Thursday, April 30, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

"Pop Art" Letterpress Show
The Coffee Haus Downtown, in Arlington, is pleased to present the "Pop Art" Letterpress Show. The collection, which opened Arlington's own Studio 204, delightfully plays with retro soda pop advertisement and features four local printmakers . Each prints is beautiful, unique, and would make an affordable Mother's Day gift. Featuring Etsy Dallas member Color Box Designs.

Where: The Coffee Haus Downton, 208 S. Mesquite Street, Arlington
When: Anytime during normal business hours through May 30th
Time: Monday -Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 7:30am-7pm
Cost: Free

Mother's Day Art Sale
When: Saturday May 2nd
Where: North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75230
Time: 1o:00 am -7:00 pm
Note: From 6-9 pm, "Plant the Town Pink" will be held. This is a very special event benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There will be food wine, great giveaways, topics on healthy living, in-store specials and so much more!
Cost: The Art & Craft sale is a FREE event. The "Plant the Town Pink" event requires a $10 donation at the door. The first 50 people get a goodie bag filled with products and gift cards from local businesses.
Website: North Haven Gardens
Please stop by and say hi to Etsy Dallas member Patricia of Karmacrochet will be at the Art & Craft sale event!

Bishop Lynch Spring Market
Stop on by the 2nd annual BL Spring Market hosted by parents of the BL Brigade Drill Team. There will be 50 vendors selling arts and crafts at this fundraiser. Stop by the atrium and say hi to Etsy Dallas member Susan Saunders of Signature Scentsations
When: Saturday May 2nd
Where: Bishop Lynch High School-9750 Feruson & Peavy, Dallas, TX
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free
Website: BL Spring Market

Central High School Lightning Dancers Spring Gift & Craft Show
Note: As of May 1, 2009 this show has been postponed!
In addition to up to 200 great vendor booths there will be food, frozen drinks, a free Kiddie Korner, free face painting, free bounce house for the kids, cool door prizes, school performances throughout the day. The SPCA of Texas will be holding pet adoptions in the parking lot. Scrapbookers are invited to attend National Scrapbooking Day's Crop 'Til You Drop.
When: Saturday May 2nd
Time: 9 am-5 pm
Where: Central High School, Keller -click here for map directions
Web site:
Stop on by this 6th annual show and visit with Etsy Dallas member Maggie of Artfull Expressions.

Posted by Randi/DallasDesigningDiva

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Member Spotlight: Midnight Snack

This week's Etsy Dallas Member Spotlight is on Midnight Snack, your source for handmade pillows, clothing & accessories.

Christina is the creative brain & talent behind the scenes. She has lived in the Dallas area all of her life and has created for as long as she can remember. She made her first "craft tower" when she was just 5 years old. It was full of glitter, popsicle sticks, fuzzy pom poms, and all the fun kids' craft supplies. Wow, Christina....crafty & organized...we are impressed!

In college, Christina used crafting as a way to de-stress and take her mind off of school. Hmm, when I was in college, I could have really used her "Hands off My Chocolate" plush to avoid the "freshman 10"!!

She really started to enjoy making hand made gifts around this time. Christina and her husband have been a part of the handmade movement for a while. They have exchanged handmade gifts with each other ever since they started dating - even when most of her friends thought it was weird. Yeah, Christina we know...y'all were hip before your friends even knew it!

Christina likes to surround herself with creative people whenever she can. It really helps her understand her own process by witnessing how others work out their own craft. Her husband is creative and artistic, and they help each other constantly with projects and bounce ideas off of each other. Christina says, "It is fantastic to have someone around who constantly pushes you to perfect your ideas."

Midnight Snack was started out of a desperate need for a dog bed to keep Christina's chihuahua, Stanley, away from her nice sofa pillows. She made him a giant steak shaped fleece floor pillow and he loved it. That sparked her interest in making plushes and since Stanley didn't need an abundance of beds she started putting her other creations online, marking the beginning of Midnight Snack.

The business has since evolved into hand sewn, appliqued clothing and accessories, and most recently into decoupaged jewelry. Sewing is Christina's true love. "I'll always feel most satisfied after making a new plush creation!" Well Christina, this "Piece of Cake" plush couldn't satisfy my sweet tooth more!!

Christina will be at the Spring Bash on May 16th and hopes you'll stop on by the Midnight Snack table and see her amazing creations.

