All of my grandparents are kind of silly, quirky types. And the first thing that popped into my mind when you mentioned having the Christmas pattern for feeling more festive was: what about a tuxedo bib? You know like the tuxedo shirts guys would wear in the seventies, except sew on some pleating for the white shirt part, put on a few nice buttons, and a fake bowtie. I'm pretty sure my grandfather would WANT to wear the bib if he had one, even if he didn't NEED to wear one...just to be goofy.
I have a friend with 5 cats who saves the very same buckets, cleans them thoroughly, and uses them to store homemade laundry detergent. She makes it in big batches, and it lasts her and her husband a long time.
I know she's given her detergent away as a housewarming gift before too...which would be lovely in your fancy schmancy decorated bucket.
The previous owners of our house, bless their hearts, fell victim to the gold splattered mirrored wall trend of the early to mid 70s. When we moved in, we had the most god awful disgusting mirrored tiles adhered to the walls of what is now my son's bedroom. Before he was born (keep in mind here, the kid is two and a half now...), we pulled the mirrors down in an effort to modernize the room. The mirrors were on there so well, they nearly cracked in half when we tried to pull them off. The mirrors have now been down for ohhhhh about THREE YEARS and we cannot figure out how to get the stupid double sided foam tape off the walls. We're talking space shuttle grade stuff here. The problem is, since it is thick, foamy tape, I can't even paint over it. So everything in his room is lovely and sweet, and then the large back wall is old, yellowed floral wallpaper (oh my, how did I forget to mention the beauty of 30 year old wallpaper that was placed in the only room in the house where the owners smoked?) with about 35 or 40 evenly spaced globs of nasty old double stick foam tape.
How on earth do I get this crap off my wall without putting holes in the wall? It's not even sticky any more, it's more like hardened cement.
I keep my brows large and in charge, but I have seen stencils in beauty supply stores for eyebrows. Most of them are a bit thicker, and not as arched as I am pretty sure I think you want.
That being said, I think a piece of card stock or plastic from a milk jug cut in the shape of the eyebrow you'd like to have would be easy (and nearly free). Plus, with making your own, you could experiment a lot and come up with the right way to do it.
Before you shave though, get some of that putty stuff for your face. Drag queens and theater types would know where to find it (costume stores are a good place to start). You smooth it over your eyebrows, apply foundation over it to match your skin, and draw the suckers on. When you get the look you like, take some photos, and keep them for reference for when you make THE BIG SHAVE. Then, if you decide the look isn't really for you, you're only out the money you spent on putty and liquid eyeliner and don't have to wait for your brows to grow back.
I agree with the citrus recommendations. But, if you don't want to cut up a whole fruit just to squeeze a little juice out, look in the spice aisle of the grocery store for a product called "True Lemon" (also comes in Lime and Orange). It is a box of small packets of crystalized lemon/lime/orange. It runs about $2 for a box with a ton in it (maybe 75 packets?), and a few times a year there are even coupons in the Sunday paper for it. One packet is plenty for a large glass of water. The stuff would be by the liquid extracts near the spices.
It doesn't have all the weird additives of crystal lite and other drink mixes, has almost no calories, and keeps for a really long time. Plus, if you don't like the flavor (although it tastes just like squeezing a fruit in your water), it makes an excellent substitute in cooking-- I've used it to make lemon-pepper chicken before, put it in creamy pasta sauces, added to muffins, put in salad dressing, it really does taste good.