July 16, 2015

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pink heart shaped hand warmer going into pocket

Making Hand WarmersThis is a page about making hand warmers. A simple gift to make can be hand warmers. They can help hands stay cozy in your pockets when it's cold outside.


Yo Yo Keychain

Making a Yo Yo KeychainThis is a page about making a yo yo keychain. A great way to use up your favorite fabric scraps is making yo yos.


lavender fabric flower with aqua and lavender button in center

Making a Folded Fabric FlowerThis is a page about making a folded fabric flower. A great way to use up material scraps is to fashion a new pin, or use your flowers to decorate all kinds of crafts.


Growing Purslane (Portulaca) oleracea

Growing Purslane (Portulaca)This is a page about growing purslane (portulaca). Thriving in a hot, dry climate these edible plants, also called pigweed, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.


paper flower and butterflies for a card

Butterfly Themed Greeting CardsThis is a page about butterfly themed greeting cards. These graceful large winged insects are a beautiful theme for special occasion or note cards.


wooden thread spools

Craft Ideas for Thread SpoolsThis is a page about craft ideas for thread spools. There are many ways to use empty wooden or plastic thread spools for homemade projects.



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Rain-X to Remove Ink from DryerUse Rain-X X-treme Clean for baked on ink. Put some on a dry cloth and rub for 10 seconds. It removes it easily and without damage to the dryer surface. Clean after with a wet cloth. Soft Scrub may work too, but may be overly abrasive. You can remove the dryer door for easier access.


two finished scarves hanging

Recycled Infinity ScarfUse your old or unwanted t-shirts and lightweight sweaters, or knit fabric scraps to make this fun infinity scarf. Keep it simple with solids or get creative with prints or embellished t-shirts.


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Prevent Bitter TeaTea is better if it's made by the sun, bringing water to a boil on the stove creates 'bitter' tea. And sun tea does not necessarily mean that it has to sit in the sun. Tea bags will make tea sitting on the counter or in the fridge, it just takes time.


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Natural Pest ControlI have a recipe for pest control using essential oils. It smells fabulous and can be applied to your skin, but keep it away from your eyes. It works better than the Avon stuff and is way more natural than chemical sprays.


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Store Fruits and Vegetables in a Cool PlaceYears ago when our family started getting larger, we needed more refrigeration space so I purchased a small dorm type refrigerator without a freezer compartment. I discovered that this refrigerator was great for keeping potatoes, tomatoes, apples, blueberries, onions and even bananas longer.


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Use Unsalted ButterI like the taste of salted butter, but it recently occurred to me that a lot of the things that I have with it contain a fair amount of salt themselves. So I experimented with spreading bread or toast with unsalted butter when using these fillings, and found that I didn't miss the salt.


Chickens running in a yard.

Life as a HomesteaderI love the frugal life. It has given me the opportunity to care for my family with much greater ease than trying to do so while in the rat race. I still hold a full time job but I am working towards to dropping down to part time as soon as I can. I may get lucky and manage to become a full time homesteader one day. For now, I will just work on "working less". It may take 2-5 years but I will get there.


Recycled Backscratcher

Recycled BackscratcherThese plastic pieces come with lampshades and are used to support the shade in it's box. The round plastic top is what "scratches" your back. It's simpler and safer than some of the tools with "fingers and finger nails" made on them.


Toilet Paper Tube Dragon

Toilet Paper Tube DragonThis fun fire breathing dragon would make a great kids' craft!


Bailey on bed

Bailey (Chocolate Lab Mix)We got him last week from an online post! He likes to bark, dig, and chase his tail!


Take Picture of Completed Puzzle

Take Picture of Completed PuzzleTake a picture of the puzzle while it is whole on the cardboard. This way you'll be able to look at it to help you.



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Donating Fabric?Where can I donate fabric in Baytown, Texas?


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Value of Antique Pushmower?Can you tell me the value of this mower?


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Name Ideas for a Cleaning Company?I am starting a cleaning company in the hudson/Bergen county area and I'm stuck with coming up with a catchy company name. I was thinking "babes with brooms". What are your thoughts?


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What Breed Is My Dog?My dog is a yellow Labrador mix. Her mother was a pure yellow Lab. She just turned eight months. She is as tall as my other dog, a 3 year old pure black Lab, but the pure Lab is chubby and she is very thin. When it comes to her fur, she has gold almost orange parts and she has almost white parts.


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Receiving SSI Payments?Can a mother's children still get SI payments from their father even if she makes $60,000-$70,000 a year?


Jasper orange tabby cat

Introducing a Kitten to Resident Cat?I have a 5yr old male cat called Jasper. He is not the most friendliest of cats. I have been considering getting a kitten for me and to hopefully play with him. Is this a bad idea? I've been reading lots on how to introduce them and am just worried I'm gonna to annoy my resident cat!


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Giving a Parvo Shot to Dog With the Virus?I think my dog may have a touch of the parvovirus. If I go ahead and give them the parvo shot will it help them?


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Texas Longhorns Cross Stitch Patterns?I am looking for patterns for the Texas Longhorns, any suggestions where I can get any? I have looked almost everywhere and can't find any.


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Eligibility for Survivor Benefits?My 10 year old daughter's father died. We were never married, he is on her birth certificate, we have a standing child support order, and he was in arrears. Will she qualify for social security dependent survivor benefits?


black and tan puppy

What Breed Is My Dog?Does anyone have any idea what breed my dog is? He's about 5 months old and we got him off of some lady. She didn't show us his parents and she has given us no papers at all.


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Craftsman Mower Won't Start?I have an older Craftsman mower with the 19.5 horse Briggs and Stratton motor that was given to me. The guy said all it needed was a drive belt because the original one broke while he was mowing and he didn't know how to fix it.


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Value of 1922 Dominion Educator Encyclopedia?How do I find out the value of a set of Dominion Educator Encyclopedias published in Toronto in 1922?


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Day Care Business Name Ideas?I will be opening a day care and homework center. Please help me with the name for my business. I want to use Lee and Mwie for the name.


discolored silver jewelry

Silver Jewelry Left in Cleaner Too Long?I forgot my silver jewelry in a jar of Connoisseurs Cleaner and it came out all discolored. I found the composition online. It is thiourea, sulfuric acid, and alcohol ethoxylates. Is there any hope to salvage it?


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Gas Stops With a Long Travel Trailer?I have a 34' camper that we're looking to take from Michigan to South Carolina. We've planned an overnight stay at a campsite in Nashville the first night and plan to be at a state park in SC the following day.


brown puppy

What Breed Is My Dog?We just got our sweet, little guy this week. The previous owner said he was a chocolate Lab, but I think he is mixed with a Pit Bull or Boxer due to his short muzzle and ears. What do you all think?


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Light Bulb Intermittent?A few nights ago I turned on the landing light and the bulb blew. I thought no more of it, but then a few hours later I went to go upstairs and the landing light was on! The next night it was working fine, but then the night after it wouldn't turn on again, but then turned itself on during the night!


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Washing Silk Christening Outfit?My mum has washed my daughter's 100% silk, handmade christening outfit. It now looks like a screwed up crisp bag! Can it be saved?


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Making a Beach Wheelchair?How do I make a beach wheelchair?


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