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More Silly (yet fun!) Interviews)!

I took quite alot of ribbing for this one, but I was really voted best wink and biggest flirt! Just ask my husband!

Touched by an Angel

Decades after Charlie's last call, memories of schoolgirl play remain

Friday, November 03, 2000

By JULIE E. WASHINGTON
THE PLAIN DEALER

Related link: Barrymore completes her mission impossible: 'Angels' is a lot of fun

Critics dismissed it as a jiggle show, but almost three decades later, women of a certain age still know how to plant their feet, point their fingers and be an Angel.

"You've got to pretend you're holding a gun and say, 'Freeze, mister!' That's all there is to it," said Christine Keller, owner of Talkies Film and Coffee Bar in Ohio City.

In honor of the millennial big-screen incarnation of "Charlie's Angels" opening in theaters today with Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, we asked some high-powered women in Cleveland to get in touch with their inner Angels.

We wanted them to think back to the days before Palm Pilots and NASDAQ stocks, when the most complicated decision to be made was ... which Angel are you?

Keller recalled that her blonde hair locked her into only one role when she played at solving playground crimes with two sixth-grade friends. "I wasn't able to be Kate Jackson. They would want me to be Farrah [Fawcett-Majors]," she said.

"Charlie's Angels" made its debut on ABC in 1976 with Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. Sabrina was supposed to be the brainy one, Jill the athletic one and Kelly the sophisticated one, but that hardly mattered, since each episode tried to get the Angels into skin-revealing clothes as quickly as possible.

Fawcett-Majors left in 1977, and the cast went into revolving-door mode. Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts filled in as Angels dropped away. By 1981, the Angels had hung up the phone on Charlie, their never-seen boss, for the final time.

In a television landscape populated with Rhoda, Maude and Alice, the Angels were different. Sure, they had beautiful hair and clothes, but they also carried guns and went into dangerous situations. Girls and young women of the time watched, and learned about female power.

"For that time, I do think they were good role models," said Susan Hennie, executive officer for research and technology at NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, who described the women as professional, independent team players who enjoyed their careers and were different from other female TV characters.

"They offered hope to women who believed that physical appearance, hygiene and fitness were not traits exclusive to 'dumb blondes' with male dependencies."

Although her then-boyfriend (and now husband) wanted her to look like Fawcett-Majors, Hennie said she wanted to look like Smith.

"I identified most with Kate Jackson, the smart, plain one in the business attire," Hennie said.

Jerry Sue Thornton, president of Cuyahoga Community College, was a young English professor teaching at a community college near Chicago during the 1970s. Her classes talked about the Angels in terms of media images of women.

"Kate Jackson was my favorite," very serious, bright and talented, Thornton recalled. "She felt real to me."

Jackson was a strong choice among the women interviewed in this highly unscientific sampling. Chris Link, executive director of ACLU of Ohio, said she also liked Jackson. "She ended years of discrimination towards brunettes," Link said.

Beth Schreibman-Gehring, president of Schreibman's Jewelers East in Pepper Pike, chose a different Angel. "I always would have chosen to be Jaclyn Smith. She had a lot of beauty and class," Schreibman-Gehring said.

Jackson was too brainy. "I hated that fluffy, feathered stuff Farrah was doing," Schreibman-Gehring said. "There was just no way I could ever do that. Jaclyn, I could do."

She used to practice using her eyes like Smith did on the show. "I learned to wink and flirt like she did," Schreibman-Gehring admitted. Did it work? She was voted Best Wink and Biggest Flirt in the Orange High School Class of 1977.

"Charlie's Angels" taught her more than flirting techniques. It showed her how women could be feminine and powerful.

"They had to rely on something other than violence to get out of tough situations," Schreibman-Gehring said. "I just remember feeling different after I watched it - I felt strong."

But the best thing about the Angels, said NASA's Hennie, was "their ability to leap tall buildings, run down speeding automobiles and beat up bad guys - without their hair moving!"

