Invitation Excitation


November 18, 2001|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

As creative entertaining has become more widespread, "Details, details, details!" has become a mantra of sorts. The alphas and the omegas of the party set the tone -- so why not send invitations that signal you're throwing a bash to remember?

Write Style Inc. has been creating invitations with panache since 1997, and the company's range is staggering. Spouses Ellene and David Pomerantz -- she's the gifted graphic designer, he's the computer / production whiz -- tailor inventive designs to the client and the occasion. Starkly modern or bejeweled, they can do it; a traditional rectangle or die-cut and elaborately folded, they can do it; twelve or twelve hundred, they can do it.

Write Style recently opened a design studio and showroom in Lutherville (clients who want references, note: the company counts among its corporate accounts the Johns Hopkins University and the National Aquarium).

Prices vary depending on the size and complexity of the order; for information, call 410-363-6668 or visit the showroom at 1407 York Road, in the Atrium Galleria.

And many funny returns

We honor the adage "it's the thought that counts" -- to be the recipient of someone's generosity is a privilege. At the same time, who among us hasn't privately wondered at least once, "What were they thinking?" after unwrapping, say, an economy pack of tube socks or some syrupy figurine.

Sears is sympathetic. It's sponsoring a "World's Funniest Gift You Returned" competition with a grand prize of a $5,000 Sears gift card ("gift certificate" to us laypeople). The company's literature gently suggests that a gift card is always appropriate, and will eliminate time spent in line to return items. Sears is throwing in a little corporate largesse: For every entry received, the retailer will donate $1 to the American Red Cross.

To enter, describe the gift in 150 or fewer words. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number, and submit by Nov. 28 via e-mail to (put "gift cards" in the subject line), or via U.S. mail to World's Funniest Gift You Returned, P.O. Box 1788, Paramus, NJ 70652. For more information, see www / giftcardcontest.

-- J.K.

Keep the home fires burning -- but safely

The statistic is sobering: more than 50,000 chimney fires were reported in North America last year. Professional cleaning is advisable, but if you can't schedule a timely appointment with a chimney sweep, or are interested in an economical alternative, try the Chimney Sweeping Log.

Here's how it works: the burning log disperses minerals that adhere to tar and creosote deposits in the chimney (these flammable deposits form every time a wood fire burns); a chemical action occurs seven to 14 days later, causing the deposits to become brittle, break away from the chimney walls and fall to the fireplace for easy removal. According the manufacturer, an independent lab performed tests to determine that burning one Chimney Sweeping Log can reduce deposits by more than 70 percent. And, the log was deemed nontoxic.

The Chimney Sweeping Log sells for $14.95 at some Ace Hardware, CVS, Eckert, Home Depot, Kmart, True Value Hardware and Walgreen's stores. -- J.K.


* Learn about the architecture and history of Maryland Avenue and Prince George Street, two of historic Annapolis' most significant thoroughfares: The Historic Annapolis Foundation will present a walking tour at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 (weather permitting). Participants should meet at the William Paca House, 186 Prince George St. The fee is $5, and reservations are required. For information, call 410-267-7619.

* For a taste of "Christmas in the Woods," visit a Victorian home at 10415 Stevenson Road in Stevenson through Nov. 25, and browse among antiques, collectibles and pieces by about 275 artisans. The display is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. It's closed on Thanks-giving. For information, call 410-486-3722, 410-879-3369 or 410-557-0316. -- J.K.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, 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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