No Sew Fleece Blankets

Written by Loretta Oliver

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In just an hour or two you have made a great, warm, cuddly blanket! :)

To make a pillow, cut a piece of fabric 15-18 inches square (15 for a 10 inch pillow and 18 for a 12 inch pillow) make it just likerepparttar blanket, except after you've done 3 and a half sides sliderepparttar 116239 pillow form in and then finishrepparttar 116240 4th edge off.

Blankets can be made ANY size ~ just purchaserepparttar 116241 appropriate amount of fleece for your needs. Blankets can also be made with ONE piece of fleece instead of two for a slightly lighter weight blanket, just be sure to buy double sided fleece with a reversible pattern and followrepparttar 116242 same directions as above only using one piece of fabric.

Now, get cuddly onrepparttar 116243 sofa and enjoy your new blanket :)

Loretta Oliver

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Tips for Collecting Silver

Written by Kathleen Sullivan

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Authenticity. Some collectors frown upon pieces that have been updated, such as replaced knife blades. Silverplated blades are often found with wear. They can easily be replaced on hollow handle knives and some prefer to have them replaced with stainless steel blades. However, stainless steel was not introduced untilrepparttar early 1920s. This is one of those areas which is a matter of personal collecting preference.

Repair. Dents, disposal or other damage can be repaired by a silversmith. Pieces can also be replated. The cost is prohibitive for easily-found pieces but is worthwhile and economically feasible forrepparttar 116238 rare pieces.

Modified Items. Be aware that these exist and learn how to determine if a piece has been modified from its original state. Common flatware pieces are sometimes altered to make them appear to be rare or more valuable pieces. For example, spoons are sometimes cut to resemble ice cream forks. A sugar spoon may have been pierced to resemble a sugar sifter. Avoid purchasing modified pieces for your collection.

Forgeries. New forgeries in popular and rare patterns appear regularly for sale onrepparttar 116239 internet. In particular, salt spoons and rare pieces such as asparagus servers. Many of these pieces have no maker's marks and some have been recently reproduced. Further, forged maker's marks in silver have appeared for hundreds of years. The age of a piece does not necessarily indicate it's authenticity.

Educate Yourself. Many good silver books are available inrepparttar 116240 collecting section of your local book store or library.

Kathleen Sullivan, owner of Bay-dreamer's Antique Silver Chest at specializes in sterling silver and silverplate replacement flatware, with a focus on obsolete serving pieces.

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