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November 16, 2010
Cleaning Dog Poop Stains Off a Rug
Our Lab had diarrhea on our white carpet. After cleaning the initial clean up of the poop, we noticed the carpet was green! I've tried our Bissel Green Machine cleaner and also Oxi Clean. Nothing is working. Help!
Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe
What would be a good substitution for sherry in a food recipe?
Help for Dogs with Arthritis
We have a wonderful 9 yr. old Rat Terrier who brings such joy to our lives. This past week, she has had trouble jumping up on my lap while I am sitting in a chair to put her collar on for her 2x/day walk in the park.
Puppy Won't Go Potty In The Rain
If it rains, one of my dogs has begun pooping on our new rug which is on wooden flooring and after trying "everything" to stop it we rolled up the rug. When we brought the new rug in they did not do it. They had stopped since the wood floors had been installed.
Removing an Unknown Stain from a Wool Coat
I have a red wool coat with a stain on the left cuff right at the fold. It was dry cleaned, but some of the stain remains. The stain is of unknown origin. Any suggestion on how to get rid of it? It looks as though it was oil.
What Kind of Paint Do I Use to Make Tile Coasters?
What kind of paint do I use to paint tile coasters?
Eye Brows Did Not Grow Back After Chemotherapy
I had chemotherapy due to breast cancer almost 5 years ago. Since then I have not gotten back my eyebrows. Is there anything I can do to get any of it back? Thanks.
House Training a Blind Dog
How can I train my little toy Poodle who was born with out eyes to go to the bathroom outside or even on a newspaper? I just got the dog a week ago, she is a year and a half old and it was always picked up and put outside to go. However, she's peeing on my carpet and pooping, too.
Website for Designing and Building a Closet
We live in a mobile home and had the garden tub removed and had a large walk in shower put in. We are taking out the stand up shower and want to make that space a closet.
Troubleshooting Sewing Machine Problems
My machine suddenly stopped sewing. It is not picking up bobbin thread. There are no loops under the material. I have re-threaded it 3 times and have cleaned the bobbin area and rechecked the bobbin. I have also changed needle and thread. No luck.
"In the Eyes of a Child" Christmas Float Ideas
I need help with our Christmas float. The theme is " In the Eyes of a Child". We are a church group. Could someone please help.
Gift Ideas for Boyfriend Who Likes Outdoor Activities
My boyfriend and I have been dating for 8 months in December. He is the hardest person to shop for, I don't know what to get him. He is into snowmobiling and 4 wheeling. Does anybody have any ideas?
Ideas for Indoor Winter Wonderland Elementary School Party
I am hosting a winter wonderland party for my elementary school and I need ideas. I am looking for inside activities that cost little or no money and can be done with large groups. Thanks.
White Fudge with Cherries
I had a recipe from the 1970s. I got it out of the TV Guide, it was for a white fudge, made with Eagle Brand milk, sugar, and Karo syrup. There was "no" chocolate or marshmallow in it. It did have maraschino cherries in it.
Dog Poops in Bed When Visitors Come
Why does my daughter have a dog that poops in a bed when visitors come to sleep in that bed? It never has accidents except in this case. Any help would be appreciated.
Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer
Cosmetics are very expensive, especially some of the new tinted moisturizers. If you want to make your own tinted moisturizer, take some of your liquid foundation and add some of your favorite moisturizer, sunscreen (if you want SPF), or a body lotion like Jergens.
Funnel as a String Dispenser
For a handy way to have string at your fingertips, try this. Hang a cheap funnel as a dispenser, with the roll of twine or string in the top and the end running down through the spout. This is nice for kitchen, basement, garage shop, or garden.
Store Christmas Decorations in Santa Sacks
Each year I store away all my decorations in Santa sacks that have a drawstring top. When Christmas rolls around again I get the bags down from the storage rack in garage. There is no dust and everything is just where I left it.
Check Online Reviews Before Buying
Sometimes you see wonderful new gadgets advertised on TV. Try going to Amazon.com or Ebay.com to see how customers rated these gadgets before you buy them.
Re-Key Lock Rather Than Replacing Knob
In changing the door lock, I have found that by having the cylinder "re-keyed" represents a huge savings as opposed to buying a new lock and getting rid of the old.
Add Info To Your Photos
When you get film developed or download your pictures to your computer, be sure to date them and state who is in the picture. Future children (great-great-grand children) may inherit them and then they'd know when the picture was taken and who is in it.
Rolling Pin for Ironing Sleeves
Cover an old rolling pin with thin batting and use it inside sleeves to press the seam allowances.
