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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / ideas on how to "gift" a magazine subscription on: December 23, 2006 05:22:56 PM
for xmas i got my sister a 1-year-subscription to nylon magazine.

i want a cool and creative way to "gift" that so that she'll still have something to open on xmas morning!

i was thinking of mod-podging an old nylon mag cover to a piece of cardboard and wrapping that in a box... but i dunno....  i want something more exciting.....

<3 debra
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / * Edward Gorey * themed Box -- image heavy -- on: December 06, 2006 02:11:56 PM
My boyfriend's birthday is on sunday and he super loves edward gorey (he even has a couple edward gorey tattoos).

I decided to put all of his presents into a box in order to wrap them.. then thought that I could do better than just any old box... an Edward Gorey box !!

It was really easy and fun to make...  although i do admit that the black paint could look a little more professional.. but when the lid is closed, you can't see it.


(lid has a pic from the hapless child - his fave gorey story.)



(i thought this would be a fun suprise when he opened the box.. his name is andrew.)

Please let me know what you think, and if I could add anything to make it better or more gorey-esque!! thanks !!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan/Vegetarian resources and information on: November 19, 2006 09:48:42 AM
my cooking methods don't focus too much on "new and exciting" foods like the ethnic foods and etc..  but more on "veganize-ing" omni-favorites..  like..   dairy-free mac and cheese, soy-meat lasagna, vegan corndogs..    however, im not sure this is the right route to take with your bf because he will be mentally comparing every taste-sensation to meat..  haha. BUT, my bf went vegan a couple months ago and he super loves it so far.......   one super good cookbook author lady to definitely look up is Bryanna Grogan.. 

check out her free recipe archives here. http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/661699.htm 

she's prettymuch amazing. ALSOOOO, if you go to http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recipes/index.html  you can ask "Chef Deb" about how to make ANYTHING..   like.. say you super want to make a vegetarian meatloaf but don't have a recipe or don't know of a good one, just post in the msg board asking for one from her and she'll apply within a couple of hours with one. It's really good for those times when you want to try and make something challenging and seemingly impossible like "vegan grilled cheese" and she's NEVER stumped!!

well, i shared with you most of my secrets...  i really want your bf to be successful w/ this transition!! hope this helps !!

ps. was the movie good?? i cant wait to see it.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Boyfriend & Sister XMAS Present - cheeaaap (and hip!) on: November 11, 2006 02:11:58 PM
OK so, I know this might be a tad early.. but I really want to get a head start on this Xmas stuff. I want to craft a good portion of my presents this year because this morning my boyfriend and I decided to not really spend too much on XMAS in favor of saving money to move out... again (we're staying with my parents! you think you've got it rough?!) (jk. ha).

ANYWAY -- the two I'm concerned about right now.. because they are the two favorite people in my life...  are the boyfriend and the sister.

Here is some info about them....

BF -- DOUBLE THREAT - December Birthday AND Xmas! - Age: 22.
 - we used to be in an indie band together.. he plays guitar/bass/drums/synth and can sing..
 - he LOVES the artist Edward Gorey (and has a couple of Gorey's works as tattoos on his arm). his favorite author is roald dahl.
 - His favorite bands are Modest Mouse and Q and Not U (typically that genre of music). also, i'm sure he wouldn't pass up a threesome with ben gibbard of death cab and andrew kenny of american analog set if he had the chance.
 - He has aspirations of attending either CalArts or SFSU to go into animation/film/directing/etc. he also has a lot of favorite directors and movies and actors, but i can only name off maybe 3 of them.
 - he's one kick ass writer, and in the past has kept long-term journals and was into writing poetry, song lyrics... although not so much anymore
 - he works at ritz camera, so he doenst really "need" anything having to do with photo stuff...
 - he's been vegetarian for a couple of years and recently went vegan in May, so he still gets a thrill out of the "friends don't let friends drink milk" stuff.
 - he's hetero but has some undying love for anything Sanrio (esp. batz maru and chococat) and Paul Frank
 - we go to Disneyland together prettymuch once a week (i'm not exaggerating.. we go like every tuesday)
 - he loves fart and poop jokes. his other humor includes seinfeld re-runs, aqua teen, and wondershowzen
 - he likes tea and flavored coffee.
 - past presents i've made for him include: an ipod cozy (which he still uses, almost 1 yr later!), and I made him a journal.. but he hasn't really touched it. (again, 1 year later...)
 - oh, and he's originally from Boston (grew up there) but we just moved to California over the summer -... so maybe an idea to make him less homesick? (i think that he secretly misses the hipsters that hang at  Grasshopper restaurant)

