Coloring inside the lines

Mural painting is a pretty intricate art. That is, unless it's paint-by-number. Then it's actually quite easy and uncomplicated. Looking for an imaginative, fun and simple way to decorate a nursery or child's room? Forget the wallpaper. Try Paint-By-Number Wall Art by Home Design Alternatives.

Wall Art simply involves tracing cutesy designs and painting by number. It comes as a kit with mural design, tracing paper, paintbrush, tape, outliner and acrylic paints, and with the claim that it can be done in 10 hours or less. Boys and girls designs range from nursery rhyme themes to music, sports, geography, animal themes and more.

Wall Art is available in three sizes and prices - 5 feet by 3 feet ($49.97), 9 feet by 5 feet ($79.97) and 11 1/2 feet by 6 1/2 feet ($99.97). As well as walls, the designs can be used on fabrics and furniture. It's available at www.wallartdesigns.com or by calling 877-925-5687.

On the road to safety

Barbara Kavovit is a woman's woman. In a man's-man sort of way. Based in New York City, she went from heading a major construction firm to operating her own company, Barbara K, which creates home repair/improvement toolkits specifically for women.

New to the Barbara K line is the Roadside Safety Kit for women, which contains jumper cables, lantern/flashlight, tire gauge, gloves, poncho, knee pad, cleaning rags, ice scraper, light sticks, funnel and S.O.S. banner, all in a waterproof carry case. And most important, a how-to book is included, with instructions on basic car repair and maintenance, how to identify car problems and a list of emergency numbers.

The kit retails for $39.99 and is available at JC Penney, Bloomingdale's, the Container Store and Linens 'N Things. Visit www.barbarak.com.

Cleanup commando unit

Company's coming for the holidays, and the house is in shambles, you say? Don't have a breakdown just yet. The experts at HGTV's Mission: Organization offer these tips for organizing your home:

Attack one room at a time, and bring a helper.

Get see-through storage containers, and label everything.

Toss out or donate some of your old clothing. Ask yourself if you need it, love it and will wear it.

For kids' rooms and playrooms, sort and dispose of items while the kids are away.

For the garage, purchase inexpensive shelving, wallboards with hooks or baskets for storage.

For more tips, visit www.HGTV.com.


Find unique gifts from 20 Mid-Atlantic museum shops, including the Supreme Court Historical Society, Johns Hopkins University Press, Delaware Museum of Natural History and the Battleship New Jersey, at the Carriage House Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. $5. Call 410-516-0341.

It's the annual "Garden of Lights" walk-through display (pictured) at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Friday-Jan. 11. More than 600,000 tiny colored lights decorate the gardens and landscape, with such displays as a persimmon tree and whimsical monster. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. each show day. $10-$15 per car/van. Call 301-962-1453.

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