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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas presents for a variety of people - financially challenged! on: August 09, 2004 12:47:22 PM
anyone want to join me in brainstorming xmas presents for a whole bunch of family, friends, etc...? thinking of ones achievable by financially-challenged student.. Sad

some ideas i have... my sister will remain secret.. as i know she comes on here sometimes Wink

mum - she has this like box of cards for all occasions her friend gave her last year, and  I was thinking I could make some different handmade cards as a kind of "refill" for the box..i have got a book from the library with ideas on how to make some that are slightly more professional-looking than my normal attempts!

grandparents - really into antiques etc... i can't afford a real one!... so I am making them a replica victorian sampler - the top one here: http://www.scottishneedlework.co.uk/newshop/traditional_samplers.htm

the people I am mainly stumped for:

boyfriend's parents : have done a couple of cross stitch pictures etc in the past (last xmas i did a sort of family portrait with Jo Verso people adapted to look like the family.. which went down well Smiley ) so want something a bit different this year.. they are both on Atkins which makes edible gifts tricky (although last year for his dad's birthday we cooked them both an atkins-friendly meal!! hehe)... actually thinking about it... maybe a box of cards like for my mum would be nice...? it would probably be faster to make 2 of each card at a time (if you see what i mean?)

brother, age 13.. possibly a shoe box or clock or something covered in puictures of his favourite football team...? but stuck for what else

small presents for friends.. thinking maybe purses... notebooks/diaries..other ideas?


please join me if you want in suggesting your own mental blocks, solving any of mine, or just adding any cool ideas you have anyway!

rosie xx
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Mixing fabric types in quilting on: June 02, 2004 02:41:02 AM

I am thinking of making some kind of quilted project at some point from scrap fabrics.

does anyone know which fabrics are okay to mix together and which are not? I would like it to be washable.

E.g. can you mix 100% cotton fabrics with polycottons, and so on?

I am guessing silks and wools would not go well with cottons but apart from that I'm pretty clueless!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Traditional Sampler on: April 08, 2004 10:56:49 AM
I want to make a traditional, antique-looking sampler for my grandparents for Xmas (yes, I plan far ahead because I'm very slooow at crafty stuff).

All the charts/kits I have found have either been expensive (the whole idea of making my own presents is to save a bit of money!) or not really what I wanted.

I have got a couple of books with alphabets, etc, in them.. does anyone have sources for more alphabets, traditional motifs / sampler sayings etc?

I am going to look through some books of quotes & sayings for a special one but any suggestions are welcome!

Book recommendations, good patterns etc all very welcome! (im in the UK if that helps!)

Thank you Smiley (and ill post piccys when im done!)

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