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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Retirement gift for school "Hagrid" janitor/caretaker on: April 02, 2007 06:07:54 AM
My school caretaker has retired after having a stroke a few months back. I'll miss him terribly, he was the best janitor a school could have, for the past six years he's been so helpful and we'd always be talking about Harry Potter! He's Harry Potter mad, and we call him Hagrid because he's a big fella and he's warm and friendly just like Hagrid.. who's also a caretaker, well gamekeeper, but they have the same duties! He slightly resembles him too, minus the massive shaggy beard and hair.

I don't want to make him anything janitor-ish, those days are behind him. Any ideas people? Harry Potter related stuff is what I'm hoping for! Thanks! Smiley
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Wholemeal mini pizza's! Quick and easy (with pictures!) on: March 25, 2007 07:48:43 AM
I never post on this board, but this is a recipe I modified from Linda McCartneys cookbook.. I'm not very varied in what I eat, and this is one of my favourite things to eat ^_^

Its so simple, you're going to have this stuff in your cupboard.

You need:
*Wholegrain loaf (or one of those already sliced ones, as long as it wholegrain)
*Cheddar Cheese (grated) - Kilmeaden cheese (Irish) is bloody gorgeous, i have it on everything!
*Tomato Puree - I use organic
*Salt and Pepper
*Olive Oil

1. Slice your bread, crush garlic and mix with olive oil, spread on bread
2. Allow to lightly brown under grill for 2 minutes
3. Spread with tomato puree, sprinkle with oregano, salt & pepper. Grate cheese (liberally!) over slices
4. Place in grill on a medium heat for 5-10mins, until cheese has melted. Then remove and enjoy!

For the weight concious, just get some kitchen paper and press lightly on the pizzas to remove excess oil!


I usually eat three! Greedy ^_^

NOTE: I don't put the plate in the grill!!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Elegant 18th birthday gift for an "Audrey"? on: February 14, 2007 02:42:51 AM
Ok, so my friend will be turning 18 in april.. I'm planning far ahead as I'm in exam year, and I don't want to be rushing at the last minute and wasting my valuable study time.

Anyway.. My friend is a very Audrey Hepburn type of girl.. she dress chic and has good taste.

She's a complete chocoholic, so for Christmas I made her a chocolate themed gift. I've already seen in a supermarket, these high heel chocolate which I'm definately getting for her!

She loves cats and has two.. she's had 5 over the past 6 years. Oscar was knocked down by a car, Bonnie and Clyde (how cute?!) are now dead and now she has Chico and Toby.

I want to make this gift special, as at her birthday there is one or two girls that hate me, and will be trying to outdo me with an expensive gift.. but I don't have the luxury of having Daddy's credit card to spend on lavish gifts. I want it to be memorable.

I was going to root up pictures of us down through the years.. any idea how I can make these look elegant.. I won't have enough for a photo album unfortunately.
I'm going to get those elegant chocolates too.

Ideas, ladies?

So, she likes:
*High heels
*Elegant jewellery
*Elegant clothes
*She speaks fairly good spanish (she's going to barcelona in the summer)

Oh last year for her 17th birthday, I made her "Holly Golightly in a box". https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82991.10

Some inspiration:
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Bront siblings swap? on: January 19, 2007 04:21:34 AM
So I was browsing around some of the Jane Austen swaps. I love the clothes, decorative items, etc of that period, but I'm not a big Jane Austen fan, I've read Pride & Prejudice, I've attempted Emma & Sense and Sensibility, but to no avail. Jane Austen is particularly popular at the moment, because of the 2005 release of the film and the upcoming 'Becoming Jane' starring Anne Hathway (filmed in ireland <3).

Anyway, what I'm leading up to here is the suggestion of a Bront Siblings swap? I much prefer the Bront's, truth be told, their work is far more passionate. I confess I've never read any of Anne or Branwell's work, but I have recieved a lovely collection of all their novels for Christmas, so I'm planning to read that when the summer comes. Its a massive book, not something to bring on the train with you!
I suposse the swappers could lean towards whatever novel they prefer, maybe Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Vilette, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or some of the poetry of Branwell themed items? I'm not sure if anyone would be interested, so I thought I'd just put it out there!

