Crafts store named desireRosanna Williams is a welder by...

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July 14, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Crafts store named desire

Rosanna Williams is a welder by trade, but a couple of months ago she decided to take on another career: She opened a crafts gallery in Little Italy called Water From the Moon. Here you can get ceramics and pewter pieces, mirrors and wood carvings, silk wall hangings, glassware, clocks and vases -- many of them by well-known American artists. Prices range from $16 for a pair of earrings to $1,300 for a wood vase.

The offbeat name is taken from the film "The Year of Living Dangerously" and means, says Williams, something you desire strongly that's hard to get.

Water From the Moon is located at 913 Fawn St. Hours are Tuesdays to Fridays, 11: 30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Does your child think bugs are yucky? Not these adorable garden worms and bugs in brilliant hues of green, yellow, red, blue and black. Made of plushy polyester, these finger puppets come in six different wriggly styles. They can be bought at the Store Ltd. in the Village of Cross Keys for $5 each. Caterpillars, lady bugs, earthworms and bumble bees were never so soft and fuzzy -- and washable as well. African Home Inc.'s first wall-covering collection is a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Now the company, which specializes in African-inspired home furnishings, has teamed up with Gramercy produce a new collection of wall coverings, borders and fabric. L'Odyssee Africaine is taken from the decorative arts of South Africa -- both traditional and contemporary. It recently won a 1996 Estar award, one of the wallpaper industry's highest honors, for design excellence.

For information about stores where the collection is sold, call (800) 332-3384.

Steeling your home

There's something about the look of galvanized steel that seems very '90s. The steel candlesticks, lanterns, cups, even chairs that are appearing in local stores this summer are clean-lined and contemporary in their simplicity, yet they have a look of permanence and a sense of history.

Look for these handsome decorative accessories and furnishings in such stores as Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn. They work beautifully with a variety of decors, from starkly contemporary to country casual. Mosquitoes like to breed in standing water -- bird baths, fish onds, even those dishes inder your flower pots. Now a local company, Summit Chemical, has come up with a nifty product that kills the larvae before they ever get to the biting stage.

Environmentally friendly Mosquito Dunks contain bacteria that are toxic only to mosquitos. The small, doughnut-shaped discs are effective for 30 days and 100 square feet. (For smaller areas you can break one up and use half or quarter.

Six Mosquito Dunks sell for around $9 at Hechinger, Valley View Farms, Watson's and othe home and garden centers.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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