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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Is my family really impossible or is it just me?! on: December 03, 2007 02:21:51 AM
Okay, so every year i have this problem.... first i'll introduce my family:

Mum - 50+, likes gardening (but we're in the middle of a huge drought so everything will die), has a pet rabbit. I would have sworn she was more interesting than that, but i really can't think of anything. Embarrassed Oh yes, she speaks french, though i'm not sure how that will help... Wink

Dad - **Need both birthday and Xmas present!**. Retired; likes reading, is back at uni studying german (can speak german), very quiet. Doesnt like sports or movies.

Oldest brother - Loves scuba diving, can fly light aircraft, lives away from home. Isn't into sports except for bike riding. Is a PhD student.

Brother #2 - Works night shift in a hospital, has a very old dog who he loves lots. Still lives at home. Just finished army reserves training, but didnt like it.

Brother #3 - Plays bagpipes, is in the army reserves (and likes it), is training to be a vet, loves animals, is about to move off to college or a share house out of town.

SO. They all hate sports, love food. That's usually what i get them; lollies etc. So if anyone has some easy-ish recipes for candies etc i would be eternally gratefull (sp?). Any other ideas I would also LOVE as i would kinda like to mix things up a bit and not give them food for once.
I have already had a look around the craftster cooking section and i didnt see many (if any) candy recipes...but it could be that i'm blind....always a possibility.

 Grin Thanks for reading so far!!! I hope some of the brilliant craftsters out there can help me!

*edit* whoops, forgettting to tell you what crafts i'm into was a bit of a newbie mistake! (no offence newbies Wink)
I can sew ( more machine than hand, but i can do some hand sewing), crochet, bead (not much good for guy gifts though!), i'm a pretty good cook i think, i can stencil ( if i have to... not having freezer paper makes it kinda annoying really) and... yeah. i can't draw very well. I think that's about all.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Urgent Help for crazy friend? on: July 01, 2007 05:05:18 AM
Okay, so her birthday is in 4 days, and i still havent got any concrete ideas....

We're really good friends, but have only got close in the last 6 months. We only have on class together, Maths, and she helps to make it bearable for me - okay, we have great fun, but i dont get much work done....
anyhoo, i'm more of a tomboy, and she's more of a pink (the colour) loving label girl. She's also pretty twisted and always makes dirty jokes, and we have this personal joke where we lisp when we talk to each other (not to make fun of people with lisps, we just had a conversation about it one day and... ah, long story...). She loves Borat, and her cat, Scrubs, and um... yeah, pink and labels.

I can sew (machine and a bit of hand), stencil, can't really draw, and do some beading and wire work.
So far my ideas have been a Borat doll, and maybe some pink (or black) cushions, with like "Jagshemash", "$#!&", and a pic of a bomb with F on it, on them (she never swears, or at least, never ever the F word)....So, whaddya think? I feel more confident about making the cushions, but I'm not sure how much she'd like them... i've never actually been to her house. See, I think she'd like the borat stuffie better, but I've never made a human type stuffie before.
So can anyone help with any other ideas, or give some feedback of any sort? please?
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Splatter Technique? on: June 24, 2007 01:03:29 AM
Maybe this will seem stupid, but how do you guys do your splatters around your stencils? (Stuff like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170205.msg1740301;topicseen#msg1740301) I never get them right... smudgy, wierd blob shapes, paint all over my floor/desk/walls etc.... i just dont understand how to get it right.
Can somebody out there in craftsterland help me? Please? Tongue
Thanks Grin
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / older brother and dad ideas? please help! on: December 10, 2006 02:28:25 AM
alright.... I've got almost everybody organised for christmas except for my oldest brother and my dad.

My brother is 25 years old, just moved out of home, has a job doing complicated stuff with computers..somethin g to do with computer imaging and eyes and stuff, but he would really prefer to be an airline pilot. His hobbies are scuba diving, playing with computers, and photography, and he likes to play poker, but he wouldnt be into those personalised playing cards or card notebooks.
Ideas for him: - pacman bookmark
                    - photo album book thing
                    - crocheted octopus or eyeball keyring (octopus = his fave animal, eyeball =                                                         what his work isabout.)
                   

My dad is turning 60 about a week before christmas, but his birthday present is sorted, so thats one less hassle. My dad is a part time german teacher, studies linguistics and history at university, loves camping and hiking, and is also interested in flying.
My ideas for dad: BIG FAT BLANK

so yeah. I can sew, crochet, cook and stencil, i can decoupage/modgepodge if i have to (dont really enjoy it), embroider and hand sew, etc etc etc. The main problem is that i am TOTALLY BROKE. yes, like i have 5 bucks type broke. i could probably get money out of my bank acount, but i'd prefer not to, as i already have lots of craft supplies etc.

I would just make them foodstuffs, but out kitchen has just been renovated/rebuilt, and seeing as it's summer here and like 40 C, i really dont want to hang around in a boiling hot kitchen.
Also, because we're in Australia and its sumer now, that rules out any beanies/scarves/mittens/other winter stuff, which kinda sucks.

