April 2, 2020

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A seam being sewed on a machine.

Sewing Machine Stitches Too LooseIt is very frustrating to have your machine making stitches that are too loose. Typically this can be corrected by resetting the tension. For other ideas to help correct this issue read on.

 

Wrapping Paper and Bow Made from Packaging Items - wrapped gift

Making Wrapping Paper and a Bow from Packaging MaterialsUse bubble wrap to create a fun design on kraft paper to use as wrapping paper. Tissue paper is used to fashion a fluffy bow. Learn how to use recycled materials to make gift wrap.

 

Reducing the Bulk of Craft Ribbon - folded ribbon with paper clips

Reducing the Bulk of Craft RibbonCrafting ribbon on spools can take up a lot of space. Here is one way to reduce the bulk and make room for more supplies.

 

Folded Paper Star - folded paper star

Making a Folded Paper StarPaper stars are fun and easy to make. They can be used in many crafts and as decorations for different holidays. Learn some techniques for making your own.

 

Yarn and Nail Wall-Hanging Vase - hang on wall

How to Make a Yarn and Nail Wall-Hanging VaseTransform an old battered wooden cutting board into this pretty vase wall hanging. We can show you how.

 

Abstract Acrylic Painting - painting on an easel

Creating an Abstract Acrylic PaintingThis abstract painting method is easy to do, even the kids can join in. For a list of supplies and instructions scroll down this page.

 

Recipes

Milo Dalgona in cup

Milo DalgonaAfter dalgona coffee became a trend on social media, I came to try out another variation. Instead of coffee, I used milo since I have kids who loves chocolate but there is a big difference. It could be that coffee has this foaming agent (maybe?) that it easily becomes frothy after whisking it for some time. Milo doesn't work like that. You have to add something to prevent it from becoming too runny. See how it's done.

 

cooked Tortilla Pizza

Easy Tortilla PizzaThis is such an easy and versatile snack/meal for anytime whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you're out shopping for essentials, while grabbing the spaghetti sauce and cheese, don't forget the tortilla wraps. You can make so much with those 3 simple ingredients plus any toppings for your pizza if you'd like but that's optional.

 

Articles

Upcycled Mini Easter Hat - finished

Upcycled Mini Easter HatHere is a fun way to turn a sink basket strainer into a mini hat for Easter or spring. This is a nice way to use socks that are missing their mate!

 

Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing Glove - other paw and back paws drawn in place - it is done

Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing GloveThis is a way to turn a dishwashing glove into an Easter bunny rabbit puppet.

 

Questions

Identifying Household Bugs

Identifying Household BugsSorry about the bad pictures, but this is the closest I'd like to get to these bugs to get a picture.They've been appearing in my room for a few days now, on the windowsill, on my bed, and crawling up my leg from the carpet.

 

Identifying a Vintage Reel Mower - wooden handled mower

Identifying a Vintage Reel MowerCan anyone identify the manufacturer of this old reel mower I recently inherited?

 

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Access to AR Test at HomeI know schools pay a large sum of money for access to The Accelerated Reader Program. Do you think kids will have access to that program at home? My son is not returning to school until May and has asked about his AR test.

 

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Husqvarna Mower Needs to Be Jumped StartedI have a Husqvarna that will not start unless I jump it with cables. It has a new battery and the motor seems to drag unless using cables. Is this a starter problem because it starts fine with cables.

 

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Keeping Intact Dogs From MatingMy female dog is about 7 and last year I took her to get spaded and she stopped breathing once they put her under. They were able to revive her, but did not want to continue. I have a male, son, dog in the home that goes crazy when she is in heat. I do not want mom and son to mate. I want to mate him with another dog; he's only 3. So what can I do?

 

Identifying a Stuffed Giraffe - cute stuffed giraffe

Identifying a Stuffed GiraffeI've had this giraffe since probably about 1995/1996. I don't know if he was made around that time. I don't know where he was purchased. We think he might have been from Toys R Us, but are not sure.

 

Acetone Polish Remover Damaged Wood Table - damaged finish

Acetone Polish Remover Damaged Wood TableI left an acetone nail polish remover bottle on my wood table by accident for about 30 minutes. How can I fix this?

 

Identifying Stuffed Toys - stuffed toys leaning on a wall

Identifying Stuffed ToysDoes anyone know the brands of these animals?

 

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My Dog Died SuddenlyMy 14 year old dog was healthy and had no known health conditions. She went outside during the day to lay in the garden for a while, acting completely normal, and a few hours later we were calling her in. She didn't look comfortable the way she was lying and when she tried to get up her back legs weren't working. She was trying so hard, but we had to lift her in.

 

Value of a Mersman Table - partial photo of a pedestal table with a rail

Value of a Mersman TableI am trying to find the value of my table and what it's made from and more about the year it was manufactured. I cannot find any like it. I paid $125 for it over 20 years ago. Actually in 1995. It is a Mersman #7223.

 

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