Hee hee-there's a restaurant in louisville called Lynn's Paradise Cafe.Every year they sponser an ugly lamp contest at the state fair.And every year I say I'm going to get a crappy lamp at the Goodwill and make it hideous.Still haven't. Ugly to fabulous-sounds tempting.I think I need to go shopping...
I am so making the smores in a jar-I have a sis who is peep crazy! Last year I gave her a bunch of easter peeps(for her,the more stale the better) with a staleness certificate instead of a freshness guarentee.She loves them for smores,and totally flipped.Thanks for the in a jar recipie!
I just found the coffee syrup recipie I forgot to include in my package to Alana. So I thought I might as well post it here for all of us.Nestle or Hershey used to sell this stuff called Icejava-trust me,no worries about getting your daily calcium with that-and the stores in my area have stopped carrying it.After I was good and addicted!So here's the recipie. Dissolve 1/4 cup instant coffee & 1/3 cup sugar in 2 cups boiling water.Add ice to make 32 ounces.Mix one part syrup to four parts milk. Coffee milk is addicting!
Frosty,that blue pincushion is so cute. Is the stem of the mushroom a spool of thread? How did you make it? I'd love to make one for myself!
Since she's a hard working overachiever who's training for a marathon-how about a runner's journal? We sell them in the running section of sports in the bookstore.Take a look at how one is laid out for ideas.I'm guessing it's to keep track of how much you run and when each day,upcoming races,maybe stuff like the day's weather. The occasional positive quote thrown in would be good. I just know they exist;I haven't thumbed through one.Maybe cute sweatbands and a headband? Since she doesn't like things that are too girly,you could buy plain or bright colored ones,and embroider/fabric paint something simple on them.Decorate a water bottle?How's her sense of humor? Since apples are for teachers,& she teaches math,I keep thinking you could do something with" apple pi." Your brother-I think the mix cd is a great idea.Maybe make a record bowl to put the cd and some other small stuff in ? Does he write music? Use an album cover to make a notebook to write in,or a folder to keep music in.I've seen on craftster people using used up gift cards to make cool looking guitar pics.A store might let you just have a card,or put some ridiculously tiny amount on it if you half to buy it.Maybe buy him a package of guitar strings too?
The Readymade book shows how to make placemats-I think they used pencils or chopsticks.A long row.string at top and bottom.You have a long piece of string,folded in half.Slat-twist string,next slat,Or slat,twist,bead,slat.Can't describe it well,but it looked neat. It could make a scroll/mat thing,you could hang,& paint/stencil a simple image on. Encircle a tall vase? Encircle a jar or can to make a vase? Swap it for something else?
Post it on Freecycle if there's one in your area.Teachers would like it-maybe a school? Any friends who are moms?I give some kid's stuff to the local women's shelter. I don't know how you can use it in a crafty way,sorry!
I just got my amazing package from Conley!!! I'll put stuff on my scanner tomorrow,I'm hoping she can post pics also,to do the goodies justice. I was incredibley spoiled!!! A genuine Samuel Vimes tote bag,hand knitted socks(very fashionable,witha ratty skull &crossbones design),my own house dragon-which had eaten some things from the watch house before he came to live with me.He had Nobby's cripple mister onion cards,constable Swires's spare body,one of Commander Vimes's notebooks,and an official watch undercover disguise kit inside.Everything was wrapped in green fabric,and she even put in a little extra yarn for repairs.And she sent the funniest letter to go with everything! I can't thank you enough,Conley!