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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Handmade Guy Gift for Husband's Friend - computers, Steelers on: November 29, 2007 08:14:34 AM
My husband and I went to college with a guy (we'll call him John, because that's his name) who we are still very close too.  I started making John something for Chirstmas years ago because I couldn't afford much and he always showers us with gifts (he has made a good salary since he graduated).  He loves the things I make him.  Some of the things I've done in the past are a computer wreath (painted silver, covered with computer innards with keyboard keys and working battery operated lights), Warhol-inspired artwork from a wedding photo, a Steelers fleece blanket, Steelers ornaments and a Steelers stocking (obviously a big Steelers fan).  We can now afford to spend more money on him, but he really loves the things I make him, but I am out of ideas this year!

Besides computers and Steelers, he also hosts Poker nights so I was thinking of something for that.  Also, he's married and they just bought a new house, no kids yet.  They live in Virginia near DC.  Oh, he also put up an elaborate train set this year. 

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for friends 3 month old kid on: November 29, 2007 08:03:56 AM
My daughther will be 3 months at Chirstmas time too!  My son is 4 and my mom made him a "taggie blanket" that he still loves (he carries it almost everywhere - Just like Linus).  It's made from fleece and finished with quilt binding.  My mom sewed loops of different kinds of ribbon around the border into the quilt binding.  My son's favorites are the sheer ones - he loves to rub them together.  He used to do this to my clothing while I was nursing him and when I stopped he replaced me with Taggie (that's the balnket's name).  She made one for my daughter who is too young to love it yet (they only really love their parents at this point) but I'm hoping she'll love it as much as her brother loves his.  It's really easy to make and not very expensive.  It's about 18 inches square, but my mom also made a bunch of smaller ones (some 9 inches square and some 9 inches by 4 inches) for my son so he would have extras.  What's really nice is that there are tons to fleece fabrics available so you can really personalize it.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Funny baby onesies on: August 29, 2007 10:52:30 AM
I just bought a onsie for my little one (due in 3 days!) at old Navy that says Milk Addict (I'll be brestfeeding).

I love all of the ideas!  Once I get through the sling and nursing covers I plan to make I might have to start on cute baby clothes!  Good thing I'll be on maternity leave and have lots of time (laughing hysterically because, really, time is NOT what you have on maternity leave!).
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: cute maternity shirt sayings?? on: August 29, 2007 10:31:11 AM
My friend makes custom swaovski crystal shirts and she made me one that said "Hot Mama" with a rock and roll star design under it.  I love it and I'm wearing it home when me and the baby are released from the hospital (any day now - I'm due in 3 days!). 

There's tons of designs out there - check any pregnancy magazine and CafePress.com for inspiration.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Big sister (or brother) "slogans" on: August 29, 2007 10:25:11 AM
I'm due with Baby #2 in a few 3 days Smiley

My mom has an embroidery machine so I had her make a shirt for my son (he'll be 4 in about a month) that simply says "Big Brother."  We're having a girl, so she did a onsie that said "Big Sister."  They have the same "kid" font but my son's shirt is dark blue with white letters and the onsie is white with pink letters.

My friend makes custom Swarovski crystal shirts and she made me a maternity one that says "Hot Mama."  I had my mom make my husband one that says Dad with 2003 and 2007 on either side.

We're all going to wear them the day me and the baby come home from the hospital.

So, to conclude Smiley I kept it short and simple.  I didn't like "I'm a Big Brother" either.  Their shirts kind of remind me of "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."  In fact, you could do "Kid 1" and "Kid 2!"

Also, I found nice plain kid shirts at H&M for $4.90.  You can get plain white onsies anywhere, though. 
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Baby Shower. on: July 02, 2007 10:46:38 AM
I love the theme.

If you can hang things from the celining make a bunch of stars (you can also buy them from a party supply store) and hang them with ribbon. 

