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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The 2007 "What do I make for..." thread! on: December 12, 2007 10:00:11 AM
Howdy, everyone. Smiley

I was curious as to if what your thoughts were on this: I just married my hubby in June, and don't know his family members all that well. I know them well enough to carry casual conversation and all that, but...I don't have the money, or the desire, to get any of them anything to intense.

So, I decided that it might be a good idea to make either baskets or tins of various baked goods and candy. It seems so cliche to me, but I can't think of anything else to get. And! I love baking and cooking. I wouldn't be making too many baskets/tins, and I have all the time in the world right now, seeing as I'm currently not working.

Also, do you think this would be a good idea for both men and women? I only plan to make about four (his mother, his father, his grandmother, his father's girlfriend).  I tend to think, "Well, everyone likes candy and deserts!"

Forgive any ignorance I may display on this subject, but I've never actually celebrated Christmas or any other sort of gift-giving winter holiday with my own family. I just did so with my friends in high school. Smiley Either way! I love Christmas, and am excited since this is the first year since I was little that I've been able to do anything on a larger scale!

Enough rambling about my past though! I'd also like any advice that some of you may have on what to make my hubby.

I've seen all the universal, "Oh no, what should I get my significant other who is a male!" post before, so my apologies for repeating anything.

Like I said before, I have hours of my day to devote to making something, so time isn't much of an issue. Wink

-He like hard rock music, that verges more on the gothic side (if any of you know what genre is). He also likes just plain hard rock too.

-We both play the hell out of World of Warcraft, which I'm not sure if you've heard of. It's a multi-massive-player-online-role-playing game. www.worldofwarcraft.com 

-He loves his Ps2 and loves games such as the entire Final Fantasy series...and, the pretty old school ones such as Chrono-Trigger (he explained the other night that all other RPG's STRIVED to be as good as it, hahaha) and the Mario games for SNES.

-He's -not- a manly man. I can't believe I just said that...hahahaha. What I mean, is that he doesn't work with tools, and I would never even think about buying him stuff like that. He doesn't hunt or fish...just not his style.

-He's almost 21, and his name is Greg.

Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated. Smiley
Good luck to all of you in your gift-making, and safe trips during your holiday season!

(By the way...the main reason I'm asking these questions so late is because I didn't even think I'd be able to make anything for anyone, but that's changed since this past week. Smiley )
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas too much trouble...NOT !!!!! on: November 26, 2007 10:05:40 PM
Well. I certainly can see why you'd be upset about this, but just keep on getting your crafty self on and make those gifts that you already plan to.

It might suck, but they'll do what they want in the end. As long as you do what makes you happy, that's really what matters. I think anyways. Smiley
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Kids Soap Galore! Pic Heavy! on: November 26, 2007 09:31:13 PM
I think they're very awesome! I would have loved to have them as a kid!

And, some of them I'd take now. Wink
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: cloth pads=happy period on: November 23, 2007 12:26:43 AM
The idea behind cloth pads sounds pretty freaking awesome, but they're definatley not for everyone.

I couldn't see myself taking the time to actually want to wash them, or really to tote a dirty cloth pad around with me. Wink I've carried around a dirty pad (strange circumstances, I can't really recall where I was at the time, but I didn't have a place to dispose of my pad at the time that I changed it), and I just...could -not- do that. I'm not disgusted at all with my period. It's been going on for years now, and hey...it's just a part of my life. However! Carrying around a blood-stained, possibly stinky piece of cloth? Just couldn't do it. Smiley I'd constantly be stressed out over it, thinking, "Omg, it's just sitting there...in my purse!" Unless I was lucky and had a light-ish flow, thus not having to change it, things just wouldn't work out!

I also would never trust a pad that I make myself. I've had too many memories of being embarrassed by leaking through my pants, using regular pads. Sure, I could use them at home for a bit first; however, anything can happen...and using a shoddy home-made pad is just adding another factor to possible humiliation.

