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Company’s coming. Is your dinnerware ready? Now is the time to take stock of your fine dinnerware and make sure it’s looking its best for entertaining.China, crystal and silver deserve careful handling, so we turned to the experts at Replacements Ltd. for advice on cleaning and caring for them. The North Carolina company is known for selling individual pieces to replac…

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Artists often create many different kinds of art: paintings, etchings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, marble sculptures, bronzes and perhaps designs for commercial products. So it is possible to buy a piece of jewelry by Alexander Calder for far less than one of his large mobiles. Or an electric fan or pedal car designed by Viktor Schreckengost, who is best known fo…

Orchard Park Garden Club will sell fresh and dried arrangements, wreaths and more during Holiday in the Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic train depot, behind the Orchard Park Library. The sale benefits Beautify Orchard Park and the Western New York Railway Historical Society....East Aurora Garden Club will hold its Christmas “Celebration of Friendship” luncheo…

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The Chinese enameling called cloisonne has been made for centuries. A thin metal wire is bent into shape on a metal vase and soldered into place. Then colored enamels are floated in to fill each space and form the decoration. The word “cloison” is French for “fence” and is the source of the word cloisonne. But there also was another type of enamel-on-metal object m…

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its annual luncheon and friendship floral exchange at noon Thursday in Brierwood Country Club, 5324 Rogers Road, Hamburg.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. Fax: 849-3445. email: smartin@buffnews.com. All items must…

Attics and basements are the obvious places to store seasonal, overflow and keepsake items. But before you shove a bunch of cardboard boxes into the dark attic or damp basement, consider how and where to store your items so they’ll be in good condition and easy to find.• Excess and access: First, take a few minutes to determine whether the items you’re storing are th…

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – She’s a magazine editor and graphic designer. He’s a retired computer consultant.Three years ago, Wendy Crosby and Jim Wilkerson bought a 40-foot bus, which they have transformed into a stylish and comfortable traveling home with an eye-catching, custom-painted exterior.The two met in Columbia, Mo., in the early 1970s and moved to Washington, D.C.,…

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg. David Clark, from Sieck Wholesale Florist, will present a hands-on program on making a Thanksgiving and Christmas arrangement. A business meeting will follow. The club’s annual Christmas party begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Dove Restaurant, 3002 Abbott R…

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement d…

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This fall, people can shop for animal decor till the cows come home. And they will. Cows are just some of the creatures moving in to liven up our living spaces.Cardboard moose head for your den? Billy goat accent pillow for your bedroom? Roll over, sweet pups. You’ve got company.“We’re used to seeing dogs all the time. Now it’s all kinds of animals,” said Maria J…

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

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Our Victorian ancestors made many of the toys their children played with. Inexpensive printed fabrics were designed to be cut out and sewn into dolls, games or toys. The fabric usually pictured all the parts of a colorful toy. There also were printed instructions explaining how to assemble the pieces and, if necessary, how to stuff it. We have seen stuffed Christmas stocki…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. The business meeting will include nominations of club officers. Patty Moran, public information officer at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, will speak. Erin Heaney will discuss local environmental and justice is…

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Tim and Sandy Nelson figured they would get a lot more living out of their living room if they turned it into a party room. Other people decide that their dining room would make a better home office. Their den, the guest room they always wanted.And that spare bedroom? How about turning it into a craft room? A man cave? Or even a large walk-in closet?Great things can happen…