July 24, 2018

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A recycled light bulb covered in popcorn.

Recycled Lightbulb Popcorn CraftRecycled incandescent light bulbs can be used in a lot of different craft projects. This idea results in a popcorn kernel filled bulb that makes for a unique decor piece. This is a page about making a recycled lightbulb popcorn craft.

 

A bathroom with blue fixtures.

Paint Color Advice for Bathroom with Blue FixturesColored bathroom fixtures can limit or inspire your choice of wall paint color options. This is a page about paint color advice for a bathroom with blue fixtures.

 

Bottle of olive oil with olive branch in the foreground.

Uses for Olive OilBesides eating this delicious, healthy oil, you can use olive oil for a great natural moisturizer on your skin and as a conditioner for your hair. This page contains uses for olive oil.

 

Back of woman's head holding her wet hair.

Using Olive Oil to Condition Your HairOlive oil worked into the ends of your hair is an excellent conditioner. If you have an exceptionally dry scalp it can be used there as well. This is a page about using olive oil to condition your hair.

 

Spinach Dip surrounded by crackers.

Low-Calorie Spinach Dip RecipeBy using both fat free mayo and sour cream you can whip up a low calorie spinach dip to enjoy often as an appetizer or snack. Try this recipe for a low calorie spinach dip.

 

Cut aloe plant in a bowl next to aloe gel.

Aloe Vera Gel for HemorrhoidsA natural remedy for hemorrhoidal irritation, aloe vera gel can help shrink blood vessels and cool for quick relief. This is a page about using aloe vera gel for hemorrhoids.

 

Repairing Recliner Upholstery  - upholstery shredded by cat

Repairing Recliner Upholstery That Was Destroyed By a CatSome kitties prefer using your furniture rather than their scratching post. Should this happen to your furniture you have a couple of choices, one is to search for a cover for the piece, or if you are up for the task you might try to patch the area with new upholstery. This is a page about repairing recliner upholstery that was destroyed by a cat.

 

Bottle of aloe juice next to some cut aloe leaves.

Diabetic Uses for Aloe VeraPersons with diabetes are subject to skin problems and infections. These issues can be treated with topical aloe vera. There are some studies that suggest that aloe juice may reduce blood sugar. As with any herbal supplement used to treat a medical condition, check with your doctor before using. This is a page about diabetic uses for aloe vera.

 

Cut aloe leaf dripping into glass jar.

Using Aloe Vera on Oily SkinUnless you have a allergy, you can slice open an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel to your face. This is a page about using aloe vera on oily skin.

 

Is Our Kitten a Siamese Mix? - gray kitten

Is My Cat a Siamese Mix?The Siamese cat's genetic structure is very dominant in mix breed cats. Thus you can see physical characteristics as well and behavioral ones that will help to determine if your kitty is a Siamese mix. This is a page about, "Is my cat a Siamese mix?".

 

Determining the Age of a Chihuahua

How to Determine the Age of a ChihuahuaA vet is a good resource for determining the age of your dog. They will typically check the dog's teeth, a method that you too can employ at home. This is a page about how to determine the age of a Chihuahua.

 

Blue quilt on a white sofa.

Decorating with QuiltsFaux and mass produced quilts provide an inexpensive way to decorate your home. If you are lucky enough to have made or inherited actual pieced quilts all the better. This is a page about decorating with quilts.

 

Patchwork quilt with a pile of quilting squares on top.

How Many Fat Quarters Do I Use?The number of fat quarters needed for various quilts will depend on the finished size, but even more importantly on the type of block chosen. Complex blocks may require more fabric as there may be more waste. Save scraps for future projects. This page provides some estimates and sources for determining the amount of fabric needed.

 

Large withering aloe plant.

Struggling Aloe PlantAloe vera plants do not want too much water and like lots of sun. Allow the soil to dry out to your touch before adding water. This is a page about struggling aloe plant.

 

Recipes

Summer Squash and Beef Stir Fry

Summer Squash and Beef Stir FryMy garden is cranking out produce, and I also had some things in my refrigerator to use up. This tasted pretty good! Feel free to use other seasonings and to double or triple the recipe.

 

plate of fettuccine alfredo and garlic bread

Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccine AlfredoA few years ago, I tried fettuccine alfredo and really enjoyed it except the sauce can be a bit overwhelming. This is probably one of the foods that is out of my families comfort zone to eat.

 

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups on plate

Peanut Butter Cookie CupsI made these for a friend who is infatuated with peanut butter cups. The cookie part of it is soft but holds together beautifully with the peanut butter cup stuffed inside. Sometimes I come up with a little bit of extra cookie dough, so I bake them into plain old peanut butter cookies, and they are crazy delicious, as well!

 

Articles

A colorful hot air balloon in the sky.

Room for One More? (Davis, CA)Some mornings if I am lucky, I awake to the swishing sound of fire bringing a hot air balloon right over our house. This photo was taken on a very lucky day. I was ignored when I yelled, "come and get me."

 

A view of a river in the San Bernardino mountains in CA.

