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February 11, 2010
Whitewashing Wood Paneling
I have stained and vanished custom wood picture frame paneling in the living room and some in the dining room. I would like to whitewash or paint the paneling in the living room to give it an old Western or antique type of look.
Finding Someone to Repair a Musical Bear
I have a stuffed bear that when the paw is pressed it sang a song. This no longer works. The batteries have been changed and tested so it is not the batteries. I would like to find someone who can fix this musical feature of the bear.
I read online somewhere that I can use vinegar in a spray bottle to help get rid of odors. I believe that you just spray it on the carpet or whatever. Is that true?
Planting Bulbs Indoors
I bought some bulbs called "PaperPlates", I put the bulbs in pots around Christmas. I could see them grow a 1/2 inch daily; well now they have bloomed. What do I do?
Paint Suggestion for Black and White Kitchen
I am looking for colour ideas for wall paint in a white fitted kitchen that has a black work top.
Dogs With Separation Anxiety
Our 8 year old Rat Terrier has developed separation anxiety when we both leave the house together and do not take her with us. She has started urinating in the bedrooms while we are out.
Replacement Parts for Regal Kitchen Pro Bread Maker #K6743
I need a part for my Regal Kitchen Pro bread maker. How do I find out where I can get it?
Canceling NetZero Service
I subscribed to NetZero and want to cancel. I can't find a way to do this. Does anyone have a toll-free number or any ideas for how to reach them to discontinue service?
Repairing CD/DVD Drive in an E-Machine
My husband bought me an e-machine and the CD/DVD rom drive quit working after about three weeks. Walmart only guarantees them for 15 days, so I'm stuck with this. Anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
Trimming Out the Edges Between Molding and the Floor
I put stickdown linoleum in our living room. We have molding, but I removed the corner round. What can I use to finish the edges between the molding and the floor?
Green Gardening Tips
Does anyone have any tips for green gardening? Thank you.
Cleaning a Pop Top Thermos
I have a pop top thermos that doesn't come apart, but I need to clean it. I use it everyday and I need to figure out how to clean this. I don't want to buy a new thermos. Can you help me? Thank you.
Homemade Child Safe Ceramic Floor Tile Cleaner
In my house we have ceramic tile with little grooves in it. That's the
Pimple on My Lip
I have a pimple on the pigmented part of my upper lip. It only popped up this morning and is small so far. I've never had one of these before, nor have I ever had a cold sore/canker sore.
Use Your Broom to Clean The Bathtub
A stiff broom with plastic bristles makes a nice tool for cleaning the bathtub without having to bend down. Scouring powder works well with the broom. Of course, if there is an unusual amount of hard water deposit, it may still be necessary to scrape it off with a knife.
Cookie Sheet for a TV Tray
For the ultimate frugal TV tray, I use cookie sheets! Just fold a dish towel in half to cover the cookie sheet (this keeps the plate from slipping also) then place on your plate, salad bowl, drink and utensils and head for the couch!
Permanent Marker on a Wood Table
My 3 year old son recently found a permanent marker in our kitchen. To my surprise he had colored on our new, real wood table and hid his amazing master pieces under the place mats. Please help!
Photo Album For Valentine's Day
You don't have to spend a lot of money for a nice Valentine's gift. A few years ago my husband had to travel overseas and was going to be gone over Valentine's Day. Although we don't normally do much for each other on that day, I hated that he would be alone in a hotel.
Codes on Food Packaging
How do you decipher code numbers on food packages?
Permanent Marker on Vehicle Interior
How do you get permanent black marker out of the interior of a van?
Shaving the Bikini Area
When I shave my bikini line I get little red bumps. I've tried wax but that hurts too much. Does anyone have any tips?
Freeze Leftover Tomato Sauce in Ice Cubes
Sometimes when you have to use a small can of tomato sauce, you may not need more than 3-4 tablespoons. Instead of keeping it the fridge, "just in case I need it" and then finding it after a month moldy, I pour the remaining sauce into ice cube trays and freeze them.
Plastic Bedding Bags for Organizing
Save the zippered plastic bags that bedding and curtains come in to store or organize items. My young grandchildren often need a clean change of clothes when we are on the go.
Keeping Track of Gift Card Balances
Gift cards are a great gift, but keeping track of how much is left requires a method. The method that works for me is to wrap the last receipt around the gift card, since the remaining amount is usually printed there.
Fresh Smelling Garbage Disposal
Keep your garbage disposal fresh by putting fresh orange rinds in it and then running the unit. Easy and costs nothing.
Email Account for Passwords
It's hard to remember all of those passwords for different sites, and writing them all down isn't safe, so how do you keep up with them all? Start a separate free email account (yahoo, hotmail, gmail, etc) just to keep up with those passwords.
Keeping Coffee Maker Reservoir Dry
Allow your coffee maker to dry out by keeping the water reservoir lid open when not in use. Close when dry. This helps to prevent any mold from growing. It is also a good idea to wipe out the reservoir at times.
Outdoor Clothes Drying for Baby Entertainment
Drying your laundry on an outdoors line is not only economical - putting a baby underneath a line of billowing coloured clothes is the best way of keeping them quiet, fascinated and occupied. It works every time.
