Oven mitts to warm their hearts but not their hands

Many Memphis shops sell Elvis-themed merchandise, including craft supplies. I purchased some Elvis fabric there once, intending to give it to a fanatical friend. Once home, I recalled a complaint she had shared about having to hide away her stained oven mitts when guests gathered in her kitchen, and got to work creating Elvis-themed oven mitt covers she could keep clean and on display.

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See them go ga-ga over both the gift and the wrap

Shopping malls often provide a gift-wrap service so their customers can have their purchases wrapped before they head home. That used to be my dream job. I envied those who spent hours standing at a table surrounded by rolls of patterned paper and colourful ribbons. I still think it’s a great job, but lousy knees and a weak back mean it will never appear on my resumé.

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