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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nametags for Camp! on: May 14, 2008 02:40:20 PM
I work at a camp where we go by pseudonyms instead of our real names. A friend and I have made some for various friends and I wanted to share!

We cut the wood, sketched the design using carbon paper, painted it (multiple layers of paint for the best look) and than polyheurthaned it for durability. The roses on some of the nametags are given to us at camp, one for every year you've worked there.

My nametag! This is the first one I ever made. I made it in 2005.

Years later, a friend went as a counselor. He described his perfect nametag in passing (he relates to the Genie in Aladdin) and we decided that we HAD to make it for him. Took about 8 hours because we were SO meticulous about it. The picture shows his old nametag (made by himself) and the new nametag that we made for him. We didn't tell him we were making it and took him out for lunch one day. We made him get up to refill my soda, which he did begrudgingly and when he came back, the nametag was on the table. He did a happy dance for us right there in the restaurant. He loved it.

We enjoyed making it so much that we decided to make another for my friends boyfriend and for another mutual friend.
Yes, his camp name was Captain Jalepeno. This one was a pain to cut out, but it was a lot of fun to make. He loved it as well!

This one we decided to use a decoupaged image on it rather than paint this one. I tried to do Star Wars lettering on the name. This is one of the least successful ones of the bunch, but it was still loads of fun to do, and he really liked the end result.

Finally, we realized that we had made nearly everyone in our group of friends that were going to camp a nametag except this one person. SO, we went about making his. A very simple design, we felt it turned out nicely.

The funny thing is, the friend who helped me make these hasn't even gone to camp yet. Her first year as a counselor is this year (you have to be a senior in high school to go as a girl...There are less boys who volunteer, so they can often go as young as 10th grade.) I'm sure we'll have fun making HER nametag!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / My friends last Musical in High School on: April 17, 2008 03:56:33 PM
Hey All!

I have a friend who is graduating from High School soon and he's really into theatre. He's doing his last production at the high school in a few weeks. I know how emotional that can be and I wanted to make him a present.

The problem is, he's a boy, and boys are by nature a little harder to craft for. You can make an easy gift out of a charm bracelet with a charm to represent each play the person has been in for a girl, but boys are a little bit harder.

He's sentimental, not overly so. I want to get him something that will either be a great momento of the past, or some sort of "Here is for your theatre dreams of the future" sort of thing. You know?

A little about him:
He's definitely into theatre, although I don't think he's planning on getting a degree in it... I know he wants to keep participating in it. He's really outgoing, loves comedy. I don't really know what else to put...if you need specific info, let me know!

Shows he's done (to the best of my memory):
Music Man
Wizard of Oz
Anything Goes
Rumors by Neil Simon
Beauty and the Beast
Arabian Nights
Some murder mystery play which name I cannot remember

I can spend around $30, I'd prefer to make something since that is usually more personal.

Any ideas would be fabulous. Thanks so much!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Chewbacca Stencil on: September 13, 2007 02:04:07 PM
I'm looking for a Chewbacca stencil. It doesn't have to be a perfect one...I'm not even technically stenciling it, I'm decoupauging it to a wooden nametag, but it needs to be black and white.

This is basically what I'm doing (sketched out in mspaint), but It's for a children's camp so I can't have a crossbow in it.

I'm making it for a friend.

Any help would be appreciated!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Crafting gods and goddesses: Come to me. on: December 13, 2006 12:31:06 PM
Okay, so I am in need of some gift ideas for some friends and family. I know this is last minute, but I had to focus on college finals and I couldn't really find time to do Christmas stuff until now. I'm a fast worker though.

Some things to know about ME:

- I can whip things together really fast.
- I can only do BASIC sewing.
- I can't crochet or knit
- I'm pretty dandy with clay!
- Decoupage is another thing I'm dandy at!
- I'm a college student so I don't have a lot of money. I do have some stashed for this purpose, so I can spend a little.
- The nearest bigger city is an hour and a half away, so I can't get some of the more exotic items in town.


A gaggle of boys. (AGES 17-21) Most of my friends are guys. Geeky guys. Video games, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, etc is what they (okay, we) are all about. A few of them are HARDCORE World of Warcraft players. All of them like Halo.

Mumsie. I always get her a calender (she gets upset if I don't) so I have her covered mostly. I wanted to make her some extras too. She likes sentimental stuff, jewelry (but conservative stuff.) I was thinking of making her some christmasy decorative stuff, cause she's really into that.

Daddykins. He's impossible, because he's way practical. Again, I got him a store bought bigger gift but want to rock some smaller gifts for the stocking and beyond. He likes computers, but not to a nerdy level. He really loves to cook, but he owns pretty much every cooking gadget possible. He's a radiology tech, so he does xrays and ultrasounds.  He has a GREAT sense of humor. My parents both play cribbage, and word games like scrabble and such.

A Few random girls. (Ages 17-21) Since most of my friends are guys, I always blank on what to get for the girls in my group who I am not very close to. Like, I totally consider them friends and everything, but they aren't close close friends. One really likes pin-up girls and home design and decor. The others...well...Generic.

I have a friend who always gets the greatest gifts for me. Last year she hand sculpted super nintendo controller earrings out of clay, and this year she made me a d20 (a die) pendent for my birthday. One year, I had made her an earring rack, which was pretty neat, and for her birthday I got her a scrapbook starter kit (..it wasn't preassembled.)  She likes the same things that the guys and I do, but she has a girly side too. She's 17.

I have a friend who LOVES musicals and She wants to do broadway. She's fairly sentimental but not terribly. I've gotten her some really meaningful and fantastical gifts before, so I can't really crap out this year.  She's 18.

Anyway, any ideas would be fabulous! Nothing is too small to mention, cause I love stocking stuffers!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for Camp Counselors on: September 18, 2006 03:06:26 PM
I'm going to be adult staff at an overnight camp for 6th graders this coming week. As adult staff, I'll be 'in charge' of about 5 high school counselors (who are in charge of kids, so I'm vicariously in charge of the kids, but only in case of emergencies) that are in my campsite.

During the week (it's just a week long camp) the High schoolers (and all adults involved) experience IMMENSE and INTENSE personal growth, and bond with each other like crazy. It's hard to understand, but it's a very serious and special thing. I've attended as a counselor and senior counselor, so I understand.

Now, I was hoping to make my girls (they will all be girls in my campsite, obviously) something cool to give them at the end of the week. Either something

I'm not a knitter, but I can do very BASIC sewing with the help of my mom, so that's an option.

I'm pretty good with jewelry and paper crafts, and can wing pretty much any craft that isn't niche based (knitting, crocheting, etc)

I was trying to think of something that I can give little bits of to the girls every evening, and than give the major part at the end of camp (kinda like giving parts of a charm bracelet...or...you get the idea.) But this doesn't have to be the way I go.

Strong themes at this camp are roses and pennies (I'd explain...but..) but I didn't want to go OVERBOARD with the rose and penny thing.  The camp is supposed to be about learning about nature, etc, but it's really about learning about yourself, understanding others, and learning how sometimes it's important to put the needs of others before yours.

Any suggestions would be AWESOME. I'd appreciate some responses ASAP, if possible! Thanks everyone!
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