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The completed goodie bag.

Christmas Goodie BagsSanta or elf "long johns" are filled with small candies for Christmas. I made these for my daughter-in-law's special needs students.

 

Three versions of the wreaths.

$1 Store WreathI bought the wreath forms at Dollar Tree to make these three similar but different Christmas wreaths.

 

The open Covid Christmas Car Kit.

Covid Christmas Car KitBecause I was given a lot of fabric, and I generally make and distribute treats to friends and neighbors at Christmas time every year, I decided to change it up a little and made these "car kits" with hand sanitizer, kleenex, and masks to keep handy in the car.

 

A plate of Candy Cane Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Rice Krispie TreatsThese festive treats are super simple to make and really delicious. They make perfect gifts or a great addition to a holiday party.

 

The completed snowmen button bracelet.

Snowmen Button BraceletCelebrate the season with a DIY Christmas bracelet. I really liked the idea of forming different figures from buttons. This is a great use for buttons left over from old clothes. I decided to make a bracelet with snowmen.

 

Brussels Sprout Christmas Tree

Brussels Sprout Christmas TreeI thought this Brussels sprout stalk would make a fun table decoration. I was able to get the Brussels sprouts and cranberries on sale and the star and lights at the Dollar Tree.

 

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Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy Christmas QuiltJust another fun technique for a quick quilt using Christmas fabric scraps. Just fabric, no batting or flannel!

 

Tablet Holder

Tablet HolderThis project makes a handy addition to the kitchen if you are following a recipe from the internet while cooking or it can be used anytime you need to prop up the iPad while you are doing something.

 

Square in Square Quilt Block

Square in Square Quilt BlockEasy quilt block pattern with a square inside.

 

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The completed Silverware Dragonfly

Silverware DragonflyUsing old silverware to create an outdoor sculpture adds interest to my collection of backyard sculptures. Some of this old silverware was what I used in my childhood my parents had given to me. I wasn't sure how I could use these "keepsake" knives and then came across this idea.

 

The finished butter flower knife.

"Butter" Knife FlowerIn a previous posting, I submitted a craft on making a dragonfly out of forks and butter knives. This craft shows how I used up the "leftovers" from the dragonfly which was a "thrifty" use of leftovers. It is made from the end pieces of forks and knives.

 

Spin Me Around Quilt Block

Spin Me Around Quilt BlockScrap strip quilt block design

 

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Nightmare Before Christmas Yarn Wreath

Nightmare Before Christmas Yarn WreathI love the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas and I wanted to have some Halloween decorations that I could use year after year, this is what I came up with.

 

A headband that looks like reindeer antlers and ears with a decorative bell.

Christmas Reindeer HeadbandMake these adorable Christmas headbands for a festive air to any holiday party. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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Amazing Grace Christmas Light ShowThis is one of the best light shows I have ever seen. It is amazing how well the lights go with the music. It starts out slow but really picks up mid way. This light show was designed by Holdman Lighting.

 

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Carol of the Bells Christmas Light ShowHere is a great light snow set to Carol of the Bells.

 

Felt Christmas Light Garland

Felt Christmas Light GarlandThis cute kids' craft uses felt to make a safe garland of brightly colored Christmas light bulbs on a string. Learn how to make the garland in this short video.

 

Three Christmas tree treat holders made from felt.

Felt Christmas Tree Treat HoldersCreate these cute decorated tree shaped treat holders from felt. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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Prevent Soil Leakage from Pots

Prevent Soil Leakage from PotsHere's a quick and easy method to avoid soil leakage from your pots. All you'll need are a few supplies - your pot of choice, grab any mesh netting scraps (I utilized leftover galvanized mesh netting) and some hot glue.

 

Lacey Barefoot Baby Sandals

Lacey Barefoot Baby SandalsI saw a baby wearing this type of sandal and thought they were adorable. Inexpensive to make and so cute!

 

Eyeglass Hanger

Eyeglass HangerMade from a little bit of wood and a chain makes your reading glasses readily accessible.

 

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Crispy Chicken in Salted Egg

Crispy Chicken in Salted EggChicken in salted egg isn't a new recipe. But in our family, no one has ever tried to prepare this dish in one of our meals. So I decided to try and see if majority of the household would like it.

 

Monogram Jewelry Craft

Monogram Jewelry CraftUsed old jewelry to make this wall art for a friend.

