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Kingston Christmas Lights

The Magic of Christmas Comes to Kingston on Dec. 6

In December, night comes earlier, temperatures are colder and lights cast halos in the mist. Sounds are muffled as people file off the Kingston ferry, mesmerized by the iridescent world of exotic sea creatures and spellbinding aquatic gardens, all made out of tiny … read more

Choosing Optics For Any Season

Choosing Optics For Any Season

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Choosing which binoculars to buy is based on a wide variety of factors. The most important are when and where will you be using them and what you want to see. To answer these questions, you must do your homework. “When” and “where” will determine … read more

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Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums: An Underused Fall Perennial

If you think chrysanthemums are only the daisy-like, yellow flowers in pots that are regularly seen at big-box stores September through fall, you would be surprised to see what they can really look like. The big-box stores sell mums that are forced to … read more

Hiring a Professional Designer Can Be Money Well Spent

Hiring a Professional Designer Can Be Money Well Spent

Despite the downturn in the national and local economy, remodeling of existing homes is on the rise. This is due, in part, to the fact that the average age of homes in our area is well over 30 years old, coupled with the … read more

Knickknacks

Knickknacks — The Little Treasures

“They should be outlawed,” said Pat Barber, a longtime volunteer at Faith in Action Thrift Shop. “First, a ceramic dolphin, then two, then friends were gifting me dolphins and it became a dusting nightmare.” The Belfair thrift shop is one of my project … read more

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Art Hanging Made Simple

Art Hanging Made Simple

This could be a very complicated subject, but let’s make it easy and take it down to simply hanging a painting on a wall. What painting and in what location? A general rule of thumb is that framed prints and original watercolors should … read more

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How to Fix Loose Cords in Honeycomb Shades

How to Fix Loose Cords in Honeycomb Shades

If you have honeycomb shades, such as Duettes by Hunter Douglas, in some of your windows, try to catch a malfunction before it becomes a major problem. Sometimes one or more of the cords in the pull-tassel will come undone. Stop using that … read more

Gifts From the Garden

Gifts From the Garden

There is much to learn about the garden: the planting, the weeding, the pruning, what to grow, plus all those plant names. One of the more enjoyable aspects of what a garden teaches is how the garden gives back. A gifting garden is … read more

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