Lovely napkin rings adorn more than tables
Multifunctional furniture is always a good bet. You can feel like you've scored a deal when, for instance, an ottoman also serves as a coffee table. But an item spotted at Bali Aga dresses the body as well as the home. These napkin rings with a mother-of-pearl opalescence are much too pretty to be kept in a linen drawer and are being snapped up. "Customers are buying them as bracelets," said manager Justina Ladogana.
They come in hues from coral pinks to muted beiges, and range from a half-inch to 2 1/2 inches wide. At $11 a pair, they're a bargain as jewelry. Walk like an Egyptian with one on each wrist, or stack them on one arm for more impact.
Of course, they're just as pretty used as intended, around a napkin on a dining table. Check them out at 307-A Kamani St., along with other items from Indonesia. Ladogana says they've just unpacked three containers of furniture. Call 593-9050.
HOME & GARDEN
Island Lifestyle II having moving-out sale
Island Lifestyle II is having a moving sale with 20 percent off its entire stock. The shop, at 435 Keawe St., is relocating to Kailua-Kona, which means everything in its Kakaako showroom must go.
The sale includes contents of a new container set to arrive March 10.
Their Oahu store closes 5 p.m. March 17, but you can find them on the Big Island at 73-5619 Kauhola St.
Call 521-1772 before March 17.
Seminar to discuss home projects
Take in Homeworks Construction's "Build New or Re-Do" seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kailua, offering tips on how to start up or finance your home project.
The workshop will be held at the RE/MAX Kai Lani community Room in the Aikahi Park Shopping Center.
Featured speakers include Jim Byxbee of Homeworks, kitchen and bath designer Marshall Hickox and Fred Weihmiller of GMAC.
For those planning to build from the ground up, RE/MAX Kai Lani will provide the latest information on vacant land, tear-downs and fixer-uppers listed for sale on Oahu.
Participants are invited to bring remodeling plans for one-on-one consultations with the speakers after the presentation.
Arts and crafts class to use lau hala leaves
Learn how to weave a 6-inch turtle using lau hala leaves in a class taught by Lucas Esdicul, Feb. 28 at Foster Botanical Garden.
The class will be held 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for supplies. Reservation required.
Participants are invited to bring their lunch.
Botanical Gardens selling rare finds
Head out to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden March 3 for the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens plant sale, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rare and never-offered-before items will be for sale, including a clearance of plants no longer being propagated by nursery volunteers.
Workshop offers tips on spring cleaning
Koko Marina Center's "Remodeling Made Easy" workshop next month will focus on spring cleaning and the luck of the Irish.
The event takes place 3 to 6 p.m. March 11, with building industry experts on hand to share tips on how to improve the home. After the workshops, stay for the music paying homage to Irish music and Saint Patrick's Day.
The center is located at 7192 Kalanianaole Highway in East Oahu. Visit their Web site at www.kokomarinacenter.com.
Botanical Garden offers March tours
Foster Botanical Garden will be having the upcoming tours next month. Reservations required:
March 10: Lisel Vander Leeden will guide participants on a garden tour with special emphasis on the history of founder Dr. William F. Hillebrand. Hours are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations required, with regular admission to the garden. Call 522-7066.
March 17: Enjoy a garden tour with special emphasis on its medicinal plants with docent Wayne Wong. Tour hours are 1 to 2:30 p.m., regular admission. Call 522-7066.
March 17: Warren Chee shares tips in a free workshop on how to grow and care for roses in Hawaii. Hours are 10 to 11 a.m. Call 522-7064.