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Professional Looking Pay Stubs for My New Worker

I have had my own business for the last ten years. The only difference since starting it is that I finally have to hire someone to help me. I have made a decent living with just me doing it, but now I am at the point where I am able to finally hire someone without taking a huge hit in my own finances. I am only going to hire one person, and I have been doing a lot of research to make sure that I do it right. One of the things I found was a pay stub maker site.

My biggest concern was having to handle someone’s pay check. Read more

6 Ways to wear high low maxi dresses

Dresses for girlsare comfortable and stylish option for summer. They are fashionable, versatile and perfect for different events.One dress in particular, has the potential of being styled for different moods and occasions be it funky, playful, dressy, casual or formal. Yes, maxi dresses are not only fun and easy to style, they can be worn to suit different occasion, purpose and taste that too with least effort.



A maxi dress can be found in a range of styles, cuts, colours, prints and fabrics. Just by varying any one of these attributes you can have an entirely different look to yourself. Besides, the versatility offered by them is nearly unmatched for. Also, the new trend of high low hem makes the maxi even more interesting.

The high low dresses for girlsis a bit confusing and intimidating but when done right it will prove to be equally chic and versatile. A high low maxi dress is any dress which is high in the front like any regular dress but low in the back similar to a maxi dress. This make maxi dresses even more interesting in the sense that it offers great coverage while at the same instance offering a bit of leg show. Well, if you find the high low fashion trend harder to pull off, here are few tips to make it work for you.






  1. A high low maxi dress is great for dressy occasions. Get something in flowy silhouette and pair it with some contrast shoes to make a style statement. Style it using an interesting clutch and a pair of earrings.
  2. However, this doesn’t mean that you should restrict the high low dresses for girls only for dressy occasions. High low maxi dresses can also be styled for casual occasions. In fact a high low maxi dress is a great alternative to a full length maxi dress. Team it with a cute pair of stylish wedges and you are sure to attract lots of attention with your unique and individual style.
  3. Well, if you want to wear high low maxi dresses to work, it is quite easy to do so. Regardless of the office dress code, go for structured pieces and pair them with stylish heels for a polished look.
  4. Pick the right length. In case if you don’t want to show too much of your leg, go for something which isn’t too high on the front. This will offer a subtle take on the high low trend.
  5. The high low dresses for girls are great for summers but if you think that you can get away by not waxing your legs you are wrong. You might skip shaving your legs with long flowy maxi dresses, but when donning the high low fashion trend please go and shave your legs if you simply don’t want to receive that disapproving look from everybody else
  6. Choosing the right shoes and accessories are very important when wearing the high low fashion trend. Since the high front is sure to put the focus on your shoes, wearing the right pair becomes very important. And since the high low trend makes for bohemian look, a pretty necklace and dangly earrings will only add to the look.

A Temporary Home Away from Home

When I was younger I always wanted to live in New Orleans. I loved the stories I heard about the city and the shows that took place in the city of soul that I grew up watching. It inspired me a great deal and yet despite that dream of wanting to make it in the Big Easy I have instead found myself looking for apartments for Houston TX, one of the most unlikely cities and states I would have made home. I’m beginning to suspect that Texas and I are not going to get along but hopefully there’s some sort of lesson to learn or opportunity to be made while I’m here.

It’s not by choice, actually. My Uncle is in poor health. Thirty some odd years smoking will do that to you. Read more

Some advice for selling handcrafted jewellery on the internet. 2

As with my previous article I point out the advantages of taking perfect photos of your handcrafted and handmade jewellery when selling online. The most important part of marketing your goods is in the presentation and as you are selling online this means that you have to have clear and sharps photos to display your goods perfectly.

As with achieving a clear and sharp photo with the aid of a tripod and the macro lens you also need to master the art of lighting to be able to photos of your handmade jewellery that are true to colour and full of details. To achieve the best results you will need to use soft diffused lighting as this works best with handcrafted jewellery. You will probably already have discovered with previous photos that using an on camera does not give the results you are looking for displaying your goods online. The flash is far too bright for this job and you will have bright spots and hard shadows on your pictures. You have to replace your flash with continues lighting and when you are photographing your earrings and bracelets you will see the difference in the results you achieve. You require that your handmade jewellery is shown at its best. The best lighting to use in natural light bulbs and to have the lighting balanced so that you have natural light and showing no shadows or bright spots on your handcrafted jewellery. These natural light bulbs can be found at any reputable camera shop. You know have your bulbs and the next thing you will need is a light tent and this serves to diffuse the entire light giving even colour to your photos.

