Deck the Halls Recap

Sunday we attended Deck the Halls in Dallas, an independent business showcase hosted by Armhole & Texas Tarts. The event was held in a very cool venue, Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, & had a very casual, laid-back vibe. We had the opportunity to really spend time talking with all the passionate, creative vendors. It was truly an awesome experience!

Chris Watts (pictured here) owns Petropolitan, a unique shop designed for you & your urban pet. It was very apparent while chatting with Chris that he is very passionate about his business, as well as animals. Being a dog lover, I was really drawn to his enthusiasm. Petropolitan’s services include grooming, boarding, day-care, pet walking, personal shopping & much more. If you are in the Dallas area & are a pet owner, definitely check Petropolitan out. Located a few miles North of the Dallas Farmer’s Market – 408 South Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201 – (214) 741-4100

Chris Thrash is the charismatic creative force behind Texas Scum. Don't let the name fool you - this company's designs are anything but scummy. Chris designs & screen prints his own apparel, as well as accessories & artwork.

Tefi Designs is a great jewelry company featuring Stephanie Hindall’s work. Stephanie, who founded the Etsy Dallas group, designs jewelry available in a wide variety of styles. Many of the handcrafted pieces are made using sterling silver, semi-precious stones, and Czech glass. You’ll also find less expensive pieces made with fabric-covered buttons.

Larry Pile is a talented furniture-maker and stained-glass artist based in Dallas. The Japanese lamps & stained-glass candle holders were all beautiful. Larry also teaches classes if you are interested in learning this beautiful craft.

Threaded Smiles specializes in patches, magnets, & wristbands, as well as vegan totes & wallets. The Whale of a hoodie was one of my favorite items displayed.

Clayton Wright (pictured here) of Deadbeat Leather had a cool setup showcasing her great leather designs. The luggage tags & leather-encased flasks were among my favorite items.

Drew Merritt is another interesting & talented artist we had the opportunity to talk with. Originally from Clovis, New Mexico, Drew is now opening a studio in Deep Ellum. I love that Drew creates art on a number of diverse materials. We saw art on everything from Sweet ‘n Low packets to large canvases.

Mikki Mallow’s hand-painted glassware is fabulous. A set of these would make any home bar the envy of your neighborhood. Her work is available at the House of Dang & Voyager Trading Company, both located in Dallas, as well as Etsy.

David Tripp, a local watercolorist, teaches Art History & Philosophy at an area high school. Mr. Tripp has prints of his wonderful work available through his site & he also paints murals that are very impressive.

Nine Eyes Studio is a Dallas-based, artist-run art studio, gallery & tattoo studio. Interesting concept, wouldn’t you say? Nine Eyes also offers art classes & allows private parties. I will definitely be checking out this gallery’s events in the future.

In addition to all the talented artists we met this weekend, I had the opportunity to meet a couple of members of the Assassination City Roller Derby. Wendy O. Wheels, captain of the Bombshell Brigade, and Pyro Maim Ya, Co-Captain of La RevoluciĆ²n, (pictured here) were very friendly & more than happy to tell me why they love participating in roller derby matches. They said that it’s a great work out, they’ve forged great friendships, and they are able to take out their aggressions. Sounds good to me! Aside from the occasional broken bone, that is.

It was such a thrill to discover so many talented artist, crafters, designers & independent business owners this weekend. I plan to feature more of the funky finds we came across in the future.

GIVEAWAY!!!
This giveaway includes Dallas Indie swag & an original Funky Finds ornament handmade by moi! Leave a comment about one of the Dallas artists I featured this week by midnight CST Saturday, December 8.

48 comments:

Greta said...

9 eyes studio is an AWESOME NAME!!! the name alone makes me want to shop there ;)

Karyn said...

What a super post Jessica! I'm completely in love with the pendants at Tefi Designs! Thanks!

Poisoned Creations said...

It was nice meeting you Sunday! The guys from Petropolitan seemed real cool and their clothes for dogs rocked!

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

Loving the Petropolitan info. We have a Weimie who is like a 3rd child! :)

Thanks for sharing the indie scene with us!

kimi said...

Yeah! It was so nice to meet you. You need to e-mail me that picture.

No need for an ornament! Thanks for the one you gave me.

futuregirl said...

Count me in! :) My favorites from your list are Texas Scum, Kessler Craftsman, and Tefi Designs. Your taste is impeccable, as always. :)

~Donna~ said...

I have to vote for Tefi Designs...love her pendants and stitch markers...

Janel said...

Mikki Mallow's glassware is stunning!

Tracy said...

I totally dig Mikki Mallow's glasses- The city series caught my eye. Very rad!

Minmade said...

oooh, looks like there were a lot of fun things to look at! I like the goodies from Deadbeat Leather !

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, we've seen Drew Merritt's work in New Mexico but I didn't know he had come here to DFW. That's too cool.

Amanda
http://myonlysunshine.typepad.com

rikkicat said...

