handmade holiday

{Sponsor Spotlight} Etsy, Inc. partners with Etsy Dallas for 2018 Jingle Bash

We are so honored and excited to have Etsy, Inc. as an official sponsor for the 2018 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Many of our Jingle Bash artists can be found on Etsy.

With 2 million active sellers and shops in nearly every country in the world, Etsy’s mission is to keep human connection at the heart of commerce. Etsy works to make a positive impact on the community, environment and the global economy. We are excited to partner with Etsy for the 2018 Jingle Bash, and to work toward our mission to promote the handmade movement in the greater Dallas area and beyond. 

Please join us in sending a huge thank you to Etsy for supporting the Bash and for helping our nonprofit achieve its goals and continue to put on premier art and craft shows in Dallas. We’ll see y’all at the Bash! 


Shop from over 100 artists offering unique handmade wares at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bashfrom 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! 

Weekend Guide Dec 18th - Dec 20th

It's Friyay! Plan to do some last minute shopping this weekend? Here's what you need to know to shop for great handmade gifts this weekend! 

Downtown Wanderland Park It Pop Ups
Date: Saturday Dec 19th and 20th
Time: Satruday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Location: Pegasus Plaza, 1500 Main Street, Dallas 75201
More Info
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: 
 Regal Cottage 

Bring your furry friends and stop by the Snackin' Waggin to pick up treats for you dog too! 

While you are downtown, go ahead and stop by Little D's Market and make it a day of handmade shopping!

Little Downtown Holiday Market
Date: Friday Dec 18th and 19th 
Time: Friday 5-10pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Location: Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street, Dallas TX 75201

Come out for hot mulled wine, baked goods, live music and dozens of local vendors!

Weekend Guide Dec 4th-5th

Happy Friday! We have two handmade events for this weeks Weekend Guide. See below for where you can find some of our team members over the next few days!  

Holiday Open House and Gallery Reception
Date: Friday Dec 4th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: North Haven Gardens 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas TX 75230
Participating Etsy Dallas Members:

In addition to shopping with local artisans, enjoy a glass of wine and sample flavors from the menu of the upcoming Cafe at NHG. Stroll through the gallery and stop by the Animal Rescue of Texas' Angel tree too! There will also be a pop-up DIY class at 5:30 where you can learn to make seasonal decor.

Move Studio Abundance Boutique Trunk Show
Date: Saturday Dec 5th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Move Studio 17062 Preston Rd Suite 108, Dallas TX 75248
More Info
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: 
 Kathleen Care Jewelry 
The Abundance Boutique also carries handmade items by several other Etsy Dallas members!

Ultimate Girls Night Out
Date: Wednesday Dec 9th
Time: 7-10pm
Location: Dallas Palms 2424 Marsh Ln, Dallas TX 75006
More Info
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: 
Whipped Up Wonderful 
Entry is free but please bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots!

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 etsy.com 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 etsy.com 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 etsy.com 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 etsy.com 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: http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2012/etsy-gift-cards-are-here/

(Almost) Instant Gift-Wrap

(Almost) Instant Gift-Wrap: a festive tutorial brought to you by Jenni of Jenni20 Designs

Poms are everywhere right now--and with good reason.  They're awesome!  This tutorial will teach you how to make awesome mini poms to adorn an array of holiday awesomeness, from trimming the tree, to wrapping gifts, to frosting yourself.

about 3 or 4 yards of yarn
a pair of scissors
a business card
manual dexterity
about 45 seconds to make the pompom
a gift to wrap
and someone to give it to. 

There are quite a few methods of pompom making, but the business-card pompom is my favorite because I love the size of pom you get—and everyone has a business card hanging around. 

Here’s how to make magic happen:

1.      Cut about 6” of yarn off your skein and set aside. 

2.      If you’d like to use some yarn to wrap your gift, measure out an arm’s length or so to set aside. 

3.      Wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap the long piece of yarn around the height of the business card (this will give you a cute mini size pom—about an inch when all is said and done.)  The more you wrap, the fuller your finished pompom will be. 

4.      Once you’ve wrapped all the yarn around the card, gingerly slide the loops off the business card. (I typically let the 6" piece keep it all together so it doesn't unravel when I'm sliding it off, but this is optional.)

5.      Take the 6” piece of yarn and tie it in the middle of the loop bundle.  I suggest tying multiple knots just to make sure everything stays in place.  A word of warning, don’t pull too hard or you run the risk of snapping the delicate yarn fibers.  Mom’s square knot (left over right, right over left) is a good one here. 

6.      Once your loop bundle is secure, take your scissors and snip the loops. 

7.      Give your pom a little shake; shape it if you want, maybe give it another little hair cut and voila!

8.      Use the 6” tie to attach your pompom to the gift wrap and give your charming package with pride.    

What else can you do with your pompom? (And, let’s be clear, there are those among us who insist it is spelled pompon.) 

Attach a safety pin to the back and wear it as a festive brooch (bonus points if you take a cheesy mirror picture after a long day at work and a hard workout).

Bobby pin it to your head and wear it as a charming hair ornament—on the side a la Frida or as a sassy ponytail pretty. 

Want more craft ideas?
Click on this tutorial like and make an array of poms and adorn a wreath, make a festive garland, festoon your roller skates.
Or how about this fun floral project?
a vase of pom flowers via
 Let's not forget the sassy scarf of poms:

This tutorial originally published at All Things Fabulous.