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Over the past few years, Etsy Craft Parties have seen a steady rise in popularity, and two Oklahoma City residents are bringing the party here.

Devon Green June 4th, 2014

Etsy Craft Party
7-10 p.m. Friday
Dry/Shop Blowdry Bar and Boutique 
1212 N. Walker Ave. #101 
craftokc.com
$15 

An embroidered photograph by Jenna Spence.

Since no one was throwing what is essentially an Etsy-sponsored meet-up, Jenna Spence and Kelly Curtis decided to throw one themselves.

Etsy.com is a craft-centered online marketplace where individuals can sell their handmade goods. Since its founding, Etsy has inspired others to make their own crafts. Spence was one of those inspired people; she decided to combine her love of crafting with a desire to bring people together.

The Etsy Craft Party is “a celebration of meeting and making.” This year’s theme is “recapture,” turning old photos into works of art. Etsy — along with a few local businesses — is helping sponsor the event.

“This is a great way to bring a lot of different people together from different places,” Spence said.

The party’s organizers will provide the materials, although guests are welcome to bring their own. Embroidered photos are particularly popular on Etsy right now, and Spence and Curtis are making some as guides for guests to work from.

“Whether its just for food and drink or DIY, we are definitely hoping to make it an all-the-time thing,” Spence said.

The party is a ticketed event, and admission includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and the necessary supplies to repurpose your photos. The hostesses are also scouring local thrift stores and shops for old photos that guests can use.

Spence and Curtis got some help from local businesses to make their craft party a reality. Dry/Shop Blowdry Bar and Boutique in Midtown is providing the space for the gathering. Spence and Curtis will rearrange things to make it the perfect space for crafting and mingling.

Dustin and RaQuele Sliger are the brains behind Kahoy Studios, a local wood and paper craft company that makes wooden farm tables for rent or for purchase and will provide tables for the event. You might have noticed their creations in the dining area at H&8th Night Market, and their handmade tables are creating a buzz in event planning circles. Emerson Events and Designs, a local event-planning company specializing in simple, beautiful appearances, will provide the floral arrangements and goodie bags.

So far, Spence and Curtis have 30 participants signed up, and they plan to cap the event at 50 to avoid overcrowding. The party is a casual come-and-go event. Spence mentioned that while online registration has been steady, there might be a few tickets available at the door as well. The organizers are looking forward to a night of creativity and togetherness, with the guests having something to show for it.

 
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