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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Flat, postable thing for Brother's 18th on: September 08, 2013 09:17:27 PM
Hello Ladies and Gentleman

So, brother is turning 18 next week (We're in Australia, so that's the big one here when he become's a fully-fledged legal adult).

I'm a bit broke at the moment, So I've promised to get him something awesome in a couple of months when I should be a bit better off financially.

I'm also not going to be able to see him on his birthday on the actual day, cuz he lives across town and our schedules don't line up next week, but I'd like to send him a card, and include some small crafty gift for him on the day, so I'm looking for some thing flat that will fit in a standard envelope, that is not too lame.

A bit about us: Brother is, as I said, turning 18, I'm 29, so I'm a bit older, but I'm the cool sister (we have another sister, she's girly and lame :-P not really, we love her). He's a hardcore gamer, and plays guitar a bit, he likes ricy, flat-four, cars (drives a Nissan Pulsar SSS), goes to the gym a bit, and reads a bit. He's a bit of a hipster as far as fashion goes, and he listens to a lot of Muse...

So yeah, help a girl out?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / need ideas for covering a bathroom wall on: January 06, 2012 03:45:33 PM
So, Hubby and I bout this house a little over a year ago. It's small, but it's just the two of us.

We have this tiny little ugly bathroom, that's very impractical and has no storage (really, none, all my stuff is in cardboard boxes in the bathtub).

As it's just the two of us, we have no intention to have children, and neither of us is really into taking baths, we want to get rid of the bathtub, and put a proper vanity unit there instead, and we want to get rid of this weird little sink altogether (excuse mess):

however, that's going to leave a great gaping hole in the tiles.

i've accepted that the floor will need to be retiled after we take the bath out, but this is not a top qualiy home, and i don't want to spend $15,000 on a full bathroom renovation (even if i had that much money lying around) i just want to give it a freshen up and make it more useful.

So, we don't want to retile the whole bathroom, but we will need to cover up that gap. the chances of finding the same tiles, given that the house is 40 years old, is very slim, so i need some ideas for alternatives.

The only thing i've thought of so far is to insert a mosaic of some kind, but it might look a bit like i've stuck a bit of paper over it that says "no hole here!"

P.S. i'm thinking of keeping the floor brown, 70's as it is, but painting the top half of the wall a darker green and going for a rainforest theme.
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Activities for people with dementia (and other disabilities related to aging)??? on: April 18, 2011 12:49:11 AM
Hello Ladies and gents,

I wasn't sure where to put this, but this seemed the most likely spot, although it's a little in reverse to what's usually in here.

I'm looking for some ideas for some activities for elderly people in general, and also specifically for my Oma (grandmother).

When she was younger, my Oma was very active and useful. she enjoyed sewing clothes, knitting, crochet, cooking and gardening... and she was phenomenally good at it, i rarely saw her use a recipe, and i'm pretty sure she didn't actually know how to read sewing or knitting patterns... she was just so clever and creative and made the most beautiful things for all of her family.

Now, however, she's 93 years old, she's wheelchair bound, has arthritis in her hands, and suffers mild dementia. She's well cared for in a lovely nursing home, and is a favourite with all her nurses, but she often complains of being bored and feeling useless. She's never been an overly social person, so the group activites in the home don't really interest her much, and alot of the other residents are not capable of conversation anyway.

So, i'm looking for ideas for simple crafts and activites that she can do on her own at her little table in her room.

I've found some nice colouring pages of things that might remind her of her youth (as i've read that reminiscing is helpful in the relief of dementia symptoms), such as flowers, farm animals, and religious icons, and i'll get her some nice big coloured pencils that she should be able to hold on to.

