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Wax Seals: A History and How-To

Wax Seals: A History and How-To
The use of wax seals largely disappeared along with the popularity of handwritten correspondence. But judging by the surprising number of sealed envelopes I receive from AoM readers, the practice has certainly not died out completely among those who still practice the art of letter writing. The appeal? They add an element of distinction to your correspondence, and, perhaps just as importantly, give you a chance to play with fire! If you’ve ever been curious about wax seals, today we’ll cover everything on the subject from their history to how to make them yourself. The History of Wax Seals The use of seals can be traced all the way back to the world’s first civilizations, and have been found from Mesopotamia to the Indus Valley. The use of wax seals, however, did not begin until the Middle Ages. Utilized in this official capacity, seals were sometimes placed directly on the document but were most often attached in the “pendent style.” Wax Seals in Private Correspondence Choosing Your Wax Related:  Tools, Gadgets, & TechniquesDeco

5 Hard-Working Vacuums for Serious Cleaning Older 5 Hard-Working Vacuums for Serious Cleaning by Alexa Hotz Issue 59 · L'Amour · February 12, 2013 Newer Issue 59 · L'Amour · February 12, 2013 Share on email What's more romantic than a clean house? Visit The Best Vacuums for more and see Real Simple's Cleaning 101 for an offering of the best cleaning tips. Above: Best Cordless: Electrolux's Ergorapido Ultra+ EL1022A is "two appliances in one—a cordless electric broom, perfect for light whole-room cleaning; and a removable handheld, for spot jobs. Above: Best Luxe: The Miele S7260 "navigates corners effortlessly. Above: Best Canister: The LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus Canister Vacuum features a "bagless canister perpetually cleans itself (picture a rubber spatula scraping a bowl), condensing dust, pet hair, and the like into a compact wad of waste that's easy to dump." Above: Best Bargain: The Shark Navigator Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a "lightweight, bagless bargain with serious maneuverability. Getting domestic this coming weekend?

La Corne du bois des pendus | Santé sans pitité ! flix Live puts the kitchen on wheels The flix Live portable kitchen features folding 'wings' on three sides Image Gallery (12 images) The kitchen is the hub of most households and when you venture outside its walls, many of its conveniences are sorely missed. Sadly, you can't take it all with you ... but you can try. While it may not take you as far afield as the Grub Hub camp kitchen, the flix Live is designed to simplify and speed-up the task of transferring gastronomical proceedings out into the garden, terrace or roof top, where it can work as either a kitchen, BBQ station or buffet. View all Made in Germany by flix GMBH, the flix Live was designed with the assistance of experienced chefs and food experts and packs in many of the tools and gadgets found in any good kitchen. flix Live also sports integrated LED lighting and a professional charcoal grill or two burner electric stove. The unit itself is constructed from hardwood multiplex with frosted acrylic glass surfaces and brush stainless steel legs. About the Author

Sun in a Jar: DIY Solar Lamp, Aglow with Awesome Sun in a Jar: DIY Solar Lamp, Aglow with Awesome Article by Delana, filed under Fixtures & Interiors in the Design category. Catching a bit of the sun’s light and keeping it in a jar sounds like fantasy, but in fact Sun Jars let you do just that. Meant to mimic the gentle glow of a sunset, sun jars are a sweet little way to brighten up your world. While it is bright outside, sun jars capture and collect the rays of the sun, storing that energy until the sun ducks below the horizon for the night. For instant gratification, sun jars can be purchased in pink, blue and yellow varieties. The project can be as simple or as involved as you want it to be, depending on your skills and the available materials. However your sun jar comes into existence, grouping several of these little jars together on a patio or porch makes for the perfect decorative lighting.

Grub Hub packs a camp kitchen in a rolled suitcase We've covered a few camp boxes like the Kanz Field Kitchen and My Camp Kitchen in the past. These boxes serve to organize all of a camper's cooking gear into one box, so as to keep everything easy to transport from garage to campground and prevent things from getting lost. The new Grub Hub is a similar concept but packaged in a softer, more portable package. View all Unlike the aforementioned camp boxes, which are made from rigid materials like wood and aluminum, the Grub Hub is a semi-soft design. At the campsite, the Grub Hub sets up in minutes. Inspired by a boating trip on Utah-Arizona-straddling Lake Powell, inventor Joe Baughman spent the past eight years tinkering around with his design, getting patents and bringing it to market. "The product’s goal is to provide a totally functional camp kitchen system with the highest level of portability possible," Baughman said in a press release. I've been on several camping trips where a lack of table space was a real problem.

Fresh Spin: Rounded Space-Saving Clothes Drying Rack Fresh Spin: Rounded Space-Saving Clothes Drying Rack Article by Urbanist, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. Hanging clothes out to dry is a design problem with a long history and many solutions, making it all the more rare to see something like this clever star-shaped approach that addresses the issue with such adeptness. In some Asian or European regions with more temperate climates, people string their clothes outside to dry, taking maximum advantage of warmth and airflow. Apartment and condo dwellers in colder places often have fewer options – Aaron Dunkerton of Queensland, Australia, but graduate of Kingston University, in the colder United Kingdom, can relate to both sets of conditions. The clever twelve-pointed-star design allows for maximum air circulation and hanging area with a minimum footprint when the drying rack is folded up and stored.

10 Easy Pieces: Pruning Saws Gardenista Older 10 Easy Pieces: Pruning Saws by Janet Hall Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 16, 2013 Newer Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 16, 2013 Just because trees are dormant, doesn't mean the home gardener can be, too. See our earlier post "DIY: Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter" for inspiration and tips. Wood Handled Above: The Opinel Folding Saw No. 18 has a beechwood handle and a 7.125-inch long stainless steel blade that folds into the handle for easy and safe storage. Above: In the Department of Japanese Gardening Tools: The all-purpose Silky New Mebae Pruning Saw works well for most pruning tasks. Above: The Corona Clipper 14-inch Folding Pruning Saw has a curved steel alloy blade designed for faster cutting. Above: In the UK, consider Joseph Bently pruning saws. Above: The Fiskars D-Handle Pruning Saw features a fixed carbon steel curved blade and comfortable wood handle; $24.99 at Clean Air Gardening. Non-Slip Handles For more pruning tools, find out which pruning knife is best for you.

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BikeSpike GPS tracker improves chances of recovering a stolen bike Bicycles are a notoriously easy target for thieves, but technology is here to help in the form of a new device that promises to help cyclists safeguard their property and recover it if stolen. Currently seeking funds on KickStarter, the Chicago-based BikeSpike team has designed a GPS tracker that features a built-in antenna, an on-board accelerometer and a connection to a GSM mobile phone network that allows users to keep tabs on their bike via a smartphone or computer. The BikeSpike isn't meant to replace a locking system, but rather add another layer of security, one that can be disguised with a custom water bottle cage. After physically locking their bike in the normal way, the cyclist can then "digitally lock" their vehicle by arming the device via a web, iOS, or Android app. If the bike moves out of a predefined boundary, the user receives an alert telling them the bike is on the move. Besides security, BikeSpike can also act as a safety device. Source: BikeSpike via KickStarter