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Virginia Allain

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I'm Virginia Allain, a retired librarian. Now I devote myself to writing, genealogy, photography and designing books to self-publish. Having fun!

My current project is researching and putting together a book about my great-great grandfather and the Civil War.

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  • 2

    Unique Containers for Fairy Gardens

    6 weeks ago

    With a little imagination and elbow grease, you can transform just about any container into a whimsical fairy garden. Here you will find lots of great ideas to turn just about any container into a tiny magical world for...

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    Get Rid of Moles

    6 weeks ago

    You take pride in your yard and your garden, but one day you notice a raised area in the lawn or under the mulch or in a flower bed. Ack, it's moles! Naturally you want a quick solution to save your precious plants. I...

  • 0

    Chelsea School Memories

    2 months ago

    He may be an octogenarian, but Monte Manka has a great memory for events of his 1930s childhood. On this page, he shares the fun times at Chelsea School in Butler County, Kansas. The town of Chelsea is long gone,...

  • 3

    Take a Tour of My Zen Garden

    2 months ago

    We didn't start out to create a zen garden, but it just evolved over several years of re-landscaping our yard in New Hampshire. Our cottage sits on a quarter acre with huge pines and maples surrounding it and creating a...

  • 3

    Tree Stump Gnome Home

    2 months ago

    Repurpose that old tree stump into an eye-catching gnome home. When it's time to remove a tree or when one breaks off in a storm, the homeowner is stuck with an unsightly tree stump. Often it's in a prominent place in...

  • 1

    Ack! Bed Bugs! How to Get Rid of Them

    6 weeks ago

    People used to think bedbugs were pests of travelers in Colonial times in coaching inns or else something that pestered prisoners in jail. Unfortunately bedbugs are becoming more widespread than ever. They show up in...

  • 8

    Deck with Planters

    2 months ago

    We like our neighbors, but having some privacy on the deck is important to us too. When my husband started building a deck to hold his grill, it started out as a simple, ground-level wood deck. Before long, it evolved...

  • 6

    Half Broke Horses

    8 weeks ago

    Jeannette Walls received great acclaim for her memoir Glass Castle about her own dysfunctional childhood. That was a hard act to follow, but she rose to the challenge with her second book Half Broke Horses. Once again,...

  • 3

    Abraham Bates Tower: Photo Album

    4 months ago

    I feel lucky to find even a few photos of this ancestor born in 1837. Of course, his early days are not documented in photographs, but he lived a long life. He died in 1930. This Civil War veteran and survivor of the...

  • 2

    Make a Little Black Dress for a Doll

    8 days ago

    It's fun to make doll clothes with recycled materials. Here's an outfit made from an old sports bra and some netting. My tutorial walks you through the steps.

  • 0

    Decorate a Golf Cart for Mardi Gras

    6 months ago

    It's not every day that you can decorate your golf cart with purple and gold and lots of bling. Every year when Mardi Gras rolls around, our senior community has a parade. The residents turn out to see the creative way...

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    Add an Island for Kitchen Convenience

    6 months ago

    My husband and I keep talking about getting an island put into our kitchen. It's a big trek from the sink to the stove and there's wasted space in the center of the kitchen. He does a lot of the cooking and would love...

  • 14

    Making Homemade Valentines

    7 months ago

    Over the years I've made a lot of valentines for my family. They look forward to my handcrafted cards because I made them with love and personalize them for each recipient. It's a good project to recycle papers...

  • 3

    Showcasing My Spice Tin Collection

    5 months ago

    Over the years, I collected decorative tins, particularly from the Tindeco Company of Baltimore, Maryland. At some point, I branched off into collecting spice tins. It wasn't just any spice, it had to be ginger. The...

  • 8

    Join the 52 Ancestor Challenge

    5 months ago

    Amy Johnson Crow started a challenge that has genealogy bloggers hard at work. In January 2014, she started the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project. Other bloggers found her suggestion inspiring and joined in. The concept...

  • 61

    Make a Teddy Bear Tree

    9 months ago

    A Fun Christmas Project Who wouldn't love a Christmas tree made entirely of cuddly teddy bears? It was an annual tradition at the Butler County History Museum in my hometown. People looked forward to taking their...

  • 5

    Homemade with Love at Christmas

    10 months ago

    The family started making homemade gifts during the lean years of our childhood. It became a family tradition that carries on even though 50 years has passed. Dad could take part from worn out bicycles and...

  • 3

    Venison Marsala

    10 months ago

    venison marsala Our friend Tim is an adventurous cook and loves to serve really special meals for his friends. He lives in Missouri and during one of our visits he tried out this recipe for venison marsala. He...

  • 2

    Cork Display Tray

    9 months ago

    I've made a number of trivets with wine corks, but this one is going to be a surprise for someone this Christmas. (don't worry, they won't find this page) I've been saving corks for the past ten years, so I have...

  • 7

    Make a Christmas Village from Cardboard

    10 months ago

    I love the look of a Christmas village, but get sticker shock when I see the church, houses and other buildings cost $30 or $40 each. Perhaps I could buy one house each year and over twenty years I would eventually have...

  • 2

    Foot Sanding with the Dremel Rotary Tool

    7 weeks ago

    People generally think of this tool as a gift for Father's Day or some other male gift-giving occasion. Many home workshops or craft area contain a rotary tool. I'm here to tell you how it resolved my painful foot...

  • 3

    Fill a Shadow Box with Treasured Mementos

    11 months ago

    A Shadow Box Makes a Great Gift for Retirement When I retired, I had time to reflect back on my career. There were awards that I wanted to display and keepsakes too. Some framed certificates could go on my wall and...

  • 1

    Why I Love My Cobra

    11 months ago

    I struggled with golf for a number of years, but at last my golf game is coming together. It helped that we playd four days a week now instead of just on weekends. I started getting a more grooved swing and could feel a...

  • 3

    Label Machine to the Rescue

    9 months ago

    Label All Those Wires and Plugs My husband is a wizard at connecting up all our electronics. I can't make any sense out of all those wires or figure out where to plug them in. This means that without his...

