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Food for a Home Jewelry Party

I am talking about a jewelry party or any kind of party where you offer food and stuff to buy. What kind of food did you serve? How did the party go?

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Treating a Dog's Skin Infection

My Pit/Blue Heeler, Nyla, has had a skin infection for almost 4 months. It is on her neck, vulva, stomach, inner leg, armpits, and under her eyes. I took her to the vet. The medicine never stopped the itching. I tried apple cider, vinegar, peroxide, and water mix. But it seems to be irritating her skin more.

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Value of Encyclopedia Britannica

How do I find the value of Encyclopedia Britannica, ninth edition?

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Value of Old Webster's Dictionary

I have a Peabody's Webster's dictionary with no copyright. It looks extremely old. Can anyone tell me how to get a price for it?

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Waterproof Faux Stained Glass Recipe

How do you make faux stained glass with mod podg and food coloring?

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17 Birthday Party Ideas

My birthday is in October and I was thinking of doing a bonfire, but if you guys have any other ideas that will help me have a better birthday please let me know.

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12th Birthday Party Ideas

Where should I take my daughter for her 12th birthday party? My daughter is very artsy, creative, and very much a girly girl. She has no idea where to go. We don't want the party in our house, but she would like to take a few of her closest friends, all girls probably, somewhere fun, but not at home.

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Jolene and Max (Miniature Horses)
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Coordinating Furniture and Accessory Colors

I just purchased a home and am trying to get some feedback on decorating my home and choosing colors. My living room has white walls with rustic color tile. Where would I start on picking my colors? Should I pick my living set then match the rug and then go from there?

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Stuck Clutch on Thread Trimmer

Why is my thread trimmer clutch getting stuck with my thread trimmer clutch lever assembly?

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What Kind of Snake Is This?

I have seen several of these snakes on my property. They are dark brown with green/brown blotches on their back with a yellow belly. I always see them swimming in the water at night. I'm about 99% positve it is non-venemous.

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Substituting Condensed Milk for Whole Milk

So how much sweet condensed milk does it take to substitute whole milk?

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Sweet Gum Tree Dying

One of my two sweet gum trees seems dead from an infection. It has sap bleeding, the bark has some green areas, and white spots. What is this infection and how can I prevent my other sweet gum from getting the infection? Although it seems healthy, I noticed some white spots in the bark.

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Craftsman Mower Not Running Well

My 14.5 Craftsman won't run without my foot on the clutch/brake. How would I get this to work?

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Hitachi Bread Machine Recipe Book

Anyone with a recipe book for the HB B101, I would greatly appreciate a copy!

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18th Birthday Party Ideas

I just turned 17 and I'm moving to Florida this summer. I don't know anyone there and my boyfriend can't make it down for my birthday due to it being in the middle of our last semester as seniors. What can I do for my 18th birthday when I'm not going to know anyone?

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Leaving an Abusive Spouse

I am 31 with 5 kids. The oldest is 14 and the youngest is 4. I have been with my husband for 17 years and married for 3. When my oldest son was little my husband used to hit me and call me a lot of names and I left and went to a domestic violence shelter.

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Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Off Drinking Glasses

I recently bought some drinking glasses from 1971 that have years of smoke build up on them. They have a wonderful painted design on them but they look very faded from the build up. How is the best way to clean this without losing the paint design?

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Daycare Business Name Ideas

I need to come up with a name for a nursery business for small children.

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14th Birthday Ideas

I'm turning 14 in a couple of weeks, on May 17th, and my mum wants a party organised by this week. I like the idea of a themed gathering. I'd like go to a park and have some food and play heaps of games, but I just don't know what!

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Introducing New Kitten to Resident Cat

I have an 11 month old named Jiji and thought it would be good to get a new kitten whilst he was still a bit young. Now have an 11 week old named Ralph.

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Dog Poops A Lot on Walks to Park

I have a question about my dog. He is 1 1/2 years old. Recently I stared taking him for a walk to the park and as soon as I get there he starts pooping everywhere non stop. Is this bad? This is my first dog ever.

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Product Review: S Curl - Curl Activator
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Discounted Spay and Neutering

Last year my neighbor moved and left her outdoor cats; which I have inherited. They followed me home and did not leave. All 3 cats have had kittens and I now have 13 cats and kittens to care for. I have become fond of the mothers and want to keep a few of them outside, but need help with neutering and spaying.

