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Cowtown Indie Bazaar Recap

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No secret… I LOVE attending craft shows. Meeting the artists, seeing what they have to offer, chatting with other shoppers… I love it all. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was no exception. What a fun place to be on a Saturday morning. I took my kiddos to this one. Clyde had been dying for a tooth pillow from REGAL COTTAGE for over a year now. He was so excited and it was one of the first booths we saw. There were about 10 artists there that I had seen at the Spring Fling the week before but a ton of different ones as well.

I remembered some of the vendors from the last Cowtown I attended. I am always impressed that they have created such a brand for themselves that they stick with me from time to time.  Even though I had the kids I was still able to walk the aisles for a couple of hours. The kids were impressed with the music and the make and take which was sponsored by Flowerbedhead. They also enjoyed the free photo booth that was sponsored by Captures by Erin I liked that it was a bit more interactive. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about the flow. I kept feeling like I was missing some booths. I guess I’m just disorganized enough that I LIKE being made to go in straight rows without the option of turning half way through. That’s just me though…

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If you recognize yourself or were involved with this event please feel free to promote yourself in the comments. I’m all for supporting our local artisans!

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Monday is Etsy817 Day: The Cowtown Indie Bazaar

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Sorry I wasn’t more of a busy blogger last week. Son and hubby both had Spring Break. It was a little more chaotic than usual.

I was super excited to be able to go to yet another fabulous Craft Show featuring Texas artists. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on Saturday, March 19. Yet again Etsy817 was represented. Here are those members. Click on their picture to get to their shop. You shall not be disappointed!

Soap Addict

I do have to mention that they were ALSO at Funky Finds and I didn’t get a photo. The same is true for my next artist

 

Longoria Girls

 

Weeds & Wildflowers

 

FlowerBedHead

Neke Designs

 

As you can see we were, yet again, well represented. I’m always impressed with the talent we have. I will have a longer write up about this show sometime this week. For now please visit the above artists and remember to buy handmade.

What large Craft/Art shows have you attended and what did you like or dislike about them?

Monday is Etsy817 Day: Cowtown Indie Bazaar

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This past weekend was the Funky Finds Spring Fling but this coming weekend is The Cowtown Indie Bazaar. The Cowtown takes place on Saturday, March 19 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort worth and takes place from 9am to 5pm. It is free but parking may cost anywhere from $3 to $5. They also have amazingly cool goodie bags that they pass out to the first 50 people through the door. As always the event is kid friendly.

I am proud to announce that we have some Etsy817 folks taking part in this event as well. They are:

Bella Fleur

 

Longoria Girls

 

Soap Addict

 

Weeds and Wildflowers

 

Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone. I also hope that you will stop by and say hi to these talented folks. You won’t be disappointed.

Monday is Etsy817 Day: Funky Finds Spring Fling 2011

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If you have never heard of Funkyfinds.com or attended any of their craft shows let me tell you… You are missing out! On Saturday March 12 & Sunday March 13 they will be holding their 3rd annual Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth, Texas. Etsy817 will be represented by the following members. I hope you will stop by and check them out. You can also click on the photos top visit their Etsy shops.

Larkspur Studios:

 

Longoria Girls

 

Designs by Taylor

 

The Soap Addict

 

This is always an amazing show with a ton of talent. Not in Texas? You can still check out FunkyFinds.com for all sorts of handy craft info.


ABOUT: FunkyFeisty and Me, Cheryl Navalinsky

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You may be wondering who I am and how I got involved in this blog… Even if you aren’t, I’m going to tell you.

I started blogging a couple of years ago at 1 Crafty Mom and 2 Ornery Kids. It was about a little bit of everything. I found I was scattered so I decided to focus which is something that’s not easy for me when there are bright shiny objects around. That’s where FunkyFeisty comes from.

The name comes from my crafting business Funky & Feisty Home Decor and More. I like to play with glue and paper and found objects to create things for people’s homes. I do a lot of custom work and gift items.

