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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Welcome back gift? on: October 19, 2012 09:10:42 PM
So my boyfriend is gonna be in Colorado on a hunting trip for two weeks. He's sleeping out in the woods the whole time, gonna be carrying big heavy loads in and even heavier loads out (they're elk hunting - big animals!)

And I would like to show him that I missed him and was thinking about him, so I would like to make him a little "welcome back, relax" care package. I know he's gonna be tired when he gets back an he'll be dying to snuggle up and relax, so stuff related to that would be great. But I'm having a hard time coming up with anything, other than crocheting a big comfy blanket, but I won't have the time to get it done before he gets back.

Any ideas?
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Xbox 360 Elite Console on: February 26, 2010 12:14:52 PM
That sounds like a good idea. Though I do know it's supposed to be quite difficult to separate the insides from the bottom part. But since I can't think of much else to do with it, I'll probably try it, too. I guess even if the bottom ends up getting wrecked, it'd probably be doable to just make a new bottom out of something else.

Good luck with it! Let me know how it works out for you.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Xbox 360 Elite Console on: February 25, 2010 05:33:11 PM
My boyfriend's xbox recently crapped out on him. He tried fixing it and it didn't seem to want to be fixed, so it has officially been given up on. He's quite sad. But, on the bright side, he's given me permission to find something to do with it!

We'd like to keep the case in tact (for the most part) and I'd really like if I could find some way to make it into some sort of decoration for his bedroom. But I can't think of anything  Huh

So, does anyone have any ideas? Even the vaguest of suggestions will help. I just need something to go on!

Thanks everybody!  Grin
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Need Lots and Lots of Fast/Cheap Gift Ideas! on: December 11, 2009 07:43:41 PM
Ok, I'm on a pretty limited budget and, as I'm sure you've already realized, Christmas is coming up reeeeally fast. So I need cheap and quick ideas for people.

My mom - Very crafty; loves coffee; not very girly; likes simple, practical things. She's amazing and I'd really like to give her something amazing, but I'm drawing a blank.

My brother (21) - Very into music; don't see him very often (living in a different city with his girlfriend because of school); sort of stylish/hipster-ish; drinks but not a toooonnnn.

My boyfriend (18) - Gamer; likes music; loves anime; sorta mushy, but not openly. I've already sort of got an idea for him though, I'm just not sure I'll finish it in time.  I'm working on a crocheted blanket (kind of like the Super Mario Raccoon blanket that's somewhere on Craftster) where it's going to be a pixelated image and each pixel will be a small granny square. It's going to be Master Chief.

My mom's boyfriend - Not very sentimental or into celebrating Christmas; we give each other a hard time a lot; I'd prefer some sort of gag gift.

The best friends - One female(21)/one male(19). Both have similar tastes in stuff. Like music; adult swim; Invader Zim; Female is pretty crafty, male is very into music/playing guitar; I have an idea for both of them. For her: Gir (from Invader Zim) hat, kinda like one I've seen on here, but probably the robot version of Gir. For him: Fingerless gloves.

Now for my dad's side of the family. I separated this because I wanted to make it clear that these people don't like me much. They put up with me and pretend to like me during holidays. And since I don't have much time, none of them are getting anything big. This doesn't apply to my dad, he actually does like me.

My dad - Likes Peanuts (the comic, like with Snoopy and Charlie Brown, not the food); likes golfing; likes watching football (especially the Packers); likes cookies/baked goods/taco bell; works at the post office; would pretty much like anything I got for him.

My stepmom - Girly; likes lotions, soaps, other girly smelling stuff; likes football (especially the Packers); used to scrapbook, not sure if she still does.

My grandmother - I really don't even know what to say about her...

My grandfather - Likes watching golf, but can't really golf himself anymore because of health problems; has emphysema; likes computers. He's actually a really, really sweet man.

My aunt - Likes girly stuff; loves spending money/acting like she has a lot of money...

My uncle - Likes computers; golf; football, I think?

My other uncle - Likes watching football; old music; lives on his own, but is mentally handicapped so he needs help with quite a bit of stuff.

My cousins - One male(19)/one female(14?) - Both pretty stuck-up; into sports (both soccer, and she likes swimming, unless something's changed since I last saw them); they get everything they want, so I really don't know what to get them...

And I'd like to think of something generic and small to hand out to random friends at school and stuff.

Sorry this list is so long, any help is greeeeatly appreciated!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dressform on: September 12, 2009 09:33:42 PM
As far as molding the wire, you probably wanna wear some sort of gloves. It was actually easier than I expected, but it is kind of hard on your fingers.
And to make it easier to get the papier mache to stick, I recommend wrapping the wire form in either tissue paper or paper towel or something similar that you can just wrap around the shape just so the little holes are covered when you start putting the strips of newspaper on it.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dressform on: September 12, 2009 08:17:40 PM
I needed to come up with a way to display my scarves and neckwarmers, so I made a dressform from chickenwire and papier mache and I'm really excited about it!

That's a really blurry picture, but it's my boyfriend holding the form when it was just chickenwire. Actually, I think it's still missing a shoulder.

And that's the front after a few layers of papier mache. The chest ended up getting really flattened, but I did something about that later.

And that's from the side, taken at the same time as the last one.

And that's what I did about the flattened chest. It's an old bra that didn't fit me well anymore, stuffed with poly-fil. The bra was papier mache'd over.

And that's the finished dressform, after adding a layer of brownish paper towel stuff, and then putting a shirt on it.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Sorry for the bad pictures, they were taken with my camera phone.

So what do you guys think?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Napoleon Baby on: September 07, 2009 10:12:17 AM
The hat and baby are both super adorable! And he has gorgeous eyes.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: (Mostly) floral themed necklaces on: September 07, 2009 10:10:41 AM
Oh wow, I LOVE these. Great job!   Shocked
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My mannequin is famous! on: September 03, 2009 05:39:36 PM
Congrats! Cheesy
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Lichenstein Family Portrait on: September 03, 2009 05:38:01 PM
This is so great. Nice job!
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