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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: how could I do this??? on: September 21, 2007 05:15:46 PM
If I was going to a frat party, I'd want detachable items to throw at people too. Wink

How about getting a cute bright yellow t-shirt and painting on the radioactive symbol?  That'd be easy to do with a stencil and fabric paint or spray paint. 

As for the detachable particles: cover a belt with velcro.  Get some ping-pong or other small light balls, paint bright colors, attach piece of velcro so it sticks to belt.  Them you could be ringed with them and thrown them at people.  Bring extras with you since you won't get them all back after throwing them.  You could go for bracelets as well with pompoms all over them; that wouldn't be unflattering. 

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Making a Fat Suit? on: September 20, 2007 12:20:06 PM
Thank you both!  Penlowe, thanks for the how-to details and the caveats.  I'll have to get creative with a "going potty" solution.  I need supplies and, hardest to find, time to make it. 
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: need help on costume ideas on: September 14, 2007 05:07:38 PM
How about a jellyfish or a Portuguese Man O' War ?  You could add some long ruffly pieces of fabric to your hair, get creative with your make (luminescent pinks and purples) and have a pretty simple outfit (pink or purple).  You could get quite elaborate with the hair and headpiece (I can only come up with altering a shower cap but there has to be other options). 
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Making a Fat Suit? on: September 14, 2007 04:58:19 PM
I want to go as a fat man in a bear suit or a fat man in a 70s Elks dinner suit for Halloween.  I haven't worked out all the logistics and the fat suit is presenting me with a problem.  I barely sew and want something beyond pillows to create the illusion (as a short petite female, it'll take some work).  The internet was no help on DIY instructions.

Does anyone have any links, suggestions, ect.?  Thanks for any help you can give!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: oh my goodness I need your help!!! on: December 19, 2006 12:10:24 PM
It sounds like he's one of those "has everything he needs and buys everything he wants" type of people who can be really difficult to get presents for.  For those people I go for either food gifts or gifts that aren't tangible (make them dinner, take them out for a day of "them" activities, handmade coupons for things like "I'll clean your basement" or similar chores they hate, etc.).
What about pre-made sailing lunch bags?  I did something like this for my hard to buy for father who goes fishing a lot by getting his favorite non-perishable bulk foods like cashews, dividing them into individual bags that are easy to grab.  Snacks, trail mix, little cookie packages, sodas, bottles of water and the like would all work.  You could put together a meal (minus perishables like sandwiches which would be needed day of anyway) of these into separate brown lunch bags (or make him lunch bags with canvas) so he could grab them when needed.  You could decorate these with sailboats or find different sailing quotes (internet search) to put into each one; these are touches that may embarrass him though if he's going with friends so use your judgement.

Naturally I base that idea on the presumption that he goes out on long days sailing and takes lunches.       
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Work gift exchange ideas needed (fitness/health/relaxation theme) on: December 15, 2006 12:07:08 PM
What about a Relaxation Tea at Work Kit?

-Pretty mug with built in tea strainer (the ones that sit on top for easy removal) or mug with stainless steel tea ball
-Small metal tins or zipper pouches with either tea bags or loose leaf tea once the one from you runs out, they can be refilled.  Small sizes with the idea it could fit in a desk.
-Small dish for for placing strainer, tea bag, etc
-Small pretty box with sweeteners

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift wrapping ideas? on: December 14, 2006 03:15:20 PM
I just wrapped presents last night. Smiley  I try for creative wrapping because I'll never master perfect wrapping; no one will see that rip or extra tape if they're awed by the pretty decorations!  It works out well for me.

I recommend:
Old Road Maps - just like Caradee suggested.  I got some free when cleaning out old boxes at work. 
Old Calendars - this year it was a huge Italian movie poster calendar from last year and next year Hello Kitty!  They're also fun to turn into envelopes.
Magazines - I use these in two ways, full pages to wrap smaller presents and then cutouts to decorate cheap see-through red paper I shouldn't have bought but will not waste.
Tissue Paper - I love wrapping presents in layers of tissue paper.  I hoard tissue paper actually, reissuing it from other gifts and particularly from clothing purchases (some really pretty patterns from those).   
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: my family's being difficult on: November 09, 2006 09:23:24 AM
There are so many useful and great camping ideas here!  I'm enjoying it and noting things in my head for the next camping season. 

I agree with what everyone is saying about limit.  That old adage "It's the thought that counts" is true; you're already putting a lot of thought into making sure it's a gift they'll like.  And no one needs to know how much you spent; asking or assuming that is rude regardless of whether it's family or not.  It's why price tags are removed from gifts. Smiley  Another thing to keep in mind is that your time and labor = money.  It takes a lot of effort to put together a creative gift with thought and even more to make things.  Don't discount that.  Even an organized theme gift of things you buy (like a set of dishes, with environmental soap and resuable container, the mesh bag for drying, and a carrying case for it all) takes effort, thought and creativity.  And I'd bet money they'd use and appreciate it even if they stuck their noses up at it initially.   

I will say though that if you really think your efforts won't be appreciated, don't bother too much.  Buy what you can afford and if your family tries to make you feel guilty, throw it back at them.   
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: my family's being difficult on: November 07, 2006 04:46:30 PM
I don't know if they backpack or car camp or what but I experimented with some backpacking cookbooks I checked out from the library this summer with excellent results and I think it has great present giving potential.  I liked Chef in Your Backpack by Nicole Bassett the best; she cared a lot about quality and was less "hardcore athlete protein fix" than other books.  And not to get too geeky but I reviewed this one and others on my livejournal:  http://catgirrrl.livejournal.com/2006/05/30/ so rather than take up too much space here, I'll throw the link out here.

Also try googling soda-can stoves if they are indeed backpackers.  A lightweight homemade stove might be a really cool gift for them (my boyfriend made one from a pepsi can) and light is key to backpacking.

If you can sew, look for tent kits that you put together; it'll still cost money (40ish?) but not as much as full tent.  Not sure if Campmor has them but that given the amount of excitement in my house when their catalog arrives in the mail, I'd definitely star there.

If they're gear sluts (care about where you bought stuff, that they have the best camping gear), you might be out of luck on the making stuff part.  If you buy something from their list that isn't outrageous and make up for it with homemade filler gifts that are for their new interest, they should be thrilled.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Suggestions for contest prizes??? on: October 27, 2006 12:20:04 PM
You should clarify with your firm as to whether this is out of your pocket or not first.  Things of this nature shouldn't be on out of the employee's pocket since it goes in that "team building category" that benefits the company (happy engaged employees).  Just ask, "Hey what's my budget? $5, $10 or more per prize?" to get an answer. 

If it is on your head, perhaps some nice candy/chocolate/tea/coffee with a silly ribbon (easy to make) with cheesy architecture sayings on it.
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