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101  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Stumped on Ideas.... on: May 06, 2007 10:04:00 PM
I've looked through other people's posts...seems like everyone is stumped for ideas. I can come up with many ideas for OTHER people's mothers, but when it comes to my own mom, I'm stumped and I need a little help.

She's very particular in her likes...

She's a gardner, but rarely has time to garden with her job. She can't start a mini garden in the house, and any plants we bring in (like, potted plants) have to be cat safe....everything that's cat safe seems to be....plain and kind of unattractive. Any seeds or plants that have been gotten for her in the past seem to go unused, or fall to my father to plant, and he hates gardening.

She's a writer, both by occupation and by love. She's a journalist by day, novelist by night. I've already made her a few handbound blank books, but she seems to never use them.

She loves to read. But we have so many books in the house that if we were ever to fall homeless, we could create a new dwelling entirely out of the books she has stocked up. She reads mostly historical romance and hates things written in the first person perspective.

She desperately needs new clothing. My mother's wardrobe dates circa 1990. She won't really buy anything, and is particular about what she buys. She loves sweaters, but I haven't got time to knit one...mother's day is quickly approaching. Anything she gets clothing wise, she has to ABSOLUTELY love, and is particular about the fit. She likes to hide her figure.

Her hair is super-long and curly. I've gotten her barettes for it before, but she really only wears one at a time, the others go to waste.

She isn't into girly makeup frou frou body wash smelly things. It just isn't her.

Jewlery has to have special meaning for her, otherwise she won't wear it.

She has an odd penchant for country music, but also has a soft spot for the song "Ridin Dirty".

She LOVES the shows Dead Like Me and Six Feet Under. Maybe a little stuffed grim reaper toy?

So at this point, I'm not too sure what to do for her. I'd prefer it to be low budget, since I'm low on funds....

Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe there's something that one of you great folks can think of that's so totally obvious but I'm completely missing....
102  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Hardest mum in the world :( on: May 06, 2007 09:54:39 PM
Hmm...Japanese things and Axel Rose....Can you crochet? Maybe an amigurumi Axel Rose doll....that would be totally cute...
103  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Thrifting Tips and Etiquette on: April 29, 2007 07:44:55 PM
One thing I've noticed about thrift stores is that the bags I've gotten tend to make my clothes smell awful (The thrift stores around here re-use donated grocery bags). It saves the store supplies and yourself some trouble if you bring your own bag.

Also - another thing that tends to make your shopping experience more pleasant - thank the thrift store workers! A lot of the shops around here don't pay their employees, they're volunteers. So if you thank them, they definately remember you, and may even give you a heads up on some cool items they've gotten in.

104  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: new pattern ideas... on: April 24, 2007 09:04:24 PM
I am no expert, but the jumbo ones and the keychains sound like the best bet. From  my standpoint, the keychain not only provides something not seen very often, but works as sort of portable advertising for your product. IE: Someone buys one, uses it on their keys, someone else sees it, asks where they got it....It provides more visibility than any of the others.

The jumbo amigurumi is something I just personally would love to see. It might also make your product more friendly to those with small children. Generally the bigger the plushie, the more appealing it is to small hands.

My reasoning could be totally off, but those are, of course, just my opinions. Smiley
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