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HGTV host to visit

Interior designer, HGTV personality and author Chris Madden will be at Burdines Furniture Gallery in Clearwater at 2 p.m. July 28. She'll sign copies of her new book, Getaways, and show her furniture line, the Chris Madden Collection by Bassett Furniture. The furniture, introduced last year, became an immediate bestseller with its blend of European and Asian motifs and homey comfort. (It's been called "soccer mom chic.") In her book, she looks at carefree retreats, her own home and the soothing escapes she creates for clients. The Furniture Gallery is at 2601 U.S. 19 N.

Stick with this

The Web site www.thistothat.com offers a handy guide to glues. Its search engine lets you specify which materials you want to glue together _ glass, plastic, metal, paper, etc. _ then suggests which glues will work best. There's a trivia section (the glue on the back of a postage stamp will add only one-tenth of a calorie to your diet), Frequently Asked Questions (want to glue gems to your skin? Here's how), and a Glue of the Month.

Bottle savvy

No more shaking and pounding bottles, or leaning them against the wall of the refrigerator or the shower stall. This is the "No Wait No Waste Bottle Holder," developed and patented by Denise Cristea and Mary Marszalek of Den-a-Mar Inc. in Dunedin. When the contents begin to run low and slow, stand your bottle of ketchup, syrup, shampoo, glue or whatever upside down in the plastic holder. The bottle stands inverted, with its contents gathered at the business end, so when you're ready to pour, squeeze or squirt, it's ready for you. Suggested retail is $2.99; it's available at Grate Grills and More, 3705 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, among other locations, or visit the Web site at www.den-a-mar.com, or call (727) 469-8988.

Chew on this

Amaze your friends with these tidbits about termites: Those wood-gnawing pests do $1-billion worth of damage to American homes each year, more than floods, earthquakes or fires. Termites rarely expose themselves to light and can die from direct sunlight exposure. They've been around for 250-million years and are found in every state except Alaska. More termite facts are available at www.termitebites.com, the Web site of Spectrum Brands, maker of pesticides.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports

by Homes editor JUDY STARK

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