Jun 28, 2011

This Weekend the Wagon is goes to Smoke Restaurant

Hey kiddos! It's one of those great american weekends and we are ready to celebrate in style. We'll be going to the best place in Dallas to get some great BBQ by Chef Tim Bryes, Smoke Restaurant! Come on out and Kick it with us in the Dowdy Studio Wagon. We'll have some great Fourth of July colors for sale for you to sport for your big 4th party, like the Sketchy Owl on red, the Double Vision on light gray, and the Super Ride on Navy

date: Sat, July 2
time: 10am - 3pm & 6pm - 10pm
location: In front of Smoke 
Smoke's website: click here

Estate Sale Score!!

I'm not sure if we've mentioned (yes we have), how much we are obsessed with estate sales. Well, we are. It's like a crazy addiction unleashed by out inner need to always be finding beautiful thing to surround ourselves with.

When we moved into a larger place 2 years ago, we found estate sales to be the best place to buy affordable unique vintage furniture to fill our little house. We had a huge shopping list that included a dining room table, dressers, storage and even much more that we eventually just wrote in on our list, since we were finding so many cool things. Sometimes we're lucky enough to find big awesome furniture or art, and other times we're just happy to find little accessories that make us happy.

Like this little bird brooch Pamela rescued from a pile of jewelry, along with a button up blouse covered in racing horses.

In the same pile of jewelry, a small green ring hand painted with a little flower motif. We imagined it came from someone's travels from a far away place where they created many happy memories.

One of our favorite finds to date is this antique mirror we found hanging in a kitchen in a picked through home. It was the only item left hanging on the wall, and the second we saw it we knew we could give it a loving new home. It now rides with us every where we go in our Dowdy Studio Wagon and is perfect for our awesome shoppers to get a glimpse of themselves wearing their new purchases.

Jun 27, 2011

A weekend Recap in Pictures

Heya folks! We had a jam-packed weekend of fun. So much fun, that I'm going to try to fit it all in this one blog post. We're even going to make it confusing and start with the end of the weekend and move our way backwards towards the beginning of the weekend. So put on your bike helmet and follow our bike trail through the weekend. 

Sunday we spent at the Better Block Project's 72 Hour Challenge's reveal day on Ross Ave in Dallas. The event showcased how easily and affordably we could turn around a once deserted through traffic street into a more lively and pedestrian friendly meeting ground for the community. The streets were filled with art vendors, interactive games, food trucks, bike lanes, trees, urban-scaping, and so much more! If you missed it, rumor has it that the gang behing the Better Block will be hitting up different parts of town in the near future. 

On a quick stroll through the festivities, I found two of our lady buddies, Vynsie + Jully from We Are 1976, a local shop where you can also find our Dowdy Studio tees. They had created a cozy bus stop complete with a free art trade section and book swap shelves. We were blown away by the cool!

Just a few steps down the road was a huge tented area made from what looked like recycled vinyl advertising. There was seating and bands playing, along with an outdoor gym, photo booth and food trucks.

Sunday was a blast! It was also hot, but we were happy we decided to install fans in the Wagon just in time for the TX heat. We actually kept pretty cool in our breezy shade-mobile.

Ok, so rewind a bit and we find ourselves at Saturday, where we spent the day volunteering at the Etsy Dallas Supplies Me! Sale at South Side on Lamar.  All the Etsy Dallas members cleaned out their supply closets of unused do-dads and who-whats-its and covered over 10 tables in crafty supplies to sell to the public. 

Above is a group shot of all the ladies sporting their newly loved hair bows that Silla Soup was cleaning out of her stash. See more pics in the Etsy Dallas' gallery. Also check out our hair bow glamour shots.  


Read more about the show on the Etsy Dallas blog

A better Sunday on Ross Ave with the Better Block

Check out this short video about the Better Block Project that happened this weekend in Dallas on Ross Ave. If you don't even look very hard you'll see our little Dowdy Studio Wagon hanging out on the street and some of our friends, like Regal Cottage, who also were vendors at the show.

Read the full online article here

Jun 23, 2011

The Dowdy Wagon goes to Ross Ramblas this Sunday

Team Better Block is turning around another street in the Dallas area this weekend, Ross Ave. They've pulled local artist, members of the community and businesses together to change Ross Ave. into a more pedestrian friendly place to be. We were excited to hear about this happening, and we were even more thrilled to be able to participate. 

