Practice may make perfect, but a little knowledge doesn't hurt, either. Just about everything you could want to know about music is at your fingertips with this FJH Pocket Music Dictionary. The easy-to-read guide includes more than 1,500 foreign terms and their pronunciations, as well as a guide to orchestral instruments and composers.
The FJH Pocket Music Dictionary by Edwin McLean
2512 Meridian St., Bellingham
TO THE CORE
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so make those apples easier to prepare with this handy apple machine made by Progressive. It mounts on your kitchen counter or tabletop with a suction base and peels, cores and slices apples in no time flat. Whether you're making pie, fruit salad or just a snack of apple slices, this is one tool that's handy to have around.
517 Front St., Lynden
PAINT THE TOWN
Paint By Number kits might bring to mind visions of childhood art projects, but these easy-for-all painting projects have grown up. The adult sets include more complex designs, and themes ranging from idyllic landscapes and seascapes to wildlife. With brushes and paints included, these kits are an approachable way to add some art to your day.
3 Paint By Number Set by Royal Langnickel
1415 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
RAKE IT IN
Watching the leaves change from verdant green to flaming red is one of the magical things about fall. But once those leaves, hit the grass, the magic starts to fade and the work begins. This Wet-N-Dry leaf rake makes yard cleanup a little easier with its cushion grip for comfort and control. The head is adjustable, with stiffer tension for wet leaves and more flexibility for dry leaves, so you're ready no matter what autumnal weather comes your way.
Union Tools Wet-N-Dry leaf rake
Whatcom Farmers Co-op
Various locations in Whatcom County
CUT A RUG
Take dining al fresco up a notch by adding an outdoor rug to your patio or deck. With a variety of stylish patterns to choose from, these grip-surface rugs will turn any deck into a good-looking outdoor living space. Just add kebabs and some lemonade and you'll never want to eat inside again.
Liora Manne Outdoor Rugs
1235 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham