Hello! Are you just loving this Fall weather? I am! I feel like we are all waking up after hiding from the heat all Summer. If you are looking for an awesome event to get out in the fresh air, Etsy Dallas members are pumped about the Arts Goggle in Fort Worth. October 8th, from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, this free outdoor festival takes place on scenic Magnolia Avenue, and features live local music, food, artists and vendors. Be sure to say "Hi" to Big T Woodworks, and MushTushy while you are there. Their booths are always full of smiling faces and good stuff. Have an awesome weekend, Dallas!
Applications are now open for one of the best DFW shows of the year, The Jingle Bash! Our juried show is a hugely popular single day event featuring a variety of talents in every handmade category. Last year, we had a record number of attendees, and local sponsors! The show will take place on November 19th at Southside Events Center at Gilley's Dallas, so mark your calendar, and be sure to apply before September 3rd!
Etsy Dallas favorites, Sabrina and Jenny of The Pig and the Peacock make beautiful handcrafted soaps, lotions, and candles. Their booth is an aromatic feast, so be sure check them out on Saturday! Look for the huge crowd surrounding these two lovely sisters, smiling and packaging orders, you can't miss them!
Are you debuting any new items at the Spring Bash?
We have made several new soaps that we will introduce at the Bash including Black Currant, Honeysuckle, and Cranberry Salsa. You’ll have to check out our booth to find the rest! We’ll also have some new Spring/Summer scents in our candles.
Do you have any favorite stories from your customers about your products?
I think our favorite story is not from any specific customer, but many people tell us our soaps look good enough to eat, and in fact, it’s true! We have had a couple of people receive our soaps as gifts and take a bite out of them before realizing what it was!
How has your work evolved since you began The Pig and The Peacock?
Our collection is constantly changing and growing. We have more ideas and designs in our heads than we can possibly ever make so we have started rotating out scents and designs to make room for new ones. We have also added new product lines the past couple of years, like our new lip balms and our DejaVino Wine Bottle Candles.
Etsy Dallas rockstar, Regina from Regal Cottage has been preparing for the Spring Bash for months! I always adore her precious toys, and look forward to her booth. Be sure to visit her on Saturday, and add her on Instagram to peek inside design and production of her fun and thoughtful work!
How has your collection evolved since you began Regal Cottage?
My collection has definitely evolved over the years. I started out making kids' clothing and made a few toys just for fun. I quickly realized that I enjoyed making toys so much more. I knew I would do best if I followed my heart and focused on creating eco-friendly toys. Over the last year, I have worked to develop my own exclusive fabric designs. I love incorporating my original illustrations into my work. It gives me the ability to make each of my most popular products in coordinating fabrics from larger plush toys and baby rattles to plush balls and teethers.
Do you have any favorite stories from customers?
My favorite customer story is when an expecting Mom bought a ball for her baby-to-be. She later let me know that she knew her baby would love it, but she was amazed to see just how obsessed she became over time with that ball. She took it everywhere, and her first word was even "ball." That Mom has become one of my best customers. She buys a rattle ball from me for every baby shower she attends. Every time I see her order come in, it brings such a smile to my face.
What are you selling at the Spring Bash this year?
I will be bringing our best selling rattle balls, in new bright spring colors with bold geometric prints and lots of our wildly popular metallic moon, cloud and star pillows.
In Your Bones, a colorful and kind business benefitting Texas Husky Rescue.
Gabriela is a seasoned participant in the Etsy Dallas Bashes, and her booth is always packed with bright, unique, and heirloom quality sewn goods and embroidery. She lives in Austin area, keeps a small orchard and a few beehives, along with her four rescued huskies, and is a proud and fervent supporter of small business. Her work and support helped save over 300 dogs last year!
At the Bash Bag stuffing party we got a sneak peek at what's in the bag and are pretty excited (anyone wanna wait in line for us?!) and we think you will be too!
