Jun 20, 2010

Etsy Craft Party Miami

Friday, June 18th was Etsy Craft Party day all over the world. Here's a peek into our party here in Miami. It was a great event and we had an awesome turnout. It was great to see that so many Miami crafters are out there. Though we didn't make it into the top 50 parties to be able to get one of the gift boxes from Etsy, with our own ingenuity and some extra supplies, we were able to have a great party with plenty of crafts and giveaways for everyone. Plus everyone had a fun time making things and meeting new friends.

Our Miami Etsy Craft Party was held at Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe. Everyone really enjoyed all the goodies they had to offer. It was a hot Miami summer night, but everyone kept cool with iced coffees, gelato and of course, who could resist the Sweetness's gourmet cupcakes.

Right outside the front door we set up our sign-in table. People came, signed in and got their name tags. Then it was time to pick up the goodies, we had some of the tutorials and templates printed out from the Etsy Craft Party Kit. We also had coloring pages for the kids (and the kids at heart) and our friendship bracelet kits.

We filled up the place, and had a great time crafting the night away. Etsians and non-etsians alike all got in on the fun.

After some trial and error, everyone got busy making their friendship bracelets. After a few tips and a little mini-refresher course, people seemed to get the hang of it and really got going. It brought back memories of making them in middle school!

Some people opted to color or draw. Some even make their own Etsy Birthday party hats! We asked our Craft Partiers to make handmade Birthday hats in honor of Etsy's 5th Birthday. We had some great handmade birthday hats at the party. But hands down the winner was Johanna, who made these great blue hats for her and Elizabeth. (There is Elizabeth showing off her hat) Vanessa treated them to some yummy dessert shots from Sweetness.

We also got to meet some great etsians and just plain craft folk from the area. It's always nice to know that someone else out there has an unhealthy JoAnn's obsession and totally has stacks of project cut out, but not sewn.

I think the Etsy Birthday party is definitely gonna become a yearly event around here. And we're definitely gonna start getting together as a Miami crafting community more often. There are already plans for another meetup this week. So if you want to be included, just leave a comment, and I'll add your email to the list.
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