October 17, 2019

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Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Artwork  three color fireworks

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks ArtworkUsing a toilet paper tube that has many slits cut part way in from one end, you can create fun fireworks paintings. The kids will enjoy this project. It is fun for the Fourth, New Year, or anytime.


How to Make Hot Glue Spiders - spider sitting on maker's hand

How to Make Hot Glue SpidersHere's how to have fun making simple, inexpensive spider decor for Halloween. You just need your hot glue gun and some acrylic paint.


How to Make a Recycled Water Bottle Planter

How to Make a Recycled Plastic Bottle PlanterA handy way to recycle plastic bottles is by fashioning them into small planters. You can make a variety of styles depending on what kind of bottle you have and what you want to make it for.


A handmade Bell-a-Ringing Christmas Card

Making a Bell-a-Ringing Christmas CardThis easy to make Christmas card uses a few simple supplies. You will love the result with its festive bow and bell. Make several, and have the kids help.


No Sew T-shirt Tote

Making a No Sew T-shirt ToteRemove the sleeves from an old t-shirt and make fringe ties at the bottom. You have made a no-sew tote. Make a lot, many states are beginning to pass legislation to discontinue the use of plastic bags.


Kale leaves being chopped on a cutting board.

Using Kale in RecipesWhether you are making kale chips, soups, salads, or adding it to grains such as quinoa or brown rice, you may just become a fan of this dark green leafy veggie. Even the stems can be used to make delicious dishes. Try one or more of the recipes below and then create your own.


A closeup of ham and bean soup.

Ham and Bean Soup RecipesHam and bean soups are easy to make, economical, infinitely variable, and definitely perfect for cold weather meals. This page contains some tasty ham and bean soup recipes.


An old Singer sewing machine.

Cleaning an Old Singer Sewing Machine?Cleaning an older Singer sewing machine will help keep it in good working order. If you do not have a manual describing the best process for your model, you might research it on the net. Oiling is often done at the same time.


Trio of Bells Christmas Card - finished card

Creating a Trio of Bells Christmas CardThe beautifully decorated handmade tissue paper backing and the pretty purple cardstock bells will help ring in the season for the recipients of this lovely card. If you enjoy cardmaking be sure to give this trio of bells Christmas card a try.


A collection of empty recycled plastic bottles.

Reusing Plastic BottlesSo many products are packaged in plastic bottles. Finding creative and practical ways to reuse them is a good practice and a way to reduce plastic pollution. This page contains some ideas for reusing plastic bottles.


A green June bug on a flower.

Green June Bug (Cotinis nitida) PhotosThe green June bug is found in the eastern United States, particularly in the south. The photo of one on a bit of watermelon gives you a hint to their favorite foods. The beetles love fruit of all kinds, especially overripe fruit, and are responsible for extensive damage. That aside they are also beautiful and fun to watch if you are lucky enough to see one.


A retro kitchen in need of updating.

Retro Kitchen Paint Color Advice?Older homes often have what we might consider retro kitchens. The layout and cabinets offer a quite different feel than more current configurations. When choosing a paint color you will need to decide if you are trying to keep it retro or modernizing as much as possible with new paint colors.


Upcycled Clay Pot Planter - finished pot with plant inside

Upcycled Clay Pot PlanterAn old unglazed clay pot can be upcycled into a vintage looking planter. Using a clever trick with glue and candles, you can texturize and decorate the painted pot.


A computer mouse being used.

Computer Mouse Pad AlternativesWhen you need a mouse pad for your computer, you should consider an alternative. There are many things that you can use or even refashion for your mouse pad surface.



Pasta Salad

Pasta SaladTo switch it up from our usual quinoa lunches, I made pasta salad. You can make this huge batch of pasta salad that lasts in the fridge throughout the week. What's great about this pasta salad is you can serve it cold and it's customizable (feel free to change up any ingredients you'd like)! Plus, this would be a great to make for parties.


cooked unpeeled Garlic Butter Shrimp on plate

Garlic Butter ShrimpSome family members want shrimp dishes peeled because it would be less effort for them during meal time. But the other members like it with shells because to them shells trap more flavor of the shrimp. So I'm cooking a garlic-butter shrimp recipe with unpeeled shrimp. It was indeed more delicious than the peeled ones.


