Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekend Guide - Dec 17-23

Date: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 11am - 8pm
Location: Bolsa Cafe's Parking Lot
614 West Davis Dr. Dallas, TX
more info: click here
Participating Etsy Dallas members: Dowdy Studio

Date: Tues - Friday, Dec. 20th - 23rd
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: Parking lot of Good 2 Go Taco + Goodfriend 1146 Peavy Rd,
More Info: click here 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

Or shop Etsy Dallas Online anytime, click here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You've got mail!

I'm one of those people that just can't seem to get things done in time for the holidays... I'm just now getting holiday cards mailed out! If you're one of those lovely procrastinators like myself, here are a few card ideas to speed along the process, courtesy of our talented Etsy Dallas members!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Weekend Guide: December 9 + 10 + 11 + 12

etsy817 Handmade Holidays 

Date: Friday,  Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 12noon-7pm (Friday), 10am-4pm (Saturday)
Location: UTA - Maverick Activities Center (MAC), 500 W. Nedderman Dr., Arlington
More Info: 

Etsy Dallas Member Participating: childsPLAYdesign

White Rock Local Market 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: The Green Spot, 702 N. Buckner, Dallas
More Info: 
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Dowdy Studio, La AliciaRegal CottageReGEARED  

AIGA DFW's 1st Annual Creative Flea 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 4pm-8pm
Location: Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas
More Info: 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

The Pig and the Peacock Trunk Show

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th and Sunday Dec. 11th
Time: 9am-1pm (Saturday) and 11am-2pm (Sunday)
Location: Abundance Boutique at Move Studio, 17062 Preston Rd., Dallas
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Etsy Dallas Member Participating: The Pig and the Peacock 

Dowdy Studio Wagon at Good 2 Go Taco 

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: Parking lot of Good 2 Go Taco + Goodfriend 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info:
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

PRINT HAPPENING at Oil and Cotton 

Date: Monday, Dec 12th
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: Oil and Cotton 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas
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Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon

(Almost) Instant Gift-Wrap

(Almost) Instant Gift-Wrap: a festive tutorial brought to you by Jenni of Jenni20 Designs

Poms are everywhere right now--and with good reason.  They're awesome!  This tutorial will teach you how to make awesome mini poms to adorn an array of holiday awesomeness, from trimming the tree, to wrapping gifts, to frosting yourself.

about 3 or 4 yards of yarn
a pair of scissors
a business card
manual dexterity
about 45 seconds to make the pompom
a gift to wrap
and someone to give it to. 

There are quite a few methods of pompom making, but the business-card pompom is my favorite because I love the size of pom you get—and everyone has a business card hanging around. 

Here’s how to make magic happen:

1.      Cut about 6” of yarn off your skein and set aside. 

2.      If you’d like to use some yarn to wrap your gift, measure out an arm’s length or so to set aside. 

3.      Wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap the long piece of yarn around the height of the business card (this will give you a cute mini size pom—about an inch when all is said and done.)  The more you wrap, the fuller your finished pompom will be. 

4.      Once you’ve wrapped all the yarn around the card, gingerly slide the loops off the business card. (I typically let the 6" piece keep it all together so it doesn't unravel when I'm sliding it off, but this is optional.)

5.      Take the 6” piece of yarn and tie it in the middle of the loop bundle.  I suggest tying multiple knots just to make sure everything stays in place.  A word of warning, don’t pull too hard or you run the risk of snapping the delicate yarn fibers.  Mom’s square knot (left over right, right over left) is a good one here. 

6.      Once your loop bundle is secure, take your scissors and snip the loops. 

7.      Give your pom a little shake; shape it if you want, maybe give it another little hair cut and voila!

8.      Use the 6” tie to attach your pompom to the gift wrap and give your charming package with pride.    

What else can you do with your pompom? (And, let’s be clear, there are those among us who insist it is spelled pompon.) 

Attach a safety pin to the back and wear it as a festive brooch (bonus points if you take a cheesy mirror picture after a long day at work and a hard workout).

Bobby pin it to your head and wear it as a charming hair ornament—on the side a la Frida or as a sassy ponytail pretty. 

Want more craft ideas?
Click on this tutorial like and make an array of poms and adorn a wreath, make a festive garland, festoon your roller skates.
Or how about this fun floral project?
a vase of pom flowers via
 Let's not forget the sassy scarf of poms:

This tutorial originally published at All Things Fabulous.

Friday, December 2, 2011

West Elm + Etsy Handmade Holiday Workshop Recap

You know that person whose house looks effortlessly modern and put together, yet livable and cozy? Chances are she shops at West Elm. And what modern home would be complete without a few handmade touches? West Elm has teamed up with Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, to create a one-night shopping experience featuring five hand-selected local Etsy vendors situated in the store in 37 cities around the country on Dec. 1.

Etsy Dallas volunteers led shoppers in making holiday ornaments for a tree to be donated to the Family Place. You could make one for the tree, one for yourself, and take a template home to share with a friend. We had a great time meeting folks, folding paper, and getting in the holiday spirit.

Thanks to Etsy for providing the supplies for the craft and to West Elm for hosting us. Thanks to our awesome Etsy Dallas volunteers: The Paper Nest Co.Regal CottageReGEARED, and Seen Studios, Modest Ambition. Thanks to the participating Etsy shops: Redtile StudioFifi du VieParty PomsRivalry Time, and Red or Gray Art.

