Dear Heloise: I was wondering if the organization that collects fronts of greeting cards is still recycling them. It used to be St. Jude's Ranch for Children. —Ruth DeMarco, Lansing, Ill.

Sorry to say, but St. Jude's Ranch for Children no longer collects card fronts. How about considering one of the following recycling hints?

— Cut into gift tags or bookmarks.

— Make into a postcard.

— Write recipes on the back.

— Decorate a box or appointment-book cover.

— Use to decorate a CD case.

— Place several together and laminate to make a place mat.

— Cut out scenes and glue to poster board with family photos to make a collage.

— Use the blank side for a shopping list.

No one likes to think about those pretty greeting cards winding up in a landfill, so check with your town to see if it recycles cards with other paper goods.

Readers, do you know of any groups that collect cards or card fronts? Please send the information, and we will check out the group. If it stands up to our research, we will share it right here.




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Dear Heloise: We keep our 100-stamp roll in a small dispenser, and when I put a new roll in, I remove the 10th one from the tail end to let us know it is time to reorder. Thanks for all you do to help homemakers, old and new. —Dottie from San Antonio

And here is another stamp hint from Leona Schlesna of Naples, Fla.:

"For those of us who use rolls of postage stamps, open the roll from the inside instead of the outside. The stamps will stay in a neat roll, and they can be pulled out as needed, right side up for 'righties' or from the bottom for 'lefties.' No more need for a stamp dispenser!" —Heloise

Dear Heloise: When changing my vacuum-cleaner bag, I take a cotton ball and pour some of my favorite perfume on it and put it in the new bag before I connect it. When I use the vacuum cleaner, it makes the room smell so good, and it lasts a long time. —Norma from Wapakoneta, Ohio

Let me share my hint about keeping your vacuum cleaner smelling fresh: Add a drop or two of an essential oil (lavender is my favorite, but you could also use peppermint, bergamot, clove, etc.) on a cotton ball and drop into the vacuum bag. —Heloise

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