Etsy Craft Party

Come Craft Party with Etsy Dallas!

Etsy Dallas Craft Party at Zoomos

Crafters and creatives, meet us for an afternoon of collective crafting and frivolity at Zoomos Pop Up Shop in the Bishop Arts District to celebrate Etsy's Birthday. We have a great craft for you to make and take, and the playlist is simply inspired. This event is free and open to the public. Be there or be square! Be sure to RSVP so we can save you some goodies! Can't wait to see you!

June 6th
504 North Madison Avenue
Dallas, TX 75208 

Pretty up your pics at the Etsy Craft Party

It’s time for the annual Etsy Craft Party and you’re invited! Etsy Dallas and City Craft are hosting a local gathering. Come join us for snacks, drinks and photo crafts. This free event includes three craft projects.

Choose your own project:
1) embroidering directly onto photographs or photocopies of photos;
2) embroidering on photos that have been printed onto fabric (we have two photos, courtesy of our amazing and talented Yony of YLK Photography, on fabric for you to choose from: blue bonnets and Big Tex);
3) and especially for kids: making photo collages with cropped photos, scrapbook paper, etc.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own photos to use for the projects. We will have some supplies for those who don't bring photos. And be sure to get your photo taken in the photo booth too.

In addition to the photo crafts, City Craft is opening their sewing machines to those who may want to try sewing. How amazing is that?!? It's going to be a great night. We can't wait to see what you create. Save the date!

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Place: City Craft
2104 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207

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.

Ready to Craft Party!

We are finishing up the final details for our local Etsy Craft Party, and all we need is you! We hope you will join us this Thursday night at CityCraft where we will come together as a community to create.

We will have 3 fun projects provided by Etsy, Inc. and CityCraft will have the sewing machines set up for us and give us access to their glorious scrap collection. (YES!) We will also have snacks, desserts, beer, and a photo booth to add to the festivities.

This event is free and all ages are welcome. So come on down to CityCraft at 5460 W. Lovers Lane on Thursday, June 20th from 7-9pm.

Craftivities Sneak Peek

It's almost party time! 
Craft Party time that is. 
Here's a little sneaky peek at what we have planned.

This celebration is all about the craft, so let's get right to it. Oil and Cotton has planned two exciting craft activities for this party. The first is based on Operation Rainbow Brains (O>R>B>), a street art project that uses chalk pastels to create gradients of rainbow colors on trees throughout Oak Cliff. We will create miniature versions of this project on sticks and small branches with pastels and yarn.

A second activity will be a miniature fabric wall hanging using scraps of fabric. We will have small precut linen/cotton/canvas banners and fabric swatches with needles, thread (and glue for the sewing challenged). We will create abstract fabric collage wall hangings that can be hung from the rainbow branches (made in the first project) or cord.

It's not a party without food and beverages. We've got that covered! For this Craft Party, we'll have complimentary sodas and Shiner on tap, and two local favorite food trucks will join us for dinner. FOOD TRUCKS?? Oh yeah! Come hungry and bring some funds to help show your support for Gandolfo's and Trailercakes.  Gandolfo's NY Deli is proud to offer a variety of delicious homemade deli salads and fresh ingredients. The premium meats and freshly baked breads make up the best sandwiches. (They have great vegetarian options too). "One bite and you are there!" And at Trailercakes, their goal is to serve the best tasting cupcakes you’ve ever had, while evoking nostalgic emotions of happiness and bliss. "Happiness comes in many forms, and we hope to summon those emotions the moment the first bit of frosting hits the lips. That, to us, is the icing on the cake and why we like to say ‘happiness is in the frosting.' "

And of course, Etsy Dallas believes every celebration needs a photo booth, so we've got that too! Rosemary from Paper Beats Rock has created another amazing photo booth for us, so we can get all snap happy when we are done getting our craft on!

See you there!

Where: Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas, Texas 75208
When: Friday, August 24th
Time: 7-9pm 
What: Two craft tables, raffle prizes, photo booth, food and drinks
Cost: Free, but you may want to bring some $$ for dinner

It's a Craft Party and You are Invited!

Two Dallas creative powerhouses, Etsy Dallas and Oil and Cotton, have joined together to bring you a celebration of meeting, making, creativity and community. Come meet your crafty community and share in a creative skill. We hope you will join us as we have fun and party down with scissors in hand! 