 

Patchwork Prayer Pouch

Patchwork Prayer PouchUsing little pieces of fabric scraps to make a mini quilt with a pocket that holds a prayer list.

 

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Finding a Support Group?Looking for a support group for parents who have lost an adult child.

 

1968 Fleetwood Cabinet Stereo?

1968 Fleetwood Cabinet Stereo?My uncle recently passed away, and he was very proud of this vintage stereo system. He's the original owner and it has all the paperwork and warranty sheet that came with it. I was wondering what it would be worth if we were to sell it.

 

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Value of Show Stoppers Doll "Alexandria"?

Value of Show Stoppers Doll "Alexandria"?I have an "Alexandria" Show Stoppers, inc collectible porcelain doll and I was curious as to how much it's worth?

 

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Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

Cooking a Turkey in Your Oven, A turkey in the oven.

Cooking Ham and Turkey in the Same OvenThis is a page about cooking ham and turkey in the same oven. Many people like to serve both turkey and ham at Thanksgiving. Cooking them together can save time.

 

Christmas Cactus on Table

Give Coffee to a Christmas CactusThis is a page about giving coffee to a Christmas cactus. Coffee is a trusted secret that many people use to keep their Christmas cactus healthy and blooming each year. Just make sure its plain black coffee.

 

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood Furniture - small chest of drawers with bottle of oil soap, furniture pen, and rag on top

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood FurnitureWood furniture can get damaged in a number of ways. This is a page about how to fix damaged surfaces of wood furniture.

 

LED lights remote

Finding a Controller for a Pre-lit LED Christmas Tree?This is a page about finding a controller for a pre-lit led Christmas tree. Pre-lit LED Christmas trees typically come with a remote that allows you to adjust certain features, such as the color. Without the remote, you likely can't make any of these changes. If you are in need of a new remote for your tree, here are a few suggestions on where to find a new one.

 

Turkey dinner on a plate.

Keeping Turkey Hot and Juicy After Cooking?Some foods, such as turkey, tend to dry out if not served quickly. This is a page about keeping turkey hot and juicy after cooking.

 

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Unmade bed with rumpled white sheets

Removing Odors From a MattressThis is a page about removing odors from a mattress. Through normal usage a mattress can develop noticeable unpleasant odors.

 

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup

Leftover Mashed Potato SoupTry making this delicious soup using those leftover mashed potatoes. It is a certain family pleaser. This is a page about leftover mashed potato soup.

 

Pink double layer birthday cake topped with at 12 candle.

12th Birthday Party Ideas for GirlsPlanning a successful birthday party for your young teen can be a challenge. This is a page about 12th birthday party ideas for girls.

 

Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

The face of a grandfather clock.

Determining the Value of a Grandfather Clock?As with many vintage and antique pieces, the value of a grandfather clock depends on a number of factors, including age, rarity, appearance, mechanical soundness, etc. This page offers some good advice on how to find the value of a grandfather clock, as well as, a detailed list of attributes and demand that will need to be considered in determining its value.

 

Making Fudge

Fixing Fudge That Didn't SetSometimes fudge just doesn't set. Short of using it for a syrup or spread, you may want to try to fix it and successfully get it to set. This is a page about fixing fudge that didn't set.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

four dolls

Finding the Value of Ashton Drake DollsAshton Drake Galleries is known for their realistic porcelain dolls and baby dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Ashton Drake dolls.

 

Uncooked Macaroni

Converting Dry Macaroni Measurements?Some recipes call for a certain number of ounces of pasta, instead of the number of cups. It is important to be able to convert back and forth from ounces to cups properly, so that the recipe is made correctly. This is a page about how to convert dry macaroni measurements.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

A perfectly cooked beef roast on a cutting board.

How to Cook a Frozen RoastEven less expensive cuts of meat can come out moist and tender when cooked properly. You can save time by cooking the roast right out of the freezer.

 

The serial number and manufacturer's tag on a Wurlitzer juke box.

Finding the Value of a Wurlitzer Juke Box?This is a page about finding the value of a Wurlitzer juke box. If you own an old Wurlitzer juke box, you may be interested in knowing its value. Here are some tips to help you get started in determining what its worth.

 

A browned spiral sliced ham in a baking dish.

Heating a Fully Cooked Ham?The ham you purchase at the market is typically fully cooked. It can be served cold or easily heated up in your oven, following the instructions for temperature and time. This is a page about heating a fully cooked ham.