A small photo tent is not expensive and it will reduce the entire glare and will help to control any shadows you may acquire when photographing your handmade jewellery. They are widely available in many sizes and shapes and because you jewellery items are only small you will not require a large tent just a small one will do the job you need.

The last thing you need to do to obtain the perfect picture of your handcrafted jewellery is the correct exposure. If your background is a plain white colour it may appear gray in the image and if this happens it means that it has been under exposed. To rectify this you will need more light as your cameras lighting sensor is not picking up enough light. To get the setting right you will again have to read your manual as most of the cameras on sale today have an exposure compensation setting. When you have found the controls for this you will be able to increase the exposure until the image of your handcrafted jewellery looks correct.

When you become comfortable and confident with experimenting with your handmade jewellery photography and are getting used to using different settings, shutter speeds and apertures you will find that you are taking beautiful and confident jewellery photos and are able to adjust the setting for taking photos of different types of jewellery. it may be that you can use the same settings for taking photos of earrings, bracelets and necklaces and when you have the setting and lighting correct you can use them for all your handcrafted jewellery settings.

We now have the advantage of being able to use computer software to enhance or jewellery photos and this can help us obtain stunning images. It is defiantly quicker to use the image as it has been shot but if we are to be practical this does not always work. It is sometimes difficult to get your pieces of unique and original handcrafted jewellery to look as you would like and this is when you have to be able to adjust the image by adjusting the exposure, cropping and re-sizing and most of these things you will have to do before being able to upload the photo to the internet.

Take your time and have fun experimenting and you will produce spectacular photos that will show your beautiful jewellery at its best and hopefully make many sales.

Handcrafted Christmas jewellery adding glamour to the season.

When it comes to the season for use to dress up in our finery and bring out our favourite pieces of unique handcrafted jewellery then Christmas is the one. Family parties and nights out with our colleges are the time when we want to be wearing a sparkly jewellery sets and dangly earrings.

The Christmas season brings the year to an end and paves the way to a new one. We look forward to this holiday season and get excited to the prospect of the parties and celebrations that will be given to us, and also the gifts that we will be giving and receiving.

This is the special season when family and friends get together to show their love and affection for each other. It is the time when we will exchange gifts with each other and if you are giving a present to some that is special and dear to you the you will want to give a present that has special meaning and what better way to do this than a piece of stunning handcrafted jewellery? This could be in the form of a pair of earrings, a beaded bracelet, jewellery sets that have been crafted from pearls or jewellery in any other form. It does not matter how large or small the jewellery gift it will be treasured for years.

In the future when these pieces of handcrafted jewellery are worn they will bring back found and loving memories of the person that gave you the gift. Jewellery has always been a much loved and treasured gift for any woman to receive and will always appreciate its value both monetary but most importantly it sentimental value as a price cannot be put on that. When she wears this unique and unusual jewellery design she will be admired and draw pleasing attention to herself.

So if we are looking for a piece of handcrafted jewellery to give as a Christmas gift what is it we choose? Do we go for a bracelet that has been crafted from stunning lampwork glass beads, if it is in our price bracket than jewellery sets that are crafted from gemstones, it could be a small pair of pearl earrings or a cheap piece of handmade jewellery made from wood but whatever you choose if you have put love and thought into purchasing the piece it will be treasured.

Christmas is also the time handcrafted jewellery gifts of the past come out to be worn as this is the season of parties and we all want to look our best. When we are wearing the new gown to go to the Christmas ball then we will want to compliment it with jewellery sets of sparkly crystals to add some sparkle. If it is a family dinner we are attending then maybe it is earrings and a matching necklace of freshwater pearls that will suit the occasion. You could be going on a romantic date with your husband and then you would like to wear the pair of earrings that he bought you last Christmas. It could be a fun night out with the girls and this is where you will want to wear your fun and funky pieces of handcrafted jewellery to add some colour to your casual social gathering.

So if you are going to give someone a piece of handcrafted jewellery as a present this Christmas season you are going to find many bracelets, necklaces, jewellery sets and earrings on the market and I am sure that they will all be loved and you will see these pieces being worn for many holiday seasons to come.

About semi-precious stones and there us in creating handmade jewellery.

