December 16, 2020

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Painting a ceramic plate and vase.

Painting CeramicsMany people love using molded ceramics to decorate your own home decor or gift pieces. Ceramics can be glazed before firing or painted afterwards.


Fabric shoulder bag.

Savannah BagI've made a lot of bags, but my favorite is the Savannah bag. I named it after my daughter because it's pretty in pink.


A bird biscuit made from birdseed in the shape of a heart.

Earth Day Bird BiscuitHere's a great kid's craft idea to help them celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22.


A paper turkey craft made from a child's handprints.

Turkey Napkin HolderTurkey place holder or napkin holder for kids. Take paper towel tube and cut off a 4 inch piece and then cut another 2 1/2 inch piece. Using marker, I painted the body on the tubes. You can use felt to cover or paint.


Sunflower tie backs.

Sunflower TiebacksQuick and easy way to make attractive tie-backs to suit the decor in any room. Cut two strips of felt, each measuring 1 1/2 x 24 inches. You can also use two 1 1/2 inches wide ribbon strips cut to 24 inches.


A small quilt covering a stuffed panda.

How to Sew a Doll QuiltThis little quilt is simple enough for a beginner, and is a good way to use up scraps of leftover fabric. The quilt can be sewn completely by hand, but will go together more quickly with a sewing machine.


toilet paper tube and egg head clown

Egghead ClownCover the cardboard tube with white paper for the clown's body. Draw and cut arms and hands from white paper. Decorate these with marker.


An apple themed candle.

Apple Field CandleTake 8 inch clay pot saucer, take foam and cut to shape of saucer cut out whole in center the size of the jarred candle you will be using. Glue done foam inside saucer, pin or glue in faux grass (or ivy or anything greenery), simply place candle in middle.


A child painting a styrofoam craft.

Craft Ideas Using StyrofoamStyrofoam is a great material for upcycling into all sorts of crafts. Styrofoam is lightweight and easy to carve. It can also be purchased into all sorts of preformed shapes.


A Dutch apple cake before cutting.

Dutch Apple Cake RecipesDutch apple cake is batter layered with sliced apples and fall seasonings. It is also referred to as apple pie and is likely the basis for our classic All American dessert.


Three upcycled containers.

Creative Storage ContainersEasy ways to create attractive storage from "cast-offs" from your house or those you pick up at garage sales. This was an old wicker lunchbox and is now my sewing basket. Spray painted pink, then craft painted on the flowers by just dabbing the brush on the basket to make circle-flowers and leaves



Several bright sunflowers growing in corn field.

Sunflowers in a Corn FieldThis beautiful sunflower sprouted on its own, surrounded by corn. All summer the birds came and fed on sunflower seeds.


A painted table top.

Recycled Painted TableAfter finding this bent and torn child's table, we recycled it into an adult side table.


Two dogs on a hardwood floor.

Bear and Mr. PiddlesI owned Bear's daddy (my king shepherd, Charlie) for 10 years, He fell in love with my brother's dog. I delivered all 12 puppies at 3am. The pups were 2 months old and my shep died in my arms. Bear was the one who stole my heart.


A orange and white kitten.

Emem (Cat)She is a female kitten 2 or 3 months old given to me by my aunt today. I named her Emem. She is Siamese x puspin.


A finished dish of Hudspudt/Colcannon

Hudspudt/ColcannonA combination of two favorite comfort foods from two different ethnicities; Holland and Ireland.


A doe with her two spotted fawns.

A Mother's Love (Deer)Driving down a county road on an early July morning in North Dakota, twin fawns popped up out of the grass in the field to my left as the sound of the gravel beneath my wheels spooked them. The spotted babies looked my way for a moment or two before all the sudden they were bounding away with a destination in mind.



A small brown dog.

Is My Dog A Chiweenie?Does my dog look like a Chiweenie? I was told she was a jackrat but when I went to get her shots, the vet told me she looked more like a chiweenie


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Dog Grieving Due to Loss Of Sister?I actually had two dogs, a Golden Retriever (female) and German Shepherd (male). They actually really get along well, play together, share foods, sleep together and explored places together with our neighbor's dog. My female dog suddenly got really ill and died. After that, my male dog changed. He used to eat a lot, being playful and energetic which is now completely opposite. He became timid, he sleeps a lot, eat less and doesn't want to play with other dog like he used to do.


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Using Sushi Rice as Filling?Does anyone know if it is okay to use sushi rice for hand warmers/heat packs? I've tried the jasmine rice and it was divine, but I have this sushi rice that's been sitting around and I wanted to know if I can use this for my heat packs too. My logic is that sushi rice has more moisture then regular jasmine rice therefore lasting longer.


A porcelain doll wearing a coat and hat.

Value of Porcelain Doll?This is a doll that was given to me years ago by a friend. It is a Collector's Choice by Dandee doll and I can't find it online with any of my searches. It has a slight chip of paint on the base but is otherwise in good condition. She has not got a label or box with her. She has blonde curly hair, blue eyes, blue velvety dress and zebra print coat, bag and accessories. How much would this doll be worth if I did sell it? Thanks.


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