 

Lamb Chops on Plate

Recipes for Lamb ChopsThis page contains recipes for lamb chops. If you have shied away from trying lamb, you are missing a delicious alternative to beef and other red meats.

 

A Christmas tree that has white flocking to resemble snow.

Homemade Christmas Tree Flocking?This is a page about homemade Christmas tree flocking. Instead of buying spray on flocking for your tree, or paying a lot for a pre-flocked one, make your own flocking at home.

 

Hand Sanitizer

Removing Hand Sanitizer Stains on Wood?This is a page about removing hand sanitizer stains on wood. The alcohol content found in hand sanitizers can leave awful spots on your wood furniture. Thankfully, there are solutions to help remove or minimize any damage done.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

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Keeping Makeup From Rubbing Off On Clothing?Having your makeup rub off on your favorite top is very frustrating. This is a page about keeping makeup from rubbing off on clothing.

 

Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

A grouchy old man with a frown on his face.

Gifts for a Grouchy Old ManFinding the right gift for the grouchy old man in your life can be challenge at times. This is a page about gifts for a grouchy old man.

 

Close up of an electric blanket cord.

Finding Replacement Cords and Controls for an...Maybe the dog didn't eat your homework, but perhaps he did take out the cord to your electric blanket. Finding a replacement cord or a control for an electric blanket can be difficult. This is a page about finding replacement cords and controls for an electric blanket.

 

A strainer with canned yams.

Recipes Using Canned YamsCanned yams have many uses in the kitchen, from casseroles, to cakes, and more. This page contains recipes using canned yams.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

Dog tag saying Thank You Veterans

What is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW?This is a page about what is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW. The ability to join either the American Legion or VFW, is dependent on where and when you served in the military. Additionally, Merchant Marines can join the American Legion but not the VFW. Here is more detailed information about the criteria for joining both.

 

Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Setting Up a Pre-Lit Christmas TreeThis is a page about setting up a pre-lit Christmas tree. A pre-lit Christmas tree is supposed to be easy to assemble, an improvement over the traditional tree with separate light strings.

 

Lighted Outdoor Christmas Wreath

Repairing a Lighted Outdoor Christmas...This is a page about repairing a lighted outdoor Christmas decoration. Sometimes lighted outdoor Christmas decorations can be repaired rather than having to be replaced.

 

Bathroom toilet with the seat up.

Removing Urine Odors from a BathroomThis page is about removing urine odors from a bathroom. Although the lavatory looks clean, it doesn't always smell fresh.

 

Dawn and baking soda for cleaning a smooth top stove.

Use Dawn and Baking Soda to Clean a Smooth Top RangeA simple mix of Dawn dish soap and some baking soda can make an effective cleaner for many surfaces, even your smooth glass top range. This is a page about use dawn and baking soda to clean a smooth top range.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Making a Costume Jewelry Christmas TreePerhaps you have seen one of these at a craft show, but it was too costly. You can make your own Christmas tree wall hanging, using your old costume jewelry or pieces from yard sales and thrifty stores. This is a page about making a costume jewelry Christmas tree.

 

A bed in a bedroom.

Electric Blanket Error Codes?This is a page about electric blanket error codes. An electric blanket is an easy way to stay warm during the winter months. If your blanket is not working, checking the error code can help you troubleshoot the problem.

 

Non-Pleated Face Mask - child's mask from the side

Non-Pleated Face Mask With Filter PocketAs more of us are looking to make our own fabric masks to wear in public to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus, there are a couple of typical types. This page contains a tutorial for making the non-pleated style with a pocket for adding a filter such as a folded coffee filter.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

Crafts Using Old Jeans, Stack of jeans to use for crafts.

Crafts Using Old JeansWhether you are thinking of remaking them into other clothing items, decorations, rugs, or something completely different, there is a project just for you. This is a page about crafts using old jeans.

 

Men's Crocheted Skull-Cap

How to Make a Men's Crocheted Skull-CapA tightly fitted hat is an easy pattern to crochet, and will keep a young man warm and stylish. This is a page about making a men's crocheted skull-cap.

 

Blue Bow

Finding an EZ Bow Maker Instruction ManualThis page is about finding an EZ Bow Maker instruction manual. Sometimes we need some help locating replacement instructions.

 

Ladder leaning against a gutter

Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Making a 6-Pack Ring Snowflake

Making a 6-Pack Ring SnowflakeThis is a page about making a 6-pack ring snowflake. Here is a great way to reuse plastic 6-pack rings and prevent them from making their way to the ocean and causing harm to wildlife.

