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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for live-in ex-gf on: November 24, 2005 07:51:23 AM
Around October, my girlfriend (at the time. we live together still) and I decided to make eachother our x-mess gifts. We are really broke and putting most of our money towards school, rent, and medical bills right now. Our price limit is $20. All month she has been bragging to me about how awesome the gift she made me is... we have since broken up (totally unrelated issues) but still agreed to give the gifts. All of the ideas I was considering I've really done before....knitted her some very cute scarves, pj pants, wallets, ceramic vases, pots, bowls.... marble magnets, "love" pills, fortune cookies/cookies in general, mixtapes and cd's, cd books and sets, scrapbooks, guitar picks, notebooks, and some really incredible cards...... other random junk littering our apt.

So I need emergency crafting help. I've searched the forums and nothing really screams her name... has anyone been in a similar situation and come up with a really fantastic gift they just loved? I don't want it to be incredibly romantic because now that would make for an awkward situation, but I want her to appreciate it and enjoy it... Undecided we dated for two years and have lived together 6 mos.

She's 20, not extremely girly, enjoys music (esp. elvis and 90s music), is an english-theater major, doesn't play or watch sports, has very little actual free time and spends most of it with a new crush of hers at a sushi bar. she enjoys playing chess (but already has a really beautiful set), plays guitar (sort of, her new crush has been teaching her more recently), doesn't carry a purse or bag. watches the L Word religiously, and if our price limit was bigger I'd buy her the seasons. maybe.

I'm totally at a loss. I really, really want to make her something that shows her how much I still care about her, love her, and want to have her in my life, romantically or not. I just don't want it to be one of those gifts that's symbolic of our relationship and time together if it's going to be too sappy and gross right now. *sigh* help! I will bake cookies and give footrubs to anyone who might offer successful assistance.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: I need OBNOXIOUS stories from Holiday/Christmas letters - STAT on: November 23, 2005 01:44:49 PM
When my girlfriend and I moved in together last fall, we were planning on sending out cute holiday cards with photos of our new place and pictures of us, our cat, etc. Long story short, she and I broke up and were on good terms so neither of us moved out of that great apt. The holidays roll around, and I hear from my sister that my ex had sent out the cards anyway, complete with photos of her, "Her" apartment, and "her" cat, most with my face and body conveniently cut or edited out  Angry

oh, maturation is just too inconvenient for some people. when the lease was up, she left, but I stuck around because I really enjoy the place. I can't decide if this year I will resend the cards with my shining face instead....  Roll Eyes
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts for FAME Director, Choreographer, Costumer, Set Builders, Advertiser ?! on: March 08, 2005 01:29:09 PM
thanks so much! those are some good ideas and got the ball rolling on a few others at least! if anyone has any more feel free to comment... i want these to be spectacular.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for FAME Director, Choreographer, Costumer, Set Builders, Advertiser ?! on: March 07, 2005 02:13:21 PM
Blah. As the stage manager for the spring musical, it has been placed upon me to come up with the next round of witty and creative gifts for the production team.  For those of you not familiar with FAME, it's a musical set in the 80's that follows several students from their acceptance to and graduation from the high school for the performing arts in new york.  It encorporates sex, drugs, AND rock'n'roll to create the most inappropriate choice for a high school production in the history of musicals, and somehow we hope to pull it off without offending anyone..but I digress.  I would like to be able to make them each something with a theme related to the show and bundle it with a treat (perhaps a baked or bath goodie). However, i have no ideas.

I'll give you a run-down of the crew:

Director: Short, stressed, and in love with New York.  Married, hopes to have children when the theater season ends (...though it never will) and has very little time. extremely disorganized. Working on her masters degree in education, I think.  is a poster signed by the cast, matted and framed too overdone and cliche? or is that something you think she would appreciate?

Choreographer: Dance teacher who does this for free, and for fun. Her house was recently burned down, and she's just closed on a new one. Has a very young son and daughter, and she's married to a physicist.  I was thinking maybe a cute pair of 80s-ish legwarmers? maybe something fun for her new house or kitchen...would a FAME pillow be cheesey as hell?

Costumer: Married with three older kids, spends a lot of time at her daughter's basketball games with members of the cast.  Makes every costume from scratch! I originally thought to put together a "costume emergency kit" but she probably already has something like that... I really wanted to make a quilt out of scraps of fabric from the costumes but she throws all of that stuff away. Sad

Set Builders: Absolutely insane bunch of fathers who go above and beyond what a set requires (built a three-tiered waterfall onstage for our fall production, and a car with motor for this show!).  There's three of them, two have kids in the cast. They all have full-time construction jobs. I don't know how to sew tool belts, though I was sarcastically pondering a screw driver cozy.

