Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Recommended Resources

 Recommended Resources

Force of Nature - this volunteer based group runs a number of campaigns and projects annually working to remediate climate change within the lower mainland (BC) area. Everything from encouraging home owners to become more eco-friendly to installing charge areas for electric cars, planting projects and more. 

For-Ed BC makes environmental and sustainability resource packages available for teachers to use in lesson plans.

Stand Earth Alliance appears to work towards the safer, more sustainable conservation for fuel, encouraging large businesses to have a smaller ecological footprint and become more sustainable, and campaigning against the use of paper cups. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Note of Appreciation

Thank you, everyone for your support over the years and hopefully for the future too :) We appreciate each and every one of you who have purchased products or drum repair / maintenance / tuning / teaching services, music, CD's or read one of our 6 books. And everyone who has supported us in other ways from spreading "word of mouth", those "thumbs up" and "likes", and all those "shares" and "comments" :)


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Monday, January 18, 2021

nature photo contest

New Nature Photo Contest !!  

We received the following notice and wanted to share it with our readers. Here in the Creston Valley and Kootenay Region of BC (Canada) there are numerous talented photographers who might be interested in this.

 National Wildlife Magazine is excited to announce the opening of their 50th annual photo contest!!!  Cash prizes and awards given to winners.  Anyone 13+ years of age can get in on the fun and vote!

Whether you're an amateur or professional photographer, enter your best images of wildlife and wild lands from around the world to your own backyard.

Portfolio Category for up to 10 images built around a common theme related to nature and conservation



Baby Animals (young of any species)

Other Wildlife (underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, macro and more)

Landscapes & Plants (from broad vistas to single blooms)

People in Nature (enjoying wildlife or the outdoors)

Mobile (entries taken with phones or tablets)

Young Nature Photographers (age 13-17)

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Crafts with Resins

Working with Resins 

* This article was submitted by Arthur Huang

If you are wondering what type of resin you should choose, you are on the right page. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most common questions that people ask about making crafts and jewelry with resin. Let's find out more.

It is important to keep in mind that there is no one size fits all as for resin is concerned. Therefore, you need to consider a lot of things before making a choice. If you are just starting out as a resin caster, we suggest that you give a go to an epoxy resin first.

The reason is that it is easier to work with the epoxy resin as you don't need to put on a respirator mask. Besides, it is the most forgiving in case of different types of environmental factors.
Another good thing about epoxy resin is that it has the longest shelf life. You will have between 20 and 40 minutes to work with it which is plenty of time. Therefore epoxy resin is the ideal choice for beginners.

If clarity is more important to you, we suggest that you get started with the clear resin. Here it is important to keep in mind that clear resin is not free of colour. Even if you get a clearer resin, it will have a yellow tint based on the resin brand you have chosen.
If you have more questions about resin, you may want to ask your retailer before making a purchase decision. Generally speaking, the cost of a clear resin will be higher than regular resin.

If you are going to put the resin on something that has no sides, the doming resin can be a great choice for you. The reason is that this kind of resin features the extra surface tension. Plus, it is a little thicker. These are the qualities that prevent the resin from running over the sides. However, keep in mind that you will find it harder to remove the bubbles from it.

Important to keep in mind that epoxy resin has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, as a beginner in the field of jewelry making, you may want to try out different types of resin. In the end, you will be able to make the right choice.
While casting epoxy resin, especially for the first time, you may end up denting your fingernails if you try hard enough. Also, polyurethane and polyester resin become really hard when cured. In fact, they will look as clear and hard as glass.

Some types of polyurethanes and polyester smell so bad that you will have to wear a respirator mask before working on them. However, the good thing is that polyester resin is cheaper and can be a great choice if you want to cast deep molds. On the other hand, polyurethane has relatively fewer curing problems. Plus it offers a lot of options to choose from.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day 

" O, money can't buy the delights of the glen,

Nor Poetry sing all its charms:

There's a solace and calm ne'er described by the pen

When we're folded within Nature's arms! "

~ James Rigg 

Nutting Time, Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems (1897)

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Canadian resources for Small Businesses

Recommended Resources: 

For small businesses...

Kijiji offers a very good resource with tips to help your small business survive COVID-19

#SmallBusinessEveryDay offers a wealth of resources on their site, browse the tabs at the top of their homepage to find all that they offer, but this page below will take you to initiatives that are happening in Canada to help small businesses. 

Canadian support services, grants, opportunities, aide:

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

read a book :)

It's A Great Time To Read A Book

Books are an awesome  gift!!

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