Thursday, May 28, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

Hooray for the weekend. Now let's get out there and have some fun!

Coppell Farmer's Market
Stop by the Coppell Farmers Market on Saturday and shop from over 40 vendors, including our very own Etsy Dallas member LaAlicia.

Date: Saturday, May 30th
Time: 8am - 2pm
Location: 455 W. Bethel Road at Coppell Road
Cost: FREE

I AM HERE! - Art and Trade Show - Dallas
I AM HERE”- The DIAC Trade Show is meant to bring awareness and unity to the artists of Dallas. The event will showcase over 200 artists and all artwork will be available for either purchase or trade. By trade we mean that we want everyone to have the opportunity to own original artwork and we’re willing to let you offer us something in trade for it: services, products, cash, or whatever. Come with your best offers.Art and music will be dispersed throughout the building’s various rooms and venues, arranged by collectives and groups, so as to bring awareness to all that they do and provide. As visitors move through the event, they will be able to become familiar with the many artist residencies and businesses that exist in South Side as well.

Date: Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th
Time: (F) 7pm-11pm, (S) 1pm-11pm
Location: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
Cost: FREE
web site:

Maker Faire - Bay Area, California
We usually don't post things that aren't somewhat local, but when one of our Etsy Dallas members travels to a far far away land to participate in a show, we just gotta let you know. If you can't make it out to Cali to see our fabulous Tara to the T and her beautiful vintage inspired accessories and clothing, then tell your cousins, old neighbors, uncles, college friends etc in the area to venture out and see the Maker Faire.

Date: Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st
Time: (S) 10am-8pm, (Su) 10am-6pm
Location: San Mateo County Expo Center
Cost: $35 tickets

F is for Frank - Open Studio
Amateurs to experienced jewelry makers are invited to create anything from cufflinks to place card holders and pendants to keychains out of pewter. This is an open studio atmosphere where each student can choose the direction of their creation. Students are welcome to bring in any additional stones that they may want to include in their pieces. We also have stones and carved bones that can be purchased.

Date Sunday, may 31st
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: 1216 Manufacturing St. Dallas TX 75207 (near the design district)
Cost: Around $50 depending on your project
Web site:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Congrats Raffle Winners

We are super duper excited to announce our winners for the Etsy Dallas raffle held at our 1st Annual Spring Bash last Saturday.

Jodi L. of Dallas says, "I had a great time. It was my first event, but it won't be my last." That's fantastic! Jodi won a domino necklace from artfull Expression, a fused glass ring from the Kessler Craftsman, a set of notecards from Sanctum Design Studio, fabric coasters from Tefi Designs, and a tote bag from Pink Lemonade Bags.

Shelley R. of Rockwall won a fused glass necklace from Designing Diva, a set of photo note cards from Kathleen Heinkes, a sock monkey from Anklebiter, a t-shirt from Jodi Von Rotten, and a crochet headband from Two Hills Designs. Here's what she had to say of the Bash: "My friend and I had a great time at the Spring Bash. I bought several wonderful items and got a lot of business cards for future purchases!"

And lastly (but not leastly), Sarah B. of Dallas was very excited to learn that she won a set of note cards from design-roots, a domino necklace from artfull Expression, a tote bag from Miamaria Design, a shell necklace from Sadie's Things, and a set of wash cloths by Karma Crochet.

Congrats ladies! We are thrilled you won these lovingly handmade items. Now you can't say you never win anything...And mark those calendars for the 2nd Annual Jingle Bash on November 21st at the Sons of Hermann Hall.

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Christina Likes: Etsy Dallas

A few of the vendors at the 1st Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash may recall a fashionable young lady toting around a camera and introducing herself to everyone. She later posted a review of the event in her beautiful blog, Christina Likes, highlighting a few of the vendors and embellishing with some lovely photographs.

If you couldn't make it out to the Spring Bash, make sure to check out what you missed!

Christina also recently opened her own Etsy shop, Paper Fingers. She's selling some absolutely wonderful alphabet prints that will surely make your baby room cooler than your own.

posted by Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect

Friday, May 22, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

This weekend is packed with handmade fun! Ditch those over crowded malls and disappointing super sales, and head out to experience some of Dallas's unique festive fun and creative art. Diorama O Rama
It’s a collective art happening and fundraiser where everyone is invited and encouraged to make and donate a diorama to be auctioned. Event proceeds will benefit Resolana, a Dallas-area nonprofit that assists incarcerated women through psycho-educational and creative programs that provide the skills, tools, and inner resources for self-improvement.