  • 3

    The Ever Useful Rolling Step Stool

    4 months ago

    I'm thrilled to see that anyone can get these fabulous rolling step stools now. It used to be that Kik Steps were only available through library supply catalogs. I've got to have one and not just for old-time's-sake. ...

  • 0

    Comfy Reader's Swing Seat

    4 months ago

    Besides a book, the thing a reader needs the most is a comfortable place to curl up with that book. Sure I've read in some pretty awkward places, but that's because I'm a compulsive reader. I can read in noisy, jostling...

  • 16

    Add a Fairy to the Garden

    4 months ago

    This small sprite, named Fiona, now lives in my garden in New Hampshire. I didn't start out planning a fairy garden, it just evolved. The yard is wooded with huge pines, maples, and oaks towering over our cottage. They...

  • 3

    Everything Is Illuminated - The DVD

    11 months ago

    It's hard to categorized this movie. It's funny, it's sad, it's history, it's contemporary, it's cryptic... We enjoy foreign films and this one is in Russian with English subtitles. My husband started his career...

  • 2

    Stop Freezer Burn with Seal-a-Meal

    8 months ago

    My freezer used to be a vast wasteland with unrecognizable foods covered with ice crystals filling all the space. None of it looked like anything the family would want to eat, so I'd push it back into the freezer and...

  • 4

    The Best Journal

    9 months ago

    Every year, I treat myself to another one of these lovely journals. When I first started keeping a diary, way back in college, I bought really cheap ones at Woolworth's. Unfortunately those old black, fake leather...

  • 0

    Entertain Your Cat

    9 months ago

    My sister loves cats and recently added a new, younger cat to liven things up in the household. The Problem - She found the new cat needing more attention and entertainment than the older, more sedate cats. Since...

  • 0

    Finding the Perfect Gypsy Costume

    11 days ago

    Choose a gypsy costume for Halloween or amaze your friends by reading their palms or telling fortunes with tarot cards. You'll look fabulous in this one. I've added the perfect accessories too.

  • 2

    The Clean Machine - Why You Need a Pressure Washer

    10 months ago

    It's fall cleaning time at our Florida home. It sure amazes me how much black gunk builds up on the pavers in our lanai. Instead of varied brick tones, the surface is nearly a solid black. Yuck. That's where the...

  • 1

    Halloween Storytime Crafts

    11 days ago

    Librarians, teachers and parents love simple crafts for children for Halloween. Here's some ideas for your group and ways to find more. Many of the crafts use recycled or inexpensive items.

  • 0

    Ideas for Autumn Mantle Decorations

    11 months ago

    A fireplace gives a room a focal point. It also gives you a great place to display seasonal decorations. Usually the furniture in a room is arranged with the fireplace at the heart of the room. Creating a harmonious...

  • 2

    Banned Books Display Ideas for Libraries

    7 months ago

    Bringing attention to censorship and promoting the right to read is an important function for libraries and librarians. Creating a display for the annual Banned Books Week is one way to raise public awareness of the the...

  • 1

    Junk Pumpkins

    12 months ago

    What are Junk Punkins? They can be decorative pumpkins made entirely from scrap materials or jack o lanterns that incorporate some junk in their design. Check below for examples of both styles and tips on making your...

  • 3

    Remembering Foods from Childhood

    8 months ago

    Many of our earliest memories relate to food. Just eating something can transport your mind back to your early days. Let's take a stroll down memory lane. I'll provide some memory triggers. See what springs to your...

  • 1

    Fairy Gardening for Creative Kids

    4 weeks ago

    Turn a child onto gardening by engaging their imaginations. Most kids already love playing in dirt, so start with that and help them build a fairy garden. Turn it into a scavenger hunt that challenges their...

  • 7

    Exploring the Perkins Hill Cemetery

    4 months ago

    Driving down a curvy country road in New Hampshire, we passed a small cemetery. It looked quite old and piqued my curiosity. We stopped and explored the isolated graveyard. It was on Perkins Hill Road and not far from...

  • 1

    American Girl Doll - Witch Costume

    11 days ago

    Any child or doll collector with an American Girl doll will love these costume ideas for Halloween. I've found traditional style witch costumes and modern trendy witch outfits. Plenty to choose from.

  • 7

    Make a Halloween Fairy Garden

    12 months ago

    If you have a fairy garden already, you can redecorate your existing accessories for Halloween or swap them out for the month of October. Think of spooky things, the color orange and scaled down versions of typical...

  • 8

    Collecting Miniature Typewriters

    10 months ago

    My sister started years ago searching out little typewriters. They are a fun collection, just right for a writer. She writes poetry and children's stories. Her writing room is filled with bookshelves overflowing with...

  • 5

    Budget Bedroom Decorating Just Like HGTV

    3 months ago

    Inspired by Sabrina Soto's program on HGTV, I want to make over a bedroom using her budget tips. On the show, she interviews the homeowners about the look they want for their room. She then assembles all the furniture...

  • 4

    Become Theodore Roosevelt for a Day

    7 days ago

    Americans remember Teddy Roosevelt as a great president. There are many ways one can costume yourself to be either the man of the west, the Rough Rider or more formally, as the president.

  • 24

    Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot

    6 days ago

    Everyone loves the tiny plantings and accessories in a fairy garden. The latest trend involves building that miniature landscape in a broken pot. Here are examples and tips for this.

  • 19

    Build a Cat Enclosure

    12 months ago

    You might call it a cat enclosure, a cat exercise area, even a cat run, but my aunt calls her's the Kitty Pen. Whatever the name, it provides a safe outdoor area for your cat. This isn't something you can buy in a box,...

  • 11

    Albert Vining in World War I

    3 months ago

    The earnest young soldier in this photo is my great-uncle, Albert Vining. He served in France during World War I and this page is to honor his service to his country. Albert and his wife, Vina Vining had no children so...

  • 5

    Chipmunk Trap Comparison Test

    7 weeks ago

    I've become an expert in chipmunk behavior. If you are having troubles with these pesky little fellows, here's my comparison test of two kinds of traps.

