Saturday, February 23, 2013

Etsy Dallas Announces Handmade Bash for 2013

We here at Etsy Dallas have been on a crafty roll lately. We've welcomed back many old friends as members and have gathered a crop of new ones, too. And our board members have been working on secret stuff that we can now share with you!

That's right: our 5th Annual Spring Bash will be held on April 27, 2013, just in time for all of the spring and summer weddings you'll be attending, graduation gifts that you'll need to send off, and of course we can't forget Mother's Day and Father's Day!

Everything that makes the Spring Bash the best (FREE!) ticket in town will be available this year at our new venue: The Shops at Park Lane. Our shop + party + art + craft will be held on the green, a gorgeous tree-lined green space right off Central and Park Lane.

We hope you will make plans now to spend the day with us under the big white tent. Our famous BASH BAGS will be available for the first 50 shoppers, there will be DIY crafts at make and take tables, along with great jams playing, excellent food available, and free and plentiful parking!

If you're a vendor (you don't have to be a member of Etsy Dallas!), check out our application packet.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gift Guide: Loveliest Wishes

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's time to think about your sweeties. Today, Regina from Regal Cottage shares her loveliest wish list from the Etsy Dallas team. Hope her lovey dovey is tuned in...

Cotton and Linen Clutch by K8made
Love Parasol by DCimaginations
Heart Pocket Planter by Both Hands Studio
Violet Geode Slice Necklace by estieMade

Monday, February 4, 2013

Saying Goodbye to a Creative Force and Friend: Patricia

It is with a sad heart that we share the news with you that a dedicated and beloved team member, Patricia passed away on January 23 following a long battle with cancer. Her creativity and kindness will be greatly missed. Back in early 2008 when Etsy Dallas was just getting its legs, Patricia of Karmacrochet joined the team. She jumped in with enthusiasm, never hesitating to offer help and advice, and always a little humor. Please join us in remembering Patricia:
Patricia in Advocate Magazine, image credit: Can Turkyilmaz

Patricia and Stephanie at the 2010 Etsy Birthday Party

“I'll always remember one Jingle Bash when a client wrecked her display (think items everywhere, a collapsed garment rack, the works) and Patricia just shrugged and laughed a big booming laugh...and efficiently went about setting it to rights without making the client or the rest of us feel awkward or in the way. It seems to me that's how she handled most things, with a laugh and a shrug that said things could be worse.” Jenni of Jenni20 Designs

“I remember being a newbie to the group years ago and going to my first Etsy Dallas meeting where I didn't know a single person. Patricia and I chatted for a while about this and that, and out of the blue she said, ‘I can tell you have a good heart and a good mind.’ I don't know why she said what she did, maybe she sought to comfort my unease...or if it was just Yoda-like encouragement. What I do know is that she was a big part in how I got comfortable here. I will miss her raspy laugh, her crazy accent and her presence.” Silla of sillasoup

“I remember meeting Patricia before we joined Etsy Dallas at our first ever show. We were a hot mess, and she took us under her wing and helped us make heads and tails of how to do a show. She even went out of her way once to help us plan a visit to Buenos Aires a few years back, giving us names to her favorite restaurants and drawing us maps!” Sabrina and Jenny of The Pig and the Peacock

Image: from L to R Pam (Dowdy Studio), Morgan (Etsy Inc.), Stephanie (tefi), Anne (Modest Ambition), Patricia, Dylan (Dowdy Studio), Cheyne (Etsy Inc.), Maggie (maggie may i), Regina (Regal Cottage)

Patricia was more than a teammate. She was my friend. We did shows together, traveled together, lunched together and, above all, laughed together – a lot. Patricia was intensely creative. She designed all of her knitted and crocheted items, never using a pattern.

Patricia and Sam

Did you buy any of Patricia’s handmade items? Please share your memories and stories in the comments section. Help us pay tribute to an integral and unforgettable Etsy Dallas team member, creative force, and friend.

Stephanie of tefi
Etsy Dallas Founder
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