Feliz Workshop + Sale Giveaway!

There’s something (wonderful) in the water these days when it comes to women starting incredible events, communities and organizations dedicated to supporting artists. There are fantastic indie markets and guilds popping up across the country, and now there’s an exciting new event in Austin to look forward to called Feliz. A collaborative effort between Abby Powell and Natalie Davis, Feliz will be held on November 2nd–4th and will include both a curated holiday sale and a weekend full of fantastic workshops. Focusing on handmade work and supporting the local Austin community, Feliz will feature more than 25 local and national makers and will offer classes in everything from making necklaces and custom holiday cards to learning essential crafting skills. I wish I was in Austin during this weekend, so if you’re in town, I hope you can stop by and check it out; it’s always great to support local makers and get some early holiday shopping out of the way.

Since I’m such a big fan of this concept and execution, I’m happy to be hosting not one but two Feliz giveaways today that I think will appeal to DIY and design fans alike. Here are the details:


MEET THE MAKERS WORKSHOP Giveaway

Win a spot in one of the following workshops:

  • Hand-Carved Stamps for Handmade Wrapping Paper with Krank Press
  • Riveted Pendant Workshop with Fail Jewelry
  • Natural Indigo Dye Workshop with Folk Fibers
  • Photo Accordion Books with Book Bound Bindery
  • Happiness for Your Walls: Create Your Own Keepsake Shadowbox with Shanna Murray

More details on each workshop are available here.

  • To win, leave a comment on this D*S post about what skill you would like to learn.
  • The winner must be able to attend a workshop in Austin, TX, on Saturday, 11/3. (Transit and lodging are not included in the giveaway.)

GET THE GOODS Giveaway

  • Leave a comment on this D*S post about what place/activity you’d like to visit/do in Austin. Get some inspiration with our Feliz Friday favorites and D*S Austin City Guide.
  • Only 1 winner, must live within the US.

Please note: both the Workshop and Product Giveaway contest ends on 10/19 at midnight, EST. Workshop winners (5 total) will be notified by email (10/21) and must confirm their spot by 10/23. Product giveaway winner (1 total) will be notified by email (10/21) and must confirm their address by 10/26. The product package will be shipped out by 11/9.

UPDATE: THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AND CONTACTED VIA EMAIL- THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ENTERING!

jb

this looks amazing! would love to attend the jewelry workshop! I’m local and plan on checking out the event.

Sasha

In Austin, what I’d like to do is eat tacos. Breakfast tacos! Korean tacos! Green salsa tacos! Fish tacos! Every kind of taco!

Emily

I would love to learn to work with natural indigo – it is such a lost art!

Shea

Would love to take part in the Indigo Dye Workshop. I live in Austin so I’ll definitely be able to attend!

Shea

Not sure if I can enter both, but this is for the “Get the Goods” giveaway. I moved to Austin in the winter of 2011, right before a terrible drought. So this fall I’m experiencing my first “Indian Spring” and have loved picking wildflower bouquets from the Greenbelt.

Katrina

Oh, Austin is high on my to-visit list, so I have a million things I want to see/do/eat, but I’m dying to go to Uncommon Objects. Can’t wait to make it out there someday soon!

Lindsey

So excited for Feliz! Austin is the best. I’d love to learn how to make the photo accordion books!

kathleen turner

I would love love LOVE to learn how to hand-dye, and indigo is so pretty!! And my favorite thing to do in Austin is EAT. Tacos, coffee, and margaritas… yum!

Bianca

What beautiful pieces. I especially love that accordian photo book. Maybe I can win????

Kat

Thank you for posting about this event! I live in Austin and I would love to attend the jewelry workshop

Vicki

Love to get in line for a plate at Franklin BBQ! Please enter me in “Get The Goods Giveaway”.

andi

Just another reason I love living in austin! I would really like to attend the rivet jewelry class….. My favorite things to do in austin are eat, catch a show and thrift!

Brit

Haven’t been to Austin in ages, but next time I go I will definitely eat lots of great Mexican food! Enchiladas y Mas is on the list!!

JGarcia

I would love to try Thai Fresh in Austin! I love restaurants that also do classes, so fun.

Heidi

I would love to attend the jewelry workshop. I’d also hit up as many food trucks as possible. :)

Marina

I want to finally try Justine’s! It’s been on my list for too long now.

Callie

As luck would have it, I’m visiting Austin that weekend! I’m moving there early next year, so attending this Feliz event would be the perfect way to get introduce to the crafting community in my new hometown! Aside from that, I’m looking forward to some quality margaritas :)

Brady Campbell

Ohh this sounds so fun! I would really love to do the Hand-Carved Stamps for Handmade Wrapping Paper workshop – I love all paper activities!

Emily R.

I’d love to visit the shop called Wildflower – it looks amazing! I’ve heard such great things about Austin, I’m sure there’d be way too much to see, do and discover.

