Friday, April 6, 2012

Bow Tattoo Meanings

The bow tattoo is becoming a popular feminine inked choice. The design, size, colors and locations are being chosen to reflect a variety of personal meanings, depending on where they are being inked. This style is being creatively designed to reflect the meaning or location on the body. Bows have been used culturally in many ways to visually express a sediment or meaning or practicality. Bows often have a feminine flavor of representation, perhaps one of the reasons why they are being chosen for inking.

The traditional dictionary explanation is that a bow is formed by using a cloth or string, tied in a way that has curved parts on either side with two loose ends. A classic visual example of this is looking at shoe laces after they have been tied. Women have worn bows in their hair both as a decoration and often in securing or tying their hair.

To the gift giver, often a bow is one way of fancying up the presentation and used as a visual acknowledgment to the receiver, that it is a present. A now common visual symbol of a gift.

Bows have been used to represent as a reminder to not leave the past behind, as in the saying "Forget me knot".

Often yellow ribbons are tied around trees with a big bow, to display a representation that family & friends are waiting and honoring a return of a loved one, from a journey or war.

They are sometimes used to symbolize an accomplishment in life and how it could become untied through circumstances and fragility.
In the clothing fashion industry bows have been used in many different styles from the head to the toe. Some styles incorporate a physical bow and others have used a bow printed material. The classic mens' formal wear is often represented with a bow tie.

Sometimes cartoon characters are represented with a bow placement, to visually represent that the character is female.

Bow ribbons are often worn or displayed. A pink ribbon for example is known to symbolize or represent a fight against breast cancer. It can be a visual expression of supporting family or friends in a overcoming breast cancer. Or sadly represent a loss of a family member or loved one to breast cancer.

Bow tattoos designs from loud to delicate have been used on the body to represent jewelery on toes and fingers. On the back of legs, where the old style garter clips would have been located, some women are choosing to have a bow inked. Others have chosen to have a ribbon wrapping around their ankle tied in a bow inked.

Feminine twists are being designed that incorporates a bow on traditional skull, cross & bones and designs that were more originally masculine.

Perhaps the appeal of bow tattoos, to the one choosing to have it inked on their body, is the variety and versatility of possible meanings it could have or represent for them, with a feminine creative twist.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easy Dog Toys - Make a Dog Chew Toy

It's easy to make your own dog chew toy and when it's worn out, just make another one. Here are five different varieties of a homemade dog toy that your dog will love to chew on.

Braided Fleece Chew Toy:

This dog chew can be made from fleece scraps or just purchase a bit of fleece from a fabric store.

Cut the fleece into the length you want the chew toy, normally a longer one for a larger dog and shorter for a small dog.

Fold the fleece in half. Fold the fleece salvage to salvage so the strips are cut in the same direction as the fabric stretches.

Cut three strips that are three to four inches wide. Lay the strips out side by side lengthwise. Fold them in a tubular shape to hide the rough cut edges. Start in the center and braid the three strips together about 8 inches long for a handle.

Then fold each strip in half and match it up with it's other end. Tightly braid the 3 folded strips all the way to the end. Tie the whole chew toy in a tight knot above the ends. Trim the end of the chew toy.

Dish Towel Chew Toy:

Three dish towels and a pair of scissors will create a fast chew toy. Cut an inch wide strip of towel off the short end of two of the dish towels. Gather the three towels together and use one of the inch wide strips you cut to tie the three towels on one end. Now braid the dish towels together and tie the remaining end with the other inch wide strip.

Ball Sock Chew Toy:

Use a long tube sock and put a tennis ball inside the sock toe. Create a knot in the sock above the ball and continue making knots up the sock. This is a fun one to play tug of war with.

Octopus Sock Chew Toy:

All you need for this chew toy is nine old socks, Using an old t-shirt for stuffing, stuff the longest sock up to the ankle. Put a tennis ball in the toe of the other eight socks. Tie each sock at the ankle.

Tie all the socks together. Put the stuffed sock at the top as the body of the octopus and the socks with the tennis balls need to hang off as legs. Use markers to draw an octopus face on the stuffed sock.

Easy Rope Chew Toy:

Here's the easiest dog toy ever. Use an old rope and tie a few tight knots at each end. Voila, a great chew toy. Fetch!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kidney Infection Or Lower Back Pain? How To Distinguish Between The Two

Back pain is a part of our lives and can affect anyone at any point in time. Back pain may occur periodically, remain for a short time, and then quickly disappear. This is known as acute back pain and can be taken care of with medication and rest. The pain would be deemed chronic back pain when it remains for over three months. Many people are on constant medication for back pain.

However, if you are experiencing back pains near the kidney area, its time to pay a visit to the doctor. Kidney infection may cause pain, which is similar to lower back pain. The kidneys are located on either side of the spinal column just above the hip. That is why any kind of pain in that area may be diagnosed as kidney infection. The pain originates in the kidney and radiates to the lower back. This is known as referred pain. Therefore, very often kidney infection is confused with lower back pain.

So how does one distinguish between pain caused by kidney infection and lower back pain? One symptom is that pain due to kidney infection comes on rapidly and disappears once the course of medication is over. With back pain, the pain continues even after the infection has cleared up. The symptoms of kidney infection or kidney stone could be pain during urination, blood in the urine or fever with accompanying chills. If the doctor presses on the kidneys at the time of physical examination, there will be shooting pain in the area. If, on the other hand, you have a stretched, torn or twisted muscle, the pain will be specific to the area. The pain may occur either in the lower back, or between shoulder blades, below the waist or over the spinal column. This type of pain will get worse with movement and ease away while resting. Kidney infection can be safely ruled out in this scenario.

If you happen to suffer from kidney infection, the pain will occur on one side of the back, above the waist but just below the rib cage. The pain may increase as the bladder gets full or it may travel to the genital area. During the time you may have bouts of vomiting, pain while urination, blood in the urine and even fever. Lower back pain could be another symptom of kidney infection. These are general guidelines, which give an idea how to diagnose the pain in the lower back area. If you still are not sure what you are dealing with, any such symptoms call for an urgent visit to the doctor. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If there is an earlier history of kidney infections, then there may be another attack coming on. On the other hand, it may just be a stretched back muscle. Therefore, it is better to visit the doctor so that he can make the proper diagnosis and begin treatment for the pain or kidney infection as the case may be. The kidney infection and resultant back pain will probably clear up with a dose of antibiotics. Lower back pain treatment may call for physiotherapy or medication in the form of pain relievers.

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