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Bring old photos to life at Etsy's craft party

Say goodbye to Saturday nights spent alone with your craft basket and hello to crafting with others.

“Craft parties are connecting people in your community that are crafty and that you might not know," says Belinda Harris, operations manager at BrisStyle.

“You might live around the corner from them and not even know that they exist.”

With so many DIY blogs and craft websites popping up, there’s so much to be inspired by – which Harris says is making people feel more inclined to give DIY a go.

But inspiration and bringing people together isn’t the only benefit associated with craft. As seasoned crafters know, there is something about creating that puts your mind at ease.

As part of CNN’s This is Your Brain series, scientists looked at the effect knitting and other crafts can have on a person’s health.


"There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay told CNN.

"And [that is] that creating – whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography [or] cake decorating – is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."

Interestingly, in his 2004 Ted Talk, US psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, noted for his work on happiness and creativity and best known as the architect of the notion of "flow", tries to “understand the roots of happiness”.

Csikszentmihalyi says that when you are completely engaged in the process of creating something, nothing else matters.

“He can't feel even that he's hungry or tired," he says. “His body disappears; his identity disappears from his consciousness, because he doesn't have enough attention.”

So it makes perfect sense that Etsy has announced it is having a craft party. On Friday, Etsy will host its annual craft party, a one-day global celebration in which crafters can come together and do what they love doing.

The theme this year is "Recapture". Belinda Harris says it’s all about bringing life to an old photo.

“We will be doing a few different techniques, mainly embroidery, some permanent markers and one of our suppliers will be cutting us little acrylic charms that you will be able to stick on the photos,” she says.

Events will be held in Sydney and Melbourne. For more information or to find a craft party near you, visit Etsy.