The Bronts were a generation or so after Austen, so the style of things would differ slightly, but I'm definately not an expert on such matters. But when you consider it, when you think of the Bronte's gothic mansions and moors spring to mind, rather than the empire line dresses and civilised manners of Jane Austen's novels.
Have many of you seen the BBC's adaption of Jane Eyre, shown back in late October/Early November. Loved it! I missed the third episode, unfortunately, but I'm definately buying the DVD on February 6th. I guess this would apply to people in Ireland & the UK.

Tragic lives., one of the many things that made them so compelling.

So, Anyone interested? Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Small 18th birthday.. girly... Please help a girl out! Party game ideas! on: December 16, 2006 04:10:47 AM
Ok my birthday is like in 10 days.. I have nothing planned. As I don't have many friends, I only be having 4 other girls over for a sleepover. But I don't want it to be dull and boring..
What I plan to do is on the day of my birthday go for a meal with my family, then go to a nightclub with 2 girls.
Not everyone is into "going out on the town", so I'm having 4 girls over, cooking dinner for them (I'm thinking vegetarian lasagne!).. afterwards I'm clueless. I was inspired by Marie Anotinette, so I'm going to have the music playing in the background (I have to get my hands on the soundtrack)

I want maybe a little tea-party, have a chocolate cake, fairy cakes, rice crispie buns, a terry chocolate orange, alco-pops, fizzy orange.
I want to have these all set on a sideboard in the Sitting Room, so we can all sit on the floor and watch some soppy dvds.
I want thinking of incorparating lots of glitter, tinsel, tissue paper.. pretty dishes, and wine glasses, a whole kitsch fancy theme.

Ok so its not a real tea party, but slightly formal and girly..
But I need ideas for party games, dvds to watch (old classic romances that everyone would love).. and what sort of decor I could use.

My real dilemma is that I haven't much time to plan, as I have tests all next week, and I'll be away buying a new frock for my 18th on Saturday, so I have Friday & Sunday to buy things needed. And I have Christmas Eve and Stephens day to make things.

Please help me out.. I want people to have fun.. thus the need for party games.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Xmas pressie for a 17 year old chocoholic! on: October 14, 2006 08:01:07 AM
For Xmas, I've decided to make my mate "chocoholic in a box". I'm collecting bar wrappers, to use as wrapping paper possibly... I've bought some chocolate flavour lipbalm & some brown pearl earrings (chocolate is brown Cheesy), im going to add some chocolate goodies of course, fancy chocolates... but i need more ideas!

She 17, she loves monkeys, cats.. she's not very girly (like pink princess or anything like that), but she loves shoes from river island, pumps.. but don't suggest i add chocolate wrappers to shoes.. she's not the type of gal who'd wear that! I'm looking for more accessories, for her room, etc.. kitschy stuff i could make. Or use the gold tinfoil from choccie bars for something...

As of October 15th my plan is...
Buy some recipes off ebay, print them off and put them into a personalised chocolate cookbook (the cover will be covered in chocolate wrappers).
Get a small box, fill it with cadburys roses & tissue paper (to bulk it up - because I'll be most likely to scoff some of those babies myself!), and put the little gifts into it.
Small gifts for box
I have some pearl and brown pearl earrings
Some chocolate memo paper sheets
Hershey's flavour lipbalms (2)
Shrinky Dink chocolate magnets
One of those small chocolate books (Purple ronnie series, etc)

By the way, I'm in ireland.. we do get Hershey's over here, but we generally eat Irish & English chocolate brands such as Cadburys.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 10 things i hate about you fan (18th birthday!) on: October 07, 2006 06:55:49 AM
Then theres my friend.. she has everything. CDs, clothes... she doesn't want for anything at all! She LOVEs the film '10 things i hate about you' and Heath Ledger.

She also likes the A Knight's Tale.

But some people have suggested a 10 things i hate about you theme

thanks dolls! Smiley

This is her bebo is its any help: http://sineadkiv.bebo.com

So far what I'm considering is...
-The Thaming of the Shrew book (any ideas on how to personalise it?)
-A list of 10 things i love about her
-T-shirt with a guitar stenciled on it and the quote "You know you can't buy me a guitar every time you screw up!"

