Fondant featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Information on saving time and money when decorating and working with cake fondant will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Author and decorating expert Jack Warner will talk about the concept of a game plan in decorating and share tips from the pros in terms of saving time and money when buying home decor items. He lives in Ridgewood, N.J.

Nancy Siler, of Wilton Industries Inc., will demonstrate using versatile rolled fondant icing on cakes for showers, weddings, sweetheart gifts, pool parties and many other special occasions. She’s from Woodridge, Ill.

Information on automatic machine applique, creating faux art-and-crafts antiques and recording special memories will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

June Mellinger, Brother Sewing Machines director of education, will demonstrate automatic machine applique techniques. She’s from Bridgewater, N.J.

Since antiques from 1900-1929 are skyrocketing in value, Bruce Johnson says we can create our own faux art-and-crafts antiques, and he’ll show how to do this. Johnson represents Minwax in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Author Sharon Niederman will explain why it’s so important to record special memories and events in our lives. In fact, she became an author after spending years recording the lives and stories of people she had met. She’s from Albuquerque.

Decorating Time Savers

Using the Internet as an interior design resource

The Internet provides an invaluable time- and money-saving resource for almost any interior design project.

A world of planning tools, ideas and expert how-to techniques are now at your disposal 24 hours a day, even if you live in the most remote location. And virtually every important home furnishings manufacturer and distributor now provides comprehensive product information on their Web sites, many of them with online buying options.

Add to that the Internet auction sites, letting you buy direct from individuals and antique dealers worldwide, and you have an unprecedented opportunity to truly shop the world, rather than just your neighborhood.

When to use the Internet

During the planning phase to stimulate ideas, and during the procurement phase to find the best sources.

Just about every house wares and home furnishings supplier now gives you their Web site address in their ads. And you can use search engines like Google, Yahoo, Hotbot, Infoseek, Lycos, etc. to find suppliers for just about everything that exists.

On these supplier sites, you’ll find comprehensive product information, usually far in excess of what even the most experienced retail sales person can tell you. And often you’ll find “close-out sale” merchandise not available at retail.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico, and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.