Thursday, November 21, 2013

let the Jingle Bash brighten your holiday

Make your days merry and bright with this treasury featuring artists who will be at this year's Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash. If you're in Dallas, you want to be there! Click to browse the treasury.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jingle Bash Gifting Guide on The Broadcast

Today on The Broadcast, Christina brought some of her favorite Jingle Bash finds. There is truly something for everyone on your Christmas list: letterpress cards and art from Ma Joie Press

candles in recycled wine bottles and soaps from The Pig and The Peacock, clutches and purses from K8made, pet collars from Dixie Goods Company

screen print clothing, pillows and art from Dowdy Studio, pottery with air plants from Both Hands Studio, jewelry from F is for Frank, art glass bowls and coasters from Kessler Craftsman

and toys, floor poufs and pillows from Regal Cottage. See the entire segment on KTX-DTV

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Win Bash Bucks to Spend at The Jingle Bash

I know you learned back in high school econ that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Which means that, technically, there's no such thing as free BASH BUCKS.

But let's just suspend economic theory for a moment. BECAUSE BASH BUCKS ARE BACK!

DFW Child Magazine and Etsy Dallas are sponsoring TWO $50 Bash Bucks prizes. All you have to do is pop over to the contest site, fill in your name and email (so we can let you know you won!) and tell us your favorite holiday song.

That's it.

On November 21st, you could be one of two lucky winners to receive $50 in Bash Bucks to spend the day of the show. So, make sure you'll be in town and that you're coming to the Bash, because (fine print) Bash Bucks spend just like cash but they must be spent the day of The Jingle Bash--November 23, 2013 from 11-6pm. They're non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. So if you buy a $5 item from one vendor, s/he can't give you $5 in cash change. If you're selected as a winner, you'll be given information on how/where to pick up your BASH BUCKS the day of the show.

And then you can pump those Bash Bucks back into the local craft economy. (Your economics teacher would be so proud.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: DFW Fiber Fest

Not only will DFW Fiber Fest be organizing a make-and-take craft project the day of The Jingle Bash, but they are also a sponsor of this year's bash. We are happy to have them join us since we're both all-volunteer led organizations focused on promoting handmade artists.

Since the spring of 2006, DFW Fiber Fest has produced an annual show to support the knitting, crochet, and spinning craft community in North Texas. Their aim is twofold: to provide an educational venue (think lots of awesome classes!) and a well-curated vendor hall (think lots of pretty yarns and fibers to pet and purchase!) for fiber enthusiasts of all skill levels.

The 2014 lineup of instructors is phenomenal. National headlining artists such as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Patty Lyons and special local and regional teachers will make the weekend of March 28-30th full of fiber and fun. Classes start around $30 and you can also buy weekend passes. Each class is marked for skill level so from beginner to expert, you're sure to learn something whether you're just starting out or if you'd like to learn an exquisite new technique.

Stop by their website to learn how you can register for classes and also pop by and say hello this Saturday. DFW Fiber Fest Make-and-Take and Information table will be in Walker's Workshop, the indoor boutique space at The Shops at Park Lane.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Let's ring in the Jingle Bash together

Want to spend a Saturday with some of the most creative and fun people in Dallas? We would love to meet you!

Etsy Dallas is on the search for volunteers for the highly anticipated Jingle Bash. Come hang out with some awesome and fun people. The Bash happens 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Shops at Park Lane. We need volunteers for the following shifts:
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sign up
to volunteer for a few hours. We would be super-excited to have you on board and make this the very best Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash ever!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: K8 made

Chances are, if you have a woman under 104 on your list to buy for this holiday season, she'll love a K8 made original. Oh, and if you have a dapper dude to buy for, there's a line of bow ties that is sure to delight!

From cute clutches that can double as an iPad case to stunningly elegant evening bags, every K8made piece is not only attractive but also well made. (Those in the know will appreciate her meticulous crafting--each bag is lined with interfacing and the stress points are triple stitched.)

Kate has a bit of a cult following in Dallas (and beyond--she ships her items to several boutiques across the country), especially among the bride-to-be set. Her custom silk clutch with a bow was even featured recently by Etsy. And brides can customize each bag to each bridesmaids' preferences.

And yes, full disclosure, we love Kate and K8 made because she is one of our own, but I also have purchased one of her bags and I get compliments on it each time I carry it. One day, darn it, I'm going to go somewhere fancy enough for one of the magenta dupioni clutches!

The K8 made booth will be inside Walker's Workshop at The Jingle Bash on November 23, 2013. Stop by The Shops at Park Lane and spoil yourself or someone you love with a K8 made original.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Regal Cottage

Insider tip, if you are responsible for buying a gift for a child, look no further than Regal Cottage.

Now, I know, we’re a bit biased here at Etsy Dallas headquarters because Regina is one of our own, but even if we were blindfolded, we’d still pick out her plushies. Because they’re just so soft! Plus, we can tell cool vintage fabrics, organic cottons, and eco-felt from thirty paces.

Regal Cottage’s toys are at once classic and modern. From her signature plush Russian nesting dolls and fabric rattle balls to ninjas and fluffy little clouds, Regina has lovingly handcrafted something perfect for your sweet little one. (And she’s an expert on little ones—she has four!)

