Rabu, 27 Juni 2012

The Tale of the Proud Prince and the Tall, Fat Girl



The tale of the proud prince and the tall, fat girl.

Long ago and far away, to a Kingdom now lost for ever in the mists of time, there came a family of travelling tinkers.

They tried to find work, but with no money and no friends, they could not find a respectable position.

The people of the Kingdom were very proud. They were good people but they were proud. They had worked hard and acted with nobility and sensibility, but they were proud.

The tinker family had a daughter who, though blessed with a sense of humour and a beautiful smile, was often seen to frown. People would remark on it.

"That child of the tinkers has a lovely smile but it's always followed by a deep frown", they would say to their neighbours.

The daughter of the tinkers grew sad. She tried to laugh but always her frown returned. And was not as normal girls for she was tall and she was fat.

One summer day the tall, fat girl was sitting in the market place trying to sell the few possessions they had left: her father's eyeglasses, the cart on which they travelled and a bird in a cage. The beautiful bird was unhappy living in a cage and had long ceased to sing.

The tall, fat girl wished to set the bird free but her mother and father would not allow her to. For the bird was very rare and very beautiful, and the mother and father of the tall, fat girl said that the bird would make them all a lot of money.

"But the poor bird does not sing," cried the tall, fat girl.

"What use is money if she can no longer sing? What use is money,if she can no longer fly?". But her mother and father would not hear her pleas.

The tall, fat girl did not want the bird to be sold; for fear that she would remain forever in the cage and never sing, and never fly.

So the tall, fat girl decided she would await the right moment and then go into the forest and set the bird free. Then she would run away from her mother and father. As she sat in the market place she saw a beautiful chestnut horse approaching.

All the people stopped to look at the horse and at the young man who sat astride his beautiful, broad chestnut back. They smiled and waved at him, they called out to him, the men raised their hats and the women curtsied. He seemed to be a very popular young man.

"Who is that young man?" said the tall, fat girl to a man in the crowd.

"Do you not know, you tall, fat, ignorant girl?" replied the man in the crowd.

"Why, you silly child, he is the King's son. He is very virtuous and very clever but he is proud".

The tall, fat girl looked upon the King's proud son and fell in love.

"But what can I do?" she wailed. "He is the King's son; he could never love me in return."

The King's son did not look at anyone as he rode through the market place on his beautiful chestnut horse. He gazed ahead of him as if seeking his destiny on the horizon.The tall fat girl was sad and her frown returned.

"What can I do"? she wailed, wringing her hands. "Is he a good man, this Prince?" she asked the man in the crowd.

"Yes he is good, a good and noble man, but he is proud," replied the man in the crowd.

"His father the King has taught him to be proud, to do good deeds and give money to the poor but never to look at them. His father the King is so proud that the Prince must never be seen to look at anyone until a Princess can be found for him to marry. This Princess must be very worthy. But above all, she must not be tall."

The tall, fat girl thought deeply."This proud Prince is a good and noble man. If I give him the beautiful bird and ask him if she can live in the trees in the grounds of his castle,will he not see that this is a good and beautiful thing and will he then love me? I will tell him that she is a very beautiful bird who is worth a lot of money but that she does not sing.

And I will plead with him to let her live in the trees in the grounds of his castle so that one day she may sing again, and that one day she may even fly".

She followed the Prince and, as she was so tall and so fat, she reached the horse's head and she hid the sun from his eyes.

The Prince rode on, searching the horizon for his destiny. Suddenly the Princes' horse, frightened by the tall, fat girl and the beautiful bird, reared up in fright, throwing the Prince to the ground.

The tall, fat girl ran and cradled the Prince's head in her lap, after carefully resting the beautiful bird in its cage on the ground beside him.

After a few minutes the Prince opened his eyes and saw the girl's face. The face looked so beautiful against the sky with the sun behind it that he did not notice that the girl was so very tall and so very fat. For the first time in his life he looked upon someone and he smiled.

The tall, fat girl told him about the beautiful bird and begged the proud Prince to let her live in the trees in the grounds around his Palace. She showed him the beautiful bird in its cage and pleaded with him.

"If you do not, my father will make me sell her and she may never sing and she may never fly again," she pleaded, crying and wringing her hands.

The Prince agreed and took the bird to his palace. The girl followed him on foot for 60 leagues, never tiring because she loved him so.

