No valentine shortageYou could buy your beloved a nice...


January 31, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

No valentine shortage

You could buy your beloved a nice Hallmark valentine, or you could get him or her something Victorian from the 1880s, lacy and sentimental. Not the sentimental type? How about a turn-of-the-century comic valentine postcard. Or a flapper valentine from the 1920s. Or a '30s German mechanical valentine. Linda Sarubin, owner of Circa, has literally thousands of antique valentines to choose from at her new location at 222 W. Read St. (She's just moved from around the corner on Antique Row.)

Circa, she says, specializes in "interesting printed ephemera -- the whimsical and the nostalgic." Speaking of whimsy, she wants everyone to know that Eddie, the shop dog, is as much a fixture in the new shop as the old. In his honor, Circa has a section on dog memorabilia as well as more usual categories like gardening, children and so on. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Telephone (410) 783-0330.

The Kellogg Collection closed its doors Friday -- but not for good. The Washington-based home furnishings store never quite found its niche in the Owings Mills Mall after its move from Greenspring Station. When it reopens around March 1 in its new location at 6241 Falls Road, just north of Princeton Sports,

customers will find a larger store with more space for stock and design "vignettes."

"We'll have room, for instance, for an area of Western-motif furnishings," says store manager Pat Larson -- which is, of course, the hottest look in interior design right now.

The Kellogg Collection is hard to categorize. The furniture, rugs and accessories reflect the personal tastes of the owner (Kellogg is her maiden name), who works out of the two Washington stores. They combine the latest trends in home furnishings with a traditional quality.

Call the store's Owings Mills number, (410) 581-2297, for information on the reopening.

Gardeners aren't going to be doing much outdoors in February, but this isn't the time to give your green thumb a complete rest.

Outdoor plants that are borderline-hardy should be mulched by now. If this is a mild February, you could get an early start on cleaning up or otherwise preparing the garden for spring planting. But if we do have an unexpectedly heavy, wet February snowfall, shake the snow off evergreen branches to prevent their breaking.

Give house plants special attention. With the heat on constantly, the air is probably too dry and perhaps too hot for their comfort. Choose their location carefully (away from radiators) and mist foliage as often as twice a day. On very cold nights, move plants away from windows. Make sure plants are getting enough light. Keep soil evenly moist, but avoid overwatering.

Bulbs that you plan to force into bloom early, such as tulips, narcissi and hyacinths, should be brought indoors now.

Finally, if you place your orders for seeds and plants now, they'll get more attention than they will when the spring rush begins.

We all wish we could entertain like Martha Stewart and garden like Martha Stewart and look like Martha Stewart while we do it. Maybe the "Gala Gathering" that a local chapter of the National Volunteer Organization for the AMC Cancer Research Center is sponsoring will help.

Ms. Stewart will be speaking Saturday, March 27, on "The Garden and Entertaining." The day-long event at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn will open at 9 a.m. with garden- and entertaining-related exhibits. Martha Stewart's presentation will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Then the "Today" show celebrity, Renaissance woman extraordinaire and author will sign books. (Her latest is "Martha Stewart's Gardening Month by Month.")

Seating is limited and the Harford County chapter isn't giving the tickets away, but the $60 goes to a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the AMC Research Center, a nonprofit institution devoted to reducing cancer. For information and tickets, call Marie Breen at (410) 838-0879.

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