Where: Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas, Texas 75208
When: Friday, August 24th
Time: 7-9pm 
What: Two craft tables, raffle prizes, photo booth, food and drinks
Cost: FREE!!!

Etsy Dallas Craft Party

We hope everyone had a blast at the Etsy Dallas Craft Party on Friday night! Crafters from all across the city came to Oil and Cotton to party down.

The fabulous decorating team from Etsy Dallas decked the halls of Oil and Cotton with paper bunting and pom-poms.

Refreshments and homemade desserts kept the party people's energy up for all of the festivities.

There was a free raffle and everyone had the opportunity to win prizes like a Holga camera, a gift card to Oil and Cotton, embroidery sets and more! The winners got their hands on some good stuff.

The party-goers got to put their crafty chops to the test and make some rockin' leather cuffs.

Etsy Dallas team even made a photo booth wall so everyone could strike a pose and have a memory of the greatest craft party ever (we're still editing the beautiful photos, but we'll let you know when they're online for your free downloading pleasure).

All in all, we had a great time and can't wait to do it next time. Join Etsy Dallas soon for the Supplies Me Sale. Etsy Dallas members will be cleaning out their craft closets for you to shop. So if you're into crafting and want to buy from some talented artists, come on over to the Supplies Me Sale, Saturday, June 25th, 11am-2pm at South Side on Lamar's Blue Room.

Super special thanks to everyone who helped put the Etsy Craft Party on!

Anita Mills for weaving on the loom
June Covington for spinning the night away
D.B. Higgins for demonstrating rope making
Society Bakery for supplying sweet cupcake treats
Tamale Company for rolling in the tamale cart (Yum!)

Big thanks to Oil and Cotton for co-hosting with us!

And another big thanks to Paper Beats Rock, and Modest Ambition for planning and putting together such a great party

Craft Parties all over Texas

Dallas threw it's big Etsy Craft Party on June 18th, but also many other cities across the world threw their very own Etsy Craft Party to celebrate Etsy Inc's 5th birthday. In Texas, we had 5 major cities make it into the top 50 biggest Craft Parties in the world. That was out of about 500+ parties worldwide. Go Texas!

So to keep the party going, check out our friends Craft Party pics from Etsy Austin, Etsy Houston, and Alamo City Etsy.

Etsy Austin celebrated the Craft Party with some great DIY crafts. Over 70 people showed up to make buttons, shrinky dinks and even silk screen bags and clothing with Austin artist Amy of Craft Chi, who created some custom artwork for all the Etsy Craft Parties. How cool of them to have a crafty celebrity at the party!

Check out more of the Austin fun here.

Alamo City Handmade (formerly Alamo City Etsy) threw their party at Sew Deluxe, a San Antonio favorite station for creativity. The party brought on yummy food from G&G Moblie Bistro, make & take projects, and tons of great door prizes. Visitors enjoyed making bottle cap pinbacks, screenprinting, knitting, sewing and much more.

Check out more of this party here.

Etsy Houston, held the 2nd biggest Etsy Craft Party in the world. Go Houston! We are so proud of our sister team from the south. The Houston Party was held at Sew Crafty, and people enjoyed treats, goody bags, and DIY projects.

Check out the party slideshow and see more pics here.

More Craft Party Pics

The Etsy Craft Party, hosted by Etsy Dallas and Make, kicked off at 7pm Friday night and people were at Make Shop * Studio early ready to party!

Make and Etsy Dallas put together 2 awesome free crafts for our party-goers: no sew bunting and fabric flower brooches!

All the crafts everyone made turned out really cute. Dallas really has a lot of crafty talent!!

Paco, the handmade donkey piñata, hung out all night in our Etsy Dallas Photo Booth modeling with his new friends and their silly props.

See! Paco is so good at holding a pose. Shazam!

We had five free raffles of free handmade goodies and crafty supplies. At the top of the evening, we did our biggest raffle, a brand new Kenmore Sewing Machine!! Then Make Shop * Studio offered up a surprise raffle for $100 card for free classes. We are so happy for our six lucky winners who probably all muttered "I never win anything" right before they're numbers were called.

The evening ended like any 5th birthday, with the busting of a piñata. We were sad to see Paco go, but happy to find him stuffed with tasty candy and treats! Don't worry, we saved his head, and will properly mount him on a plaque. So you may see him again in our next photo booth!

Thanks to all who came and helped us put this party on. We had so much fun celebrating Etsy's 5th birthday.

