Coming up just in time for gift-giving season is Funky Finds’ handmade extravaganza: The Experience. This 2-day indoor event in Fort Worth, TX will showcase the work of over 130 talented artisans to purchase, including hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home dècor and much more.
The Trinity High School Craft Fair has been in existence for 20 years. It is unique in that it combines both indoor and outdoor booths and features entrainment by Trinity's award winning show choir, Harmony.
I love the book Happy Kitty Bunny Pony! It's filled with cute delightful images to turn any bad day into an explosion of happiness. I found a copy at the local discount book store at a really affordable rate, so I decided I'd have my fun with it. And what better than to plaster some happiness on my blank bathroom wall. This was an cheap easy and fun project that I want to share with you, So grab your art project hat and get to creating! yay!
Materials: 1. Picture Book that you don't mind destroying 2. a bunch of frames, different sizes and styles(thrift store finds are great. My most expensive one was $1) 3. Paint 4. Scissors
I started by arranging my frames on the floor to get the perfect arrangement. I made sure most of them were touching another frame to give the illusion that this was one big piece of art. Then once that was set, I chose a color pallet that went along with the bright happy colors in the book. Some of the frames I left their original color, but others I spray painted. Be sure you take out the glass from the frame before spray painting (I'm reminding you, because sometimes I make this mistake, oops).
Then once it's all dry, take your picture book and cut out your favorite images to fit in the frames. Most times frames have a cardboard insert that you can use as a sizing guide when cutting out your images.
When you're finished pop in all those pics and get to hanging!!!! And add that super fun to any room in your house!
Big thanks to Heather of design roots for getting our official Jingle Bash poster printed and delivered. With her precious little 3-month-old ball of wonder in tow, Heather dropped off a pack of 11x7 posters (designed by artist and Bash co-organizer, Pamela Michelle) and I screamed for joy when I saw how beautifully they turned out. High fives all around!
*ATTENTION LOCAL SHOP OWNERS* Want to show your support for local art and craft talent? Then why not hang our poster in your shop window. Contact us for more details. And thanks!
posted by Stephanie of Tefi Designs (the other Bash organizer)
Come by for an exciting night featuring incredible clothing and accessories by Etsy Dallas member anddesigner Tara Tonini. Check out her latest styles while sipping on a refreshing Sake2me cocktail and mingling to some retro tunes.
Enju trunk Show Enju is designed by Julie McCullough Kim of Make Shop & Studio in Dallas, TX.
Her first line of handbags was developed in 2005 and clothing followed in 2007. She is a self-taught independent designer that works to promote independence in local production & responsible design. Enju will also be one of the many vendors showing at the Jingle Bash, November 21st.
Art With A Cause is an art show benefitting Contact Crisis hosted at Times Ten Cellars in Dallas. This show is open to the public with free admission and free parking, a silent auction and a cash wine bar and complimentary hors d'ouevres. The Kessler Craftsman will be showing his glass and metal works at the Art With A Cause event.
Ahoy Matey! West End's 2009 Block Party Series continues with the 1st Annual Party Like a Pirate: Island Party in the West End. The FREE block party will feature Pirate performingimpromptu on the streets of West End, island and beach music, artists, including Pamela Michelle, Dowdy Studio and Enju, and great food. Everyone is invited to dress like a pirate and be a part of the show. The event benefits West End Charities (www.westendcharities.com).
Date: Sat, Sept 19th
Location: West End’s Market Street (Ross Ave. to Munger)
We Make Stuff...music, art, & fashion show presented by Electric Promotions will be bursting at the handmade seams. Stop by the Team Etsy Austin booth to get your own, “I make stuff” t-shirt & take part in the DIY fun with make n' take projects from the fabulous ladies at The WonderCraft. Continue with the making and screen your own shirt design with new screen shop, Under Pressure. Tara to the T will be there selling her amazing accessories along with other tallented artists and crafters. This is a do not miss event if you're in Austin, so do see their website for even more fun going on at We Make Stuff.
Hooray for the weekend! Most students started school this week, which means this is the first weekend of freedom. Well students and ex-students, let's grab some friends and go have some fun this weekend!
Hello weekend! I cannot wait for you to get here and grace Dallas with your presence. This weekend we get to enjoy the music and arts event that is Sons Stock and go shopping for indie discounts at Make Studio.
Sons Stock - Dallas Sons Stock is a yearly event held at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum. Yes, this is the same venue the Jingle Bash will be held at later in the year (mark those calendars, *wink). Sons Stock 2009 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and benefits the Sons Of Hermann Columbia Lodge # 66.
