{Artist Spotlight} Our Interview with Dustin and Karen of Bearded Buffalo Co.

Dustin and Karen are so excited to be part of the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash, sponsored by Etsy, on November 10 at Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas. We are excited too! Bearded Buffalo Co. is releasing a new limited-edition scent for their beard balm and oil at the Bash. 

Bearded Buffalo Co. is a veteran-owned and operated company. The use natural ingredients and make their products in the USA. These two both work full time and go to school full time in addition to running Bearded Buffalo. We caught up with them recently for quick interview. 

Is your shop offering anything new or special at the Bash?

The weekend of the Jingle Bash is kind of the perfect storm of events for us. November 10th is also the Marine Corps birthday and the following day is Veterans Day. Both our owners are veterans and one served in the Marine Corps which makes this pretty significant. We see this as the perfect time to release a new and limited-edition scent of beard balm and oil. We’re calling it “Yeti,” and it will be a great scent for the winter!

What do you most enjoy about working with your team?

We currently have a two-man team. My wife and I. We started this company together after only a few months of dating. It was a scary thing to do, but somewhere in the back of our minds we must have known it would all work out. The trials we faced starting a business together helped us learn a lot about each other and laid a good foundation for our marriage. 

Is there a story behind your shop name? 

We see our business, including all of our oil and balm scent names as a homage to great men. Men who have had a hand not only in building our country, but also men who have influenced us in our personal lives. One of these great men being Karen’s grandfather. He was part Native American, loved nature and had an affinity for buffalo. 

What do you find most challenging about your work?

The most challenging thing about our work is creating new product. We want to provide our customers with awesome products, and we don’t release anything we are not supremely proud of. This takes research, formulating, time, testing and usually more formulating. Though daunting at times, it’s worth it when our customers tell us how much they love our products or what a difference our products have made for them. 

Shop from over 100 artists offering unique handmade wares at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 10. From original art, home goods, and artisanal soaps to local jewelry designers, leather workers and so much more! Check out the event on Facebook here. And find out how to shop the Bash like a pro here. We’ll see y’all at the Bash! 

Etsy, Inc. sponsors 2017 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash

We are honored and thrilled to have Etsy, Inc. as our official sponsor for the Jingle Bash. As you can probably guess, we are huge fans of Etsy around here. Etsy was founded in 2005 and now boasts buyers and sellers from nearly every country in the world.

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Etsy’s mission is to Keep Commerce Human. You can read more about the positive impact Etsy has on people and the planet.

As Etsy’s website reads: People make Etsy possible. We provide a meaningful space for sellers to turn their creative passions into opportunity. We enable buyers to discover unique items made with care. And we treat our employees and our community with respect. We’re here because the world needs less of the same and more of the special.

We couldn’t agree more and we are so excited to have Etsy’s support of our Bash. The Jingle Bash provides savvy shoppers with the opportunity to shop the best handmade artists from near and far.

The 2017 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash will be at Eddie Deen's Ranch 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017. See y'all at the Bash!  

Get Ready For the Etsy Craft Party 2016!

Hello everyone! It is time for the Etsy Craft Party! This is a big Etsy event where each local team gets together with their community to mingle, and create something fun together!

Mark June 18th at Dallas Makerspace from 1-3pm in your calendar! This is a free, family friendly event, so join us for fun, snacks, and crafts!
RSVP here so we can be ready for you!  Can't wait to see you there!

2016 Spring Bash Bag Reveal!

The Spring Bash kicks off at 10:30am this year, but you may want to get there early for a chance to snag one of our ever popular Bash Bags. The first 50 shoppers in line for the Bash will get one of these reusable bags chock full of Spring Bash vendor swag!

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!

Spring Bash Applications Are Closing Soon!

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 Etsy Dallas Spring Bash! We are looking for handmade artists, crafters and makers of all kinds! Visit the Handmade Bash website for more details and to apply. Applications close this Friday March 4th at midnight!

