May 12, 2020

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Ballerina Craft Stick - finished pink and blue ballerinas

Making a Craft Stick BallerinaMake these cute ballerina puppets with supplies you may already have at home. Cupcake liners attached to craft sticks make perfect tutus for your dancers.

 

roasted chicken

How to Make a Chicken Go a Long WayOne roasted chicken can feed a family for many meals. You can make pot pie and chicken salad with the leftover meat after serving the roast chicken.

 

A glass of clear water.

Water Filter ReviewsMany people prefer to filter their tap water to improve the taste and remove any unwanted additives. Here are some reviews comparing different water filters.

 

Several cockleburs on a jacket sleeve.

Beware of CocklebursCockleburs are a nuisance to remove from clothing and pet hair. It is exactly this trait, the hooked ends on their spines, that actually lead to the invention of VELCRO® hook and loop style fasteners. So as you are deburring your clothes and pet's fur, remember that they were inspirational to Swiss inventor George de Mestral, it may make the task a bit more fun.

 

A sideways paint can with red paint spilling out.

Crafts Using Paint CansPaint cans have a certain charm, whether using an old vintage one or a clean new one. Many craft ideas use a paint can as a base or a decorated container.

 

Meal Planning Pocket Chart - in use finished chart

Making a Meal Planning Pocket ChartPlanning meals is a great way to save money and time in the kitchen. This helpful pocket chart will keep all your favorite meals in rotation.

 

Dr. Seuss Matching Game - place other set of matching stickers on separate piece of paper cut and laminate

How to Make a Dr. Seuss Matching GameKids love Dr. Seuss' colorful illustrations and clever wordplay. Make this matching game using the classic characters from The Cat In The Hat and other stories.

 

Reattaching Arm on Reclining Sofa - arm separated from seat base

Reattaching the Arm on a Reclining SofaSometimes, furniture can become disassembled during use. If an arm becomes detached, it can often be fixed although some damage may still show.

 

bowl of Spinach Herb and Bean Soup

Spinach Herb and Bean SoupThis hearty soup contains carrots, barley, onions, green onions, and spices in a chicken broth. The cooked grains, spinach, and chickpeas are added to complete the dish.

 

Stir Fried Bean Sprouts & veggies

Stir Fried Bean SproutsUse up a can of bean sprouts to make a simple stir fry side dish. You can add garlic, onion, celery, and any other veggies you have on hand. Soy and other sauces can also be added to spice up the flavor.

 

Decorative Planter Pots - tree design on red pot

Making Decorative Planter PotsTake any plastic planter pot and paint it to spice up your garden decor. This is a great project for kids and teens and could also be used to decorate a gift plant.

 

Two homemade pleated face masks.

Homemade Face Mask IdeasFace masks are very useful to prevent illnesses like the cold and flu. They are also helpful for breathing in toxic environments, such as smog from traffic or high pollen counts.

 

Mock Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on plate

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage DinnerUsing thick cut deli slices of corned beef is a good option if you are either making a small batch or have difficulty finding a corned beef brisket at the market.

 

A remote control on a green background.

Cleaning Acetone Residue Off Remote ControlAcetone or nail polish remover can be used to clean off many materials, but some plastics can be damaged when this chemical is applied. Depending on how badly the item is damaged, sometimes it can be removed.

 

baked Purple Cookie Bars dusted with powdered sugar

Purple Cookie BarsPurple yam paste made from the root crop known as ube, is the secret to these delicious, intensely colored cookies. Sneak some good healthy ingredients into your child's lunchtime snack.

 

A strawberry pot with plants in bloom.

Using a Strawberry PotTerra cotta planters are designed with pockets on the sides to grow strawberries. Many other herbs and garden plants can also be planted in them, to decorate any deck or patio.

 

A succulent planted a teacup.

Making a Teacup PlanterBeautiful teacups can be upcycled into planters for small houseplants. These make a great gift for someone's office or kitchen windowsill.

 

Glass of Turmeric Ginger Orange Carrot Juice

Turmeric Ginger Orange Carrot JuiceFresh juice is very nutritious and a perfect way to start the day. This version is made from orange and carrots, flavored with ginger and turmeric.

 

Self-Watering Milk Carton - carton waterer in place

Making a Self-Watering Milk CartonSave your cardboard milk cartons to water your garden slowly. It's great for self-watering for when you go out of town.

 

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A girl smelling a colorful flower.

