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October 13, 2010
Recycled Pet Food Bag Tote
Are the pet food totes machine washable? Thanks.
Removing Wrinkles from Permanent Press Clothes
I think I ruined some fairly new permanent press slacks in a too hot drier. Is there a way to get out the mass of wrinkles?
Toast Ideas for a First Holy Communion
I have be asked to raise a toast for my godchild's First Holy Communion and I'm completely tongue tied.
Brown Paper Bag Flooring
We are getting ready to paint our interior concrete floor in our family room. We want to use the kraft paper and just want some help as to the easiest way to start this project? We would like it to look like quarried stone, like marble....
Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church
I need ideas for a church harvest festival, but it has to be really inexpensive, we have practically no money.
Removing Odors from Dishwasher
I have an odor that smells like wet dog coming from the dishwasher.
Chinchillas As Pets
I am interested in information on chinchilla care and how to maintain them? Are they good pets? Messy/clean?
Updating on Old Rock Fireplace
Has anyone ever updated an old flat stone fireplace surround? I don't want to remove the rock (too messy and I don't want to wreck the wooden floor). I'm thinking of using concrete (?) to fill in the unevenness and cover the entire surface.
Children's Sweatshirt With Zip Up Mask
I am looking for a boy's hoodie robot zip up sweatshirt. The hood zips up to make a mask. They are sold for small boys. Does anyone know the brand name? My grandson has wanted this for a year.
Keeping Cats Out of Potted Plants
Does anyone know how to keep cats away from potted plants?
Locating an Active Coupon Trading Website
Anyone know of a really good/active coupon trading website? I like the one here, but it's not very active. Thank you!
Carpet Rose Not Blooming
I have a carpet rose that is beautiful, except for one thing, it will not bloom. The plant is 3 plus years old and in a near perfect spot. Several roses nearby bloom all summer. I tried root pruning, which did not help.Thank you.
Removing Skunk Smell from Couch
My dog was sprayed by a skunk and rubbed all over the couch before I got her. Now I can't get that smell out. Can anyone help me?
Dinosaur Centerpiece Ideas for First Birthday Party
We will be celebrating my son's 1st birthday and it will be a dinosaur theme. I bought some 6 inch rubber dinosaurs to use for centerpieces, but don't know what to do. Any ideas on centerpieces I could make with dinosaurs. The party is in one week. Thanks.
Discontinued Target Pink Glass Soap Pump
I purchased from Target a pink clear glass soap pump that is now discontinued. My husband broke it and now I can't find it. The piece looks a lot like depression glass pink, any idea where I can look? I think it might have been called Shabby Chic.
Work From Home: Lifebushido Reviews
Have you ever heard about a company called Lifebushido? Is it a scam? I've tried researching them and I'm already suspicious. My research is getting mixed results. Help!
Keeping Fast Food Warm or Reheating It Without It Drying Out
If I bring home fast food like a hamburger and fries at 3:00 and my hubby doesn't get home till 6:00, is there an easy way to keep it warm without drying it out? Or any microwave suggestions that works?
Buying or Making a Loft Bed
We are considering getting our daughter a loft bed for Christmas, but I'm curious if it might be cheaper to just buy the materials and build one? If anyone knows which might be cheaper it would be greatly appreciated!
Adult Halloween Costume Ideas
I am looking for Halloween costume idea for a guy in his early 30s?
Making Beaded Flowers
I saw a beaded flower on a page here at Thriftyfun and I would like step by step instructions on how to make it. Thank you and have a nice day.
Creating a Frosted Finish on Outside of 2 Liter Plastic Bottle
How can you give the outside of a plastic 2-liter soda pop bottle a frosted look?
Pattern for Crocheted Stuffed Santa's Head
I am looking for a crochet pattern of a stuffed Santa's head.
Personalize Your Bed Frame
I have a gray bed. It's nice, but it doesn't go with all my purple and green stuff, and I can't change that. I decided to "pretty it up" some with little things that make it nicer and match more. I put up jewelry, heart shaped sachets, and more.
Hide Important Numbers in Cell Phone Contacts
With so many numbers to remember, here's a great way to keep it simple. If you have a number that is difficult to remember: a pin number, lock combination or ID number, hide it on your phone! Make an entry in your cell phone's contact list for a made-up name.
Make Knife Holder from Old Spools
Re-use empty thread spools. Fasten a row of them jammed shoulder to shoulder inside a kitchen cabinet door and you've got yourself an instant knife holder.
Displaying Crafts at Market
I have been creating original jewelry designs for many many years and selling at local farmer's and craft markets. A great tip for all you crafters out there that sell at local small markets. Display your creations with originality!
