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A Special Piece of Jewelry

My beloved grandfather passed away 23 years ago. I was only 12 years old when this special person in my life died. However, this man taught me so many things during the few years I spent with him. My grandfather was also an accomplished guitarist. A few months ago, I visited the home he shared with my grandmother. While searching through his old belongings, I found a guitar pick. To keep the memory of my grandfather alive, I want to make a necklace out of this special token from my grandfather’s past. On this blog, you will discover how to make jewelry items from guitar picks.

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Four Alternative Uses For A Travel Sleep Mask

by Priscilla Gray

If you are a "red-eye flyer," or if you are just a frequent flyer, you probably own a travel sleep mask to help you nap in-flight. It may never have occurred to you that there are some alternative uses for which you could use your sleep mask. Here are just a few alternative uses to get you started.

Private Cover-up

If you get a little curious and/or experimental in your voyages and decide to check out a nude beach, but you are not fully comfortable with being fully nude, your sleep mask can help. As many women will attest, when you are somewhat exposed (e.g., as when women are up in stirrups in the OB/GYN's office) it helps to wear something to feel less naked. For most women in that case, socks help them convince themselves that they are not totally nude. As for the sleep mask, you could either wear it as a headband, or (if the elastic is adjustable or stretchy enough) wear it around your hips to hide some of your genitalia.

Leading Animals Away from Fire

Some animals, such as dogs and horses, often have a tendency to run toward a fire instead of away from it. It is a weird but natural phenomenon. If you are desperate to save your pet, and it starts to run towards the fire in some bizarre suicidal act, just be aware that this is not unusual. Also be aware that covering its eyes can help you lead the animal away from the fire and the impending danger. Your sleep mask can definitely accomplish that.

Blindfolds for Kids' Party Games

Perhaps the best, and most fun, alternative use for sleep masks is as a blindfold for kids' party games. Blind man's bluff, pinata smashing, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and even "Marco Polo" are all fun blindfold games. A travel sleep mask effectively blocks out vision and light so that the wearer of these masks cannot cheat while the games are in play. If the kids really have fun with this, they can continue to play some of the games long after the party while you and your significant other relax on the couch while wearing your own sleep masks.

Toning Down Fluorescent Light Overload for Autistic Kids

Children on the autism spectrum are often in sensory-overload. Lights, including and especially fluorescent lights and sunlight, are often more than their eyes can stand. Your darkening sleep mask can help a child with autism "go dark" and be more relaxed with the lighting around him/her.  

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