Choosing the Right Rotary Cutter
I am going to attempt a small patchwork quilt or end of bed throw and as I know nothing about patchwork or cutting would anyone have any advice on this?
Had a snack at a Mexican bistro without specialty coffee. So I order 1/2 coffee 1/2 Mexican hot chocolate, and voila! Specialty coffee without a surcharge!
Removing Baby Formula Stains
Got formula stains on baby clothes? Soak in Cascade dishwasher soap. Removes stains instantly.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Centerpieces
I need some inexpensive centerpiece ideas for 75 round tables. It is for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Many thanks for your help.
Car Air Freshener for Litter Garbage Can
To keep the can and the garage smelling nice, I buy those little car air freshener trees, and tape one to the inside of the trash can lid, with packing tape, by the string. Makes a world of a difference in the odor that greets me when I open up my garage door!
Rooting Plant Cuttings
An easy way to root angel trumpets, confederate rose, and rose of Sharon is to cut a branch off and put it in water halfway up the stem until it has roots.
Water House Plants in the Bathtub
We have quite a few houseplants scattered throughout our home. To streamline things for our house sitter during our absences, I now place the plants in our bathtub.
Craft: Easy Valentine Paper Clip Garland
This is such an easy yet pretty craft. These are made from plastic coated paper clips found at the local dollar store.
Feed Birds Leftover Bread In Winter
With all the snow we have and more to come, the birds have a hard time. Toss leftover bread, cake, broken down chips or other leftovers out to them. They will love you for it.
Splenda Doesn't Dissolve in Cold Water
Does anybody have any really good ideas on how to get Splenda to dissolve in cool to cold water? I have an awful time getting this done.
Trouble and Runt (Cats)
Trouble and Runt are both 3 months old. We got them on Christmas 2009. They like to sleep and play. We lost our baby, Lil Bit, in November and my dear sister-in-law gave us 2 for Christmas.
Auggie (Beagle/Basset Hound)
Auggie Doggie is 3 years old. He is a Bagel (Beagle/Basset hound cross). I acquired him as a puppy at an Alabama Flea Market.
JJ (Border Collie)
JJ is 10 years old. He is a Border Collie. I got him from someone with small children who couldn't manage babies and puppies at the same time.
Chocolate Stains on Silk
My husband sat in chocolate sauce . The trousers are made of silk and the tag calls for dry cleaning only. In the past I have found that dry cleaners will not attempt to get stains out.
Sookie The Dog
This is Sookie, enjoying the snow in the Cairngorms, after the recent storms. She belongs to my niece's friend but I felt I had to share this photo of a very happy dog!
Uses for Old Diskettes
How can I make use of old diskettes? What about broken and old cartridge?
Uses for Used Paper
I have a lot of used paper. How can I reuse this paper?
Controlling Earwigs Organically
Although usually considered a beneficial insect in the garden, large populations of earwigs can result in significant damage to garden plants. Their presence in large numbers can also be a bit unsettling. Here are some ways to keep their population in check.
Cleaning a PVC Corset
I purchased a PVC corset from someone and was disappointed to get it home and notice a rather repulsive smell emanating from the underarm areas.
Easy Berry Canning Juice
This is based on a long family recipe, and I changed some of it to make it very more protected, though, it makes the best juice, and it's very easy, you just have to give it some time for the flavors to develop.
Bring to boil the applesauce and add the dry Jello. Then add the crushed pineapple and the can of 7-Up. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Combine first 3 ingredients in saucepan, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to 248 degrees F on candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in salt and pecans.
Venting a Wood Burning Stove
Does anyone know if a wood stove will draft through a 6 inch pipe laying level for 30 feet? It has a 12 inch upright pipe, 10 feet tall that its connected to.
Dog With Severe Skin Allergies
My dog has scabbing on his floppy ears, which bleed when he shakes his head. This is a cycle that occurs over and over. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.
Craft Project: I Love You Hanger
This is a quick and easy craft for kids to make for family and friends. You could even decorate the letters and hearts with sequins or rhinestones.
Three Corn Casserole
In a 1 1/2 qt casserole melt margarine. Swirl to coat the sides of the dish. Stir rest of the ingredients into the casserole, mixing until well blended.
Cole Slaw Dressing
Easy and mine tastes like Mom's.
Recycled Window Valentine Card
Make a Valentine card from recycled packaging. This is so simple and so cute. Whenever you purchase an item with the plastic bump out type packaging, save it for a treat card.
Cheesy Ham Soup
Put enough water in 4 qt. pot to cover ham bone. Add onions and season to taste. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove ham from bone and save with liquid.
Paper Bag Fish
Sprinkle fish with seasoning salt. In a bowl, mix butter, garlic, scallions, mushrooms, soy sauce, water and ginger. Place fish in bag and place bag in shallow baking pan.
Carole's Favorite Macaroni And Cheese
These are the ingredients that were given to me when I first got the recipe many years ago. I'm one of those cooks that just toss things in the pot, but this is a general guide-line of what is actually supposed to be used.
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