February 6, 2020

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A build a bear stuffed animal with a photo T-shirt.

Decorating a Build-A-Bear T-ShirtPersonalize a small bear sized t-shirt with a printed family photo and dress a Build-A-Bear. You can add ribbon and other embellishments as desired. It makes the perfect gift for grandparents and other relatives.


A loaf of citrus pound cake.

Super Moist Citrus Pound CakeThis citrus-flavored pound cake is moist and delicious, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. These pretty loaves would also make a good gift.


A decorative vase that appears to be made of wood.

Recycled "Wood" VaseThis faux wood vase begins with a Styrofoam stuffed recycled Yoo-hoo drink box. Learn how to create the wood grain and finish your vase.


A decorative paper flower in a recycled toilet paper tube planter.

Making a Toilet Roll Flower-in-a-PotGet with your kids or students and make these cute TP roll potted flowers. The instructions, supplies list, and helpful photos can be found below.


Repairing a Brother Charger 651 Sewing Machine

Repairing a Brother Sewing MachineSome sewing machine repairs are easy enough for the owner to make themselves. Others may require taking it in for repairs. This page contains some information about repairing a Brother sewing machine.


A spooky decorated glass for Halloween.

Spooky Sparkle GlasswareDecorate plain glassware with glitter, glass gems, and more to create a spooky sparkle centerpiece or candle holder.


Glass pop bottle turned into a vase.

Making a Glass Soda Bottle VaseBy decorating a glass bottle with peel and stick shelf paper with a leaf pattern you can create a soda bottle vase. Cut out paper leaves, attach them to a wire stem and you have your foliage too.


A denim heart with pink thread made into a keychain.

Keychain CraftsMaking keychains is a great craft project of adults and children alike. This page contains an assortment of keychain crafts.


A blue background with stars, ribbons and a bottle of champagne.

New Year Craft IdeasYour New Year celebration can be made more fun by making some crafts such as decorations, hats, and noisemakers. Some ideas can be found on this page.


A Christmas wreath with red poinsettias.

Poinsettia Craft IdeasPoinsettias are the ubiquitous holiday flower. This page contains craft projects for making poinsettia magnets, wreaths, window decorations, pillows, and more.


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Crocheted Tea Cup PincushionAdd a crocheted topper to a batting filled tea cup to make a lovely crochet tea cup pincushion. This would make a nice gift to a friend that sews.


Making a Duct Tape Poinsettia - finished flower

Making a Duct Tape PoinsettiaIf you like crafting with duct tape, try this pretty holiday poinsettia project. You will need duct tape, paper, and a stick. They are perfect for decorating or to use on packages. The instructions for this craft follow.


A button online for likes or dislikes.

Online Group Activities and InformationMany types of groups are organized online, sometimes with worldwide members. Our readers offer advice for finding, running or encouraging engagement in online groups.


A cat has vomited a furball on a sofa.

Cleaning Cat Vomit StainsCats are wonderful pets, but they do have a penchant for throwing up, whether it is a hairball or food. The best method for cleaning up the resulting stains will be dependent on the surface affected.


Angel Windchime made with recycled materials

Recycled Angel WindchimesMaking your own windchimes is a great crafting project. They will add joy to your garden and can be given as gifts. Learn how to make a recycled angel windchime here.


A large piece of cardboard, making a clean place for kids to craft.

Cardboard Place Mat for Kids' Painting CraftsUsing recycled cardboard boxes as painting craft placemats keeps the area clean and allows you and your children freedom to create. It is a good way to protect the dining room table or other surfaces.


An oven that has smoke coming from the door.

Oven Heating To The Wrong TemperatureThermostats and electrical controls can go out over time, especially in an older oven. This can result in under or overcooked food if the oven is heating to a different temperature. Adding an oven thermometer can help you troubleshoot or adjust your oven for more years of use.


Celebating A Child's Birthday Without Much Money?Birthdays are important to children and no parent wants to disappoint, but sometimes finances are strained at just the wrong times. We have advice for celebrating your child's big day on a shoestring budget.



Banana PB Cookies on plate

Banana PB CookiesWe get bags of bananas at a discount at our local grocery. They come like 20 for $2 so we buy them, freeze some, and bake things. The packaging also comes with recipes, and this is one I tried out, to great effect.


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Horseradish Potato Chip DipI don't know where my mom got the recipe, but she used to make this killer horseradish potato chip dip, and I make it once in a blue moon. I don't have exact amounts. I just have the best dang recipe for a potato chip dip that is so addictive you can't believe it.This dip is plain potato chip specific. Wouldn't be too great with tortilla chips, corn chips, or flavored potato chips. Peace to you, and I hope you'll give this a try.



Valentine's Handprint Cactus Card - finished card with foam heart stickers added too

Valentine's Handprint Cactus CardIf you follow me, you know I like to make handprint cards for every occasion to give to family/friends (especially grandparents) as a sentimental piece. On the back you could write your child's name and year and it's just a cute piece to have for memories!


Coconut Leaf Panels - several panels

Coconut Leaf PanelsIn Tahiti, we use a lot of coconut leaves around our home and even to make roofs. These panels are woven from coconut leaves and placed on the roof of homes. The leaves protect the home and keep the rain out. They also look great and give your home a very island look. The roof can last for 8 years before they need to be changed.



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Removing a Gasoline Odor from a Front Load Washer?Can I user Awesome to repair my front load washer that now smells like gas after running a gas soaked piece of clothing through it instead of throwing it away.


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Electric Blanket Error Codes?My electric blanket is flashing e2 and I've looked and I can't find anything.


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Top Half of Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator Not Cold?I have a 19 year old Kenmore side by side refrigerator model #106.50559001. The top half on both sides will not get cold.


A pink stuffed toy.

Identifying a Stuffed Toy?Does anyone know what brand this might be? Or what to call this?


Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll in a box

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?I need help identifying this porcelain doll or the maker. Behind her neck it has a stamp of gp12. An older lady gave it to my wife and I.


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Craft and Activity Ideas for a Person with One Hand?I need ideas for crafts and activities for a one handed lady that lives at home.


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Value of CorningWare Pots?I have the blue cornflower pattern with the aluminum clad bottoms. I have a 10 inch skillet with a lid, a 2 1/2 qt pot with lid, and a 1 1/2 qt pot no lid. Any value in this?


A portable record player in a case.

Value of a Vintage Westinghouse Record Player?What is it worth? It is a model 57.


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Recycling Old Trophies?I'm looking to clean out the attic and get rid of old trophies and plaques.


An antique sideboard.

Value of Two Antique Sideboards?I am trying to find out the age and value of my 2 antique sideboards.


Value of an Ashley Belle Doll - doll in fancy dress with a peplum and a large fancy hat

Value of an Ashley Belle Doll?I have an Ashley Belle doll named Christanne. I can not seem to find this doll anywhere online. How much is she worth?


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