My Backyard (Lytle Creek, CA)This is the beautiful view I have everyday in my backyard. I love to come out here and sit with my dogs, we sometimes even go for walks in that creek and follow it upstream, they play in the water while I look for cool rocks to put into my garden.

 

A wasp carrying a cicada.

Monologue Of A Killer WaspThe Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp, Sphecius speciosus, is said to be a solitary animal. That may be, but they sure don't mind close neighbors. My lawn is becoming riddled with their nests. They are considered beneficial in that they help keep the cicada population in check, thereby greatly reducing damage done to deciduous trees.

 

A play sushi set with parts from different sets.

Combine Incomplete Toy SetsGet toys with missing pieces for free or very cheaply and look for the same toy with missing pieces. Combine the toys for a complete set.

 

Folded Paper Photo Frame - pink and white folded paper photo frame with a child's photo in place

Folded Paper Photo FrameMake a simple photo holder with just a small piece of paper. Use specialty papers with a design to make it look more appealing. This frame I'm going to show you is the simplest pattern.

 

A pair of champagne flutes partly full of colored water.

Keeping Colored Water from EvaporatingI change water in two glasses by the season. Right now they are red and blue. But they seemed to be evaporating really fast. So today, I refilled and re-colored them, and made some plastic disks to sit on top of each.

 

Egg Carton Alligator - finished egg carton gator

Egg Carton AlligatorThis is an adorable little alligator made from painted egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, and paper scraps. It is a cheap craft for all ages!

 

A hair clip being used as a chip clip.

Use Broken Hair Clips as Chip ClipsI get so frustrated when my curly wild hair breaks my hair clips. They get stuck or snap closed too hard and their teeth break off. Instead of throwing the hair clip away, I reuse them as chip clips. An added benefit is the hair clips are usually super cute, so my snack bags look pretty fancy!

 

An organized kitchen utility crock.

Organized Kitchen Utility CrockUtility crocks are great, but sometimes when you want to pull something out of them, everything goes with it because they get tangled up. I just have a few things I constantly use and I want to be able to grab them quickly without pulling everything out of the crock at once, like my little different colored knives and shears that get used all the time.

 

A hard boiled egg cut in half.

Tips For Boiling EggsI want my eggs firm enough for slicing but not really hard boiled. I've forgotten them a couple of times and cooked them too long. I found there is a direct relationship between how long an egg is boiled and how easily it can be peeled, and whether there is a green cast to the outer part of the yolk.

 

Questions

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Brother CS6000i Won't SewI recently moved and packed up my Brother sewing machine in a shipping box. I unpacked it and everything was fine, but I stored it away in the closet for a year. Now when I go to press the foot pedal I just hear a loud humming, but the needle does not move up and down. I have tried moving the handwheel back and forth.

 

Identifying Porcelain Dolls - 4 dolls on stands

Identifying Porcelain DollsCan anyone tell me anything about these dolls? My grandmother gave them to me when I was two or three years old. I am trying to find information as I only have one certificate that tells me basically nothing.

 

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Cub Cadet Mower Will Not StartMy Cub Cadet SLTX 1054 will turn over, but will not fire. We know that we are getting gas to the carburetor, but the mower will not fire.

 

Name for a Furniture, Art, and Bohemian Decor Store - display

Name for a Furniture, Art, and Bohemian Decor StoreI need a name, preferably in Spanish, for a small retail home decor store. It will carry re-purposed small furniture in Bohemian/Mexican style and bold colors. There will be unique pieces of art small and pillows in Bohemian, Moroccan, and gypsy colors.

 

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Uses for Worn Towels with Frayed EdgesMany of my smaller towels have edges that are frayed and old. What should I do with them? They are still useful, but not pretty.

 

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Name Ideas for On-line Clothing and Accessories StoreI am opening an online store which will include clothing, accessories, and home goods, but I'm very clueless on what should I name my store.

 

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Age of an Armetale PlatterI have a Armetale platter 14 5/8 by 11 3/4. It has Wilton Columbia PA stamped on it and two stamps above that with what looks horses and to the right of that a stamp with rWp in a circle. Can anyone tell me when it was made?

 

Value of Ashley Belle Doll - doll wearing a brown dress and matching lace edged bonnet

Value of Ashley Belle DollI found a few Ashley Belle dolls while cleaning my parents storage. I have no clue on these dolls and their value, nor do I have COA. Is there a way I can find out the value or order the COA? At least on this one which has the box?

 

Saving a Broken Cactus - pot with base of the cactus and the remains of the top on the right

Saving a Broken CactusI just came home today to find out my cactus had been knocked over and broken. I don't now what type of cactus it is other than stating it is a desert gem. Is this guy a goner or can it grow back? Please help as I don't know much about cactus other than they need little water.

 

Is My Dog a Full Blooded Pit Bull? - gray and white puppy

Is My Dog a Full Blooded Pit Bull?I acquired this sweet girl when she was 5 months old and was told she was a full blooded Pit Bull and I'm just asking for y'all's opinion on if she looks purebred.

 

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Using Tilex on Latex PaintWhat is the effect of Tilex on latex paint?

 

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