Write About What You Love

I recently did a blog post for Re-Bath & More that was so fun to write because it was about one of my favorite things… dogs! One of the things I’ve learned as a writer is that it is so much easier to write about things you love.  So when you’re facing writers block, think about your hobbies, your favorite sports or animals and the things you’re good at.  Then find a way to tie that into your theme and you will be writing in no time.  As a copy writer and blogger it can be tough to constantly come up with interesting topics about bathrooms, food, home appliances, small businesses (you get my drift) – but if you think of a way to tie in something you love your article will be sure to resonate with others.  Happy blogging!

 

Dogs Need Baths Too

Originally Published on ReBathandMore.com

Woof!

Woof!

If you’re like us, your dog is not just a pet, he or she is a part of the family; so when you remodel your bathroom you may want to consider where Fido does most of his bathing.  Do you struggle to get your dog into the bathtub? Or does your puppy like to follow you everywhere including the shower? All dogs are different, but these tips can help you make bath time fun for both you and your furry best friend.

Getting Started

First steps first, you may like your brand new bathroom but new tile flooring can feel cold and slippery to your dog.  To prevent your dog from slipping or scratching your new bathroom floor, be sure to clip nails before bath time and place a large towel or blanket in front of the bathtub or shower so your dog feels warm and comfortable.  If you have a long haired dog, brushing your dog beforehand will help with excess shedding that can cause a clogged drain.  It’s also a great way to calm a nervous puppy.  When Fido is ready, be sure to introduce him to the water slowly.  And remember, if it feels too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your dog.  Bring the water to a luke-warm temperature and use treats to reward your dog for good behavior during bath time.

Bath Time

To protect your brand new bathtub or shower base, a non-slip mat is a great idea.  Your dog will also feel more comfortable as they will be able to get a better footing.  If you don’t have a hand shower, use a cup or even a small bowl to gradually get your dog wet and then apply a small amount of doggie shampoo. Keep in mind, “less is more” when it comes to bath products.  Try to avoid your dog’s head and ears and gently lather the shampoo from shoulders to tail.  If you have a large dog, an extra set of hands is helpful.

A hand-shower makes rinsing easy but if you don’t have one a cup or bowl will do the trick.  A wet dog will want to shake dry so use treats to keep your dog calm.  Be sure to dry your dog thoroughly and if it’s cold outside don’t hesitate to use a blow dryer.

Bath Time Dos and Don’ts

Some things to keep in mind before you break out the towels and the puppy shampoo.

  • Do not – bathe your dog for 48 hours after applying flea or tick medication like Frontline
  • Do not – use cold water
  • Do not – put your dog in a full tub of water right away
  • Do not – use “people” shampoo, it can sting your puppy’s eyes

 

  • Do – bathe your dog regularly
  • Do – use luke-warm water
  • Do – ease your dog into the water gradually
  • Do – brush your dog before bath time to prevent a clogged drain

If you follow these tips we’re sure both you and your dog will love your brand new bathroom!

 

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3 DIY Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space this Summer

(Photos courtesy of Pinterest)

Summertime is a great time to work on those DIY projects you pinned to your Pinterest page and never actually attempted.  Maybe your “Pin-spirations” seemed too complicated or you simply didn’t have the time – either way, we’ve picked three of our favorite DIY ideas for summer that are sure to spruce up your space and all they require is a little creativity (and a trip to the hardware store).  Get the paint smock ready!

DIY Idea #1 – Create a Rain Gutter Reading Corner

This is a great way to create a reading corner that’s fun for the kids but functional for mom and dad.  Simply purchase vinyl rain gutters at your local Home Depot and arrange them the way you like.  For a perfect fit in the corners, you may want to purchase some Inside Mitre pieces.  Use a level to make sure they’re straight and voila! A reading corner that features a unique way to display your books and a handy storage solution. The gutters will look great and are sturdy enough to hold tons of books and stuffed critters too.

Rain Gutter Reading Corner

 

 DIY Idea #2 – Spruce Up Your Filing Cabinet with Chalkboard Paint

Give your old filing cabinet a makeover! Purchase chalkboard paint at your local Home Depot and create a whole new look.  Whether you paint the sides or just the front so you can label the drawers, chalkboard paint can turn a dingy filing cabinet into a hip piece of office furniture.  A 30-oz. can costs about $10 and can cover your filing cabinet and more.  Chalkboard paint creates a usable chalkboard on surfaces including wood, metal, concrete, masonry and drywall. Use the extra paint to make a chalkboard in the kid’s room and see how excited they get when you tell them it’s okay to draw on that part of the wall! Chalkboard painted areas erase easily and can be cleaned with soap and water.

Chalkboard Paint - Filing Cabinet

DIY Idea #3 – Creative Storage Solutions for Kitchen and Bathroom Products

It’s hard to stay clean when things don’t have a “place.” Create a place for everything this summer so that even the kids know where to put things away.  An inexpensive way to create storage in the kitchen or bathroom is with desk organizers.  Wire desk organizers come in all different shapes and sizes and the holes in them make them easy to hang with just a few thumb tacks that won’t cause damage to your cabinets.  Measure your cabinet doors and then take a trip to your local office supply store or Home Goods where you can find tons of discount office and kitchen items.  The desk organizer in this photo is perfect for kitchen wraps and foil but could also work well in the bathroom for curling irons, straightners, etc.

