So dear reader, have you discovered the newest cyber social media craze
? The one filled with boards and boards of inspiration and an addictive power so strong that participants are apt to require a 12-step program if and when the server ever goes down?
I know (for those of us already under its spell), gasp! that I could even think about typing such a statement! The absolute horror if that actually happened!
Well, dear reader, if you have yet to succumb to the wiles of the site, I’ll explain how it works
But first, I must mention that I cannot
, well, um, mention the actual name of the site
. Yeah, I know, I know. Crazy. But those nervous SC lawyers with all their legalese say it’s a no-no. So with all the strength I can muster (which is not much since I have spent the last five days eating myself into a pre-holiday food coma), I will dutifully suppress my innate need to go against authority and do what they ask.
In the spirit of giving, let’s just call it my holiday gift to them … freedom from court action.
Now back to how it works … let’s say you are out in the cyber world
looking at all the amazing things people are creating (which of course means you’d be here at Spotted Canary, right?) and you’ve found a few items you’d like to keep track of for future reference
. With the help of an icon on your tool bar, you can not only save the image but the html address as well
in your account at the not-to-be-mentioned-web-site (aka the NTBMWS).
But here’s the even better part … it makes my organizational DNA just tingle with delight … you can categorize all your finds into separate files
. Want a place to put all those amazing ideas you find here at the Party Time Blog? Just start a file at the NTBMWS titled “All Those Amazing Ideas from the Party Time Blog” and click your way to easy future access.
So where does the social media part fit in? Well, the NTBMWS allows you to follow other people’s files
… which means that you can see everything they are adding to them. If you like what you see, you can either add that item to your own file, click to let them know you think its super cool or, make a comment about it. Whenever I log into my account at the NTBMWS, I’m always a bit on pins and needles to see if anyone has validated my favorite finds by re-filing or liking them.
Basically, you connect with other people through the things they find inspiring, yummy or worthy to remember
… or in some cases the things they find to be uber hilarious … ok, I’m belly laughing just thinking about some of the funny quotes and pictures I’ve seen … must remember to wear the Depends when viewing those … just a helpful hint from me to you dear reader : ).
Another way this cyber filing system is becoming a social phenomenon is through the popularity of hosting parties dedicated to showcasing participants’ versions of their favorite filed items
. A hostess invites followers to share and expound on their experience re-creating a posted project and in some instances, a recipe as well.
Can you say two-fer? A party and my new crazy-in-love addiction?
Can you hear the angels singing?
So dear reader … can you guess what I did a few weekends ago? Yep … I hosted one of these two-fers! The Be Inspired Party
If I had an invitation to show you, I would. I sent an e-mail out
to my regular peeps and a few gals who I follow on the NTBMWS. It was all very last minute so I didn’t expect a huge turnout, but thankfully my regs showed up and didn’t grumble too much with all my photo requests (insert mushy stuff about how great these girls are and how much I appreciate them).
My electronic invite asked each guest to bring both a project and recipe they had made from an internet inspiration
. When you send your invites out, think about assigning the party a theme such as quick holiday gifts, spring home décor, or before and after re-do’s. A focus will help guests in narrowing down their options as well as keeping party content fresh if you plan on hosting more than one during the year. The Décor
Since the holidays
were/are fast approaching, that seemed like a logical theme
. Any chance to lessen my trips to the attic, I’m all for. Jane, my co-hort in all things party, suggested we use turquoise as one of the main colors
. Apparently it’s all the rage this season and I’m all for trendy rages : ).
The turquoise of course was teamed up with my standard operating colors, black and silver
(predictability is how I roll). I decided my three new cone shaped glitter trees
would be a décor jumping off point so you can see that element repeated. My favorite tree? The feathered one that sat on the buffet. So glad I spent the $10 on this one. It makes me happy.
Another repeat component is the ball ornament
. There’s a lot of bang for your buck with these simple orbs. I say buy them en masse and in all kinds of colors. At this party they got hung from the chandelier
over the food table, piled in bowls
and even embellished with letter stickers
to spell the party’s mantra. I love the shininess of the glass ones, but if you live in a house with small hands, go for the bucket of plastic ones. Their cheaper too. Indestructible and inexpensive. Two-fer!
The girls brought some yummy internet inspired treats
. Look at those cute reindeers
! Super easy and oh so yummy! And the filled gingerbread cups
? Oh my! I’m wiping drool off the key board just thinking about those …
I designated a table for the girls to exhibit their projects on
. Suggestion: have some easels and boxes available for guests to use when setting up their displays.
After everyone arrived, I had each guest show, describe and share tips and tricks with everyone
. I don’t know what Leslie said to Jane, but I love her reaction! Priceless.
These projects were all done by Jane. She discovered the magic of Epson salts
that week and if it didn’t move, she spread it with decoupage glue and sprinkled it with salt. Instant beautiful snow! Brilliant huh!
Jane also made her very first canvas art
. I love the argyle pattern and the overall feeling of whimsy. I’m sure her daughter will love this piece as part of her holiday room décor. I know I would.
Leslie brought a cabochon necklace
she had been inspired to make. So pretty … and so hoping one of these is under my tree this year … hint, hint : ).
Polley. Polley. Polley. Big shout out thank you to her for coming over to party when she didn’t feel well. A truly selfless gift … thank you! Apparently her butterfly art
almost didn’t make it out of her house because her girls were pining for it so much. She used one of the new EK layering punches
to create the butterflies … love. love. love. Her genius moment? She used the kraft colored frame backing as the background. No need for seaming paper. Hello! Brilliant!
Me? What did I do? I vacuumed. There is an art to that you know … just ask my mother. Kidding : ). I attempted to make a few cone trees, one with yarn and another with fabric
. If I do this project again, I think I need to find pointy cone shaped bases … these flat topped ones were hard to cover. Just a note to self for next time … The Parting Gift
I wanted the girls to be able to keep track of the links people were referencing and to also be able to scribble down any tips and tricks they wanted to remember
. My first thought was embellished clipboards but after I saw these cute brag books
in the dollar bin at my local crafts store, I knew my plans needed to change.
Each page got a cardstock insert that had a space for a link address and how-to notes
. I also added a spot for a photo
… the intention … take pictures of each of the projects as soon as they arrived and while guests were mingling/eating, print photos so guests could then add them to the book pages. Cool, huh?
I suppose if you had a huge number of guests you could ask everyone to e-mail a picture ahead of time so that photos could be added to the pages before they printed
. That would be less stressful and would allow you to mingle too … but I’m never that far ahead in my thought process … you dear reader shall benefit from my lack of foresight : ).
So dear reader, I hope you try one of these internet inspiration parties
. I think it would be way fun to host one every quarter. Making them a seasonal tradition.
The way best part of these? Besides the yummy food and time with great friends … you get one more testimonial on how to accomplish something
. ‘Cause we all know “your results will vary” even if you follow the tutorial to a “T”. One more set of how-to’s is always beneficial … especially for those of us who hate to fail : ).
And if you haven’t been to the NTBMWS yet, be forewarned … it’s crazy addictive! But a great way to organize all those projects and recipes you find in the cyber world. And don’t forget to add all the awesome ideas you find here at SC
… I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see all the new file folders titled “All the Awesome Things I’ve Seen on the Party Time Blog”. LOL.
Happy inspiration dear reader!
~ Elizabeth (ekb