Friday, August 30, 2013

Football Crafts on D: The Broadcast

Football season is here! And who doesn't love a tailgate or game-day party? Today on D: The Broadcast, our Etsy Dallas craft segment was all about how to make decorations that scream spirit and will leave you with plenty of money left to spend on the important stuff (like amazing food and drink).

A simple yarn-wrapped wreath in your team colors is a great way to dress up your front door this fall. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like--and the best part is, you can make one yourself in an evening for under ten dollars! All you need is a foam wreath form, a skein of yarn or two in your team's colors, and an evening in front of the TV.

Tie one end of the yarn, securing with a knot and/or a straight pin into the foam, and start wrapping. You'll get into a groove and soon discover whether you like a loose or chunky look.

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a simple wreath with a combo of handmade and store-bought embellishments

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you can add and subtract embellishments easily when you use a styrofoam wreath--just use a straight pin

Felt is a great way to dress up your wreath because it doesn't ravel and is super easy to work with. There's no need to use a pattern; it's so forgiving! Just eyeball some triangles for a pennant, glue or sew onto a strand of leftover yarn, and you've got a cute banner to stretch across your wreath. I even used a felt-tip pen to write "FROGS"--no fancy embroidery necessary.

The pompons are super quick to make and so cute. Just take a strip of felt about 2" in width and fringe it, leaving about 1/4" at one side--don't cut all the way through! Then roll it up, adding a dot of glue as you go or using a needle and thread and stitching it shut. Apply to the wreath using a straight pin so you can move it as you desire.

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roll felt fringe from one end to make a festive pom

At the Spring Bash, we used something similar to this ribbon and fabric garland for our photo booth backdrop. I made this one a little shorter using inexpensive cotton fabric (about a quarter yard of each print) and some leftover ribbons and things I had hanging around the craft room. Again, this project was under $10.

DIY fabric ribbon garland
here's Suzie checking it out on air.

dress up your front porch at your next game-day event. 
Don't sew this. Just don't. Trust me. Just snip your (unwashed!) fabric on the selvage edge and rip. Seriously. Just rip. Once you have a whole pile of fabric and ribbons cut to about the same length (again just eyeball this!), start assembling your garland.

Use a foundation piece of ribbon cut to the length of where you'd like to place it (on an actual tailgate, across your buffet table, on your front porch), plus an extra foot or so so you can tie it securely, and start tying your fabric and ribbons onto the foundation piece. Don't fuss over placement. Just grab pieces and tie. You can always go back and add more or less, depending on the look you're going for, and you can trim to a more uniform length up top and below if you're super picky. :)

Round out the party decorations with a quick and easy way to dress up a boring old beverage tub: a pretty hand towel hanging from one end give a quick pop of color and also gives your guests a way to dry off their drinks. (Nobody likes a bottle or can that drips all over the place.)

there are so many cute ribbons in your team's colors!

a simple straight-stitch appliqué and you're set

Since I went to school up north, I never have a chance to throw a tailgate, so I was delighted to borrow my friends' local team for this segment. They will have the cutest tailgate on Frog Alley.

We'd love to see what you make! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram or Twitter @etsydallas!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Breakfast of (handmade) champions

Rumor has it September is National Breakfast Month. Are you ready? We can think of no better reason to pretty up your kitchen. If you need a little handmade inspiration to wake up early, we've got you covered. Save us a seat. We'll bring the coffee. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY Hair Clips by Holly: All the Deets!

Here are all the details for the DIY hair clips that Holly and her adorable daughter shared this morning on D: The Broadcast.

If you missed the show, you can catch it here.

Keep it crafty, friends!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tune in for More Crafty Fun with Etsy Dallas and The Broadcast

Tune in Monday to The Broadcast. Regina with Regal Cottage will be stopping by to demonstrate creative ways to add pizzaz to a locker, refrigerator, or bulletin board with easy to make glitter flocked magnets.

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Regina will show us how to transform ordinary magnetic letters, toys, and broken jewels into dazzling treasures that would be great as a back to school gift for students or teachers.

And on Tuesday, you won't want to miss Holly from Freckled Chicken. She will show us how to make these adorable headbands and flower clips too.

Freckled Chicken

Find your channel to catch all the crafty viewing fun here.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fall fashion 2013

The September issues have hit the stands. Etsy Dallas has you covered, as always. Check out our on-trend finds perfect for Fall 2013. We’ve found something for your closet, office, home and more. Click the image to browse our treasury.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Etsy Dallas Takes TV

Some exciting news for Etsy Dallas! This morning, Etsy Dallas will debut a (LIVE!) crafting segment on KTXD's The Broadcast. We are so excited to have an opportunity to bring some great crafting projects to the air--tutorials that will help you avoid the Pinterest Pitfall (oh yeah, we've allllllllll had one).

We are committed to bringing you tested tutorials that are proven to work with materials you have on hand--or can get easily. We'll also offer variations on each project--so whether you're a crafting novice or crafting pro, you can craft with confidence.

Regina and Jenni will open things with a Green Your Lunchbox segment featuring cute (and easy!) ways to help your family reduce waste: a no-sew fabric sandwich wrap (none of that yucky and questionable plastic hanging out on your food) and some ways to make a bento box the star of the lunch table.

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Written tutorial forthcoming!

If you've already seen the segment, we're thrilled you came to visit the blog! If you haven't seen it, check it out.

Hope to see you back with a new Etsy Dallas member each week!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Etsy Dallas meets Pouf

From handbags for special occasions and everyday, cutie-pie clothes for your littles, jewelry and gifts for you and your groom, sweet enclosure cards and fine photographic prints, to accessories to style your 'do la la, you'll find something you'll fall in love with at the Pop-up Shop @ Pouf. 

Take a peek at some of the gems you'll find in the sweetest pop-up shop in Dallas.

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Etsy Dallas Pop Up Shop

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pop up shop at pouf blowout

Please join us and these five featured Etsy Dallas members from 3-7pm for the Pop-Up at Pouf

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pop-up Shop at Pouf

Our long-time Team Etsy Dallas fans will remember distinguished alumna, Maryam, the creative force behind the lifestyle blog and shop Pamplemousse1983. She’s recently put her blog on hiatus, and closed her cutie pie Etsy shop some time ago, but she hasn’t been sitting idle, that’s for sure.

Together with her business partner Nas, Maryam opened Pouf at the end of April. Pouf is Mockingbird Station’s best blowout spot—and I daresay the best in Dallas. This jewel box blowout salon is so luscious it makes you want to move right in or at least schedule a weekly appointment. It’s luxurious, stylish, and locally owned: three of our favorite words here at Etsy Dallas.

So when Maryam contacted us about hosting a Pop-up Shop at Pouf, we said yes so fast our perfectly-coiffed tresses shook. (Okay, when she called, our tresses were not perfectly coiffed, but they will be when you see us next because we booked an appointment ASAP.)

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 3-7pm, Pouf and Etsy Dallas are hosting a Pop-Up Shop featuring five Etsy Dallas artists, carefully curated by Maryam to reflect the vibrancy of her Pouf clients.

Pouf Blowout Salon

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday and pop in for some shopping and maybe some ‘do la la! Check back tomorrow for feature on the five Etsy Dallas artists who'll be joining us on Saturday (K8 Made, The Freckled Chicken, YLK Photography, estieMade, and Silla Soup). 

You'll look fabulous, dahling! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Make this the best semester yet

Back to school means shopping for your backpack, closet and home. Here's a treasury with a little bit of something for everyone gearing up for the new semester. Click the image to go directly to the treasury.

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