From Catonsville to the Caribbean


November 02, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Artist Kelly Gary makes no secret of her affection for her hometown of Catonsville. She paints and sells Catonsville images on note cards, as large prints and original watercolors. And she's created a 2004 calendar of 12 local scenes of Catonsville, as well as Ellicott City, Oella and Arbutus. All calendar paintings are available as note cards ($10 for a box of 10), 14-inch by 11-inch prints ($25) and originals ($300).

Gary's talents extend beyond the environs of Catonsville, though. She paints numerous watercolors of the Caribbean islands like St. Bart's and St. Kitt's, available for sale on her Web site. And she paints original watercolors of people's homes. She'll come to your home (or business), and she'll paint from photographs. Orders may take from four to six months for completion. Prices for house portraits start at $350. Home portraits can be put on note cards and T-shirts, as well.

For more information or to order, visit or call 410-442-4608.

Calling all clumsy fixer-uppers

Got a home improvement project you can't quite master? Don't call the handyman, plumber, carpenter or electrician just yet. The new HGTV series What Have I Done?! is looking for you. The series, airing this fall, is looking for do-it-yourselfers who've tried their hand at a project, but things didn't turn out so well, and are now in dire need of professional help (home improvement help, that is).

If you'd like to appear on the show, and you live in the Baltimore / Washington area, e-mail your story to


* Take self-guided or curator-led walking tours of 15 private homes at the annual "Annapolis by Candlelight," 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Houses will include 41 Cornhill St. (pictured), built circa 1772. $35 self-guided tours or $75 curator-guided tours. Call 410-267-8146 for reservations.

* Hand-painted furniture, lamps, mirrors, tin and copper pieces, mantels, pediments and cornices will be on display and for sale at the open house event, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Deerfield Designs, 3625 Cameron Court, Ellicott City. Call 443-535-9000 or visit

Sun hurting your eyes?

Need some shade? Levolor / Kirsch Window Fashions has just come out with QuickShade, a temporary, fully-functional window shade that operates like a standard blind and can be installed in seconds.

QuickShade is made of high-quality pleated white paper, works with a cord and needs no clamps or clips. It uses a peel-and-stick adhesive. Available in two sizes (36 inches by 72 inches and 48 inches by 72 inches), it can easily be trimmed to fit smaller windows.

The shade is a cheap solution for homeowners needing privacy in basement windows, sheds or garages, apartment dwellers needing a short-term shade, folks undecided about window coverings or those waiting for custom blinds. QuickShade retails for $4.97 and $5.97 and is available at Lowe's and Wal-Mart stores.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, 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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