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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Yummy/Bloody Valentine on: November 21, 2009 05:31:58 PM
In an attempt to tear myself away from Christmas crafting (or making lists about Christmas crafting) for a little bit, I've decided to post pics of what I made for my boyfriend last Vday. Or "just another Saturday", as we called it.

He's a huge horror buff.... and also loves oatmeal raisin cookies. (Who doesn't?)
So I found a fuzzy pink heart-shaped box on sale at Party City... and bloodied it up.


And of course I splattered the cookies, too. Mmmm.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 19, 2009 10:15:14 PM
So many great ideas here...
I LOVE those felt ornaments, bayliss. So cute and personalized. The PA Bar logo one is amazing!

Update on my crafting...
I am making those cookie sheet magnet boards (I forget who posted the link, sorry) for my boyfriend's mom and for my brother's fiance.
Also decided to make personalized luggage tags for my immediate family because our Christmas present from the parents is our annual family cruise. Not quite sure how I'm doing it yet..

Does anyone have some cute ideas for pins? My mom likes to wear them to work so I was thinking about making a few different ones (she's a nurse, so maybe something relating to that... she usually only wears them for different holidays)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 11, 2009 01:28:47 PM
hehthur, those bottles are really cute!  Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 09, 2009 06:51:40 PM
Whew.. haven't been on Craftster in so long but glad to be back.

This year, I am starting late, as usual. I'm trying to be pretty thrifty and mostly crafty as I'm sure most of us are. I need a little help though!

Mom- going to stencil a tote for her (LOVE the 3-packs of canvas totes at Michael's for $8) and a shirt with a nurse-themed pun. Not sure what else to do for her. She just recently lost 37 lbs and is finally at her amazingly awesome goal weight, but I'm not a sewer so can't make any clothes. She likes books, her evil ragdoll cat, arranging flowers, those willow-tree figurines, etc.

Stepdad- He almost always gets a stenciled shirt. I've made him a lot of them and I'm running out of puns! I might also make him a sign for his garage or a new sign for the yard with their last name... not sure what to make it out of.

Dad- So hard to buy/make for, as most Dads are. Stenciled shirt is always good. He likes tennis, yoga, organic food, and has a new dog- a golden retriever. No clue what else to make for him!!
Dad's GF- Really into yoga, has a lot of back pain (maybe I could make one of those rice bags?), really misses the mountains of CO where she went to school, so I was thinking about making a photo collage.

Boyfriend- I am buying and framing his fave horror movie poster (the Wasp Woman), since it's his dream to decorate our future media room with his favorite posters someday, but I'm also going to make him another calendar.. this year's theme is Muscle Cars & Monster Movies (2 of his fave things) He's a sculptor and a 3D modeler.... Last year, he made me an AMAZING sculpture of Albert (Florida Gator mascot, my alma mater) in a football uniform. I need to post it on here. There is no way I can outdo him artistically, but I'd love to make him something awesome.

Brother- He is definitely getting a Phillies NLCS champs shirt (boo, yankees..) but I'm trying to figure out what to make him. He is a photographer/photojournalist and just got engaged. He has approximately 29387297382 photo frames already, thanks to his fiance.

Brother's fiance- She LOVES baking and is AWESOME at it. Thinking about making her an apron- by that I mean buying one and stenciling something on it (as I noted my lack of sewing skills) Might also make her a recipe card box... and a binder to show off photos of some of her best cakes.

Stepsister- She loves the stenciled shirts too so I'll keep 'em coming for her. Same for her hubby.

Boyfriend's mom- Making her a decoupaged seed box, since she loves gardening and "old things", so I'm trying to find the perfect old box. She also loves birds, cats, tea, books (she's a high-school English teacher) and religion. Trying to think of something else to make her.

I think that's about it. I LOVE reading this thread, you are all so unbelievably imaginative and crafty!  Grin
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 20, 2008 10:53:26 AM
Hello,

This is my first post as a member! This thread is fantastic and I hope someone can help me with my present!

I have a few ideas for you redheadedrowdy, but they're not very good - for your stepdad, does he have a workshop? Because you could make him a wee sign that says 'John's Workshop' or something, and decorate it... or my father likes to collect coins and little things like that and put them in an old type drawer on the wall, you could get him one and a few trinkets to start him off. For your dad (he sounds like my dad!) how about towels for the gym with an embroidered design in the corner, or sweatbands or anything like that?

I really need some help for what to craft for my little brother. He's 14:

-he's quite nerdy - socks and sandals sort of thing
-doesn't like most foods (not even lollies!), doesn't eat a lot at all (so i'd have to give him something that he could save for AGES and eat really slowly)
-doesn't like ornaments, doesn't appreciate art
-hates clothing
-hates girls!
-but LOVES inventing, like making things out of lego and magnets
-likes soccer (doesn't like a lot of sports though)
-likes computer games/playstation
-plays piano and quite smart but doesn't like reading

I know it's difficult but if anyone has an idea, that would be great. Thank you!


