Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Supplies Me! Art + Craft Supply Sale

Shop art and craft supplies from Dallas' craftiest!

Etsy Dallas announces Supplies Me! Art + Craft Supply Sale on Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Blue Room at South Side on Lamar in Dallas. This is an exclusive opportunity to buy art and craft supplies directly from the members of Etsy Dallas.

Crafty members of Etsy Dallas will be offering their coveted supplies for sale to the public, including: fabric, beads, buttons, and loads of other crafty odds and ends. This is your chance to stock up on unique finds to help you express your artistic side. While there will be plenty of inspiration available, there will be no finished goods at this event. Participating members include: Cut Out and Collect, La Alicia, Modest Ambition, Nerdbomber, Tefi, XY Factory, and many more.

Proceeds from sales at the Etsy Dallas team table and extra supplies will be donated to Captain Hope’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing, diapers, and other childcare supplies for homeless children all across North Texas. Through their programs, events, and partnerships, they help meet the needs of our community’s homeless children.

Free to attend, free parking. Come early for snacks.

Supplies Me! Art + Craft Supply Sale

Who: Etsy Dallas
Where: Blue Room, South Side on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
When: Saturday, June 26, 11 am–2 pm

posted by Anne of Modest Ambition

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Guide: Online Sales

Here's your excuse to ditch the malls and hit up the interwebs this weekend for some great Memorial Weekend Sales brought to you by your favorite Etsy Dallas members. Click the links below the images to take you to their Etsy shops to go sale shopping. All Sales run Friday thru Monday.

Cooking With Etsy Dallas: Decadent Turtle Brownies

Here's a recipe I wanted to share with all of you with a sweet tooth! I used to make these for family gatherings a few years ago but I get requests for them to date!


-3 ounces of unsweetened chocolate-chopped
-12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
-3 large eggs
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 cup granulated white sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Caramel Topping:
-40 Kraft caramels (10 ounces) unwrapped
-1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
-2 cups toasted pecan halves

Ganache Topping:
-2 ounces of semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
-1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) rectangular baking pan.

For the brownies: melt the chopped chocolate and butter in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and set aside while you make the brownie batter. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugars with an electric or hand mixer until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract and then the melted chocolate mixture. Beat in the flour and salt on low. Then pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes.

For the caramel: put the unwrapped caramels and cream in a saucepan and melt, over low heat (stirring frequently), until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the toasted pecans, making sure all the pecans are coated with caramel. Spread the caramel topping evenly over the still warm brownies and let cool to room temperature. Then cover and refrigerate brownies for about an hour or until the brownies are firm.

For the chocolate ganache: put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat (or in the microwave). Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.

Remove the brownies from the refrigerator and, using a fork, drizzle the Ganache over the brownies in a zigzag pattern. Cover and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

Store, covered, in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days, or in the freezer for longer storage. Makes about 48 brownies.

My turtle brownies turned out like this:

Bon Appetit!
-Margaret of Three Yellow Starfish

Sutton, Judith. Sweet Gratitude. Artisan. New York: 2005.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Etsy Dallas Goes to Public School

Three cheers for the Austin design collective, Public School! Some Etsy Dallas folks who were selling at the first Renegade Austin show earlier this month got a chance to cheese it up in front of the camera at PS's neat-o photo booth. Class is in session! *bell rings*

Patricia of Karmacrochet

Stephanie of tefi

Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect

Our Crafty Friends Dig Public School, Too!

Anne Marie + her crafty boothmate

Todd Ramsell (a.k.a. Mr. Modest Ambition)

posted by Stephanie of tefi

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May Category Spotlight: Clothing

Growing up, I watched my mother make beautiful clothing. Tell her what you wanted and voila! She would whip it up. When my children were born I thought I would make cool, funky clothes for them. I bought some great fabric and set out to make a pair of pajama pants for my daughter. It wasn't pretty. It is very hard to put on a pair of pants when the waistband has been sewn shut. I have since decided to leave all things clothing to the experts. And believe me, there are plenty of experts on the Etsy Dallas team!

As a stay-at-home mom / theater teacher, my wardrobe is what can best be described as casual and comfortable. Thank goodness for the team's three "Clothing" crafters: Megan of Harrilu, Summer of Signifying Not Designs, and Dylan of Dowdy Studio. These guys make my dream of living in t-shirts and hoodies possible!

