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2H THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 Look for convertible furniture AHEA HOT PROPERTIES JUST SOLD highlights homes that recently sold throughout Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Realtors are invited to send photos and information to Just Sold, Home & Garden section, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. Just Sold and paint it, and stamp it with rubber stamps of little ducks or bears or things like that," says Nkenge Gude-Sapp, mother of 2-. year-old Nicholas. Cover it with a neutral paint as the child gets older. Other personal touches: "Take old jars from Goodwill, draw pictures on front and use them to store Q-tips, cotton balls, stuff you need to keep near baby," says Gude-Sapp, of Atlanta. Some moms turn brightly colored and inexpensive children's sheets into curtains and window hangings. (Don't bother with 200-thread-count for this task. Cheap will do just fine) And colors like bright yellow or turquoise won't become obsolete as the child grows. And as a child gets older, try displaying their drawings and paintings in inexpensive, brightly colored metal or wood frames. This way, kid's bedroom walls feature a revolving exhibit of their masterpieces and the room seems to grow at the same pace as the child. vertible furniture. "There are changing tables that turn into a chest or a night stand after you're finished changing diapers," says Smith. And though they've gotten mixed reviews, convertible cribs can grow with a child into at least toddlerhood. (Some moms say the bed's mattresses can be flimsy and don't offer enough space for a parent to join the child in bed. Others particularly older moms having just one child - say they're great. Experts recommend considering whether you will be having another child before purchasing a convertible crib. If an older child is using the crib as a bed, you're going to need to purchase another crib anyway.) Some moms make do without purchasing furniture, foregoing a new changing table, for example, in favor of an old desk. The desk can be used for its original purpose as the child gets older, and storing diapering supplies in a top drawer out of sight makes for a neater room. "You can take old furniture ROOM TO GROW From 1H Mothers suggest steering away from "theme" rooms featuring Disney characters or Winnie the Pooh, for example that are geared toward infants. Characters are fine for accents a lamp, a pillow, removable decals or a mobile but they won't work when kids are older. "I suggest using the alphabet or rainbows or a nice scenery so the room grows with the child," says Maribel Bermudez, mother of 5-year-old Miguel Jr. and 13-year-old Clarissa. "Decorating becomes expensive, so you want it to last as long as possible." Another good theme: outer space. Children won't quickly outgrow glow-in-the-dark stars on a dark blue ceiling, says Bermudez of West Palm Beach. Bermudez limited her baby furniture purchases to a crib and picked out a dresser in light colored wood that can be used forever. Other parents look for con ; .4 la.-' "A' Store sugar eggs to use next year What it sold for: $145,000 Street address: 6817 High Ridge Road Neighborhood or subdivision name: High Ridge City: Lake Worth County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 53 Square footage: 2,384 (living) Amenities: two-car garage, screened patioporch, CBS construction Year built: 1969 Sold by: Clay Bass, Southdale Properties Inc. Listed by: Clay Bass, Southdale Properties Inc. What It sold for: $168,000 Street address: 7676 150th Place N. Neighborhood or subdivision name: Palm Beach Country Estates City: Suburban Palm Beach Gardens County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 2,652 (living); 3,338 (total) Amenities: 1.3 acres, paved road, screened pool, fireplace, tile roof Year built: 1983 Sold by: Alan Morgan, Berman Realty Listed by: Margaret Berman, Berman Realty ,1 SV Displaying sugar eggs Here are some ideas for displaying sugar eggs: D Egg ornaments: Suspend smaller eggs from flowering branches, indoors or out. Tie a knot in the middle of a 12-inch length of ribbon; before joining egg halves, pipe icing onto edge of one half, then lay the ribbon onto icing with knot just inside egg; dot more icing onto ribbon, and press other egg half into place. Let dry. Tie ribbon ends into a small bow. Egg boxes: Make eggs with one flat side, and leave two halves unattached. Hide jelly beans or other treats inside. Egg baskets: Arrange sugar eggs in Easter baskets, as you would real eggs. The plastic molds used to make sugar eggs are available in lots of shapes, so you can even make a sugar basket to hold the eggs and a sugar bunny to accompany them. Storing sugar eggs: Keep sugar eggs from one year to the next: Wrap in plastic to keep pests out, nestle in a box with padding, and store in a cool, dry place; Pipe designs onto egg halves. For more elaborate decorations, use leaf and star tips. Let dry. Flocking: Pipe icing onto an egg, then spoon sugar (tinted or white) over it immediately. Continue, piping and sugaring one small area or