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1. Make a Paper Mache Statue
Make a Paper Mache Statue
I will show you how create a paper mache statue. This tutorial will give you the basics, so you can create anything you desire with this incredibly diverse craft. Like French fries, Paper Mache is not actually French. Paper Mache literally translates to chewed-up paper due to the appearance of th...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:51:52
2. Quilting 101: Disappearing Nine Patch and Other Variations
Quilting 101: Disappearing Nine Patch and Other Variations
Well, hello again, my quilty friends! Glad to see that you're back for more. In my last page, " Nine-Patch Basics ," I showed you a few fast techniques for making a classic nine-patch block, which is a true staple in the quilting stable. Now, I'll show you a few variations and simple ways to toss...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:53:24
3. My Favorite Paper Mache Paste Recipe
My Favorite Paper Mache Paste Recipe
Paper Mache is a wonderful medium, it's free, non-toxic, and great to do with kids. No fancy equipment required! You probably already have everything you need. Paper Mache is so fun and so easy and you can create just about anything. This recipe works for all types of projects from bowls to brace...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:44:53
4. Learn How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt
Learn How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt
Hello everyone. Welcome to my "How to Make a Tshirt Quilt" page where you'll find step-by-step instructions with photos and sewing tips. Making a t-shirt quilt is an awesome way to re-purpose all of those old t-shirts from sports, school, bands and vacations and turn them into an unforgettable an...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:50:20
5. Do You Have Tonsilloliths?
Do You Have Tonsilloliths?
Tonsils stones are a misunderstood, under-diagnosed oral health problem and a common underlying cause of chronic halitosis. This condition affects approximately seven percent of Americans, yet many people don't know what tonsil stones are, they don't know that they have them, and they don't under...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:03
6. How to Kill Wasps--Safely
How to Kill Wasps--Safely
Wasps and hornets are my personal nemesis, and I'm sure they are yours too if you've been trying to prevent them from colonizing your home and terrorizing your family. Here's how it starts: one day you begin noticing wasps swarming as you coming in and our of your home or when you get in and out...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:46:38
7. Quilting: What is Fusing and How to Do It
Quilting: What is Fusing and How to Do It
If you don't have the patience to applique with one thousands and one tiny stitches, fusing is the solution! Fusing makes your work go faster, so you can enjoy fun part, which is always creating. In fact, you don't have to have any sewing experience to create a fused masterpiece. When you fuse, ...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:40:21
8. How To Make a Memory Quilt
How To Make a Memory Quilt
Creating a memory quilt is a beautiful way to honor a beautiful person. Memory quilts are made from up-cycled clothing, sometimes they're items from someone who has passed away, but they can also be made from t-shirts, baby clothes, vintage sheets or specials bits of fabric that you've squirreled...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:40
9. How To Use a Sewing Machine: Your First Stitches
How To Use a Sewing Machine: Your First Stitches
Winding your bobbin and threading your sewing machine are just a few of the things that you have to do before you start sewing, but that's just half the battle. Now, it's time to put your skills to work so you can start making some awesome, thrilling, satisfying projects. In this lesson, which i...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:31
10. Thread Snips, My Favorite Sewing Tool
Thread Snips, My Favorite Sewing Tool
Dear thread snips, We've been working together for nearly eight years. It's been a special time, and I just wanted to let you know that I can't live (or work) without you. Whenever I'm sewing, whenever I'm quilting and whenever I'm snipping threads out of the vacuum beater brushes, you're there ...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:17
11. Sleeping Bags for Dogs
Sleeping Bags for Dogs
Doggie sleeping bags are ideal for fur babies who loves to snuggle up and burrow under the covers. It may seem a little strange to see a dog poking it snout out of a sleeping bag, but the habit quite natural for many breeds that were selected to dig, hunt and catch quarry under ground. At our ho...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:44:22
12. Printable Seed Packets For Gardeners
Printable Seed Packets For Gardeners
