Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Win Bash Bucks for the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash!

As promised, the artists of the 3rd Annual Jingle Bash are hosting another Bash Bucks contest! Here's your chance to win Bash Bucks, redeemable only at the 2010 Jingle Bash on November 20th at the Palladium. Bash Bucks are like gift certificates you'll pick up the day of the Bash - and you can spend them at ANY participating artist's booth during the event. You can't go wrong. There are two ways to win!

(1) Comment On This Post
Look through our Jingle Bash artists and leave a comment below, telling us what you'd spend your Bash Bucks on. Include your email address! The comments will close at 11:59pm November 15th and one lucky commenter will be picked at random to receive $30 in Bash Bucks. You can enter as much as you like, so get comment crazy.

(2) Tweet It Out
Hop on Twitter and tweet about the Jingle Bash all you want. Add #DallasJingleBash and a link to this blog post or in the text. You can tweet as much as you want until 11:59pm November 15th. We'll pick one tweet at random to receive $30 in Bash Bucks and a second tweet at random to receive $40 in Bash Bucks. You'll need to direct message your email address to us if you win. Feel free to copy and paste these tweet examples:
  • I'll be at the #DallasJingleBash Nov 20 to buy handmade holiday gifts!
  • Retweet for a chance to win BashBucks for the #DallasJingleBash Nov 20
If your comments or tweets aren't chosen, don't fret! We have some surprises just around the corner. - additional ways for you to win Bash Bucks.

Good luck, Bashers!!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Oct 23-24

Last year’s Bazaar was attended by over 6,000 customers and featured nearly 150 artists and exhibitors from all over North Texas, Oklahoma and other regions."

date: Oct 23-24
time: Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
location: J. J. Pearce High School, Richardson
more info: click here
admission: FREE!
Shop Etsy Dallas: Silla Soup

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Be an Elf: Promote Your Business at the Bash!

For the past couple of years, the Bash has offered a FREE level of sponsorship. We believe in supporting the local handmade and art community that in turn supports our event!

Are you an artist, designer or crafter? Do you sell your own handmade goods? Or maybe you have a business that supports the local handmade movement? We'd love to invite you to sign up to be an Elf sponsor. It's FREE and enables you to participate in our incredibly popular Bash Bags™.

About the Bash Bags™ – PROMOS DUE OCTOBER 31st
Bash shoppers have come to expect quality handmade promos in our coveted, limited edition Bash Bags™, and have been known to wait in line a full 3 hours before doors open in order to secure one (see photo below).

This year, the artwork on our Bash Bags™ will be embroidable (see above) and each Bash Bag™ will come with a free embroidery kit courtesy of Etsy Dallas.

We accept the following kinds of promos for the Bash Bags™: samples, magnets, bookmarks, pin, pencils, earrings, bobby pins, etc. Non-handmade promos may be accepted from local indie and art/craft/design-related businesses. We cannot accept solely business cards and coupons. The Jingle Bash reserves the right to approve all Bash Bag™ promotional items prior to inclusion.

Interested in promoting your business to hundreds of potential customers? Fill out the contact form HERE!

posted by Stephanie/tefi

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bash Bucks Are Back!

For the third show in a row, we are pleased to offer the Bash Bucks program for our amazing supporters - you! - and this year we're offering even more chances to win. Get this: Bash Bucks are our own gift certificates that spend just like money at our shows. Free money!

Still not sold yet? Well, we like to give them away!

The only way to get Bash Bucks is to win during our upcoming blog and Twitter contests, running October 27th to November 15th.

At the beginning of the contest, we'll post the rules and directions here on our blog. Good news! There is no limit to your number of entries both on the blog and on Twitter. Winners will be picked at random at the end of each contest - and this is the awesome part: We'll choose one winner on the blog and TWO winners on Twitter. The blog winner will receive $30 in Bash Bucks, one twitter winner will receive $30 and one will receive $40 in Bash Bucks, to be spent at the upcoming Jingle Bash on November 20th.

(Psst! We also have some extra surprise Bash Bucks contests around the corner - but you have to stay tuned to the blog to find out all about 'em.)

So what's up with the Bucks, you ask? You can use them to buy anything your little heart desires from participating artists at the upcoming Jingle Bash on November 20th. (But if your little heart desires booze provided by The Palladium, you'll have to whip out some real cash.)

Seriously, they're kind of awesome. But don't take our word for it - read what one of our previous Bash Bucks winners has to say:
I won Bash Bucks on the Etsy Dallas blog for the last Spring Bash. I absolutely loved that it gave me a chance to pre-shop the Bash artists. When I won, I already knew exactly what I wanted to spend them on. I purchased two necklaces from Maggie May I - I still love them!

-Mylynka, winner of Bash Bucks for the Spring Bash 2010
So get your retweet button finger warmed up and stay tuned to this blog for more details. It's almost time!

On the Road with Etsy Dallas: Renegade Chicago

In mid-September I had the pleasure of joining up with fellow Etsy Dallas members OneUpDesigns as well as fellow Texas Etsians 2Enju, MadelineWood, SquidInkKollective, and RoboRoku at the 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.

