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  • Home and garden briefs for Jan. 22: Mark your calendar for these upcoming gardening events

    February and March will bring several shows and exhibitions to the area. Mark your calendar so you won't miss these upcoming events: •Friday-Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Virginia Flower and Garden Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia...
  • Ornaments deck the halls with craft, creativity and creatures

    Ornaments deck the halls with craft, creativity and creatures
    They're charming. They're glitzy. And they're often amusing. Holiday ornaments have moved beyond simple glass balls and icicles that catch the light. And with the current appreciation for handcrafted goods, today's ornaments include felted animals...
  • Grateful for snoozing and taking it Big Easy

    I asked some buddies at dinner the other night what time they get up, for I sense from early morning emails and texts that I am the last man in America to get out of bed. The first guy, Jon, said 4:30, and the second guy, Big Wave Dave, said 3:30. I...
  • Pine needles make excellent mulch

    Pine needles make excellent mulch
    Can we take the pine needles under our pine tree to mulch our shrubs? We tried to grow grass under the pine tree, but now we're trying to establish ground cover there. Pine needles make an attractive, highly sought-after mulch. They have been mulching...
  • Personal renewal starts at 5 a.m., just don't forget the coffee

    So I am in my second week of getting up too early; 5 a.m. some days. Staring back from the mirror at that hour is a bushy-browed James Whitmore, the avuncular family man from "Guns of the Magnificent Seven." Who knew personal renewal could be such a...
  • At 81, ceramic artist Dora De Larios still creates for new audiences

    At 81, ceramic artist Dora De Larios still creates for new audiences
    For almost six decades, Los Angeles ceramic artist Dora De Larios has been creating one-of-a-kind vessels, sculptures and monumental architectural installations embellished with fanciful flora, fauna and mythological characters. Now, at 81, despite a...
  • Thornton Abell remodel in Palisades honors past, opens brighter future

    Is the legacy of a Case Study architect a burden or a blessing? For Brenda Spira, the renovation of her Thornton Abell-designed Pacific Palisades home was both, providing an attempt to honor the past and an opportunity for her to move forward. Spira...
  • Natural dyeing's future may get brighter with science

    Natural dyeing's future may get brighter with science
    A giant steel pot filled with indigo dye is the center of activity at Jane Palmer's industrial work space, Noon Design Studio and Natural Dye House. "Today it is indigo, but on any given day, we dye using all natural elements in a variety of interesting...
  • Tiny Laguna Beach condo feels roomier with ship-shape design concepts

    Tiny Laguna Beach condo feels roomier with ship-shape design concepts
    There are walk-in closets in Malibu larger than Steven Jones' Laguna Beach home. So when it came time for the designer to decorate his 320-square-foot pied--terre overlooking St. Ann's Beach, he treated the space as if he were designing a boat....
  • Praying mantis egg cases on your Christmas tree could pose problems

    Praying mantis egg cases on your Christmas tree could pose problems
    We found a praying mantis egg case on our Christmas tree. Will it freeze if we put it outside or should we keep it in a terrarium till spring? Your warm house will cause the eggs to hatch prematurely, and you will have tiny and cute, but fragile,...
  • Margee McKinney: Florist splashed weddings, lives with color

    Margee McKinney: Florist splashed weddings, lives with color
    Roses, lilies, snapdragons — the eclectic reflection of whatever was in season in Margaret "Margee" McKinney's garden always adorned her College Park home. "We never sat at the dinner table without fresh flowers," said her son, Steve McKinney, 65,...