August 17, 2020

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chair covers made from jeans

Making Lawn Chair CoversMy lawn chair covers were suffering from sun rot and needed a lot of help. In one afternoon, I crafted four chair covers from some worn jeans I had on hand.


A building with a "Your Name Here" banner on the front.

Using Last Name as Business NameI HIGHLY recommend to all of you that are looking to name your business using your last name, reconsider it if it is your husband's last name.


Miniature Wreaths - wreaths and silver snowflakes on silver tree

Mason Jar Ring Miniature WreathsI made three mini wreaths to hang on the tree using mason jar lids.


Printed recipes with unusual ingredients underlined.

Underline Unique Recipe IngredientsWhen I save my recipes in my files, I like to underline ingredients I commonly don't keep in my cupboard. It saves me time if I can quickly see what I will need to buy. I won't start a recipe just to discover I can't complete it due to an important missing ingredient.


A short broom handle being extended with a cardboard tube.

Extending a Short Broom HandleI can't afford a nice big broom, nor would I want one. They hurt my thumbs and are too coarse. So, I love the Dollar Tree ones, but man are they short! I am only 5 feet 1 inch tall and I find myself stooping just to use it.


memory wreath with toys

Mom's Memory WreathThis is a photo of a baby memory wreath my neighbor made for the mother of a precious baby girl she babysat for for nearly the first year of her life.The family moved away and as a gift she made this wreath containing many of the first items she had used.


Traced gaskets on a piece of styrofoam.

Emergency Gasket from an Egg CartonGot a leak? Make a gasket out of a Styrofoam egg crate. I can't tell you how many times something is leaking and it's after 5 o'clock or it's just too inconvenient to run to the store, not to mention the expense. So here is my thrifty tip on how to make a gasket in less than five minutes.



A blender cup filled with chia seed pudding.

Blended Chia Seed PuddingFull of antioxidants, fiber, and protein and so delicious. It is so easy to make and you can add toppings like fruit, nuts and coconut, if desired. Very refreshing in warm weather.


Lemon-Butter Bars

Lemon-Butter BarsI found this recipe amongst my Mom's old recipes. I just love anything made with lemon!


A plate of chayote fries.

Chayote FriesSee if this works with your children. Mine is a very picky eater so I have to find ways for him to be able to eat vegetables. This one for the nth time is an effective trick for him. I'm glad my innovations work so my boy will eat some veggies.



A view of a small town street.

Living in the Middle of TownA picture of the everyday life of what a young town girl sees when she looks out her window


DIY Sea Glass Bottles - bright pink and vaseline green bottles

DIY Sea Glass BottlesThis is an easy and simple technique for making colorful glass bottles using old bottles or bottles which once held soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Frank's hot sauce, etc.


Double Distressed Farmer's Table - finished table

Double Distressed Farmer's TableAlthough this table was already distressed, I distressed it again using the "wet" method for distressing.



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Continuing to Receive Medicaid for Child After Marriage?Will my minor child lose his Medicaid when I get married? My spouse files tax separately.


A decorative doll in a fancy dress.

Worth of J Misa Doll?My daughter received this as an Christmas gift and has no real interest in dolls. Any idea on the worth? There is no name on the certificate, only that it is 0732 of 5000 pieces. She is 43 inches tall and has not been messed with, so is in original condition.


Value of a Bassett Mirrored Vanity? - vanity with fold up mirror

Value of a Bassett Mirrored Vanity?I have a Bassett Furniture Industries vanity with mirror. Is this worth trying to sell? If so, what would be a reasonable price?


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Comforter Falls Off When Using Satin Sheets?Every time we use satin sheets, it never fails, the comforter always falls off the bed. How can we keep this from happening?


Value of a Book by Robert Lewis Stevenson? - closed book with tan leather cover

Value of a Book by Robert Lewis Stevenson?I have a copy of, "A Lodging for the Night" by Robert Lewis Stevenson, printed at the Roycroft Shop East Aurora NY presswork finished Oct 16, 1902. Does anyone know the value or where I can find its value?


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Puppy Has a Bad Odor?My 75 day old Golden Retriever puppy is getting a very bad odour. It's smelling very, very bad and huge. An hour after bathing the smell is gradually starting again.


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Dresser Drawers Not Fitting?Just painted this old 7 foot dresser. I marked all drawers to go back to proper place. Sanded the bottom rails, etc. They are in slide well. PROBLEM: they don't go all the way in - flush . May be the top lip of drawer is painted - but it seems more than just that. That is the problem.


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50th Birthday Ideas?My siginificant other turns 50 in Jan. He lives in a small town away from most friends and family and it is cold out! Any ideas on what I can do?


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Complete Instructions for a Yarn Dog?I am looking for a complete pattern to make a Shih Tzu yarn puppy with a list of materials and length of two cardboard pieces to cut yarn. It seems others don't list the complete instructions.


Identifying Small Brown Bugs? - small, long brown segmented bug

Identifying Small Brown Bugs?I found these under my plant stand. They kind of look like really skinny rollie pollies.


Value and History of a Slate Topped Brandt Table? - table with dark slate top

Value and History of a Slate Topped Brandt Table?I bought this lovely little Brandt Breton (?) table at a thrift store for 10 bucks. I am having a lot of fun refinishing and painting old tables, but I definitely do not want to do anything to this one, if it has value or is historical. Does anyone know anything about this cool slate table?


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