It’s no secret that I have an obscene love of food. What most people don’t know however, is how much that love extends to the utensils and dishes with which food is prepared, served and enjoyed. I would wager, in fact, even my own family is in the dark as to how deep my fondness for all things food-service related runs.
Sweet felt clutch with a charming charm.
Just $12 (how is that possible?) by les petites choses.
Graduating from college is a big event in one’s life. At the time it’s happening you realize it’s important, but it’s not till 10-15 years down the line do you fully appreciate what was being left behind, and what opportunities and life experiences you have ahead of you. And just like no two college experiences are exactly the same, neither are the grads, and the gifts you give them to celebrate the special event should showcase who they are now, and what they want to be when they grow up.
Many grads take the ‘summer off’ and travel. Whether its backpacking through Europe, driving cross-country, or volunteering in Africa, your grad will love this travel journal to record all the once-in-a-lifetime experiences they’re about to have.
Less sentimental, and more practical is this passport cover. It’s an easy and organized way to help them keep track of perhaps the single most important thing accompanying them on their trip.
Maybe your grad isn’t taking any time off and is going straight into the real world–suit, office, commuting and all. If that’s the case, an inspirational coffee mug to get their day started right is something they’ll use daily. This one can be customized with any text you want, the grad’s name, inspirational quote, or even an inside joke.
Get your grad in the habit of sending handwritten notes. A personal, monogrammed note card set like this simple, sophisticated one can be used for any occasion, including thanking a potential employer for an interview.
Of course, jewelry is a big hit with most grads. Make it special by personalizing it with her name, graduation date, or birthstone. This necklace can house all three in a charm-like design.
Whatever your grad does or doesn’t do after college, be sure to praise them for how far they’ve come. It’s an accomplishment worth savoring before continuing the ride.
Okay, okay…I’m not encouraging any school ditching or anything…I’m talking about decorative wall hooks, of course! Adding a few hooks to an area in your home that accumulates a lot of clutter is a great way to get organized in a hurry and can be used in any area of your house.
The personalized spoon hook rack pictured above is a lovely example of hooks that can be used at the entryway of your home to organize and sort each family member’s belongings. This piece has been handcrafted from a dark, weathered wood and vintage teaspoons personalized with your very own information and can be found in the shop of jjevensen.
If you have children then I’m sure you are always looking for ways to keep their belongings in order. This adorable customizable little unit from bluebirdheaven fits perfectly in a child’s room. Hang their jackets, hats, or towels to keep the necessities at hand. While you’re at it, check out bluebirdheaven‘s shop for some fabulous vintage printer’s trays altered into jewelry organizers. *swoon*
For a more contemporary look, check out the handmade creations of PIGandFISH. Their beautiful creations turn art into functional pieces for your home. This geometric design and combination of colors is absolutely stunning and would fit nicely with most decorating schemes. Browse around their shop for several different designs and colors.
For a little handmade charm, try the more simple key and accessory racks by prettylovelypainting. Sometimes less is more and a little hand painted detail goes a long way. Made from recycled wood, these key hooks would be great at the entry way of your home to hold your keys or in your bedroom to hang your jewelry.
If you have an eclectic vibe in your home, you are going to love these cast iron hooks by monkeyandsquirrel. They have all kinds of handmade goodies and home decor in their shop, but these horse head hooks are my favorite! Available in slate blue, evergreen, and antique yellow, these iron hooks will add a little interest and pizazz anywhere you choose to put them.
The materials you can use to organize your belongings are limitless. When creating your own hook system, don’t be afraid to get creative with your materials like the artists represented above. Comment below and share some of your own ideas with us!
Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it: I am a Harry Potter fan! So much so, we have saved up to take the family to Harry Potter World in Florida later this year, and we simply cannot wait to see the next film in the series next week. We have been the family who have queued up outside the bookshop at midnight when the new books have come out and read them non-stop; we bought the Hogwarts scarves, the wands, the wands the following year when the newer edition had pretty lights, and and we have also been the ones (husband excluded) dressing up to go to the cinema on the opening night.
Unfortunately this year my daughter’s still on her school camp on that first night, so we have to wait a whole 3 days! Now we are completely used to being accused of being very uncool as far as the Harry Potter thing is concerned (they either haven’t read the books or are jealous of J K Rowling’s success), but even I had my doubts as to whether dressing up not on the first night, is too much. Those doubt were quickly quashed though, and we are now busy planning what to wear!
A quick internet search reveals some amazing fan-made costumes, but sadly they mostly aren’t for sale. On Etsy, I absolutely love this one above by Bbeauty Designs of Bellatrix lestrange’s outfit. Evil and nasty though the character is, there’s no doubt that Helena Bonham Carter always gets to play the most interesting people and wear the best clothes.
The detail by limebarb that has gone into re-creating the uniform of the Beauxbaton students is amazing! It is just like the ones in the films.
Lastly I love this charm bracelet by 1luckysoul. What a fantastic idea. It has kind of a steampunk edge to it too and is so original.
The only sad thing is, this is the very last film!