Apple Annie's has a little bit of everything, from Victorian to Southwestern, country to contemporary. "And 95 percent of it is made by local hand crafters," says owner Mary Anne Dunn. The new Cockeysville craft and gift store also sells some antiques.
Here are baskets, handmade oak and pine furniture, gifts and decorative accessories reasonably priced between $5 and $500.
If the name sounds familiar, Apple Annie's was at Towson Town Center for a year, but it's more at home among the craft and antiques shops in Cockeysville than in a mall.
Apple Annie's, 10701 York Road, is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Low on gloss, high on how-to
The new gardening magazine Garden Gate isn't for everyone. It's a folksy chat about gardens using a first-person writing style and words like "kinda" for "kind of." Those who want sophistication and high style in their magazines won't find it here.
But they will find plenty of step-by-step information, color photos and illustrations -- and no ads. The current issue includes stories on low-growing perennials and dwarf shrubs, building a compost bin and site analysis, the first step in garden design. Garden Gate is published six times a year by August Home Publishing. An annual subscription costs $19.95. Call (800) 978-9631 for more information.
Florist and trend watcher Rocky Pollitz, speaking recently to the annual symposium of the American Institute of Floral Designers, summed up the latest looks in florals for his listeners:
* Flea market Americana: Flowers arranged in their natural growth patterns. Antique containers, twig baskets, bird houses, copper teapots. Old-fashioned blossoms like carnations, sunflowers and daisies, cattails and grassy weeds.
* Art Deco: Simple rounded silhouettes. Brights and pastels, embellished containers. Globe- and flute-shaped blossoms like viburnum, calla lily and tulip. Minimum and unusual foliage.
* Neo-modern: Sculptural and sparse. Simple bases in glass, wood, polymer and woven foliage. Exotic flowers like anthurium, orchid and freesia. Greens can accent or stand alone.
* Baroque panache: Romantic and unconstructed. Masses of blossoms, preferably pastels, dripping from urns and pedestals. Roses, spring bulbs, lilies. Fruit sprinkled with gold dust. Cascading foliage.
Follow Mr. Pollitz's advice, and your flower arrangements can reflect the style of your home -- unless it's like most of ours, an eclectic mix of all of the above.
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