Kitchen or Bath Storage

 

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Be Insightful, Not Informative

Potential customers want to learn more about the products and services you offer but they don’t want to be bombarded with facts and statistics or overwhelmed by a giant product listing.  Provide them with insight about some of the products and materials you offer and let them decide if it’s the best option for them.

Here’s the most recent blog I’ve written for Re-Bath & More about the beautiful tile and natural stone options they offer.  It’s not overwhelming, but it provides some insight for folks who may be in the market for a bathroom remodel and haven’t given much thought to products or materials.

Upgrade Your Bathroom with Natural Tile and Stone

If you’ve thought about remodeling your bathroom, you probably have a Pinterest page or Houzz profile full of design ideas, but you may not have considered what kind of materials are best for your home.   That bathroom you pinned with the glass panel looking out into the wilderness may not be the best choice if you live in downtown Lancaster, or have nearby neighbors.  And you may not want to install that pond-sized soaker tub you liked on Houzz if you’re trying to save on your water bill.

At Re-Bath & More we work with homeowners to find products and materials that are going to provide the look and feel you’ve always wanted, with both style and function in mind.  Tile and natural stone are beautiful options that can help to create a rich, sophisticated feel in your new bathroom.  Not only do tile and stone look great, but their natural qualities make them perfect for wet areas like the bathroom.

Benefits of Tile and Stone

  • Easy to Maintain.  Tile and stone are easy to maintain as long as you adhere to the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions and they’ll never crack, peel or fade.
  • Design Flexibility.  Tile and stone are available in countless patterns and designs.
  • Application Diversity.  Tile and stone can be used in almost any application – walls, counter tops, back splashes, fire places, wet and dry areas.
  • Cost Effective.  Tile and stone add value to your home and will never need resurfaced, re-glazed, or recoated.
  • Natural and Allergen Free.  Unlike plastics, fiber glass and other man made products, tile and stone are great for individuals with allergies or simply prefer more earth friendly materials.

Depending on what kind of tile you select you may notice it has a slip resistance rating which is measured by its coefficient of friction (COF).  The higher COF, the more slip resistant the tile.  For a bathroom shower or floor that gets wet often, it’s a good idea to select a higher COF tile.  Many manufacturers will also provide ratings for scratch resistance, moisture absorption, chemical resistance and breaking strength.  A Re-Bath design consultant will help you choose a tile or stone that is sure to meet your needs and withstand the everyday wear and tear your bathroom experiences.

Forza Stone Examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to Consider When Selecting Tile or Stone

  • Identify the space and its application
  • Select the type of tile or stone – ceramic, glass, porcelain, granite, quartz etc.
  • Select the color and shade
  • Select the texture and size – solid sheet, 4×4” squares, 12×12” large squares, the options countless
  • Create your layout and/or decorative pattern
  • Select grout color and type

Tile Examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We work with Daltile for all of our tile needs and Forza Stone for all of our natural stone projects.  To learn more about natural stone be sure to check out this short video, courtesy Forza Stone Building Solutions.

 

Product Photos 101

Taking product photos can be tough.  No matter how cool your products are, how nice the colors look, or how great the quality is, it can be hard to capture all of that in one photo.  As Keep’em in Stitches continues to grow, I’m constantly taking pictures and working on new ways to capture the craftsmanship, the rich colors, the textures and overall adorableness of Jean’s knitted products.

The biggest thing I’ve learned is LIGHTING.  No matter how great something looks to you, if the lighting isn’t right your photo will not capture that greatness.  I try to take all of my photos in natural light so I don’t need to worry about shadows, glares, dullness, or timing my camera flash.  In fact, taking photos outdoors almost eliminates the need for flash and product shots turn out just the way I want them to.

The other things I’ve learned is CONSISTENCY.  When you’re taking a bunch of pictures of the same product but in different colors or patterns it’s important to stay consistent. You want people to see that the products are made the same way, highlighting the only change to the product which is the color or pattern.

One of the last things I’ve learned is to make sure the camera is fully charged before beginning a shoot!  Nothing is worse than taking great photos and then losing power and having to charge your camera.  In the time it takes to charge you can lose your lighting (if you’re shooting outdoors) and your motivation.  This is a mistake I definitely didn’t make twice.

The best advice I have for any beginners is to practice! I’m still practicing and when shooting new products, textures and patterns it’s important to play around with different settings to see what makes for the best photo.

 

 

Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key – Keep’em in Stitches has 28 different baby burp cloths to choose from so it was super important to keep it simple and consistent, showing off the variety of colors and patterns available.

 

Natural light made this baby boy gift basket look absolutely adorable, capturing all of the amazing colors and textures!

Natural light made this baby boy gift basket look absolutely adorable, capturing all of the amazing colors and textures!  Working outdoors I found a perfect backdrop and the fence provided a classic, rustic feel.