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Inspiration From Your Craft Party Host

Jun 3, 2015

by Laura Quattrocelli

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With our annual Craft Party right around the corner, it’s perfect timing for us to gather inspiration from the makers (that’s you) who are hosting our “Hero” Parties around Australia!
Our Hero Parties are the main events around the country, being run by our VIP members of the Etsy Community and team captains in each state.

To kick off today’s inspiration is the crafty duo behind the Western Australia Craft Party Davina and Kate who double as Team Captains of the WA Street Team.

Kate’s favourite’s from Etsy:

Kate's Finds

1. The Little MakeryTissue Paper Garland
A joyful little piece bursting with every possible colour! I adore paper decorations, there’s something so special about making something so beautifully festive from delicate tissue paper.

2. Lil Rach CreativeWinter Sunsets Flower Print
This print has a lovely combination of iconic West Australian scenery with geometric shapes. I really like Rachel’s work, it’s very unusual and makes use of beautiful local photography and clever geometric layering in a very distinctive way.

3. Gill CordinerHeart Studs
These are so much fun and  look good enough to eat, bursting with complimentary colours! They’re all hand cut and enamelled and look like such a beautiful collection of colour together. Gill’s work is so individual and I know how much energy goes into creating these tiny colourful pieces of art work, which makes them all the more special

4. Fluid InkRelease the Houndstooth
The hounds tooth print reminds me of the light refraction in a kaleidoscope, and it is of course on paper. I also know how detailed Davina’s letter press work is and how involved it is to have so many colours in the palette, which make it a particularly lovely piece.

And her Craft Party partner in crime – Davina’s favourites:

Davina's Finds

1. Tickle The Imagination Magazine Issue #19
Tickle The Imagination Magazine is run by a very talented lady. The magazine is always bursting with colour and goodness and manages to be so kind and helpful to all who read it.

2. Kooee Papercraft3D Quokka
This is uniquely Western Australian – you can’t go wrong!

3. Little Mo and Friends Colouring In Book
Happiness is colouring in, this entire book was illustrated by the talented Helena!

4. Ali J Artist  Fox Mask DIY
Did I mention happiness is colouring in? Even more when it’s in a mask (and then making it!)

Next, we have favourites from our Craft Party host in Sydney – Bea of Things by Bea celebrating some of the wonderful Sydney sellers. “To me kaleidoscope: Paper taking shape is all about colours, geometric patterns and FUN!” – Bea.
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1. Akisiew – Paper Cut Out Gift Card Set
There’s only one thing nicer than making something for a crafty friend – giving a crafty friend something to craft themselves! These greeting cards by artist Akisiew contain a cut out DIY Paper Fox and Paper Girl.

2. Kyrality – Polymer Clay Necklace with geometric Spring Palette
This polymer necklace is like wearing a kaleidoscope; sure to add simple, understated fun to any outfit.

3. Zoe Loves Ava –  Wall hanging  
Recently I took a course with the fabulous weaver Natalie Miller and it’s really made me appreciate how much love and work goes into the colourful textural wall hangings by Zoe Loves Ava. This listing in particular fills me with such summery joy.

4. Chaos ClubGeometric Fruit Garland
So much juicy geometric color from this fabulous paper-based creator.  I’m sure her watermelon straws would also make any drink a hundred times more delicious.

Brisbane host, Bel and captain of the BristStyle Team team found a bright palette of favourites to share:

Brisbane Finds

1. Sybella Metal Frame Clutch
Bel from Sybella has just the right clutch to match any outfit and is perfect for bringing along your essentials to this years craft party (think iPhone, lippy and some cash for our yummy cupcakes)

2. Each to Own Geo-Hex Stacker Necklace
I am just loving Kirsten’s new range. It still captures her sparkly signature style but I love the pops of colour that are perfect to dress up your craft party outfit!

3. Rabbit & The DuckBakers Twine
Shannon has everything on hand to help make your craft party awesome,, we will be using her brightly coloured twine and paper straws to make our Polish Chandeliers look spectacular.

4. Belinism Little Rainbow Confetti Bunny Bowl
Bel has you sorted with your serving ware essentials, your snacks will look super cute and ready to serve in her range of confetti serving ware.

From one of our fearless leaders in Adelaide – Colin finds his favourites on Etsy to share with us:

Adelaide Picks

1. TinysaursPaper Puzzle Sculptures
Because I love dinosaurs and I love putting things together.

2. Claire IshinoA Strange Flower 2 – Print
I love everything Claire Ishino does, she has amazing illustrations with a kaleidoscope of colours. Her prints are sure to brighten up any room!

3. Dream Papercut – Anniversary Paper Cut
I love the idea of just being able to pick up a craft knife or a pair of scissors and a piece of paper and create some art with it.

4. Deckle Studio – Painting on Handmade Paper
This is just absolutely stunning.

Up next, we have a colour explosion from our Melbourne Craft Party host, Magdalena the head honcho at Unleash Creative.

Melbourne Picks
1. Art PausePaint Splatters Map of the World
Craft Party is a global celebration of handmade unity and creativity; I’d love to join a Craft Party in a different country every year and mark it on this world map.

2. Beau XOXOGlitter Hair Bow
I love a bit of sparkle and razzle-dazzle, so this galactic hair bow caught my eye (along with the super-colourful hair on that gal, wowsers!)

3. FantasticmioTwin Size Rainbow Squares
I’d be pretty delighted to wake up beneath this colourful bundle of happiness and warmth now that the weather is starting to drop.

4. Party GarnishMulti-Colour Garland
I like to pretend that every day is a party or a celebration of some sort. My house is filled with paper decorations and backdrops – just for fun. No joke.

Finally, we have a collection of quirky favourites from our Canberra team – Canetsy’s party host Lisa Briese.

Canberra Favourites

 

1. Cuddles & Quirk – Paper Flower Crown
This paper flower crown is just stunning, and will never wilt! There’s something a bit magical about paper flowers, the texture is always so beautiful.

2. Black & TypeYou Are Beautiful Print
Who doesn’t love a typographic print with confetti styling?! This is a sweet A4 size art print that I would love to have on my wall.

3. Lazy Sunday HomeWashable Paper Bags
I love these bags, they are super stylish and have great texture to add interest to any corner of your home

4. Schmooks – Greeting Card
Schmooks art prints are so whimsical and greeting cards are always a special way to give a piece of art to a loved one!

 

There you have it, our #CraftParty hosts have shared their favourite finds, now we’d love to see yours!
And if you’d like to attend attend a craft party in your capital city, visit etsy.me/craftpartyaustralia

See you there!

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