About Makers Connect

It's all about making connections - every day. Stories intertwine and create the fabric of our lives. The things we make create stories as well; I appreciate living wrapped in that fabric.

Two Great Events Coming! Saturdays Nov. 18 & 25th

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Well we’ve done it again; landed back at the Holidays!  It might be time to get our minds off the news of the day and try to really get into the season.  And, as we’re come to discover, perfect gifts don’t find themselves.  But we can definitely help YOU find them!

Some of the ways we’re doing this is to stock our store up with amazing goods by scads of local artists and crafters…. and then going the extra miles to host parties and trunk shows where they bring even MORE of their amazing creations for you to purchase!

The first show will be on Saturday, November 18 with Janice Somerville and Andrea Smith.  Then the following week, we have yet *another* amazing show with three artists; Kim Morris, Kelley Vaughan and Jason from Recovered Cycling!

A little bit about what you can expect:

Janice makes adorable robot critters using cast-off metal parts, aluminum space-inspired jewelry, drilled rock necklaces, and brightly painted masks and crazy heads out of colorful ceramics.

Andrea makes amazing tiny beaded trees set onto geodes, as well as beaded jewelry using her great color sense.  She will probably be demonstrating her technique during the show!

Kim will be de-stashing many year’s worth of jewelry findings, beads, and gemstones, plus her own incredible jewelry.

Kelley is bringing her amazing Mid Century Modern styled pottery; from tiny vases with crystal-enhanced lids to her signature round white airplant holders.

Jason is a cyclist with passion for quality leather goods and customization of your ride.

Please come out, enjoy some drinks and bites with us, and delight your family and friends this year with handmade goodies from your friends and neighbors right here in super cool East Dallas!

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Shop Small; Shop LOCAL Lake Highlands!

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Saturday, November 25 has become regarded as the Alternative to Black Friday, a day when folks are encouraged to shop small and local… keep their dollars closer to home while supporting small cottage industries and mom and pops.  We have a number of such businesses here in LH, and are so tickled to be involved in this super fun party!

This year the Lake Highlands Chamber of Commerce, of which we’re a member, has taken an interest in promoting our local businesses by elevating this day with celebrations in our Lake Center parking lot and environs.

All the small shops will be taking part by hosting musicians, artisans, amazing vintage cars, food, and drinks all day!  We at MC will play host to a number of our own in-house vendors in addition to some new friends; plus we’ll have live music and even demonstrations of art in the making!  You won’t want to miss this family-friendly event.

 

 

 

Cat-a-pa-Looza! Saturday, October 7!

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Celebration of Cats at Makers Connect.  All day long cat-centered party, featuring local Purrr-sonalities like Instagram Cat Mom, Patti Haskins Critters, Kris Hundt Photography, CatLadyDallas, Kelley Cheek, and work by Robin Ayers, Carlos Zuniga, Beverly Ann Moore (BAM!), Jane Corley, and others!

 photo by Kris Hundt

Okay, the cat is out of the bag…. the truth is, we LOVE cats.  We’ve had them in the store, at our homes, and in our hearts for many years.  Yes, we love dogs and other animals too.  But cats are so quietly unassuming as to not get their fair share of adulation and adoration.  We decided it’s time to rectify that.

So we’re having a one day all out festivus del gatos; a celebration des chats – a cat house extraordinaire!

  Patti Haskins Critter Central creations

To help us celebrate, we are having these visitors and activities throughout the day:

  •  Patti Haskins: Absolutely, hands-down, the BEST catnip toys available on this planet!!  Guaranteed.  Plus, adorable cotton cat and kitten pillows and crocheted critters
  • Cats on Film** – Photography of your sweet babies by professional photographer Kris Hundt.  Please see examples and sign up for a session (scroll down…)
  • Dallas Cat Lady, Leigh; bringing information and education about how to get involved with saving lives of local cats (feral and non)
  • Instagram Cat Mom – Jessica Spawn creates videos about cats glorious cats, such as her entries at both Cat Film Festivals with the Dallas Video Festival recently.  She will be sharing her new book, The Christmas Kitten, and will bring sneak peaks and the chance to help her group-fund this wonderful creation!
  • Kelley Cheek  (Takeiteasystudio) will be doing demos on painting and printing using dominos, fabric, cardstock…. and will bring the magic of cats to her art!
  • Coasters, cards, magnets, images on paper and fabric and glass…. all made by local artisans!  (BAM, Jane Corley, Robin Ayers, Carlos Zuniga, and more!)
  • Cat ears made by Chris and Lela will be on sale to raise funds that will benefit Cat Lady’s operation all over Dallas
  • Special cat-themed snacks and drinks!

