Home & Garden May 24, 2013


Lee County volunteers win two at conference

Lee County Master Gardeners were awarded the Outstanding Association Award for Mississippi for 2012 during last week’s Mississippi Master Gardener Conference in Brookhaven.

“The nine-page application we submitted is what won us the award,” said Susan McGukin, program associate for volunteer management at Mississippi State University’s Extension Service for Lee County. “We documented everything, all of the 15 volunteer service projects we have, including our Learning Series and other presentations for the public.”

The volunteer group also won the Educational Program Award for its biweekly gardening articles published in the Home section of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

New book covers upholstery basics

Whether you just want to re-cover a drop-in seat or reupholster an entire chair, Hannah Stanton’s “Style, Stitch, Staple” can help you through the process.

The basic upholstery guide covers the skills needed for a variety of upholstery projects. Stanton, a designer and upholsterer, introduces readers to the tools and supplies used in the craft and teaches them how to refresh their furniture, from fixing a frame to giving their upholstery professional-looking details such as piping and tufting.

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For inspiration, she also showcases some projects reupholstered by other people, both professionals and do-it-yourselfers. The creators discuss the processes they used and the challenges they faced.

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“Style, Stitch, Staple: Basic Upholstering Skills to Tackle Any Project” is published by Running Press and sells for $23 in softcover.

What’s new: Bag clip closes large sacks

Handy Camel is like a chip clip on steroids.

The oversize bag clip is 12 inches long, big enough to close bags of garden soil, deicer, charcoal and other bulky items. The hinged device grips the bag securely and has a built-in handle to make carrying the bags easier.

The clip can be adjusted on the bag for use as a pouring handle, too.

The Handy Camel costs $14.95, or four for $44.85. Shipping is $8.95.

It can be ordered at www.handycamel.com

Staff, wire report

NEMS Daily Journal