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June 11, 2005
Rats In My Yard
I was lying in my hammock this afternoon, and just gotten comfortable when I heard a rustling sound above me. I thought it was birds, and I looked up just in time to see a big rat run across the patio cover and down a tree! How can I get rid of rats? I have dogs that use the yard, too, and I can't do anything that will poison them.
Recorating My Room With a Vintage Theme
I'm Taylor from Tucson, AZ. I'm a 14 year old girl in the 8th grade. I really need help redecorating and reorganizing my room. My mom and I have started redecorating but don't really know where to go.
Recipe Ideas that Are Easy To Transport
This is a request from Arlene from PA. (not Hurricane Arlene) lol. I would like to have recipes for a full meal for a family of four that can be prepared and delivered to their home when someone is in the hospital and they need help with food.
Lullabies and Fairy Tales Parade Ideas
I need any ideas to decorate a car for the fourth of July parade! The theme to our car is Lullabies and Fairy Tales (We're adveritising for a local daycare center). We are having people dress up as different characters and such but I need some decoration ideas! We need to decorate our car with streamers, signs, music notes, etc.
Junk Drawer Picture Frames
Turning boring picture frames into works of art doesn't take much more than some paint, glue, a junk drawer full of odds and ends, and an imagination! Revamping a picture frame is an easy project that you can complete in an afternoon (drying time included).
Homemade Garden Trellis
I'm attempting once again to grow birdhouse gourds. They work well in hills with a lot of area to spread, but I don't have a large area to spare. They also will climb, so I'm trying it this way this year.
Funky Crocheted Containers
With basic crochet skills, you can turn that leftover wool into funky, unusual decorative containers, perfect for storing change, buttons, beads.
Make Your Own Spice Jars
Recycle your large salsa jars. I use them for my salt, pepper and spices. Just spray paint the lid any color, I use white spray paint then take a nail and hammer in holes on the top of the lid large enough for whatever spice you are putting in them.
Recycle That Old Dresser, Make a Puppet Theatre
Here is a cute idea for recycling an old dresser that is falling apart. First take out all the old drawers and runners. Take off the back. Install a shelf that hangs outside of the dresser all the way across the front.
Recycle Dish Towels and Jeans to Make Hot Pads
Instead of tossing the worn out dish towel, I fold it in fourths making a small place mat size rectangle. I stitch the edges with my sewing machine to keep it together.
Decorate With Old Buttons
Decorate with buttons by gluing them to a lamp shade, picture frame, or clock. Use wire cutters to clip off the shank of any buttons that have them.
Use Old Sweaters In Crafts
Old sweaters are excellent (and beautiful) for recovering throw pillows, or making pillows for the kids to use on the floor while playing video games. Another great use for them is to cut them into huge squares and sew together.
Purse Made from Old Ties
Cut old ties in equal lengths of your choice and sew together to make a neat purse. Line it with an inexpensive muslin and you're all set!
Snowman Favor Cup
From the Laundry Room to Snowmen! Save those big caps from your Liquid Laundry detergent bottles. Wash them out good and turn them upside down (so it looks like a cup).
Creative Decorating Ideas Using Old Windows
Have you ever wished you had a great view right outside your bedroom window but all you see when you wake up in the morning is the wall of the next-door neighbor's house? Well then follow these easy steps to create your own window with a great view.
Easy Duct Tape Purse
Need a purse? You can make one out of cardboard and duct tape. They are easy and cool! You requested it and Stella made one with pictures and complete instructions.
Lady's Relatives (English Bulldog)
Lady was a picture entry from a few weeks ago. Here are some of her relatives.
ThriftyFun News - June 10, 2005 - Recycled Crafts
Online version of the ThriftyFun News. Recycled Crafts. Volume Seven, Number 23 June 10, 2005
Yard Man Mower Won't Start
I have a corner lot, 150x150, a small house and alot of land. 3 weeks ago I mowed the front yard and the side yard with no problem. The next weekend I started the back yard. The mower stopped from mowing large grass, and when I went to restart it the cord broke.
