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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 / 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!!
3  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!
4  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.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Cheap, generic, crafted gift ideas (en masse!) ? on: December 15, 2004 12:07:19 PM
Okay...so money is always tight around Christmas....and I need to create 25+ little gifts for friends, family, + teachers.  I don't mind anything generic, so long as it's easy to create in large amounts.  Usually it's easier to make things en masse so I'm not too worried....However, I simply have no ideas!

Things I've done in the past:
-Handpainted Christmas ornaments (glass balls, clay forms, cardboard, plastic canvas, etc.) attached to cards
-Cookies in decorated paper mach containers
-Burned holiday mix cd's

Any ideas?  They should be no more than $2 ea. to create and I prefer to be able to use regular household items (for me, that's paint, yarn, ribbon, fabric, + eating utensils!)

I want to thank you crafty people in advance!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / WARM costume ideas?? on: October 04, 2004 05:15:04 PM
I live in the midwest and though the temperature can get down to 30 degrees, trick-or-treating is a must. So I need some creative, WARM costume ideas for the evening.

Things I've done:

-Rabbit - pinned on bunny ears, thrift-store fur coat, tan pants with faux-fur pinned on the cuffs
-any number of furry brown animals - full brown bodysuit with a lion hood, dog hood, cat ears, etc.

i would like to venture away from the animal kingdom for a year...i also need something versatile - so i will be able to run during the various ghost tours and haunted houses and yet still look stylish. any ideas are totally appreciated.
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