I wholeheartedly suggest a product called Bodyglide. It works awesomely and neither made of animal products nor is it tested on animals. It looks like a stick of deodorant, holds up to high temperatures and one stick has lasted me two years so far. It's also good to apply to your feet were shoes might rub ... basically, I cannot say enough good things about it. It cost me less than $10 at REI.
I have no idea about making the jacket -- I'm so intrigued by the idea, you'll have to post pictures when you're done! -- but I recently learned a couple of things about how to sew with it. First of all, when you cut the fabric, you should put the tip of your scissors right next to the cloth, so you're cutting cloth and not the fur. That way it stays long 'n' nice. Second, before you sew the pieces together, grab a comb and comb the fur away from the area that you will be sewing, so that the fur doesn't get caught in the seams.
I did a similar thing for my family members a few Christmases ago -- it went over really well, and I imagine your boyfriend will love this gift.
Anyway, epicurious.com and digsmagazine.com are both great recipe sources. I also retyped favorite recipes from some cookbooks I had around the house and others I got from the library. I illustrated mine with images I got from a clip art book of images from the 50s and 60s -- I imagine you could find similar sorts of stuff from the library or online.
Rag-O-Rama's right on my corner! Wholly Craft is three or four blocks north of there. I didn't talk to the woman running the store (I'm guessing she's the owner, but I'm not totally sure), but my friend talked to her a bit, and she sounded really open to carrying more stuff -- it sounds like she sells 'em on consignment. If you make a trip, I'd bring some of your stuff to show.
I'm so glad they're planning on classes -- I was thinking it would be cool if they did something like that. I'll hafta snoop around and find out more.
After ogling Pattycake for weeks, I finally went there this weekend and got one of the biggest, most delish chocolate cupcakes (vegan or no) EVER. My boyfriend, who is a meat-eater and who loves the most unhealthy foods under the sun, got a carrot cake cupcake and loved it, too.
I've heard Benevolence's tofu sandwiches are good, but I love their big salad so much I can never bring myself to get anything else. Happily, the co-op by my house sells their salad dressing now. It's sooo good.
And Jeni's is tasty, too. I always have a hard time deciding what to get.