We will have extended hours and extra fun shopping experiences in store for you. We are open Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and then open again Friday and Saturday (Small Business Saturday no less!) and then extending into Sunday. We’re having two artists doing trunk shows Friday and Saturday as well, along with snacks and drinks to enjoy while you shop.
Come out to our fall Block Party / Craft Pop Up taking place at White Rock Shopping Center Sunday October 23 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm
We are hosting over two dozen hand makers from east Dallas, ya’ll! Add in some live music, pet adoptions, beauty demos, and food vendors and it adds up to a party! Look for the signs and balloons along Garland Road (north side)!
LIST OF ARTISTS:
Andrea Smith – Becky Phillips – Brad Abrams – Cindy Bagwell – Deana Hinchcliff – Eryn Rosenbaum – Henry Biber – Janis Garrett – Jennifer Christy – Jillian Maifert – Katrina Rasmussen – Kathleen Seacat – Kelley Vaughan – Kelley Parks – Lawrence Westby – Lori and Dan Dudley – Makers Connect – Nancy Robbins – Nicole Bernard – Sharon Ashby & Gabby Lewis – Traci Hutton and Jim Shaw – Tori Solis – Valery Guignon – Wendy Moore
Music: Woodrow Wilson Choir, Lake Highlands School of Music (small band), Harrisen Viator (singer / songwriter/ guitarist)
Food: Mark Clark, Garland Road VFW – Brats and Burgers: Crestridge Farms Baked Goods: Humble Pie Pies: Gourmet Cookies by Kathleen Seacat: Free snacks, beer and drinks inside Makers Connect
Face Painters: Becky Berry Phillips – Arabella Brindley
Animal Adoptions: Angie’s Friends & Texas Paw Prints
Pet Communicator: Kathy Thompson
Mattison Salons Aestheticians: Josie Bundy, Uni Mendoza, and others
Businesses at White Rock Shopping Center: A & B Animal Clinic , Aquarium Boutique, State Farm Insurance
Hosting Month-long pop up for local fiber artists
Founded in 1970, DAFA has enjoyed a large following who meet once a month and share projects, techniques, stories; swap items, and enjoy lectures from professional fiber artisans. Find out more here!
We are so thrilled to give ten of their members space to showcase their work right in the front of our shop from now till the end of May! You can find beautiful woven, crocheted, dyed, painted, and stamped gifts for mother’s day (May 8). And please come to our opening party on May 7, where you will be able to meet a number of the artists and members of the group. Drinks and bites, of course! For more Info!
Thinking about the difficulty of pricing handmade art and craft:
Elephants. They are so lovely and smart. But they do like to sit down sometimes. It’s alot of weight to haul around.
I’ve been thinking about something that makes us ALL uncomfortable; something that is so verbotin in the art world that you don’t even hear it discussed much among artists themselves. It’s huge, it’s weird, it makes you queasy, and can often lead to tears and reprisals. It’s almost always the elephant in the room when a gallery representative meets with an artist. I am talking about money and art.
For some reason, maybe because folks think that owning a gallery makes someone a kind of prophet about pricing, I get to have this queasy sensation almost on the daily. It’s one of the reasons I always say, ‘Here’s our policy for pricing; please think it through and work it out and see if your work can sell for that price and you will still be happy with results if it sells.” Or will you miss that piece and consider it the one that got away, or worse, that the gallery owner talked you into selling it. Oh no!
Let me put this observation out for your consideration:
The reason it hurts to discuss pricing of art is because we are being asked to put a value on something beyond value; a creation that you brought into the world – essentially, your offspring. It seems course and cruel to do such a thing to something so lovely. (and yet, there might be a number of other lovelies growing in your closets or garage that your sig. other is asking you to thin!)
Also: To put a value on something we create seems like a judgement of our very selves. It hits onto so many ego points. Think about our sense of smell. Scientists say it was most likely one of our most reptilian senses – something that we developed early on as a species and which is still so directly linked to our brains that we collect clues via our nose that tell us things before our brain is even fully aware or has time to respond. It is kind of like that with the relationship of art/ego/pricing. We get a kneejerk reaction, or a gut punch if you will, when someone criticizes our work. And to have someone think it should sell for less than we think is an extension of that criticism. So, it’s really a sticky subject.
