April 16, 2019

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Popsicle Stick Shelf - final and hanging up

Popsicle Stick ShelfWe are all familiar with the many Popsicle stick crafts done in schools and day camps by children. These same little wooden sticks can be used to design and make small wall shelves for knick knacks, nail polish bottles, and other small light weight items. This page contains instructions for making a Popsicle stick shelf.


Colorful foam mattress topper.

Craft Uses for Memory Foam Mattress ToppersWhen you replace the memory foam mattress topper on your bed don't toss it, there are a number of crafts and DIY projects it can be used in, such as dog beds, pillows, toys, etc. This page contains craft use ideas for memory foam mattress toppers.


Happy Easter Carrot Card - front of the finished card

Making a Happy Easter Carrot CardTracing a child's hand can create a fun carrot tops for this cute card. This is a page about making a happy Easter carrot card.


Polaroid photos pinned to a string hanging on a wall.

Hanging Photos on Your WallA simple way to create a bit of home decor with photos is to hang them on the wall using string and mini clothespins. This is a page about hanging photos on your wall.


Folded Paper Leaf - leaf with side veins

How to Make a Folded Paper LeafThe final success of a craft project is often the result of the amount of time and attention paid to the details in its creation. To make more realistic looking folded paper leaves follow the steps in this page about how to make a folded paper leaf.


Flower Bed Okra Plants

Growing Flower Bed Okra PlantsFlower Bed Okra is a strain of okra developed by a man in Texas, that grows like a shrub with many branches and gets over 5 feet tall. This seed variety doesn't appear to be mass produced.


Putting glue on paper mache ball.

Making Paper Mache Ball Christmas OrnamentsIf you are looking for a homemade Christmas ornament project, this might be just the one. Cover inflated balloons with papier-mâché, allow to dry and then paint and decorate as desired. This is a page about making paper mache ball Christmas ornaments.


Clothes soaking in a plastic tub.

Baking Soda and Dawn for Clothing StainsThis paste is an especially good for grease stains in modern day materials. This is a page about using baking soda and dawn for clothing stains.


A bowl of African peanut soup.

Week 15: African Peanut SoupThis recipe combines ginger, garlic, tomatoes and peanuts for a rich and hearty soup. Add ground turkey and chicken broth to make this vegetarian recipe appealing to the carnivores in your life.



Mochi Cheese Buns

Mochi Cheese BunsThese are pretty great for the coming lenten week. We usually cook sweet, hot somethings with sweet rice or glutinous rice. We practice fasting, what we mean by this is that we don't eat heavy meals during holy Friday. So here's what I'm going to make this holy week.


A plate of fried beef taquitos served with guacamole.

Beef Taquitos from Leftover RoastEvery "blue-moon", not very often, but it happens, I'll overcook meat. I didn't like the thought of throwing it out, but it wasn't good at all-way too dry, and it hit me. Why not just use that dry overcooked beef for taquitos since I'm mixing a few other ingredients into it?



A window treatment with white Christmas "fairy" lights framing it.

Fairy Lights for a Dreary DayYou can brighten up a sad corner by reusing white Christmas lights. "Fairy" lights are all over shops and YouTube right now, why not have them in your house to lift up your spirits? :) I smile because it gives me a little reminder of Jesus' light all throughout the year.


Baby Chick Easter Hat - hanging decorated hat

Baby Chick Easter HatThis is the best of both worlds. A store bought crocheted hat and "eggsellent" baby chicks!


Above the Stove Sunflower Collection - finished decorated over the stove cabinet - full view with crochet sunflower and seed packet in the center

Above the Stove Sunflower CollectionNow some of you can't do this as your open doors would impede other doors being opened. But if you can, you might want to do something like I did.


Plastic Egg Fireflies - finished firefly toy

Plastic Egg FirefliesDo you have extra plastic eggs? You can make these cute fireflies - that actually light up!


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Make Bruises Go Away QuicklyApply any hemmoroid cream to a bruise that you want to clear up sooner than the waiting for a normal bruise to heal.


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Stretching Fabric SoftenerThere is nothing more pleasing to me on laundry day than smelling the fragrance coming from my bottle of Gain Fabric Softener. Problem is that I live on a limited income and all the "name brand" fabric softeners can become pricey.



Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll lying on stomach

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?It is approximately 11.25 inches long. There are no marking on the doll or clothes. It has a pillow and is laying on her stomach with arms and left slightly off the ground at the joints. The legs, arms, and face/neck are porcelain and the torso is hard stuffed fabric. I'd like to know what collection she is from, who made her, and how much she is worth.


