Thursday, December 23, 2010

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

reposted from tefi's blog

It's December 23rd, and I betcha half of you haven't finished wrapping gifts yet. Am I right? I, on the other hand, finished a couple of days ago at which point pigs actually began to fly. I know, crazy.

So for those of you still in need of some gift wrapping encouragement and ideas, I've scoured the interwebs to find some simply, fun and totally DIY gift wrap ideas. No grab those scissors and get ready to wrap!

Shoestrings and kerchiefs never looked so cute.

A pair of baby socks look like mini-stockings. Gimme gimme.

A sweet collection of gift wrap ideas by Greg Likes Weddings.

Potato stamps, marbling and googly eyes, I would expect nothing less from UO.

And finally, here's a list of some of my very own DIY gift wrap must-haves:

- fabric scraps
- baker's twine
- raffia in various colors
- burlap
- pine cones, acorn caps and other things gathered from my backyard
- old clothes that can be cut up to use as wrapping
- large wooden beads

Happy Wrapping, y'all!

by Stephanie/tefi

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Garland Giveaway Winner Announced! chose Dana as our winner for the holiday garland.

Congratulations, Dana!

Dana said...
"Had a great time at the Jingle Bash! Love the garland."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Garland Tutorial & Giveaway

Thanks to all who entered the contest! Congrats to our winner, Dana!

When it came time to decorate for our Jingle Bash, the Deco Squad planners (Cheyne, Laura and Larry) really wanted to echo the theme created in our gorgeous event fliers, by our own Christina of paperfingers. We decided to make a very simple felt garland that played on her beautiful leafy design. We ended up liking the garland so much that we wanted to share how to make it! It's seriously quick, inexpensive, and very versatile.

Not crafty yourself? Skip to the bottom to find out how you can win the tutorial example - a 12 foot handmade garland the perfect length to decorate a doorway or mantle!

You'll need:
- felt*
- scissors
- thread to match your most frequently occurring felt color
- sewing machin
- holiday music playlist worthy of your awesomeness. (Wham!'s "Last Christmas" on repeat is clearly your only option.)
- hot chocolate or coffee. (It works like magic, trust me.)

* We approximate the felt turns into at least 6 feet of garland per half yard of 36" wide felt on the bolt. So if you'd like at least 18 feet, buy 1.5 yards total. This is approximate and will vary on the leaf size, the spacing when sewn together, and how conservatively you lay out your leafs for cutting.

Choose your garland color scheme and gather your supplies. The Deco Squad chose the colors to match our Jingle Bash artwork. I'd love to do a gorgeous aqua and silver/grey garland!

Turn up "Last Christmas" on high volume, get that hot chocolate close to you, find a table to get to cutting. This step is clearly very important.

Cut your felt into nice little leaves. We made the ones for the Jingle Bash fairly large because we need to cover larger areas. I made my example leaves about 3 inches long. If you're not comfortable with a trial and error approach of cutting directly on the felt, draw out some leaves on paper and hold/pin the paper to the felt and cut around your drawn shape. After you've found the shape and size you like, it's easy to hold the original leaf onto the felt and cut replicas. Don't like our shape or need to print out a template? Click here to help you find something you like.

Work out the placement of your leaves. I chose three colors for the example garland so the colors would alternate well.

Tip: You can pin your leaves to each other or on to a tracing paper backing if you aren't comfortable with placing them as you sew. Just rip the tracing paper off after it's sewn together. I chose to skip this step because I found it was easier to play with the placement as I sewed.

You should be able to keep a straight stitch down the middle of the garland, catching the bottom/side of each leaf as you sew down. If you chose not to pin your leaves together, just add each leaf as you sew, paying attention to placement. Here's a tiny video of how that's done:

Tip: You may find that stitching in a curve back and forth catches more of each leaf and make a more structured garland. Be prepared to play with it a bit! And don't be completely scared of the seam ripper if you don't like your first try!

Warning! This requires your hands to be very close to the needle. Please be aware of where your hands are. I've sewn through my fingernail (not with this project). I don't recommend it. It doesn't leave a cool war wound, it's mainly just painful and scary.