Thanks to Etsy for making it 5 years and sending us tons of freebies that we got to raffle off!

Thanks to all you Dallas crafties who came to party with us! We heart you and we hope you can make it out to the next Etsy Dallas Event.

Thanks to Julie and the staff at Make Shop*Studio for co-hosting the party!

Huge mega-thanks to participating Etsy Dallas members and their loved ones for coming together to help pull this off: Cut Out and Collect, Midnight Snack, Three Yellow Starfish, Kessler Craftsman, The Pig and the Peacock, Maggie May I, tefi, Pamela Michelle, Dowdy Studio, Seen Studios, One Up Designs, The Miscellany, Karma Crochet, Haute Hardware, laura davis design lab, Alicia Colina-Ashby, and Eye on the Sparrow!

Etsy Dallas + Make Craft Party Recap

Paco the Donkey Piñata

Etsy Dallas, the local craft collective, celebrated Etsy Inc.'s birthday with Make Shop*Studio on Friday, June 18th. We enjoyed some DIY crafts from Make, sipped on boozy party punch, munched on cupcakes, entered some sweet raffles and gave out prizes, and bashed a handmade piñata! (RIP Paco the Donkey) Those who arrived early snagged a bag of Etsy Dallas party favors at our FREE Etsy Dallas Photobooth.

Thanks to all who came out and partied with us! Many cities across the globe were putting on their own Craft Parties and Dallas had the biggest in the world. So thanks for making Dallas the capital of handmade cool!

We've uploaded the photo booth photos into our flickr account so they can be easily viewed, downloaded, and shared by all! CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

Get in on the fun!

1) Find your photo in our Photo Booth Set

2) Click on the thumbnail to view the photo. If you're having a hard time finding your photo in the thumbnails, choose one at the beginning and you can manually scroll each photograph until you find your pretty face!

3) If you find a photograph you'd like to download, click the "all sizes" icon above the top left corner of the photograph. You can then choose the size of the photo you'd like to download and save to your computer. (see below screen shot if you're not finding the button).

4) Save 'em! Get 'em printed! Put em on your facebook! Use them as your desktop background! They're all yours!

Want to edit your photo but don't have the software?
Picnik is a great, free photo editing website online. You don't need a flickr account to download your photo - but we totally recommend the site for all of your photo sharing needs. Come join the fun!

Win a Free Sewing Machine from Etsy Dallas + Make!

This, my friends, is a brand spanking new Kenmore Drop in Bobbin Sewing Machine. Etsy Dallas and Make Shop * Studio will be giving this baby away to one lucky winner at the Etsy Craft Party this Friday at Make Shop * Studio in Dallas.

So how do you win this FREE sewing machine? Easy!
RSVP for the Craft Party this Friday night by going to our Meet-Up page. Click "I'm interested" in the top right corner and once you see your name pop up on the sidebar, you're good.

Then drop by Make Shop * Studio (map) Friday between 7-9pm to collect your raffle ticket. Raffle tickets are free, but we will be graciously accepting donations to be given to La Reunion, an educational and artist outreach program striving to set up it's own sustainable artist residency program in Dallas.

There are many ways you can earn a raffle ticket:
1) Get your photo taken in the Etsy Dallas Photo Booth
2) Make a free no-sew fabric bunting or a fabric flower brooch at Make's DIY tables
3) Take a hit at our Pinata, Paco the Donkey
4) Sign up for our mailing list

We will also have fun prizes to raffle off including lots of fabulous art supplies and handmade goodies brought to us by Etsy Inc. So tell your friends, or don't, and come on by for some good fun, prizes and crafts!

Raffle winners will be chosen at the end of the party, and winners must be present to claim prizes.

Party Favor Party + Moustaches-On-Sticks + A Piñata

It doesn't get better than moustaches-on-sticks, crafting good times, and a huge donkey piñata. Etsy Dallas members gathered at Larry's to make party favors and photo booth props for the upcoming Etsy Crafty Party this Friday at Make: free DIY crafts, free party punch, free photo booth, free piñata, free party favor bags, FREE FREE FREE! More info here.

