Sharing is Caring, Especially When It Comes to Cleaning

The Recycled Wedding – Part I

Wedding Decorations | Flat Rate Carpet BlogGreen weddings are trending in a big way, according to the designers, with more and more people wanting to do their bit for the planet and use fewer resources for their special day. So what kind of things help make a wedding environmentally-friendly and can you really use recycled products where it counts?

One way of doing this is by choosing paperless invitations – after all, who doesn’t have email these days? You can design an invite yourself – it will be completely personalized and you’ll be saving a few trees, as well as time and money. Check out Glo at It’s reasonably priced and a very chic and personal

Say goodbye to envelope stuffing!

Keep the Bed Bugs at Bay

They’re saying in NYC now that if you’ve never seen a bed bug, you’ve really lucked out! There seems to be a full-blown epidemic in the city at the moment, which has spread to many hotels!

And these blood suckers are suckers for equality – they attack you whether you’re black or white, or rich or poor. But they do like to live in crowded, urban areas – like the five boroughs!

The only real way to fix the problem is by calling professional exterminators. They have the equipment and the know-how to get the job done properly. They won’t just sanitize the area, but they’ll deodorize it too, so you can get back to a bug-free night’s sleep ASAP.

And finally, remember, if you want to weed out the con men, call the Better Business Bureau first.

The Mystery of the Persian Carpet

Fancy being a sleuth for an hour or two? Well now you can, with the “Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Persian Carpet” internet game.

Picture the following: The year is 1896, and you’re at home in your flat in Baker Street, London when you get a call from Scotland Yard. You and your partner, Watson, need to investigate a crime – a young painter has been murdered and his body found rolled up in a Persian carpet.

This internet game has been designed to help you improve your puzzle-solving skills: inspecting letters, looking at interrogation reports, then pin the crime on the killer. To buy the product, register with Big Fish for free at The account will let you earn free games, play community games or participate in game forums, write reviews and also offer you significant discounts.

Don’t forget your pipe and cape…

The Yin and the Yang of the Home

Feng Sui is an ancient system of Chinese aesthetics that seeks to balance the energies of a space and provide harmony to those who inhabit it.

It asserts that by organizing the environments in which we spend most of our time, mainly the home and office, we can improve our lives and create much needed balance.

By using the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal in our home, and arranging furniture pieces according to the Bagau Map, your living environment can positively affect your career, family, creativity, relationships, reputation, skills, and health.

Here are some starter tips for Feng Shui design:

  • Proper energy flow is key to any environment. Therefore, arrange objects and furniture according to the Bagau Map and careful not to overload a room.
  • The five elements should always be in balance.
  • Choose colors according to what they symbolize and represent.
  • The shapes in your home symbolize different meanings, so choose accordingly.
  • Pay attention to the location of mirrors and doors in a room – it also affects energy flow.

Women Carpet Weavers in Turkey

Turks were amongst the earliest carpet weavers and especially Turkish women, who played a leading role in their creation. Historically, a young woman had a better chance of marrying if she was a skilled weaved, because carpets could form part of the dowry. Even today, it tends to be women who are responsible for the weaving and men for the repair of these beautiful pieces.

In the last few decades, the demand for Turkish carpets has meant the rise of big companies, who still employ women. However, some work in the homes, and not in the workshops, and aren’t paid an hourly wage, rather a sum for the completed carpet. How much she can charge can depend on how intricate the design is, the quality of the materials and the number of knots per square centimeter.

In general these women weavers remain anonymous, although in recent years some women have begun weaving their names on the rug, earning well-earned credit for their work. So the next time you shop for a Turkish rug, look for the woman’s name woven into it, and think about how much work she put into it.