Thank you so much for the ideas! The weird thing is, I was going to make my stepdad a sign like that last year and I never got around to it! I was going to get a piece of metal and hammer some holes to spell out "Dave's Place". Great minds think alike!

I have a few ideas for your brother.. not sure if they'll work.. but here goes..
You could make or decorate a box/tin to keep all of his inventing materials in. Or you could make/decorate a binder for any loose sheet music that he has so he can keep it all together at the piano. Or maybe a bag for his piano books? I used to have one of those.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 17, 2008 09:23:51 AM
Here's a question....
I recently started seeing this guy who is a graphic designer/animator.. but he is really passionate about sculpting and he is amazing at it. He knows that I like to craft a lot of my Christmas gifts and even though he might not be expecting one from me, I'm definitely making him something!

Anyone have any ideas for what I could make him?

I feel like this season has really snuck up on me this year and I'm ill-prepared! For the rest of my family, I'll likely continue my tradition of witty hand-painted tees and other assorted crafts but I think I need some fresh ideas.

My brother is a photographer, his girlfriend is in nursing school and loves to embroider/sew.
My mom loves all crafts in general... she is generally easy to figure out.
My stepdad is one of those people who can fix anything.
My dad loves tennis, yoga and working out.
My stepsister is also in nursing school.. she loves pictures, pink,  her dog. And loves her husband. He's really into Superman, but I already made him a shirt last year.

Thank you to anyone who has any ideas :-D
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bday and Bball Cards [FIRST POST!!!] on: February 08, 2008 11:47:26 AM
Those are amazing!! I'm sure your siblings really appreciated all the work and thought you put into them!  Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: something romantique? on: February 05, 2008 10:25:49 AM
Okay, so I am totally into this book.... Maybe you will be too.


http://break.ks.roxtet.com/k379

This is a book that you fill out together and ask each  other questions. For the brave, intimate, and open couple. But really, it is very intriguing, and can be very fun and eye-opening for couples.

There is also one called All ABout ME for individuals.


Does anyone actually own this book? If so would you be willing to share the questions with me? Smiley I want to give something like this, but I dont want to buy the book! I prefer to make my own but I need some questions to put in it I guess.


Hmm the link isn't working for me, but based on the description I think I might have either this book or something really similar. I won it at a bridal shower this past weekend-- it's called La Romance ... and it has 2000 questions for you and your partner to answer together... and some of them are funny and sarcastic.  Of course, I made him sit down with me the next day to start on it!
So far we've only done "Your First Meeting" and "Your First Kiss" but it's fun (for me, at least!)  Grin

Let me know if you want me to send you any of the questions/chapter names.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: something romantique? on: February 05, 2008 10:20:10 AM
so. ive been with my beau for 2.5 years. woot! and i love him lot, but ive noooo idea what to get him for v-day. ive looked at everything posted but its not really what i want to make or what i really think he would like. he's 23 going on 24 (his b'day is feb.21) and we are very romantically inclined so i need something nice and very heartfelt. i liked the drawing on undies but i sorta tossed it by him and he didnt like it so much. he will like anything i give him but i need to get him something nice.  Huh

My boyfriend will be 24 on Feb. 21st as well! Smiley How weird. I've always gotten a tiny bit stressed trying to come up with twice the amount of gift ideas since Vday and his bday are only a week apart.
Anyway, this year I'm doing a pocket-sized "50 reasons" book for him. I've come up with 50 reasons why I love him/things that I love about him and I'm pairing those with pictures and then decorating the book with magazine clippings.
If I have time... (well that's one good thing about the proximity of holidays, if I don't finish it for Vday, then it'll be for his bday) then I am also going to decorate a nice, sturdy box to keep all of our love paraphernalia in.. you know, love letters, cards, movie stubs, etc... I sent him a lot of stuff when we were in a long-distance relationship and he kept it in a horribly battered Nike shoe box which is now on the top shelf of our closet. Time for an upgrade!

Some other romantic ideas...
I think it would be cool to write the story of how you met and how your relationship came about as if you two were characters in a book (from your perspective, what was going through your head and all)- you could even do illustrations or put pictures of you two in it. Then perhaps as time goes on you can return to the book and write more chapters of your love! (OK that last bit sounded cheesy...)

Cook a meal! Guys love food... I know my bf and I never have time to make dinner for each other anymore, so when we do, the other is very appreciative. And if you take the time to make every detail special, he will appreciate it all the more.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Calendar envelopes - with brief, detailed tutorial on: January 31, 2008 11:53:19 AM
I totally just spent my lunch hour at work making these out of last year's calendars that I had in my file cabinet drawer for whatever reason (well now I know the reason!)
They turned out great, it was an Environmental Defense calendar so the pics were perfect--- polar bears, butterflies, glaciers..
What a great idea!

It's also amusing me that if I give these to someone, they will know that I had a dentist appt. on March 6, 2007. Haha!  Cheesy

Thanks for the inspiration!
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