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May 4, 2010
Envelope Flower Basket
Hang brightly colored flowers almost anywhere with this simple to make idea.
Craft Project: Scrubbie Flower Card
An easy card to make your mom for Mother's Day. This is an inexpensive craft to make if you don't have a lot of money to spend on a card. The pot scrubbers only cost $1.00 for 4 in a pack.
Cat Scratching Everything But Scratching Post
Does any one have a way to stop a cat from scratching furniture? We just got a new living room set and he has already started to scratch it. We do have a large scratch post for the 2 cats. Please help before he ruins the new set.
How to Restore Shine of Ceramic Tiles
Is there a product that would restore the shine on the floor of a shower? It is made of ceramic tile 4X4 inches. It was cleaned with an abrasive product and a brush?
Scratches on a Wood Floor
Is there any way to get scratches out of a wood floor?
Removing Nail Polish from Bedding
How do I get nail polish off my daughter's silky blanket?
Firming Up Sagging Skin
What is the best remedy for sagging skin?
Getting Rid of Black Widow Spiders
Is it dangerous to smash a female black widow spider in your home?
How Do I Display Children's Aprons at a Craft Market?
I'm looking for a way to display children's aprons and chef hats at my local market day. I looked into buying a mannequin, but they are very expensive. Is it possible to make one? I plan one having my daughters modeling them. I just don't know how to hang or display what I have for sale.
LG Bottom Freezer Always Has Frost Buildup
I have an LG bottom freezer. I hate it because it is always frosted up. Would someone please tell me what to do about this situation.
Homemade Potting Soil for Indoor Plants
Does anyone have a recipe for making their own potting soil mixture for indoor plants? Years ago I attended a gardening seminar put on by Penn State and received a great recipe for making your own. Through the years, I unfortunately lost the recipe.
How Do I Make Garden Mulch?
How do I make my own mulch using grass clippings, potato peels, leaves, and miscellaneous yard waste? What can I use, and what not to use, how long before it can be used?
3rd Anniversary Travel Ideas
My three year anniversary is coming up in June and I would like to go somewhere nice, but inexpensive due to our budget. Any ideas?
Grind all veggies coarsely. Stir in vinegar, salt and spices. Bring to a full boil; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Put in jars and seal. Process 30 minutes in hot water bath.
Hash Brown Casserole
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour into greased casserole. Crumble cornflakes on top. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour.
Disguising a Utility Pole
I have a utility pole with a breaker box for the house on it about 2 feet from my back deck. It is an eye sore. Any suggestions on how to hide this hideous thing?
Cat With Eye Discharge
I have found 4 very young kittens that have crusty eyes (nearly closed from the gunk). I think the irritation is from gnats, as there are a lot swarming. Can someone help me to treat their eyes?
Advice for Stretching Grocery Budget
Where can I find help on food for the month, on a $350.00 budget? It's for my fiance and myself.
Homemade Almond Extract
I have recently made some vanilla extract, also lemon extract. Does anyone know how to make almond extract? Many thanks.
Brown hamburger and onion and drain off grease. Cook noodles while hamburger is browning. Add all above ingredients except cooked noodles. Simmer 15 minutes.
Dog Digging in Carpet
My dog is obsessed with one particular corner of our carpet. She won't stop digging. No cat has ever been here. Is there something I can spray to keep her away from it?
Prevent Wasps From Building a Nest
How do I keep wasps from building a nest each year under my wood deck?
Use Teething Gel for Minor Injuries
I recently burned the heck out of my finger while using hot glue for a project in my daughter's room. The pain was horrendous so I found some baby Oragel and put that on my burn. It immediately stopped the pain.
Store Bar Soap Unwrapped
Keep an extra bar of soap unwrapped to let it harden while using another one. It will last much longer and you benefit from the nice smell.
Remove Wax from Votive Candle Holders
To remove candle wax from container after it has burned, place in the freezer. The wax will harden and makes removal much easier.
Moving Heavy Furniture
When moving furniture on carpet, place a magazine with a glossy cover on all corners. This will make moving the furniture easy. When moving furniture on wood floors, place a wash clothes folded in fourths on all corners and move with ease.
Know Your Computer Repair Person
When you hand over your computer to a repair service, do you realize that once they get your computer to function, EVERY bit of personal (and possibly financial) information is at their disposal.
Embroidering a Wedding Veil
To make a beautiful "embroidered" wedding veil that isn't expensive, do the following: Make a basic veil out of tulle. Draw a basic design on the veil using permanent marker. Use embroidery floss (all strands) and a narrow embroidery needle to sew the pattern onto the veil.
Tips For Remembering Names
I make it a point to shake hands with each person, which gives me time to repeat their name and ask a question that will hopefully relate them to someone I know or where they work for later reference.
What Breed is My Dog?
I have two Chihuahua mix breeds and do not know what they are mixed with. Can anyone help me out?
Freezer Jam Information
There have been a couple of people asking this month about freezer jam and jelly, or easy in general jam and jelly recipes. So I thought this link would be a good share with the entire ThriftyFun Family for easy reference.
Protect Seedlings With Recycled Plastic Bottles
I planted these small delicate plants on a very nice day, and then of course this morning the wind started blowing. So, I got some 2 liter bottles that I had in my recycling bin. I also had some water bottles saved for recycling too.
Deterring Dogs from Bone Meal Fertilizer
Planting bulbs can really enhance your landscaping. Use a little bone meal to help fertilize each bulb (place about a teaspoon full under each bulb).
My Frugal Life: Stay Prepared For Everything
I was born in a large family. Our needs were met. We had a roof over our heads, food on the table. Beans, potatoes and cornbread one day, then potatoes and beans the next. Meat once during the week and once on Sunday.