  • 13

    Creating a Genealogy Work Space

    7 months ago

    Working on your family history goes much easier if you have a dedicated space for your computer and files. I'll share with you the room we created for my genealogy work. Most of us don't have an unused room sitting...

  • 7

    Memories of the Five and Dime Stores

    11 months ago

    I remember venturing into the dime store with my life savings clutched in my small fist. The lure was a bin of plastic cowboys and Indians. Sorting through the crudely made figures in garish colors, I debated over the...

  • 17

    Landscaping with Stone Borders

    2 months ago

    Using stone to make low borders around planting areas gives a wonderfully natural look. It sure beats all the plastic and metal edgings that you can buy. In New England and other regions with plenty of rocks, you can...

  • 3

    Facebook for Libraries

    4 months ago

    Don't miss out on all the fun and free publicity your library can have with Facebook. It's easy to get started and before you know it, all your patrons will be interacting and commenting. I'll show some examples of...

  • 2

    Easy Taco Salad

    5 months ago

    This recipe makes an easy variations on serving tacos. You end up eating more lettuce with a taco salad so it has the Mexican flavors you love but is healthier. We don't bother with refried beans or Spanish rice with...

  • 10

    Essential RV Kitchen Supplies

    16 months ago

    Preparing a meal in an RV can be challenging. You'll need some kitchen basics, but won't have room for specialized tools. I've outfitted a fifth-wheel, a motorhome and a campervan. Here are my suggestions of what you...

  • 3

    Summer Reading Solutions for Librarians, Teachers and Parents

    3 months ago

    Kids hate it, while parents and librarians dread it. Assigned summer reading lists cause headaches for all concerned. There's no simple solution, but after years of dealing with it in the public library, I have some...

  • 15

    Remembering Summer Time in the 1950s

    15 months ago

    Lazy summer days... I grew up in the 1950s and maybe that was the era of your childhood too. Now and then, I enjoy a little trip down memory lane to all the summer fun we had. I'll share with you some of my experiences...

  • 1

    Business Cards for Librarians or Book Sellers

    13 months ago

    Librarians, book sellers and even book lovers need a business card. Don't get one of those ho-hum white cards with only your name and info on it. Instead you can get one with a great graphic that really shows who and...

  • 6

    Denny's Easy Paella Recipe

    14 months ago

    My husband's an adventurous cook who likes trying new foods. His first attempt at paella was a great success. Here's his recipe with his tips for making it extra yummy. You can develop your own variations over time and...

  • 12

    Yard Sale Buying Tips

    6 days ago

    Want to make the most of your visits to yard sales? Check out these tips for finding true bargains. Don't overlook some great finds. Here are my recommendations from years of buying at yard sales.

  • 3

    Chair and a Half

    4 months ago

    These beautiful and luxurious chairs and a half really make a statement in your living room, family room or bedroom! They are roomy enough for two average-sized people, but who wants to share?! You're going to want your...

  • 1

    Outdoor Sofa Best Sellers

    4 months ago

    Dress up your patio, deck, porch or backyard with a beautiful outdoor sofa or sofa set! Guests will love your parties and dinner invitations when they can enjoy your lovely all-weather furniture! Provide them a...

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    Bestselling Scanners

    9 months ago

    You will find a great variety of scanners for sale here. These bestselling scanners are offered at the best prices, and a variety of prices. My hobby of genealogy requires frequent scanning of vintage family photos,...

  • 1

    Watch Winders

    11 months ago

    You will find all sorts of watch winders for sale here. Single watch winders, double watch winders and ones that wind even more watches at one time! Most of these watch winder motors have 3 direction settings...

  • 0

    Aviator Style Jackets

    11 months ago

    There are many aviator style jackets available for the entire family. Here you'll find a selection for women, men and also some for children and even infants! These have always been my favorite style, so I wanted to...

  • 5

    Bestselling Inversion Therapy Equipment

    14 months ago

    You'll find a fabulous selection of bestselling Inversion Therapy equipment featured on this page. Each has slightly different features, so look them over to see which is best for your situation. Inversion Therapy is...

  • 1

    Wine Cellars/Wine Coolers/Wine Refrigerators

    4 months ago

    Keep your favorite wine chilled and ready to serve in one of these awesome wine refrigerators! You'll find a huge selection of wine coolers for sale here. Whether you want to store 6 bottles or 166 bottles, you'll find...

  • 3

    Storage Benches to Unclutter the Home

    14 months ago

    Storage benches are a great solution to store odds and ends that you use on occasion, but that don't need to be left out in the open at all times. For instance, an indoor storage bench might house throw blankets,...

  • 5

    Bestselling Keyboard Drawers & Platforms

    4 months ago

    You will find a great selection of the bestselling keyboard drawers and platforms featured here! These keyboard drawers and platforms are rated highly by customers on Amazon, and are quality made and durable. A good...

  • 1

    Reed & Barton Silver Flatware

    3 months ago

    If you want a classy looking table for entertaining or for lovely family dinners, get sterling silver flatware. If you want the best, then look for Reed and Barton. The company has been around forever. Over the years...

  • 1

    Great Books with Ideas for Fairy Gardens

    3 months ago

    You want to start your very own fairy garden and you want it to be very special. Before buying any plants, any fairy houses and accessories or starting to dig, I recommend you read some of the great books about fairy...

  • 12

    Ruth Vining McGhee

    4 months ago

    I'm gathering my information about my grandmother, Ruth McGhee here. Perhaps it will prove useful to cousins or other Vining or McGhee relatives. In sorting through my Mom's collection of old photos and memorabilia,...

  • 35

    Quilter's Hobby Cards

    14 months ago

    When you meet another quilter, it's easy to strike up a friendship over your shared love of quilting. You meet someone at a quilt show or talk to someone who wants to get started with quilting. It's a nuisance to...