At last they reached the palace and the Prince turned to look at the girl. He had been thinking what a beautiful soul she must have to want to free this beautiful bird and he was beginning to fall in love with her. But when he looked back he saw that she was tall and that she was fat.

"You must leave the Kingdom" he commanded her. "For you are too tall and fat for me to love, even though your soul may be as beautiful as the bird that is now free to live in the trees around my Palace grounds".

The tall, fat girl cried,

"But where can I go and what can I do? I have not sold the beautiful bird for money. I cannot return to my mother and father".

"I do not know" said the Prince. "But you are too tall and too fat and you must leave this place".

So the tall fat girl went to live in the marshes at the far, far end of the Kingdom. For many years she lived there under the protection of the Marsh Baron,who, though good and generous had a fearsome temper. The Marsh Baron would shout and he would roar, clenching his giant fists until them cracked like the bones of the damned.

He would not let the tall, fat girl leave the marshes, she must stay in the Marshland and she must cook, and clean the Baron's castle.

The tall, fat girl thought of the Prince and missed the beautiful bird so much that she could not eat. And she became thinner and thinner. But she could not make herself shorter.

"What can I do to win the proud Prince's love?" she raged to the open sky.

"I am not fat now but I am still too tall. He will not love me unless I can make myself shorter".

The tall girl set out, walking. She walked and she walked for she had come to believe that by walking the thousand leagues to the Princes' castle she would be shorter when she arrived there. The tall girl walked and walked and after many, many days she arrived at the Palace of the good but proud Prince.

A great crowd thronged the gates of the palace.

The tall girl, who to her great sadness had grown no shorter despite her walking, asked a woman in the crowd what the happening at the Palace.

"Why, you tall, silly, ignorant girl", said the woman "Do ye not know? The Prince is to marry a beautiful Princess today. He has searched and searched the Kingdom for someone who is beautiful and virtuous and, above all, is shorter than himself and at last he has found her"

The tall girl wailed and cried.

"I have walked a thousand leagues to see him. I have tried to grow shorter, I have tried".

She resolved to ask the proud Prince to set the bird free so that she could go with her, for she knew she would die inside without her.

"If you will not love me because I am too tall, please let me take the beautiful bird with me and I will go, oh proud and noble Prince, she pleaded.

The Prince was moved by her pleas and took the tall girl to the tree where sat the beautiful bird, singing. But the proud Prince did not want to let the beautiful bird go, for he had grown to love her.

"I do not know if the beautiful bird will go with you, oh still too tall girl. said the Prince. "For she has lived so long flying from tree to tree in the grounds of my palace that she has learned to sing again."

The tall girl looked at the bird, which looked back at her, still singing.

"Oh beautiful bird" said the tall girl. "Do you remember me?"

"I am still too tall but I am not fat any more. Oh please say you remember me, because it was I who set you free to live in the gardens of the Princes Palace"

The bird flew onto the tall girl's shoulder, believing her to be another tree. The girl walked away from the Palace with the bird on her shoulder.

And it is said that the tall girl and the beautiful bird can still be seen on the horizon, walking, walking, and walking.

And it is said that the beautiful bird flies around the tall girl's head and brings her berries and flowers.

And it is said that now they both sing.

ends Marguerite Hegley

This was based on a real experience. I thought it would be interesting to put it into the language of the Fairy Tale.

Creating Custom Blankets



With winter fast approaching, it will soon be time to snuggle up with a nice, warm blanket. Custom blankets are an excellent way to get that warmth and to do so in a way that is consistent with your style and personality. While stores offer a wide variety of blankets, these are not catered to you. You can get customized blankets online, but doing it yourself is much cheaper.

For this project you will need the following supplies:

Flannel fabric

Pins

Sewing machine

Embroidery floss

Embroidery needle

Scissors

Iron

Washing Machine

Drier

Fabric paint or other decorations

First, pick out the flannel fabric; make sure to choose a design or color that matches your creative nature or your personality. Exactly how much fabric you need will depend on the size of the blanket you are making, but remember that you will need two pieces of fabric the same size. Trim off the selvage edge, making sure to take the same amount of fabric from each piece.

Next you will want to wash, dry and iron out the fabric. This step is important in case the fabric shrinks when it is washed as it's better to have it shrink before starting the project than when the project is finished.

Next, place the fabric pieces on top of one another with the outside patterns facing each other so that you are looking at the sides of the flannel which will be the inside of the blanket. Pin down each corner to hold the edges together.

