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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / cooking for my difficult boy... help?? on: April 09, 2008 10:57:49 AM
Here's the situation:

My boyfriend and I live about 250 miles apart at the moment due to school, which is changing (for good!) in mid-May. Now... I'll be going home (where he is) just about every weekend until then. We're both engineering majors and I know the next four or five weeks are going to be super hard on him, so I want to start cooking him a meal on Friday nights.

He LOVES meat. His diet basically consists of 1/2 meat, 1/4 vegetables, 1/4 everything else. I'm vegetarian and I looooves me some carbs. I'm willing to make him a meal with meat (I haven't touched it in ten years, but I'm willing for this guy) because I'll just cook up some pasta and some tofu chicken to replace that part of my plate. And whatever it is... it's gotta be something that I can cook up quickly and easily, because this cooking's gonna be done after a day of classes followed by a five hour drive annnd while I'm fairly confident in my cooking skills (I come from a huuuge family tree of home ec teachers, dietitians, chefs, and swedish people that have all raised me right  Wink), i still haven't done a TON of cooking and I've never cooked meat at all.

Any help would be greatttlyyy appreciated!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / so there's this guy... on: February 03, 2006 11:18:48 PM
I have this friend that's been really great to me this past year and I really really want to get him something uber cool for Valentine's Day/Christmas (and no, I haven't gotten him a Christmas present yet. I couldn't find anything worthy enough).
So... let's see. He's seventeen, turning eighteen on March first. He's the nicest person I've ever met and I've never seen him get angry. He LOVES Dane Cook, but already has a bunch of CDs, movies, whatever. He wants to go into biomedical engineering. He's super super super smart. He's easily amused. He said he doesn't want a hat at all because he spikes his hair. I taught him how to knit and he thought it was sort of awkward at first (he's a lefty and I'm a righty) but he caught on quickly and tonight he mentioned that I never brought him something to knit again. So I was thinking maybe something like a knitting kit, but I'm not too sure. I want to get him something else too.
Thanks in advance for your help... I've been trying to think of something for this kid since way before Christmas and it just hasn't been working.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / two year anniversary bonanza (image heavy) on: December 31, 2005 11:01:23 PM
I feel like I've been on craftster forever but I've never posted a single project of mine. However, that's mostly my dad's fault for not fixing my computer. But now, I have a cute new laptop and I can shareeee.
So. My first project(s). I made my boyfriend a bunch of stuff for our two year anniversary, so hey. Here goes.
Sorry about the huge/horrible quality pictures. He has really bad lighting in his room and my flash is scary sometimes.

First, I made him a mix CD with a bunch of songs that:
a) reminded me of him
b) i like to sing when i'm with him to embarass him
c) held a special meaning in our relationship during its MANY stages

Front cover:

Inside, opened:

Back cover/track list/picture of yours truly:

I don't have a picture of the actual CD itself, but I colored it with six different shades of blue and green sharpies and I wrote our initials on it. And, the CD booklet has all the lyrics inside, true to CD booklet form.

Next, I gave him a puzzle in a tin. I took a business card magnet and stuck it to some plain white paper that I colored (to match the CD) and wrote our initials on. Then, I cut up the magnet into tiny tiny pieces and mixed them all up in an AOL CD tin, which I also decorated and wrote on.


Detail of the very masculine rhinestone:

The puzzle, fully assembled:

The back (this is my favorite part):

When I gave it to him, I arranged the puzzle pieces into the shape of a dinosaur. When he opened it, he couldn't figure out why the hell I was giving him a multi-colored dinosaur in a tin. Once I explained it to him, he spent over half an hour trying to figure out how to put the puzzle together.

The next gift was a scrapbook with pages of our favorite things, places, foods, etc. as well as important dates in our relationship and a list of our similarities and differences and goals and all that fun stuff. I'm not going to put up pictures, though, cause there's about thirty of them. However, it was all done in Sharpie. Mostly.

Then, I gave him girlfriend-in-a-box. In a REALLY SMALL box.

Outside (it's not really supposed to have dust particles all over it, but hey. My camera likes to pick out the worst qualities in things and emphasize them):

Inside (I wish I had better pictures, but it has a mini doll of me, a flocked teddy bear, a picture of me, a cutout felt star that I sprayed with my body spray, and a teal colored hair tie):


Then: LOVE TOKEN BOX! This part was awesome because he thinks he's getting all the rewards with the free kisses and such, but it's really me because I'm on the other end of those kisses and such.


Inside w/ tokens:
^sorry bout that flash :-/

Now. While he was opening/playing with his gifts, I did some rummaging in his closet and found out that my boyfriend was a closet crafter in fifth grade:
^me, modeling his wolf mask that he made.

^that's Oscarina and Oscar. I found this a while back:
and decided I needed one. So, there came Oscar. Oscar was given to my other half for Valentine's day last year. Oscarina is his sexy new girlfriend. She's pink, and I think she's beautiful. Anyway, they like to hold hands.