Make "cookie bouquet" star cookies - I have a sugar cookie recipe at home for these - they're basically a harder (fewer wet ingrediants) sugar cookie that you bake with a stick in them (like lollipops) and then cover with a powdered sugar glaze and then decorate with royal icing (I've also tinted the glaze and used glitter, which would be perfect for this).  You can put them in terracotta pots with some green floral foam to stand them up.  Paint the pots dark blue and paint constelations or shooting stars on them.  You could also use star shaped boxes.  If you want the cookie and glaze recipe let me know and I'll post it. 

Make star lollipops for favors.  You can also make chocolate covered pretzel sticks - get the big thick ones (the ones about 8 inches long) and dip about half in chocolate (dark, milk, white, or little of each).  Lay them on waxed paper and sprinkle them with star sprinkles.  Put 2 pretzels or some lollipops in a plastic bag and tie with a ribbon.  Make little star shapes out of cardstock and put the mom's name on them, or some kind of tag with stars.  I have a star punch which would work well for this and you can get one at any place that sells scrapbooking stuff.

Since she doesn't know the sex here's an activity I really liked.  Each person has to guess the baby's stats - sex, height (length), weight, time and day of birth, etc.  Each person gets a paper with space to complete each of these plus a space to draw a picture of what they think the baby will look like.  Also put a place for a quote or advice.  Put each in a sheet protector and display them at the party.  After the party put them in a book.  We did this at my shower and it's fun to go back through and see what people said.  We also gave a prize to the person who got the closest (if you do this make sure someone besides the new mom is in charge of figuring out who got the closest and sending him/her the prize). 

You can also have everyone get in groups and make a scrapbook for the first year.  You'll need to supply the book and the materials.  Divide the group into 15 groups.  Each of these gets a double page:
  • Mommy and me (left side - photo of mommy pregnant) and My First Picture (right side - ultrasound image)
  • Birth Day
  • Month One
  • Month Two
  • Month Three
  • Month Four
  • Month Five
  • Month Six
  • Month Seven
  • Month Eight
  • Month Nine
  • Month Ten
  • Month Eleven
  • Month Twelve
  • First Birthday

You could buy all scrapbooking paper and embellishments that go with the theme, or just a bunch of papers that are gender neutral.  Be sure to get two types of pages for each page set.  Then the mom will just have to pop the photos in.  I'm pregnant with my second and I've made these for friends so I'm going to make one for my new baby because I just haven't gotten my first one's done (he's almost 4).  Actually, I'm going to make him one too and just put the photos in. 

Hope that helps!
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: The 'Burgh Baby Book (pic heavy!) on: July 02, 2007 10:26:56 AM
That is awesome!  I'm from the 'Burgh so I really appreciate it.  I didn't realize it spelled "Pittsburgh" until I reread the post - now I like it even better!

Great job Smiley
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: How to for a Genie Costume. on: April 13, 2007 10:12:55 AM
I wanted to say "thanks" for the tute.  My 4 year-old niece wanted a Princess Jasmine costume to wear and my sister wanted to get her one for Easter but the only ones we could find were $40.00.  So I searched this web site and found this pattern.  I took a pair to teal PJs that I was going to throw away (the top didn't fit me right) and my mom and I used them to make the Jasmine costume.  It turned out really cute and she loved it!  It was her favorite thing that the Easter bunny brought her.  And the best part is that it didn't cost us anything!

So thanks! 
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: 30th Birthday Ideas? on: November 10, 2006 06:31:02 AM
I love the limo!  My husband has determined he is going to plan it, so I've decided to relax and let hime (it's my nature to just take over party planning, so I've been resisting).

I think I'll pass this idea on to him though Smiley
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Water-proof costume ideas?? on: October 30, 2006 06:35:47 AM
Will you be in the water, out of water, or both?  I'm not sure of you need to look costume head to toe or mostly chest up.

Wear a black swim suit and get a cheap witch hat.  You could add a cape made from a black plastic table cloth.

Wear a gold medal and a swim cap and be an Olympic swimmer.

I like the SCUBA Diver idea.  That's waterproof for sure!

Be sure to post some pictures!
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