Category Spotlight: Accessories

I love a great accessory! It can make an old sweater feel a little prettier, hide a bad hair day, and put some bling just about anywhere. A great accessory is something that can express something unique about you, or be a fun way to try a little bit of fad and fashion. Etsy Dallas is full of amazing artisans of almost any kind of accessory you can think of, and a few you probably couldn't even imagine. Check out these great Etsy Dallas members who fall in our Accessories category!

This yummy knit scarf by Karmacrochet is definitely on my list for fall.

These clips by LaAlicia are wonderful! I love upcycled items that are smart and adorable.

How about an accessory that can keep you warm AND make you look great? I'm in love with these ruffles by ModestAmbition.

What girl doesn't love a flower in her hair? I'm smitten with these adorable clips from SillaSoup.

I love adding some punch & personality with feather fascinators by Tara to the T.

I love a great owl! How about this adorable little pendant from Superchica?

With so many great options for accessories made by the members of Etsy Dallas, there are endless ways to express yourself fashionably!

by Megan of Harrilu

May Category Spotlight: Clothing

Growing up, I watched my mother make beautiful clothing. Tell her what you wanted and voila! She would whip it up. When my children were born I thought I would make cool, funky clothes for them. I bought some great fabric and set out to make a pair of pajama pants for my daughter. It wasn't pretty. It is very hard to put on a pair of pants when the waistband has been sewn shut. I have since decided to leave all things clothing to the experts. And believe me, there are plenty of experts on the Etsy Dallas team!

As a stay-at-home mom / theater teacher, my wardrobe is what can best be described as casual and comfortable. Thank goodness for the team's three "Clothing" crafters: Megan of Harrilu, Summer of Signifying Not Designs, and Dylan of Dowdy Studio. These guys make my dream of living in t-shirts and hoodies possible!

Since I hadn't clued any of these three in on my wardrobe dreams, I couldn't help but wonder: Why t-shirts?

Summer of Signifying Not said she started making t-shirts because she wanted to take the idea of fine art and make something usable with it. "I wanted to make art that could be lived in." Gotta love that!

Dylan Dowdy began screen-printing in late 2007 as something fun and art-related to do at home. The graphic artist spends time in his studio drawing and hand printing tees with the tunes turned up really loud, coffee flowing and loads of fun. "I enjoy the creative freedom I give to myself to do whatever I want each day. Nothing can beat that."

So, it looks like whatever the occasion, Etsy Dallas has your back - well that and your front, part of your arms - covered! (Had you left the job to me I can't gurrantee that would have been the case.)

written by Maggie of Maggie May I

Crafty Sidenote: Many of our Etsy Dallas members cross-categorize. For example, we have a lot of baby, kids and maternity clothing crafters who were spotlighted in March, and our own Tara to the T makes fabulous feather and steampunk accessories in addition to clothing. Every member will be spotlighted throughout the year in their primary category. Enjoy our spotlights and stay tuned to all the great things our members are making and designing!

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Oct 1-4

October Market
The St. Thomas Aquinas Mothers' Association's October Market is a gift show with vendors presenting a unique and wide variety of gift items. Stop on by to see clothing from Harrilu, letterpress designs from Color Box Designs and Letterpress, fun accessories and clothing from Midnight Snack and adorable children’s clothing and accessories form Three Yellow Starfish. In addition to all of the fabulous shopping. All proceeds from the Market benefit the St. Thomas Aquinas Mothers' Association and the charities it supports. Founded in 1961, the St. Thomas Aquinas Mothers' Association (STAMA) is a Catholic organization whose purpose is to aid parents in providing a Catholic home atmosphere for pre-school children.

Date: Saturday, Oct 3rd
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas in Lakewood
More info: click here

24th Annual Art & Crafts Spectacular
This Saturday, Our own very lovely Alicia Colina-Ashby, will be at the 24th Annual Art & Crafts Spectacular selling her amazing paper pouches, bags and accessories. This is an outdoor and indoor show, so be sure not to miss all the artists.

Date: Saturday,Oct 3rd
Ttime: 9am-4pm
Location: Woodhaven Presbyterian Church
Cost: FREE
More info: click here

Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits Music Festival will have awesome music, food, arts and much much more. The SoCo Art Market features art, crafts items, and cool merchandise from Austin’s creative community. Tara to the T will be there selling her handmade accessories and her new fashion line.

