handmade holidays

Weekend Guide: October 30th, 31st, and November 1st, 2015

Happy Halloween weekend, everybody! We're back with another Weekend Guide series post that is sure to keep the fun going before and after the epic sugar crash that is Halloween. If you're in the Richardson area this weekend, be sure to hit the JJ Pearce Pacesetter Holiday Bazaar!

Date: Saturday, October 31st, and Sunday, November 1st
Time: Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm
Location; JJ Pearce High School, 1600 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
Participating Etsy Dallas Members:

The 30th annual JJ Pearce Holiday Bazaar will host over 200 vendors, including some non-Etsy Dallas members that will be at the Jingle Bash like Shadow Box Inspirations, April Hiler Designs, and Lemon Glaze

Have fun this weekend, and stay safe!

Save the Date for Jingle Bash 2015!

It's official! Save the date, everybody, for this year's annual Jingle Bash! Kick off your holiday shopping with us at Gilley's Dallas on November 21st from 11 am to 6 pm - it's going to be a blast!

(We know it's a little bit early to be thinking of the holiday season, but we're just SO EXCITED!)

If you're a maker, we're looking for YOU! Applications to show at the Bash will be available around mid-August, so keep an eye out for another blog post announcing the launch. Non-members are encouraged to apply for the show - we're always on the lookout for really great talent!

All the Best,
The Etsy Dallas Team

Oh, happy day!

 The 2012 Shop Hop: The Jammie Bash was our team's way of saying...


We know that you have tons of shopping options available at the holidays...and everyday...and we just wanted to say thanks for loving and shopping handmade!

All of our winning entries have been verified and the eight lucky winners contacted via email. So, if you're one of these lucky folks, check your email!

Adrianne D.
Leslie M.
Dolores T.
Chelsea G.
lynet w.
Colleen L.
Brooke C.
Elizabeth P.

If you're not one of these eight lucky winners, don't worry, we still love you! AND we have lots of exciting things in store for 2013!

So get ready to fall in love with Etsy Dallas all over again...

Holiday Crafts: Around the House Edition

Jenni from Jenni20 Designs gets crafty on the cheap. Here's how inspiration struck her and how you can create your own holiday glitter tinsel wreath with things you already have at home.

You know I've never met a piece of glitter I didn't like. In fact, my favorite colors (aside from the perennial favorites, pink and green) are glitter, plaid, and stripes.

I pulled out a vintage-style swing coat the other day in preparation for a holiday get-together. (Of course, that's before I realized it was going to be 80+ degrees the first weekend of December.) It is a shimmery, creamy, gold and silvery confection and the second I saw it hanging on the back of my bedroom door*, I had this glitter tinsel craft in mind.

Actually, this is a two-for-one tutorial because you can make either of these glittery holiday decorations using the techniques and materials: 1) the giant Christmas ornament 2) the sparkly holiday wreath.

If you're like me, you have a few wire hangers in the back of your closet (I know, cue Mommie Dearest) and an attic and/or garage full of random festive stuff. Add in some scissors and, if you're really industrious, some fancy jewelry making wire shaper thingamajigs, you're all set!

I'm not an actual Mommie Dearest, but I imagine this would be a fun craft to do with kiddos once you've done the prep work and are ready to wrap.

(You can also use variety-store garland. Certain "dollar" establishments around town sell 9ft. of glitter garland for $1. Grab two or three to make the ornament. If you really want to be fancy, a certain Bullseye store sells really plush glitter garland for $6. One package of that will make a really lush wreath.)

Wire hanger (remove the spongy stuff), plier doo-dads, tinsel garland of choice, and a pair of scissors.

There's really no official way to do this. You just bend and wrap. (Cue Elle Woods.)

For the ornament, I suggest bending your hanger into a mostly-round shape (the tinsel covers a multitude of geometrical sins!). For your wreath, you can play around with diamond or square shapes, but I found the traditional round wreath was the look for my door.

Bend the hanger until mostly circular; you can do this with your hands if you don't have fancy pliers. Leave the curved part--this will become your ornament's hanger.

 (My mom said it would be cute to wrap that part in a silver pipe cleaner--I didn't have any on hand.)
I promise it won't look like an acorn when you're finished.

Starting at the top of the circle, tie a loose knot (gently) of garland/tinsel around the wire, and start wrapping. You'll get into a rhythm pretty quickly and find what works best for you. I found that wrapping the tinsel around each edge of the circle before stringing it to the other side kept my tinsel where I wanted it.

You'll have to fuss a bit with it, but it takes almost no time at all to wrap. When you get to the end of your strand of garland, just tie the next strand to the first and keep wrapping. I used 3 packages of bargain-store tinsel, about 27ft. (!) for this little guy. But that was $3, so I thought that a pretty good deal.

To make the wreath, start the same way: tie your tinsel (gently--you don't want to break it) into a knot around the top of the hanger. I left mine on so I could hang it on my wreath hanger, but you can always bend yours down if you want to hang your wreath with a bow.

And then you start wrapping. Instead of going around both sides of the form, you'll just wrap, and wrap, and wrap all the way around. I counted this as a good arm workout.

If you have delicate hands, you might want to consider wearing gloves because
the tinsel can get pretty itchy after a while.

Don't worry about spacing it evenly around the circular form; you can always manipulate the tinsel once it's all wrapped and tied off to get the desired effect or cut off a few feet if you think you've got too much.

But my desired effect was a gloriously bushy, rich, and full wreath that is full of sparkle and pizazz, so I didn't cut one inch off.

I used the entire package of ridiculously full garland ($6 at the Bullseye store) and I love love how it turned out. I'd love to see how yours turns out!

Use skinny garland for a modern, streamlined look. Hang two or three together for even more flash. I'd also love to see one done up in green with a cute ornament hanging down in the middle of the wreath.

People, you have some wire hangers to repurpose!

Please tweet pictures to our Etsy Dallas Twitter account or post to our Team Facebook Page.


*Yes, the hanger was part of the inspiration!

Weekend Guide: December 9 + 10 + 11 + 12

etsy817 Handmade Holidays 

Date: Friday,  Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 12noon-7pm (Friday), 10am-4pm (Saturday)
Location: UTA - Maverick Activities Center (MAC), 500 W. Nedderman Dr., Arlington
More Info:   http://etsy817.blogspot.com/ 

Etsy Dallas Member Participating: childsPLAYdesign

White Rock Local Market 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: The Green Spot, 702 N. Buckner, Dallas
More Info:  http://www.whiterocklocalmarket.com/ 
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Dowdy Studio, La AliciaRegal CottageReGEARED  

AIGA DFW's 1st Annual Creative Flea 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th
Time: 4pm-8pm
Location: Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas
More Info:  http://aigadfw.org/2011/10/25/the-first-annual-creative-flea/ 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

The Pig and the Peacock Trunk Show

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th and Sunday Dec. 11th
Time: 9am-1pm (Saturday) and 11am-2pm (Sunday)
Location: Abundance Boutique at Move Studio, 17062 Preston Rd., Dallas
More Info:  http://movestudio.com/ 
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: The Pig and the Peacock 

Dowdy Studio Wagon at Good 2 Go Taco 

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: Parking lot of Good 2 Go Taco + Goodfriend 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info:  http://dowdystudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/wheres-that-wagon.html
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

PRINT HAPPENING at Oil and Cotton 

Date: Monday, Dec 12th
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: Oil and Cotton 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas
More Info: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=266846413364484&set=a.12491237...
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: Dowdy Studio Wagon