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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: October 21, 2007 10:25:48 PM
Hmm, a bookbag embroidered/painted/somehow embellished with medical stuff like anatomical hearts, digestive systems, etc.?   Since he's going to college, he almost HAS to need a bookbag sometime or another.  Embroidery floss is pretty cheap, as long as you don't need a lot of colors.  Some of his favorite foods IN the bookbag?   

I thought about a bookbag, too. Only problem is that he's got his from back in middle school and he's in love with it, despite how dingy it is. He wouldn't give it up, no matter how much I tried to convince him he needs a new one.  Undecided It's a good idea though... I might do something like it anyway, but I'm not sure.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: October 21, 2007 08:34:20 PM
Okay, so I'm kind of in a sticky situation.
My boything of the last year and a half broke up with me last saturday because he needs his "space" and whatever and stuff just basically hasn't been good between us for a while. I must have really hurt him, because he can barely speak to me without getting angry and I feel like breaking up has just made things worse. So... I have decided to really give him his space, not talk to him or see him unless necessary, that sort of deal, and hopefully we'll be able to work on getting back together before too long. He has said that he still really misses me, and we're very much so in love with each other. I guess it's still a possibility, so I need to plan for it.
Thing is, I have no idea what to do for him for Christmas this year. I feel like I've given him everything that he would be interested in, and then some.

so... I need ideas. The qualifications are:
- It's gotta be nice. We've had a tough year, and he really didn't deserve a lot of the stuff he went through cause of me.
- It can't be too too mushy. There's always that chance that we might still just be friends at that point. Either way, he's the best friend I've got.
- It's gotta be uber cheap. Poor college kid and I can only work one day before winter break, and then I'll only have a week before Christmas to work and probably won't even get a check until after Christmas is over.

annndd....the most important part, a little bit about him (though this is probably already in this thread somewhere LOL):
- he's 19
- bioengineer and wants to become a doctor/surgeon
- LOVES gross medical stuff
- has his own room here at school, and shares a house/dorm with one other guy (that he's not really too fond of anymore)
- his walls are COVERED. every inch. with pictures from stuff that's happened in the past two years of his life. This means posters are out of the question
- Loves transformers, and I've already ordered the yarn for that Transformers Toque on here! I just want something else to give him, too.
- Likes to knit (I taught him) but he already is working on a scarf and basically just uses my stuff.
- Eats like a cow, never gains a pound. In fact, I think he loses weight from chewing.
- Has enough tshirts to cover the planet and clothe all the people and animals on it.
- Doesn't need CDs or movies cause he has a ton already and basically buys whatever he wants as soon as it comes out.



soo... any ideas??
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Making different kinds of roses for valentines day on: February 07, 2007 03:08:00 PM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74014.0
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to get safety eyes for amigurumis? on: February 07, 2007 06:16:31 AM
AC Moore should carry them in the jewelry department. Where they keep the stuffed bears and doll making supplies. Most AC Moore's have that department, but I'm not sure if each one does. They're really hidden/really hard to find usually. But it is possible that yours doesn't carry them...
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS knitting-help etiquette on: January 29, 2007 03:54:04 PM
I'm not really sure about LYS's but I work at AC Moore and we pretty much help just about anyone that walks in with whatever yarn/needles if we have someone around that knows what they're talking about. You could call up your local craft store and see if they have special instructors that come in and do free demonstrations. If they don't, ask if there's an employee that's experienced. A lot of the time, there will be someone. At our store, we do free knitting demonstrations monday through thursday during daytime hours, wednesday nights, and on sundays we do crochet demonstrations. We also have yarn events where customers basically come in, sit down, and knit/crochet with other customers and some employees. Basically: call up a couple places and ask them. Can't hurt.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Clever way to gift Spamalot tickets? on: November 27, 2006 03:18:36 PM
We got my dad tickets for his birthday last year, and we actually told him that we were sorry but we just couldn't get them in time before they sold out. So... we gave him a variety of things. We got him a little stuffed bunny, a crown, and coconut halves (we went to the party store and picked up a coconut bra and just cut the strings). And then we gave him a card that was like "sorry it's not the real thing, but it sure is close" or something along those lines. Thennn we gave him another card that said "just kidding!" and stuck the tickets in there. I think he had more fun playing with the coconuts, but my dad also has the maturity of a five year old when it comes to toys. It's not too creative, but hey. just thought I'd share.

