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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Quilted" wooden jewelry box on: June 26, 2008 11:47:05 AM
Another item I sent out for a recent swap that I'm really happy with. It was sooo hard to send this one away. If I can find more of these boxes I plan on making some as gifts for friends and family.

The box is just cheap balsa wood, but with a coat of paint and decoupaged with scrapbook paper it looks simply lovely.

The top was done in a sort of mosaic style, and I debated putting some more decorations (buttons or charms) in the blue field. I thought it looked better empty, though.

The inside only has two of the colors, but it shows of the pattern of the papers.

My swap partner really loved it, so the huge amount of time spent cutting little squares was worth it.

Thanks for looking
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Funky paper bangle on: June 25, 2008 08:48:46 PM
I made this for my partner in a swap, who has finally received her package. The base was a wooden bangle, which was covered in strips of contrasting scrapbook paper and decoupaged.

The colors are darker in life and the contrast not quite as obvious. The subtle change is what makes the bracelet.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / My first taggie blanket (for a gift) on: May 27, 2008 04:29:14 PM
My godfather and his wife had a baby a couple of months ago, and I'm finally getting around to sending them their present. I am a horrible procrastinator. On the bright side, the baby is just getting to the point where he likes to lay on his belly and wiggle, so it's the perfect time for a taggie blanket.

Both the parents are disney freaks, so the top is this adorable Mickey Mouse print. My godfather is also a huge hockey fan (he and my dad played on their college team together) so I added some little hockey ribbons as a shared interest kind of thing. I'm sure the baby will have skates by the time he's 3 years old.

The top is cotton and the bottom is fleece. It's very squishy & soft. I'm really pleased with how it came out, though it took FOREVER to arrange the ribbons how I wanted them. The only problem is that the X in the middle to "quilt" the blanket is off center (because I was incapable to sewing in a straight line that day).

For my first taggie, I'm pretty happy with it  Cheesy

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Mailing soap on: August 27, 2007 08:45:10 PM
Howdy kids,

I'm planning Christmas gifts early this year, and for some people I just thought about making some personalized soap bars.

In important question remains though - how safe/easy is it for soap to be mailed? Most of my family lives on the West coast and I'm in Oklahoma. Almost all gifts will have to be mailed.

Has anyone tried it? I'm afraid it will get mushed/melted/destroyed or confiscated by Homeland Security (since the post office is really security conscious now).
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Birthday gifts for a brother and mother-in-law to be on: September 11, 2006 09:49:52 PM
Two specific people to gift, and no clue what to do. I just know I'm low in the fundage department  Huh

First, my younger brother's birthday is this Friday. I already plan to bake him a cake, but what else should I do? It's his 18th, and since I can't find anyone to put on a monkey suit and do a striptease I guess I have to think of something different.

He's in his first semester at the local university, lives in a dorm, loves video games and general geek stuff. Dislikes sports but likes to root for the school teams (cuz he's patriotic one day).

It was easier when he was 6 and I could just buy him legos...

Next is the kicker - my future mother in law. This is a late birthday gift, since my sweetie and I weren't able to visit her on her actual birthday because of our work schedules. This woman is hard for me to gift, because sweetie isn't really great with giving me information about what she'd like. For someone who's been her son for almost 22 years he's painfully clueless.

I know she likes teddy bears, Jane Austen, and Sex in the City. She's also painfully normal (really, it does hurt). I could just go buy one of those cheapie bath gift sets, but it's so impersonal and it looks like I don't care (I'd like to stay on her good side).

Any ideas?
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