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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 122

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'SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 4 The Palm Beach Post SECTION H JUST SOLD INSIDE : (LA RDM ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES Because of the unusual shapes, it is easy to recognize late Victorian furniture. PAGE 3H JUST SOLD highlights homes that recently sold in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and West Palm Beach. PAGE 2H GARD EN r "i With a little planning, a ncinseny can offer Martha Stewart Sugar eggs make Easter baskets special ft Eggs are one of the earth's most perfect creations. Borrow a little of nature's maeic. and to. 1 Q 9 , i P 1 o ! I V t V-vi-vv.-.-.rT"-!"', 3 :V r-i.r.-:'--:i,4':-Tn.").-i create your own decorative Easter eggs using little more than sugar and water. Embellished with royal icing, they can be wonderfully whimsical or intricate; left unadorned, they are simple and elegant. All the supplies you need to make them are available from baking-supply stores. MAKING SUGAR EGGS Wait for a dry day for this project, since the sugar won't set as well if it's humid. And make some extras: Like real eggs, these are fragile and may break while you're working on them. The directions below may look daunting, but the project is really very easy. 1. Mixing and coloring the sugar. Place Experts - decorators! and moms -say the trick is passjng up the bunny wallpaper in favor of timeless furniture that will work for years. I 1 it - m ft ! it HA. r -ii By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer I ill 1 it ,W .V 4 lh cups ot superfine sugar (2 boxes) in a mixing bowl, and add 3 tablespoons water. Use your hands to work the water into the sugar. Add tiny drops of liquid or gel food coloring to reach desired shade. One batch You have a baby on the way, you're feeling ' II I K M F I .,41 , . , n ii ii ... . makes one large , ' ' N r 'V" . flush with impending parenthood, and that wallpaper laced with irresistible pink bunnies would look just great on the nursery walls. Stop. Think about it. Remember this child won't be a baby for long, and it will cost a lot of money and take a lot of time to remodel when those rabbits aren't so cute to a 7-year-old. Experts experienced moms and decorators recommend looking ahead before decorating the baby's room. Think about how the child's needs and wants will change in just a couple of years. Keep wall paint neutral, says Debbie Smith, a decorator with Kevin J. Loy Interiors in Boca Raton. Or "use a wallpaper border that's easily removed and replaced." "Stick to baby patterns on comforters," Smith says. Please see ROOM TO GROW2 SHERMAN ZENTStaff Photographer Chris Dean hand-painted Emily's walls but left space for Emily to finish when she's older. The bears are small enough to paint over later and the crib converts to a toddler bed. No growing pains: Making bedrooms ftuncfional and ageless to Teen Retreats, offers these tips for organizing children's B Take advantage of dead space. The area above or at the foot of a bed can hold shelves. A cork board on the back of an armoire door or bedroom door can display ribbons, certificates and other mementos. A high shelf above a door can hold delicate keepsakes. And the space underneath a bed can hold slide-out drawers. Don't forget smaller storage units. Legos should have their own labeled bin. So should Barbies, Beanie Baby's, crayons and action figures. Stacked on a shelf, colorful plastic bins make a room look cheery and neat. Linda Hallam, author of Kids' Rooms: Decorating Nurseries bedrooms in age-defying ways: Keep stuff off the floor. Consider colorful, stackable cubes for storing larger toys and clothes. Paint inexpensive bookshelves for a bright room accent and more storage space. Or attach wall shelves, letting the lowest one serve as a desk. And office supply stores can be a great source for less expensive storage solutions. Consider space-saving furniture. Companies such as This End Up offer bunk beds with drawers and desks attached. Armoires can keep a room tidy and house a future computer desk. Quoar Faetpr hfl;kPt egg (5 inches to 6 S u ga r E a s t e r b a s k e t inches m or holds sugar eggs and several smaller bunny. ones. To keep the sugar from drying out while you're working, cover it with a damp paper towel. . . 