Etsy craft party

This image belongs to Etsy. Yay for Etsy and all that it offers to creative people.

Don’t you think that everyone would feel a whole lot better if we did more coloring, cutting and pasting? Or had a craft night with friends on a regular basis?

Le Donne had a scrapbooking sort of event in February, each of us choosing some favorite words to turn into a visual reminder of an intention for the upcoming year. It was really fun, and even the people who asserted that they were not in the least “crafty” seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

Tonight, we’re joining Etsy lovers worldwide to throw a Craft Party. (Actually Etsy’s official Craft Party world celebration is tomorrow, but what does a day matter? We are definitely entering into the spirit of the thing!)

We’re launching Etsy Craft Party, a global initiative to energize your local community, make art together, and throw a party in your neck of the woods. We want to celebrate crafting together on June 18, 2010 (which just happens to be Etsy’s birthday) with as many celebrations across the globe as possible.

Here’s what Le Donne is doing…

Making Mud Pies: Le Donne Share Event

We’re going to do a very simple craft together, using a material called “hypertufa” to make pots, baskets and other everyday containers look like they were made from rock and/or are antiqued. Instead, they are easily made from three inexpensive substances: perlite, Portland cement and peat moss.

(You should have seen me floundering my way through Home Depot to find these things today, by the way.)

For more info, follow this link to the Martha Stewart Living article which inspired it all (Thanks for sharing, Gail!) There are some amazing before and after photos on there.

“It’s not often that a process as rudimentary as making mud pies yields such a sophisticated result.”

bowls

Made with metal mixing bowls as a mold.

boxes

The molds for these were plain old juice and milk containers.

Hopefully we’ll soon have some beautiful things to plant flowers or display marbles in…

Stay tuned for more craft parties in the future, or host one of your own. After all, we’re just doing our part to make the world a happier place, aren’t we?