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Safe for the young

How to choose a safe high chair, stroller, car seat or swing? The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association offers a free brochure, in Spanish or English, with tips on what to look for, what makes a safe item, what to avoid. For "Protection & Seguridad para el Bebe" or "Safe & Sound for Baby," send a stamped (29 cents), self-addressed, business-size envelope to JPMA Safety Brochure/Spanish or English, Suite 225, P.O. Box 955, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Back into Standard Time

Spring forward, fall backward. Backward. Tonight. The clocks. Backward an hour. And when you do turn the clocks back, as we switch to Eastern Standard Time, don't forget to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms, and replace as necessary.

Made for big dreamers

The Street of Dreams, that showcase of six expensive custom homes, continues through Nov. 27 at the community of Avila in northwest Hillsborough. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day. Tickets: $7; seniors and children 3-12, $6. More information: (813) 962-2809. Directions: From I-275, take Bearss Avenue west to N Florida Avenue; turn north to Crenshaw Lake Road and go west to the entrance. There are lots of signs to guide you. What to see at the homes: pools with fiber-optic colored lights, fabulous kitchens, game rooms, media rooms. Don't we all wish!

Sewing teacher in a book

Beautiful pillows, duvet covers, bedspreads, tablecloths _ make them yourself with the help of Make Your Own Cushions and Covers by Lani Van Reenen (Storey Publishing, $20.95 each, call (800) 441-5700 to order). Lots of gorgeous color photos, and _ better yet _ sketches, diagrams and instructions that explain exactly how to do it. A section on special sewing techniques explains how to create bias binding, piping, pin tucks, mitered corners and prairie points. Holiday gift time looms: enough said.

Spruce up and save

This is National Kitchen and Bath Month, and here's news from DuPont, manufacturer of Corian, the expensive countertop surface. The product's upscale image and price tag meant lots of homeowners passed it by. So DuPont is planning to make some Corian products available through some home centers, not just through kitchen and bath dealers, according to the Buffalo News. DuPont will offer do-it-yourself Corian products such as shower kits, which will sell for $600 to $800. (A customer-made shower would cost two to three times that price.) The company will also promote its simpler "Classic" line, which is lower priced than some of its custom products, as an alternative to laminate countertops.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports by Homes Editor JUDY STARK

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