Putting all your eggs in one basket?

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April 04, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Add some decorative Easter touches to your home before the big day. Find an assortment of cutesy, novel and functional Easter products at various shops and online stores.

At www.redenvelope. com, you can pick up an adorable Ornament Tree ($18, far right, top), made of wrought iron. It holds eight ornaments and can easily serve as a centerpiece for any table. Ornaments are not included. At RedEnvelope, you'll also find an Egg Wreath ($48, above, top), with dozens of faux eggs nestled in a base of woven vines. Call 877-733-3683.

Walk into the Smith & Hawken store at 1340 Smith Ave. or the one in Chevy Chase at 8551 Connecticut Ave., or check out www. smithandhawken. com to get yourself the Rabbit Topiary ($79, right, second from top), which can be brought indoors or stay outdoors. The topiary, which stands 22 inches high, should be misted regularly. Smith & Hawken also offers Kiwi Egg Soaps ($22, right, second from bottom) and an Easter Nest ($34), which comes with faux eggs. Call 800-940-1170.

At Williams-Sonoma stores and on its Web site at www.williams-sonoma.com, items include an Easter Wall Basket ($52), Glass Egg Candy Jar ($20, right), Nest With Truffle-Filled Eggs ($39.50, left, above), Easter Egg Garland ($6) and more. Call 877-812-6235.

Get ready for Easter crafts

This year, in addition to purchasing Easter decorations, you might like to make a few of your own.

The folks at Home and Garden Television would be delighted to offer some tips and suggestions.

Holiday-themed programs all this week on HGTV offer how-to lessons on making Easter baskets, preparing Easter meals, painting eggs and more.

The Carol Duvall Show, which airs at 9 a.m. tomorrow through Friday, features lessons on making faux Faberge eggs with glitter and jewelry, making festive cookies and making an Easter tree.

TIPical Mary Ellen, which airs at 8 a.m. Tuesday, shows viewers how to make Easter gift baskets and homemade egg dyes.

Smart Solutions, which airs at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, demonstrates unique ways to decorate Easter eggs, how to make a fancy Easter cake and how to create a grown-up Easter basket with fresh desserts.

For more information, visit www.HGTV.com.

Events

* Enjoy Easter crafts, an egg hunt, live entertainment and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through April 11 at the "Bunny BonanZOO" event at the Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park. Free with admission, which is $8-$12. Call 410-366-LION.

* See new works by David Valdez at the exhibit Digital Photo Art (above) at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis, through April 30. A reception will take place 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Call 410-990-4540 for gallery hours.

* Pore over 34 rare botanical books from the Chicago Botanic Garden collection, as part of the Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, through July 15. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. Call 202-225-8333.

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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