I can't get enough seeds, and if you're the type of gardener that I am, then you can't get enough seeds either. This also means that you can't find enough envelopes, paper seeds packets and glassine envelopes to store your current collection as well as the ones that you're going to save this seas...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:44:21
13. Quilting 101: Nine-Patch Block Basics
Quilting 101: Nine-Patch Block Basics
The humble nine-patch is an essential quilt block. If this isn't your first block, it should be. Like the name implies, it features nine patchwork squares arranged in a three-by-three grid, just let a chess board or tic-tac-toe square. It's easy to make, it's easy to get great results, and it can...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:54:27
14. Finding Tennessee Fossils
Finding Tennessee Fossils
Tennessee and so many other parts of the country are sitting atop mineral-rich geology and fossils that preserved eco-systems that existed millions and millions of years ago. Although the idea of vast swaths of our country covered by leagues of seawater is so dramatic and different from the terra...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:44:21
15. How to Bind a Quilt
How to Bind a Quilt
Finishing off the edges and corners is the all-important final step when completing any quilt. Don't despair, binding a quilt is easier than it looks. I'll show you how to make and attach continuous binding strips for neatly mitered corners every time. You'll also learn how to make bias tape bind...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:51:52
16. How to Control Dog Odors
How to Control Dog Odors
Dogs are pretty darn dirty when you get right down too it. Ever pet your dog and recoil at the smell of your hand afterward? We'll it used to happen to me all the time, but now I have my own strategies for dealing with all the odors and unknown stinky scents that the dogs love to roll in. Part o...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:46:38
17. How to Wind a Bobbin in Five Steps
How to Wind a Bobbin in Five Steps
Sewing machines are one of my favorite tools, and the integrated thread winder is one of my favorite features. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to wind a bobbin, put it in your machine and prepare to sew. If you're a new sewist or simply need a refresher, I'll guide you through the process to ...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:32
18. Quilting 101: An Introduction to the Craft
Quilting 101:  An Introduction to the Craft
Quilting is an amazing hobby and handcraft. It's also surprisingly old. While you might think of farmhouse quilts with small feedsack prints as an archetype from the past 150 years, quilting is much, much older. A leather quilt from 980 B.C. is proudly displayed in Cairo, and quilts are depicted ...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:40
19. Make Sundried Tomatoes in Your Car
Make Sundried Tomatoes in Your Car
Folks, I know you're gonna love this one. Yes, you can make gourmet sun-dried tomatoes in your car! Fresh sun-dried tomatoes retail for $5, $10, or even $20 a pound. Whether you grow your own tomatoes or take advantage of seasonal sales, making your own sun-dried tomatoes is hands-down the easie...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:09
20. Growing Tall Bearded Irises and More
Growing Tall Bearded Irises and More
Irises are a marvelous garden flower that have made their way from the wild woodlands into the world's most prestigious gardens. Along the way, they became a renowned commercial crop, since the fragrant roots were an important ingredient in many perfume formulations. Today, gardeners have access...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 03:30:43
21. Poor Woman's Basil Pasta
Poor Woman's Basil Pasta
So it's getting late, you're hungry, and maybe your family is hungry too. Such fun! Then, you remember that package of pasta that you have in the pantry, or perhaps that package of leftover pasta that's been lingering in the fridge. Perfect! Because that's all you need to make this easy as pasta ...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:34:30
22. Spring Flowers in my Southern Garden
Spring Flowers in my Southern Garden
Who can resist the exuberant explosion of color that we know as spring? It starts off slow and gradually picks up speed as the sun unleashes a contagious riot of color. It's a real joy to step outside and marvel at all the little shoots that seem to pop out of the ground over night. But these lit...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:40:20
23. Best Bikinis For The Summer
Best Bikinis For The Summer
2011 marks the the 65th anniversary of the sultry and sexy bikini bathing suit. Invented in 1946 by a French engineer, this iconic and minuscule form of swimwear has been worn by everyone from Hollywood starlets like Rita Hayworth and Esther Williams to tweens and toddlers.
