housegifts to buy or d-i-y

As is our nature, we started to deconstruct this strangely beautiful fly swatter, thinking it could easily be made with a piece of hardwood and a bit of leather. Then we thought: why bother? It only costs $12.80 + $5 shipping at Kaufman Mercantile.

We figure it would make a great, slightly odd, original and much-appreciated house gift for summer weekends. After all, most fly swatters are ugly and made of funky plastic. This one allows for chicly WHAMMING the occasional fly or mosquito, while being nice to look at during its off hours.

Kaufman Mercantile has some swell pricier items that provide inspiration and self-evident-how-tos for making them yourself:

Cutting/sandwich boards made of reclaimed oak

We like their old fashioned swings, made of oak or cedar threaded with thick rope.

Swings are delightful outdoors and IN.

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