Recently Sadie Lou of http://craftilyeverafter.blogspot.com and http://cottagestylestreetteam.blogspot.com, created a terrific plan to generate funds for advertisement in major magazines for the The Cottage Street Team. Brilliant! So...........Sadie Lou asked me if I would like to contribute to this master plan! And what better market than weddings and brides! The idea is to create a bridal gift basket and fill it with all sorts of bridal goodies! Then ten baskets will be featured on Etsy, June 1st, 2008! I decided to go with the old adage, something old something new......theme, kind of vintage cottage style. I know theses baskets will be represented by the most gifted and fanciful artist on the team which will only make the baskets more of a coveted bridal trove for the bride to be! I thought one of my holiday gift paddles (instructions as seen in Somerset Studios Holiday Issue 2007 Vol. 1) transformed into a Bridal Fan Hand Paddle would be a vintage style addition to the trove and as for the bride to be banner is for the outside of the basket, as the final touch!
An added tip....A wonderful way to create the vintage look on the ends of your crepe paper is to tea stain them BUT.....prior to unraveling the roll! That is the secret!....Take one side of the entire white crepe paper roll (streamer) and dip it into tea, longer the deeper the tint and then carefully let excess liquid drip off the roll and do the same to other side. I let the roll dry out for approx. 24 hours. Tah Dah, now you have vintage looking crepe paper and it works great with other colored dyes! The possibilities are endless!