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide Dec 11th & 12th

Time for another Etsy Dallas weekend guide! Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Check out this weekends handmade shopping events where you will find Etsy Dallas members along with other great local handmade artists.

Two Friends and Junk
Date: Friday Dec 11th – Sat Dec 12th
Time: Friday noon-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Location: Exchange Center Expo, 4148 E 21st St, Tulsa OK 74114
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Lawless Souls 

Admission is $6, kids under 12 are free plus $6000 in door prizes

Dallas Farmers Market Holiday Hall
Date: Saturday Dec 12th
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: Dallas Farmers Market 1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas, TX 75201
More Info:
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: 

The Shed is a great one-stop-shop for your fresh produce, artisan foods and Dallas flavored holiday meals and gift shopping! This weekend will kick off the Grand Opening of the new Dallas Farmers Market in the re-done enclosed shed that fronts Harwood Street! Come and meet your local vendors!

Cowtown Indie Bazaar
Date: Saturday Dec 12th
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Will Rogers Memorial Complex 3401 W Lancaster, Ft. Worth, TX 76107
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: 
Wayne Works

There will also be lots of Jingle Bash vendors at Cowtown as well like April Hiler Designs, Mush Tushy and Big TWW

More Learning Opportunities with Etsy Dallas and Dallas Makerspace

We are delighted to offer more opportunities to come learn with the Etsy Dallas team at Dallas Makerspace. For the month of September, we are offering Getting Started on Etsy and Social Media Marketing for your Small Business.

The feedback on this beginner's workshop has been awesome! This is your chance to come learn from an experienced Etsy Dallas seller all the secrets to get that Etsy shop you have been dreaming of off to a successful start.
Getting Started on Etsy
Friday, September 18th
Dallas Makerspace
10:30 am-12:30pm

If you want to build brand awareness, create a buzz and increase your sales, this is the class for you! Social media is one of the best tools to use to help grow your business. 

Saturday, September 26th
Dallas Makerspace

Sponsor Spotlight: Etsy

If you could see us right now, you would see huge smiles and wild happy dances. That's how overjoyed we are to have Etsy as a sponsor for the Jingle Bash.

That's right! The big E is even coming to town to hang out with us at the Jingle Bash. Etsy is the marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Their mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

Etsy Dallas loves Etsy, of course, and we know you'll want to keep up with all they have to share too. You can follow Etsy on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the creative goodness.

Set aside some time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. November 15, 2014 for the biggest handmade party of the year. It's going to be so much fun!

Save the date: Etsy Craft Party 2014

We are happy to announce our location for the annual Etsy Craft Party is City Craft. The theme this year is all about taking your photographs to new artistic levels. It's BYOP (bring your own photos) but we will have extra photographs for your use, if you don't have prints on hand.

You don't want to miss this little shindig. It's 7 to 9 p.m. on June 6. You can RSVP now for Etsy Craft Party 2014: Recapture. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks and crafty fun. We can't wait to see what you create.

CRAFT PARTY! June 20th at CityCraft

It's that most awesome time of year again--the time of year we celebrate Etsy's birthday!

This year, we are pairing up with the fun folks at CityCraft. The theme is CRAFT FOR COMMUNITY, so we knew Callie & the CityCraft gals would be the perfect partner as they are also dedicated to crafting for good.

Please join us for an evening of craft and fun, June 20, from 7-9. Please RSVP (though the event is FREE!) so we can make sure there's enough crafty goodness to go around.

Spring Awakening: In the Pink

It's no secret I love pink. Just take a peek at my logo and many of the things in my shop, Jenni20 Designs.

And though spring means cute baby animals, tender shoots of plants pushing out of the dirt, trees blossoming in riotous colors before leafing out in green, green, and more green, spring is also a great time to bring back pink. After all, pink and green are great partners, no?

Even if pink isn't your thing (although I can't believe it!), I'm sure you know and adore someone who loves to live life in the pink. Perhaps you can share some of these blushing beauties with them.