Aaaand that's all. Thanks for looking and sorry about the huge amount of pictures!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / i love my boyfriend's family, but... on: November 21, 2005 08:19:05 PM

okay. So we've been together for 2 years and some change and this will be our third Christmas together. I want to get his family members some small gifts too, especially his sister because she's more of a friend than anything. The thing is, though, they're impossible to shop/craft for. His mom and dad are really simple people and don't like anything fancy or house-related ish (so basically... anything for the house is out of the question). They like to cook but they're pretty much set in that department, including a thousand and a half cookbooks. They don't go out a lot, either, so I can't really get them a gift certificate to a restaurant or anything like that, because they're just not into that sort of thing. I know his dad really likes penguins and working with leather and he's REALLYYYY sarcastic. His mom pretty much likes to just relax and watch television with their two dogs because she works all day. I thought maybe a spa-type thing for her, but I'm not so sure she'd like that. And as for his dad: I'm totally lost. I'm not really worried about his sister, though, cause I hang out with her a lot so I pretty much know her likes and dislikes.

I'd really really appreciate some help cause they've been really great to me this past year when I've had some not-so-good times. Thanks in advance, guys <3

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / get well gift for an unexpected surgery on: July 21, 2005 04:25:55 PM
So my darling boyfriend crushed his foot a few months ago when he swung open a door and it went right over his foot. It's been bothering him a lot lately so he went in for a check-up about a month ago and they told him to take meds for a month and come back for a check-up. So he had his check-up today and they did some unexpected corrective surgery (nothing too major) and he's in excruciating pain sans relief. So while he's drugged up on pain killers, I figured I'd make him a little something to cheer him up. It can't be anything too expensive because our two year anniversary is in a couple weeks and my money's going towards that. It also has to be something pretty quick (like... done-in-a-weekend-or-less thing). I'm thinking about baking for him, but I want to give him a little something more than just a plate of cookies.
Some info about him: He's eighteen and a writer/novelist (working on his fifth book) and loves music like crazy. He plays guitar and bass but is pretty much set up when it comes to music accessories. He likes cartoons (Invader Zim, Teen Titans...) and video games (Perfect Dark, Half-Life, Everquest) and lots and lots of movies. Any ideas would be muchly appreciated, thanks!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / in a tin? on: April 25, 2005 02:20:20 PM
Anyone have ideas for "girlfriend in a tin"? My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and I want to give him a girlfriend in a tin so he can't complain so much when I go away for a couple days. I was planning on making a little clay doll of myself and putting it in there, but what else?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / bad situations call for presents on: March 31, 2005 02:54:33 PM
Situation: I teach preschool for credit at school, and one of our kids is named Caroline. Her family is amazing... they've always been supportive of our program and are always so happy and caring and everything. Caroline has an older sister and a younger brother, Glenn, who's two. A year ago, Glenn was diagnosed with brain cancer and they did an emergency removal of a brain tumor (the surgeon said it was the biggest tumor he's ever seen in his twenty years of practice). They thought he was getting better, but last friday they took him in for a check-up and it turns out that he doesn't have much longer left. They said chances are he won't make it past two weeks.

So... the teachers, the parents, and I are all pitching in to help the family get through this. I thought about taking the girls out shopping, but I also wanted to make them something. You know... to cheer them up. Caroline's four and her sister is about six or seven. Any ideas?? This needs to be cheap because being sixteen and taking this class means no budget for anything. Thanks.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / help please?? on: March 23, 2005 04:53:18 PM
Does anyone have some Eternal Sunshine stencils? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I'd normally make my own, but the stuff that I come up with doesn't look the way I want it to.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / bleh for boyfriends. on: March 13, 2005 03:40:16 PM
Though I love him so very very much, my boyfriend is a pain in the ass to buy for. His eighteenth birthday is in two months and I want to get a head start on his gift. Unfortunately... I have no idea what to get him, where to start... anything. Ideas would be really helpful.
He's seventeen, turning eighteen. We've been together for 1yr, seven months (it'll be 1yr, 9mnths on his birthday) and we've been really good more-than-friends for about two years. He's a writer/novelist. He loves his two guitars and his bass and wishes he could play them more often, but his writing kind of takes over his time. He's into games... Everquest and Half-Life especially. He appreciates romantic things, so that's not really an issue. He listens to punk/emo music and LOVES Chuck Palahniuk books.
I want to get him something meaningful and hopefully hand-made. It's his eighteenth birthday and I want it to be milestone-ish. He hasn't really had any great, memorable birthdays yet. I might take him on a trip to the zoo as an early birthday present in April (we've wanted to go for as long as we've known each other, but have never had the opportunity) or maybe into NYC for a day because he loves the city and rarely gets to go. I'd still like to give him something tangible though.

Thanks for the help guys. Any ideas are appreciated muchly.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / wax on clothing... on: February 03, 2005 06:59:58 PM
How do you get wax out of clothing? My friend has a pair of pants that need saving.
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