Arrange in layers, using a 9" x 13" baking dish, glass preferably.
Place tea bags in large, heat proof pitcher. Pour boiling water over tea bags, let steep 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Add sugar and still till dissolved.
Mix Tang, sour cream, cool whip, and sweetened condensed milk and pour into the crusts. Cover and chill. Garnish as desired.
In a blender or food processor, combine milk and yogurt. Add frozen fruit slices, one at a time, blending well after each addition, till smooth and thick. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Makes 1 serving.
Mix all ingredients until blended. Roll into small teaspoon size ball and then coat with powder sugar. Put on cookie sheet and press down with fork criss cross.
Quick Caramel Apple Dip
In a small glass mixing bowl or 1 qt. casserole, place cream cheese. Beat until smooth; stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with apple slices.
Taffy Apple Dip
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture on a small serving plate. Serve with apple wedges.
Thrifty, Quick Southwestern Supper
Put macaroni on to cook. Brown crumbled hamburger and onion in skillet and cook until done. Add liquid smoke to taste. When hamburger is done, add veggies, salt, pepper, and cooked macaroni.
Tuna Fruit Salad
In small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, mustard and lemon peel and mix well. In medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients and toss with dressing. Chill for 1 hour and serve on lettuce lined plates
Painting a Kitchen With Avocado Appliances and Yellow Countertops
i was wondering if anyone knew what paint color might go good with avacado green appliances and pale yellow vinyl countertops? Or maybe some kind of faux paint technique. i don't want to re-wallpaper!
Crochet Rhino Pattern
I collect rhinos, and I've been searching for a rhino pattern to crochet. I've found a knit one but have not started that craft YET. Do you know where I can get one in crochet? I thank you for your time!
When I buy sausages for freezing I lay out several pieces of plastic wrap on the counter, then I open the pack and I put one sausage on each piece of wrap. I then roll them up. Then I put them all in a large zip lock bag.
Caulking Around the Sink
Before caulking around a sink put masking tape around the edge leaving a gap of about a quarter of an inch. Place caulk around edge and wipe soapy fingers over caulk to form seam. Pull tape off and you will have a clean caulking job.
Tips for making great meatloaf. Post your ideas.
Homemade Diet Slushy
When dieting and you want something cold and fruity, mix up a batch of Crystal Light and put it in ice cube trays. Then, pop them out and microwave them for just a few seconds, and they become really slushy like a "slushy" from Dairy Queen, and you can add fresh fruit to the slushy as well.
Did you know you can use 2 coupons on the same product? Yes, a "store" coupon and a "manufacturers" coupon can be combined. For example, Walgreen's has a coupon in their flyer for Listerine (this is a "store" coupon).
Young Driver Joke
A young driver said to her father, "Dad, you'll have to see what's wrong with the passenger door on the car."
Check Your Patio Door Insulation
Poorly insulated patio doors may increase your electric bill, check to see that your doors are properly insulated, especially older sliding doors. By Terri H.
Saving Energy Washing Dishes
Tips for conserving energy while you wash dishes. Post your ideas.
Preventing Grated Cheese From Sticking Together
To prevent grated cheese form sticking together, just add a little flour to it. It does not affect the flavor or appearance. Then put it in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. It's easy to get what you need, without wasting cheese that is clumped together.
Recycling Plastic Lids
Tips for reusing plastic lids. Post your ideas.
Benefits of Getting a New Furnace
If you are hesitant to put in a new furnace, don't be. We had a really old furnace that came with the house we purchased. We upgraded to a high efficiency furnace this year and I can't believe the difference in our gas and hydro bills!
Productive Ways to Exercise
Exercising by itself is a good thing to do, getting something done while you exercise is even better. Here are somethings you can do that are both good exercise and productive. Post your ideas.
Tin Container with Pictures
Get a tin container and cover it with your children's pictures (or whatever you want) and cover it with laminating paper to seal it all up.
Clothing Washing Machine Repairs
Tips for repairing your clothes washing machine yourself. Post your ideas.
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