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A grandfather blowing out candles at this birthday party.

Walk Down Memory Lane Party Ideas?Make the next birthday party you throw more personal by making it about the memories you have shared with your special someone. Here are some walk down memory lane party ideas.

 

Teen girls throwing bright confetti outside

Birthday Party Ideas for TeensPlanning ahead can make for a fun birthday celebration. This page contains birthday party ideas for teens.

 

Roses and a golden 80 to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Ideas for Mother's 80th BirthdayA member asks: I need some ideas for my mother's 80th birthday. This page has ideas for celebrating your Mother's 80th birthday.

 

Making a Plants vs. Zombies Cake

Making a Plants vs. Zombies CakeThis is a page about making a Plants vs. Zombies cake. Fans of the game, Plants vs. Zombies, will love to have a cake decorated after the game.

 

Flamingo Themed Birthday Party

Flamingo Themed Birthday PartyThis is a page about having a flamingo themed birthday party. Throwing your own flamingo themed birthday party doesn't have to cost a fortune, especially if you shop throughout the year. Here are some great tips for everything from decorations to the cake.

 

A zombie graveyard cake

Zombie Party IdeasThis is a page about zombie party themes. The shuffling zombie has become a very popular subject for films and a common party theme.

 

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Valentine's Day

heart shaped calzones on plate with sauce for dipping

Making Mini Cheesy Heart CalzonesWhether you make these for Valentine's Day, or any day these tasty mini calzones are sure to become a family favorite. This is a page about making mini cheesy heart calzones.

 

Long Distance Valentines

Valentine's Day Ideas for Long Distance...Long distance relationships can be difficult, especially on Valentine's Day. This is guide contains Valentine's Day ideas for couples in a long distance relationship.

 

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Doughnut Love MonstersThese cute, enhanced doughnuts make a surprising, delicious Valentine gift or dessert. This is a page about doughnut love monsters.

 

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You Make My Heart Pop Valentine Card - add hair, eyes, and mouth plus make a frame from decorative lace tape, trim protruding edges

'You Make My Heart Pop' Valentine CardThis handmade Valentine will surely delight the recipient, plus it is fun to make as well. This is a page about "You make my heart pop" Valentine card.

 

Candy Cane Heart

Making Candy Cane HeartsThese sweet, tasty treats are easy to make and are fun to give. This is a page about making candy cane hearts.

 

A Valentine's Day window card with candy hearts.

Homemade Valentine's Day CardsWhether your child needs 30 cards for his entire class or you want to send a few love notes to friends and family, these homemade Valentines are simple and inexpensive to make. This page is about homemade Valentine's Day cards.

 

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St. Patrick's Day

Foam Shamrock Decor Ideas - attach the piece of the Velcro with the stick on backing

Decorating with ShamrocksShamrocks are used to symbolize Ireland and are a popular decoration around St. Patrick's Day. This is a page about decorating with shamrocks.

 

Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Trap CakeThis is a page about making a leprechaun trap cake. Many of our children have made leprechaun traps at school to catch the wily little guy and get his stash of gold. Improve upon that idea and make a delicious St. Patrick's Day leprechaun trap cake.

 

Girls in Green with shamrocks on their face.

10+ Great St. Patrick's Day IdeasCheck out 10 of our best crafts and snacks for St. Paddy's Day. Kids will love making a leprechaun trap or eating a pot of gold.

 

St. Patrick's Day Sherbet Float 2

St. Patrick's Day Sherbet FloatThink green when you make this tasty float as a St. Patrick's Day party or family dinner dessert. This page contains St. Patrick's Day sherbet float recipes.

 

The completed book safe.

Vintage Book SafeThis is a storage book I created for my daughter's fairytale/garden wedding theme. The storage on the inside will be used to store her wedding advice cards.

 

The completed patchwork table topper.

Fall Pumpkin Patchwork Table TopperA good way to use scraps. My daughter-in-law loves the fall season and pumpkins, so I made this for her.

