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Oct 02,2006
Not since Austin Powers daringly paired a lilac and cobalt blue suit with a blue polka dotted shirt and red-and-white scarf in a 2002 hit movie have we seen such a profusion of prints, plaids and patterns in fashion. From the runways of New York to the showrooms of home products manufacturers across the country, designers and retailers are encouraging consumers to be bolder than ever when it comes to mixing and matching.  At Olympus ... [full story]
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Sep 29,2006
After a heat-- and drought-ridden summer in most areas of the country, it’s not unusual to see plenty of bare and brown spots in the lawn. With fall upon us, now is the ideal time of year to rid lawns of those bare spots by reseeding or planting new grass seed to ensure a full and lush lawn for next year. The first step to reseeding a lawn is to loosen the soil, removing any ... [full story]
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Sep 20,2006
The colorful season of fall is almost upon us. But before we can sit back and enjoy the changing leaves and cooler climate, there are a number of fall fix-up projects that every homeowner should consider in order to prepare for the ensuing months of winter. From weather stripping windows, to sweeping out the chimney, in addition to completing routine maintenance on your home it’s also a good time to take a look inside and ... [full story]
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Jul 28,2006
Some blame it on El Nino, others on La Nina.  No matter what the cause, the majority of the states in our Union are likely to experience the driest summer on record. The National Weather Service is predicting record high temperatures and drought conditions will prevail across parts of the Midwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the South. With conditions so dry, it's important for everyone to practice good water management practices.  Among the things ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
If you think the Super Bowl is only about the game, think again. It's also about the grub. In fact, 75 percent of Americans who watch the big game Feb. 3 will be munching while watching, according to the Alexandria, Va.-based Snack Food Association, a trade group representing the makers of snack foods.   BIG MIX FOR THE BIG GAME - This Chipotle-Honey Nut Mix is sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl party. ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
In a secluded Southern California neighborhood, where picturesque historic homes hug the rims of tree-filled canyons, a 21st century house has arrived.   GREEN LIGHT - The San Diego home of Susan and Steve Shuchter (top right) fits into this vintage neighborhood and takes advantage of the Mission Hills canyon views while using environmentally friendly materials inside and out, including ribbed channel glass (above). A high ceiling and open floor plan have made the new kitchen ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
Q: Enclosed is a photo of a dental cabinet that belonged to my father-in-law. It was given to him around 55 years ago by a dentist who was throwing it out. It was covered with many layers of paint and was used by my father-in-law to store paint supplies, brushes and tools for years. We decided to have it refinished and were told the wood is mahogany, the base is marble, and the glass knobs ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
Q: Enclosed is a photo of a brown colored scarab paperweight. Marked on the bottom is the image of a flower encircled by the words "Grueby Pottery - Boston - U.S.A." The scarab measures 4 inches long and it is in perfect condition. I have found a couple scarabs on the Internet, but they are matte green.   SCARAB PAPERWEIGHT - This scarab was made by W.H. Grueby of Grueby Pottery in Boston and would be ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Q: I am wondering if you might have any information on the vase in this photo. A friend gave it to me in 1976. All she told me was that it was very old. It stands approximately 24 inches tall and is in mint condition. The   AMPHORA - This vase was made by Amphora Porzellan of Austria in 1900 and would probably be worth $2,000 to $3,000. CNS Photo.  SHELLEY POTTERIES MARK - Shelley Potteries Ltd. ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
Q: The "Mr. Ed" puppet seen in this photo is in the original box and has never been opened. Pulling a string makes him move his mouth and talk. He says 10 phrases and has a mane made of yarn.   MR. ED - This Mr. Ed puppet is in the original box and has never been opened. It is probably worth between $200 to $250. CNS Photo.    PEARL CHINA CO. MARK - Pearl China Co. located ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Q: This is a framed, reverse painting that belonged to my grandmother around 1914. It is one of three that I inherited. The other two are scenes of the Titanic and a castle. The one in this photo measures approximately 30 by 18 inches. Other than some wear on the frame it is in good condition. I could not find an artist's signature.   REVERSE PAINTING - This reverse painting on glass was probably done in ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Q: During a recent trip to England, I purchased the porcelain candlesticks seen in this photo at an antiques shop near Oxford. I was told the candlesticks were made by Royal Crown Derby and paid about $100 for the pair. They are decorated with an Asian Imari pattern that is red, cobalt blue, green and gold against a white background. They do not have the usual crown mark on the bottom, just the number "7445" ... [full story]
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Jun 01,2007
Q: We are enclosing a photo of one of two matching clear glass compotes that were given to us in the late 1950s from a relative. The overall measurements of each are 7 inches wide and 12 inches high. Both are in mint condition. We were told that by turning each one upside down and placing the lid on top of the base, you could use them to serve pastry.   GLASS COMPOTE - This glass ... [full story]
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