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October 11, 2004
Crafting With Upholstery Samples
What crafts can be done with upholstery material samples? Any ideas would be appreciated, as I hate to throw them away. Trina from Washington
Mini First Aid Kit
What are some items you would find around your house that could go into a mini first aid kit? Thanx, Kristi from Ontario.
Ideas for a Lizzie McGuire Party Theme
I would like to know if anyone has any ideas for party favors/goody bags for a Lizzie McGuire birthday party for an 8 year old girl. This is the theme that she has her heart set on. The store-bought stuff is really expensive. Any frugal ideas for a mom on a budget? Cindy from Medicine Hat, AB
Does My Dishwasher Need Replacing?
My dishwasher is about 8 1/2 years old. It does a terrible job of cleaning; glasses come out with grains of soap on them and look almost greasy! I used to use liquid gel but changed back to powder to see if it would work any better. Also, the inside food catcher (is plastic) and is almost coroded shut. Any way to clear this out? Or should I look at replacing the dishwasher and how do I keep this from happening again? Our water is very hard. Thanks, Deb from Arizona
Making Your Own Cards?
Has anyone here, had their kids make the Xmas cards and maybe make copies on cardstock at Kinko's? Is this expensive? I figured it would creative for the kids. What do you think?
Gift in a Jar Ideas?
I have an overload of mayo jars that I have collected. Does anyone have a tried and true gift in a jar that will fit in a mayonnaise jar?
Take Inventory of All Your Belongings
Create an inventory list and do a room to room video log of all your belongings. Leave out nothing of importance to you. Add a written report of where purchased, value, etc. Some insurance companies require detailed lists of what you are replacing before they settle with you.
Archiving Scrapbook Pages
Take photos of your finished pages, then take the negatives or CD, vacuum seal them and place in your freezer. Your precious memories then may not be lost. By Mildred Ruckert
Chill in refrigerator about 3 hours. Serve with Cool Whip if desired.
Finding and Using Wooden Crates
One of the electronics firms here in town regularly gets rid of wooden crates. I asked if I could have them. They said "sure" as they used a lot of man hours breaking them up to go to the dump.
Wedding Champange Flute Candles
We did this for my daughter's wedding. I went to the thrift store and bought two beautiful matching crystal champagne flutes. I then melted wax (can be bought at craft stores.) I let the wax cool just a bit so it would not crack the crystal and added some glass glitter in blue and silver which were her colors. Now when she eats her one year cake she will have beautiful candles to light for the special one year anniversary. By Debra in Colorado
Babysitting Checklist and Emergency Numbers
When my children were little and I had to have a babysitter I would make a checklist for the babysitter and would leave it by the phone.
Fixing a Stripped Wood Screw Hole
To fix a hole that has become too large for a wood screw take some tooth picks and wood glue and fill the hole until it is the right size again. If you decide to fill it completely you will need to pre-drill for the screw.
How to Dispose of Paint and Other Hazardous Materials
My storage room was filled with half cans of paint (I just redecorated,) varnish, old paint thinner and stripper. My trash people told me that they could not haul this to the landfill so I called our county extension office.
Green Housewarming Gift
When faced with having to buy a house warming gift for a friend I never know what to get someone until I came up with this tip. I love flowers and gardening. On the spur of the moment I needed something nice so I looked around my yard for something I could give.
Biscuits For Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Okay people, this is so easy and yummy. All you need is 2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup, empty into pan, and fill one can up with milk and add to the pan, then get 3 cans of biscuits.
Making Mock Condensed Milk (like Eagle Brand)
With the holidays coming sooner than we think, it is time to make those delicious recipes that call for Eagle Brand condensed milk. But it is really expensive to buy. So make your own with this simple recipe. I guarantee it works as well as the real thing!
My 2nd grade son told me this one: What kind of dance do rabbits like best? Hip HOP! By Suzziee
Thickening Runny Deviled Eggs Filling
If your deviled eggs filling come out too runny, try adding a little instant mashed potatoes straight from the package. It doesn't affect the taste, and it firms them up nicely.
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