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« on: February 21, 2009 12:27:01 PM »

It all started when I found the Holy Grail for 25cents at my favorite thrift shop.



Today is my friend Sarah's birthday.  She is a huge Monty Python and the Holy Grail fan.  I am in an extraordinarily dire financial situation.  So, I craft and scavange like crazy for gifts.  I pulled together this box full of fun for under $1.  I was inspired by this plastic goblet I found back in December.  When I saw it on the shelf in the thrift shop, I froze and gasped, "The Holy Grail!"  And, it was only a quarter!  It came home with me.  And, plans for Sarah's birthday gift began.

A dear friend gave me a gift card to the grocery store for Christmas.  With it, I got a $1.29 coconut while doing my shopping (so, therefore, it cost me nothing).  I hollowed it out with a pocket knife and let it dry in front of the gas space heater.



I crocheted Fang.  It was wierd to crochet a cute little bunny and then give it a mangled, red, bloody mouth!  Fang took just a few cents worth of yarn.  He has a big, round, pearly looking ball button on his bottom as his tail.  That button came in a button grab bag I got for $1.78 + tax and have been slowly but steadily using up.  The button works out to be less than a penny.

Don't ask how I crocheted Fang because I have no idea.  I just fidgetted with him till he came out sort of OK.  He's chain, slip, and single crochets.  I used a smaller hook for the ears than for the body.  His body is stuffed with 3 small cotton balls.  His head is filled with 1.

The package is wrapped in a recycled box using blank newprint I get by the free endroll from the newspaper.  The ribbon was bought 75% off a few years ago in a massive after-Christmas giftwrapping supplies stock up.  The whole roll cost a quarter, and, obviously, I only used a few cents worth.  I used my son's magic markers to write the movie quotes all over it.



I hope Sarah likes her gift.  She's a delightfully quirky person, and she is also a crafty scavenger.  I take it to her in about an hour.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009 12:47:08 PM »

LMAO ... all that came to mind was the clippity clop of *horses*.  I about peed myself and would get a great kick out of this gift if someone gave it to me ... even the bunny (though the killer rabbit scared me:P).  I bet your friend will love the gift.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 05:01:55 PM »

Who knew the Holy Grail was hiding out at a thrift store all this tie.
What a fantastic gift. I hope your friend enjoyed it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009 10:52:06 PM »

But it's got big teeth!

Okay, so I don't actually remember that line from the movie, but my dad and cousin swear to me up and down that it's in there. Lovely job.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009 08:20:04 AM »

Fang reminds me of the Rabbids from the 'Rayman Raving Rabbids' games... Which, coincidentally is why I clicked on the picture.

If your friend is as geeky as the rest of us, I'm sure she's going to love it. I like the crafty nature, and especially the thrift store goodies. It's great when you can find something to re-gift or up-cycle. Let us know how your friend likes her gift. =)
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009 03:35:02 PM »

Sarah did like the gift.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009 12:34:19 PM »

If she didn't, you would have to give her a French taunting! Grin Cheesy
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