Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Member Spotlight: Dowdy Studio

Let's give a round of applause for our Etsy Dallas newcomver Dylan Dowdy of Dowdy Studio! I've had the opportunity to watch this up-and-coming artist grow and develop over the past year. He's gone from virtual unknown to Mr. T-Shirt/Caterer Extraordinaire.

It's been very exciting to see what can come out of his head and on to a t-shirt. He is growing in leaps in and bounds, and bouding in leaps and growth! All of his creations are hand-drawn and silk-screened to perfection. Check out his cool t-shirt designs and show him some love. He was not only a vendor at the 1st Annual 2008 Jingle Bash, but he was also our great caterer. Thanks Dylan!

by b.liscious/brenda

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Eco•Ideas: Green Gift Wrap

Green Gift Wrap

Have you thought about making an effort to use green gift wrap this year? It's unusually pretty and you'll feel good about using it.

Using the newspaper after you've read it for gift wrap is great -- it gets one more use before it hits the recycle bin. Newspapers in other languages are good for this use -- since you can't read the words, they kind of form a pattern. The cartoon section is also good for this use since they are generally the most colorful pages. For small packages, using a page from a magazine can make a beautiful gift presentation. Just pick a page with a pretty picture and get to wrapping.

Click here for a tutorial on how to make your own gift bows out of magazine pages.

Set aside that sturdy little box that previously contained soap, a box that once housed cookies and perhaps a couple jewelry boxes before they get to the recycle bin. Hoard those little white plastic inner seals from juice and milk. Used in a group they make a cute little "bow-like" decorations for packages. Ornaments can also make beautiful package decorations.

There are so many gift items that can be used as the outside wrap and contain another gift inside. Just be creative! For instance, a fun little evening bag could be great gift wrap for opera/symphony tickets. A large glass storage container could contain a gift certificate for a cooking class and be disguised by a lovely set of kitchen towels. A gift card can easily be disguised in a box or other container. For those items that are just too big to wrap or have a shape that would be a giveaway, treasure hunt hints can be left to lead the recipient to a closet where the items are waiting.

article by Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Etsy Dallas Helps Out the Community

The 1st Annual Jingle Bash @ Sons of Hermann Hall wasn't just about arts and crafts. Etsy Dallas got a little boost of those feel-good warm and fuzzies by reaching out to the community to lend a hand.

The junior girls of Girl Scout Troop #1637 of Irving ran the famous Etsy Dallas Make-&-Take craft table, coordinated by ED's own Carrie Partch of Atom-In. Jingle Bash shoppers chose to craft either a holiday ornament or festive ring for free. All supplies were either donated or purchased by Etsy Dallas and its members.

In addition, the girls ran another table collecting food donations for Irving Cares Food Pantry. They collected 48 food items and raised $29 in cash donations. Etsy Dallas surprised the troop by donating an additional $50 toward the food drive. We were thrilled to help out those in need!

Check out the Girl Scouts in action at the Jingle Bash HERE. Thank you girls!

article by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

November Belated Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following Etsy Dallas members:

Ashley Akers Jewelry: Ashley - November 12th

Modest Ambition: Anne - November 14th

Karma Crochet: Patricia - November 15th

Bead Genie: Lesley - November 29th

Atom-in: Carrie - November 30th

Hums & Tiddlely Poms: Camary - November 30th

created by Patricia of Karma Crochet

Member Spotlight: Karma Crochet

Wrap up some warmth with great gift selections from Karma Crochet.

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