My Frugal Life: Reminiscing
Have you ever reminisced for say 40 years about doing a childhood activity? Did you go out and purchase the means of doing it? Did you do it and find it really was a childhood thing? Thank God it wasn't just me. Whew! Well, do you want to know about it?
When planting garlic, I use the Farmer's Almanac guide. Plant garlic between a full moon and a new moon. For this year it will be after October 23.
Plastic Melted on a Smooth Cooktop Range
A plastic bag was melted onto my glass stove top. I had been told to scrape it off with a razor, heat it back up, and even to try ice. I remembered that I had bought a bottle of Goo Gone, so I tried this let it sit on the plastic for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Food Tips for a Disabled Person
My suggestion will help any disabled person or senior citizen living alone. I use a motorized wheel chair. I have a home aide 3 times a week, 2 hours each time. One day is designated usually to cooking. We make up partial meals for the week.
Microwave Cloves Before Peeling
If you have multiple cloves of garlic to peel, zap them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. Let them cool for a minute or two, since they get pretty hot. The skins will easily slip off.
Make Hammock from Plastic Soda Rings
At our favorite camping spot, we've constructed a makeshift hammock out of plastic six-pack soda rings! It takes a little while to collect enough of these, but once you do, you can simply tie them together with thin fishing line.
ID Metal Tools
Mark your iron tools for easy identification by covering a spot on each one with beeswax or hard tallow. Then scratch your name or initials through the coating with a nail or ice pick, pour nitric acid into the groove and let it stand for a short time.
Home Safety Tips
With the sad economy and people losing their homes, jobs, cars, etc., we need to rethink our own home safety. Here are some tips for home safety that I have researched and compiled and feel this will be helpful to most.
I needed a puzzle table that had wheels on it. I found one for $2.50 but it was longer than it was wide.
Bath Tub Toy Holder
Turkey season is approaching! This year, save that net that comes encasing your holiday bird, wash and sterilize it; then run an old piece of twine or rope through it a few inches down from the open top to make a bath toy net to dry your kid's things in.
Vinegar and Water to Remove Odors From Clothing
Use a solution of 50/50 water and white distilled vinegar to spray a mist on synthetic fibers that smell "odd" even after they have been laundered. Repeat if necessary. It may take two or three mists to get the desired effect. Allow the garment to dry after each spray mist
Scenery: Snow (South Carolina)
These pictures are of my house when South Carolina got snow. I got up early that morning to take these because I knew that as soon as my three boys (ages 9, 11, and 13) woke up, it wouldn't be like that much longer.
As schools suffer through budget cuts, fundraisers become even more important. Yet everyone is cutting back, and purchasing wrapping paper, candy, or raffle tickets isn't in the budget.
This photo is a shot of my Pekin Ducks as they swim in the pond full of reflections of the fall colored leaves. They are so pretty gliding across the pond and coming to my side of the pond to get something to eat. Soon they won't be able to go on a frozen pond.
Scenery: Rustic Barn (Morristown, TN)
Captured this photo of a old barn in Morristown, TN while riding in the car.
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth. Add egg, lemon juice, and vanilla; mix well.
Chinese Vegetable Salad
For salad, drain the beans, corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, pimentos, and mushrooms. Then combine all ingredients.
Prize Winning Meatloaf
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Press firmly into ungreased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated moderate oven at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour.
Spiced Up Grilled Cheese with Bacon
This along with a bowl of tomato soup is one of my husband's favorite meals! It's fast, easy, and a great twist on a classic grilled cheese!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
It's quick to prepare, inexpensive to buy, and it tastes great!
Halloween Costume: Clown
I used a plastic trash bag and painted it with red and white. I doubled the trash bag and glued on. I got big tennis shoes and painted them red, got a yellow shirt. For the suspenders, I used plastic white tall kitchen bags and velcroed them to the pants.
Make Coffee with Enough Flavor for Two
When having your morning coffee, I will flavor the first cup with vanilla, cinnamon, creamer and 2 packs Splenda. When it gets down to about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the cup, I refill it with fresh coffee and cream.
Zucchini Tomato and Parmesan Bake
I was looking through an old recipe binder of mine and came across this recipe. It made my mouth started watering when remembering how tasty and easy it is! It's time to share!
Harvest Table Decoration
This darling natural centerpiece is quick and easy to make for your lovely celebrations. It would be fabulous also for a group activity that is thrifty but lovely.
Great for a snack on Halloween day! Older kids love to do these for the younger ones!
ThriftyFun Crafts - Seasonal Fall Decorations
Online version of the ThriftyFun Crafts.
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