However, seeing as its her 18th I want to get her something that she'll be able to keep forever as well though... maybe get her some jewellery with a quote engraved on it that links to the movie (10 things i hate about you) or A Knights Tale? Something that I can incorparate so she'll remember its from me. Is there any specific jewellery in the movie? I really can't recall. Y'know like Breakfast at Tiffany's had the crackerjack ring? Tongue
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Operation Christmas Child! - fill a shoebox! on: October 06, 2006 09:28:42 AM
Ok, mods I couldn't think where else to put this, so if it really isn't appropriate please move it! Cheesy

ok, Operations Christmas Child isn't a swap as such. Basically you fill a shoebox with toys and sweets for a poor child in a third world country, or poverty stricken areas of europe, asia and africa. I have been doing this every year since 2001, its such a worthwhile cause people - seriously, you feel so good thinking of a little boy or girl with little or nothing to look forward to, recieving your shoebox full of goodies, and the smile on their faces! You don't get anything back, except the knowledge that you've done something for someone who has nothing. We are so lucky to recieve gifts for christmas, we are so lucky to live in peaceful area's - not stricken by war and conflinct. The website can explain it better than me. I just wanted to post this here, just in case that someone, even one person! who hadn't heard of it, might decide to do it. It doesn't cost much to do, but its worth a lot!


Ireland: http://www.samaritans-purse.ie/WhatWeDo/OCC/index.php
Canada: http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ/
UK: http://www.samaritanspurse.uk.com/occ/

More information...

A shoe box filled with small toys, school supplies, other gifts

I have found some negative sites about the project. I'm a catholic myself, but not a liberal christian, I have my own views and opinions, but I'm totally against giving out religious articles to those who don't want it, and roping in vunerable people. Apperantly, they do give out christian leaflets in certain areas that agree to it. But I think thats irrelavant, I'm thinking about the children here.

If you're totally against that sort of thing, you don't have to do it! I'm just posting this in case there might be some people interested!

National Collection Week is November 13 - 20

There is usually a drop of location in your city... luckily my school does it yearly, and there is a collection in my city.

From the irish website....
Started in North Wales in the early 1990s Operation Christmas Child has now grown to be the worlds largest childrens Christmas project.

Last year almost seven and a half million needy children in nearly 100 countries received a love-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox, and over 300,000 of those boxes came from Ireland !

Many of these children are in orphanages, street-kid shelters, hospitals or in families stuck in the poverty trap. Their Christmas day is just like any other day, and for many their shoebox is the only present they receive.

Operation Christmas Child is more than a shoebox, it means so much to the boy or girl to know that someone, far away, whom they will never meet, is thinking of them. It brings joy, hope and a little of Gods love into desperate situations, focusing on the true meaning of Christmas Jesus Christ, Gods greatest gift.

Taking part is easy and by filling a shoebox with a range of small items suitable for a child of your chosen gender and age range, you can send a box of love to Eastern Europe or Southern Africa.

Samaritans Purse has developed an infrastructure in Ireland to collect, sort and ship the boxes, which last year went to Romania, Belarus, Croatia, Ukraine, Serbia, Armenia, Mozambique and Swaziland. Our relationship with trusted in-country partners ensures that each box is delivered to a needy child.

It was August when we revisited Machava orphanage, near Maputo, Mozambique, where last Christmas all the three hundred orphans had happily (and noisily !) received their OCC shoeboxes.

Months later all the girls still carefully place their boxes on their bed each day. They have all the toys inside and also put their valuable possessions in it. They cherish their boxes. They carefully pick up the boxes and put them next to their beds each night. Some girls had even neatly folded any of the torn wrapping paper from the box and put it inside the box to keep!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / First time earring/necklace maker - the basics? on: June 06, 2006 12:28:19 PM
Hey everyone, well i really want to make some jewellery to sell on eBay this summer, seeing as I'm jobless. I need to know the basics. I want to make kitsch jewellery using charms and such. You know those cute lil buttons you can buy? How do i take the plastic loop off the back? What do I need to buy?

And if i was to make necklaces? What chain would i buy? What are the little hoops i'd need to buy for charms, and whats the wire needed for? Also one last question, where online could I buy these supplies, with reasonably priced shipping to Ireland.

Thanks so much!!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Piano key fabric and lace on: May 20, 2006 08:17:59 AM
Hey guys, where could I find a relatively cheap site that sells piano key and other unusual fabrics, also ljust some average cheap lace?

I live in ireland, so i can't relly go overboard with the shipping costs and such.

Thank you!
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