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71  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Dear Old Dad on: November 24, 2005 09:29:34 PM
 I can relate to this. My Dad is totally into woodworking, and your typical GUY related crafts, but doesn't come across as very sentimental (think 6'2 cowboy). I have my suspicions, however, that he feels left out that I make lots of things for my Mom, but none for him. So, this year, I wracked my brain for ideas that would show him that we care. I came up with an album dedicated to him. I have kids, so I admit it was easy to come up with filler. I put in pictures of my kids with him, pictures that they drew, funny notes about what they love about him, etc. I made the album (you mentioned bookbinding, right?) myself. Looking forward to seeing if he's impressed.

My Mom said that the gift she pulls out most often is an activity book I made when she retired. I thought about her interests, and researched on the Internet about things that could keep her busy. Then, I dedicated one page to each, and listed links, activities, projects related to each. You can also find word game generators on the I-net, so I made her personalized wordsearches, crosswords, etc. This would be a good one for a guy. I also included jokes, quotes, etc about retirement, but you could find ones related to his interests. The down side is that I spent lots of time on the net.
72  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: mini pinata bday present on: November 12, 2005 07:37:31 PM
Thought I'd post a picture of the last two I did for a Halloween party.
73  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: mini pinata bday present on: November 12, 2005 06:02:51 PM
My kids request a pinata for every major holiday (birthdays, Halloween, New Years). Round shapes are easiest, but you can use it as a jump-off for other things. I've made pumpkins (paper stem and leaves), spiders (glued on long legs, creepy eyes, and fangs), funky stars (paper triangles glued on at appropriate intervals). Some good ideas can be found at: familyfun.go.com  They have a good recipe for paste, as well. Type in pinata in the search function
74  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: October 26, 2004 08:38:30 PM
I don't know why I'm so morbidly fascinated by these stories, other than it is somewhat comforting to know that it's not only me...

My husband gives me a hard time because I'm accident prone, but guess which one if us is missing digits? (He sawed one off in metal class).

I can probably blame it on my parents. My dad has had major surgery after a bad accident where his neighbor crushed his hand with the tractor. My mom is currently hobbling around in a cast because she was riding in the tractor scoop (any farmers out there?), and decided to jump out before my dad lowered it.
75  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: October 19, 2004 08:36:28 PM
I SO felt that I belonged in this discussion, that I had to register just to tell my story...

Let's begin by saying that the emergency room personnel know my family by name, and will take us out of the queue (usually with some joke about a frequent-visit benefit).

More memorable incidents:

Spot cleaning the rug around my mom's sewing machine on my hands and knees. A stray needle happened to find its' way under my kneecap (very painful, as you might guess). Unfortunately, no one was in the house at the time, so I had to crawl to my father's workshop so that he could remove the needle with pliers.

Two separate incidents involving the iron. The one on my leg is easy to explain (board height), but makes an argument for not ironing without pants. The one on my upper arm invites comments like "you need to take the shirt off before you iron it."

Pulling a small log out of the woodpile for a craft project, but neglecting to choose one from the TOP of the pile, bringing a good portion of the stack down on my head. Required staples.

Regardless of how this all sounds, I really am an intelligent, and mostly sane person...
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