  • 4

    Making Edwardian Clothing

    12 months ago

    There's renewed interest in the Edwardian era due to the success of movies like The King's Speech and series like Downton Abbey. The clothing styles from 1901 through World War I are considered Edwardian. On this page,...

  • 1

    Hall China - Water Pitchers

    7 months ago

    The retro look of Hall China is classic. In particular, the water pitchers appealed to me. Their sleek lines and range of colors give the collector a variety to search for. They look marvelous displayed on open shelves...

  • 3

    Coral Pillows for a Coastal Decor

    17 months ago

    If you live in a warm climate (or wish you did), add that coastal look to your home decor with coral pillows. The beautiful designs of coral reefs look stunning on throw pillows. Accent your sofa, bed or outdoor lounge...

  • 1

    Irish Tweed Caps

    8 months ago

    Irish tweed caps give a classic look. They keep the head warm and make a fashion statement at the same time. You might see them on golfers or businessmen. The Irish tweed hats are suitable for many situations from the...

  • 9

    Michael O'Halloran - A Reader's Guide

    5 months ago

    Enter into the desperate world of poverty with the life of Michael O'Halloran, a plucky orphan who makes a living selling newspapers on the street corner in Chicago in the early part of the 1900s. This vintage fiction...

  • 15

    Ottoman Beds - Great for Guests

    2 months ago

    No room for an overnight guest? Think again. Now with an ottoman sleeper bed, you transform any room into an instant guest bedroom. No more wasting a whole room waiting for a guest to visit. Use every room in your...

  • 2

    Decorate the Dining Room for Autumn

    13 months ago

    Cooler days, falling leaves and Thanksgiving coming soon. It's time to add some autumn touches to the dining room decor. Besides the traditional colors of gold and orange, baskets of harvest vegetables and some mums,...

  • 9

    Loving Christy - A Book to Savor

    4 months ago

    Richardson Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Loving Christy, a novel by Kathy Joyce Glascott. Readers who like a contemporary novel are in for a treat. Written by Kathy while living in Florida, the...

  • 9

    Gifts for Bored Cats

    18 months ago

    You know your cat sleeps all day and doesn't have any fun while you are at work. Time to change that with some gifts that will perk up your cat. Some of these are fairly inexpensive and I even include some that you can...

  • 1

    Gifts for the Shoe-a-holic

    14 months ago

    You may be puzzling over what to get for the shoe-a-holic on your gift list. There are many gifts that will suit her, so just zip down to check my suggestions. She will love all these shoe storage gifts and other shoe...

  • 6

    Become a Coupon Queen - Get Organized

    9 months ago

    Is there a coupon diva in your family or among your friends? Forget perfume or house slippers for her Christmas or birthday gift. Get her something she will love. Here's all the organizers and gear that will make a...

  • 4

    Decorate with Chickadee Throw Pillows

    7 months ago

    Perk up your sofa, chair or bed with chickadee throw pillows. This cheerful, familiar bird comes in a variety of designs that are great for an autumn or winter theme for a room. Chickadee throw pillows come in a...

  • 2

    Life of Faith Dolls

    7 months ago

    I missed seeing The Life of Faith dolls when they first came out. Now they no longer make them and they are highly collectible. These fabulous dolls are about the size of the American Girl dolls but they have a...

  • 5

    Public Library Statues

    14 months ago

    The lion statues at the New York Public Library are a beloved symbol that is recognizable all over the country. Even a less grand statue placed on the library lawn or in the children's area of the library makes art...

  • 6

    Framed Civil War Flag Prints

    5 months ago

    Whether you're a Civil War buff or just want something historic and eye-catching to hang on your wall, a framed print of Civil War flags makes a great gift. Get one for a Christmas or birthday gift for the history buff...

  • 1

    Erastus Laban Tower - Son of Abraham and Nancy Tower

    4 months ago

    Featured here is Erastus Laban Tower. I'm including what I find about his wife and children. I'm tracking down the children of Abraham Bates Tower and his wife Nancy Angeline (Long) Tower. The basic dates and names are...

  • 9

    101 Budget Gift Ideas Under $10

    9 months ago

    The wallet is empty, the budget busted or you live on Social Security... whatever the reason, you need to find inexpensive Christmas gifts for under $10. Maybe you have a gift exchange at work with a $10 maximum or...

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    Gifts for Someone Who Reads in Bed

    13 months ago

    Bed Loungers make a great gift for readers or for yourself. Reading is a favorite activity and in bed is often a preferred location for book lovers. Unfortunately it has some logistics problems trying to get...

  • 2

    Watch Travel Cases for Men

    2 months ago

    A leather watch case stores his special watch safely while he travels. It makes a great gift for anyone who wears a quality watch or has several watches like a sport GPS watch and a regular watch. You don't want a...

  • 1

    Irish and Scottish Costumes for Kids

    29 hours ago

    The Irish and the Scots take pride in their heritage, so show that pride with these costumes. They are great for parades, Halloween and special Irish or Scottish holiday.

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    Funny Hats for Halloween and Other Occasions

    12 months ago

    You don't have to wait for Halloween to wear funny hats. Bizarre headgear can add humor to many occasions. I'll show you a selection of odd hats below and we'll think of occasions when you might wear these funny hats....

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    Fisherman Picture Frames

    2 months ago

    Who on your gift list loves to fish? Here's the perfect gift for that fisherman or woman or kid to show off the big fish they caught. They will love that you want to celebrate their big catch. My Mom and Dad loved to...

  • 2

    Bloody Body Parts

    12 months ago

    Give everyone a good scare with some bloody body parts at Halloween. Use these for a haunted house, a scary porch scene for the trick-or-treaters, Halloween yard decorations or put them in surprise spots at the...

  • 9

    Decorate a Bedroom in Florida Style

    2 months ago

    You'll feel like you're sleeping in a tropical resort on Key West or St Augustine when you decorate your bedroom with Florida style. I'll share some inspirational photos of bedrooms so you can see the elements that...

  • 5

    Rare and Hard to Find LEGOs

    8 months ago

    There are many LEGO sets that were so popular, they're now hard to find on store shelves. You can still find them online, and LEGO enthusiasts scoop them up and enjoy having something many don't have. Here are the top...