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:40:21
24. How to Use (or Repair) an Automatic Needle Threader
How to Use (or Repair) an Automatic Needle Threader
Today, I'd like to talk about automatic needle threaders. I first encountered one of these gadgets when I got my new Brother Project Runway sewing machine last year. After I conquered my fear of this new-fangled gadget, I was like, "Wow automatic needle threaders are kind of fiddly and tedious." ...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:15:07
25. How To Use a Sewing Machine: A Guide to the Parts
How To Use a Sewing Machine: A Guide to the Parts
Sewing machines are essential domestic tools. Once considered to be a revolutionary industrial invention, sewing machines are increasingly under-valued by society, and sadly, some schools have even stopped offering home ec and classes that teach students how to sew. Unfortunately, one has to lear...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:50:36
26. Homemade Spray Starch Recipe
Homemade Spray Starch Recipe
Starch is exciting! Okay, okay. You might not think it's as exciting as I do, but what else keeps your collars clean and your sheets crisp? I use starch like a fiend. I'm constantly ironing yards of fabric, projects and everything around the house. I also add corn starch (that's corn flour for al...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:41:51
27. After-Christmas Decorating Ideas
After-Christmas Decorating Ideas
After the holidays are over, it's time to pack up your decorations and get the house back to its normal state. Before you pack everything up, think about how you can use seasonal items to spruce up your home. There's no limit to the creative ways to use existing items and natural materials to hom...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:46:38
28. Arty and Educational Globes
Arty and Educational Globes
Terrestrial globes are designed to be a to-scale representation of the world presenting without the geographic distortion of two-dimensional maps. According to Webster's English Dictionary, the word globe comes from the Latin root word globus, which means round like a ball of yarn. However, the...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:43
29. Make Aluminum Plant Tags from Old Cans
Make Aluminum Plant Tags from Old Cans
Every gardener loves plants, especially new and exciting ones. The trouble is keeping track of all these variations and varieties. Garden tags are an absolute necessity! The problem of labeling and identifying new plants struck me recently after attending the local Middle Tennessee Iris Society's...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:51:28
30. Spell Check Software for Dyslexia
Spell Check Software for Dyslexia
Contextual grammar and spell check tools, such as Ghotit, Whitesmoke and Ginger, offer native and foreign language speakers a convenient tool to catch more mistakes and learn from the process. Proofreading and editing any document is a quintessential part of being a good writer whether you're a ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:41:51
31. Four Famous Books About Altered States
Four Famous Books About Altered States
Illicit substances have always been a hot, controversial topic. The war on drugs. teenage experimentation and drug-fueled rituals and experiences aren't as new as we might think. Long before the rave scene, the party craze of the 1980s or the smoking VW buses of the 1960s, people we talking about...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:33:16
32. 25 Quick Fixes for Feeling Down
25 Quick Fixes for Feeling Down
Life is full of surprises, but its also full of challenges, stress and things that are downright depressing. The worst part is when you feel down you don't feel like doing anything else! Whether it's work, family obligations, money or some bureaucratic nightmare, these quick-fix activities make...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:50:21
33. Ray Stevens: Songs That Bring The Funny
Ray Stevens: Songs That Bring The Funny
For nearly fifty years, Ray Stevens has been rocking audiences with music and laughter and catchy songs, whitty, downright hilarious lyrics. Today, I want to make sure that everyone has access to these joke-filled songs whether these are songs you are discovering for the first time or remembering...
