I also like the idea of taking photos of the potato. You could take a bunch of pics from all angles and make a little shrine. Or you could even put it in a multi-picture frame for your mother to keep out for other people to look at too. another fun idea is to make a little scrap book about the potato with pictures of both the potato and of people who signed it.
I'm not sure if I have time to actually organize a swap myself, but I think it would be a great idea to have a felt flower pin swap. I've seen them everywhere lately and swapping seems much better than having to pay $8+ for them. Plus they are really easy so beginners can participate too.
I'm in charge of planning the office party this year. It is a "holiday party" but cannot be holiday specific. Ihad the idea of using snow as the basic theme, but I could use some help with what to do with it. I thought of sprinking confetti and getting napkins with snow flakes on them, but the paper supplies are especially expensive. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can sprice things up to look nice without spending much money or getting holiday specific?
One year when I was stuck for a gift for my mother, I went to a craft store and bought a really cheap teddy bear. Then I went crazy with a glue gun, some spare fabric, and some doll clothes. I ended up with a teddy bear dressed as a lab technician (that was her job). It would be really easy to do the same for a nurse for your mom.
I ended up liking my first bear so much that I even made a bear of Bono (from U2) for a friend of mine...complete with glitter cowboy hat and bug-like sunglasses. She loved it.
I was lydia last year for halloween. My best advice is to get the movie and then focus on the parts of her outfits that make it stick out. For instance, lydia wears long black clothes, so that does not have to exact as long as you can get her accesories down. I think the best part of my costume was that I bought a cheap black wig ($5) and cut it to look like her's. Then I bought a cheap black hair extension at the mall to add all that extra puff on top. Add your mom'd old camera from the 80s and ta da! Feel free to send me a message if you want more details. I might even have a pic on the computer somewhere. Good luck with your costume!