Gwen

I want to trade Portland’s rain for sunbathing and swimming at Barton Springs!

layne

I am in Austin and would love to attend the Natural Indigo Dye Workshop! I’m happiest when my hands are multi-colored, whether from dye, paint, or whatever various crafting supplies I’ve dipped them in.

Stephanie

An an amateur crafts-woman myself living in Austin, I’ve been following the progress of Feliz over this year and this weekend event is wonderful! The photo book craft is reminiscent of a sophisticated version of something I made for my dad when I was 12 for Father’s Day and I love it. I would love to attend and perfect the skill!

kate

WOW, I’d love to win a spot in the ■Natural Indigo Dye Workshop with Folk Fibers
Thank you !!! KATE

Alison Rebecca Martin

I have been anxiously awaiting the Feliz Sale since they first announced it! It would be wonderful to snag a spot in the Shanna Murray workshop. It would complete what I expect to be a fantastic weekend! By the way, look at all these Austin ladies! If anyone wants to meet up at the cocktail party on Friday or Feliz shopping on Sunday just let me know.

allison

I have several talented friends who live in Austin, and I’d love to visit them and explore the city. I’d also love to explore some of the natural swimming holes around the area.

Michelle

Everything about Austin is AMAZING! I love walking the Drag, going to shows, driving the hills to Mt Bonnell and Bull Creek, getting a slice of pizza on 6th street after a night of bar hopping. Austin is the love of my life!!

Phoebe

Austin has been on my list of places to see for awhile. My favorite activity would be to just be there, soak up the ambiance, the food, and of course live music on Sixth street. But something a little quirky I’ve been curious about is watching the Congress Avenue bats fly for their evening hunt, it must be quite a sight.

rachel

I would love to attend the indigo dye workshop or the riveted pendent workshop…the hand-carved stamp workshop sounds interesting too! looking forward to this cool event!

Caroline

such an awesome giveaway! wish I lived in austin to take advantage of the classes! If I was able to visit I would love to check out the art house and find some delicious mexican food!

rachel

for the “get the goods” giveaway, i’m local to austin & grew up here. i love to kayak on town lake and see downtown from that vantage point. i also love to shop at feathers (vintage) just off south congress. sushi at uchi or uchiko is also a must.

Suee

I won’t be able to make it to Austin (this year, anyway) but would love to enter for the “Goods Giveaway.” Such cool stuff!

Jessie

I would be happy with either giveaway, so I’ll make this applicable to both.

I live in Austin and am already registered for one of the workshops, but I’d love to take the dye workshop as well.

And something I’d like to do in Austin is eat at Lenoir, the cute little prix-fixe restaurant down the street from my house, which I haven’t been to yet.

Sydney

I live in Austin, and my favorite thing to do is see what festival is going on (there’s one virtually every weekend) whether music, art, food, wine, comics, biker rallies, etc. This city’s biggest asset is their participation. People in Austin show up to things and try new stuff. It’s what keeps this city growing: the motivated and interested people.

Nicole

I love all the products, especially that necklace by Kate Miss. I have never been to Austin, but would love to go. I hear there is a co-op grocery store there that uses no packaging!

Jennifer Schooley

I’m so excited about this event, since I commute to Austin for my internship. (And since feliz means happy). I’d like to join the indigo workshop by Folk Fibers. And as far as activities in Austin. one I always enjoy is browsing through the fun presentation of vintage at Uncommon Goods.

Katherine

If I were in Austin right now, I’d want to climb trees on campus, and then carve pumpkins with January and Jeremy!

carolin

..well, this isn’t in your Austin Design Guide, but what I’d love to do more than anything there is go visit Barton Springs Pool! I love swimming, and that pool for me would be worth a visit!

Andrea

I love to make jewelry, but without a torch my skills are limited. I’d love to learn how to make riveted jewelry because cold connections can replace soldering!

Shayna

I’d love to attend any workshop but sadly won’t be able to make it to Austin this time around…maybe this will become an annual event???? If I were visiting I would love to stay at Hotel San Jose, visit Barton Springs and check out Spartan. Thanks for offering such awesome giveaways!

Jesse

I live here and what I’d like to do is attend the jewelry workshop, have drinks at WeatherUp and eat snacks at the Yellow Jacket!

XOCHI SOLIS

I would love to attend the Indigo Dying workshop with Maura of Folk Fibers. My color loving sweetheart has developed an allergy to commercial dyes and I’ve been hoping to learn an alternative coloring process to make him a sweet accessory to compliment his plain white ‘uniform’ that he has been resigned to wear. I missed Busy Being’s workshop with Niki Livingston of LOOKOUT & WONDERLAND, but I will definitely be able to attend this one! As a native Austinite, my favorite thing to do is to share all my secret thrifting, coffee and sunset spots to visiting friends so they can love my city in all the ways I do :)

elizabeth

I’m local-ish and would LOVE to attend the riveted pendant class – and with Christine Fail, someone whose work I’m really drawn to.

joy @ imaginejoy

I’ve heard amazing things about this city and would love to visit one day. I would visit one of my childhood friends that I haven’t seen since I was 17 – and ask him to take me to the art museums like AMOA-Arthouse! I’d also want to visit various local boutiques and businesses, to see how they are keeping Austin “weird”. Such a good slogan! :-)

cilla

I have to admit that although there seems to be a lot of cool things to do in Austin, my dream is to hop from one dessert truck to the next all day long. ^u^

elizabeth

ooops, forgot to say my top to-visit Austin haunt: one of the many gluten-free restaurants so I can eat out with friends! (I have my eye on Wild Wood Bake House, where I want to try the pizza.)