Since I hadn't clued any of these three in on my wardrobe dreams, I couldn't help but wonder: Why t-shirts?

Summer of Signifying Not said she started making t-shirts because she wanted to take the idea of fine art and make something usable with it. "I wanted to make art that could be lived in." Gotta love that!

Dylan Dowdy began screen-printing in late 2007 as something fun and art-related to do at home. The graphic artist spends time in his studio drawing and hand printing tees with the tunes turned up really loud, coffee flowing and loads of fun. "I enjoy the creative freedom I give to myself to do whatever I want each day. Nothing can beat that."

So, it looks like whatever the occasion, Etsy Dallas has your back - well that and your front, part of your arms - covered! (Had you left the job to me I can't gurrantee that would have been the case.)

written by Maggie of Maggie May I

Crafty Sidenote: Many of our Etsy Dallas members cross-categorize. For example, we have a lot of baby, kids and maternity clothing crafters who were spotlighted in March, and our own Tara to the T makes fabulous feather and steampunk accessories in addition to clothing. Every member will be spotlighted throughout the year in their primary category. Enjoy our spotlights and stay tuned to all the great things our members are making and designing!

Weekend Guide: May 22-23

The HomeGrown Music & Arts Festival is going to be an annual celebration of just that - HomeGrown music, HomeGrown art and, most importantly, HomeGrown fun. There will be two stages featuring 15 bands that are among the best the metroplex has to offer performing many genres and styles of music. You’ll get to meet local art galleries featuring local artists’ works. We’ll have cool, live art demonstrations throughout the day, many vendors with goodies and services you don’t even know you need and want so bad, and much more.

So, on Saturday, May 22, pack the whole family into the car and head for that sweet Dallas skyline and we’ll see you at Main Street Garden Park, 1900 Main Street and make some great memories together!

Date: Sat May 22nd
Time: begins at 11am
Location: Main Street Garden Park, Dallas
Cost: $10 buy online
More info: click here
Shop Etsy Dallas: Eye on the Sparrow and Dowdy Studio

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Make It: Homemade Baby Food

[reposted from Stephanie's personal blog, Life With Ian]

Today I rushed home with Ian and got right down to the business of making peas. It was just about as easy as popping open a jar of Gerber. Here's how I did it:

1. Buy fresh or frozen peas.

2. Steam the little suckers for about 10 minutes on a low boil.

3. Puree with a cup or so of distilled water. You can also use the pea water from the pan; it's loaded with vitamins!

4. Work the puree through a sieve, if you please. This is optional and, honestly, not worth the time.

5. Feed fresh to baby.

6. Then freeze the rest. This bag made enough for two trays full - that's about 18 jars of the factory stuff, and it took less than 20 minutes. Easy peasy!

by Stephanie of tefi designs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: May 15-16

Come on down to the 1st Ever Renegade Craft Fair in Austin on May 15 + 16, heldindoors at the Palmer Events Center!

This FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design and DIY spectacular will run from 11am – 7pm each day + feature over 200 of today’s finest indie-craft talents from all over the nation!!

You can expect to find all sorts of incredible handmade goods at the Fair! Get a sneak-peek of who will be setting up shop at this year’s Austin event on the Artist Page!

Date: Sat - Sun May 15 - 16
Time: 11am - 7pm
Location: Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX
Cost: FREE!
More info: click here
Shop Etsy Dallas: Cut Out and Collect, Dowdy Studio, Pamela Michelle, Harrilu, Karmacrochet, Loop & lil, Tefi, Modest Ambition and Nerdbomber

ArtsGoggle is the Near Southside's signature art and music event held in Fort Worth. Dozens of businesses are transformed into art galleries for the night, hosting artists and musicians from the neighborhood and throughout the region.

Date: Sat, May 15
Time: 4-10PM
Location: 209 S. Main St and Near Southside, Fort Worth
More Info: click here
Cost: FREE!
Shop Etsy Dallas Members: Eye on the Sparrow and Rimrock View Studio

Hot Rod and Heels
Hot Rods and Heels is a celebration of all things vintage, complete with a hot rod show, workshops, pin-up model showcase, the best vintage vendors in Texas, and of course- our amazing Texas burlesque talent. Check back here for all of the latest new on Hot Rods and Heels 2010- May 15th at the Lakewood Theater featuring Cardinal Cyn & spokesmodel Dayna Delux!