Now that The Jingle Bash is upon us, we’re particularly excited to see these darling ornaments in stock.

And this trio of sea-faring adventurers (based on Regina’s own illustrations) is a favorite. 

I'm having a hard time picking my favorite, aren't you? Make sure to stop by Regina's stunningly awesome booth on Jingle Bash Lane on November 23, 2013. She'll be the one in the cute apron surrounded by all the charming toys. Or you can just follow the line of smiling people, because I know from experience it is impossible to leave her booth without a big ol' smile on your face! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Forever Always Photography

Forever Always Photography is a new Jingle Bash sponsor this year, and we are so excited to partner with Megan. She’ll be working the Photo Booth at the bash, so stop by, check out the TOP SECRET photo booth design (by our very own Rosemary Gutierrez) and let Megan snap fun, funny, funky photos to commemorate all of your bashy memories.

Megan will also be shooting vendor photos and candids throughout the day, so make sure you check out our flickr site once we upload all the photos. And, if you want to ask Megan about her rates and portfolio on the day of the bash, just tell her Walker sent ya. 

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Dallas Makerspace

Dallas Makerspace is like your big brother’s cool garage workshop that you’re not allowed to even go in. There are laser cutters, and a full wood shop, 3D printers, an electronic’s lab, and lots of cool people hanging out in a 6,000+ square foot space.

But, here’s the best part: you can go in. And make all the things.

Members of Dallas Makerspace have regular meetings and they also schedule classes. Coming up are robotics workshops and blacksmithing. Yeah, blacksmithing. Some are open to the public, so just check on the calendar page and inquire.

We at Etsy Dallas love them because, like our all-volunteer team, the makers at Dallas Makerspace are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization made up of local artists, engineers, makers, and thinkers who enjoy making things and learning new skills.

We’re happy to have this group of enthusiastic makers on board with us to sponsor The Jingle Bash. Stop by their table at the bash to learn more!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's a Jingle Bash party and I'll buy if I want to

Start making your shopping list now, with this treasury featuring artists who will be at this year's Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash. If you're in Dallas, you want to be there. Save the date: Nov. 23. Click to browse the treasury.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jingle Bash Sponsor Spotlight: DFWChild

Etsy Dallas is delighted to welcome back a faithful sponsor of The Jingle Bash, DFW Child. Our mom friends will already know that DFW Child is the go-to magazine for parents in the metroplex, but aunties and uncles, grandmas and grandpas might want to take note, too. Each monthly publication targets a specific area in the metroplex and all the local happenings. DallasChild, FortWorthChild, and NorthTexasChild are available in print and online.

Two special publications,--Thrive, a quarterly publication for DFW area families living and thriving with learning differences and special needs, and DallasChildBaby, a biannual publication for new and expecting parents--give specialized resources from a trusted source.

If you're feeling lucky, check out their Contests page and enter to win tickets to musicals, museums, and even free swag like books and music. (And, hint, hint: BASH BUCKS.)

Ever wonder what to do with those "mom, I'm so bored!" Saturdays? The Things to Do page is full of the latest recommendations for activities--and reviews for kid-friendly books and movies. The Calendar is always chock full of community events, and the handy search feature allows you to find free events and inclusive events for special needs family members.

CHILDish is their fabulous blog that will keep you in-the-know: sign up for daily blog newsletters and never miss out on the latest local events and news. And of course follow on Twitter and Facebook for even more scoop!

DFWChild will be with us at The Jingle Bash on November 23, 2013 from 11-6pm. Come by, pick up a copy, and have a bash of a good time.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jingle Bash Sponsor Spotlight: The Shops at Park Lane

We at Etsy Dallas are delighted to return to The Shops at Park Lane for the 2013 Jingle Bash! Located in the heart of midtown Dallas, The Shops at Park Lane pairs the best in stylish shopping with distinctive dining and entertainment options, in a modern urban environment.

On Bash day, you can find us in Walker’s Workshop and Jingle Bash Lane for indoor and outdoor shopping fun. In these two adjacent shopping spaces, over 60 handmade artists will be selling their goods, so grab a hot chocolate (or a beer!) and help us celebrate the season.

In addition to all the handmade goodness happening in our holiday market extravaganza, you’ll be able meet some of The Shops’ premier tenants. Gordon Biersch is our official beer provider and Whole Foods (the largest Whole Foods in North Dallas!) is sponsoring a DIY make-and-take craft table. And many shops are offering deals in conjunction with the Jingle Bash—so stay tuned for the details! 

Plan to spend the day at The Shops at Park lane. Our vendors will be open from 11-6, but before that you can stroll through some of the flagship stores, maybe get a mani/pedi, take your kids to play on an on-site playground, and certainly you can find some delicious food. After the Bash, you can grab some groceries or just meet up with a few friends and compare Bash finds at one of the five restaurants on site. (And that’s not including the food and fun to be had at Bowl and Barrel.)

Located directly across Central from North Park Center, The Shops at Park Lane is a destination for fun and great finds; add The Jingle Bash’s heaping dash of holiday cheer to the mix and you’re guaranteed a fabulous Saturday. Oh yeah, there’s plenty of free, on-site parking!  

Check The Shops at Park Lane’s website for store directories and maps! We’ll be on site between Gordon Biersch and Old Navy November 23, 2013. 
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