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Recycling Old BindersRemove all of your old papers and donate these to your elementary school. The teachers and principal may be able to use them. Your local library may be able to use them as well.
By Debra in Colorado
Using Dried Lily and Iris LeavesThe dry leaves left on irises and day lilies make great "ties" for holding things on autumn wreaths and they are so natural, they blend in too.
Special Ladies Crochet TeaAt least once every winter I try and throw a crochet tea. I gather my friends who enjoy crocheting. My invites usually have a small fridgie attached to the invite and I ask that they all bring the latest new crochet books they have bought.
Documents and Safe StorageWith all the trouble we are having with weather created disasters, we need to make sure we have records of importance in a few safe places. Security boxes and locked freezers work well.
Extending the Life of Your IronEvery once in a while it is a good thing to run some diluted vinegar (diluted with water) through your steam iron this will remove rust and mineral build-up.
By Debra in Colorado
Coupon Cutter on the FridgeI glued a magnet (a free one advertising something) to a free plastic "coupon cutter" that has a blade in it. I keep it on the top edge of the fridge (out of reach of little fingers) where it is always handy to open plastic bags of food.
Make Shift Finger SplintFor a make shift finger splint, cut out the handle part of a Cascade dishwashing detergent bottle, cut a hole in part that goes toward your wrist, and hold it on with a bread wrap twist wrapped around the area just above your knuckle.
Durable Lunch BagA very durable lunch bag can be made by turning a Splenda 9.7 lb bag inside out. My husband calls it his retirement bag, since he knows he'll probably see it until he retires in two years.
Beautiful Lace PlacematsBuy some beautiful lace placemats or cut some from an old lace panel or from an old curtain. Lay out a piece of clear contact paper and cut it a little larger than the lace.
Homemade Laundry Soap BlunderI just made my first batch of laundry soap (fels naptha, washing soda, borax combo). After sitting for 24 hours, it didn't gel up like it should have. Instead, it serparated into liquid with a waxy, 1 inch top (kinda looks like how fat rises on soup when refrigerated). What did I do wrong? Can it be fixed by re-heating the batch? I thought I followed the directions exactly.
Homemade Cards and Stationary with Flowers and LeavesWant to make a great gift that will remind you of spring all winter long? Go out and remove the last of your pansies and daisies and press them in a book. You know that lacy looking weed that took over? Well go pick some of those leaves and press them also. Just don't pick the poison ivy. :)