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« on: October 29, 2004 11:48:55 AM »

  Hey my sister is moving into her first official home by herself.  Does anyone have any ideas for a nice thing I could make her for a housewarming?  I don't really want it to be any thing little like just a candle holder or something I would rather do something a little bit bigger.  Also, she/we are not into the country style... lol... we like the modern, contemperary, retro vibe.  Thanks guys.. I can't wait to hear your suggestions.

« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2004 08:23:26 AM »

you could always get a big-ish mirror and decorate the frame, like to hang in the foyer or hallway or something.....dunno, that's all i've got atm  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2004 08:44:53 AM »

You can make her a record clock. When I moved into my pad I just didnt seem to have enough clocks.

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2004 05:57:10 PM »

I just posted a neat idea over on the umm.. umm.... beads and baubles board?  I think that's what it's called..   It's labeled EZ Bead wrapped servingware. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2004 08:04:26 AM »

There's a great clock made out of a tea tin somewhere, let me find the link...  ah.

A plain silver tin would be really sleek.  But you could use almost anything.  I found a great tin with a retro print on it (brown and orange and white flowers -- so ugly it's beautiful) at a yard sale this summer that would make a great clock if I needed yet another clock.

Also, napkins and tablecloths and runners, etc., are wonderful.  You can make them, or buy some and customize.  I think there was an idea for a machine washable ultrasuede tablecloth in martha stewart this month which looked really easy and modern.  Here's a similar idea: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=tvs6900

One of the things I like to give to new homeowners (not crafty, but useful anyway) is a small library of DIY books.  You know, like gardening, basic home repair/maintenance, Heloise's Hints, feng shui, green living, etc.  I have a fantastic old Better Homes & Gardens "Handyman's Guide" that belonged to my father that features Father Knows Best type characters (the dad even smokes a pipe throughout, and the boy helps, while the daughter and mom look on adoringly).  It's both hilarious and useful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2004 07:13:06 AM »

my sister has just moved into her new flat - inspired by the shrine swap gallery pics, i made her a happy good luck shrine. i don't know how clear the pictures will be but i'll try posting them anyway. basically its a decorated paper mache (pencil case size) box from hobbycraft filled with images and items to bring good luck, happiness and harmony. theres a piece of jade, of tigers eye, a lucky pig, a black cat,a couple of worry dolls, lucky penny, evil eye (good old homemade marble craft!) etc etc. i cut out pics eg chinese 'double happiness', ganesh, hand of fatima, st joseph, shamrocks, horseshoes blah blah blah. importantly i included a cut out of a popping champagne bottle and a cup of tea (home sweet home!). mod podge and acrylic spray sealed the pics. on the outside the red part gives some definitions of happiness...
oh - and thats a little square mirror over 'you're great you are' - just so she can look in and remind herself if feeling down.

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