Making bath time fun


September 04, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

The kids' bath time has become more than a struggle. The crying, the pleading -- it's a nightly ritual. If only they enjoyed bath time. What can you do? Pier 1 Kids has a suggestion. The children's furniture store has just introduced its new Bath Collection for boys and girls.

Colorful, fun and kid-cool, the collection includes shower curtains, towels, bath rugs, soap dispensers and dishes, trash cans, tissue holders, toothbrush holders and more. The boys' line features a sports motif (left) and a camouflage theme, while the girls' line offers a brightly colored multistripe pattern (below). All designs complement current Pier 1 kids' bedding and accessories. Prices range from $5 for a Multi Stripe Toothbrush Holder to $15 for a Soccer Ball Tissue Holder to $49 for a Camouflage Shower Curtain.

Items are available at or at Pier 1 Kids stores at 7651 Arundel Mills Blvd., Suite 3, Hanover (443-755-9220), and 31 Grand Corner Ave., Suite B, Gaithersburg (301-840-1333).

Color them easy

Choosing new paint shades is challenging, frustrating and often messy. You've had it with wet paint samples on your walls. You want a mess-free way of testing an array of colors. Impossible, right?

Not at all. Glidden just introduced the Color@Home Peel & Stick paint samples. The self-adhesive, repositionable swatches can be placed on a wall, removed and restuck as needed, until you find the ideal color schemes. Swatches measure 3 3/4 inches by 6 inches and come in six collections of 10 colors. Each collection features coordinating colors to help in your selection of accent and trim shades. Palettes include a "Sage" theme with rich natural colors, and a "Tween" theme with pinks and lime greens.

Color@Home Peel & Stick paint samples sell for $2.99 per palette at Home Depot stores. Or purchase online at

Yoga fans can keep in touch

Looking for an unusual gift for the yoga lover in your life? You'll find the adorable, new Yoga Art Cards -- which display paintings of various yoga postures and Sanskrit phrases -- for sale at area shops. The note cards feature original art by Baltimore artist and Midtown Yoga Center owner Kim Manfredi. The cards were designed by Baltimore graphic artist Debbie Saag. The two artists -- who are also yoga practitioners and teachers -- started their own fine art company, Inner Visions, this-year. The folded note cards and accompanying envelopes are sold four to a pack. Cards, which measure 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches, come in three different series, with four images to a series. The cards sell for $8 at Midtown Yoga Center, Susquehanna Yoga Studio, Ojas, 2 Hot Art Chicks and other shops. Call 410-234-8967.


* Visit Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for an open house and plant sale. Tour the Cylburn mansion, buy woody plants, perennials, house plants and gardening books, vote for the All-America Selections 2006 Annual of the Year, take a guided garden walk with a naturalist and enjoy an ice-cream social. All events are free, except the ice-cream social, which is $5; $3 ages 3-10. Call 410-367-2217.

* Linoleum block prints by Anita Hagan and mixed-media paintings by Sandra Ritchie Miller will be on display through Sept. 18 at the Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis. Pictured is Miller's enamel on Lucite work called Starshine. Call 410-222-1777.

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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