18 November 2011

Gifts for guys

Ok, anybody else having trouble thinking of something to get for the guys in your life for Christmas? For some reason I seem to have more trouble coming up with gift ideas for guys than for girls. Actually here are some of the reasons I thought of:
  • I'm a girl, so naturally I have a better idea what a girl might want
  • Hubs is picky (that probably doesn't apply to everyone, but remind me to tell you the story of the chocolate vs. black dashboard sometime)
  • You can't apply mad crafting or sewing skills to most guy presents - I'm fairly certain my Dad does not want a cute headband and my uncle doesn't want a pretty clutch
  • Guys are weird
 Most of my guy relatives are pretty much maxed out on knives, multi-tools, etc. (although they would probably say you can never have too many) so I've been on the lookout for different guy gifts this year. I thought I'd share some ideas I've compiled after hours of browsing pinterest. Some are homemade and others are...uh...not.

1. Paracord bracelet - looks tough and could be useful in an emergency (you can unravel and use the 7-8 ft of paracord to hold stuff together or something)
 Tutorial here on my blog

2. Camera lens coffee mug - way more fun than a plain ole mug
$24-30 at Photojojo

3. Astronaut ice cream - how cool is that? (haha, get it? coool?? sorry, I couldn't help myself)
$3.99 at ThinkGeek

4. Turn a fat tie into a skinny tie - I'm keeping this in my back pocket for Hubs someday
 Tutorial at Design Mom

5. iPad case - although may I suggest a slightly more manly fabric and a magnetic snap closure instead of a bow...unless your guy is the bow-liking type
Tutorial at The Polkadot Chair
And for the little guy, I like:
6. Socktopus - cute and cuddly :) and not every kid on the block has one
 Guidelines here on my blog (no pattern, sorry!)

7. Car play mat - doesn't this look fun?? And from what I've seen you don't even have to sew them, just hot glue!

Hopefully that gave you some new ideas! Anybody else have brilliant guy gift ideas?
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09 November 2011

Gray Nails?

Anybody mind taking a break from crafts for the day? Oh good, no one objected (at least not while I was typing). I was reading through Real Simple and noticed some nail polish I liked. I've been wanting some new polish for a while, so I picked out a pretty gray color - stormy.
On a side note: I don't know why I haven't been buying quick drying polish all along. That's the only way to go! So I painted and luck must've been on my side because I didn't even mess up my right hand (yay!). I saw this on Pinterest the other day and could totally relate.
(from: this pin
I really like the color, but Hubs started cracking up when I showed him. I guess he doesn't "get" painting your nails gray...or something. I don't know, but he thinks its really funny. Maybe I should just be glad he doesn't hate it. :)
So have you ever painted your nails gray (or do you spell it grey, I go back and forth)? Is it cute or is it hilarious? (Please don't say hilarious.) What's your favorite nail color?
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