Author: Thomas

Print involves seeing; the web involves doing. Books, magazines, posters, newspapers, brochures, and advertisements all contain information, usually text and images, whose intent is to deliver some sort of message or content to a reader. More importantly, designers often try to build a call to action into their work that makes a customer believe there is some action they should be taking as a result of the design. Compare a print flyer for a shoe sale with its online counterpart. The call to action for the print fl yer is, “Show up at the store this Saturday to buy these…

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Your makeup is only as good as the tools you use to apply it. Therefore, your tools must always be in their best working condition. That means clean brushes, puffs, and sponges; sharpened tweezers; makeup containers that are in perfect shape; and makeup that’s not too old to use safely. A good set of brushes will last several years if it is well cared for. This involves storing the brushes properly (either in a neat brush roll that has individual slots for each brush or upright in a pencil cup) and keeping them clean. To clean brushes, take a drop…

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To make the biscuits, preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet or 8 wells of a standard-size 12- well muffin pan with coconut oil spray. 2. In a medium-sized bowl, whip the egg whites until very stiff, then gently mix in the garlic. Set aside. 3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, stir together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Cut in the cold diced butter until the butter pieces are pea-sized or smaller. Gently fold the dry mixture into the egg whites. Fold in the cheese. If the dough is too wet to form…

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When I was in high school, I worked at the cutest coffee shop called Uncommon Ground. I loved that job. I often dream about opening my own little coffee shop someday. If I did, this latte would for sure be on my menu! 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or butter-flavored coconut oil if dairy-free) 1¼ cups unsweetened cashew milk (or hemp milk if nut-free) 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for garnish (optional) 2 tablespoons Swerve confectioners’-style sweetener or equivalent amount of liquid or powdered sweetener (see here) 3 tablespoons hot brewed decaf espresso or other strong brewed decaf coffee…

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Many everyday foods are high in sugar and carbs, which is why I’ve found healthier substitutions to use in my recipes. I was that girl who could never stop at ½ cup of pasta or one chip, so I loved putting together this information—all the foods in each photo have the same amount of carbs, so they make it shockingly clear just how much healthier these replacements are. As Craig and I prepped the ingredients to photograph, Craig had to keep making more and more and more zucchini noodles just to equal the carbs in a measly ½ cup of…

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The first inkling of progress toward a practical sewing machine is found in the patent record of Great Britain 1755A.D. by German inventor Charles Wiesenthal. A brief reference to a needle to be made for an undefined mechanical device is our only clue, and no other subsequent reference is known for his device. Thomas Saint filed a patent 1790 A.D. for a leather fastening device that would use an awl followed by needle and thread, but little came of his invention. Like the race to outer space in recent years, a subtle race began. Germans, Austrians, and French inventors made…

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The wonderful world of sewing welcomes you. The air is filled with excitement. Thrills and fun are just waiting for you. Sewing offers you limitless opportunities for self-expression. Sewing gives well deserved feelings of pride and personal satisfaction. You can achieve untold creative possibilities. You may sew for practical purposes, and know you have saved money. You may take pride in solving some big challenge. You may take great satisfaction from achieving your goals. Or you may creating something truly special. You may sew as an art form to express your inner self. You may make beautiful things. Or you…

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