March 2, 2020

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Gardener's Floral Gift Box - decorated pot with seed packets ready to gift

Making a Gardener's Floral Gift BoxThis gardener's floral gift box begins with and unpainted clay pot. Follow the instructions in this project to make this gift box/planter. Add a few packages of seeds and it is ready to gift.

 

Stone Ladybug Garden Ornaments - ladybug rocks in a planter

Making Stone Ladybug Garden OrnamentsPaint stones to look like cute little lady bugs to add to your garden or potted plants. Everything you need to know to make these sweeties is found in the tutorial below.

 

Upcycled Water Jug Gift Basket - finished and filled basket

Making an Upcycled Water Jug Gift BasketRecycled crafts are very popular, good for the planet, and help to save you money on supplies. Upcycle a plastic water bottle into a gift basket that then only needs to be filled with the items especially chosen for your recipient.

 

Kid Friendly Succulent Terrarium - glass terrarium with beads added

Kid Friendly Succulent TerrariumThis kid friendly succulent terrarium incorporates your child's rock and shell collection into the planting. Add some colorful plastic beads too. Check out the full project below.

 

Recycled Animal Face Pencil Case - pencils fit inside the bottle

How to Make a Recycled Animal Face Pencil CaseKids will love making and using this recycled plastic bottle pencil case. This version is decorated as a pink pig. Felt or craft foam can be substituted for the paper when creating your animal face.

 

Handprint Giraffe Bookmark - finished bookmark

Making a Handprint Giraffe BookmarkYour child's handprint becomes a delightful paper giraffe bookmark. You will need construction paper, scissors, a dot marker, googly eyes, glue, and a Sharpie to create a fun kids' art project that also serves as a bookmark.

 

Recycled Paper Bag Doodle or Sticker Book - finished doodle pad

How to Make a Recycled Paper Bag Doodle BookUsing recycled paper bags, a piece of cardboard, looseleaf rings, and some decorations such as stickers or photos cut from magazines you can make a great doodle book for you children. The kids can help in the creation step as well. What a fun way for them to while away the hours on a rainy day, in the car, or anytime.

 

Bottle Cap Mini Flower Basket - finished basket

How to Make a Bottle Cap Mini Flower BasketTransform a plastic bottle cap into a beautiful mini flower basket. The flowers are handmade using paper scraps. They are perfect to use as favors for an upcoming party. Give it a try using the project detailed below.

 

Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day Card - finished card

How to Make a Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day CardHandprint crafts are a real hit with young children. Turn your toddler's handprint into this super cute monkey Father's Day card. We can show you how.

 

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A tree in a forest in Florida.

Majestic Tree (Withlacoochee State Forest, FL)This was taken in a state forest we frequent here in Florida. It is so peaceful being surrounded by such silence and beauty.

 

Sliced cheese in a plastic container.

Be A Cheesy SaverI buy the presliced blocks of cheese. They are what restaurants use, easy to peel off a slice at a time. I have an airtight container I keep it in for easy access. I save money and don't have to unwrap every price I use. I keep about 2/3rd of a package at a time in my cheese container and wrap the remainder up good until time to refill the container.

 

Butterfly on a Hiking Trail Bridge Railing - pretty black and yellow butterfly

Butterfly on a StickThis state park in Canada had pine trees, water falls, a large pond, and many other things to photograph. However, the most fun was chasing the butterflies and taking pictures of them. This one landed on the railing of the hiking bridge. The shadow from the butterfly on the railing makes a nice silhouette.

 

A cardboard box to use as a missing printer catch tray.

Box for a Missing Printer Catch TrayAre you missing your printer catcher tray or it's broken? Perhaps you bought a pre-loved, used printer that didn't come with one. No worries, you can use a box like I did to catch your paper prints.

 

Child's Felt Book - cover

Child's Felt BookRecently when my grandson (6 years old) came for the day he wanted to make his mom a book. This is what we came up with using supplies and two felt Christmas tree treat holders found on our site. This is an example of what you can make with things you already have and some imagination.

 

A serving of frozen guacamole wrapped up.

Freezing Guacamole for Breakfast WrapsWhen I started making egg and avocado wraps, I used 1/2 of the avocado to make 1 serving of guacamole and put the other half of avocado in the refrigerator. I had to use it the next day because it does not keep well.

 

Bottles of lotion in a wire rack holder.

Lotion HolderI had a bottle holder which I didn't have any use for. I decided to make a lotion caddy out of the bottle holder so I could store my lotions on the counter top and have easy, daily access to a choice of lotions rather than dig through a bathroom drawer or have them piled up all over the countertop.

 

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Faster Economical Grocery ShoppingArmed with your list, pick up frozen food first. Yes, it sounds crazy, but knowing that your frozen items might melt, you will now be propelled through the market and out the door. You won't dawdle looking at items you do not need but might be tempted to buy.

