Mary LaCaze

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Reusing Parts From A "Shake" Flashlight - the original light before being taken apart.

Reusing Parts From A "Shake" FlashlightRemember a few years ago when everyone bought 'shake to charge' flashlights? You'd shake them a few times and they'd charge up enough power to get around in an emergency which was VERY handy.


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Use a Well Organized List When Grocery ShoppingWhen shopping for groceries and household supplies, having a well organized list is one of the best money savers (and time savers) that we've tried.


fudgy cookie

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Walnut...Let the cookies cool for a bit if you can stand waiting. Go on, try, I dare you! When hot, they are moist and very fudgy inside, with a touch of crispiness on the outside. When fully cooled, they settle into a rich chewy cookie center.


Pan of treats cut into large squares.

Marshmallow Crisped Rice Treats (Giant...We love marshmallows at our house, so when Walmart had two pound bags of these new giant sized marshmallows on clearance for only a dollar a bag, we went a little nuts.


Sprouts in a Jar

Growing Sprouts Next to Your Kitchen SinkHere's an inexpensive way to add more vegetables to your diet all year, and all it takes is a quart jar and a spot near your kitchen sink.


closeup of swimsuit cup

Swimsuit Alteration After Weight LossHave you pulled out last year's favorite swimsuit and found that now it doesn't fit up top in the "cup" area? You finally lost a little weight, then found out the bustline seems to be the first to reduce. It happened to a friend of mine recently.


Sewing Pattern Weights

Sewing Pattern WeightsWith just a few sewing scraps or some recycled clothing, you can make your own pattern weights instead of buying expensive ones from the store. They also make great gifts for anyone you know who sews.


A turban towel on a green mannequin head

One-Seam Bath Towel Turban CraftWe all love to wrap a towel around our freshly washed hair before we dash to the kitchen to start breakfast or whatever, but halfway there the towel is already coming loose. Use one of your extra towels to make this simple and fast turban that will stay in place.


Icepack Cover step 4

Ice Pack CoverWhile making a cover for your ice packs may have already occurred to many of you, it hadn't for me. After constantly trying to wrap towels around packs over and over all day and night for hubby's leg after knee surgery, it finally occurred to me to just sew a cover for each pack...


A sweater that has been converted into a cardigan.

Alter Sweater To CardiganFor over a year, I've had a pretty knit top that a friend gave me. The fabric was so soft, it was one of my favorite colors, and it fit everywhere EXCEPT the neckline, which was so low and stretchy that I could never wear it and nothing looked good worn underneath it.


Phone Sock Cliped to Jeans

Phone Sock for Cordless PhonesHere's a quick craft pattern that actually solved a pesky problem at our house after constantly misplacing our household cordless phone. When there is an ill or disabled family member, many people turn to one of the greatest features of most newer models of multi-handset telephones, the intercom.


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