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Interior designers and decorators have always known that silk and dried flower arrangements are a great way to enjoy the look of fresh flowers without the expense or maintenance of the real thing.

Virtually indistinguishable from actual blossoms, silk flowers can be combined with dried flowers and foliage, bows and simple objects to create warm accent pieces that add those all-important finishing touches to a home.

A full-color, 17-page guidebook, "Blooming Beauties," will show you how to make 16 original floral accessories for your own home. The book features detailed instructions, materials lists and step-by-step photos that allow even beginners to achieve professional results. As a bonus, there's even a guide to tying the bows needed for the projects.

From the formal elegance of the "English Garden Wreath" and "Lemon Leaf Basket" to the casual charm of "Buds and Blossoms Birdhouse" (pictured) and "Bucket of Blooms," the book has something for every taste and every season. There's even a Christmas wreath that features a tiny red birdhouse with a snowy roof.

The "Blooming Beauties" guidebook, No. HP2156, is $8.95.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at

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