Festival of Lights, New Plymouth, New Zealand" by JiaEnzed - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Summer Festival Magic: Decorating for Community Festivals

A Festival Every Night…

Summer is the time when people enjoy the magic of outdoor festivals. It’s been said that there are so many festivals in this season that a person could easily wander his state and hit a festival every night from June 1st to September 1st. Most communities have their share of art festivals, wine festivals, community concerts in the park, and food festivals. But there are some that are noteworthy. Continue reading Summer Festival Magic: Decorating for Community Festivals

Completed DIY Patriotic Star Frame

DIY Patriotic Star Frame

ITEMS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT:
1-Patriotic Themed Frame
We got this from a local supplier – If you cannot find something locally, we can supply in many design options. Please contact us at 1-866-492-4330 with your specific size and design request.

2-Packs 4” Black zip ties (100/pk)

2-#45622R-B Premium Grade 5MM Red, Pure White, and Blue 70ct. LEDs
Additional Supplies – Needle Nose Pliers (tightening/cutting zip ties) & Extension Cord (powering lights while working – Always install/work with the lights on)

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A Feudal Picnic Basket by Alex Lang, on Flickr

International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day takes place on June 18th and it’s the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy the warm weather! A picnic—simply put—involves a meal that is packed up and taken with to be enjoyed outdoors. Whether you want to whisk away your special someone or host a large get together outside, picnics are a great way to enjoy some fresh air with your friends and family. Many outings last well into the evening, which means you’ll need a way to light up the outdoors to keep the fun going! Continue reading International Picnic Day

Forest Night Sky Spruce Trees Stars [CC BY-SA 3.0 us], via Wikimedia Commons

Winter SolsticeTime to Push Back the Darkness

“I love the light for it shows me the way. Yet, I endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” —Og Mandino

Winter solstice marks the day with the shortest hours of light and the longest hours of darkness, and officially launches the season of winter. Many of us have already noticed the oppressive feeling of leaving for and returning from work without seeing the sun. Though winter is only just beginning, we’re already yearning for more daylight. There’s even a mood condition that affects some people in the winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), linked to the shortened hours of daylight. Yet this period of waiting for the light is nothing new. In many ancient cultures, the shortest day in winter was a day to gather and celebrate. It meant that the community could now begin watching for the increase of light. Continue reading Winter SolsticeTime to Push Back the Darkness

The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

The American tradition of decorating evergreen trees, homes, and landscapes, with brightly lit Christmas lights is not as old as many people think. Most of us probably assume that Americans have always used Christmas lights, in one form or another, but this isn’t exactly true. As it turns out, this American tradition has only been around for about 60 years, but the development of the tradition has a story and history that began centuries ago. Continue reading The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

By UrbanUrban_ru (Flickr: DIWALI INDIA 2) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Enlighten Students on the Festival of Lights

“Diwali,” “Hanukkah,” “Pasko,” “Kwanzaa,” “Santa Lucia,” “Loi Krathong.” What do all of these unusual words have in common? They are Festivals of Light from cultures around the world—each one using light to celebrate. This is the perfect time of year for children of all ages to learn how different cultures celebrate the Festival of Lights. Continue reading Enlighten Students on the Festival of Lights

Selecting the best bulb shape

Not many people study Christmas lights. Most people pull the lights out of the closet or attic sometime around Thanksgiving, hang them on the Christmas tree, or drape them over some bushes, and then take them down after New Years. If you are thinking about replacing those old incandescent lights this year with energy-efficient LED string lights you may be surprised at all the options available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping. Continue reading Selecting the best bulb shape