Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weekend Guide: December 1st and 2nd

The Dallas Flea

Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Southside on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar Street, Dallas
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Regal Cottage, Dowdy Studio

Jesuit Christmas Bazaar

Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Jesuit College Prep, 12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Christie Cone Ceramics

Brewed Etsy Show

Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Brewed, 801 W. Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth
More Info:
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: ReGEARED

LD Bell High School Craft Fair
Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: 1601 Brown Trail , Hurst
More Info: Admission : canned goods 
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: maggie may i 

Dowdy Studio @ Good 2 Go Taco
Date: Sunday, December 2nd
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info:
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gift Guide: Santa's Little Helper

To help you along in your Shop Hop adventures, members of Etsy Dallas will be sharing with you their own personal wish lists. First up is Alicia from La Alicia

If I were a Christmas elf, here are a few special things I'd be putting in stockings this year:

Whale Notebook from MadeByRori

Posted by Alicia of La Alicia

Friday, November 16, 2012

Etsy Dallas is happy to launch our 2012 SHOP HOP: The Jammie Bash.

You know and love our Handmade Bash shopping extravaganzas, but we haven't seen you since the Cinco de Mayo Spring Bash (and we miss you). So come back to us, dear friends.

Be a part of the SHOP HOP and The Jammie Bash.

Yep, that's right, folks. Don't fight traffic and the holiday crush. Shop right at home in your jammies. (Or, if we're honest with each other, we all know you'll be shopping at work on those super-speedy internet connections--but wear jammies to work at your own risk.)

While our SHOP HOP will never take place of the big bash, we'd like to thank you for supporting the handmade movement and our Etsy Dallas member shops. Buy for those you love, and our gift to you is a chance to gift yourself, too!

Beginning on Black Friday and going through Christmas Eve (11.23-12.24), any purchase made in an Etsy Dallas Member's shop will make you eligible to win one of TWO (2) $50 Etsy Gift Cards, courtesy of Etsy Dallas.

All you need to do is keep track of your purchases and enter at the contest site. Enter the Giveaway.

If your number is selected at random, and your purchase is verified, we'll send you a $50 Gift Card to use at any shop (although we hope you'll want to head back to one of our members' shops!).

So do some window shopping at our members' shops and get those wish lists in order! You can find a list of us and links to our shops here: Etsy Dallas Team Members.

UPDATE: 11.19.2012: Etsy Inc. has gifted us with 6 more gift cards to give away, making the 2012 SHOP HOP: The Jammie Bash payout over $275 to 8 lucky people!

The Fine Print:

*2012 Shop Hop: The Jammie Bash giveaway will be open to all US Residents who place an order in an Etsy Dallas Member’s site between 11.23.2012 and 12.24.2012. Previous purchases not eligible for entry. Contest will open for entries on 11.23.12.

*All who fill out the form (rafflecopter) will be entered into a drawing for one (1) of two (2) $50 Etsy eGift Cards; one (1) $50 Etsy Gift Card and five (5) $25 Etsy Gift Cards!

*No purchase necessary; however, each valid purchase from member store will multiply your entries.

*To enter a purchase from an Etsy Dallas Member shop, you'll need the order number on the receipt generates and sends after your purchase. You should be able to find this number in the subject line of the email and also in the body of the email. (Please use the number generated by the Etsy receipt and not PayPal.)

*Two winners will be selected at random (and purchases verified) before we email the gift certificates.

*Six additional winners will be selected at random (and purchases verified) to receive physical gift cards, courtesy of Etsy Inc. Winners will be asked to email Etsy Dallas with valid US address.

*Etsy Dallas is not affiliated with Etsy Inc.

*Gift Cards must be used in accordance with Etsy Inc. policies and Terms of Service. Etsy Dallas cannot be responsible for purchases made with the gift cards.

*Find shops that accept Etsy gift cards: to find these shops, search for an item on Etsy. Check the box next to "Accepts Etsy Gift Cards" under "Show Only" on left side of page.

*Learn more about Etsy Gift Cards:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weekend Guide: November 17 + 18

Backyard Boutique
Date: Nov. 17th
Time: 1-5pm
Location: 9908 Gooding Drive, Dallas
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: 75 Apparel, Christie Cone Ceramics, and K8made

City Lights
Date: Nov. 17th
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Main Street, Dallas
More Info:
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Regal Cottage, Dowdy Studio

Cliff Fest 
Date: Sunday, Nov. 18th 
Time: Noon - 6pm 
Location: Bishop Arts District on 400 block of N. Bishop Ave, Dallas 
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crafty Book Review: Paper Made!

