July 17, 2020

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Natural Paint Brushes - fir branch painting

Natural Paint BrushesYou and the kids can enjoy creating art using natural paint brushes. Try using leaves, branches, and grasses for some unique designs.


Frog Play Mat

Frog Play MatThe PDF for printing out this fun play mat can be found on this page. Your little ones will have great fun adding frogs, lily pads, and more to their frog pond.


A cat sitting in a litter box.

Cat Urine Smells Like Ammonia?If you find that your cat's urine has a strong ammonia odor, there are a couple of possible things that may be the cause. First it may be that the odor is actually the result of the litter box not being cleaned often enough. Secondly, you may want to make sure your kitty is hydrated. And finally, a trip to the vet could rule out a UTI.


Decorated Singer Button Box and Spool Holder - side of sewing machine with spools and button garden attached

Decorated Singer Button Box and Spool HolderThe spool holder and button box from a 1938 Singer sewing machine were decorated and the button box transformed into a lovely button flower garden. This completed the refurbishing of the machine and its original cabinet. Let us show you how.


Worm Play Mat - play mat with purple Play-Doh worm

Worm Play MatOn this fun play mat worms made from Play Doh, pipe cleaners, etc. move through the soil below a variety of veggies. The PDF is included on this page.


DIY Earbuds Holder - buds secured to card

Gift Card Earbuds HolderWith some strategic cutting you can transform a pretty gift card into a holder for your earbuds. The instructions needed to make this convenient tangle free storage solution follow.


A Brandt plaque next to a key.

Value of Brandt Furniture?The Brandt Furniture company of Hagerstown MD operated from 1901 - 1985. It continued as a small family business from 1986, run by former employees. To determine the value of your Brandt pieces some research will be required. Tips on how to proceed follow. Professional help may be required.



The NEOWISE comet in a dark sky.

Viewing NEOWISE (July 2020)We have a rare opportunity to see the NEOWISE comet as it approaches Earth this July. It is viewable in the Northern Hemisphere about an hour after sunset. Look to the northwest as the sky becomes fully dark. If you find the Big Dipper (Ursa Major), look below the dipper bowl. It will appear as a fuzzy star with a long tail for about an hour, as long as the sky is clear.


Disposable Sport Water Bottle to Hold Dish Soap - clear bottle with blue dish soap

Disposable Sport Water Bottle to Hold Dish SoapIf you purchase dish soap in bulk, you'll know that the container is huge! It is heavy to pour out on a daily basis and it's not very convenient.



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Tiny Black Specks in Kitchen and Elsewhere?I keep finding these black specks, they look like dirt. They are all over the counter, the stove, my daughter's toys and on us sometimes. I vacuum and clean everyday, but they are back again the next day.


Identifying Old Farm Equipment? - unknown equipment

Identifying Old Farm Equipment?We found this on an old farm in a barn. We thought is was really cool, but don't know what it was used for. It is either related to tobacco or potatoes. That is what we think. Any ideas?


Adjusting the Needle Position on a Kenmore Sewing Machine? - google image of the model in question

Adjusting the Needle Position on a Kenmore Sewing Machine?Can you adjust the position of the needle on a Kenmore 385 17627 sewing machine? It is currently in the center position and I would like to know if I can move it to the right or left to do some topstitching.


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