Festooned Photos and Etsy Craft Party 2014

Festooned Photos and Etsy Craft Party 2014

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.

Left: Black's Trading Post, 1956 Right: Shirley and Rosie, 1944

Left: Black’s Trading Post, 1946
Right: Shirley and Rosie, 1944

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.

My creative juices (aka, iced latte) are flowing...

My creative juices (aka, iced latte) are flowing…

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.

A coffee house with beer taps? Yes, please.

A coffee house with beer taps? Yes, please.

Comfy surroundings.

Comfy surroundings.

Crafty networking

Crafty networking

Fueled by coffee and relaxed by hops, everyone set to work with their photos (or other craft- like decorating mugs).

Pic 6


Pic 7

Pieces of flair!

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.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…

Then, I added some waves to the water and added some color to the coastal trees.

Hey, I can DO this!

Hey, I can DO this!

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!

Craft on!



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