January 28, 2020

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finished 3D hand

How to Make 3D Hand ArtThis is a fun project for both kids and adults. Follow these instructions to turn a simple tracing of your hand into an awesome piece of 3-D art.


Vase of washcloth flowers.

Washcloth Flower ArrangementThese pretty flowers can be used as both a decoration and a gift for a baby shower or even a bridal shower. They could be made with napkins too.


Honey Citrus Butternut Squash on plate

Honey Citrus Butternut SquashBake peeled butternut squash brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Remove, score, and return to the oven. Finally it is basted with a honey citrus sauce topped with chopped walnuts and popped back in for the final finish. Try this mouthwatering recipe soon. Instructions are found below.


A collection of alkaline batteries.

Saving Money on BatteriesBatteries are used in a wide range of household items. They can be somewhat expensive depending on the number of remotes, toys, etc. you own and the frequency of use. This page offers a range of suggestions for saving money on batteries.


A plate of Chinese boneless spareribs

Chinese Boneless SpareribsThese savory boneless pork ribs can be served as an appetizer with Chinese hot mustard, ketchup and sesame seeds. Or serve with rice and veggies for a hearty meal.


Baking soda being measured into a funnel.

Homemade Tooth PowderMost homemade tooth powder has baking soda as the main ingredient. It is a mild abrasive, so you may want to check with your dentist about how frequently to use it. This page contains several recipes for homemade tooth powder.


Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini ChipsThis carb conscious snack has all the flavor of salt and vinegar potato chips without the guilt. Use an oven or a dehydrator to add a satisfying crispness to the flavored zucchini slices.


A handmade purse with a pink fabric lining.

Lining a Handmade PurseLining is a handmade purse gives a more finished look and helps it last longer. Here are some great instructions for adding a simple lining.


A collection of t-shirts that have been altered into V-necks.

Turning a Crew Neck Shirt into a V-NeckUsing some basic sewing skills you can turn a crew neck t-shirt into a v-neck one. By using the original neckline, the finished product looks as though you bought it that way.


flipped pancake

Flourless Peanut Butter Banana PancakesTry these low carb flourless peanut butter banana pancakes. The recipe follows.


A dish of bacon salt.

DIY Bacon SaltMake this popular blend by combining cooked bacon crumbles with salt. Sprinkle it on soups, salads or any other dish that would benefit from salty bacon flavor.


finished planter with succulents

Making a Concrete PlanterThis pretty planter is made using inexpensive concrete, a bowl, and a recycled jar. It's easy to make in an afternoon and will last for years.



A slip proof lap desk.

Slip-proof Your Lap DeskI bought a lap desk the other day. It was in sorry shape, so I got it for $1.00. I came home, re-snapped the bean bag in one place, and cleaned it. It worked great until my plate almost slipped off!


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Stick to Solid Color PursesOne way to economize in the closet is to purchase solid color purses. I know there are several designers who produce vividly patterned quilted purses, and they look great in the store, but really, how often are you dressed in solid colors top to bottom? Those patterned purses will clash with any outfit that boasts a print top, skirt, jacket or dress.


A roll of stamps tied with string.

Securing a Roll of StampsSometimes when I pick up my roll of stamps, it falls apart and I have to wind it back up. I came up with a solution on how to keep it from happening again.


A tissue holder upside down to hold flowers.

Reusing a Tissue HolderRecently, I found this stunning hand done plastic canvas tissue holder. It was the perfect style and color to my bathroom. However, because of the yarn work inside, the box of tissue didn't fit inside. What is a thrifty fun girl to do? She turns it upside down and uses it for her faux spring flowers!


Recycled Eggshell Vase - finished vase with faux flowers glued to the front

Recycled Eggshell VaseThis is a very elegant vase that can be used in your home, as a table decoration for your wedding, a gift for a friend, or used as an art project in school. Small children can easily make this vase and it is a great gift for Valentine's Day or even Mother's Day. Applying different mediums to glass vases can give you astonishing results.


Monogram Gift Bag - finished bag

Monogram Gift BagGift bags start at only $1, but they could be more depending on the size, print/pattern, or character. However it's sometimes not worth going out to buy just a gift bag because that's time and gas plus it's a generic bag.


A toilet with a blue toilet seat cover.

Cleaning with a DisabilitySo, I've already mentioned I broke my spine. Well, I also broke my spinal hardware bilaterally which runs from T-10 to my ilium. My stubborn self refused to be put down no matter what life threw my way, so I continued to do my chores, not wishing to become too much of a burden on anyone.


A collection of roses made from Styrofoam egg cartons.

Styrofoam Egg Carton RosesPlace these recycled roses in a handmade vase, or any flower holder. They can be paired with toilet paper roll daisies for a nice effect.


Stir Fried Bok Choy in pan

Stir Fried Bok ChoyPerfect for Chinese New Year, or anytime. Healthy, fast and delicious.


Recycled Snow and Heart Vase - finished vase with a flower and stems

Recycled Snow and Heart VaseThis is a great project to use up some art supplies you purchased for Christmas. A snow and heart vase is the perfect way to give the gift of love this Valentine's Day. The vase looks great displayed on your table. Just add some roses and give the gift of love to your loved ones, friends, or family.


A heart made from cardboard, glitter and glue.

Heart CraftThe paper was coated with oil, water, and food coloring mixed. I just dipped it in and let it dry. The heart is cardboard, hot glue, and iridescent glitter. The bean comic was done in MS Paint.


Recycled waxed paper from cereal boxes.

Free Waxed PaperUse the waxed paper liners from cereal boxes instead of buying waxed paper. It is much stronger than the conventional waxed paper.



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Treating a Cat with Worms?How can I treat worms in a one year old cat? I don't have the money to go to the vet.


Identifying a Porcelain or Clay Doll - doll with red hair and freckles

Identifying a Porcelain or Clay Doll?I just recently purchased this little red head. Does anyone know anything about him? The clothes are hand sewn. He has a stuffed jointed body and is 9 inches tall. He is very unique looking. The head and hands are hand painted and I am not sure what he is made from, some kind of porcelain or clay?


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Training a Pit Bull Puppy?We just adopted a 7 month old pocket Pit Bull. He is not neutered. He seems extremely good, but the only thing is he constantly is chasing the cats and and barking at them. I'm not sure if he is being aggressive or not. He was with another cat before and constantly trying to mount the 5 year old Lab. Any help or tips? He is so good other than that.


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Identifying an Old Plush Horse?Sadly, I do not have a photo available, but what I'm looking for is so different from anything I've found that I hope it will be enough. For Christmas back in 1997 (or 1996, but it was most likely 1997), I received a horse plush.


Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll with curly auburn hair

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?I'm looking for the maker of this doll and when she was made. She is unbranded, but she has, "Sara" and "Made in Italy" written on her back. I just got her at a thrift shop today and I'm very curious.


Stringy Spiral Perm - permed hair photo

Stringy Spiral Perm?I got a perm yesterday (1-28-20) and when I was done processing my stylist took a small comb and combed my hair. It made my curls stringy and not very curly anymore. Will it fix itself after I wash it tomorrow? How do I fix it?


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Using Coffee Grounds on Indoor Begonias?Are coffee grinds good for indoor begonias as well?


Identifying a Geppeddo Doll - baby doll in a basket

Identifying a Geppeddo Doll?Which doll is this?


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