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April 3, 2008
Cleaning and Organizing My Room
I really need advice on how to clean my room. I spend almost every weekend cleaning it but I am just not organized enough to keep it clean. If any one has any tips please help.
Are Cats Supposed To Pant?
Are cats supposed to pant?
Highlighting Your Hair
Does anybody know of a cheap and easy way to do your own 'Longterm Highlights' thats wont damage my hair? And does anybody have a price range from salons that highlight long hair?
Flavoring In Homemade Beer
I was wondering if anyone has used any type of flavoring for homemade beer. I notice the store I shop at had blueberry, strawberry etc..
Removing Blood From Suede
How do you remove blood from suede?
Discontinued Wallpaper: Gardner Company #GX17004 Lot 2 A
I am looking for a wallpaper made by the Gardner Company. It was made in Canada. It is an oak leaf scroll design. Teal/brown/burgandy colors on a cream background. Number off of the roll is GX17004 Lot 2 A. I need less than one roll.
Fisher-Paykel Washer Advice
Can you tell me if there are any Fisher-Paykel washers that don't lock while they are washing? Also can you just spin dry something you have hand washed?
What breed is my dog? (German Shepherd and Malamute Mix)
I'm trying to figure out if my dog is Alaskan Husky/ German Shepherd mix. I don't really want to get him tested. He's a great dog, wonderful mentality, very smart. It wasn't anything to teach him everything he knows. He is WONDERFUL in agility and he has great table manners. He is about 22in and 165lbs.
Should Chickens Roam Free Or Be Penned Up?
Just read the newsletter on chickens. Very interesting I might add but my question is: did these ladies let their chickens roam the yard or did they have them penned up? I live in the country and thought I may get a few for eggs. Plus you could eat the chickens too. Thanks in advance.
Removing Tape From Painted Drywall
I am having a problem removing tape residue from a flat white painted wall (drywall). I have tried warm water and soap, but am afraid to damage the paint by trying a marketed product.
Gift Idea for My New Stepson
I am 40 and getting married for the second time in June. My fiance's son is 17 and will graduate in June. He will be the best man in our wedding. Besides that, I was wondering if there is something else I could do, without stepping on his mom's toes, to let him know he is and always will be part of us.
Painting Walls To Complement Black Furniture
I need advice on paint color for the kitchen and living room. We recently painted our kitchen and living room Stonington Gray. Unfortunately it looks light blue and it is pretty awful. Any suggestions on what other color we can paint?
Do-It-Yourself Trash Can Composting
Composting is an easy, economical way to keep nutrient-rich plant food at the ready. Not only is it good for your plants, if you pay by the can for waste removal, it can also be good for your garbage bill!
What Breed Is My Dog? (Golden Retriever Mix)
Can anyone help me figure out what kind of puppy this is? I adopted him from a shelter and am not sure what he is mixed with. I am told golden retriever and collie or husky or chow? He is 5 months old.
What's Your Heat Zone? Check Out the AHS Heat...
Too much heat can be as detrimental to garden plants as too much cold. And while most gardeners are familiar with the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, less are aware that a map exists for heat hardiness as well.
Low Cost Recessed Stepping Stones
I didn't want to worry about my lawnmower hitting the stones, so I came up with a plan that worked perfectly! And all you need is cement or concrete, water and a shovel.
Potted Rose Bush Losing It's Leaves
My husband bought me a potted rose bush with baby roses on it. It is, of course, in the house, as we live in Iowa and it is WAY too cold to put outside. My concern is that it is dropping almost all of it's leaves. Not sure why.
Blooming Brier Taking Over Yard
I have some sort of brier (wild tea rose maybe - has small pink blooms) that is taking over the side of my house. I wouldn't mind so much, except it is overcoming my hibiscus. It is now more brier than bloom, and I'm afraid for my hibiscus.
Refinishing a Resin Yard Statue
I'm trying to refinish a poly resin yard statue. The paint has started to peel. How can I remove the rest of the paint without damaging the statue?
What Is This Flower? (Peruvian Lily)
I would appreciate finding the names of these two flowers. Anyone out there that can tell me? Thanks for taking time to answer.
Foam Picture Frames
This is a simple, inexpensive project which can be made to fit any holiday or decor.
Why Do Oranges Fall Before They Are Ripe?
Why do oranges fall from the tree before they are fully ripe?
Flower Gift Card Set
White and purple cardstock, white paper, patterned paper, flower stickers, and ribbons were used to create this card set. Add a matching gift tag and bag to make the card more special.
Use a Corn Cob Holder for Pricking Poultry Skin
I am cooking a duck today and tried a toothpick, worse than the skewer. My lightbulb of the day? Corn cob holder! It was easy to grip, nice metal prongs and only places small holes in the bird. Works great!
