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“We live in a throwaway society” is a statement that gets bandied about when describing the lifestyle of the late 20th and early 2lst centuries. The mantra, “Throw away the old and buy the new,” smacks suspiciously of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Yet, in seeking to stay connected with the past, trivial items are often saved: ticket stubs, greeting cards, theater programs, etc. These insignificant mementos of everyday life can provide clues about the recent and distant past.

Spring Cleaning Tips in May

Are your kitchen drawers stuffed with plastic wrap, utensils, potholders, storage containers, lids, and kitchen towels, all vying—quite unsuccessfully—for a designated (and orderly) spot of their own? Is your bathroom’s medicine cabinet chock full of creams and potions that haven’t been touched in years—besides to be rescued from their occasional tumbles to the floor caused by your reaching for the toothpaste?

Motherhood at the Hermitage

Slowly, and piece by piece, the traditional farms of Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been chipped away by development and the ravages of time and progress. But a few places, tucked away on creeks and rivers, have managed to survive this wear and tear.

Featured Homes March 2008

Bayside Beach, Pasadena Primary Structure Built 2003 Sold for $840,000 Listing Price: $1,000,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Purchased in 2001 for $65,000 as a rehab after Hurricane Isabel, this home has been completely rebuilt. It is a boater’s paradise and waterfront living at its finest with a double lot including 147’ of water frontage and two 10,000 lb boatlifts. The sandy beach and private pier have views of the Bodkin River and are just minutes from the Chesapeake Bay. If the waterfront amenities weren’t enough, the kitchen features maple cabinetry, Corian counters, and an oversized island. Hardwood floors on the main level, a huge great room, and a detached three car garage add to the property’s charm. Though it didn’t fetch its million-dollar asking price, it is the highest sale in the community’s history. In our county there always seems to be a market for waterfront buyers. Hazelcroft, Davidsonville Primary Structure Built 2007 Sold for $790,000 Listing Price: $895,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 This home is new construction on an almost four-acre lot in a private gated community. The soaring ceilings throughout and abundant windows make it bright and airy. Kitchen upgrades include granite counters, center island, travertine tile, and a walk-in pantry. Other featured amenities are hardwood floors, wrap-around porches (adding to its excellent curb appeal), stone gas fireplace, main level study, walk-out basement, Andersen windows, and zoned HVAC. This was the first sale in a small private community.

Fashionable and Collectible Eyeglasses

Even with surgical advances to correct vision, and innovation such as long-wearing contact lenses, lots of people still want to wear eyeglasses. They can make a fashion statement and they can also add a new dimension to an otherwise drab appearance. Even if you don’t need prescription lenses, take comfort in the fact that with spring and sunny weather it’s important to wear sunglasses. The right pair can create an aura of mystique, glamour or personality.  

Recycling Silver

It’s worth a lot of money but needs polishing periodically. It looks elegant on your dining table but you can’t put it in the dishwasher. It’s available in some lovely, unique, antique designs and patterns, but if you are trying to match up a set you may not be able to find what you need to complete it. Silver—it’s a precious metal with some positives and negatives. But the good news is that, whether you sell your silver for scrap or buy additional old silver to expand your collection, as a desirable element used in jewelry, art, decoration, and industry, silver will always be recycled.

Model Ships: Miniature Pleasures

The Chesapeake is a boating region. While boating enthusiasts often debate the merits of owning a sailboat versus a power boat, they most likely agree on the pleasure they take in being out on the water with the sun on their faces, and—if they are sailing—the wind at their backs. Many Americans can only dream of owning a boat—and even those who do own a boat may pine for a bigger and better one. Boat owner or not, it is fun to imagine. Another way to appreciate boats, powered by motor or sail, is to collect miniature ones.  

Kerosene Lamps Help Create the Ambience of an Earlier Time

I was nine years old when our family visited Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. I remember it vividly because everything was so different. There were no cars. You could only arrive and leave by boat. And there was no electricity. As the sun began to set, our hostess would start lighting the kerosene lamps. The flame lighting the wick inside each glass chimney flickered and cast a warm golden glow on the room. Outside I would hear the whirring buzz of the insects through the screen windows and feel the slight breeze of the wind rustling through the trees. The kerosene lamps made everything look romantic.  

Needlework: Once a Necessity, Now a Form of Art

Folk art can be many different types of things—such as a wooden box or an embroidered sampler. By definition it is art created by someone who has not received formal art training.

The Ultimate Accessory Vintage Evening Bags Add Glamour

In a tight economy it’s all about the little things, those accessory items. While you may not have the money to buy a new wardrobe for the winter party season, you can add some extra glamour with a new belt, hat, or bag. Beautiful handbags have always been a status item. Today, when prices for exclusive designer bags can reach into the thousands, an antique or vintage bag for a mere $100 can be a bargain, particularly when the vintage bags are all one-of-a-kind.
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