So the big party has come and gone! We had a great turnout and an awesome time crafting the night away--I'm still excited about it!
The party was held at the local 1906 store and gallery. I have some items for sale in their shop, and when Stacy, Lisa, and I decided to join up for the worldwide Etsy MeetUp day, I knew this would be the perfect place!
Guests arrived to a table of awesome door prizes (and DIY Duck Tape name tags), including donations from Michaels Craft Stores, and Plaid Crafts.
For our make and take tables, we had Texas trading cards (instead of artist trading cards) and travel journals with TONS of materials to decorate and alter them courtesy of Etsy and Michaels. We also enjoyed using paints, brushes, and an assortment of Mod Podge from Plaid Crafts, as well as paper from Astrobrights, and duck tape from the Duck Tape company (did you know they have mustache duck tape??).
See? There's that awesome duck tape lining the inside of this crafty lady's travel journal (didn't she do an awesome job lining the mustaches up?)
We had about 25 people come out, including lots of new faces I either hadn't met or only knew online. It was fun making so many new friends!
To keep our crafters happy, we enjoyed donations from both The Lemonade Company and The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe. The Lemonade Company's pomegranate lemonade was delish, and Little Aussie's gluten-free cookies were a hit! Both are local companies, and we greatly appreciate their generosity!
Now on to the Craft War! San Antonio artist and curator Justin Parr opened up his FL!GHT Gallery (also housed in 1906) for the teams to use, and it was the perfect space for the main event of the evening.
We had three teams of four (some of whom hadn't met each other before Friday night), and we gave them one hour to create the best San Antonio-themed piece out of recyclables and more materials from our sponsors. It was inspiring to see them get so creative--and take the challenge so seriously!
It was really hard picking a winning team, they all worked so hard! Check out their work:
An exploding piñata with cascerones (confetti eggs), bottlecaps, palletas (Mexican popsicles), and a mustache-covered sombrero all spilling out.
The Tower of Americas on top of the Riverwalk (sorry I didn't get the bottom part in the shot!).
In the end we voted for this little guy. An Astrobright, Duck Tape, and bottlecap-covered burro, made out of an oatmeal canister, egg cartons, and yarn (with a hand-drawn margarita or two thrown in). We thought it was both aesthetically pleasing and really embodied the light-hearted Fiesta spirit of San Antonio. Isn't it amazing? We donated it to 1906, and I think you might be able to see it out front in their shop.
And here are the ladies of the winning team (the baby's did the majority of the work, of course)!
Friend and fellow mama-blogger Veronica of Seven Lovely Things was one of our giveaway winners.
And my crafty piece of the evening was the Duck Tape-covered cardboard Alamo for our DIY photo booth.
It turned out so great and we all had tons of fun! Everyone was asking when the next party will be--I don't know if we can wait until next year! Thanks to everyone who came out--it wouldn't have been a party without y'all.
And special thanks again to our sponsors, Etsy, Michaels Stores, Plaid Crafts, Duck Tape, Astrobrights, and Fiskars for providing all of our crafting supplies for the evening--you really made our night!
And saving the best for last, thanks again to Yvette and Andy, owners of the 1906 mega-art space of San Antonio, for opening up their home and work space for our party!
Not only do they provide studio and gallery space for local and international artists, but they also run a frame shop, featuring local artisan goods, and run the nonprofit SMART (Supporting Multiple Arts Resources Together) dedicated to raising awareness of the developmental impact of the arts on our great city.
It was so fun working with them and to see their enthusiasm for uniting the art and craft communities of San Antonio--both very big and happening groups!
Thanks again to all who came out, and to Lisa and Stacy who both encouraged and helped me pull this thing together! We'll definitely be getting our craft on again soon!
**Disclosure: I was not paid to put on this event or write this post. I did receive products from Michaels, Plaid Crafts, and Fiskars, as well as food and drink donations from The Lemonade Company and The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe for the event. The Astrobright and Duck Tape sponsors were arranged by my co-hosts, Lisa and Stacy.**