Last Friday, we hosted our 5th Tulsa Etsy Craft Party at my little handmade shop. Here are a few shots from our previous parties. What a sweet community of makers we have here in Tulsa.
The 2014 Etsy Craft Party theme was “Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs”, so we incorporated photographs into each of the projects. We embroidered on photos, made photo coaster tiles, pinback buttons with photos, and a stamped photo stand.
My mom picked up these antique cardboard frames at an estate sale earlier in the week and we thought they’d make really fun favors for the party. Some of them had handwriting from the owner, listing names and years, and although these were from the estate of someone else, the penmanship looked identical to my own grandma’s letters and notes, which made them special to me. Hopefully they will be for their new owners as well.
I can’t have a party anymore without fresh flowers, so I put some at each project station and gave them away as some of the door prizes at the end of the night.
We had a spot for everyone to drop off business cards to and also created a “let’s be friends” board, where each attendee could list their name, email address, website, and links to all social media. We’re compiling the list and sending it out to everyone this week so everyone can go fan/friend/like/rss and connect with the other attendees.
I’m pretty obsessed with this easy photo stand project and will post a DIY tutorial soon, although it’s easy enough that you barely even need instruction. I made a few, some with initials of people I like as little gifts, and a few for the shop that spell out MADE. I think I might make some more of these to use as signs around the shop or at craft show booths. I adore the #mydadisrad one that a creative lady came up with at the party.
I’m not gonna lie, it was a *rough* day. My little shop got robbed that afternoon and rather than all those last minute party prep things, I was dealing with trying to recover our stolen money and police. That’s a post for another day though… The party went really well and it’s always inspiring to meet new makers! We had lots of lovely ladies join us at the party and we gave out lots of fun prizes from the shop. I want to give a public thank you to Holly from Hollyrocks and Briana from Bifftastica for helping lead the projects and for always being so supportive of these crafty events.
We’ve had lots of requests for more craft parties and we are working on plans for another one soon for those crafty Tulsa folk. What kind of projects would interest you?
Hello friends! Exciting news in our little world! We will be on the Martha Stewart American Made radio show tomorrow talking about all of our projects, Indie Emporium, our shop Made, make:Tulsa, and of course, weather&noise, our line of American made homewares. We are so thrilled to be involved with the American Made movement and are continually inspired by the creative folk that we’ve met in the eight years since we started our little handmade business.
If you’re in Tulsa, come see me tomorrow at Williams Sonoma at Utica Square. I’ll be selling tea towels and other weather&noise goods from 12-4.
I know, I know, lack of blog updates and all.. Well, running weather&noise, Indie Emporium, and now our shop made: The Indie Emporium Shop, has been keeping me a little busy. A lot busy. I don’t know when I had free time last. And that’s not complaining, because I love everything I’m doing.. but, those things have all taken priority over blogging. I can say that I’ll try to be better, but really, I don’t anticipate the rest of my life slowing down for the next few months because we’re opening a SECOND LOCATION of made!
The day has finally come! The new Tulsa Anthropologie opened this morning! I picked up the husband for an early lunch so he could check out the store with me and we were there within about 5 minutes of the doors opening. Goodness, what a happy and inspired atmosphere. One of Indie Emporium‘s talented vendors & designers, Mr. Tony Li and the Anthro crew were responsible for these displays – and I think they had some help from a few other IE vendors. What a talented crew!
And the staff was all so sweet and friendly. We shopped around for a while – so many lovely things to take in. I’ve had a kind of crummy, stressful week, so this was a great way to segway into the weekend. I ended up taking home a few new lovelies for the kitchen. A pair of seafoam Latte Bowls and 2 fancy pie plates. I think I fell in love with the Happy Filling pie plate from the description on the Anthro website “Rhubarb, blueberries and pecans alike will appreciate the company of a gregarious duck and laughing suns during their warm bake.” – How charming. I really think I’m going to need the ceramic rolling pin too, but I stuck with just the pie plate for now. It ended up being on sale for just $14! Of course, since I was saving a few dollars there, the husband said it was alright to splurge a little and get the other one that I was trying to decide between. I hadn’t seen it before on the Anthro site, but it’s so sweet. It says, “make me a pie, bake me a tart, mix in some love, with all of your heart”. I’ve been feeling really nostalgic these past few days, and missing my dear grandmother a lot. She made so many pies and treats and these sort of reminded me of her, so I’m sure they’ll be special for a long time.
Also, for being one of the first 50 customers, we got a lovely little terrarium ornament. I’m going to have to find just the right place to hang this little guy. What a happy little treat!
Other than that, life has been looking a lot like this..