Removing Grass From Ground Cover
I have some large garden beds that have grass growing up through the ground cover. In fact, the grass is now higher than the ground cover and some of the gardenia shrubs. Does anyone have an idea for me to kill the grass without me having to pull out all the ground cover?
Use Recycled Cans For Garden Edging
I save my vegetable cans, clean them and take the paper off of them and use them for starting new plants and as a border around my gardens. When I put them around garden, I spray paint them in different colors and turn them upside down and use a hammer to bang into ground. By doing this, it saves it from the landfill and i get free garden edging that looks great
Roses Losing Petals Quickly
I planted my first rose flower this month and it went quite well, with all the banana peels and coffee grounds. But after they bloomed, they only lasted for 2-3 days at most then the petals started to drop. I don't want to lose my flowers so soon, they smell so good.
Oreo Cookie Cheesecake
Crust: combine cookie crumbs, and melted butter; press into 9-inch spring form pan. place crust in freezer. whip 1 1/2 cups whipping cream until still peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Country Style Louisiana (Cajun) Green Beans
I'm 6-generations Cajun, and all my family (including 3 Aunts and 5 Uncles) were farmers in LA, and therefore we had 'country' cooking all the time. Here is a recipe for the most fantastic green beans ever.
Blow Up Your Favorite Snapshot For Custom Art
We were at out daughters new home for Easter. She is having to decorate on a shoestring budget. She created several personalized wall photos by selecting some great snapshots she had taken of her two sons. She then had them blown up to poster size.
Monica's Red Potato Salad
In large bowl, mix potatoes, eggs, bacon, onion, mayo, celery salt, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle green onions of top. Refrigerate.
New Potato Salad
In large bowl, mix potatoes, eggs, bacon, onion, mayo, celery salt, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Sprinkle green onions of top. Refrigerate.
Make Arm and Leg Warmers from Sweaters
Wool sweaters (with or without alpaca/angora/cashmere) will shrink (felt) in hot water, and then they are amazingly dense and warm! No sewing or hemming needed. Long sleeves make leg warmers that stay up without elastic.
Baked Pineapple Crisp
Combine pineapple cubes and rum in a baking dish and toss. Combine sugar, flour, and butter until mixture is crumbly. Add crumbled cookies and coconut.
It's Nice to Have a Vehicle for Hauling
If you have more than one vehicle (or even one), think about how you can use it for hauling. When I was single, I always had a hatchback to take my finds back with me and now my husband has a truck. We just saved $30 on delivery of a desk from the Salvation Army that was only $39.
Sweet and Sour Beef Brisket
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. Rub brisket all over with mixture and place in roasting pan. Mix brown sugar, vinegar, and ketchup in a small bowl; pour over brisket.
Charge Your Cellphone at Night
So many of my friends, talk about letting their cell phone batteries run down and then they can't make any calls. I recharge my cell phone when 1 to 2 times a week, or as needed, but only at nighttime, when I'm sleeping. This way, it's already to use, anytime I need it.
Cut onions in halves crosswise. Put in greased casserole dish. Combine other ingredients and pour over onions. Bake at 350 degrees F, covered, for 1 hour. Nice compliment for pork roast, ham, and turkey. Baste during cooking.
Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
In large bowl, beat margarine until softened. Add sugars and egg; beat. Mix dry ingredients with flour; mix well. Stir in oats, carrots, and raisins. Drop by teaspoon in ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack.
Homemade Cleaner for Wood Cabinets
This cleaner is used for wood cabinets: 2 Tbsp. of olive oil, 4 Tbsp. of vinegar to 1 qt. of warm water (I use a nice empty windex bottle). It really shined up my cabinets nice and I even used it for my stove tops and other kitchen appliances. What a beautiful shine it left.
Cole Slaw for Freezing
Mix salt with cabbage; let stand 1 hour. Squeeze out excess moisture. Add carrot and pepper. While cabbage is standing, make the preceding dressing. Combine the preceding ingredients and boil 1 minute.
Link: Hometown Favorites For Hard-To-Find Items
ThriftyFun gets many requests for hard-to-find foods and items. I found a great site for such things:
Garden Edging For Waterproof Molding and Window Sills
I needed something that would hold up to my always sweating windows when my wooden window sills were totally shot. I found some half-inch thick, slightly bendable plastic garden edging in my garage that the previous owner had left.
Nana (Blood Hound/Springer Spaniel)
Nana is 7 years old and is a Blood Hound and Springer Spaniel mix. I got her in March 2001 as a puppy.
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