Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gimme Your Promos!

Sponsoring the Jingle Bash is the perfect way to promote your crafty business this season, and donating your promos to our legendary goody bags is FREE!

About the Goody Bags
Our popular Goody Bags have become a thing of legend. Shoppers at the 1st Annual Jingle Bash arrived over 30 minutes before the doors opened just to get one of these bags! The line of shoppers was winding down the hall, out the door, and down the sidewalk to the next block (pictured). At the 1st Annual Spring Bash, a crowd of Dallas shoppers snatched up the bags in less than 2 minutes. Wow!

This year's Goody Bags will be larger reusable totes that our very own Dylan of Dowdy Studio will screen print. All 50 bags will be filled to the brim with handmade goodies from the vendors and other crafty businesses.

Items are due November 13th. To participate, please fill out the form found here and we will contact you with more details.

All Sponsorship Options:

- Include 50 business promos in our popular
Goody Bags
- Get your 50 promos listed on this
blog and the Sponsor page
- Deadline: November 13, 2009

Frosty: $50
- 150x150 ad/logo and link posted on the Sponsors page
- Include 50 business promos in our popular
Goody Bags
- Get your 50 promos listed on this
blog and the Sponsor page

Rudolph: $200
- Hang your company banner or sign at the Jingle Bash
- 150x150 ad/logo and link posted
on this blog
- 150x150 ad/logo and link posted on the Sponsors page
- Include 50 business promos in our popular
Goody Bags
- Get your 50 promos listed on this
blog and the Sponsors page

Santa: $500
- Hang your company banner or sign at the Jingle Bash
- 150x150 ad/logo and link posted on
this blog
- 175x175 ad/logo and link posted at the top of the Sponsors page and on the Etsy Dallas home page
- Spotlight article about your company poste
d on this blog
- Include 50 business promos in our popular
Goody Bags
- Get your 50 promos listed on this page and this blog

Click here to fill out the form to participate! Thanks for your support!

Mandi Ainsworth, Goody Bag Coordinator

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Sept 25-27th

Another fantastic weekend is almost here. After our excitement over winning The Best One-Stop Shop in Dallas by the Dallas Observer, we're exploding with happiness and you'll see it on our faces when you're out and about this weekend.

10th Annual Fall Craft Fair at Arapaho Road Baptist Church
The 10th annual Fall Craft Fair benefits the Arapaho Road Baptist Church’s children’s ministries. Many art vendors will be there along with Etsy Dallas member Pink Lemonade Bags. Enjoy arts crafts and great food.

Date: Fri&Sat, Sept 25-26
Time: 11am-7pm, 9am-5pm
Location: Arapaho Road Baptist Church, Garland
More info: click here

LinkLinkArlington Front Street Festival
Grab some friends and head on out to the Arlington Front Street Festival. You'll find Pamela Michelle, Dowdy Studio, Cut Out and Collect and the Kessler Craftsman all hanging out this weekend selling their goods. There will also be an archaeological dig, live music, a classic car show, yummy festival foods and much more!

Date: Sat, Sept 26th
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Front Street, Downtown Arlington
More info: click here

The Pecan Street Festival
The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on 6th Street in Austin, Texas. The festival has been an Austin tradition for more than 30 years. The show features artisans from all over the United States who display and sell homemade art and craftwork. Among the artists, you’ll find our very own Tara to the T and Harrilu. Festival goers can find paintings, sculpture, woodwork, candles, jewelry, cowboy hats, home decor, games, and other useful and whimsical household items.

Date: Sat&Sun, Sept 26-27
Time: 11am-10pm, 11am-8pm
Location: 6th Street, Austin
More info: click here

Mark your Calendars:

Oct 10 & 11 - Urban Street Bazzarr
Nov 21 - Jingle Bash

Thank you Dallas!

Holy cow holy cow!! Our Bash shows were just voted as Dallas' "Best One-Stop Shop" in the coveted and uber popular Dallas Observer's Best Of annual issue. It's on stands today!!

This is a huge. mega. deal. Here's the write-up:

Sure etsy.com—the online boutique community for crafters, jewelry designers, knitters, tailors, bookbinders, vintage sellers and collectors of everything—is a surefire way to kill an afternoon and build up a wish list, but an Etsy Dallas event is even better. Prices are great, the craftsmanship is fantastic, it feels good to support local crafters and you'll still cover everyone on any gift list you might have for the next two years. But the downside is you'll also empty your bank account with little to no effort without some preventive measures. We have a friend keep us from purchasing on the first lap through the show. We spend only cash (even if a booth takes cards). And we buy no more than we can carry on our own person. It's hard, but, well, you gotta leave something for the rest of the shoppers to look at. On the other hand, screw everyone else, retail therapy rocks! The Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash takes place November 21 at Sons of Hermann Hall. Sharp elbows stimulate the economy, people.

