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September 5, 2007
Natural Bug Sprays
Do you have any natural bug spray recipes to share? Please submit them here.
Keeping Seams Together When Sewing
Tips for keeping your seams together while sewing from the ThriftyFun community. I'm new to sewing. Pinning fabric together doesn't always leave me with matched seams. I tried an experiment which worked well for me.
Getting the Last out of Bottles and Jars
Be sure to add a bit of water or some other liquid and rinse out your condiment bottles (ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, steak sauce, etc.) to add as seasoning to your homemade soup, hamburger goulash, or any other dish you're preparing.
Uses For Old Calendars
What do you do with old calendars? Here are ideas submitted from the ThriftyFun community. What I like to do with the old calendars is to cut out the photographs and then use them in various crafts such as decoupage or paper crafting.
Crochet Tote Bag
I came up with this pattern for a crocheted purse! Sorry can't post a pic, but it is really cute!
Size of Needle for a Lockstitch Mini Sewing Machine
My wife has a Mini sewing machine (see picture) but does not know what type of needle it takes. All it says on the box is Lockstitch double threaded sewing machine made in China. She has tried a few different needles, but they did not fit.
My Grandson Logan
I have a lot of friends that read your newsletters. So, I just thought that I would submit a picture of my first grandson, Logan. We have waited so patiently for him for many years and he is a blessing to us. Thank you.
Crochet With Old T-Shirts
I like to crochet rag rugs out of fabric scraps. However, you always have to deal with the edges fraying. I got an idea. My husband had about 11 old colored cotton tee shirts. I cut them up in 1 1/2 inch strips going around and around.
Gift Ideas for a Developmentally Delayed Person
I am stuck for ideas on what to buy for a 21st birthday present for a disabled girl who is developmentally delayed, physically and intellectually. I don't want to buy anything breakable (especially glass). Any ideas would be appreciated.
Chili Meat Loaf
In a large bowl, combine beef, oats, carrot, onion, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Transfer to 8x4-inch loaf pan. Spoon half of chili sauce over meat.
Save Webpages of Information to Your Computer
Finding great ideas, patterns and recipes for FREE on the internet is sometimes like a treasure hunt. You want to be able to find it again. Most people will bookmark the page, but often websites disappear or pages change.
Festive Chicken Salad
Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Combine reserved liquid and cream cheese, mixing until well blended. Add pineapple, chicken, water chestnuts, celery, 1/4 cup almonds, onions, salt and pepper; mix lightly.
This beautiful waterfall is in Guam where a young friend of ours is stationed with the US Air Force. I thought it was too beautiful not to share!
Make Your Own Baking Mixes
Mix all dry ingredients. Divide into 2 bowls if necessary to mix. Cut in shortening. Store in airtight container. Stir before using.
Battery Operated Clock for Power Outages
Power Outage Tip: Keep at least one battery operated clock in running condition. That way you'll still be on time for work and appointments if the power goes out.
Home Haircolor Tips
I have long hair and after making several messes on the floors, walls and countertops when using home hair color, I have two tips that have helped me to keep things neat.
Angel Food Cookies
Beat egg whites with salt until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar until stiff. Add vanilla and lemon juice.combine flour, dates and nuts, mixing until dates and walnuts are coated with flour. Fold into egg whites.
Ask for Credit for Poorly Developed Photos
When picking up your prints at the photo lab, be sure and look at your pictures while you are there. Most labs will reimburse you for bad shots that you took. It's not much, but it adds up over time.
Roll out crescent rolls on pizza pan and work together until pan is covered. Bake until done; let cool. Beat together mayonnaise, dill weed, cream cheese and onion salt.
Velcro on the Back of Puzzle Pieces
My daughter has TONS of puzzles and at the end of the day, it'd take me a half hour to find all of the pieces. So I attached small Velcro circles onto the back of every piece along with their matching space on the puzzle board.
Combine vegetables, cucumbers, green peppers, onion, celery and pimentos. Make a bring of salt and cold water. Pour over vegetables and let stand 4 hours; drain well.
Tin Bucket For Bathroom Trash
I was in need of a bathroom trash container and had no extra money for a new one. My room mate was unpacking old storage items and came across camping gear.
Buy the framed mirrors at IKEA and decorate. I usually use thin paper such as paper napkins, but recently I have started using thin, silk scarves for a somewhat unusual look.
Mix Moisturizers for Improved Scent
I bought some inexpensive moisturizer with sunscreen (usually $7-8 per bottle) at the dollar store, but didn't like the scent. I poured the bargain moisturizer into my two bottles of a brand name moisturizer that had a little left in them.
Mexican Chicken with Black Bean Salad
When preparing this easy meal, make the black bean salad and salsa the day before serving. This makes the whole meal very easy to prepare and serve the next day!
Tips For Preventing Garbage In The Home
Use recycled toilet paper in place of paper towels or facial tissue. Use toilet paper to wipe up bathroom hair or dripped water, etc. Have a roll handy for everyone to use. Toss it into the trash, not in the toilet.
White Dog (American Bulldog)
White Dog is 2 and is an American Bulldog. He loves to run and play "crazy dog" and mostly he likes to cuddle. This is one of the best dogs I have ever had, he is so soft and loves every one and other animals (even kitties).
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