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June 11, 2010
Discontinued Wallpaper: Bay Breeze by Bradley Clark
I am trying to find a wallpaper pattern that I purchased in 2003, Bay Breeze by Bradley Clark page 51 BB20302 AND BB75974DC. If you have any of these, even cut rolls, I would be interested...
50th Birthday Gift for Someone I Don't Know Well
I have been invited to a surprise 50th birthday party for someone I do not know that well. I thought of getting her a gift certificate to a spa or something, but she works at a gym/spa and I think she already gets a discount on that.
How Do I Restore a Formica Tabletop?
I am restoring Formica on a vintage 1960's table. What is best way to do this?
Recipe for Pond Plant Fertilizer
Does anybody have a good recipe for pond plant fertilizer? I think the necessary ingredients are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. I wonder what is in those tablets you can buy?
Pruning Annual Flowers
Has anybody ever pruned African daisies or other annuals? My African daisies were looking pretty scraggly this morning. So, I cut them back to about 4 inches tall rather than take out the plants.
Recipe for Graham Cracker Cake with Coffee Icing
For years as a child my mother always made our favorite cake. I don't have the recipe and really want it. It was a graham cracker cake with coffee icing. It was dark, extremely moist and oh so delicious. My mother was born in 1910.
Terminal Leader Was Snapped Off of Maple Tree
Something nipped the top off my prized red maple seedling that I brought from my mom's house and planted last year. Since the main "trunk" (1/4 or 3/8 inch in diameter) was snapped off about one foot off the ground, the seedling has sprouted several very healthy side branches...
What is This Plant?
We have this vine growing beside our deck. It takes over and grows very rapidly. Does anyone know what it might be? Thanks for your help.
What are These Plants?
I got some very kind responses re: the type of my plants, but since it seemed that the quality of the pics was so poor, many were only able to make best guesses. I will mention that neither of them is a flowering plant, just indoor hanging plants I got at Home Depot without name tags.
Removing Tree Sap from a Tombstone
How do you remove evergreen tree sap stains from a granite grave stone? My parents' stone is under a pine tree, and the sap has turned part of the stone black.
Using magicJack with Winfax
I need to know how to make my magicJack work with Winfax.
Brew Tea in a Coffee Maker
When I make iced tea I always make it with my coffee maker. I make 2 separate gallons. I put 8 teabags in the brew basket where the coffee and filter would go and brew a full pot.
Use Timer on Bathroom Light
We live in a two story home and the kids always manage to leave the upstairs bathroom or hallway lights on. I don't notice it until after they have left for school.
Old Fashioned Cleaning Tips
I got these from my 1950's cookbook. Love to read all the OUTDATED hints. With so many advances in cleaning, we are blessed. Poor Hannah -LOL!
Trouble Running Anti Virus Software on Infected Computer
I have an Acer Aspire laptop that I feel is infected. I am trying to run CCleaner and/or Super AntiSpyware from an flash drive, but the machine does not find any files on the removable drive. I can see the files on my desktop where I downloaded them from...
Prevent Backpack From Slipping When Packing
To help your Scout (Boy Scout or Girl Scout) keep his/her external frame backpack from sliding all over the floor while packing it, get a set of rubber chair-leg covers or crutch covers to put on the bottom of the "legs" of the pack.
Removing Mop and Glo from Tile Floor
How do I get Mop and Glo wax off a tile floor?
Mark the "Up" Side on Electrical Plugs
Do you have cords to plug into an outlet and are always trying to plug it in upside down, because of one prong being wider than the other?
Use Glass Candle Jar Lid as Votive Holder
When you are through with that lid from your jar candle, remove the plastic seal and use it to hold your votive candles.
Use Local Libraries "Attraction" Passes
I have always enjoyed using the passes our local library offers for the Museum of Science, Children's Museum, Museum of Art, and Botanical Gardens. This is a great way to educate your kids during the summer months that is fun and inexpensive.
Clean Pots and Pans with Glass Brush
The easiest way to clean pots and plans with dried stuck on gravy or pans with ridges in them is to fill them with water, take a glass brush, and scrub. Poof! All uck is gone in seconds. Make sure it is a glass brush and not a bottle brush.
Use Goody Bags for Dog Clean Up
I like to use those little colorful bags for goodies at parties instead of those expensive rolls of pet pick-up bags. The party bags are thicker, much more colorful and come, with ties a lot of the time.
