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.

Tulsa Etsy Craft Party Tulsa Etsy Craft Party 2010 make:Tulsa and the Etsy Craft Party in Tulsa at the Philbrook Museum 2012 Tulsa Etsy Craft Party at the Philbrook Museum Tulsa Etsy Craft Party 2013Erin Wilson of Carosello with Hollyrocks at the 2011 Etsy Craft PartyDelicious handmade goodies for the 2011 Etsy Craft Party 

This Year’s Etsy Craft Party

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.  

2014 Etsy Craft Party

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.

Etsy Craft Party projects Etsy Craft Party styling and projects

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.

Etsy Craft Party attendees making projects Etsy Craft Party attendees making projects

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.

Etsy Craft Party attendees making projects

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.

Polymer clay photo stand at the Tulsa Etsy Craft 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?

New Tulsa Anthropologie Grand Opening

My First Tulsa Anthropologie Trip

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!

 Inside the New Tulsa Anthropologie
Tulsa Anthropologie Window and Store DisplaysThe Amazing Tulsa Anthropologie

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.

My Tulsa Anthropologie Finds

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!

New Linens Coming To The Shop

Other than that, life has been looking a lot like this..

Testing New Linen Tea Towels
Screen printing with new inks
I’ve tested lots of new inks, and lots of linens and think I’ve finally made my decisions on what is going to be best for my new designs.  The prints above are just some random samplings – you might recognize a Lotta Jansdotter print or two up there, so clearly those aren’t the prints I’ll be selling next month, just some screens I was testing with that had leftover designs of some cloth napkins I made for myself.  Goodness, I’m going to have a few very busy weeks of printing ahead.  The husband has been worried that I’m not going to get everything done before fall shows start (October 29!), but I do my best work when I have a looming deadline.
I’m also working on a custom order for 4 prints inspired by the work of Eva Zeisel.  I’m going to commit some time to that this weekend.  Other weekend plans include seeing the Smashing Pumpkins (tonight!), helping my mom out with her garage sale tomorrow morning, making a trip to Brush Creek Bazaar to see a few friends who are setting up there, working on all of these new designs, printing Indie Emporium swag bags, homework, and perhaps (hopefully!) a visit from Miss Samantha Lamb for another trip to Anthropologie.  She had a tough week – for any of my OKC friends, please go to Cuppie & Joes tomorrow for her Meadow Meanderings show.
Meadow Meanderings at Cuppie & Joes
Have a lovely weekend friends!

weather&noise © 2013. All Rights Reserved.