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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pink polka dotted dressie-poooo on: December 02, 2005 08:00:14 PM
POLKA DOT FABRIC: $2 for one bedsheet, one bed skirt @ garage sale
PINK FABRIC: <$2/yd @ JoAnn's

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: August 12, 2005 07:34:35 PM
What should I get/make for my boyfriend for his birthday/graduation/anniversary/etc?!

Ladies, read & absorb. And add your OWN crafty (or not so crafty) ideas and past experiences with boyfriend gifts :]

What boy wouldn't love pictures of their girlfriend (or of you two together for that matter)?! This gift is easy and as well as cheap, depending on how much you want to put into it. Albums/scrapbooks are a nice idea -- so long as you go about it CONFIDENTLY and with FULL EFFORT! Making your own book (for which you can find several tutorials here on Craftster) will add to the "WOW!" of your gift and your boyfriend will be in sheer awe of your crafty prowess. Add to the book not only photos, but perhaps snippets of song lyrics, collaged pages, little letters or notes to him, or a cute little story of the two of you Smiley

Other ideas:
-wallet sized photos (if you have a good photo printer, or know someone that does, you can do this yourself!)
-framed (with you MAKING the frame yourself, of course)
-adhere a photo to a clock

Stencil/screenprint/iron-on! For last Valentine's day, I painted a couple of boxers with "Hello, I love you! Won't you tell me your name?" and "All you need is love!" in cute little script. He really appreciated them Smiley If you're going for a t-shirt, skip the plain cheapie craft store types and go for something with a little more character (budget allowing). You could probably find something nice-ish at Target or Walmart or any place similar. Think polo shirts, button down shirts, v-neck, crew cut, what have you. GO CRAZY. Try stencilling/screenprinting/ironing-on on a sweet print or pattern like a tie-dyed shirt (something that you could also do yourself!) or a pin-stripes on a button-down shirt.

Other ideas:
-belts (if you get a plain one, you could stencil on that, too
-bracelets, wristbands

The way to a man's heart. Whip up his favorite dish, find a cute, kitschy picnic blanket, and find a nice spot! This could be a park, a playground, a backyard, by the lake, or just somewhere you two can be alone. Don't forget beverages! Juicy-Juice always works :] Make his favorite dessert, buy one of those HUGE three-pound bags of his favorite candy (try Target or Costco or somethin' like that!), or if he's a chocolate aficionado, make some molded chocolate (you can buy chocolate molds at a craft store, most likely) or FUDGE. Make sure to stop by the Craftster forum for scrum-diddly-umptiuos recipe ideas. However, it is always advisable that all food should NOT contain garlic, so as not to hinder any fun you may be having later! That, or bring mints.

Other ideas:
-send a care package of good food to a long distance boyfriend
-a romantic dinner, candles, music, and a DVD afterwards!
-or even cuter, BREAKFAST. think pancakes, waffles, fruit, orange juice, crepes, omelettes.

A boy's favorite thing, by far. He wants to spend time with you above all else. Plan a good date (all expenses paid by you, of course), go out to a playground or a park, go out dancing, to a good restaurant, or just rent a bunch of DVDs and snuggle up on the couch with him. You can incorporate this into any gift you give him -- make whatever special day you're celebrating an all day affair.

-Coupons! A bit cheesy when done in a cheesy fashion, but it certainly can work if you choose out good things. Say your boy loves his car nearly as much as he loves you; give him a coupon for a free car wash (bikini optional!). Be creative, go WILD.
-Do something together. Go to a dance lesson, cook/bake together, take a walk with his/your dog, go swimming, take a mini road trip, go to a flea market together. The possibilities are ENDLESS.
-Give him a massage :] Or, buy HIM a book on massage techniques. It's a gift that gives back.
-SURPRISE HIM! Decorate the INSIDE of his locker, leave him surprise notes in his school books or in his book bag or in his CD player or slip one in his back pocket..
-For long distance relationships, splurge a bit and get him a train/plane ticket, or find somewhere you two could meet up in the middle. Pre-paid phone cards are also a good idea, especially if you two talk a lot! Think about fun care packages or strange things you could send him in the mail.
-Stuffed animals! Make an adorable felt monster or buy one that he wouldn't object to cuddling with. Also along these lines are those awesome squishy pillows!
-Speaking of...make him a pillow! Or, if you're REALLY devoted to it, make a quilt, or a blanket.

