Shop Small Sale Roundup

So this morning already I have read a report that someone was shot for over a parking space at a Reno, NV Target last night, and at a Macy's in New Jersey two men were shot, killing one. Uh, it's just a TV folks, certainly not worth this craziness!!

For this holiday season, I plan to support our small businesses. No, they don't make TV's but they do make some of the most amazing and unique things I have ever seen, and the craftsmanship far exceeds anything you would buy at a big box retailer in most cases. Shopping small supports local communities in a BIG way, and really these people are your friends and neighbors, and I want to support them first before I take my money to big box places and make people like the Walton family even richer than they already are.

Annndd-the bonus is I can do it in my PJs while sipping coffee (or wine) from home!

Below is a roundup of some of my favorite small shops and some of the special sales they are running for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (really Sunday, you are lacking in your shopping sale moniker).

I'll kick it off with our little shop :)

 

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Summer Learning with Etsy Dallas

Take advantage of the slower summer months and work on sprucing up your business for the busy fall season with some classes and workshops with Etsy Dallas!

See below for the current calendar and hop on over to their blog for details on all the classes!


Etsy Dallas Artisan Market at Taste of Dallas


Exciting news! Etsy Dallas has partnered up with Taste of Dallas to create the Etsy Dallas Artisan Market. This will be the 30th year that Taste of Dallas has showcased the best of what the Big D has to offer in art, music, and food (and now the local handmade scene).

The Etsy Dallas Artisan Market will include exclusively handmade vendors with all the quality goods from emerging artists and designers you have come to expect from Etsy Dallas including jewelry, accessories, art, body care, clothing, home goods, kids, pets, and stationary. In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot more about this exciting event, but for now-artists go apply here!

Applications will be open until April 15th.

Craft Show Like a Pro Class

A while back we did some guest posts for Etsy Dallas on what it takes to have a successful craft show. Well, now we have taken all that great information and turned it into a class we will be offering twice a year!

If you are new to craft shows, need help with your booth and displays, or are just a little rusty this would be a great class to attend!

Class info
Date: April 2nd
Time: 12:00-2:30pm
Where: Dallas Makerspace, 1825 Monetary Lane #104 Carrollton TX 75006
Cost: $15
Ticket Info



In the class we will cover everything from how to prep inventory, booth designs, displays, what to bring and how to take payments. We will also have an open discussion/booth critique at the end.

Hope to see you there!

DIY: Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

As a continuation from our last post about the Love Letter campaign for DoSomething.org and Meals on Wheels, I thought I'd share a tutorial on how to make a cute handmade card for your special someone this Valentine's Day!


Materials needed:
Cardstock - One bright color for the card and one craft color for the envelopes 
Hearts cut out of of paper -  use as many colors as you want
Glue, or glue dots
Marker
Envelope printable download - follow the link below to download

  1. Download and print the template for the envelopes on the craft paper and cut them out
  2. Fold the envelopes along the fold lines and glue the flaps together 
  3. Glue the envelope to the card and start gluing hearts in it spilling out
  4. Write a message of your choice for your loved one!
Want another fun Valentine's Day Card tutorial? Head on over to the Etsy Dallas blog to read my guest post with another DIY!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Love Letters

This month, we joined DoDomething.org's Love Letter campaign to make Valentines Day cards for senior citizens in our community that are home bound and face isolation due to disability, location, and language barriers. It was a really fun project for us and our Etsy Dallas team members that family and friends participated in and we got cards from all over Dallas and Austin too!

In total the team made over 100 handmade cards that Meals on Wheels will deliver over the next few days, and we hope it will put smiles on many faces!

Below are a few cards that Jenny and I made for the project. Later this week we will post some tutorials so you can make your own cards!










Spreading Holiday Cheer with Etsy Dallas

As we mentioned in the past part of our responsibility with Etsy Dallas is to organize charitable events that help our community and spread the word about the handmade movement here in Dallas.

