**Please share your favorite Etsy Crafty Party 2013 memory in the comments. Also, we like you.**
On June 20, 2013, Ugly Baby and La Ru hosted a birthday party for Etsy. There are parties around the country - and Internationally - on Etsy's birthday and we were excited to play host for the only party in Washington state. Heck yeah!
The theme of the party was "Community" so we rounded up all the crafty groups in Seattle to help co-produce the event. Then, we badgered all the shops who sell handmade items or craft supplies into donating awesome stuff for us to give away.
EtsyRAIN, Unanimous Craft and School House Craft were kind enough to offer their woman-power, awesome brains and shell out a few bucks to make the event extra amazing. The amazing Michaela took photos all day and Tweeted her brains out for us. A group of extra-special volunteers trooped down in the rain to make sure everything went as planned. We can't say THANK YOU enough to everyone who helped.
We had a big, community chalk-art project planned. The Pike Place Market gave us permission to chalk the sidewalks from our store to the top of Western Avenue. Narboo and Starheadboy even came out to make the chalk art extra, super-duper awesome. Urban Craft Uprising bought us a million pieces of chalk. We were ready.
The day before the party: a beautiful, sunny Seattle summer day. The day after the party: a beautiful, sunny Seattle summer day. The day OF the party: rainy as all get out. It literally rained ALL day. ALL DAY. Every second.
Lauren and I gave ourselves a pep talk as we were getting ready. The rain wasn't going to ruin our event. We were still going to have fun no matter what. It worked. We did have fun. I think our guests had a blast. And we even had quite a few brave souls out chalking on Western Ave in the rain. Heart-warming.
Just a few of the highlights:
Brad from Etsy showed up. I think I made him feel famous by tearing up and waving my hands in front of my face like a crazy person. Also by insisting that he take photos with us. I'm weird.
Chalkboard Magic: Marlo from EtsyRAIN manned a tent where we asked attendees to decorate a tiny chalkboard, write a message on it and hide it somewhere downtown for an unsuspecting person to find. See all the photos. Thanks Marlo!
We gave away huge bags of craft supplies and handmade items from a bunch of shops in Seattle every hour on the hour. The last bag contained a custom ribbon printer that was donated by Epson. Thank you!
Our sweet friend Kelly led a craft project supplied by Etsy where everyone could make their own merit badge. Mine said "poop" but that didn't surprise anyone.
We had volunteer chalk police to make sure that no one chalked on anything that the Pike Place Market didn't want chalked on. Our troops were large and almost completely unnecessary since the weather kept many of our potential chalkers away. There was only one incident: A woman innocently started drawing on a small area of the sidewalk where it was dry (and also happened to be in a "no chalking area.") The chalk police saw her and immediately asked her to cease and desist. Then, they chalked over her drawing and wrote, "NO!" over it. I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time. I just hope the lady wasn't too mad at us. WE'RE SORRY! IT WAS JUST SO FUNNY!
As we were trying to announce the winner of the Epson ribbon printer, a group of tourists sidled over to our tent to ask us where the original Starbucks was located - proving once and for all that there are always (no matter what time of day or night) ALWAYS tourists looking for the original Starbucks.
We craft partied until around 10pm when we broke down the tent (translation: Watched Evan break down the tent) and retired indoors for a ghost hunting adventure. Some of you may remember that we suspected that the shop has a haunted toilet paper holder. Now we have proof! (when you point a phone with the Ghost Hunter app on it at the toilet paper holder -- it registers a ghost and says "soft." That's proof enough for me!)
In short, we had a great time despite the weather conspiring to ruin us (shakes fist). Thank you all for coming out and we hope you'll stop by the shop occasionally to say hi. We like you.
Also, you look nice today.
Rosalie (& Lauren)
**Please share your favorite Etsy Crafty Party 2013 memory in the comments.**
Check out more photos from our event in our gallery.