Sponsor Spotlight: K8 Made

Get excited – the Jingle Bash is quickly approaching! We have some fantastic sponsors, and one of this year’s returning sponsors is K8 Made, who makes really gorgeous bags and accessories. I can’t wait to see what new things she brings!

I know that this Navy Nautical Tote will be a big hit:

And this floral clutch is so cute!

Follow Kate on Instagram and Twitter to see behind-the-scenes action and previews of products she will be selling at the Bash at Gilley's Dallas on November 21st from 11 am to 6 pm.


We will be posting artist previews and other information on our blog, Facebook page, and Instagram account, so make sure you're following us for up-to-the-date information. We will be using the hashtags #etsydallas and #2015JingleBash for all event posts, so follow along!

Sponsor Spotlight: K8 Made

I don't know about you, but I'm getting seriously excited for this year's Etsy Dallas Spring Bash! There are SO MANY excellent artists who will be there, and I know I will be bringing my wallet to buy from fellow sellers when the show is over!

One of these sellers is K8 Made, who is one of this year's sponsors! I've loved Kate's creations for a long time, and I can't wait to support her at this year's Bash.

Kate Alfermann, owner and designer of K8 Made, creates gorgeous, modern accessories. Most prominent are her clutches, which are just beautiful. I've been eyeing this sparkly number for a while. And as anyone who knows me can attest, the sparlklier, the better!

And this Teal Chiffon Clutch is just gorgeous. A friend bought one at the Jingle Bash as a gift and the receiver was smitten!

If you're looking for something more casual, this wristlet is just the ticket. The Navajo fabric is fun, and so great for spring!

Follow Kate on Instagram and Twitter to see behind-the-scenes action and previews of products she will be selling at the Bash. You might even catch a glimpse of the custom work she's done for lucky bridal parties!

Come and see K8 Made in person at the Southside Events Center at Gilley's Dallas on May 2nd from 11 am to 6 pm. Make sure to bring a reusable tote to haul all of your new goodies home! We can't wait to see you!

We will be posting artist previews and other information on our blogFacebook page, and Instagram account, so make sure you're following us for up-to-the-date information. We will be using the hashtags #etsydallas and #2015springbash for all event posts, so check us out!

Sponsor Spotlight: K8made

We are thrilled to have Kate of K8made as a sponsor of the 2014 Jingle Bash. The holidays are almost here, and we know lots of ladies who would love to find one of Kate's beautiful pieces under the tree.
K8made bags are sold in boutiques across the country and are especially popular for bridal parties and brides. 

She is also a big supporter of independent artists. She loves to buy handmade when shopping for gifts for friends and family. “When you buy handmade, you’re guaranteed to get a unique product that was made with care and purpose,” Kate said. 
We couldn’t agree more. You can follow K8made on Instagram and Twitter for behind-the-scenes scoops on Kate's upcoming projects. And be sure to visit the K8made booth at the Jingle Bash on November 15, 2014.

Sponsor Spotlight: K8made

We just adore the stunning clutches from K8made, and we are so excited to have our own Kate as a sponsor of the Spring Bash. Mother’s Day is coming up and we know lots of moms who would love to rock one of these exquisite clutches.


K8made bags are sold in boutiques across the country and are especially popular for bridal parties and brides. 


We caught up with Kate for a quick chat about the handmade shows…

“I believe the bash is one of the best handmade shows in the Dallas area,” Kate said. “As part of the team, I enjoy doing what I can to help make the event a success for everyone.”

Kate said the bash provides a great opportunity for local artists to interact with the community and to share their work with a much larger audience. “This can be instrumental in furthering the handmade movement and each individual artist’s business,” she said.

She is also a big supporter of independent artists. She loves to buy handmade when shopping for gifts for friends and family. “When you buy handmade, you’re guaranteed to get a unique product that was made with care and purpose,” Kate said. “When you shop at the Spring Bash, you’ll never be disappointed.”