I had a blast on the drive. Lynnea & Brian of SquidInkKollective drove up from Austin, picked me up in Dallas and after we played a serious game of tetris with two entire businesses' worth of stock in one vehicle, we headed up through Oklahoma and St. Louis. We all gratefully crashed in Peoria, Illinois, where one of my best friends from college is currently in graduate school at Bradley University. We might have been delirious by the time she showed us what we thought was the greatest thing Peoria had to offer. The next day, we finished the drive into Chicago and arrived at the home of our fantastic hostess, Tamara. Tamara is better known as TPDesign, one of the founding members of EtsyDallas. These days, she lives happily with her husband and son in a beautiful house right outside Chicago. Tamara took us to see all sorts of fantastic things Chicago has to offer.

I fell in love with the city - we really packed in some fun stuff before the craft fair including a trip to the aquarium, some delicious vegetarian restaurants (and Chicago deep dish pizza, no doubt!) and some nerd-tastic bookstores (plus Quimby's, a comic shop with a great selection of zines and limited edition art books).

Saturday and Sunday were devoted to the unique experience of Renegade Chicago! I was honored to be among more than 300 of the most talented hand makers the nation has to offer. Plus? Fair food and a marching band! Yes. Please. And the shoppers? Almost as sweet and fun as Dallas shoppers - which is a compliment indeed!

I loved every second of the entire trip and can't wait until next year when I may [hopefully] make the trip again. The drive home did present a pretty great little pit stop - an antique mall named for the huge pink elephant on the front lawn.

You can see additional photos of our trip here.
Posted by Cheyne of CutOutAndCollect

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Oct 16-17

Antique dealers will be bringing out their stashes of vintage/antique items that wouldn't fit in their booths. It's a great time to get some great deals on unique items.

date: Oct 16
time: 10am-2:30pm
location: 800 N Story Rd, Irving, TX 75061-1934
more info: click here
admission: Free
Shop Etsy Dallas: La Alicia will be there to destash her vintage items

Join 100 fine artists in the sleepy East Texas town of Edom. This festival, now going on 20 years is consistently one of the finest art festivals in Texas.

date: Oct 16 & 17
time: Sat, 9am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm
location: Edom Texas Festival Fairgrounds
more info: click here
admission: Free
Shop Etsy Dallas: The Kessler Craftsman

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Have you met our Jingle Bash sponsors yet?

We are pleased as spiked holiday punch to present our 2010 Jingle Bash sponsors! Big thanks to everyone who has jumped on board to help support the endeavors of the beautiful, all-volunteer, nonprofit animal we fondly call, "The Bash." Stay tuned for upcoming blog spotlights on our top sponsors! Until then, big thanks to:

Everyone's favorite online marketplace for all things hip and handmade!

Dallas' newest fabric boutique and sewing lounge!

Free DIY crafts provided at the Bash by Oil and Cotton, a creative exchange located in one of the hippest parts of town - Oak Cliff!

Check out our other fantastic Jingle Bash sponsors here

Want to sign up to be a sponsor? It's not too late! Visit our Sponsors page today for more info!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weekend Guide October 9 & 10

White Rock Local Market

Saturday, October 9th


The Green Spot Market and Fuels, 702 N. Buckner Blvd.,

Dallas, Texas 75218

Participating ED member: Three Yellow Starfish

Ruffle Bottom Bloomers by Three Yellow Starfish

October Market
Saturday, October 9th
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Lower School Campus;
Gym and adjoining rooms 6255 East Mockingbird, Dallas, Texas 75214;
Located one block West of Abrams Rd.
Participating ED member: Three Yellow Starfish

OktoberFest at the Ginger Man (Uptown)

The highly anticipated Oktoberfest season is almost upon us. Live music, LOTS of gravity cask Oktoberfest beers from across the state, LOCAL ARTISTS and more!

October 9th, 2010


2718 Boll St, Dallas, TX 75204


Participating Etsy Dallas members: La Alicia, Karma Crochet

Bulky Cowl by KarmaCrochet

Zine Making Party with Winners! Press

Come and create a group zine with Winners! Press. The group will decide on a theme, draw and collage their own pieces and then learn how to share their work and bind them together for a take-home zine! Winners! Press will provide art & craft supplies but you're encouraged to bring collage materials if you wish. Bring friends, listen to music, make something pretty (or ugly, if you prefer), and meet new people!

October 9th, 2010, 6-10 pm

Coffee Haus Downtown,

208 S. Mesquite Arlington 76010

Free! Espresso Bar open or BYOB

Find out more on our facebook invite

While there isn't a show element to this event, Coffee Haus Downtown sells items from Etsy Dallas members including Hifi Jewelry, Tara to the T, Pamela Michelle, and Tefi. Thomas of Downtown Roasters will be brewing some delicious coffee and Cheyne of Cut Out And Collect will be helping with the zine making.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Show + Tell: Amanda + Violet

What I did this summer by Amanda from Loop and Lil

The summer I finally finished up a project I'd been working on for several months:

And it came out perfectly:

This summer, we welcomed our first child, Violet Louise, to our family. I've taken a little break from cutting fabric and sewing in favor of swaddling and burping (her). So my Etsy shop is a little sparse for now, but will be restocked just as soon as I can get a full night's sleep!

-Amanda/Loop and Lil

Do check out some of the goodies still in Loop and Lil's Etsy shop, like this a-freaking-dorable screen printed Hat Tee.
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