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Getting Rid of Blackberry Sprouts

When the young blackberries begin to grow up out of the 10 inch wood chip mulch, how do I till it without disturbing the mulch pile? Do I need to just redo the whole thing every time I spot some green?

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Using Beans for Flowerpot Drainage

Is it possible to use dry beans for drainage in the bottom of a pot?

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Identifying Small Black Biting Bugs

I'm having the same problem as several others. I have black and white pinhead bugs that bite, but you never see them move. They can be on your hand or on the floor and they won't move.

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Annie Photo Bomb
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Graduation Invitation/Announcements
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Singer Sewing Machine Won't Stitch

I have a Singer Merritt, model 4552. It was sewing fine last week. Everything is in place, but it won't stitch at all. I don't know what to do and I have to get this skirt made now. I guess I will have to do it by hand then.

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Cable TV or ROKU

I live in an apartment complex on the first floor and now pay for Cable TV. I found several websites on ROKU. One was their channel lineup and another one was how to hook up a ROKU. I have two HDTV's in my apartment.

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Stretching Shoes

What is a good way to stretch shoes?

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Outlet Not Working

I changed one outlet in my daughter's bedroom and turned the breaker off first. After turning the breaker on, the outlet works, but now there is one in another bedroom and one in her bedroom that don't work.

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Making Greeting Cards

I need some legal advice. Can I make cards to sell at a craft fayre or in church using the pictures from shop-bought cards I have received?

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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I just got this Craftsman riding mower with 18hp twin Kohler magnum from a friend. He said that 2 years ago he had ACE do a valve job. Then he picked it up and drove it on his trailer. When he got home it would not start.

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Decorating a Box Pleat Skirt

How can I make my box pleat skirt more full or blingy? I recently purchased a crop top with a peach orange full length box pleat skirt to wear to a Indian wedding. The problem is, I feel that the skirt is too plain.

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Book Eating Termites

How do I get rid of termites eating books?

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Name Ideas for a Cleaning Business

My friends and I are wanting to start a business where we will clean houses, do yard work, run errands, do laundry, wash/walk your pets, prepare meals, etc.

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Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

I had a son with my ex. He was never really involved and never signed the birth certificate. He lived in Florida, he passed away in a car accident about 4 months after my son turned 3. My ex's mother sent me his death certificate months later.

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Names for a Babysitting Business

Our names are Ashlyn and Emma. We are 13 years old and we want to open up a babysitting business at a place called The Lookout. Please suggest names.

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Childcare Business Name Ideas

I am moving to a new town, and have decided to do child care in our new home so that I can stay home with my own 2 young children. I am looking for catchy names.

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Countertop Color Advice

I have yellow walls, a red, blue and yellow plaid valence with white sink and white tiles. What color Cambria counter top should I get?

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Drying Strawberries

I saw a hint on the internet which said that I could dry strawberries by putting them in an oven of 210 degrees F for two hours.

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Flip (Grey Squirrel)
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Housecleaning Business Name Ideas

My sister and I have been cleaning houses with another person for about 4-5 years. We are trying to go out and do our own company, but can't come up with any catchy names.

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Car Air Conditioner Blows Hot Air

Our Jaguar 2005 model has lost the air conditioner. We've checked out everything. It just blows out hot air. In the winter it just blew out cold air. We have added coolant.

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Value of Motorized Reel Mower

My husband passed away recently. This was one of his prized possessions, his grandfather's Briggs and Stratton motorized reel lawn mower that he used over 35 years ago.

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Conditioning Water in Turtle Tank

I recently bought Reptisafe water conditioner and I put some in and after that my water turned blue, can someone help?

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Puppy Pooping in Crate

I have a 13 week old Rott. She is overall pretty good. She sleeps in her crate at night without having any accidents. If she has to go out during the night she whines to wake me up.

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Truck Stalls After a Short Distance

I have a 2003 Dodge diesel truck. I had a new heater core installed and drove home about a 20 mile ride. The next time we used the truck it broke down and we thought maybe it was low on gas.

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Duke (Pit Bull Mix)
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