Drape it up on your mantle, on your tree, or in the doorway. Pretty!

Put your own spin on it! Sew some ribbon on the end to tie to things, sew a short version with ribbon ends and make a grecian headband, choose super high quality wool felt and make a scarf! Show us what you make!

Or skip all that and comment on this blog post to win our leafy garland. Include your email address and we'll pick a winner at random to receive our sample garland in the mail in time for Christmas! Comments close Wednesday December 15th at midnight. Reblog and link in the comments for a second entry! US residents only, please!

Posted by Cheyne of CutOutAndCollect And please no judgments on my musical taste.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bash Bit: Kelly Clarkson Shops at the Bash!

Etsy Dallas was lucky enough to have Bradley Whitford, star of The Good Guys filmed right here in Big D, stop by the 2010 Spring Bash back in May. Well, we've done it again! At the recent 3rd Annual Jingle Bash, American Idol's Kelly Clarkson stopped by for some shopping in support of local artists.

Rumor has it she purchased some bags from Cut Out and Collect and this framed fabric wall art piece by yours truly (see above). Thanks for the support, Kelly!

by Stephanie/tefi

Friday, November 19, 2010

Daily Discoveries: Meet the Jingle Bash Artists!

The Jingle Bash is proud to present it's 2010 artist line up. Jump-start your holiday shopping with the talented artists and crafters of the 2010 Jingle Bash on November 20th as we celebrate the season with a day full of art, music, charity, free goods, and gobs of crafty fun! The Jingle Bash will offer up the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home d├ęcor, accessories, art, pottery and more from over 50 hand-picked artists, crafters and designers.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sponsor Spotlight: Etsy, Inc.

If you're a fan of Etsy Dallas (a local all-volunteer collective of artists who sell on Etsy), I don't need to tell you that is an online marketplace for artists and crafters to sell their handmade works of art to buyers all over the world. As a shopper, you may have utilized the shop local tool to find products created in your hometown to help support your local economy - maybe that's even how you found our team!? Or perhaps you've also stumbled upon the perfect pair of slippers handcrafted in Lithuania without ever boarding a plane. has designed a myriad of ways to both buy and sell an ever-growing array of handcrafted, vintage, and art supply goods. Beyond their iconic homepage and handy shopping widgets, Etsy offers a variety of tools that have helped grow a handmade global community.

When I signed up for a user account in 2007, I thought I'd found a web site to sell things - but in joining the Etsy community, I've found friends and virtual coworkers here in Dallas (and all over the world) who share my love of design, hard work, business ethic, and creative spirit. Through these relationships, Etsy has supported and pushed me in my efforts to develop my artistic skill and continually grow my tiny business into something bigger.

The members of Etsy Dallas are thrilled to partner with, a top sponsor of the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash, and are happy to call "home." We thank you, dear reader, for being part of the crafty community.

Daily Discoveries: For the Jewelry Lover

Make a bold statement or be a little charming with these lovely jewelry finds. These great Daily Discoveries from our 2010 Jingle Bash vendors, hand-picked by Pamela Michelle, will be the perfect compliment to your winter wardrobe.

Clockwise from top left: Ornamental Things, maggie may i, eye on the sparrow designs, Haute Hardware

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sponsor Spotlight: Handmadeology

Handmadeology exists for the purpose of teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found on Etsy.

We love Handmadeology for the way the site shares all sorts of great information - all for free! The site shares with fellow Etsy sellers all the great resources they have found on the web and beyond. As an organizer of one of the largest art/craft shows in North Texas, I love his post called "The Ultimate Craft Show Preparation Link" where readers will find a long list of links to great advice on doing a craft show. From newbies to old-hatters, this article is golden.

The list of articles on Handmadeology is endless. Need to make holiday gift tags on a budget? Check. How about some fresh marketing ideas? Check. Ready to have a sale in your Etsy shop? Check check.

