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Topic: What to do with Herb, and Lonnie, and Mel, and Ruhlig??  (Read 2212 times)
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« on: February 06, 2013 12:17:06 PM »

So my husband and I were at an antique store when a mason jar caught our eye. Our conversation went something like: "Is that...?" "No, it can't be!" "It totally is!!" "We are so buying this!"

What were we so excited about? Why a jar full of men's name badges! The fabric kind that you see on mechanics' shirts and the like. Exactly like this one:


Maybe you don't think it's as funny as we do, but they are awesome! In this jar of gems we have Perry, Lonnie, Mel, Fred, Bill, Steve, Chuck, Herb, Dennis, Gary, Sam, and Willie! All the good 'ol boy names are there. There's also a Ruhlig (??), and of course, an Al! There are 31 different names total, and they all smell like a garage. Smiley

Now that we have aquired this strange collection, what to do with it? I need ideas! I don't just want to mount them in a frame. I wish my husband worked at a place that would make this funny: sew velcro on a jacket and mount a different badge on it every day to confuse people. But he works in a small office and no one would pay attention. 

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear your ideas! The funnier the better!
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013 12:51:19 PM »

I think you should sew a fleet of sock monkey mechanics! You could give them each customized overalls with the name badges Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013 01:24:16 PM »

That's wonderfully awesome! Cheesy

I'd take some of the particularly fabulous names, punch them twice at the top and attach them with jump rings to make necklaces.

Oh!  Refurbish an old end table and make the top surface these badges embedded in resin.

Orrrr (and yes, I realize I have a strange sense of humor) make place setting cards or gift tags with them. Cheesy  I love the idea of guests coming to the table to find a bunch of setting cards that apply to no one in the room, haha.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013 01:31:04 PM »

Well... the Willie one definitely belongs on a pair of boxers.   Cheesy  I think the Chuck one would be hilarious on a beef cut diagram hoopla where the chuck roast is.  Herb would be awesome on an altered spice rack.  Is there one with your husband's name on it?  A hoop with an embroidered heart with 'I love (husband's name)' in the heart and a bunch of the others outside the heart with x's marked through them would be fun.  
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013 03:03:37 PM »

So fun!

I love sweets dinner party idea, I think that would be hilarious!

I think there needs to be some creative way to use the Al one too, perfect for a Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al...something! I just can't think of anything great at the moment. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013 03:20:45 PM »

These are such a fun find you really have to do something.
So many great ideas already, but let's see.
*How about: quilt or paint (whatever your particular medium is) a family tree and use the name tags for the leaves.
*Make gift tags out of them, and put the real name on the opposite side.

Whatever you do please post the result. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013 07:02:56 PM »

For some reason, my brain puts them as heads on stick men...
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013 07:47:02 PM »

And now I have the mental image of famous people-Chuck Norris, Perry Como-wearing mechanics coveralls with those name tags.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013 11:11:19 AM »

How funny that the tags were premade...maybe that place only hired people with those names...if you weren't named "Herb" or "Perry", you did not get hired! Cheesy

I think they would be hilarious sewn onto a cardigan...it would make people take a second look and wonder what was going on...I also love the idea of sock monkey or other doll mechanics...or you could make pet rocks to sit on the desk and throw when needed...
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013 12:06:52 PM »

You could make beer cozies with them or some kind of wine charm so people can identify their drinks at parties Smiley.
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2013 12:20:17 PM »

ha ha with all of these great ideas, I now want a jar full of names... Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2013 12:26:22 PM »

Teesha Moore style patches! They would make the most amazing looking tote bag all stitched up together. Oh man, I love those patches. I have one that was my grandad's, it says "Bob" Cheesy.
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013 12:59:12 AM »

Oh i want a jar of names too..these are brilliant, I have no clever ideas (it is almost 9am and friday morning...so out of inspiration) but I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013 12:21:17 PM »

Oh my goodness, I ADORE all these ideas! I've been reading them aloud to my hubby and we've been cracking up. Smiley Thank you all! I especially love the idea of the placecards at a table and none of them relate to the guests in any way! And I didn't share the I love you idea with my husband- his name IS in the jar, and I plan to whip up a hoop for Valentine's day! I'll share it with you asap!

On another note- it made me chuckle that this topic appeared in the "hot new topics" area. I've been wishing one of my projects would make it there since I joined Craftster. And this is the post that finally did. lol. Smiley
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Christmas ornaments!  Add some of the mustache ornaments somebody made here on craftster for a truly masculine tree.
Or string them together to make a garland for the tree or other garland-needing spot in your house, like a chandelier.

Sew one onto the chest of a long sleeve button-down shirt or silk blouse.  Make people wonder what kind of business you're in.
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2013 07:55:36 PM »

Ooooh, lucky! I like the idea of applying them to a set of things that are otherwise the same - towels, t-shirts, or as Limeriot suggested - drink cozies. Coasters would be good too.

Congratulations on making it to Hot Topics so quickly - you ought to have guessed this would be a topic that'd get us all interested!

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2013 09:15:02 AM »

I would totally go for the jacket patches idea. Even if no one at his work appreciated it, imagine the conversations you'd have with random strangers looked goggle-eyed at him on the street walking by xD

  Although I do like the drink/coaster idea too, I just think it'd be funnier to trot them out in public as a interesting collection Cool
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2014 11:06:14 AM »

I am so glad to find this post! I have about 200-300 of these with a TON of different names. I've been wondering what to do with them. There are some great ideas here!
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