Shopping: Still thinking Mother’s Day gifts and spring

Grumpy Cat is joined by his brother Pokey in this salt-and-pepper set.
Grumpy Cat is joined by his brother Pokey in this salt-and-pepper set. News-Democrat

For the moment, I’m ignoring all the red, white and blue merchandise that is being paraded around for Memorial Day celebrations.

I’m not sure I’m there yet: Summer still seems far off — and is officially. But, everybody starts thinking about it once Memorial Day draws near. I just want to enjoy spring a bit more.

It’s been a potpourri week — with a little bit of everything in the mix.

On the subject of color: AtHome (formerly Garden Ridge) in O’Fallon has rows and rows of carved wood filagree plaques in interesting shades that range from pale green to bright yellow. The distressed paint gives them a vintage “found” look. They are priced at $14.99 for the small round ones, $19.99 for the square version and $69.99 for a big rectangular piece.

I see much creativity with these decorations. Hang a trio in different colors vertically on a narrow wall. Add hooks (they’re thick enough for this) and hang several inside a window. Horizontally, lay one on a table as part of a centerpiece. The round ones would make attractive trivets on a buffet table.

Still need a Mother’s Day gift? Ulta Beauty in Fairview Heights is offering a very attractive tote bag (in two floral and two solid colors) free with the $40 (or more) purchase of any fragrance. Good through Saturday.

Silly me, doesn’t everyone know about Grumpy Cat? I’m a bit out of the loop. I was unaware that he has expanded his horizons to include salt and pepper shakers. He’s been joined by his brother Pokey (so you can tell one shaker from the other, of course). The ceramic set is $15.95 at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville.

If the man cave needs sprucing up for the baseball season, Gordman’s in Fairview Heights has several photos of Busch Stadium that are ready to be mounted on the wall. I liked the very narrow rectangular version, which looks like canvas. It’s priced at $19.99. Other larger ones are $29.99.

OK, here’s my one exception to the not-thinking-of-summer mindset: Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights has red, mid-high canvas folding chairs for the beach priced at $14.99. Look for them at the front of the store near the outdoor furniture.