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The Aurora Sewing Center is opening its newest location at 8575 Main St., Williamsville. The new location replaces the former Clarence store, which also was on Main Street. It opens to the public on Tuesday.

The original Aurora Sewing Center is still  in East Aurora.

The store sells and services several brands of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines and also offers fashion and quilting fabrics and notions. Learn more at


X00198_9[1] Here's a dessert idea I really like for summer (especially with the Fourth of July weekend coming up fast).
In a serving-size white (or clear) bowl, layer 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream (softened), 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet (softened), and another 1/4 cup ice cream. Garnish with blueberries (as delicious-looking as the ones shown here).

So, there you have it -- your red, white and blue.

I saw this in Martha Stewart Living, but the food stylists also added homemade spoon-shaped cookies!

Whoa, not me. I'll just serve the sundaes.

Men in shapewear!

12453102H5287794[1] So what is this man doing? Why, he is modeling the new Ript Fusion T-shirt designed to "support your core, shave inches off your belly and enhance your posture."

The key is the polyester/spandex body panel. The T-shirt was created by designer Heather Thomson, the woman behind Yummie Tummie shapewear for women and the celebrity stylist who created P. Diddy's Sean John clothing label.
Retail price: $58.

Check it out at

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Cropped flag If you have an old, tattered American flag at your house, make plans to attend the Flag Retirement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday (June 14) at Forest Lawn.

The ceremony "will provide a formal, reverent and respectful way for Western New York residents to retire their flags," according to the promotional flier.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Erie County American Legion; the Buffalo Professional Firefighters; Forest Lawn Cemetery and Crematory, and the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.

The ceremony will take place at the grave site of Flag Day founder Sarah Hinson. Families also will be able to purchase a new flag; talk with firefighters and see their pumper trucks, and more.

So many gardens . . .


Last Friday we published a list of upcoming garden tours happening this summer throughout Western New York. Here are two more to consider:

   The Akron in Bloom garden walk is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. July 12. It's a fund-raiser for the Newstead Historical Society, which owns and operates the Rich-Twinn Octagon House in the Village of Akron.

   Presale tickets are $5 (buy them at Bedford's Greenhouse, 6820 Cedar St., Akron); tickets are $7 the day of tour. The tour begins at the Octagon House, 145 Main St., Akron, where maps will be distributed. Rain or shine.  

   Also: Clarence Hollow In Bloom will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18. On tour day, $5 buys you a ticket and a map; purchase them at the Pavilion at the back of the Clarence Hollow Farmers' Market. The market is located on Main Street between Ransom and Salt roads in Clarence.

   Ticket sales begin at 9 a.m., which allows you time to shop the market.

MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale!

DSC0197.2Any plans this weekend? Looking for a road trip? Fans of MacKenzie-Childs' handcrafted ceramic tableware and more might be interested to know that the Finger Lakes company is having a Barn Sale this weekend at its headquarters, a 65-acre farm one mile north of the village of Aurora, N.Y.

That is Aurora, mind you. Not East Aurora. And it is a bit of a hike from Buffalo - about 2 1/2 hours. But the company promises savings of 50 to 80 percent off original retail prices on selected merchandise.
The Barn Sale will feature more than 30,000 products including: handcrafted ceramics, enamelware, glass, furniture, etc. Merchandise will include high-quality seconds and discontinued items, according to a press release.

Thousands of shoppers are expected to attend, and there are tours, live music, food.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 12-14). For more information and directions, visit (where you can see a video from last year's sale).  

Don't try this at home - or do?

12430062H3396811[1] I fell for stepping stones one year on a garden tour. Notice I said I fell FOR stepping stones, not fell OVER stepping stones.

A path of stepping stones is one idea I not only admired but actually borrowed for our own garden, and it has worked out fairly well. Kids especially love it.

The path shown here is not the one at our house, but it sure is pretty.
Have you ever come across an idea on Garden Walk Buffalo or another local tour that you could not wait to try out at home?
And were you successful, or dare we ask?

By the way, I list a bunch of upcoming garden tours in today's Home & Style section.

Mother knows best?

MP_logo_tagline_4c gif  Looking for some low-budget decorating ideas? Need tips on planning a baby shower?
Wondering where's the best place to keep the new pet guinea pig?

   Mamapedia has some answers.

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those with plenty of advice: other moms. As the home page promises: "Over a million answers
from moms who've been there."

   The site covers parenting, finances, house and home and several other main topics, under
which you will find a huge array of subjects: painting, pots and pans, summer camps, piano
lessons, first-grade crushes, kitchen appliances, you name it.

   According to the site, Mamapedia is a compilation of answers from moms who have shared
their real-world wisdom through local Mamasource online communities over the past two years.

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