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On this blessed day, I give thanks for your trust and confidence in me!   Wishing you and your family a cozy, memorable and fun filled time together.   Sincerely,   Shawn.Luo, PH.D. Cell: (408) 329-3793 Office:(408)900-8013 Fax: (408) 409-2523 Email: shawn.luoca@gmail.com  Website: www.AEZRealty.com AEZ Realty; AEZ Investment 1298 Kifer Rd, #505, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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On this blessed day, I give thanks for your trust and confidence in me! Wishing you and your family a cozy, memorable and fun filled time together. Sincerely, Shawn.Luo, PH.D. Cell: (408) 329-3793 Office:(408)900-8013 Fax: (408) 409-2523 Email: shawn.luoca@gmail.com Website: www.AEZRealty.com AEZ Realty; AEZ Investment 1298 Kifer Rd, #505, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

How to Dye Wool with Beets

How to Dye Wool with Beets - Great Recession Living

When it comes to plants, beetroot is a vegetable with color to spare. Here is my method that allows you to not only dye with your beets, but eat them too. Note: Following this method will result in a pinkish-red color. Do not use a cotton project for this, since cotton does not hold pigment …

Painted Skull and Ghost Gourds
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Painted Skull and Ghost Gourds - Great Recession Living

Here is a quick and easy Halloween craft that will last for years to come. These cute little skulls and ghosts only require dried gourds, a bit of paint, and a little wire to hang. Materials: Gourds: I used five for my project, but you can use as many or as few as you want …

DIY Bird Feeder Post

DIY Bird Feeder Post - Great Recession Living

Are you tired of raccoons bending your store-bought shepherd hooks in half? Here are easy instructions for building your own that can survive just about anything nature can throw at it. Materials: 1 6’ tall 4×4” cedar post 1 4×4” fence post anchor 1 pint exterior paint 4 metal basket hooks (or number desired) Good-quality …

DIY Bird Perch

DIY Bird Perch - Great Recession Living

My mother recently got a bird and started to pamper it immediately. She went to get a bird perch from a local pet store, but they were expensive. Below, we show you how to make your very own bird perch with a square wood base and sticks that you can find outside. Tools Drill Saw …

Trashbag Phantom

Trashbag Phantom - Great Recession Living

Here’s a very fast and inexpensive Halloween decoration that you can hang from a tree. Materials: Mask (Preferably a cheap plastic one that’s held onto the head with a single elastic strap) 1 Large Black Garbage Bag (The bigger the better) Stapler with Staples Wire and Pliers, Needle and Black Thread, or Superglue Scissors Instructions: …

Thanksgiving Cornucopia
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Thanksgiving Cornucopia - Great Recession Living

The Cornucopia, or The Horn of Plenty, was adopted from Greek mythology for British harvest festivals and, later, our own Thanksgiving. To build your own ancient symbol of abundance, follow our simple instructions. Materials: Wicker Cornucopia (You will probably need to order this online, as many stores do not carry these) Fruit (Either real or …

Last Minute Halloween Decoration:  Skull Luminaries

Last Minute Halloween Decoration:  Skull Luminaries - Great Recession Living

Here’s a craft you can put together in only a few minutes that will add a little extra light to your display. Materials: Hollow Plastic Skulls Battery-Operated Tealights Drill Tape or Hot Glue Instructions: Make sure that your skulls have a hole in the base large enough to fit the tea light flame through. If …

Easy Halloween Scarecrow
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Easy Halloween Scarecrow - Great Recession Living

I’ve always wanted one of those life-sized monster figures. Unfortunately, those things usually cost a ridiculous amount of money. This year, Adam and I have built our own monster for a fraction of the cost. Materials: 1 2×4” Piece of Framing Lumber 1 1×3” Piece of Framing Lumber Old Clothing (A long dress or nightgown …

Simple Tulle Ghost

Simple Tulle Ghost - Great Recession Living

Here’s a simple Halloween decoration that anyone can put together in an afternoon. This project is so cheap and easy, you can probably do several in a weekend for a thoroughly haunted yard. Materials: 3 Yards Tulle (The Cheapest Available) Plastic Skull Needle White Thread Electric Drill (Or Other Boring Tool) Instructions: First, fold the …

Make your Own Severed Heads
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Make your Own Severed Heads - Great Recession Living

In many cultures across the globe, headhunting has been a well-loved tradition. The following instructions make heads similar to those collected by my Celtic ancestors, but you can easily adapt them to look like the heads your ancestors collected as well. Materials: Styrofoam Heads Acrylic Craft Paint (Especially skin tones, red, black, and white) Large …

Basic Winter Survival Scarf
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Basic Winter Survival Scarf - Great Recession Living

If you live in a cold climate like Wisconsin, it’s time to bring out your warmest clothes. If you’ve never knitted before, this basic scarf is a good place to start. Materials: Thick/ Bulky Yarn (I used Lionbrand’s Homespun yarn in “Regency”) Large Needles (I used size 10. Your needle size will depend on your …

Halloween Fortune Cake
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Halloween Fortune Cake - Great Recession Living

In its original incarnation, the Halloween Fortune Cake was a bread where a single burnt piece was used to select that year’s human sacrifice. In this more civilized time, it is a simple layer cake containing objects that signify love, fortune, and hardship. We at Great Recession Living recommend using the newer version for your …

Four Seasons Garden Bench

Four Seasons Garden Bench - Great Recession Living

After you’ve finished building our DIY Garden Bench, you’ll need to weather-proof it. This painted design not only preserves the wood and keeps out the elements, it also brightens up the garden and never looks out of season! Winter is represented twice on our bench because we live in Wisconsin. Materials: Weatherproof paint. We bought …

Wooden Plank Tombstone

Wooden Plank Tombstone - Great Recession Living

If you have spare wood lying around, you can make this quick and easy Halloween decoration with a few simple cuts and a bit of paint. Even better, make several tombstones with different designs to decorate your whole lawn! Materials: 1 2×8 Plank White Paint Rated for Outdoor Use 2 Tubes Pale Grey Acrylic Paint …

Peanut Butter Chicken

Peanut Butter Chicken - Great Recession Living

There are several Chinese buffets in the area that have a peanut butter chicken dish that is hard to find elsewhere. There are no carry out or dine in places that have it on the menu, and the recipes I find online don’t taste similar and usually have complicated instructions. Below is the quick, easy …