May 6, 2020

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A student receiving a trophy at school.

Prize Ideas for Student CompetitionsSelecting appropriate prizes for student competitions can be approached in several ways. Some suggestions including trophies and prizes in keeping with the focus of the competition are offered below.

 

The back of a collector's plate

Value of Collectible PlatesThe value of collectible plates varies depending on how common they are and whether they are signed. This type of collectible typically does not hold its value and may not be worth much in the marketplace.

 

Hanging Initial Letter Decor - finished letter hanging on plantation blinds

Making Hanging Initial Letter DecorCreate this fun piece of hanging decor. Cardboard cut into the initial of the maker or recipient can be painted and decorated to match your style. An example, including supplies list and steps with accompanying photos, can be seen below.

 

Fabric Face Mask - ready to go for a walk

Making a Pleated Fabric Face MaskIf you can use a sewing machine then this pleated fabric mask may be your next project. This mask style and tutorial was found on the Kaiser Permanente website and recreated for the associated project.

 

A Monopoly board game with the pieces saved in sandwich bags.

Saving Your Place in a Board GameSome board games, notably Monopoly, can take a long time to complete. Here is a great tip for saving your place and game pieces for the next time when you want to pick up where you left off.

 

Washable No-Sew Mask - woman wearing the mask

No-Sew Mask IdeasYou don't need to know how to sew to make a face mask to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus. This page contains some examples of no-sew masks.

 

An elderberry tree in bloom.

Getting Rid of an ElderberryElderberries can be very invasive. The suckers need to be removed and then a choice will need to be made whether to use an herbicide or more natural methods for killing and removing this large shrub.

 

Play Placemats and Stovetop - full view of the placemat

Making Play Placemats and StovetopMake these colorful play placemats and a stovetop from scrapbook paper cut into the shapes needed and finally laminated to prolong their use.

 

Nemo Inspired Paper Hat - finished hat

Making a Nemo Inspired Paper HatThis cute Nemo inspired paper headband style hat is sure to be a hit with your little ones. It is easy to make and would be an excellent addition to a birthday party with a Finding Nemo theme.

 

DIY Tissue Box Marble Maze - looking down on finished maze

DIY Tissue Box Marble MazeRecycled crafts are lots of fun to make and less expensive since you are reusing supplies. The kids will have fun with this tissue box marble maze.

 

A table runner on top of a washer and dryer.

Using a Table Runner on Washer and DryerDecorative table runners find a new purpose as protectors for the tops of your washer and dryer. They are not only attractive, but also, can minimize scratches to the finish on your machines.

 

A white pair of baby shoes.

Cleaning Vintage Baby ShoesStored vintage baby shoes may require cleaning it you are looking to reuse them with your children or grands. Depending on the material from which they were made you may need to vary the cleaning process. This page offers some good advice for cleaning the shoes and/or removing odors.

 

Homemade Paper Mask - man modeling the mask

Homemade Paper MaskThe tutorial on this page will show you how to make a disposable mask using paper products you may already have. Social distancing continues to be highly recommended by medical experts even when wearing any type of paper or fabric mask.

 

Tilly (Pit Bull mix) - one flop eared Pit in a car

Tilly (Pit Bull Mix)Meet Tilly a rescue Pit Bull mix who enjoys fishing for seaweed at the beach and attempting to play with the household cats. She is often on the receiving end of their disinterest as evidenced by the bandage on the tip of her ear.

 

Value of a Sylvania Stereo Turntable and Speakers

Value of a Sylvania Stereo ComponentsThe value of vintage stereo components varies based on the market you access. Some buyers may see them as old outdated technology while others actively seek these vintage turntables and components, such as speakers. The specific brand can also play a part in their value.

 

Making Animal Shaped Sushi - plate the sushi

Making Animal Shaped SushiRice based sushi is not only tasty, but it lends itself to fun artsy projects. Here seasoned balls of rice are made into pet shapes and fried tofu shells are used as their beds. These are fun to make and then enjoyable to eat!

 

Non-Pleated Face Mask - child's mask from the side

Non-Pleated Face Mask With Filter PocketAs more of us are looking to make our own fabric masks to wear in public to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus, there are a couple of typical types. This page contains a tutorial for making the non-pleated style with a pocket for adding a filter such as a folded coffee filter.

 

A collection of antique tools.

Identifying Vintage and Antique Tools and HardwareVintage and antique tools and hardware are collectibles sought after by some as rustic decor or garden decorations. Identifying the items is a part of the process and perhaps one of the most fun phases.

 

Articles

stack of Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with whipped cream

Chocolate Chunk PancakesI like to use chunks of chocolate instead of chips because it leaves big portions of the chocolate gooey. With a big dollop of whipped cream, I often serve these for dessert, too!

 

Red, White, and Blue Decor - decoration

Red, White, and Blue DecorToday, I grabbed three plastic goblets and some decorative mediums from my stash. With a little time and fun, it is the perfect Memorial Day and 4th of July decor.

 

Questions

Upper Thread on Pfaff Catching On the "Thread Fetcher" - cut threads in bobbin case

Upper Thread on Pfaff Catching On the "Thread Fetcher"I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. Just last night it stopped working - the fabric wouldn't feed through and the bobbin thread wasn't catching. After some investigation it appears that the upper thread is getting caught on this little metal arm that is called an "upper thread fetcher". Anyone know why? Or how I can fix it?

 

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Can't Login to IMAP Server through OutlookI have been using my Microsoft outlook account from many years with no technical problems. In the recent times, my MS outlook began asking for my IMAP server password, when in Microsoft outlook. I have entered my login password correctly many times, but it asked me to type the password again and again.

 

Value of a Giuseppe Armani Figurine - cute angel figurine

Value of a Giuseppe Armani FigurineI can't seem to find this figurine online. Does anyone know how much it would be worth?

 

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Cause of Sudden Death of a 4 Year Old LabradorI had a Labrador, he was 4 years old and he passed away. He was a normal healthy dog, but for last 15 days he had dry cough. I consulted a vet who gave him a tablet and syrup and he was okay. Then suddenly he was not able to breathe or bark. He kept his head straight. I immediately rushed him to the vet. They checked his temperature it was around 103.5 degrees.

 

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