The first 50 attendees to pay the $5 admission will receive a cool tote screened with an illustration by Dallas artist Tania Kaufmann—and it’s loaded with goodies from neighborhood businesses.

Ten trophies will be awarded in categories that could include, but are not limited Linkto, most rad, low rent, fluorescent, kinetic, teepee, peaceful, anarchic, illuminated, unicorn-esque, and clever. Or, whatever. It’s irrelevant. It’s about having fun, creating good karma, and raising lots of money for Resolana.

When: Saturday May 23rd
Time: 4pm - at least 7pm
Where: F is for Frank Studio, 1216 Manufacturing, Dallas, TX
Cost: $5 (kids are FREE!)
Web site:

ARTFEST is one of the premier Fine Arts shows & festivals in the nation, integrating fine art, kids arts, music, performing arts, artists demonstrations and fun for everyone. Over 200 artists will showcase fine art for every taste, fancy or budget, including paintings, sculptures, wood working, iron works, jewelry and much, much more. There will also be a Live Music Stage featuring local & regional musicians and a Cultural Arts Stage featuring artists demonstrations by ARTFEST artists and performances by cultural arts organizations from all over the Metroplex.

Don't miss Bead Genie and the Kessler Craftsman displaying their handmade goods.

When: Saturday, May 23rd - Sunday, May 24th
Time: (S) 10am - 7pm, (Su) 10am - 6pm
Where: Fair Park, Dallas, TX
Cost: $6 for people, $1 for pooches

Friday, May 15, 2009

Glam Bam Thank You Ma'am!

Put on your going out face and that new gorgeous dress you’ve been dying to wear and rush out to the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash this Saturday. Forgot your favorite hat in the mad dash to the Bash? That’s okay because the lovely gals from Vanity Stand will be there to assist you and bring your look to fabulousness!

Vanity Stand is a two-girl beauty conquerors comprised of Christina Shoto, a Denton stylist and owner of vintage shop Circa 77, and Kimberly Berba, a DFW photographer. Both these gals have impressive history in the indie fashion and style industry, are armed with professional photography equipment and ready to shoot.

Whimsical hats, funky wigs, and costume accessories will be at your disposal to make your very own personalized photo shoot with you and your friends.

Get shot with glam at the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash from 1pm-5pm. Photos are printed on site and will be available in size and price ranges from $6 to $10.

Etsy Dallas Spring Bash: featuring the Vanity Stand

When: Saturday, May 16th

Where: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar Dallas, TX

Time: 11am-5pm, Vanity Stand hours: 1pm-5pm

Deco Squad in Action

The Etsy Dallas Deco Squad spent last Thursday meticulously making origami birds from recycled phone book pages. Look for them all over the Artisans Quarter at the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash tomorrow!

We also stuffed the goody bags that will be given to the first 50 shoppers. There are magnets, pendants, fused glass rings, stickers, earrings, coupons and so much more!

Thanks to all the team members who helped out:

Kessler Craftsman
Two Hills Designs
Designing Diva
Bonny Beads
Artfull Expression
Sanctum Design Studio
Scribble Scrabble

Thursday, May 14, 2009

We Heart Art+Seek

Big thanks to Lydia Regalado for blogging about our 1st annual Spring Bash in KERA's Art+Seek blog. This is THE blog for Dallas' artsy aficianados and crafty connoisseurs.

The article features the Jack shrine and (drumroll please...) this little guy:

Whoo-hoo! I mean, Hoot! hoot!

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Weekend Guide

Celebrate the spring season with the 1st Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash, a festive arts & crafts extravaganza in the heart of The Cedars neighborhood just south of Downtown at South Side on Lamar.

The Spring Bash will feature:

- Over 50 artists, designers, and crafters selling their handmade wares. Full vendor list here:
- Music by local DJ John Durbin
- Free crafts at the now-famous Etsy Dallas Make & Take Booth with help from Irving Girl Scout Troop #1637
- The Vanity Stand where shoppers can dress up in an array of crazy costumes, get their photo taken and go home with a snapshot of the fun time
- Free raffle featuring handmade items donated by Etsy Dallas members
- Special guest: La Reunion, a non-profit arts program located in Oak Cliff
- Cash donations accepted benefitting Family Place, a local non-profit domestic violence shelter serving women and children in Dallas.

