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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 10, 2001

For the one who lights up your life

Light up the night for your valentine with this night-light shade. It's a "lithophane," made of engraved bisque porcelain illuminated by the bulb behind it. The technique originated 150 years ago in Europe, where it was used for candle screens, window hangers and oil lampshades. It's $26 at People's Pottery at BayWalk, St. Petersburg.

Bet you wish you’d thought of that

The WD-40 "Search for 2,000 Uses" generated more than 313,000 suggestions of uses for the spray lubricant. Some of the most popular entries: Use WD-40 to keep snow from sticking to windows, snow shovels and windshields; remove dead insects, road tar and adhesives from car bumpers (take that, love bugs!); prevent rust and corrosion on patio furniture, tools and outdoor locks; and stop squeaks on door hinges, bedsprings and office chairs. And there were these unusual ideas: use WD-40 to properly lubricate prosthetic limbs and polish eyeglasses.

It’s showhouse season

We're writing about one Sarasota showhouse today; meanwhile, another continues through Feb. 18. This one, sponsored by the Florida North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, is at the Crosley Mansion on U.S. 41 in Sarasota, just north of the Ringling Museum. The showhouse is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15.

Information: (941) 951-6420. Directions: From I-75 southbound, take the University Park exit and travel west to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in front of the Ringling. Turn north (right). The showhouse is on Seagate Drive, about a quarter-mile north on the west side of the road, immediately behind the Ramada Inn.

C’mon, in, the water’s fine

On newsstands now: Pool & Spa Living 2001 Buyers' Guide ($4.95). If you're thinking of buying a pool, spa or hot tub, here's information about 400 companies, plus lots of detail on accessories and chemicals. There's also information about outdoor furniture, barbecue grills and sunrooms.

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