Weekend Guide: December 15 + 16

Making the Holidays

Date: Saturday, Dec. 15th
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Bookmarks Library inside NorthPark Center, Dallas
More Info: Bookmarks blog

 Dowdy Studio & Napkin Art Studio Party 

Date: Saturday, Dec 15th
Time: 4-9pm
Location: 10025 Garland Rd, Dallas
More Info: Dowdy Studio blog
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio, Napkin Art Studio

And...be sure to enter our giveaway, the Jammie Bash!

Twitter Throwdown: A Crafty Challenge

In case you missed it, we had quite an exciting crafty challenge on twitter the other day. It all began like this:
@DowdyStudio accepted that challenge, improvised on supplies, and came up with this twitterific beauty:
Next, @Ferrochie threw his hat...um, no, wallet into the ring. It has a place for everything
and is oh, so eco-chic!

And then, I had to get into the action with a comical party bunting:
As always, you can count on Etsy Dallas to keep crafting fun! Be sure to follow @EtsyDallas so you won't miss one minute of all our crafty happenings. I, personally, can't wait to see what Jenni, our Chief Twitter Officer comes up with next. We would love to have you join us in our next Crafty Challenge!

Daily Discoveries: Homeward Bound

So you've finally gotten through spring cleaning... now it's time to spruce up the place! Check out these picks from Etsy Dallas Spring Bash artists, and start making some room in your house!

Clockwise from top left: Wave Candleholder by Ferrochie, Vintage Salvaged Wood Shelf by Good Time Junkin, Josie Side Chair by BUTTER, New Belgium Meets Bike Magnet by ReGeared, Joy Tumblers by Christie Cone Ceramics.

Show and Tell: Brodie and David

Since school has kicked back in and summer is changing into fall (well for at least this week), we over here at Etsy Dallas thought it would be fun to do a little Show + Tell about our summers. So everyone gather around and sit in a circle on the floor and let's see to what Brodie and David did during their summers.

Meet Brodie (below). Brodie is the feline friend of talented Etsy Dallas member, Jingle Bash artist and illustrator Chet Phillips. This summer Brodie kept a diary of his wild summer adventures.

What I did on my summer vacation by Brodie Phillips a.k.a. ChetArt mascot


Despite warmish temperatures, I was indeed capable of a healthy dose of outdoor naps throughout June, replete in my owner-fashioned swing with pillow accessory. Neighborhood dogs kept barking to a minimum and my sister, Lily, gratefully kept her distance.


Summer heat persists, requiring inventive nap techniques. The monkey grass provides a small amount of relief and the appropriate privacy needed to escape Lily's constant demands. I'm sure it will grow back properly with time. Ignorant neighborhood dogs continue to bark at cicadas, to little effect in calming their maddening cellophane drone.


With continuous temperatures in the triple digits and a heat index that would melt paint off the side of the house, I grudgingly retreat to the cooler environment of the house. My attempts to sleep are continually interrupted by Lily's requests to play the games "name that bird" and "what's that squirrel doing now?"

What I did this summer with David of Ferrochie

David, the master designer of wood, used his weapons of choice this summer to create an oversized collection of chess pieces for his shop. We hear the Bishop is still a work in progress, but with all that detail on the Knight, we don't blame him.

You can find the Pawn in the Ferrochie Etsy shop, and see them in person and meet David at the Jingle Bash on November 20th at the Palladium in Dallas,TX.

Category Spotlight: Home Goods

It's official: Etsy Dallas is chock-full of local talent! Take a look at our members in the Home Goods category, and you'll see what I mean:

A new member to Etsy Dallas, David of Ferrochie uses the craft of woodworking to create gorgeous chandeliers, candle holders and accents like large chess pieces. Pawn to queen four!

Weapons of choice: wood lathe, scroll saw

Online: http://www.blogger.com/www.ferrochie.com

And catch David selling his woodwork creations at local Scottish and gaelic festivals in the north Texas area.

Jane Joss
Sisters-in-law Alyssa and Joslyn craft gorgeous fabric leaf bundles and bouquets that put any Michael's silk floral arrangement to shame. Their look is fresh and inviting with a sharp attention to detail in every stitched leaf.

Weapons of choice: sewing machine, pinking shears


laura davis/design lab
Furniture designer by day, embroidery maven by night! Laura uses vintage fabric and objects to create gorgeously fresh home decor like pillows, lamps and cake stands. You're going to want to clear a spot on your couch for this pillow.

Weapons of choice: bandsaw, staple gun, sewing machine

Online: http://www.blogger.com/www.lbd340.etsy.com

Midnight Snack
If embroidered pillows made with vintage linens aren't your thing, how about a big juicy T-bone to rest your head on? If meat's not your thing, how about a huge donut? Yum.

Weapon of choice: upholstery needle + thread

Online: http://www.blogger.com/www.midnightsnack.etsy.com.

One-Up Designs
Spruce up your walls - not with paint, not with paper - with a vinyl decal from One Up! The man behind the scenes, one James Partch, uses modern style to create a solution to boring surfaces everywhere - walls, laptops, even your face. Stick one up!

Weapon of choice: Illustrator

Online: http://www.blogger.com/www.oneupdesigns.etsy.com.

Check out a couple of pottery artists in our group - Both Hands Studio and Rimrock View Studio - who also make some gorgeous home decor. They will be featured in a separate "Pottery" category spotlight next month!

written by Stephanie Hindall, a.k.a. tefi