Reproducing a Personal History Book
I've been editing my father's personal history and my sister wants to add pictures to it. We're looking for some recommendations for reasonably priced places to have the history reproduced into a book. Quality and ease of use is a must.
Use "Pooper Scooper" in the Garden
I have a passion for gardening, but am always frustrated that garden accessories, like good tools, are so expensive. The other day I was planting some herb seeds and trying hard to get out all the small rocks out of the dirt.
Cheeses should be served at room temperature, approximately 70 degrees F. To prevent cheese from sticking to a grater, spray the grater with cooking spray before beginning.
My Frugal Life: Thinking Thrifty
Frugal living comes naturally to me. I shop at Goodwill and Thrift stores the way others shop at the mall. I try to think before I throw something away or donate it to Goodwill. Will I use it? Is there some other use for it? Could someone I know use it or need it?
Garden: Peruvian Daffodil
This flower is a bulb that I planted this spring. I was very excited to see how beautiful that it was when it bloomed. It's very different than anything that I have ever planted before, but I'm so glad that I planted it!
I was very still to be able to catch a photo of these skittish and quick cuties.
Father's Day Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents
I work in a nursing home, and I'm in charge of Father's Day gifts this year (for 20 men). I was thinking of gift bags of some sort, but not sure. Any suggestions?
I recycled my milk jugs by planting tomatoes in them upside down, and fed them used coffee grounds, they are thriving!
Why Does My Kitten Nibble on My Face?
Why does my kitten nibble at my face? It is not like she is trying to hurt me. She just puts her nose to my face and then gently bites my skin and holds on.
Treating Fleas on Feral Cats
How do you put flea drops on a wild cat? They are too expensive to not do it the right way. Any ideas?
Garden: Bee On White Flower
I found this little fellow on a daisy in one of my daughter's many flower gardens.
Wildlife: Snapping Turtle
My husband was showing our 2 year old son what a "mean" turtle will do. He got it to snap at his boot a couple of times. I jumped every time it snapped, so this is the best picture I got. It's now our screen saver.
Garden: Unknown Flower
My friend gave me a start of this odd looking plant. I thought I had killed it, but the other day I was surprised when I saw this awesome flower. Does anyone know the name of it?
Growing Cherries from Seed
What is the process to get a cherry seed to root?
Starting a Tree from Seed
How do you start a tree from a seed?
Scenery: At Day's End
One evening we were sitting out on our porch enjoying the last of what was a beautiful day when this boat drifted around the bend and across in front of us. I couldn't help but think that someone else is doing exactly what they want to be doing. No worries!
Environmentally Friendly Wood Floor Sealer
I have a solid mahogany floor, in a large area. It has been treated with a tung oil based sealer (several coats), but I am unhappy with the finish. I do not want to use polyurethane, but something more environmentally friendly. Any ideas please?
How Do I Make a Stencil to Use on Stretched Canvas?
How can I make some kind of stencil or traceable flamingo? I would like to do some kind of pattern on stretched canvas? Any ideas?
Can Apartment Tenants Feed Wildlife on the Premises in Washington?
Do any of my fellow ThriftyFun Family members happen to know the legality of a landlord telling tenants that we can no longer feed the squirrels and birds "out of the shell" nuts? We were notified that each of us who do will have to pay a non-refundable $300.00 pet fee ....
Josie (American Long Haired)
Josie is an 8 year old American long haired. I got her on my birthday, June 2nd eight years ago. I was on my way to Wal-Mart to buy groceries. There were 2 young girls outside the entrance giving away kittens.
Diesel (German Shepherd)
Diesel is a 13 week old German Shepherd. We got him from a friend when he was 5 weeks old. He likes to chase our cat and play with our other dog, Asia. He has a big personality and is so smart.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crock Pot Pudding Cake
Easy and so very,very yummy! In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add milk, oil, and vanilla; stir until batter is smooth.
Father's Day Paper Coffee Cup
Create this smart, simple coffee cup for Father's Day to let a dad know just how cool he is. Packaged in a coordinated box with an accompanying tag.
Mac 'n Cheese Stuffed Peppers
I like to make this in the summer when we have a lot of peppers from the garden. The kids love the mac 'n cheese
Minted Fruit Compote
Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to juice to equal 2 cups. For syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the reserved 2 cups juice mixture, sugar, and mint
Smart and Thrifty Curb Appeal Ideas
With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here. If the increased time you've been spending outdoors has made you notice some of the unsightly features of your home's exterior, then set aside time to increase your home's curb appeal.
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