HTC Around the house* When making outdoor holiday...


December 04, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

HTC Around the house

* When making outdoor holiday decorations using fruit, dip apples, pears and citrus into acrylic floor wax. Let dry. This will protect fruit from deterioration. DO NOT EAT.

* Use metal cans as cookie cutters. Remove both ends to avoid creating a vacuum. Tomato paste cans are good for smaller cookies like peanut butter; vegetable cans are the right size for sugar cookies.

* Make holiday evergreen or floral arrangements. Work in front of a mirror for symmetrical balance. A piece of plastic foam can hold the stems in place.

* Light candles with a piece of spaghetti. The length of the noodle will keep you from burning your fingers and will allow you to reach into the holders when the candle has burned down.

* Fold freshly laundered lace tablecloth in half while still wet. Hang over a clean shower curtain rod. Pull and straighten to the desired shape and let air dry. This will prevent shrinkage from a hot dryer and will minimize ironing.

* Remove tea and coffee stains from tablecloths. Rinse cloth with cold water and rub salt into the stain until it disappears. Rinse and dry.

In the garden

* Keep blooming gift plants such as poinsettias away from sunlight, heat ducts and drafts. Remove foil covering from pot and place plant on a gravel-filled saucer to allow adequate drainage. Water when soil is dry to the touch.

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