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December 19, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Crafting furniture gives teens fresh start

Fells Point has long been known for its waterfront views. For its cobblestone streets and narrow lanes. For its eclectic shops and charming pubs. But for its furniture-making? Not exactly. But ask any of the young furniture-makers enrolled in the Living Classrooms Foundation's Fresh Start program, and they'll tell you: Fells Point is their High Point. It's where they create their outdoor wooden furniture.

The 10-month Fresh Start program provides hands-on job training for local at-risk youth, ages 16 to 19. Along with guidance from carpentry instructors, the students hand-make and sell Adirondack-style furniture pieces, including the "Fells Point Chair" (above, right, $220), the "Fells Point Footrest" (shown above with chair, $60), and the "Fells Point Rocker" (left, $250). Also available: a double rocker (above, center, $500), double chair ($440), child chair ($85) and more. Pieces, which may be custom-ordered and sized, come in red and gray cedar. The students also craft larger items, including picnic tables and, recently, a child's bed in the shape of a boat. Pieces take one to six weeks to complete. And students share the profits from sales.

To order, call 410-685-0295, ext. 234.

Fragrant stockings

Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers, gifts for friends or goodies for yourself, the Thymes has an array of delightfully scented home, bath and body products from which to choose. Find candles, mists, soaps and more, in various scents.

You needn't be a tree-hugger to appreciate the new limited-edition Luminaria Frasier Fir Candle ($26), with its seasonal fragrance of fir needles, cedarwood and sandalwood. Other items include the prepackaged Olive Leaf, Eucalyptus or Lavender scented Thymes Gift Sets ($50-$160), the Blooming Hyacinth or Neroli Blossom Poured Candle (right, $26 each) and the bathroom Sink Sets With Caddy (left, $23).

Items are available at specialty retailers or online at www.thymes.com. Call 800-366-4071.

Cleanup made easy

You've been plenty busy prepping for the holidays. Cooking, cleaning and decorating. And while you've made quite a dent on the preparation end, you know the joy of cleaning up is still to come. But Laura Dellutri, also known as the Healthy Housekeeper, and author of Speed Cleaning 101, offers these quick and easy cleanup tips for after the holiday meal and hoopla:

Keep your sink full of hot, soapy water, and add dishes as they come.

Use new battery-powered dishwashing brushes. They're inexpensive and work great on baked-on foods.

Clean up floor spills with a microfiber flat mop. Microfiber can be tossed into the washer and dryer.

Add a half cup of bleach to your dishwashing load to kill germs on dishware.

Visit www.healthyhousekeeper.com for more tips.


Celebrate Kwanzaa, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tour the museum's African art collection, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, and see an array of masks, including the 19th-century Female Mask (Ngaady Mwaash), which is pictured. Also, visitors can join a mask-making workshop, watch a dance performance and enjoy storytelling, films and more. Free. Call 410-396-6314.

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