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« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2003 09:08:48 AM »

For the girls in my family I am also taking the "pampering route." I made record bowls, and I'm going to fill them with handmade bath bombs, bath salts, body scrubs, etc.

For my grandma and grandpa, who love the outdoors, I am making a bird feeder, also out of an old record. My grandparents love anything homemade. As well for my grandma I am going to give her three painted terra cotta pots with citronella candles for up at the lake.

My best friend is getting two pillows made from pink fun fur. She got a pillow from one of her aunts last year that looks like it's made out of a skinned cat, so its been an ongoing joke with us that I was going to make her a "porn" pillow for Christmas. I'm going to get some kind of crazy tassle like stuff for around the edges as well. It's going to be kind of a joke, but I know she'll like it.

My mom recently got new furniture at home, and the throw pillows we had at home no longer match, so she is going to also be receiving two new forest green pillows.

The guys in my life are getting boughten goods, because I just don't know what to make them.

In addition, because I'm a poor college student, I am going to wrap all my presents in newspaper, and decorate it with Christmas ribbon, and those lucky ribbon stars.
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2003 07:40:11 AM »

I've been told that if you're really nice to the people at tobacco and cigar shops that they'll give you the cigar boxes for free. I live above a smoke shop, but have I tried this? No.

Last year I knitted hats for several family members--for my teenage almost sister-in-law I used Lion Brand Thick n' Quick held with a furry eyelash yarn (also Lion Brand, I think) and knitted a furry hat. I crocheted a scarf that way, too, with the strands held together. It's the only way I can work with that silly eyelash yarn.

I also crocheted an afghan for another family member in half-double crochet--chain to width you want, leave three single for a turning chain, half-double three stiches, chain two, repeat, then for all the following rows, three half double into the spaces and chain two. It took about 4 hours, total.

I also taught myself to knit and read at the same time. That makes things go faster. Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2003 08:58:00 PM »

I know i posted this under a topic like gifts for guys....but i have several friends including my boyfreind who are into Chuck taylors, or converse all star sneakers.  I might paint some custom chucks with zebra stripes, or something neat like that.  just a though.  If you want to shell out $38 bux for a paiR! but at least you know they will get worn.


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« Reply #33 on: November 26, 2003 12:00:32 AM »

i'm trying to DIY christmas too because of having NO MONEY so here are my few ideas:

i'm making personalized, collagey, 3d art for all my close family.  my mother recently re-decorated her kitchen to match the pumpkin ale carton, pale yellow and black, so i made her art to match.  i made my step-dad's like a small replica of a wiccan altar (yep, my parents are witches) and i'm trying to turn an old rocky horror picture show t-shirt intoa fabric collage for my aunt.  still no ideas for a very classy granny though.  i just bought old picture frames at goodwill, painted and decorated them and the glass inside!  i plan on posting pictures when i'm done too.

also, like everyone else, i'm trying to make soap for everyone (it's fun!!!)

also, because it's christmasy, i'm making garlands.  i'm making one for my mom out of oranges that is very time consuming, but will be worth it.  just slice oranges pretty thin, line them on a cookie sheet, and bake them  at 200 degrees for 3 hours, turning them every 30 minutes or so.  they're done when the skins are leathery, leave them out overnight and the insides will finish drying out.  it takes 3 or 4 cookie sheets full to make a good size garland, and you can string them with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, pine cones, or whatever else looks pretty.  also, puffy stars (upliftingarts.com) or the classic paper ring garlands for some other people made out of construction paper.  i'm going to put the garlands into refurbished cookie tins decorated with glitter etc so they have somewhere safe to store then in the non-christmas months.

also, a sidenote: everyone talks about making altoid and aol tins as gifts, but does anyone have ideas on what you could give *inside* the tins?  i'd like to give my giftees ideas on what they could use them for.  all my roomates and i could think of was like, matchstick holders, mini incense holders, lipstick holders, changepurses and the like, but maybe someone else has ideas...?  the aol tins especially seem to have no real use in terms of storing stuff...
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« Reply #34 on: November 26, 2003 08:38:58 PM »

you're right, those aol tins aren't good for storing anything.   i'm using them (all decoupaged and prettied-up, of course) for money and gift certificates, because everyone knows that opening a gift is *way* more fun than opening a card.  they're good for mix cds, too.  i doubt they'll actually be used for storage after i give them away, but they're cool gift boxes.

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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2003 12:21:12 AM »

Woo, just found this thread. I'm a quick one. Wink

I wasn't going to make Christmas presents this year because I have this nasty habit of starting things but not finishing them. All of a sudden, though, I was overcome with an urge to finish stuff. I already finished a huge knit scarf for my boyfriend, and a hotpad set for my mom. I have a few cross-stitch projects I want to finish up in time for Christmas, too. I already bought presents, though, so everyone's getting a handmade "supplement". Smiley

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« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2003 06:20:04 PM »

(this is totally unrelated, but hey, windedorange, my name is jaime!  spelt the same way!  how interesting!  did everyone assume growing up [attendance sheets in school etc] you were a mexican boy "hi-me" too?  well maybe not.  i lived in boston a long time ago and the hi-me thing didn't start until i moved out here to arizona where that's a more normal pronounciation.  anyway, back to christmas!!!)
« Reply #37 on: December 28, 2003 08:38:32 PM »

That's funny! I live in Arizona and everytime I see that spelling, I think "Hi-maye."

« Reply #38 on: December 29, 2003 09:28:19 AM »

Home made gift tags (for christmas and other holidays):

1) Cut out cool pictures from magazines, like martini glasses and cupcakes / holiday related things.
2) Rubber cement or glue them to styrofoam plates or thick poster board
3) cut them out and stick blank to: from: tags on them

I made these for everyone's presents, and they came out really quality looking.. sorry I don't have pics, I ended up giving them all them all away!
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« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2004 06:18:48 AM »

For my guitar plaging friends, I decoupaged some sets of picks (just the top half) with pictures of their favourite things, and put them in altoids tins. They were a big hit! I also made my guitar-mad buds some cuffs made of laminated pictures of guitars that I cut out of a poster and put velcro on the ends of to seal them.

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