Did you know that Etsy hosts a worldwide Craft Party every year? This was the first time I attended and I had an absolute BLAST! I attended the one hosted by the South Carolina Etsy Team and this year’s theme was “Recapture: Bring New Meaning to Old Photographs”. Attendees were asked to find a special photograph, and then, with needle and embroidery thread or paint and pen, transform that old photo into a new handmade piece of art.
Well, I failed to ask my mom to look for old photos in time for the party- but it worked out, because while antiquing, I came across some GREAT photos of girlfriends/sisters from the 1940s and snapped them up.
Our party hostesses provided up with all sorts of supplies- embroidery floss, needles, scissors, markers, etc. Perfectly inspirational- so I started thinking about how I would embellish one of my photos.
Before I began, though, I wanted to take the whole atmosphere in. We were in a great space- a coffee/beer bar- within Taylors Mill, an old Mill/Bleachery originally constructed in the early 1920’s. It’s now being revitalized into an amazing collection of indie art studios and the like. It’s one of those places where you can simultaneously feel the hum of its historical past come into harmony with the thumping beat of its future potential.
Fueled by coffee and relaxed by hops, everyone set to work with their photos (or other craft- like decorating mugs).
As for my project, I chose to embellish the photo of Shirley and Rosie, my Bathing Beauties of ’44. First step was to add some sunshine to the white space in the top corner.
Then, I added some waves to the water and added some color to the coastal trees.
How CUTE! I love how it turned out…and now I won’t be passing up those bins of old photos anymore. I can’t wait to do more of these and turn them into greeting cards and such.
I’m already looking forward to future Etsy Craft Parties…last year, more than 11,000 crafters celebrated across the globe. Crafting, coffee, beer (if you drink) and creative friends, both old and new? Count me in!