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ON THE HOME FRONT

March 01, 1992|By Jill L. Kubatko

Becky can finish what others start

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If you don't have the time, take it to Becky Kuhn's place.

"We finish any home or craft project that people don't finish," says Ms. Kuhn of her seven year-old business, appropriately dubbed "Finish It Inc."

Ms. Kuhn and the seven craftswomen she uses at her home-based White Marsh business will take over just about any project that has complete instructions and materials.

They can turn finished stitch projects into stockings or pillows, repair crochet or cross-stitch pieces, and complete afghans.

Most of their work, she says, falls in the category of needle work though she has put together doll houses with the help of her husband, Charles.

Ms. Kuhn offers free estimates, and there is a minimum charge of $10 per project.

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For more information or a brochure, call (410) 529-0380.

@ Decorating Remodeling magazine and Chevrolet are cosponsoring the sixth annual 1992 Kitchen & Bath Contest. The contest is open to consumers who are planning to redesign and remodel their kitchen or bathroom in 1992.

Judging will be based on design, creativity, efficiency, safety and the ability to meet your objectives.

Grand prize is a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer. Four first-prize winners receive $5,000 each, and 20 honorable mentions win a set of West Bend appliances.

Projects must be completed and entries submitted by Nov. 131992.

For an entry kit, send your name, address, zip code, telephonnumber and $1 check to: Attention: Contest Department, Decorating Remodeling magazine, 1992 Kitchen & Bath Contest, Box 5079, Pittsfield, Mass. 01203-9841.

J.L.K.

Decorative shelves can accent walls

Looking for something other than yet another painting to add style to your walls? How about a small shelf in an interesting design? Shelves made of reinforced plaster, faux marble or terra cotta can add a handsome architectural accent to walls and are now widely available at reasonable prices in such catalogs as Pottery Barn and Spiegel.

Often made in a Greek style with leafy and scroll-like designs, these small shelves can serve as a ledge for art objects, plants, framed photographs or miniature collectibles. Two shelves with the addition of glass can create a longer surface for larger items.

--J.L.K. Everywhere you look right now you see topiary: rosemary trees, chrysanthemum cascades, climbing plants curling into every shape imaginable.

We can thank the Victorians for bringing topiary indoors but even they would be astounded by "The New Topiary: Imaginative Techniques from Longwood Gardens" (Garden Art Press, hardcover, $49.50) by Patricia Riley Hammer.

"New" topiary -- defined as the sculpting of fast-growing plants -- is the form that's so popular now. Where topiary once took years and was fixed in the garden, the new topiary techniques use ivies and other vines to create amazing designs and shapes indoors.

Ms. Hammer, senior gardener and topiary specialist at Longwood Gardens, is clearly a master, and her book astounds with amazing ideas, many of which are actual designs used in the displays at Longwood. Here are concise directions for making everything from the most basic ring of ivy to the most complex shaped and stuffed animals.

Maryland mentions in the book include the outdoor topiary at Ladew Gardens in Monkton and the work of Dee and Patrick McGuire of McGuire's Topiary Sculptural Design, (410) 426-1267, Baltimore.

Linda Lowe Morris

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