 

Assembling the screw and nail organizer.

Screw and Nail OrganizerGreat organizer for small spaces! Holds sixteen jars in a 15 inch space! My husband's original storage container.

 

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Vintage Ancestor Ornament

Vintage Ancestor OrnamentMaking these for Christmas for each of my five children using vintage "1960s" pictures of my husband's family and my family.

 

The completed basket.

Crochet BasketMade with a CD base, this was a fun little basket to make. I filled it with a small tube of lotion and some treats for a friend's birthday gift.

 

Two heart shaped stockings for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day StockingsI started the tradition of Valentine Day stockings a few years ago. We enjoyed filling them with sweets and love notes.

 

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Swimming Snail

Swimming SnailThe other day as I was walking past our bog pond I noticed something moving. Upon closer observation I realized it was one of the resident snails swimming in the water. I just had to get a video so that I could show my 6 year old. He loved it and I hope you do too!

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

A fluffy Japanese style pancake in a snowflake shape with syrup.

Japanese Style Puff PancakesThese fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A tray of peanut butter cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter CookiesThese easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

Glue being applied to the end of a Halloween Yo Yo Tree.

Halloween Yo Yo TreeSmall fabric "yo yos" can be made from any scrap fabric and used for a variety of projects. Here they are combined to create a cute decorative Halloween tree. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A wreath made from recycled cardboard and small clothespins that hold tea bags.

Tea Bag WreathThis wreath is decorated with colorful tea bags, which can be easily replaced when they are used. It would be a perfect hostess gift for someone who loves tea. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

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A multi colored crocheted blanket.

Crochet ArtI am a crochet artist. I learned to crochet on my own when I was in special ed classes by watching a video. I like to sit and design my own patterns now and I use scrap yarn to make my art.

 

The completed lighted floating pearl centerpiece.

Lighted Floating Pearl CenterpieceI made up this "mock" centerpiece to try out the floating pearl centerpiece idea for wedding reception guest table.

 

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Kangaroo CookingAlways cook something for the next meal, with your current one: extra potatoes in broth, for cottage pie; extra stew, to chop up as pie fillings; extra rice, to make rice salad or tacos; extra fish, for patties; extra spaghetti, to cut up in soup; extra bolognese, to stuff baked aubergines or marrows, etc.

 

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A plate of the fried rolls and sauce.

Squash and Pink Salmon RollsWhen January started our rivers overflowed because the year started with non stop heavy rains. Our houses almost drowned in deep flood waters. Because of this I was forced to spend all of our budget intended for the whole month to fix and replace the damages.

 

The completed note pads.

Upcycling Expired PlannersIt's 2023 now! Do you have any 2022 planners? While cleaning, I found a few 2022 planners that I used half way but never really utilized the planner to the fullest. While flipping through the planner there were lots of potential.

 

Chicken breasts being pounded flat in a recycled cake mix bag.

Cake Mix Inner Bags For Freezing ChickenWhen it comes to fried chicken breast tenders, I like mine thin. My intent here was to use the cake mix bag just for pounding the tenders. Then it occurred to me that the bag itself would be ideal for freezing as well, and I have accumulated several over time.

 

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Questions

An old wooden double sided desk.

Value of Double Sided Desk?I came across this double sided desk today, I don't know what style this is and if it is worth anything. They are asking '500 for it, it's a bit rough although it still looks impressive.

 

A vintage doll.

Identifying a Vintage Doll?I found this doll at Goodwill Outlet, and it looks antique. The fabric torso seems age stained, and her clothes seem old. Her face looks hand painted. Her face, legs/feet, and arms/hands seem like porcelain or bisque. Her feet make a clinking noise when tapped together, and feel kind of sandy/gritty when rubbed together. The back of her neck has markings on it, and we believe we found the manufacturer, Alresford crafts in England. (I'm not completely sure so please correct me if I'm wrong).

