A folding table is very useful in small houses, and even in large houses for many purposes. The accompanying cut represents a form which is simple, convenient, and easily made by any carpenter. It folds up compactly when not in use, and when needed may be instantly unfolded and is ready for use. When an extra table is needed in making up clothing, etc., such a piece of furniture is invaluable, and when not in use it does not occupy valuable space and get in everybody's way.
Knives and spoons ought to be daily counted and put away in box kept for the purpose. The cut represents a strong box, made of tin japanned on the outside, an apartment on one side for knives and forks and on the other for spoons. The lids fit closely and are held in place by a has}). This insures their keeping dry and free from dust, a matter of considerable importance to the tidy housewife.
- The cut represents a very neat and convenient crumb brush and pan for cleaning the table of crumbs after each course. A neat table is one of the accompaniments of a good dinner, and the debris of one course should be removed before the next makes its appearance. The curved form of the brush makes it easy to gather up the crumbs and sweep them into the pan.
- This furnishes a neat receptacle for the coal-hod, which slides to its place inside, completely out of the way and out of sight, and for the poker, shovel and tongs, and is withal a very neat article of furniture. The box is made of heavy tin, japanned and neatly ornamented. No living room is quite complete without an open fire, and no open fire is quite complete without one of them.
Go to a plumbing or pottery shop and buy a common red tile, such as used for drains, about six inches across and three feet long. Paint it black, two or three coats if necessary; then get a large supply of Japanese scrap pictures. Cover the tile pretty thickly with these, and give coats of varnish until the flowers and figures "have the raised appearance sometimes seen on china. Then get a large earthen pie-plate or meat platter; paint it black and cover all but the middle of the dish with scrap pictures in the same manner, and varnish. When all is perfectly dry, set the tile in the dish. Then get a small bottle of liquid gilding, and with a small camel's-hair brush gild the edge of the dish and top edge of the tile. The whole stand, when done, will cost about four dollars, and will be very unique and beautiful.
It is not only troublesome but very dangerous for small children just able to toddle about and get into mischief, to be free to go where they please. The mother, if she has the care of the house, can not safely leave the child for a moment. The pen, which the cut represents, is a perfect protection for the child. It is too high to climb over, it moves at pleasure as the child walks about on the floor, and the mother is comparatively free to leave it and attend to other work. With a warm flannel blanket on the floor and playthings, it will amuse itself a long time, A cheaper substitute may be made of a light dry-goods box without bottom, with qas-ters attached/and a box with bottom in with blankets in bottom is an excellent place to put a child, when the mother is necessarily absent for a short time. It is safe from harm, even if it does cry.