ok, now for the other one....

SISTER - age: 21
 - loooooooves that band The Like. I don't know why, she idolizes the lead singer, Z.
 - and, loves basically any band that a) starts with the word "The" and b) is from England (or near there).
 - other musical interests involve dance-y stuff and music that doesnt make sense like Delta 5, Bush Tetras, A Certain Ratio..
 - she listens to East Village radio on the net.. DJ Elham, DJ Leigh Lezark (The Misshapes)
 - she goes to an art school for advertising
 - she loves british fashion & alternative magazines (i-D, Amelia's Magazine, Nylon)
 - she digs crossword puzzles, make-up, colorful things
 - her fave photographer is david lachapelle, but also enjoys herb ritz
 - she likes wearing rosaries (im guessing she thinks their cool and fashionable............ right)
 - she's basically a big fan of the LA and NY music scenes, even though we don't live in either city........
 - she also works at starbucks.
 - she doesn't own an ipod, but wants one -- however, i think an ipod cozy is not applicable
 - she was probably the only one anticipating the release of both Kevin Federline's and Paris Hilton's albums.
 - past presents ive made for her are a personalized decorated coffee tumbler and a cute, hip handbag

alright.. so looking back... i basically made my BF sound like an art-fag and my sister sound like a hipster snob (actually, I think she's a closet snob.... AKA, she's nice to your face) and... that sounds about right! so.. any ideas to wow these kids would be AWESOME because I love them so much !!

thank you !!!!

OH!!! I forgot to mention... my sewing machine is broken right now (the needle snapped in half while moving it cross country! does anyone know how much this is to fix?)..  so any sewing projects would need to be hand-sewn
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / oops! i wrote on my shoesssss... you want them. on: January 27, 2006 09:59:44 PM
the product of a black sharpie + red sharpie + $5 k-mart slip ons.....

right shoe, front.

right shoe, outside.

both shoes, back.

left shoe, inside.

left shoe, front.

left shoe, outside.

yayayayayyyyy, do you like them ?!  Cheesy
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cutest felt purse everrrrr.. on: January 27, 2006 09:40:58 PM
ummm.. okay.  so, i made these...  100% felt except for a dark brown satin-y liner.... and embroidary thread, duh.   

aren't they cute ?!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / mom xmas present -- need help with general idea on: December 04, 2005 02:06:21 PM
okay, so... i'm trying to figure out what to make for my mom for xmas...

i've come to realize that she enjoys homemade gifts the best -- (what mom wouldnt want homemade stuff from her childen?!) -- as in the past, she adored a scrapbook I made for her documenting media excerpts/pics/articles based around her non-profit organization (a breast cancer support group).

let me preface this by saying that the members of her non-profit group simple LOVE my mom. they feel as if she is their hero, as she gives out incredible advice and support, being a two-time cancer survivor herself. Every year she gets phenominal birthday wishes, with many touching words that bring her to tears (in a good way, of course!)

what i wanted to do... was acquire the e-mail addresses of her non-profit organization members, and send out an email requesting that they submit to me a brief x-mas/thanks/etc. message to my mom... which i will use in an xmas present to her in some way.

the thing is... i don't know what to do with all these msgs that i will receive! i really don't want to do another scrapbook, but i'm having difficulty coming up with an alternative..

.....   any ideas???!!    Thanks!!!

-- Debra
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