Maybe just by understanding our own motivations for making art will help us come to terms with the reality of pricing, should it become something you want to do. Not all art is made to sell – it’s for the maker to enjoy, share, and even offer a window to their souls that might be a delicate offering only to the special ones in their lives. I really do get that. But when you start to want to sell things, please realize it might take some time to journey into your own ego needs and find out where art resides in your needs spectrum. Maybe you need money more than a full closet of art – that will inform your pricing. Or maybe you just want to show the world what you are capable of doing, and have a way to put it out to the masses and don’t care if it sells. That’s okay too. It’s really all okay – but it also doesn’t hurt to do a little soul searching. Thanks for reading. Now, go back to creating! : )
Come out today if you live in or near LFH!
Makers Connect will have a table set up, with Nancy Robbins representing along with her Gypsy Bells!
Come dig in the Jar of Discounts and then come USE it Today!
The weather will be so fine, you’ll want to come breath the air and meet your neighbors.
Just show up. Bring a snack or drink to share too if you like. We will provide refreshments, materials, and a half dozen sets of scissors. See you Thursday.
From now till Christmas we are going to make it our mission to keep you amused, entertained, and intrigued… how?
Through some incredible classes, events, and new vendors!
And check out our Events / PopUps / Trunk shows on this page:
Finally, come in and see the new vendors. It’s way more fun than telling you online!
Here are a few of them:
Vanessa Camara – Painstakingly dot painted earrings, boxes, and candle cozies
Cindee Kueny – Adorable crocheted succulents and cactii, all OOAK
Celia Gerchario – Beautifully crafted sewn pumpkins & pachyderms to adorn your home
Ginny Belcer – Gorgeous fused glass hearts mounted in clean white shadowboxes
Katie Rose – Delicate, dainty silver and gold filled jewelry featuring powerful (tiny) stones
Nancy LaChapelle – Fused glass panels and lightcatcher starbursts
Traci Hutton – Halloween gourd creatures, wood pumpkin sets, and plush tooth fairies
Nicole Bernard – Clay and metal component jewelry, all unique in texture and color
THIS WEEKEND ONLY!
Saturday and Sunday we’ll be trading our under-loved beads, charms, jewelry parts, tools and more for you to add to your stash. Regular store hours – just come to the back room and find us with alllll the goodies!
Saturday 8/28 11 – 6:30
Sunday 8/29 Noon – 5:00
What’s new at MC2? Just go to our listings over at Facebook and find out!
Here’s a teaser:
Nature + Glass + Drawing + Wire + Sculpture + Drinks + Friends + Fun!
After a three year (give or take a few months) haitus wherein alot of stuff happened, we have decided to REOPEN the store formerly known as Makers Connect.
We have heard some of you say, “Location is key!” Yes, we agree. So when this one became available, we did our best to snag it. Very long story short, there was a happy ending and the princess got her prince, the evil stepsisters learned a lesson, and the mean old stepmother grew wings and became a gorgeous hollywood star. But in reality – we moved into 9047 Garland Road, which was the home of Beads of Splendor, a truly gorgeous bead shop that offered not only beads but fantastic classes and knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you with almost any project.
Our landlord was of the mind to keep the space programmed in a similarly local, crafty fashion – and things clicked. Alot of things, involving alot of generous donations and helpful vendors. So despite the straight-forward planning I had hoped for using alot of sleek IKEA furnishings, it’s going to be a more hand-hewn, artfully upcycled situation. Which will be, I am sure, way more interesting than a room full of all IKEA fixtures!
We will be offering So many amazing classes… the list will include painting for adults and for kids, clay and ceramics, enamelling, stamping, resin, concrete casting, hand dying, candle making, soap making, print making, stamp and collage making, and hopefully sewing as well. The class schedule will be available after we open in May.
We look forward to seeing old and new faces in our gorgeous new space at 9047 Garland Road at White Rock Shopping Center, Dallas 75218!
Come see us soon….
Chris Unruh + Steve Dickson
Well, it’s hard to believe but we’ve reached the final curtain. So many of you have already stopped in and showered us with kind, appreciative kudos of all kinds that we’re still a bit glowy and big headed. It’s been such an overwhelming and emotional time…we are truly going to miss seeing so many of you as customers, vendors, and friends.
