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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: September peacock, cobalt blue idea gathering on: February 02, 2011 08:23:32 PM
I don't have a lot of advice to offer, but when I was growing up my mom kept a navy blue vase with peacock feathers in it for years. Your post reminded me of that, and I had never really given it too much thought. If you are trying to get a lot done in advance, you could have the centerpieces be primarily peacock feathers and add in a couple of flowers for compliments. That way, you aren't stressing over not having the centerpieces done (it can't take too long to put a few flowers into some vases I wouldn't think). I do like the idea of having feathers in with the flowers/centerpieces. I think that is a great idea!

Don't get too stressed out about the centerpieces. Let me tell you a story about my cousin's wedding that will hopefully help ease the stress. My cousin got married in San Diego in May a couple years ago. It was pretty hot, and although the wedding was outside the reception was immediately afterward at some other place inside. They had a almost Hawaiian/Island theme, which was pretty cool. The bride had a lei and there was a hula dancer at the reception. However, (this is the part I *hope* will make flowers seem like a great option) they decided to put fishbowls with orchids floating on the tops with a couple of fish swimming in each bowl for the centerpieces on all the tables. The reception hall got really warm during the day from the time it was set up from when the reception actually started. The majority of the fish were dead when everyone got there for the reception! Floating up top like the orchids!

At least you can't possibly have dead fish in all of your centerpieces, and after the fact it won't matter if your vases turned out exactly perfect. No one cared too much about the dead fish, and if anything it made the reception more memorable. It is always the quirks and the things that don't go off perfectly that people remember, laugh about and reminisce upon later! Congratulations and I love the peacock feather theme!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Frank and his Bride (Lots of Pics) on: February 01, 2011 01:26:52 PM
Love it! Before I read the post I thought these were the best wedding cake toppers in the world! 
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: rainbow spiral tie dyeing TUTORIAL with only 3 colours...easy, messy and fun on: November 09, 2010 10:00:09 PM
Just out of curiousity, what brand/type of dye do you use or recommend?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wig for Dog? on: April 19, 2010 08:51:19 PM
We took him to the vet pretty much immediately after it happened and since then (it happened a few years ago) and since it is scar tissue, he can't really grow hair anymore except in certain spots where the scarring is not so bad. We did try different creams/lotions as well as anything to discourage the licking but to no real avail...maybe the bright side is that he doesn't lick his butt like other dogs  ;DFor now, we are just letting it go, Scooby wasn't too happy about wearing shirts...
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Balloon Boy Costume! on: February 04, 2010 06:45:43 PM
That is by far the best costume idea I have ever heard of! That is just too funny. Definitely beats the wiener dogs dressed up like hot dogs, and the other generic costumes!  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Wig for Dog? on: February 04, 2010 06:43:17 PM
My family has a dog that was badly burned 4 years ago, he recovered just fine and is really no worse for the wear, except the hair where he was burned never really grew back. (Our hot water tank had "broken" and we were moving boiling water from the kitchen to the bathroom, he decided to appear out of nowhere and my mom tripped on him. The three of us all got burned but the pooch definitely absorbed the majority of the spill. Turns out the first plumber that came to our house to look at the water tank turned it completely down instead of turning up the temperature.... Roll Eyes). There are some areas where there is definite improvement, such as small, thin tufts and patches of hair.

Anyway, I was hoping to find a creatve way to cover his bald patch, as he tends to lick it and get wierd questions about it and is moving in with me now. I am hoping to shy away from a shirt/coat fix because he is long haired and it is on his back close to his tail. The bald patch is about the size of a medium dinner plate. I was thinking of making a back wig (lol) that I could clip onto his fur, using the hair clips that look almost like combs...almost a clip/pick hybrid? The other idea I had was to make the patch just look like a patch from a patchwork quilt. Is that too dorky?

Any ideas, however small or seemingly odd would be greatly appreciated!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Charlie Brown's pathetic tree! on: December 02, 2009 09:27:08 PM
I agree with some of the other crafters on here, yours looks a lot better! You can't beat seven bucks either!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Octupus' Garden? on: May 08, 2009 02:43:25 PM
I just moved into my new house, and yard is very....lacking. I decided to put in a garden. Being witty, I decided that the appropriate "theme" for the garden should be Octupus' Garden, like the Beatles song. Here is where I ran into problems. First, I was going to line the garden bed with rocks, and paint the lyrics to the song on the rocks. But, someone told me that was tacky. Also, I do not know how I would make an octopus, I was thinking about wood burning an octopus onto a large piece of wood, and then having ivy climb the wood (I really want an ivy plant, and it seems to suite an octupus, its almost tentacle-esque, and it could be seaweedy-ish!). Here are my two questions:

Octupus- How should I do it?
Lyrics- Would it be tacky to have the lyrics on rocks? Or should I maybe just put the chorus on a couple rocks and leave the rest blank, or maybe just octupus' garden on one?

Any help, critism, advice and more ideas would be greatly appreciated!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Grad Gift For Good Friend! on: July 19, 2008 01:09:07 AM
since she likes coffee, you could always get her a tumbler and put pictures, quotes and what have you in it (i know they make ones that you can add pictures and stuff too). also, another crafter on here poster a project where they got plain mugs and used ceramic pens on them. here is a link to that: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=b3b6e90594dc590ffa6e72cac7fb4e5a&topic=253202.0

you could also make her a fleece blanket, or pillow or what have you with her school colors, mascot or initials, and tweak it to make it more her style, etc.


just thought of this: you could put it all into a rubbermaid container, those are great for storage and moving, which she will be doing a lot of!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "College Survival Kit" for friend graduating high school...ideas? on: July 19, 2008 12:59:59 AM
my first year of college the thing that i found most useful was my bulletin board. you could also modify this to me a memory board (i think thats what they are called...the type with ribbon criss crossed). you can find them for about 5 bucks at ikea. also, at the dollar tree where i live they have over the door hangers for robes, or jackets or whatever. this would be good in itsself, but i used mine to hang my bulletin board on (the ikea ones come with the loop kind of hangers that you put on the top of the frame rather than the back zig zag kind to use with nails) so you can loop a piece of string on the top and hang it over the door without having to use nails!

also, if you can sew it might be a good idea to make a fleece blanket in her school colors with the university name/initials or mascot. maybe matching pillows? its always nice to have a fleece blanket, of course if she isnt into the whole school spirit aspect of college you could always do it in her favorite color, animal or what have you.

another idea might be to either embroidery on or stencil on a pair of pajama bottums or sweatpants.
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