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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Need Christmas gift ideas for my crazy teen girl sisters/cousins....AH! on: August 17, 2004 05:04:35 AM
Hey thanks all!

I have some really nifty satin, velveteen and silk scraps...And I thought if I kept my eyes open at the thrift store/Goodwill perhaps I could lay my hands on four nice soft wool sweaters that I could recycle into hat/scarf/mitten sets. Then, I could line them with my lov-e-ly scraps to cut down on the itch-factor and lend a little pizazz.
I can usually find 1-2 cashmere sweaters a month in the men's section. If I'm dilligent enough - maybe I can go all lush.

But any other ideas are welcome! They also have birthdays... Wink
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Need Christmas gift ideas for my crazy teen girl sisters/cousins....AH! on: August 16, 2004 12:24:22 PM
A fabulous idea...and I appreciate it...however, I need to spend a teeny, tiny amount of money on each girl. Our gift budget for everyone is barely $100 (not including our children). I'm looking for stuff way on the cheap.
Way...way...waaaaaaaaaaay on the cheap.  Grin
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Need Christmas gift ideas for my crazy teen girl sisters/cousins....AH! on: August 16, 2004 06:35:06 AM
These are the loudest and wackiest girls in the world...all very different. There are four all together. I usually do a theme, but each thing needs to be a variation.
I"ve done the bag of knitting needles/yarn with instructions. I've knitted them hats and scarves...I'm stuck as to what to do for them this year... Huh
I can do pretty much anything I set my mind to - so bring on the ideas.

I'm trying to think of what I"ve done in the past...I did a "make your own" face/skin care kit with recipes,a mixing bowl and measuring spoons.
I did a learn-to-sew kit with a felt kitty pattern cut out and ready to stitch and embroider and stuff.
I did a lunchbox o' girl stuff with hairclips, ribbons, random bits of coolness.
Um....and there's more...but I can't remember now.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Home-made cleaning!!! on: August 03, 2004 12:08:25 PM
Just an FYI:
Borax is a great cleanser, but it is also toxic.
I only use it in the laundry now and again and the toilet never where my children will come in to contact with it.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with a beret?? on: June 30, 2004 07:25:15 AM
Sew it to a throw rug and place on floor...see who picks it up...
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Buttons on: June 30, 2004 07:11:41 AM
I covered the fronts of those cheapy bank journals wit buttons as presents for my sisters and cousins (who are all teenagers). I chose colors they would like and did a mosaic with funky words or sayings that fit their personalities best.
I don't know if they ever used them, but they looked damn cool...and were easy, cheap gifts. I got a big $2 bag of buttons at a sewing center that was closing down. If you are in the US I'd suggest trying a Big Lots/Value City type place with a craft's section. I've gotten some really cool stuff at Big Lots in the craft section...even sticking to my buying from Fair Trade oriented contries.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Handmade/Homemade Gift for a One Year Old Boy? on: June 30, 2004 06:42:50 AM
Why not sew up a small evelope easy-opening pouch and fill it with nifty sanitized non-chokables...like 50-cent pieces, large keys, a high bounce ball...anything you can think.
Children always like non-toys best.

*** Whoops! I read ONE but was thinking TWO. This might be better for a slightly older child. WHen my daughter turned one, I knitted her a small cat and stuffed it with Aplaca fibre. A small waldorf-ish doll would be easy to do and nice to snuggle with. ***
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Non Cheesy Baby Shower on: June 30, 2004 06:40:11 AM
To circumvent the cheese-factor at a friend's shower, we dove headlong into the cheese and made it as cheesey as possible.
We bought the ugliest decorations and planned the nastiest, stalest games imaginable. Because everyone knew we weren't serious, the whole thing was a big hit...if we were sincere, it would have been rather sordid and sad, but because it was pure kitsch and camp, it was fabulous.
On the non-cheese tip, we had a cake shaped like a big tit (domed with a little nob on top) and iced to match and a tat your tot drawing contest with prizes given. Players had to tattoo (draw) on the same Goodwill 5/$2 dolls used in the Drunk Daddy Games We also had a parenting poll of sorts where we asked the guests to fill out a questionaire with really ree-diculous ideas on parenting.
Oh...and on a more serious note, a friend with the vol. rescue squad came to instruct us all in infant CPR and teach proper carseat installation.
Oh...and the Drunk Daddy Games...Where all the guys had to carry baby dolls in backpack carriers (or tied to their backs) as they ran an obstacle course wearing only one shoe after being spun around in spinny office chairs. Whoever's doll appeared to the be least injured got a "King Drunk Daddy" t-shirt and  a six-pack of New Castle.
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