Posted by Randi Deckard/DallasDesigningDiva

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Bash: Make & Take Craft Table!

When you come by the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash -- don't miss out on the Make & Take table where you can let your imagination run wild. We'll have fun crafty bits of all kinds for you to play with -- so stop by, get crafty! This year we'll also have materials available to make your very own mini-shrine, among other things, so be sure to bring those little pictures of your pets and loved ones to incorporate into your creation.

We're delighted to have Girl Scout Troop 1637 back again this year to help us out at the Make & Take and accept cash donations benefiting the Family Place.

When: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 11am-5pm
Where: 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
Cost: FREE!

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

This weekend is picking up speed. It might be a good idea to go ahead and clone yourself to make it to all these amazing events going on in the DFW area this weekend. There's everything from indie shopping, to bike riding, to music, to free foods and drinks, and even oppertunities to bring along your little furry fido friend.

The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is a FREE 2 1/2 day event held in the heart of the city, beautiful Quakertown Park . Over 2,200 performers on 6 stages, fine arts and crafts, children's art activities, food and games, and four hundred festival members volunteer their time each year for this exciting annual event on the last, full weekend in April.

In the North Part of the Park, you'll find Etsy Dallas Member Beading Genie selling her fine jewelry, along with 70 other artists and crafters. There you will find clothing, metal & wood crafts, jewelry, paintings, candles, masks, puppets, dolls, etc. Artists will also be set up in the Denton Civic Center, and the surrounding areas outside the building.

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: (F) 5-11pm, (S) 10am-11pm, (Su) 11am-9pm
Where: Quakertown Park, Denton, TX
Cost: FREE!

Let's get Funky! It's finally time for the highly anticipated Spring Fling in Fort Worth, brought to you by our friends over at Funky Finds. The indoor event will showcase the work of over 130 talented artisans providing consumers the opportunity to find hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home d├Ęcor and more.

The Spring Fling is a terrific way to celebrate Earth Day as many vendors create recycled and upcycled goods. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate having over 100 shops in one location eliminating the waste of time and gasoline driving around town. Attend the Funky Finds Spring Fling on April 25 and celebrate handmade goods and independent artisans.

There will be a flood of Etsy Dallas members out in Fort Worth this weekend for the Spring Fling. Be sure to stop by and say hello, and get your shop on.
Also visit the Etsy Dallasites online shops for a sneak prewiew: Cut Out & Collect, Dowdy Studio, F is for Frank, Harrilu, Kessler Craftsman, Lolafalk, Little Cookie, Man Handled, Mia Maria, Michelle Cook, Modest Ambition, Nerdbomber, Pink Lemonade Bags, Pamela Michelle, Pin Up Pixie, Rimrock View Studio, Sadie's Things, Scribble Scrabble, Superchica, Sherry's Crafts, Tara to the T, Texas Tarts, Tefi Designs, Three Yellow Starfish, XY Factory

When: Saturday
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Will Rodgers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX
Cost: FREE!

For the First Annual Oak Cliff Art Crawl, several Art Galleries and Artist studios will open their doors for receptions and festivities in Oak Cliff. This event is free and a map of destinations will be provided at each venue. Participating galleries include Cube Creative - a brand new gallery on Tyler St., Ice House Cultural Center, Soda Gallery, Decorazon, Texas Theater, 9th Street Town Homes, Bishop Arts Studio Co-op, Mighty Fine Arts and more!

A few of the things you can expect at this fun filled art crawl are live bands, free refreshments and beverages, a unique art experience at each venue (including a Beatles themed reception at the Soda Gallery), a large group of bicyclists visiting each location, and of course, quality art available for purchase.

Make sure you stop at the Soda Gallery to listen to Etsy Dallas artist and musician DJ Tigerbee spin the Beatles music and see our very own Kessler Craftsman's glass recreation of Yellow Submarine.
When: Saturday
Time: 4pm-9pm
Where: Oak Cliff (click for map of venues)
Cost: FREE!

Arlington's Studio 204 will have their second gallery show April 25th from 6pm-10pm with a circus flair (rumor has it there will be pop corn and balloon animals). They're located at 204 S. East Street, near J. Gilligan's and Bird's Copies.

You can also drop by Coffee Haus to view the Pop Art collection before heading to Studio 204 on your way home from the Funky Finds Spring Fling! Both the Pop Art and Art of Circus feature Etsy Dallas's own Rhonda Warren of Color Box Design.