With a writing staff of over 10 Etsy-lovers, you're sure to find info you can use to improve and expand your Etsy experience. We are proud to partner with Handmadeology, a top sponsor of the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash!

posted by Stephanie/tefi

Daily Discoveries: For the Traveler

Before you bon voyage this season, head on over to the Jingle Bash for these great items for travelers, picked by our very own David of Ferrochie:

If you do as much traveling as I do, you're going to need some entertainment. Sure, you could take your IPad, but what about something less complicated? Reading material of course!

Before you tell me you're satisfied with the latest edition of American Way (or worse, Sky Mall) , pick up a copy of Chet Art's The Society of Sinister Simians, 122 pages of pure entertainment and remarkable illustrations.

Personally I'm sick of the bad taste and unfortunate ensembles in flight attendant apparel. The only thing worse is usually the attitude you get for asking for the entire can of Dr. Pepper.

We can't do much about the attitude but we can refer these "What not to wear in the air" contestants to Tara to theT, who has put together a line of clothing called "Sky Girls." These garments reflect the style, prestige and romance of a time when traveling by air truly was for the privileged. With this hat, I guarantee you'll get attention. And maybe, just maybe, the flight attendants will let you keep the can!

So as long as you'er going vintage with a Sky Girls cap, you may as well pair it up with some updated vintage luggage by The Snowy Owl. Why would you want to blend in amongst the sea of black poly with the only unique feature is the hand written baggage ticket. Stand out! Be different! (I know you're the type who likes to be different and hip, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this blog. Am I right?)

Last but not least, you're going to need a bag - a bag that can be the key to fashion hip or fashion flop. Plus, there's no better time to have a flash bag then when you're traveling. From purses and clutches to messenger bags and backpacks, Rachel Elise has it! We aren't talking ordinary either. Rachel epitomizes haute couture hand bags in the local Dallas area. There are so many styles to fall in love with you'll probably buy several. And why not - who can't use more than one bag?

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jingle Bash Tunes: DJ JuanSOLO

The Jingle Bash would not be a party without our favorite music maker, DJ JuanSOLO. Get ready to shop, sip and jam to a slew of great mixed songs from David Bowie to Santogold, and more good stuff in between.

Check out this sample playlist form our beloved DJ JuanSOLO:

1) The Cars - "Let the Good Times Roll"
2) LCD Sound System - "Yeah"
3) Santogold - "Unstoppable"
4) De La Soul - "Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays"
5) Darqwan - "Maximum Reespect"
6) Dexter Wansel - Theme from the Planets
7) Ramones - "Rock N Roll High School"
8) David Bowie - "I'm Only Dancing"

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Daily Discoveries: Big + Bold

Think big, think bold, don't be shy! These great Daily Discoveries from our 2010 Jingle Bash vendors, hand-picked by Rhonda of Color Box Letterpress, are large and in charge:

Clockwise from top left: "The Luckier I Get" Art Print by Lilco Letterpress, The Queen Over-sized Chess Piece by Ferrochie, Peekaboo lamp by Light Pollution, Lace Embossed Mirror by Both Hands Studio

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Sponsor Spotlight: FotoFuze

In a long line of consumer-created applications for Etsy sellers to use to enhance their Etsy shops, FotoFuze stands out from the crowd. As their web site states, FotoFuze costs, "Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Free." Learn more about this new application (from their site):

What is FotoFuze?
FotoFuze is a professional 3D product photography and 2D image enhancement service. To help keep your business looking fresh and up to date, you can add sets of photos to our website and our software will process those photos into professional-looking product photography for free, which you can access from any computer, any time when you Join FotoFuze (also free!).

Sample "fuze" from their web site

And signing up is super easy. You can either do via their home page or sign up via your Etsy shop! I did it with a simple click of the mouse. Then you pick which of your photos you want to enhance, let the software do it's thing then presto! One more click and you've published your FotoFuze-enhanced image in your Etsy shop.

