November 18, 2019

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Sweet Beef and Vegetable Soup in bowl

Sweet Beef and Vegetable SoupThis sweet beef and vegetable soup is easy to make and full of flavor. It uses Chinese cabbage and chayote, along with some simple seasonings.


Halloween Toothbrush Spray Painting - finished artwork

Making a Halloween Toothbrush Spray PaintingThe whole family can join in on making a Halloween painting. You don't need a can of spray paint to create the sprinkled/spattered effect. Just use an old toothbrush and have fun.


Cardboard Tube Ghosts - mommy, daddy, and baby ghost

Making Cardboard Tube GhostsToilet paper tubes come in handy for so many craft projects. This page offers instructions for making cardboard tube ghosts.


Punky Pie Hot Pad Wall Hanging  - decorative pumpkin pie hot pad

Punky Pie Hot Pad Wall HangingDecorate for the season with this cute crochet pumpkin pie wall hanging. You will need a J and an N hook and 4 yarn colors. This works up in about an hour; the instructions can be found on this page.


Poinsettia Wreath

Making a Poinsettia WreathUse a grapevine wreath, some faux poinsettias and leaves, plus pinecones to create a lovely seasonal wreath for the holidays. This page has photos and instructions for this and other wreath craft projects.


Paper Tube Napkin Rings - cut out the rings

Making Paper Tube Napkin RingsUnique paper tube napkin rings can be crafted to use for any occasion. Decorate them with wide ribbon, colored paper and embellishments, seeds, beads, and more. This page contains some example craft projects for making paper tube napkin rings.


Making a Halloween Fruit Display - plate of decorated fruit

Making a Halloween Fruit DisplayGhosts, pumpkins, and jack-o-lanterns...oh my! This Halloween fruit display is sure to be a hit at your next party!


Button Lined Tray - finished tray

Making a Button Lined TrayDecorate a simple wooden tray with a burst of colored buttons for a pretty display piece. Add a layer of resin or a piece of plexiglass and it becomes a serving tray.


Felt Mismatched Sock Ornaments

Making Felt Mismatched Sock OrnamentsThese mismatched sock felt ornaments are easy to make and customize. They are perfect for stocking stuffers or as a Secret Santa gift.


Halloween Taco Accessories for Adults - taco on baseball cap

Halloween Taco Accessories for AdultsLooking for a minimalist adult Halloween costume? This page offers the instructions you will need to make a cute felt taco pin or hat decoration.


Paper Coffin Treat Boxes - fill with treats

Making Paper Coffin Treat BoxesFolded paper coffin shaped treat boxes are a fun way to give Halloween treats to friends and coworkers. Learn how to make these cute creepy containers. Let a Twixt bar rise from the dead this Halloween.


Snow White and the Undead Dwarves - Snow White being attacked by zombie dwarves

Snow White and the Undead Dwarves CostumeZombies are quite popular these days. Make this ghoulish take on Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs as your Halloween costume this year. The instructions, supplies list, and photos follow.


DIY Stitches Choker Necklace - necklace on woman's neck

DIY Stitches Choker NecklaceWhip out your hot glue gun and make this excellent stitches choker. It is the perfect addition to many Halloween costumes.


cooked Spice Rub Chicken

Making Spice Rub ChickenDry rubs are a great way to add flavor to grilled or baked chicken. Here are some recipes to prepare chicken with homemade spice rubs.


Dragon Pumpkin Decoration - finished dragon from the front

Making a Dragon Pumpkin DecorationDecorate a plastic pumpkin to create this fun dragon pumpkin. Let the kids help make this fun mythical monster for Halloween.


A marble look artwork made from nail polish.

Making Marbleized ArtworkCreate beautiful marbleized artwork on paper using cooking oil and food colors or water and nail polish. This is a great project of kids as well; younger ones will likely need guidance. The instructions and photos follow.


Recovering an Old Hassock - done

Recovering an Old HassockGive new life to a vinyl covered hassock that is starting to show wear. This project provides instructions for making a crochet cover to spruce it up.


Halloween Candy Spiders - spider surrounded by candies

Making Halloween Candy SpidersThese adorable spiders can be made with your favorite Halloween candy and pipe cleaners. They make great party favors or crafts for a kids' party.


Hot Glue Spiderweb Jar - finished empty jar

Making a Hot Glue Spiderweb JarDesign a spiderweb on the outside of a glass jar using hot glue. Fill with candy or LED lights to add to your seasonal decorations. Even the spider is crafted using hot glue.


Greek Lamb Over Noodles on plate

Greek Lamb Over NoodlesTurn leftover lamb into a scrumptious meal. The recipe for preparing a dish of greek style lamb over noodles can be found on this page.


French fries covered with cheese and other toppings.

Making Cheesy French FriesThere is just something delicious about french fries being paired with cheese and other toppings. Here are some great recipes for making cheesy french fries.


Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - two craft stick puzzles

Making Halloween Craft Stick PuzzlesCraft stick puzzles are fun to make and equally fun for young children to play with. Make friendly Halloween themed puzzles following the instructions provided below.


Spiderweb Wreath - view from the front with two plastic spiders attached to the wreath

Making a Spiderweb WreathSpiderweb wreaths are perfect to display for fall and Halloween. There are a number of ways to make a spiderweb motif wreath. Instructions follow.


baked Apple Strawberry Tart

Easy Apple Strawberry TartThese simple tarts are made with fresh apples and strawberry jam. You can use your favorite apple variety and either store bought or homemade jam.


