2013 Etsy Craft Party

June 21, 2013

Hello, friends, and Happy Summer Soltice!  Last night was the night of the Etsy Craft Party and I have to say, it was an absolute blast!  I had so much fun crafting, eating yummy desserts and, most of all, meeting so many amazing local crafters!!

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There were so many fun crafts available for people to try, I had to try them all!  There was paper crafting and screen printing, they were teaching people how to make natural fabric dye and gift bags out of newspaper, and there were even stations to make hair pins and paint your nails!  Here are my spoils from the party:

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The little swag bags had tons of business cards and post cards so you knew who everyone was as well as little gifties like the “I’m a Craftivist” sticker and handmade wooden baubles!  There was also lots of cool technology for crafters to learn like the Cricut and Cuttlebug machines.  I had the chance to make greeting cards for charity and try out the Cuttlebug machine to hand emboss these beautiful papers.  I also made a gift bag using newspaper and washi tape (note to self: buy washi tape!) and hair pin using scraps of leather and felt – so fun!

etsycraftparty_cardsetsycraftparty_giftbagetsycraftparty_hairpinI think my favorite craftivity (see what I did there??) of the night, however, was the natural dye station.  KC Sears from Make Shop Live was teaching everyone how to make natural dyes using household ingredients as well as giving a tutorial on tie-dying techniques using metal to get different effects.  Here I am with KC and my tie dye sample!

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My first attempt, using turmeric as a dye (a beautiful bright yellow), came out okay, but I think I wrapped it too tightly because very little of the fabric received any dye.  My second attempt came out much better – using mixed onions for dye and lots of little metal file clips, the pattern came out pretty awesome, if I may say so myself!

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Overall, I think I can safely say the night was a success!  I have to admit that I was pretty nervous because I rarely go to events like this and I almost never go to an event where I don’t know anyone; but, once I got over my nerves, I had so much fun!  I met so many super nice, creative, talented people, I can’t imagine why I was so nervous in the first place!

The best part of the event, for me, was finding such a great, supportive local community of crafters and Etsy sellers that I never even knew existed.  If you’re ever afraid of putting yourself out there, don’t be, because you never know who you might meet or what kind of amazing experiences you will have!  I am super excited to continue attending even more upcoming events and workshops and to continue meeting and getting to know this new community of like-creative individuals.

I am so full of new ideas and inspiration, I am practically bursting!  Did you head to an Etsy Craft Party yesterday?  What kinds of things do you do to get inspired and find new ideas??

Thanks for reading :)

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