This holiday season, we hosted a craft night at our local Ronald McDonald House. I am so thankful that some of our team members were able to come out and participate! Some of the artwork that is made during the RMDH craft nights will end up at the Flying Horse Cafe for guests to buy to help raise money for RMDH (not specifically from ours, but I keep checking the cafe when I make coffee runs)!

So keep your eyes peeled, you may find one of our "masterpieces" at the cafe!

Stay tuned for next week's post - I'll be posting a tutorial to one of the crafts we made.








Stocking Stuffers - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Everyone loves to find that little something special in their stocking (unless you were on the naughty list) and with these fun, unique handmade items you'll be sure to surprise and delight everyone on your list!


You Rock Guitar Pick Custom Guitar Pick Hand by Tesoro Jewelry

Leather Coffee Sleeve by Surly Bunny

Cute Bunny Wildlife Bookmark 2x6 Book Mark by Shannon Valentine

Jeweled Alphabet Scrabble Tile Necklace by Unboxed Studio


Not All Who Wander Are Lost Leather Luggage Tags by A Cheery Blossom

Christmas Mini Art Notes from Serious Creatures

Candy Cane Bath Bomb by Whipped Up Wonderful

Vegan Cuticle Balm Rosemary Mint Handmade by Lip Glosserie


GIfts for Tiny Humans - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Toys, tee shirts and tepees! The gifts on this list will be sure to delight kids of all ages.

Taxidermy Baby Hippo Head by Nothing But A Pigeon

Ballet Giraffe Art Print 8x10 from Serious Creatures

Desert Birds Tunic by Freckled Chicken


Batman Deluxe Small Peg Set by Wooden Leg Named Smith

ninja turtle inspired handmade sock monkey by Mush Tushy 

Bunny Plush Pillow in Pastel Peach with Black and by Regal Cottage

Happy Star Plushie by These Things

HERO kids tee in athletic grey by Sweet Tees Shop

Handmade teepees from Bonjour MaeMae

Girls Fall Dress Girls by Emmi Lee Designs


Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

We all have that one friend that loves entertaining. Don't just bring a bottle of wine, show your appreciation with a gift that can be used for future parties or be a conversation piece (ok, and bring that wine too!)
Celadon serving bowl with multi glaze stripes by BLUEFLAMESTUDIOS


Fused Art Glass Coaster Black Opal Art Glass by kesslercraftsman


Machine Embroidered Kitchen Dish Towel Blue and by InYourBones

Mojave Natural Leather Bowl by Scout and Lilly


Siracha Dish Towel by Fisk & Fern


Dragonfly Heart Pocket Planter by bothhandsstudio


Large Peacock Illustration Print by curiousandfanciful


You're Home Hand embroidered hoop art for your home by bedthread


Calaveras Craft Apron by miamaria



Gifts for the Geek - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Geek /ɡēk/ An enthusiast of a particular subject matter. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer. The subject matter could be science, technology, dinosaurs, space and anything in between. You know who they are...In fact, I am one, please buy me all the things on this list ;)

100% Star Stuff Notebook by Pigsey Art

Wood Periodic Table Clock Baltic Birch by miniFab

Dinosaur Quartet Sandblasted Glass Set by Monster Dance Designs

Tea-Rex Ceramic Coffee Mug Coffee Cup by Happy About

Astronomy Pull Down Chart Reproduction  by Curious Prints

Pistol Shrimp Scientific Illustration 8 x 10 Print by J Shih Illustration

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Song Poster Music Art by Voice And Sound

Foosball 11 x 14 Signed Print Gamera and MechaGodzilla by Chet Art

Leather Bastet Mask by Surly Bunny

Introvert Pendant engraved alder wood by Monica L Knighton

Gifts for the Local Lover - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

I haven’t met too many people who don’t absolutely fall in love with Texas. I mean, seriously, what’s not to love?! The diverse landscapes, the friendly people, the quaint small towns, and BBQ. People who live in TX sure seem to love it-share some TX (or Dallas, or Austin) pride with your loved ones this holiday!