 

An old copy of a dictionary.

Value of Laird & Lee's Webster Dictionary?Is there any value in this book? It's a vintage antique Laird and Lee's Webster dictionary high school collegiate addition, 1911. It's not in great shape, but cannot find copies out there. Thanks for the help.

 

A mouse toy stuffed with beans.

Identifying Antique Bean Bag Mouse Toy?Has anyone seen anything like this bean bag stuffed animal mouse toy before? I have never let it out of my sight since I was a baby and would love to know what it is. I am 50 years old so it is at least that old.

 

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Cleaning The Back of The Refrigerator?I saw an article some years ago about a lady that moved out the refrigerator by herself to clean the coils as she had nobody to assist her. I would like to see that reprinted. Thanks!

 

A porcelain doll with a bridal veil.

Information About Seymour Mann Rapunzel Doll?Can anyone tell me about the Rapunzel's wedding doll by Seymour Mann? I can not find it nowhere.

 

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Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

Making a Candy Bouquet

How to Make a Candy BouquetA homemade candy bouquet makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. These tutorials show you how to make beautiful candy bouquets.

 

Finding a Lost Relative, Genealogy Study

Finding a Lost RelativeWhether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. This is a page to finding a lost relative.

 

Man repairing plumbing under sink

Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowners?This is a page about finding plumbing repair help for low income homeowners. Plumbing repairs may be too expensive for many low income homeowners. However they are quite necessary for health and even safety. Finding a source of assistance to reduce the costs can help.

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

legal documents

Rights of Person Holding Power of Attorney?A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the right to act for another in specific situations. This is a page about rights of person holding Power of Attorney.

 

A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

A birthday cake with the number 11 on it.

11th Birthday Party Ideas for GirlsTween birthday parties can be difficult to plan, they are getting too old for children's parties and are still not ready to move up to teen party activities. This is a page about 11th birthday party ideas for girls.

 

Crocheted Item

Cleaning Stains on Crocheted Items?This is a page about cleaning stains on crocheted items. Care needs to be taken when cleaning crochet items, especially the more delicate lace style ones.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

Ice Maker Arm

Ice Maker Arm is StuckThis is a page about fixing am ice maker arm that is stuck. Automatic ice makers in your freezer are a great convenience. However, if they get stuck releasing ice cubes it can be difficult to fix.

 

Silver Bracelets

How Much is .925 Silver Worth?Sterling silver is a silver alloy containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. Sterling silver is commonly used for making fine jewelry. This is a page about how much is .925 silver worth?.

 

Valentine's Day Candy Bouquet

Making a Valentine's Day Candy BouquetFlowers are beautiful and a delightful gift to receive, but you can't eat them. Try this candy bouquet instead or in addition to the traditional bouquet of flowers. This is a page about making a Valentine's Day candy bouquet.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

A bottle of dawn dish soap.

Why Is Dawn Detergent Recommended So Often?Original blue Dawn dish detergent has a wide variety of uses other than its intended one for cleaning dishes. They range from removing fleas from pets, ridding your plants of insect pests, to its inclusion in homemade cleaning solutions. This is a page about, "Why is Dawn detergent recommended so often?".

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

A painting a wood table using a roller.

Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.

 

Finished license front.

How to Make a Kid "Drivers License"Making a drivers license for you child is a fun craft project for you and your kid to work on together. This is a page about how to make a kid "drivers license".

 

Bathroom toilet with the seat up.

Removing Urine Odors from a BathroomThis page is about removing urine odors from a bathroom. Although the lavatory looks clean, it doesn't always smell fresh.

 

Bleach Bottle Santa

Making a Bleach Bottle SantaThis is a page about making a bleach bottle Santa. Clean plastic bleach and detergent bottles are great to use in craft projects. Make this cute Santa for the holidays.

 

Soldier smiles while typing on a computer.

