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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Best Guy Friend: Birthday/Christmas? on: November 27, 2005 10:03:58 AM
Okay, so, we were talking in summer (this is when we became really good friends) and I said that the only person who said Happy Birthday to me besides my parents on my birthday was him. He replied that no one said happy birthday to him on his and that he's never really had a birthday party except when he was 12 and living on a boat (which ended up happening for 4 1/5 years...but that's even more unrelated...).

So, random reminincsing aside, I decided to change that. I've looked at all of the guy friend posts, but none of them quite fit, so I'm sorry that I'm taking up post space, but I feel it's for a good cause.

He'll be seventeen on the fourteenth of December, so I thought I'd do something bigger then and give him something small for Christmas like I do with all of my friends.

He's really into climbing and biking (awesome at them too), is a little bit of a science nerd (helps having him around since I'm the literary nerd and vice versa), he's into music (Ozomatli, Papa Roach, Pink Floyd, Green Day, etc.) and plays instruments, but with how our music program works, he doesn't really stick with anything long...except maybe piano...He's extremely self-reflective and introspective, but not artsy or anything like me. We don't see each often so even though it's a small school we have to stay in touch. We write letters every once in while and actually talk about pretty deep things. He's basically just a simple guy and into simple things. Oh, and not like this applies whatsoever, but he's colorblind and a pyromaniac.

Last Christmas (I had no idea it was his birthday then...we were more like aquaintances) I crocheted him a dark blue iPod cozy. Other than that, I haven't really given him gifts. I was thinking of doing something simple for him (can't be a mixed tape though, because he already has all of his music and whatnot and I'm not such a musical person) and all I've come up with is a journal (which doesn't exactly work because he never has any time...). I have a bunch of records and was thinking about a record bowl, but the curvy edges actually seems a bit too decorated for him.

Augh. That was sort of a long post...Sorry about that. Any ideas?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Sheep 100th Post Wallet! on: July 12, 2005 03:39:14 PM
So, I was looking at the amount of posts I'd made so far and I was coming up close to 100. I figured I'd celebrate by making something.

This post is my 100th!

I found this rainbow towel in my local thrift shop a month or two ago and thought it could turn into something cool. Until today, it has been sitting around in my basement. Since my sewing machine is broken (I swear it's not my fault!), I just used fabric glue. It works though. It's better quality than it looks in the picture, and brighter too.

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3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Box o' Goodies: 64 Bottlecaps and So Much More on: July 05, 2005 03:40:43 PM
Okay, I've been keeping this shoebox from my non-sweatshop made Converse lookalikes (NoSweat.com)...(sorry for completely plugging that). It's filled with so much assorted junk than I ever need for crafting. Things go into the box, but I just can't find anything to do with them so they never end up leaving the box. Any ideas on what to do? I have:

64 Bottlecaps (63 Izze, 1 Mike's Hard Lemonade)
4 Sparkly Pipecleaners
A Mini Vinyl Bag
The Remains of a Heavily Studded Belt (It's just missing an end piece)
A Tribalish/Teva-looking belt
A Ball of Hemp
A Shiny Red (smushed) Present Bow
A Long Black Strap
Tiny Shreads of A Black Tee
Red, Iron-On Letters
Altoid Tin
Slideable AOL CD Tin and CD
Red Ribbon
Plastic Tin Mirror
"I'm #1 At the Boogie Down" Pin

Ideas? For anything at all?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Instant Swap? on: June 24, 2005 10:45:23 PM
I really loved the idea of the Instant Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39433.0) and I was hoping for another one to appear. I was just oo late in finding out about it. I can't organize one, but I can participate. Is anyone willing to join or organize another Instant Swap?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tollhouse Cookie Tin Purse! on: June 24, 2005 07:55:34 PM
Yes! I found an awesome cookie tin bank purse and fell in love with it immediately. So, after tearing apart my basement (coming up with about six or seven tins, but just using one), I made this. All of it was done a couple months ago, but I'm just finally getting it up. Sorry about the bad lighting for the photos.

To find the tutorial for this, and the one that gave me the go-ahead to do this one, it is at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3871.0

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The lovely cookie tin purse. It's so useful and durable.

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The inside, complete with white polka-dotted red lining that has two pockets sewn and put on with spray adhesive by moi for optimum use of chapstick (Lip Rescue with Shea Butter!) and other assorted items!

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Tada! The inside of the top with an old mirror for checking yourself out/checking out others behind you/reflecting the sun.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bags, Purses, Cozies, Wallets and Scarves! on: June 24, 2005 06:39:19 PM
What happens when you start your summer of with 1) no job, 2) boredom, 3) crochet hooks, and 4) multiple selections of cheap, useless yarn floating around your house? Take a wild guess. Six bags/purses/cozies/wallets/scarves later, we have an answer. Technically, it was probably more like ten crocheted items later, but I gave away my other ones already. Much of this was just bored experimentation, so I didn't use a pattern for any of them. I'd say they were all in sc, but I just found out all along I've been doing a stitch sort of like a sc or dc but not exactly like either. Oh well. C'est la vie.

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