When: Saturday
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: FREE!
Website: Art&Seek

Coming Up! - Saturday, May 16th

Get out your big red sharpie and circle May 16th on that calendar, then cancel any appointments, and have your secretary hold all calls that day, cause you're gonna be bashing it up indie style with Etsy Dallas.

The 1st Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash will be held at the historic South Side on Lamar, the old red Sears Building, on Saturday, May 16th from 11am to 5pm. The show will feature over 50 local handpicked artists and crafters, hand spun tunes from DJ John Durbin, Make & Take crafts for the kiddos or yourself, a free Etsy Dallas-sized raffle, a picture perfect Vanity Stand and 50 free swag bags for the first 50 shoppers chock full of handmade Etsy Dallas goodies.

While this show will be family-friendly, the vibe will be a fun bash full of handmade love and good times. Think of it as a party - not your typical craft show! Get ready to Bash!

When: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 11am-5pm
Where: 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
Cost: FREE!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Visit These Treasuries TODAY!!

Visit these Etsy Dallas treasuries today and click on each item featured. This will make our status "hot" and get us closer to making the FRONT PAGE of

Both of these treasuries celebrate the upcoming Spring Bash. Don't miss it! Support your local craft collective with a few simple clicks!

They Did the Bash

Etsy Dallas EXPOSED

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Celebrate Mom with these great gift picks, perfect for that special woman in your life. See our favorites below or browse all of the wonderful Etsy Dallas members' shops HERE.

The Greta Purse by LolaFalk
Made of taffeta and cotton, comes with a detachable brass chain/shoulder strap.

Bird Tails Print by Pamela Michelle
5X7 inch print of an original acrylic painting, printed on heavyweight matte photo paper and mounted on high quality matte board

Peapod Pendant Necklaces by Tefi Designs
Made with wire-wrapped sterling silver and jade on a silver-plated chain. Pods come in 2 or 3 peas - or any number you choose!

Tea Bag Cozies by Karma Crochet
Holds up to 5 tea bags, sugar, or sweetener and comes in a variety of colors.

Custom Mommy Bracelet by Bead Genie
Up to 15 charms are handstamped and strung on a sterling silver chain alongside freshwater pearls.

Dipped Rose Petals by Signature Scentsations
Vegan-friendly glycerin dipped rose petals come wrapped in a box and are available in several scents.

Circuit 003 Ring by Eve M Metalsmith
Made with a gold rutillated quartz stone with a silver bezel and mounted on a sterling silver shank.

Wallflower Handbag by Cotton Candy Boutique
Roomy with several pockets, this bag is available in a variety of fabrics.

Now go hug your mom already, and tell her how wonderful she is!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Bash Countdown....

The Etsy Dallas Spring Bash is just a month away with over 50 artists, crafters & designers bringing you an amazing range of handcrafted goods from paper, fabric, glass, metal and more!!

Mark your calendars DFW and don't be late or you will miss out on one of the 50 FREE goodie bags (aka coveted swag!). Don't believe me? Check out the all the good folks lining up early to get a goodie bag at the Jingle Bash.

Here is a sneak peek at the swag bags that Dylan of Dowdy Studio will perform his screen printing magic on. The vendors are putting together promos to make this Etsy Dallas best goodie bag (aka the #1 reason why you want to be early) yet!

Besides these goodie bags, Etsy Dallas will also be holding a free raffle and a Make and Take table and food drive with Girl Scouts Troop 1637.

See you at Southside on Lamar in May & don't forget to set your alarm clock 0r you might miss out on a free goodie bag!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

Spring Art and Craft Shows are in full bloom this time of year. There is so much to do this weekend that you may just have to take Monday off work to soak it all in.

The Southwest's largest, four-day visual arts and entertainment festival, four days of fine art, food, fun and festivities! Rated as the Number 1 Arts Festival in Texas, the 9th largest Arts Festival in the country as rated by the Harris List and the Art Fair SourceBook, and is ranked by the Harris List as one of the Top Fine Arts Festivals in the USA.

Date: April 16 - April 19th
Time: (Th)10am-10pm, (F&S) 10am-11pm, (Su) 10am-8pm
Where: Main Street in Downtown Fort Worth
Web site:
Cost: FREE!

Etsy Dallas member Pink Lemonade Bags will be strutting her wears at the Custer Road UMC Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon in Frisco on Friday.

