June 14, 2019

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Two messy paint brushes on a palette.

Homemade Paint Palette IdeasYou don't have to buy an expensive paint palette for your crafting projects. A plastic lid with bottle caps attached is one possible alternative. This page contains homemade paint palette ideas.


A pattern being used in sewing.

Altering the Size of a Dress Pattern?Dress patterns now often come with multiple sizes defined on each pattern piece, but sometimes if using an older one, or trying to adjust a multi-sized one you will need to do some altering to the pattern prior to cutting the fabric. This is a page about altering the size of a dress pattern.


A cat scratching fleas.

Herbal Remedies for Fleas?Many people want to avoid chemical flea treatments on their pets. Some homemade herbal treatments can be effective in deterring fleas. Here are some natural remedies for cats and dogs.


Plastic Spoon Tree - add a spoon to the top tip up

Making a Plastic Spoon TreeUsing a piece of sturdy paper to create the base cone shape you can make this attractive spoon tree, either for the holidays of any season. Paint it if you like. See how to make a plastic spoon tree using the steps in this page.


What Breed Is My Dog?

What Breed Is My Dog? (Boxer Mix)Determining your dog's breed mix can be fun. Different physical characteristics can help, but a DNA test will give you accurate results.


Making a Recycled Rocketship - cone in place

Making a Foil Wrapped Bottle RocketshipWrap a plastic drink bottle with foil and add the details using scrap cardboard, construction paper, stickers, etc. to make this rocketship for your kids.


DIY Hanging Envelope Planter - planter hanging on the fence in the yard

DIY Hanging Envelope PlanterThis DIY planter is an envelop style made from chicken wire and lined with moss. It looks quite nice hanging on your fence or elsewhere in your garden. Learn how to make your own by following the steps and their accompanying photos on this page.



An old fountain depicting Bacchus, god of wine.

Over 100 Year Old Fountain (Biltmore House, Asheville, NC)On our travels, we love to visit places that have old world charm and architecture. Here is a fountain that I had to capture. Love all the wonderful details!


Waterproof Washi Tape Book Bag Tag - name tag on book bag

Waterproof Washi Tape Book Bag TagMy son is moving up to grade school. He was very excited and so am I as a parent. Then I thought of making a bag tag, just a simple tag with his name and attached it to his bag so it's easy to recognize. And it's waterproof.


A bamboo stick in a tomato plant.

Bamboo Sticks for Plant SupportYou can use bamboo sticks instead of a cage for tomatoes. It's a cheaper alternative and you can put the sticks anywhere, not just for tomatoes but for other plants, flowers, trees, etc. as well.


A mattress on the floor to prevent falls.

Prevent Toddler from Falling Off BedAre you in the stages of transitioning your toddler from crib to mattress? I recommend not buying a bed frame just yet and place the mattress on the floor temporarily. Allow your child to adjust to their mattress first. Since this mattress is only 10 inches and plush carpeted versus falling off from a bed frame, where you would have to spend more money for side rails.


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Lemon to Remove Sticky StainsInstead of your hand hurting from scrubbing your table to get, let's say, syrup off your table, get a lemon. Squeeze it on the spot that's sticky and wipe it. Lemon is like vinegar. Lemons have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, so it cleans as well as bleaches. Try it and tell me how it works.



Value of Zenith Cabinet Record Player - rather plain stereo cabinet with large area covered with cloth over the speakers

Value of Zenith Cabinet Record Player?I found this record player in my grandparents' house. My dad remembers it from when he was a child. I've typed in the model # with no luck, so I'm curious what I'm looking at and how to or where to sell it. I'm including images of it. The model # is SFF 2500.


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Whitening Your Teeth Safely?Any quick ways to whiten your teeth that doesn't harm them?


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Finding Beds and Mattresses for Low Income Family?I'm disabled on SSI and SSD with 750$ monthly income with a family of 4. We moved into a home with bed bugs. The mattresses are infested now- family getting horribly bitten.


Value of a Mersman 6651 Mahogany Harp Table - full view of the vintage table

Value of a Mersman 6651 Mahogany Harp Table?I have a Mersman 6651 mahogany harp table. This has a few blemishes, but is otherwise in good condition. Could you tell me the value?


Value of a  Mersman Table - unopened table

Value of a Mersman Table?I found this at a thrift store I'm trying to get an idea on what it is worth. I've never seen anything like it.


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Getting Rid of Tiny Flying Insects?I have a couple of tiny bugs in my room that fly. I think maybe they are small gnats, but I barely can see them. They constantly buzz around my ear and make it super uncomfortable to sleep.


Age and Value of a Brandt Side Table - two drawer side table with a decorative raised edge around the top

Age and Value of a Brandt Side Table?We purchased a Brandt side table at an antique store. We just fell in love with it. I am curious what year this was made and how much it's worth? I have attached a few pictures. It looks like number in the bottom is 5200 52 706.


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Smith Corona Mark VI Typewriter Doesn't Type?My Smith Corona Mark VI turns on, but doesn't type.


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Craftsman YS4500 Riding Mower Won't Start?I was mowing and stopped to pick up some sticks, when I got back on and tried to restart the mower there was nothing, no sound of turn over, nothing. I took the battery in and they said it needed to be replaced, so I bought one and put it in, still nothing! What do I do?


Finding the Value of an Old Desk - nine drawer desk with decorative edge around the desktop

Finding the Value of an Old Desk?How can I find out the value of an old desk?


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