The Sweet Smell of FlowersThis is a picture of my sweet little granddaughter Cambria taken about five years ago just before they moved from Arizona to Idaho. Her outfit and her hairbow match the beautiful colors of nature right in our own front yard's Bird of Paradise bush! This was a fun moment to capture.

 

Home Shaped Money Bank - collage of finished bank and window and chimney steps

Home Shaped Money BankThis is a pretty complicated project. I have so much on my mind, like buying a car and building a tiny home. Saving is my one priority in reaching these goals. Then I came up with the idea of making a house shaped like a money bank which is divided into two compartments. One is for coins and the other side for the paper bills.

 

A hanging chair swing outside.

Taking a BreakSomeone had the idea of putting this swing in the perfect spot for sitting and enjoying a beautiful view of nature. While hiking around the remote area of our bed and breakfast last summer, we came upon this serene and peaceful spot.

 

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Catching Fruit Flies In The KitchenI'm sorry people. Call me the oddball. I have tried the classic trap with no success. It consists of pouring an amount of vinegar and a bit of dish detergent in a container and covering the top with perforated cling wrap.

 

Minimal Star Craft Stick Wreath - closeup of star wreath with the red and white bow

Minimal Star Craft Stick WreathHere is a tutorial on how to make this simple and extremely inexpensive star wreath (you may even have the supplies already at home).

 

Spicy Potatoes in a bowl

Chinese Crispy Spicy PotatoesThese Chinese street food inspired potatoes are crispy with a wonderful kick. They're coated in ginger, garlic, and cumin, giving them a lovely flavour and aroma. You can use any type of diced potatoes or whole mini ones for this recipe. Parboil them first by adding them to a bowl of water and microwaving on high for 6 minutes.

 

A strawberry pot filled with herbs on a front doorstep.

Strawberry Pot for HerbsI have had this terra cotta strawberry pot for years. I have often planted strawberries, although I can't keep the slugs from eating them. My friend had a similar pot with succulents. It looks more beautiful every year and I was tempted to do the same, but I decided I would rather have herbs.

 

Questions

Identifying a Saddle Shaped Chair -  oval stool/chair row of brass studs around the edge

Identifying a Saddle Shaped ChairSo I have this chair. The only thing that I have found similar to this saddle stool is Egyptian Revival, but it is the wrong shape. It has a chipped veneer top and a string of studs. I am not sure of the age or style. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Finding a Replacement Handwheel for a Kenmore MachineI am trying to locate a replacement handwheel for a Kenmore zig zag sewing machine 158.1803 or 158.1703.

 

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Repairing an IBM Selectric II TypewriterI recently acquired an IBM Selectric II correcting typewriter. I plugged it in and it started up just fine. I type a few words and they were fine then it just began typing all 1s no matter which letter or number I typed. Any advice?

 

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Kenmore Bobbin Winder Not WorkingMy Kenmore sewing machine is about 50 years old. It sews and works fine, however the bobbin winder does not wind. I am able to release the knob so needle does not work, but winder does not wind. Since we are quarantined, I am not able to go to repair shop.

 

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Singer Sewing Machine Not SewingI have a Singer Fashion Mate Model 237. The presser foot will raise and lower. It will pick up the bobbin thread and bring it through to the top. It feeds the fabric properly. I have not moved the tension from number five. The problem is that it is not sewing ever since I broke a needle.

 

Hydrangeas Leaves Turned Brown - damaged leaves

Hydrangeas Leaves Turned BrownI bought endless summer hydrangeas last week and the leaves turned brown. I'm not sure what happened. Is it because of the weather? The past days, it snowed and the temperature dropped to -2 degrees.

 

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Dividing a Christmas CactusCan I split a Christmas cactus if it's blooming?

 

Age of Noritake Goldmount Set - china laid out on dining table

Age of Noritake Goldmount SetCan anyone tell me when Noritake made these? It was my great grandmothers.

 

Identifying Flying Black Insects - bug in sticky trap

Identifying Flying Black InsectsI've had loads of these little black fly things. I've had people say they are Ensign wasps, Phorid flies, or fungus gnats.

 

Decorated Travel Cup Business Name Ideas -travel mug on paper plate

Decorated Travel Cup Business Name IdeasI am starting a cup making business and am trying to come up with a catchy name; one that won't confine me to just cups. I don't know where to begin with a name. I don't know if I should use my name, my kids' names, or my love of animals. I would like something unique and catchy.

 

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