 

Man fixing Circuit Breaker

Not Getting Power But Circuit Breaker Was Not TrippedElectrical problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially when it isn't a simple case of resetting the breaker. This is a page to troubleshoot the issue of not getting power but the circuit breaker was not tripped.

 

Cleaning shiny counter top with a cloth

Restoring the Shine on a Formica CountertopOver time with normal usage and constant cleaning, your Formica countertops can look dull and worn. This is a page about restoring the shine on a Formica countertop.

 

A man itching his head.

Tiny Black Bugs Making Head Itch?Fleas like humans almost as much as dogs, and can be the cause of your itchy head. This is a page about tiny black bugs making head itch.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield vs. Medicare

Blue Cross Blue Shield vs. MedicareThis is a page about getting additional health insurance coverage. If you need medical coverage the choice between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare can be a tough one.

 

jar of Roka Blue in cupboard

Kraft Roka Blue Spread SubstituteThis page contains recipes for Kraft Roka Blue spread substitute. Roka Blue devotees often have problems finding this cheese spread. Making a copycat version is easy.

 

A carved turkey breast.

Cooking a Turkey Breast in the Microwave?This is a page about cooking a turkey breast in the microwave. Instead of heating up your oven the next time you make a turkey breast, consider using your microwave. Keep in mind that When cooking a turkey breast in the microwave it is important to keep the meat form drying out.

 

Stack of Free Tires

Locating Free Tires?Save old tires from the landfill by putting them to a variety of uses around the home and yard. This is a page about locating free tires.

 

A container of moldy cheddar cheese.

Preventing Mold on CheeseIf it is not a variation of blue cheese you probably would prefer it not be moldy. This is a page about preventing mold on cheese.

 

Glass top stove covered in white powder

Cleaning Burnt Sugar on a Smooth Top StoveThis is a page about cleaning burnt sugar on a smooth top stove. Boiled over sugary foods can be difficult to clean off your smooth top stove.

 

Value of a Knightsbridge Collection Porcelain Doll - red haired doll

Value of a Knightsbridge Collection Porcelain Doll?Doll companies produce many dolls. Their value is determined by their condition and rarity. This is a page about value of a Knightsbridge Collection porcelain doll.

 

Man mopping with spray mop.

Swiffer WetJet Isn't WorkingThis is a page about when Swiffer WetJet isn't working. The main reason your probably purchased your WetJet was the spray feature. So when it stops working it is very frustrating.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

How Can I Find Discontinued Wallpaper?

How Can I Find Discontinued...If you need extra to replace a damaged section or to cover another area, it can be difficult to find more of the same wallpaper. This is a page about finding discontinued wallpaper.

 

Peppermint Candy Bowls - edge view of larger crimped bowl

Making a Peppermint Candy BowlThis is a page about making a peppermint candy bowl. Hard peppermint candies are first on your supply list for making these pretty edible candy bowls.

 

Close up of Christmas tree with lights and gold and silver baubles.

Top Part of Pre-lit Tree Not Working?This is a page about top part of pre-lit tree not working. It can be difficult to find the cause for a partial loss of lights on a pre-lit tree. If possible checking with the manufacturer may be the best solution.

 

Refrigerator Ice Maker

Ice Maker Water is Overflowing?his is a page about ice maker water is overflowing. Refrigerator icemakers are a great convenience until they break or malfunction. Then they can be very frustrating to troubleshoot yourself. T

 

Perm That is Too Curly

Fixing a Perm That is Too Curly?This page is about fixing a perm that is too curly. When your hair has taken more curl from a permanent than you want there may be ways to relax the curl.

 

woman dying hair

Using Leftover Hair Dye?Once the color and activator are mixed they must be used quickly. If you don't need all of the product at one time, as you are touching up or have short hair, you may be able to retain some of each product for later use. This is a page about using leftover hair dye.

 

House Fire

Finding Agencies to Help After a House FireA house or apartment fire is devastating. Coping with the aftermath can be easier if you have assistance. This is a page about finding agencies to help after a house fire.

 

A collection of vintage dolls.

Selling a Doll CollectionIf you have inherited or acquired a number of dolls that you wish to sell, it can often be more effective to sell them as an entire collection. It's best to do a basic search online to make sure you don't have any dolls that are very rare or valuable first to help you in pricing.

 

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