That's an excellent question, that I don't have an answer to. I'm looking for large 6"X6" or larger cardstock & envelopes for my Xmas cards. I found that simplypaperandenvelopes dot com has some stuff, but I've never heard of them before, and am not sure if they're reputable or not. Has anyone dealt with them before?
maybe you should move this over to HOME SWEET HOME - EXTERIOR DECORATING/YARD ART - COMPLETED PROJECTS. I say this because this is such an awesome project and I want to be able to find it again - great job, I may have to duplicate this.
My mother liked to sew, quilt and garden. I'm not sure how creative gardening is, but it was one of her hobbies.
My father likes to write, make railroad models (amazingly intricate), decorate the house, problem solve and build furniture. (He no longer has a garage - it's a woodshop now).
My sister likes to quilt and sew.
My brother tinkers with electronics, and figures out how to get or make things as cheaply as possible (which I think involves a lot of creativity). He's trying to retire early.
I like to do photography and have recently taken up sewing again.
So yea, we all have our things. Personally I think it's fantastic. It gave us all a sense of independence, but also makes for interesting conversations. It's so sad to me to see families that just bond by watching tv together. We didn't have cable until I was 16, so I think that really fueled our craftiness. I think creativity is so important, and not in just actually making things, but it's terrific for problem solving.
so, it's not the craftiest thing, but here's what im doing for my dad:
my dad has always wanted to try writing, but has never done it. so i've gotten the book No Plot No Problem - which basically is a guide to writing a novel in 30 days. it doesn't have to be a great novel, just a novel which doesn't make someone puke. it gives you guides for how much to write each day and tips, so i'm making him a 30 day writing calendar/checklist to go w/ it so he stays on track. it's personal, yet so so cheap.
good luck w/ that black - a middle of the night "great idea" turned into 2 years of black hair for me (i had really long hair).
i did 2 things to get rid of it - 1, a hairdresser recommended prell shampoo - it's pretty cheap and strong, it kinda strips your hair (which would never make me want to use it under normal circumstances) that seemed to speed up the removal process,
but eventually i went and bought one of the bleaching kits that comes w/ those brightly colored dyes they sell for hair, manic panic stuff, ya know? only problem is then you have to dye your hair to get it close to your old natural color, so it still won't be completely au natural, but you won't choose black again.
I second chromaphile's comment about only putting in work you're super confident about. if you don't think it looks good - you'll be convinced no one else does either.
try to think of your pieces as a whole - what is a theme to tie them all together ? if they're all prints, having them matted and framed the same way will give them continuity. but it's always nice to have a body of work, like if they're all done the same style or concern a certain subject matter. for one of their senior show's, an art ed major just put in things from all her different art classes, and it felt really random. almost like she was just trying to fill space.
think scale. the gallery is probably larger than you would imagine. a small, framed 11 ' by 14'' will be dwarfed by a wall, but several arranged together looks better. go for impact - people equate big with impressive.
but on the other hand, if this doesn't reflect what your work is (i don't think you mentioned), do something that works for you and your work. ohh - and advertise! get the word of mouth out. there are several websites that provide cheap cheap postcards, where you can have a picture of your piece put on the card. and tell everyone you know, because probably only 2 out of every 10 people will come, so be your own pr person.
just enjoy yourself and relax. you've got all of summer to think about it.