Refinements at hand For the ladies in your life...


May 05, 2002|By Sara Engram | Sara Engram,Special to the Sun

Refinements at hand

For the ladies in your life, consider a handkerchief fit for the finest parlor. They can be hard to find in this era of disposable tissues. But if you're a fan of dainty things or are nostalgic for the days when a handkerchief was as prized for its needlework as for its usefulness, a shop in Ruxton has an assortment of charmers, from embroidered butterflies to fine lacework. Ladies handkerchiefs range from $9 to $35, at Linens & Lingerie, 7625 Bellona Ave. 410-825-1736.

Tea and memory

You can serve up memories as well as food with a glass-bottomed "memory tray" from Exposures. The tray has a removable back that allows you to create your own collage of photos, artwork or other keepsakes. The tray is 20" square by 3" deep and is available for $99 by calling Exposures at 800-222-4947, or by logging on to Exposures also carries a smaller cherry memory tray for $49.

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Time for breakfast!

With pleasant breezes and lingering blossoms, spring mornings are an invitation to treat someone you love to breakfast in bed. For whimsy, add a rooster or hen to the plate with Williams-Sonoma's farmyard pancake molds. A set of three includes a hen, rooster and barn, and sells for $16. Available at Williams-Sonoma stores or at

Queen of the dishwater

To liven up the more prosaic moments of life, how about a touch of glamour -- or at least humor -- for those inevitable stints at the kitchen sink. Hometown Girl offers dishwashing gloves gussied up with ruffled cuffs, satin bows and oversized dianmond rings (or at least a campy imitation). Find them for $34.95 a pair at Hometown Girl, 1000 W. 36th St. in Hampden. For more information, call 410-662-4438


* Ladew Topiary Gardens has opened for its 31st season, offering an outing the whole family can enjoy. Reservations are recommended for brunch in the cafe. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the 18th-century manor house or embark on the 1.5-mile nature walk through the 250-acre property. To plan your visit, call 410-557-9466 for information or log on to For brunch reservations, call 410-557-9570, Ext. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Children in grades 3 to 5 can learn to identify native trees in a walk with botanist Kevin Tunsion at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 15. Fee is $10; registration is required. Call 202-245-5898 or log on to

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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