Timely giftsEvery Sunday through Dec. 20 we'll have a...

ON THE HOME FRONT

November 15, 1992|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Timely gifts

Every Sunday through Dec. 20 we'll have a home- or garden-oriented holiday gift suggestion in "On the Home Front." This week we've come up with a marvelous collection of clocks from Oggi at 330 N. Charles St.

Ziro clocks are designed in England and made in the United States. The dials are delicate watercolors, the cases handmade. And the prices are right: from $35 for a desk clock to $65 for one that hangs on the wall.

If you're looking for a present that's just pure fun, consider Oggi's chalk clock ($30). It's a round wall clock made of greenish chalkboard with no numbers, just hands. Chalk and an eraser are included. The recipient can write on his own numbers or symbols -- or use the clock for a shopping list or messages.

Oggi is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.mto 5 p.m. Saturdays.

You'd think this would be the season when there isn't much to be done in the garden. Not so, say the experts. When we asked John Westrope, horticultural consultant at the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, for some suggestions, here's what he came up with:

In general, this is a clean-up period. It's time to "dead head" perennials. Use scissors or shears to snip the heads off. Remove all cut material from the garden. Don't use it for mulch in case something is diseased.

The last fertilization of your lawn should take place right about now. And be sure to keep leaves raked off the grass.

It's your last chance to plant bulbs for the spring. Place markers as to variety and color if you wish.

Bring amaryllis out of storage for the holiday season. Christmas cactuses should be put out in 40-degree weather for bud setting.

Finally, Mr. Westrope says, this is a good time to start collecting and perusing seed catalogs. Some new ones for 1993 are

already out. Mark Cherry approaches the craft of making twig furniture in an enlightened way: He aims for comfort as well as art. Using wood in the rough, he coaxes it into a shape that supports the lower back as well as having a unique style. Prices for his furniture run from $180 for a dining room chair to $600 for a love seat.

You can watch Mr. Cherry create his rustic chairs at a holiday open house in New Windsor next weekend. This is the fourth year for "Touch of the Hand," which features demonstrations by craftspeople who specialize in the unusual. They include Gary Anderson, a blacksmith and master bladesmith (one of only 27 in the country); John Bottomley, who makes gargoyles out of concrete and vermiculite; and Gary White, a chain-saw artist. The open house will be held at Rustic Furniture, 2424 Marston Road, New Windsor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (410) 875-2309.

Paige Rense, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, explains in a throaty voice that you can make a small room look larger by using only a few pieces of furniture, all oversized. There are other suggestions; then she gives you the address of John Cottrell, the Los Angeles designer who provided the tips, in case you want to hire him to design your house. She finishes up with a sentence or two on how you can subscribe to the magazine.

This is Architectural Digest's new 900 telephone service, whicoffers advice from top interior designers. The messages change each week and last from two to four minutes. Each call is $4.

An issue of Architectural Digest costs only a dollar more, so why should you dial (900) 230-0000 when you can get 250 pages of design information by buying the magazine? As press contact Catherine Schram points out, what you're paying for is clear, concise, practical advice for those who like to get their decorating suggestions quickly and with a personal touch.

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