Craft Day 2012. Celebrating its 10th year, Craft Day inspires craftiness in even the most ardent non-crafters. The event is hosted each year by my friends Megan and Andrea, and they provide all the necessary tools to get one's craft on.
Left photo courtesy of Lydia Brooks of Board Shanty Photo
Immediately upon arrival, guests are directed to an enormous rack of aprons, many of which have been constructed at past Craft Day events. Nearly all attendees choose to don an apron for the day (I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting a photograph of the colorful apron rack — Edit: Found a photo of Andrea and Megan with the apron rack [top of post], taken by Lydia Brooks).
Supplies of all kinds are provided. Basic raw materials like colored paper, fabric, and old magazines, as well as basic tools like scissors, markers, and glue are readily available. But Megan and Andrea don't stop there: they also provide sewing machines and typewriters, irons, glass etching supplies, old board games, stickers, button-makers, and even cookies that need a little decorating.
Some participants arrive with a plan in mind, or their own supplies. Some just wait to be inspired by something when they arrive. Some come to learn a new skill, and some teach their existing skills to others. It's nearly impossible not to make something in this environment.
One of my favorite things about Craft Day is the "let's make it happen" attitude. If someone has a craft goal, but no idea about how to accomplish it, everyone nearby pitches in to help the idea come to fruition. Supplies are found, skills are learned, and the crafting abounds.
Some attendees show up just for the social atmosphere and to support the efforts of others, but all skill levels are embraced, and nearly everyone ends up proud of their Craft Day accomplishments.