Good times: Crafternoon Tea #3

Yesterday I hosted another Crafternoon Tea! As with the previous Crafternoon Teas, the purpose is to set aside some time to catch up with friends over tea, snacks and a fun creative project. This time, we made polymer clay jewellery! I’ve seen a lot of polymer clay jewellery at various handmade and indie design markets for the last couple of years, and have always wanted to make some of my own. Hosting a Crafternoon Tea was the perfect excuse to finally just do it!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

The little ‘kits’ I set up contained baking paper (as a work surface), a small handful of skewers, and polymer clay in some basic colours: black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, gold and silver. On the table I also had a few makeshift tools to help with sculpting the clay, including metal rulers (to use as long blades), glass bottles and jars (for rolling/flattening clay), and an exacto knife. I also provided leather thonging in black and tan for stringing our finished clay beads

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

We all had a lovely time making clay beads, eating delicious snacks and drinking tea. One of my favourite things about Crafternoon Teas is seeing how creative my friends are. Everyone made something a little different, but everything looked great! Here are a few examples.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

Bec made a couple of pairs of earrings! She took the baked clay home and glued her own jewellery findings on.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

The two necklaces below are the ones I made!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

I’m really enjoying these Crafternoon Teas! It’s such a fun way to spend time with friends. I’ve already started dreaming up ideas for the next few – can’t wait!

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Good times: Crafternoon Tea #2

Yesterday, I hosted my second Crafternoon Tea! The idea of these Crafternoon Teas is to set aside some time to catch up with friends over tea, snacks and a fun creative project. This time around, we made gold foiled tote bags, using the same method in this post.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #2

I set up little ‘kits’ at the table, with a plain tote bag, some alphabet templates, a 12×12 piece of fusible web, scissors, a pen and two sheets of gold Deco Foil.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #2

We had a lovely time chatting, snacking and making, and my friends all got to leave with a lovely gold foiled tote that they had designed themselves. My friends are pretty darn creative!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #2

I had a lovely and relaxing afternoon, and I’m looking forward to making Crafternoon Teas a regular event next year!

Good times: Crafternoon Tea #1

I love getting creative and I also love having afternoon tea with friends, so I figured it would be fun to combine the two and host a Crafternoon Tea! Last week, a few of my friends came over and we had a lovely afternoon of chatting, eating and colouring in.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

I printed off some fun colouring pages from this website, though most of my friends ended up picking this design. My friend Emma and I had our own adult colouring books that we hadn’t used yet, so that’s what we worked on.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

I made a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies, and made sure there were plenty of sweet and salty snacks available. I also made a pot of my favourite TWG ‘Happy Birthday’ tea, and filled a pitcher with ice-cold water, strawberry slices, frozen raspberries and mint.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

There’s something very calming and peaceful about colouring in, and it was especially nice to do it while catching up with my friends!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

Here’s my finished product – I’m actually quite proud of it!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

So all in all, my first Crafternoon Tea was a rousing success! I’m planning to host a Crafternoon Tea every few months, each time featuring a different creative project. I’m already gathering ideas for the next one!