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1  Florida / Florida: South / Re: hole in the wall craft store on: November 24, 2009 10:54:55 AM
recessionista, are you new to soflo or just to craftster?

there is a GREAT little art store on hollywood blvd., just west of 441, it's called nina's. they do custom framing and its mostly art supplies, but there are some random craft stuff too. it's really old and they tend to have strange stuff laying around.

another place that is great for resources is trash 2 treasure. it's located in ft. lauderdale, in a warehouse area off of powerline road and commercial blvd. you have to buy a membership (40 or 50 bucks i think) which entitles you to a year or a certain number of trips for the year where you may take as much stuff as you'd like. it is all recycled and reclaimed materials. tons of fabric, paper products, glass jars, old cards. last time i went i scooped up posters for my classroom, styrofoam trays and plastic cups to use in the studio for water and palettes, and an armload of childrens' books from the 70s that i am psyched to turn into journals. check out their website for more details... i think its trash2treasurefl.org
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / i'm not worthy... i'm not worthy... on: November 05, 2008 04:01:34 PM
so, i'm a first year art teacher at an elementary school. the former teacher disappeared to trinidad over the summer and left behind a terribly messy and underutilized studio. the school is a performing arts magnet and extremely well equipped. the art room is the 3d studio (the 2d studio is currently being used as a computer lab). i'm a printmaking person and an art history person mostly. my experience with clay is restricted to having worked with it on k-8 level projects at an art museum summer camp this past summer. i know the basics of working with clay and feel very comfortable leading my students through projects, but at camp someone else always did the firing! now i'm faced with two pretty old kilns and no idea what to do with them, and kids who are really antsy to do some clay projects. both kilns have kiln sitters but nothing digital, nothing for temperature readings. just knobs that can be turned up levels 1-5. the company doesn't have the manual for my model online and so i had to order it. i did buy myself a book with lots of info about timing and temperature as well. but in the meantime, i'm just wondering if someone can shed some light onto what i'm up against. thanks!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Winter/Holiday Show @ Elementary School on: November 05, 2008 03:49:48 PM
I'm a first year art teacher at an elementary school, was recommended by my old theatre teacher who works there currently. I hit the ball out of the park for a fall luncheon with little handprint tree placemats so the pressure is on for the winter show, hosted by aforementioned theatre teacher. I've been recruited to decorate the stage and the auditorium. Of course we are on an insanely tight budget of basically whatever i can scrounge up in my classroom/get donated. So far I'm thinking paper snowflakes to hang from every available surface, also hanging snowmen made from burnt out light bulbs that I saw somewhere on this board, and painting some basic wintertime/holiday backgrounds for the stage. The kids have to be able to help out or do the projects themselves. They want some Christmas trees for the stage too, preferably three dimensional... Any thoughts?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: CHRISTMAS! ...on a budget? on: November 05, 2008 03:30:36 PM
My suggestion would be:  GAMES!

You can make personalized coloring books.

I think this is brilliant, and especially good for people who entertain a lot (party games for grownups are waaay underrated, everyone always loves them even if they act like they think its dorky) and of course kids/teachers..

When my husband was a kid his mom and dad made giant checkerboards. Mom sewed the boards from fabric and included little pockets and velcro to roll up the board, and dad cut the checkers from wood .. but you could always buy pre-cut wood circles.

