Thursday, March 31, 2011

Weekend Guide: April 2 - 6

Date: Saturday, April 2nd
Time: 6-9pm
Where: The Cameron Gallery, 1414 Dragon Street (in the Design District, off of Oak Lawn and Riverfront)
Cost: Free
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Napkin Art

Dowdy Studio Wagon @ Bolsa Cafe

Date: Saturday, April 2nd
Time: 3pm-8pm
Where: Bolsa Cafe, 614 West Davis Dr
Cost: Free
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio

Date: Saturday, April 2nd
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: See website for more info.
Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Both Hands Studio

Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 8am to 5pm
Location: University Park Elementary, 3505 Amherst Ave.
Cost: $7 at the door, $5 in advance
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Loop and Lil, The Paper Nest Co

Monday, March 28, 2011

Get Cozy with childsPLAYdesign!

Well, talk about perfect timing… just when a cold front hits that makes us want to curl up with a cozy quilt, we feature Laura Childs of childsPLAYdesign! She can make everything from quilted throws and plush pillows to cute retro inspired aprons.

So how did Laura get started? “A little over a year ago after a long retail career, I decided to go into business for myself. I call myself a repurposed hippie because my first job out of college (where I was a modern dance major) was at a local mom & pop crafts supply shop. I taught needlepoint & macramé & learning weaving, eventually going into business with the weaving instructor. Unfortunately that didn't pay the bills. Skip to present day & thanks to a past wonderful home ec teacher (do they still even teach that in high school any more?) & an inspiring quilt teacher, I am pursuing the fun of sewing. My purpose for crafts has been reborn!” We sure are glad you returned to the craft world, Laura!

Like her shop name implies, she focuses on fun, playful, and bright colors and patterns in her work. When asked about what inspires her, she states “I am constantly ripping pages out of magazines or catalogs that have interesting shapes and/or colors. I take my little digital camera with me on my daily walks with my dogs & am constantly taking environmental shots that I see can be reinterpreted with fabric somehow.”

She currently lives in Farmers Branch with two dogs (she spreads her love of dogs with donations to Best Friends Animal Shelter in Utah) and an enviable collection of fabric… I would love to raid her closets! You will see her focusing more on quilted items and art quilts in the future.

Catch childsPLAYdesign at the upcoming Spring Bash and online at (free shipping to the continental US!)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: March 26 + 27

Date: Saturday, March 26th
Time: 9am - 4pm
Where: Southside on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar Street
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Kessler Craftsman, 2Enju, and The Paper Nest Co
Cost: $5

Thursday, March 24, 2011

3rd Annual Spring Bash Artists Announced!

For the third year in a row, the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash will offer up the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, housewares, accessories, art, pottery and more from nearly 60 hand-picked artists, crafters and designers, featuring the work of:

Top notch artists and crafters from Dallas and beyond will take over the Artists’ Quarter and Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar in the hip Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown. As always, admission is free. Shoppers can also enjoy:

• Free DIY crafts to make on-site
• Free photo booth benefitting a local charity (TBA)
• Full bar courtesy of Absinthe Lounge
• Music by DJ Wild in the Streets
• Free admission
• Family and pet friendly
• Wheelchair and stroller accessible
• Plenty of secure parking ($5 fee, some free, some metered)

A crowd favorite, the Spring Bash will offer up free Bash Bags™ for the first 50 shoppers. These collectible canvas bags – chock full of handmade products – have become a thing of legend. At the 2010 Jingle Bash held at The Palladium, shoppers arrived three hours early to stand in line for a Bash Bag™.

Shoppers are invited to come out to the Spring Bash, a hip, modern craft event full of shopping, music, and handmade good times – just in time for Mother’s Day. The Bash is more than your typical craft show; it’s a celebration of local art, craft and talent!

About the Bash - Since 2007, Etsy Dallas has hosted nine independent art shows in support of the handmade movement in Dallas, winning the enviable title of Best One-Stop Shop by Dallas Observer readers in 2009. The twice-annual Bash events are organized by Pamela Dowdy and Stephanie Hindall (under the umbrella of Handmade Bash Inc.) and presented by Etsy Dallas, the city's original independent all-volunteer local craft collective.

by Stephanie/tefi

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And the Winner Is...

And the winner of our very first Treasury Giveaway is Julie!

Congratulations, Julie!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and don't fret if today was not your lucky day, because really it kinda is. Let me tell you why, Etsy Dallas is going to do more giveaways! Stay tuned. We are planning to do a Treasury Giveaway every month! I know, catch your breath, cause what could be better than that? Hope to see you back real soon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tefi: The Definition of Awesome!

Up next in our member spotlight series is the founder of Etsy Dallas: Stephanie Hindall of Tefi! And let me tell you, she is one cool chick. She started out selling her handmade jewelry to friends and family, and in June of 2006 she opened her Etsy shop to reach a broader audience. “I was also too scared at that point to sell at shows, so I thought putting my stuff out there behind the safety of a computer screen would ease me into selling my handmade goods,” says Stephanie. Well, I’d say she got over that fear – in September 2007 she started Etsy Dallas to create an active craft community, which has become one of the most prominent teams within Etsy!