Semi-precious stones have been treasured for many years and have been used as a form of adornment for as long. A gemstone or as we will refer to them as semi-precious stones are a natural mineral and when these beautiful stones have been cut and polished they are used to create stunning pieces of handmade jewellery. Not all semi-precious stones are strictly gems and they do not all sparkle and shine, natural minerals such as Opals and pearls but neither the less they still come under the heading of semi-precious stones. After these natural stones have been cut and polished they are used set in precious metals to make earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces and jewellery sets.

The value of the semi-precious stones will depend on many different factors. One of the determine factors is how rare the stone is, like everything in life the rarer it is the greater its cost. Gemstones like beautiful Rubies and Emeralds are available to us in smaller amounts than Diamonds and this is the reason why they are more expensive. If a stone is in vogue then this may add to its cost as it becomes a piece of semi-precious jewellery that everyone is looking for. The colour, the clarity and the quality of the cut are all factors in the cost of the stone and also its aesthetic nature and if it has both of these the cost will be very high. These stones can be cut and polished into beads and pendants.

Some of the semi-precious stones that we use in the making of handmade jewellery are Turquoise, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Tigers Eye and Amazonite. These can be used on their own or they can be set into precious metals. The beautiful natural colours of these semi-precious stone can create stunning semi-precious jewellery designs like earrings crafted from Rose Quartz cabochons, Rings set with polished Black Onyx stone, necklaces that have the lovely blue stone of Turquoise set into a unique and original sterling silver setting or a bracelet that has been handcrafted from beads made of Tigers Eye.

A sparkling Diamond is the typical gemstone we think of when we think of a typical gemstone and the value of this determined in different ways than other gemstones. The Diamond has been highly valued more for its physical properties of hardness, its stunning clarity, and beautiful brilliance. Other gemstones like Rubies and Sapphires are judged on different qualities such as their depth of colour but in the case of all these stones the larger the carat then higher the value and this will determine the price of the piece of handmade jewellery they have been set in.

These beautiful stones can be used on their own in a semi-precious jewellery designs or they can be mixed and matched creating unique and original jewellery designs. You will find Ruby rings where large single Rubies have been surrounded by small diamond. Pearl earrings that have diamonds added for sparkle and glamour. It could be a bracelet with a mix of gemstones making a colourful piece of unique handmade jewellery.

The same rule applies to pieces of semi-precious jewellery, the natural stones can be used on their own or they can be used in combinations mixing colours and also shaped and size of beads. Pendants of one stone can be set in the centre of a beads necklace of another stone or a total mix of stones can be used. Adding pearls and crystal beads to the mix can give a totally different look to the piece of handmade jewellery making it unique in design. The possibilities are endless and it will all depend on your personal choice and style.

Handmade and handcrafted Celtic jewellery.

Handcrafted jewellery has always had a very special place in Celtic life. We can see this because of all the items that have been found in burial tomes and in sacred religious settings that have been very important in the Celtic history. These pieces of handmade jewellery were worn by both women and men unlike today when jewellery is prominently worn by women.

The crafts men of the ancient Celts were very talented and skilled and produced some amazing pieces of jewellery considering the equipment and materials that were available to them. These pieces were produced with the popular Celtic patterns and themes and these stunning designs are still produced today in the same way.

If we are to think of a piece of handcrafted Celtic jewellery our first thought might go to the famous Celtic ring. This ring has great significance and can be given on an engagement, as a betrothal rings, and as friendship rings. These are predominately a European thing but in the last few years the demands for these designs have become worldwide. These traditional handmade Celtic rings have very beautiful intricate designs of spirals, knots, scrolls and chevrons and all of these have a special meaning and significance.

The most popular and well known of these designs is the Celtic knot and the significance of this lies in obscurity and no one knows it’s true meaning or origin. Some scholars say that the knot symbolizes all the interconnections of life in all forms both in nature and in relationships. The connections of nature were very important to the Celts. Many of these references are seen in myths and legends but no clear theme has been emerged from this.

Celtic crosses are seen on many pieces of handcrafted jewellery and this is no ordinary cross it is quite unique to the Celtic culture. This Celtic knot work is found in designs that pre date Christian times. The designs of these crosses have equal arms that have been enclosed by a full circle. This is known to symbolise and represent the four corners of the earth and the four elements which are air, water, earth and the forth being fire. The circle that is around the cross symbolises infinity and also represents the path of the sun to the sky. This is a contrary mix of designs both the religious Christian symbolism and also the mystical.

This cross design was not only used in making pieces of handmade jewellery like pendants, necklaces, engraved on bracelets and in charms but it can be seen on pottery and in the designs of handcrafted fabrics.

