December 30, 2019

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3D Ice Cream Card - finished card

Making a 3D Ice Cream Greeting CardStart with colored craft paper, a TP tube, mini pom poms, and some sequins and create this fun 3D card. Personalize it for any occasion. It is perfect for your Valentine.


Spiderweb Display Sign - finished sign on a small wooden easel

Making a Spiderweb Display SignThis cute decorative Halloween spiderweb display sign begins with a cardboard pizza circle covered with recycled tissue paper. The list of supplies, instructions and photos can be found on this page so that you can make your own.


A bird with a piece of bread over it's head.

Do Not Feed Leftover Breads to BirdsAlthough many of us have fond memories of feeding bread to ducks and geese, or of Grandma saving bread for the backyard birds, it is now strongly discouraged. Not only are the nutrients unsuitable for a bird's nutrition, but moldy bread can cause a host of health concerns. It's best to feed backyard birds an approved mix birdseed and to let waterfowl find their own sources of food.


DYI Wine Bottle Holder - bottle inserted in the holder

DYI Wine Bottle HolderIf you are comfortable using a saw, sander, and a propane torch, which is optional, you too can make this self balancing wine bottle holder. Made from scrapes of 2x4 wood, they are inexpensive and would be really nice gifts.


Making a Paper Valentine Tree - Valentine tree

Making a Paper Valentine TreeDecorate for Valentine's Day by making this pretty paper Valentine tree. You need a TP tube, a paper cone, and pink and red paper for the hearts, plus any additional decorations you desire. A complete list of supplies and instructions follows.


No-Sew Gradient Felt Heart Purse - ready to fill with candy or whatever

Making a No-Sew Gradient Felt Heart PurseFelt is the perfect material to use for many no sew project. This pretty gradient felt heart purse is the perfect craft for a beginner. It can be made from scraps of felt that you might already have in your stash.


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

Designing Two for One CandlesBy painting two different designs on the opposite sides of round pillar candles, one candle can be used for two separate occasions. These are fun to make and less costly than buying multiple candles for different holidays or events.


A bowl of Hoppin' John soup.

Week 52: Hoppin' JohnThis delicious but frugal soup is traditional for New Years. The black-eyed peas, carrots and collard greens all symbolize prosperity for the upcoming year. Leftovers served after New Year's Day are called "Skippin' Jenny."


Air Plant with Layered Sand and Glitter - air plant added

DIY Air Plant with Layered Sand and GlitterThis colorful layered sand and glitter planter for an air plant will make a nice bit of living decor for your home or a child's room.


Mini Yarn Bag - bag hanging on a hook

Making a Mini Yarn BagThis cute decorative mini yarn bag, is worked up using a size H hook and the knit stitch. Add a hook and small balls of yarn when finished to complete the bag.


Halloween Spider Donuts

Making Halloween Spider DonutsThese cute chocolate spider donuts are fun to make and are completely edible. Candy eyes and pretzel legs complete this creepy treat.


How to Make Apple Bunnies and Flowers  - arrange slices as petals, top with the notched wedge, the apple stem serves as the flower stem

How to Make Apple Bunnies and FlowersLearn how to cut up apples to resemble bunnies and flowers. What a nice way to serve this nutritious fruit snack.



Housewarming Gift Bag from Recycled Food Package - pretty gift bag

Housewarming Gift Bag from Recycled Food PackageBefore tossing out your cardboard box, see if it's worth keeping! I was able to transform this waffle box into a gift bag. It was a perfect fit for the mug I purchased for my friend to give to her as a small gift for her new place!


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Hard Boiled EggsFor hard boiling eggs: Put water in the pot, bring to a rolling boil. Add eggs and boil for 15 minutes. The trick is "do not add salt or oil" to the pot. The shells will slide off. No more torn up eggs.


A set of organized small shelves in a bathroom.

RepurposeAn artist at heart, my brother loved doing home renovations. He also loved teaching me the basics, like how to use a power drill. This skill has played an essential role in my frugal living. Many of my frugal habits center around repurposing. It is finding another meaning in something, whether it retains its current form or not, and whether it is carefully preserved or eventually discarded.


A container of hard boiled egg halves, flipped onto the cut side.

Transporting Hard Boiled EggsWhen there is a family dinner, I am not allowed in the house without my deviled eggs. I always boil them and once they are cooled, cut them in half and take out the yokes. When it comes time to transport them, I always dealt with them sliding in the container. Two days ago, I dropped one in the container, and it fell in upside down.



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Swiffer WetJet Refill Won't Lock in Place?My Swifter WetJet refill will not lock in place. I hold the button and push it down, but as soon as I release the button it pops out and doesn't spray. Do I need to replace it with a new one?


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Measuring Ingredients for Mac and Cheese?This recipe calls for 2 3/4 cups of elbow macaroni. So is that 1 box or 2 boxes? Then it says 3/4lb grated cheese. How many cups is that? Numbers and I are not friends. Can someone one help me so I don't mess up.


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Recovery Time for a Puppy with Parvo?My 3 month old almost 4 Shih Tzu has parvo. She was diagnosed with it on Dec. 26; it's now Dec. 30. The day she was diagnosed was the first day she threw up. I have been giving her lots of water and medicines as the vet prescribed. She has barely eaten anything. I have given her food through a syringe and she has been holding it down, but she hasn't made a stool since the night she was diagnosed.


Identifying a Vintage Chair - wooden armed chair with upholstered back and cushion, and caned sides below the arms

Identifying a Vintage Chair?I've had this chair for three years, I love it! I will never get rid of it. I'm just curious as to what type of chair it is. All tags and markers have been removed. Can someone help to identify it?


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Finding Free Colostomy Supplies?I'm having trouble getting colostomy supplies for free because I only have Medicare A and I need some help from someone.


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Dogs Grieving After Other Family Dog Died?We just lost our 12 year old girl. It was a sudden passing on 25/12/19 and we have two other dogs 10 years and 7 months. Our 10 year old is really missing our girl. He's not eating; they were both brought up together as puppies. I know he's grieving as is our 7 month dog as our girl was like a mum to her.


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