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You know you can count on Gadue’s Dry Cleaning for restoring garments to good as new condition.

Did you know, though, that we can also help you lock down a Halloween costume for you or your child?

That’s right: Our dry cleaning hangers can become the (hidden) centerpiece of a stellar—and affordable—set of angel/butterfly/ladybug wings!

The Basics

Whether it’s for an adorable child or a mischievous adult, an angel or butterfly costume makes for failsafe Halloween garb, sure to elicit smiles. Such a costume, of course, needs a standout pair of contoured wings—and that’s where our wire hangers come into play.

You can find a whole slew of online how to primers on angel/butterfly wing making with hangers (see the end of the post for a compiled list). There are several variations, and you can decide which seems easiest or most fun to pursue.

Basically, though, what you’ll be doing is shaping a pair of hangers by bending them into the desired form. Then you’ll be straightening and aligning the hooks and connecting them with duct tape. Finally, you’ll be draping them in some suitable wing-cover material, such as pantyhose or cellophane.

Over at “Cathie and Steve’s Handmade Happy Hour,” they recommend employing a third hanger to pull off fairy (or butterfly) wings. Two hangers serve as the larger, broader upper wings; the third can be bent to create two small wing-loops, forming a lower set. This pattern, too, calls for straightening the hooks of all three hangers and binding them snugly together.

Cathie and Steve's Handmade Happy Hour

This “Mommy Blessings” pattern, meanwhile, uses four hangers—but it’s the same idea.

Mommy Blessings

After you fit tights, cellophane, or some other material, you may want to use a decorating kit with things like spider webs, spiders or glitter–or perhaps your own scare tactics will really bring the wings to life!

Make Gadue’s Part of Your Halloween

You know as well as we do that you can spend an awful lot of money on a fancy Halloween costume (or a chintzy one that’s nonetheless overpriced).

But you certainly don’t have to. It’s much more fun to use a few inexpensive materials to construct a costume yourself. If these angel or insect wings are meant for your child, the project is all the more enjoyable—a great excuse to let your kid’s creativity blossom with you on hand to facilitate the craftwork.

If there’s one thing we have a lot of at Gadue’s, it’s hangers. When you use our services this month, stockpile a few and you’ll have the main components of a Halloween masterpiece!

Tutorials for reference:

http://handmadehappyhour.com/2013/10/10/how-to-make-fairy-wings-with-hangers-and-tights/

http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/making-fairy-wings.html

http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-wings-ladybug-halloween-costume.html

http://www.sewcakemake.com/2011/10/fairy-wings.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fairy-Wings

http://www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activities-and-games/Dress-up-costumes+25/Fairy-costume-make-your-own-fairy-wings+11498.htm

http://www.mommyblessings.com/2009/06/fairy-wings-tutorial.html

 

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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Winter Season

by aline on September 23, 2014

Closeup Photo Of Little Candle Flame Behind Frozen Window GlassYes, there are still some precious weeks ahead of picture perfect autumn weather (hopefully)—mild temperatures, sunshine and loads of fall foliage for leaf peeping.

That said, this is also the time of year to begin facing the reality of the upcoming winter. The snowy season’s demands can be intense, and you’ll want to make sure your house is in good working order to withstand them.

Among the many cleaning services we offer here at Gadue’s is restoration of smoke, fire, or water damaged clothing and household items. And because we’ve seen too many homeowners in need of those services on account of an inadequately winterized house, we thought we’d run down a quick checklist of some of the basic preparations that can cut down on the chances of a preventable disaster.

Check Your Fireplace and Chimney

For many people, a highlight of wintertime is a friendly blaze in the fireplace—but, of course, this also represents one of the serious hazards to your home. You should have your fireplace, flue, and chimney inspected at least once a year, or more often if you’re noticing problems.

Have a chimney sweep assess your system for creosote buildups, clogged dampers, and other issues that might impede airflow and basic fireplace function. A great way to find a qualified chimney sweep is to ask for guidance from your friendly local fire department.

Check Your Heating System

This is also an essential time to check on the condition and functionality of your furnace or water heater. A faulty heating system can introduce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to your home, so have a professional repairperson tackle any problems, such as malfunctioning controls or gummed up ducts.

Change Batteries in the Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they’re functioning properly. Ensure you have enough alarms fitted in the proper places: You want smoke alarms on each floor of your home as well as in every bedroom and bedroom hallway; have a carbon monoxide detector in hallways bordering every sleeping area as well.

Check for Other Structural Issues

More broadly, when you’re winterizing your home you want to look it over for any and all structural issues. How’s your roof looking? Remember, it needs to be in good shape enough to withstand potentially months of snowpack on top of it. How about those gutters? Now is a better time to clear them than when everything’s iced over. Check for insulation breaches throughout the house, which not only rack up your heating bill but also can cause airflow problems.

Gadue’s Restoration Service

Be proactive about evaluating your house’s condition and making necessary repairs and upgrades, and you’ll reduce the likelihood of a house fire, air quality issue, or another of those dangerous situations we want to help you avoid.

If the unthinkable happens, though, and you suffer damages, remember you can always turn to Gadue’s Dry Cleaning. Depending on the degree of damage, we can often restore your clothes and household items to a pre-loss condition.

Everyone here at Gadue’s wishes you a cozy—and safe—winter! Now go check that fireplace!

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Spring’s in the air—and after our heavy-duty Vermont winter, it feels mighty good. It’s the season for spring cleaning, putting that pent up cabin fever energy to good use removing clutter after a long hibernation. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidiness: It can be an important safety measure as well. Besides fundamentals such as ensuring [...]

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If you find the care labels on clothes confusing and inconsistent, you’re not alone. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tightly regulates those labels, mandating that they be clearly legible, written in English, affixed permanently to the garment, accessible at the point of sale, and appropriate and adequate for the material in question. In an explanation [...]

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You Pay No More For Home Delivery Than For Service At Our Stores

December 23, 2013

Why pickup and drop off your own clothes, pay for the required gasoline and fight the cold? Especially when, for no extra charge, we’ll retrieve your garments from your home and return them to you cleaned, dried, and pressed to your exact specifications. That kind of convenience is nice any time of year, but all [...]

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2,500+ Kids’ Coats Cleaned And Distributed Before Vermont Winter

October 24, 2013

Gadue’s Dry Cleaning is excited to announce again the annual Coats for Kids campaign, one of the long-running community efforts we’re proudest to be a part of. We’ve been helping supply warm clothes to children and adults in need for better than a quarter-century! And, as always, we can’t do it without your help. We [...]

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Wedding Gowns Cleaned In House, Not Outsourced

October 7, 2013

At Gadue’s, we don’t have to be reminded of the preciousness of your wedding gown. This isn’t just another piece of fabric: It’s a symbol—and an elegantly beautiful heirloom. You need it flawlessly pressed before the big day and flawlessly cleaned afterward. You may not be aware how common it is for other dry cleaners [...]

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