The crafty cometh

Maybe it’s because I was a shy kid or that I never know when my social anxiety is going to take over, but I’m not usually one for shindigs. Despite this, I headed out to CRAFT Magazine reception last night at the Craft Gym. Walking down Bush Street, past Franklin, I really had no idea what to expect. I had been to CG before, and I knew that it wasn’t too too big. Thinking of that though, would really that many folks come?

Showing up a little past “fashionably late” (it started @ 5pm and I got there a little before 6), I was elated to find over 30 people mingling around, looking at copies of CRAFT and talking to SFCM members. Oh, yes, that is why I was quite obligated to go – I started the SF branch of the infamous Craft Mafia. Just under a year old, we’ve gotten a lot of attention, and CRAFT wanted to team up with us for their reception for the 1st issue of the magazine. A few of the SFCM members had their goods there as well, all of which were irresistable.

In the crafty community, most of us connect on the internet. Even though most of our creative endeavors have nothing to do with technology, many promote and sell their wares on the WWW. Even with starting the SFCM, I had not yet met many of the members, making the party a bit more interesting. Walking around, it was cool that, well; no one knew who I was. By no means am I an SF celebrity or anything, but seeing so many folks get together on behalf of the hard work I’ve put in over the past year means a lot. One of the members eventually recognized me from my modeling pictures, and she introduced me around. I never stop being amazed at the natural talent that some folks have.

Other rockin parts of the party: um, free food! I had actually just eaten before I came, so I was not hungry. This sucked big time because they had oodles of North Beach Pizza there (as you can see in the picture above), as well as some uber tasty cookies. I’d love to know who made the cookies – my boyfriend ended up having 4 or 5 of them :D

If you are interested in more shots of the party, I have a few posted on Flickr. A member of the SFCM had taken oodles of shots, so I look forward to seeing them. A freaking good times was had, albeit short – what else do you expect on a Sunday evening? The Bay Area crafty folks are freaking awesome and it was great to see some of them come together face-to-face. (I know, I can only hide behind my computer screen for so long)

2 Comments so far

  1. Ruth Temple (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    So where was the publicity for this shindig? I pre-subscribed as soon as word hit BoingBoing last summer, and aside from my subscription confirmation, I haven’t heard BOO from CRAFT magazine.

    Does this mean the first issue is actually out, and it’s time to get on their case to see if I’ll actually, say, hear of it?

    I went for an etext subscription on CRAFT, since delivery on MAKE mag was just sloppy, haphazard, and weeks after the newsstand, which, delightful content adn subscriber discount or no, makes it ultimately Not Worth Subscribing To, just on a fulfillment hassle frustration-level.

    Anyone else getting lost in their shuffle, or is it just me?

  2. Victoria E (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

    Yes, the first issue is on newsstands now. I subscribed to it online, but have not gotten my first copy yet, so I made sure to grab one at the party.

    As far as promo for the event, there was news posted about it on and, but that’s all I know of. I’m surprised that they didn’t do more promo for the event.

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