by Felecity W.
My town has a gourmet dressing and olive oil store and next time I need a hostess gift I intend on getting something from there. Depending on if it's just dinner or something more personal like a baby shower would affect the gift you get.
Spa baskets are nice, although sometimes played out they are usually appreciated esp. if you can throw in something you made yourself like bath salts,soap,herbal flower bath soaks, etc. Wine is always a safe bet, although maybe not so appropriate considering the occasion.
You could also consider getting something she likes just a nicer(more expensive) version so for candles try Yankee, Woodwick, Molton Brown, etc.
If I think of more I will update, congrats on the baby!
Custom guitar picks! Just use old credit cards and trace a guitar pick onto the hard card material then cut out and sand the edges with nail file. You can also paint them if you want to make them more unique.
You could also cut a normal pick in half and make "best friend" necklaces. Or you could embroider a guitar strap for him with his favorite lyrics.
Even a custom painted box to keep picks and strings in would probably be appreciated.
I made these bath salts for Christmas one year and they were a huge hit. I packaged the salts in glass jars (from dollar tree) decorated with ribbon and pretty paper and included some other bath goodies.
Don't be intimidated by the ingredients it's basically just baking soda,Epsom salts, and olive or baby oil. Also the essential oils will last you a long time, I just ran out of a bottle I got a year ago and I used it frequently.
Here is an easy tutorial for bath bombs as well!
This is also a very easy project with a wow factor. If she doesn't like headbands you can glue the flower on clips, bobby pins, or barrets.
If you know how to can, homemade spaghetti sauce or applesauce would be amazing you could even include a box of wheat pasta to make it more *gourmet*. I have a tut. on making applesauce if you're interested.
My sister in law made homemade vanilla extract for everyone along with spaghetti sauce and we really enjoyed it. I can find the tut on making the vanilla if you want just pm me.
As for the baby, I made my nephew a picnic basket of felt food last Christmas and he still plays with it everyday. We also gave out homemade bath salts (easier then it sounds), chocolate covered pretzel sticks, homemade coffee soap, and home blended dried tea along with homemade dried cocoa mix.
Here are some of the anniversary gifts I have made my boyfriend, now hubby. The last one if the most recent. Maybe these will spark some ideas. Good luck!
I have seen them in craft stores. If you already have the studs with prongs I would consider attaching them to a base and then attaching the base to the heel part like I did here.
I would suggest using studs that do not screw in, have a flat bottom and simply using gorilla glue to attach them. Maybe a picture would better describe the problem though.
I used the stuffing on a roll "batting" in the USA for this project. I am assuming this is what you mean? We use it for the middle of quilts (to retain heat and keep fabric smooth and fluffy) and under upholstered things.
As for plushies and my stuffed felt food I just use the innards of a bed pillow! :) It is way cheaper and works the same if not better. Check out IKEA I believe they are a cheaper home decor store in the UK, correct me if I am wrong.
I think the V-bangs would look nice on you. You have a good face shape for the bangs, and your eyebrows arch nice as well.
Here is a youtube tutorial on making fake bangs from hair extensions
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I am definitely going to buy a budget pair of specs first so if something goes wrong I will only loss $10, since reimbursement also seems to be a problem with most online companies.
@ Mod: I actually came across the website you mentioned when I was researching where to buy contacts from online. Unfortunately they do not stock the brand I need because of my astigmatism. Their glasses are also more expensive, so I will stick to select specs, at least this time. :)
@ Sweet C: I have been taking shape, color, and bridge into consideration. I have had similar colored glasses in the past so hopefully these flatter my face as well. I really wanted to try something different since my old glasses are black. Since I'm an autumn the colors should work well with my skin tone, hopefully they are true to the colors shown online.
Does anyone have a favorite among the glasses shown? I like them all! That doesn't really help me narrow it down though.
I am considering buying a pair of glasses online from www.selectspecs.com. Has anyone ever bought glasses from this company? I am wondering about the validity of this company.
These are the pairs I am debating between, I have a oval face so I am leaning towards rectangle frames. What's your impression on these frames?
Here are some things I have made my baby nephew. He really enjoys the felt food!
I made this hat for my brother and was promptly told to make another for my lil sister.
If you live by a mall check out DEB they sell Junior clothes and usually have an awesome clearance section. I used to work there and know for a fact that the smaller sizes get priced lowest because they stay there the longest. I have gotten dresses for $1! Also let the staff know what you need usually they have stuff stashed.
Sometimes the goodwill has cute dresses, depends on where you live. Target is also a good choice.
I would suggest screw-back spikes then you would only need to make a small hole in the shoe screw the spike on. Very easy and relatively cheap.
Here is a good website to buy screw-back spikes wholesale.
If you plan on wearing it again the same way I would suggest adding permanent grommets.. When adding a grommet you need to make a hole to put the metal grommet in and then you attach the other side, so half of the work is already done!
Depending on the location of the hole you could just make your tank smaller by taking it in around the sides thus removing said hole.
I know you don't like patching but have you tried this way?
Add an iron-on patch under the fabric with the sticky/glue side facing the fabric.
So the patch surface would be touching your skin. depending on the hole size the glue usually holds it fine. If you can find a matching patch this would be my option.
Try this link but instead of making the bottom into a square shape just make it the way you want. It shouldnt be much different. Also make the sling part longer.
As for the tie-dying I would suggest dying the fabric before you cut it.
What about some homemade soap or bath salts?
Women love getting soaps and lotions and we hardly ever buy them for ourselves.
I followed this tutorial and the results were amazing! Plus the ingredients are way cheaper then store-bought.Good luck.
Target $1 bins are awesome! Esp for seasonal things.
Dollar tree is cheap, everything is $1 if you go AFTER a holiday its even cheaper! Alot of it is quality goods, just surplus.
Also try Michaels they usually have $1-$5 bins and when you check out you get a 40% off coupon for next time. Also their scrapbook paper goes on sale for 7/$1
www.Craigslist.com is great for old furniture you want to recycle/upcycle. Check out the free section! www.freecycle.com is the same concept but everything is free. :)
I will try to think of more. Hope this helps!
I would do the baking soda first if that doesn't work try a solution of half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. Spray the interior and leave windows or doors open for about 30mins, the vinegar smell will go away I promise. This works because vinegar neutralizes most odors.
This method also eliminates cat spray smell. :)
If you live in the USA Michale's, Hobby Lobby, and most other craft stores sell fimo clay. I use sculpey alot it's a good brand that isn't too expensive, maybe $3 for one color. Ask an associate where to find it.
Play-doh wouldn't work nearly as well.
You could use a refrigerator box and spray paint it so it looks like a phone booth, If you were able to turn it into a photo booth that would be awesome.
Maybe have mixed drinks/cocktails for different time periods? Example-Classic Martini for the 20's
Or even different drinks for different locations.
Example-Sake/China, Vodka/Russia, and so on.
Maybe put together a mix CD of popular songs from different time periods. Example- Andrew sister/1940's, Elvis Presley/1950's, Beatles/1960's, James Brown/Say it loud...ect
I know some of my dates overlap but you get the idea. I think people would have alot of fun dancing to swing and disco in the same night.
What about a traditional box? Just find one tall enough and cut the sides along the "seams" this will allow you to fold the sides back up and should be secure with a lid and possibly ribbon tied around the middle. That's what I would try..you could cover the outside with pretty paper.
If you make my altered book please upload your version! I would love to see it. Good luck.