Dear Heloise: I, too, decided that it was time to part with my wedding gown. In addition to making a pillow for my bed, I covered two ring-bearer pillows with the satin and lace from my dress. I had my wedding date embroidered on them and plan on giving one to each of my sons when they marry. I hope that they'll add their wedding date and pass the pillows down to their children.
I have a baby dress that was made for my grandmother in 1898. All the girls in our family have been photographed in the dress at the age of 7 months. How special is that? Claudia Scherzer, East Brunswick, N.J.
It sounds pretty darn special to me! It's simply wonderful to reuse lovely things that can be passed on! Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have often found myself with stacks of leftover business cards, because either I changed jobs or the contact information changed and I had new cards printed. I hated for them to go to waste, so now anytime I have leftover business cards, I keep them handy in my desk drawer. They are the perfect shape and size for daily to-do lists or grocery lists, and they fit nicely in my pocket on the way out the door. It's a great way to reuse old business cards rather than just throw them out. Angela Herrera, San Antonio
Angela, sounds like a good use. We polled Heloise Central, and here are a couple of ideas we had:
UKeep near the phone to write messages or phone numbers on.
UUse as a bookmark.
UUse as labels for file cabinets, pantry items, frozen food, etc. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I use a golf tee to keep the free end of duct tape, clear, wide parcel tape, etc., from sticking to the roll. No more peeling the end from the roll. Gerry Matthews, Port Orchard, Wash.
Dear Heloise: My daughter is 8 years old and is now wearing denim capris and skorts. I found myself ironing them after washing to get the curl off the end of them, until I came up with a plan: I attach clothespins to the bottoms of the hems and hang them in her closet. They come out wrinkle-free and look brand-new. If you attach the clothespins around the bottoms of pleats, it's amazing. Vikki Tonkin, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I would like to make a complaint against the U.S. drug manufacturers advertising on TV stating: "Ask your doctor if this drug is right for you." If you are going to a good, legitimate doctor, he'll know what drug is right for you. If this drug advertising stopped, it would make the prices of medicine go down, so many of us would not have to buy from other countries, where the medicine is much cheaper than ours! A.D. in Texas
XSend a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.
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