Just in case you couldn’t make it last week you will have exactly two more days to enter 10242 E. Northwest Highway while it is still called Makers Connect. One more hug around the neck and then we hit the road, soon to be transformed as…. The Art Annex!
We sure hope you go and check them out when they open. Caleb and Lynda make cool stuff, and have a lot of different artists waiting in the wings to show their creations.
Cheers to you, one and all! Mwaaa! xox, Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’re already pretty colorful and fun around Makers Connect, but just to amp up the volume, we’re bringing in two SUPER colorful folks this weekend to help you gather gifts for the discriminating artsy people in your life.
All day from 11: 00 till 5:00 we host Brad Abrams, a south-east Dallas local phenom known for his sprawling studio compound, where he blows and casts glass. Color and forms are forever trapped in his giant witch balls! Janice Somerville, resident of Old Lake Highlands, brings her one of a kind metal ‘Bots, clay heads, and Jetsons-inspired jewelry! We’ll offer finger snacks and bubbly to enjoy as you browse!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.)
12:00 – 12:15 Session: 12:15 – 12:30 Session: 4:15- 4:30 Session: 4:30 – 4:45 Session: 4:45 – 5:00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are having a such a fun time hosting our vendors in an ongoing week-end moveable trunk show feast! Take a moment to learn about these upcoming makers; their life stories add to the allure of their work! ____________________________________________________________
Eryn Rosenbaum, Jewelry:
Reception was warm for Selena Dixon and her work last night. We had a blast meeting new neighbors, old customers, and a number of MC vendors as well! Discussions of art were everywhere you looked, in between sips of Cava and wine and bites of cheese and Jordan almonds. Thanks to everyone who came, and to those who purchased Real Art for their homes and offices.
Romanca Mandala – Sold!
Are you running around like a maniac, trying to find the perfect gift? Well, please take a breath. Take two. Sit down a spell in this comfy chair. Here, have a glass of wine.
Now, let us help you with your shopping! We have two exciting events coming up this weekend – expertly timed to help you find the tokens of handmade affection for your sweetheart, good friends, and even yourself.
Saturday, Feb 11: Kim Morris Trunk Show – Fabulous craftsmanship from start to finish. Kim is the *real* deal and if you haven’t seen her work, please do yourself a favor and drop in. We’ll have complimentary snacks and bubblies while you browse!
Kim will be in-house with her jewelry and Japanese silk scarves all day, from 11- 5pm.
Sunday, Feb 12: Valentine Party with Special Guest, the *Mistress of Good Fortunes Foretold and Love Advice,* Miss BAM!
Because we know our customers enjoy having another day to shop for Valentine goodies, we’ll be open from 12:00 till 4:00 on Sunday to help you find the right gift and to celebrate the season of love with yummy bites, bubbling beverages, handmade greeting card making (free! Just bring your creativity! Small children are discouraged from this activity due to sharp scissors.)
And the BEST treat? All day our talented seer of good news (no doom here, folks) will be onsite, doing 15 minute readings for a mere $10 donation; a portion of which she has earmarked for one of her favorite local animal charities. We are scheduling readings HERE – so please go to this link and snag your spot! You don’t want to miss out on this. She only has 11 spaces. See you this weekend!
Wow! We are completely overwhelmed here with so much news to share.
Here are all the new classes, trunk shows, and fun activities coming up at our place! We really hope you can take part in some of them.
Thursday, Feb. 2 – Larry Pile, aka the Kessler Craftsman – is offering his first Fused Glass class here at Makers Connect. Create a set of 4 Coasters/Tiles.
Cost is $40 per person. 6:30-8:30pm. Sign up here! CLASS IS FULL!
Friday, Feb 3 – The Lord of the Ring, a Bracelet Making Adventure with Jessica Barst – moving from Friday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Feb. 3. Price is lowering from $28 to $25. Space is still available so sign up now! ALMOST FULL!
Saturday, Feb 11 – Kim Morris will be here for a pre-Valentine’s Day Trunk Show, all day. 11 – 5pm. Treat yourself and a good friend to a fabulously colorful piece of her gorgeous, uniquely graphic handcrafted silver jewelry with shots of bright color!
Sunday, Feb 12 – Valentine’s Fun! Special guest: “Venus Fortunes & Counsel on LOVE…Saint Valentine’s Amoure Answers…Charmed Guidance & Fortunes Foretold” …with our amazing goddess of good news, Beverly Ann Moore! Plus special drinks, drawings, give-aways, balloons, cupcakes, candy….and shopping all the new Valentines’ handmade gifts.