The next most popular design used in the making of handmade Celtic jewellery is the pentangle and this is a five pointed star and this star sits within a circle and again this is said to represent the five sacred elements, fire, water, air, earth and also the spirit. It also represents the five stages of our lives. These five stages are birth, the coming of youth, the coming of adulthood, aging and finally death. This pentangle sign has its roots in paganism and is also associated with Wicca.

Many of the pieces of Celtic jewellery have designs of animals and these are used to represent various aspects of life. Handcrafted jewellery will contain motifs of a geometric motif and these play a large part of the designs and these have been the inspiration for these beautiful pieces for centuries. You will find single spirals, dual spirals, triple centred spirals and chevrons that look like arrowheads. These designs of arrowheads were used by hunters and warriors as good luck charms.

These designs can still be seen today in modern pieces of handmade jewellery and you will see them on earrings, bracelets and pendants and the metal that is commonly used to create these beautiful pieces is silver.

Sexy Costumes: Fun or Too Far?

As the weather heats up and we all strip down as bare as we dare, the debate over modesty in American culture, much like the heat, rages on. One particularly fiery area of this debate centers on the popular trend of wearing sexy costumes on Halloween night. October is rapidly approaching so the question becomes: are sexy costumes fun or too far?

The Case Against Sexy Costumes:

Some argue that Halloween just gives people (read: women) an excuse to look totally inappropriate without being yelled at by their grandma or arrested for solicitation by the police. As a female, I can tell you that both of those things often happen anyways. Also, as someone who didn’t exactly jump for joy when I saw a sexy Koala costume last year (Seriously? Now I can’t even go to the marsupial exhibit at the zoo anymore without feeling dirty!), I can understand why that argument can seem valid. Why not cover up and look cute on Halloween? Why the fishnets and bustiers?

Not only are sexy costumes “inappropriate,” they also can be quite uncomfortable. Nobody likes pulling down their skirt all night or trying to avoid eye contact with the middle-aged creep who’s eying you across the room at a college party. Maybe it sends the wrong message. Though it may not be an ideal first impression, a sexy costume says…sex. It says it loud and clear. Maybe that’s not the word us ladies should be projecting on a night when too often people get drunk off pumpkin punch and make poor choices. Perhaps modesty is the best policy. These are arguments repeated time and time again by worried parents, gossipy middle school girls, conservative Republicans, and protective older brothers.

The Case For Sexy Costumes:

To those who don sexy costumes or support them, these arguments are either wrong-headed or irrelevant. Not only do sexy costumes themselves not send an inherently immoral message about the character of the woman who wears them, but even if they did, it doesn’t matter! Hating on sexy costumes is just another way of people (read: men) trying to tell women what to do. Men dress up completely inappropriately on Halloween all the time and nobody bats an eyelash, but as soon as a girl wears a mini skirt and some clear heels the whole world has to splash holy water and cry “Sodom and Gomorrah!” I once saw a man in a skin tight Batman costume. You could see ALL of his business. But nobody was running around behind him telling him to cover up his little caped crusader! This isn’t the 17th century. Women can read. Women can vote. And they can wear whatever the feel like, whenever they feel like it. It’s that simple.

Sexy costumes are just another avenue of expression. They are a way to step into a fantasy, even if just for one night. There’s no reason adult women shouldn’t be able to wear whatever makes them feel sexy. I was once a sexy school girl for Halloween and found the whole thing quite liberating, even if some drunk dude kept snapping my suspenders. It was a night of pure fun and isn’t that what Halloween is all about?

Also, who says that sexy is just for women? Men who want to show a little skin should feel totally free to do so! I know I enjoy it. So carry on, skin tight Batman. Carry on.

Lovely unique handcrafted jewellery set with Rubies.

One of the most stunning gemstones has to be the ruby with its rich deep red colour it is loved by jewellery makers in creating there handcrafted jewellery designs. You will find jewellery sets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings set with this gemstone and you can see throughout history where this stone was used to create their unique and original designs.

Rubies have been converted and desired for many a long year and has been seen worn by Kings. It is known as the gem of gems surpassing all other semi-precious gemstones. It comes under the category of the mineral corundum and it has a stunning deep rich red colour and is one of the reasons that jewellery designer love to add this semi-precious gemstone in there pieces of handcrafted jewellery.

Ruby throughout history has symbolised love and passion and this is probably due to the rich red colour it posses and it is said if worn it will aid to strengthen friendship and believed to give you eternal beauty. It is the birthstone for anyone that is born in the month of July so it is considered very lucky to wear a piece of handcrafted jewellery with this semi-precious gemstone set into its unique and original design. It also makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone whose birthday falls within this month.

