It's that time of year when The Signal loads up the "jolly jitney of judges" and drives around the Santa Clarita Valley - from Castaic to Canyon Country, Newhall to Saugus, Stevenson Ranch to Sand Canyon, Valencia to Honby - to crown the World Champion of Lights.
Q: My kitchen has a ceramic tile floor, and several of the tiles have so many scratches that they look dull even after cleaning. Can I repair the scratches, or does the tile need to be replaced? - Carol in Eau Claire, Wis.
The front door is often the focal point of a house and the welcoming committee to guests as they enter your home. And as the attention-seeking centerpiece, it should always be looking its best. A great addition to any door is a beautiful wreath - either decorative or seasonal - to greet your guests and neighbors. Although many stores sell wreaths, it's easy, fun and cost-effective to create a unique and one-of-a-kind statement piece.
When it comes to decorating with lights for the holidays, there are unlimited ways to add twinkle to the inside as well as the outside of your home. Some people favor an elegant, restrained sprinkling of lights around a door, while others go for a more exuberant display of illumination on virtually every surface.
The advent calendar, which eases anxiety by counting down those pesky 24 days until Christmas Eve, is as much a holiday tradition for my family as the tree.
I received a violation letter and a $50 fine from my association for parking my jet ski trailer in my driveway.
Fall planting is in full swing. As you nestle tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses into the soil, don't neglect to also plant some minor bulbs - "minor" only because they aren't well known, not because they lack quality.
Many people harbor strong opinions with regard to which type of Christmas tree they want to purchase. Some cannot live without a natural, freshly cut Christmas tree, while others prefer the convenience of artificial trees. Those who insist on a natural tree might want to consider the following tips when buying what's likely their biggest decorative item of the holiday season.
My roommate says that we need to clean the lint filter on the dryer after every cycle, while I think it should be cleaned only when it's full. Can you settle the argument? - Flo in Harrisburg, Pa.
The cornucopia, that symbol of abundance and the harvest, has graced the Thanskgiving table or sideboard for generations. While the original version, in ancient Greece, was a goat's horn, the American cornucopia is typically a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with a colorful array of fall vegetables and fruit.
Our lives are more hectic than ever. In addition to working more than eight hours a day and caring for others, the average person (ages 25 to 54) spends approximately one additional hour per day on household activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey.
"Root pruning" sounds like such a brutal way to treat a plant. Yet it's a periodic necessity once any potted plant has grown as large as you want it to.
Q: I'm not thrilled with all the leaves piling up in my yard. Do you have any tips to make fall cleanup easier? Why can't I just leave them where they lie?
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host its 19th annual Rose Show themed "Wild West Roses" on today and Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall.
The apple I handed my daughter was no ordinary Red Delicious. She was about to sink her teeth into more than a hundred years of history. Red Delicious - the kind you see at the supermarket - is one of the leading commercial apple varieties in the world. But this particular piece of fruit was something else: the original Red Delicious. And it's rare today. For its origins, let's backtrack to 1872. The place: Peru, ...