In case you're wondering, What the heck is the Bash?, let me fill you in. The Bash is the premier arts and crafts event in Dallas that we started back in 2008. The Bash is put on by Tefi Designs and Pamela Michelle, with support from the Etsy Dallas leadership team: Larry, Carrie, Cheyne, Alicia, Mandi, Dylan, and Randi.

This year's 2nd Annual Jingle Bash will take place at the historic (and somewhat David-Lynchian) Sons of Hermann Hall, November 21st (that's a Saturday) from 1am-7pm. More deets here.

reposted from Tefi Designs' blog

Friday, September 18, 2009

We Have a Winner!

Mega super duper sweet congrats to Hannah from Fort Worth, Texas! She is the winner of the Etsy Dallas 2nd Birthday giveaway, organized by Patricia of Karmacrochet.

Hannah commented that her favorite items were the beautiful crochet designs by giveaway participant Anne of Modest Ambition. Anne donated two crocheted button pins to the big basket of goodies.

Hannah will receive everything listed HERE. What a lucky gal!

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Thursday, September 17, 2009

We *heart* design roots.

Big thanks to Heather of design roots for getting our official Jingle Bash poster printed and delivered. With her precious little 3-month-old ball of wonder in tow, Heather dropped off a pack of 11x7 posters (designed by artist and Bash co-organizer, Pamela Michelle) and I screamed for joy when I saw how beautifully they turned out. High fives all around!

Want to show your support for local art and craft talent? Then why not hang our poster in your shop window. Contact us for more details. And thanks!

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs (the other Bash organizer)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Sept 17 - 20

Grab a friend and let's get ready to have a handmade weekend. This week's events stretch all the way from Austin to Dallas, so let's start marking up that calendar!

Hovercraft Designer Trunk Show

Come by for an exciting night featuring incredible clothing and accessories by Etsy Dallas member and designer Tara Tonini. Check out her latest styles while sipping on a refreshing Sake2me cocktail and mingling to some retro tunes.

Date: Thurs, Sept 17th

Time: evening

Location: Hovercraft in Austin TX

Cost: FREE!

more info: click here

Enju trunk Show
Enju is designed by Julie McCullough Kim of Make Shop & Studio in Dallas, TX.
Her first line of handbags was developed in 2005 and clothing followed in 2007. She is a self-taught independent designer that works to promote independence in local production & responsible design. Enju will also be one of the many vendors showing at the Jingle Bash, November 21st.

Date: Fri, Sept 18th

Time: 6pm

Location: Parts and Labour, Austin, TX

Cost: FREE!

More info: click here

Art With A Cause

Art With A Cause is an art show benefitting Contact Crisis hosted at Times Ten Cellars in Dallas. This show is open to the public with free admission and free parking, a silent auction and a cash wine bar and complimentary hors d'ouevres. The Kessler Craftsman will be showing his glass and metal works at the Art With A Cause event.

Date: Sat, Sept 19th

Time: 6PM to 11 PM

Location: Times Ten Cellars, Lakewood, TX

More info: click here

Party Like a Pirate: Island Party in the West End

Ahoy Matey! West End's 2009 Block Party Series continues with the 1st Annual Party Like a Pirate: Island Party in the West End. The FREE block party will feature Pirate performingimpromptu on the streets of West End, island and beach music, artists, including Pamela Michelle, Dowdy Studio and Enju, and great food. Everyone is invited to dress like a pirate and be a part of the show. The event benefits West End Charities (www.westendcharities.com).

Date: Sat, Sept 19th

Time: 11am-11pm

Location: West End’s Market Street (Ross Ave. to Munger)

Cost: FREE!

More info: click here

We Make Stuff

We Make Stuff...music, art, & fashion show presented by Electric Promotions will be bursting at the handmade seams. Stop by the Team Etsy Austin booth to get your own, “I make stuff” t-shirt & take part in the DIY fun with make n' take projects from the fabulous ladies at The WonderCraft. Continue with the making and screen your own shirt design with new screen shop, Under Pressure. Tara to the T will be there selling her amazing accessories along with other tallented artists and crafters. This is a do not miss event if you're in Austin, so do see their website for even more fun going on at We Make Stuff.

