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Inspiration

January 21, 2013 2:27:28 PM CST

"The Web has changed the world." My good friend Kent says this often, usually when he’s able to use his master-level internet shopping skills to find the car part I need quickly, easily, and at a fraction of retail.

The Web makes so much possible, and one of the most helpful aspects of a connected life is the access to real inspiration. Here are some of the very best places to turn online for daily inspiration. Some – like these Twitter feeds – can follow you all day by being sent to your phone via text message each time they update, infusing inspiration into your day.

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Buying in Bulk Helps Everyone

December 28, 2012 1:43:54 PM CST

A roll of tubular nylon in bulk.

Get professional photo results using everyday items you're likely to have on hand for props and backdrops. Our do-it-yourself advice from a professional photographer about lighting, staging and editing will help your craft products sell themselves!

Bulk buying reduces your carbon footprint. When you buy in bulk, you place fewer orders. That means fewer resources expended on packing, shipping, and delivering your orders. In the case of local items, it’s fewer car trips to the store to pick up items, and less energy, electricity, and fuel expended to provide.

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Georges de Mestral's Hook and Loop

December 17, 2012 11:00:58 AM CST

A roll of black VELCRO hook and loop

In 1941, Georges de Mestral, a Swiss engineer, invented the hook-and-loop fastener that would become known as VELCRO®. There are other variations on hook-and-loop fastening systems, but the VELCRO® brand has resulted in a genericized term, like the way we use Kleenex® as a synonym for "tissue." He got the idea from the burrs that kept sticking to his clothing and his dog’s fur after he took his canine buddy on hunting trips in the Alps. The burrs were such an annoyance to remove that he got the idea for a strong but reversible fastening system.

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Do You See What I See?

November 30, 2012 10:20:48 AM CST

Photos, videos, software applications, and websites – all of them can appear very different from monitor to monitor. Why is there no universal standard? Color quality has evolved with monitors. Monitors haven’t evolved and changed at the quicker-than-lightning speed of computers, but there’s still a wide spectrum.

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What Is Dye Sublimation?

November 16, 2012 10:57:54 AM CST

Sublimation, if you were to check the dictionary, is the process of transforming a solid directly into a gas. You may remember from science class in school that there are three stages of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. As you apply heat to matter, it switches from one stage to another. A great example is water. Drop the temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and the water becomes a solid: ice. Raise the temperature some and it passes into the next phase: liquid. Raise the temperature further to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and you get steam, a gas.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief

November 9, 2012 4:00:29 PM CST

Superstorm Sandy left terrible devastation across the northeastern seaboard and has caused billions of dollars in damages. Dozens have died and hundreds are displaces and homeless. We hope it goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that this storm has touched.

There are a number of relief organizations answering the call and providing relief in the form of food, shelter, and counseling. Country Brook Design is proud of every one of these responders as they help clean up and bring a sense of peace and comfort to our fellow countrymen.

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Why We Chose Polyester Ribbon Over Cotton

November 2, 2012 11:16:22 AM CDT

When selecting materials to construct a great dog collar, you must consider the suitability and durability of the product. Many dogs play hard, even in the elements. Those dogs require a collar that is rugged and can stand up to the abuse. Polyester is a much better fit under these conditions than cotton.

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Popular Uses for Grosgrain Ribbon

October 26, 2012 4:25:00 PM CDT

Are you using grosgrain ribbon for your projects? From hair bows to scrapbooking, this type of ribbon is incredibly popular for its versatility and cost. This fabric is unique because it has a ribbed appearance and it is heavier than many other types of ribbon. Learn more about popular applications for grosgrain ribbon ...

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What is Grosgrain Ribbon?

September 24, 2012 10:48:46 PM CDT

Grosgrain ribbon is a ribbon made with loosely woven fabric, usually either silk or silk and something else like mohair or wool. “Gros” is the French word “gros” meaning large, or coarse. “Grain” comes from the French word “graine” meaning grain. Grosgrain ribbon is a large grain, or of a course texture. Some grosgrain ribbons are treated with a moire, meaning a waved or water-like effect done to the silk, a popular favorite for women’s attire, accessories, etc.Read More
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Why Climbers use Tubular Webbing Instead of Flat

September 19, 2012 10:40:58 PM CDT

Female mountain climber

Tubular vs. flat webbing- it’s still a debate in many climbers’ conversations, but for most serious climbers, the benefit to tubular webbing is a clear-cut case. What’s the difference and why even make webbing in a tubular shape? Believe it or not, there are very real differences between the two types of webbing and tubular webbing was designed with some specific advantages in mind.

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