A year ago, Orleans resident Jennifer Allard and a couple of friends, Mandee Blair and Kristin Walsh, were searching for activities to do on the Cape in the off-season. “We had all been to paint bars; however, how many paintings can you make?” says Allard. Their discussion then turned to Pinterest and they all expressed how much they love the popular social bookmarking site. “I always ‘pin’ crafts,” says Allard, “but then I get frustrated with the thought of going to the craft store to buy so many products when I only need a little of something that I’ll never use again.” This past fall, the trio launched their business, “glued.”—craft nights that bring Pinterest to life in local bars and restaurants. So far, events have been held at the Red Nun in Dennisport, the Beach House in Falmouth and the Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet. Below, Allard explains why glued. will stick with people.
First, why did you lowercase glued. and put a period in the title?
It took a long time for us to come up with a name and we went around and around before finally deciding on glued. But it fits—glued. meaning an arts and crafts supply; glued. meaning engaged/entertained, which is what we’re trying to do at our events. Once we came up with the name, we all saw a logo with lowercase, typewriter font, and a period. It just seemed to work.
What happens at a glued. event?
We take attendees step-by-step through some of Pinterest’s most popular DIY crafts. Attendees will eat, drink and craft. Our motto is “get social, get crafty, get glued.” We also host private parties in people’s homes, from birthday parties and kids parties, bachelorette and showers, to girls’ night out.
What are you crafting?
Jewelry to stenciled canvas tote bags, ceramic mugs and painted wine glasses. Over the holidays, we were focused on holiday cards, wreaths, ornaments and gift wrap.
How many people per two-hour session?
Anywhere from 10 to 50, or less if we’re doing a home party.
Is there a teacher leading the group?
Yes. We call them “gluesticks” because what we’re doing is fun and “teacher” or “instructor” doesn’t sound fun. The gluestick leads the attendees, step-by-step, through the craft(s) of the night. So we gave them a cute name.
For more information, go to www.letsgetglued.com