February 19, 2020

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Raising My New Cat's Dishes - waterproof mat under the feeding station

Raising Cat DishesRaise the level of your cat's food and water dishes using things you have at home rather than spending a lot at the pet store. Learn how here.


Restaining a wooden playground set  with a paintbrush.

Refinishing a Wooden PlaygroundWooden playgrounds are quite expensive. But if you maintain them and even refinish the wood and repaint the plastic components, if needed, they can last for a long time. This tutorial shows how to refinish a wooden playground.


A person in gloves cleaning a kitchen counter.

Removing Krazy Glue from a Kitchen CountertopLeaking containers or spills when crafting or making repairs can result in Krazy glue on the kitchen counter. Try the tips on this page to remove the glue.


Plastic Spoon Plant Markers for Your Herb Garden - three finished spoon herb markers

Making Plastic Spoon Plant MarkersCreate inexpensive plant markers with craft paint, plastic spoons, and a permanent marker. They are perfect for an herb garden or to identify any garden plant.


Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret Safe - cash inside the inner water bottle

DIY Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret SafeSecret safe projects, such as hollowed out books, faux food cans, etc., are fun to make. This popcorn kernel jar safe is yet another example of an unassuming hiding place for small valuables or a bit of cash.


Gilligan's Island Costume
with Wearable
SS Minnow Boat

Gilligan's Island Costume with Wearable SS Minnow BoatIf your child is a fan of the vintage TV series Gilligan's Island, why not make this fun costume with a wearable SS Minnow boat? Links to the clothing sources online and instructions for the boat follow.


Paper Octopus - finished octopus

How to Make a Toilet Paper Tube OctopusThis is a fun indoor project for the kids. Younger ones might need help with the cutting. Use your choice of colored paper to cover the tube. Here is another crafting use for the stash of TP tubes. Make several of these friendly TP tube octopi or octopodes.


A cat on top of a cat tower.

Keeping a Cat Tree from Tipping Over?The base on some cat trees is insufficient in size and weight to prevent tipping. Below we have some permanent and temporary fixes for this issue.


Heart Succulent Wreath - a variety of colors and shapes fill the heart planter

How to Make a Heart Succulent WreathSucculents lend themselves to decorative planting ideas. Pick up a heart shaped piece of wall decor at your local craft store. Planting instructions for this lovely living wreath follow.


A roll of green wallpaper.

Identifying Wallpaper?Whether you no longer have the information on your wallpaper or have moved into a home with existing papered walls, you may need to identify the wallcovering to make repairs or to use it in other areas of your home. Here are some tips for identifying wallpaper.


Succulent Wreath - filling in the spaces

Making a Succulent WreathA vine style wreath form can be "planted" with succulent cuttings to create a pretty living wreath for your front door or garden. Read on for the instructions, supplies, and some helpful photos so that you can successfully complete this project.


A father and son making a bed together.

Cleaning a BedroomDoing a deep, thorough cleaning of your bedroom may seem too big. Learn how to gather the necessary supplies and the steps to take to make this a doable annual or semi-annual task.


DIY Apron and Utensils Holder - wooden tools in the jar

DIY Apron and Utensils HolderAttach some decorative drawer pulls and a glass jar to a piece of scrap wood to make an apron and kitchen utensils holder. Follow the instructions below.


Bead Flower Decor for Garden - two flowers in the garden

Bead Flower Decor for Your GardenThese cute craft bead garden flowers add a fun colorful bit of decor to your garden. The instructions include the supplies list, steps, and how to photos.


Terrazzo flooring in white with colored flecks.

Covering Terrazzo Flooring with Carpet?Installing carpet over terrazzo flooring has its challenges. This page contains some ideas for permanent solutions and area rug options.


Catching a Spider Web - side view

Catching a Spider WebGrab a can of black spray paint, a canvas, and a pair of scissors and head out to catch a spider web. It helps to have a second person. This project results in a one of a kind piece of home decor.



A butter lemon pound cake with icing.

Butter Lemon Pound CakeThis is a homemade from scratch lemon pound cake with a butter cream cheese lemon icing. It a great dessert for serving a lot of guest. Topped with a light whipped topping or French vanilla ice cream.


pile of Sticky Rice Cake

Sticky Rice Cake (Banh Tet)This sticky rice cake is only sold around Chinese New Year, but you can make this year-round! What's great is that you can also cut down the cooking time with an instant pot. As reference, I was able to make 6 in a 6 quart Instant Pot.



Duct tape repairing a vacuum hose.

Using Duct Tape for RepairsI was vacuuming today and I noticed there was no suction. I discovered a ripped hose. The Shark vacuum I own comes with a 5-year warranty. However, you can only have one claim, which I used a couple of years ago.


A sweet potato to use as a hand warmer.

Potato Hand WarmersPierce either a white or sweet potato a few times and microwave until cooked. You can wrap in aluminum foil and give it to your kids (or even adults) to put in their pockets or their gloved hands to serve as handwarmers when outside in the winter for a while.


Bamboo & Coconut Shell Planters - planters hanging outside of a house

Bamboo and Coconut Shell PlantersI love using bamboo and coconut shells to decorate my home or my yard. I grow a lot of succulent plants and these hangers make a great way to display them around my garden. They are easy to make and last for years. There is no need to change them out and the plants love growing in them.


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Plastic Frosting Bag to Re-grout Floor TilesMy husband was dreading re-grouting some slate floor tiles where the old grout had broken into pieces. The area was in front of the wood stove so efficiency was needed. I came up with the idea to use a quality thick plastic frosting bag. He was hesitant to try it though afterwards agreed it was fast to apply and less mess to wipe off.


A shelf unit built on the back of a bathroom door.

Hidden Medicine CabinetI built this on the back of my laundry room door. It's shallow so I can look at OTC medicine, prescription medicine or my blood pressure checker. It even keeps my bandaids. Easy and it didn't take me long to build.


A cat meowing for attention.

Use Ear Plugs to Block NoiseI'm cat sitting for our daughter. Ava is a house cat and, if she's not eating or sleeping, she follows me everywhere I go. She does not like to be held or cuddled but she loves to be rubbed.



Identifying a Porcelain Doll - undressed doll

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?I have a doll that looks antique and has markings on the back of her neck, but I can't find anything when I type it in. I just want to know what kind of doll it is and if it's worth anything. Her face, head, forearms, and calves seem to be porcelain. She is about 14 inches.


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Setting the Fee for a Deep Cleaning?How do I charge for deep cleaning?


Identifying Asian Ceramic Vases - three legged vase with dog handles

Identifying Asian Ceramic Vases?Hi all, I am loving this site as I am going through a load of stuff that has been in storage, mostly antique and getting some great responses on here.


Identifying a 1950s Stuffed Toy - stuffed clown like face toy

Identifying a 1950s Stuffed Toy?This photo was found in an archive. Any idea what this toy is?


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Wooden Sign DIY Fundraising Business Name?I have began an adventure in the fundraising business. I am hoping to become successful with this, but I am needing a unique name. Since I will be commuting to the place to do the workshop I provide everything you will need to have a one of a kind wooden sign. The best part is that the person hosting gets a good amount of the proceeds.


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Using Pimento?Are pimentos spicy hot? And how long can you keep a jar in your cupboard?


Value of a Porcelain Doll - doll in peach colored dress with blond braids

Value of a Porcelain Doll?I would like to know the value of the doll without packaging.


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