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  • Bored with your bedroom?

    A SPLASH OF PAINT and a lick of new linens can revitalize a room quickly
    Bored with your bedroom?

    If you're getting bored with the look of a room, it's probably been far too long since it's been redone. The master bedroom is your oasis from the hectic day-to-day life and should be your No. 1 priority.Luckily, bedrooms can be a fairly easy room to update. You can do . . .

    September 5, 2015

  • Spotted TERROR

    Tiny fly wreaks havoc on North American fruit
    Spotted TERROR

    Growing a mix of small fruits in the garden alongside flowering plants infuses it with colour, flavour and diversity. Manitoba's legendary climate with its long, cold winters and hot, dry summers, as well as rich, clay soil has proven ideal for growing a wide range of fruits including apples, grapes, . . .

    August 29, 2015

  • Leaking and heat loss should be considered when installing skylight

    Leaking and heat loss should be considered when installing skylight

    If you're replacing a roof or building a new addition to your home, perhaps you should think twice about installing skylights and other natural light fixtures to brighten a dreary room.There are two basic designs: the window-type with an optional wand or electric opener and the dome-style that allows natural . . .

    August 29, 2015

  • Early control key to healthy pines

    Early control key to healthy pines

    Coniferous trees are very popular trees because they do not lose their needles so easily and provide colour to the land all year round. In southern Manitoba communities, spruces dominate the evergreen trees. For most areas of the northern Interlake and boreal regions, Jack pine is the native pine that . . .

    August 29, 2015

  • Sealing unused chimney need not be a complicated task

    Sealing unused chimney need not be a complicated task

    Question: I'm looking for advice on how to cap off an unused chimney. Last season I replaced my extremely old oil furnace with a high-efficiency propane furnace. The oil furnace used the chimney to exhaust its combustion gases. It is obviously not in use anymore, as my new high- efficiency . . .

    August 29, 2015

  • Cosy decor ideas to warm up your winter

    Cosy decor ideas to warm up your winter

    Just like you would change your wardrobe for the upcoming fall/winter season, so too can you change your decor so it will comfortably and beautifully reflect the current season.Winter is a ways away but it is coming. Plan now for decor changes that will get you through the cold months . . .

    August 29, 2015

  • Memory lanes

    Tips on creating the perfect pathway / G10
    Memory lanes

    Exposed to time and the elements as well as frequent foot traffic, a worn brick or stone pathway as it winds its way to a quaint manor or cottage garden, often serves as the enchanting prelude to the visitor experience.Any design of garden pathway, curved or linear, that utilizes reclaimed . . .

    August 22, 2015

  • Egg white works best to stick sugar to cookies

    QUESTION: Can you tell me how to decorate cookies with sugar so the sugar sticks to the icing instead of falling onto the baking sheet? Sincerely, Lawrence, GrunthalANSWER: Paint your cookies with one egg white combined with 1/4 teaspoon water. Egg white is like glue on cookies and will hold . . .

    August 22, 2015

  • Winnipeg's high-risk rating matter of perspective

    Winnipeg's high-risk rating matter of perspective

    The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its latest version of the Housing Price and Assessment report last week. This report looks at 15 Canadian urban centres and grades them according to what they consider to be four important risk factors.These factors are: overheating of housing where demand significantly outpaces . . .

    August 22, 2015

  • Dip pinecones in leftover candle wax for a fragrant gift

    Dip pinecones in leftover candle wax for a fragrant gift

    Question: I was wondering if you have any suggestions on what to do with the leftover candle wax once the wick has burnt all the way down. I buy a lot of jar candles, pillar candles and mini candles as I enjoy using them. However, I always find there is . . .

    August 15, 2015