Animal craftersIf pets are part of your family, you'll...

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January 24, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Animal crafters

If pets are part of your family, you'll certainly want to make them part of your decor. The book "Dog Crafts," by Bobbe Needham (Sterling/Lark, 1997, $14.95) offers "More than 50 Grrreat Projects," including a dog-leash rack with shelf; puppy place mats; a four-poster bed and bedding; a Scottie-themed quilt; and a "Wipe Your Paws" towel just for the pooch. There's even a "yuppie puppie" post-modern-style dog house. Besides the household items, there are garments, holiday ornaments, doggie costumes and doggie treats. Most of these charming craft projects, invented by artists and designers, are fairly simple, but some require slightly more than basic sewing or carpentry skills. And for those who care for cats, there's a companion book, "Cat Crafts: More Than 50 Purrfect Projects," by Dawn Cusick (Sterling/Lark, 1997, $14.95). Available at booksellers.

House painting

How to transform a house using decorative painting techniques is the subject of "Debbie Travis' Painted House," a new program from WGBH in Boston that appears on Maryland Public Television at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

Among the techniques Travis explores are murals, gold leafing, wood graining, embossed paper and stenciling. One program transforms an ordinary kitchen into a pastel '50s-style diner; another creates the romance of Morocco in a bedroom. Travis, trained as an artist, first became popular on Canada's Women's Television Network; now her shows have appeared in some 50 other countries. Her first book was "Debbie Travis' Painted House," (Clarkson Potter, 1997, $29.95). A book called "Debbie Travis' Decorative Solutions" will be out later this year.

Laser greetings

When greeting-card giant Hallmark started using a new laser device to streamline production, company officials wondered if it could be used for more, and challenged artists to explore its potential. The result is Laser Gallery, a new line of cards. There are 84 designs in greeting cards and in paper sculptures. Some are simple cutouts to enhance a standard design, but others are amazingly complex, featuring mermaids, dragons and angels, and could double as decorative items. Laser Gallery designs cost from $1.95 to $4.95 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

EVENT:

* How to create a backyard pond is the subject of a talk by Charles Thomas of Lilypons Water Gardens, Lilypons, Frederick County, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the administration building classroom at the National Arboretum in Washington. Entrances are on New York Avenue Northeast and on R Street Northeast, off Bladensburg Road. Participants should bring a sketch of their house and yard. Fee is $12; registration is required. Call 202-245-4521.

Pub Date: 01/24/99

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