you to avoid feeling like work is the only thing you do.

Men and women tend to manage stress differently, particularly when it comes to job-related stress. Women are more prone to discussing their feelings about work and stress, while men have a tendency toward engaging in stress-relieving activities outside of work. While these are all well and good in regards to stress management, there are some additional stress-relief activities that anyone can take on.

  • Make a conscious choice to leave work stress at work. Before you pack your things up at work, pack your stresses in your briefcase with them. This is a symbol of your decision to leave work stress out of the home. Creating a ritual, such as rubbing a log placed outside of the home as one factory worker did, can help remind you of your commitment.
  • Identify a productive outlet. Admit to yourself that you are stressed out. Don’t keep it bottled up. Transferring your pent-up energy into productivity at home can help manage your work stress. For instance, many people burn calories at the gym after work, while others write their thoughts down, compiling them for best-selling books later on. Whatever you love to do, use that to decompress.
  • Fuel your passion. Many people lack passion for their jobs. After all, they think to themselves, this is just a way to pay the bills. For others, a job is a necessary stepping stone to what they are truly passionate about. Once that fact is identified, work-related stress is alleviated. Find your passion, engage with it, and work out how your job fits into your goals.
Stress and Life balance

The technique that I most benefitted from is finding how work fuels my passion. I had the all-important epiphany that, though my job isn’t my passion, my job can allow me to follow my passion. For me, that passion is providing a good life for my family. My job is the way in which I am able to continue to give food, shelter, education, comfort, and entertainment to my loved ones. This realization allows me to think about my passion while at work and lessens the stress of work.

It’s important to note that these techniques aren’t cure-alls. You’ll still have stress at your job. You still might bring stress home from time to time. But finding what works for you will help you have an overall happier and healthier outlook on your work and give you methods that help keep you from bringing work stress to your home life.

How Sergers Differ From Classic Sewing Machines

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classic-sewing-machine

A serger sewing machine proves to be an excellent tool for those who are into different kinds of sewing projects. When you are going to sew something, you cannot expect the hems, seams, and lines to be clean. If you look at them closely, you will realize that they will have raw edges and some fibers that you need to remove.

However, you cannot simply use any machine. Otherwise, you may cause damage to the items and that can only worsen the condition. Difference between Serger Sewing Machines from Straight-stitch One

Perhaps you are going to ask, “Why can’t I use my straight-stitch sewing machine for this one?”

A serger sewing machine, also known as overlock machine, makes use of loopers so you will be able to create a stitch. What’s more, there is also a pair of knives included in the serger. It works like a scissor, cutting the frays of your dress or whatever sewing project you have while you are sewing.

You can do everything manually, but if you are doing a lot of multiple sewing projects, you definitely need all the time that you can possibly have. Sergers can help you cut down the time you spend finishing each garment, giving them a more polished look within minutes.

The Janome 644D Sewing Serger Review

Major sewing machine brands have their own sewing sergers line. All you need to do is to pick one that suits your preference, style, need, and budget. A good example is the Janome 644D My LockSerger. It is equipped with electronic control, so it will be very easy for you to make some adjustments on some of its parts.

To create an overlock stitch, the machine also contains 2 needles and between 2 and 4 threads. The Janome 644D has the capability to handle different kinds of fabrics and to perform various special effects in your garments. The Janome serger sewing machine also makes it very convenient for you to change the ratio of the differential feed.

Normally, there are a number of sewers that are finding it really hard to insert threads into their sergers. With Janome 644D My LockSerger, everything becomes a breeze. The machine possesses a thread guide, which is basically color coded. It also has a lower looper that is self-threading. This means that you just place the thread in the guide, turn on the switch, and the lower looper will immediately thread itself.

Useful Serger Sewing Machine Accessory

The Snap-on Side-cutter fits any sewing machine that contains a snap-on shank, even sergers.

Normally, the blade is connected close to the sewing machine’s presser foot. It is also an ideal addition to a zigzag sewing machine. Because of its sharp cutting technology, you can guarantee a professional serge stitch in no time.

It can cut the excess hems and lines of whatever material you have even when you are still sewing. Moreover, the addition does not in any way obscure your view with your needle, if you are going to sew from the front. At a price of less than $50, you can enjoy a lifetime warranty.

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