Sponsor Spotlight: DallasChild

Dallas-Fort Worth is booming! We live in such an exciting city with so much to offer, it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep up. Enter Dallas Child. Etsy Dallas is so happy to have a long standing relationship with this awesome local resource. I have sung their praises a few times before. If you have a family, and live in the area, you need to check out their site and publication! You will never have to wonder what you might be missing, or who the best doctors in town are, or which Summer camp is right for your kiddo again. 

Etsy Dallas 2017 Bash Mothers Day Gift Guide with Heidy

Mother’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Make You the Favorite.

On Sunday, May 7th, the crafters and creatives of Texas are descending on Gilley’s in Dallas to sell unique handmade wares at the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash.  It’s a shopping experience like no other – great music, free make & takes, multiple bars + a restaurant on site, and don’t forget the famous Bash bags – you won’t want to miss it!

While you’re there shopping for yourself, don’t forget to get a gift for mom that she’ll cherish. (Because Mother’s Day is May 14th, *hint, hint*)  We’ve put together a few of our favorite gift ideas for you.

Because you’re the reason why she needs wine and bubble baths:

Whipped Up Wonderful

Whipped Up Wonderful

The Pig and the Peacock

The Pig and the Peacock

Sasha's Hand Poured

Sasha's Hand Poured

Luna Tigre

Luna Tigre

My Dearest Danae

My Dearest Danae

For the Nature loving mom

Glass House Collection

Glass House Collection

Heidi Miller Lowell

Heidi Miller Lowell

Sweet Tees Shop

Sweet Tees Shop

Valerie Morgan Designs

Valerie Morgan Designs

Whispers in the Glen

Whispers in the Glen

For brand-spankin' new moms:

Bebe Mine Boutique

Bebe Mine Boutique

Precious Little Tot

Precious Little Tot

For the mom who loves lounging and breakfast in bed:

Alexandria Dayne

Alexandria Dayne

Scribbles Lettering

Scribbles Lettering

Sweet Marcel

Sweet Marcel

For the mom who loves travel:

Alohomora Design

Alohomora Design

Wanderlust Wares Shop

Wanderlust Wares Shop

Carry It Well

Carry It Well

For the spiritual mamma:

Expressions Bracelets

Expressions Bracelets

Live Bree

Live Bree

Woodworx

Woodworx

Because jewelry is always a good idea:

Sarah Briggs

Sarah Briggs

Shop Daisy Made

Shop Daisy Made

Gabrielle's Little Secrets

Gabrielle's Little Secrets

Adorn Goods

Adorn Goods

Mesa Blue

Mesa Blue

Dandelion Leather Co

Dandelion Leather Co

Earrings by Eryn

Earrings by Eryn

Dawn Franklin Designs

Dawn Franklin Designs

The Distillery

The Distillery

For the mom who likes to pretty her nest:

Joy Street Maps

Joy Street Maps

Jude Landry

Jude Landry

Shadow Box Gems

Shadow Box Gems

Cheater Quilt Tutorial with Katrina

Today, I'm going to share a post from my own blog with you. I am no talented seamstress, but this still came out beautifully, and would make a fantastic handmade gift for those new babies in your life. The whole project took me about 2 hours. Be sure to tag us @etsydallas with #etsydallascrafts, if you try it! 

I have slowly been finishing the baby's nursery one handmade project at a time.  I had very good intentions of completing everything before he arrived, but I didn't even manage to have his crib assembled.  It's funny how different everything is with the second baby.

I finally made some time to work on his cheater baby quilt, so I took some pics to share with you all how easy it is to do something custom and special.  This fabric actually inspired the color palette for the whole space. I bought two yards of the Kona Cotton from Spoonflower (search cheater quilt for different designs), and one package of crib sized batting from amazon. This process is very simple, and the results look much more impressive than it actually was to create.

First, fold your fabric in half, and lay it with the print side face to face, matching the printed areas.

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Next, roll out your batting, lay the fabric on top, match the corners, and pin all the way around to hold everything together. Trim the excess.

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Roll up the stack to make it more manageable, and sew one side at a time, almost all the way around. Use the printed area as a guide. Leave a hole large enough to turn the quilt right-side-out.

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Trim the excess in a margin around the seam, and cut the corners at an angle so you can make a nice point.

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Turn the piece right side out.

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Use a hidden stitch to close the hole. Knot your thread, and begin your stitch from the inside. Go through the other side and back out again, and repeat until you've reached the end, occasionally pulling it tightly to bring the sides together smoothly.  Be consistent with the size of your stitches.

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Using the pattern as a guide again, carefully sew straight lines all the way across the quilt. Repeat for the other two sides of the triangles. Roll the quilt as needed to feed it through the machine.

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Trim any threads, and there you have it!

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Spring Bash Shopping Guide: Mother's Day Gifts

Mark your calendars, Mother's Day is May 14th. Let's honor those super-women in your life with something special and handmade this year. I have you covered for all the mamas you know:  Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, and maybe something special for yourself!  You can find it, smell it, and feel it all at the Spring Bash on May 7th. Check it out!

Ceramic Planter from Kristen Saksa Juen

Ceramic Planter from Kristen Saksa Juen

Tassle Hoop Earrings from Mesa Blue

Tassle Hoop Earrings from Mesa Blue

Natural Boutique Soap from My Dearest Danae

Natural Boutique Soap from My Dearest Danae

Floral Mandala Floral Specimen Art from Glass House

Floral Mandala Floral Specimen Art from Glass House

BOHO Natural Bead Bracelets from Expressions Bracelets

BOHO Natural Bead Bracelets from Expressions Bracelets

Small Batch Soy Candles from Luna Tigre

Small Batch Soy Candles from Luna Tigre

Marbled Leather Valet Tray from Byndr Leather Goods

Large Angled Serving Board from Gaston Made

Large Angled Serving Board from Gaston Made

Book Review: Water Paper Paint

  Today, I'm sharing a post from my own blog about an art book that my daughter and I have been enjoying.  Check it out!

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My daughter and I are always looking for fun and easy ways to get creative together. She is a five year old with a vision, so teaching her new ways to experiment and blossom is extra rewarding. We YouTube a lot, but there is no better inspiration than words and pictures right in front of us to sound-out and emulate.

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Today, we cracked open the beautifully designed, inspiration of a book, Water Paper Paint by Heather Smith Jones.  Her eyes lit up with possibility page after page until she finally landed on our exciting quick project, creating an abstract painting using straws to blow watercolor around the paper.  This was also an opportunity to teach some basic color theory, as the watercolor inevitably streamed into previous colors.  This is the equivalent of magic to a kid, "Blue and red made purple, Mama!"

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If you are looking to begin painting with watercolor, this book is a great place to start. I have been painting quite awhile, and even found it to be enjoyable. It reminds me how fun it can be to just sit down and play with a medium. The author's written voice was knowledgeable and approachable. The images are a trove of colors and variety, teaching confidence building techniques with simple instruction. This book would be especially interesting for those who are into art journaling. It is not a serious book with overwhelming words and in depth information. It is a book of watercolor exercises, encouraging success through practice and repetition.

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Source: http://rhapsodyletterpress.com/journal/boo...