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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / New Years Brunch ideas? on: November 30, 2008 07:26:33 PM
I'm having a brunch at my place with all of my girl friends a few days after new years. I'm thinking of doing a pretty varied spread, since people are coming/staying any time between 11 30 am and 5 pm. It's really more of an open house with brunchy foods than a sit down brunch, and I'm expecting about 20 people throughout the day, ranging in age from 16 to 50+, but mostly twentysomethings.

I want to do favours that tie in with a new years resolution theme, things like a scratch ticket for "take more chances", post it notes for "stick to it!" and a fortune cookie for "get lucky". If anyone has any ideas for what I can use for favours that tie in with this theme let me know.

I'll probably have light music playing. I don't want it to overpower the party, but I don't want it to be silent (though I doubt we will be!)

If anyone has any easy decorating ideas, or a good food idea...or any input...shoot it this way.

I love parties!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting as a subculture-research help needed! on: November 03, 2008 08:31:47 PM
Hey guys, I'm not sure if this is really the right board or place to ask, but I'm doing a research project for my sociology class, and my topic is "crafting as a subculture". Essentially its about the crafty things we do and why, and how in recent years the demographic of the subculture has shifted.

I would love to get peoples thoughts on this...

do you consider yourself to be part of a subculture?

if anyone has any advice on where else you think I could research or survey, please let me know!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Two Toy Horses-macro photo on: April 20, 2008 06:25:36 PM
The macro setting is definitely a favourite. I snuck up on these two little guys who have been hanging out in my house since...well, since before I was born.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Speakeasy/ Prohibition/1920s theme party-help! on: April 17, 2008 09:26:23 AM
Last year I planned my first big bash- Fake Prom 2007. This year we want to have the same kind of thing- a party/dance/dinner, but we want the theme to be a 1920s prohibition era speakeasy.

Unfortunately, my basement is in less than stellar condition and is so full of stuff that we couldnt possibly entertain. We're going to hold it outside, because my backyard is sizeable and can comfortably acomodate large groups.

I have a vague idea of how I want things to look in my head. A lot of black and shimmer, tables set up with candles and a small tent set up for photo taking (we did this last year, it was super fun). I've had a lot of offers from friends and neighbors to lend chairs and tables, so that wont be an issue. I'm an artist so anything creatable is game.

I'm thinking of buying some miniature bathtubs to serve drinks in. I could probably find some at the thrift store (I saw quite a few on ebay)

any other crafy (low budget) ideas?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / A prom-even though we're not in High school! on: August 10, 2007 08:38:51 AM
A few months back, my friend Jessica and I planned a prom for her birthday. It ended up morphing out of a birthday party and completely into prom. We had a ticketed event with a buffet (self catered!)



It was a pretty crazy and fun day. Our budget was about 250$ including food and decorations (we only made back about $175 off our tickets, but a lot of the stuff we have used again, or will use). We got all of the fabric we used from Fabricland (where we work!). We waited until clearance went to half price, and got most of our fabric for $1 per meter (we ended up with something like 80 metres, but its getting re-used!)

One of my closest friends is on her way to a career in photography, so she offered (was coaxed into) doing our cheesy prom photography. We used a collapsable dining tent for out photos, which we decorated with our $1 fabric and paper lanterns



My dad (being the guy that he is) got the crazy idea that he could build a shed in the week before prom. By Thursday, I knew he wouldnt have it done, but he said "you can use the base as a dance floor". The base of the shed (sorry, dance floor) was literally being finished as our guests arrived.



Our centrepeices were simple. We took various glass vases (some clear, some green) and single gerbera daisies, and some coloured bamboo and curly twigs in pink and green.



Our decorations included swags along the deck and fence, as well as paper lanterns. We had plans for more decorations, but we ran out of time on the day of. We didnt set up the tables until everyone was waiting to sit down to eat, on account of the construction site that was our backyard) Our tablecloths were plastic (easy cleanup!)









Our food was a hot and cold buffet. We had samosas (prepared by a wonderful coworker) perogies, sausage and spanikopita for our hot foods, as well as a cheese tray, cracker tray, smoked salmon, and vegetables.

Our desserts were a chocolate fountain and various dippaples (we managed to go without spilling chocolate all over ourselves) as well as a cupcake tree, with the cupcakes decorated in our colours. We constructed the tree ourselves by epoxying together various thrift store finds

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Fourth of July BBQ- in Canada on Labour day. on: August 06, 2007 07:40:07 AM
As my last night in town before I move off to college (ok, I'm moving an hour away, and I've done it before) I'm planning on having a fourth of July themed BBQ, to celebrate my independence.

I've never been to a Fourth of July anything...its probably going to be fairly similar to a Canada day bbq, but with some blue thrown in.

I go to the states fairly often (Niagara Falls/Buffalo area) and I need ideas on where to shop to pick up super patriotic decorations. There is a Target, Big Lots, K Mart, Wal Mart and Sams Club in the area where I shop (and a Jo-Anns!)

anyone got any ideas for games, food or decorations? the ages in attendance are going to be 15 to 40, plus the parents
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 80s movie party on: July 13, 2007 08:19:06 PM
ok, so you know how in every 80s teen movie, they throw a party when their parents are out of town and the house gets absolutely trashed?

well, my parents happen to be going on a road trip the week of my birthday (21!! but in canada, that doesnt mean much...), so I thought an 80s movie party would be fitting. I'm thinking I might lock up my valuables and TP the tree, but I'm at a loss on how to "decorate" for this party.

Everyone is coming dressed as a character from their favourite 80s movie or tv series (I need to find a John Cusack look-alike and someone willing to dress up as a giant chicken...)

anyone have any thoughts, ideas or hilarious contributions?
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Faery Fest Costumes on: June 26, 2007 09:50:08 PM
This weekend, my friends and I attended an event called "Faery Fest"

Its sort of like a Rennaisance or Medieval Faire, but with a fairy theme. Naturally we all made costumes. The lady in the red was a total stranger, but she came up to us to get a picture of us because she liked our costumes so much.



I'm in the light green...my corset was too big on me...and my skirt was superfloof. its six layers!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 50s rock and roll party on: May 14, 2007 01:59:16 PM
I was originally going to make it outsiders themed, and have people come as greasers or sochs', but it turns out that hardly any of my friends have read or seen the outsiders, and so I figured that a 50s rock and roll party would be much more doable, even though they are kind of similar in theme.

I was thinking of doing some record bowls for chips/centerpieces and such, and playing 50s music. I found some awesome rock and roll favours and decorations at the party factory (teal and pink guitar swizzle sticks!)

I'm kind of at a loss for what kind of food I should make, etc. Its going to be a pretty big range of ages (17 to 50) and I'll be turning 21.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Wooly Bullies-Student Film Doc on: April 24, 2007 05:12:41 PM
Its about the rivalry between knitters and crocheters. Its a fun little 9 minute film by Humber College Film Students.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JZcUjYpjKZs

hope you enjoy
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