Kayte Terry may have your dream job. According to her bio, she is the merchandising manager for Anthropologie, a crafter, and a freelance fashion and prop stylist. Swoon!

She also happens to be the author behind the super fun craft book Paper Made!, which features 101 projects all made with paper. And, of course, the photography and styling is gorgeous.

You can find Paper Made! on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble. Prepare to lose yourself in a paper wonderland!

The projects are beautiful and would make lovely handmade gifts for the holidays. You don’t have to be a creative genius to successfully complete the projects. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and Kayte always lists all the items you need to complete each project.

The book begins with some tips on techniques and tools. There is also a great list of resources, suppliers and blogs to check out.

Projects are rated by level (1-5) so you can create something as simple as the Piece of (Cup)cake Paper Flower or as complex as the Modern Fete Silhouette Chandelier. There are instructions for everything from shelves made of books to jewelry made with paper. What a crafty way to recycle!

Posted by Rori of MadeByRori.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Etsy Dallas Interview - Brandon from Honeycomb Print Shop

I am happy to introduce another amazing member of our Etsy Dallas team today! Get to know what inspires Brandon Griswold to create his unique, handmade prints for Honeycomb Print Shop

Hi Brandon! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your shop. 

Well hi! I'm a native of Northern Virginia, but my family moved to Texas before I started High School. I left briefly for college at a small school in Arkansas and moved back to start my career after graduation. I now work by day as a graphic designer at Fossil. I started Honeycomb Print Shop in the fall of 2010 as an outlet for my letterpress passion and my way of sharing the art form with others.
Linocut Print - "Big Red" Ford Truck

How did you get started selling your creations?

This whole thing sort of started in college when I made some prints just for fun that I then sold or gave away to friends. When I returned from a summer internship at a letterpress shop in Nashville, I knew I couldn't just give up letterpress simply because I didn't have the equipment. I then talked my way into getting my press and started gathering equipment as I could afford to. With a lot of encouragement from some of my co-workers, I opened up shop and have been printing ever since.

Moleskine Notebook Letterpress Cover - Doodle
You sell such beautiful prints! Where did your love for print and typography come from?

First of all, thank you! I took some classes in college that introduced me to printmaking and the basics of typography, but things didn't click then. My class projects were all pretty terrible. After learning about the shop in Nashville, I started to pay attention to both letterpress and typography more. After a couple of attempts, I finally was accepted as an intern for them and learned so much that summer. It really gave me a passion for the history of letterpress and I've always enjoyed the challenge of working within limitations. Typography has similar limitations (legibility, flow, etc) so it's been the perfect match for me.
Hand Carved Block Print - Literature
Do you have any advice for other creatives who want to open their own handmade shop?

Do your homework. I've hit a few obstacles along the way that could have been easily avoided if I had put in the time to figure out the proper process. Besides that, I'd say just dive in.
Letterpress Art Print - Be Creative
What is your favorite part about Dallas? Favorite shop? Restaurant?

I love lakewood and White Rock Lake (where I live). It's quite peaceful and relaxing when I don't want to get into the city. We Are 1976 is a great shop filled with lots of my friend's work. I love stopping by there to see what's new. And as far as food goes, it doesn't get much better than Del's Charcoal Burgers.
Good Day Poster
Describe your creative personality in three words.
Always in motion

Thank you so much Brandon! 

Get to know Brandon and Honeycomb Print Shop around the internet!


Posted by Meredith of Sheepish Knit Crochet.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weekend Guide: November 10 + 11

Funky Finds 

Date: Saturday, Nov.10th and Sunday, Nov. 11th 
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm 
Location: Amon G. Carter Exhibits Bldg. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth 
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: ReGEARED, BUTTER, DCimaginations, Maggie May I, Kessler Craftsman 

Lakewood Home Festival and Market 

Date: Saturday, Nov.10th and Sunday, Nov. 11th 
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm 
Location: Lakewood Elementary School, 3000 Hillbrook St., Dallas 
More Info:

Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Christie Cone Ceramics

White Rock Lake Tunes & Trucks Festival 

Date: Saturday, Nov.10th and Sunday, Nov. 11th
Time: 10am - 8pm 
Location: On Boy Scout Hill, the shores of White Rock Lake in Dallas 
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members:  Dowdy Studio 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Craft Blast from the Past: Washi Tape Magnets

Esther from estieMade bring us another installment in her awesome Craft Blast from the Past series.