You can find Rubies in various shades of red; you can see colours that range from a very deep and rich red that has tones of blue and purple within it and also a lighter yellow/red colour. The finest specimens of this stunning semi-precious gemstone are mined in Burma and the colour of the colour of these are very vivid, a pure spectral red with slight under tones of blue and these are the ones that are much sort after for creating stunning pieces of handcrafted jewellery, earrings, jewellery sets, bracelet, rings and earrings all use this beautiful red gemstone in there unusual designs. Ruby is one of the hardest gemstones which make it perfect for cutting and polishing and is extremely durable which makes it the perfect stone for jewellery making.

Translucent varieties of the beautiful gemstone Ruby are available and one of these varieties of translucent Ruby has when cut into a cabochon a six ray star effect. Because of this Ruby was given the name star ruby and is one of the most stunning gemstones that nature has supplied us with. This looks stunning when set into pieces of handcrafted jewellery rings and pendants and when this stone is surrounded by diamonds.
Because the start ruby is so expensive, beautiful and rare it is another stone where you find fakes have been produced.

We have to remember that the more a piece is valued and the greater the demand for a piece the more chance there will be of someone trying to produce a replica. The way that you will find a fake among this gemstone and many others is the clarity of colour, the cut and how hard these stones are as many fakes are crafted from softer stones that will scratch.

If you are looking for a piece of jewellery handcrafted with this beautiful stone then it is advised that you choose a reputable jeweller that has been recommended and will give you assurances that the gem is genuine. Make sure that you have an idea of the design you would like your piece of handcrafted jewellery and also the budget you have to spend. Do not let the jeweller try and make you spend more than you can afford as it is very easy to let your love of gemstone jewellery let you get carried away. Ask the jewellery advice on the care and storage of you new treasure.

A look at gemstones in handcrafted jewellery designs.

Gemstones are available to us in two main types and these are precious gemstones and semi-precious gemstones and both of these are used extensively in handcrafted jewellery designs. There are many things that have to be learnt about precious gemstones.

There are many ways that each of this gemstones differ and this is with the composition with the natural stone, like with everything the quality, and the availability and this of course will affect the cost. It goes without saying that if you want a piece of handcrafted jewellery that has a rare precious gem in its design it will cost you a lot more than a pair of earrings, jewellery bracelets, necklaces and rings that have semi-precious stones in the unique and original designs. We need to know a little bit more about these gemstones and one fact that might amaze you is that the diamond is not the most expensive gemstone on the market.

As stated the much loved and treasured of gemstones the diamond is not the most expensive diamond and there have been very many that have fetched incredible prices and one of these is the Red Diamond and this is one of the rarest stones we can find as is a rich burgundy colour and if you are not an expert can be mistaken for a Garnet. These are very expensive but there are more that have fetched more than diamonds. But who would not like one of these stunning stones set into a piece of their handcrafted jewellery?

Garnets are a beautiful stone and usually a deep red colour but the rarest of these gems is the Blue Garnet and these are very rare and can only be found in a couple of places around the world. The colour of these beautiful stone can range from teal blue through to a deep and rich royal blue depending on the light.

Painite is another gemstone that is quite rare and is not widely used in handcrafted jewellery designs. The lovely smoky colour has deep hints of gold, amber and this is one of the rarest stones on the planet so it is obvious that this is going to be one of the most expensive.

Black Opals are stunning with their myriad of sparkly colours and these are a lot rarer than the white opal. These are used in unique and original handcrafted ring designs, in pendants as the focal point and surrounded with other gemstones to contrast the beautiful natural colours in the stone. This stones shine and shimmer in the light making it a very popular gemstone to use in the making of handcrafted jewellery.

Another stunning natural gemstone is the Sapphire and when we think about this stone we think about it being blue in colour but it does come naturally in other shades from deep purple blue to pink and even a hint of green. These stones can constantly be seen in pieces of unusual handcrafted jewellery and the deepest blue coloured of these stones fetch the highest prices. Jewellery bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings can all be found containing these stones in the designs and as with other gemstones it can be used as a focal point and then surrounded by diamonds.

So have you decided yet which your favourite gemstone is? If you were to choose a piece of handcrafted jewellery would it be a pair of earrings, jewellery bracelets, a pendant, a ring or necklaces? If you were to choose one of these which gemstone would you have set into the unique jewellery design? There are so many choices that it would be hard to choose just the one.