Sunday, June 08, 2014

Etsy Craft Party, 2014 at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder - an Inspiring Time + Olive Tapenade Recipe

Mia, Casey and all of the folks at Two Hands Paperie throw awesome parties. Friday they hosted an Etsy Craft Party at the shop. The theme this year was altered photographs.
It started out with lemonade, creative name tags and signing up for door prizes.
And of course there were great treats, including a great tapenade that one of the instructors made.

They had several stations set up including stenciling and collage.
Some people made some really fun things at the embriodery table. I did not manage to get a picture of that one. I was busy making packing tape photo transfers.

You begin with an image on a photocopy or an image done on a lazer printer. Regular photos do not work. You place the tape over the image and then use a bone folder (or the back of a spoon) to rub the tape, making sure that it is making contact everywhere on the image.
Once this is done, you soak it in water and then pull it out and rub the back of the photo to remove the paper. The image should be transferred to the tape.
My favorite station was encaustics. This is where the image is adhered to a wooden block and then covered with a special wax.
You can always find inspiration at Two Hands Paperie.

Connie's Tapenade

1 jar Black Olives
1 jar Green Olives with Pimentos
1/2 jar Capers, whole
Garlic, minced, to taste
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon, juice from (or to taste)
1 tea. Basil
1 tea. Rosemary

Finely chop the olive, capers and garlic in a food processor. Add olive oil, lemon juice, basil and rosemary to taste. Serve cold with cracker. (This was served with hummus crackers - my new favorite cracker!)

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