The Halls will be filled with music, food, drinks and amazing art. A great event to bring the whole family to. Artists and crafters will be on site selling their goods, including the artwork of Sons of Hermann Hall members, rare records, posters, signs, tie-dye goods, woodwork, pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and much more. A couple of our Etsy Dallas artists will be showcasing and selling their handmade goods during the event. Please stop by anytime before 9 and say hello to The Kessler Craftsman (above) and The Pig and the Peacock (below)Date: Saturday, August 15th Location: Sons of Hermann Hall, Deep Ellum, 3414 Elm St. Dallas, TX Time: 10AM - Midnight Web address: http://www.sonsofhermann.com/sohh_calendar.htm Cost: FREE!!!
Free Shipping Sales: July 18-19 We had so much fun with our last free shipping event, that we decided to do it again! This time we decided to cast away our shipping fees for the weekend and board the free shipping boat. This is gonna be like one big boat party where we'll be touring all these fine Etsy Dallas members' shops. Each one has something amazing to bring to our seaward adventure.
The Plaid Mushroom First to board our Free Shipping boat tour is The Plaid Mushroom. This shop offers quality handmade lipbalms perfumes, and lotions made from scratch with no bases, so you can completely indulge yourself. Items purchased between July 16 and 19th will receive FREE SHIPPING! See The Plaid Mushroom's Etsy Shop for more details.
Laura Davis Design Lab Our next stop on the Free Shipping boat tour is Laura Davis Design Lab. Here you can find one of a kind embroidered pillows and repurposed vintage dinnerware for your empty tables and couches.
Banana Showcase Hope you are planning on packing a lunch and some sunscreen for this fun boat ride. If you are you can find some really great bags at Banana Showcase to store all your extreme adventure supplies for the boat trip, or for everyday. Get free shipping until midnight on Sunday at Banana Showcase.
Pamela Michelle As we reach Pamela Michelle's shop, we can indulge in her nature inspired wooden pendants, handmade art necklaces and original art prints. There's nothing like getting a little natural site seeing done on a free shipping boat tour. All item in Pamela Michelle's shop are free of any shipping charges to the US and Canada.
Dowdy Studio Let's row on over to our favorite men's clothing shop, Dowdy Studio. These music inspired hand drawn illustrations will add some much needed audible flavor to our boat tour. Dowdy Studio is offering free shipping to the US and Canada through Sunday at midnight.
Tefi Designs If you dressed for this boat tour, then you can easily grab yourself some beautiful summery jewelry from Tefi Designs. This designer knows how to attract attention with color, and what girl doesn't want that when she's on the Free Shippng boat? Tefi Designs is offering free shipping on her fabric pendants and fuzzy ball necklaces until the endo of July, so if you miss out this weekend, you still have time to snag one of these beauties.
Design Roots And last on the tour, but certianly not least is Design Roots. Join her in celebrating the birth of their first daughter, bridgette eloise - born july 2nd, 2009! Everything in this shop will be ON SALE through the month of July.
Great holiday shopping deals have docked in the land of Etsy Dallas. We've got everything from free gift with purchase, discounted goods, and free shipping this weekend.
Brenda White - Free gift with purchase Brenda White likes to incorporate ribbons, papers, fabric, beads, you name it, to create embellished desktop items. The items in her shop make a fun statement, are functional, and best of all they are reasonably priced.
To celebrate the 4th of July Brenda White is tossing up freebies like firecrackers. Purchase anything in Brenda White's shop and she'll send ya a free 6 pack of matchbook note cards. This sale runs from Friday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 5th online in the Brenda White Etsy shop.
Pamela Michelle - Art Necklace Sale Join Pamela Michelle, a fun loving wooden jewelry designer and illustrator, in her Etsy Shop this week for a can't miss sale! All Art Necklaces are on sale for $12.00 each. There's no code or coupon to purchase. Each has been marked down from $15.00, so everyone can have a chance wear a little Pamela Michelle.
Each art necklace is made from a mini print of one of Pamela's original works on canvas and is handmade, so each one gets tons of love before it's finished. Happy shopping!
Pamela Michelle works a full-time job, crafts up a storm on her lovely necklaces, and stepped forward to co-organize the 2008 Jingle Bash and the 2009 Spring Bash. Wow! Not only am I impressed with her enormous talent, I can't believe that she has the energy to help organize our fabulous Etsy Dallas craft shows. She is my own personal super hero.
Pam's unique style is a mix of hand-carved pieces of wood, her own special color palette, her imaginative illustrations which are inspired by nature, modern design and Scandinavian art with an end result in fabulousness.
You too can check out our Etsy Dallas craft hero at our next show this weekend, May 16th at the lofts on the South Side of Lamar.