Date: Sat, May 15th
Time: 4-11:30pmLocation: Lakewood Theater
More info: click here
Cost: $22 Buy tickets online here
Shop Etsy Dallas: Tara to the T, Mia Maria

Lakewood Stock
Lakewood Stock encourages you to stroll, stride, push or pedal to Lakewood Village Shopping Center and enjoy free live music on several stages. Neighbors are invited to shop, eat and drink locally and learn about greener living choices. There will be kid’s activities and many fun surprises. Admission is FREE!

Date: Sun May 16
Time: noon - 8pm
Location: Lakewood Village Shopping Center
More info: click here
Cost: FREE!
Shop Etsy Dallas: Eye on the Sparrow, Kessler Craftsman

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: May 7-9

City Arts Festival
The free, community-based festival will encompass the Esplanade, the Automobile Building, Court of Honor, and the Lagoon. Festivities will be held both indoors and out and will include free admission to the Fair Park’s outstanding museums during specific hours. For more than half of its 40-year existence, ARTFEST has taken place in Fair Park over Memorial Day weekend, attracting more than 200 visual artists from throughout the country and huge audiences of art aficionados.

Date: Friday - Sunday, May 7, 8 & 9
Time: (F) 6-10pm, (Sa) 11am-10pm, (Su) 12-6pm
Location: Fair Park, DallasMore Info: Click Here
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: The Kessler Craftsman

UltraViolet Rock Show
Local bands El Gato and Lovie host the 4th Annual UltraViolet Rock Show and Art Auction to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF). The festival-type event will feature two stages, eight bands, photo booth, compilation CD, and silent auction with art, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more all donated by the local art community to help benefit the cause.

The event is created, funded and run strictly on a volunteer and donation basis. 100% of the funds raised from the UltraViolet Rock Show go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Date: Saturday, May 8th
Time: 8pm - 1am
Location: Double Wide, Dallas
More Info: Click Here
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: eye on the sparrow designs, Pamela Michelle and Dowdy Studio

Bazaar Days
Get ready to shop local in hip Addison Circle. You won`t want to miss this unique shopping experience. Free admission – Free Parking

Date: Sat, May 8th
Time: 10am - 5:30 pm
Location: Addison Conference Center, Addison
More Info: click here
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: beethings and eye on the sparrow designs

CRAVE - Take 2 is happening this coming Sunday, May 9th at Nova. Bring your mom by to see our progress, hear some great music, meet the team and get excited for the grand opening later this month! $3 domestic beers and $5 wine!

Date: Sun, May 9th
Time: noon - 6 pm
Location: NOVA, Oak Cliff
More Info: click here
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: eye on the sparrow designs

Monday, May 3, 2010

Spotted at the Bash: Bradley Whitford

Holy Toledo, Batman! Several vendors - Silla Soup, Hip Hazel Hoops, and Wrap Couture - got a glimpse (and even talked with) super actor, Bradley Whitford at Saturday's insanely fun Spring Bash - our 7th show to date.

Best known for his roles in The West Wing and Studio 60 (and lesser known role of a smarmy Fed in A Perfect World), Whitford is in Dallas filming his upcoming TV show The Good Guys. The [ahem] good-lookin' actor took time out of his busy filming schedule to stop by the Bash in support local artists. Incredible! We are truly humbled and star-struck with his visit.

Hey Bradley - did you buy anything? Email us! We are dying to know...

More about The Good Guys (from Wikipedia):
The series is being filmed primarily in Dallas, Texas and is making use of the Fair Park area as much as possible for its diverse shooting locations and so as not to disturb the residents. The show was originally planned to be set in Los Angeles until Dallas city officials convinced creator Matt Nix to set the show in Dallas. Nix said of Dallas, "It’s a great city to jump on the hood of a car." Production work on the series began in January 2010 and principal photography of the pilot wrapped in early February 2010. Cast members spent time shadowing their real-life Dallas counterparts to prepare for their roles.

posted by Stephanie Hindall of tefi

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