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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 things y…

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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., in 19…

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 Roa…

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 demon…

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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 Jacobi, own…

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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 too small …

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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 too small …

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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 issu…

Amherst

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…

District 8 of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State will host Glitz ’n Glitter, a luncheon, fashion show and floral club competition Nov. 16 in Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Tickets, $25, must be prepaid. Call 662-6997 or 983-3764. Doors open at 11 a.m. Fashions will be presented by the Jacqueline Shoppe in Williamsville. Gifts baskets wi…

Erie County

Some scarecrows greet shoppers at store entrances. Others smile from stakes on people’s lawns – or sit slightly slumped over on bales of straw or in wheelbarrows.Scarecrows can be scary, but more often than not they pack plenty of personality into their humanlike frames. While some are store-bought, others are stuffed, dressed and adorned by hand – their faces fashioned to…

Lewiston Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. Master gardener John Farfaglia will discuss pruning. New members and guests are welcome. For further information, call 297-5925....Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Master gardener Ken Kurbs of Lockp…

Gray is the new beige. Though don’t call it “greige,” like it’s some cutesy neutral du jour. As color expert Kate Smith explains, over the past decade or so, the design industry and the public have grown to love complex colors, colors that are hard to describe – such as the manifold shades of gray. And, she says, “once you start to appreciate and understand these complex c…

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Look in your grandmother’s china cabinet for unusual glass and china. You may find some special pieces originally given away as product premiums during the early 20th century. There was no television, and radio was just getting developed, so “ads” often were objects that would be kept by the family. Colorful trade cards, sets of pressed glass or Depression glass, dishes of…