Big thanks to all our volunteers this weekend: Maggie of Maggie May I (and daughter!), Kathleen of Seen Studios, Patricia of Karmacrochet, Larry of Kessler Craftsman, Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect, Dylan of Dowdy Studio, Carrie of One Up Designs, Erin of Haute Hardware, Laura of laura davis design lab, Christina of Midnight Snack, Pam of Pamela Michelle, and yours truly of tefi. Photos below and the full set HERE.

posted by Stephanie "tefi" Hindall

Moustaches-on-a-Stick at the Etsy Craft Party

Not only if you attend the Etsy Craft Party in Dallas at Make will you get to indulge in free DIY crafts, a free photo booth, bust a piñata and much much more, but you will also get a chance to snag up a free party favor bag from Etsy Dallas. Each party favor bag is stuffed full of Etsy Dallas members' handmade goodies. Along with handmade magnets, notebooks, bubbles, kazoos, key chains, stickers and more, you will also get a handmade felt moustache-on-a-stick.

Etsy Dallas will have 100 of these party favor bags to give out. So how do you get one? Easy! Get your pic taken in the Etsy Dallas photo booth with you or with your friends, and each of you will get your own party favor bag just for coming to the party. It's our way of saying thank you for supporting your local handmade artists, designers and crafters! But when we're out, we're out and you'll just have to enjoy some great tunes, free crafts and party!

Want to make your own moustache-on-a-stick? Pamela Michelle has put together this easy step by step how to guide for you to do it at home.

So grab some supplies:
- Felt
- scissors
- long popsicle stick or craft stick
- hot glue gun
- sharpie
- moustache template (download here) from Lisa Welge

Now let's get to it:

Step 1
Pick a 'stache from the template, print it out and cut it out of the paper. If you're up to it and want to free hand your own moustache, and skip to step 3.

Step 2
You'll need 2 pieces of felt that are slightly larger than the template you just cut out. Lay them on top of each other, with the moustache template on top, then trace around the template onto the felt with a sharpie.

Step 3
Cut out your moustache shape

Step 4
Place your craft stick in between the two pieces of felt. Keep the stick off to one side of the moustache so that you can hold it to the side when it's finished.

Step 5
Grab that glue gun, but be careful of the heat! Ouch! Peel up one side of the moustache from the outer edge and smother the felt in hot glue. Work your way from the middle of the moustache to the outter edge, and slowly lay the top piece of felt back down as you glue. When you're finished gluing, press the 2 layers together, but be careful that the glue isn't too hot still . When finished with one side, do the other side.

Step 6
Let your moustache dry. Trim off any uneven edges that might have happened while you were laying the two pieces together.

Step 7
Model that 'stache!!! Show it off and take some pics, wear it to work or school or to a party! Moustache on a sticks are great for graduations, dance recitals, weddings, moving the lawn! There just isn't anything you can't do better without your new moustache on a stick.

Just One More Day to Win!

Help put Dallas on the map! Right now Houston is beating out Dallas for the biggest Craft Party in the world. This cannot be! RSVP! Let's make Dallas the world capital of handmade cool! Let's use lots of exclamation points! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

About the Etsy Craft Party
Friday, June 18th, 7-9pm
Make, 313 N. Bishop Ave, Dallas

Celebrate Etsy Inc.'s birthday with Etsy Dallas and Make Shop*Studio on Friday, June 18th. Enjoy DIY crafts from Make. Sip on boozy party punch, munch on cupcakes, and bash a handmade piñata! Arrive early to snag a bag of Etsy Dallas party favors. Get your souvenir picture taken in the Etsy Dallas photo booth. All for FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

posted by Stephanie "tefi" Hindall!!!

Help Dallas Win!

It's as simple as a click-click-click.

Etsy Dallas is teaming up with Make Shop * Studio to throw one of the largest Etsy Craft Parties in the world - the world, people!

Dallas is third in line behind Houston (1st) and Seattle (2nd). This cannot be! Just follow this link, click on I'm Interested and add your name to the roster. You can either use your Facebook account or simply key in your email address and bada-bing-bada-RSVPed!

We'd love to see you at our party on Friday, June 18th from 7pm-9pm at Make Shop + Studio in the Bishop Arts District of North Oak Cliff. Look at all the FREE stuff we want you to enjoy:

+ Party Punch! (yes, the boozy kind)
+ Souvenir Photos in the Etsy Dallas Photo Booth!
+ Cupcakes and munchies!
+ DIY Crafts!
+ 100 Party Favor Gift Bags from Etsy Dallas!
+ A Handmade Piñata!
+ Lots of exclamation points!

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posted by Stephanie Hindall / tefi