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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Getting married on a miniscule budget, in less than two months...HEELLLLPPPP on: January 16, 2008 07:12:07 PM
I second the sandwich idea. Those giant sandwiches from Subway are AWESOME. There's so much meat on them...they are fantastic. We used to save up meal-plan points in college and then buy one at the end of the semester, since we had a Subway on campus.
You could have someone cut them ahead of time so nobody would know that they're not 2398279382 homemade sandwiches (actually it's already a giant sectioned sandwich, since they don't make bread long enough.. bummer).. but personally I think the effect of the giant sized sandwich is really cool and would be lost that way.. heh.
Some grocery store delis do them too. I used to work at Publix Supermarket and it was $56 for a giant sub there, which <I think> was way more than Subway's. Definitely feasible.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "veil" lots of pics! *edit on: January 16, 2008 07:02:14 PM
So beautiful!  Grin
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: I need an idea! on: January 16, 2008 06:37:58 PM
Aww!  I LOVE the shirt redheadedrowdy ! 

My fiance's name is Nick also, and I really like sweet peas... I just may take the idea from you if you don't mind Smiley  And the pink is great too (my fav color)

Great job! 
ps, your name reminds me of my fiance's sister, Stacy, she is a very red head and rowdy/firery and so much fun!  So I thought it was a funny coincedence of your name/personality and the name of your step-sister's fiance, and the color/flower idea... Cheesy

Thanks!!! Go ahead and steal away.. if you want, I can send you the actual file  so you could use it as a stencil or a guide. I yanked it off my stepsister's Myspace and printed it out, because I cannot draw anything that's not in front of me. I'm not sure what that font is called, but I see it on a lot of Myspace graphics.

Go redheads! That's funny about your future SIL! My name is from the color of my hair and my diehard passion for my alma mater's basketball team (Florida Gators). The student section in the basketball area is called The Rowdy Reptiles. I also like to think that as a person (and not just a basketball fan) I'm rowdy and fiery at times, too.. hehe.  Wink
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: I need an idea! on: January 15, 2008 03:02:31 PM
YES! I love this! Coincidentally, I had asked my mom this question last weekend and she said I should pre-load the frame with the pics from the bridal shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner (obviously to be done last minute) but I completely forgot about it. I am pretty scatterbrained....
This is even better! My sister will LOVE this!  Grin Thank you!

And this will hopefully not take me too much time so if anyone else has any quick ideas, let me know!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I need an idea! on: January 15, 2008 02:16:35 PM
Just wanted to say I love Craftster and everyone on it! You guys rock!
OK now that I've sucked up enough   Wink  ....
My step-sister is getting married this Saturday. I bought her wedding present long ago on Black Friday- I hunted down a digital photo frame at Target. Not very crafty, I know. But it is SO her. (and him, too)
I've given her crafty things both for her bridal shower and for Christmas, so now I'm thinking I should whip something up for the wedding, too! Especially since she surprised me at Thanksgiving with the news that I was going to be a bridesmaid (a wee bit last minute, but it was quite awesome of her, as she purchased my dress). I am such a procrastinator! I should've thought of this sooner!
Here are the things I made for her already, maybe someone can think of something else I can do with the same theme or lettering (if it's even possible for me to duplicate that handpainted lettering a third time without messing up!) I can stencil, paint, sketch, decoupage...
Bag I did for Christmas. Inside there was a Bridal Emergency box covered with stuff about her wedding with all kinds of emergency goodies inside. I didn't take a pic of that, d'oh!

Shirt I did for the bridal shower.

