September 21, 2004

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Easy Bake Oven Mixes and RecipesIf you've ever had to buy those refills for Easy Bake Ovens you know they are expensive. My daughter and I have tried all of these and really like them (more fun too, doing it together!). We've even put them in bags with ribbons and directions and given them with gifts.

 

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Italian Herb Salad Dressing MixA convenience mix for Italian Herb Salad Dressing.

 

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Keeping Important Items HandyIf you find you lose things perpetually, you can buy a simple CD holder, hang it up, and store all your small but necessary items in it. It works great!

 

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Carry Iced Tea With YouI brew extra strong tea every morning and put it in a small 1/2 cup plastic container I keep in my purse. When eating out I get ice water and pour a little of the tea I have made in the glass. This is especially good if your drink herbal or decaf tea as those are not usually offered. By Owen

 

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Christmas Wreath With a Bicycle TireA beautiful Christmas wreath can be made by covering a bicycle tire with chicken wire, then weaving pieces of evergreen boughs through it. Then attach a brightly colored ribbon and anything else that you wish to add. By Katz

 

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Make a Pretty Framed Picture for PenniesHere is a way to make a very nice framed picture without the high cost. Find a picture you love. I've had luck finding these in magazines and catalogs.

 

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Clean Your Home's Siding with a Hose and Push BroomAn easy way to clean your siding on your house is: Tape a garden hose to a wide push broom, using duct tape at 2 or 3 places along the handle. Position the nozzle near the top of the broom head, just above the bristles.

 

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Spare Change Your Car AshtraySince you kicked the cigarette habit, clean out that car ash tray and fill it with spare change. This way you'll always be ready for toll roads and car washes. By Harm0ny

 

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Plastic Knives as Row MarkersSave those plastic knives from your picnic to make durable row markers. Mark plant variety and planting date with permanent marker. Push knife with handle side in the ground.

 

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Painting Tip: Use a SkateboardBorrow your kid's skateboard when you are painting baseboards and lower walls. Just sit cross-legged on a skateboard and roll along with your paintbrush and a paint can. It's much easier on your back. By Katz

 

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Crocheted Birdhouse Afghan Pattern?I am looking for a crocheted birdhouse afghan pattern. I don't want to order the kit because it doesn't give you a choice on colors of yarn to use. I really need the pattern if anyone can help me. Thank you, MarySue

 

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Looking for Shower Wrap Information?A friend told me about shower wraps she used to help sew for another lady to sell. She said you use a towel that has a wide hem, 4" of velcro to close at top, elastic for around the top and a ribbon trim. Has anybody else made these? I would like to make a couple for my daughter's-in-law for Christmas. My friend had forgotten the measurements used for the small, medium and large sizes. I would just like to hear if anybody else is making these. Also, wouldn't it be neat to make a matching one for the guys? Katherine

 

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