Dear Collector, I have a total of 12 decanters similar to the one in the enclosed photo. Each soldier is different and they have Arnart Imports Inc. on the underside. I have no idea what the value of these figurines might be; your help would be much appreciated.
When Sonya Liu moved to Spokane from dog-friendly Portland last year, she found the Lilac City somewhat lacking in canine culture. Like many large urban centers, Portland offers a host of amenities for dog lovers – off-leash dog parks, doggie day care, and dog-friendly businesses that allow pets to accompany owners while shopping or dining. "The dog culture here is just very different," says Liu, who now lives with her dog, Pinot, and her husband, David, on the South Hill. "But it's starting to change."
The catalogs are filling our mailboxes and that means that spring can't be too far off. All those pretty pictures and the "you can grow anything" hype makes it sound like our gardens will be so easy to do come spring. Mail-order gardening has grown steadily in the past few years. The advent of reliable, fast shipping services has made it relatively easy to get plants and other garden goodies delivered to your door.
In many houses the refrigerator serves as much as a bulletin board or scrapbook as major appliance. On the door one might find a child's drawing, or the family activities calendar. Often, inspirational items like a favorite quote or poem spend years, even decades, as part of the décor. Laurie Hassell's grandmother's kitchen was no exception.
In my continuing quest to both locate and profile plants that provide visual interest during our long winters, I took a recent stroll through Manito Park. I came across several small trees with striking bark in the Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden and learned that they are Paperbark Maples. After doing some research, I believe one would make a marvelous addition to any garden. Native to central China, this slow-growing, deciduous tree grows to a height of about 20 feet, making it a good choice for a small yard. It has an upright growth habit and averages about 15 feet in width. It prefers sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Sheryl and Scott Kinder-Pyle like adventures, especially those they're called to. As Sheryl sips tea and Scott drinks coffee, they share a pastry and talk about God and church and a move last year that took them all the way across the country.
"It's kind of embarrassing," says Valerie Nafé, a passionate enthusiast of midcentury modern design and architecture. "I always liked midcentury modern – I just never knew there was a name for it." Intuitively drawn to the clean, natural shapes of the midcentury period, Nafé and husband Stephen Collette spent years collecting secondhand retro furniture with minimalist lines and a space-age vibe.
Chefs don't tend to cook much at home, says Alexa Wilson, executive chef at Wild Sage American Bistro, a downtown restaurant known for an innovative and eclectic menu with dishes as beautiful as they are yummy. Wilson, a Spokane native who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, works 80-hour weeks and has a busy family with three hungry boys and a husband to feed between their far flung activities, so cooking at home has to be efficient.
Paul Shields' eye for home design brings the great outdoors inside. Whether he designs a multitiered antler chandelier or an executive chair with African influences, this Liberty Lake resident uses his talents to create exotic furniture and décor.
It is pretty amazing where you can go in the gardening world with only a few clicks of a mouse. While magazines and books are still a mainstay for gardeners to collect information and ideas, the Internet has transformed how we use that information and exchange it with others. So, with all the Web sites out there, what makes a good one? Where to look
Just because there's snow outside, doesn't mean we can't brighten our homes with a hint of spring. In fact, winter's beauty can be complemented with a bouquet of white flowers. The following arrangement was inspired by a bouquet featured a couple of years ago in "Cottage Living" magazine. Enjoy it on the table during a birthday dinner or some other celebration, then send it home with your guest of honor. Or, create it for yourself as a reminder of the cold season's crisp beauty – and as a tease of what's to come. Step by step
An elegant balance of form and function, Craftsman-style furniture possesses a refined simplicity that blends well with almost any decor. That simple elegance is what gives this Craftsman-style curio cabinet project its classic appeal. Equally at home in the dining room or the den, the cabinet is perfect for displaying collections ranging from fine china and crystal to antique fishing reels and wooden decoys. As pictured, the project is made from oak (the traditional choice), but other species will work just as well. True to the Craftsman spirit, the project features simple joinery and straightforward construction techniques. Most of the cuts are straight and the curves are traced from full-size patterns.
It's been 10 years since Grant Keller tried to convince friends and family that urban living and green building were the wave of the future. "When I was in school I told my parents they should start buying buildings downtown, and I got laughed at," says the 31-year-old developer, whose first major project, the Abbey at 15th and Ivory, incorporates urban and green design.