Date: Sat, Sept 19th

Time: 7pm-12am

Location: Scott Inn, Austin, TX

Cost: FREE!

More info: click here

Art Spirit Block Party Peace Festival

Music, art and peace combine this Sunday in a relaxing fun block party. The Kessler Craftsman and Mandi Beads from Etsy Dallas will be present selling their wares.

Date: Sun, Sept 20th

Time: 10am - 6pm

Location: Bishop Art District, Dallas

Cost: FREE!

More info: click here

Birdville High School PTSA Fall Craft Fair

artfull Expression will be selling her altered domino pendants (seen above) all weekend. Come out and support local artists and local students.

Date: Sat - Sun 19 - 20th
time: Sat 9-5 Sun 11-4
location: Birdville High School , 9100 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills
cost: Admission is $1 which will be donated to the senior class

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Sept12-13

Hooray it's Etsy Dallas's birthday weekend! We aren't celebrating quietly either. We'll be all over the map this weekend having a blast at events and celebrating online with sales and giveaways. woo hoo!

White Rock Local Market
Local food, local goods and local friends are what makes our community special. Facilitating the sale and delivery of fresh produce is a solid first step to making the right choices for our community. But not just food – we also introduce local vendors who create interesting and useful products.Link
Located next to the Green Spot Market & Fuels - a gas station that sells biodiesel and healthy foods – White Rock Market will feature the rock'n vinyl jewelry of Texas Tarts and the cheerful pewter accessories from F is for Frank, along with other artists.

date: Sat, Sept 12
time: 8am-2pm
at: Green Spot in Lakewood: Map
Cost: FREE!
more info: click here

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago
Over 300 artists are traveling from all over the country to participate and sell their handmade goods: from clothing and accessories, to stationery and concert posters, with everything from bath-products, ceramics and housewares in between! This FREE TO ATTEND DIY craft, art and design extravaganza occurs in one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods, on its busiest block!

If you're in teh Chicago area be sure to snag a hand printed tee from Harrilu and a whimsically romantic feathered headband from Tara to the T.

date: Sat, Sept 12-13
time: 11am-7pm
at: Chicagao
Cost: FREE!
more info: click here

LinkPUT UP YOUR DUKES….Fighting to Save the Boxer
Come join the f. is for frank crew at their studio to celebrate man's best friend. This event is for humans and socialized dogs alike. Armhole will be there with a t-shirt bar set up to make great custom t-shirts for you and your canine counterpart, and f. is for frank will show off their new line of dog tags for those dogs in need of a little bling. Photographer Steve Visneau will be taking fabulous pet portraits for a donation. Petropolitian will be handing out delicious doggy sundaes and after your pets are fancy and full, they are welcome to frolic unleashed in a large, fenced area! There will also be a raffle, boxers for adoption, Dj spun music and more fun!

date: Sun, Sept 13
time: 2pm-5pm
at: Dallas
Cost: FREE!
more info: click here

Etsy Dallas Birthday Giveaway
Your chance to win over $200 in Etsy Dallas member's goodies. To enter click here

Etsy Dallas Birthday Sale
18 Etsy Dallas members are having a Birthday Sale to celebrate our Birthday. Check out the great sales here.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Etsy Dallas Birthday Giveaway

We are ready to celebrate our 2nd birthday with a team giveaway! Check it out:

One lucky winner will get all these goodies. A retail value of $212.00. Wow!

LaAlicia Eco-chic Earrings: Words, colors, images selected with care team up to weave hand-cut, hand-woven, recycled paper into this colorful, eco-chic pair of earrings; $19.

Tefi Designs 1)
BINGO ring: vintage marker silvertone ring base; $8. 2) Ponytail holder in plaid fabric; $2. 3) Bell Flower earrings : Czech glass, pearls, silver plated hooks; $10.

Dichroic glass pendant: The base is made from clear green & has been "funked" out with orange copper, silver and dark purple dichroic glass. A sterling plated bail has been adhered with industrial adhesive. Pendant measures ~3/4" wide X 1 5/8" long; $25.

Pamela Michelle
Take Me Home 5x7 art print; $26.

Dowdy Studio
Rock Hand - Medium screenprinted white V-neck tee; $22.

artfull Expression
Mini altered domino pendant; $12.

Signature Scentsations Black Raspberry Vanilla 9 oz body lotion; $12.

MandiBeads Hand-beaded pen; $20.

The Pig and the Peacock 1) White tea and ginger handcrafted shea butter soap - 5 oz; $5. 2)White tea and ginger body mist; $4.

Modest Ambition Two crocheted button pins; $12.

design roots 6 cards + 6 kraft envelopes; $10.

