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Dragonfly Clothespin - clothespin holding a gift card

Dragonfly Clothespin
How adorable! This would be fun as a snack bag clip, or even a fun thing for adults. Thank you for sharing.

 

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Making Litter Box Cleaning Easier
I used to purchase litter in the big buckets (now sadly too heavy for me). I line one of the buckets with a plastic grocery bag. I also purchase diaper disposal bags from the dollar store paying $1 for 75 of them. They are scented which helps to keep the odors...

 

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery  - view of Velcro strips in place

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery
This post is timed perfectly. I am facing rotator cuff surgery too, in about 3 weeks and have been trying to figure out exactly how to do what you did to the t-shirts. I am going to the local thrift store to see if I can find some over sized t shirts on the...

 

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery  - view of Velcro strips in place

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery
Many thanks. I have pulled out the sewing machine and am starting today as my yard is waayyy too wet to do a clean up. The band idea from Walmart is terrific! I will be looking for one this week! I have 3 Walmarts within a short drive so one is bound to have...

 

Use Kitty Litter Bins as Pots - kitty litter bins and plastic bucket planters

Use Kitty Litter Bins as Pots
Hi. Ive used the litter buckets for years. After I drill holes in the bottom, I line it with coffee filters. They prevent soil from leaking out the bottom, but not water so you avoid root rot. At the end of the season, the filters are still intact! I think...

 

A shopping list written on a chalkboard.

Chalkboard Shopping List
This is a good idea and very pleasing to the eye. I have been using a cheap magnetic dry erase board on the front of my fridge for many years. The pen is attached to the side, cleans up with a paper towel. As I run out or low, I add to the list and make sure...

 

A can of mandarin oranges that has gone bad

Read Expiration Dates on Canned Goods
I generally use a brightly or strongly colored pen such as a Sharpie and mark the expiration date on the top and side of the can. I also write what the can contents are on the lid to make it easier to see (my canned goods are in a basket).

 

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Recycled Bottles As A Sharps Containers
I have been using used, washed out half gallon plastic milk jugs for my sharps. They hold quite a bit, and when full I follow my towns recommendation to duct tape it closed (I cover it all over with duct tape to make it more difficult to open) and mark it sharps...

 

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Cleaning a Concrete Birdbath?
I soak my birdbath in a 10% bleach solution for an hour or 2 then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly. I also spray it to refill and clean it out whenever I have the hose out to water my plants. Sometimes a couple of copper pennies placed in the bottom...

 

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Getting Rid of Dandelions and Hedges Without Herbicides?
For weeds you may want to try full strength vinegar. Just drip it on the undesirable weed, careful not to get the grass. Given time it will kill the weed.

 

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Homemade Vegetable Trellises?
I used 2 small iron rebars and sunk them in the ground about half way. I then used some electrical conduit cut to the height I wanted the trellis to be. Add a cross piece and 2 elbows and you have a frame from conduit that sure looks different.Just slip it...

 

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Avoid "Death by GPS!"
Having worked in a toll booth for 30+ years on an interstate you would not believe how many people were driving in circles trying to find a particular landmark. Unfortunately they were so focused on the gps that they failed to see the huge signs directing them...

 

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Reuse Plastic Yogurt Cups
I have been using yogurt cups for starter pot for years. A great way to recycle, and they can be used a number of times before they are done. Just be sure to punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage before using.

 

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Rodent Control Suggestions?
Cats do wonders to reduce rodent population. Female cats generally seem to be the better hunters than the males. We have both wandering the neighborhood, and the female is always bringing home her gifts for her people. Best of luck with the rat problem.

 

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How Do I Build An Overhead Garage Storage Area?
Check online with Family Handyman magazine. They have had a few suggestions for putting storage over a door and other stuff for storage room in the rafters. Good luck!

 

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Great tip and info! Ill be sure to check it out. Thanks much.

 

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Cleaning an Iron Skillet?
There is a good website, www.gardenfork.tv, that has step by step video and written instructions on how to clean and season cast iron cookware.

 

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Emergency Wrap for Small Gifts
Use the color comics from the Sunday paper to wrap gifts. It helps recycle the newspaper, is very colorful, and helps save on wrapping paper that will just be tossed away anyway.

 

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How to Encourage a Partner to Go to Counseling?
Also, a good idea courtesy of Dear Abby. If she wont go to counseling with you, go alone. A professional will give you strategies to deal with situations and how to cope with stressors within the marriage. Best of luck to you.

 

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Selling or Donating Old Costume Jewelry?
If you have a nursing home nearby, they may love to have a donation of costume jewelry. The homes around my area give things like that out as prizes at bingo games and other activities. They also welcome small bottles of perfume, soaps, socks and such.

 

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Canning and Preserving Pears - Recipes?
The Ball canning book has a number of recipes and canning info. I have followed the directions there for regular pears and also cinnamon pears. Both were delicious.

 

Piece of Crumb Cake

Crumb Cake
@Maryeileen: Instant Flour is mainly used for thickening savoury sauces. It is designed to dissolve instantly in liquids, whether hot or cold. Very low-protein wheat flour is used in making it (about 2% protein), along with a small amount of malted barley flour...

 

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Use Kitty Litter Bucket for Kitchen Compost
I use the litter buckets to grow my tomatoes. I drilled holes in the bottom, covered the inside bottom with coffee filters to keep the soil in, and planted patio tomatoes in them. Easy to carry around to follow the sun, bigger pot= bigger tomato crop. I also...

 

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Hellman's Dijonaise Recipe?
Thanks! I thought about playing with mayo/Dijon mustard but was not too sure how strong to make it. I will try my hand at it. Thanks!

 

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Hellman's Dijonaise Recipe?
I havent had time to experiment yet, appreciate the 3:1 ratio suggestion. Sounds good to me. Hellmans has not discontinued dijonnaise. The stores within a 100 miles of my home have discontinued carrying it. Another call to Hellmans has produced another possibility...

 

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Homemade Laundry Soap Advice?
I have used my homemade laundry powder for a # of years now. I use a very well cleaned out peanut butter jar (smaller one), add hot water ane measured amount of soap, put the lid on and shake it until the soap has dissolved. I then add it to the washer filled...

 

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Save Power When Boiling Eggs
Ive been dong this for years. I usually begin with everything cold, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, cover and let them sit for about 20 min. You can get a little gadget in the stores that looks like an egg shape and will turn dark when the eggs are done...

 

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Have Butcher Saw Turkey in Half for Easier Freezer Storage
I have tried a number of times at several different grocery stores in my area and they will not cut a turkey here in western NY either. Good luck.

 

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Check for Weevils in Stored Food
Thanks for the heads up. I will always check my dry stuff like rice before using. You have probably saved someone a bit of real frustration. Thank You!

 

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Substitutions for Crisco?
I have always been able to use Crisco and lard interchangeably. I use my grandmoms recipes and use Crisco when it calls for lard as sometimes lard is hard to find where I live.

 

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Use a Nut Cracker to Open 2 Liter Bottles
I had a lot of trouble opening soda bottles after a surgery. I use rubber bands now for the stubborn ones. Just wrap a band around the top cap of the bottle and twist. Works great! I use it at work instead of bugging one of the guys and I keep a band handy...

 

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Easy Chicken Breast Stew Recipe?
Sorry I took so long to get back to everyone....computer was having a headache. Many many thanks for all who took the time to send recipes for me. Am looking forward to trying them all !

 

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