Spicy Glazed Chicken Nuggets

Spicy Glazed Chicken NuggetsAre you a chicken nugget freak? Well, I am and I love them dipped in barbecue sauce. However, glazing them with spicy sarsa makes a different kind of taste.


ground spices in bowl

Homemade Garam MasalaGaram Masala is an Indian spice mix blend. Since a lot of my recipes use it, even if it's not Indian food, I thought I'd share how I make mine. I prefer to make my own spice mixes from scratch. They are fresher, cheaper, and I can always adjust it a bit to my liking.



Felt Mismatched Sock Ornaments

Felt Mismatched Sock OrnamentsI decided to make all of my friends at work a felt ornament for Christmas last year. One of my friends always wears mismatched socks, so I decided to make this adorable purple pair of socks for her. I used both a backstitch and a whip stitch to attach the pieces together.


Black and White Fabric Strip Foam Pumpkin - finished pumpkin ready to display

Black and White Fabric Strip Foam PumpkinThe Dollar Tree foam pumpkins are the best things since sliced bread!! I have colored them, covered them with lace and buttons, and so many other things. Today it's a black and white strip with Spanish moss and a cork stem.


Cardboard Tube Ghosts - mommy, daddy, and baby ghost

Cardboard Tube GhostsThese little ghosts are so adorable. They are made from the centers of toilet paper rolls, so they are super cost effective. I used tubes that were already white. If you have the brown ones, give them a coat of white paint. I love how they look like they're floating. This is a great all-ages craft.


Felt Elephant Ornament - ornament lying on a laminate countertop

Felt Elephant OrnamentI was part of a Secret Santa gift exchange at work last year. The person I was given loves elephants, so I made her this felt elephant ornament. I gave it to them as my final gift, so I attached a little pocket in the back, where I tucked in a note revealing my identity. I used backstitching to add all of the details to the elephant.


Felt Shallot Ornament - felt shallot ornament with floss hanger

Felt Shallot OrnamentI made this shallot ornament for a coworker for Christmas. The main part of the shallot is made with two identical pieces so that the green part could be sandwiched between the pieces. The details are all backstitched on and the pieces are sew together using a backstitch around the outer edges. The roots are created with embroidery floss.



Value of a Cathay Porcelain Doll - doll wearing a blue satin dress and matching hat

Value of a Cathay Porcelain Doll?I have submitted photos of my doll. I can't find her on any sites. Can you help? 1-5000


Is My Dog a Full Blooded Pit Bull? - light brown and white dog

Is My Dog a Full Blooded Pit Bull?What do you think my dog is? I know she has Pit, but does she look like a full Pit?


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Getting Free Fabric for Charity Projects?I am a Girl Scout working on a charity project. I need fleece fabric and because I am young I do not have an income. So how do I find free fleece?


Selling Cabbage Patch Dolls - 4 dolls on a couch

Selling Cabbage Patch Dolls?I want to sale my Cabbage Patch dolls. How do I get started?


What Breed Is My Dog Mixed With? - reddish brown puppy with fuzzy hair on face

What Breed Is My Dog Mixed With?My Pit Bull mated with a mix breed dog. Can anyone tell the mix of this dog?


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Dishwasher Tripped Breaker?My dishwasher made a popping sound while I was using it; I've checked the circuits and the breaker. I've disconnected the wires and reconnected them, but the breaker keeps tripping right away. My disposal is on the same breaker, but seems to work just fine! Issue?


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Replacement Control Cord for an Electric Mattress Pad?I need a replacement heat control cord for an electric mattress pad that has only 2 prongs.


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Recipes and Manual for a WestBend Bread Machine?Does anyone have the manual or recipes for the 3/4 lb. WestBend bread machine, model 41077z? I just purchased a used one and am unable to find the user manual or recipes for this size loaf.


Value of Porcelain Dolls - doll in a box, wearing a glittery ball gown, Collectible Memories

Value of Porcelain Dolls?How much are these dolls worth and where can I sell them?


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