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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / wedding gift?? on: December 18, 2004 10:36:51 PM
Okay, I searched the wedding section and it was oriented toward having a wedding. I perused the site and didn't quite find what I needed. I'm looking for a very cheap wedding gift idea for a suddenly very religious couple. (One of whom I've never met and the other has a grown a foreign persona.) They have their housewares and basically everything else they could need/want.

I wanted to make a plate with their invite on it, but I couldn't find single clear glass plates yet and I'm not sure about the glue for doing so. I'm sure just about anything I make for my budget of around $10 will go over better than the store bought crap I could buy that they prolly don't need or want anyway. Can you tell I'm excited? LOL (I'm not happy that I'm obligated to go)Thanks for any ideas.
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anti depressant and Drug Symbollism Art piece on: December 06, 2004 01:35:30 AM
 I don't think anyone should be ashamed to take their perscribed meds and shudder to think what the world would be like if people suddenly stopped takig their Prozac or something. I've know so many people who were prescribed heavy meds with no counseling or anything. I'm sure there are times we could all use a "happy" pill, but does that mean we need one? We have to experience sorrow to know joy. If someone's life is totally depressing, maybe they need to try living a diff way first.

We're inundated with the medicine ads suggesting what ailments we really have. You don't have to be a hypochondriac (sp) to succumb to those messages. (That @#$%^% paxil dot for one.) I think we've occupied the drs and med mfr with  passing around these happy pills and they don't properly address those with legtimate problems or try remedies other than placating meds. 

I think some people legitimately need meds, but maybe conseling could help too. I really don't think there is much stigma with these meds anymore. I hear people talking openly about it all the time. There's even a special low dose version of Prozac marketed to woman with a PMS disorder. Prozac and the assorted ADD meds seem to be normal suburbia fodder like SUVs and manicured lawns. It's almost a status thing.
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: perky nipples suck on: December 06, 2004 12:34:58 AM
It's sad b/c wearing a vinylish bra is pretty uncomfy. I haven't tried it, but the natural bra looked effective. It's adjustable to add cleavage, so it might cause you a diff prob. The lingerie dept have these stick on bra cups. Their diff prices and some are disposable. That might help.

I personally have a tendency to catch a chill, even in summertime. I've actually thought about buying those disp liners for nursing women. Maybe that'd be enough to keep the chills awary or at least hide the effects. I always manage to fit a bra under the little summer halters. The one time I couldn't, I sewed a panel of fabric and interfacing across the inside front. It worked.

It wouldn't be an issue for me (I don't notice when it happens and it's related to temp) if there weren't leering pervs everywhere. UGH Did you know they actually sell a fake tweaked nipple for women to put inside their bras? I saw it on a talk show a while back. They sent a woman walking through the city and no one noticed her, but men's heads actually turned when she wore the prosthetic.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Circle Skirts (now with tutorial!) on: December 05, 2004 11:39:15 PM
The tute was very self explanatory and great, but I'm confused. I have a black velvety twin set. I was thinking a pink circle skirt would go neat with it. I want to try this, but I can use an old formal dress to make the skirt if neccessary.

So I started by getting 2 squares of expendable fabric. I followed the tute and got a poncho instead of a skirt. The 2nd time, I got a skirt. Now you all used stretchy waist bands and non stretch sheet type cotton. My skirt wouldn't make it over my hips or down my chest. My waist is around 31 in and my hips approx 39 in.

Any suggestions besides a zipper(or exercise LOL)?

ETA: Here's a link to item #412368 on overstock
I want more poof like your circle skirts and no tulle or flower. I think I can do it with more info on the waistband and gathers in the sheet skirt pics. Thanks.   
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: BE ON TV_Get a room re-do if you live in Dallas, TX on: August 08, 2004 04:04:29 AM
What's "wrong" with your mom's living room? Usually they pick something odd or really outdated for makeover shows.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Arm/Wrist Band Purse on: July 31, 2004 05:10:25 PM
I was worried about theft too. You always hear about those senior citizens going on day trips to Las Vegas getting ripped off.  It's quite common for their fanny packs to just get cut off without them noticing.  Maybe a wrist version would be a little more secure? Or maybe a coin holder version for the arcade?

I love your color scheme!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clear Glass Lamps To Fill With Stuff? on: July 28, 2004 06:44:04 PM
Not as fancy, but I've also seen Mason jars with DIY lamp fixtures added. More of a country, down home feel. $15.99 at hobby lobby.

Unfinished wooden base with lamp fixture. Maybe you could just add a cheap vase or bowl? $15.99 at hobby lobby We actually had a $50 lamp like this. It had one of those little founatain kits with stones on the base.

This plus basket=lamp. $9.99 at hobby lobby

Try searching under lamp kits. HTH
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Marshmallow Peep Necklace! on: July 28, 2004 06:40:48 PM
They're making peeps for tons of holidays now, 4th of July, Halloween, Easter, and maybe Valetine's Day too. Usually the white inside is exposed when you pull these apart though (like in the link from hillarybillary). Do you touch that up or leave it exposed?
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: This is awesome! on: July 28, 2004 06:00:46 PM
Hmm This seems similar in size to those little acrylic tanks. Some are marketed under the brand name Critter Keeper and they're less than $10. Plus they come with a lid, so your fish can't accidentally jump out. Theoretically, this is so simple and under $20.
1. Buy mini tank at pet store, Target, etc. (they're everywhere)
2. Buy or make a simple 5x7 ish frame.
3. Make a little wooden shelf about the same size as the tank.
4. Attach the "frame" to the tank with finishing nails (maybe wood glue could work.)
5. Secure shelf/ frame to stud in the wall.
6. Test for stability! Fill tank with water and set on shelf. Slam the door a few times, if the tank doesn't fall, it's fish safe.

It seemed the one in your link wasn't really flat or inserted in the wall. Look at the pics again and you'll see what I mean. You could probably even make the "frame" wrap around the sides too. I suspect it's possible to make an acrylic or glass tank as well. With something this small, there wouldn't be a lot of water pressure. You would have to be sure to use aquatic pet safe adhesive (check the pet store) and test it before adding fish. BTW Acrylic is expensive and hard to cut without breaking.

 A hermit crab would work well too and they're non aquatic so you wouldn't have to worry about leaks. A tiny aquatic frog or a tiny terrestrial turtle would also work well. No goldfish-they're very dirty and require constant cleaning or a filter. I'd love to test my idea, but that's not an option right now. This is a cheap gift idea and it's on my to do list! Please share pics if you do this. (P.S. Please read my "trashy desk" post. I need help!) 

And trufflegirl is really smart! Add some sort of pic behind the "frame".
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: mountain dew dining set on: July 28, 2004 05:18:36 PM
That sounds really neat, but it's so involved and time consuming. Add gloves and current tetanus vaccine to that list. Maybe you could have an Earth Day party and invite all your friends to help you trim cans. Can you two switch to bottled Mountain Dew and work with those labels(conventional modge podge)? J/K And I would love to see the finished product. Maybe a photo of you on your Mountain Dew throne could score a lifetime supply from the company. Cheesy
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