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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hard-to-craft-for kids!! Need Christmas gift idea help!! on: November 04, 2007 05:51:30 PM
So. Christmas is fast approaching. And I'm crafting all my gifts. But, I'm having trouble coming up with some ideas for my fiance's two boys. So, I'll tell you a little bit about them to see if you can help me out!  Smiley

1. 12 year old boy (13 in January) who likes soccer, football, playstation/xbox, very athletic and very much into the whole myspace thing and the newest, latest gadgets. Also likes hip hop and the newest alternative & pop music. Loves comedians such as Frank Caliendo and Gabriel Iglesias. And the kid freakin' loves MTV. Crazy.

2. A 15 year old boy who is pretty much just like his brother in interests, although more self-aware and into girls. More interested in looking cool and making a statement with his clothes than his younger brother, but very similar interests. Maybe something to do with stenciling a t-shirt? What kind of things would be good to stencil for a 15 yo boy that'd he'd actually wear? He really likes hip hop fashion.

Well, that's all I need help with for now. Thank you for any and all ideas. Anything to get my brain going would be much appreciated since I want to make something that they would actually use!  Cheesy

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / What do you think of this invitation idea?? I think it's so cute! on: September 09, 2007 07:09:15 PM
So, lately I've been wracking my brain for really cute, really interesting wedding invitation ideas. Here's something I've been thinking about based on angelascards.co.za

It's a little wrapped box that you unwrap like a regular present to find the wedding invitation inside (and maybe a little favor or something! How cute is that?? Do you gals like it? Would you be thrilled and filled with curiosity to receive something like that? Plus... it's easily adaptable to any theme! This is the most excited I've ever been over an invitation style I've seen online so far.... I think I'm gonna go with it. It's just so different! Anyway.... enough with the blabbering!  Cheesy

Click here to see a version of what the finished box would look like:
http://www.angelascards.co.za/images/Boxes/Small%20cube%20box%20with%20flap%20lid.jpg

I'd obviously send these dainty little things in a bigger box that could withstand the post.

Tell me what you think!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I've exhausted all search engines, I need some unusual invite ideas! on: September 09, 2007 05:53:55 PM
This may be a challenge, but....

So here's the quick story. I'm an extremely untraditional girl. And I want very untraditional wedding invitations to go along with my untraditional wedding. I've looked and looked and looked for what feels like hours for interesting ideas in magazines, online, everywhere and haven't found anything remotely strange and unique enough for me.

So, here's what I don't want:
1. Flat cards with a basic design on front, or any flat cards for that matter.
2. Scroll cards (although those are nice, but not for me.)
3. Anything boring!

Here's what I do want:
1. Something with an interesting shape (it can be 3-D) that will still fit all of the necessary wedding information.
2. Something that will be fairly easy to reproduce inexpensively.

Here is some basic information of our wedding:
1. Colors are deep red wine, white and a touch of black.
2. Marrying outside by a lake
3. Everything is going to be simple but very creative (that's the hope anyway.)
4. Getting married June 7, 2008
5. Celtic love knots are a huge part of the "theme." Our wedding bands are going to have celtic knotwork, the love knots will be on favors, invitations, candles, etc.

It's probably a challenge, but any suggestions would be really helpful. I just want something really unique!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding colors help! on: September 03, 2007 08:06:47 PM
So I thought I knew exactly what colors I wanted for my wedding, but as it turns out, I'm veering towards a rich red wine color, especially as I've been playing with invitations and save-the-date cards. Which is fine. It's early enough at this point to play around a little. But, I need a little help and advice at this point.

Here's my question. What color would look really good with the red wine color I mentioned? I'd like something that compliments, not fights for attention. Any ideas?

Here's a link for a color swatch:
http://images.netshops.com/mgen/swatch:FLT022_15_Red.jpg

Thanks for any suggestions!!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bohemian theme?? Need your ideas!! on: August 27, 2007 08:42:27 PM
So, I've finally decided on what kind of theme I want for my wedding. Bohemian. I love bohemian fabrics, lighting, and rich colors. My dress is going to be apple green with a gold sash that I'll be making myself. And, I'm really considering going barefoot and just nixing the whole shoe thing. But... I need some more ideas (any ideas) for a bohemian theme. Table settings, flower arrangements, lighting (the reception will be at night outdoors) etc. etc. Or direct me to any websites that have bohemian-inspired products, even if they aren't wedding-related. Bohemian housewares would give me great inspiration, if you know of any sites.

Or, if you have any of your own ideas/opinions of what you'd expect to see at a bohemian wedding, let me know!!

Thanks very much!!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Coaster set question.... opinions needed!! on: August 19, 2007 01:55:43 PM
So I've finally decided what I'm making for my sister's birthday in September. I'm working on a red scarf, which is knitting up quite nicely... and fast! But, also, I have this idea of getting her a mug or wine glass set of 4 and knitting her a cute little coaster set of 4 to go with them, and putting all of it in a basket. Don't ask me where the scarf fits in, I just wanted to throw that in there as well.  Grin

Anyway.... what would be a good stitch pattern for cute coasters? I want them too look like miniature rugs with the fringe and everything (kind of like Girl on the Rock's coasters.) So... your opinion is greatly appreciated and needed! Thanks!!  Grin
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need help thinking of a birthday present to knit!! on: August 17, 2007 03:15:42 PM
Ok. Here's my dilemma. My sister has a birthday coming up on Sept. 3rd (yeah, I know, not much time!!) and I really want to knit her something. But..... I don't want to knit her a scarf, I'd like to do something else for her.

I'm thinking about making her a spa set with a knit washcloth/soap holder, a back scrubber, and maybe a small hand towel and then get some pretty smelling soap and lotion and put the whole works in a basket, but.... does anyone have any other ideas of small things I could knit up quickly for a birthday present?? Or do you think I should go for the spa basket thing? Help!! This would be the first thing I've knit for my sister and I really want her to be happy with it!

Thanks in advance!  Grin
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / When do you find time to knit? on: August 10, 2007 04:48:53 PM
I'm a fairly new knitter, and maybe a little too enthusiastic, but I have soooo many knitting projects I want to either get to or finish! But finding time is the hardest part. I read a lot of knitting blogs and it seems they're turning out FOs every week! How do all you busy gals (and guys) find the time to knit? Share your tips with me!  Cheesy
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I know it's early, but what are your plans for knit Christmas gifts? Share here! on: August 07, 2007 02:07:35 PM
Plus, I need some inspiration and ideas since I've never knit the bulk of my gifts like I want to this year. Anyone else getting started? And what are you making?   Grin
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Making a long triangle? on: August 03, 2007 04:15:43 PM
This may be an odd question, but I'm looking for a quick little pattern for making a long triangle (using a decrease method). I've been working on little prototypes, but I keep coming up with these short, stubby things. I'm casting on 20 st, then working a knit row and then a decrease row alternately. If I want a longer, leaner triangle, should I work more knit rows in between the decrease rows?

Sorry for the weird question! There isn't much out there for patterns on making basic shapes, without having a full-on clothing pattern that it's incorporated into!  Cheesy
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