By LINDA D. COLE and INGRID L. KOHLER
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2001
You've probably noticed more requests about holiday projects popping up here. That's a normal sign of approaching fall in Exchangeland. We try to get to these concerns quickly, of course, but here is a reminder you might find useful: If you need help with a Christmas surprise, write to us as soon as possible. It is unfortunate, but each year we get requests a couple of weeks before the holiday, and that is just too late for you to receive a timely response.
Here is a timely request. Norma Miami recently spotted a Wizard of Oz Tin Man crafted from cans in varying sizes. She was unable to get instructions for making one, so she wonders if someone out there might be able to supply her with the know-how. Norma hopes to make some of these whimsical guys as gifts, and with your help, she should be able to turn out all she needs between now and December. Please call her at (727) 347-5227, or e-mail email@example.com.
Well, here's a request we have never had before. Pat's son found a large (5- to 51/2-foot) twisted tree branch that would make a great walking stick for him. So Pat is looking for a woodworker to strip the bark and turn the branch into a cane. If you do that kind of thing or can recommend someone who does -- or even tell Pat how she can do it herself -- please give her a jingle at (727) 372-8090.
Nancy Long of Port Richey is looking for a copy of a book titled The Fighting 36, about a World War II infantry division. A gentleman who was a prisoner of war in Germany would very much like to have the book for information it contains about POWs. If you have a copy of this book you can spare, or if you have a suggestion about where to find it, please call Nancy at (727) 868-8181.
Mary Ludwick of Zephyrhills remembers that a while back a request was made for old sewing patterns to show how styles and stitching change over the years. She has 16 old patterns (probably 55 to 60 years old), still in their original envelopes, which her mother used to make outfits for Mary and her twin brother.
When the request appeared earlier, Mary wasn't quite ready to part with the patterns, but now she is. She hopes that the reader who made the request still keeps up with the column and sees this. The staff has a faint memory that the person was a teacher, but the staff's memory has seen better days. Let's hope the requester or some other person who can use this unusual collection will call Mary at (813) 788-0340.
Katharine would like to complete her collection of a cookbook series called "Microwave Cooking Library." Katharine doesn't specify which titles she is missing, but if you have volumes you no longer need, give her a call after 7 p.m. at (813) 783-1116 or e-mail Mcgeheeb@gte.net, and you both can sort that out.
Betsy Quillin of St. Petersburg is aware that Little Black Sambo has become a tale not highly ranked on the political correctness list, but she has fond memories of a particular edition she would read when she visited her grandmother's house during the early '50s. She remembers the book having a puzzle in the back, and she hopes that if you have a copy, you will be willing to part with it. Betsy may be reached at (727) 527-6722.
William Weaver, who lives in downtown Largo, is interested in setting up a musical lending library with someone who shares his listening preferences. William owns several hundred CDs and cassettes, and he leans toward pop songs from the 1930s through the 1960s, or more recent recordings of them, especially if they have a good bass. Phone William at (727) 581-6219, and happy listening.
Loretta of Hudson is offering a new home to that Bird and Blooms book you no longer need and the cut piece of lace you thought you might dispose of. She is waiting to hear from you at (727) 863-2299.
Nancy Kerns of Spring Hill hopes you can help her locate the man who used to sell Infinity Mirrors at the USA Fleamarket on U.S. 19. He offered beautiful woodworked pieces for walls and end tables. Know where to find him? Nancy may be reached at (352) 683-3958.
Send requests to Reader Exchange, Home & Garden, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail; no phoned requests, please. Except in unusual circumstances, readers must agree to publication of phone numbers (please include the area code).