Love the stuff over at 9 Eyes Studio. I'd never get a tattoo myself, but I love looking at ones done by true artists.

Martha Bonneau said...

Petropolitan sound like such a cool place, browsing around the 9 Eyes site reallllly makes me want some new ink :)

Inka said...

nice giveaway jess!
my fave was mikki mallow´s. those items are wonderful!

stacysews said...

Thanks for the recap - that hand painted glassware is gorgeous! I love swag too (so thank you for the giveaway contest!).

Maddie, of course! said...

Ugh!..such coolness and I live so far away! It all looks so fun!
Maddie
http://www.domesticanarchy.blogspot.com

Tefi said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I happily returned the favor: tefidesigns.blogspot.com. Tefi Loves Funky Finds!

Sequana said...

I keep going back and looking at that pretty purse by Gardenhouse Boutique.

JennyC.No3 said...

This is my first time on your site - it's great! With the way I've been spending cash during this holiday, I could definitely do with a free giveaway ... ;)

Una espaƱola en Eslovenia said...

Hi there! :) I've seen this through Inka's blog and decided to take part :)
My favorites were Mikki Mallow's colored glasses!!

Anushka said...

many thanks for this great list - i particularly liked the glass painting!

Allie said...

I can't wait to check out Petropolitan! My pugs will just lurve it all.

Sarah said...

Lovin' the cherries pendant from Judy Stump. She has quite a variety of designs, but this one really attracted me!

DeadBeat Leather said...

I'm so excited to know about Funky Finds now! It was GREAT meeting you at the show - thanks for the kind words!

rayna said...

Whale of a hoodie IS awesome!! All of these artists have fab work, though... Thanks for all the great info!

The Bimsons said...

Tefi Designs has amazing jewelry. She's so creative and has a great eye!

Amanda said...

Petropolitan, what a great name!!! Being such a huge dog lover, I always enjoy reading about successful pet-themed businesses.

threadedsmiles said...

Thanks for the sweet props and it really awesome meeting you! enjoy the ornament/gift tag-carla and angelique

Holly said...

Don't enter me in the giveaway, Jessica (since we already traded ornaments). But, I just had to tell you how home-sick your post made me. *sniffle* I miss Dallas so much! North Carolina is so lacking in the indie crafter department. :0( Thanks for sharing all the Dallas goodies!

RheaAnn said...

i love Tefi Designs

missyballance said...

wheww! I made it just in time :) Well... a few days to spare :) Love the record bracelets! I've seen them before, but never painted! SUPER cute!

KTluv said...

totally loved all the talented artists. Can't wait to make a trip to Dallas to check some out in person. I especially loved Mikki's glassware. I am such a sucker for handpainted glass. My cabinets and shelves are overflowing. lol Thanks so much for posting and for the great giveaway opportunity!

Chara Michele said...

I like the whale of a hoodie too! So cute:)

tastho said...

The lamps by Larry Pile are fan-freakin-tastic. I'm swooning over the one titled "Winter Into Spring." I dig the Deadbeat Leather stuff too - what girl doesn't want a pink, skull flask?

Catherine said...

i liked the whale of a hoodie too! and I've seen a lot of other threaded smiles things that were suuuper cute! love it! -catherine

SERENDIPITY said...

All of these artists are VERY talented, but my Favorite is ThreadedSmiles! :)

Personally, I enjoy the alternatives they are aiming for w/ the Vegan Styles.

APRIL said...

I love Mikki's glassware! WE are turning our dining room into a bar and I've been buying and looking for pieces like this!

Thanks for sharing!!

Jennifer said...

Ohh I LOVE the stuff from Threaded Smiles....that skull and stars pink wallet is WAY cute. Thanks for all the great links!

Jennifer H.

Nina B. said...

I'd wrap a Tefi Design around my neck ANYday!

NWKnitterMama said...

I really liked David Tripp's murals. my hubby is also a teacher and artist on the side, and he liked looking at his work.

angelabaker@earthlink.net

Kyla Nicole said...

Threaded Smiles has always been one of my favorite Etsy shops; their style fits me so well. How fun it must have been to meet them! =]

kristina said...

Love the beautiful glassware at Mikki Mallow! The bright colors really make me smile! So gorgeous!

Kerry said...

I'm originally from Dallas...maybe I shoulda stayed!! I love the stuff at Kessler Craftsman, such beautiful work. And the jewelry at Tefi is amazing too!

Candes said...

OMG where have you been hiding Micki Mallow? I have been looking for some great hand painted glass sites. And have been coming up empty. While many of her products are great for every day use also, there are some great novelty items for display. But how do we find out prices?

Bebemiqui said...

I really like Mikki Mallow's love letters. All the glassware over there looks amazing!

jill said...

love love love the goodies at deadbeat leather. fun stuff!

Stephanie said...

Thanks to you all for your votes and kind responses. This local designer loves you all! :)

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