Thank you thank you thank you!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Long distance relationship? on: January 13, 2008 07:57:24 PM
I second (more like fifth?) the comment about the whole LDR thing being difficult. My boyfriend and I got together while I was home for summer between freshman and sophomore year of college, so I was 4 hours away for the next 2 1/2 years. Every summer was fantastic because we spent so much time together, but saying goodbye after all that time together was sooo hard. What helped me was the fact that we had a conversation at roughly the same time every night to catch up on each others' days. Some convos were upwards of 3 hours. Sometimes I think we talked more then than we do now, living together!
I sent him lots of notes (and I think he sent me a letter maybe once or twice, grrr) but the one big thing I made for him while we were apart was a big scrapbook of our summer together in 2005- coincidentally the summer after a horribly rocky semester that resulted in a short breakup. It kept him smiling even when things were rough.
Other things you could send are baked goods, postcards, and random trinkets. I mailed him little things from my room so that he could have a part of my daily life with him.
I know it's really hard at times, but hang in there (and that goes to all of you LDR people!) and good luck with everything!
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: man-gagement ring? on: January 08, 2008 08:18:47 PM
Two of my good college friends got engaged last year, and they got matching titanium engagement rings (his in green, hers in purple).
Before that, I hadn't really though about man-gagement rings but .. why shouldn't guys be able to show off the fact that they're engaged? They don't want us to think that they'd do it, but oh, they would  Cheesy
I think it's becoming more and more popular. Guys who refuse to wear it probably are not ready for the commitment it entails-- I mean, they'll have to wear their wedding ring soon enough... Either that or they are way too concerned about what other people think of them! Which is just plain silly Tongue
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Present for my Drummer Boy on: January 08, 2008 01:25:43 PM
Does he wear earplugs when he practices or has a gig?
I made my boyfriend a little earplug case this past Christmas because he is ALWAYS losing them/forgetting them/leaving them around to get eaten by our cats.
I just took an old Altoids tin and covered both sides with a picture of him drumming, then added drumming-related words.

I've also seen some other drumming-related gifts on the board here-- clocks made out of cymbals, decoupaged drumheads.. etc.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Yacht wedding on: December 31, 2007 09:36:58 AM
My step-sister is getting married on a yacht in 3 weeks.
Down here in South Florida there are a good number of yacht charter companies to choose from. I'm not sure how it would work with a privately owned boat though... I would assume the liability of having a bunch of people on board would be too great for someone to rent out their private yacht for a wedding.. but you never know!

This is the company she went with:
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How did it go? Reactions to presents? on: December 27, 2007 07:22:38 AM
This was my first Christmas attempting to craft a large number of things and it definitely went well! (well, I didn't actually make a majority of them, but I embellished a lot of things)
I hand-painted shirts for my future BIL (Superman logo with his name "Nick" inside instead of the S because he loves Superman) and my stepdad, who has grown accustomed to receiving my silly shirts as presents and always loves them (this time it was "Natural Born Griller" with a picture of a grill). I used to stencil them but I have no patience for cutting out the stencil so I just wing it.
For my brother's gf, I covered a photo box with all kinds of cool magazine clippings and filled it with scrapbooking stuff from the dollar store - she currently keeps her scrapbooking supplies in a Target bag- she loved it.
My stepsister cried when she opened her gift. I painted a canvas bag to match a shirt I painted for her bridal shower (a little saying about her and her fiance) and ironed on her favorite engagement photo- inside the bag was a box I covered with special words and things about her upcoming wedding and I filled it with bridal emergency items- floss, hem tape, stain wipes, advil, q-tips, you get the idea.
My mom is the easiest to craft for because she loves everything I give her- I used/abused my resources at work (ad agency) and made her a calendar with all of our kitties' photos and a bookmark to go along with the Barnes & Noble membership I bought her.
I also did a sketch of my dad and his gf and put it in a Dollar Store frame (did a lot of shopping at Dollar Tree- love that place!) and they seemed very excited about it.
For the boyfriend, I only ended up crafting one thing-- took an old altoids tin and covered it with photos of him drumming/words about drumming and put his earplugs in it. He is ALWAYS forgetting/losing his earplugs when we go to his bands' gigs. :-P

Great Christmas and I feel really good about having personalized a lot of the gifts! Now I just have to start earlier next year so I'm not stressing out on Christmas Eve because I spilled red acrylic paint on the white rug!  Grin
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