Going into the night I had expected to do some crafting and maybe network with some artists hoping to gain new shops to feature here on this blog. I expected conversations such as "what do you do?", "do you have an Etsy shop?", and what do you sell?" but the packed space and the volume of the festivities made that a little difficult, which was ok! The highlight of the night for myself and my husband (who was such a great sport to join me for this event) was chancing a meeting with another couple, Audry and Denis. I chatted with Audry and Jordan (my husband) talked to Denis in the line for the photo booth (it was quite popular). Audry and I had a bit in common...including the fact that our husbands were wonderful enough to join us as we mingled with others who enjoy crafting as much as we do but also our backgrounds in design and the love for handmade pieces and the inspirations behind them. Our husbands also shared interests in crafts...craft brewing that is (a different blog for a different day). As the lights flashed to signal the party ending, the four of us continued our conversations at a couple watering holes in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn. They were nice enough to show us Brooklyn Bridge park and pointed us to the start of the bridge so we could walk it back to Manhattan. We appreciated their hospitality and we expect to stay in touch and hopefully meet up again in the future.
All in all, this party was everything and more than I had expected. It is these kinds of meet-ups that makes the crafting/handmade/art communities so special.
|Entry to Esty Labs|
|Fellow Etsians packed the space|
|True crafters work here|
|A little of this|
|A little of that|
|crafting in progress|
|Our photo booth pics being turned into buttons.|