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A local artist does vintage stained glass reproductions for Baltimore row houses

June 6, 2009 by  
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Canton Stained Glass Example

Based on their online gallery, Vintage Style Stained Glass, looks like they do nice work. Using their own designs, or one of your own, they will make you an address transom piece like the example above. You can contact them at 410-335-7635,, or see their gallery at The artist, Robin, says she does this part time, and has been doing stained glass for about 10 years. If you have her do some work for you, or get a quote on a design, report back to me, and I’ll update this post with more information.

2009 Maryland Home and Garden Show, Friday Saturday and Sunday

March 12, 2009 by  
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Garden Flowers

The 2009 Maryland Home and Garden Show is going on right now at Timonium fairgrounds. The theme this year is “The Joy of Color”. The show this year runs for the following dates: March 6th through March 8th and again the next weekend March 13th through March 15th. There is the Maryland Spring Craft show that runs simultaneously. The show opens at 10am each day and closes at 9pm on Friday and Saturdays and at 6pm on Sundays. The craft show closes an hour earlier than the garden show. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. Free Admission for Active Military, Police & Fire Employees with ID. Pizza Hut has some $1 off coupons.

Hhere is a link to a dollar off coupon:

Here is the link to the show:

I always enjoy a visit there, you can usually pick up some interesting primrose pots and some forsythia and pussy willow branches to force and bring spring inside a little early. I still have some Quick n Brite cleaners from a couple of years ago, it’s good stuff, and the home and garden show seems to be the only place to find the kind of mops with the rubber head, great for dust bunnies.

Photo credit, Brian Snelson.

Take DIY Decorating to the next level with 8 sources for custom wallpaper printing

January 28, 2009 by  
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Vintage Wallpaper

Making your home your own includes decorating it to your taste. A fun way of expressing your artistic vision when you are not a painter, is to design what you want on a computer, and get it printed. Why print your photos at 4″ x 6″ when wall size is now possible! There are a lot of nuances to succeeding at this. If you are going to use a photo, then the more megapixels your camera captures, then the less blurry your image will be when you blow it up.

First you need an image.

  • Take a photo yourself.
  • Download a photo from flickr
  • Design your own pattern or image with free Inkscape or free Gimp

Next you need to order your custom wallpaper. Here are six providers:

  1. DesignYourWall
  2. Murals Your Way
  3. MegaPrint
  4. Great Wall Online
  5. Rollout
  6. shop 4 wallpaper

Another option is tiling lots of small sheets of paper together. You can do this in black and white on your own laser printer, or in color if you can afford all that toner or ink!

  1. The Rasterbator
  2. Block Posters

The downside to this idea, is wallpaper and highly individual decorating schemes are not a good idea in most cases for getting your home ready to sell. Use these ideas for yourself since you are going to live there. If you have plans to sell soon, then talk to me about getting a professional staging consultation. If your house is for sale, you need to think of it as a product, and no longer your home. This will help you get top dollar, and in a slow market this can be essential to get noticed. Professional staging does not have to be expensive. In some cases when our sellers and the homes they want to sell meet certain criteria, we will pay for an expert professional staging plan. Then that plan can be used as a roadmap, or the stager can be hired to implement the plan.

If anyone does create a custom wall, I would like to see it. Send me a photo with

The above vintage wallpaper photo is provided by Anne Norman via