Sisters, tiles and windows

It may seem odd that two sisters created a Web business called Five Sisters. But it's really not. Maryland-based siblings Lori Mellendick, the artist, and Stephanie McClure, sales and marketing manager, are two of five sisters. Simple as that.

Five Sisters: Fine Art and Painted Tiles offers hand-painted ceramic tiles featuring an array of themes, including new-baby, wedding, family-name, seasons, food, hobby and sports. All tiles are personalized with names or images of the customer's choosing.


Want to match a tile to a children's bedroom or your bathroom decor? Five Sisters will craft the tiles to complement rooms. Tiles arrive in 12 business days. Available with a wall-mounting or on a stand, the square tiles come in two sizes: 8 inches ($35) or 12 inches ($55).

Five Sisters has recently begun designing Vintage Hand Painted Windows ($225-$400), available in small, medium and large sizes. Images such as foliage, fruits or wreaths can be painted on the antique windows.


Visit on the Web or call 410-823-5411 for more information.

Mini-lights! Action!

There's something enchanting about miniature lights -- and not just in the wintertime. The new paperback book Decorating With Mini-Lights: 40 Sparkling Ideas & Projects for Home & Garden (Lark Books, 2003, $12.95) by Marcianne Miller offers inspiration, decorating suggestions and instruction for creating mini-light designs at all times of the year.

Learn to create lighted origami paper lanterns; make a patio umbrella cozier with lights affixed to its underside (below); place a trail of lights up a staircase; fill vases with mini-lights and set them in a fireplace; illuminate lace curtains, a window and a deck railing; or fancy up a dessert table. Decorating With Mini-Lights is available at area bookstores and at

Attending to the skin of a gift

The company eiei-o takes wrapping paper seriously. Very seriously. Believing that wrapping paper is as important as the gift inside, that it should bring about emotion and that it is the skin of the gift, eiei-o created a line of wrapping paper for the discriminating wrapper.

The collection of 24 contemporary styles -- ranging from graphically bold to minimalist line patterns to abstract art -- is diverse and appropriate for most any gift-giving occasion.

The paper comes in flat sheets and sells for $3.25-$4 per sheet or $7-$7.50 for two sheets, and is available at Chinoiserie, 1024 King St., Alexandria, Va. (703-838-0520) and the Written Word, 1365 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington (202-223-1400).


Visit for more information.


* Antiques fans are in for a treat Friday-Aug. 31. Maryland's largest antiques event, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, takes over the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. More than 550 exhibitors from around the globe present crystal, ceramics, lamps, paintings, textiles, jewelry and more. $8-$12; free for ages under 15. Call 301-933-6994.

* See a display of hooked rugs through Saturday at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center's Resident Artists' Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel. Traditional rugs, Oriental rugs and wall hangings will be exhibited, all created by senior citizens in a class taught by Montpelier resident artist Roslyn Logsdon. Free. Call 410-792-0664.

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.