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Impact Hammer Not Working on Smith Corona?I have a Smith Corona XL 2000 electric type writer. The hammer is not making contact with the ribbon. It doesn't move when I type. Everything else is working fine, the ribbon is practically new, and the keyboard is also in good condition. Is this a problem I can fix at home?


Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll wearing a floral dress and straw hat

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?She is approximately 15 or 16 inches tall. There are no marking on her or on the clothes. The legs, arms, and face are porcelain.


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Using Refrigerated Left Over Hair Dye?I only dye my roots to cover up my gray with black dye. I had a bunch left over and put it in the refrigerator. Is it still safe to use on my roots? It's been stored for about a month.


Value of an Heirloom Porcelain Doll

Value of a Duck House Heirloom Porcelain Doll?My doll is approximately 19.5 inches tall still in all original packaging with a hair net and bubble wrap around the head. How much is she worth?


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Hand Wheel on Singer Sewing Machine Won't Move?The hand wheel of my Singer 6020 does not turn. It seems it is completely locked. I have not used my machine for more than 10 yrs. I tried cleaning and oiling all parts. Still the problem exists. What to do?


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Coleman Popup Camper Needs Bed Rails Replaced?Anyone have ideas on repairing or re-doing our queen bed rails? My wife was trying to put the camper up herself and bent both bed rails. These are not the slides, they're the actual bed rails that slide in and out. I can't use the rails, they are badly bent.


Value of a Collectible Memories Porcelain Doll - doll in box wearing a satin dress with purple ribbon trim

Value of a Collectible Memories Porcelain Doll?She is 28 inches tall, still has all her papers and identifications and is still in box. I want to know how much she is worth.


Identifying a Cathy Collection Porcelain Doll - blond doll wearing a pink and white lacy dress

Identifying a Cathay Collection Porcelain Doll?She is approximately 16.5 inches tall; she is from the Cathy Collection. I want to know which doll she is and how much she is worth?


What is Chico Mixed With? - small black and white dog

What is Chico Mixed With?I got Chico a year ago and was only told he's a Chihuahua, but I don't think he's pure Chihuahua. He's 8 pounds and a very sweet lap dog.


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Is Homemade Laundry Soap Safe for a Septic Tank?I made 5 gallons of the soap and it worked just fine, but my husband said because it was made of powders and bar soap it will clog our septic tank! Is he right? It is a gel now, and I dilute it before using it.


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Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit Problems?One day a breaker blew or so we thought. We have tried flipping it and there is still no power. We've had the fuse checked and it is still good. What's affected is weird to me, because there is no power or lights in master bedroom or bathroom, no lights in hallway, but the plug-ins work. The porch light doesn't work and in the kitchen the outlets work, but the lights don't.


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Co-ed 14th Birthday Party Ideas?I'm turning 14 in September so I have a lot of time to plan, but I'm not sure what to do for a co-ed party. Last year, I only invited girls and it was a giant sleepover party with a movie outside, capture the flag, a campfire, and mostly just being outside. I don't want to do anything too expensive and I want to make sure my guy friends are having a good time.


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House Trained Dog Peeing in Owner's Bed?My dog hasn't been spayed yet and is one year old. She's been house broken for 8 months now, with no problems. She just peed in my bed for the last 2 nights. She goes outside a lot, and has never had this problem in the past. I'm thinking it would help if we spayed her.


Identifying Porcelain Dolls - doll wearing a satin dress with yellow lily petals

Identifying Porcelain Dolls?I have two porcelain dolls. One says Unique on the top of the back and under it 1-5000 it has wings and a stand. The other says Cathay collection 302-5000. It is brunette with curly hair and fairy wings and comes with a swing. I need help identifying them and getting an idea of their value.


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Freezing Mayonaise?Can I freeze Helman's mayo?


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How Can I Receive Calls From My Own Number?I can't ignore my phone. I'm receiving too many important calls, just now. Along with those calls, I'm receiving a lot of telemarketing calls. Thank goodness for caller ID.


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Older Dog Started Pooping in the House and Car?Our German Shepherd bitch who is 9 years old has suddenly started pooing in the car and on the sofa. We have a 15 year old Collie who is the alpha and is not long for this world. Is she claiming her territory as our next alpha? We have four dogs in total.


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Lawnmower Cord Won't Pull and Blade Won't Turn?My lawn mower cut off and then when I tried to restart it the pull string would not pull. So I turned it over and the blade would not turn.


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Applying for Medicare for Elderly Mother?I am hold the power of attorney for my late 80 year old mother. She is running out of money, has dementia, and I am ready to apply from Medicare to Medicaid for her. The problem is that my sister still co-owns a business with our mother and she is unwilling to be forthcoming with the accounts and information needed for the application.


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