Click on the photoset below to find out which Etsy Dallas artist made these lovelies!

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Curbside crawls that inspire

Earth Month is just days away, and Liz of Creative Input By Liz is sharing a little bit of her upcycling inspiration.

Reduce, recycle, reuse. I hear these words a great deal, maybe because I am totally immersed in the movement. I started recycling when I would have to lug a trunkful to any place that recycled. Luckily, today we have curbside pick-up. Speaking of curbsides, I do a curbside crawl on trash days looking for items people consider disposable. My son’s solid wood dresser is from one of my hunts. If I can’t use it, I donate it. 

This habit of hunting for recyclables or items to repurpose has transferred to my art. My favorite sources are estate sales, resale stores, Etsy, and eBay. I also gather inspiration from my search. I consider my ventures to be of divine providence since I have no idea what I will find that will spark my imagination. 

I look for metals in silver-plated trays, copper, brass, and colorful tins. I haven’t stumbled upon anyone with well-priced sterling but I keep my hopes up. I cut up these metal finds to create upcycled jewelry. I also search for pre-vinyl records, books, broken jewelry, belts, vintage wallpaper, and anything I can cut up, use for texture, put in resin or use as a tool.

The photo above is of a piece made from a cookie tin with some great designs and colors. The circular bracelet below was made from a belt and what used to be a copper vase. The cross piece is riveted onto a portion of a brass planter.

Jacky Sylvie with Hi Fi Jewelry brings her love of music to the world of upcycling with her fantastic necklace made from vinyl records. The records I use come from the early 1900s, before vinyl, and are much thicker. I picked up a batch from an estate sale thinking they were worth a bundle. No such luck. Somehow I decided to soften them in the oven and cut them with cookie cutters to create pendants. The one below is my favorite.

The metals I scour for are anything from trays and vases to brass planters. There are some silver plated pieces that are plated onto copper. I particularly remember large compote I found with a beautiful bird and flower design. I raced home to cut it while preserving the design. It will make a beautiful necklace for the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash in April.

Etsy Dallas is happy to launch our 2012 SHOP HOP: The Jammie Bash.

You know and love our Handmade Bash shopping extravaganzas, but we haven't seen you since the Cinco de Mayo Spring Bash (and we miss you). So come back to us, dear friends.

Be a part of the SHOP HOP and The Jammie Bash.

Yep, that's right, folks. Don't fight traffic and the holiday crush. Shop right at home in your jammies. (Or, if we're honest with each other, we all know you'll be shopping at work on those super-speedy internet connections--but wear jammies to work at your own risk.)

While our SHOP HOP will never take place of the big bash, we'd like to thank you for supporting the handmade movement and our Etsy Dallas member shops. Buy for those you love, and our gift to you is a chance to gift yourself, too!

Beginning on Black Friday and going through Christmas Eve (11.23-12.24), any purchase made in an Etsy Dallas Member's shop will make you eligible to win one of TWO (2) $50 Etsy Gift Cards, courtesy of Etsy Dallas.

All you need to do is keep track of your purchases and enter at the contest site. Enter the Giveaway.

If your number is selected at random, and your purchase is verified, we'll send you a $50 Gift Card to use at any shop (although we hope you'll want to head back to one of our members' shops!).

So do some window shopping at our members' shops and get those wish lists in order! You can find a list of us and links to our shops here: Etsy Dallas Team Members.

UPDATE: 11.19.2012: Etsy Inc. has gifted us with 6 more gift cards to give away, making the 2012 SHOP HOP: The Jammie Bash payout over $275 to 8 lucky people!

The Fine Print:

*2012 Shop Hop: The Jammie Bash giveaway will be open to all US Residents who place an order in an Etsy Dallas Member’s site between 11.23.2012 and 12.24.2012. Previous purchases not eligible for entry. Contest will open for entries on 11.23.12.

*All who fill out the form (rafflecopter) will be entered into a drawing for one (1) of two (2) $50 Etsy eGift Cards; one (1) $50 Etsy Gift Card and five (5) $25 Etsy Gift Cards!

