By MARY JANE PARK
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2001
Green is the favorite color of expectant high school and college graduates; bills and checks are always in style. We found other options, most of which can do double duty as money holders. Congratulations, class of 2001!
For those whose mailing addresses and home telephone numbers may be mutable, cards bearing e-mail addresses and cell phone and pager numbers can help friends stay in touch. Calling cards (up to 3 lines; extra line, add $2). $15.90 for 25; $23.90 for 50. The Write Place, 2900 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; telephone (727) 895-2543. Styles, prices vary at bay area stationery and print shops; some computer programs let you create your own.
Classic sterling silver engravable clip holds together folding bills. Money clip. $28. White Buffalo. Brandon TownCenter, Brandon; Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa; Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg.
For java jolts at exam time and ramen noodles throughout the year, this appliance heats water faster than a microwave and cleans up in a jif. Rival 32-ounce Hot Pot Express. $9.96. Wal-Mart stores.
For cap-and-gown photos that record the event itself. 31/2-by-5-inch "Class of 2001" picture frame. $9.99. Kmart stores.
Fold in the straps of this backpack, and pull out the handle. Voila! Your bag now is wheeled luggage. Chimp key chain included. Kipling Basic Alcatraz 18-inch wheeled backpack. $178. Bentley's Luggage & Gifts. Brandon TownCenter, Brandon; Countryside Mall, Clearwater; Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg; Citrus Park Town Center, University Mall, West Shore Plaza, Tampa. Toll-free telephone: (800) 330-0050; on the Web: http://www.bentleys.com
Pull those old fraternity, sorority, athletic team and rock concert T-shirts from the drawer and put them together in a memory quilt using school emblems or colors. Or use a T-shirt as the centerpiece for a "surprise" pillow that unfurls into a quilt. T-shirt quilt workshop class (four sessions) $20 plus supplies; surprise pillow class, no charge; about $35 in supplies. Can't sew? Staff will do the work for you. Sewing Circle Fabrics, 408 33rd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; telephone (727) 823-7391. (T-shirt quilt by Jane and Jennifer Sayler of St. Petersburg.)