Pillow talk Forget e-mail, snail mail, voice mail and...


March 12, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | By Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF

Pillow talk

Forget e-mail, snail mail, voice mail and Diamond Vision at the ballpark. There's a new way to give your loved ones a message: Put it on their pillowcases.

Extracurricular of Baltimore offers a dozen brightly colored designs with messages. Some are simple, such as "I Love You," or "Congratulations" or "Mommy Loves You." Some are more complex, such as "Grandpa Sends You Kisses, Kisses and more Kisses."

There are even a few adults-only motifs that are quite, um, suggestive. The pillowcases are made of a no-iron blend of polyester and cotton and cost $16.99 each, or $15.99 each if you buy two or more. To order a catalog or pillowcases or get more information, call 410-484-9303, or visit the Web site at www.curri.com.

Kicking back

Are you one of those people who, when you get home from a hard day of work, all you want to do is put your feet up and relax?

What you need is an ottoman, and you can get one with a bit of an attitude from Linda L. Brown Studio, San Antonio. Although Brown has done a Texas-shaped hassock covered in cowhide, and a pair of giant reclining ruby slippers in moire, most of her pieces are more traditional round or square shapes covered in cowhide, animal prints or antique kilim carpeting.

There are also some delicious-looking "tuffets" in rich fabrics with lace, tassels and fringe. And she will do custom designs, some of them incorporating fabrics and keepsakes of the owners. Prices range from $75 for small ottomans to $7,000 for large custom pieces. To order, or for more information, call the studio at 210-828-5495. You can also visit the Web site at www.hometown.aol.com/sitdownlb/ myhomepage/business.html. -- K.M.

Whistle while you work

One of the most tiresome things about vacuuming is the monotonous roar of the vacuum cleaner. You can't hear yourself think, much less anything else. The Oreck Corp., manufacturer of high-tech vacuums, solves that problem by including a high quality FM receiver in the handle. Tune to your favorite classical, country, rock or screaming opinionated maniacs show and tune out the tedium.

The vacuum, which weighs 8 pounds, costs about $420 at retailers, or directly from Oreck. For information, call 800-989-3233. -- K.M.


* An exhibit of functional clay art by Silvie Granatelli and Michael Simon, which opened yesterday at Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave., runs through April 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 410-578-1919, Ext. 10.

* A Homeowner's Workshop, with a discussion of home inspection techniques, and solving problems with roofing, windows, siding and foundations, among other things, will take place at 1: 30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Brice House, 42 East Street, Annapolis. The speaker will be Bill Sherman, director of conservation at the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For information, call 410-267-7619.

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