  • 4

    LEGO For Boys 14 and Up

    6 months ago

    Are you looking for some of the more advanced LEGO sets for your son or daughter? Then you have come to the right place. This page features some of the top sets that are used by LEGO clubs all over the world. Your son...

  • 3

    LEGO Ninjago

    14 months ago

    This popular line of LEGO toys provides hours of building fun for kids and adults. The Ninja series are very cool and loved by those who have purchased them. I like the details and the look of the finished products. I...

  • 4

    Tips for Closing a Summer Home

    11 months ago

    If you're a snowbird with a cottage that gets closed up over the winter, you know there's a lot to take care of. Snowbirds are generally retirees who flit south when winter weather appears. That may not fit you....

  • 3

    Hispanic Costumes for Children

    8 days ago

    Perhaps your child wants a La Chilindrina or other Latino costume for Halloween. Here are some ideas and sources to fulfill their wishes. I've included some how-to info as well.

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    Spooky Porch Decor

    12 months ago

    Scare the trick or treaters by having the spookiest porch around. Need ideas? I have plenty of suggestions and scary props to help you decorate your front porch. You'll want some sound, some action and lots of creepy...

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    Marble Top Kitchen Islands

    14 months ago

    Marble is a great, durable material for counter tops. I've been debating what kind of island to get for my kitchen. Marble is so handsome that I've set my heart on that. Now I just have to make up my mind which one to...

  • 2

    Western Cut Out Figures

    15 months ago

    How about adding John Wayne or Hopalong Cassidy to your decor? Get one of these movie characters in life size standup poster to put in your western themed room or to use as a party prop. Everyone will love them. Made...

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    Kitchen Island Lights

    5 months ago

    These kitchen island light fixtures are stunning. You'll want great lighting when you're working at your kitchen island! Proper lighting is essential for reading recipes, preparing foods, and it shows off your beautiful...

  • 0

    Butcher Block Kitchen Islands

    7 months ago

    What a marvelous collection of butcher block kitchen islands you'll find here! These come in a variety of designs, sizes, colors and prices! You're sure to find the perfect butcher block kitchen island from the...

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    Rolling Kitchen Islands

    7 months ago

    These rolling kitchen islands are so handy and useful! You can store them in a corner or somewhere out of the way, until you need them, then roll them around as you are working in the kitchen! The rolling kitchen carts...

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    Drop Leaf Kitchen Islands

    8 months ago

    Drop leaf kitchen islands are very handy, because the leaf can fold down when not in use, and the island will then take up less space. Yet when you need a larger work area or seating area, you simply put the leaf or...

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    Stainless Steel Top Kitchen Islands

    13 months ago

    These kitchen islands are beautiful and practical! The stainless steel top is durable, and will last for years to come. It's easy to clean and care for, as well. These are budget friendly when compared to having a...

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    Kitchen Island with Breakfast Bar

    8 months ago

    You'll find some extremely attractive kitchen islands with breakfast bars showcased here. There are many available in white, black and other wood finishes. Just choose your favorite or the one that matches your existing...

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    Modern Kitchen Islands

    13 months ago

    These modern kitchen islands will look fabulous in your very up-to-date kitchen! Some of the kitchen islands have granite counter tops, some have butcher block, some have stainless steel and other choices. Lots of great...

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    Saloon Decor for the Man Cave or Home Bar

    8 weeks ago

    Entertain in style with an old-west saloon in your home. You'll feel just like Clint Eastwood or Wyatt Earp as you lean your elbow on the vintage looking bar while sipping your drink. This makes the perfect theme for a...

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    Gambler Costume

    14 months ago

    Feeling lucky? Dress the part for Halloween or for a costume event with this old west gambler costume. Here are all the components to put together the costume from hats to boots. Mix and match the pieces with some that...

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    Model Insect Kits - Great Gifts for Kids

    6 months ago

    It's great when kids can have fun while learning! In fact, don't you think that's when they learn the best?! Most children have a fascination for insects, but unfortunately these days they don't have that many chances...

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    Model Airplane Kits for All Ages

    14 months ago

    Model airplanes are a fun way for your child to achieve a feeling of accomplishment and joy, when he or she completes the airplane model. Your child will have hours of fun piecing together their favorite airplane. It's...

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    Saloon Girl Costume

    3 months ago

    You've seen the saloon girls in western movies. Dressed in fancy outfits, they kick up their heels on stage or dance with the cowboys. This makes a great costume for a Halloween party. Glamorous, sexy and flirtatious...

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    Western Gunslinger Costume

    3 days ago

    Would you like to be Clint Eastwood for a day? Here are the pieces you need to transform yourself into a wild west gunslinger for Halloween or a costume party. You'll look amazing!

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    Saloon Bartender Costume

    11 months ago

    Remember the cool character behind the bar in the old western movies? You can assume that wild west bartender persona for your next party or for Halloween with these costume tips. You can assemble a costume from pieces...

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    Hosting Visitors in a Cottage

    11 months ago

    If you have a summer home, a weekend cottage or rent a place for a vacation, chances are you like to entertain visitors there. I have some tips to help you prepare for house guests. It's time to get ready. You've...

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    Library Fundraising Ideas

    17 months ago

    Whether you're a library staff member or a volunteer, you are always looking for ways to help with library funding. Public libraries are routinely underfunded and Friends of the Library groups devote much of their...

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    Where Can I Buy a Stained Glass Suncatcher?

    14 months ago

    A beautiful stained glass suncatcher can bring a bright accent to your home. You can get one in just about any theme you are interested in, such as flowers, butterflies, dolphins, songbirds, ladybugs or peacocks. Hang...

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    Get Rid of Red Squirrels

    5 days ago

    The American red squirrels cause an amazing amount of damage if they get inside a house or a vehicle. Here's the solution, actually a number of solutions for you to apply to your problem squirrels.