This year my family has agreed on a $10 limit for each other's gifts, and they must be either handmade or recycled (thrift store, ebay, re-gift, etc.) It's working out fabulously so far.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Ladies, a fab gift idea for your boytoy. on: December 15, 2007 04:48:16 AM
awesome idea and there are TONS of websites out there with recipes specifically for freezing. you could also do breakfasts, like pre-packaged breakfast burritos, or pancakes, yum.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Ceramic Tiles anyone? on: December 15, 2007 04:45:23 AM
you could also use them as a picture frame type thing. glue on a picture and then set the tile in one of those plate holder type things? (http://www.rustyhaloprimitives.com/fpdb/images/ge9158.jpg) for a very minimalist style. ceramic tiles also happen to make great paint palettes, because you can scrape the paint off them so easily. if you had some painter friends you could give them a few and attach a note, i swear they'll be hooked.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: car loving, adidas wearing firefighter on: December 15, 2007 04:41:38 AM
you could turn the firebird hot wheels into a christmas ornament, if he's the type that has a christmas tree.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: dont know what to do. (need gift ideas for boyfriend) on: December 15, 2007 04:37:36 AM
make him a zine! it can function as a more manly version of a scrapbook of you guys. you can do drawings, writings, add photos, do reviews. all you need is glue, scissors, scraps and photos, and a ride to the closest photocopy machine. i think plain black and white copies are six cents at kinko's, and if you do six pages back and front that ends up being twelve copies times six cents.. uhh.. do the math, but you're getting away with a present that costs less than a buck. i think there are even some dumb 'how to make a zine' videos on you tube, but they involve like, a cut and paste mini tiny zine, which i don't think would be good for fitting pictures but check it out anyway. good luck!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / punk rock sock. on: December 15, 2007 04:28:14 AM
boy, oh, boy. i used to run with a crew of punk boys when i was in high school and i don't know if some of my ideas are going to be universal, but here's what i made them all one year: punk rock sock. i bought a plain santa stocking at the dollar store (but, if you are crafty enough, you can obviously DIY - no pattern really even required, and you can pick up a good classic plaid or leopard print fabric. another fabric idea would be to do bleach spots - have you seen those pants before, where you basically take your jeans out onto the driveway, put on a black flag tape and go mad throwing chlorine around? something like these: http://skinmarvin.co.uk/discussion/sboots13.jpg, we used to call em 'cow pants' because we did it on black jeans often..)

ok so, you got your stocking made or bought. now COVER it with pins, patches and the like. good source is AYP (www.angryyoungandpoor.com) you can search by band and most pins and patches are between $1-$3. don't sew the patches on though, just use safety pins so that he can take them off the sock after the holiday and put em on his pants, backpack, jacket, whatever. you can do the same thing with studs or spikes, buy them in bulk from AYP or even hot topic i think, and attach them to the sock loosely so they can be used later.

inside the sock i put stuff like a mix tape, box of (more!) safety pins, a few sharpies and blank canvas for making your own patches, whatever candy the boys liked, stickers, guitar picks, lighters, small roll of duct tape. if i'd been legal then, would have been brilliant to throw in a mini bottle of booze or cigarettes for those who indulge in them.

depending on how he does his hair, you could also make him a mohawk emergency care kit. i kept one around for my then-boyfriend in a lunchbox of some sort and it had hairspray, glue, mirror and comb in it. you could buy an old lunchbox and turn it into a hair care kit. sounds kind of girly but i'm sure you've seen how much time he puts into doing his hair up. just make sure you buy whatever kind of hairspray he regularly uses, some people are really specifically loyal to aqua net or rave or what have you.

hope this helped!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / EXPATRIATE in a box. on: December 15, 2007 04:09:12 AM
geez, yeah, 96 pages. i started reading this in hopes i'd find an idea for my good friend billy.. he's always bitching about wanting to move to norway or something, so i decided i'd make him 'expatriate-in-a-box'. so far i'm thinking...

-old copies of nat'l geographic, or whatever travel books/brochures i can pick up thrift
-a couple of foreign beers (warm of course!)
-SARS mask (i'm not kidding, i've seen them at asian markets in my city)
-one of those plug adapters for electronic devices
-bizarre international candies
-american flag with a box of matches
-motion sickness pills
-stinky cheese

i thought about boca burgers or something, as a mad cow reference, but they obviously wouldn't keep unless i wrapped just before he opened. i'm going to try to pick up an old suitcase and strategically pack everything inside it with little instruction tags. any other ideas for cheeky international travel stuff? obviously i'm going for the humor here, things that reflect the 'stupid american' perspective on the 'dangers' of living outside the country.

in addition to being great christmas presents, the in-a-box idea seems great for wedding party gifts. i'm getting married in june and my fiance and i are struggling with unique, personal ideas for our groomsmen. (my bridesmaids are just getting some purses.) this way, there is a unified aspect to the gifts, i.e., they are all 'in-a-box', and could even be packaged in the same type of box. but they are unique to each person, instead of a blanket statement like an engraved flask. (shudder)

awesome thread.
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