E-mail: jwashington@plaind.com

Phone: (216) 999-4539

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.

© 2006 The Plain Dealer. Used with permission.
© 2006 cleveland.com All Rights Reserved.


More Silly (yet fun!) Interviews)!

I took quite alot of ribbing for this one, but I was really voted best wink and biggest flirt! Just ask my husband!

Touched by an Angel

Decades after Charlie's last call, memories of schoolgirl play remain

Friday, November 03, 2000

By JULIE E. WASHINGTON
THE PLAIN DEALER

Related link: Barrymore completes her mission impossible: 'Angels' is a lot of fun

Critics dismissed it as a jiggle show, but almost three decades later, women of a certain age still know how to plant their feet, point their fingers and be an Angel.

"You've got to pretend you're holding a gun and say, 'Freeze, mister!' That's all there is to it," said Christine Keller, owner of Talkies Film and Coffee Bar in Ohio City.

In honor of the millennial big-screen incarnation of "Charlie's Angels" opening in theaters today with Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, we asked some high-powered women in Cleveland to get in touch with their inner Angels.

We wanted them to think back to the days before Palm Pilots and NASDAQ stocks, when the most complicated decision to be made was ... which Angel are you?

Keller recalled that her blonde hair locked her into only one role when she played at solving playground crimes with two sixth-grade friends. "I wasn't able to be Kate Jackson. They would want me to be Farrah [Fawcett-Majors]," she said.

"Charlie's Angels" made its debut on ABC in 1976 with Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. Sabrina was supposed to be the brainy one, Jill the athletic one and Kelly the sophisticated one, but that hardly mattered, since each episode tried to get the Angels into skin-revealing clothes as quickly as possible.

Fawcett-Majors left in 1977, and the cast went into revolving-door mode. Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts filled in as Angels dropped away. By 1981, the Angels had hung up the phone on Charlie, their never-seen boss, for the final time.

In a television landscape populated with Rhoda, Maude and Alice, the Angels were different. Sure, they had beautiful hair and clothes, but they also carried guns and went into dangerous situations. Girls and young women of the time watched, and learned about female power.

"For that time, I do think they were good role models," said Susan Hennie, executive officer for research and technology at NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, who described the women as professional, independent team players who enjoyed their careers and were different from other female TV characters.

"They offered hope to women who believed that physical appearance, hygiene and fitness were not traits exclusive to 'dumb blondes' with male dependencies."

Although her then-boyfriend (and now husband) wanted her to look like Fawcett-Majors, Hennie said she wanted to look like Smith.

"I identified most with Kate Jackson, the smart, plain one in the business attire," Hennie said.

Jerry Sue Thornton, president of Cuyahoga Community College, was a young English professor teaching at a community college near Chicago during the 1970s. Her classes talked about the Angels in terms of media images of women.

"Kate Jackson was my favorite," very serious, bright and talented, Thornton recalled. "She felt real to me."

Jackson was a strong choice among the women interviewed in this highly unscientific sampling. Chris Link, executive director of ACLU of Ohio, said she also liked Jackson. "She ended years of discrimination towards brunettes," Link said.

Beth Schreibman-Gehring, president of Schreibman's Jewelers East in Pepper Pike, chose a different Angel. "I always would have chosen to be Jaclyn Smith. She had a lot of beauty and class," Schreibman-Gehring said.

Jackson was too brainy. "I hated that fluffy, feathered stuff Farrah was doing," Schreibman-Gehring said. "There was just no way I could ever do that. Jaclyn, I could do."

She used to practice using her eyes like Smith did on the show. "I learned to wink and flirt like she did," Schreibman-Gehring admitted. Did it work? She was voted Best Wink and Biggest Flirt in the Orange High School Class of 1977.

"Charlie's Angels" taught her more than flirting techniques. It showed her how women could be feminine and powerful.

