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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Amazing and inexpensive Christmas (or any occasion!) gift idea! on: December 20, 2005 07:36:26 PM
I had a lot of people to get Christmas gifts for and not so much $$cha-ching, so here's my solution for great gifts on a $15-$25 a piece budget.

First I got each person a t-shirt that I felt was very "them".
A few places to get some cool ones are:
www.threadless.com
www.omgclothing.com
www.delias.com
www.naiveclothing.com
www.crystalcityclothing.com
www.localcelebrity.net
www.urbn.com
I did all my shopping online. I live in a Katrina-affected area and the stores are WAY TOO INSANE here to enjoyably go shopping!
I rolled each shirt and tied it with cute ribbon, trimming, or fabric strips that I already had laying around.
Price: $15-$20 per shirt

Next, I went to Goodwill to pick up an LP for each gift. Be sure to get the thinner, kinda floppy kind, not the high fidelity.
I made bowls out of them. I know that there's instructions on here somewhere on how to do that. Short version: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a oven-safe glass bowl upside down on a cookie sheet. Place LP centered on the glass bowl. Put the whole thing in the oven for 3-5 minutes. When it comes out, shape it the way you want. Viola! Bowl!
Price: 50 cents per LP

Then I got some wrapping supplies from Michael's: Colored cellophane ($3 per roll),  ribbon ($1 per roll), and tissue paper ($2 a pack)

After that, I made some WAY COOL gift tags in photoshop with each recipient's name on it. I made each one 3x2 so I could go get them printed at CVS as 2 per 4x6 print. I posted them below, because I'm so in love with them!





Price: 29 cents per 2 tags.

Now I put it all together:
I put the tissue paper in the bowl, then the t-shirt on the tissue paper. Then, I wrapped the whole thing in a  pretty cellophane bundle and tied it with ribbon. Then, I punched a little hole in the corner of each gift tag and threaded though the ribbon.

And there you have it!

My friends loved them!
Let me know what you think! And which gift tag is the coolest.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Party Frock. on: May 15, 2005 02:29:36 PM
I started out with this absolutely hideous semi-formal dress that they were trying to pedal-off to some loser at Dillards. Well, I'm no loser, but I bought it and I came up with this 1980's-ballerina-at-a-dance-club drop-waisted-little-black-dress kind of vibe.

Everyone needs a little black dress.
Lemme know what you think.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Way-Cool Green Scarf + I Don't Wear Scarves = New Top! on: April 29, 2005 05:06:32 PM
I had this random green scarf that I thought was really cool for a while, but I totally had nothing to do with it that would give it justice... UNTIL. I paired it with a piece of plain white t-shirt material and came up with this:
Front View:


Back View:


If anyone's interested or has a question, I'd be happy to devulge some of the dirty details.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mix Tape Hoodie! on: April 19, 2005 04:03:49 PM
I made this with iron on transfer crayons and a plain, white hoodie.
I got design from threadless.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Just a few questions... Help. Please? on: March 10, 2005 05:52:21 PM
First, I need to make myself something totally orignal to wear for my upcoming junior ring ceremony in April. I like to be dressy.
Any ideas? I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine and patterns and such. I'm also into the urban outfitters-type look (Aren't we all?).

Also, I'm desparately looking for the right pair of low-rise, dark-wash, straight-leg jeans and I've had no luck. Anyone see some snazzy looking ones around? Or any ideas where a pair might reside?

Thanks!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Labeling shCOOL supplies! on: August 06, 2004 10:53:58 PM
It's amazing what you can do with tape and an Xacto knife!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v193/beth_r/DCP_0005.jpg

Hope you like!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "He had emerged from baby fat to the delight of mothers and daughter alike." on: August 02, 2004 12:59:12 PM
I just finished this kick-butt t-shirt with *Trip Fontaine* on it. It came out great, so feel free to steal my stencil for your own use.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v193/beth_r/Trip2.bmp

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v193/beth_r/TripFontaineStencil2.jpg



Oh, yes. Holler back if you're a Virgin Suicides fan!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Crosses on: July 03, 2004 10:04:54 AM
I have about 50 metal cross charms that are about an inch and a half tall with a small hole at the top. The obvious answer would be to make necklaces out of them, but I'm kind of bored of the idea. Anyone got a better one?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another sucessful t-shirt surgery on: June 22, 2004 05:26:53 PM
http://img63.photobucket.com/albums/v193/beth_r/DCP_0003.jpg
Yes, I know the resizing is totally basic but I am so darn in love with this shirt!  Randy Branch means America!
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