Any other ideas would be much appreciated.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / workplace Secret Santa, help! on: November 25, 2010 03:37:25 PM
ok, so we've got this secret santa thing going at work where you pull a name out of the hat (or envelope as it were) and you gotta get that person a little gift. we've put a limit of $10 on it, cuz alot of our staff are highschool kids.

so the person i got is a 16ish-year-old guy, (i'm a 26 year old chicky) who loves gaming, computers, and retro nintendo type stuff... considering that's my thing too, you'd think it wouldn't be a problem! but i can't think of anything to make/buy under $10. i thought of a nes controller belt buckle, but do you think i can find a nes controller for less than $20!?

any idea's would be greatly appreciated.

i can pretty much make anything, but i can't knit or crochet.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another Record Handbag (or purse for you american types) on: August 27, 2010 04:41:59 PM

First of all, I appologise for the dodgy phone pic's.

I think it's fairly self-explanatory. i used red vinyl/pleather on the outside, and a cherry-print cotton for the lining, and some plain black fabric from an old pair of pants for the outside's that're covered by the records. i used spray-adhesive to stick the records to the bag, and then stitched it on via the usual melted-holes method, with upholstery thread.

the handles are chain, woven with velvet ribbon.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Woven Chain Handle? on: August 22, 2010 11:53:46 PM
I've been seeing alot of designer bags around lately with chains sort of woven into the handle of the bags...

like this: http://ckchanelhandbags.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/chanelbags1113inwhitewithgoldhardware.jpg?w=445&h=335

and i was wondering if anyone has ideas on how to make them? in particular, do you think the chain is the actual handle and the fabric/leather/pleather is woven into it or is the fabric the handle and the chain in woven onto it? and how would you finish the ends of the handles? and attach it to the bag?
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My First Bento :-) on: April 05, 2010 05:32:01 AM
So, I was reading a lot about bento today, stumbled on it from some cooking site i was looking at, and i thought my hubby would appreciate it, and since it's his birthday tomorrow and the poor thing has to work, i thought I'd give it a go!

also, being Easter weekend, *everything* was shut all weekend, so not only is this my first attempt, it is also made from whatever i could find laying around... so it contains some rice, leftover roast beef, cocktail spring rolls, carrot sticks, green beans and some tamagoyaki, the recipe for which i found on justbento.com. I don't think the ratio's are probably correct, but i think it'll be tasty... anyway, here it is:

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Actvities for christmas day? on: November 24, 2009 11:57:43 PM
So, not so much craft related as such, but i couldn't think of anywhere else with so many Christmas-ey people in one place...

So the deal is, it's our second Christmas as a couple and our first since we got married two months ago, Hubby's family are going away with friends for Christmas, and most of my family are working, so we're having our Christmas's with them on other days, and we're going to be all by ourselves for Christmas day!

So I'm looking for some ideas as to what we can do to amuse ourselves and make the day special.

We're in Australia, so it's right in the middle of summer, we're not religious, and we're usually into things that are a little alternative... We live in Adelaide which is not a *big* city so most things are closed on Christmas day... maybe 50% of pubs/hotels, and 24/7 service/gas stations are open, and that's about it.....

any ideas appreciated


9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Decorating a rotunda/gazebo thing: Crafty awesome ideas needed. on: June 04, 2009 12:37:00 AM

So, we've finally found a venue for our wedding that's within our price range and tastes!

we've hired a rotunda/gazebo thing in a pretty little park in one of the towns in our local wine region. So now i'm looking for ideas to decorate it that don't involve meters and meters of horrid tule and flowers, and i'm wondering if any of you wonderful ladies (or dudes, if you're around) have any ideas for me, cuz i'm fresh out.

I've posted a similar post on the OBBT and had some great replies on there, but just seeing what other ideas (if any) are out there!

Thanks in advance!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / yarr, we be needing some pirate booty! on: March 29, 2009 10:23:41 PM

So, We're having a pirates Vs ninja's party for my partner's 26th birthday party, and i've made a treasure chest as a prop/centre-piece/decoration type thing. however, even having put a false bottom in it to make it look more full, i'm having trouble filling it with the booty, so far i have:

*chocolate coins
*mardi-gras beads
*paper money that i printed on the computer (complete with the birthday-boy's face in the middle)

does anyone have any ideas for more booty? (preferably ones that don't cost a lot to put together)


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