IDEAS Birmingham Etsy team took part in #EtsyCraftParty focusing heavily on the ‘Craft-tea Party’ aspect. With crafting, eating cakes and sharing a virtual cuppa online being our usual thing, meeting up at Boston Tea Party and doing it all for real made for an amazing afternoon followed by much after-party fun.
BTP Corporation Street is a fantastic venue, the staff are so friendly and the cakes……. well the cakes can speak for themselves. I had heard their Earl Grey was amazing but I didn’t quite believe it would quickly go to the top of my favourites. Much respect to Lottie from SimplyCharlotteB & PaperOwlPackages for recommending them both.
When we were choosing the venue for the Craft Party we had no idea that we could craft at BTP until Wendy from HappyWrap mentioned that her friend from Painty uses it regularly. So big shouts to both of them for the lead as it will now be a regular haunt for many of our members. Finally a big shout to Gemma from JurassicPanda for helping us out with organising and promoting the tickets for the event.
Aside from the main focus of the tasty refreshments we divided our non-food activities into 4 crafts all of which would go towards making decorations for our Christmas Market in December.
Lottie from PaperOwlPackages & SimplyCharlotteB made some fabulous tutorials for paper flower making. There was an abundance of beautiful flowers on the table in so many pastel shades and even some vintage paper too.
Fiona from MadeByFeFiFo brought along the full spectrum of ink colours and her hand carved stamps to use on some precut bunting triangles. The preparations for some team bunting were made. They will then be added to her fabulous digitally printed pennant flags to make team bunting for the Christmas market.
With guidance from Jenny from Mythillogical we sat and made pom poms in a multitude of shapes and colours. She instructed us in the modern ways of pom pom making with not a single corrugated card donut in sight. Wool destashed by myself and Sally from HenleyChocolates.
Honeycomb pom poms
We were sent so many sheets of beautiful Thai tissue papers from our sponsors Pink Pig Sketchbooks in an amazing range of colours that we needed something equally snazzy to use them on. I happened upon a tutorial for honeycomb pom poms and made up some templates and instructions to share with the team.
The pom pom making activities had a very retro feel to them and many of us had a bit of a trip down memory lane making them. There was also a bit of a familiar look on the table as not a bit of the surface could be seen amidst all those supplies of both crafting and refreshments.
The paper flower making and ink stamping tables were covered in beautiful creations with signs of cake devastation and tea drinking. It was a very relaxing place and a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, crafting and sharing advice on making and selling. It definitely looks like we will be popping back to our new favourite workspace for some team events.
Thanks to everyone that came along and took part. It was lovely to see some familiar faces and some new faces too and even an interloper. Looking forward to meeting you all again in the near future and also to herding some more members along for our next meet-up.
I didn’t have time to get involved in the paper flower making or the ink stamping so would love to have a go at another event. Credit for the photos goes to Lottie from SimplyCharlotteB & PaperOwlPackages.
You can read more about the #EtsyCraftParty on the team blog.
Are there any more crafts that members would like to try out at a future event? Please let us know in the comments below.