Rachel Austin

This is awesome and would love to attend. I’m an Austinite!

Carrie Hall

I would love, love, love to attend the natural indigo dye workshop! Yay!

Rachel Austin

I’m an Austinite and would love to attend the workshop to learn about hand-carved stamps. Also, I’ve never been to Thai Passion and been meaning to check it out!

Emily

I love to go eat at the Steeping Room or the Blue Dahlia Bistro. Those are my two favorite restaurants in Austin. Besides eating, I love to go on a hike at the Greenbelt or go swim in Barton Creek.

Jamie

In Austin, I’d absolutely eat my way around the city. BBQ, puffy tacos, authentic Mexican for breakfast lunch and dinner, crepes from a crepe truck I saw on Food TV… yeah. I’d probably explode but it’d be worth it.

Feisty

I would love to do Riveted Pendant Workshop with Fail Jewelry! I live in Dallas, but could totally do a fun weekend down in Austin, it’s been too long since I’ve been there (a year at Thanksgiving?). Looks like a very interesting event, thanks for covering it.

Michael

If I ever happen through Austin I’d definitely make it a point to stop at the AMOA.

Erin A.

I’d love to visit Justines for a meal (old houses turned into restaurants are my fave!) and then roam around all the amazing sounding little shops!! Hoping the Get the Goods Giveaway brings some of the Austin Awesome to me!

Marta

Frankly I’d love to go on a restaurant tour of Austin. Everyone I know who has been there tells me the food is incredible! Timing a visit with ACL would make the trip even better.

Whitney

The riveted pendant workshop sounds wonderful! Reminds me of the pendant styles from travels (and shopping!) in southern Chile. While in Austin I would lust after being a part of a Dai Dui supper club gathering.

Sarah

Feliz is going to be an amazing event! I am extremely excited about the Krank Press workshop and getting to carve unique handmade stamps. I love leaving personal touches when giving gifts, and what better way than handmade wrapping paper. I love printmaking….this is going to be so good!

carlene

I’d love to learn to dye with indigo! I actually have some indigo seeds in my fridge that someone sent me, but haven’t had the chance to plant yet. (I have big plans, LOL)

Ryan

I would love a chance to learn how to make hand-carved stamps. Thanks!

Meg @ Revamp Homegoods

Love this giveaway! I have been wanting to visit Austin forever and for some reason just haven’t been able to. I’d fit it all in – historical sites, shopping, eating, drinking and maybe even pick up a little texan drawl while there!

Maren

So fun! I would love to visit Austin and would probably eat for the majority of time that I was there — in particular, BBQ at Franklin’s and Mexican at La Condesa.

Nicole Patchi

I would want to soak up that Texas twang, and dance the night away at one of the amazing music festivals. Thanks for the offer!

Lauren

What a great giveaway and I feel so lucky to live in Austin! I would love to participate in the rivet jewelry workshop!

Lauren

Such a great prizepack giveaway! My favorite thing to do in Austin are spending my Sundays brunching at Lucy’s followed by a bike ride with friends to my favorite east 6th watering holes (Rio Rita and Yellow Jacket Social Club) for cocktails and then finishing off the day at the White Horse for dancing and free BBQ at their weekly tejano/cumbia event.

christiana

Pretty things! I think Ryan Gosling is filming a movie there right now, so I’d go try to catch a glimpse of him :) And then go eat!

Andrea

My favorite thing to do in Austin is hike to the top of the Pennybacker bridge overlook and have a champagne picnic on the lake!

Jodi

i LOVE austin. wish i could be there for feliz! but i’d also love to win any of those lovely prizes. if i could teleport to austin right now, i would park myself at torchy’s tacos for the afternoon!

Sarah

Love the blog! Love the post! Wish I live near Austin so I could workshop my heart out. Austin’s definitely on my trip list ( I am even trying to convince my younger sister to move out there for college). My must dos? – Delicious icecream from Amy’s, a stop by Women and Their Work and a evening of live music. Thank you!!

Emma

My favorite thing to do in Austin is settle myself into a hidden nook at Mayfield park. I’ll usually bring a book, but sometimes I just lay back and listen to the peacocks screech in the distance with their “eeeOOOOW eeeOOOOW!” I’d love to attend the indigo dying workshop. I live in Austin, so attendance should be easy :)

Hannah

I would eat some breakfast tacos which I hear are amazing! I would visit my sister who lives in Austin and go to the art museums!