Free Goody Bags for the first 50 shoppers - so get there early!

There is no cost for admission or entertainment, but please bring plenty of CASH as most vendors cannot accept credit cards. There is an ATM near the main South Side entrance.

This event will be family-friendly with a hip vibe of handmade love and good times. Think of this not just as an arts & crafts show, but as a party! For more info visit

Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 11am-5pm
South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE
Raffle: FREE
Make & Take: FREE
Goodie Bags: FREE
for the first 50 shoppers. Get there early!

Hot Rods and Heels – Dallas, TX
The largest pin-up event in Texas! Come see the best of the best in burlesque, pin-up modeling, artists, photographers, vendors, and hot rods at Hotrods and Heels! Make sure to visit
Tara to the T and Texas Tarts out in full style at the show.

Date: May 16th
Time: 4pm-12am
Location: 3025 Main, Dallas
Price: $15

Wild Flower Festival – Richardson, TX
Festival programming includes two main outdoor performance stages, the Acoustic Café, the award-winning Singer/Songwriter Stage, the family friendly Kidz Korner, Teenz Zone, strolling entertainers, buskers and acrobats, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the City of Richardson Petting Zoo, the Art Guitar Auction, and lots of interactive displays and exhibits.

Date: May 15-17
Time: (F) 6pm-12am, (S) 11am-midnight, (Su) 12:30pm-8pm
Location: 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, 75082
Price: $7.50-$25 (see ticket pricing here)

We Made Daily Candy (OMG)

Do you want to make a bunch of handmade crafters hyperventilate? It's easy. Just feature them in the Daily Candy Weekend Guide.


And not only did we make it in, but we are the FIRST item, and this includes a photo of the new unofficial Etsy Dallas mascot - an owl pin by member Silla Soup.

Are we bragging? Oh yes. Do we want to see you at the Bash this Saturday? You betcha.

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Etsy Dallas Spring Bash Make & Take Table

Don't miss out on the Make & Take Table at the Bash! We'll have supplies on hand for you to make mini shrines (like the ones pictured here) -- little dishies, tins, silk flowers, beads, colored paper, fabric scraps, glue, glitter, scissors and the list goes on and on. Bring your imagination, creativity and those little pictures of loved ones, pets, friends and cutie babies. Make a mini shrine, a ring or whatever your crafty heart desires.

The Girl Scouts will be on hand to help with this year's M&T Table and take cash donations for the Family Place in Dallas. We're excited to have Girl Scout Troop 1637 back again this year.

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

posted by Alicia of La Alicia

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Member Spotlight: Pamela Michelle

She's fabulous! She's extraordinary!
She's Pamela Michelle!

Pamela Michelle works a full-time job, crafts up a storm on her lovely necklaces, and stepped forward to co-organize the 2008 Jingle Bash and the 2009 Spring Bash. Wow! Not only am I impressed with her enormous talent, I can't believe that she has the energy to help organize our fabulous Etsy Dallas craft shows. She is my own personal super hero.

Pam's unique style is a mix of hand-carved pieces of wood, her own special color palette, her imaginative illustrations which are inspired by nature, modern design and Scandinavian art with an end result in fabulousness.

You too can check out our Etsy Dallas craft hero at our next show this weekend, May 16th at the lofts on the South Side of Lamar.


Thank you Pamela for being such a great inspiration and wonderful leader.
love, b.liscious

Cash for the Bash

Free admission? Yes!

Free raffle? You bet!

Free Make & Take crafts for the whole family? Certainly!

Free goody bags for the first 50 shoppers? Of course!

Free handmade vendor items?

In that case, please plan to bring plenty of good old-fashioned C notes (a.k.a. CASH). Most vendors will also accept personal checks and some are able to take credit cards. But in this game of making and selling handmade art, cash is king.

And if you forget to stop at the bank? Fear not. There is an ATM near the main entrance at South Side. Ca-ching!

[Pictured above: Lola Mini Zip by LolaFalk, Good Fortune Cat by Jodi von Rotten, Angry Denim Guy by Anklebiter, Green Shrug by Modest Ambition. Meet the other Bash vendors HERE.]

