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recyclerdudette
« on: December 05, 2003 07:21:45 AM »

Hi everyone!
I'm new to this board.  I'm so impressed with all the creative ideas that everyone shares.   I need help brainstorming ideas for Christmas presents that I'd like to make.   Here's the supplies I have to work with:  coffee cans (small and large), food jars of various sizes and shapes, old wine bottles, brown paper bags, lots of fabric pieces, notions (buttons, beads, ribbons, lace, etc..).

I've made fabric purses as gifts in the past so I'm looking for something a little different.  The gifts will be for a 15 year old girl (she's redecorating her room in purple and green) and her parents (they would probably like anything for their home).  Also, need to make something for a couple that is in the process of moving.  

I really appreciate any ideas.  Thank you so much!!!!
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anniekate
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2003 12:21:17 AM »

The fifteen year old girl might like one of those french message boards for over her desk. Have you got fabric and ribbon that fit her color scheme? It's basically a foam core board covered in a little batting, fabric, and then crisscrossed with ribbons that are tacked where they cross each other. Then you can slip notes and photos and whatnot under the ribbons.

Also, if you can get small jars, and a little wooden shelf that could go over her desk, you could screw the lids of the jars to the underside of the shelf. (Spraypaint the lids in her color scheme first.) Then fill the jars with things like paperclips, rubber bands, gluesticks and tape, little Firecrackers gel pens, etc. When she needs an item, she unscrews the jar from its lid, which stays attached to the shelf, gets the item out, and screws the jar back on there.

I feel for the people who are moving. Are you able-bodied? If they won't have finished moving yet by Christmas, give the gift of packing assistance and your help moving their items. Cheap, somewhat easy, and incredibly appreciated. At the very least, don't give them more crap they have to move. Smiley Edible or use-uppable gifts are good. Or one of those heavy duty strapping tape dispensers such as warehouse people use, with the blade attached.

Boy, do I ever hate moving.
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recyclerdudette
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2003 08:41:04 AM »

Hey thanks, anniekate!!!!  I LOVE your ideas!  I do have fabric and ribbon in her colors.  I also have some small plastic spice jars that have green lids that would work for the shelf.   Hmmmm...now I just need to decide which one to do.  

The people that are moving are in the military so fortunately they don't have to do it themselves.  I agree...something edible would be best.  I think I'll go with a chocolate theme...fudge, cookies, candies.  I mean who doesn't like chocolate, right?

Thanks so much for your ideas!!!!
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anniekate
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2003 09:29:33 AM »

Yeah, only CRAAAAAAZY people don't like chocolate. Smiley For the girl's parents, maybe you could paint or etch some of the jars and give some chocolate things in them. For painting, you'd need glass paints, and for etching, you'd need the scary Armour Etch stuff, as seen in
http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=657

Wouldn't do that for the people who are moving, because then the pretty glass jars would fall into the category of "crap we have to move" Smiley so for them, festive plastic bags tied with ribbon to package their chocolate.
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recyclerdudette
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2003 09:50:25 AM »

I like the idea of etching glass but it is kinda scary.  I did paint a jar using regular paint pens and it turned out pretty cool but I'm not sure how/if the paint will last over time...it was just an experiment using stuff I already had.  I'll have to get some glass paint and try again.  I found an old apothecary jar at a garage sale that would work well for that project.

Good point about putting the chocolate goodies in a festive plastic bag.  I was thinking about covering a coffee can with wrapping paper and putting them in there.  But you're right...that's just more crap to move.
I don't want to make it any harder on them than it has to be.  Thanks for mentioning that.
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