We are thrilled to partner with FotoFuze, one of our top sponsors of the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash. Stop by their sponsor booth at the Bash this Saturday to learn more and see the magic in person.

posted by Stephanie/tefi

Monday, November 15, 2010

Daily Discoveries: For Mom

Everyone knows moms move mountains every day. Why not shower her with gifts from the Jingle Bash? There's a little something for moms with daughters, sons, a nursery to decorate, and herself thanks to these Jingle Bash picks by awesome mom Silla of silla soup:

Clockwise from top left: Caribe ruffle-bottom bloomers by Three Yellow Starfish, Doug the Dino tee by Mama Dee's, El Buho art print by Mere Designs, River Rocks necklace by tefi

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Best. Bash Bags. Ever.

This year's Bash Bags are the best yet. They are canvas. They are reusable. They are gorgeous and embroidable. With artwork by paperfingers and screen printed by Dowdy Studio, you know you're getting the very best collectible bag you've ever seen. You even get a free embroidery kit courtesy of the Jingle Bash to make your bag extra beautiful!

Big, huge, monstrous thanks to all our Bash Bag contributors. Look for amazing handmade and promotional items from:

Did we leave you off? Please let us know and accept our deepest apologies!

posted by Stephanie/tefi

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sponsor Spotlight: Stitch-N-Lounge

This past fall Etsy Dallas member, Kelly Van Voltenburg of Banana Showcase, opened up Stitch-n-Lounge, a sewing boutique located in Cedar Hill offering modern designer fabrics, patterns, notions, and sewing classes. Says Kelly about sewing, "Even though people think I have expert sewing skills now that I own a fabric boutique I started out sewing simple pillows and pillowcases just like everyone else. Those are great beginning projects that give you a sense of accomplishment."

Kelly spent the four years prior to opening Stitch-n-Lounge selling handmade purses and accessories. She was inspired by the new trendy fabrics but had trouble finding a place to buy them. Shoppers would often tell her how they would love to sew if they could find a hip place to buy modern fabrics. "It was then that I realized there was a true need for a modern fabric boutique in my area," says Kelly.

After attending a recent Quilt Market where fabric and pattern designers debut their new fabrics and pattern lines, Kelly found lots of new things to buy for the store, which will be arriving in the next few months. Stitch-n-Lounge will also be getting sewing machines for people to take lessons and rent during open Sewing Lounge sessions.

We are proud to partner with Kelly and Stitch-n-Lounge, a top sponsor of the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Daily Discoveries: For the 'Tween

Avoid the ubiquitous and (nearly) inevitable eyeroll when you give that special 'tween in your life these great Daily Discoveries from our 2010 Jingle Bash vendors, hand-picked by Alicia of

Clockwise from top left: Lip Balm Holder by Karmacrochet, Kintaro Shea Lip Butter by Soapopotamus, Yummy Chocolate Cake Ring by Midnight Snack, Ruffle Flower Headband by silla soup

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Daily Discoveries: Stocking Stuffers

Naughty? Nice? Who cares! So long as you get one (or all) of these Jingle Bash picks in your stocking this year, selected by Alyssa and Joslyn of Jane Joss:

Clockwise from top left: Super Sock Monkey pendant by maggie may i, Eco Chic wooden pin by La Alicia, Heidi bobby pins by Modest Ambition, Musicians of Brehmen pencil pouch by Nerdbomber

See you at the Bash!

3rd Annual Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 20th, 2-8pm
The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas TX
More here:

A Sneak Peek Into the Bash Decorations!

Thanks to Deco leaders and designers Cheyne, Laura and Larry, the Jingle Bash on November 20th is going to have some amazing handmade decorations. And super big thanks to all of our great volunteers for their help making it happen: David, Brenda (former beloved Etsy Dallas member), Maggie, Patricia, Alyssa, Mia, Debbie, Holly, Dacia, Bonnie, Christina and Keith, Thomas, Pamela and Dylan!

Laura shows off her lovely leaves!

Men + Their Tools (Larry, David)

Greatness happens when crafters unite.

Former beloved Etsy Dallas member, Brenda, came out to help.

In her Bash delirium, Cheyne realizes she only needs one hand to get the job done.

These pictures do not do justice to the amazingly creative and handmade decorations the group made this past weekend. Come to the Palladium on November 20th to behold the craftiness yourself! More info:

posted by Stephanie/tefi
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