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oh My Stars: More Press for the Bash!

Dallas Observer by Merritt Martin
Craft Gossip blog by Vanessa Brown
Craftophile blog

Did we mention all of the following are FREE?

FREE Raffle
FREE Admission
FREE Make & Take crafts
FREE Whoo-hoo!

Press for the Bash

We were thrilled to see two articles about the upcoming 1st Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash!

Many thanks to Jenn Emerson for her article in Hello Dallas, which features Etsy Dallas members Designing Diva and Silla Soup, and guest vendor adaptive reUse who comes to the Bash all the way from Austin!

We also tip our crafty hats to Lyndsay Knecht Milne for her article in NBC DFW About Town, featuring Etsy Dallas member Scribble Scrabble and Tefi Designs, and guest vendor Laura Davis Design Lab.

Thank you, lady scribes! We love the support of the Dallas area media. To read more press the team has received, go HERE.

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dallas Observer Splash

Whoo-hoooo! We're so thrilled to see our first ever Spring Bash splashed across the masthead of the Dallas Observer web site. Super mega uber thanks to South Side on Lamar for setting this up for us. Since it can't be there forever and ever, we're including a couple of screenshots below.

Support your local handmade collective by stopping at the Bash and spending some time and dollars on great handmade goods. Free crafts! Free admission! Free raffle! Free goody bags! Free good times! Smiles by the gallon!

Uber thanks to Patricia and Susie for taking these screenshots for the team. Thanks dolls!
posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

V.I.P. - Bash Volunteers

Thank you a million times over to the following Etsy Dallasites who have signed up to volunteer and help with the Spring Bash decorations. Think: origami birds and bright colorful Maypoles...

Mandi of Scribble Scrabble - Our fearless Deco Squad Leader
Larry of Kessler Craftsman
Jenna of Wrap Couture
Patricia of Karma Crochet
Maggie of artfull Expression
Susie of Sanctum Design Studio
Liz of Lizardo Art
Caroline of Pink Lemonade Bags
Jill of Rimrock View Studio
Deb of Anklebiter
Katie of Two Hills Designs
Mia of Miamaria Design

And thank you to the volunteers doing check-in and planning the day of the Bash (and also setting up their own booths as well!):

Pam of Pamela Michelle
Randi of Designing Diva
Dylan of Dowdy Studio
Stephanie of Tefi Designs
Alicia of La Alicia
Carrie of One-Up Designs
Brenda of B.Liscious

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Member Spotlight: Color Box Design

For the past couple of years, Rhonda has been honing the craft of letterpress printing. She works on an antique Vandercook 4 letterpress from the 1950s.

She was recently a part of the Art of Circus: A Letterpress Slideshow at Studio 204 in Arlington which is currently highlighted on the Felt and Wire blog.

She designed and printed a wonderful collection of circus-style letters and uber cool animals including; a monkey, a lion, and an elephant. She is third from the left with fellow letterpress artists at the show – clearly, a fun time was had by all!

With a graphic design background, Rhonda designs everything from logos and posters to baby announcements and greeting cards -- she does her own illustration and printing. Click on the images below to read more about her work and to visit her etsy shop.

Her work can be found locally at Paper & Chocolate in the same shopping center as the Inwood theater as well as The Soda Gallery in the Bishop Arts District.

Rhonda joined Etsy Dallas this year and will be a vendor at the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash on May 16 -- stop by and see her work in person!

Posted by Alicia/LaAlicia

Monday, May 4, 2009

Eco•Ideas: Bead for Life

It's always feels good to purchase something beautiful that can help someone else in the process. This is part of what makes Bead for Life such a great idea. It's a program that connects U.S. consumers with a group of women beaders in Uganda who are working at escaping poverty. Check out their site and be sure to read the "meet the beaders" section of the site to get to know those multifaceted hard working beaders.

Before the Bead for Life program, many of the beaders were unemployed or worked for very low wages in rock quarries -- living on less than a dollar a day. This program provides a way for them to make a living and afford things we take for granted like a home and uniforms to send their children to school in. These women undergo training to learn how to make paper beads as well as how to run a small business. Bead for Life is a Fair Trade Federation member working toward equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

Check out this how-to-roll-paper-beads tutorial on their site - learn to recycle magazines and out of date calendars into beads.

posted by: Alicia of Alicia Colina-Ashby
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