Monday, February 23, 2009

Stones & Bones Workshop

Treat yourself to something fabulous!

In the Stones and Bones workshop you will be making one of the following: a pendant, cufflinks, or a brooch. You will be using pewter with the option of incorporating natural stones, rhinestones and bones. You will create your own one of a kind design using stones and clay. Shannah and I will then take your clay design and create a mold. We will then cast your design into pewter, polish and then glue the stones into place. We will be giving a demonstration so you can see firsthand how all these processes work. Your piece will be ready for pick up within two weeks.

Cost: $50
  • all stones and supplies are included.
  • ages 15 and up.
  • limited spaces
  • call 217.749.0709 or email for reservations

February 26- Stones and Bones Pendant,Brooch and cufflinks
(incorporating natural stones, rhinestones, bones) 6:30- 8:30 pm (adults only) $50

March 15- Bracelet Workshop

(incorporating leather strap, beading and pewter center pendant) 1 pm- 3 pm (adults only) $75

April 19- Mother's Day Gift: Prints of Love

(finger print gifts) 1 pm - 3 pm open house (all ages) Pricing $35 and up (depending on the number of prints)Link

April 26- Sand Casting Pewter
1 pm- 4 pm (adults only) $65

June 7- Father's Day Gift
1 pm - 3 pm (all ages) $5o includes 2 finished pewter castings of 1 design... one for dad and one for grandpa

2009 Team Members

We here at Etsy Dallas are super-duper excited about the new member line-up for 2009. While there are still a handful of veteran ED members, we are so happy to welcome some newbies to the fold! Among them are Superchica, Dreamy Starry Night, Haute Hardware, and Om Clay Artist, pictured below:

Check out our members' page at our web site to browse the shops of all the fantastic talent Etsy Dallas has to offer this year. Enjoy!

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Member Spotlight: Texas Tarts

This week's member spotlight shines on Jacky Tart the Texan behind etsy shop TexasTarts1. She lovingly cuts, shapes and sands each jewelry piece by hand out of recycled vinyl records. Her jewelry is a lovely mix of old vinyl with a modern stylish twist. She loves creating new uses for discarded objects. Jacky is a super example of making recycling fun.

She's always looking for new ways to wear music and insists that "No good music was harmed in the making of these items."

I first enjoyed seeing and touching her vinyl jewelry at the Jingle Bash in December and later discovered that her pieces are also available at Make Studio in the Bishop Arts District.

posted by: Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Get Ready!

Get set to kick off the spring season Etsy Dallas style!

Etsy Dallas, who first brought you the famous Beer-B-Q trunk show and the Jingle Bash, is doing it again - even bigger and better this time.

The first annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash will be held at the historic South Side on Lamar building in Dallas on Saturday May 16th from 11am to 5pm. The show will feature handpicked artists/crafters, music, a Make 'N' Take Crafts table, an Etsy Dallas-sized raffle, and all the fun of Etsy Dallas. There is no cost to the public for admission or entertainment. It will be a family-friendly environment with a hip, fun vibe full of handmade love and good times. Think of it as a party - not your typical craft show!

Check back later for more information.

Etsy Dallas

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eco•Ideas: "Green" Valentines Day

Each year at Valentine's Day there are millions of cards bought, given, mailed and received. That’s a heck of a lot of virgin paper that eventually goes to the land fill. Instead, read the back of cards before purchasing -- look for cards that are FSC certified or that contain post consumer paper. By doing this, you are purchasing paper products that are recycled or made from trees harvested by entities that have a tree replanting program. This helps us all be a little easier on the earth.

Flower giving is wide spread tradition on Valentine's Day. Check out the beautiful organic flowers available at Organic Bouquet and be sure to compost them after you've enjoyed them. Their flowers are sustainably grown and certified organic. They have several bouquets available that donate 5% of the purchase price to charity. A definite win-win. Chocolate is another popular gift for Valentine's Day. This year try giving Endagered Species chocolates which are ethically traded, kosher and come in a reusable box not to mention delicious.

article by Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby

Friday, February 6, 2009

It's coming!!!

These are exciting, craftacular times! Mark your calendars and water your buttons, Etsy Dallas is doing it again. We're gearing up for the best Spring Bash in Dallas and probably the world.

Stay tuned!!!
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