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How to Make a Gift Basket By :Thomas Husnik

There are so many occasions on which we give gifts to our loved ones – Christmas, New Year, Birthday, Anniversary, Thanksgiving, and so on. Usually, we give a single item, like clothes, shoes, etc, as gift. Why don’t you be a little different this time? Instead of giving a single item, give an assortment of items as gifts. Yes, you are right! I am talking about gift baskets. Not only are gift baskets suitable for every occasion, but are also quite easily to assemble. At the same time, they show how much you know about the likes and dislikes of a person. If you are thinking about how to make a homemade gift basket, just glance at the words written below.

Homemade Gift Basket Decorating Ideas
Just follow the easy steps given below and make one of the best gift baskets, at home only.

Items Needed
• Gifts to be put in the basket
• Basket (Size depending upon the size of the items to be put in it)
• A roll of Cellophane
• Scissors
• String/Rubber Band
• Cello-tape
• Ribbons/Bows
• Candies
• Gift Tag

• The first thing that you will have to do for making a gift basket at home is to decide on the theme of the basket i.e. the type of items you want to put in it. It could anything from an assortment of different eatables, like cakes, cookies and chocolates, to different types of chocolates only.
• Go to the market and purchase all the things that are required to make the gift basket.
• Now, spread the cellophane sheet on the table and place the basket in the center of the sheet. Cut the cellophane depending upon the size of the basket and the extra sheet needed to make a bunch.
• Arrange the gift items inside the basket. The tallest ones should be in the center, with the height decreasing as you move from inside to outside. Make sure that you secure breakable items with a cloth or tissue.
• Sprinkle candies, wrapped in colorful paper, throughout the basket. It will add a very nice touch to the gift basket.
• Now gather the cellophane sheet from all the sides, with the short sides being pulled up first and then the longer sides.
• Secure the bunch of cellophane with a string or rubber band, so that the sides don’t slip through. If you have a person with you, ask him to tie the string while you hold the cellophane.
• Now, decorate the gift with ribbons. You can either make a nice bow with the ribbon or attach a ready-made bow.
• Attach the gift tag to the cellophane, with the help of tape. Your gift basket is ready!

Some Tips
• Instead of using a basket, you can other items also, like pie plate, serving bowl or even a gift box.
• Make sure that the bow you use for the gift basket doesn’t overshadow its contents. At the same time, the bow should not be too small also. The size of the bow should be roughly around quarter of that of the gift basket.


A Look at the Exciting Sport of Archery by Mike Freemen

Archery is one of the most interesting of all sports, and one of the most varied. The sport of archery means many things to many people. To the hunter, of course, the sport of archery means tracking the biggest buck through the thickest woods. To the Olympic archery expert, the sport of archery means matching skills with the best archers in the country and the world.
No matter where your interests lie, the sport of archery has a lot to recommend it. A sport like archery can provide excellent exercise, and it can help participants to develop the hand eye coordination that will come in handy in a myriad of other facets of life.
The equipment needed to start an archery hobby are actually pretty simple, but there is a great deal of adjunct equipment archery enthusiasts will most likely want to purchase. The most basic item of the archery hobby, of course, is the bow. As with other archery equipment, the prices of bows will vary quite widely, from bows that sell for under $100 to those that sell for thousands of dollars.
The beginning archery enthusiast will probably choose to start with one of the value priced bows, then move up as his or her experience level grows. This is a good way to get started in the archery hobby without breaking the bank right away.
That is because there will be plenty of archery supplies to buy even after the perfect bow has been found. Obviously, archery participants will need to purchase a good supply of arrows. The best way to get good at archery is to practice, and that means shooting lots of arrows off of that great bow. Any beginning archery enthusiast should be sure to purchase plenty of high quality arrows.
In addition, archery enthusiasts may want to purchase a selection of targets and backings. A simple bale of hay can make a great backing for all those archery targets, and there are many different archery targets to choose from. There are archery targets in the form of deer and other animals that are perfect for hunters, while the good old bulls eye targets are favored by many competitive archery participants. It is important to purchase a selection of good archery targets, and get plenty of practice.
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Treasure Hunting Hobby

Metal Detecting is an excellent hobby for the whole family. Almost everyone as a child dreams of pirates and treasures. Not everyone realizes that metal detector technology today is a huge part of our lives, with a range of uses that spans from leisure, work to safety.
The metal detectors in airports, schools, government agencies or office buildings help ensure that no one is bringing a weapon onto the premises. Consumer oriented metal detectors provide millions of people around the world with an opportunity to discover hidden treasures.