“Cats on Film” with Kris Hundt:

Time slots are available here for having your cat photographed.  You can opt to pose with your cat too!  Please bring your cat in a carrier and bring along anything that will help it feel more comfortable.  Kris has had lots of experience both with humans and pets, and has a knack of putting everyone at ease.

The fee includes a photo session, with one pose, of approximately 15 minutes and the final selection of one high resolution digital downloadable photo and the availability to purchase additional downloads, prints and much more. ($10.00 of each photo session will be donated to DallasCatLady.org operations to assist feral and homeless cats.)

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Passing the torch….Changes afoot at Makers Connect!

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We sent out this press release just last night.  We hope our customers, vendors, and well-wishers will stop by often before and after the transition.  It’s a very exciting time for us!

An Artful Transition – For Immediate Release

 Makers Connect, a quirky family-run gift shop/gallery at Northwest Highway and Easton, has plans to hand over the reigns to another local East Dallas family in the new year, Lynda Sparks and Caleb Jack.

The shop, which has been open for nearly four years, brings in an eclectic blend of local artisan-made goods from over 80 North TX artisans, plus selected goods from other sources that relate to the whimsical and lighthearted vibe the store projects. 

The new owners have plans to keep the ‘funky’ and ramp up the fine-art side, which only makes sense.  Caleb has spent many years assisting the operation of Artisans Collective, one of Dallas’ most notable local-art galleries.  Recently shuttered due to the gentrification of the Bishop Arts district, it’s his hope that many of those wonderful artists will find new space at “Makers Connect – the Art Annex,” while maintaining many of the current artisans in the mix. 

Makers Connect, the First Edition, will run through Christmas with a number of unique events and classes!  Come shop local and artistically in Dallas.

Location and information at www.makersconnect.org, https://www.facebook.com/MakersConnectDallas/ and on Instagram:  chris_makers_connect.

 

Nice feedback! Thanks, Yelpers!

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We appreciate that many of you have taken time to return the love by sitting down and writing a short review or shout out on Yelp, or Facebook, or Square, or Instagram, or….wherever.  Really it’s wonderful!  Apparently I can share these reviews so I will try to do so here so everyone can be warmed as much as we are!  FUZZIES ALL AROUND!

This one is most recent, by a customer,  Lisa L.

This one is by a vendor/makers who also teaches classes at our store, https://www.yelp.com/embed/widgets.js</span>”>Kris Hundt.

 

 

 

Event: Headshot Photography here July 29!

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Professional Headshot for under $50.00!?  You must be kidding.  Everyone knows they that good ones are *much* more expensive.  Not really.

Everyone should have a recent professional headshot on their website or social media page. A Pop-Up session is a great way to own a quality headshot at the fraction of the price. For only $45, you can have your own mini-session with professional photographer, Kris Hundt.

She will be here at Makers Connect for half the day on Saturday, July 29, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  All you need to do is walk in with your favorite solid color top on and your dazzling smile.  She’ll make everything fun and easy.

The fee includes a photo session, with one look, of approximately 15 minutes and the final selection of one high resolution digital downloadable photo and the availablity to purchase additional downloads, prints and much more. The fee is payable cash, check or credit card; or prepay here and then forget about it till end of July.

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Today! Trunk show with Lynda Sparks Jewelry

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Gorgeous, completely unique and one of a kind creations.  You have not seen anything like these; they are so wonderful and wild.  Lynda lets her inner child go free when she weilds a torch and does her magic.

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The World According to Lynda:

Making jewellery makes my heart smile.

I choose a stone and it tells me how it wishes to be dressed.

I absolutely love buying stones & metal.

I absolutely hate organizing materials.

My favorite color is whatever attracts me at the time.

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We’ll be serving cold cava (not to the kids!) so you can relax a bit about mother’s day and get inspired gifting ideas.