I didn’t expect to bring back slate house signs

We ended up bringing slate house signs back from the UK

I ended up bringing back slate house signs from my holidays

I recently did a trip to the UK for a holiday and ended up bring back a bizarre item from my travels, slate house signs I had made whilst I was away! I obviously did not make the expensive and well planned trip to bring something like that back but when I saw them I just had to get them. We had made the trip to the UK to see more of the country after a couple of great trips that we had already made and to visit some friends we had picked up from the last trip and who we are now really close too.
They are from Wales and we absolutely loved the country when we did a few day trips into the area from our base in England. Our now friends were from Cardiff and they invited us to stay with them after we met them in London. We had a great night out with them and took in a couple of shows so when they suggested we go stay with them for a weekend we jumped at the chance.

Beautiful Welsh slate house signs

When we got to theirs my wife noticed the lovely slate house signs they had and instantly said we should look into getting one. After we had been welcomed in and were sat having a cup of tea Julie asked Mary when she had got them. Mary explained they were Welsh slate and we asked if we would have time to get some done for us. She wasn’t sure but she spoke to the company that had made her slate house signs and they made us a special case and offered to do them straight away and get the posted on a next day delivery to the hotel we were based at.

We designed our slate house signs in minutes

We went online to do the design for our signs and were amazed at just how easy it was to do. Making the signs look amazing was not hard and as we already had in mind what we wanted it took only a few minutes to do the whole thing and that was it.

The signs would be a constant reminder of our trip to Wales and the quality of them just speaks volumes. We were so happy when they were fitted we ever emailed a picture to our new Welsh friends. It is a lovely reminder of our friends and our trip and every time we arrive home it takes you back to very good times indeed. That won’t be the last memories we have of Wales as we are already planning another trip this time to base ourselves in Wales and take in more of this beautiful small country. On the next trip though we doubt we will bring back as strange an item as slate house signs although you never know with my wife! http://www.stonesign.com

Vehicle wrapping done now its off to the show

Vehicle wrapping creates a modern twist to an old classic

I had a vehicle wrapping job done ready for a motorshow

I love restoring old cars and adding a modern twist so I ordered a vehicle wrapping project to be completed on an old truck I had restored ready for a big regional motorshow I go to every year. It looked fantastic when completed but I wanted something different for the show but did not want to ruin the originality of the project so wanted something that could be taken back off when I got tired of it or wanted to sell it on. Real classic car aficionados want original and anything done to modify or “improve” is often something that will reduce the amount you are likely to get for the car.
Lovingly restored back to original state is by far the best way to ensure you make the most return when you do put it up for sale but vehicle wrapping will not devalue it as it can be easily taken off with no damage to the original features or paintwork which makes it perfect to add a modern twist to your old classic.

Vehicle wrapping was the final piece of a long list of works completed

The day I called my friends to do the vehicle wrapping job was a weight off my mind. This project had been far more complicated and time consuming than I had ever thought and I was in real danger of not making the show many times through the project. This was one of those restorations where if something could go wrong it did from finding major problems that needed sorting to trying to source rare items needed to make this a really original restoration.
I am a real stickler for originality and so will often spend hours and hours on the internet sourcing an original part of panel to ensure when the job is completed it is as close to how it left the factory as possible.
This particular truck was rare anyway and so finding parts and a few of the bodywork panels I needed was challenging to say the least and that was not the only problem I had numerous issues with the engine and for only the second time ever had to call in a few favours from mechanic friends of mine to resolve some of them.

