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A yarn-bombed chair, just for fun

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 31, 2013
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I love creative readers.

Goodyear Heights resident Sharon Connor read my recent article on yarn bombing and sent along a picture of a chair she’d bombed with pieces crocheted by her and knitted by her daughter, Adrienne Arrington.

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Wild and weird

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 30, 2013
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The botanical world can be a weird place.

Flowers that look like brains. Fungi that appear to bleed. Plants that eat insects. 

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Fall leaves make chic decor

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 29, 2013
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I remember pressing leaves as a kid, but the results weren’t anywhere near as stylish as these framed leaves.

Best of all, they’re an easy do-it-yourself project.

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It's a good time for lawn chores

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 24, 2013

Just because you’re mowing less often doesn’t mean you can ignore your lawn in fall.

A few lawn maintenance chores performed now will help your grass survive the winter and rebound in spring, the turfgrass experts at Ohio State University say in the latest issue of the Buckeye Yard & Garden Line.

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Radon test recommended every two years

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 23, 2013

Radon isn’t just an issue to think about when you’re buying or selling a house. It’s a potential health hazard that merits periodic monitoring, health officials say.

This is National Radon Action Week, an occasion meant to raise awareness about the need to test homes for radon and possibly take steps to reduce the danger.

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It doesn't take much scratch to make this claw mask

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 21, 2013
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On the prowl for a creepy Halloween costume?

Check out this claw mask from CraftStylish contributor Jeffery Rudell.

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Home websites giving away $100,000

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 18, 2013

Another contest to check out:

The websites DIYNetwork.com, HGTV.com and HGTVRemodels.com are giving away $100,000 in cash to make the winner's remodeling dreams come true.

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Cleveland-area contest to give away kitchen renovation

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 16, 2013

Someone in Northeast Ohio is going to win a $50,000 kitchen renovation from countertop maker Firenza Stone.

The Willoughby company, which fabricates and installs granite, marble and engineered stone, is sponsoring a Fall Kitchen Frenzy Contest open to residents of the Cleveland area.

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Grown-up themes for Halloween

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 14, 2013

Jack-o’-lanterns and cheesecloth ghosts are fine for decorating kids’ Halloween parties, but what about an adult bash?

Sara McLean of Dunn-Edwards Paints suggests these grown-up themes for Halloween:

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Wall-mounted timer switch operates lights automatically

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 13, 2013
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One of my projects this weekend was installing a wall-mounted timer switch for my front-porch lights.

I think it’s a pretty cool little gadget.

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How to clean, sharpen and store garden tools

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 10, 2013

True confession time: I am really, really lax about caring for my garden tools, and I’ve wasted more than a few dollars because of it.

Thankfully Kathy Jentz is more conscientious than I am.

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The Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog is here

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 8, 2013
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You can start your holiday shopping now. The 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog has arrived.

Here are the fantasy gifts you can implore Santa Baby for this year:

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Fall is a good time to start a compost pile

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 7, 2013

Thinking of starting a compost pile? Fall’s a great time.

That’s because the “brown” material that makes up the bulk of a good compost pile is abundant this time of year.

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Invasion of the stink bugs

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 3, 2013
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A couple of these creepy critters were crawling on the outside of one of my window screens a couple of days ago.

Probably you've seen them around your house, too.

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Dress up your doorway with a pumpkin totem pole

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 2, 2013
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The makers of Krylon paints sent these instructions for a pumpkin totem pole to dress up your front door during the spooky season. It was designed by Roxi Phillips of Drummonds, Tenn.

Allow about three hours to make the decoration, plus drying time.

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Don't rake those leaves!

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 1, 2013
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If this picture makes you think of work, think again.

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