I like the Spam tin idea!!
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: November 15, 2006 10:22:59 PM
sorry i butchered your post, just for space reasons. WHAT A CUTE STORY! seems like an iris was just the absolutely perfect thing to get! and i have to break, i HATE flower tattoos and don't even bother knowing about them but this one was just soooooo beautiful and made me think about my own grandma. god forbid she leaves me anytime soon, but yeah, it's really sweet! major props.

-karen

aww thanks!! I really never liked flower tattoos either (just not my thing... I have nothing against them on others), but it really seemed fitting for what it was for. Thanks so much for the amazing compliment!! It really made my night!
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: November 04, 2006 12:06:18 AM
I must say... all my life I've wanted a tattoo (at least, as long as I can remember). This thread really inspired me and got me thinking about what I really wanted. I thought about what I wanted starting when I was about sixteen.
Then... for my eighteenth birthday, I decided to get it done. Only problem was I didn't know which of my ideas I wanted to get first (I had sooo many). My friend (her birthday was two days after mine) asked me if I would go with her to get hers done on her birthday. I figured I'd go with her to get mine done too, that way we'd be there to hold each other's hand and whatnot. So we went in the day before to make our appointments and while standing there, I realized: "I want an iris." I had never thought about getting an iris before. It was completely on a whim, but it was the only thing that gave me the feeling that it was meant to be my first tattoo. I had no idea what I wanted it to look like, I just knew what I wanted. The guy showed me some pictures and I didn't see a single one I liked.
That night... I spent a good few hours on every tattoo site I could find to find iris tattoos. I found just one that I wanted, but the picture was so small it was barely visible. I brought the picture in the next day anyway. He drew it up in about half an hour while my friend got inked and then I sat down and got mine done.
Here it is, in all its fresh-ink glory (gauze thread and all):



I'm absolutely in love with it. I got it on by back in memory of my grandmother. She pretty much raised me (at least, she was the only one around from the time I woke up in the morning until about seven o'clock at night every day). She passed away about three years ago. She's been my hero all my life, even more so now. She's the one that taught me how to sew and all other kinds of fun crafty things! I mean... you've gotta remember someone that teaches you that kinda stuff! Anyway. Enough babbling. It's an iris because 1) it was my grandmother's favorite flower, 2) it's the state flower of Tennessee, her home state, 3) she taught me how to spell by making me recite flower names and how to spell them. every. day. And... it's pink/white because she really loved pastel colors (the pink's a little bright here... it's much more subtle now that the tat is 3 months old).

Before I finish this book of a post: What I did was NOT a good idea. I'm absolutely in love with my tattoo. I'm positive I will never not love it. However, if you haven't thought about what you want to get for at least a very long time or if you've changed your mind multiple times or have been indecisive at all, you probably shouldn't get a tattoo. At least not yet. Wait until you find something that you know you're in love with. It's a lot like being in love. Wait until you know it before you commit.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: November 02, 2006 04:45:05 PM
liasaun...you and i must be twins or something. my boyfriend also turned 18 in september and our 1 year is later this month (november).  I wasn't crafty for the birthday though, gave him a bus ticket to come visit me at school (which he's using for the anny Wink) and a webcam...hate distance.  anyways, i'm having some difficulty with the ideas for one-year.  we're both at college, so the budget is super limited and i don't want to go overboard w/ the giftiness...but it's a big thing so i'm trying to think of something simple and cute.  i wish it was more common for girls to buy boys flowers...not that i think there would be anything wrong with it if i bought him flowers, i just think he might find it a little weird. and that's not the memory i'm going for.  so...i think there's a question in there somewhere. oh yes, any ideas on a simple, cute, non-labor intensive gift that would still be special enough for a one year anniversary?

One thing you can do: Before my boy left for school, I took one of my school's tshirts (I got for free) and sewed it up into a pillow for him. It was really squishy and soft and he sleeps with it all the time. I actually slept on it with my hair wet before I gave it to him so the smell of my hair stayed on it for a while. He really really liked it. I also took small strips of paper and on every one, I wrote one thing I would miss about having him around and then I folded them all up into little origami stars and put them in a box with a star-shaped window on the top. He reads one every day and uses it to keep track of the days we've been apart. He says he likes to see the number of stars that he's read go up because it means we'll get to see each other sooner ;x That'll probably only work if your boy is mushy ish, but it's one of my guy's favorite gifts so far.
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Adopt A College Student/Recieve A Care Package Swap! On-Going Swap!! on: October 10, 2006 11:33:03 AM
I got my package from Avian Flight on Friday!! It's amazingly awesome!!! I couldn't have asked for better, seriously. I'd take pictures but my camera is broken :-( maybe if I can borrow a friend's I'll post pictures.
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