Advertising Director: Young (20-ish?) computer technician, completing an English education/philosophy degree, very busy but very organized.  I have no clue for this one.

Soooo....any ideas? I would like to encorporate an 80's/new york theme, but I really am at a loss. I don't want anything to get too pricey because the cast is reluctant to donate money to this cause.  I have until closing night, March 19, to get this all put together. I don't think I can enlist any help from anyone, either...

thanks in advance!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Sendable valentines ideas? on: February 09, 2005 07:47:57 PM
it may be too late, but I just came across this....


You can mail letters/valentine cards and have different "romantically titled" cities place their cancellation mark on them. Like Valentine, TX and Loveland, CO.  I've just mailed out 14 - one to every city on that list - that will eventually make their way back to my girlfriend downstate. They may be late - but who says valentine's day shouldn't last all month? The lady on the news said they were usually really cute, with pictures of cupid and hearts and cheesey stuff. 
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Valentines Gift ideas?? my bf's a gd fanatic on: February 07, 2005 12:28:10 PM
if you can sew, maybe craft him a little "mixtape cozy" as a cover for the casette.  If he's permanently attached to a discman or iPod, make a cozy for them too! you could stencil or transfer a green day logo onto it for him.

maybe make him a messenger bag with some nifty fabric in bright colors? you could make some pins or use iron-on transfers and machine stitch around them to make patches.

for valentine's day last year i downloaded a bunch of evanescence videos for my computer-impaired girlfriend and burned them onto a cd for her to view at her leisure...though I had to teach her how to watch them! haha.  maybe you could do something like that. It's pretty easy to find rock vidoes on limewire and the like.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt Fortune Cookies? on: February 06, 2005 11:35:16 AM
AHHH thank you sooo much! That helps A LOT.  I was doing it backwards, I guess. blame dyslexia!

thanks a MILLION times over. <3 felt <3 fortune cookies <33333 craftster!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Felt Fortune Cookies? on: February 06, 2005 11:14:29 AM

I've been attempting to create these little buggers for awhile now...but not having a basic idea of the construction of a fortune cookie, I'm having some problems.  Now I'm in a rush to come up with a clever valentine surprise for my sweetie and I have my heart set on these....anyone have any tips/ideas?

I would like for them to be functional like the ones in the picture...I assume they fasten with velcro...but how to go about creating the general shape?  TIA for any help!
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Melting glass in kiln ? on: December 21, 2004 08:53:36 AM
I've seen a few commerical art pieces done in ceramic with what appeared to be melted glass pieces in the bottom (of a vase or bowl, so as not to spill out).  I was wondering if the glass needed to be fired at a specific temperature, or if it could be completed when glaze-firing a project...Also, does the glass need to be a certain type of glass? My art teacher seemed totally clueless on the subject so I wanted to gain more information before I instruct her to blow up her kiln. Wink  I have some pieces broken green wine bottles I want to melt into the bottom of a bowl for a colleague.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: how about a pet related botch? on: December 16, 2004 12:26:58 PM
My oldest cat is fascinated with paper...She likes to curl up on our newspapers every morning and goes ape everytime we wrap gifts in tissue...Needless to say, she was in heaven when she met her first sewing pattern!  She also enjoys chewing on paper..so I can't leave my patterns out in the open anymore.  The cat ruined three of them I was sewing for a local musical. :x

The whole family of cats is pretty curious...they like to get involved whenever I paint.  I've had more than a few projects covered in paint, left overnight to dry, and in the morning they're surrounded by little colored pawprints.  only non-toxic paint in this house!

My g/f also painted me a shirt - white on black - and her cat tracked right through it, leaving a little white pawprint in the corner.  She attempted to remove the print, but there's still a little trace of it there. I actually think it's cute and still point it out to people when they say "I like your shirt!"

During a family reunion, several relatives were set on bringing their dogs to visit too, instead of employing a kennel.  We decided to make "doggy bags" to keep the pets happy during the party, including bones, toys, and treats in a cute little package.  My own dog must have discovered them in the night as we woke up and found paper and ribbons tracked through the house and many of the packages...chewed open. Talk about a tummy ache...

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