DEAR READERS: A reader had a problem: How to frame a puzzle? Here are just a few of the hints you shared:
Elaine in Alabama wrote: “You can find tons of good frames, all kinds and all sizes, at thrift stores. Some will be empty, and some will have pictures in them. Just take out the pictures. They will be very inexpensive.”
Frank in Arkansas wrote: “Find a carpenter, as they always have a lot of scraps left over. They have saws and could cut pieces at the end of the day. Buy glue at the hardware store to finish. Use books as weights to hold pieces in place while glue sets.”
Marillyn in Texas wrote: “After assembling, coat the front of the puzzle with glue and slide a squeegee or plastic ruler over the puzzle to work the glue into puzzle pieces. It will dry clear. After it has dried, turn the puzzle over and repeat the process on the back. Cut a piece of poster board to fit, and glue in place.”
Marie, via email, wrote: “Picture frames do not come in the sizes that puzzles are made in. Buy a frame that is larger and use pretty paper or pieces of fabric to cover the edges where the backing shows.”
All of these are great hints!Thanks for writing in.
DEAR HELOISE: When my husband died, there were so many friends and family who signed the guest book. However, I couldn’t read 90 percent of the names. Sign your name, but also print it.
- Sue, via fax
DEAR READER: Sue, I am sorry for your loss, and you are so kind to write with this hint. This time in anyone’s life is difficult enough. One should not have to worry about trying to read an unreadable name. Also, with sympathy cards, please include your last name - there are a lot of Johns and Janes out there.
DEAR HELOISE: Whenever we travel via car, we appreciate the motels that accommodate us with a coffee machine and coffee. But for some reason, the water from the tap doesn’t taste right. Now when we travel, we take bottled water, and our coffee brews deliciously.
- Sally F. in Texas
DEAR READER: Love the coffee machines in a hotel room, but you are right! Sometimes the water is just fine; other times, in some cities or older hotels, well, it’s not.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
MovieStyle, Pages 36 on 10/11/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS