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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: WRAP IT UP! how are you wrapping your pressies? on: December 09, 2008 01:37:04 PM
i like using brown paper, but that usually means brown paper bags cut into sheets! at least it's recycling. this year i have gold curly ribbon to tie around the presents, and a gold pen to write the names directly onto them.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Geeky Boyfriend's Birthday...? on: November 24, 2008 03:46:10 PM
i agree with noble bandit! geeky boys are chock-full of geek pride, so stencilled/transferred t-shirts of his favourite games and things should go down well.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: happy christmas daddy on: November 24, 2008 03:42:35 PM
my dad is an engineer once based in newcastle, so i am making him a mixed-media drawing of the quayside in newcastle. if your dad likes chicago, why not recreate a famous chicago landmark? mine is collage and pen, but you could tailor it to your craft, like embroidery or painting. he could keep it in his office to remind him both of chicago, and you.

the best part is, he's your dad. he has to like your art, it's the law. mine still has a paperweight i made when i was 4 on his desk, so you catch my drift.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: November 15, 2008 01:29:04 PM
For cooking, perhaps some super-cool utensil?  If she's into garlic, maybe a garlic press?  Or one year I bought my father, who is a big cook, several different gourmet salts-- pink from the Himalayas, orange from Hawaii, French Fleur de Sel.  That present was a big hit.

For wine, a wine journal so she can keep track of what she's enjoyed drinking?  Or if she travels, a small corkscrew to keep in her suitcase?  I have one in every suitcase that I own so I never have to remember to pack one.  Or if you want to spend a little more money, maybe a gift subscription to some wine magazine.

And I just wanted to compliment you on your choice of music.  Lloyd Cole is one of my all time favorite artists (oh dear-- I'm probably as old as your mother.  I bought Rattlesnakes the day it got released in the U.S.)

thankyou for the suggestions, elvissatx! i like the idea of different salts. my mum and dad both love lloyd cole, and i've just discovered him too!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: advent calendar ideas? on: November 15, 2008 11:01:49 AM
i just had an idea that i think is sort of genius - a badge advent calendar!

it'd basically be a festive fabric square with a badge pinned on for each day. they could be badges with numbers on, or all kinds of badges with numbers above them. you could dress it up or down as much as you wanted to. the recipient would have an awesome new badge to wear every day (who doesn't love a new badge for their satchel?) and if you used numbered ones, they would be a human advent calendar!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: November 15, 2008 10:32:57 AM
Smileawaythethunder, how about a mask? you could make one out of paper mache, or cut one of those plain white ones for decorating in half. you could put in a rose.. anything costumey or to do with the opera, i suppose!

i'm here for ideas for my Mum in a box. she's been so wonderful and supportive while i've moved away, and i want to show her how grateful i am. so far i've thought of/bought:

perfect skin - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions CD.
cooking - no idea. possibly something funny like a garlic card.
wine - no idea, again. tiny wine-lover gift? she is not a wineglass-charm or decorated glass sort of lady.   
reading - a book, though i need to choose one.
coffee - chocolate coated coffee beans. 
Newcastle Upon Tyne - hm. i'm thinking a little book of photographs, or some postcards.
elegance (i'm a suck-up) - no idea. maybe earrings, but people buy her earrings for every occasion.
teaching - maybe some 'well done' stickers.
us! - thinking a dorky little family photo with me, my bro, and my stepdad.

it would help if the items were small, since i'll have to take all my presents home in a suitcase. and they need to fit in the box, of course. she doesn't really do decorative or gaudy, so it'd be great if they were edible or practical. any help would be great. thankyou!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Brining the Beach to the snowy holidays on: November 14, 2008 11:26:33 AM
you could set shells in resin in the bottom of a tea-tray or a jar. you could make a set for a bathroom or kitchen!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What can I make with these glass containers? on: November 07, 2008 06:22:26 PM
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Stocking Stuffer Idea Thread!!! on: November 05, 2008 11:28:53 AM
i've just discovered the wonderful medium of fused plastic! an utter boon for a broke student like me, as plastic bags are abundant in my messy flat and it costs nothing to melt them together to create an interesting textile.

i'm cutting shapes out of it and making mobiles; elephants for my dad and chickens for the boy. it's so quick and easy. i'm sure you could think of lots of other ideas, and the speed and cost of it makes it great for making little stocking stuffers. i suppose for a crafty person, you could just give them sheets of it!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Cake or Death!" Embroidery on: November 04, 2008 04:27:46 PM
that's fantastic. i'll have the chicken.
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