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Musical ornament is voice-activated



Published: Sun, December 2, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Musical ornament is voice-activated

Play it again, pine.

Hang a Maestro Mouse ornament (above) on your Christmas tree, and a mini concert is just a request away.

The ornament responds to voice commands to play a selection of Christmas songs. It can be synchronized with your tree lights to produce a musical light show, and you can even tell it to turn your lights on or off.

The ornament sells for $39.97 at Home Depot stores. It can also be ordered online at www.homedepot.com.

House bloggers share ideas in book

Sherry and John Petersik insist they knew nothing about fixing up a house when they bought their first place in 2006. Since then, they’ve earned their home-renovation chops and a slew of fans who follow their progress through their blog, Young House Love.

Now they’re sharing even more ideas through a book by the same name.

The Petersiks’ goal is to make home improvement less intimidating and expensive while still producing first-class results. In the book, they’ve compiled doable projects and tips designed to give their readers not just ideas, but confidence.

Most of the ideas are their own, but they also tap the talents of guest bloggers such as Ana White of Ana White: Homemaker and Jessica Jones of How About Orange. Even their Chihuahua, Hamburger, makes frequent appearances in the book.

“Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love” is published by Artisan Books and sells for $25.95 in hardcover.

McClatchy Newspapers

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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