My cross country move is completed - well, it's completed in the sense that I'm HERE...........now I have to unpack. ACK!
I'm slowly locating all of my crafting goodies. I have a whole room available to me for crafting in - I spent yesterday cleaning it (it was a terrible mess, and still needs a lot of work), but I am so excited to have this space available to me. I feel very spoiled!
I'm SO excited to be able to start being creative, again, and have lots of great ideas for Paperdaisies!
If she's not limited in funds, make it a Jack and Jill shower, and make the whole thing into a black-tie affair - tuxes, evening gowns, black and white cake, maybe even a string quartet. You can throw some silver things in the mix to stand in for some of the white.
Of course, all that that seems over-the-top to me, but it might float her boat.
You got me curious about this. I have recently become very interested in bookbinding, and want to try my hand at different techniques.
So, I started hunting for some info on the Secret Belgian Binding.
Yes, it exists, and yes, that is the correct name for it. I have not found a tutorial for it, yet - well, not one that's published on the Web, that is. I have found several places that offer classes on this technique, and I've posted several interesting links, below. The most promising looks like the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild site (www.cbbag.ca), which seems to offer home study courses. I didn't read all of the fine print, so I'm not sure if they only offer classes to Canadian residents, or if anyone can take them.
I might be tempted to purchase a Secret Belgian Bound book, and take it apart to learn the technique. Sometimes that's the only good way to learn something!
A few questions for you: Is your co-worker also relying on you to make these things, or do you just need to come up with the ideas?
When does this event take place?
Is this going to be a fun and funky event, or does it need to be a little more sedate?
Just a few ideas off the top of my head: Have all the guests wrap their gifts in black or white wrapping - you might want to assign colors to people - if you don't, I have a feeling most would show up with gifts wrapped in white. Decorate with black and white balloons and streamers - I know the party stores have a lot of black stuff, usually.
Have all the guests dress in black and white.
If you Google "wedding favors", there are simply tons of ideas out there - and a lot of them could easily be crafted, and crafted in black and white. You could make up little favor boxes made out of Chinese take out cartons, decorated with black designs and ribbon.
I also Googled "wedding shower ideas" and found another ton of ideas.
Hmmmm..............door prizes. Maybe some great little gift baskets? Filled with bath goodies, or baked goodies, or sewing goodies? Or coffee or tea themed baskets - include a really good bag of coffee or some extra-special tea, a few mugs (in black and white), some pretty little spoons, etc. A stationery basket - filled with black and white greeting cards, thank you notes, postcards, etc. A scrapbooking basket - filled with embellishments, paper, etc. in black and white. Little packages of magnets for people's fridges (think marble magnets with black and white designs), black and white journals or address books, little vanity kits (nail files, tweezers, nail clippers) enclosed in a nice little black and white fabric envelope.
If you can, design and print the invitations in black and white - a black background with white text and designs would be quite striking.
Ok, I'm all out of ideas for this early in the morning!
I'm so excited for you! And I'm excited for me, too - I'm moving into a place where I can have a large crafty space all to myself!
One of the first things I am going to do: paint a very large space on one wall with magnetic paint - it's fantastic stuff.
Second thing: Cover another large area of another wall with corkboard.
Third thing: Cover yet another large area of wall with chalkboard paint.
I dabble in many different things, and I want to be able to see my work, or get things out of the way while I am working on something else - these different walls will help with that.
Other plans - large work spaces - some of them very simply made out of saw horses and sheets of plywood. Lots of storage space - maybe a few armoires (I plan on getting used ones, or el-cheapo ones from Wal-mart, and sprucing them up).
I'm very lucky................I can pretty much do what I want to the walls and the floor.
I'd like to have different "work zones" for things, too...............over here, paper stuff.............over there, fabric stuff.