Music - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:27
34. My Sewing Room Makeover
My Sewing Room Makeover
Space, stuff and ugly furniture. I think every crafter has experienced these challenges. Whether you operate out of a basement, a spare bedroom or a backyard shed, it's up to us to claim our space and make it personal. For me, my craft space is a 100-square-foot all-purpose mudroom and laundry ar...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:52:22
35. How To Thread a Sewing Machine with Photos
How To Thread a Sewing Machine with Photos
Tame thread issues and learn how to prepare your machine with this illustrated tutorial and accompanying video. In this lens, I am going show you how to thread your sewing machine while avoiding some common pitfalls that lead to major frustration. The thing about threading sewing machines is that...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:52:32
36. My Favorite Blogs for Design Inspiration
My Favorite Blogs for Design Inspiration
Decorating enlivens spaces, invigorates the soul and transforms the energy of rooms to fit a season, mood or style. Whether you have a strong sense of personal style or an eclectic range of tastes, interior design inspiration blogs are a delight for the eyes. Here are a few of my favorite interio...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:46:38
37. Swedish Christmas Cookies
Swedish Christmas Cookies
Christmas time is a very special time of year. The holiday season is filled with great food, good cheer and of course Christmas cookies. At my grandmas house, traditional cookies from the homeland were a big part of the holidays. After the main meal was finished, huge trays of cookies would be p...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:54:16
38. Grow Edible Sprouts
Grow Edible Sprouts
In under a week anyone can turn seeds into delicious sprouts that can be used in a multitude of dishes. Sprouts are a fun and educational way to show kids, not just tell them, about germination. Sprouts and seeds are amazing -- they are life itself in the most compact form. Picture each seed as a...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:41:51
39. 5 Ways to Enjoy a Bath
5 Ways to Enjoy a Bath
Baths are one of the oldest and most relaxing method or cleansing the body. In ancient Greece and ancient India, stone bathtubs were created for royals. George Washington even had an open-air bathtub constructed in West Virginia. In Japan, circular wash tubs made from wood were the gold standard,...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:50:21
40. My Water-Saving Three Bucket Car Wash
My Water-Saving Three Bucket Car Wash
Washing your vehicle is an essential part of owning a car. Unfortunately, it uses an excessive amount of water, and companies are all too ready to take your money for automatic or self-serve car washes. That's one reason why many people opt to wash their cars at home. However, there's a catch.The...
Cars - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:54:17
41. How to Make Beautiful Pysanky
How to Make Beautiful Pysanky
Pysanky are part of a beautiful, symbolic Eastern European tradition that originates in the Ukraine. Unlike traditional Easter eggs that are hard boiled and dyed, Pysanky are decorated when raw and age naturally, which allows the yolk and white to become dry. As long as there are no cracks and th...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:24
42. Secret Surprise Shopping, A Holiday Tradition
Secret Surprise Shopping, A Holiday Tradition
Christmas traditions are truly unique. They represent our heritage, our families, our individual circumstances and sometimes our sense of humor. Some are brought about by hardships while others are brought on by wealth--like Dickens' Christmas Carol. We relate to the first. For us, traditions we...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:40:21
43. Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas
Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas
Holiday stress sucks, but your decorations shouldn't stress you out. This year you can deck your home and halls without worrying your wallet. Check out my favoriate budget-friendly projects for creating festive holiday decorations.
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:55
44. My Favorite Children's Books
My Favorite Children's Books
Books are important for all children. They stimulate the imagination, calm the body, teach the brain and provide hours of enjoyment. Evening story time can be very important for children and rewarding for parents--and so can reading aloud. These are a few of my favorite childhood books that I st...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
45. HL2240: The Brother Laser Printer For Every Home Office
HL2240: The Brother Laser Printer For Every Home Office
Klagunk . . . klack-lack . . . klack-lack . . . k-k-k-kkk, klack . . . phfffffffff . . . hmmmmmmm. Those are the sounds of my old inkjet printer. And I can tell you. I don't miss it. I also don't miss those ink cartridges. The ones that cost so much and run out at the MOST inopportune moments. We...
Computers & Electronics - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
46. Brother Project Runway: Great, Afforable Sewing Machines
Brother Project Runway: Great, Afforable Sewing Machines
If you're looking for an affordable, reliable computerized sewing machine, look no further than the Project Runway CE8080 by Brother. This is a great machine if you're looking to upgrade or want an affordable full-featuring sewing machine for your first model. Why are Project Runway Limited-Edit...
