Dear Heloise: I read your column most every day. I would like to know if you have any ideas for photos. I read the one about using them as postcards. I have tons of pictures, some old and some new. I have been trying to come up with a clever way to use them. Eileen, via e-mail
Here are some other ideas for extra photos that readers have shared:
U Use small photos for jewelry charms.
U Make an album for kids.
U Fold a panoramic photo in half and use as a notecard.
U Put one in a CD jewel case in place of the cover.
U Bad photos can be cut into gift tags -- punch a hole and add ribbon.
U Put extras in a basket and set it in a guest room or family room.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I also think there are at least 100 other uses for these precious memories -- we've started the list, so let's see what you, the reader, can come up with! Send your unique photo-use ideas to: Heloise/Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000. We will compile the list and print it in the near future. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I found that when I wanted to print something, I never knew what it would look like because I was not familiar with the size of type or the font. So, I went to my computer and, instead of letters, used numbers to type a list -- for example, for text size 8 I used the number 8 and did the same for text sizes 9, 10, 11, 12 ... all the way up to text size 72. Now I can tell how large the print will be when I print something. A Reader, Harrison County, W.Va.
You just taught this old computer hound a hint! Thanks. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I sprinkle talcum powder on my hands and in boxes packed with foam peanut filler so I can remove the items easily. No frustration and waste of time shaking off the pesky particles of foam.
I always use talcum powder to remove sand from my children's hands and other body parts. Maurilia Rodriguez, Houston
Dear Heloise: My idea for helping recover lost keys has been to put my cat's old rabies tag on my keys. It has the vet's name and rabies number, which can be traced if my keys are lost and then found by someone. Harriet C., via e-mail
It really annoys me when people take their trash cans out for garbage collection, but when the cans are emptied, they leave them out for days on end. These trash cans do not make good yard art. K.R., Austin, Texas
You are right -- however, in Key West, Fla., many do look like art. They are painted with fish, birds, flora and fauna, and they truly do look pretty. Heloise
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