Displaying a new dimension in gifts


October 27, 2002|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

Believe it or not, the end of the year is quickly approaching, which means another holiday season and another search for unique, personal gifts.

The Art & Framing Council offers some suggestions for creating one-of-a-kind, meaningful offerings, with just a little help from your local custom picture framer.

Photographs and art can be nice choices, especially family portraits, but framers' abilities don't stop there:

* For kids, frame mementos of achievements (scouting badges, dance recital shoes and costumes) or souvenirs (concert or sports tickets, program and photograph).

* For fishing enthusiasts, group lures, flies and a photo; for golfers, assemble golf card, tee, ball and a photo; for the flea-market enthusiast, frame antiques.

* For collectors, try assembling the best baseball cards, coins or stamps.

"Use your imagination," says framing council executive director Kim Ahern, "because professional framers can frame just about anything."

Rattan, sleek and modern

Wicker can call to mind summer cabins by the sea or country kitsch design, but the new rattan collection from Umbra uses modern lines that fit right in with fall.

The Duo Tables, sold as a set for $199.99, are two coffee tables that nest together, each with a built-in shelf for storing books or magazines. The tables are available in natural, a warm tone, or espresso, a dark, deep brown. Umbra's rattan collection also includes three mirrors in bold patterns: Bliss ($39.99) is a raised circular mirror measuring 20 inches in diameter on a square sunburst border; Fairest ($29.99) is a 15 1/2 -inch circular mirror with a spoked frame; and Ola ($49.99) is a 24-inch elliptical mirror whose woven frame forms a letter "O."

The Umbra rattan collection is available at Linens 'N Things in Towson, Big Iguana Company in Baltimore and Su Casa in Baltimore, or call 800-387-5122 for the retailer nearest you. The pieces can also be purchased at www.umbra.com.

Paint all the walls for $6

Trying to decide whether cerulean would make your bedroom serene or leave you feeling blue? Or whether deep brown would create a cozy space or a crowded one? Thanks to new software from Glidden, guesswork is removed from the color equation.

With Color@Home II, you can take photos of your own rooms, import them into the program and virtually paint and repaint until you find the perfect hue -- without adding layers to your walls. (The software is an upgrade of the original version, released in 2000, which didn't allow users to use their own photos.)

See how any of the company's 648 interior and exterior colors look in or outside your home. Color@Home II sells for $5.97 and is available at Home Depot stores and other retailers that carry Glidden paints.


* Artistic Endeavors, a holiday show and sale featuring the work of Maryland crafters, takes place Nov. 3 at Village of Cross Keys Clubhouse, 5100 Falls Road. Those taking part include Nancy Adler Moye, Heidi Wetzel and Winter Moon Designs. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Clay Orbit presents Hot Fire, a solo exhibit featuring the raku pots of Susan H. Gladstone, Nov. 1-24. Clay Orbit is a small gallery is at 10918 York Road, at the north end of Antique Row in Cockeysville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-329-1440 or visit www. clayorbit.com.

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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