Fuzzy Muffins

Daily Discoveries: Reminders of Nature

The weather is finally perfect for gardening and making that patio space your safe haven. Or, if you're an apartment dweller, it's the perfect time to bring the outdoors inside. Our Etsy Dallas Spring Bash artists have some great items to bring you a daily dose of nature and remind you of the great outdoors (even if it comes in the form of a blue grizzly bear).

1. Lizard Air Plant Pocket by Both Hands Studio 
2. Green Baby Goddess by Two Clay Hands
3. Garden Torches by Cockrell Iron and Paint 
4. Aqua Blue Bear by Fuzzy Hippo 
(Discoveries by Emily of Fuzzy Muffins.)

Daily Discoveries: accessorize with handmade

Spring has sprung! It's about time to pull out the skirts and bermuda shorts, so get ready to spruce up your outfits with these super tempting jewelry picks from our Etsy Dallas Spring Bash artists!

1. Anodized Aluminum Bracelet by Creative Input by Liz
2. Foxy Fox Pendant by Maggie May I
3. Ring by ElizaEpstein  
4. Fused Glass Bracelet by Kessler Craftsman  
5. Geometric Chevron Cuff by Susan Renee Designs  
6. Blossom Bracelet by Black Moth Studio
7. Brambling Vines Necklace by Jennie Claire  
8. Woodgrain Ring by f. is for frank  
9. Gears Necklace by Freeforged Jewelry  

(Discoveries by Emily of Fuzzy Muffins.)  

Weekend Guide: April 5 + 6 + 7

The DIME Store Grand Opening

Date: Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th
Time: Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm
Location: 510 Locust St., Denton
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Fuzzy Muffins, Christie Cone Ceramics

Urban Street Bazaar

Date: Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th
Time: Sat 11-8pm, Sun 11-4pm
Location: Bishop Arts District, Dallas
More Info: http://makeitindiegenius.com/vendors/
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio

A peek in the studio (Fuzzy Muffins)

Emily, of Fuzzy Muffins, is ready to take you on a tour of her studio...

When I moved into our current Dallas home, I knew I needed to have a cohesive workspace, which really just meant I needed to put all of the things I use while creating Fuzzy Muffins in one area. I’m a graphic designer by day, so I wanted to integrate my design workspace with my crafting workspace. I quickly learned that involves a lot of shelving and drawers. 

Cue: IKEA. I purchased a dresser/drawer storage system for my piles and piles of fleece, a paper organizer for all my graphic design goodies and plush tagging supplies, and a massive bookshelf to house my design books and other plushie supplies (sewing box, baskets of yarn and baskets of excess fabric). All in all, everything is within reach!

It’s nice to be able to finish up a design project, then just roll my little chair on over to my sewing machine to make a huggable dino. But the main plus? Natural light. The entire office is surrounded by windows, which means I can really tell what color fleece I’m working with. There’s no, “Wait, is this navy or black?” Whew!

In my last “studio” I had a massive desk, which seemed like a great idea at the time, but after a while a realized... too much surface space = a very messy surface space. If anyone out there is looking to redo their office/studio any time soon, my recommendation: get a desk that allows you enough room to work comfortably, but doesn’t allow you to accumulate clutter. In my experience, a cluttered desk leads to a cluttered work process. You don’t want too many distractions when it’s craft show season.

For tiny pieces, like plastic safety eyes or noses, I use magnetic boxes to keep everything separated and organized. This would work great for jewelry makers or anybody else who needs to keep small parts in order.

It may be a small space, but it gets the job done. In the meantime, I’m off to go make some more Fuzzy Muffins! See y’all around.