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Etsy Vancouver Summer 2015 Craft Party at West Elm – Paper Gems

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Glittery Paper Gems at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm

Glittery Paper Gems at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm

After attending such an amazing Etsy Craft Party last year hosted by Emi of whiskersandlipstick, we were excited to join Etsy Vancouver for another Craft Party this year with Rachel of RachelRainbow at the beautiful West Elm Vancouver.

Momomints Mint Icecream Bear Keychain at the Etsy Vancouver Craft Party

Momomints Mint Icecream Bear Keychain at the Etsy Vancouver Craft Party

We love attending these events to meet new crafters and catch up with our fellow Etsy sellers. Most of the attendees aren’t even Etsy sellers, but those who just want to learn something new. Some attendees are artists but haven’t yet tried selling on Etsy before! With a good mix of individuals, it’s cool to share our experiences and answer questions to those unfamiliar with Etsy.

A tip to those who do sell on Etsy: always bring/wear one of your Etsy items. It’s a great conversation starter and a great way to share what you do on Etsy!

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party - Mini Cupcakes by Butter Baked Goods

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party – Mini Cupcakes by Butter Baked Goods

Upon getting started, we were greeted with amazing mini cupcakes by Butter Baked Goods, and an abundance of colourful and sparkly supplies.

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party Supplies - Glitter and Glue

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party Supplies – Glitter and Glue

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party Supplies - Strings and Coloured Paper

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party Supplies – Strings and Coloured Paper

The theme for this year’s Etsy Craft Party was “Paper Taking Shape”. Rachel, our host, decided to teach us all how to make paper gems! If you know Rachel, this craft project was very much “her”.

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party 2015 - Paper Gem Templates

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party 2015 – Paper Gem Templates

We were given templates to cut out and trace. Then with some careful patience, lots of cutting and glue we were able to assemble some colourful 3D gems.

Marissa decorating her paper gem at the Etsy Craft Party

Marissa decorating her paper gem at the Etsy Craft Party

These gems were then attached to a ring with some string to make a cute little mobile!

Etsy Craft Party 2015 - Paper Gem Mobile

Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Paper Gem Mobile

It was again such a successful and fun event! We look forward to seeing more of Etsy Vancouver events in the future in additional to the upcoming Etsy Vancouver Made in Canada Pop-up Market in September!

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party 2015 - Goodie Gift Bags

Etsy Vancouver Craft Party 2015 – Goodie Gift Bags

Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver Organized by Emi of whiskersandlipstick

Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver Organized by Emi of whiskersandlipstick

One perk of running Momomints is the opportunity it has given us to meet new people, or rather that it has motivated us to really get out there and network with people of similar interests. And our first Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver, was just that: a great opportunity to craft and meet new local Etsy sellers and crafters.

We love the idea of a craft party and were super excited when we found out that Emi of Whiskers and Lipstick was organizing one at West Elm, an amazing modern furniture and home decor store in Vancouver.

Cotton Candy MomoFluufie at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville

Cotton Candy MomoFluufie at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville

We brought along our little Pink Cotton Candy MomoFluufie as a companion and were surprised with lovely treats that Emi had organized for us.

Goodie Bag at the Etsy Craft Party

Goodie Bag at the Etsy Craft Party

Sami and Marissa at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

Sami and Marissa at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

Each attendee was given a goodie bag of crafting supplies and a cute little Etsy name tag.

Etsy Party Crafting Supplies at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

Etsy Party Crafting Supplies at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

Emi had designed us a special craft activity for the evening, making little felt embroidered birds.

Work in Progress at the Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver

Work in Progress at the Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver

Finished Felt Bird at the Etsy Craft Party

Finished Felt Bird at the Etsy Craft Party

They were the perfect activity for everyone. With a mix of Etsy sellers and local crafters of different skill levels, these were both simple yet super adorable.

Momomints with MomoFluufie at West Elm Granville for the Etsy Craft Party on June 6 2014

Momomints with MomoFluufie at West Elm Granville for the Etsy Craft Party on June 6 2014

We love the finished product which looks great as a little cake topper, or in this case, as a friend for our amigurumi MomoFluufie sheep.

Momomints with Cheryl of Quirky Paper Co at the Etsy Craft Party

Momomints with Cheryl of Quirky Paper Co at the Etsy Craft Party

At the party we were seated next to Cheryl of Quirky Paper Co, who we have previously met at the Got Craft? Spring market. It was great to finally properly introduce ourselves as well as chat with her about her experiences at different local craft fairs and markets. She is quite new as a seller but you can tell that with her talent, she has much in store!

Momomints with Lana of LanaBetty at the Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver

Momomints with Lana of LanaBetty at the Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver

And how could we not be excited to run into Lana of LanaBetty again! Therefore the many photos that we took! And she was very clever in suggesting using the lovely West Elm furniture setting for our group photo =).

A close up of our creations at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

A close up of our creations at the Etsy Craft Party at West Elm Granville in Vancouver

It’s a great feeling to be a little bit more involved and integrated into the local crafty community and to run into familiar faces here and there. We had a great time and look forward to the exciting events Emi has instore for us all later this year! Do follow our friends on Instagram @lanabetty, @emi_lerzo, @quirkypaper for more photos and for possible future crafty events!

Big thanks again to Emi. She has also provided us with the following photos of the event:

Sweet Goodie Bags at the Etsy Craft Party

Sweet Goodie Bags at the Etsy Craft Party

Emi giving instructions at the Etsy Craft Party

Emi giving instructions at the Etsy Craft Party

Etsy Craft Party at West Elm on Granville

Etsy Craft Party at West Elm on Granville

Group Shot of all the Crafters at the Etsy Craft Party

Group Shot of all the Crafters at the Etsy Craft Party