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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. Peanut on: November 02, 2012 08:55:41 AM
I made my costume and my fiance's costume. We don't really do 'couples' costume, but we only took a few pictures and we're both in most of them. I'll tell you about both, but I'm just entering Mr. Peanut.

For the Ursula costume, I made the corset/tentacles which are stuffed with bubblewrap and coat hangers, styled the wig to make it stand up, and put together the necklace. For Mr. Peanut, I put made the body out of upholstery foam, fabric, and paint. I also made the spats, screen printed the hat, painted a Goodwill cane, and fashioned a monocle out of jewelry findings. The body is a little tight because fiance always waits until the last minute and he wasn't home to try it on as I was making it.









Also - as always, I am sure I borrowed ideas from Craftster and the internet in general so credit is owed but I don't know where at the moment.




22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: would love ideas for fishing items or interesting toys or anything else on: September 23, 2012 02:21:47 PM
I do like those caps, BTW, did you make them?  Smiley

Thanks, chickybiker. I did make them. And thanks for the ideas!

Is your Dad my Dad? Or my husband? He sounds like both of them! LOL

Haha - glad I'm not alone. My mom had plans to get him the trail camera this year. And we've gotten him toy helicopters before too! So..since we have the same challenges--be sure to post here if you think of a genius idea. Smiley

a few ideas based on what I might enjoy since I both fish an hunt small game:

purchased: They have a newish multitool for gun repair. It kinda looks like a big pocketknife, but it includes just about all the adjustment and repair tools you could need in the woods to fix any rifle or shotgun.
Does your father like a lot of lures? I personally love new jigs in tons of colors and any new and different lures. I'm even cool with lures from other areas just because they're odd or different.

handmade: Does he have a nice hunting vest with pockets and clips that he could use? Ensure that you're using proper colors and that you use enough of them for the state or province you live in and that the fabric doesn't make noise while walking in the woods.



Thanks for the ideas and the tips! It's always hard to make sure I'm getting all of the important things right (like colors, etc) since I shoot but don't hunt and prefer to nap in the boat than actually fish. I can't do lures because he's particular about what he uses and it's almost always simple looking things. I did buy him a lure mold he was talking about for father's day but alas, I picked out the wrong size (not knowing there were two) and we had to exchange it.

Do you have a name or a link for the gun tool?


Does he fish with worms?  We raise our own bait in a compost bin. 

Haha--he has a basement fridge that is always filled with worms and fishtank filled with minnows! Thanks for the ideas!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / would love ideas for fishing items or interesting toys or anything else on: September 22, 2012 09:57:01 PM
This is long--sorry--but I really hope someone has some ideas I can borrow...

So...I usually half buy half make my Christmas gifts each year for each person. My dad is all-around difficult to think of gifts for which is actually the reason I don't get my mom all of the things I think of to get her--I like to keep them even. Smiley My dad definitely appreciates all of my gifts and does appreciate the homemade ones. I found out once that he was disappointed that he got a store-bought father's day card from me. I won't do that again, haha. But anyway, it is tough to get/make him something that he loves not just 'because I got/made it for him'. Soooo somebody help me out here...please!

He is NOT a tie wearing, golf playing, sport fanatic, technology using, beer drinking, or other stereotypical dad-gift kinda guy. He does love to fish but he does not fly-fish and he is not a sit-in-the-boat-and-drink kinda guy either. He uses his tools but he's too particular about them (and has them all) for me to buy the right ones, and isn't into the 'Mr. Fix-It' type novelty gifts. He's not into the Grill-Man novelty gifts either though he cooks some and does it well. I think I may have already exhausted cooking gifts though. He hunts some-archery and guns. He also just got a new pistol. He makes his own fun pistol targets like his dueling tree. Wall-art is a no go. Since my mom is also a fisher, a gift of wall art is pretty much a mom gift. Basically, if the idea isn't hidden in the dark corners of the internet, then I've already tried or ruled it out, haha. No scarves, no gooey-photo album type things, probably no novelty items that just sit on a shelf somewhere...
For reference, hes in his 40s.

Things I've tried that he liked enough that they're worth mentioning:

welding caps: he wears these for work but you can only buy them in absurd and horrendous patterns and he is not into drawing any attention to himself. He LOVED these.



a magazine about true-but-strange deer which was filled with pictures of crazy antlers, etc. Definitely enjoyed this.

I've made him flannel pajamas that he wears. I got him a case of a hoagie spread he likes but can't buy at the stores close to him. I get both my parents trays of nuts every year. He liked a Kenny (South Park) bobble head that talked.

He likes the comedy of Rodney Carrington, Jeff Dunham, and Steven Wright. I have already given him every CD of their stuff imaginable and he doesn't watch the videos. I've also sent him to see them live. I am debating screen-printing a shirt with something funny on it (but probably as a pajama top because he again doesn't like drawing attention to himself in public). He likes classic rock (but you wouldn't just look at him and know that): Stevie Nicks, Three Dog Night, ZZ Top, and lots of others. I've already done the CD thing.

A small thing I've thought of is putting together a nice towel on a hook that clips to a beltloop for wiping off his hands while fishing. I think this will go over well but it doesn't make gifts to my parents even because mom will want one too. If anybody has ideas for craftable fishing (but not fly fishing) items...I would love to hear them.

If you know of any things that fall into the same category as a yip stick....those would be of interest to me. I can't describe what category that is, but if you know what one is, you probably know what else is like it. My dad is the sort to occasionally get bored enough to make an absurd toy and I think showing him one for a change would be cool.

Another small thing is leather cell phone holder for his belt. I made one last year but couldn't give it to him because (checking on Christmas Eve) his phone didn't fit. (I am 26 and don't live at home so I didn't get to check it beforehand). Might add this in again. Annd a screwdriver keychain so they're always handy. But I need some big things...

Also I can learn just about any craft (except crocheting/knitting) so any ideas are ok there. Also accepting store bought ideas. Thanks!

24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: September 19, 2012 04:18:27 AM
Shipping today Smiley
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: September 12, 2012 04:29:29 AM
Like my partner, I've got half of one item left. I need real sit down time to do it though so I'll probably take it to my parents' to finish it this weekend. I think the box could use a few more treats plus I didn't get enough wrapping paper. (Also, the only wrapping paper at the store in an appropriate color when I bought it looks silly when you wrap anything in it. I may re-wrap or it may just look silly because 'it's just the wrapping paper'. I dunno yet.)

I'll send on time.
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: September 06, 2012 03:18:58 AM
Only 1/2 of one thing left to do. Oh, and find a box that holds everything exactly so shipping isn't higher for no reason.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: September 03, 2012 06:35:17 PM
It is everyone's birthday this week -- Happy Birthday all! Mine is Wednesday. Smiley
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 8 (signup thru Sept. 21, sendout Dec. 1) on: September 02, 2012 05:46:26 AM
I'll think on this for a little while, but I like the sounds of it. I'll probably join. Smiley
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: September 02, 2012 05:42:48 AM
Didn't touch anything for a week or two--just got back from vacation. Started the next to last project last night and that is almost done. So I'll finish that and hopefully get the last thing done today.
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 13 Days Of Halloween Mini swap Round 4 (SU-July 10-25; SO Sept 30/12) on: August 20, 2012 05:33:03 PM
Almost done. I have two more things to make and one to finish. I'll do the latter tonight I think. The other two, I may get to Wednesday or Thursday. I think I'll send just after Labor Day. Smiley
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