If you have a new boat, or an older one that needs redecorating, read this article to give you some ideas on how you can make your vessel look like home! Sometimes new boat owners are just like new car or truck owners. They rush out and buy the latest gadgets and decorative items they can find to put on or in their new vessels. Actually, though, in order to decorate your boat, you need to be careful that you don't go overboard, (no pun intended). So, here are a few tips to help you along:
The first thing to do is to sit down and soak up the atmosphere of your boat. It doesn't matter how long you have owned your vessel. You need to get a feel for it. And, as you're sitting there, look around at the walls and at the existing decorations. Then, the next thing you need to do is to take a walk through in and around your boat. Ask yourself these questions: do the existing decorations match your tastes? Do they beautify your boat? Or, are they boring and just look like clutter? What needs to stay and what needs to go? Are there too many decorations on the wall as well as around other places on your vessel? And, ask yourself the most important question of all: do they make your boat feel like home?
By now you should have a pretty good idea of what you want to get rid of. But, you still have to decide how you're going to decorate your boat to give it the look you want. You can, of course, give it an ocean related theme. You can buy small, decorative anchors, plastic cranes and seagulls, mermaids, ship steering wheels, and hang or set them around. Or, you can buy useable items that will not only represent the ocean, but will also come in handy. These items include welcome mats, bedspreads, pillows, throw blankets, bottle openers, lamps, shelves, and hanging lights.
Or, if you don't want a solely traditional ocean theme, you may choose to intermix some of the above mentioned items with items that remind you of home. For example, you can look around your home on land and find some pictures, knick knacks, wall hangings, and other items that you like. Take some of those from your land home and place them in your boat. Then, when you look at these items, you'll be reminded of your warm, cozy home.
You can take some of your favorite books and place them in a small book shelf on your boat too.
Or, hang up some fish netting and hook pictures of your family onto it.
As far as furniture goes, make sure that you choose small pieces that will fit well in your boat. Avoid large, stuffed, clumsy chairs and love seats that take up too much space. Since your space is really limited on a boat, you'll have to make the most of it.
Or, here's another tip: try decorating your vessel in your favorite colors rather than in a theme. That means, if your favorite color is yellow, you can buy yellow curtains, rugs, decorative dishes, and the like. These items don't have to be solid yellow color- that might be boring!- but at least have some of the color in them.
To help keep your boat feeling like a homey atmosphere, and free of clutter too, periodically take a walk through and take inventory of your decorative items. If you find that you don't use certain items, such as throw blankets, pillows, and hanging lights, it would be a good idea to do away with them, no matter how much they add to the decor.
Less clutter means a cleaner boat too. You'll have an easier time sweeping, dusting, and mopping your vessel if it has a limited amount of items on it.
Learn the proper way to iron a shirt:
Ironing is less of an art than it used to be. Today, fashion rules accommodate wrinkles, recognizing that pure linen and pure cotton will get wrinkled one way or the other. Other fabrics need no ironing to look crisp and ready to wear. Dry cleaners provide laundry and ironing for washable items at reasonable rates.
For the purpose of this lesson, we will assume that the shirt is a 100-percent cotton, standard dress shirt - not button-down, not tux, not that favorite rayon number with the never-seen-in-nature palm trees. (One learning-experience at a time is enough.)
1. A clean, dry shirt needs to be dampened before ironing, even if you own a steam-iron. Use a spray bottle or flick water with your fingers, roll the shirt in a clean dish towel and set aside for 10 to 30 minutes. The dish towel will feel slightly damp. Bath towels work, too, though they tend to stay dry on the outside.
2. Fill the iron with distilled water for steam (you will use the steam setting on only as needed). Set iron at, or just below, the cotton setting.
3. Unroll the shirt, and turn it inside-out. This is the step that separates the women from the girls. Ironing all the double-fabric surfaces (the collar, yoke, cuff and seams) on the back side first will give the front-side surfaces the smooth finish you expect from a professional.
4. Beginning with the button placket (the front piece of the shirt with the buttons), iron all double-fabric surfaces on the back side. Move from the button-placket side to the button-hole side. Along the way, remember the backs of the cuffs, the sleeve seams and side seams. As you move the shirt along the board, check for a pocket, which also needs back-side pressing. If you encounter any dry spots, activate the steam setting long enough to press them. When you've finished your back-side work, the shirt should still feel slightly damp or steamy.
5. Turn the shirt right-side out. Starting again with the front button-placket, work your way across the body of the shirt, saving the sleeves, cuffs, yoke and collar for last. Remember that when ironing the sleeves, the iron used for most shirt parts in a commercial laundry looks like a large waffle iron. To copy their technique, fold shirt sleeves flat at the inner seam. Iron them like that; do not let the crease you form extend past the shoulder-seam. Iron the shoulder yoke round on the small end of the ironing board without creases.
6. Almost done and down to the pretty parts. Open the cuffs and iron them flat. Give an extra press to the buttonhole side of the front. Save your last love for the collar. Iron flat, immediately moving the shirt to a hanger. Button the top button to hold the collar shape.
When you're finished, your shirt will be crisp, dry and smooth. You've saved the day or the dinner or the romance. Enjoy that wonderful just-ironed smell floating through the room, and the fact that now you know how to iron a shirt.
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