Thursday, March 2 – Kessler Craftsman/Larry Pile will lead Fused Glass Bowl making. Create two 5.5″ bowls. Cost is $60 per person. 6:30 – 8:30pm Thursday
Friday, March 10 – Selena Dixon painting preview. Bright spring tones and sprightly, modern geometries make these paintings so perfect for the season and for our mood here at Makers. Come welcome Selena and her work with a wine and cheese reception from 6- 9 pm.
May 4 – Kessler Craftsman/Larry Pile. Mother’s Day Special! Come and bring your child, or your mom, and create jewelry together. Only $40 per person, $80 for two
*Please go to our Classes & Workshops page for more details on classes and links to sign up. We look forward to seeing you soon around the craft table!
So much coming up – but first I’d like to wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.
Enjoy all the wonderful things about this holiday – the food, friends, family, and most of all…. our continued freedom.
This was my father’s favorite holiday because there were no other things to focus on (other than football, which he enjoyed a vague passing interest in) and he really did love the opportunity to exercise his amazing cooking skills for the enjoyment of all those who assembled (including random ‘straglers’ – friends or acquaintances who may not have had a place to go on Thanskgiving.)
Now, Steve and I also enjoy cooking at our house; feeding friends and family and keeping our new and old recipe traditions alive – including my great aunt Al’s cheese ball that employs some weird salted chipped beef that will soon be impossible to buy but tastes AMAZING – so obviously,we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll come see us on Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday. (If you want my aunt’s cheeseball recipe, I’ll be glad to share it.) Have a great holiday, ya’ll.
Saturday, November 26 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Come in, have a fizzy beverage, and dig your hand deep into our Fish Bowl of treats and Discounts! Lots of great deals and give-aways, so please make it a point to stop in.
December Trunk Shows:
Sat. December 3 – Cindy Bagwell Trunk Show. Sophisticated *and* funny dwell together in Cindy’s earring and necklaces designs, realized in mixed metals, wire, fiber, and gemstones.
Sat. December 10 – Audrey Legatowicz Trunk Show – Bright, soft, and oh so lovely dyed silk scarves; beaded “Baby Boomer” necklaces; felted pillows and garments, and the most amazing woven scarves, shawls, and handbags. You will want to treat yourself; one for you, one for your friend/sister/mom/sibling…..one more for you!
This is one of the cool stories that make our jobs at Makers Connect so special and fulfilling so we thought we’d share:
It begins on the day that one Robin Ayres came sweeping through our door in her energetic way, having decided to attend our Thursday Makers Meetup. She was wearing a giant necklace composed of hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of black plastic which upon closer inspection, were a combination of dominoes and retro celluloid charms layered on top of one another. She took it off to show me how much it weighed; That thing was HEAVY.
After we learned about our mutual commonalities through her day job as the sole product namer for the Richards Group, we delved more into her photo books. It was then that minds were blown all over the place. Her body of work as seen on Pinterest is nothing short of Amazing, Prolific, Colorful, and NUTS! https://www.pinterest.com/foundcolors/my-jewelry-creations/
Robin explained that she has synesthesia, and can taste the colors she’s using as she works with them. There are therefore certain colors that you’ll never see in her work.
Fast forward a few months, and a few meetups later, and we were able to talk her into letting us carry Robins’s amazing watch-case necklaces and upcycled globes at Makers.
As far the necklaces she showed us at that first meetup; no, they were still not for sale. To anyone. She explained they just took so much time (both collecting and making) that she swore she’d never sell them, but might consider lending them for a museum or gallery show.
But what she said was heard by the universe, because about 8 months later… a museum shop came calling… and it wasn’t just any shop. It was Kohei Tanaka from Trading Store Comme des Garcons in Tokyo. Whoa.
He had located her online via her Pinterest pages. Both shocked and honored, she wrote to us saying that she had finally found what felt like the right match in a retailer that would truly be able to showcase these incredible art jewelry pieces.
Best of luck, Robin! We hope they fly off the shelves – we know you’re already busy making more.
Below: Photo from Comme des Garcons in Tokyo. Robin’s work is showcased in plexiglass boxes, inside large glass vitrines flanked by black balls. So mod.