It was a tough day for Dannemann by Design last Sunday, for which we apologize. Not only did we misspell the new store's name in this column, but also the photograph provided by the store and taken by Ted Hoffman was credited to a Sun photographer.
As part of "The Really Big Show," sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc., Antique Row will have an open house next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by shops on North Howard and West Read streets to get a free appraisal of your antiques and collectibles. At 1 p.m. next Sunday, Antique Row's "Really Big Auction" will be held at Harris Auction Galleries, 875 N. Howard St., with hundreds of antiques and special items.
Fighting tarnish has been simplified with Cape Cod Polishing Cloths because they work on silver, copper, pewter, brass and chrome. These multipurpose, polish-treated cloths involve little mess and less elbow grease. A kit comes with 12 individually wrapped, reusable cloths and a pair of plastic gloves for $15. Use those gloves, though: I was a little careless and found that the cloths also remove fingernail polish! If you have trouble finding Cape Cod Polishing Cloths, call (800) 682-4246 for a store near you.
Home decorators' heaven
The new Danneman by Design store, which caters exclusively to the home decorator, has everything a do-it-yourselfer could possibly want: designer fabrics at discount prices; a "fabric approval" plan where you can test-match a bolt at home before you buy the fabric; 1,200 cut-to-order fabrics with a 10-day delivery guarantee; the store's own line of upholstered furniture; and ready-made products such as window treatments, bedspreads, lamp shades and decorative pillows. You can get free decorating advice in the store and appointments in your home for a reasonable fee.
Danneman by Design is located in Severna Plaza on Ritchie Highway. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
"Nature Crafts with a Microwave" may sound like a bit of a joke, but this handsome paperback is actually a useful addition to any craftsperson's library. Published by Sterling ($14.95), "Nature Crafts" gives simple instructions on how to dry gourds, seeds, leaves, flowers, herbs, chili peppers and much more in the microwave, rather than waiting weeks and months. Color photographs illustrate the more than 80 projects, ranging from jewelry to wreaths to potpourri to baskets. It's a happy compromise for those who enjoy working with crafts but simply don't have as much time as they would like.
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