Making Heat Tolerant Frosting
How can I make frosting that won't melt in the heat?
Removing Sharpie from a Silk Tie
How do you get black sharpie out of a silk tie?
Craft Project: Recycled Potpourri Jar
An easy and inexpensive craft to make for mom for Mother's Day. Cover your work area with newspaper. Fill a clean baby food jar with potpourri. Use the dip container lid as a stencil. With a Sharpie marker, trace a circle around the dip container lid on the tulle.
I have an old, white carpet, but it doesn't look white anymore. It has many different dark spots which show up out of nowhere. How can I make it cleaner and whiter in general?
Mother's Day Cookies
Lot's of mothers love cookies rather than candy. I know that one of the sweetest gifts I ever received from my kids was a plate of cookies. They baked them for me and put them on a pretty plate that had flowers all around the rim.
What Can I Do If I Over-fertilized My Plants?
Can anything be done to negate plants/tree being over-fertilized? All of the leaves are turning yellow and brown. I mixed my all-plant fertilizer too strong.
Caring for a Runt Puppy
I have a Chi who I thought had 4 pups when I was in the hospital. My husband was supposed to tend to them. When I got home 3 days later to look at them and clean out her whelping box and discovered a 5th puppy.
Did I Ruin My Friendship Bread Dough?
I've been doing the friendship bread. This is my second batch. Today is day 6 where I add the one cup of flour, sugar, and milk. Here's my problem. I added self rising flour instead of all purpose. Is that gonna mess it up?
Business Name Ideas for a Stationery Design Business
I'm looking for a business name for my business. I will be designing stationery, party invites, keepsake journals, etc. for kids. Any ideas?
How Do I Make Seed Tape?
How do I make homemade seed tape?
Making Decorative Columns for a Stage
I need to make decorative 3' and 4' columns for a stage. Any suggestions?
Removing Super Glue from a Dashboard
How do you remove super glue from the dash of a car? I have tried water and soap, rubbing alcohol and ice. What else can I try?
Looking for a Potato, Broccoli, and Cheese Casserole Recipe
We recently attended an outdoor BBQ where several of the ladies brought side dishes to be added to the BBQ buffet. It was all prearranged, but as guests, we were not asked to bring anything.
Removing Tree Sap from a Driveway
How can you remove pine tree sap from a textured (and sealed) concrete driveway? This applies to both fresh (sticky) and old (hardened) gum.
African Violet's Leaves are Turning Yellow
My African violet leaves are starting to turn yellow. The plant has been very happy and blooming profusely up until now. It is still blooming, but leaves are now turning yellow.
Finding Sponsor for Child on Cheer Squad
Does anyone know of any companies or organizations that sponsor cheerleaders? My 14 year old made the cheer squad at a public school, but they are charging parents $2250 per year for my kid to cheer for them. Any ideas would help immensely.
Duck Push Toy
This duck is sure to delight the little ones. It is a wood project, and does require either a scroll saw or a jig saw, but the smiles of those little ones is a great reward in return for time spent on the project.
Organizing Clothing in a Cluttered Apartment
I have a large apartment. The problem is it is over cluttered, mostly with clothes. I want to declutter the whole apartment from top to bottom. Most of the things are brand new items from birthdays and Christmas. Any suggestions on how to start?
Are SSDI Payments the Same in All States?
Does the amount of Social Security disability payments change per state?
Grilled Taco-Spiced Chicken
Quick and easy using on hand ingredients! Heat gas or charcoal grill. In shallow bowl, mix taco seasoning mix and oregano. Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with taco seasoning mixture.
Name Ideas for Residential and Commercial Cleaning Business
My sister and I are starting a residential and commercial cleaning service. We both have sassy personalities and a big sense of humor. So we came up with the name "Two Chicks and a Broomstick".
Family: Dakota With His First Bass
Dakota is four years old and loves doing anything outside! This year he is really getting into fishing! He caught his first bass this year! He was so excited and very proud of his catch!
My friend and I lived in Vancouver, Washington many years ago. We use to talk over the fence about life, kids, husbands, problems and etc. and the primroses below us heard everything.
Scenery: Lake Louise, Alberta
My husband and I were traveling across Canada. We had always heard about this place, and knew it was "a must see." We were not disappointed even though the temperature was cool in October. Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
Frugal is the best word to describe this recipe with no flour or liquids.
Moravian Sugar Cake
Although this recipe is labeled a "cake", it is best described as more like cinnamon bread or rolls maybe. It is one of the best breakfast breads we've ever had, but it also goes well with afternoon tea or before bedtime snack.
Good Morning Amaryllis
Our oldest daughter and her husband live in North Florida. They are both avid gardeners. Most mornings, she sends me a photo. Last Sunday morning, this was my "Good Morning Amaryllis." I'd given her the lily bulbs when we moved from Orlando to Boca Raton in South Florida.
Rocket is 5 months old. I found him the day he was born at Home Depot. He likes to retrieve hair ties. We bottle fed him for the 1st 2 months of his life. He is a bundle of joy.
Barnaby Frederick Jones is a 9 year old red and white Beagle. A friend and I found him abandoned in the middle of the road, in 2002, in the middle of the night pretty beat up.
Pumkin (Pallas - Tabby Mix)
Pumkin is a 13 year old wild Blond Pallas Tabby mix. I rescued her from a bad breeder. She likes to play with her catnip toys. She has springs on her feet and has many wild traits from her mother, a wild Pallas cat.
It wasn't until recently that I tried cilantro in my guacamole recipe but after checking out other people's recipes for it I was not disappointed with that added flavor.
Sugar (Lhasa/Shih Tzu)
Sugar is a 13 year old Lhasa and Shih Tzu. I got her when she was about 6 months old. She likes to run and retrieve little marshmallows after I toss them.
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