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Craft Recipes - Paper Mache Paste

Paper Mache Paste
1 cup water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups lightly boiling water
Mix flour into one cup water until mixture is thin and runny,
stir into boiling water.
Gently boil and stir for 3 minutes.
Cool before using. (Use with newspaper/newsprint strips for Paper mache)."

How to make your own Easter Egg Dye

Make your own - Egg Dye
1/4 tsp. food coloring
3/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp. vinegar

Measure liquids into a bowl. Separate into small bowls. Add food coloring to each mixture. Soak hard boiled eggs in dye.

How to remove chewing gum from clothes

The best way to remove chewing gum from fabric is to first put the clothes in the freezer for about an hour or more ... then snap it off or pry it off with the edge of a  knife

How to clean a mirror and make it shine!

To clean a mirror and make it shine ... CLEAN WITH SPRITE!

How to get rid of HICCUPS

Hiccups can be so annoying. ...
I never tried this standing up, I am usually sitting when I get the hiccups but this is what you can try.

Relax your torso or slump ... then pretend or imagine that you are breathing or pushing your breath gently into your stomach! Your hiccups should be gone now!

How do you get pure clear ICE

To get lovely pure clear ICE - Boil the water first before freezing.

Ants Problem: Ants hate cucumbers.

Ants Problem:
Ants hate cucumbers.
Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI ), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake. 
I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years, and have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters. 

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene -- unnecessary. 
Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them - NOT under them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building
1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.
2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it. 

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs. 

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake. 

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair. 

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed! 

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency' (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged. 

8) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked. 

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them. 

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper. 
Spread the word and save someone's life... 

The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared! 
'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly' 
In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover. 
There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.

Make your own Pasta Dye

Make Your Own Pasta Dye
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
Food coloring

Mix alcohol and food coloring in bowl. Add small amounts of any type of pasta to liquid and gently stir. Dry on newspapers covered with wax paper. Do not allow children to eat pasta or drink alcohol.

Make Your Own Library Paste

Make Your Own Library Paste
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. alum
4 cups water
Oil of cloves

Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook until clear nd thick. Add 30 drops of Oil of cloves and store covered.

Craft Recipes - Make Your Own Homemade Paste

Homemade Paste
1/2 cup flour
Cold water

Add cold water to 1/2 cup flour until a thick cream forms. Simmer on stove for 5 minutes. Add food coloring or flavoring if desired. Wet messy paint that takes a while to dry.

Craft Recipes - Make Your Own Glue

3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water

Mix water, syrup and vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.

Craft Recipes - Modeling Clay

Modeling Clay
2 cups salt
2/3 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water (cold)

Stir salt and water over heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and cold water. Mix until smooth, return to heat and cook until thick. Cool before using. Store in plastic bag.

Make Your Own Cookie Clay - How Did You Do That?

Cookie Clay
2 cups salt
2/3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

Mix salt with water in saucepan. Stir and boil. Add cornstarch and cold water. Keep heating if it does not get thick. Roll out dough on board floured with cornstarch. Dry and decorate ornaments.

YOu can use this clay to make Christmas Ornaments, Pendants for handmade necklaces, clay beads and more ...

Buying and Collection Autographs - How did you do that?

Buying and Collection Autographs ...

Question: What advantages does autograph collecting offer as compared to other collectibles?
Answer: Autographs are often called frozen moments in time.Autograph collectors are curators of history. The most personal item that a person can give is his or her signature. Anything that can be signed can be considered collectible. Letters, photographs, documents, memorabilia, books, etc. Not many objects give a collector the opportunity to own a unique or one-of-a-kind item that is actually part of a person who is known by millions of people. That is the main reason why autograph collecting has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in recent years.

Question: What should I consider when collecting autographs?
Answer: Collect autographs that interest you. Dont ever buy an autograph just because it is promoted as an investments or sold under pressure sales tatics. Study the language of autograph collecting. The more you learn, the easier it will be for you to decide which items are genuine and which itemsare not. Use common sense when buying a signed piece. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Buying from reputable dealers, who will help you avoid risks and problems, is most important. Many dealers offer a certificate of authenticity, which is only as good as the reputation of the dealer. If the dealer cannot tell you when and where the item was signed or how it was aquired, go to someone else..

Question: There are many pre-printed autographed photos on eBay. What are these and do they have any value?
Answer: These are usually printed copies of actual signed photos. With today's technology, sellers can easily copy an authentic item with great detail and sell at a drastically reduced price. Beginner collectors or those on a limited budget are usually the target of these sellers. Unfortunately, many buyers are unmindful that the item is a copy because of a very vague description. It is recommend that you avoid these pre-printed copies and be extremely careful when buying autographs online.

Question: What is a COA? Must I have a COA with an autograph I purchase?
Answer: COA is an abbreviation for Certificate of authenticity. Many collectors ask for a COA before they purchase an autograph. But, nevertheless, a COA is just a piece of paper that is only as good as the trust of the buyer and thepromised word of the seller. Always make sure you are buying from someone who knows how and where the signature was obtained and will guarantee the item to your satisfaction.

How to make a bead necklace for boys.

Today I am making little necklaces for Operation Christmas Child. They are being made with pony beads, handmade beads, donated beads and donated string. They are going to cost me (personally) around 10 cents each to make. ... Cool huh! ... Today I am concentrating on making ones suitable for little boys. The boys don't get as much stuff donated as the girls. I try to make them all different. Above is a picture of one of them. You can use up all the extra brown and black beads you have when making for boys.