We couldn’t agree more. Be sure to visit the K8made booth at the Spring Bash on April 26, 2014.

Sponsor Spotlight: K8 made

Chances are, if you have a woman under 104 on your list to buy for this holiday season, she'll love a K8 made original. Oh, and if you have a dapper dude to buy for, there's a line of bow ties that is sure to delight!

From cute clutches that can double as an iPad case to stunningly elegant evening bags, every K8made piece is not only attractive but also well made. (Those in the know will appreciate her meticulous crafting--each bag is lined with interfacing and the stress points are triple stitched.)

Kate has a bit of a cult following in Dallas (and beyond--she ships her items to several boutiques across the country), especially among the bride-to-be set. Her custom silk clutch with a bow was even featured recently by Etsy. And brides can customize each bag to each bridesmaids' preferences.

And yes, full disclosure, we love Kate and K8 made because she is one of our own, but I also have purchased one of her bags and I get compliments on it each time I carry it. One day, darn it, I'm going to go somewhere fancy enough for one of the magenta dupioni clutches!

The K8 made booth will be inside Walker's Workshop at The Jingle Bash on November 23, 2013. Stop by The Shops at Park Lane and spoil yourself or someone you love with a K8 made original.

Pop-up Shop at Pouf

Our long-time Team Etsy Dallas fans will remember distinguished alumna, Maryam, the creative force behind the lifestyle blog and shop Pamplemousse1983. She’s recently put her blog on hiatus, and closed her cutie pie Etsy shop some time ago, but she hasn’t been sitting idle, that’s for sure.

Together with her business partner Nas, Maryam opened Pouf at the end of April. Pouf is Mockingbird Station’s best blowout spot—and I daresay the best in Dallas. This jewel box blowout salon is so luscious it makes you want to move right in or at least schedule a weekly appointment. It’s luxurious, stylish, and locally owned: three of our favorite words here at Etsy Dallas.

So when Maryam contacted us about hosting a Pop-up Shop at Pouf, we said yes so fast our perfectly-coiffed tresses shook. (Okay, when she called, our tresses were not perfectly coiffed, but they will be when you see us next because we booked an appointment ASAP.)

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 3-7pm, Pouf and Etsy Dallas are hosting a Pop-Up Shop featuring five Etsy Dallas artists, carefully curated by Maryam to reflect the vibrancy of her Pouf clients.

Pouf Blowout Salon

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday and pop in for some shopping and maybe some ‘do la la! Check back tomorrow for feature on the five Etsy Dallas artists who'll be joining us on Saturday (K8 Made, The Freckled Chicken, YLK Photography, estieMade, and Silla Soup). 

You'll look fabulous, dahling! 

Weekend Guide: May 23 + 24 + 25

Etsy Handmade Gifts and Mini Market

Date: May 23rd
Time: 6-8pm
Location: West Elm at Mockingbird Station, 5307 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
More Info: Mockingbird Station website
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: K8made, Two Clay Hands

Pegasus Plaza Market

Date: Friday, May 24th
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Main & Akard, Downtown Dallas 
More Info: http://deepellummarket.com/pegasus-plaza-outdoor-market.html
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Farmers Branch Liberty Fest

Date: Saturday, May 25th
Time: 12-9pm
Location: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch 
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Regal Cottage

Daily Discoveries: tribal trends

We are in the middle of a major tribal craze and everyone wants in on the action.  With fun geometric prints, arrows, and teepees, who wouldn't? Check out these awesome tribal items available from Etsy Dallas Spring Bash vendors!

(from left to right)
bottom row: feather tee // feather bobby pin // teepees //
(Discoveries by Meredith of childHOODS.) 

Gift Guide: Loveliest Wishes

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's time to think about your sweeties. Today, Regina from Regal Cottage shares her loveliest wish list from the Etsy Dallas team. Hope her lovey dovey is tuned in...

Cotton and Linen Clutch by K8made
Love Parasol by DCimaginations
Heart Pocket Planter by Both Hands Studio
Violet Geode Slice Necklace by estieMade

Weekend Guide: December 7 + 8 + 9

Pegasus Plaza Market

Date: Friday, Dec. 7th
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: Main & Akard in Downtown Dallas, TX
More Info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pegasus-Plaza-Outdoor-Market/218742588189295?fref=ts
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio

Happy Holidays Gift Market

Date: Friday, Dec. 7th and Saturday, Dec. 8th
Time: Friday, Noon-7pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman, Dr., Arlington
Etsy Dallas Member Participating: DCimaginations

White Rock Local Holiday Market

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8th
Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: 702 N Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218
More Info: http://www.whiterocklocalmarket.com
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio, ReGEARED

Jingle Bells Bazaar on Bishop

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8th
Time: 11am-8pm
Location: Bishop Arts District, N. Bishop Ave. and W. Davis St.,  Dallas
More Info: http://makeitindiegenius.com/urban-street-bazaar/
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: K8Made, Regal Cottage

Hometown Glory

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8th
Time: 9pm
Location: 2720 Elm Street, Dallas, TX.
More Info: http://centraltrack.com/Culture/2792/Hometown-Glory/Celebrate-Local-Fashion-Art-and-Music-at-Central-Tracks-Next-Awesome-Party
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio

Weekend Guide: November 17 + 18

Backyard Boutique
Date: Nov. 17th
Time: 1-5pm
Location: 9908 Gooding Drive, Dallas
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: 75 Apparel, Christie Cone Ceramics, and K8made

City Lights
Date: Nov. 17th
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Main Street, Dallas
More Info: http://www.downtowndallas.org/Dallas_City_Lights_2012/
Etsy Dallas Members Participating: Regal Cottage, Dowdy Studio

Cliff Fest 
Date: Sunday, Nov. 18th 
Time: Noon - 6pm 
Location: Bishop Arts District on 400 block of N. Bishop Ave, Dallas 
More Info: http://www.gooakcliff.org 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio

Weekend Guide: September 22nd + September 23rd

Two Art Studios*One Party 
Date: Saturday, Sept 22nd
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Location: Dowdy Studio & Napkin Art Studio - 10025 Garland Rd #G & #H
More Info: Dowdy Studio Blog
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy Studio, Napkin Art Studio 

Dallas Handmade Arts Market 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 22nd and Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 10am-7pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday
Location: 327 Cole St, Dallas
More Info: http://www.dallashandmade.com
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Pamplemousse1983 

Munger Place Days Home Tour 2012 

Date: Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 12-6pm
Location: 4900 Tremont Street, Dallas. See this helpful Map.
More Info: http://www.mungerplace.com/tour_2012.html
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: K8made, Butter

The Queen is my Hero

Queen Elizabeth proved to the world that she does indeed have a keen sense of humor when she "dropped in" to the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony by parachute!

Here are a few Her Majesty-inspired picks from Etsy Dallas:

Retro Floral Envelope Clutch by K8Made

Keep Calm and Carry On Notebook by MadeByRori

Shade of Purple Bunting by Three Yellow Starfish
Dainty Lace Cuff by estieMade

Crochet Teacup Ornament by Sheepish Knit Crochet

Vintage Scarf Pillow by Butter Design Lab

Be Courageous Letterpress Art Print by Honeycomb Print Shop
Three Cheers for the Queen!

Daily Discovery: Gift Ideas for Mom

Hello everyone! I'm Kelly from Local Honey. I blog over here. I'm excited to share with you today some wonderful gift ideas for your mama!

Don't forget Mother's Day (May 13th) will be here before you know it. Don't get Mom that same scented candle and picture frame set you buy her every year. If you want to get her something really special then look no further because these items are all handmade... and what's more unique than a handmade gift?!

If you want to see these awesome items in person, you're in luck! All of these artists (and more!) will be at the Handmade Bash on May 5th selling their goods! If you can't make it to the Bash, be sure to stop by their shops in the links below!

1 // "Mother" Periodic Table Apron by Yellow Bug Boutique - $27
2 // Napkin Set (made from vintage fabric!) by BUTTER Design Lab - $14
3 // Clutches by K8 Made - $40
4 // Lace Embossed Ceramics by Both Hands Studio
5 // Handmade Soap by The Pig and The Peacock - $5
6 // Pair of Orange & Purple Mugs by Two Clay Hands - $45
7 // "Double Vision" Owl Print by Dowdy Studio
8 // Earrings by The Mossy Fox
9 // Capri Blue Teardrop Necklace by Northern Roots
10 // Soap Dish by Christie Cone Ceramics

Weekend Guide: October 14 + 15 + 16 + 17

Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market 
Date: Friday, October 14th
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pegasus Plaza, at the corner of Main St. and Akard, Dallas
More Info: http://www.deepellummarket.com/pegasus-plaza-outdoor-market.html
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Cowtown Indie Bazaar 
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Will Rogers Memorial Complex, Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Ft. Worth
More Info:  http://www.COWTOWNINDIEBAZAAR.com/
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: K8Made, maggie may i,  Modest Ambition, Regal Cottage

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market 
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Deep Ellum, 2820 Indianna Blvd, Dallas
More Info: http://www.deepellummarket.com/
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Dowdy Studio Wagon @ Good 2 Go Taco 
Date: Sunday, October 16th
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: Good 2 Go Taco, 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info: http://dowdystudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/wheres-that-wagon.html 

Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Dowdy Studio Wagon @ Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House's Grand Opening 
Date: Monday, October 17th
Time: 4pm-9pm
Location: Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House, 1148 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info: http://dowdystudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/wheres-that-wagon.html
Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Don't Miss This: Sit Down to Stand Up for Kids

You definitely don't want to miss out on this! Thursday night, Etsy Dallas is throwing a shindig for charity! We invite you to come party with us, and help raise money for a great cause. Sit Down to Stand Up for Kids: Little Chairs for a Big Cause is Etsy Dallas' first ever charity-spotlight event benefiting Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC), a non-profit agency serving abused children in Dallas County. 

During this event, guests will have a chance to bid in a silent auction, and maybe, if you're lucky, you can take one of these handmade, uniquely decorated small chairs home.  

See What You Can See by K8Made
Each chair has been transformed by a member of the Etsy Dallas team in their own unique style, using a myriad of materials and techniques. 

Eggs Over Easy Chair by Midnight Snack
Whatever your style, you are sure to find something that will amaze and delight you. 

Adventure Awaits by maggie may i
While browsing these, and many more, creatively designed and decorated chairs, enjoy free food, drinks, music and great company. Admission is free, but voluntary charitable donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC). 
If you like, you can RSVP on the Facebook page for this event. An RSVP is appreciated, but not required.  See you there! 

Weekend Guide: September 24 + 25

Date: Saturday, September 24th 
Time: 9am-4pm 
Location: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: Dowdy StudioModest AmbitionThe Paper Nest Co.

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Trietsch Memorial Methodist Church, Flower Mound
More Info: http://www.tmumc.org/ministries_womens_fallonthemound.htm
Participating Etsy Dallas Members: K8made, maggie may i 

Tacos and Tees + much more! See you there, friends! 

Date: Sunday, September 25th 
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
More Info: http://dowdystudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/wheres-that-wagon.html

Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio Wagon 

Weekend Guide August 20 + 21

Babytique Grand Opening Showcase

Date: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: Babytique, 5211 Forest Lane, Dallas
Cost: Free

Trend Spot: Yellow & Gray

You don't have to be in the design world to know what the hot hopping color trend is right now. Here's some amazing eye candy to satisfy your "yellow and gray" cravings from Etsy Dallas.


Thanks to Anna Joy of For the Love of Joy for sharing this trend spotlight.