Nikk

Yay Austin! I love my city and it’s celebration of creatives. I keep going back and forth between the pendant workshop and the stamps because I love doing both, but I think ultimately I’d love to learn more about carving my own stamps. That one would be awesome!

Nikki

I’m so lucky that I live in Austin. My favorite place to shop for awesome objects is SoCo, so Uncommon Objects is always number one on my list to visit. So many weird, fantastical, crazy things there.

Ashley G.

I’d love to the jewelry workshop with Fail Jewelry. I love her line! I currently live in Austin, but I still need to check out Mockingbird Domestics, a new interiors and home goods store. Hear tons of good things!

Katrina Schutte

I would love to while away a weekend at the Hotel San Jose during a visit to Austin… with this list of recommendations, it’s looking like I should plan a trip soon!

Molly

I am looking forward to Austin’s next Eastside Gallery Tour. Would love to be included in the Get the Goods Giveaway. Thanks!

Jennifer

I would love to attend the indigo workshop. I’m so excited for this

Jessica L

If I could visit Austin, I’d be sure to check out Uncommon Objects, and I’d eat my weight in tacos. Keeping my fingers crossed for these awesome goods! Thanks!

Katy D.

I live in Austin and wanted to go to the Folk Fibers workshop! I think that would be a really amazing craft to learn!

Lauren

I would love to be able to go to Austin someday. I’ve always heard such amazing things about the art and music scene, plus how great the people are and how beautiful the city is. If I ever get down there, I hope to spend my time seeing live bands, shopping, eating yummy food, and checking out the art galleries, parks and whatnot – just soaking it all in. :)

Wendy D

A day at Laguna Gloria sketching and then a great meal at Fonda San Miguel. Sweet!

Meg

Yay Feliz!! Yay Design Sponge for spotlighting it! I live in Austin and my favorite activity is to EAT :) I enjoy all of our wonderful farm to table eateries. The skill(s) I’m into are makin’ some sweet jewelry and dyeing with natural dyes! Both would be sweet to learn.

Flora R.

I love Austin! A visit would include a meal at Polvos, tacos from El Chilito, and long walks along Congress St. for window shopping and gallery looking.

Jillian

I can’t wait to someday make it to Austin! I would hit up all the yummy texmex places and make sure to eat plenty of tacos. I love tacos!

Sarah

I love visiting Austin! It’s a great place that I hope stays weird! When I’m there I love grabbing breakfast tacos, people watching and at sunset checking out the bats that fly from the bridge. I’d love to win the goods and celebrate that which is handmade :)

Laura

Oh, I’m so excited about Feliz & so proud of Austin for supporting its makers! I would love to attend the indigo dying or jewelry workshop. As for sites, I’m an Austinite so I have tons of favorites, but I’ve been meaning to explore Mocking Bird Domestics, Lenoir & Weather Up.

Traci Garcia

I would love to attend the jewelry making workshop! I live in Austin & my favorite activity usually involves cocktails & a patio with friends. Would be great to have a drink at Weather Up wearing a new piece of jewelry that I made.

steff

I would love to learn how to carve a stamp and do some stamping in my Austin stomping grounds!

Megan

I’d love to visit Austin! I’d especially love to check out the shop Underwear!

Sara Shepperd

I would love a reason to visit my little sister in Austin; I am just south in Corpus Christi. I’d like to take all of the Feliz workshops, but could probably benefit most from the rivet pendant making…I’m a high school art teacher, always wanting to learn new skills to teach my students!

Christina Tran

I’d love to do the Riveted Pendant Workshop! Been thinking a lot about jewelry-making these days and would love to try my hand at it.

Sara Shepperd

My favorite thing to do while visiting ATX is hang out with my sis and see some live music at Stubbs:)

Sarah O

I’d love to do the pendant class with Fail Jewelry. I studied coppersmithing in Mexico for a little bit, but would enjoy expanding the repertoire. Unfortunately, I’ll be in Namibia during the workshop, so that’s out. SO, instead, I’ll say I’ve never been to austin, so there are probably lots of things to do. I guess I’d like to check out old neon signs and sip on a michelada.

Celesta

Besides visiting my aunt, who lives close to Austin, I would LOVE to visit Feathers and Mercury Studio and Design… and basically any other vintage themed place they have to offer. I’m a fan of all things vintage. :o)

Anne

For the Get the Goods I’d love to wander the art scene in Austin.

Sally Bergom

I have been slaving away at stripping away the fabric on a chair in order to reupholster it, and I have been going back and forth on what sort of fabric to cover it in, and when I saw the indigo dye class, I knew that was it! Please, help me help my chair!

Emily

I so wish I could attend the riveted pendant workshop – I’ve been daydreaming about making my own jewelry lately! I would also like to check out the AMOA after eating some of the tacos that everyone is raving about :) Never been to Austin but would love to visit someday!

Shauna

Planning on moving to Austin someday… One of the many things I would love to do is to go swimming/lounge around Barton Springs!

jenni o

oh, I love Austin. When I’m there, two must-sees are a stop at Amy’s ice cream and Uncommon Objects. Wish I could go to Feliz.