 

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Keeping Bugs Out of Sealed ContainersWhen storing goods, like flour or sugar, take a solution of peppermint oil and water and wipe around the top where the lid goes. It will keep the bugs away from trying to get in whatever you are storing. Do this whenever you open the container. I use a few drops of peppermint oil and water and vinager.

 

Questions

Value of a Porcelain Doll  - doll wearing a period dress, long skirt, striped puffy sleeves, and a lacy bodice

Value of a Porcelain DollHow old is it? I got it at helping hands in Knoxville, IA today. There are no markings on the neck. All I could find was tags on the dress.

 

Identifying Insect Eggs - cluster of eggs

Identifying Insect EggsThe eggs are very small and shiny. They are almost silver and were covered with an orange fuzz/fur.

 

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Value of Encyclopedia Britannica 15th EditionI have a complete set of the 15th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica in good condition. I wanted to know how much the set is worth.

 

Value of a Porcelain Doll - doll wearing eyelet trimmed floral knee length dress

Value of a Porcelain DollHow old is this doll? I found it today at Helping Hands in Knoxville, IA. There are no markings on the neck. All I can find is tags on the dress.

 

Value of an Ashley Belle Doll - doll wearing a large lace trimmed hat and a dress with lace bodice and white skirt with bows

Value of an Ashley Belle DollI would like to know if this Ashley Belle doll is worth anything.

 

Value of a Musical Clown Doll - fuzzy photo of a doll wearing a dark blue outfit and hat

Value of a Musical Clown DollDoes this wind up music playing porcelain clown have value?

 

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My Dog Won't Eat After Getting SpayedI just got my Border Collie spayed, and she won't eat. I have tried softening her food, and mixing wet food into it, but she just won't eat. She was always a picky eater, but it's gotten worse. How should I get her to eat?

 

Repairing a Disney Stuffed Toy - plush Lady of Lady and the Tramp fame

Repairing a Disney Stuffed ToySo this is a long winded question. Basically I've had this Disney plush since 2000 as it was sold at my local Toys R Us. It came with a VHS package for Lady and the Tramp 2, Scamps Great Adventure. Unfortunately, over the years she was a little too loved and has developed some holes and her under coating on under her fur is starting to pop up which was once covered.

 

Value of a Larkin Furniture Company Cedar Hope Chest - open with a lift out tray in place

Value of a Larkin Furniture Company Cedar Hope ChestI inherited this cedar chest from my parents and am tracking down the history. Do you know what the value would be for this? There is very minimal moisture damage inside the chest, but apart from that looks like it's in great shape. It has a very strong cedar aroma.

 

Identifying a Stuffed Dog - tri-colored stuffed puppy

Identifying a Stuffed DogI'm asking since I would like to find another one since I've had this one since I was 3. It helps me with my anxieties when I'm home. I'm too scared to bring him anywhere since I don't want to lose him.

 

Value of a Giuseppe Armani Figurine - young woman carrying a basket of flowers

Value of a Giuseppe Armani FigurineI am interested to know more about this figurine, such as its title and value.

 

Value of a Porcelain Doll - doll in salmon colored dress and hat

Value of a Porcelain DollI would like to know if this is worth anything. She has a serial number on the back of her neck F97030.

 

Value of a 1961 Set of the World Book Encyclopedias - old cloth covered volumes

Value of a 1961 Set of the World Book EncyclopediasI have a 1961 set of the World Book encyclopedias with the blue hardcover. Do these encyclopedias have any value?

 

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Shaving SideburnsI waxed my sideburns 2 days before, but still the skin tones are not blending. The area where I waxed is looking entirely different from the area that is unwaxed. How much time will it take to blend in? Or is there any way to do so?

 

Identifying a Stuffed Cat Toy

Identifying a Stuffed Cat ToyThis was my all for as long as I can remember and is my sons favourite too. He's had numerous repairs and I'd love to find another so my son can have a new(er) one. He gets quite upset that he can't see becausehe has no eyes.

 

Value of a Collector's Choice Doll - doll in white dress with red trim

Value of a Collector's Choice DollIt says Collector's Choice on her neck.

 

Identifying a Vintage Figurine - woman with 20s or 30s hairstyle, sitting on a chair, wearing a sleeveless dress with a

Identifying a Vintage FigurinePlease help identify this figurine. It was purchased in Italy around the time of the Second World War. It is signed on the back by the artist.

 

Value of the Book of Knowledge - very old cloth covered volume

Value of the Book of KnowledgeI have this Book of Knowledge volume I'm trying to sell. Does anyone know how much it's worth or know where I could sell it?

 

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Value of Rowe AMI R83 Disco 200 Selections JukeboxWe have a Rowe AMI R83 jukebox with 200 records on it from 1979 and are wondering what would the value be for it? It's fairly clean, hasn't been used much in the last few years and all the disco lights are working as far as I can see.

 

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