October 17, 2016

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candy corn tree

Halloween Candy Corn TreeUse candy corn to make this simple Halloween decoration. This is a page about making a candy corn tree.


Use Your Cell Phone to Save Magazine Recipes

Saving Recipes From MagazinesThis is a page about saving recipes from magazines. We have all found great recipes in magazines while sitting in a waiting room. There are ways, other than ripping them out, to save them for your personal use.



Atsara (Papaya Relish)

Atsara (Papaya Relish)Papaya Relish is called "atsara" in my local language. Papaya is the main ingredient and here's how it's made.


Mummy Pizzas

Mummy PizzasThese tasty pizzas are really easy to make and easy to customize for picky eaters. Just about any topping can be layered underneath the cheese.


Norwegian Butter Ring Cookies

Norwegian Butter Ring CookiesThis versatile cookie recipe has it all! It uses up spare yolks (raw and cooked) that I always seem to accumulate. You can add food coloring or form into a variety of shapes for any holiday. It is a real hit at parties and cookie exchanges since the recipe makes 8 to 9 dozen.



Hide Your House Key

Hide Your House KeySimply tie some mono filament fishing line to your key and slip in into one of your house siding openings so only the filament is exposed. Pull it out when needed!


beaded wall photo frameand Bracelets

Wall Frame From Old Chokers and BraceletsI found a bag of old chokers and bracelets that are covered with rust. I wondered why they were placed in the kitchen. When I asked my mom, she said she was supposed to throw it away but forgot about it.


Product Review: Contigo Thermos Mug

Product Review: Contigo Thermos MugOne of my students had a Contigo mug, and said it was the only mug that was truly drip-free. It retails for $29.99 on Amazon. When I went into Goodwill this week I saw it brand-new for $8.99, with a 35% off sale, so I grabbed the last one! It lives up to its claims; I can vouch for that. Even when you hold it upside-down, nothing leaks out.


A Carpet Of Colchicum (Meadow Saffron)

A Carpet Of Colchicum (Meadow Saffron)I mentioned in another post how fall tends to play havoc with my mood. Here is another flower that helps lift my low spirits caused by the onset of autumn. The flower is Colchicum. It has several common names, the most popular being autumn crocus. I think that name is appropriate. It does resemble a crocus very much.


Organize Clothes by Vertical Folding

Organize Clothes by Vertical FoldingMy drawers were always overflowing with clothing until I undertook to reorganize them via the KonMari method. There I learned how useful it really is to fold clothes in that singular way, and not much more effort!


A bottle of Mod Podge for sealing knots and frays on a crochet project.

Use Mod Podge for Crochet Knots or FraysI am at all times crocheting something. Right now I am crocheting sports scarfs for a non-profit community organization. And often after I wash them you can see the ends where you change colors. The knots in the yarn. They are difficult to hide. I found a better way of disguising them.


A green letter "A" with pink flowers decorating a door.

Making A Monogram Door OrnamentWith a cardboard cut out and fabric, this monogram letter comes to life. Here are some simple and easy steps to follow.


cat with light saber

In Memory of Ibby Wan KanibbiWe adopted Ibby from a cat rescue when he was 8 weeks old. Ibby loved cat nip, food, purring and kissing Mommy. He also sat up on his back legs to look around, like a prairie dog. Running laps at 4 a.m. was his exercise and he did it with gusto!


Teaching Kittens to Sleep in Their Own Bed

Teaching Kittens to Sleep in Their Own BedKittens can be taught to go to their own bed if they are brought to it and praised several times a day. This applies mainly to the young ones; is nice to see them all snuggled together. Their bed needs to be somewhere where they can see where their humans are and have a litter box where they can see it.


necklace on display

Make Necklaces Out of Eye Glass ChainsRecently, I posted a tip about re-configuring your eye glass chain and hanging it so the little rubber loop didn't break. Since I have had several pair do that, I was left with the chains. This brought an idea to me that this might be a cute "temporary" or permanent necklace.


black paper bat

Toilet Paper Roll BatsThis craft is a great use for empty toilet paper rolls. These can be used to hold candy, or suspended by a string as a decoration. Depending upon their age, children can help.


Life Must Go On - Gravestone

Life Must Go On - GravestoneWandering through an old cemetery on top of a mountain in Pennsylvania, I came across this reminder that life will find a way. This beautiful gravestone wreath, fashioned from cold rock and standing colorless for more than a century, is coming to life in soft, green moss.


Bubba Dump (Domestic Short Hair)

Bubba Dump (Domestic Short Hair)We joke that we bought a cat and got a free house. The previous owners were going to "dispose of him", but look at that face? He was only about a year old and sneezing blood on the back door window so off to the vet he went for a full exam. We had him fixed and de-wormed. He was immunized and moved indoors.



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Older Cat Started Spraying Inside?My 11 year old male indoor cat, has recently started to spray all over my house. I've been single for 5 years and now have a new live in boyfriend. It is the only thing I can think of why he would feel threatened. How can I get him to stop?


stained lamp shade

Cleaning Antique Lamp Shades?How do I safely clean large antique lamp shades without damaging them?


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Free Lap Tops for Students?I am starting school soon and don't have money for a lap top and need help getting. Where can I find help?


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Finding Missing Accessories for Porcelain Dolls?Where can I find a tiny brown fuzzy catapult and a small baseball?


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Getting Rid of Invisible Biting Bugs?I am having the same exact problem as one of the other people on here the only thing is there are no pets at all. I spend time with my boyfriend on a regular basis and in the beginning it was all good. Then I started getting bitten up by something in his bed and he was not touched.


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Removing a Green Water Stain from a Coat?I have a coat that has a very strong green water stain. What can I use to get it out?


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Three Layer Jello Recipe?Years ago, (45) there was a Jello that when you made it, it would form into 3 layers when it was setting up. Anyone remember it or how to recreate it?


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Finding Rent Assistance Agencies?My husband and I need help. My husband is self employed and his business isn't doing very well. So because of this we are extremely late with this month's rent and don't know what to do or how to come up with it. We have two children, 12 and 11. We don't want to get evicted. Where can we find help?


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Removing Gentian Violet Stain on Linoleum?My son has thrush and I got the purple dye gentian violet on the darn kitchen floor. It is light colored linoleum. I have tried everything, dish soap, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, weird stain cleaners that I figured would at least do something, soap and water, a mild green pad, etc. Nothing worked.


Pom on porch under chair

Training a Dog Not to Bark?I have a 10 year old purebred Pomeranian. She is the alpha in the house for sure. I have 2 other dogs, a 13 year old Pom male and a new female puppy that is a Sheltie cross. My problem is that she never shuts up. She will not let me talk on the phone or if the other dogs are playing she barks at them to stop.


white and gray Pit puppy

Is This Dog a Full Blooded Pit Bull?I am buying a dog tomorrow and they tell me that she is a full blooded pit.


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Finding a Gott Refreeze Bottle?Where can I find a refreeze bottle #726 for a Gott tote 6?


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