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Herriott Grace: Handmade Gifts by Father and Daughter

Herriott Grace: Lance and Nikole Herriott

Lance & Nikole Herriott

The story of Herriott Grace is all the sweeter with Father’s Day coming soon. It’s one I’ve wanted to share, but something would happen every time their stock was replenished—they’d sell out so darn fast! Which does you no good gift-givers. So I’ve waited.

This month though, this month is different.

Herriot Grace lets admirers know when their beautiful goods are back in stock by way of a monthly newsletter. For June they’ve given us a heads up. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 13, at 6pm EDT.
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Buy It or DIY It: Dipped Gifts!

Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of Earnest

Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of Earnest

Lately dipping and dying isn’t confined to Easter eggs and Grateful Dead t-shirts. Nope, this trend is everywhere and I’m completely digging the dipping.

From fashion, to furniture, hair dos and kitchenware, a dipped pop of color plays up the original texture of each piece the paint touches—glass seems clearer, ceramics softer, metals more shiny, and woodgrain more beautiful.

As a DIY gift, adding your own dipped embellishment is a fun and relatively simple way to add a personal touch to your present. (Wink, nudge. Mom would love these!) I’ve rounded up some favorite tutorials to get you inspired and walk you through the steps to do it yourself.

If you’re not so inclined, leave the dipping to the pros. Included are some really wonderful options for you to buy and gift too. Enjoy!

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Wind & Willow Home Dipped ShopPretty Painted Centerpieces by Project WeddingColorblocked Cutting Boards by Lostine & Dipped Wood Knife BlockMixx Spoon Set from MoMAPainted Wooden Spoons by Little Bit FunkySuperior Servers by Ladies & GentlemenPainted Havtorn Vases by IKEA Life At HomeHave & Make Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of EarnestDipped Chopsticks by Penelope & Pip

Make This Gift: A Colorful Leather and Wood Trivet!

DIY Leather and Wood Trivets

DIY Leather and Wood Trivets, by Kate Pruitt

Hello, beautiful! These pretty wood and leather trivets are perfect for friends who love to cook or as a housewarming gift for new neighbors. They’re simple, modern, and oh-so-colorful! Plus, you can totally customize the colors to match your gift recipient’s decor (serious bonus points, you guys). If you’re not sure, you can’t go wrong with a minimalist raw wood/white/and black leather combo!

Check out how to make them over on Design*Sponge.

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From the Fun Box to the Jewelry Box

Different fun box. MapleXO makes jewelry from old skateboards.

There’s something special about a piece of jewelry that’s one-of-a-kind. As in, you’re the only one who will have anything exactly like it—ever.

So let’s take the greatness of that idea and mush it with another one. Let’s create the jewelry from an unexpected source, something at the end of its life, en route to the garbage and let’s give it a new life. Awesome.

Lindsay Jo Holmes of MapleXO (and a Portland gal to boot) worked her magic and has done precisely that. She makes bracelets, rings and earrings out of retired skateboard decks and they totally rock.

The colors, lines and shapes of the original graphics have a graffiti/poster art vibe while the wear and tear from their kickflipping days give the pieces a gritty, brush-stroke look and ensure that no two are the same.

I’ve had a pair of the hoop earrings for about a year (Jacob found them at one of our favorite Denver stores. Yep, he’s a keeper.) and I get compliments and questions every time I wear them.

For large earrings they’re super lightweight so they don’t give you the aches after wearing them all day. Though inherently scuffed and scratched they are surprisingly smooth to the touch. And because they’re such unique little pieces of art, we think they can be worn with pretty much anything.

Grab a pair for your best girl at RadishUnderground.com for $42. We won’t tell if that best girl is you.

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