The winner: Here’s an easy way to add a shelf above a window: From a craft store, purchase an unpainted wood shelf. Mine was 7 by 48 inches. Paint to match window trim. Cut circular holes in the shelf brackets large enough to accept a decorative curtain rod. (I have my holes far enough forward to not interfere with the wooden blinds behind them.) Resting shelf on top of window frame, attach shelf to studs on sides of window frame using the hardware that comes with the shelf. Insert rod into the hole on one side of bracket, add valance or curtain, insert rod into other bracket hole and screw on the end ball.
Paula Strelow, Claremont
New use for coffee filters
Coffee filters are cheap and handy cover for heating up leftovers in the microwave, and you don’t have to worry about messy plastic wrap. Margie Dickey, Hickory
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