One Up Designs 10 surface decals; $10.

Karmacrochet 1) Set of 3 crocheted dishcloths; $10. 2) Scrabble tile pendant; $5.

The Plaid Mushroom Rosemary Mint lotion 2 oz; $8.

How to Enter
Leave a comment on this post stating your favorite item in this giveaway. Be sure to include a valid email address -this is mandatory to qualify for the contest. To do it safely, use this format: yourname[at]email[dot]com.

Additional Entries:
1) Post your favorite item from a shop in the giveaway to earn an additional entry. You will need to post the link to the item and provide a valid email address. Only one entry per shop is allowed.

2) If you buy an item from one of the shops in the giveaway, you will earn another additional entry. Post the link to the sold item and provide a valid email address. Only one entry per shop is allowed.

The Rules
- Giveaway starts on September 7th at 12:00 AM CST and ends September 13th at 11:59 PM CST.
- The winner will be choosen using Random.org and announced on 09/18/2009. The winner will be contacted via email to provide mailing information. If the winner does not respond in 7 days, another winner will be chosen.
- The giveaway is open to everyone who provides a valid email address and, if selected, will need to provide a valid name and US mailing address.

And don't forget...Have a blast! GOOD LUCK!

Contest led and managed by Patricia of Karmacrochet

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Etsy Dallas Turns Two!

It all started with an great idea and a couple dozen invitation emails. Stephanie Hindall/Tefi Designs sent out this email is September 2007 and soon had a group of Dallas crafties ready to get together to share ideas and put on their first trunk show as a group:

"Hi there! I’m looking to start up an Etsy street team focusing on sellers in the Dallas area. To start with, I thought we could meet once a month or at least once a quarter, participate in trunk shows together at our homes, share ad space and the cost of a simple website, etc. In order to get this off the ground, I’ll need to get at least 3-5 fellow Dallas “estiers” on board. Please let me know if you are interested! Cheers, Stephanie"

In short, the first Etsy Dallas Trunk Show was in December of 2007 with 9 crafters. The group has grown each year and added new members and fun events. The upcoming 2nd Annual Jingle Bash will include over 50 vendors. Mark your calendars, this is a great event -- round up your friends & shopping list and come by and enjoy!

In honor of turning two, we are having a team sale going on September 7-13 unless otherwise noted below. Check out these team members' shops for special deals and get your shop on!

Signature Scentsations - 10 % off refunded through Pay Pal, Sept 11-13

Modest Ambition - Free shipping on all orders

artfullExpresion - Free shipping on all orders

Lolafalk - Free Domestic shipping - enter code EDBDAY at checkout (refunded via Paypal)

Designroots- Buy one set of cards, get the second set HALF OFF!

MandiBeads - Free shipping on all items

PamelaMichelle - free shipping on all items

CutOutandCollect - 10% of sales on three days donated to Susan G. Komen Fundraiser. Free shipping on all pouches, wallets, and aprons Sept 11-13

Tefi Designs - free shipping on clearance items

EveMMetalsmith - free shipping Sept. 11-13

LaAlicia - free shipping on selected items

ThePigandThePeacock - 20% off your purchase refunded via PayPal

Laura Davis Design Lab - buy one item, get the second (of equal or lesser value) half off

KarmaCrochet - free worldwide shipping for orders over $25 (refuned via PayPal), use code ED2BDay

ThePlaidMushroom - Buy one tube of lip balm and get one half price

e-maille - free shipping

Designing-Diva - Save 25% off ANY (no minimum purchase required) order using coupon code plus FREE standard shipping on any order over $40 after discount has been taken.
Coupon Code: EDTeam25

sanctumds - all single cards are $2 (savings of .50-$1 depending on the card)

Be sure to join our mailing list to stay current on events going on that include EDers. Another way to stay current on fun stuff going on is to check out the Weekend Guide put together each week by PamelaMichelle.

posted by Alicia

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Weekend Guide: Sept 3-6

The weekend starts early this week. Make it down to Studio Four Eleven tonight for their Studio Open House. Then enjoy a fantastic giveaway from Karma Crochet.

Tonight: Studio Four Eleven Open House
Date: Thursday, Sept 3rd
Time: 5pm - 10pm
At: Studio Four Eleven N. Tyler St. Dallas
For more info click here
Pre-shop: Tara to the T

Karma Crochet Giveaway on Love Obsess Inspire
Date: Contest runs through Sept 8th
At: Online
For more info click here
Karma Crochet's Etsy shop: here
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