Feathering your nestWhat owner Kitty Knoedler (right...

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November 08, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Feathering your nest

What owner Kitty Knoedler (right) calls "feather-your-nest kind of things" abound at Southern Accent, a new shop in Fells Point that features housewares, linens, decorative items and gourmet goods, among other items. There are clocks, dishes, vases, picture frames, pillows, candles, aromatic soaps and bath oils, artwork and "little crafty furniture." One of the shop's best-selling items is a fur-clad sleeping cat figure, which is so real-looking people tap on the window to wake up the one on display. The cats come in several colors and cost $48 if they're silent, $58 if they meow when you pick them up. The shop is at 1623 Thames St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

On the waterfront

A glass and concrete home on a cliff in Malibu, a stucco "organic fantasy" in Cannes and a moated, 12th-century Belgian castle are just three of nearly three dozen dwellings featured in "Living on the Water," a new coffee-table book from art and architecture historian Elizabeth McMillian (Rizzoli, 1998, $50). All the houses have some connection to the water; some are on the seaside, some are on rivers or beside waterfalls, some are on islands. All are worth dreaming about. The book is available at booksellers nationwide.

Seeds of time

Botanical illustrations commissioned by Burpee, the seed company, adorn the 1999 Garden Calendar. The calendar is just one of the items in the fall Burpee catalog. Images for 1999, which date from 1889 to 1919, include sweet peas, pansies, African daisies and the Matchless tomato. The 11-inch by 14-inch calendar is $12.95 plus $4 shipping and handling. To order the calendar, or to request a copy of the free catalog, call 800-888-1447.

EVENTS:

* It's beginning to look a lot like holiday time, with lots of holiday-decorating events going on. Here are a few:

Homewood House Museum, at 3400 N. Charles St., will offer Scents of the Season Family Program, a craft workshop on creating gifts that were popular in early-19th-century America. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $6 per person. Reservations required. Call 410-516-5589.

Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., is featuring a holiday workshop and open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be information on making decorations and on holiday specialty plants, plus activities for children. Free. For more information, call 410-367-2217.

Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court St. in Westminster, is holding its 25th annual Mistletoe Mart, with 37 crafts people, artists and specialty shops offering jewelry, stained glass, herbal gifts, dolls, pottery and other items. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit community outreach programs. For more information, call or 410-876-0736.

* The Antique Warehouse at 1300 in Federal Hill is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an open house Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event features a raffle for a $500 gift certificate good at any of the co-op's 35 dealer booths. The price of each raffle ticket is a nonperishable canned good, which will be donated to Baltimore's Center for Poverty Solutions. The co-op is on Key Highway at Jackson Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 410-659-0663.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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