So, sorry for the rambling on, but can somebody please help? Please?



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottlecaps + Pants + pillowcase =.....pencilcase? on: October 05, 2006 03:22:15 AM
Well, what can i say? I think it speaks for itself.
here 'tis:
      

this is the inside, plus all the junk thats in my pencilcase:
(that blue part is the lining of the pocket. Thats the part that once was a pillow case.)
 
Ooh la la! i have a satin lined pocket!
      
so yes.. the black material was once my pants, but i grew out of them and couldn't bear to chuck them away. Its a really nice soft suede fabric. (...just in case you were wondering Tongue)
and thanks to d for sending me all the bottlecaps (except that Lee Kum Kee one...that was from a bottle of soy sauce) and i hope my package has reached you already.

I think that's all for now, I'll try and post up some better pictures later. (i know everyone says this, but the pictures really don't do it justice. It looks way better in real life) I hope you like it and please post feedback! (even if you don't like it  Tongue)
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / super-cool cuff on: August 26, 2006 10:07:49 PM
hey everybody (sorry about blowing my own trumpet with the title, but i'm very proud  Wink)
this is my first ever cuff. i made it from some leather which used to be a handbag, and  the metal is part of a soft-drink can. um... what else can i say? here 'tis:

and this is me wearing it:

and this is a part which i hurt myself making... the back
okay okay, you're probably thinking 'so what?' but i was very proud of myself for doing a neat job with the press-studs, (not for hurtng myself) and i uh, was using a very sharp needle, and i uh, accidentally got the back end, the eye part, well i got that in my thumb... and i mean in! it hit the bone...... Tongue oops
now, sorry for grossing you all out, but can you please post some feedback? btw, the metal doesntlook as bad in real life as it does in the photos. Thanks,  Grin
please.... post feedback. good or bad, i still love you Undecided
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / No more economy air shipping! on: July 21, 2006 09:13:58 PM
Craftsters from Australia, go and get the tissues, for i have some sad news....

Australia Post has announced that on September 4th, they will be stopping their economy air service! they will keep their sea mail, but thats not much help because, as you all know, it takes like 3 months for packages to arrive by sea mail. Australia post has decided to do this because they say the demand for the service has fallen, and because of rising petrol prices. Thank fully, there is a teeny, tiny little bit of good news - they have also said that they will be lowering the price of regular (expensive) air mail... but they haven't said how much. So swappers, i suggest you get busy and make the most of the economy air service while it's around.

*EDIT* regarding them lowering the price of regular air mail, i re-checked, and it said that it was only for items over 2 kilos! bugger! sorry about the confusion guys......
8  COOKING / Dessert / Yummy cake - sounds gross, tastes awesome! on: June 22, 2006 04:56:56 AM
Hello everyone
a friend of mine made this cake, and although it may sound a bit yuck, it is totally delicious. Istead of just blabbering on, I'll just hurry up and post the recipe:
(oh, and even if you dont really like prunes, you should try this recipe. I dont think it tastes anything like prunes, and if you dont like it you can always fob it off to your family or friends... Wink)
PRUNE CHOCOLATE BREAD
1 cups sugar (white or brown)
2 cups flour (can be part white, part wholemeal, whatever - just not self raising)
tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup buttermilk (this can be replaced with 3/4 cup milk + a'few blobs' of yogurt)
24 large pitted prunes, chopped finely
1 cup chocolate bits, chopped
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a greased baking tin and bake in preheated 175o oven. A ring tin takes about 50 mins, a loaf tin about 60 mins. Cook remaining mixture in large muffin tins. Test with a skewer.

And there you go! Its really easy, but i recommend, nay, i urge you to buy prunes that are pre-pitted. I had to pit them by hand, and let me tell you, it is icky and messy and yuck.
Well, enjoy, merry craftsters! I hope some of you try this...  Undecided
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Happy Hooker in Australia? on: May 05, 2006 10:35:11 PM
I'm not sure if this should go here or in the australia board, but for now i'll put it here... go ahead and shift it if you want....
Anyway, the original purpose of this topic was to ask.... HAS ANYONE FOUND THE HAPPY HOOKER BOOK IN AUSTRALIA? especially in Melbourne? i found 'the stitch and bitch nation"at one of my local stores, but they didnt know anything about the happy hooker. (one of the ladies in the book store started laughing until my mum mentioned it was a crochet book....  Cheesy) Sad I'm just learning to crochet, and it seems to be the crochet bible, so i was hoping to get it for my birthday. Can anyone out there help me? thanks heaps... Kiss
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Satin? on: May 04, 2006 02:27:10 AM
Has anyone ever stenciled on satin? or heard anything about it?
I wear boxers under my school uniform so if the wind blows i don't flash my undies..... but the problem is, my brothers also wear boxers and when people try and sort the washing, everyone gets confused. so i thought maybe if i  could stencil on them i could end the confusion and have fun....but i've never stenciled or painted on satin, so i was wondering if anyone had and recommedations or advice or anything Huh
thanks. Kiss
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