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521  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: April 29, 2007 07:43:43 PM
I always base my usernames on songs. This is the one I use for slightly more impersonal things (my other one is for email, MSN, etc, things with direct friends usually).

It's from a PJ Harvey song, Electric Light on her Is This Desire? album.

"Sirens rising across the sky, tears my heart out every time"

But it's not all that imaginative because it's the name of the leading PJ internet fanbase, so...but still, I love it.
522  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: What do we have in the US that they dont have in the UK? on: April 29, 2007 07:35:18 PM
I live in Ireland but I'm pretty sure they're unavailable or at least hard to get in the UK too. Candy corn etc too. Tootsie pops. But mostly Jolly Ranchers. God I want some.

Sorry for the helpful-lessness of this post but it's 3:35am and I have 5 tests to fail horribly tomorrow.
523  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Finally put my art room together! (img hvy) on: April 29, 2007 05:14:06 PM
That's beautiful! Both the room and the incredible stash. I'm jealous, but in a happy-for-you way  Grin
524  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: April 29, 2007 01:34:34 PM
Oh dear...oh dear... I just found out my boy hasn't eaten a vegetable for weeks... and he can't even boil an egg..

so I was thinking of making him a vegetable soup kit... with stock cubes, recipe, vegetables (obviously!!) and a load of tupperware pots so he only has to make soup once a week and can freeze it in portion sized pots...

We live 130 miles apart so I want to make it nice and cute as well as practical... he's a total romantic so I can be slushy... was thinking of getting a permanent marker and writing reasons I love him on the pots...? Any other ideas?

You could make him a recipe book? Filled with vegetable-laden and simple, easy recipes. You could even illustrate it with stick figure drawings of you two eating or cooking them together.

You could also include recipes for other meals you've had together (if you've went out for any nice meals or whatever - allrecipes.com is pretty good) or ones you'll promise to cook for him in the future (alternatively, you could do this part as a coupon booklet at the back). Any pictures of you two eating anything at all could go on the cover or insides. And you could have a quick chapter at the start with basics like egg boiling  Tongue
525  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: April 29, 2007 09:43:33 AM
Oh, when my boyfriend was doing his Leaving Cert exams (hard to explain, it's the big exams at the end of secondary school/high school that determine how many points you get and thus what you can do in college), for his Spanish and Irish oral exams (which are two or three months before all the other written exams) I made him little good luck booklets. I printed out loads of pictures of famous people he likes (Winston Churchill, Kate Bush, Cheryl Tweedy, Mussolini (more of an inside joke...)) and added speech bubbles for unique/personalised to the celebrity "Good luck" quotes. For the Irish one, which was smaller and crappier but still showed I was thinking of him, I made the cover a little Irish flag and drew stick figures of his friends wishing him good luck. He really liked them; particularly the first one. It was one of the only times he ever kissed me in school  Cheesy
526  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: April 29, 2007 09:33:43 AM
I'm reading through this whole thread, but I'm only on page 24 so far so forgive any of these ideas that have already been mentioned. (I only joined to reply to this too! lollerz)

Since I physically can't write/talk without rambling, I'm going to put the gift ideas in bold:

For one of my best guy friends who always made me birthday cards and everything, who's a big nerd, I made him a little felt/scrap Babelfish. I'm fairly crap at sewing, but it worked out okay (although I think he later lost an eye - but those damn eyes were hard, they were those googly-ones that I had to pierce the plastic and sew them on). Just orange and yellow felt, and some scrap gold ribbon. I think he really loved it. He wore it over his ear all day  Grin

For my boyfriend, well, he's really practical so he wouldn't like mix cds ("But I have all these songs already, or I could just download them...") and I don't think he'd like photos too much. Before we started going out, we jokingly planned travelling around the world and I made a little printout map of where we'd go then (still haven't given it to him). I was going to make a scrapbook but yeah, I think that would be something more like I'd like, rather than him.

I wrote him a love letter ages ago, telling him all the reasons he was amazing and I loved him. He texted me to say it really made him smile but that was back when he didn't love me so I don't know how much he really appreciated it.

For our one year anniversary, I didn't want to make him uncomfortable because he's not really a gift guy so although I had gotten him something quite sentimental, I didn't give it to him. That day he took me for a picnic in our spot at the park and gave me a goody bag of really sweet, personal stuff: a DVD of a film I adored that we saw together, a big block of fudge, a small Innocent (brand) smoothie, an adorable tiny trinket box (this was so cool because we had looked at them like once before in the shop and it was so cool that he remembered...and I know it wasn't cheap either, 20 and it's tiny), goodies from Lush and a big bar of fancy chocolate. I know that's all bought stuff, but it's still an idea and you could fill it with home-made stuff if you wanted.

So I gave him what I had gotten him: I baked him some shortbread and gave him a little travel book of a place we plan to go to someday that has significance with doodles and notes and stick figure cartoons. It was sweet but there was a lot of jokes and stuff too so I think it was okay. He said he really loved it, I hope he did and he wasn't just trying not to hurt my feelings  Tongue

Currently I'm thinking of making little felt figures of us, if I can, in sort of a jokey cutesy way than a potentially creepy one, and of illustrating his favourite song (I was going to do the whole album, Ys, but I think one painting is enough tbh, it'll be hard enough as it is).

Mostly, if you've got a boyfriend who isn't into sappy things who maybe you want to buy something for (I know this isn't the point of this but like I say, it counts for homemade stuff too, and sometimes you just want extra ideas and this is such a great place to look...), just listen out for the things he mentions and likes. I've gotten him loads of books online he couldn't otherwise get, and cheap ones by authors and artists he likes, as well as DVDs with people he likes and downloading and burning a CD with a parody cover (Girls Aloud "Chemistry", and I drew a copy of the CD cover for it, which he said was as good a present as the cd itself). Listening and paying attention is the best thing.
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