TAKE DOWNTOWN TAMPa's URBAN HOME TOUR
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, nine Tampa residential developments will be open to lookers and, the sponsoring real estate companies hope, buyers. The properties are in downtown, Channelside and West Tampa: Grand Central, Skypoint, Ventana, Victory Lofts, The Slade, West End Tampa, Intown Homes, Harbour Place City Homes and the Towers of Channelside. Details, a map and a brochure you can print out are at urbantourofhomes.com.
Corelle breaks out new patterns
Corelle has introduced 17 new patterns in its crack-, chip-, break- and stain-resistant glass tableware. A layer of white core glass is sandwiched between top and bottom layers of clear glass. A four-piece place setting ranges from $30 to $60; they're at Kmart and Wal-Mart, or online at amazon.com and target.com.
Home brew for cleaning at home
This formula to clean grease, dirt and gunky residue off wooden kitchen cabinets comes from James and Morris Carey, syndicated do-it-yourself columnists. Wear rubber gloves and goggles and work in a well-ventilated area. Boil a quart of water and pour it into a clean, empty coffee can. Mix in 3 tablespoons turpentine and 3 tablespoons boiled linseed oil. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and thoroughly wring it out. Clean small areas at a time and immediately wipe dry with a clean, white soft cloth. Don't reheat this mixture if it cools down. It is very flammable. Just make a new batch.
Rate your area's walkability
How walkable is your neighborhood? Visit walkscore.com, type in an address, and up pops a map of businesses, services and other destinations within walking distance and a score from 0 to 100. In these days of $4-a-gallon gas, you might want to think twice before you move to a neighborhood where the only thing you can walk to is your car.
Fundraising for those at home
Here's a fundraising idea for someone: Nonprofits in Asheville, N.C., got a builder to lend them an unsold home. They outfitted the rooms with furnishings, art and decorations from the thrift shops they operate, then charged admission to visitors for three days. In these tight-budget times, this might be an unusual and profitable venture for someone.
Compiled by Times Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark