Dear Heloise: I love my smartphone and the different covers I can use. It can get quite expensive to constantly change the cover. I found a way without the cost. I bought a clear cover and cut scrapbook paper to fit inside it. Now I can easily change it out to reflect my mood or outfit. It works well with photos, too. Just be careful not to cover any ports or the camera! Love your column. -- Wendi, via e-mail
WRAPPING LARGE GIFTS
Dear Heloise: I discovered a good way to wrap gifts, especially children’s, after I was frustrated at not being able to find wrapping paper with my grandson’s favorite cartoon character.
I bought a tablecloth for a couple of dollars and was able to wrap several large gifts and even redecorate a gift bag. My grandson was so excited to see his favorite cartoon character on several of his gifts.
Also, if it is plastic, it won’t tear while transporting gifts. -- Ivana, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I had trouble keeping a recipe book or even a copy of a page from a recipe book handy so that I could easily read it and put the recipe together. At my annual girl’s lunch, I mentioned my dilemma, and my friend Laura came up with the best solution ever!
She suggested that I get one of the skirt or pants hangers from the closet. Use one that is nice and sturdy, whose clips are strong and tight. Then put the hanger over a knob on an upper cabinet and attach the book or page to it! Oh my gosh -- it worked fabulously! -- Marlene R., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I save the wire hangers from the dry cleaners and take them with me when I travel. Most hotels provide only a couple of hangers, and between my wife and me, we usually need more than that. There is no stress, either, if they get left behind. -- Tim in Oregon
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