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931  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Box of goodies for support/love/feel better on: January 13, 2006 07:41:41 AM
If your friend isn't local, I'd like to suggest that an interestingly packed package sometimes makes the present. Filling the box with tons of shredded, glittery paper and then making the unpacking of the box a mini-scavenger hunt is always fun. My sister sends me packages with a lot of random small things she gets at thrift stores in her town, and she always includes a note that is sealed and reads "Don't open until you are finished unpacking the box!" The note is always a list of each of the items in the box with a short description of how, when and where she got the item and why it made her think of me. Just that extra tiny measure of thoughtfulness makes me feel much happier.

Another idea is these surprise balls, which I found on notmartha.org (http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/surpriseball.html) when I was looking for things to make for presents this holiday season. I made four giant balls using small crepe paper rolls I bought at the dollar store and filling it full of laffy taffy, jolly ranchers, little stickers and trinkets I had lying around in my craft supply bin, good fortunes from fortune cookies, etc. Everyone I gave them to had so much fun unwrapping them that I would definitely make them again, and in fact went back to the dollar store last night to get more streamers!

Even if you don't send her anything but a nice card, though, I'm sure your friend will appreciate that you are thinking about her. Smiley
932  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: 2006 Magnetic Calendar on: January 12, 2006 10:56:23 AM
Great idea--thanks! It helps to go into the hardware store dragging a big word like galvanized behind you. It sounds a lot better than asking the man in the orange apron where you can find "some metal stuff."
933  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / 2006 Magnetic Calendar on: January 12, 2006 10:23:55 AM
Hello! Long time reader, first time caller here.

I had this idea to make a magnetic calendar... The calendar pages would just be color printouts on nice paper and then the gray backing would be a metal sheet. Super industrial strength concentrated high powered mega magnets strategically positioned in each corner would hold the 12 calendar pages in place throughout the year, and when each month goes by, you could just move the current month's picture to the back of the stack.

This seems like a good idea, but I'm at a loss as to where I might be able to find a decent looking, not too heavy sheet of metal to put behind the calendar. It would be cool to have it just be a shiny sheet of thin metal, sort of industrial looking. Any ideas where one could find something like this?

Another idea I thought of was maybe taking a block of wood and painting it with that magnetic paint, but I've never used that paint before, so I'm not sure if it works well or not. Would it be strong enough to hold up 12 sheets of paper for an entire year?

I know it is 12 days into the year already, but maybe if I can get this idea straightened out now, next year all I'll have to do is make new calendar pictures using my template from this year!
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