2. Molding. Pack sugar mixture firmly into egg-shape plastic candy molds. Some egg molds have one flat side on which the egg will sit; if you prefer an egg that's rounded on both sides, simply make two halves from the rounded half of the mold. 3. Baking. Heat oven to 200. Invert molded sugar onto a cardboard cake round or baking sheet. If it breaks or any cracks appear, repack and try again. Transfer cardboard round to oven. (Note: Cardboard will burn if the oven's too hot; if you have any doubts about the accuracy of your oven's thermostat, test it with a thermometer or use a baking sheet instead.) Eggs that are 6 inches or larger should bake for about 20 minutes, smaller eggs for about 10 minutes. Adjust baking times as necessary: When the egg is ready, the surface will feel firm when you press it gently with your finger. 4. Carving. Eggs can remain solid, but if you plan to hang them from ribbons or use them as boxes they should be hollowed out. Let egg halves stand at room temperature for about 2 minutes. Then hold one gently in your hand and hollow it out with a melon bailer or small spoon, leaving the shell V inch to V4 inch thick. The sugar that you scoop out can be reused for another egg. 5. Sanding. Smooth the rough edges so egg halves join easily: Rub the cut edge in a circular motion over sandpaper. 6. Joining halves. If you are decorating the eggs (see following), do so before you join the two halves. Pipe royal icing (recipe follows) onto edge of one egg half, then press other half against it. Hold in place for a few seconds, then set aside to dry. : Please see STEWART2 t-o t I! There are good reasons to plant container flowers, vegetables 'Scientific names bother people. ...We don't do it to be snobs. We use it (Latin) to be very precise. ' Walter Hewttson Biology professor Latin perfect language of gardeners By Mia Amato Universal Press Syndicate Some kitchen gardeners have only pots to grow in, yet manage container crops fruitful enough to be admired by those with acres of backyard space. Even if you're lucky enough to have a big plot to grow vegetables, there's good reason to have plants in pots in your kitchen garden. Certain herbs do best in pots: The true French tarragon must be wintered indoors, and sprightly spearmint spreads invasively if its roots are not confined. Lemon grass, essential to Thai cuisine, needs a pot because it is invasive. For vegetables, it helps to think of pots as portable raised beds. Here you can sow the first tender lettuces and keep them protected from slugs aiming to devour the tiny green leaves. Setting the pot off the ground on a table or in a saucer filed with sharp sand or wood ashes will keep the critters away. Portable vegetables can also follow the sun. I know a Sacramento, Calif., man who dearly want- Please see GARDENERS- Pointers on pots One large, deep container (18 to 24 inches) is better than many small ones. Deeper root-runs stay cool in the summer and don't need watering as often. Lighten up pots by filling the bottom third of each with polystyrene packing peanuts before adding soil mix. This plastic is neutral to plants and provides excellent drainage. Pots need large drainage holes to let air in and water out. If you're using a cachepot or pot-sleeve with no drainage holes, remove the nursery container for watering, let it drain, then replace it. Cluster containers in different sizes to soften the edges of a squarish patio or deck. A pair of large pots or urns can mark the entrance to a garden space, a row of pots help to set off a dining area within a garden space. tips to live by NYl W OR iMOTIVES Magic of lighting: Ceilings can be boring, adding nothing to a room. But that can be remedied. Try sending light up through plants onto the ceiling to create a wonderful romantic play of shadow. Use of floor up-lights or plant lights designed for this purpose is a simple way to add drama to your ceiling. There is a bonus, too. The extra light will softly illuminate the corners of your room, making it seem larger and warmer. Chip du Pont Interior Designer DuPont O'Neil & Associates By Steve Hatch The Boston Globe Latin. Ptui! I struggled with Latin for three years in high school. One year was required, apparently considered a worthy academic regimen. That's what I was told, repeatedly, as I asked, repeatedly: Why? I took a second year because I'd already invested the first, and for the third I went out of masochism, I suppose. I was kept after school almost daily for special tutoring. Today, I remember nothing, but I speak Latin a lot, and I have come to have a grudging respect for it. For Latin is the language of botany, of plants, and I am a gardener. "Every plant in the world has been given a name consisting of two words," Walter Hewitson, a biology professor at Bridgewater (Mass.) State College, told me recently. This "binomial" is made up of a 1 ase str LATlHiH . v 5 r -a

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