August 24, 2020

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A shoe that has been fixed with a key ring.

Fixing a Broken Shoe with a Key RingRecently, I realized that shoving my shoes off with my other foot was going to come back on me. It did. The little pot-metal clip that the Velcro strap went through broke. I can't afford shoe repair so I did it myself.


A sponge stored in the handle of a bottle of cleaner.

Keeping Your Dirty Work Sponge HandyI have two baggies under my sink. One is for the sponges (with the scrubby side), marked for veggies. Another is for the "dirty work" sponges. Lately, I have accumulated too many of them and they have begun to smell.


Massage Kittens Paws Before  Holiday Pictures - massaging a kitten's paws

Massage Kitten's Paws Before Holiday PicturesI love taking seasonal photos of our pets. I have noticed a nice foot massage is great to calm my kittens and cats before a photo session. Some of them don't enjoy it, right away, but most of our ten cats do.


A freshly made bed.

Thrifty Living Could Mean EverythingThrifty living does not mean you have to avoid the good and healthy things that cost a lot. Sometimes, it also means self discipline. For me, policies are indeed useful for disciplining myself.


A hand stamped gift wrapped package.

Five Minute Emergency Gift WrapMy mom got a last minute invite to an event and she needed to take a gift along. As a crafter, I always have gifts that could be given, but what to do to wrap the gift? There was no time for water colors or food colors, as I needed to make gift wrap that would dry almost instantly and would still look presentable.


Woman looking at a bill.

Changing the Name on a Utility BillI decided to change the name on the phone bill from my husband's name (since he has been deceased for over a year) to my name. However, it turns out they cancel everything in the old account, including the old email, and start over with a new account!


Check Receipts for Discounts - discount offer on back side of receipt

Check Receipts for DiscountsNot all receipts are trash! Some actually have potential discounts that could help you save on future purchases.



Distressed Finish Stool - wooden stool with a light blue distressed wash finish

Distressed Finish StoolThis project involves using a "wash paint" technique to make a distressed look on furniture.


Simple Flannel Receiving Blanket - finished blanket with corner folded up so you can see both sides

Simple Flannel Receiving BlanketJust two pieces of flannel and a little stitching creates this soft receiving blanket.


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Harvesting Garden HerbsWhen harvesting herbs, I reuse those moisture retaining capsules found in some medication bottles. I save the little capsules throughout the year and repurpose them after drying my summer harvest. They help to keep the herbs dry. Should there be a tiny bit of moisture left, that could cause spoilage.


A page using a Google search on a single word.

Internet Search TipThis tip is so good, it deserves front page. If I'm correct, I was reading an unrelated tip when one person replying informed another of this neat little trick. Since that time, I've been using the tip every day, sometimes several times a day. That's why I think it deserves its own little spotlight.


Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - finished piece with faux bird and flowers attached

Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest DecorI found this topiary watering can for $1.49 and came up with this idea to decorate it for my patio.


A blended summer fruit smoothie.

Summer Fruit SmoothieCheers to my newest smoothie concoction featuring dragon fruit, passionfruit and a slice of random fruits that compliment each other - pineapple, mango, banana muted with some ice cubes and almond milk.



Identifying Old Equipment? - rusty flat bottomed iron ball with a pulley style wheel mounted on top

Identifying Old Equipment?This was found on an old farm. It weighs 50 pounds. I am trying to find out what it is.


Identifying a Stuffed Mouse Toy? - stuffed praying, kneeling mouse

Identifying a Stuffed Mouse Toy?I have this kneeling angel mouse. It looks like it's praying. For the life of me I can not find it anywhere and the tag is blank. How do I find this mouse? I've looked and looked. If you notice the stitching is not of high quality work like a TY Beenie, but it's still curious I can not find one anywhere.


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Storing Pots and Pans in an Old Fridge?Can I use my 20 year old fridge for pots and pans? (It is still working; I just could not keep stuff frozen in the freezer.) I will unplug it. Can I keep the doors closed? Would it smell? Would baking soda help the with smell?


Value of a Bassett Student Desk and Dresser?

Value of a Bassett Student Desk and Dresser?I have this desk and dresser and was wondering what the value may be? I have all the hardware for the desk, but took it off to try and clean. Any help would be appreciated.


Value of a Collector's Choice Porcelain Doll? - angel doll in box

Value of a Collector's Choice Porcelain Doll?I just bought this beautiful doll from a thrift store and I was


What Breed Is My Puppy? - tri colored puppy with blue eyes

What Breed Is My Puppy?My puppy is 4 months old. When we got him he was very skinny, but he's put on weight quickly over the past week and now is ~18 pounds. I'm not sure what kind of dog he is. (I'm guessing he's a mixed breed of some kind).


Identifying Antique Ceramic Figurines? - three girls in ball dresses

Identifying Antique Ceramic Figurines?I need help identifying the maker for these antique figurines they resemble Roseand Marie by Royal Doulton, but are not fine china and are heavier. Sorry about their rough state, but I inherited them in this condition.


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13th Birthday Party Ideas?l am turning 13 years. I want something nice like a braai (South African style BBQ) and swimming. The problem is l don't know if l should invite boys plus it's on a budget and it's lockdown.


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