Row Boat Salad Bowl

Rowboat Salad Bowl with Paddles

Rowboat Salad Bowl with Paddles

This fun and cute Row Boat Salad Bowl is sure to create a splash at your next dinner. The polished aluminum bowl takes the familiar form of a rowboat, complete with “wooden” planks cast along its hull. The boats oars are a pair of serving tools, carved from sheesham, a variety of rosewood which is renowned for its intricate, marbled grain. Whether you’re serving salad, holding fruit, or simply putting it on display, this bowl is sure to make waves.

Available from Uncommon Goods.

10 Super Cute Doormats

10 Cute Doormats

What better to welcome in the New Year than an adorable, cute, or fun doormat? Here are ten of the best doormat designs we’ve found on the interwebs. These will be perfect for your home, or as a housewarming gift for a friend.

1. Cute Owl Doormat from KikkerlandSuper Cute Doormats2. Cute Key Doormat from Mod Cloth

Adorable Doormats3. Union Jack Doormat from Heal’s

Cute Doormats4. Cute Dance Step Doormat from Chiasso

Dancing Doormat

5. Cute Hot Air Balloon Doormat from Wal-Mart

Balloon Doormat6. Cute Leafy Doormat from Crate & Barrel

Cute Doormat with Leaf Design7. Cute Simpli-City Doormat from Mod Cloth

Cute City Scene Doormat8. Cute Waterlily Doormat from Pure Home

Cute Doormats9. Cute Playful Cat Doormat from Organize-It

Cute Doormats

10. Cute Cassette Doormat from Fab

Tape B Doormat

Wall Decor Maps of Your Absent Loved Ones

Maps of your loved ones who live out of state

Maps of your loved ones who live out of stateIf you have loved ones who live out of state, this easy DIY from printable maps is an easy and stylish way to keep them in mind. This DIY project also works well for a Christmas gift for each of your out-of-staters, just print out a state map of your state (and any other state in which your family members live), add a heart or a star over the city, and affix to the glass of a frame. Also, a map decor project like this is also ideal for a housewarming gift for someone who just moved.

8 Great Coaster Gift Ideas

One really can never have too many coasters. Unless they’re lame, of course. You can have too many lame coasters. If you are suffering from a plague of lame coasters, below you will find the prescription which will cure your ailment. If you have not fallen to this vile plague, just remember: One really can never have too many coasters.

One and Done:

1. Vintage:

Fun Coaster Gift

The Hollywood Coaster from Jonathan Adler. Simple, trendy, retro, fun. Follow the link to purchase and you’re done.

2. Geeky Chic:

Scrabble Letter Tiles as Coasters

Designed in classic fashion after the original Scrabble tiles, this coaster set includes oversized letters and score tiles. Perfect for anyone who has a Pinterest board entitled “grammar”.

DIY

3. Scrabble Yourself:

Scrabble tile coasters DIY tutorial

If the Scrabble coaster tile set is to out-of-the-box for you, try this DIY Scrabble Tile Coaster tutorial from Intimate Weddings. The best part about this is you can accent names (or hide clever words and phrases… *wink*) in the coasters! Designate each coaster’s owner (“Madeline”) or preferred drink (“Lemonade”). The possibilities are endless….

4. Dominator:

Coaster Gift Ideas

Playing with the same game-ish-ness style as the Scrabble coasters, this set of Domino Coasters (from Lil Cody Designs on Etsy) is an affordable gift or simple DIY project.

5. Tile & Style:

Tile and scrapbook paper coaster tutorial

This easy DIY coaster tutorial from Mal & Kev uses 16-cent tiles, scrapbook paper (or newspaper, or book pages, or whatever), Mod Podge, and a bit of paint and clear acrylic sealant. As you can tell, these can be as simple or as ornate as you like – let your style shine!

6. In Color

DIY Coaster Tutorial

 

Check out this DIY Coaster Tutorial from Poppytalk for color-blocked coasters in sprightly colors. Of course, you can go with any color scheme you desire, to match your home decor, seasonal or holiday colors, and oh so much more.

All you need for these is:

1. Wooden coasters (you can get these from your local craft store)
2. Acrylic paint
3. Paint brush
4. Paint tray
5. Masking tape
6. Gold spray
7. Clear glaze spray

Personalized

7. Custom Maple

Personalized Coasters

 

Laser engraving is an easy and affordable way to customize your coaster gift. This set of four Maple wood coasters, available at Northwest Gifts, can be engraved with quotes, special dates, names, logos, images, and more.

8. Custom Marble

Coaster Gift Ideas

 

This set of four marble coasters, also from Northwest Gifts, includes a marble caddy and can be personalized with any laser etching you desire or design.

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

Classic Quote Plaques

Classic quote on a classy and vintage style plaque, perfect for a housewarming gift for any home. Get one here.

From the 1904 poem “Success” by Bessie Anderson Stanley.

He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of
pure women,

the respect of intelligent men and
the love of little children;

who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;

who has always looked for the best in others and
given them the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.