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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 47 years of teaching -- upper level math teacher retirement gift, help? on: March 22, 2006 08:04:23 PM
All right, I'm in a high school statistics class with seven other people. Our teacher won't be back next year -- he's 72 years old and is retiring after 47 years of teaching, mostly because his wife told him to.

His calculus class is getting him a giant golden bolt -- he already has a steel bolt that he bangs on his desk to get everyone quiet (he never yells). But since everyone knows statistics is so much better than calculus, we have to show them up somehow.

He does have a sense of humor for a 72 year old, though he's kind of serious and quiet most of the time. He did tell us the quote, "There are three kinds of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics." He's actually pretty fun, for a 'teacher of stuffy math' as my friend calls him.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first recon book purse w/ three pics on: July 01, 2005 07:42:15 PM
Well, I've been poking around here for a while but haven't had the motivation (or time!) to post yet -- but here I am! I got half a day off of work today and decided to make a book purse. We have piles of uninteresting (to me) books laying around -- the one I used is called "In Africa," and I mostly used it because it was a good size... but then I opened it and wow! It had pretty maps on the liner pages. So I used them.
It's finished, but not. I plan on using wide ribbon in a green color for the handles -- what's there now is just fabric straps that I didn't even bother to stitch straight. That means driving to Wal-mart (the devil store, yes) or Hobby Lobby. Heh. It's staying like it is for now.

Excuse my pictures and the wallpaper. XD

Here's the front. Nothing too nice so far.

And one side (the other is similar, just a different section of map), which I think is the best looking part of the whole thing.

And the inside. It holds all I need -- wallet, checkbook, pens, keys, little things like that.

I can post more pictures if someone would like to see anything in particular. I basically winged it the whole way, but I could post a tutorial if someone really wants it.

Anyway, thanks for letting a new person to Craftster blab! Let me know what you think, and any improvement suggestions would be awesome as well.
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