What Agencies Give Laptops to Veterans?This is a page about finding agencies that give laptops to veterans. There are numerous services that Veterans can utilize after they are out of the military. The best way to find out more information is to contact the Veterans Administration.

 

Blue Colored Granules

Homemade Simmering Granules?This is a page about homemade simmering granules. You can make your own simmering granules using the scents that you favor.

 

Non-Pleated Face Mask - child's mask from the side

Non-Pleated Face Mask With Filter PocketAs more of us are looking to make our own fabric masks to wear in public to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus, there are a couple of typical types. This page contains a tutorial for making the non-pleated style with a pocket for adding a filter such as a folded coffee filter.

 

Old fashioned kitchen with white laminate cabinets and white Formica Counters

Transforming Old Formica CountertopsThis is a page about transforming old Formica countertops. After years of use Formica countertops can become dull and worn.

 

A man itching his head.

Tiny Black Bugs Making Head Itch?Fleas like humans almost as much as dogs, and can be the cause of your itchy head. This is a page about tiny black bugs making head itch.

 

Kids at After School Program

Name Ideas for an After School Program?Choosing a name for an after school program can help define the focus of the activities and attract participants. This is a page about name ideas for an after school program.

 

Bread Machine

Repairing a Bread Machine?This is a page about repairing a bread machine. When your bread machine stops working properly, the question is whether it can be repaired or if you need to buy a new one.

 

Value of a Vintage CorningWare Covered Dish

Finding the Value of Vintage CorningWare?This page is about finding the value of vintage CorningWare. This tempered glass cookware has been common throughout the US for many years.

 

an array of porcelain dolls

Finding the Current Value of Porcelain DollsThere are many collectors of porcelain dolls. This page is about determining the current value of porcelain dolls.

 

Bowl of plain scrambled eggs.

Feeding a Puppy Cooked Eggs?Feeding your dog an occasional cooked egg is fine. They usually really like them. With a puppy, any new food might be given in small amounts so that they get used to it. This is a page about feeding a puppy cooked eggs.

 

Homer Laughlin logo on the back of a plate.

Finding the Value of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware?The Homer Laughlin China Company opened in 1871 and remains active today. During the long history of the company many patterns were designed and sold. This is a page about finding the value of Homer Laughlin dinnerware.

 

Uses for Plastic Bottle Caps

Uses for Plastic Bottle CapsWater and soda bottle caps can be difficult, if not impossible to recycle. Finding other uses for plastic bottle caps helps prevent them from ending up in the landfill. This is a page about uses for plastic pop bottle caps.

 

Value of Marie Osmond Porcelain Doll

Finding the Value of Marie Osmond Porcelain Dolls?There a couple of things to consider when trying to determine the value of a Marie Osmond doll. First is it a doll based on the singer herself or a doll that is part of the Osmond collection. This is a page about finding the value of Marie Osmond porcelain dolls.

 

bugs in hair

Getting Rid of Bugs in HairIf you have bugs infesting the hair of your family, proper identification will help you with treatment. There are several products and home remedies that will work on many types of insects. Medical advice should be sought if the bugs are very resistant to treatment.

 

sore nails

Remedies for Nail Pain After Removing Acrylic...Your own fingernails can hurt after taking off fake nails. This page is about remedies for nail pain after removing acrylic nails.

 

Hand Sanitizer

Removing Hand Sanitizer Stains on Wood?This is a page about removing hand sanitizer stains on wood. The alcohol content found in hand sanitizers can leave awful spots on your wood furniture. Thankfully, there are solutions to help remove or minimize any damage done.

 

Woman's hands with natural manicured nails.

Growing Out Healthy Nails After Years of...This is a page about growing out healthy nails after years of biting. While a challenge, it is very rewarding to be able to grow healthy nails after a history of biting them.

 

Locating for a Half Sibling

Locating a Half Sibling?Finding long lost relatives can be a challenge and often requires professional help. This is a page about locating a half sibling.

