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The Grapevine (Sept. 28)

  • Published Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Stencils for home, clothing

Artist Amy Butler is known for her design style on fabrics, home accessories and other items – fresh, romantic but not too sweet. Now she’s helping readers add a bit of that flair to their houses and wardrobes with “Amy Butler Stencils” (Chronicle Books, $25), a book of stencil patterns and how-tos.

Butler, a Granville, Ohio, resident, created 10 stencils for the book, which are designed to be used as is or mixed, overlaid or reconfigured. The stencils are die-cut on heavy, coated paper, so with proper care, they can be reused several times.

She also offers instructions and tips for getting the best results from her stencils or creating your own. Photos of projects using the stencils are included, but Butler encourages her readers to dream up their own uses.

— Akron Beacon Journal

Osmond gets into housewares

Donny Osmond, now 55 and a grandfather several times over, is about to release a housewares collection with his wife, Debbie.

Donny Osmond Home will kick off in January with 1,000 items, including furniture, lights, rugs, bedding, dinnerware and home-improvement tools. Some of the goods will be available through online retailers later this year; a list will be posted on donnyosmond.com.

— New York Times

In bloom at Botanica

The very-tall annual swan or balloon plant, botanical name Gomphocarpus physocarpus (also known as Asclepias physocarpa), shown with its spiny balloon-like lime-green seed pods and white flowers in drooping clusters, in the John Firsching Evergreen Collection. It’s a host plant for monarch butterflies.

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