Metal detectors have been around for much longer than most people realize. Towards the end of the 19th century, scientists used their growing knowledge of electrical theory in an attempt to devise a machine which would pinpoint a metal object. The German physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove invented the induction balance system, which was incorporated into metal detectors a few years later.
Early machines were big, crude and used a lot of battery power, and worked only to a very limited degree. The Scottish physicist, Alexander Graham Bell, attempted used such a device to attempt to locate a bullet lodged in the chest of American President James Garfield in 1881, though the attempt was unsuccessful because the metal bed Garfield was lying on confused the detector. The modern development of the metal detector began in the 1930’s. Gerhard Fischer had developed a system of radio direction finding, which was to be used for accurate navigation. The system worked extremely well, but Dr Fischer noticed that there were anomalies in areas where the terrain contained metal residue. He reasoned that if a radio beam could be distorted by metal, then it should be possible to design a machine which would detect metal, using a search coil resonating at a radio frequency. In 1937, he registered the first patent for a metal detector.
The designs were soon put to the test in a practical way, as they were used as mine detectors during the World War II. They were heavy, ran on vacuum tubes, and needed separate battery packs – but they worked. After the war, there were plenty of surplus mine detectors on the market; they were bought up by relic hunters who used them for fun and for profit. The hobby of metal detecting had been born!
Where to go treasure hunting?
Generally you have to hunt the older places if you want to find quality coins. Churches are a good place to coin shoot because they hold the oldest coins, as they were probably the first buildings in a typical small town after the homes were built.
Coins are found where money exchanged hands or could fall out of pockets or purses. Old drive-in movies, sand beaches, the grassy areas between the sidewalks, areas around old parking meters, old bleachers are good sources. But remember to always ask permission when hunting the places that are on private property. Here is a link for metal detectors Resources for Gold Prospecting, Metal Detecting,

Treasure Hunting and Exploration

A List of Hobbies and Interests Ideas By:Thomas Husnik


Hobbies not only provide us the oasis of nourishing facts and knowledge along with an escape from monotonous life. Here are few Lists of Hobbies and Interests you would certainly love to look at.

Life would be very boring without hobbies; we would appear like zombies, without feelings, like blind creatures, like aliens on our own planet. Hobbies give sense to our existence.

Since early childhood we have a daily routine, since our first school days. Therefore, in order to keep a balance between busy moments and free time we take up hobbies.

We could talk about a long list of hobbies or about a list of hobbies and interests. These lists are different, depending on factors like age, sex, region, family background, education or personality.

For example, let’s start a list of hobbies or crafts according to age. When we are small children, our hobbies may be:
1. Games: Like Mario brothers, and a lot of sports games,roll playing games. 2. Cartoons which lead to hobbies are Disney ones and recently Scooby-Doo.
3. Taking up different sports: football, handball, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball
4. Playing a musical instrument: piano, guitar
5. Looking after a pet: cat, dog, hamster, fish, parrot
6. Bird watching, which means getting ready with binoculars and lots of patience and climbing mountains in order to watch eagles, for example
7. Horseback riding
8. Collecting things: stamps, badges, postcards, coins,

There are a lot of hobby ideas; you may even make a list of hobby ideas:
1. Body painting
2. Underwater photography
3. Rice sculpture
4. Exploring extra censorial capacities, through different methods like hypnosis
5. Aerobics in the water
6. Animal communication
7. Making fishing lures
8. Cooking zany food
9. Making models
10. Stars watching
11. Taming wild animals
12. Exploring volcanoes and underwater caves
13. Hobbies related to the religions of the world
14. Traveling and exploring exotic countries.

An unusual hobby is to make garden decorations from stone and cement, with glass patterns. They are easy to be made and they are not very expensive, as when we take up a hobby, we must also take into account whether it is expensive or affordable. There can be different shapes, which can be found in shops, or you may use food containers. You can create models from glass, ceramics, metal or any other material which may look good in your garden.

