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Reader's Exchange: Follow the pattern to turn bowling balls into bumblebees and ladybugs

Here's a case of the Reader's Exchange coming full circle! Arlene Wich of Clearwater used the column to find bowling balls for a project she was doing with her garden club. The club was painting old bowling balls to look like ladybugs and bumblebees, and she says they look adorable in the garden. The response she got was so great that Arlene now has eight bowling balls and eight ladybug and bumblebee patterns to give away. She says the project is fun for kids and adults. Arlene can be reached at (727) 441-2719.

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Faithful REXer Lucie Somers has a simple request this week: cards, cards, cards! Lucie uses greeting card fronts for her own projects, and she passes them on to church groups that use them for missionary purposes. She will take cards for any kind of occasion, and they can be mailed or dropped off. The address is 1415 Main St., Lot 219, Dunedin, FL 34698.

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With all the wonderful practicers of needle arts in the area, this request is likely to be fulfilled. Ann Stearns of Clearwater is looking for an old counted cross-stitch pattern of a thatched-roof English cottage, called Sweetheart Thatch. Ann says it is Mildred Hedgepath's adaptation of a painting by Marty Bell. If you can help Ann, please call her at (727) 712-0295.

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Technology replacement alert! Ann Parrish of St. Petersburg recently had to replace her HP Photosmart printer. Unfortunately for her, now she's stuck with several rather expensive and unopened 02 color cartridges that do not fit her new printer. If they fit yours, call Ann at (727) 526-5114. She will be happy to know they are going to a good home.

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Peggy of Homosassa used the Reader's Exchange in the past to find a treadmill. She received 15 calls of offers, and everyone was concerned that she find one. She would like to thank all of the people who responded, and especially the lady in Citrus County who gave her one.

Now Peggy is hoping that someone can help her again. She has a Kodak Easy Share C300 camera that has a broken battery door. She would like to find another camera, even if it doesn't work, so that she can replace the door. If you can help Peggy, please call her at (352) 503-7665.

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Lyn Driziruk of Clearwater is a longtime reader, but this is the first time she has sent in a letter. After more than 20 years, Lyn finally replaced her TV. Now she would like to donate her old 28-inch color television, in excellent condition, along with a digital converter box, to a school, church or someone in need. It must be picked up. Lyn can be reached at (727) 446-1423.

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Does anyone have a "Mrs. Beasley" doll for Helen of New Port Richey? Her grandson loved that doll, much to the dismay of his grandfather. He is turning 40 on Aug. 30, and they would love to have the doll at his party, even if Mrs. Beasley has to be borrowed. Helen knows her grandson would get a kick out of it. Helen can be reached at (727) 846-8519.

Send requests to Reader's 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: Follow the pattern to turn bowling balls into bumblebees and ladybugs 07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:30am]
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