Maintaing that warm glowIsn't it romantic? Candles are...


August 29, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Maintaing that warm glow

Isn't it romantic? Candles are everywhere, in astounding variety. Illuminations, a candle retailer based in Petaluma, Calif., has just opened a store at The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. The shop has 2,000 square feet devoted to more than 1,500 candles and candle accessories. And the store itself is lighted mostly by candles.

Here are some of the things Illuminations suggests people do by candlelight:

* Dine at least one night a week

* Take a luxurious bath

* Watch a romantic video

* Sit on the porch

* Tell your kids a story

* Slow dance in the kitchen

Lunch is all boxed up

It's that time of year: School lunches and fund-raising bake sales are looming. Tupperware aims to help with the new Crystal Wave Lunch'n Dish ($10.50), a 4 1/2 -cup- capacity dish that has three compartments. It's microwaveable and even has a quick-release steam vent in the lid. To find a Tupperware representative near you, call 800-634-2400.

Wash your car -- legallyI

For all the Marylanders frustrated that water restrictions keep them from washing their cars, here's a way to keep the vehicles sparkling, whatever the governor says: KozaK Auto DryWash cloths clean and polish cars with no water whatsoever.

The cloths are 100 percent cotton, treated with a non-hazardous chemical formula that is said to attract dust and loose dirt. The company says the cloths clean the average car in about 15 minutes, and each cloth is good for at least 50 cleanings. They're guaranteed not to scratch any finish. The cloth alone won't remove sticky dirt, such as road tar, bird droppings or tree sap. For them, you can use KozaK's BJR (bug-juice remover), applied with a dropper. The cloths come in two sizes: 3.8 square feet, $9.95 plus shipping; or 4.5 square feet, $10.95 plus shipping. To order, or for more information, call 800-237-9927, or check out the Web site at


Clay as poetry is the theme of an exhibit sponsored by Baltimore Clayworks and the Howard County Board of Education. It's called "Teaching and Talking Through Clay: Artist-Teachers and Their Students" and features the work of 15 pairs of teachers and students. The exhibit opens tomorrow at the Howard County Board of Education Gallery, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; admission is free. For more information, call Baltimore Clayworks at 410-578-1919, or check the Web site:

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

Pub Date: 08/29/99

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