Dear Heloise:

I read your column regularly and enjoyed the piece about the "Kitchen Maid." I am making one for my sister's bridal shower.

I did miss the column on "Mr. Honey Do" and would like to know if you can repeat how to make him.

Jennifer, via fax

Here's the masculine version of the kitchen maid -- whom we fondly refer to as Mr. Honey Do -- which has evolved from many reader letters and versions through the years.

Start with a stepladder for the body and add a rake to the back (with the rake portion at the top to resemble a crew cut of hair).

Attach rolls of black electrical tape to the rake for eyes, and follow with a nose of steel wool and maybe a pair of pliers for a smile. Just use your imagination and items you know the groom would use, and create a custom Mr. Honey Do.

Some other ideas would be tying a tool belt around the "waist" area and filling it with garden hand tools, hand cleaner, shop towels, hammer, flashlight, tape measure, foam drink holder, etc.

You can also add two sprinklers to the bottom of the ladder for feet.

Good luck, and if you get the chance, I'd love to see a picture of your final creation!

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Dear Heloise:

I live in an older home with a small front closet. I have hung a canvas shoe holder inside the closet door for things such as gloves, mittens, hats and scarves. Now that winter is over, those items are packed away and have been replaced with sunscreen, bug spray, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and umbrellas.

It's a nice way to keep things organized and right by the door.

Pam Rosendahl


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