"They had to rely on something other than violence to get out of tough situations," Schreibman-Gehring said. "I just remember feeling different after I watched it - I felt strong."

But the best thing about the Angels, said NASA's Hennie, was "their ability to leap tall buildings, run down speeding automobiles and beat up bad guys - without their hair moving!"

E-mail: jwashington@plaind.com

Phone: (216) 999-4539

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.

© 2006 The Plain Dealer. Used with permission.
© 2006 cleveland.com All Rights Reserved.


Showing Off!

My_business_card I am thrilled! After months of procrastination, I've designed a business card strictly for this blog site! I guess that this makes it official!  I'm including this partly because I love it so much (click on the card for an enlarged version!) , but also because I am absolutely thrilled with the website that I used to create it and I wanted to share it! www.designyourowncard.com is really good. Their layouts are easy to work with, and the end result is always a very classy product! The ink is raised, and you can choose from many types of paper. They also have a fantastic library of classic images that you can use,  many of them historical in nature. Their turnaround time is very fast, and I should have my cards by early next week. I have used them several times before and have always been thrilled with the results!


Showing Off!

My_business_card I am thrilled! After months of procrastination, I've designed a business card strictly for this blog site! I guess that this makes it official!  I'm including this partly because I love it so much (click on the card for an enlarged version!) , but also because I am absolutely thrilled with the website that I used to create it and I wanted to share it! www.designyourowncard.com is really good. Their layouts are easy to work with, and the end result is always a very classy product! The ink is raised, and you can choose from many types of paper. They also have a fantastic library of classic images that you can use,  many of them historical in nature. Their turnaround time is very fast, and I should have my cards by early next week. I have used them several times before and have always been thrilled with the results!


How about a "Survivor" Party?!

Yes, once upon a time I actually gave interviews like this one!

More ideas for your Survivor’ party

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

By JULIE E. WASHINGTON
PLAIN DEALER REPORTER

We asked two professional party planners, Don Pushinsky of All the Rage Unlimited in Cleveland, and Beth Schreibman-Gehring of Schreibman Jewelers in Pepper Pike, to think big and give us their ideas for a fabulous "Survivor" watching party.

From the invitation to the party favors, here are ways to put your guests in an adventuresome mood.

Funky fun

Pushinsky’s party begins with guests receiving hand-delivered invitations on handmade paper stuffed inside a coconut. Tribal percussion group, live tropical birds and a sign made of bamboo and pulled skins welcome guests.

Each guest receives a shell necklace attached to a tag with space for 20 signatures. Guests will have to get all 20 spaces signed by a party guest to be eligible for a prize. A few guests will have "eliminator tags"; those people will confiscate other people’s tags and knock them out of the game.

Name tags are in two different colors to denote tribes. At various times, tribes send a representative forward to compete in activities such as bobbing for "shrunken heads" or coconut rolling.

A 24-inch volcano can light up to call the group to order for dessert. Camouflage netting and vines suspended from the ceiling can help create a rustic jungle look. Palm trees with real fronds and moss accent areas of the room.

An elaborate evening

Schreibman-Gehring felt the food should be simple and flavorful and the decor provocative.

Invitations: Start with the invitation, a construction-paper leaf stamped with bugs and then handwritten. Hand deliver each invitation rolled up in a old wine bottle. Tie the leaf invitation with raffia so that it slips out easily. (Another option is to go to any Pier 1 or World Market and get Japanese paper lanterns and write the invite on those.)

Atmosphere: The decor would be really simple. Go camp style with lots of muslin fabric (tea-stained to look grimy) draped over chairs and sofas.

For lighting, use luminarias made by filling paper bags with sand and a votive candle. She usually punches out designs on the bags with a nail or paper punch or cuts with an Exacto blade.

Make candleholders out of fruit, simply by hollowing out enough space for the candle.

For tablecloths, buy yardage of some funky snake print or animal skin fabric. Wet it, let it dry in a wrinkled heap and then shred the ends.