These hobbies can be taken up by both boys and girls.
Teenagers change their hobbies or add new hobbies to the list. Now we can talk about a list of hobbies and interests. They are mainly having following Interests:
1. Music, dancing, disco: they have usually a model in life from the showbiz and they collect everything about them
2. Sport, even extreme sports. Those can be divided into indoor sports and outdoor sports.
3. Fitness, especially those girls or women who are afraid of putting on weight
4. Cars and scooters – not just the driving but gaining detailed knowledge about their parts, different specifications of different models, their functions etc.
5. Computers, not necessarily games: they are interested in chatting with friends, sometimes with friends from other countries made on the internet
6. Movies, actors and actresses

The most courageous ones may take up extreme sports like:
1. Bungee jumping
2. Hang gliding
3. Parachuting
4. Windsurfing
5. Hot air ballooning
6. Snowboarding
If you live in a mountain area, you may have hobbies like mountain climbing, you may be interested in different species of plants, animals, birds or insects which have the habitat in your area, or you may have as hobby painting landscapes, or taking photos.
If you have a nice voice, you may start singing and even making a band.
According to sex, I can say that girls and later women are interested in:
1. Fashion
2. Cosmetics
3. Astrology, yoga, magic
4. Cooking
5. Child care
6. Diets
7. Natural remedies
8. Knitting
9. Sewing
10 Modeling
11. Dancing
12. Jewels
Special hobbies taken up by men, in general are:
1. Football or any other sport,
2 Computers – Today everything of yesteryear’s has been changed by computer revolution. There is much more than just games… It in fact opens a great large window of knowledge for everyone.
3. Movies,
4. Traveling
5. Driving
6. Riding motorcycles
7. Mountain climbing
8. Photography – there is much more than just clicking. There are various types like still photography, digital photography and various techniques like adjusting range, light and shadow, printing techniques.
9. Reading – Book are treasure of knowledge and this hobby will certainly come helping a long way in life.
10. Playing cards (which may even lead to gambling and addiction)
11. Fishing, especially in the case of extremely calm people
12. Playing chess or backgammon, or GO
13.Hunting, trap shooting 14.Brewing Beer
Family background is also important in taking up a hobby. For example, in a family where one of the members is an artist, it is very probable that their children or sportsperson have the same hobbies or interests.

Hobbies depend on personality. A choleric person could never take up a hobby like making models; fishing as he a she would not have the patience necessary.

Actually, life is great and you can make a hobby out of the most insignificant thing, with a little imagination, and it will help you have a positive thinking, and you even might consider you a happy person, even if from philosophical point of view happiness can be reached very rarely and only by a few people.

How about turning your hobby into a business did you know that Yahoo started as a hobby? Jerry Yang and David Filo started Yahoo as a hobby while pursuing a PhD at Stanford University. The concept became so famous that it forced a change of plans that resulted in the creation of the web’s most visited website. David Green of Hobby Lobby grew his business to a 1.3 BILLION dollar empire. He talks about it in his book More Than A Hobby. Here is a link that helped me

For some in U.S., guns are a hobby like any other By Tim Gaynor

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (Reuters) – An odd contraption in retired firefighter Alex Black’s cluttered garage looks a bit like the hand winch at the top of a well. In fact, it is a machinegun.

Turning the shiny brass handle spat out a withering hail of bullets that transformed modern warfare.
“You march in to battle in straight lines against this, and nobody comes back,” said Black, standing beside the hefty, carriage-mounted Colt Gatling Gun, which he restored over the course of a decade.
Black, who lives in this sleepy ranching town on the Arizona-Mexico border, is one of millions of gun collectors in the United States, where authorities estimate that there are more than 200 million firearms held in private hands in a country of 300 million people.
The American affinity for guns may puzzle foreigners who link high ownership rates and liberal gun ownership laws to the 84 gun deaths and 34 gun homicides that occur in the United States each day and wonder why gun control is not an issue in the U.S. presidential election.
The owners are not just urban criminals and drug dealers. There are hunters and home security advocates, and then there are the gun collectors.
“People are ‘Oh, you collect guns, you must be bad.’ That’s nonsense. Gun collectors aren’t criminals, they are nobody to be frightened of,” says Black, one of several hobby collectors in this small Arizona town.
“I love machinery, and I love history, and history was written with firearms,” he said. “They were probably the most spectacular things ever built.”
Aside from the rare 1895 machinegun, similar to ones used by Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War in Cuba, the soft-spoken retiree has a large selection of antique military weapons from the 19th and 20th centuries at his home.
The arsenal of revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, rifles and carbines spans conflicts from the American Civil War right up to World War Two, and all the guns are legally held.
Black’s friend Lynn Kartchner is another self-described “gun nut” who lives in Douglas. He has a private arsenal of around 100 handguns, shotguns and rifles of all sorts which he uses for everything from hunting prairie dogs and rabbits to target shooting.
“The richer the golfer, the more clubs he owns,” he told Reuters at a Sunday morning pistol shoot at the Douglas Rifle & Pistol Club, where he can usually count on meeting up with a number of like-minded enthusiasts.
“You have a golf club for every angle and range, whether you’re lying in the grass or lying in the sand trap. It’s the same with gun nuts,” he said.
When he is out hunting, he carries a small .22 caliber pistol in his pocket in case he stumbles upon a coyote or a jack rabbit. He has shotguns of various gauges to shoot springing quail or wild duck, and rifles to pop off prairie dogs over an afternoon in the countryside with a case of beer.
For target shooting he has everything from small bore target pistols to powerful .45 caliber revolvers for quick-draw cowboy shoots, to semi-automatic assault rifles and heavy caliber sniper rifles for precision tournaments.
“It’s a humongous gun,” he says of one of one of his favorites, an antique Winchester rifle. “It’s been putting bullets one on top of the other since 1935. At 100 meters you can hit a golf ball with every shot.”