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
47. Worm Compost in Three Easy Steps
Worm Compost in Three Easy Steps
This step-by-step guide includes short biology of worms and three easy steps to maintaining a worm bin. Learn everything you need to know about buying worms, feeding them, harvesting the vermicompost, and using the finished product. Read on to learn all about making vermicompost..... All conte...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:50:21
48. 20 Dog Products Under $10
20 Dog Products Under $10
Playing hard, digging and getting dirty is hard work, and it takes a lot of products to keep dogs clean, satisfied and looking great day in and day out, especially if you're on a budget. Don't fret! You buy your pet the hottest and sweetest smelling products without spending more than $10. Plus,...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:54:16
49. The Importance of Dog Harnesses
The Importance of Dog Harnesses
If your dog loves to pull while you walk, you may want to invest in an affordable dog harness that minimizes pressure placed on the dog's neck and windpipe. Constantly pulling with nylon collars and choke chains can crush the windpipe. After all, we would never put a collar around someone's neck,...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
50. Outrageous Dog Gifts
Outrageous Dog Gifts
Let's face it: some dogs are pampered. Not everyone can make their dog an heir to millions of dollars or purchase a life-sized pet mansion valued at $300,00 (like Paris Hilton did), but will all have a desire to treat our dog right. Here are a few outrageous gift and cheaper alternatives to keep ...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
51. Board Games For the Ages: A Collection of Classics
Board Games For the Ages: A Collection of Classics
Board games and table-top game boards have been used to pass time and entertain for thousands and thousands of years. These delightful games blend strategy, counting and chance to create compelling scenarios that are inspiring for children and adults. Here are a few of my favorite board games, i...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:35:39
52. Wild At Heart: An American Love Story
Wild At Heart: An American Love Story
Filled with raw emotion, real characters and artfully crafted dialogue, this fun, easy read is even better than the top-rated David Lynch film of the same title starring Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern as Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace along with Willem Dafoe and Crispin Glover. Barry Gifford's raw di...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:37:30
53. Host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Oxfam (Oxford Famine Relief) is an international organization with 14 branches that provide relief to disenfranchised people in 98 countries around the world. Oxfam was founded by a group of Quaker activists at Oxford University in 1942. Today, the group remains deeply committed to providing sus...
Nonprofits - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:44:22
54. Great Ways to Plan a Fundraiser
Great Ways to Plan a Fundraiser
Fund raising events whether they are one-time gatherings or regular bake sales are a fabulous way to raise money for a trip, class event or a great cause that your organization wants to support. Great fund raisers give something back to the people of give your group financial support. Giving som...
Nonprofits - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:40:21
55. Be a King for the Day on January 6th
Be a King for the Day on January 6th
The celebration of the Epiphany, is generally regarded as a religious celebration. However, there are also nonsectarian ways to celebrate this holiday as well. Let's take a look as one tradition for "All Kings Day" or "Three Kings Day" that originates in France. Families will traditionally bake...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:41:51
56. How to Oil a Sewing Machine--Or Not
How to Oil a Sewing Machine--Or Not
If you love to sew and make things, then your sewing machine is probably one of your favorite and most important tools. We are supposed to treat our tools with respect, but that's not always the case, we sew over pins, let the feed dog get gunked up with lint and forget to apply oil--like I did ....
Arts & Design - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:50:36
57. Dog Breeds: Chiweenie Dachshund
Dog Breeds: Chiweenie   Dachshund
Half dachshund, half Chihuahua, Hopper the Chiweenie was our only pet until we got Polly, the Dachshund in August 2010. Today, these two a wreaking havoc together (Polly much more than Hopper) but the point is both dog are having a great time and Hopper has a fun doggy companion with play with. ...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:53:15
58. What is Pinterest?
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is the newest phenomenon in social media and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Here's an inside look at this trendy new site for those who are not familiar with it as well as business owners who are wondering how they can capitalize on this exciting and innovative social media...
Internet - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:54:17
59. How to Get Your GED, Like I Did
How to Get Your GED, Like I Did
If knowledge is power, then the GED is an asset you want to have. For some of us, like me, completing high school wasn't easy. It's not always because we don't have the knowledge but other people and situations got in our way. Completing your GED test and getting an equivalency diploma is one way...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:52:20

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