Make a centerpiece out of a piece of driftwood - any old tree branch will do - and some shells and candles for the buffet table. Add color by sprinkling pieces of sea glass available at craft stores.

Food and drink: Start with pina coladas or fruit daiquiri. Serve with skewered chunks of fresh fruit and cheese for an appetizer, as well as pieces of walnut chicken deep-fried and sprinkled with coconut, with a sweet pepper and mustard dip.

For fun, serve finger food for the main course. Dinner would be a simple curried shrimp with all of the normal accompaniments - raisins, peanuts, chopped coconut, sliced kiwi fruit, lime slices, banana and some assorted chutneys. Add a bowl of buttered couscous with chopped fresh mint.

Wash a head of romaine lettuce and separate it into individual leaves, (reminiscent of banana leaves) and have each guest place a scoop of couscous, curry and whatever garnishes they wish onto it, roll it up and enjoy.

A side salad of chopped avocado, sweet red pepper, cucumber and onion with a simple yogurt dressing would be excellent.

Dessert would be a wonderful fruit sorbet with a cookie on the side.

Thai iced tea also would be great with this meal, and also some sort of great beer, perhaps Singha from Thailand, or Taj Mahal from India or Fosters Lager from Australia.

Souvenirs: No party would be complete without a little favor for guests to take home. How about a shell with a sea-blue votive candle and a deck of cards to fill the evening hours on the island?

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.


How about a "Survivor" Party?!

Yes, once upon a time I actually gave interviews like this one!

More ideas for your Survivor’ party

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

By JULIE E. WASHINGTON
PLAIN DEALER REPORTER

We asked two professional party planners, Don Pushinsky of All the Rage Unlimited in Cleveland, and Beth Schreibman-Gehring of Schreibman Jewelers in Pepper Pike, to think big and give us their ideas for a fabulous "Survivor" watching party.

From the invitation to the party favors, here are ways to put your guests in an adventuresome mood.

Funky fun

Pushinsky’s party begins with guests receiving hand-delivered invitations on handmade paper stuffed inside a coconut. Tribal percussion group, live tropical birds and a sign made of bamboo and pulled skins welcome guests.

Each guest receives a shell necklace attached to a tag with space for 20 signatures. Guests will have to get all 20 spaces signed by a party guest to be eligible for a prize. A few guests will have "eliminator tags"; those people will confiscate other people’s tags and knock them out of the game.

Name tags are in two different colors to denote tribes. At various times, tribes send a representative forward to compete in activities such as bobbing for "shrunken heads" or coconut rolling.

A 24-inch volcano can light up to call the group to order for dessert. Camouflage netting and vines suspended from the ceiling can help create a rustic jungle look. Palm trees with real fronds and moss accent areas of the room.

An elaborate evening

Schreibman-Gehring felt the food should be simple and flavorful and the decor provocative.

Invitations: Start with the invitation, a construction-paper leaf stamped with bugs and then handwritten. Hand deliver each invitation rolled up in a old wine bottle. Tie the leaf invitation with raffia so that it slips out easily. (Another option is to go to any Pier 1 or World Market and get Japanese paper lanterns and write the invite on those.)

Atmosphere: The decor would be really simple. Go camp style with lots of muslin fabric (tea-stained to look grimy) draped over chairs and sofas.

For lighting, use luminarias made by filling paper bags with sand and a votive candle. She usually punches out designs on the bags with a nail or paper punch or cuts with an Exacto blade.

Make candleholders out of fruit, simply by hollowing out enough space for the candle.

For tablecloths, buy yardage of some funky snake print or animal skin fabric. Wet it, let it dry in a wrinkled heap and then shred the ends.

Make a centerpiece out of a piece of driftwood - any old tree branch will do - and some shells and candles for the buffet table. Add color by sprinkling pieces of sea glass available at craft stores.