Cardboard Halloween Napkin Rings - completed napkin rings lying across a plate

Cardboard Halloween Napkin RingsPaint, TP tubes, tissue paper, and googly eyes join forces to help you create these fun Halloween napkin rings. Kids and adults will love them.


Claw Machine with Stuffed Animal Costumes - dogs in costume in the machine

Claw Machine with Stuffed Animal CostumesInclude your pups in the Halloween costume fun with this delightful recreation of an arcade stuffed animal claw machine. This page contains the instructions and photos needed to put together this fun project.


Yarn Wrapped Coffee Can Mummy Candy Dish - finished candy dish

Yarn Wrapped Coffee Can Mummy Candy DishThis yarn wrapped coffee can mummy candy dish is too cute. Using a chain stitch and double crochet you can make the wrappings. Then work the eyes. Wrap and glue and its done.


Witch Pumpkin Lamp - vertical and horizontal alignments

Making a Witch Pumpkin LampDecorate small glass or plastic jars as witch pumpkins. Add LED lights and display these cute Halloween decorations.


Yarn Wrapped Frame - hanging yarn wrapped frame

Making a Yarn Wrapped FrameWrap a wooden photo frame with your favorite yarn and add embellishments like buttons in the corners to make a pretty wall hanging. Find out how on this page.


How to Make A Pipe Cleaner Crown - crown on a child's head

How to Make A Pipe Cleaner CrownThe young royals in your family will have fun wearing and perhaps helping to make these cute pipe cleaner crowns. Add a few craft jewels and their reign is set to begin.



Savory Rice Balls Salad on plate

Savory Rice Balls SaladNot an avid rice eater here. Although that's our most common food in the main course. Today I'm making it a star in my eyes by giving it a simple twist in the kitchen.


Butterscotch Banana Cake on plate

Sticky Butterscotch Banana CakeThis cake tastes so good, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make. The main cake part is made of aquafaba, the liquid you find in a can of canned chickpeas. If you don't have any, use about 5 egg whites. Sometimes I use a mixture of both. Since the cake is so light and fluffy, the butterscotch chips mix with the banana and sink to the bottom, making a luxurious sticky butterscotch sauce to use as topping. Don't worry, it ribbons itself in the middle of the cake, too. What a delight!



A lake and trees in Oklahoma.

"You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!"My first visit to Oklahoma was in the summer of 2018 near the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. This gorgeous picture depicts the lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" in the title above.


Loaves of bread with paper towels inside the bags.

Keep Frozen Bread Tasting FreshI never pay more than $1.00 for 100% whole wheat bread. I frequently pay a lot less. When I find a good deal, I stock up. I recently learned that if you put a paper towel in the bread wrapper before you freeze it, and leave it in place after thawing, the bread will be as soft and fresh tasting as fresh.


Flower Foam Pen Case and Stand - montage of the multi-purpose flower pen and stand

Flower Foam Pen Case and StandIt's really fun doing things that have multiple uses. Multipurpose - that's how I call it. So far, in my projects this is the one that has the most uses. At first you will see it as a simple table decoration. You'll see its transformation here.


A container containing shredded cheese and a measuring cup used as a scoop.

Cheese ScoopWhen I could have bread, I used to baste my morning eggs. But now, I have shredded cheese on my over-hard eggs. I got an idea that if I had a little scoop in there, it would keep my hands cleaner.


Designing  Two For One  - snowman and snowwoman candles with greenery, berries, and lights in the foreground

Designing Two For One CandlesDecor for your home does not have to be costly! With a purchase from the dollar store and craft paint you can personalize your candles and cut the cost from those higher retailers by more than half! I wanted to decorate a single set of candles with 2 looks that can be used for multiple occasions. Here's how!


A saucer under a heavy table leg.

Saucers For Moving Heavy FurnitureIt's so much easier to move a heavy table when you use saucers. Place a saucer under each of the legs of your table and it will slide easily and will not harm your rug. If you're moving furniture on tile, just place thick rags under the legs of your furniture and it will slide easily.



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15th Birthday Ideas?I'm turning 15 on December 11th and, as you probably figured out, it's in the colder time of year. I've run out of ideas on what to do. I want my birthday to be fun and exciting yet fit for older kids you know?


Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll next to its box

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?I need to know about my porcelain doll, how old is it, and if it worth anything.


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Repairing a Brother Typewriter?I have a Brother electric typewriter GX-6750 that I haven't used for a couple of years. It types great, except the letters I type in do not coincide with the letters that come up. The 3 lines of letters, Q thru M, come out fkiN.nm:MaW;pctsulrbg,hoie. What the heck is happening?


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Cleaning the Tension Mechanism on a Pfaff Sewing Machine?How do I open the housing of a Pfaff 7550 to clean the thread tension mechanism?


Value of a Dixie Tahiti Faux Bamboo Dresser - dresser with faux bamboo molding around the drawer fronts and top

Value of a Dixie Tahiti Faux Bamboo Dresser?I recently bought a pair of matching faux bamboo 3 drawer dressers at a yard sale. I've found the maker and I've also located some letters and numbers on the back, however I can't find this particular chest on any site. I was wondering if anyone knew the value. I don't know what year they were made, but I'm sure the numbers on the back state all of that however I still can't figure it out.


Value of a Mersman 35-62 End Table

Value of a Mersman 35-62 End Table?What is the age of this end table? What is it made of and what is it worth?


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