Before all the birthday festivities began last week, my friend Emily and I went to the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn for a fun hands-on workshop on dying with natural materials. Crafts, creative people, and refreshments for free? Yes, please! Here are a few snaps from the event, courtesy of the Etsy Labs flickr. We layered a silk square with naturally dying materials, such as moss, onion skins, and hibiscus, wrapped and tied it tightly around a stick, and then let it stew in a pot of tea to set the dye (the tannins in tea act as a mordant, who knew?). Check us out with our finished product below!