Amelia

I live in Austin and want to make a shadowbox! And, in the spirit of things, I would treat myself to a croque monsieur and TWO pots of tea at the Steeping Room!

barbara

winning a spot in the indigo dye workshop would be amazing! im a big fan of handmade textiles – this workshop would help me expand my knowledge!

Angela Duncan Southern

My husband and I will be moving there in January, and can’t wait! I suppose the first thing we should do is eat a feastly Brunch at some great local place like Tacos & Tequila, then walk along the river and finally, find the perfect apartment.

Olivia

Sounds like such a fun event! In Austin I would want to take a class at Spruce to reupholster an old chair I found and then get some lunch at one of the unique food trucks!

barbara

i live in austin but am still seeking out my perfect austin day. right now, it would be a morning hike in the greenbelt, a lazy afternoon at barton springs, then margaritas on a restaurant’s patio.

Mary Frances

I’d love to visit Austin – if only to come home with a new wardrobe of amazing vintage finds.

Sara Ewinf

I live in Austin and would like to attend the riveted pendant workshop.

Daniela

I’d love to learn “Hand-Carved Stamps”!!! I love stamps!!!

Claudia

I have never been to Austin, or Texas for that matter but I am literally THIS close to cashing my savings and hitting the road south! My friends from the area have told me so much about the city, so if I ever got a chance to go I would definitely hit up the Barton Springs swimming hole if it was warm enough, eat at Franklin’s BBQ (come on you have to get Texas BBQ!) and La Mexicana Bakery for some sweet treats. Then I would go shopping at Uncommon Objects and catch a show if there was a sweet one at one of the local music halls.

Juliet

Riveted Pendant Workshop would be great to learn how to make gifts! If I visited Austin I would have margaritas and queso while listening to some live music!

Shana

I would love to go to Feathers — it’s my friend’s fave.

(This is for the product giveaway!)

miss james

although (sadly) i won’t be in austin during feliz (come to portland!), when i do visit someday, i’d really like to go to the museum of artificial & natural ephemerata, the umlauf sculpture garden, the mexic arte museum, and the amoa arthouse!
the d*s city guide will sure come in handy!!!

ashley

I would love love to take the natural indigo class! I studied fibers in school, but never had the chance to learn indigo dyeing processes. i would certainly love the opportunity! oh and I’ve always wanted to go to austin. I can do a pretty awesome southern accent…:).

Kristen

For the Goods Giveaway:
Austin makes me happy! South Congress Cafe for brunch, breakfast tacos at Torchys or Juan in a Million, food trucks!, a walk around Town Lake, Barton Lake for swimming, shopping on South Congress, Uncommon Objects, Art House, and checking out all the great music. And a quick drive out to Dripping Springs!

Holly

I want to go to the hand-carved stamps workshop with Krank Press. I am a pattern designer and would love to attend this class.

Bee

Just moved back to Austin after nine years in NYC – surprise divorce! My art materials are still in boxes as I get my feet under me. Any of the workshops would be a welcome and inspiring distraction as I try to figure out what just happened, and a great way to meet local artists. (Except the accordian class, only because I’ve worked in bookbinding.)

Bee

And, since I’m still getting my feet under me, I have yet to check out all the new food and drink spots east of I-35. I could really go for an evening out to pick up my spirits!

Rachel

I love Austin and miss it — lived there for one year. If I could visit, I would eat, eat and eat some more: East Side Cafe, Magnolia Cafe, , Little City Coffee, The Salt Lick (not tech. Austin), Rudy’s BBQ … then go hike off the calories in the beautiful hill country.

Amanda

I would love to visit Austin. I would scout out the music scene and check out some great local venues.

Phoebe Nelson

I would like to attend the Natural Indigo Dye Workshop. I live here in Austin and love supporting the creative community here.

Meredith

Now I live in Brooklyn but I’m from Austin and miss it like crazy. For me, a perfect day in my hometown would entail swimming at Barton Springs, stuffing my face with Torchy’s, getting tattooed at Electric 13, stuffing my face (again) at East Side Kings and ending the night with a show. We’ll say a show at Mohawk, since it’s on the list.

Steph Bedford

I’d love to hit Waterloo Records in Austin and then strap on my sneakers and go for a long run along the river.

Christine Anderson

I want to swim in Barton springs and feel the fresh water…(also very cold), get a slice at Homeslice, a cup-a at Dominican joes, soak in the sun on the capital steps, throw the frisbee in the park, and catch some tunes at Stubbs’s, and chow down on some good ole b-b-q!!! If it seems nostalgic whatsoever I’m all in…

Rebecca

I’d like to go to Austin Art Garage and the Big Medium gallery to check out local artists and installation works!

Jennifer H.

I would love to visit a good friend of mine who just moved to Austin, and let her show me around town – with a pit stop at a taco truck, of course!

adrienne

i live in austin! love houndstooth coffee, then a trail run (emma long!) with my pup- lennon. then, hopefully brunch from elizabeth street or bouldin creek.

