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221  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Instead of flowers.... on: October 15, 2007 12:42:17 PM
I *definately* don't like getting flowers.  Never have.  They just die and then you have to clean up the yucky vase, (yucky cuz I forget about them and it gets funky).  And THEN you have to throw them out, and the stems poke through garbage bags, blah blah blah.  And usually given by a guy trying to be romantic.  If you want romance, try *chocolate*.  Can't go wrong!
Mac and Cheese, also very original!! lol!
222  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Food on: October 15, 2007 12:34:25 PM
Very well done!  Those fingers look so real, I don't think I would be able to eat them Tongue  That guac looks positively gross! Just what you were going for!  Nice work! 
223  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stash-busting dice bag on: October 11, 2007 09:18:32 AM
I also think this is cute!  I like the colors too.  Your using it for dice? 
About the autofocus cameras.  If you half press down the button with what you want to focus on in the middle of your screen, (sometimes there's a guiding square on your screen), then after it focuses, you can move your camera to frame your picture anywhere you like, and it will keep focus on the object you first pointed at, then press down the button the rest of the way. (when things focus wrong, it's because it automatically focuses on what's in the middle, and auto focus camera's suck at close ups. Notice how in the pic above, the background spray is in the middle of the pic?)
For very close close-ups with autofocus cameras, it's best to pull back a bit, and then crop the pic in the computer.  The resolution is high enough that there isn't usually a difference, and the camera's focus better.
224  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Reconstructed clothing : pants into vest on: October 11, 2007 09:09:50 AM
How wonderfully resourceful!  And green!  And it looks stylin!  And your little boy is *adorable*!
225  COOKING / Dessert / Ideas for gifts from the kitchen? on: October 06, 2007 02:19:12 PM
I know, I know... the possibilities are endless.  But I am not very kitchen literate, and I would like to make a nice yummy gift for a few birthdays that are coming up.

Does anyone have any ideas for a perfect edible gift?  Perfect meaning:  Looks good, doesn't need refridgerating, etc.  I have considered:  Cookies, brownies, rum balls, home made chocolates.  Are there any other good ideas I'm missing?

Thanks for the help!
226  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Christmas gift ideas for children on: October 06, 2007 01:56:01 PM
I'm starting to try to come up with ideas for my friend's kids for Christmas too, and have been trolling this site like an addict!!! So far, I've decided:

Kayleigh (age 3):  Felt play food, felt pizza with play toppings in clean pizza box.
Georgia (age 1): sewn activity book with fasteners on each page (look up "close your clothes" on here.  AMAZING!  Mine will not be quite as good!  lol)
Brayden (age 6mo):  Stuffed blocks that spell out his name (sewn)
Sariah (Brand new): Activity floor mat (sewn)

I still have a 1 1/2 year old and a 3yr old boy to think of, so I'm def gonna check back here to see what others suggest.  I know my brood is a little younger, but you had a couple of toddlers in your list!  Good luck!
227  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "Secret Pal" gift ideas? on: October 06, 2007 07:50:12 AM
I don't know if this idea will work, because you're always going out on competitions, but with my secret "santa" at Uni, (Same thing, I did a small gift a day for the week, some just did one big one at the end), one of the days I did a mini treasure hunt.

I put little notes around the common room in rez like "Boy's like blue, girls like pink, your next clue is under the bathroom _ _ _ _".  Then the crafted prize was at the end, (It happened to be an origami moblile).

To modify for your outings, I wonder if you could use your fellow band members.  Here's the idea:  Give each band member a typed out clue to give to your friend, (you could even include yourself!)  Eg: "Who is next?  The point is moot.  Try the tom-boy girl who plays the _ _ _ _ _"  You know, tailored to the different band members.  To go a little further to the post above, typed clues would be best.  More secrecy:  When giving out the envelopes, tell your friends that someone *else* asked you to hand them out to keep the "person" a secret.   Wanna go even further?  Decorate the clues with glitter or pretty drawings.  Wow, I could go on forever, couldn't I!!!?!?

This might not be what you're looking for, but maybe someone might find it useful! lol!  I know I had fun, and my secret pal absolutely *loved* it!

Happy gifting!
228  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Wedding Gift Magnets (pics below glass blobs) on: October 05, 2007 08:03:51 PM
I've seen these magnets on here a lot, and wanted to share my creations.  I have limited funds, and couldn't afford one of the larger Wedding gifts, so I bought a medium priced one, and added these to show how happy I am for the couple.  I hope these magnets will be useful and remind them of their wedding everytime they go for milk in the fridge!!!

These are my first attempt at making someone a gift, and I'm really happy with the results!  And it is thanks to all the inspirations on Craftster and all you wonderful crafty folk!  Tank you muchly!

229  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Close Your Clothes! on: October 04, 2007 06:20:51 PM
That's so inspired!  Thanks for the quick reply!  Though you cropped it out, I noticed, and really liked, your font choices!  Thanks again for the super fab tip!
230  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Frankie: my new rabbit on: October 04, 2007 06:17:35 PM
This rabbit alone has inspired me to learn how to crochet.  He is, literally, inspiring Smiley
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