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« on: November 06, 2006 05:32:08 PM »

So, its the holiday season againLips sealed Oi. Seeing is I am only a 15 year old adolescent with no job, I'm in need of a little bit of help. So, for all you creative crafty ladies (and gents!):

Mom: Amy, 42. She is an interior designer and she is very funky (and young for 42). She likes reading (but never has time for it) almond joys, shopping, yankee candles, cross stitch (but never has time), laying in the sun, college football (Navy and Iowa State), Texas, talking to her sister... just general relaxing.

Dad: Bob, 42. He is a commander in the Navy, and is currently working in Navy Intelligence. He likes biking, DIY projects (house fixing projects), electronics, tinkering around the house, college football (Navy and Iowa State), lacrosse, taking care of my dog, Dutch... Typical "guy" things.

Sister: Mackenzie, 12 [soon to be 13, she stresses this a lot].
Sailor Moon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, shopping, ipods, music (popular top 40 stuff), Japan, doing her hair, IMing, pretty typical stuff.

Best friend in the ENTIRE world: Cait, 15. LOVES musicals, VH1, the 80s, fanfiction, writing, reading, the internet, swimming, lusting after Alan Rickman (::sigh:Smiley, Jimmy Buffet, she is super funky and fun. Liberal as hell (not politics, but rude/crude/sarcastic/loves the daily show/etc).

That's pretty much it. I have some others, but it will be small gifts for them, nothing too much.

I already have lots of ideas, but nothing stands out to me, I thought I'd see what you guys thought.

FYI: I sew and putz around in all different kinds of crafts, I'm always up to try something new!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 05:53:15 PM »

Okay, I don't know what type of crafts you do, so here are a few ideas... 

For mom:  make her a book-on-tape.  I dont know how much they cost, but you could always record yourself reading the book.  Or create mini cross stitch projects that she could do while waiting for appointments or in a traffic jam

For dad:  make a sling bag for when he goes biking to hold a water bottle, or his wallet and house keys. 

For sis:  cover a reinforced (CLEAN) sushi takeout box to hold homemade hair ties (do you crochet? you could make scrunchies to go in it)  make hair ties with felt sushi attached to it

For best friend:  you could buy her fave musical on dvd and make a movie night package with stuff from a dollar store.  or even put on a musical FOR her
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006 06:00:54 PM »

Do your parent go to watch the college games?  You could make them some type of seat cushion to sit on and embellish it with stuff about their favorite teams.  You can use a piece of foam for the inside and put a strap on it to carry it.  Kind of like this : http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lv_entertaining/article/0,2041,DIY_14108_5036739,00.html

For your sister you could make an ipod cozy or a cute little purse.  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-iPod-Cover

For your best friend you can make her a personalized journal.  You can use an altered book technique for the cover.http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_paper/article/0,2025,DIY_13771_5095275,00.html

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2006 05:49:26 PM »

First of all, your sister and I are, like, psycological(sp?) twins, (I'm 12, love shopping, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sailor Moon, Japan (though I've never been there), music etc. And yet, I have no idea on what you could make her, maybe a purse like  this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119333.0 or something?

For your mom, you could make her a book purse (http://www.rudehouse.com/Arystocrafts/craft_pages/BPTutorial.html) or a wallet or purse out of Almond Joy wrappers...
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006 12:15:38 AM »

for your mom, if you can afford to do so (as the actual audio books are spendy), get her a trial subscription (or a month's) for simply audiobooks. It's like Netflix, but for audiobooks.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006 12:29:53 AM »

Regarding the book-on-tape suggestions, has anyone used Librivox as a free source for books on tape?  (Librivox is like Project Gutenberg, except the books are read aloud in MP3 format.)  You could browse the site to find a public domain book or set of short stories you like, burn them to a CD, and you're set.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2006 12:48:59 AM »

Your local lilbrary probably has books on CDs.. just a thought
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2006 12:50:06 PM »

Regarding the book-on-tape suggestions, has anyone used Librivox as a free source for books on tape?  (Librivox is like Project Gutenberg, except the books are read aloud in MP3 format.)  You could browse the site to find a public domain book or set of short stories you like, burn them to a CD, and you're set.

http://spokenalex.org/ is another good resource for this.

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006 10:24:25 PM »

Thank you guys so much! I was stuck on presents for my mom and dad both, but after looking on librivox, I found the perfect solution. My mom is a Jane Austen freak and has v. long commutes to work everyday, and my dad idolizes William Blake, and has to haul half our neighborhood to school everyday.
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