Not only are the products Stephanie makes absolutely to-die-for, but she really places an emphasis on unique, sustainable materials. “I work with rare, designer and vintage scraps of fabric that were destined to be thrown out. Repurposing them, I create new pretty things such as necklaces, hair clips, brooches and wall art. I also still do some beading with a focus on natural materials such as felted wool (I needle felt all my own beads), nuts and seeds my mom brought me back from the Colombian rainforest, and Ming dynasty pottery shards - broken pieces of old pottery repurposed into pendants.”

Stephanie is also an expert at infusing each item with its own unique personality… her necklaces will have you dreaming of Cabo, Japanese zen gardens, and everything in between. And while you are dreaming of your island in the sun, feel good knowing that a portion of all Tefi’s proceeds goes to local animal rescue groups.

Stephanie is an animal rescuer herself – her pup Oliver and cat Zoe both found a home with Tefi! She lives in Oak Cliff with absolutely adorable 2-year-old son Ian and supportive baby-daddy Jason. (One of the many awesome things about being her neighbor: Ian used to wear these shoes with squeakers in them, and every so often I’d hear a little squeak-squeak-squeak toddling up the street… still makes me giggle!) A professional grant writer and fundraiser, she does not know the meaning of the word ‘sleep,’ but in her limited amount of free time enjoys watching BBC movies, writing, martial arts, and dancing to Kool + the Gang with Ian. Steph, can we make that happen at the Spring Bash?

You can shop for your own Tefi originals online at, at her booth in Oak Cliff at Indie Genius, or at the upcoming Spring Bash.

twitter - @tefidesigns

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bee Things: Ink + Paper = Happy!

Starting off our new weekly series of member spotlights is Bee Things! I’ve always been a fan of their bright, happy prints and modern design sensibility, but when I started to learn more about them for this post, man, was I totally wowed!

Husband and wife team Shay Ometz and Jeff Barfoot started their shop back in 2007, turning their shared interest in illustration and screen-printing into more than just a hobby. They have a successful Etsy shop and product in several local and national stores, they have been featured in many publications and blogs, and – oh yeah – they both work full time! Jeff is a designer at RBMM and Shay is a photo art director at Fossil.

So what keeps them going? “We are inspired by each other and our surroundings. We create everyday, all day. When we get home from our day jobs we get the kids fed and to bed and then we collaborate on bee things,” says Shay. “It’s a wonderful creative outlet for us and we love working together as a team.”

Not only is their work full of creativity and color, but check out their Mid-Century Modern house in East Dallas! Oh, the bookcases…. and all the gorgeous prints…. be still my heart! Their home has been featured in ReadyMade Magazine, DHome, and design*sponge. They have two adorable boys, Calder, 4 and Milo, 2; as well as two weenie dogs Bumper and Juno.

Bee Things specializes in art prints, cards, tees, and snack/gift sacks and totes. They plan on adding printed tea towels and a new line of prints soon!

Want to get a ‘Bee Thing’ for yourself? Check out their etsy shop for prints, tees, snack sacks and even wallpaper for your iPad! My fave is the Weiner Dog limited edition print… heehee!

Bee Things is also going to be selling their wares at the Spring Bash – yippee! They also have items available at We Are 1976. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: March 12 + 13

Dowdy Studio Wagon Debuts @ Gypsy Wagon's Handmade Market

Artists and married couple, Dylan and Pamela Dowdy, will reveal their custom-built mobile art shop dubbed the Dowdy Studio Wagon where shoppers can find a variety of one-of-a-kind handmade art lining the shelves. Visitors will receive a free Dowdy Studio Grand Opening T-Shirt (while supplies last). Come be the first to see the exciting and innovative Dowdy Studio Wagon!

Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Gyspy Wagon, 5211 Bonita @ Henderson Ave
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio, 2nju
Cost: FREE!!

White Rock Local Market

Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 8am-1pm
Where: The Green Spot, 702 N. Bucker
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: La Alicia
Cost: FREE!

3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling

Date: Saturday, March 12 + Sunday, March 13
Time: 9am-4pm (Sat), 11am-4pm (Sun)
Where: Poultry Barn, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft. Worth
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Harrilu, maggie may i, childsPLAYdesign, and For the Love of Joy,
Cost: FREE!

posted by Stephanie a.k.a. tefi

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Texas Sized Giveaway from the Etsy Dallas Team-An Entire Treasury Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

The Etsy Dallas team has joined up to offer a Texas sized giveaway in celebration of Spring. One lucky winner will win this entire Treasury of fabulous handmade goodies. All 16 items are going to be shipped to our luckiest reader! The entire package is valued at more than $260!

Tell your friends, and they will love you for it. And the more you share the love, the better your chances of winning all of this handmade goodness.

Ways to Enter:

1) Sign into your Etsy Account and comment on this Treasury.

2) Share the love on your blog, facebook page, or twitter account.

3) Then, post in the comments below all the places you shared this giveaway.

Our lucky winner will be chosen through and announced on March 22, 2011. Sorry, this giveaway is only open to US residents.

A Texas sized thank you to the Etsy Dallas shops who generously contributed to this giveaway. Please stop by their shops to see all of the other fabulous goodies they have to offer:

* DCImaginations * therufflyowl * beethings * oneupdesigns * sillasoup * redtilestudio * threeyellowstarfish * tefi * YellowBugBoutique * CutOutAndCollect * majoiepress * LaAlicia * ThePigAndThePeacock * muttsywonder * Karmacrochet * RegalCottage *

And thank you to JaneJoss for curating this lovely collection.

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