*No purchase necessary; however, each valid purchase from member store will multiply your entries.

*To enter a purchase from an Etsy Dallas Member shop, you'll need the order number on the receipt generates and sends after your purchase. You should be able to find this number in the subject line of the email and also in the body of the email. (Please use the number generated by the Etsy receipt and not PayPal.)

*Two winners will be selected at random (and purchases verified) before we email the gift certificates.

*Six additional winners will be selected at random (and purchases verified) to receive physical gift cards, courtesy of Etsy Inc. Winners will be asked to email Etsy Dallas with valid US address.

*Etsy Dallas is not affiliated with Etsy Inc.

*Gift Cards must be used in accordance with Etsy Inc. policies and Terms of Service. Etsy Dallas cannot be responsible for purchases made with the gift cards.

*Find shops that accept Etsy gift cards: to find these shops, search for an item on Etsy. Check the box next to "Accepts Etsy Gift Cards" under "Show Only" on left side of page.

*Learn more about Etsy Gift Cards:

West Elm + Etsy Handmade Holiday Workshop Recap

You know that person whose house looks effortlessly modern and put together, yet livable and cozy? Chances are she shops at West Elm. And what modern home would be complete without a few handmade touches? West Elm has teamed up with Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, to create a one-night shopping experience featuring five hand-selected local Etsy vendors situated in the store in 37 cities around the country on Dec. 1.

Etsy Dallas volunteers led shoppers in making holiday ornaments for a tree to be donated to the Family Place. You could make one for the tree, one for yourself, and take a template home to share with a friend. We had a great time meeting folks, folding paper, and getting in the holiday spirit.

Thanks to Etsy for providing the supplies for the craft and to West Elm for hosting us. Thanks to our awesome Etsy Dallas volunteers: The Paper Nest Co.Regal CottageReGEARED, and Seen Studios, Modest Ambition. Thanks to the participating Etsy shops: Redtile StudioFifi du VieParty PomsRivalry Time, and Red or Gray Art.

Red or Gray Art

Fifi du Vie

Redtile Studio

Party Poms

Rivalry Time
 * More photos coming to Flickr soon!
Posted by Anne, Modest Ambition

Weekend Guide: December 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

Handmade Holiday Workshop and Mini-Market with West Elm and Etsy

Date: Thursday, Dec.1st
Time: 6-9pm
Location: West Elm, Mockingbird Station, 5307 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Red Tile Studio
Etsy Dallas Holiday Workshop Assistants: Modest AmbitionThe Paper Nest Co.Regal Cottage, ReGEARED, and Seen Studios 
Dallas Flea
Date: Saturday, Dec 3rd
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
More Info:

Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon, Signifying Not

LD Bell High School Craft Fair 
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: LD Bell H. S.,1601 Brown Trail , Hurst
More Info:
Cost: Bring Canned Goods 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: maggie may i 

Keller Indianettes Christmas Craft Bazaar 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3rd and Sunday, Dec 4th
Time: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: Keller High School, 601 Pate Orr Rd., Keller
More Info:
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: childsPLAYdesign 

West Elm & Etsy Handmade Holiday Workshop

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the opportunity to make things. From cookies and cakes to ornaments and scarves, there are so many holiday traditions that use our hands. If you're itching to get your holiday crafting started, come by this Thursday night, 6-9 p.m., December 1, and make ornaments with us, Etsy Dallas, at West Elm at Mockingbird Station in Dallas presented by Etsy and West Elm.

We'll have supplies, templates, and friends on hand to help you make amazing Christmas ornaments. You can make one to keep and one to put on the tree we'll be donating to The Family Place. There will also be a mini-market featuring local Etsy sellers in the store, including Redtile StudioFifi du VieParty PomsRivalry Time, and Red or Gray Art.

Click here for more information about Etsy and West Elm teaming up for the holidays with the support of local teams, like Etsy Dallas!

Posted by Anne, Modest Ambition