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    Name the New Hampshire Mushrooms

    2 months ago

    I've taken hundreds of photos of mushrooms in New Hampshire. Trying to identify them can be tricky. Join me in seeking the right names for these fungi. I'll share the photos I have and see what names are suggested by...

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    Retro Bread Boxes

    12 months ago

    Retro kitchen accessories adds some fun to any kitchen decor. A useful and decorative item is the tin bread box. These painted metal boxes kept the bread fresh. Maybe you like the 1930s tin bread boxes or the ones from...

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    Rustic Bread Boxes

    3 months ago

    If you love a rustic kitchen decor, then you're probably on the look out for the perfect primitive bread box. Maybe you are even going to stock that bread box with homemade bread. To make it easy for you, I've searched...

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    Lobster Fest

    8 days ago

    Anytime you have lobster, it's a party. Here are my tips for planning, cooking, serving and cleaning up after a lobster fest.

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    Beautiful Octogenarian

    4 months ago

    My Mom isn't camera shy, but it isn't easy to capture the essence of this octogenarian with my camera. First of all, I usually take photos of wildlife and flowers. People are not comfortable subjects for me. I feel...

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    Clarence McGhee - My Grandfather's WWI Years

    3 months ago

    The family retains a few pieces of memorabilia from my grandfather's service in the first World War. A few faded photographs and a sentimental card sent to his mother from France are the physical remnants from what must...

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    Cute or Sexy Cowgirl Costumes? - You Choose

    12 months ago

    Cowgirls are ever-popular at Halloween so there's a great variety of costumes to choose from. Some are hot, hot, hot and may be best suited for a private party with your significant other. Others fall into the hot, but...

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    Great Steampunk Goggles

    3 months ago

    Steampunk is a genre of movies and literature often set in the Victorian era or in the Old American West, which are both times in which steam power was predominantly used. It may incorporate futuristic type-machines,...

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    Repetitive Motion Problems for Writers

    4 months ago

    For writers, their computer can be their best friend or their worst enemy. Repetitive motion injuries from computer use are common for writers who spend hours each day at their laptop or desktop computer. In the UK,...

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    Beautiful Etched Wine Glasses

    9 months ago

    Etched wine glasses are a cut above other stemmed glassware. The etching adds elegance and distinction to a wine glass. They can be etched with just about any design including your own monogram. Why drink out of...

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    Stained Glass Art Panels

    2 months ago

    Stained glass art panels are beautiful additions to your home decor. They are available in a myriad of colors, subjects, and styles. Place them where they can catch the light and they will be stunning conversation...

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    Fun Construction Toys for Boys

    10 months ago

    Boys are fascinated by construction equipment and can play for hours with toys that reproduce those giant machines. Make his birthday or Christmas special with a gift of a toy back hoe, toy dump trucks, construction...

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    Rustic Accessories for Lodge Decor

    7 weeks ago

    Whether it's just a dream or if you actually live in a lodge or cabin, it's fun to see all the possible accessories one can use in a rustic setting. For me, it's just a fantasy exercise. After lunching at Bugaboo...

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    Egyptian Belly Dance Costumes

    11 months ago

    Belly dance costumes aren't just for Halloween. Women wear them for belly dance classes and there are many professional dancers who need costumes. Where can you buy the best Egyptian Belly Dance Costumes? Check out the...

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    Sea Coral Lamps and Shades

    15 months ago

    Coral lamps look great in a beach cottage, office, den or any room in your home! They are unique and elegant. There's a huge selection of coral lamps featured here. Table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and coral lamp...

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    Battery Powered Pest Control

    3 months ago

    Squirrels, raccoons, possums, moles, chipmunks, rats and other critters making you crazy? It's not easy protecting your yard and garden from a variety of pests, including insects. These creatures are fine in their own...

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    Egyptian Princess Costume

    12 months ago

    The lure of ancient Egypt has long been a fascinating topic. I've always been intrigued with the ancient culture and lore surrounding that country. We can't travel back to the Egypt of that time but you can still be an...

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    Zombie Costume Ideas for All Ages

    12 months ago

    Zombies are big for Halloween. You'll find a lot of zombie costume ideas right here on this page. We have zombie ideas for everyone: men, women, and children. You can outfit everyone and be a zombie family! Don't...

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    Banana Leaf Furniture and Decor

    4 months ago

    This beautiful, tropical banana leaf furniture and decor is a very popular design style today! You'll find gorgeous bedroom decor, living room decor, and kitchen decor showcased here. If you live in a coastal area or...

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    Rustic Farm Benches

    4 months ago

    The plain styling of a rustic farmhouse bench is perfect for country or farmhouse primitive decorating, either inside or out. They evoke memories of handmade furnishings and useful simplicity. These vintage painted...

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    Charles M Russell Paintings

    17 months ago

    Charles M. Russell was a painter but he also created bronze statues. He was known as the "Cowboy Artist," and created more than 2000 paintings set in the American and Canadian West. Charles M. Russell left...

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    Frederic Remington Prints

    14 months ago

    Frederic Remington was born in New York and was fascinated by cowboys and Indians from an early age, as evidenced when he began to draw. He went to art school at Yale for a short time but quit when he went home to tend...

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    Nautical Telescopes

    13 months ago

    Nautical decor is hot! These nautical telescopes make great home accent pieces for a den, family room or office. Plus they are useful and practical! You'll find great nautical telescopes here along with other...

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    Pink Gift Baskets

    13 months ago

    Here you'll find a large selection of pink gift baskets for many different occasions such as Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, birth of a baby girl, Valentine's Day, honeymoon shower, spa and so on... ...

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    Party Platters and Trays for the Patio

    14 months ago

    Set out the food for your backyard parties on these colorful trays and serving dishes. You'll WOW your guests with an enticing display of food. No more boring buffets when you can show off the food with these party...

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    Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield

    3 months ago

    The Hatfield & McCoy mini-series stirred up many questions. Viewers of Kevin Costner's three-part History Channel dramatization wondered what happened to the people involved in the ill-fated romance of Rosanna and...