Red or Gray Art

Fifi du Vie

Redtile Studio

Party Poms

Rivalry Time
 * More photos coming to Flickr soon!
Posted by Anne, Modest Ambition

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekend Guide: December 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

Handmade Holiday Workshop and Mini-Market with West Elm and Etsy

Date: Thursday, Dec.1st
Time: 6-9pm
Location: West Elm, Mockingbird Station, 5307 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Red Tile Studio
Etsy Dallas Holiday Workshop Assistants: Modest AmbitionThe Paper Nest Co.Regal Cottage, ReGEARED, and Seen Studios 
Dallas Flea
Date: Saturday, Dec 3rd
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
More Info:

Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon, Signifying Not

LD Bell High School Craft Fair 
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: LD Bell H. S.,1601 Brown Trail , Hurst
More Info:
Cost: Bring Canned Goods 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: maggie may i 

Keller Indianettes Christmas Craft Bazaar 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3rd and Sunday, Dec 4th
Time: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: Keller High School, 601 Pate Orr Rd., Keller
More Info:
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: childsPLAYdesign 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

West Elm & Etsy Handmade Holiday Workshop

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the opportunity to make things. From cookies and cakes to ornaments and scarves, there are so many holiday traditions that use our hands. If you're itching to get your holiday crafting started, come by this Thursday night, 6-9 p.m., December 1, and make ornaments with us, Etsy Dallas, at West Elm at Mockingbird Station in Dallas presented by Etsy and West Elm.

We'll have supplies, templates, and friends on hand to help you make amazing Christmas ornaments. You can make one to keep and one to put on the tree we'll be donating to The Family Place. There will also be a mini-market featuring local Etsy sellers in the store, including Redtile StudioFifi du VieParty PomsRivalry Time, and Red or Gray Art.

Click here for more information about Etsy and West Elm teaming up for the holidays with the support of local teams, like Etsy Dallas!

Posted by Anne, Modest Ambition

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Sales!

Hey y'all! Hope everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving, full of family, friends and good food! We wanted to spread the word that a few Etsy Dallas members are running holiday sales in time for the infamous Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza... check 'em out!

Regal Cottage is offering free shipping today and tomorrow - use code 'REGALSHIP'

Butter Design Lab is offering 25% off your entire order through the end of November - use code 'THANKYOU2011'

Bee Things is offering free shipping through Christmas - use code 'HOLLYDAYS2012'

The Pig and The Peacock is offering free shipping starting midnight tonight through 11:59 pm tomorrow - use code 'CyberMonday'

Modest Ambition is giving 50% off Rosette Barrettes on Monday only, found here, and free shipping until Dec. 31 using code 'freeshippingJB11'

Happy shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Etsy Dallas Photo Booth at the Jingle Bash!

Thanks to all who came out to the 4th Annual Jingle Bash and played in our toasty fireplace themed Etsy Dallas Photo Booth designed by Rosemary from Paper Beats Rock!! The photo booth helped raise $450, which we donated to DFW Rescue Me to aid in their efforts to find dogs new loving homes. You are all so beautiful! CLICK HERE to see your pics, photographed by the talented Nicole Durbin.

How to download your own pics: 
1) Find your photo in our Photo Booth Set - HERE

2) Click on the thumbnail to view the photo. If you're having a hard time finding your photo in the thumbnails, choose one at the beginning and you can manually scroll each photograph until you find your pretty face!

3) If you find a photograph you'd like to download, click the "all sizes" icon above the top left corner of the photograph. You can then choose the size of the photo you'd like to download and save to your computer. (see below screen shot if you're not finding the button).

4) Save 'em! Get 'em printed! Put em on your facebook! Use them as your desktop background! They're all yours!

Want to edit your photo but don't have the software?
Picnik is a great, free photo editing website online. You don't need a flickr account to download your photo - but we totally recommend the site for all of your photo sharing needs. Come join the fun!

Jingle Bash Recap

Do you hear that distant jingle? That’s the sound of the Jingle Bash wrapping up for another year. Etsy Dallas’ fourth annual Jingle Bash this last weekend was a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support handmade. This was our first year to offer VIP treatment for those with Bash Passes. We sold out of the 70 passes the week before the event and gave out 6 Bash Passes to lucky winners online. Bash Pass VIP'ers cut in line, in front of the hundreds of people waiting since 8 a.m. to get in to the show, and shopped their favorite artists before anyone else. We also hooked them up with a handprinted Bash Tote to carry their goodies and a free drink on us!

If looking at arts and crafts put you in a creative mood, there was plenty for you to try with block printing at the Make and Take Table with Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange, fabric ornaments and gift bags at the Etsy Inc. table, and photo alterations at Foto Fuze. Shoppers kept energized by the beats of DJ Juan Solo, kept hydrated with available beverages, and kept rested in shopper’s lounge areas. With over 60 booths spread over two rooms to take in, there was plenty of oooing and aweing, and so much more room for shopping without elbowing your way through crowds.

Besides offering the best shopping, art, and handmade experience, the Jingle Bash included the opportunity to give back and help the furry friends that mean so much to us. Outside of the Palladium, DFW Rescue Me had dogs available for adoption, while inside, the Etsy Dallas photo booth raised money to support the group. With the help of our awesome shoppers posing beautifully in the photo booth, we raised $450 and we able to send two happy pups to new homes.

It is so exciting to see all of the booths come together and watch the transformation from empty ballroom to fully decked out shop, art, craft, party! Mark your calendar, the Spring Bash will be at the Palladium (for the first time) on May 5, 2012.

Thanks again to our sponsors and thanks to you, for making this such an incredible event every year.

Photos by Morgan, Etsy Labs on Flickr
Story by Anne, Modest Ambition
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