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September 29, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Seeing the potential

Kelley Roche has a knack for flea-market finds. She has the ability to look at old things and see their potential, like the shutters she recently bought at an auction. (She's making folding screens out of them.)

You'll find these and her painted furniture and floor cloths at her ,, newly opened shop, the Silk Purse (1432 Front Ave. in Lutherville). She also sells the work of other local artists, plus antique furniture, glassware and bric-a-brac on consignment.

The shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (410) 494-7190 for directions.

It's an unusual but happy pairing. The Baltimore Applique Society and the Baltimore International Culinary College have teamed up for "Quilts and Cuisine of Baltimore," a three-day symposium and quilt exhibit. Participants can attend hands-on cooking demonstrations and classes in quilting for all skill levels during the event, which is being held at the college Oct. 4-6. Other highlights include a raffle quilt, a silent auction and vendor displays.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 (lectures and workshops are extra). The culinary college is located in the Commerce Exchange, 17 Commerce St., in downtown Baltimore. For more information, contact Jan Carlson at (410) 647-7442.

You've never seen anything quite like John Derian's glass and decoupage plates. He uses vintage paper goods to create art that's whimsical, beautiful and sturdy. They can be put on display like works of art, or they can be used as, well, plates. There are two sizes: The luncheon plates have a felt backing and can be wiped clean but not immersed in water. The platters are fully washable.

John Derian's plates can be found at the Kellogg Collection (6241 Falls Road). Prices range from $60 to $165.

This book is for every person owned by his or her cat. "The Cats' House" (Andrews and McMeel, $16.95) tells the story of the ultimate cat-friendly home -- and how it got that way. The writer, Bob Walker, and his wife started with one cat, Beauregard. They ended up adopting eight more and renovating their house for their cats' amusement. Besides tales of the couple's cats, the book has handsome color photos, architectural drawings and tips on creating the proper environment for your own feline.

In our throwaway culture, it's nice to know that if you break the blade of your food processor, you don't have to discard the whole appliance. Culinary Parts Unlimited stocks thousands of parts and accessories for old and discontinued small appliances. Call (800) 543-7549 to place an order or for more information.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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