It's true that I could buy them from someone else, since I believe I've read a few people say that they've bought them to try them out. It would also be a lot more cost effiecent to simply spend money on cloth pads once in a great while, rather than spending money on the store-bought stuff every other month or so. How long would you say that home-made pads last? I assume that your flow would attribute into this, as well as the type of cloth that you use. Just as a general question, though, how long would you ladies say that you have used one of your pads? It would be pretty freaking cool if they lasted a long time, seeing as store-bought pads are a little pricey, in my opinion.

Also! Just me ranting here, but I felt a little guilty from people sending the message that if you don't use cloth pads, you obviously don't care about the environment. It's true that no one said this, but there are many different messages that your words can send. Smiley

Looking at the pads on the first page just makes me think, "Those could never absorb/last any amount of blood from my period." I don't have a super-heavy flow most of the time, but they just seem so...well...no secure, if that made sense. I highly rely on the store-brand pads, as well as their stickiness. It makes me feel safe, as strange as that may sound.

I've been using pads from the first time I've ever gotten my period. I've tried to use tampons before, but they just don't work for me. They're uncomfortable, and, bleh...I've never used one for more than an hour because of it. A lot of girls I know use tampons instead of pads because they're grossed out by "sitting in their own filth," but I think that having a piece of cotton stuck up there for hours on end is just horrible. I don't like tampons at all...I don't think they're very safe. ^^ Anyways, enough ranting from me.
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Original Penguin Count down to Christmas on: September 11, 2007 09:17:42 PM
Cute! I love penguins! Cheesy
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: So, I'm going to make these oufits... on: September 09, 2007 02:43:27 PM
Thanks very much for the help. Cheesy
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ernest (first attempt at amigurumi), and Chloe, a felt deer on: September 07, 2007 03:01:28 AM
Both are adorable! I luff them.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I don't know what it's called, BUT I MADE IT ! (+2 & tutorial, pic heavy) on: September 07, 2007 01:03:11 AM
Very, very cute!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So, I'm going to make these oufits... on: September 07, 2007 12:59:23 AM
So, I'd love to make a couple of outfits for a convention that I'm going to be going to sometime in the near future. The problem I have is that I'm not totally sure how to create the effect of certain parts of the clothes.

I'm planning to make two outfits for Chi, from the anime/manga, "Chobits." If you've heard of it, great! If you haven't, hopefully your wit in clothing-making can help! I cannot stress enough that ANY advice you have (no matter how minuscule it may seem to you, I'm always looking for help!) will be embraced by me! Cheesy

After browsing a bit on the forums, I found a few posts that I am certain will inspire me to create both of the costumes; however, any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!

Questions!

Image 1: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y63/shoujo_bubbles/chobits54.jpg

I have no idea how I'd make the sleeves on this one poof out like the way that they do, and I didn't find anything (so far) that really helps in this particular case.

I'm not entirely sure if the hem of the dress will ruffle out like the one she's wearing, unless I do something extra to it. Any advice on specific techniques I can use for that?

Image 2: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y63/shoujo_bubbles/looking-out-the-window-3287.jpg

The skirt part of this outfit is incredibly poofy! o.o; I assume that I could use tulle or that nylony stuff that I hear so much about. Is it possible to make it as intense as what she's wearing? If not, I'd probably just tone it down to a bit, but I'd love to make it just the way hers is! Cheesy

Again, the ruffle-ness of the hem/most of the skirt...not -totally- sure how to do that. I would love any help you could provide.


My questions probably make you think, "Man, this girl doesn't know the first thing about making clothing!" Lol, well! It's true that I haven't made many clothes, but it just so happens that I just fail at the ruffle/poofiness.  Undecided So! Any advice at all that you may have (even if I didn't include it in my questions), would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

Edit: Since I'm going to be walking around, I need shoes to wear. Any thoughts on what kind of footwear you think may look cute with both? Thanks again! <3
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Champagne Hearts on: September 05, 2007 11:16:35 PM
Cute! I always did like those candies. Smiley

I think it's a really nice idea for coworkers.
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