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    GPS Sports Watch for Men

    9 months ago

    Looking for a great gift for men in your life? Consider buying one of the best Sports Watch with GPS for Men! GPS sports watches are great for joggers, golfers, hunters, fishermen or for anyone who loves being outdoors...

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    A Little Red Riding Hood Costume

    12 months ago

    There are lots of choices available for a Little Red Riding Hood costume for Halloween. Red Riding Hood costumes come in all sizes too, from toddler to plus size and everything in between. You can be sweet Red Riding...

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    Are You a Real McCoy?

    14 months ago

    If your last name is McCoy, you have to wonder if you are related to the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. The McCoy family lived in Kentucky while the Hatfields lived across the river in West Virginia. My name isn't McCoy,...

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    Hatfield-McCoy Feud Sites

    7 months ago

    If you watched the Hatfield and McCoy mini-series on the History Channel, you are probably intrigued by where these events took place. To save you much searching on the Internet, I've gathered the links here for your...

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    Pillow-Top Feather Beds

    13 months ago

    Sleep in luxury with these pillow-top feather beds! These are fluffy and ensure you get a comfy and restful night. Soft white feather macro photography postcards by bigspl There's a wide selection to choose from....

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    Autographed Copy Stickers

    17 months ago

    When you place signed copies of your book in bookstores, museum gift shops or other sites, you'll want to call attention to the fact that they are autographed copies. The autograph adds value to the book in the eyes of...

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    Get a Grill Gazebo or Canopy

    2 months ago

    Last summer we added a gazebo for our grill area. It was the best thing we could have added to our deck. Now my husband grills all summer long undeterred by rain or hot sun. We're enjoying our grilled and barbecued...

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    Solar Insect Zapper

    17 months ago

    No longer must you put up with bugs and insects spoiling your outdoor fun! With a solar insect zapper, you can enjoy all of your outdoor time, from camping to barbecues to pool parties, without the annoying buzz and...

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    Square Sun Shades

    2 months ago

    These square sun shades are the perfect solution for lawn and patio shade. Now you can sit outside, without worrying about the damaging effects of the sun, while keeping cool and refreshed. Another name for shade sails...

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    Primitive Stars for Home Decor

    13 months ago

    There's something so appealing about a star on the wall of a building or inside a house. The star is a classic icon. It evokes memories of old farmhouses, rustic barns, 4th of July, Texas - the Lone Star State and other...

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    Clyde Martin - Photo Memories of My Dad

    4 months ago

    My father lived a long and productive life. He was 87 years old when his heart finally gave out while he was hospitalized for surgery on a bleeding ulcer. Recently the family gathered to celebrate his life. I'd like to...

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    Beach Carts for a Fun Day at the Ocean or Lake

    3 months ago

    It takes lots of gear to enjoy a comfortable day at the beach. Avoid repeated treks from your cottage or the parking lot with beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, towels, toys and other necessities for fun in the sun and...

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    Library Book Sale Tips

    7 weeks ago

    Over my 30 years of library work, I planned and worked at many book sales. It's a great fundraiser for a library. Usually the book sale is planned and put on by the Friends of the Library group. Their volunteers...

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    Vintage Soda Ads

    12 months ago

    I remember sipping orange pop at the corner gas station as a kid. We could choose from grape or strawberry or chocolate pop from the big red cooler filled with icy water. Ah, so cool and refreshing on a hot Kansas day. ...

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    Deluxe Greenhouses for the Yard

    4 months ago

    Glass greenhouses are the perfect solution for growing vegetables or flowers! These structures fit nicely in your yard for easy access, all the while adding beauty to it. You'll love the selection I've showcased here!...

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    Deluxe Outdoor Gazebos

    5 months ago

    A gazebo is a beautiful, luxurious option for outdoor seating and entertaining. You'll find a huge selection of gazebos featured here in a variety of colors, styles and prices! I see gazebos in public parks and always...

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    Deluxe Outdoor Fireplaces

    4 months ago

    Stay warm and cozy on a cool evening with one of these deluxe outdoor fireplaces. We spend a lot of time outside and don't want chilly weather to cut into our enjoyment of the season. These add style to any patio, deck...

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    Outdoor Spa Hot Tubs

    13 months ago

    Now you can relax in your own outdoor spa. Imagine the money you will save from not having to pay fees at a local spa or gym. Wouldn't it be great to enjoy the hot tub in the privacy of your own property. These deluxe...

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    Patio Party Tableware

    4 months ago

    When you entertain outdoors, you want durable tableware, cookware, serving items and more, and that's what you will find showcased here. You'll love this selection of deluxe outdoor tableware and accessories! Great for...

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    Outdoor Kitchens

    13 months ago

    You will be the talk of the neighborhood when you host your next outdoor party, and serve from your very own outdoor kitchen! Since we live in Florida, the weather lets us cook outside most of the winter. My husband is...

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    Outdoor Bars for the Deck or Patio

    8 weeks ago

    Make sure you get one of these fabulous outdoor bars before your next party or gathering! They are so convenient, and they'll help you to stay organized and focused on serving your guests. We have one that opens out and...

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    Outdoor Daybeds

    2 months ago

    These lovely outdoor daybeds will liven up any poolside or backyard patio! They are so attractive alone or with colorful throw pillows added. You're going to love relaxing in your backyard if you have one of these...

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    Best No-Fail Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

    8 months ago

    If the idea of making your own Strawberry Freezer Jam conjures up images of hours of hard, hot, labor-intensive work, you're not alone. But it actually only takes about 1/2 hour and it's the best half hour you'll ever...

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    Make a No-Sew Doll Sari

    5 months ago

    I want to make an Indian sari for my vintage Toni doll. Just like a little kid, I want instant gratification. I want a sari for her now. There is no pattern for me to cut out and I will use supplies that I already have...

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    Outdoor Storage Shed

    12 months ago

    If you take your lawn or garden seriously, you need the right equipment. If you have the right equipment, you need a great place to storage that equipment. As such, the perfect outdoor storage shed can make all the...

