Remove Rust from the Shower

Easy Way to Remove Rust Stains from the Shower by Crafty Journal.

By Noreen Doll. This morning I noticed rust stains on a shelf in the shower, left by a metal can of shaving gel that had been sitting in water. I decided to try my usual cleaner, and it worked quickly and easily. I sprinkled some baking soda on the rust stain and then added a […]

How to Remove Furniture Dents from Carpet

Remove Furniture Dents from Carpet by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Recently I decided to move a heavy bookcase from where it had been sitting for several years. Once the bookcase was gone, there remained a deep imprint in the flattened carpet fibers where the bottom edges of the bookcase had been sitting. I had read about using ice cubes to rejuvenate dents […]

How to Fix a Rusted Paper Punch

Crafty Journal - How to Fix a Rusted Paper Punch

By Noreen Doll. I came across an old paper punch that had belonged to my folks. It had been around for quite a while, and because it was old, it was a very well made tool. But, unfortunately, it had rusted some on the inside, and when I squeezed it shut it stayed that way. […]

How to Prevent Cord Ends from Fraying While You Work

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

By Noreen Doll. Do you ever try to thread ribbon or twine through a punched hole only to have the end fray and spread in all directions? One clever remedy I’ve discovered is to put a drop or two of white glue on my finger tip and then stick the end of the twine in […]

Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips

Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Here’s an easy way to hide paint drips when you’re painting. Our kitchen / dining room has a lot of brown trim in it, including a chair rail that goes around the dining room walls. Recently we painted the ceiling and walls, and while doing the ceiling, several drops of paint dripped […]

Remove Dried Paint Splotches Easily and Cheaply

Remove Dried Paint Splotches - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. While painting recently, we managed to have dried paint splotches on the vinyl floor. Because the vinyl is textured, removing the paint splotches presented a problem. It couldn’t just be scraped off because the vinyl wasn’t a flat surface – it had tiny ridges. We tried various things, and then discovered that […]

Cheap Laminating


By Noreen Doll. You can use packaging tape for cheap laminating if you don’t have – and don’t want to buy – a laminating machine. I make sure the tape I laminate with is completely clear. One thing it is really nice for is preserving recipe cards. I have a few old recipe cards written […]

Make Sandpaper Last Longer


By Noreen Doll. Use packing tape to make sandpaper last longer. Whenever I would sand a project, it seemed like the paper always tore and became useless long before the grit had been used up. It was very frustrating. One day, after cutting a sheet of sandpaper to the size I needed, I grabbed a […]

How to Remove Permanent Ink from a Project


by Noreen Doll. I love to use Sharpies for my craft projects! They have such bright colors and are so easy to use – much easier than a brush. They come with fat, medium or fine tips, so you can find the perfect size for your project. Sometimes, however, when I am deep into a […]

Crafting Mistake


© by Noreen Doll. What do you do when you make a crafting mistake? Throw the whole project away? Try to fix it or erase it? Change it into something new? Or just finish it in a whole new way? Today I was making gift bags. I made the initial one last night but didn’t […]

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