With your sewing machine, sew three of the edges together using a 1/2 inch seam. Sew up most of the fourth edge, but leave about 5 inches where you do not sew. Push the blanket through this hole to turn it right side out. You should now be looking at the outer pattern. Pin the opening and sew it closed by stitching along the edge where the two fabrics meet.

With the embroidery floss threaded through the embroidery needle, start from the back of the blanket and sew the edge around the outside of the blanket. Leave a thread loop at the top of the blanket. When you have finished sewing the edge, push the needle through the loop and pull it tight.

You have completed the basics of your custom blanket and now it's time to spice it up a bit. You can use fabric paint to draw pictures or write names on the blanket. Or, if you prefer, you can sew on little decorations or fabric swatches, pieces of cut up T-shirts or whatever will make the blanket as unique as you are. Go wild! Go crazy! Open up and let your decorative genius flow!

In addition to making these blankets for yourself, you can also consider making them as gifts. Friends and relatives will love the creativity you put into the blankets, especially if you are able to make the blanket more personal to the person for whom it is being made. For instance, make it with their favorite color or use some of their old discarded T-shirts to create lasting memories. It's really up to you, the possibilities are endless.

How To Design Your Own iPhone Case At Home



In a world of hundreds of millions of iPhones, many people yearn to make their devices uniquely their own. While physical and online stores sell a variety of mass-manufactured iPhone cases, there is surely a better way to reach heightened individuality. Luckily, there are many ways to design your own iPhone case and avoid the pitfall of having an accessory that looks just like everyone else's.

Designing an iPhone case takes a lot of creativity, so the first step is to remove any perception of the limits of what can and cannot be used to cover an iPhone. The options exceed the standard plastic, fabric, and leather options hanging on the store racks. That being said, there are three easy places to start the brainstorming, and all three have legions of happy, devoted followers.

First, there are several online stores that let people choose a photograph to be printed on a plain iPhone case. These sites tend to have decent galleries of their own to choose from, and some even let users upload their own images. Users can even design physical artwork and scan it to the computer, or they can create a masterpiece by using graphics software. The possibilities are endless.

Second, there is a huge trend going on currently that uses low-cost, clear iPhone cases and transforms them into personalized pieces of art. All it takes is a few scrapbooking tools and a bit of creativity. Just grab some fabric, glitter, speciality ink, high-quality paper, clear-dry adhesives, and whatever else comes to mind. The outside of the case can be given an entirely new look and texture.

Alternatively, many people choose to remove the insert that comes with the iPhone case. Then they trace around it on several varieties of scrapbooking paper. This is an extremely affordable way to create several custom cases, because the fitted sheets of scrapbooking paper can be switched every day, and even throughout the day. Since every craft store has aisles devoted to scrapbooking paper, there are potentially thousands of different designs from which to choose. For the price of one ho-hum case, someone can create a dozen unique cases at home.

Third, some companies have created kits to help people cross-stitch their own cases. The benefit of this option is that cross-stitched cases have an awesome texture and just feel nicer than a lot of their plasticky counterparts. The cross-stitching also helps the owner keep a tight grip on the iPhone. These kits can be used to design something old-fashioned, modern, classy, cute, radical, and anything in between.

Choosing to design your own iPhone case can take you in many different directions. These tips are a good springboard, but there are many creative things to try. Take a walk through a craft store and pick up some things that can be incorporated. Stickers, embellishments, rhinestones, ribbons, stencils, stamps, and many other materials can give added life and personality to any iPhone case. The most important thing to remember is that a custom iPhone case should reflect the style and interests of its owner. That is the only sure way of creating a design that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Make Your Own Gifts Using Your Own Photos, Logos, Designs And Text



Given the rise in popularity of photo gifts and the corresponding number of websites that have sprung up to meet the huge demand, it is now easier than ever to make your own gifts!

When you design your own gift it allows you to make a statement to the recipient; the gift can be easily personalized with a meaningful photo along with a special message or commemorative text. Such creativity allows people to express their true feelings while also providing the recipient with the feeling that the gift giver has put a lot of thought and effort into their gift giving. This is the main reason why photo gifts have become so popular - they make it incredibly easy for absolutely anyone to create their own personalized gifts.

To provide readers with a little inspiration, I describe below a few events that are tailor made for personalized gifts.