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    Get Organized with Rubbermaid Storage Sheds

    12 months ago

    The outdoor storage shed is, perhaps, one of the most important pieces of equipment for anyone that enjoys gardening or taking care of their lawn. I don't know about you, but I never seem to have enough storage in the...

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    Garden Gnomes With An Attitude

    3 months ago

    The garden gnomes you're about to see aren't your typical ones. Not by a long shot! The gnomes featured here belong to a select group which has an aggressive attitude and an utter disregard for civility and proper...

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    Librarian's Wedding Ideas

    14 months ago

    When my niece, a reference librarian, started planning her wedding, I could hardly wait to see what theme she chose. Knowing her love of books and reading, I knew she would work that in somehow. If you are planning a...

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    Women's Riding Boots

    8 months ago

    Are you looking for a good pair of riding boots for women? Women all over the world enjoy equestrian activities and having the right boots is important. Even non-riders like the looks of these boots. Women's riding...

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    Best Gift Ideas for Boys

    2 months ago

    Are you looking for the best gifts for a boy? Boys really are easy to buy gifts for as there are many great toys available that boys would like. Decide if you want to get a indoor toy or a great toy for a boy to play...

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    Collecting Vintage Glass: Jars

    15 months ago

    Collecting vintage glass doesn't need to be expensive. This page shows you where to find inexpensive vintage glass jars that don't cost the earth. Scroll through to find some examples and some helpful hints and tips on...

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    Collecting Vintage Glass Bottles

    11 months ago

    Milk bottles, medicine bottles, wine bottles... these are only a few of the vintage glass bottles that collectors look for. This page is here to help anyone who is starting a collection of glass bottles and for...

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    Everyone Needs a Garden Gnome

    3 months ago

    Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you have gnomes in your garden. They're only about 5 inches tall. And since they prefer to stay out of sight, it's easy enough for them to hop into a knothole in the tree or cover up...

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    Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden

    3 months ago

    Moss is an important foundation plant for your fairy garden yet most people don't pay it much attention. To most people, moss is just something that grows on the north side of trees, or coats the slimy edges of ponds...

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    Best Herbs For Fairy Gardens

    4 months ago

    Fairy gardens are miniature works of floral art that delight both you and your guests, the fairies. And, while having lots of colorful flowers in your miniature garden is a given, you also want to include plants that...

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    Fairy Gardens: The Best Groundcovers To Attract Fairies

    4 months ago

    The foundation of any garden starts with a good groundcover but it's even more important for Fairy Gardens. As the name implies, groundcover plants are typically low to the ground, making it easy for someone as small...

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    Fairy Gardens: Flowers To Attract Fairies

    4 months ago

    Every garden has fairies hiding in among the flowers. Maybe you haven't seen them but they're out there, lounging on soft pallets of moss or resting in the shade under your geraniums. You may only have two or three...

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    Fairy Garden Plants And Ideas

    2 months ago

    Designing the ideal Fairy Garden requires a little thought and some careful planning. After all, these are fairies we're talking about and they're such delightful little creatures you want to make sure you make them...

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    Decorate with Farmhouse Primitives

    3 months ago

    Looking for Farmhouse Primitives to complement your country home decor? You'll find many ideas on this page for decorating different rooms in your home. My dream is to someday own an old American farmhouse and fill it...

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    The Wooded Shade Garden - What to Grow

    5 months ago

    I delight in the huge trees that shade my yard in New Hampshire. It does make planting a bit tricky until you learn the right plants for a wooded area. Here are my recommendations after five years of shade gardening. ...

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    Bird Web Cam Sites

    6 months ago

    Bird watching is endlessly fascinating and now with web cams, one can follow the daily activity of bird without having to trek through marshes or being bitten by mosquitoes. Turn on your computer each day and follow...

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    Pickle Labels

    8 weeks ago

    My mom made many pickles over the years to feed our large family. I'm glad to see that pickling is still popular. There are even some quickie ways to make refrigerator pickles now. After you fix a batch of your special...

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    Patriotic Outdoor Holiday Decorations for the 4th of July Holiday

    13 months ago

    Decorate Your Yard for Memorial Day with these patriotic outdoor holiday decorations. With outdoor holiday decorations you can share your love of America with all who see your home. Make your yard the showplace for the...

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    Boost Garden Productivity With A Bee House

    4 months ago

    Your garden desperately needs bees and by adding a bee house, you can encourage them to hang around. To some, bees are just a nuisance. They buzz around in lazy circles all day long and when you make a move to sit down...

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    Fairy Mini Garden Furniture For Container Gardens

    2 months ago

    The thing about having fairies in your garden is, you never know how big they're going to be. Fairies range in size from just a couple of inches tall all the way up to the size of a full grown man. For larger fairies...

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    Key Hiders for the Garden

    4 months ago

    If you're still hiding your key under the Welcome Mat or the pot of dead petunias on the front stoop then you might as well just leave the front door open while you're away. You'll save everybody a lot of trouble. Too...

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    Every Garden Needs A Toad House

    4 months ago

    It's possible that you've never seen the Gnomes that live in your garden. And it's highly probably that you've never seen the Fairies that live in your garden, too, what with their special ability to make themselves...

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    Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village

    3 months ago

    Just like every garden has at least one Garden Gnome, all gardens also have quite a few Garden Fairies. It's difficult to meet your Garden Gnomes because they're only about 5 inches tall and it's easy for them to find...

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    Gnome Home Doors

    2 months ago

    Have you met the Gnomes who live in your garden? Don't pretend they're not out there because every garden has gnomes. It's where they live. Well, not all Gnomes live in gardens. Some live in the forest but both the...

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    Wheat Free Baking from WWI

    13 months ago

    During World War One, the United States asked the "patriotic women of America" to cut back on the use of wheat flour. Wheat was urgently needed to ship overseas for the troops and for starving civilians in...

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    Robert Newton Peck Talks about Writing

    14 months ago

    I just came from hearing Robert Newton Peck talk about writing. Wow, this was a surprise visit to our writing class in our Florida retirement community. What a privilege to hear one of the great children's and teen...

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