 

Dog in Elizabethan Pet Collar

Alternative To Elizabethan Pet CollarThis is a page about alternative to Elizabethan pet collar. Surgeries, allergies, and other conditions may call for having your pet wear an Elizabethan collar or a suitable substitute to prevent them from worrying the afflicted area.

 

A senior with a cane.

Name Ideas for Senior Home Care Business?Providing in home services to seniors and other housebound individuals is a popular small business. This is a page about name ideas for senior home care business.

 

Cleaning shiny counter top with a cloth

Restoring the Shine on a Formica CountertopOver time with normal usage and constant cleaning, your Formica countertops can look dull and worn. This is a page about restoring the shine on a Formica countertop.

 

Sweet Bread

Sweet Bread Machine RecipesYou can use your bread machine for a variety of sweet yeast breads. This is a page about sweet bread machine recipes.

 

Tomato Relish

Tomato Relish Using Wild's Ezy-SauceWild's Ezy-Sauce is a popular ingredient to use when making tomato relish. This page has information about how to make tomato relish using Wild's Ezy-Sauce.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

side table

Finding the Value of Vintage Mersman...This is a page about finding the value of vintage Mersman furniture. This Ohio based company produced millions of items of furniture during its existence.

 

A collectible doll in a box.

Value of a Classic Treasures Porcelain Doll?To determine the current value of a Classic Treasures porcelain doll, Ebay is often a good place. Many of these dolls were mass produced and unless they are older and in demand, are not worth much.

 

four dolls

Finding the Value of Ashton Drake DollsAshton Drake Galleries is known for their realistic porcelain dolls and baby dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Ashton Drake dolls.

 

A perfectly cooked beef roast on a cutting board.

How to Cook a Frozen RoastEven less expensive cuts of meat can come out moist and tender when cooked properly. You can save time by cooking the roast right out of the freezer.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Man scratching his head.

Getting Rid of Fleas in Human HairSometimes in the case of a bad flea infestation, fleas will also get into the hair of the pet's owners. This is a page about getting rid of fleas in human hair.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

Man mopping with spray mop.

Swiffer WetJet Isn't WorkingThis is a page about when Swiffer WetJet isn't working. The main reason your probably purchased your WetJet was the spray feature. So when it stops working it is very frustrating.

 

White Heat Stain on Wood Table

Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood TableWhether it's from a pizza box, a coffee cup or some other hot item, heat stains on a wood table can be difficult to remove. This is a page about removing heat stains from a wood table.

 

Pink Tulle

Hanging Tulle From the CeilingThis is a page about hanging tulle from the ceiling. Tulle is often used in decorating for weddings and other special occasions.

 

Dog tag saying Thank You Veterans

What is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW?This is a page about what is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW. The ability to join either the American Legion or VFW, is dependent on where and when you served in the military. Additionally, Merchant Marines can join the American Legion but not the VFW. Here is more detailed information about the criteria for joining both.

 

Kerosene Heater

Using a Kerosene HeaterThis page is about using a kerosene heater. It's important to know a few things about operating this kind of heater.

 

The face of a grandfather clock.

Determining the Value of a Grandfather Clock?As with many vintage and antique pieces, the value of a grandfather clock depends on a number of factors, including age, rarity, appearance, mechanical soundness, etc. This page offers some good advice on how to find the value of a grandfather clock, as well as, a detailed list of attributes and demand that will need to be considered in determining its value.

 

Shampooing a sofa.

Removing Urine Odors from a CouchRemoving urine odors from upholstered furniture can be difficult. This is a page about removing urine odors from a couch.

 

Pug looking guilty.

Training a Dog to Poop on a Training PadThis is a page about training a dog to poop on a training pad. Training a dog to use a puppy pad may be the best solution for a pet that stays inside for periods of time without access to a yard via a dog door.

 

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