Food and drink: Start with pina coladas or fruit daiquiri. Serve with skewered chunks of fresh fruit and cheese for an appetizer, as well as pieces of walnut chicken deep-fried and sprinkled with coconut, with a sweet pepper and mustard dip.

For fun, serve finger food for the main course. Dinner would be a simple curried shrimp with all of the normal accompaniments - raisins, peanuts, chopped coconut, sliced kiwi fruit, lime slices, banana and some assorted chutneys. Add a bowl of buttered couscous with chopped fresh mint.

Wash a head of romaine lettuce and separate it into individual leaves, (reminiscent of banana leaves) and have each guest place a scoop of couscous, curry and whatever garnishes they wish onto it, roll it up and enjoy.

A side salad of chopped avocado, sweet red pepper, cucumber and onion with a simple yogurt dressing would be excellent.

Dessert would be a wonderful fruit sorbet with a cookie on the side.

Thai iced tea also would be great with this meal, and also some sort of great beer, perhaps Singha from Thailand, or Taj Mahal from India or Fosters Lager from Australia.

Souvenirs: No party would be complete without a little favor for guests to take home. How about a shell with a sea-blue votive candle and a deck of cards to fill the evening hours on the island?

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.


Holiday Tablesettings!

I was told that several of my interviews were to be found on the internet, This is one of them from November , 2000 originally published the Cleveland Plain Dealer!

Don’t forget special table settings,

Sunday, November 19, 2000

By MELISSA KOSSLER
ASSISTANT HOMES EDITOR

 

  Turkey, stuffing and cranberries aren’t the only important Thanksgiving dishes.

There are also bowls, platters and plates to consider.

A turkey dinner and all its fixings deserve a beautifully set table, said Boo Geist, a sales associate at Potter and Mellen, a Cleveland china and jewelry shop. A well-dressed table not only complements the meal, it makes guests feel more welcome, said Beth Schreibman Gehring, president of Schreibman Jewelers East.

Take the extra time to create a beautiful table, particularly if your guests are "just family," urged Schreibman Gehring.

"They’re the ones whom it’s worth going to all that trouble for," she said.

Like your Thanksgiving menu, table trimmings require a bit of advance planning. If you’re tired of pulling out the Tom Turkey platter and salt and pepper shakers, there are other ways to set a table that says Thanksgiving.

 

Tap into the natural elements of fall and the harvest, Geist suggested. Serving pieces in greens, browns and oranges or trimmed with leaves, birds or nuts lend a fall feel to your table, she said. Chargers, or accent plates that sit under dinner plates, can give any china a fall look. Centerpieces made from fruit, vegetables or gourds work well for Thanksgiving.

Look at the colors in your china pattern and determine a fall color that complements it, Geist said. Don’t be afraid to introduce new patterns or colors onto your table. If you inherited grandma’s gravy boat, use it. The history and tradition associated with the piece will conjure up the sentimental feelings associated with Thanksgiving.

"Mixing and matching is today’s trend," Geist said.

People often are afraid to introduce new colors onto their table, Schreibman Gehring said. She suggests taking a plate to the fabric store or the paint store to see what colors it matches. Holding the dish next to a full palette will inspire new uses for color on your table, she said.

Warm with color Color can warm up modern black dinnerware. Adding yellow, rust, taupe or red pieces will create a look that’s seasonal and modern, said Adam Norris, one of the owners of Secret Closet, a new home decor store in North Olmsted.

Often Schreibman Gehring hears from women who have grown tired of their china but are unable to replace it. Schreibman Gehring, who grew up working in the store, encourages them to consider chargers, glassware and linens to change the look. A gold charger under a plate gives the piece a formal look while a wood grain charger makes it more casual.

Glassware also can create a new look. Colored glassware can highlight a particular color in your china. Adding a festive champagne glass to the table is another way to change the mood, Schreibman Gehring said. Mix different styles and colors of glassware, she said.

"I love colored glassware. I use it all the time. It just sings," Schreibman Gehring said.

