As usual, I am having trouble coming up with handmade gift ideas for my dad.
Here is some information about him:
-recently retired from the military (as in this month) to accept a civilian position in IT (he has been doing IT work with the military for the past few years and he loves it)
-loves to tinker with computers
-likes experimenting with Linux and slagging Microsoft
-enjoys the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan and pretty much any fantasy book with dragons
-likes bathroom humour
-loves talking about and showing off his car
-has a bar in his house (and for a number of years, I game him beer steins as gifts)
-has a tendency to not use anything that he is given (or at least, this is my perception)
My Crafting Abilities:
I have very basic, beginner crafting skills. I:
-have a sewing machine and am just learning how to use it. I have so far made coasters, napkins, a tote bag (though I accidentally sewed the handles inside of the lining - I blame the cryptic pattern instructions), and an Artsy Clutch (all from Bend the Rules Sewing).
-enjoy paper crafting and have lots of decorative paper, cardstock, decorative scissors, some punches, ribbon and other embellishments, lots of types of glue, and Mod Podge (which I have never used).
-have access to a computer and photoshop
-have a 1.25" button maker
-have embroidery materials, but have yet to try to embroider
-have knitting materials, but have not finished learning to knit
-have acrylic paint and brushes, but don't know how to paint (though I'm sure that I could manage painting big, solid colours)
-have square and heart-shaped Christmas balls (the kind with the removable cap)
-have lots of styrofoam balls
-have Perler beads and 4 large, square inter-locking pegboards
-am not opposed to picking up more supplies, if needed