Monday, November 30, 2009

Bash Recap

Holy crikies, what a show! The 2nd Annual Jingle Bash went off without a hitch (okay, one slight parking glitch that was out of our control) and everyone had so much fun! We estimate that about $50,000 poured into the hands of the 51 artists and crafters that were on hand selling their wares. I did better in a 6-hour show than I've ever done in my art/craft show career. It was in a word: INCREDIBLE. There's a reason Dallas loves us so much they voted us Best One-Stop Shop. We've got tons of pics HERE and Cindy Chaffin of KERA's Art+Seek even made a sweet little video of the event. Thanks, Cindy!

Pam and I are already planning the 2010 Spring Bash, so stay tuned! Sign up for our mailing list HERE to get the latest scoop on Bash happenings.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Get Your Bash Bucks Here!

We Bash artists are getting really excited as the much-anticipated Jingle Bash nears. We're so excited that some of us have to occasionally put down our scissors, paint brushes, pliers, and hooks to do a little happy dance. Lemme tell ya, we love to happy dance. In fact, we're so thrilled about the Jingle Bash that we want to offer you a chance to join us in our collective happy dancing by offering a chance to win some awesome prizes in the form of Bash Bucks. Yep, Bash Bucks are like gift certificates you'll pick up the day of the Jingle Bash - and you can spend them at ANY participating artisit's booth during the Bash. You can't go wrong. You can win by commenting on the Etsy Dallas blog post or tweeting the Jingle Bash. MORE INFO ON THE CONTEST HERE [Reposted from the Etsy Dallas blog.]

Friday, November 6, 2009

I Love Happy Customers!

My Etsy shop offers a feature called "Customer Feedback" which has a sub-feature called "Appreciation Photos." Once a customer buys something, she can click on the Feedback button in the left sidebar of her profile and leave me comments on how much she loves her new Tefi piece! Some customers take it a step further and upload a pic wearing their new jewelry. This makes my heart smile. Big thanks go to Ginger for posting a photo wearing her new pottery shard piece. Ginger happens to be a local crafter who makes beautiful and stylish hats for gals under the shop name Millinerium. Pictured below is Ginger modeling her new necklace, along with two of her hats: Ginger's hats and my pottery shards can be purchased locally at Move Studio in north Dallas at Preston & Campbell near UTDallas.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Heading for OKC This Weekend

Jason, Ian, Oliver and I will pack up the car and head for The Girlie Show this weekend in OKC. The plants have been watered, the housesitter is on the way, and I'm psyched to witness my first GS! I will be there en force supporting my Dallas crafty gals and I plan to buy my weight in handmade goods. And so should you!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jingle Bash Treasury

My gal Cheyne is kicking off the viral online promotion extravaganza for the upcoming 2nd Annual Jingle Bash put on by yours truly, Pamela Michelle, and the Etsy Dallas leadership team with a fun team treasury! Click here, visit each listing, leave a comment and come get your holiday shopping done on November 21st! My listing in this treasury is for one of my Scotland Is for Me plaid rings. One of these rings is featured in the November issue of Country Living. Exciting!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sweet Little Baby Feet

Ian's first Christmas and birthday are fast-approaching and I've been drooling over these adorable baby shoes I came across while browsing Etsy. He's already wearing size 5 shoes, so I imagine by January he'll be in a size 6. Um, by the way, my boy is enormous. Hellloooo NBA scholarship!
Clockwise from top left: Organic baby boots $34 by Infusion; Felted wool knit baby shoes $25 by coffeelady; Bluebird leather baby shoes $15 by Bugaloo; Houndstooth baby loafers $24 by ivoryandmoss

Monday, November 2, 2009

Make It: Tissue Paper Poms

In gearing up for this season of shows (Cliff Fest on November 15; Jingle Bash on November 21; some other shows in December TBA), I am working on making my displays as pretty and simple as possible. Cue: tissue paper poms. Here's a simple tutorial I found from CasaSugar. I will try my hand at these this week. Wish me luck!

You will need:

  • Tissue paper (20 inches x 30 inches)

  • Scissors

  • Fishing line (for hanging)

  • Floral wire (white works best)
    Pretty paper poms by PartyPoms (say that 10 times fast)

Now make it:

  1. Stack four to eight the sheets of paper on top of one another, depending on you puffy you want them to be.

  2. Fold the sheets into 1.5-inch accordion folds, all the way across.

  3. Prune the ends of the tissue into round shapes, to give them a petal-like look.

  4. Cut about a foot and a half length of floral wire.

  5. Wrap the wire around the center of the folded tissue and secure it by twisting.

  6. Pull apart each layer, separating it from the center, one piece at a time.

  7. Measure the length you'd like to hang your pom from and cut a piece of fishing line.

  8. Knot the fishing line to the floral wire and hang. Fun!
Don't feel like making your own? You can find them on Etsy from PomLove, Orange Kisses, and PartyPoms.