Whew. I hope that was helpful! Of course, most of these ideas could extend to any person you're trying to find the perfect gift for. Be creative, use what crafty skills you're good at, and have fun with it!

And remember to post your own ideas so this could be the one-stop-shop for any Craftster in need of a boyfriend gift..
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a much cooler polo & a variation on the jeans-to-skirt. on: August 02, 2005 12:24:41 PM
FIRST. i cut down the middle of a stinky old polo i never wore and painted some melting hearts.

^the shirt as it's drying.


SECOND. i did the whole cut-and-fill-in-between-teh-legs thing with some jeans that had FANTASTIC pockets on the legs. they were crying to be made into a skirt. CRYING.

but i also wanted a bit wider skirt with a little more flair, so i cut up the sides of the legs too and filled those in. i also took some scraps and sewed it across. just for...unique decoration? also added a neat-o lace trim. yaaaay.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / marker case of sorts :] on: August 02, 2005 12:14:01 PM
so! my mother works at calico corners (fabric/furniture store...specializes in WINDOW TREATMENTS), and so she always gets great remnants of fabrics. here's a little simple somethin i made from some upholstery fabric & green silk:

keeps together my gazillion sharpies and other markers Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / weezer t-shirt .. from a medium, to a cute&tiny! on: June 01, 2005 02:26:35 PM
soo, myself & a couple of friends go to see weezer a few weeks ago in NYC, and end up buying 10$ t-shirts from a guy on the street. the t-shirts were/are probably fake, but they were cheaper than the actual merchandise, so whatever. the guy ran out of smalls and i ended up with a medium!

so i took the scissors to it. i'm proud of it, my first reconstruction Smiley

not too hard. i just sewed up the sides (leaving a few inches on the bottom slit open), ripped off the sleeves, & cut open the neck. i didn't shorten it...i liked the length

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / kanzashi flowers + prom! on: May 03, 2005 02:39:32 PM
hey-o! totally inspired by pucchimaiko's stuff, so i made some for myself Smiley

about 1.5 inches in diameter..

uhhmm.. bigger than the first, Cheesy

my hair clip for prom! it was supposed to turn out looking like a narcissus, but who knows if i accomplished that. i also made his boutonierre to match:

and another.. (also shows off the corsage he made me out of duct tape, bwahaha):

yaaay prom Smiley

 - elyza!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / making a boutonierre? on: April 23, 2005 10:25:44 AM
i'm not really sure where this would go, but i figured a boutonierre is pretty close enough to "trinkets and jewelery."

so, junior prom, yeah! the boyfriend's making my corsage from duct tape, and i figure it'd be cute if i made his, too. i'm not really good with duct tape, plus i want it to be more surprising than that. i was thinking of using wire and covering it with either fabric or stockings/tulle.

does anyone have any other ideas? prom's in a week, i probably should have thought about this sooner, haha.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / a book :x on: April 22, 2005 02:50:56 PM
hullo Smiley i'm new to craftster, but a long-time lurker. mini bio? i'm seventeen, live in new jersey. the end. i'm sure you all will get to know me the more i post. SO.

here's a little book i made for the boyfriend (who, is the best in the world. if i could show off the things he's made for me, you'd understand). there's at least twenty pages in there (i'm only showing a few!), i can't really remember. measures around 5 x 7 in & i covered it with some material i had left over from cropping some sweat pants, but i turned it inside out so the towely-sorta-inside of the pants was showing. it's the first book i've made. the best part is making holes with the hammer Smiley



close-up of texture + stitching

oops, glare. the little white box says "very much so."

that's not blood. just red paint. it just looks like it.

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