Erica

i would love to attend the rivet jewelry workshop, i think it would be a great new skill to learn.

Laurence

It would be great to do any of the workshops but the Riveted Pendant Workshop would be my favorite!
I love to go for a walk at Mayfield garden and have a brunch at Fonda San Miguel with my family.
I live in Austin and am a big fan of Feliz since I’ve discovered it (about a month ago) thanks to an Italian friend who lives in UK!! Can’t wait Nov. the 4th :)

Kenyatta

I’d love to take the Riveted Pendant Workshop! There’s so much to love about Austin. My favorite thing is to go to Zilker park with my Love and my {lovely} dog.

crystal

I live in Austin and own a business here too. I’d love to visit this workshop to find out what I can do to better support other entrepreneurs and makers in our city. My favorite day is spent visiting Uncommon Objects and visiting Bouldin Creek Cafe for lunch. Bike rides around the lake before dinner and drinks at La Condesa.

Lexie Hunt

When I’m in Austin I love to eat brunch at 24 Diner. Their Bloody Marys are out of this world!!!

Katherine

I want to take the stamp workshop! I’d love to try my hand at carving.

Since I just moved to Austin, I want to go vintage shopping at Uncommon Objects, buy spats for my boyfriend at Dandy Suit, and round off the day eating a cowboy taco at Tacodeli.

Gillian BenAry

I’ve never been to Austin, but I’ve always wanted to see it! Seems like Portland, but with a cowgirl twist… I’d love to check out the Nick Cave exhibit at the Art House. (and maybe… wear all my beautiful new jewelry? I am so coveting the stone and honey earrings!)

Ali

I would love to spend all day walking around town then have a few drinks on the patio at Spider House. Its a perfect day for me.

Jeanine

I’d love to get my grub on at the Pig Vicious food truck in Austin!

Molly Block

During a future trip to Austin, the Arthouse and Uncommon Objects are among the places I’d like to visit; an activity I’d like to do is take photos of more vintage signs around town (and share them on Instagram so fellow vintage sign-loving friends from around the world can enjoy this special aspect of Austin!).

Feliz sounds like it will be great. Kudos to everyone involved with it.

Ann Rishell

I so wish I still lived in Austin! When we lived there we ate every Saturday at Phil’s Icehouse. Fantastic burgers! I also have a favorite toy store there, next to a terrific bead store. I loved Austin and all its wonderful quirkiness.

Sarah

I live in Austin, and, if chosen, I would attend the natural Indigo dye workshop because I love textile art and because I have a young daughter who would love to learn this from me.

Kat Thayer

WOW! Like I need a reason to visit Austin again. If I got to go again, I’d eat my way around the city by way of food trucks.
Count me in for both giveaways, please. I’d love, love, LUH-HUV to attend Riveted Pendant Workshop with Fail Jewelry. Oooo, I just want to hug the love right out of that creative community :o)

Sarah

For the goods giveaway, I keep missing Foreign & Domestic’s Saturday morning bake sales. The sale is usually once a month, and I tend to have a scheduling conflict (and a family member who can’t have gluten, so I have to do this secretly). It is at the top of my Austin bucket list. I have also lived here for several years but have never gone to the Continential Club, which must be remedied.

Sara/Matchbox Kitchen

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Austin is Gordough’s donuts! I’ve never been but ever since I saw their donuts I’ve been dreaming of a way to get my hands on some.

Lindsay

What bee-yoo-tiful things! I’ve always wanted to eat a frank or two at Frank’s in Austin. Cheers!

Katie

I would want to go to the indigo dying class. I love textiles and I’m from textile country! I just moved to Austin and it would be a great way for me to meet people too!

Megan Buchanan

I am an aspiring jewelry artist here in Austin and would L.O.V.E. to attend a workshop on Rivet Jewelry. Please and thank you!

Christina Valentine

I moved to Austin in April to volunteer & love the sights & sounds that it has to offer – especially the eats (VIA 313 pizza, yum)! I would love to get in on the Hand-Carved Stamps for Handmade Wrapping Paper Workshop, because my amateur “crafting” consists of making homemade gifts & packages to friends & family back home.

Julie

I used to live in Austin and moved about two years ago to be in Missouri with my future husband. I’d love to go back and visit and eat at Mr. Natural, spend some time drinking margaritas with my good friends, go dancing at 80s night down on Red River, eat at Casa de Luz, and go shopping on South Congress! Miss you big time Austin!
–julie

Sarah

I live in Kansas City and Austin is one of my favorite cities to visit. There are so many awesome things to see and do that I can’t possibly pick one so I made a Google map of all my favorite eateries and boutiques: http://goo.gl/maps/URZHN

Diane

The product giveaway will have to hold me over ’till I get to Austin!!! Love all the craft photos and do amny design projects myself. The inspiration is awesome. If there I’d attend the Indigo Dye workshop, real old school beautiful textiles by hand = it doesn’t get any better !!! :)

Karen D.

