DEAR SUNSPOTS: On a recent rainy day, I was browsing through loads of drawings that my elementary school children had made since they were toddlers. I had stuffed them into a big trash can and now there are so many. I would love to hear some imaginative ideas on how to store these memories. Maybe other parents can share some ideas because frankly, it’s overwhelming! — Alicia, Lisbon
ANSWER: I went there, but my children went to school before the digital age. These days you can take pictures of their artwork to have it in your phone and there are many cool ways to print the most special ones to create a book, framed artwork for your home, or even transfer the designs and paintings onto a quilt, T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, phone cases and more.
The companies I’ve had luck with are Chat Books, Shutterfly, Zazzle, and Flickr.
If you want to back it all up, I suggest a big portfolio of artists that you can buy at Michael’s, Blick’s, Walmart, or online. They come in all sizes and are made from heavyweight paper, faux leather, genuine leather and more.
I would love to hear what other parents have to say about this “dilemma”.
DEAR SUNS: Last summer, you published a reader’s recipe for elderberry pie. It was delicious and I “kept” it but who knows where I put it! — Nancy, mechanical falls
ANSWER: Fern from Norway shared the recipe. He said it was given to him over 40 years ago by Mrs. Lenny Whiting of Portland and Gilead, Maine. I tried the recipe but I used a plain pre-baked pie shell. A friend had a slice and claimed it tasted the same as his mother used to make. Here is the recipe:
Elderberry Sour Cream Pie: Combine 2 cups elderberries, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 cup icing sugar and 1 cup sour cream. Pour into a graham cracker crust and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: We have a tent with a broken heavy-duty zipper so we can’t close the ‘door’. Is there a seamstress who can help us? We don’t like insects. —Edward, Lewiston
ANSWER: If the tent is relatively new, the company you purchased it from can repair it by reimbursing you for the repair and/or sending you to a local repair facility. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
The Tent Shop in Monmouth (312-0493) should be able to help. The company also rents tents for parties, so hang on to that info! There are other tent and canvas companies throughout the Mid Coast and Southern Maine region if needed.
You can also try a shoe repair shop or upholstery store. They have the right equipment to sew a new zipper into that tent flap for you. I can recommend Paul’s Shoe Repair in Lisbon (854-4338); Doreen Gendron at Unique Designs (754-0048); and Donna Marie Harrington at Gamache and Lessard Custom Window Treatments. She is their in-house upholsterer, but works on her own under the trade name Comfy Cushion Upholstery by Donna. You can reach her at 212-6195 or email her at [email protected].
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