Thursday, July 31, 2008

August Birthdays

Happy happy birthday to the following Etsy Dallas members:

August 2nd: Caroline of Pink Lemonade Bags - handmade bags and totes for all occasions

August 10th
: Camille of Carmen Colletti - couture clothing and handbags

August 14th:
Kim of Poisoned Creations - kids' clothes and accessories that'll rock you out

August 17th
: Cheyne of Cut Out & Collect - handmade bags, purses, and wallets

August 18th: Mandi of Scribble Scrabble - beaded pens and handbound journals

August 27th
- Mary of Mary's Madness - beaded, charm jewelry with a twist

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Photo Party! Rave Reviews!

Esty Dallas has done it again! One photo party down and hopefully more to come.

"It was an awesome event. I have a lot of photos to sort through but I think I got some good ones. Special thanks to Mandi of Scribble Scrabble and Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby for loaning me various body parts to photograph with my jewelry and notebooks."
Kara of Memo-Pause

"Thanks Carrie and James for being awesome hosts! I look forward to doing something like this again with Etsy Dallas."
Pam of Pamela Michelle

"We had a great time! Thank you to everyone who came by to support the team and have a good time. It was nice to meet some newbies!"
Stephanie of Tefi Designs

"The "Photarty" (as Kara of Memo-Pause called it) was THE place to be Sunday. The event was great -- there was talking, snacking, giggling, and photographing. It was really fun to model each others handy work while we got to know each other. Hope this become a regular ritual for our group!"
Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby

"I've never seen anything like it. The food, music, art and fabulous hosts. Flying home has never been so tragic. I really miss Etsy Dallas."
New York Post

"We had a great time and it was inspiring to see everyone's amazing work. Looking forward to more events like this in the future!"
Carrie of Atom-in

posted by Brenda of B.liscious

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Member Spotlight: Designing Diva

Randi-Sue Deckard, AKA The Designing Diva, makes fabulous, organic jewelry in the old-fashioned way; with silver sheet and wire, and then using precious metal clay (PMC), stone and warm-glass cabochons.

Although Randi-Sue will tell you she started her successful gig as an artist-entrepreneur about five years ago, don’t believe it for a minute! This girl’s way too talented (both as an artist and as a self-employed Diva)! Her upbringing, her travels and her non-art interests have ‘percolated’ for years, resulting in fabulously synergistic creations.

About five years ago, she tried bead weaving but it just didn’t have the right fit. She stumbled upon a book on traditional silver smithing and started making Diva history.

Today, Randi combines her love of art glass, using homemade molds, art and dichroic glass and frits (colored glass powders) with hand-wrought silver to create truly beautiful custom pieces.

In describing her processes, Randi says “My designs tend to be organic and inspired by nature: the stone and glass dictate what I will do with the design. I’m inspired by the connection that my hands have with these materials; it’s like they have a mind of their own!”

As an entrepreneur, Randi-Sue runs her business via her online site, having built her customer base through various means, the most important of which is meeting prospective customers face-to-face at shows. She adds “Etsy has helped my art gain exposure and helped me to network with some fabulously talented, artistic entrepreneurs who have inspired me to try new things.”

Designing Diva…fabulously artistic and a model businesswoman for us all!

Check her out!

By Larry Pile The Kessler Craftman

Monday, July 21, 2008

Show Pony Show

Join Etsy Dallas at the upcoming Show Pony Show on August 17th! We'll be hosting a "progressive craft" project where shoppers will get to make their very own bookmark to take home with them. Look for the Etsy Dallas table to get started on this crafty project.

Not only will Etsy Dallas help you get your craft on, we'll have a raffle giveaway and a fun scavenger hunt. Find all the Etsy Dallas members participating in the event and get a free goodie bag full of promos and coupons!

For the raffle, guess how many beads in the Guessing Jar, jot down your email address so we can contact you, and cross your fingers and toes. That's it! The closest shopper to getting the exact number of beads will win a big ol' pile of free handmade items - all donated by Etsy Dallas members. Wow!

See you on the 17th.

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Member Spotlight: The Pig and the Peacock

I'm a huge bath and shower product junkie and just love scoping out new scents to try. Must have something to do with being hot and sweaty all the time living in the Big D!

The Pig and the Peacock Etsy shop
The Pig and The Peacock was started as an outlet for the creative passions of two sisters, Jenny and Sabrina Abney. The sisters started out making gift baskets for family and friends. Then they started making bath salts, then soaps, and the rest is history. They found that the process of making the soaps, salts, etc allowed them to express their creative sides in a way that they can't at their day jobs. Now, doesn't that sound familiar, all my crafty friends?

Here are my favorite picks:
Tahitian Fruit Punch Shea Butter Soap
Silk Road Blood Orange & Ginger Body Polish
Peacock's Hawaii Plumeria Shea Butter Soap
Mini-Purse Favors (set of 6 favors)

But why pick the name, The Pig and The Peacock? The sisters's fondest memories are the times the summer and holidays spent on their grandparents farm in Georgia. Their grandfather raised pigs and, to add some class to the place, their grandmother had peacocks. So, there you have it!

There are so many tempting "flavors" to try that I asked Jenny and Sabrina to share their favorites with us and why.

Jenny's Pick ( and hey mine too!)
Anything Silk Road Blood Orange and Ginger scented
Why? Citrus & Zingy

Sabrina's Pick
Tropical Papaya and Passion Fruit Shea Butter Soap with Glycerin Chunks
Why? Fruity & Exotic

I'm sure after checking out their shop, The Pig and The Peacock, you'll find at least one or two favorites to try. Plus, you get a free bath sample with every purchase.

Post written by Randi-Sue of DallasDesigningDiva

Monday, July 7, 2008

Member Spotlight: Modest Ambition

Ever since Anne of Modest Ambition joined Etsy Dallas back on Valentine's Day (oh so sweet!), I've admired her warm and colorful crocheted designs. Her shawls, hats, and bookmarks remind me of the classic and charming items I drool over during my weekly visits to Anthropologie.

The beauty of her items is that you don't have to wait for a cold autumn breeze to come your way to enjoy them. Mark your favorite Jane Austen passage with one of Anne's bookmarks, throw one of her capelets on top of a summer dress, or simply plan ahead for the approaching cool months with her cute Little Red Riding Hood cap. Either way, you're sure to feel pretty in a Modest Ambition creation.

posted by Stephanie/Tefi Designs

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Member Spotlight: Tefi Designs

I decided it was about time that someone from the leadership team had their moment of glory, and what a brilliant choice than the woman who started Etsy Dallas? Let’s put our hands together for the wonderful Stephanie Hindall of Tefi Designs. Her original vision was to keep the group to around 5 members. I think she was open to maybe 10 members. Yikes! Look what it has become. Etsy Dallas is way past 100 members and is still growing. She has organized the bleep out of Dallas Etsy members and there is more to come. So cheers to you Tefi!

Not only is she a great leader, but she is also a seasoned artist! My favorite items of Tefi’s would be her one of kind necklaces. From delicate peapods to her fun hot dog necklace, the girl has something for everyone. Lately she has been felting up a storm and has the sore fingers to prove this. She has named this latest venture fiddleheads. "Fiddlehead: a young fern waiting to unfurl and burst to life." I’m partial to the fuzzy green ball, Moss, necklace. In the all mighty words of Linda Ronstadt, “It’s so easy to fall in love with Tefi”.

I’ve only mentioned a few of her items so check out Tefi’s fabulous work at the following sites:


by b.liscious/brenda
Related Posts with Thumbnails