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AMY HOWARD WORKSHOP JUNE 9, 2016

AMY HOWARD AT HOME® PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT SNEADE’S ACE HOME CENTER New chalk-based paint line enables consumers to rescue, restore and redecorate old furniture Sneade’s Ace Home Center, Owings and Lusby, Maryland, offers Amy Howard at Home® products. Developed by long-time furniture designer and manufacturer Amy Howard, the Amy Howard at Home product line gives consumers a fresh, affordable and easy way to rescue, restore and redecorate old furniture in their homes. The artisan quality paint products available at Sneade’s Ace Home Center include Howard’s signature One Step Paint™, a new and revolutionary chalk-based paint that allows you to transform existing furniture or cabinetry in a single step – no stripping, sanding or priming – and achieve the coveted antique look that usually comes at a high price. One Step Paint is available in 52 shades and can also be color matched to virtually any color. In addition, the Amy

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New Old Bay, Maryland and Crab T-shirts Have Arrived!!

You can always use a new t-shirt or two?  

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Sneade’s Dogwood Seedling Care Sheet

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS   How to properly plant bare-root tree and shrub seedlings: When planting a bare-root seedling, please keep in mind the following: 1.) Even though the tree is not growing, it is very fragile! 2.) The plants are very sensitive to temperature—the lower the better! 3.) The plants are sensitive to prolonged periods of excessive or deprived moisture–avoid both. 4.) One study has shown that plants left in the sun on a 85 degree, windy day for just two minutes(!)–without protection on their roots–resulted in a 95% mortality!   Knowing this–do the following for the best results: Caring for your plants upon arrival:   1.) Upon receiving your plants–if they are not packaged with a moist medium, like sphagnum moss or wet newspaper–get some moisture carrying medium and immediately surround the roots with this product. 2.) Keep the tops dry and exposed to the air. 3.) Keep the plants

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31 Days of Color Sweepstakes

Ace will be giving away one $10,000 paint makeover, which will consist of an in-person, custom room design and color consultation by an Ace Design Expert as well as all the paint, paint supplies, labor and furnishings up to $10,000. Customers can enter at least once a day on thepaintstudio.com from March 1 – 31 by simply submitting their name, phone number and email address. In addition to the sweepstakes, Ace will be giving away a daily Ace gift card every day through the end of March.  The daily gift card amount will vary each day up to $1,000.  The varying daily amount is meant to encourage users to keep coming back.  Customers can enter once each day for their chance to win the daily gift card.  Those who enter the daily gift card are automatically entered into the $10,000 sweepstakes as well.

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Tips to Attracting Bluebirds To Your Backyard!

“Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly.”  That famous lyric from the “Wizard of Oz” helped immortalize the beautiful Bluebird.  Since early colonial times, people have loved Bluebirds because of their beauty, their feeding in open areas around houses and farms, and their endearing habit of readily nesting in man-made boxes. In the U.S. there are three different types of Bluebirds.  The Eastern Bluebird that occurs East of the Rockes is by far the most numerous. Across the Western one-third of the U.S.A. you will also find Mountain Bluebirds and Western Bluebirds.  One important thing to remember when providing housing for Bluebirds, is that you need to provide larger floor space and entrance holes in diameter for Western and Mountain Bluebirds.  A 4″ by 4″ floor is adequate for Eastern Bluebirds, but a 5″ by 5″ floor is recommended for Mountain and Western Bluebirds.  The entrance hole should be 1 1/2″

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Cardinals Bring On the Color

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What a beautiful contrast the crimson red Northern Cardinal gives against pure white fresh snow.  Can you think of anything more enjoyable to put you in the holiday spirit?  No wonder it is often referred to as the winter holiday bird. A Holiday Icon How many images of the Northern Cardinal do you use as holiday decoration? Is one of your favorite ornaments a Cardinal?  What about the tablecloth, outside doormat, holiday wreath, gift wrapping paper?  Notice in November and December every time you see the image of a Cardinal as you do your holiday shopping. While the Cardinal may best be known for its flash of color in garden and woodland, have you ever found one of its feathers on the ground? Blue Jays and Robins shed their feathers like so much fall foliage, but Cardinals just might be the greatest protectors of the princely robes in the feathered

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Cavities You Don’t Need a Dentist to FIll

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Quiz time! What do bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, wrens, and nuthatches have in common? If you answered that these birds are all cavity-nesters, give your self a gold star!  Unlike most birds, these build their nests in old woodpecker holes, other natural tree cavities, and nest boxes (bird houses). But are cavities, which would seem to be very secure places to nest, safer than open nest sites? Why do so relatively few species nest in cavities?  Only about 85 of 650 North American breeding birds use cavities.  Here’s the hole story. It seems obvious that-compared to an open nest-a cavity should provide better protection from the elements and predators for both the nestlings and the incubating adult.  Cavities are well protected from rain and insulated from late spring freezes and midsummer heat.  And only predators small enough to enter the hole or strong enough to tear apart the cavity pose a

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