WINDFALLS

Sign on the Knotted Line

You wouldn’t want to trust Sandy Tobias with your checkbook. She’s a forger – just fun stuff, though. Sandy reproduces signatures, logos, initials, even entire business cards on fabric. Neckties, scarves, and totes are her most popular items. Sandy reports the best place to “steal” a signature is from a cancelled check and that the best results come from the least legible script. Ties cost $15. Sandan Designs, 239-3883.

Good Things Come in Trees

Look for some unique variations on the Christmas tree at D.W. Co-op’s tree art competition /sale. December 3-20. There’s everything from a drawing of alligators in a tree accompanied by an appropriate poem, to stuffed stitcheries of trees.

D.W. Co-op 3305 McKinney at Hall, upstairs. Opening 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The House Wins

Who needs Vegas? Now that it’s legal in Texas to have slot machines in the home, these fancy money-eaters have become popular adult toys. A Richardson man who restores antique slot and pinball machines reports gambling equipment is becoming a real investment – aside from its recreational status. Tom Kunkel started fooling around with the stuff as a diversion from his industrial chemicals sales job, and now he’s into it full-time. The jazzy rebuilt slots go for $1000-$3000, but the prices haven’t deterred buyers. Kunkel is also the man to see about refurbishing your own antique game machines.

The Brass Register

107 East Polk, Richardson

231-1386.



Stollen Goods

Traditional European Christmases aren’t complete without the breaking of German stollen bread. The Black Forest Bakery bakes stollen (pronounced “schtolin”) ’ twice weekly, beginning the week before Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas. Baker Danny Dreyfus uses an old Swiss recipe: It’s a yeast dough bread made with butter, fruit, and nuts that is baked and then dipped in : butter and sugar. Stollen comes in three sizes and costs about $3 per pound. With a week’s notice Dreyfus will fill orders for Christmas gifts. Black Forest Bakery 5819 Blackwell 368-4490.

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