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January 11, 2008
Organizing Art Supplies and Materials
I use two types of containers to hold my fancy paper. I like those stacking plastic "drawers" from the office supply store. They are made just the right size to hold reams of paper and I wait until they go on sale for half off (for about $15-$20).
Making the Underside of Fingernails White
How do you get fingernails to look white on the underside? Mine seem to be rough on the underside and soon after working on them they look grubby again. Looking forward to any tips. Thanks!
Making Needlepoint Heirlooms
I love making large needlepoint pieces such as wall hangings etc. and I would like to be making things I can leave to my children as heirlooms. I know the American market will differ from the English to some extent but can anyone give me any advice as to the type of needlepoint that is most likely to be of any value in the future. Is it considered a disadvantage for the piece to be made from a commercial pattern or should I be concentrating more on my own designs? Thank you so much for any advice you can give.
Decorating for a Woman's Ministry Meeting
Looking for ideas for decorating a woman's ministry meeting using a bee theme.
How Do I Sell My House to My Son?
I'm looking for the least expensive way to sell a home. I already have a buyer (my son). Do I have to go through an attorney? Or a title company? Surely not both. I feel there is no need for a title search but will I have to have one to sell the house? Will I have to have the house appraised? I've gotten a free estimate from a Realtor and the price is okay with me and my son. My son cannot pay cash for the home.
Tracing Pictures onto Silk to Paint
Can anyone help me to find pictures that I can use to trace onto silk so that I can paint them? Any pictures that are suitable to copy would be great. I also paint in acrylics so they would be useful for that too. Flowers are my special interest.
Expandable Wire Forms to Crease Pants
Do they still sell the wire expandable forms (rectangular) that were used to put a crease in pants? If so, where can you buy them and what are they called?
Looking for a Safe, Economical Apartment Near Birmingham, AL.
Does anyone know of a safe, economical apartment on the south end of Birmingham, Homewood, or Vestavia, Alabama?
Why Is Ammonia Too Strong in a Shih Tzu Puppy?
Why is ammonia too strong in a Shih Tzu puppy?
Why Do Shih Tzu Dogs Have Seizures?
Why to Shih Tzu dogs have seizures?
Saving Money on Juice
When the juice bottle is sitting too long, I freeze them into ice cubes for the kid's water or I add enough juice to the water to flavor, especially Concord grape juice.
Our Winter Wonderland
New Year's Eve we got 6 inches of snow mixed with rain. It created havoc driving, but it sure left us with a beautiful picture outside for days. This photo was my view on January 3, 2008 from my computer room window.
How to Make a Diaper Cake
Diaper Cakes are all the rage as a baby shower gift. Here are instruction on how to make one for half the cost of buying one.
Attach Microfiber Cloths To Cleaning Bottles
Like many others, I have discovered the glory of microfiber cloths and I use them everywhere and have been for years. One tip that has really helped to eliminate the use of paper towels, is to use a rubber band and attach a microfiber cloth to each one of my cleaning bottles
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Elegant Jello Dessert
This is a very simple but classy desert. Would be great after a candlelit dinner. The ingredients are for 2, 4, 6, depends how you build it.
Make Rules for Next Christmas Now
Start new rules for Christmas gift giving... now! Now is the perfect time to discuss with family and friends that maybe it's time to rethink gift giving for next Christmas.
Slice carrots crosswise, about 1 inch thick. Cook, covered in boiling, salted water until just tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and ginger in small saucepan.
Have Them Pick Their Own Gift From Thrifty Finds
I am a cybergrannie and it is difficult to choose gifts for my children and grandchildren. I buy clothes and odds and ends from yard sales, thrift stores and church sales and sort these out in a small room set aside for this purpose.
Sweet Maple Biscuits
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.. Blend together maple syrup and butter. Pour into ungreased 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Place pan in preheating oven until butter melts.
Styrofoam Pin Cushion
Take a piece of Styrofoam or packing foam and attach this to your sewing table, sewing machine, or wall behind your sewing area with a piece of double sided tape. The packing foam works great as a pin cushon and you'll always have a convenient place to store your pins when you sew!
Bottle Cap Sun
Bless your garden with the warmth and good cheer of a benevolent sun.
Drizzle Quick Breads With Chocolate
Spruce up your quick breads for a party or gift platter by slicing it into small "fingers" then drizzling with melted chocolate. I melted about a cup of chocolate chips with a teaspoon of shortening in the microwave.
Spam and Cheese
Grind up 1 can of Spam or Treet. Then mix it with the following:
Store Ornaments In Christmas Tins
I collect a lot of tin cans with Christmas and winter scenes and sit them throughout the house. Well guess what? A light bulb came on and, this year, I stored ornaments in them and packed them in a tote labeled "tree".
Cleaning an Old Wedding Dress
How can I get a 30 yr old wedding dress white again?
Using A Hambone
I buy the leftover bone from Heavenly or Honeybaked Ham, defrost it and then remove as much fat as possible. There's usually about a pound of ham left on the bone! - and I grind it with cheddar cheese and pineapple slices to make a great sandwich spread.
Keep A Running Tally Of Medical Expenses Through The Year
I keep a running record of medical expenses by family member throughout the year. I start l/l and end 12/31. At the same time, I tally each cost on a cumulative basis. At the end of the year, I have it. Total medical costs for income tax preparation. Easy... and it works
Wash Laundry In Cold Water
Wash all your laundry using cold water. There are some great detergents now on the market especially made for cold water. Also, at the beginning of the rinse cycle, put in half a cup of a water softener such as Calgon or Borax.
Angel is 6 years old and is a Rottweiler and Labrador, mixed. We previously had two other dogs that were the same breed as Angel and they had puppies. She was in one of those litters.
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