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171  CANADA / Ontario / Re: where to buy a sewing machine in toronto? on: November 06, 2005 06:48:25 AM
There's a tiny little store on Queen Street West, a couple of blocks west of Bathurst on the South side that sells, rents, buys and repairs sewing machines. I haven't dealt with them directly but I was thinking of checking them out first to see what they had. Just a thought, if you're ever in the neighbourhood.
172  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Present advice please <3 on: October 26, 2005 07:01:23 PM
I'm not sure if anybody has posted this before, but I know kids in general LOVE these marshmallow guns:


What about making personalized monster stickers that they could stick on bike helmets? Or those reflective bands for their arms or ankles when they ride their bikes?

Water bottle holders? Hey, the kid must get thirsty even when he's playing video games.

Tote bags stenciled with "boy" friendly art? - drawstring bags with extra long string so that they can wear them as backpacks?

If all else fails, how about a bunch of quarters and a trip to the arcade?
173  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Paper Flowers? on: October 26, 2005 03:04:11 PM
Those flowers are SO GORGEOUS!!!! I love the idea and the sentiment behind them!!!

I've had these links in my archive for awhile and thought I'd share these tutes on origami roses:




174  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: THE BIG WINTER HOLIDAY GIFT THREAD!!!! on: October 25, 2005 03:15:56 PM
I think NotMartha called them a "surprise ball"

175  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas for bulk christmas gifts on: October 25, 2005 03:07:59 PM
I think if you browsed around the forum or on Google you'll find lots of recipes and ideas. There's tons for no-sew fleece items, ornaments and

The recipe in a jar is great. I like doing the s'mores, brownies, cinnamon pancakes or dog biscuit recipes. I'm also going to throw in a cake pan or spatula or dog shaped cookie cutter and I'm thinking about printing out a bunch of recipes to  make up a little booklet as well. I'm also making a bunch of chocolate covered marshmallows to go with all my presents.

I'm also going with the coasters (with a set of etched glasses), book thongs/ book marks (with a Chapter's gift card or a book to go with it), the marble magnets (with either a metal picture frame or metal "bulletin" board to go with it), those magnetic poetry kits and diy kits (provide the supplies for a bead necklace & bracelet etc.).

Another idea I had was making organizer binders and decoupaging the binder covers to make it really personal. I'm making a take-out menu organizer (including menus by type, phone numbers, a section to put their favorites, pencil for orders etc.).  I'm also doing a map organizer binder for my uncle who is planning a cross country road trip now that he is retired.

For some of my younger cousins, I am going to make (haven't figured it out yet) a juggling kit -- either out of bean bags or crocheted balls...maybe even felt balls. Then I was going to print off "how-to" instructions from the internet. Toss in some clown makeup (it'll be onsale after Hallowe'en) and maybe a red nose too, for kicks.

I'd LOVE to make those hot/cold rice bags but I don't know how to sew!!
176  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas HELP! Please :) on: October 12, 2005 07:52:01 PM
Definitely check out your friendly neighbourhood Dollar store for stuff. You can usually get tons of decorations there.  I've even seen strings of mini christmas lights for a dollar. I suggest you get a few strands of those and wind them around in strategic places...even the ceiling!

You could probably get a mini Christmas tree to decorate ...make/bake mini ornaments to hang! Find a gingerbread recipe and use mini cookie cutters to make the shapes and make sure you punch a hole so you can thread some string through the cookie. After you bake it, decorate and hang from the tree.

You can make a personalized stocking and fill with candy and other stocking stuffers.

I think you could do a ton of decorating with some tinsel, sparkly garlands and festive candles. It wouldn't cost much and you can always pack it up to save for next year.

...and don't forget the mistletoe!
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