The 72 hour challenge actually begins this friday, with a big reveal on Sunday from 11am-4pm. Then it all comes down. Sadly the 72 hour challenge is just a stage to show Dallas what Ross Ave could be. It's then up to the city and us as the community to actually make it happen. 

Sunday will be a big celebration of everyone's hard work! There will be artists selling their wares in a market section dubbed Ross Ramblas, playing off the name of the Barcelona, shopping environment, Las Ramblas. Also come and enjoy live music, food and drinks from local shops, and just hang out with us and shop the Dowdy Studio Wagon in the renovated street. 


Sunday, June 26
Free to attend
more info: click here

Jun 22, 2011

Would you like to see our cats?

Just flipping through our photos and realized we have awesome cat pics. And we kinda have to show you. It's important. Since we don't have kids yet, this is all we get to brag about.

Our cat Lulu, is really good at looking like she's up to something, but really she's just waiting for you to just put down the camera and pet her.

When Chester (the intern kitty) was a little kitten, Lulu used to snuggle him on the couch. Now they are either having pouncing duels or racing through the house. Still cute.

We realized Chester had become a young man one day when we found him on the bathroom counter trying to shave his scruff. We told him to keep his burly good looks and that to be a man he just needs to get a job and help support the family, not shave. Silly kitty.

Sandwich Cat!!! Chomp! Ok, just kidding. Sandwich cat is like food art, not food to eat. We don't know where exactly this image came from, but it sure is tasty....i mean cute.

Then there's Yee Haw Kitty - A mixture of our love for cats and Texas roots all in one print of a hand drawn illustration done by Pamela. If you are a big cat lover like us, you should also check out the shirt in our Etsy store.

Jun 20, 2011

Weekend Recap - Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and Lotus Yoga Pop-Up Shop

This past weekend we enjoyed ourselves some Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and A Pop-Up Art Shop at Lotus Yoga in Dallas.  Both events were mega fun and we enjoyed meeting new folks, as well as hanging out with some old friends. 

Dylan set up the Dowdy Wagon at the Deep Ellum Market. We were thrilled to neighbor the Good Luck Food Truck in our own little mini-mobile market.

Pamela spent the day at Lotus Yoga for our pop-up shop with La Alicia, Cut Out and Collect and Tefi, all local artists and great friends of ours. Their yoga space was a no shoes zone, so it made for a great casual environment, especially when we all retired from standing and plopped down on some yoga pillows on the floor.

Wanna see more pics? Check out our facebook page and browse all the pics we took this weekend. (click here) 

See you guys next Sunday when we'll be taking the Dowdy Wagon out to the Better Block Project on Ross Ave in Dallas for Ross Ramblas!! Check out our Calendar for all the details.

-Pamela + Dylan

Jun 15, 2011

Double Weekend all the way!! - 2 events!!

Hey gang!

This Saturday we'll be at two places at once. That way you have no excuse not to stock up on great gifts for Father's Day.  Dylan will be at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market hanging out in the Wagon and with local food trucks, while Pamela will be in East Dallas at Lotus Yoga, where her and a few other designer friends (Cut Out and Collect, Tefi and LaAlicia) will take over and pop-up shop for the day. Hope we see you this weekend! Come by and say hi and shop for dad!

-Dylan + Pamela

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Saturday, June 18
2820 Indiana Blvd Dallas, TX
Free to attend!
more info: click here

Lotus Yoga Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, June 18
6337 Prospect Ave, Dallas
Free to attend! Live music, Free snacks and drinks + more!
more info: click here 

Jun 13, 2011

Craft Party Recap

Last Friday Etsy Dallas and all our friends trekked our way to Oak Cliff and partied it up at Oil and Cotton to celebrate Etsy's 6th bday. Here's some shots of the fun we had

A ton of awesome people came together to make this party happen. I want to thank everyone who made it happen! Oil & Cotton graciously provided the space and rocked two free crafts for guests - leather cuff bracelets and recycled landscape necklaces.

Etsy Dallas team members slaved in the kitchen (or at the store) to bring everyone tasty treats and deserts, as well as a big ol' keg of free beer.

Rosemary, from Paper Beats Rock, was the queen organizer of the whole event. She did amazing!! We are so happy to have her on the Etsy Dallas team with us.

All the cute party guests got shot by Larry, the Kessler Craftsman in the Etsy Dallas photo booth. Everyone's pics will be available on the Etsy Dallas web site soon, and they're free to download! yay!

