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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dorm Room on: June 16, 2011 12:46:19 PM
When I was in college, I decorated mostly with framed photos because I was too poor for anything else, and didn't want it to be "theme-y" like some of my friends (literally everything in the room was hot pink. a bit much for me.)

However, lately, I've had this nesting instinct... haha. I've seen some cute fabric bunting on blogs... it's easy enough to make and hang around the top of your walls. Paper flowers in a vase are cute, too. I think handmade anything really helps to make a place feel like home. I would highly suggest going to pinterest.com for inspiration on pretty much anything. It's one of my favorite sites to spend hours on. Smiley

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The beginning of all crazyness to come... on: April 13, 2009 09:50:29 AM
I LOVE your invitations. Pretty simple, but absolutely gorgeous. If you don't mind me asking, about how much $ are they costing you? I really want to do my invitations myself, but I'm just afraid that after I get paper and embellishments, it's going to add up to a lot and cost even more than ordering them.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 19, 2008 02:25:49 PM

My sister:  a chest of round-the-world goodies (she's seriously bummed that she's a poor college student and can't afford to travel around the world yet).  I was thinking of including:  handmade or organic candle, exotic earrings or pendant, a book or DVD about some cool, far-off place, possibly a Buddha print from a project I did last year . . . Anything else y'all can think of for the wannabe-traveler?

Your sister sounds like me. =) I realize I'm a little late replying to this, but oh well. The great thing about travel stuff is that you can pretty much take anything and just apply the global theme... I have a friend in Australia who gave me a magnet of the Australian flag, and I love it...

- you could probably do a set of flags, or other images (7 wonders of the world or something) and make shrinkydink magnets or something...
- a framed old-world map
- travel brochures, maps, postcards
- The Travel Book, by lonelyplanet. It's like $30, but it's the best book EVER. It has a one-page spread for every country in the world, with gorgeous photographs...
- a "travel" journal... you could decoupage it with stamps and whatnot
- if she reads, a travelogue
- wooden jewelry always looks global
- what about a foreign film with subtitles? "Chasing Papi" is latino-ish... I haven't really seen many foreign films for more suggestions, haha, but you can look online.
- I saw an idea on here for packaging to do like brown paper, with string, and big, fake stamps/tags... or you could do an airmail theme of red, white, and blue, or whatnot...
- anything with words in another language...
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: November 19, 2008 01:08:08 PM
Well, my list changed some.

Sister, 18 - I won two free books online (autographed by the author!) and just got them in the mail a couple days ago. So she will be getting those.

Sister, 23 - She just moved into her own apartment, and so for a birthday/housewarming gift I got her a bunch of ornaments. For Christmas, I wanted to make her a set of coasters, but I made them today, and I don't really like how they turned out... we'll see. So I'll probably still give them to her, in case she likes them... but I need to find something else to go with it. And I need to have it by this Saturday... eesh.

Brother, 16 - Probably will get clothing of some sort for him. Maybe buy thrift and revamp it? I'd like to try my hand at stenciling... And then, a "facial hair kit" that I meant to give him last year for his birthday, then Christmas, then this year for his birthday... we'll see if I finish it in time for this Christmas. Haha. He wants cologne, too.

Mom - No idea. I used to always get her something for the bathtub, like salts and such, but now we have a hot tub and she doesn't take baths...

Dad - Food? Probably will order coffee from Guatemala... I got him that for Father's Day and he seemed to like it.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "College Survival Kit" for friend graduating high school...ideas? on: August 18, 2008 11:43:10 AM
Okay, so this may sound a little strange, but tampons/pads are great. Obviously, you'd have to be comfortable giving them and the recipient comfortable receiving them (haha!)... my sister got a great deal on tampons once, and when I went to college, gave me enough to last my entire freshman year! It was super nice, not only because they're so expensive, but also just not having to worry about making sure to buy them before I started... or having to run up and down the dorm halls screaming, "Does anybody have a tampon?!".... which some girls have done. haha.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / What are your favorite hostess gifts? on: June 16, 2008 11:04:14 AM
This may not be the right board for the topic, I'm not sure. I was wondering what some of y'alls favorite hostess gifts to give and/or receive are... =) I've never actually given or received any because those opportunities unfortunately haven't come up yet... but I think it's cute, and am planning on starting to give them fairly soon, and was just looking for some creative ideas or classic favorites. Thanks!  Smiley
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Any and all crafty baby items! on: June 12, 2008 10:03:05 AM
You can get square wood logs at a hardware store and have them cut it into cubes for you... sand it really good, and make building blocks.

Or, knit an amigurumi.

Or, make one of those fabric books where you use bunches of different textured fabrics.

Clearly, my mind is on toys. Haha...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: EGL? Why of course, it's my signature. [Image Heavy/UPDATE!] on: June 04, 2008 09:15:13 PM
You're amazing. And so are your clothes. LOVE IT!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas/Winter holiday presents for 2008? on: June 01, 2008 12:42:31 PM

I am going to do my best to convince my family to do a (mostly) handmade Christmas this year... (wish me luck)...

Brother,16 - I'm thinking a blanket/quilt using camo fabric. Maybe one of those zippy striped ones. And I'm not sure what else.

Sister, 18 - Probably some new clothes... so not handmade, but she never gets new things. For her birthday, which is coming up, we're going to re-do her room, so I figure that's enough crafty goodness for her.

Sister, 23 - She's living in Kansas now (my family is in Michigan) and is getting her own apartment soon in Missouri. I've decided to make her a bunch of ornaments for her housewarming gift so that she'll have them for Christmas... so now I need more ideas of a Christmas gift. Psh.

Sister, 21 (& husband & baby) - sometimes lurks on here...

Mom and Dad - ?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gift for a teacher on: April 05, 2008 11:50:30 PM
You could bake a fantastic cake and decorate it all cute-like... or you could make her some themed bookplates since she's gonna be a librarian...
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