Get the Goods Giveaway: I’d like to tour Austin and take photos of neon signs around town. My husband gave me an industrial neon sign making class one year for Christmas. One of the best presents ever. I’d also go to Mockingbird Domestics (what a great name choice).

Ashlee

It’s been years since I lived in Austin but I would love to see Barton Springs and see how the Austin Museum of Art has changed since my internship there. “Get the Goods Giveaway”.

jody

I already live in Austin and would love to attend any of those workshops, particularly the jewelry-making.

As for the goods giveaway, one thing I can never get around to doing in ATX is boutique shopping. I’d love to check out all the shops on your Austin guide (with someone else’s budget!).

Lania

I would love to go to Uchi and Uchiko with an endless budget and dine until my button pops.

Elizabeth

I am dying to go to Austin and one place that will defintely make my list is Cush Cush… I am a fabric collector (ok ok…hoarder) and this shop sounds right up my alley! Especially the vintage bolts…dream come true!

raquel

I’m in austin and would love to go to the riveted jewelry workshop!

Chelsey

I would eat some pizza at homeslice, walk down south congress and end the night with a drink at Hotel San Jose.

Pamelotta

I think the keepsake shadow b0x class sounds interesting. I’ve got a lot of stuff I’ve saved from my family that I would love to learn to display.

I have one question, though. If I can’t make it that weekend, can the prize be transferred to someone else? I’ve got lots of friends in Austin who would love be happy to take my place. ;)

Whitney

Born and raised in Austin and I would love to enter the get the goods giveaway! I will be out of town that Saturday so can only go to Feliz on Friday…otherwise i would enter the workshops! SO excited to see an event like this in Austin. I recently moved back from LA where I loved going to Unique LA and can’t wait to go to Feliz.

Emily

I live in Austin and appreciate the constant creativity. All sessions sound wonderful, but the Riveted Pendant Workshop with Fail Jewelry looks especially intriguing. I look forward the event!

Sarah

I hear that Austin is an up-and-coming trendy city. I’d love to check out the night life and also the famous barbecue!

Cori

I would love to go down to 6th Street and catch some live shows!

Courtney

It would be awesome to win the get the goods! I live in Austin and love to get a coffee at Jo’s on South Congress and stroll the avenue.

Anna

I’m local! Would LOVE to attend the Fail jewelry workshop! Can’t wait for Feliz weekend.

Clare Corriveau

I would LOVE to attend the Natural Indigo Dye Workshop with Folk Fibers. I recently got married and have thrown myself headfirst into making our first home a comfortable and wonderful space with some funky twists. Learning a skill like this to add some flair to a space would be amazing.

shannon

man. the indigo dye workshop would be amazing. I’m in the process of trying to find fabric for pillows and this would be perfect.

jenna c.

so wish i could get myself to feliz, but i’m not local, so this is for the product giveaway. everybody always talks about the food. my kids’ favorites are tacos and burgers and from what i hear austin does those up right!

Carlina Dupere

I keep begging my husband to move to Austin even though I’ve never been there. I would choose between the indigo class or the rivet class for sure. Then I’d hunt down the Sisters of the Black Moon, eat tacos and drink beer : ) oh and find a swimming hole.

Carlina Dupere

I keep begging my husband to move to Austin even though I’ve never been there. I would choose between the indigo class or the rivet class for sure. Then I’d hunt down the Sisters of the Black Moon, eat tacos and drink beer : ) oh and find a swimming hole. But since I can’t get myself to Austin from the east coast for this I’m commenting for the giveaway : )

Leslie Lowe

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be in Austin for this. I live in Seattle, but if I were back in Austin you would find me at Torchy’s tacos, poking around independent design shops, talking to locals and listening to music all over town. Oh, and I would have to stop and have a drink at the Hotel San Jose. Thank you for transporting my thoughts to this amazing city!

Tamara

I will definitely try to attend this work shop when I go home to Austin next month! I also plan on doing paddle yoga on Lake Travis with Black Swan Yoga Studio!

Ally

If I could fly myself to Austin, or take a romantic roadtrip from the Pacific NW down to Texas, I would definitely visit Toy Joy! I’ve heard about it from Austinites and I’m a sucker for playful whimsy. My first job at 15 was in a toy store!

April

Love Austin! I’m in Dallas now, so I’d love to trek down and Create My Own Keepsake Shadowbox with Shanna Murray!

Tara Stewart

I live in Austin, and I’d love to join the indigo class or the stamp class.

As an activity, I’d love to shop at the North Loop vintage stores and then grab a drink at East Side Showroom.

Chelsea

I, too, live in Austin and am happily going to Feliz in November. The makers’ list is SO GOOD.

I would love to learn about to make my own stamp by the talented Krank Press.

And an activity? Barton Springs night swim—all year long! Every December my friends and I go for a celebratory polar bear jump! Freezing but so fun.

Thank you to the makers, Feliz and D*S for this generous offer!

