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Archive for May, 2012

Making Cloth Doll

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Cloth dolls have been the norm and constant companion of every little girl in most parts of the world. Part of the attraction of cloth dolls is their utter simplicity. Virtually anyone with spare cloth and who knows how to use a needle can make cloth dolls of their own design. Making cloth dolls is also a good pastime, with the result of creative efforts good enough to display or give away as treasured gifts. This adds a special value to the gift, as being a result of a labor of love instead of being generically manufactured and just taken out of store shelves.

Though cloth dolls may look used and worn as years go by, it is one kind of toys that almost always bears happy childhood memories with it. It is also one kind of toy that could easily become a family heirloom, passed from one generation to another.

Another advantage of having cloth dolls is the fact that its parts are easily replaceable. A plastic doll that loses one of its limbs could not be repaired. On the other hand, cloth dolls with torn parts easily get assembled with minimal fuss. And through the years, these repaired parts become visible marks of how much the cloth doll has been a dear companion of its owner.

Cloth dolls are not also just meant as toys but as work of arts as well. Soft bodied dolls have been used in centuries past to display elaborate costumes and dresses. Some of these dolls are sold to enthusiasts and collectors while some are made for the enjoyment of the makers themselves.

Vintage cloth dolls enjoy a healthy demand by collectors from all over the world. The advent of the internet has allowed these products to be marketed more easily to a specialized niche market. There are also books and magazines published for avid makers and collectors of cloth dolls. Out of these published materials and from internet one can also procure patterns and instructions on how to make these treasured items.

Today, manufacturers of cloth dolls have taken steps to stay in the highly competitive market. Cloth dolls are made of high quality fabric that is both durable and soft to touch. Most are also made of hypoallergenic materials that are easily cleaned with gentle washing. Cloth dolls have also become increasingly attractive, with countless possibilities in terms of size, shapes, and styles of clothing. And because cloth dolls are soft and huggable, it can be the perfect gift even to an infant, whose tiny hands will not have difficulty grasping these items. There are also several accessories available for cloth dolls, including spare clothing or costumes, dollhouses, and even embellishments for clothing that can be easily attached or sewn on.

So the next time you are thinking of giving something for someone, be it a child or adult, consider giving cloth dolls. If making one is quite beyond your time or capability, an especially unique one can easily be ordered online or in stores.

Sporting Wear Improves Your Capability and Performance

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Sports help to increase your stamina as well as fine tunes your body to make it healthy and fight against all diseases. In addition to these benefits, it will also teach some of the key qualities like leadership, team building, sportsmanship and other strategic decision making at crucial times.

Sports apparel and accessories are the ones which add value to the game being played. Apparels for a particular sport say, cricket need not be the same as in the apparels for say, Hockey. But in general every sport needs a sportsman to use an apparel to make the game more interesting. Let us see some of the main sports apparels and accessories being used in many sports.

Cycling: This sport requires the cyclist to wear a skin tight outfit which reduces the extra chafing and helps in the free movement of the limbs. Accessories would include a biker helmet, knee pads, elbow caps and sun glasses to protect your eyes from direct sunlight.

Cricket: This sport would require a cricketer to wear a comfortable trouser and a T-shirt. The apparels would include a cap or hat to protect from torrid heat. A pair of good cricketing shoes, Pads, Abdomen Guards, Helmets, Gloves and Thigh guards.

Swimming: This sport the outfit is made of a light weighted material which never absorbs water and is designed in such a way that the water flows away from the body which helps the swimmer to swim faster. The accessories would include ear plugs, water proof goggles, nose clip and a swimming cap to keep the hair dry.

Running: In this sport, the athlete prefers to wear shorts and t-shirts. And of most, the most important accessory is the running shoe which plays a key role in giving the athlete gain the extra second over his rivals and also protects his limb muscles from the impact caused by placing his foot on the ground while running.

Tennis: This is a sport which involves more stamina and patience. And tennis of lately has been a sport for fashionable apparels and accessories. The female sport stars are well known for their fashionable skirts and tops they wear during a contest. The most common used apparels are caps and wrist bands (used to wipe of the sweat from their face and neck).

The most common apparel to almost all the sports (except for swimming) is the shoes. These play a key role in every sport and have advantages of its own. So the next time you go shopping for a sport apparel or an accessory, make sure you pick the right one rather than just picking for the sake of picking it. Moreover fashion in sports apparel and accessories are never ending in terms of demand. So make it your New Year resolution of playing a new sport each year. Soon your wardrobe will be colourful with all the apparels and accessories, moreover keeping you fit and young.