Use Hot Water Bottle to Heat Bed
Hot-water bottles are a British institution and an excellent way to keep your bed warm in winter. It's much healthier to sleep in an unheated bedroom, so do like we do and put a hot-water bottle between the sheets before you go to bed.
Tips for Cooking Vegetables
If you are cooking pasta, rice, or any vegetable that grows above the ground-start cooking in hot water. This saves lots of money because you don't have to wait to heat the water, so it cooks quicker.
Buy and Freeze Discount Eggnog
Buy eggnog that been marked down after the holidays and freeze it for later. It doesn't affect the flavor or texture.
Two Pots Stuck Together
Separating 2 pans that have become stuck together can seem like a daunting problem. But it's not.
Reclaim Yarn at Thrift Stores
To save money on small knitting or crochet projects, purchase small crocheted or knitted throws from the thrift stores or yard sales. Launder the yarn items and allow to dry. Once they are dry, you can proceed to "reclaim" the yarn by unraveling the pieces carefully.
Fragrant Fire Starters
Cut lid off the carton. Melt the candles and crayons on low heat. With hand protection, pour 1 inch of wax mix into the whole egg carton. Before it hardens, add the pine cones, fruit, spices, spruce sprigs, and such.
Medical Gloves to Protect Delicate Fabric
Wear fingers of medical gloves to keep from snagging delicate fabrics with rough fingertips when sewing or crafting.
Rounded Quilt Corners
A lap quilt made with scrap strips of fabric with round corners. After piecing the quilt center, I made a 4 inch border by sewing together many small coordinating fabrics. Stitch the border to the quilt using a quarter inch seam allowance.
Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt
How do I remove a t-shirt transfer?
Shelling Hickory Nuts
I have a hickory tree and picked up about a 1/2 bushel of nuts. I have never saved them before so I am not sure about removing the husks. Do you just peel them off?
Two Year Old Birthday Ideas
Can anyone give me any ideas for a 2 year old girl's birthday party? I don't have much money.
Getting Assistance for Food
What can I do to get help on getting some food for my family?
Make Cleaning Kits For Specific Jobs
For odd jobs, to remind yourself the specific jobs that need done, try this idea. Make "tool kits". Put all the items you need for a task into a bin or bucket and label it. Make a "garden" kit, an "oil change" kit, a "dog wash" kit, etc.
Warning About Dryer Sheets And Pets
There have been several posts lately involving the use of dryer sheets around pets - either wiping the pet or their bedding with dryer sheets. This is a very dangerous idea, because dryer sheets contain poisonous, even carcinogenic, chemicals.
Reupholstering an Ottoman
How much fabric do you need to recover a 40x40 square ottoman?
Gift Ideas for a Dallas Cowboys Fan
I am trying to find gift ideas for my boyfriend. He is a Dallas Cowboys fan and I am on a limited income.
I have been given several pomegranates. Do they ripen after being picked? Also, I would like some suggestions on using them.
Removing Army Face Paint on Clothing
My white shirt got brown army face paint all over it. How can I get it out? I have tried washing it and it hasn't come out. I have also bleach but nothing is working. The paint is like wax
How Do You Freeze Turnips?
How do I freeze turnips?
Treating Dog's Thinning Hair
My Pomeranian's hair doesn't grow back very well after being shaved. Has anyone has tried Biotin supplement to help with the a dogs hair growth?
Jubilee (Rhodesian Ridgeback - Pitbull Mix)
Jubilee is almost 2 years old and half Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pitbull. I got her in March of 2009. She loves playing tug of war, stealing fabric softener and being chased around the house, walks, cuddling, having her belly rubbed and more.
Maggie Mae (Chow Chow Mix)
Maggie Mae is one of ThriftyFun's Mascots. Although the TF's mascot family is growing, she was one of the first! Maggie is about 8 years old and a Chow Chow mix. My mom got her through the Northwest Chow Rescue in 2004.
A German-American Thanksgiving
Many immigrants from different countries that arrive in America make Thanksgiving festivities to fit in with their own cultures. I think that is wonderful. We are free in this country to celebrate Thanksgiving any way that is special to each of us.
Molly (Rat Terrier - Chihuahua Mix)
Molly is 1 year and 7 months old. She is a Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix. I got her through a friend on May 26, 2009.
Scenery: Frozen Peace River
This picture was taken about 1 block from my home. It is of the Peace River. About 5 days later, the winter breakup occurred. It was quite a sight.
Scenery: Moth On Marigolds
A moth posing on my neighbor's marigolds.
Old-Fashioned Girl Doll
This doll was made using some bits and pieces of lumber from my husband's cabinet shop. I just couldn't bear to see that nice wood go into the trash barrels.
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