How to Get Your Federal Firearms License By Mikee Dunn

You have decided that you love firearms so much that you want to open up your own business, right? How to get your federal firearms license may seem like a daunting task, but when you take it step by step, it can be as easy as filling out paperwork at a doctor’s office. Remember that you have a second amendment right to have a firearm but to sell a firearm is a totally different task to embark upon.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dictate how to get your federal firearms license. There are certain things that they will and will not require of you, including these:
• You must be at least twenty one years old. There is no exception to this rule. You have to be twenty one just to own a gun, why would you think you could sell one at a younger age?
• You must have a place to set up a business. This must be an actual building or store where you can sell guns and collect money safely. Your garage will not work and you certainly cannot sell firearms online. Find a place to run your business and then apply.
• You cannot be prohibited from using firearms. Arrested for armed robbery and now on parole? Yeah, you won’t be selling firearms legally any time soon.
• Have you violated the Gun Control Act? If you have, don’t even bother asking for an application. You break one law, and you won’t be selling firearms anytime soon.
• How to get your federal firearms license is an easy process that can quickly become complicated if you lie on your application. The government will investigate you to no end and probably make a note of you for future reference. There will be a red flag every time you buy or sell a weapon from that point forward.
• Abide by business laws. All of them. If you apply and get accepted, open the business. Don’t expect the license to last forever. In fact, it won’t.
Now all you have to do is contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and submit an application. You should expect an application fee of anywhere in the price range of $30-$3000, depending on whether you deal with non destructive or destructive firearms. The fee is also determined by if you are a manufacturer, importer, pawnbroker, dealer or collector. Expect the usual government processing time when it comes to your application.
How to get your federal firearms license can be as easy as pie for the honest and levelheaded second amendment fan. Distributing firearms can be a wonderful dream, which can now be a reality for a person who can produce an application fee and can take a few minutes to fill out a form. Remember that if you decide to skip this step when opening your firearm establishment, the consequences can be catastrophic for not only you, but your customer base as well.
A quick list of how to get your federal firearms license is provided here, in easy to read language and facts.

Seniors Who Like to Make Crafts and How it Benefits Them

The seniors who like to make crafts are those who want to keep both physically and mentally active. Getting old or being forced to retire can have an adverse physiological impact on seniors. To combat that mental drain many previously active seniors are turning to crafts. Health care experts regularly remind everyone that remaining active improves the quality of life, and that is especially true for senior citizens.

Keeping active is a real concern for many senior citizens, as well as it is for their families. Of course, some health limitations are associated with old age, which can limit certain activities, but arts and crafts are not one of them, it cannot stop them from enjoying the creative process associated with arts and craft projects. Many seniors may not know what or how many activities or crafts are available. The variety of activities can range from physical to mental. There are crafts, where you really have to use your brain. Other crafts are less challenging mentally but just as rewarding and fun, i.e. paper crafts, making colorful strings of Garlands that can hang around. Trying out some different art related projects can be easily accomplished at any stage in a person’s life. Almost any of the arts and crafts projects can be incorporated into the special needs a senior citizen may have.

Arts and crafts are a great outlet that can homogenize various interests. For example, seniors that are interested in active sports or travel can incorporate this into their arts and crafts projects. Health experts say, senior citizens that continue to be interested in daily activates and become involved with existing hobbies find that they can sleep better, fight depression, keep their minds active and have a much better, healthier outlook on life.

Crafts are great hobbies and a real benefit for seniors. Besides occupying their time, hobbies have social and physiological benefits. There can be mental stimulation as well as promoting an overall healthy attitude toward life and family relationships.