When introducing new colors, use linens to pull the pieces together, Geist said. Linens are a crucial part of the table dressing, she said.

Don’t limit yourself to traditional tablecloths, said Schreibman Gehring, who has used blankets, hemmed fabric and scarves as table covers. "I like to use a lot of color and texture," she said.

Too often the tablecloth is an afterthought, she said.

"The tablecloth is really the canvas for the whole table and so often people just have a plain white tablecloth. That’s fine. It just doesn’t create something new and exciting," she said.

Centerpieces also add excitement to the table. Geist suggests finding your table decorations outside. Cut down an evergreen bough or branch of fall leaves and nestle pumpkins, gourds, pine cones or candles around. Gather feathers and put them in a vase. Fill a bowl with bright orange kumquats. Use other fruits and a basket to create a cornucopia.

"Be a little creative about it," she said.

Once your centerpiece is in place, sit in every seat to see if it obstructs the view across the table.

To avoid the overwhelming centerpiece, Schreibman Gehring sometimes creates individual centerpieces. She’ll use demitasses filled with flowers, miniature terra-cotta plants stuffed with nuts or mini-loaves of bread trimmed in ribbon.

A glass hurricane globe turned on its side becomes a great low centerpiece, Schreibman Gehring said. Anchor it with some apples or Indian corn and fill it with greenery, pine cones or flowers.

Instead of putting a napkin on the dinner plate, consider laying a stick across the plate, said Marc Goohs of Secret Closet. He suggested a tray full of warm-colored candles and leaves, two or three decorated grapevine wreaths lying flat on the table with bowls of food in the middle and fall-themed topiaries as possible centerpieces.

If you opt for candles on your table, use unscented ones. Scented candles might fight with the food smells, Goohs said.

Homemade centerpieces fit nicely with Thanksgiving, said Schreibman Gehring, who has paid a florist to do Christmas arrangements but prefers to do her own on Thanksgiving.

"Thanksgiving is really associated with nurturing," she said. "Nobody deserves beauty and enchantment and grace more than your family does."

  E-mail: mkossler@plaind.com

Phone: (216) 999-4240

 

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.


Holiday Tablesettings!

I was told that several of my interviews were to be found on the internet, This is one of them from November , 2000 originally published the Cleveland Plain Dealer!

Don’t forget special table settings,

Sunday, November 19, 2000

By MELISSA KOSSLER
ASSISTANT HOMES EDITOR

 

  Turkey, stuffing and cranberries aren’t the only important Thanksgiving dishes.

There are also bowls, platters and plates to consider.

A turkey dinner and all its fixings deserve a beautifully set table, said Boo Geist, a sales associate at Potter and Mellen, a Cleveland china and jewelry shop. A well-dressed table not only complements the meal, it makes guests feel more welcome, said Beth Schreibman Gehring, president of Schreibman Jewelers East.

Take the extra time to create a beautiful table, particularly if your guests are "just family," urged Schreibman Gehring.

"They’re the ones whom it’s worth going to all that trouble for," she said.

Like your Thanksgiving menu, table trimmings require a bit of advance planning. If you’re tired of pulling out the Tom Turkey platter and salt and pepper shakers, there are other ways to set a table that says Thanksgiving.

 

Tap into the natural elements of fall and the harvest, Geist suggested. Serving pieces in greens, browns and oranges or trimmed with leaves, birds or nuts lend a fall feel to your table, she said. Chargers, or accent plates that sit under dinner plates, can give any china a fall look. Centerpieces made from fruit, vegetables or gourds work well for Thanksgiving.

Look at the colors in your china pattern and determine a fall color that complements it, Geist said. Don’t be afraid to introduce new patterns or colors onto your table. If you inherited grandma’s gravy boat, use it. The history and tradition associated with the piece will conjure up the sentimental feelings associated with Thanksgiving.

"Mixing and matching is today’s trend," Geist said.

