Florists promote wider use of flowers
Florist Transworld Delivery has cultivated some fresh ideas for using flowers to beautify your home.
* Try imitating the natural, casual appeal of a flower bed by grouping together in an arrangement a variety of blossoms of different heights and textures.
* Create a green oasis in the bathroom. The humidity makes the room a haven for flowers and plants.
* Mix flowers with natural materials such as fruits, vegetables and flowering herbs in creative containers, like faux or genuine stone, concrete, terra cotta, wicker, orchid boxes, bird baths or bird houses.
* Complement new paint, wallpaper or upholstery with a monochromatic arrangement in the dominant color scheme, or cluster smaller bouquets in an accent hue.
* Make a kitchen centerpiece with fresh blossoms in a pitcher, weathered wood container or an old-fashioned egg basket.
* Place a group of nosegays with miniature flowers in brightly colored pots on an antique table.
* Add a touch of creativity to backyard barbecues by filling a small picnic basket or a hollowed-out watermelon with cut flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables. Use it as a picnic table centerpiece and add colorful coordinating tablecloth, plates and napkins.
@ A sundial is a unique addition to a garden, but most people are perplexed by its workings.
How many kinds of sundials are available? Where to place the curious timepiece for an accurate time? These questions and many more are answered in "Sundials: Their Theory and Construction," by self-proclaimed sundial expert Albert W. Waugh, a University of Connecticut professor.
Mr. Waugh explains all the aspects of sundial science with the help of photos and detailed charts and tables. Directions are given for making and setting sundials for any place in the world.
The Nature Company, located in the Light Street Pavilion, offers the tell-all sundial book for $5.95.
J.L.K. Running a bed and breakfast could be a dream come true, but look before you leap. Essex Community College is offering classes on how to establish and operate a B&B, along with management techniques, marketing and breakfast styles and menus. For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at (410) 522-1533.
Classes will be offered March 25 and April 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on April 4 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Homemade ceramics right from your stove
It used to be that only professionals with access to a kiln could create hand-painted ceramics. But new paints have brought this craft within the reach of everyone. And a new book, "Designer China: The Fine Art of Ceramic Painting Made Simple" (Hearst Books, hardcover, $28) by Lesley Harle with Susan Conder, shows how.
The authors tell you how to obtain and use washable, nontoxic ceramic paints which can be fixed, or "fired," in the oven of your kitchen stove. However, because the paints are not "food safe," the authors stress that painted surfaces should not come into contact with the mouth or with food or drink.
Through full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions, the book guides you through the creation of a number of projects including a fruit bowl, a low-relief jug, a country quilt vase, a mosaic mirror frame, an Oriental bowl, spice storage jars, a tiled window box, a paisley teapot, bathroom tiles and others.
Linda Lowe Morris