extra Special message? Say
it with glass
Laura Kramer's glass chalkboard vases for LBK Studio allow givers or owners to create a personal design or special message. "It was a reaction to the mass-produced, outsourced furnishings that I think create a cold environment," the glass artist said. The vases range from votive holders to 12-inch cylinders. Prices range from $32 to $200 and vases come with a box of chalk. See more or order at
lbkstudio.com; click on "glass," then "chalkboard."
For everything around the house
The Tampa Bay Home Expo continues today and Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Go to tampabayhomeshows.com for schedule of presentations by experts, including gardeners, grillers and home repair specialists. Stroll through "Green Alley," where businesses that use green, recycled and sustainable building materials and practices will set up shop: air conditioning, insulation, countertops, pool filters, fertilizers, green construction. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3; kids 16 and under free; parking, $5.
Childproof your children's world
Timely assistance for parents, now that school's ending and vacation season is here: Consumer Reports magazine has published Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing and Safety ($12.95). You'll find 600 tips to guide you through the risks of daily living, from the nursery to the back yard to the car. Topics include "Is Your Sitter Safety Savvy?" and "Everyday Objects That Can Harm Your Child."
Gas prices bring vacations home
Spending your vacation at home? Join the club. Fifty-two percent of survey respondents are spending more vacation time at home this year than in the past, the Better Homes and Gardens Summertime Study reports. Why stay home? High cost of gas,
99 percent said. These "staycationers" will spend their time relaxing (85 percent), gardening (64 percent), playing tourist at home (62 percent) and doing home improvement projects (50 percent).
Compiled by Times Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark