- A place for every thing and every thing in its place applies to a brush-broom as well as to other household necessities. The neat wire-frame represented in cut is one good way of disposing of that article, and may serve to suggest to ingenious housewives many other ways just as good.
This is good work for children. Take a ball of twine and a large needle, cut pieces of cloth, muslin, silk, or any thing you have, into squares about an inch each way. Thread these on the twine until you have covered about three yards. Then cut the twine and fasten it well to prevent its slipping, and roll it round and round, taking long stitches through and through to keep it steady and flat. When quite firm take a large pair of scissors, and, laying the mat flat, cut the rough edges until the mat is pared to nearly half its former thickness. It should look like a child's worsted ball, and is the same on both sides. These mats were made during the war by the Southern ladies, and if well done are warm and pretty.
Many a destructive fire originates in carelessness in the handling of ashes. They are thrown out in improper places or placed in wooden receptacles, and a fire breaks out from spontaneous combustion or from some "unknown cause." A proper ash barrel is made of metal, should be heavy enough so as not to be easily bruised, and should be provided with handles for convenient removal. The one represented in cut, when used for coal ashes, is provided with a sieve which holds and saves all the unconsumed coal, while it allows the ashes to pass through.
- Worn-out hassocks can be prettily covered, and made fit for sitting room foot stools with cuttings from carpets. Cut them into squares, bind them with common braid, such as is bought for the bottom of ladies' dresses, and then sew the pieces together; a long piece, bound top and bottom, will go round the stool to which the top is sewn, and a piece of strong glazed lining will serve for the under part. If a round shape is preferred, the pieces of carpet must be cut into triangles.
There is, in these days, line upon line and precept upon precept upon the subject of ventilation. Every chimney ought to have two flues - one for smoke and the oilier for ventilation. The form of ventilator represented in cut is neat and inexpensive, and fits a space in a chimney Large enough to take in an ordinary stove-pipe.
- Take common red clay flower pots, scrub them until all spots are removed and they are of one color. Then get a package of silhouttes and paste them not too thickly over the pot. Then give a coat of varnish. They are quite ornamental, and when suspended by a red cord they make a very nice hanging basket. In a handsomely or even a moderately well furnished room the plain red pots seem shabby.