The Birth of a Child

In these days of digital photography it's never more than a few hours before the new arrival's photos are sitting in your inbox, or proudly displayed on one of the social media sites. With such rapid communication available to anyone with a computer or smart phone, it's easy to get your hands on the new baby's photos; photos you can use to create your own gifts, gifts that can be personalized with those freely available baby pictures.

One of the most popular personalized gifts for new arrivals is a custom made baby blanket. Can you imagine the reaction of new parents when you give them a blanket personalized with a photo, or maybe even a collage of photos, of their newborn child? To provide the finishing touch all you need to add is the baby's name and date of birth.

The Christening or Baptism of a Child

Common gifts at Christenings and Baptisms include silver spoons, egg cups, bowls and drinking mugs. We've all seen these gifts given over and over again, with and without inscriptions, so they never surprise the parents in the slightest. Now, if you want to be different, next time you are invited to a Christening or Baptism, how about making your own gift displaying a picture of the baby along with the child's name, date of birth and date of the Christening? Such a gift is almost certain to turn heads, especially those of the parents!

When people are looking for Baptism gift ideas they normally want to find a keepsake type of gift. If that is what you are looking for you may want to consider a custom porcelain plate? The great thing about porcelain plates is they look great wherever they are placed, hanging on the wall or positioned on a plate stand on the sideboard.

Once a porcelain plate is personalized with a photo, name and date it makes a perfect keepsake; the greatest advantage they have is as the child grows up and eventually moves to their own home they can take their plate with them and hang it on their own wall. If you are looking for the perfect keepsake this is probably it!

Graduation Gifts

Like births and Christenings, graduations usually call for a special type of gift. While there are hundreds of fully customizable gifts to choose from, if you want a meaningful keepsake, the best thing to do is create your own gift, featuring an appropriate photo and meaningful text.

Obviously gifts are better if they can be used as well as appreciated. With that in mind, a great idea for a graduation gift is a custom personalized bookmark. All you need is a good photo of the graduate that you can place on the bookmark, then, simply add their name and date, and you will have a gift both you and the graduate will be proud of.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, you can always make your own gift for any occasion. No matter if the recipient is a man, woman or child, if you look around you will always find a suitable gift. It is also always great fun when you design your own gift; finding the appropriate photos on your computer often leads to you reminiscing over old photos that you had forgotten you had! Happy memories…..

Senin, 04 Juni 2012

Show Your Pooch You Care With Personalized Dog Tags

Personalized dog tags are a great way to show how much you care for your canine companion. They are easy to make and creating them can be a great family exercise. Make your pup's identification tag as unique and special as the pup itself!

There are a few ingredients you will need for this project. The first is a plastic shrinkable tag. You will also need various colored pencils, permanent pens or colored markers and something you can use to make a hole in the tag, such as a pin or needle.

First, lay your plastic shrinkable tag down on a flat, clean surface. Next take one of your writing utensils and write the information for your pet on the tag. You might consider writing the pet's name and a way to contact you in case the pet gets lost to facilitate your furry friend's return.

Next comes the fun part! Use the colored pencils or pens to draw and color the name tag. Let your imagination run free, and create something that is personal and unique for your dog. This is a great time to call in the rest of the family and give each person a turn at making designs or drawing pictures on the tab. Fine tip pens and pencils work better than thicker tipped pens, so put those jumbo markers away. When making your design, it is important to remember that the tag is going to shrink, so consider making the design a little larger than you think it should be. Be careful not to obscure the important identification information you wrote on the tag with any of your artwork.

Now you want to add a hole to the dog tag so that you will be able to hang the dog tag on the pup's collar. Use the pin or needle to poke a hole in the tag. Remember to make the hole about 3 times larger than you need to compensate for shrinkage of the tag itself.

For the next part, you will use your oven. Read the directions on the shrinkable plastic carefully, as it will tell you what temperature to set the oven on and how long the tags need to "bake." Set the oven and put the tag on a cookie sheet, then the cookie sheet into the oven and let it cook for the appropriate amount of time.

Once the baking is over, remove the cookie sheet and let the plastic tag cool, usually a minute or two will suffice. Once the tag has cooled and you can safely attach the completed tag to the collar, you're done and have one dapper pooch!

There are several advantages of these homemade tags aside from just the aesthetic satisfaction of designing them yourself. They are inexpensive so if the tag gets lost or destroyed, you can just make another one. Consider making several of them, and switching the tags out during different times of the year. For example, you could make a tag for the pup to wear during the summer months, another that would be worn during Halloween and yet another for Christmas time.