Friday, August 22, 2003

The Insatiable Shopper

Scouting the marketplace with Joy Kraft

di-ver-sion: These lamps by Susan Altenau of Westwood are part of the whimsical collection of gifts, art and accessories Brian Reedy has stocked in his cozy shop - di-ver-sion - at 3410 Ormond Ave., Ludlow. Cincinnati scenes by photographer Barrymore Tibbs and oil paintings by Bill Eagen also can be found there as well as retro home accessories, jewelry and one-of-a kind gifts. Lamps about $150-$200. Information: 751-3749.

Name game: Linda Walker of Anderson Township turns people's names into artwork using small drawings of their hobbies or interests and oil-based markers. Each letter gets a drawing, then the work is dry-mounted in any color. $8 per letter, plus $15 for dry-mount. (Framing, $40-$50, also available). Call A Way With Words, 232-0139.

Crafty cards: Roll out the greetings with these Parlour Magic Open Me Greetings. Pull the "open me" tape on each decorated reel and the greetings - Thank You, I Love You or Happy Birthday - is spelled out in a roll of pressed discs joined with twill that can be hung over a doorway, desk or lamp for celebration. $8.95 at Papyrus at Kenwood Towne Centre and Borders, Books, Music & Cafe. (They cost about 60 cents to mail.)

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