Layout the beads in the order you want them. Measure a piece of string about 1 metre (or 40 inches) long. Tie a knot near the very end (one end only). Then tie another knot about 23 cm (9 inches) from that. Start stringing the beads as you had them laid out. Tie knots after each group of beads if you want spaces in the design (like the one above). I like the spaces because I think they make the necklace look more interesting. Then finally, repeat the knotting at the end, to match the beginning, and cut off any excess string.

Designing Scrapbook Pages - How Did You Do That?

Layout page using one pre-printed page, some seamless borders and printable letters.

You can create this page quite easily by using some background prints, for the background as well as for the picture frames.  Add some hears and seamless borders.  The banner at the top could be made with torn paper or the edges coule be carefully burnt using a candle.

Click on the images to download full size

Hand Made Candy Beads

These are the latest beads I have been making. They look like candy don't they! They were fun to make. I won't tell you how I made them because you might put me out of business. Some of you clever ones out there could probably work it out yourself, or then again, you may already be making far prettier ones.

I also badly need to improve my photography skills.

Take a minute to read through these ... some very cool facts.

Take a minute to read through these ... some very cool facts ...

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

*The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea, off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next
eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water
in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches.
Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.),
Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

* Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M - 1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited
city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de
Porciuncula--and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang _expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time- The Big Apple. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jewish people in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28.
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio; every one is man made.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4.53 sq. km.

The first city to reach a population of one million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

* The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001, has a population of eighty, twenty less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%,

in Canada: 75%.

The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips and in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

And that's about all you need to learn for today !!


Write it on the back of your envelopes! .


You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices in Texas have
been forced to take down small posters that say "IN GOD WE TRUST,"
The law, they say, is being violated.

Anyway, we heard proposed on a radio station show, that we should all
write "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the back of all our mail. After all, that's our
National Motto, and it's on all the money we use to buy those stamps. We
think it's a wonderful idea.

We must take back our nation from all the people who think that anything
that offends them should be removed.

! If you like this idea, please pass it on and DO IT. The idea of writing
or stamping "! IN GOD WE TRUST" on our envelopes sounds good to us. WE'RE

It's been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, we
have a very hard time understanding why there's such a mess about having "In
God We Trust! "on our money and having God in the pledge of Allegiance.
Could it be that WE just need to take action and tell the 14% to "sit down
and shut up"?

If you agree, pass this on.

Special Diet to help WOMEN cope with the stress that builds during the day

This is a specially formulated diet designed to help WOMEN cope with the stress that builds during the day

1 Grapefruit
1 slice whole-wheat toast
1 cup skim milk

1 small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Tim Tam

The rest of the Tim Tams from the packet
1 tub of Gino Ginelli ice cream with chocolate topping

4 bottles of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family size Supreme pizza
3 snickers bars

1 whole Woolworth's cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)
REMEMBER : "stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts"

Send this to four women and you will lose two kilograms
Send this to all the women you know (or ever knew) and you will lose 10 kgs
IF you delete this message you will gain 10 kgs
Here's some advice for you: Dr. Neil proclaimed the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.
So I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn't finished; and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonay , a bole of Baileys, a butle of Kehuha, a pockage of Tim Toms , tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke, some saltins an a bax a cholates.

Yu haf no idr who gud I fel.

*Peas sen dis orn to dem yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece (p.s.) I do not drink

Stacking Ice Cube Trays - How Did You Do That?

Do you have trouble stacking your ice cube trays?  The trick is to buy two completely different types so that the holes do not line up with each other.  Then alternate the trays one on top the other.

In an embergency, if you only have matching trays, stack them each at a slightly different angle ... similar to the photo so they don't sit in each other.

Fw: can you read this

Don't even think about using spell-check!!!!!!!!

Fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it.


PARENT - Job Description - Read it carefully and think twice.

To those who are parents, you have no choice now whatever you like the position or not. To those who are going to be parent. Read it carefully and think twice.

PARENT - Job Description
This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, none of us would have done it!!!!
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa
Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.00. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 kph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organise social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
Forward this on to all the parents you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do... or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the Job.

How great our parents are!!!



1. Open a new file in your PC.

2. Name it "Housework."

3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN

4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN

5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?"

6. Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly....

7. Feel better?

How to cut your bead sticks into same size pieces every time.

You can make a simple tool that will help you cut your bead stick into pieces of the same size each time.
First you will need a small scrap of timber about 8 inches long, and another small block of mdf to act as a jam or to rest your bead stick against. If you do not have any MDF handy, you could use a domino, or even a piece of tough cardboard. The diagram shows the jam attached with 2 screws, but you could use nails or thumb tacks.
Once you have the block made, draw lines as shown in the diagram to represent the cuts you may want to make depending on what sizes of beads you like.
Then simply place the bead stick against the jam, and keeping your razor blade vertical cut the bead stick on the line. Sometimes I find it better to stand when doing this so I can view the position of the blade from above to make sure it is positioned at the correct angle before I make my cut.
Using a very sharp blade is important to getting a nice clean cut. When it starts getting difficult to make a clean cut, I switch to a new blade.

Remember, this is just a diagram ... so it looks very neat. Yours does not have to look like this to work. It can be rough and crude ... it will work just as well.

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter
'What are you doing?' She asked.
'Hunting Flies' He responded.
'Oh. ! Killing any?' She asked.
'Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,' he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. 'How can you tell them apart?'

He responded,
'3 were on a beer can,
2 were on the phone.'