Carve like an old salt Time was, fishermen spent the...


January 28, 2001|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Carve like an old salt

Time was, fishermen spent the winter months mending their nets, repairing their boats and maybe doing a little wood carving. If that's a tradition that appeals to you, you might want to take a workshop in name board carving from carver Winslow Womack at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Participants will learn how to carve incised letters and design their own name board for a boat (or, if boatless, for their den). Choose between two sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The fee is $45 ($40 for members) and registration is required. The museum is on Mill Street on the waterfront in St. Michaels. For more information, call 410-745-2916. The Web site is .

Sweet and sunny

For some people, the words "Palm Beach" bring to mind not pregnant chads and endless voting wrangles, but a simple and sweetly insouciant look from designer Lilly Pulitzer. Women of a certain style collect and treasure their "Lillies," clean-lined and quietly floral. Now you can get the sunny Lilly look in new bed and bath linens with the Lilly Pulitzer line from Dan River. Tigers cavort among fantasy flowers on duvet covers ($500 for full / queen) and pillow shams ($160 standard), left, in the blue and green Tiger Lilly pattern. The old two-toned French standard toile gets turned on its head in the vibrant pink, blue and green mansions of Palm Beach Toile ($525 for a full / queen duvet cover; $148 for a standard sham). Both feature coordinated sheets and bath items. Dressmaker details and occasional white rickrack trim guarantee that Lilly look. For retail information, call 212-554-5210.

-- K.M.

Cleaning power

We think of winter as the season of snow, but in reality, it's the season of slush, salt and mud -- much of which is destined to be tracked into your house and across your carpet. Dirt Devil comes to the rescue with its new Spot Scrubber handheld shampooer. The device has a rotating power brush to loosen stains, a quick spray to concentrate cleaning solution on the spot, and an extra long power cord. The Spot Scrubber can remove stains such as dried ketchup, red wine, muddy footprints and sticky soda from carpet or upholstery. It would be handy if an over-enthusiastic football fan should spill salsa on your beige recliner. The Spot Scrubber costs $49.99 and is available at major retailers nationwide. For more information, call 800-321-1134 or visit

-- K.M.

New-fangled traditional

When it comes to home furnishings, the very word "traditional" gives some folks claustrophobia. B&B Italia in Washington offers a breath of fresh air with the latest in Euro-style furniture. The Tulip chair, right, designed by American Jeffrey Bernett, enfolds the body in comfort but, for practicality, swivels 360 degrees ($2,150-$3,000 ). Cross modular storage units by Antonio Cittero, below, offer open shelves, drawers, hanging units, vertical horizontal sliding or folding doors with a strong graphic look (six-compartment unit, $2,000-$3,100). The D.C. store is at 1300 Connecticut Ave N.W., 202-955-8380. For more information on B&B Italia, call 800-872-1697.

-- K.M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol 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.

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