A huge thank you to our amazing Bash Bag sponsors this year:
Guys & Ties - Bow Ties
Wandering Paper Co - Cards
Precious Little Tot - Key Chains Wristlet
The Pig and the Peacock - Handmade Soap
Of Earth - Necklaces
Captivated Calligraphy - Cards
Quirk + Thrift - Coin Purse
A Cheery Blossom - Leather Cord Wraps
Unboxed Studio - Pencils
Expressions Bracelets - Charms
InYourBones - Embroidered Appliqués
Land of the Thread - Bracelets
Lemon Glaze - Charms
Makers Connect - Buttons
Kathleen Care Jewelry - Bracelets
Tessa Bunny's - Organic Play Clay
Silver Tines Spoon Jewelry - Key Chains
Tesoro Jewelry - Engraved Bracelets
And some surprises from Pop Shop America, PediaQ, and Etsy Dallas!
Don't forget, to get your very own Bash Bag you'll have to get there early! See you Saturday!
For several years now, we have had the wonderful fortune to have our events sponsored by DallasChild, our favorite family friendly local magazine! With the Spring Bash coming this Saturday (HOORAY!), I wanted to introduce you to this incredible resource.
Looking for fun events and exhibits to take your kids to in the DFW area this month? DallasChild has you covered. Check out their Monthly Calendar!
Or, maybe you want to plan your own family outing, like a picnic or a hike? DallasChild has a list of the best Nature Trails, and have even included available hours and price!
Need some tips on making "Mom friends" with like-minded parenting values? DallasChild has a featured article on this topic right now! They always have something new and beneficial to read, learn, and bring home to your family.
So, you need to find a new doctor, and want recommendations? You guessed it, DallasChild has built an amazing database of recommended local doctors of every specialty. If you are interested, read more about their Mom-Approved Doctors.
There is veritable bounty of parental information to peruse- party planning, local mother profiles, contests, reviews, volunteer opportunities, and attractions. Oh, and did I mention that this is a FREE resource? I know, it just doesn't get better than that! Sign up to receive their newsletter, and monthly publication!
They are currently giving away $50 to spend at the Spring Bash. Take this link to enter!
Materials: .8mm Chinese knotting cord
Cut cord: 2 x 15” pieces, 2 x 3’ pieces, 1 x 16” piece
Step 2: Attached one of the 3’ pieces. Center under the 2 middle strands and tie with simple knot to attach. Fold the RIGHT cord over the Middle strands and under the LEFT cord. See below picture. Pull the LEFT cord under the RIGHT and MIDDLE strands and through the loop on the RIGHT side. See picture below.
Step 4: Repeat this pattern until desired length is reached. Keep in mind the clasp will take up about ½”. Leave all the tails of your working cord until you have completed both sides to make necessary adjustments. Step 5: Repeat all the steps on the other side of the connector. Clip tails of the working cord but make sure you leave the tails of the MIDDLE strands to attach the clasp. See picture with labels for clarification.
1. To make the sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the middle strands. Use wire or scrap cord to temporarily tie the cords together at each end if needed. 2. Take the 16” cord piece and cent it under the strands. 3. Start tying square knots exactly the same way you did to make the bracelet. 4. Stop after about 1/2” of knotting. 5. Remove temporary binding cords. Step 7: Finishing. The 2 sets of middle strands are now the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust to fit over the hand and wrist and tie each end into simple knots. Step 8: Fire. Clip and burn all excess cord ends to keep from fraying. See closure in picture below.
Enjoy, and show us what you make with the #etsydallastutorial hashtag on Instagram!
1. Knot Baby Headband by PreciousLittleTot
2. Organic Pastel Bunny Plush by RegalCottage
3. Wooden Moon Pendant by SurlyBunny
4. Cucumber Melon Bath Bomb by WhippedUpWonderful
5. Foxy Fox Baby Onesie by DowdyStudio
6. Owl Soap by ThePigAndThePeacock
Hooray! It's time for our annual membership drive!
If you have a handmade Etsy shop in the immediate Dallas area and want to build your business while having tons of fun with local artists, apply now at http://etsydallas.com!
Applications are open for two weeks, January 15th through January 31st, and then, they will close for the entire year.
Why become a member?
- Be a part of a really supportive team of fellow Etsy shop owners
- You can help spread the word about the handmade movement and get involved with your community
- We know how to party (have you been to one of our Bashes?)