People often are afraid to introduce new colors onto their table, Schreibman Gehring said. She suggests taking a plate to the fabric store or the paint store to see what colors it matches. Holding the dish next to a full palette will inspire new uses for color on your table, she said.

Warm with color Color can warm up modern black dinnerware. Adding yellow, rust, taupe or red pieces will create a look that’s seasonal and modern, said Adam Norris, one of the owners of Secret Closet, a new home decor store in North Olmsted.

Often Schreibman Gehring hears from women who have grown tired of their china but are unable to replace it. Schreibman Gehring, who grew up working in the store, encourages them to consider chargers, glassware and linens to change the look. A gold charger under a plate gives the piece a formal look while a wood grain charger makes it more casual.

Glassware also can create a new look. Colored glassware can highlight a particular color in your china. Adding a festive champagne glass to the table is another way to change the mood, Schreibman Gehring said. Mix different styles and colors of glassware, she said.

"I love colored glassware. I use it all the time. It just sings," Schreibman Gehring said.

When introducing new colors, use linens to pull the pieces together, Geist said. Linens are a crucial part of the table dressing, she said.

Don’t limit yourself to traditional tablecloths, said Schreibman Gehring, who has used blankets, hemmed fabric and scarves as table covers. "I like to use a lot of color and texture," she said.

Too often the tablecloth is an afterthought, she said.

"The tablecloth is really the canvas for the whole table and so often people just have a plain white tablecloth. That’s fine. It just doesn’t create something new and exciting," she said.

Centerpieces also add excitement to the table. Geist suggests finding your table decorations outside. Cut down an evergreen bough or branch of fall leaves and nestle pumpkins, gourds, pine cones or candles around. Gather feathers and put them in a vase. Fill a bowl with bright orange kumquats. Use other fruits and a basket to create a cornucopia.

"Be a little creative about it," she said.

Once your centerpiece is in place, sit in every seat to see if it obstructs the view across the table.

To avoid the overwhelming centerpiece, Schreibman Gehring sometimes creates individual centerpieces. She’ll use demitasses filled with flowers, miniature terra-cotta plants stuffed with nuts or mini-loaves of bread trimmed in ribbon.

A glass hurricane globe turned on its side becomes a great low centerpiece, Schreibman Gehring said. Anchor it with some apples or Indian corn and fill it with greenery, pine cones or flowers.

Instead of putting a napkin on the dinner plate, consider laying a stick across the plate, said Marc Goohs of Secret Closet. He suggested a tray full of warm-colored candles and leaves, two or three decorated grapevine wreaths lying flat on the table with bowls of food in the middle and fall-themed topiaries as possible centerpieces.

If you opt for candles on your table, use unscented ones. Scented candles might fight with the food smells, Goohs said.

Homemade centerpieces fit nicely with Thanksgiving, said Schreibman Gehring, who has paid a florist to do Christmas arrangements but prefers to do her own on Thanksgiving.

"Thanksgiving is really associated with nurturing," she said. "Nobody deserves beauty and enchantment and grace more than your family does."

  E-mail: mkossler@plaind.com

Phone: (216) 999-4240

 

©2000 THE PLAIN DEALER. Used with permission.


Sunflowers!

Sunflowers!
This morning I awoke to a fabulous surprise! This sunflower had bloomed, and the remarkable thing is that I never planted it! My husband teases me every year, because things just show up in my garden, and I have no idea where they came from. I like to imagine that a sweet bird friend planted it for me, maybe as a thank you present for feeding them all the cold winter! Wherever it came from, it's all the more precious because I'm three floors up!


Sunflowers!

Sunflowers!
This morning I awoke to a fabulous surprise! This sunflower had bloomed, and the remarkable thing is that I never planted it! My husband teases me every year, because things just show up in my garden, and I have no idea where they came from. I like to imagine that a sweet bird friend planted it for me, maybe as a thank you present for feeding them all the cold winter! Wherever it came from, it's all the more precious because I'm three floors up!