On friday night, my good friend Marie and I took advantage of this wonderful excuse to go hang out with other craft enthusiasts at the amazing Upcycle Exchange for the St. Louis Etsy Craft Party! You can learn more about the Upcycle Exchange on their website, but to sum it up, it’s a materials market that offers the local creative community post-consumer art and craft supplies at pay-as-you-wish pricing and acts a daily open studio space for crafters and artists.
The Etsy Craft Party event promised a few guided craft projects, snacks and drinks, and materials provided by the Upcycle Exchange, Etsy, and Michaels’! Marie runs an Etsy shop full of super cute knitted items and jewelry called MariaContria and I just love crafting and wanted to meet some other St. Louis area bloggers and crafters so we knew we couldn’t miss this shindig!
The Upcycle Exchange is such a great little space with an adorable storefront! I’ve been meaning to check it out for ages and I’m so glad I finally did. It was filled to the brim with super sweet, friendly, creative ladies and gents! I was a bit nervous about feeling like an outsider to some intimidating, talented Etsy clique, but there was no snobbery to be found. I hope they host another again soon!
One of our suggested projects was to make a cute little notebook with cardboard, decoupage, paper, and a trusty needle and twine. Pictured above is the super sweet Jeffrey of the Handmade Family blog!
Here’s the book I made! I tried to pass it around and collect people’s names and websites.
I also got to hang out with the beautiful, very friendly Jessa of Pearl + Earl’s Good-Time Vintage Blog! Definitely going to be a loyal reader from now on!
And this is what I wore! :)
Hairbow: Good Stuff Only | Daft Punk T-Shirt: Hot Topic | Belt: Thrifted | Teddy Bear Pin: Handmade, Unknown | Skirt: Thrifted | Bag: Vintage Samsonite/Thrifted | Shoes: Target
All-in-all, a great way to spend a friday night! Thanks for inviting me, Marie! :)