Dylan served up some tasty beverages for our guests, while Pamela shot pics of the event. Dylan claims that he wouldn't mind being a real bartender if all he had to do was fill up plastic cups from a keg while talking to super cool folk.

All in all we had a great time and can't wait to do it next time. Join Etsy Dallas soon for the Supplies Me Sale. Etsy Dallas members will be cleaning out their craft closets for you to shop. So if you're into crafting and want to buy from some talented artists, come on over to the Supplies Me Sale, Saturday, June 25th.

Super special thanks to everyone who helped put the craft party on!

Anita Mills for weaving on the loom
June Covington for spinning the night away
D.B. Higgins for demonstrating rope making
Society Bakery for supplying sweet cupcake treats
Tamale Company for rolling in the tamale cart (Yum!)

Jun 10, 2011

Getting ready to Craft Party!

Our local artist group, Etsy Dallas, and us, here at Dowdy Studio, are getting ready for our big Craft Party tonight at Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff Dallas (map)!! Here's your sneak peek at some of the behind the scenes work Etsy Dallas is doing to get ready for you!

Designer decorations handmade by Rosemary of Paper Beats Rock

The beginnings of decorating. Trust us, this is going to look completely different tonight. Razzle dazzle!

So Join us for free crafts, free food and drinks, and let's craft the night away.....or until the keg runs out and we're out of supplies. Dylan will be bartending and Pamela will be running around taking pics of the event and hanging out. Also, come and see what we plan on doing with this below.

You're invited! Party with us!
837 W. 7th Street
Dallas, TX
Friday June 10th

Jun 8, 2011

Nothing like a little bike ride.

Just a few shots from our little bike ride yesterday. We rode through some neighborhoods, then played on some old abandoned train tracks. Good times.  

See you guys soon! Now we're back in the Studio getting our work on making new art. FUN!

-Dylan + Pamela

Jun 6, 2011

Dowdy Studio Wagon takes a break to party!

That's right folks, we're taking a weekend off to relax and celebrate Etsy's birthday with an event put on by our group, Etsy Dallas, and local crafty shop, Oil and Cotton!

Etsy Dallas and Oil and Cotton have joined forces to hold Dallas' biggest Etsy Craft Party again this year at Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff. We'll have free crafts, drinks, snacks, a handmade movie, Handmade Nation, and lots of other fun things, like an Etsy Dallas photo booth!!

We hope you'll come join us and just have some big dun with us too!

Etsy Craft Party - Dallas

Friday, June 10th
Oil and Cotton - 837 W. 7th Street Dallas, TX 75208 (map)
7pm - 9pm

Need to party afterwards? Please visit these fine local establishments that are right around the corner. You'll probably see us there too!

Eno's Pizza in the Bishop Arts District.
(directions click here)

Bolsa Cafe on Davis
(directions click here)

Find us the following weekend at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and the Lotus Yoga Pop-Up Art Shop.

Jun 4, 2011

The Dowdy Wagon at Good 2 Go Taco

Today the Dowdy Wagon hung out at Good 2 Go Taco and Cultivar Coffee in East Dallas. We fed ourselves great tacos and top notch coffee, then hung out with cool people as they scoped out our art, jewelry and duds in the Wagon. 

We love this decorative touch on the outside of the building with multi colored pots and succulent plants.

Our Musicorn Tee rocks the keyboard and guitar. How's he do it? I dunno, he's like magical and stuff. That's just what he does. 

This week we installed a new fixture bench to display our mens tees with art prints, pillows, and notebooks on top. 

 We even brought a few of our pillows and clocks over. 

As our Music is my Weapon tee swung in the wind, we actually heard people saying "Come on in, it's fun", today. We love it. 

And in the latest G2G strip news......(drumroll)....A new bar & restaurant is moving in next door, called Goodfriend! We' got a little peek inside to see what they're doing in there, and it looks exciting. Check them out on their facebook page to get your own peek into their remodel. Then when they open, go get your morning coffee, tacos at Cultivar and G2G, then hang out on the patio with friends or ride your bike around a bit, then grab some burgers and beers at Goodfriend!! 

Jun 2, 2011

He likes/She likes - Pinterest finds

We've finally started using our neglected Pinterest account to play around with images and pictures. Here's some we've found and uploaded to our Pinterest boards. Good stuff! :)

Follow us on Pinterest by clicking here.

Turtles dressed for saftey. 
Conversational shoes

pictograms drawn by hand

cats in leggings