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The perfect ceiling fan for those without ceilings


You want to sit out on the deck, but you'd like a bit of a breeze on a still evening. Or you'd like to cook out on the grill, but you yearn for a ceiling fan to disperse barbecue smoke. Here's the answer: the Nomad, from Hunter Fan Co. It's a portable overhead fan made of galvanized tubular steel in white, black or bronze. It needs no anchoring and can be moved wherever you like. Clearance from ground to fan blades is 7{ feet. Hunter has also introduced the Cascade, a similar overhead model that is mounted to a permanent concrete footing and clears the ground by 8 feet. The Nomad starts at $975, the Cascade at $725. The fans can be ordered now from Hunter Fan dealers and will be available around the beginning of May.

Local women craft wins

Two local women are winners in craft competitions. Sheryl Ferris of Clearwater was third runner-up in Crafting Traditions magazine's contest for her original Stars 'n' Stripes miniquilt project. It's featured in the March/April issue of the magazine. Karen Haynes of St. Petersburg won second-place honors nationwide in the mosaic category for her "Tropical Bathroom" in a competition sponsored by Glastar, which makes products for the art-glass industry. The entry was a monthly winner in February 2000. View it at; click on "2000 Prize Winners," then scroll down to her entry. (She's about to start teaching stained-glass classes; e-mail her at or call (727) 347-5856.)

Light the yard with starbeams

This is the best time of year: still cool enough to be enjoyable outside. By May we'll all be housebound with the A/C cranked up. Make the most of this outdoor time with a star luminaria for the garden. The lantern is $14.99, the stand is $4.99; it's also available with a ground stake. At Target.

Getting your hands on those clocks

Lots of readers were interested in the 1950s "Moon Beam" alarm clock from Big Ben that we featured last week. The clock is available now at the Restoration Hardware store in Tampa's Hyde Park Village. L.L. Bean will start selling the clock by phone and mail order when its April catalog comes out.

Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK