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Daily Discovery: Sunshine Inspired Happiness

The 4th Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash is just a few weeks away! We're beyond excited to share a few of our members' products that have us in the mood for some springy sunshine. Be sure to join us on May 5th to see these sellers and many many more!

1. Small Bicycle Necklace, by Maggie May I 
2. Hand Carved Poster - Good Day, by Honeycomb Print Shop 
3. Cherry Dot Bloomers, by Three Yellow Starfish 
6. Hello Day - 8.5x11 print, by Dowdy Studio 
7. Handmade Shea Butter Soap - Lavendar Mint, by The Pig and the Peacock 
8. E is for Egg Alphabet Art Print, by Paperfingers 
9. Red Iridescent Dragonfly Pendant, by Kessler Craftsman 

This sunshine inspired happiness brought to you today by Christina from Paperfingers.

Weekend Guide: October 21 + 22 + 23

IndieGenius Bazaar and Handmade + Vintage Fashion Show
Date: Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd
Time: Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm; Fashion Show Saturday 5pm  
Location: IndieGenius 409 N. Zang, Dallas
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Participating Etsy Dallas Members: maggie may iRegal CottageReGEARED, Both Hands Studio

Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market 
Date: Friday, October 21st
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pegasus Plaza, at the corner of Main St. and Akard, Dallas
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio

Rough Rider Bazaar 
Date: Saturday, October 22nd 
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Saginaw HS , 800 N Blue Mound Rd, FE, 76131
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: maggie may i

Dowdy Studio Wagon @ Good 2 Go Taco 
Date: Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd
Time: 7am-3pm
Location: Good 2 Go Taco, 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

Texas State Veggie Fair
Date: Sunday, October 23rd
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Winfrey Point @ White Rock Lake, Dallas
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: La Alicia 

Crochet Necklace Workshop with Anne Lawrence
Date: Sunday, October 23rd
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th Street, Dallas
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Modest Ambition

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Participating Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio 

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
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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
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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

Beat the Heat with Some Etsy Dallas Treats

1. Pick a Bloomer by threeyellowstarfish
2. Whooping Crane Limited Edition Print by beethings
3. Crocheted Award Badge by modestambition
4. Persephone Square Button by bonnybeads
5. Large Blue Narwhal by Crochette
6. Whimsical Zipper Flower Brooch by artTdolls
7. Camera Strap Sleeves by fortheloveofjoy
8. Crochet Bow Brooches by SheepishKnitCrochet

Thank you to Anna from For the Love of Joy for sharing these lovely cool picks to beat this sizzling summer heat.

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: May 14 + 15

Homegrown Music and Arts Fest

Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 11am-10pm
Location: Main Street Garden, 1900 Main St., Dallas
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Etsy Dallas Member: Dowdy Studio Wagon

Learn the basics of hyperbolic and free-form crochet enabling you to create your own sculptural crocheted objects in this exciting class taught by Etsy Dallas' own, Anne Lawerence. Hyperbolic crochet is the use of increases to create mathematical models of theoretical forms or those found in nature, such as the crenelations of a lettuce leaf or coral reef.

Date: Sunday, May 15th
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Location: Oil and Cotton 837 W. 7th Street Dallas
Cost: $55 class
More Info: Oil and Cotton
Etsy Dallas Member: Modest Ambition

Date: Sunday, May 15th
Time: Noon-8 pm
Lakewood Village Shopping Center (Gaston & Abrams)
Cost: FREE!
Etsy Dallas Member: Seen Studios

Spring has Sprung!

After a weird and wonderful winter, Spring has finally arrived. Here are some ideas to help you get into the groove of the season - in acrostic form, of course!

Sunshine Get outside and enjoy the moderate temperature combined with the longer days – more chances for rays!

Prune Take care of dead winter branches and prepare for new buds about to pop.

Road Trip Wanderlust and wildflowers meet in East Texas.

Invest in a new pair of outdoor shoes for walking, running, hiking and biking.

Nest Spruce up your indoor life with new throw pillows, a new piece of art, new paint, or just rearrange the furniture to freshen up a room.

Garage Sale Time to declutter, destash, and dejunkify while trolling other people’s trash for your new treasures.


Sunscreen Did I mention going outside already?

Pretty Pastel florals on light spring dresses are so appealing.

Rituals Spring cleaning, finally putting away the winter clothes, firing up the grill for the first time - we all have our own ways of marking the change in seasons.

Utilize Tap into your crafty skills with fresh new spring projects. I’ve been sewing spring aprons for friends and nieces – a challenge for me!

Negotiate Find time for yourself to recharge, whether that means meeting up with best friends or scoring some solo time.

Get Up and Go! Spring just makes you feel good.

And don't forget to jump into spring at the 2nd Annual Spring Bash on May 1 featuring 60 artists and crafters from Dallas (and beyond! - Austin, Oklahoma, and Minnesota).
by Anne of Modest Ambition

DIY Valentine: Love Letter Tutorial

You, as a crafter extraordinaire, have the card covered, but when it comes to putting pen to paper, you end up with a giant ink blob. If you have trouble writing the actual love letter that goes inside your intricately cut paper heart card, this is the DIY tutorial for you. Think of it as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” meets “Mad Libs” for love. You can customize and make it as quirky-funny or as romantic as you want.

Let’s start with deciding what kind of relationship you’re in.

A. Serious – hubby/wifey-type relationship
B. Semi-serious – boyfriend/girlfriend
C. New love – puppy love beginnings

Option A. Serious

Dearest (nickname),

Ever since I first met you (date and where), I knew that you were the one for me.

I think back to our first date at (location and year) and our first kiss (location and year).

This time of year reminds me how much I (favorite loving word, ex: treasure, cherish, value) your love, friendship and support.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Always,
(Your nickname)

Option B. Semi-Serious

Dearest (nickname),

I can’t believe that it’s been (length of time) since we first started dating.

When I look into your (color) eyes, I see such kindness and warmth.

All the (favorite candy or food, ex: chocolate filled heart-shaped boxes) in the world couldn’t express how much you mean to me.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Your nickname)

Option C. New Love

Dearest (nickname),

I’m so excited about spending more time getting to know you and going (what do you have in common that you do together? ex: biking) with you!

Thank you for making our (first or second) Valentine’s special by spending it with me.
You are as sweet as (favorite candy) to me!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Your nickname)

Written and illustrated by Anne/modestambition

We Have a Winner!

Mega super duper sweet congrats to Hannah from Fort Worth, Texas! She is the winner of the Etsy Dallas 2nd Birthday giveaway, organized by Patricia of Karmacrochet.

Hannah commented that her favorite items were the beautiful crochet designs by giveaway participant Anne of Modest Ambition. Anne donated two crocheted button pins to the big basket of goodies.

Hannah will receive everything listed HERE. What a lucky gal!

posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs

Member Spotlight: Modest Ambition

Ever since Anne of Modest Ambition joined Etsy Dallas back on Valentine's Day (oh so sweet!), I've admired her warm and colorful crocheted designs. Her shawls, hats, and bookmarks remind me of the classic and charming items I drool over during my weekly visits to Anthropologie.

The beauty of her items is that you don't have to wait for a cold autumn breeze to come your way to enjoy them. Mark your favorite Jane Austen passage with one of Anne's bookmarks, throw one of her capelets on top of a summer dress, or simply plan ahead for the approaching cool months with her cute Little Red Riding Hood cap. Either way, you're sure to feel pretty in a Modest Ambition creation.

posted by Stephanie/Tefi Designs