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Value of Porcelain Dolls

I have a Cinderella and Glass Slipper doll in the original box from the 1995 Barbara Elizabeth, The Fairy Tale Treasures Porcelain doll collection.

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Setting Dye in Fabric

Many people recommend either vinegar or salt, but no one ever says "how much" to put in a washer load or even in a big pot. Will some one please give us that information in a usable form? Do you put in a cup or a whole gallon bottle of vinegar or a whole box of salt?

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Anna's Shepard Pie

This recipe is my son-in-law's Grandmother, who makes it with Pork and Beans!

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Magazine Racks For Storage
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Slime for Kids

Winter is coming up too fast. This is a great thing for kids to do when stuck inside! I have also done it for Halloween Parties!

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Chip Clips for Paper Plates and Napkins

Use chip clips to hold your napkins and paper plates so they don't fly away on you outside. It holds them tight and it's easy to push open to grab one when you need it.

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Freezing Turmeric

When buying in bulk, can turmeric be frozen? If not, what is the best way to store?

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Repainting Vinyl Mobile Home Walls

I want to re-paint the walls in my mobile home. I found out that the walls were not treated before painting the first time (I believe it was that vinyl shiny stuff), just painted on top of the vinyl. The paint is peeling in spots. What should I do before re-painting?

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Cleaning Bathroom Cabinet Handles

How do I get the green stuff off of my bathroom cabinet handles?

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Cleaning Tar from Gold Jewelry

While roofing, I got tar on my gold chain and the medallions hanging from it. What is the safest way to remove the tar without harming the jewelry?

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Donating Newspaper and Plastic Bags

I keep a laundry basket in the back of my car. I put my newspaper and plastic bags in the laundry basket. Once a week, I stop at a local resale shop that is run by a charity. They need the paper to wrap glass items and the bags for customer's items.

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Knitting with One Hand

I used love to knit, but now I am in a wheelchair and disabled on my left side. Are there any products that I can buy to knit again? Please.

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Davy Crockett Soup

I found an old kids cookbook that does not have a cover on it! Here is one of the recipes that your kids can do!

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"Sock It To Me" Cell Phone Case

I have a small cell phone. It's not a smart one, but it's fine for what I need it for. My husband had purchased me a nice $15 case for it. Then I lost it and I would not spend another $15 to get a replacement case. Instead, I bought a pair of toddler socks.

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Buy Halloween Candy for Christmas

The day after Halloween, get as much candy you can for half price. Get only the ones that are not Halloween looking and then freeze the candy. Watch as your kids scream with delight on Christmas morning when they see their stockings!

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ParvoBusters Remedies for Parvo
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Using a Garmin GPS
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Saving Money on Stain Treatment
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Daddy's Diaper Dooty Poem
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Norwall Wallpaper Pattern RG10300

Is Norwall wallpaper pattern RG10300, flower rose red on cream a discontinued wallpaper? If so, is there anyone who still sells it?

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Repairing a Sewing Machine

So I was using my mom's sewing machine and the circle thing on the right side was being funky so I turned it and stuff and this little metal hook-like piece fell out. Now the machine doesn't sew. What did I do?

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Using Topical Flea Treatment

I put flea and tick squeeze-on on my dog. How fast does it work? My dog has been scratching like crazy! That's why I put the medicine on him.

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13 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas

My daughter is turning 13 and she wants to invite about 15 people both guys and girls. We are having a hard time picking a theme. Any suggestions?

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Sewing Machine Continues Stitching

I have a white sewing machine, model W1750 D'lite sewing machine that my aunt purchased and gave to me. It sews fine both straight and zigzag. The problem is that it won't stop stitching when you hit the stop button or release the foot pedal.

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Breeding Zebra Finches

My male finch died today and the female laid her second egg today. Can the female take care of the eggs on her own? She is still laying eggs (only her second one today). Should I get another male for her now?

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Paint Color Advice

This room needs a firecracker of color to make it "pop." There is not a lot of light in this room to begin with. We have a medium gray tile floor (Daytona Beach sand remedy) and dark brown leather furniture. The walls are a combination of a medium tan and aqua.

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Seasoning for Spaghetti Squash

Is there a member that can tell me how to season a spaghetti squash? I have cooked one only one time some years ago. I put butter, salt and a little pepper on it. It needs something else. Can someone help, I'm not too well off in the seasoning dept. I am looking for recipes too. Thank you much.

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Value of 1904 Encyclopedia Britannica

How much would a complete set of encyclopedia Britannica from 1904 be worth? It is in good condition, spines intact, and no tears or frays on cover or pages. It is a complete set, hard (cloth) cover.

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What Kind of Soup Can I Make?

Here's what I have: broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, acorn squash, and green beans. I also have ground turkey, beef, chicken stock, canned diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, soy sauce, etc. What kind of soup can I make?

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"All To Myself" Cross Stitch Pattern

Looking for cross stitch pattern "All To Myself". It has a buggy and horse on top and a woman sitting near a small table on bottom with the saying in middle.

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Grape Jelly Not Setting

I did three batches of grape jelly, the first is syrup like. For the second and third I used more pectin and they didn't set either. Now what to do?

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13th Birthday Party Ideas

My daughter recently broke her leg and it's right before her 13th birthday. I'm trying to come up with fun things to do for her birthday. If anyone has any ideas that would be great thanks.

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Interior Design Business Name Ideas

I need a name for my interior design business that reflects luxury and detail.

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Asking a Girl to Homecoming
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Blog Name Ideas
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Making Kool-Aid Tips and Tricks
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Cleaning Chemical Stains in an Oven
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Fried Apple Recipes
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Protecting Plants When Painting Your Home
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Kid's Halloween Craft Ideas
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Fundraising Ideas for a School Trip
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Spaying or Neutering Your Pets
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Choosing a Garden Bench
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Caring for Your Flower Garden
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Making a Fabric Book Cover
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Value of Colliers Encyclopedias
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Hosting a Senior Book Club
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