May 20, 2020

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Making a Fabric Octopus - yellow and white striped octopus on grey background

Making a Fabric OctopusA scrap piece of fabric is easily made into a fun little octopus toy. It can be used indoors or outside as a toss toy, especially with younger children for whom a ball is still a bit more difficult.


Mini Calzones

Mini Pizza CalzoneWith just a few ingredients you can these make mini pizza calzones. This recipe can be a fun family activity. These calzones use premade puff pasty so they are super simple to throw together.


A woman cleaning a stinky toilet.

Removing Bathroom OdorsThe secret to removing odors in your bathroom is to first determine the source. Once that is firmly established then there are remedies specific to each case. Read on for some helpful tips.


Budget Organizer - finished organizer

DIY Budget OrganizerSometimes a simple envelop and accordion folder system is the best tool for managing your budget. Learn how to make your own folder and set it up for bill management and savings growth.


Two dogs interested in each other.

Keeping Dogs From Mating?If there are health or breeding reasons for not having your dogs spayed or neutered then you will need to use other methods to keep them from mating. Several suggestions are offered on this page.


DIY Corona Face Shield - woman wearing the shield over a face mask

DIY Corona Face ShieldIn times of need we can be very creative. This page offers instructions for making your own corona virus face shield. Along with a face mask and distancing it can increase your safety. Learn how below.


Let's Smile Box Sign Desk Decor - sign box standing on desk

"Let's Smile" Box Sign Desk DecorBrighten your day with this recycled box sign. Find it a home on your desk or somewhere in your home to remind you to smile and carry on. This project is described below.


Adding tomatoes to the soup pot.

Tomato Soup from Canned TomatoesA large can of tomatoes makes the base for an easy pot of homemade tomato soup. Using a blender after the vegetables have been cooked down makes a smooth and creamy finished product.


Child's Spring Floral Artwork - ready to display

Child's Spring Floral ArtworkColorful tissue paper squares and dot markers are all your child will need to create a piece of artwork. Depending on their age, you might help with the glue and lettering for a title. Add a scrap of cardboard to prop it up and you have instant home decor.


Avocado Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato ToastSweet potatoes make a healthy substitute for bread. This recipe shows you how to cook up some delicious sweet potato toast. A perfect addition to your morning breakfast or even just to snack on.


Hanging Necklaces Using Re-purposed Items - necklaces hung and pliers in blue basket

Hanging Necklaces Using Re-purposed ItemsA careful search of your home or apartment might uncover a number of items that can be repurposed to hang jewelry crafts that are in process or complete and ready for sale. The tip on this page outlines one crafter's solution.


A man looking at a rack of different types of oil at a supermarket.

Choosing a Healthy Cooking OilThere are many types of cooking oils or fats that are used around the world. Experts disagree about the health risks and rewards of using certain oils but most recommend reducing intake of saturated fats and to avoid trans fats altogether.


DIY Bead and Small Item Storage - second drawer of small containers

DIY Bead and Small Item StorageSmall containers, whether recycled coffee containers or lidded boxes from a craft or discount store, can be invaluable in organizing your small craft supplies. A description of one crafter's storage solution is offered below.


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

Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing GloveDark pink dishwashing gloves are remade into a cute Easter bunny hand puppet. The easy to follow instructions can be found below.


Chocolate cookies on a plate.

Making Double Chocolate Toffee CookiesThese melt in your mouth double chocolate toffee cookies are the perfect cookie to add to your recipe box. These have cocoa, chocolate chips and toffee bits and are done in a jiffy.


Cheap Yarn Bowl Idea

Cheap Yarn Bowl IdeasThere is no shortage of pretty and moderately pricey ceramic or wooden yarns bowls you can buy. But what about using something you might already have in the kitchen cupboard? More money for yarn!


A measuring cup of peanut butter.

Measuring Sticky IngredientsIt can be difficult to remove sticky ingredients such as peanut butter, lard, or molasses from the measuring cups. Here are a few methods to have the ingredients slide right out.



A bowl of tomato soup.

Tomato Soup from Canned TomatoesIf you are missing the flavors of summer, make this easy soup. All you need is a large #10 can of tomatoes and some basic veggies. If you can't find these large cans, use 5 - 6 regular sized cans.


Pancake in a Mug

Pancake in a MugSo easy and fast. I made my own pancake mix.



A straw being pushed through a whole cherry, to remove the pit.

Using a Straw to Pit CherriesWe have a Stella cherry tree in our backyard. This type of cherry is bright red and sweet, but not as sweet as a Rainier or Bing. They are delicious fresh but are also tart enough to be used in pies and preserves. In order to use them in recipes, the pits need to be removed.


A man looking at a rack of different types of oil at a supermarket.

Choosing a Healthy Cooking OilThere are so many different choices for cooking oils. In a large natural foods store, there might be an entire aisle full of bottles and tins from all across the world. With nutritional studies emerging all the time that seemingly contradict each other, it can be hard to know exactly which oil is the best choice for your family. I decided it was time to find out for sure. I'm not an expert, but I thought I would share what I found out.


An old and new door hardware.

Replacing Door HardwareWe recently had to replace our doorknob, which was about 10 years old at that point. At first, we thought to change the look and style of the knob but soon realized that the original knob had marked the door over time. It looked terrible. We went back to the store and found the exact same knob pattern, which covered the damage exactly. Sometimes, change is not the best answer.



Value of Vintage Cherry Dining Chairs and Rocker - chairs and rocker in garage

Value of Vintage Cherry Dining Chairs and Rocker?I have 6 chairs (+ similar rocking chair) that match a cherrywood dining room table and hutch that I'm almost certain my dad had custom made. I don't believe these chairs were custom made, though I can not find any markings. I think the seat portion is twisted paper. I'm pretty sure they are from the 50s or 60s and in amazing shape. I painted the hutch, but am unsure about the value of the chairs.


14th Birthday Ideas

14th Birthday Ideas?I'm going to be 14 tomorrow (21.5) and I'm doing a BBQ party, but bcz of corona I just invited ma bff. At 1st we're going to the mall and I want to do something special at ma bday! Any ideas?


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Number of Cups in a Quart of Macaroni?How many cups equals a quart of macaroni?


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Pit Bull Not Eating After Having Puppies?My Pit Bull gave birth this past Sunday. She's not eating, but is drinking her water.


Value of a Vintage Table - table top folded in half exposing the box like interior of the table

Value of a Vintage Table?I have come into possession of this game table (?) and am wondering what you think it could be worth. It has a folding top.


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Finding Help After a House Fire?I need help. My house burned down. And I don't know what to do. I have no family that can help.


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Cub Cadet Mower Won't Start?I changed my PTO belt on my 2009 ltx1042 Cub Cadet mower and now it will not start and I do not no why.


Repairing Alcohol Damage to Wooden Table Finish - white marks on table

Repairing Alcohol Damage to Wooden Table Finish?How do I fix this without ruining the wood?


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Value of a 1976 Seeburg Sunstar Jukebox?I have a 1976 Seeburg, Sunstar photo, model STD3. I am trying to determine the value.


Is My Dog a Full Blooded Chihuahua? - brown Chi with darker tail and tips

Is My Dog a Full Blooded Chihuahua?Does she look full blooded and if so what type does she look like?


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