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Reader's Exchange: Craft ideas, supplies in demand

There are so many crafters in REX land, it's certain that this request will get many responses. Ann in New Port Richey is having a dilemma. She is a lifetime crafter who saves everything that looks like it could be used creatively. However, she's stumped when it comes to what to do with empty Crystal Light containers and the little cups that contain the powder, and empty applesauce cups. She's looking for craft books with ideas for these, or for any suggestions of a project she could use these materials for. If you can help Ann out, give her a call at (727) 967-1326.

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There are probably as many crocheters as there are crafters in REX land, which is good for Martha Limile of Largo. She is a crocheter who has committed to making 40 lap rugs for an assisted living facility for mentally and physically challenged adults, as a Secret Santa. She has completed five made up of granny squares, but has run out of wool. She is asking for leftover skeins of wool, or bits and pieces of wool. If you can donate to Martha's cause, give her a call at (727) 581-2420.

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Jim Boynton has an artist friend in need. The artist has pictures of her artwork saved on two SyQuest 270MB discs, which she received when the company she used to reproduce her artwork went out of business. Jim tried to help her retrieve the data, but has learned that SyQuest seems also to have gone out of business, and he can't find anyone with the equipment that will handle the disc. The discs are similar to a zip drive. He is looking for anyone that has the equipment to transfer these discs to a CD. Any help will be appreciated, and Jim can be reached at (727) 734-8661, or by e-mail at

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Free to a good home! Arlene of Port Richey has several items up for grabs. She has a Samsonite briefcase (13 by 19 by 3 1/2 inches); a man's bowling ball and case; embroidery floss; a black keyboard; 7 crochet hooks; 12 pairs of knitting needles, all sizes; and a small bag of pink and blue yarn. If you can use any or all of these, please call Arlene at (727) 842-2299.

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A local artist needs your help. Linda Champagne needs electronic parts, particularly colored resistors with wires coming from the ends. She uses the parts to make jewelry, and says she can use capacitors as well. If you have any broken or unused electronic equipment that you'd be willing to part with, please call Linda at (727) 289-9885.

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Eleanor Baumner is looking for a manual for an Autostream bicycle. She is a teacher at Keswick Christian School, and is taking her students on a bike hike. Unfortunately, her bike is stuck in high gear, and she needs a bike to keep up with her kids. If you can help, she can be reached at (727) 391-9100, ext. 805, or via e-mail at

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Noella is looking for a crochet pattern called "Tulip Tango" by Shady Lane. She can be reached at (727) 525-7153 or

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Craft ideas, supplies in demand 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 4:30am]
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