The winner: Remove the handle and cut an inexpensive plastic rake in two to make leaf “paddles.” Just use them like big hands to pick up piles of leaves. So much faster and easier than picking them up with my hands! Ann Richardson, Fort Mill, S.C.
Quick trick for organizing jewelry
I got tired of searching for post earrings that go with the necklace that I wanted to wear. Now I hang the earrings with the necklace by putting the posts through the necklace chain loops and add the backing locks. This also works with a brooch or bracelet that goes with a necklace, keeping everything together on the necklace.
Linda Liinangi, Clover, S.C.
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New use for garden tool
Need a shoehorn in a pinch? A narrow garden hand-shovel does the trick.
Bohdan Kostyshyn, Charlotte
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