design at a time. Let dry, then gently brush off excess sugar. Royal icing 5 tablespoons meringue powder Scant V2 cup water 1 pound confectioners' sugar Beat all ingredients on low speed with paddle attachment until fluffy, 7 to 8 minutes. Thin with water to desired thickness: Use stiff royal icing to glue egg halves together and to pipe on decorations like flowers. Medium-stiff icing is good for piping lines. If not using icing immediately, leave at room temperature covered with a damp paper towel. Makes about 3 cups STEWART From 1H DECORATING SUGAR EGGS Decorate eggs with a sprinkling of sugar or piped-on royal icing, which hardens as it dries. Or use a combination of the two in a technique called flocking. Sugaring: Make stripes or plaids, or cover the entire egg with sugar. Dab small amounts of powdered coloring into superfine sugar, or leave it white. Combine two egg whites with a few drops of water (less than a teaspoon); beat with a fork until frothy. Paint egg whites onto sugar egg with a soft paintbrush. Then spoon sugar generously over wet egg whites, and gently shake off excess. For plaid eggs, make all the sugar stripes in one direction, then let dry, about 15 minutes. Next, make the stripes in the other direction, painting whites directly over the first stripes. Icing: Tint Royal Icing with liquid or paste colors, and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small round icing tip (No. 1 or No. 2). 11 What it sold for: $99,000 Street address: 4567 Brook Drive Neighborhood or subdivision name: Lakeside Green City: West Palm Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 1,948 (total) Amenities: water view, two-car garage, community recreational activities Year built: 1984 Sold by: Gary Montey, Coldwell Banker Listed by: Nikki Calabrese, Jane Holz Realty Inc. What it sold for: $218,000 Street address: 5565 DesCartes Circle Neighborhood or subdivision name: Colors Le Palais City: Boynton Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 43 Square footage: 3,074 (living); 4,310 (total) Amenities: alarm, covered patio with screened pool, community recreation Year built: 1991 Sold by: Karen Miller, Prudential Florida Realty Listed by: Scott and Karen Miller, Prudential Florida Realty Don't fret if citrus trees drop excess fruit HP" 1 J-.fjiR. f rrr Gene Joyner in .. aV.. Cir? . Some people are pruning now, which is fine. Remember, though, that all the limbs that you are cutting off will be reducing your fruit yield for the fall and winter. For more information on citrus, call the Extension Service Master Gardener Line at 233-1750 in the north and central county area (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or 276-1260 in the south county area (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday). If you like palms and cycads, don't forget to attend the palm and cycad sale next Saturday and Sunday at Morikami Park in Defray Beach. There will be hundreds of plants from which to choose. Gene Joyner is an urban horticulturist with the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension , II Most citrus trees have completed their bloom period and should have a lot of young, developing fruit. Often, it's too much and the excess falls off. Don't worry. This is natural. If we have bad weather, fruit loss may increase sometimes because of high winds. Also, this still is our official dry season, although many areas have had a lot of rain. If trees become stressed from either too much or too little water, fruit is released by the tree. If you see the fruit dropping off green or yellow-green in color, this is a sign of normal abortion. If the fruit turns brown or black before it drops, it could indicate a disease problem. The problem likely can be corrected by using a fungicide. If your tree has a fungus problem, the use of copper products usually will help. If you have a sprinkling system around your citrus, make sure it's not coming on too frequently because too much water will stress citrus roots and cause an increase in fruit loss. A once-a-week watering is about all citrus requires. Make sure you're taking good care of your dooryard fruits. Fertilize three to four times a year with a good quality fruit tree fertilizer and make sure any pests or disease problems are quickly corrected. What it sold for: $115,500 Street address: 831 Ivy Drive City: Wellington County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 2,487 Amenities: bnck exterior, vaulted ceilings, formal dining, screened patio Sold by: Waldo Vincenty, ReMax Realty Wellington Listed by: Jason Colman, ReMax Realty Wellington What It sold for: $230,000 Street address: 6359 Longleaf Pine Drive City: Jupiter County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 33 Square footage: 2,512 (living); 3,882 (total) Amenities: two-story lakefront, pool Year built: 1989 Sold by: Ann Clarke, Prestige Realty Group Inc. Listed by: Ann Clarke, Prestige Realty Group Inc. I M II (OH i 1 1 n Wi I wrmM w 9wr s i . 1998 YMCA Easter House ...a $260,000 Home!' Located off SW Mapp Road. 13 miles south of Slate Road 714. Palm City. 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