Back to the blog: FunkyFeisty is my way of sharing the things I love about the arts and crafts world. I will share book reviews, artist information, how-tos, tips, show updates and reviews and a lot of stuff about my Etsy Team, Etsy817. I will also share some of my work. There will be more. It’s a work in progress. I’m discovering new things to cover all the time.

As for me: I am a mid-western girl living in Arlington, Texas. I am married and have two young kids. I have one that is still at home so I spend my days with her. I do work part-time for a major bookstore. My crafting business grew out of not only my love of creating but out of my cheapness and the need to come up with kids’ birthday presents week after week. I started with cute personalized picture frames for everyone. The next year I couldn’t give picture frames any more so I moved on to treasure boxes re-purposed from old cigar boxes.

As I mentioned I am a member of Etsy817. I am also a vendor at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market in IL. That’s a summer gig. I share a space with the very talented Lauren Lowell of loved again…. Coming up I hope to become a regular vendor at the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market here in Texas.

I love to do the face to face stuff and am working on doing better with my on-line shop. If there is anything else you want to know please don’t hesitate to ask. I also would love your comments and feedback on my posts.

If you like what you see don’t hesitate to tell your friends. Thanks!

Monday is Etsy817 Day: Treasuries

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Team Etsy817 has been busy showing their love for each other by creating wonderful treasuries featuring their favorite items from other members. I thought I would share a few of those today. Just click on the pictures to be taken to the collection.

Here are a couple that I created:

Etsy817 Shows Some Love

 

Eclectic and Cool from Etsy817

The following are from fellow Team members:

 

Peace, Love and Art created by: Serenity Storms

 

My Etsy817 Treasury created by Primal Aspects

 

Peace, Love & Happiness From Etsy817

created by Larkspur Studios

 

Etsy817 created by Larkspur Studios

 

Etsy817 created by Larkspur Studios

I hope you have fun clicking. If you see something you really like let us know! I’d love to see your comments here on the blog.

 

 

Crafty Superstar: Book Review

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I work for a bookstore so I get to see all of the groovy art and craft books that come in. Some look really great on the first flip through but then once I purchase them and get them home it’s not nearly as relevant as I had hoped.

Then there are books like:

CRAFTY SUPERSTAR by Grace Dobush.

This book is a real inspiration for me.  My Southwest Meets Midwest crafting BFF, Lauren Lowell of Loved Again, and I used this this past summer when we did our first Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bloomington, IL. You will get to see more about that when I get my ‘ABOUT’ page finished.

The blurb on the back of the book reads “If the church-basement sale isn’t quite your scene, Crafty Superstar is your go-to resource for selling your crafty goods part-time. Packed with ideas for setting up and selling out, the book includes loads of advice from experts like Faythe Levine, Jenny Harada and Jenny Hart.”

The book contains check lists & questionnaires such as: ‘What Drives Your Craft?” , “Quiz: What Kind of Crafter are You?” (I am a DIY Butterfly) , and my favorite “Day-of-Show Checklist”. That last one has come in handy on more than one occasion.  Grace Dobush also shares secrets for selling on Etsy and at craft shows. She helps sort out what is considered ‘Indie’. You will find all sorts of worksheets and spreadsheets to help keep you organized. Organization is soooo not my strong point so everything helps!

In this book you can also find out how to set up your OWN craft show. Lauren and I actually did that this past summer. I will fill you in on how that went in a later post but very soon.  Stuck on how to display your items? It’s in there.

I want to go over every section in this book but then there would be nothing left for you to read. I will tell you though that the language is easy to follow and nothing, not even her price calculator template, made my head hurt and just about ANYTHING dealing with numbers makes my head hurt.

I love this book and hope you will at least pick it up and flip through it. I think you will find that it may be perfect for you or a friend. Let me know what you think.

Do you have a favorite crafting book? What is it? I’d love to know. I’m always on the look out.

You can also find Crafty Superstar on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Crafty-Superstar/164380741405