 Dallas Skyline Watercolor Painting 8x10 Print by Tread Studios
Dallas Bridge Framed Art Print by Soza Designs 

Texas Wall Decor Reclaimed Wood Mix by Wayne Works 

Texas Dish by Lemon Glaze

Texas Custom State Cut Book Letters Book Art by Letter Lounge

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide - Gifts under $25

Here are just a few of the many amazing gifts you can find at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash, all under $25! Pick up one or two at the show, you never know when you will need a last minute gift, and a handmade item will be sure to impress!


Coffee Print by Paddy Wick Lane

 Small Cantaloupe Plate by Live Bree

 OM Breathe Necklace by Expressions Bracelets

Mini Dog with Heart necklace-Vegan by C Robinson Design

Fern Necklace Bridesmaid Jewelry Natural by April Hiler Designs

This Might Be Vodka Coffee Mug Funny by Sushi and Queso

 Animal Bear Tote Bag Reusable Bag Environmentally by ginablywww.ginably.etsy.com

The Answer is Always Tacos Wool Pennant Flag by Scout and Lilly


Little Bird Ceramic Tray by Lemon Glaze

Stainless Steel Desk Clock Eco friendly decorations by Hammer It Out 

DejaVino Wine Bottle Candle by The Pig and the Peacock

Lavender Tub Truffle Box Cocoa Butter Bath by Whipped Up Wonderful

Coffee Body Scrub by Lovely

Gifts for the Dapper Dude

Don't think that a handmade craft show is just for the ladies. Guys, there will be some great finds for you at the Jingle Bash too! Pick them up yourself or drop a hint to your S.O.


A guy can never have too many t-shirts, especially when they are made by Dowdy Studio


 Help your guy keep his beard in check with a beard comb from Big T Woodworks. They can even be monogrammed with his initials.


Or, help him shed the beard with a handmade razor made from Australian Coolibah Burl wood, also by Big T Wodworks


Bring back the lost art of a close shave with this straight edge razor, complete with a "Man Card" strop, by Mini Fab. These can also be personalized!


Music lovers rejoice in this handmade portable iPhone acoustic speaker made by Kraken Acoustics


 Have a guy who likes to dress to impress? These cuff links by Tesoro Jewelry can be personalized to the longitude and latitude coordinates of any place (perhaps the place you met?). 

These great infinity leather bracelets by Mesa Blue are perfect for a guy who likes to keep his accessories understated but stylish.


These pewter wood grain cuff links by f. is for frank will add a little funk to any guys wardrobe.


 For the guy who likes to have a little edge, Dapper Guy Bow Ties has tons of cool fabrics and styles.


Not a bow tie kind of guy? Land of the Thread has lapel pins and pocket squares galore in bright fun colors and patterns.

Want more shopping inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Boards for lots of Jingle Bash Gift Guides! Don't forget, the Bash is 11/21 at South Side Event Center from 11-6pm!

Gifts for the Fabulously Fashionable - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash 2015


The countdown to the Bash has begun and throughout the next two weeks I will be sharing some gift guides for y'all to get your shopping lists started.

First up, are gifts for the fabulously fashionable friend - You know who she is, always with a cool statement piece, looking all effortlessly put together. 

See the whole gift guide here with links to the shops so you can see all the great handmade items our Jingle Bash artists make! 



Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash!

Yep, it's time again for our favorite show, the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash! Mark your calendars for Saturday November 21st from 11am-6pm.

This year there will be over 100 artists, mostly local and 100% handmade. The first 50 shoppers will score a coveted Bash Bag with all kinds of goodies from our vendors (last years was pretty awesome). There will also be bars on site so you can sip and shop, and a restaurant so you can fuel up for a second go 'round to make sure you didn't miss any must have gifts.




Super Easy Sugar Scrubs with Kitchen Ingredients

Before the holiday weekend I posted a special tutorial on how to make sugar scrubs from ingredients found in your kitchen and sent a special early edition of it to our Fund on Etsy campaign backers.

I'd now like to share it with the rest of the world! Follow this link to find the tutorials! I'd love to hear how your at home experiments work out!