Date: Friday, April 17th
Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn, Frisco, TX

Don't waste Saturday night on the couch. Come enjoy free food, free drinks, music, and art. Nomad Art is a one night only Artist Exhibition held at 2616 Commerce in Dallas. DJ Blade will be there all night, along with the Ginger Valentine burlesque show, STEW playing at 11pm, and Hello Lover playing at midnight.

Date: Saturday, April 17th
Time: 7pm - 2pm
Where: 2616 Commerce in Dallas
Cost: FREE!
If you're going down to Austin the weekend visit Tara to the T and the Texas Tarts at the Lone Star Round Up.

Its a great big car show with amazing rides driven here from all over the country, its a killer live music festival, its some seriously talented artists, pinstripers & unique shopping, its great food and cold drinks, its folks and friends and families getting together -

and when its springtime in Austin,
its Round Up time, ya'll...

Date: Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19th
Times: (F&S) 10am-12am, (S) 11am-10pm
Where: Travis County Expo Center, Austin, TX
Web site:

Oak Cliff Earth Day will feature over 100 exhibitors, including information booths, artists, performers, food booths, pet adoptions, blood donations, hybrid vehicles, childrens activities, and much more! It's located in Lake Cliff Park, so bring the whole family, and Fido, too.

Please walk, bike, or take the bus to the event, in the spirit of Earth Day, and to avoid parking hassles. Methodist Hospital is kindly providing parking and a shuttle for those who don't take public transportation.

Also be sure to stop by all the amazing Etsy Dallas members art booths that will be there selling their one of a kind works. Dowdy Studio will feature his music inspired hand printed tees, Sherry's Nature Paintings will have her lovely nature paintings and prints, Pamela Michelle will have her original artwork and one of a kind wood jewelry, and don't miss the Kessler Craftsman's alluring charm and glass artwork and jewelry.

Date: Sunday, April 19th
Time: 11am-5pm
Where: Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N. Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX
Web site:
Cost: FREE!

f. is for frank is having a workshop on Sunday. It is called Prints of Love. It incorporates jewelry made with fingerprints that we will then be cast in pewter. It is a perfect gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day and great for all ages.

Date: Sunday, April 19th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: f. is for frank studio
web link:
Cost: $40

posted by: Pamela Michelle

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Member Spotlight: Sherry's Nature Paintings

Hummingbird and Fuschia, acrylic painting (not a print)

Spring is here and so are the hummingbirds. I'm obsessed with nature and I'm happily satisfied with the beautiful paintings of one of Etsy Dallas's newest members: Sherry's Nature Paintings. I'm so impressed with her realistic paintings of animals and flowers. It's refreshing!

Fawn and Bluebird, print

Come check out Sherry and many more artists at our Spring Bash Craft Show on May 16 at the South Side on Lamar Lofts. I can't wait to see Sherry at the show!

Sneek a peek and buy!


Friday, April 3, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

It's that time again as Friday slowly turns into Saturday and the Dallas indie shopping fun begins. Remember to support your local economy and indie artists and designers by shopping local and handmade! Etsy Dallas would have it no other way. Get your weekend started off a little early and head out to Make Shop and Studio this Friday afternoon for a killer Fabric Sale that you don't want to miss. Make is celebrating their 4th birthday and wants to share the excitement with it's shoppers and DIY makers. Be sure to get there before 10pm, because they'll be closed all weekend for a well-deserved birthday break.

Where: 313 N. Bishop Ave Dallas, TX
Date: Friday April 3rd
Time: 4pm-10pm

Get your fresh on at Bolsa's first Farmer's Market in Oak Cliff. Buy yourself some yummy local foods and indulge!

Where: Bolsa, 614 West Davis Street
Date: Saturday, April 4th
Time: 11am-4pm

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Eco•Ideas: Finding Green Inspiration

Green crafting sometimes needs a little inspiration to get things percolating. The use of ordinary things in unsual ways to give them a second, third or fourth purpose.

This book, Cool Green Stuff by Dave Evans, is the perfect place to start. It's a picture book of inspirational material for crafters and artists -- eye candy. It's even printed on FSC certified paper. It has everything from computer keyboard purses to grocery cart chairs to measuring tape brooches. Some of the artist's are even fellow Etsians.

Although this book does not have DIY instructions for specific items, it has excellent photography on the majority of pages and even better upcycling ideas. Each page has a link to the artist's web page where you can read about the people who created these cool things and see what else they're up to.

Happy Reading!

posted by: Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby
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