If you've got a thick layer of leaves on your lawn, get out there and rake them up. If left for the winter, leaves can mat the grass, which can cause snow mold. Bag up the leaves and save them to use as winter mulch once the ground starts to freeze.


Even if you aren't in the market to buy, you can get an eyeful of some splendid antiques at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts antiques show and sale. This weekend, the Zuhrah Shrine Center, 2540 Park Av. S. in Minneapolis, will be filled with 18th-century silver, 19th-century folk art and 20th-century modernist designs. The annual event also features lectures, dealer talks and tours. $10 general admission ($8 for MIA members).


While the national presidential campaign zigzags toward its zenith, here's a nonpartisan look at a U.S. icon: "100 American Flags: A Unique Collection of Old Glory Memorabilia'' (Ten Speed Press, $19.95). The slim book brims with beautiful photos of 100 items from the collection of graphic designer Kit Hinrichs (a mere sliver of his more than 3,000 flag-related artifacts). From presidential cigar bands, to folk art renderings, to a circa-World War II piece constructed from postage stamps and cancellation marks, the book is a joyous celebration of the red, white and blue.


Fans of industrial designer George Nelson's 1947 Bubble Lamp may want to check out Modernica's reinterpretation of the classic in lampshade form. Designed as a modernist shade for traditional bases, the product comes in three height/width combos, ranging from $225 to $265. A kit for converting your lamp and shade for hanging is available for $75. To see details or to order, go to


Rose Mille, the Stillwater boutique with a mix of home decor, gifts, and crafting materials, has just launched a site for e-tail commerce. For pure lookiness, don't miss the section on glass curtain tiebacks.