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Great ideas for around the home

Published May 26, 2007


Mileage to the places that matter to you

Honor a significant moment in someone's life with a personalized journey marker created by St. Petersburg artist Jay Keeler. You come up with a list of seven significant places (a favorite beach or bar, your college town, sports venue, beloved vacation spot). He'll calculate the mileage from your current home and personalize the hanging marker, topped with a directional sign and anchored with a fisherman's float. The markers are $109. See more at; call Keeler at (727) 823-8893.

Ideas you'll want to try at home

A 2, 000-square-foot outdoor room with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and water features will welcome visitors this holiday weekend at the Tampa-St. Petersburg Home & Patio Show at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. So will hundreds of vendors of outdoor and indoor products and services: kitchens and baths, hurricane protection, paint and wallpaper. Visit for schedules of celebrity appearances, including home and hospitality celebrity Susie Coelho. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $8 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older) today only, children 12 and younger free.

Spruce up Old Glory before it flies

Patriotic holidays will be upon us soon: Memorial Day (Monday), Flag Day (June 14), July 4. If you don't have an American flag to fly, now's a good time to get one. If you do, get it out and check for wear and dirt. Clean it by soaking a nylon or polyester flag in warm water and Woolite, then machine-wash it. Cotton or linen flags need not be presoaked. Air-dry, Real Simple Celebrations suggests.

Arriverderci, showhouse

This holiday weekend is your last chance to visit the designer showhouse sponsored by the Florida Orchestra Guild/Tampa. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday. The Tuscan-style home is at 1822 Bella Casa Court, Tampa. Information: (813) 610-4170 or Tickets: $20 at the door.


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