Craft Blast from the Past is back! We're focusing on DIY magnets today. Remember making magnets when you were young? It usually involved gluing circular magnets to some kind of art piece we made, or using magnetic tape on the back of a photo. Today I'm going to teach you to make your own with washi tape and magnetic business cards. It's a quick and easy way to spruce up your fridge or office filing cabinet. I got the inspiration from this tutorial.

-washi tape
-business card magnets 

Peel the plastic covering off the magnets to expose the sticky side. 

Place the magnet onto the cardstock and press down firmly. Make sure there are no air bubbles between the magnet and cardstock. Then trim off the excess paper.

Place the washi tape parallel to one of the edges of the business card, then use your scissors and cut along the tape line. Lastly, cut the edges of the magnet. You can either do straight cuts, or you can cut zig zags to mimic the torn edges of washi tape.

Since washi tape is so thin, I thought it'd be fun make a couple magnets with colored paper underneath the tape instead of plain white cardstock. I used sheets from a paper sample book I had at home. (If you're in Texas, you can get these books free from Clampitt for free.)

Since I used pastels, the color underneath came out pretty subtle. I like how it adds just a hint of color to the magnet though. 

Like I said, this is a super-quick project. What will you use your washi tape magnets for?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Scenes from the Klyde Warren Park with the Dallas Yarn Bombers

Kelly from Local Honey had a chance to hang out with possibly the most crafty, colorful, creative bunch in Dallas, and being the amazing photographer that she is, she caught it all on film to share with us. 

The Dallas Yarn Bombers were busy yarn-bombing the heck out of the brand new Klyde Warren Park's Reading Room area in preparation for it's grand opening last Saturday. I couldn't get enough shots of their adorable garden-themed creation as well as their precious knitted critters and colorful knitting supplies.

They really did an amazing job. Make sure you stop by and see it in person! It'll be up through November. If you're interested in participating in their next installation, they're always needing more crafty yarn-loving volunteers. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Weekend Guide: November 2 + 3 + 4

The Girlie Show 

Date: Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd 
Time: Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 12-5pm 
Location: Oklahoma City Public Farmer’s Market, 311 S. Klein – Oklahoma City, OK
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio 

Etsy Denton Handmade Harvest

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 
Time: 10am-4pm 
Location: Greater Denton Arts Council/Center for Visual Arts on Hickory Street, Denton 
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Regal Cottage, ReGEARED, Christie Cone Ceramics

The Southlake Carroll Craft Fair 

Date: Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th 
Time: Saturday 9-5pm,Sunday 11-5pm 
Location: Carroll Senior High School 1501 West Southlake Boulevard, Southlake 
More Info:  
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Silla Soup 

Plano West Snowflake Holiday Bazaar 

Date: Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th 
Time: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm 
Location: Plano West Senior High, 5601 W. Parker Road, Plano 
More Info: 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: The Pig and the Peacock 

Where it's Made - Dowdy Studio

Dylan and Pamela of Dowdy Studio's Warehouse Studio

Where is your creative studio space?
Our studio is in East Dallas in a warehouse strip behind Good 2 Go Taco and Goodfriend Beergarden off Garland and Peavy Road. We moved into this studio space December of this year, after kicking Dowdy Studio out of our guest bedroom and red 2 car garage, and our mobile shop, the Dowdy Studio Wagon, out of our backyard. 

What do you make there?
Dylan screenprints our tees, hoodies, messenger bags, wood clocks, coasters and anything else he can get his hands on. I (Pamela) work on my jewelry designs, sew and design fun pillows and help Dylan. When we aren't making things we both park out butts at our giant 1970s drafting table dreaming up new designs while we brew coffee in the back. 

What is your favorite item in your creative space?
When we first moved in, we were given a stack of pallets from a hardware store. A couple of them we made into small tables, but the one we love the most we hand-painted our logo on, stained it, then hung it with heavy duty chain from the ceiling rafters. All the beat up recycled wood turned different colors once we sealed it, so it looks pretty sweet and rugged. 

Favorite Halloween candy?
Pamela - I hoard and hide peanut butter cups from Dylan, so I can eat them later. 
Dylan - Every candy, but especially white chocolate Kit Kat bars. 
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