that's a good suggestion - I think blue walls too, and let them go theme-nuts with bedding and upholstery. (I always find fabric easier than paint to change when you get tired of it) and if you are able to split the room in half, a sheer curtain a la Sex and the City (the season where Aidan moved in with Carrie) through the middle of the room will tone down any clashing-ness of the themes.
Another good way to resolve the conflict is to have them each make example boards of their designs (like the professionals on TV do) so they can each see what the other wants instead of rejecting their own vision of the other's idea. Maybe they'd be able to agree on something then? It's a good idea to do it anyway, since having a plan always makes home decor run smoother.
I had a similar problem in my bathroom - who puts 4-foot-tall windows in bathrooms anyway? I solved it by getting some film - it's the same stuff that those little window clinger guys are from, but big enough to cover entire windows - and stuck it on there to obscure the view. It's completely temporary, which is great since I rent, and still lets the light in. Also, it's cat-proof. Um, I got mine at the Home Depot... if that helps you find some.
But you could also go the conventional route and hang a curtain at half-mast. (use a tension rod if it needs to be temporary)
I've seen a homemade variation of the Umbra frame somewhere..... like on HGTV or something
It was a bunch of wooden shingle-sized rectangles that were hung and attached to one another using key rings - I think they actually made a room divider out the contraption, but you could easily adapt the idea to a single row of hanging shingle-sized pieces of wood with postcards affixed to them.
I've heard that mod podge stays sticky... so you might want to use something else to seal it - some kind of varnish, maybe? You could probably use the varnish as a glue to stick the pictues on as well, assuming they're on a porous paper, not like a photo.
Good luck, though! post pics when you're finished!
The students who will be making the crafts are all ages - from age 5 or 6 to adult - so there's a real diversity of skill level. Also, there's a time limit, since the Easter and Xmas things only last about 2 hours - so anything that can't be done inside of 30 minutes is usually too much.
(We do Strohsterne nearly every year, and everyone loves them! but I think it's important to switch things up from time to time)
And traditional is preferable, but not necessary. I'm really looking for a book of traditional crafts, though, since images really inspire me, and a book is something that can be referred to in years to come.
just a note on copyright - if you are in Canada and intend to continue doing commissioned portraits, you need to get yourself a standard contract that allows you to keep ahold of the copyright. The copyright on works commissioned in Canada is the property of the person who commissions it - unless you get them to sign a contract stating otherwise.
so if you are Canadian, technically, you can't post that gorgeous portrait without permission from the person who asked you to do it. I'm not sure about copyright in the US, but I would imagine it is similar.
sergers can do all sorts of things. The most practical use is the finishing of fabric edges so they won't fray (fantastic for quick projects if you don't want to have to go over your project twice to finish the edges AND sew the seam - the serger does both at once)
but you can use it to do all sorts of embellishments on fabric - like you can put a row of braided-looking stitches on things, and all sorts of cool tricks. Check your library for a book like Serger Secrets: High-Fashion techniques for creating great-looking clothes, by Griffin
If you paint the dye on, make sure you wet the fabric first, so it doesn't get all blotchy. But you'll still have to get the rest of the shoe wet when you rinse the dye out. Also, you'd have to be pretty careful about not getting dye on the sole...
If they were my shoes, I'd do one of two things:
1. soak the whole shoe in very strong tea (which makes a good, cheap, natural tan coloured dye) Soaking the whole thing will make sure you get a uniform colour and will sort of match the tones of the fabric and the sole (since you're not going to ever match it perfectly... unless you are magic)
2. cover the canvas bit there are all kinds of crazy things you could do with a little alene's tacky glue, some ribbon, and some fake flowers. I think there was a craft challenge a while back for ideas to cover shoes... that might give you an idea or two.