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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 09/06/14

Saturday, September 6, 2014

DIY GIFT BAGS!!

   This was found at www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com .  When you have a great gift, why not make the packaging just as unique!!




How to make gift bags from newspaper







When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep.









Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness.

Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. If your paper already has a fold in it, align the existing fold with one of the fold lines in the diagram below, unless you don't mind an extra fold appearing somewhere on your bag. I cut out this rectangle, then flipped the paper over so the blue area would be on the outside of the bag.










Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Fold a flap 2" up from the bottom. Then measure off and make vertical folds in the places shown in the diagram above. The front and back panels are 4.5" wide, the side gussets are 3" wide, and you'll need a 0.5" flap for gluing the bag together.

Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. These will reinforce the rim of the bag. Glue the top flap down along the length of the bag, covering the cardstock. Since the bag is two-ply, you'll need to glue both flap pieces down one at a time.










Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Add a little more glue to make sure the outermost sheet of newsprint gets tacked down, too.









Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Fold the short sides inward as if you were wrapping a present. If it seems easier, you could also lay the bag on its side and crease those folds against the table.









Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag. Standing the bag upright and pressing down from the inside will help to secure them.









Cut a piece of chipboard to 4" x 2.5" and glue it to the bottom of the bag to reinforce it and hide the flaps if you want to be an overachiever.









Punch holes in the rim of the bag, adding eyelets if you like, and string some cord through the holes to form handles. Knot each end of the cord so it won't pull out through the holes.

If you want to store your bag flat, pinch the top together, fold in the sides, and bring the bottom up so that it lies flat.

SEMANA GRANDE BILBAO FROM SPAIN!




    Bilbao's ‘Great Week' (‘Semana Grande' or ‘Aste Nagusia'),  is the most important and recognizable fiesta in Bilbao. The celebration begins on the first Saturday after the 15th of August and lasts 9 days. Bilbao's ‘Semana Grande' has been officially celebrated since 1978 and has been taking place continuously year after year with the exception of the year 1983 when Bilbao suffered severe floods. During those 9 days in August the whole of Bilbao is vibrant and full of life and there is a great variety of things to see and do. Bilbao during its fiestas is definitely the place to be!!






• The first day of the fiestas will begin with the so-called txupinazo, which, since 2001, has taken place in the Plaza del Teatro Arriaga. This involves the launching of a rocket and the reading of the proclamation of the fiestas.





• One of the most interesting things to see is a spectacular fireworks show, which will take place everyday at 22.30 and can be watched from all areas of the city. Many pyrotechnists will take part in the show from all over Spain and also from other European countries.






• Bilbao's ‘Semana Grande' is a perfect opportunity for ‘corrida' fans to enjoy the bullfighting. As well as the fireworks, bullfights will also take place everyday in the Bilbao Bullring (Plaza de Toros) at 18.00. Although the tradition has raised a lot of controversy, bullfights are considered one of the most typical and significant Spanish traditions. In Bilbao's bullfights many widely known toreadors (toreros) will participate such as: Fermin Bohorquez, Manuel Jesus "El Cid", Julian Lopez "El Juli".





• There will also be a great opportunity to see the typical Basque traditions such as Basque dance. The dancers wear their traditional outfit and sometimes the dance requires the use of sticks and swords. Traditional Basque folk dances can be seen everyday except from Saturdays, at 19.00 in Plaza Nueva in Casco Viejo, the oldest part of the city. Each day a different type of Basque dance will be performed. Altogether there are approximately 400 different Basque folk dances each with its own story and significance. You can tell a good dancer by how high they jump, their double clicks, how high they kick, and their gracefulness.






• Music concerts form an important part of Bilbao's ‘Semana Grande' programme. There will be many concerts of different types of music taking place every day, so everyone will be able to find something suitable for them. Apart from concerts of local bands there will be a huge variety of widely known Spanish artists and internationally known bands from abroad. As for Spanish pop music stars there will be Rosario Flores (or simply Rosario), two-time Latin Grammy award-winning singer and actress, recognized thanks to Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her (Hable con Ella) movie, where she played one of the main characters. The concert will take place on Tuesday 19th at 23.30 in Abandoibarra. For the fans of flamenco music there is an Argentinean concert from Huelva-born new voice of the flamenco scene, on Monday 18th, at 24:00 in Plaza Nueva. An example of an international artist performing this year would be Travis, a Scottish band performing Britpop, who have been awarded BRIT awards twice. Reggae fans, in turn, will be happy to participate in The Heptones concert, a Jamaican vocal trio, on Saturday 23rd at 24:00 in Plaza Nueva. However, many more concerts of different types of music will also be taking place during Bilbao's ‘Semana Grande'.






    Shoppers be warned, most city stores close down for the fiesta. The festival runs right through the night for nine days and come the weekend it is not unusual to still see people weaving through the throng as the sun rises. The streets are lined with marquees from various bars and societies, many accompanied by booming sound systems.
The whole week of fiestas in Bilbao is a great opportunity to get to know the traditional Basque and Spanish culture and also what fiesta means to Spaniards! See you there!!

SOME HALLOWEEN SUPERSITIONS TO GET THE BLOOD CHURNING!






   Halloween night is mostly identified with fun and frolic today. This is a night when both adults and children alike have a lot of fun by allowing themselves to trick or treat or go to parties dressed in fancy costumes as goblins, witches, vampires and the like. There are many fun, and some not so fun, superstitions and traditions that are associated with Halloween night. Some of the most common of these are described below:










1.Know your husband – It was believed that if a young woman (of marriageable age) would sleep with a twig of rosemary under her pillow on the Halloween night, she would see her husband in her dreams.












2.Cats were believed to be the devil – In the ancient times during the Inquisition, in Europe and US, people believed that cats, particularly black cats were the devil and hence they hunted and burned them on the Halloween and Easter. Fortunately, the civilized man saw reason and this terribly barbaric practice has been stopped.













3.Nuts – Funny as it might seem, people in the past believed that the Satan would not harm people who wore nuts since he loved and collected nuts. Hence, on the Halloween night people would wear nuts as talismans against harm from malevolent spirits, which were believed to be driven by Satan.













4.Tell it by the candle – The candle has almost always associated with a prayer to God. Hence, it was believed that you could tell when a soul was in your vicinity with the help of a candle. If the candle went off without any real reason, it meant that a soul was visiting you. This superstition is great fun for scaring children during the Halloween night today, especially when paired with scary stories.













5.Witches – What is Halloween night without the mention of witches? There was a strong belief in the ancient times that if you walked backwards on Halloween night while wearing your clothes  inside out you would be able to see a witch flying that night. Witches were believed to be happy on the Halloween night because they could speak and mix with evil souls.











6.Bells – According to legend, when the Church bells ring, evil spirits disperse. Hence, many people had church bells ringing during the Halloween night to have the place protected from malevolent spirits walking the earth.















7.Predicting death – During the ancient Celtic times, there was a custom which had all the members of the village build a large bonfire together on Halloween night, which was at that time called Samhain. They would have fun and frolic around the fire until it totally died away. After the fires went out they would make a large circle with the ashes and each person would place a stone there before they went to sleep. The next day morning they would insect the stones – if they were moved or cracked, it would mean that the person whose stone it was would die during that year.   These are just a few of the many superstitions and beliefs associated with Halloween night. The more you know about the different beliefs about Halloween night, the more interesting this special evening becomes