Welcome to the knitty gritty world of a fiber toy artist

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Imagine a world where nearly everything has eyes and is made of wool. For some, this could be frightening, but for Anna Hrachovec, this is Mochimochi Land, a world where her cute and squishy knitted toys - including gnomes battling snowmen, whimsical bathtubs and narwhals with faces - all exist.

Living Smart: What to know before you have a plumbing emergency

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Plumbing has always been one of the most frequently searched categories on Angie's List. Naturally, if the sink is stopped up or the commode's kaput, you want it fixed, and fast.

Diggin' In: Fall is a good time to give your lawn some TLC

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

If your cool-season lawn needs a little TLC or a total redo, fall is the time to do it.

On Gardening: Christmas Senna a glorious gift of the season

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Just about the time you least expect it the Christmasbush erupts into a yellow explosion of bloom with such staggering beauty it stuns all who see it. After all this is a color in the spring or summer and surely not expected from mid-October through November and December.

Your Place: Tips to reduce the risk of house fires

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

October is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, "Your Place" offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches):

A John Fluke gem: Designed by a genius, a dated house finds its soul again

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

SEATTLE - It was the view that drew John and Elizabeth Morse to the house. But it was a Fluke that they bought it.

Houses for Heroes: Vets grateful for donated homes

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - Retired Army Specialist Joel Sigfrid humbly took the keys to his split-level home recently week surrounded by family and friends. Wells Fargo donated the bank-owned home to the nonprofit Military Warriors Support Foundation, which will eventually deed it to Sigfrid. It's the 160th home that Wells Fargo has donated to help veterans and the fifth one in Minnesota.

Fancy frights: Disney Mansion goes to spooky extremes in Halloween decorating

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - No one around here decorates a house for Halloween quite like the creative minds behind the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland. It has been 14 years since the seasonal "Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed overlay was launched at the classic Haunted Mansion, and the ghoulish meets quirky meets elegant design continues to evolve as the designers tweak or add new features for a three-month run.

Tips for harvesting pumpkins, squash

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Got pumpkins? Harvest time is here for that annual Halloween staple as well as other hard-skinned winter squash.

Gardener: Lessons from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

After five years of traveling the country for the television show I currently host and produce, ("Growing a Greener World" on national public television), we have been to some incredible and beautiful places. One that continues to hold a spot on my list of favorites is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Va.

Yardsmart: Organic fall decor

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Repurpose, recycle, reuse, is the mantra of today's decor. When you decorate for autumn with organic elements that can later be repurposed, you get double the value. All over America it's the season of gourds and Indian corn, both highly useful raw materials that can yield art projects and seed for next year's garden. The key is knowing what to buy now and how to exploit the second harvest next year.

Treasures: Cobalt blue box is elegant, but not an example of Boch Freres' finest work

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Hobbies: Feather gift box wraps things up elegantly

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Scrapbook paper is great for scrapbooking, of course, but it can also be used for so many other projects. This project was inspired by my good friend, Brenda Walton. She is always bringing me delightful gifts that are wrapped to perfection - the wrapping is just as pretty as the gift itself. Scrapbooking paper remnants and little embellishments go a long way in creating a lovely little gift box that will take your gift giving to a new level.

Home Fix: Frozen kitchen faucet needs to be replaced

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Q: I have noticed that the faucet for my kitchen sink is hard to turn from one sink to the other. It has become so hard to move it that I'm afraid it will break. Do I have to buy a new faucet or can this be repaired?

Style at Home: 5 tricks for decorating with brown

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, the color brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? I digress. Here are my favorite ways to work this dramatic but undemanding neutral into your home decor.

Design Recipes: Tips for creating a soothing bedroom

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

When it comes to creating the perfect decor for your bedroom, it doesn't have to be about spending lots of money. Instead, aim to create a soothing and calming atmosphere that reflects your personality and creates the ideal oasis.

Cottage garden has a lot of fall color � real and created

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Gina Socha gets her yard decorating ideas wherever she can find them. Area garden shops, other people's gardens or any magazine "I can get my hands on."

Ask Angie: A whole-house fan may be a good idea

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Dear Angie: Are whole-house fans a good option in humid climates? I bought a home with a fan that was disconnected when A/C was installed. Would it be worthwhile to reconnect and use it during the humid summers where I live?

Inviting the natives

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The typical American home landscape is 80 percent Asian plants. Most are beautiful, and some provide shade, shelter and maybe a little nectar and pollen. But otherwise, they have little to offer indigenous insects, birds, and other wildlife in the local ecosystem.

Plumber: Add a little technology to your kitchen sink

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Q: Ed, I'm planning to replace my old kitchen faucet and since the new faucet should be there for years to come I want to keep up with current trends. With that said, I want to buy one of those new electronic high-tech faucets with automatic sensors so I can turn it on and off easily while I wash dishes, but still keep my set temperature. Can you please give me some basic tips on what to look for in my new state-of-the art kitchen faucet?