Date: Oct 2 - 4, 2009
Location: Zilker Park, Austin, TX
More info: click here

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: July 11-12

Hooray weekend! It's that time again to bust out your pocket calendar and mark yourself down for some great weekend events!

Sizzling Summer Sale - Fort Worth
The Texas Pottery & Sculpture Guild’s biannual Sizzling Summer Sale will be held in Fort Worth on July 10th, 5-9 PM, and July 11th, 10 AM-4 PM, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Participating will be artists from North Texas, featuring functional and decorative artwork. Included in the activities will be a silent auction benefiting TPSG, and the Emergency Artists Support League. And there also will be the raffling of a distinctive tea pot. In addition, on Friday night there will be a special “meet the artists” wine and dessert reception. Come enjoy custom pieces from the Etsy Dallas gal who put this whole show together, Jill of Rimrock View Studio.

Date: Friday, July 10th - Saturday July 11th
Time: (F) 5-9pm, (S) 10-4pm
Location: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street
Cost: FREE!
Website: http://www.blogger.com/www.tpsg.biz

Indie Shop Soiree - Dallas
Ladies, grab a gal pal and your best cocktail dress and head out to the House of Blues for some seriously fun shopping. This incredible shopping weekend provides guests a chance to interact with and purchase the best fashion, accessories & art from the hottest up and coming designers/artists. It's a fun "girly" event with free cocktails, free chocolates, free goodie bags and the opportunity to shop from some amazing Dallas designers with beyond talent.

Etsy Dallas is proud to sponsor this event and we can't wait to go shop from Etsy Dallas members: Alicia Colina Ashby, Dowdy Studio, Three Yellow Starfish and The Plaid Mushroom.

Date: Saturday, July 11th & 12th
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: House of Blues, Dallas
Cost: $15 at the door or in advance
Website: http://www.indieshopsoiree.com/

Renegade Craft Fair - Los Angeles
Over 200 artists are traveling from all over the country and abroad to participate and sell their handmade goods at Renegade Craft Fair – Los Angeles. From clothing and accessories, to stationary and concert posters, with everything from bath products and ceramics in between – there’s surely something for everyone! Be sure to check out their artist page to start working on your wish list.

Etsy Dallas members Tara to the T and Harrilu will be rocking it at the Renegade Craft Fair. You'll get your chance to see Tara to the T's wonderfully handcrafted accessories and Harrilu's amazing screenprinted clothing.

Date: Saturday, July 11th - Sunday, July 12th
Time: 11am-7pm (both days)
Location: California Market Center
Cost: FREE!
Website: http://www.renegadecraft.com/los-angeles?site=la

Posted by: Pamela Michelle

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: Last Chance Giveaway!

Today is your last chance to win free handmade goodies from some fabulous local designers! Hurry hurry, Friday is almost over and so are these incredible steals.

Our friend Ashley Akers and dear Etsy Dallas member Harrilu have teamed up to bring you 2 amazing giveaways. Ashley Akers is hosting a Harilu Giveaway on her blog and Harrilu is featuring an Ashley Akers giveaway on her blog.

Oh, and it's super easy to enter. All you have to do is read the simple directions and drop a comment on their blogs. The winner will be choosen today! So again, HURRY HURRY!!!

Ashley Akers Giveaway on Harilu Blog:
Be the first to own this brand new design from Ashley Akers Jewelry! This coral branch pendant is hand cut from transparent red plexiglass, making it light as air. The pendant hangs from a 16" sterling silver bead chain. Visit the Harrilu blog to enter: http://harrilu.typepad.com/harrilu/2009/06/ashley-akers-givaway-also-checkout-her-blog-for-a-harrilu-givaway.html#comments

Harrilu Giveaway on Ashley Akers Blog
Harrilu hand screen prints their designs using eco-friendly, super soft water based inks. Harrilu tees are printed on the finest quality, 100% cotton tees that are made in the USA.
Visit Ashley Akers blog to win this Teal and White Peonies Tunic.

Posted by Pamela Michelle