The truck is done and into the Vehicle wrapping stage

The truck is now completed and the vehicle wrapping company has it for the final stage in the restoration. I am really excited to see how it comes out and to be honest I won’t have time to change it if I don’t with the show being next week. I am pretty sure it will look fantastic as the visuals looked amazing so I have a good idea how it will look. I hope it does look great as it cost a pretty penny, I never realised how much vehicle wrapping work would be and these are mates rates but it is significantly cheaper and less permanent than a paint job so I think I made the right decision. http://www.printsauce.co.uk

second hand stoves project

My first second hand stoves project

Work on second hand stoves

I have a new past time that is currently making me some pocket money and that is srestoring second hand stoves. I first had the idea when I saw a battered old one that looked like it had loads of potential but had seen better days in a restoration yard I go to a lot. I spoke to the owner who is also a friend of mine and he mentioned the resale value of these second hand stoves was really good and that there was a high demand for them also.
When I got home I did some research into the market and found that second hand stoves were indeed going for good money especially restored ones. I called my friend at the yard and said I would take the one that he had and asked him to keep his eyes out for more.

My first second hand stoves project

i went to pick it up straight away and at the same time popped to get some new bits for it. The glass was smashed and the bricks inside were cracked so I ordered those bit and bought a tin of stove paint. It took a fair bit of rubbing down as it was left outside and was a solid cast iron stove and once this was done I sprayed the stove. To be honest even I was amazed at the difference as it came up literally like new. I was gutted I had to wait two days for the parts to arrive as once I saw the potential I was super keen to get it finished.

A couple of days passed and the glass and bricks turned up once they were fitted I could see I was onto something the stove had gone from a reclamation yard scrap second hand stoves buy to a stunning woodburner that would grace any home. The finished job was great but I noticed inside the grate didn’t look as good so thought to get the right finish I would check out the price of a replacement. So far I had spent $100 dollars on the stove and about $100 on the bits I needed to an extra $40 dollars seemed like a no brainer and so I ordered one from a dealer on next day delivery.

Completed second hand stoves work

All in it took less than a week to restore and that is with waiting time so when my second hand stoves project was done I was keen to get it sold asap and see whether it was worth the time effort and hassle. I checked out ebay and found second hand stoves were going for good money and so put it up for $500 as a started for ten. Within a day I had my first bid and to say I was over the moon was an understatement. Over the next couple of days the bidding continued until eventually my first second hand stoves project was sold for $800 making me a $560 profit. http://www.bigskystoveandhearth.com

Free bets on the Super Bowl

Getting free bets on the american football

Getting free bets on American football

As a raiders fan of many years I have been hooked on american football since I can remember and now I can find free bets to back my team and hopefully win a few dollars. Whether it be a bet on the winner of the super bowl or an accumulator bet on the weekends action having something riding on a game does make it more exciting and if you win rewarding. I never bet much but even a few dollars riding on the game adds a bit of spice to it.
Finding free bets is simple Google it and you will have loads to choose from and if you narrow your search to free bets on American football then you will have a ready made list of websites that offer these deals. There are some websites that pull all the deals into one place which can save a lot of time and effort in searching but either way there are lots to choose from.

What next for your free bets

You have found a website you like the look of and an offer you think is a good one. When you click on it you will be taken to an online form to fill in, basic details are entered and then once live you account will get free bets of varying amounts deposited into it.
The amount you get can be a set amount like $35 or a mystery amount that will range in value and you only find out once you go through the sign up process. You are ready to use your free bets now and all you need to do now is have fun!

Enjoy a bud with your free bets

What I like to do next is crack open a bud and start to place a few small bets especially on games I will be going to or watching on TV. If I have a few friends over we will all have a bet and its great fun betting against each other.
You don’t just have to use your free bets on the basics like Raiders to beat the 49 er’s, you can be more adventurous guessing the score, who will score the first touchdown or how many yards a quarterback may make in a game.
Accumulator bets where you bet on multiple outcomes of different games are my favourite as you can bet a really small amount but the end result can be a big win. The reason for this is with every correct outcome the initially small bet is added to the won amount and then that larger amount goes on the next game. This happens each new stage and so the odds are great and the win can be large. Don’t get me wrong this requires a fair slice of luck but its still fun trying to guess the weekends results and seeing how far off your predictions are.
Now I have told you some of Jack’s secrets you have you free bets sorted and hopefully cracked open a bud with your friends all thats left is to have fun and hope your team win, go Raiders! http://www.freebetsinternational.com

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