Learning Channel series isn't a shoot-'em-up, it's a 0...

ON THE HOME FRONT

June 27, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Learning Channel series isn't a shoot-'em-up, it's a 0) fix-'em-up

"Ed & Joe visit an auction. After buying a bookcase, they plan to marbleize the wood, prepare the glass shelves and mirror, and to repair the stained glass. They visit a glass cutting workshop. Later in the episode they cover blindstitching."

OK, "Rescue 911" it's not. But people interested in restoring old furniture are going to get hooked on "Furniture on the Mend," an offbeat how-to series on the Learning Channel. Hosts Ed Feldman and Joe L'Erario combine step-by-step instructions with eccentric humor to tell viewers how to reupholster a chair or distress a new table. And it's not just a fix-it show: They also discuss finding restorable furniture and the history of styles and craftsmanship.

The humor is off the wall, but the advice is expert. Joe is owneof a restoration company and Ed is president of a furniture repair business. Both write regular newspaper columns on the subject.

"Furniture on the Mend" airs weekly on Tuesdays 9:30 p.m.-1p.m. and 1:30 a.m.-2 a.m., repeating Saturdays noon-12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-midnight.

If you've inherited a lamp that needs a new shade or want to liven up one you already have, local sewing expert Donna Babylon may have the solution for you in her new book Shade Parade. There are instructions for 25 different designs -- both fitted (no sew) and loose (sewn). The fitted are made by sticking fabric and trim directly on the shade. Loose shades are created with a minimum of sewing.

Ms. Babylon, the author of four other sewing books, has alsdesigned two home decorating patterns for McCall's, with more to follow. She'll be holding a lamp shade workshop at Dannemann Fabrics in Timonium, tentatively scheduled for August 26. Call the store at (410) 252-7900 for more information.

Shade Parade is available for $8.95 at Dannemann Fabrics and other retailers, or you can order it by sending $8.95 plus $1.50 for postage and handling to Windsor Oak Publishing, Dept. N, 2043 Joppa Road, Suite 354, Baltimore, Md. 21234. In any given year, 17 percent of us change addresses. And right now is the moving season, between May and September, when 60 percent of the year's moves take place.

This time of year all the major moving companies offer tipsmoving guides and brochures on everything from planning a garage sale to how to make your new place look like home. (Both of these last are from United Van Lines, available at no cost or obligation from any local agent listed in the yellow pages.)

Allied Van Lines will send you a free copy of organizing experBarbara Hemphill's "Ten Tips to Organizing a Smooth Move" or a copy of Allied's "Guide to a Good Move." Write to Barbara Hemphill, c/o Allied Van Lines, P.O. Box 11759, Chicago, Ill. 60611.

If you're planning to move yourself -- and four out of five Americans do, according to Ryder Consumer Truck Rental -- you can get a free guide on smooth do-it-yourself moves by calling (800)-GO-RYDER.

Mikie Neubert Ellwood used to work in advertising sales, and her partner, Katherine Taylor, was in the computer business. But three weeks ago they started doing what they really wanted to be doing: They opened their own business, a shop called Classic's Consignment & Crafts.

Business has been so brisk that the owners are already planning to knock out a back wall and expand the shop -- even though they haven't had their grand opening yet. (The tentative date is July 15, when they expect to be completely filled with merchandise.)

Classic's sells antiques, furniture, jewelry and crafts (no clotheson consignment. Right now, the owners are looking for furniture and antiques in particular; they get one-third of the selling price. Until the grand opening, the shop will be taking in articles Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Classic's is located at 5 East Pennsylvania Ave. in Towson. For more information, call (410) 825-1966.

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