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Letter rip! I’ve seen (and bought as gifts) black-and-white photography that uses found items, from benches to buildings, to spell out words. The perspective is unique, and usually requires a second glance. This alphabet calendar version by Abba Richman offers a different take with its colorful visuals. I plan to create a few letters myself, when I have some spare time, and use local landmarks to make it more meaningful.

Letter rip! I’ve seen (and bought as gifts) black-and-white photography that uses found items, from benches to buildings, to spell out words. The perspective is unique, and usually requires a second glance. This alphabet calendar version by Abba Richman offers a different take with its colorful visuals. I plan to create a few letters myself, when I have some spare time, and use local landmarks to make it more meaningful.

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I spy…

Who doesn’t dream about being an amateur detective? My favorite computer game was Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I wanted to be Veronica Mars. And I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown, Harriet the Spy and, my favorite, Nancy Drew. It’s sleuthing 101 with Nan, predictable Ned, curvy Bess and tomboy George using survival strategies and the powers of observation to solve crimes. Life lessons were learned. So it’s fitting that the girl detective’s tried-and-true tips are being told in tiny fashion in Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life. The Case of the Perfect Gift Idea is now closed.

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Fan letters

You’re still waiting on your Hogwarts acceptance letter, aren’t you? Me too. You can have your very own certificate from the witchcraft & wizardry school — for $25 to $35. Gotta keep the magic (and the profits) alive, Muggles.

But what’s truly bewitching are these handmade pendants on Etsy…miniature, customizeable letters which slide into envelopes hanging on gold chains, created with painstaking detail for about the same price — $23 to $27.50. I’m in awe.

This intricate faux leather envelope includes an H stamp on the back. The Etsy seller (SixAstray) has lots of other Potter-related items in her shop.

This pendant’s shiny gold envelope also opens and closes, and it even has an owl “delivering” the letter. The Etsy seller (Wolfbird Studios) also has a golden snitch necklace.

::Click the photos for direct links to the items::

Filed under gift ideas harry potter letters owls jewelry

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By the books

My sisters and I used to play “library” growing up. As the oldest, I got the best job: stamping the cards with the due date and whispering “shhh” in a condescending voice.

In high school, I got to relive that role as a part-time student aide at a small branch library. (Except now we scanned the books electronically.) I devoured books, I enjoyed helping people discover new authors and I liked keeping the shelves organized (everything has a place in the Dewey Decimal System)…it was a perfect match. (Also, I would be nosy and see what books people had checked out and how much they owed in fines. And I would erase my own fines…I’m such a delinquent, but if you can’t have that perk, what’s the point?)

So you know I’ve bookmarked this gem for future purchase: Personal Library Kit.

I read/edit/write/design for a living now, and my job is demanding, leaving me little time for pleasure reading. But here are a few fun recent/future purchases: Bossypants :: This is a Book :: Thank You Notes :: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) :: Design*Sponge At Home.

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