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Byline: Sherry Joe Crosby

YOUR NEW BEST BUDDY: Remove nicks and scuff marks from painted surfaces with Rubbermaid's new Paint Buddy Touch-up Tool. The device stores paint inside its clear handle and is equipped with a locking valve to keep the contents fresh. Also includes a blending roller. Retails for $10.99 at home centers, mass merchants, paint and hardware stores nationwide. (877) 748-7546 or www.paintbuddy.com.

'BUDGET MAKEOVERS': Filled with practical tips and photos, ``Budget Makeovers,'' from the editors of Women's Day Special Interest Publications (Filipacchi Publishing; $17.95), showcases real-life transformations of rooms, some done for as little as $500. Handy features include a timeline for each phase of the project and an itemized budget. A separate chapter, ``Get the Look,'' provides detailed instructions on how to make accessories, including decorative pillows, seat covers and valances, seen throughout the book.

KNAPPA HANGING LAMP: Warm up your home with this pendant lamp from IKEA. The fixture's petal-like shapes effectively diffuse light and bring instant style to any room. Made of plastic. Requires a standard 60-watt bulb. $24.99. www.ikea-usa.com.

TYBBLE ACCENT LAMP: Diode lights shine through the acrylic slats of this unique table lamp. Lighting lasts up to 50,000 hours. Lamp is 5 inches high. $24.99. www.ikea-usa.com.

GARDENING WITH SPONGEBOB: Kids can't help but have fun in the garden when they use this SpongeBob SquarePants watering can ($9.99) and don the matching bucket hat ($7.99) from Midwest Gloves & Gear (www.midwestgloves.com). Available at Ace Hardware and Wal-Mart stores or by calling (800) 689-9164.

ORCHID AUCTION: Browse a wide range of orchids suitable for everyone from the novice through the advanced collector, learn orchid culture tips and win a free door prize. Orchid Society of Southern California, First Christian Church, 221 S. Sixth St., Burbank. 2-5 p.m. today. Free admission. (818) 808-0026. www.orchidssc.org.

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Date:Jun 18, 2005
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