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Fix-It Friday: Basic Tips for Growing Healthy, Beautiful Roses

Safely after frosts (for most of us), and early enough to enjoy blooms all spring and summer, now is a perfect time of year to bring "May Flowers" into your yards! For this Fix-it Friday I’m focusing on the most illustrious flower of them all... the rose. There are literally dozens of rose types. Things to consider when choosing your rose: color, climber or not, size and type of bloom ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Hey, UP YOURS… Your Recyclables That Is!

With it being Earth Day, I'm devoting today's column to upcycling... a fun and creative way to repurpose and refurbish trash bound or found objects (objet trouvé). It’s a trendy phrase in the DIY realm these days, but in the garbage world, the term popped-up back in the 90’s to describe converting old product into something of better use, quality, or environmental value. It’s the opposite of downcycling ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Bonding Moment… Norma’s Go-To Epoxy For A Cracked Or Broken Whatever

There are certain products I come across that I just can't rave enough about. J-B Weld is one of them. I discovered it while researching an adhesive/epoxy that could withstand HEAT. I needed something to repair our cherished backyard clay chimenea that was beginning to crack in a few places. J-B Weld fixed it! We've been ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Say Hello To My Little Friend… The Bitchin’ Basin Wrench

At some point, most homes will experience a loose faucet, especially in the kitchen where handle grabbing and sprayer yanking are a given. Not only annoying, a loose faucet allows splashed water to drip through the sink deck and down into your cabinet, eventually warping wood, and causing mildew. Over at my girlfriend Deb’s house, I noticed her kitchen faucet ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Stock A Toolbox

I approach buying tools with passion and savvy - much the way I shoe shop. My mantra guiding me through the tool corral is you get what you pay for. Your initial thought may be, “Hey, I only need this tool (shoe) for one project (party), so why spend a lot?” The truth is, projects always come up (as do social functions) and a high quality tool (shoe) will go the distance (dance floor). Cheap tools just ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Use Eggshells In 6 Unexpectedly Egg-cellent Ways

With Easter and Passover upon us, 'tis the season for all sorts of egg related symbolism and activities - hard-boiling, coloring, decorating, hiding, hunting, basket filling, devil-ing (my Aunt Rose’s deviled eggs are our holiday favorite!). An egg-stravaganza of eggs! But did you know that eggshells are A LOT more than they’re cracked up to be? ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 8 Surprising Household Uses For Lemons

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, add tequila, or make limoncello! Yes, make lemonade too (yawn) but did you know lemons and lemon juice can be used around the house as an all natural and inexpensive polish, cleanser, and deodorizer? Plus its citric acid is anti-bacterial. Put that in your margarita glass and drink it! Here’s my lovely list of 8 surprising household uses for ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday (The Feline Edition): 5 Must-Haves For A Fun & Frisky DIY Cat Run

I want to turn my balcony into a really great cat run without spending a lot of money. I already have the netting to prevent birds from getting in and cats from getting out. Putting that up is going to be easy, but now what? What are some good ideas for a fun cat run? - WYSK Reader Nurcan Catan NV: Hi Nurcan! As a proud cat mommy, while I’ve never built a cat run for Dexter ... [Read More]

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