Sarah

This is a hard choice. I recently gifted my boy a set of linoleum carving blocks in order for us to make our own prayer flags; his favorite place in the whole world is Ladakh, India. So I want to say the Hand Carved Stamp class but I’m actually going to go with the Rivet Jewelry class instead. Awesome giveaway, especially with being so close to Austin. Glad to see d*s going more national. Woot!

Carole Penner

I’d want to hear Esperanza Spalding play her bass and sing. She’s from Portland where I lived for 22 years and now lives in Austin.

Rarer Borealis

Unfortunately I won’t be back in Austin any time soon, but if I was I’d run back to Toy Joy. I bought two pocketfuls of mini-animals and some delicious bubble tea, AT THE SAME TIME. Wonderous.

Leigh-Ann

First, I’d meet my BFF at Jo’s on South Congress to get caffeinated for a day which would include music shopping at Waterloo, BBQ lunch at Franklin’s, watching the sunset at Mt. Bonnell, dinner at Uchiko, then a movie w/ a bucketful of beer at Alamo Drafthouse. And on my way back home to L.A., I’d be sure to grab some sausage links at the airport Salt Lick.

lindsey

Shanna Murray’s workshop would be incredible. She is a seriously talented lady who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at NYIGF. I’d love to soak up some of her skills.

Lauren

I’m excited for this event! A designer friend of mine from Baltimore recommended it. I would love to partake in the Natural Indigo Dye workshop.

Andrea

I would love to go to the Natural Indigo Dye Workshop with Folk Fibers! I wish I would have worked with fibers more in school.

Audrey

Oh, if I were only going to flying back home three weeks earlier I’d be at Feliz! One of my favorite things to do in Austin, and started participating in during high school, is going swing dancing at The FED on Thursday nights! Yay Austin Swing Syndicate!

Jen

I have been wanting to learn to make jewelry for a long time, now’s my chance!

Clarissa

my heart is jumping after reading this! So awesome that Austin is doing this! I would love to learn how to make hand carved stamps! just in time for the holidays too :) Would be cool to be able to use this skill to make cards for loved ones. I would love to visit Finch, Cush Cush, and Bow and Arrow.. they all sound cool. Would also like to catch a show in the live music capital of the world! :) Love you, Design*Sponge!

Fatimah

I would love to be a part of this. With a background in jewelry I am interested in the rivet pendant workshop, however the indigo dye workshop is also very appealing. Not to mention Austin. Oooh, wait hand carved stamps…to many good choices.

Dana

I love going to evening mass at St. Edward’s. It’s beautiful on a cold November night.

Jessica

I actually live in Austin. I’d love love love love love to go to Feliz! Especially for Shanna Murray’s workshop!!

nikj

As part of my current life meditation project I’ve been focusing a lot on inner strength through creativity and using it as a tool to connect with the world around me. I would love to attend the Natural Indigo Dye workshop. There is great communal importance and inner peace found in the intertwining of art and nature, and I’ve heard a strong inner calling that it could be a very important part of my journey. I had been setting aside money and good energy in hopes of attending the workshop, but as it’s been a more difficult year than most the class sold out before I was able to raise the admission. A dear friend found this link today and I believe it was with reason. Attending your workshop would be of great importance to me, if you could please consider my admittance. To whomever is blessed with a chance at attending these strengthening exchanges of knowledge in our lovely community of Austin, good luck to you. I hope that you continue to share the skills with your community wherever home may be.

Audra

These workshops sound great! My favorite this to do in Austin is take a dog and walk around the greenbelt on the weekends. Or eat delicious mexican food :)

Ashley S.

I love Austin! I really want to make it to Austin City Limits sometime.

Hannah

I would love to visit Austin and head to Barton Springs! Also would want to stop in and shop at Spartan, and get tacos from the food trucks!

Blaise

The wrapping paper stamps workshop is just in time for the holidays — I’d love to wrap my handmade presents in handmade paper! (And maybe peruse Austin shops for some presents for myself!)

Kim S

I am definitely going to this. The shadowbox idea looks really fun and I would like to learn how to make that, and do the natural indigo dyes. I’m in Austin.

Michelle

When I visit Austin I love to make time to visit the bats under the Congress Street Bridge.

Amanda

I would love to attend the riveted jewelry workshop. I’m local and am looking forward to this!

vianna

I would love to go to all the good thrift shops and vintage boutiques in Austin!

Janet

I’ve never been to Austin or to Texas but I would love to go. I’m a sucker for good brunch so I’d have to make a stop at Enoteca!

Sarita

I’d definitely spend the morning on SoCo – Jo’s for coffee, the crepe truck for breakfast, then the Hand Carved Stamp or book binding class! Then Goody’s for cheap jewelry, that hat shop to find a wedding hat for my fiancé, and maybe a haircut at Birds. Then I’d brave the cold in Barton Sprins, get Amy’s ice cream, and get dolled up to go out and see some live music. oh, and there’d be some greens from Threadgills in there somewhere. Sigh. I love and miss Austin.

Naomi McEneely

I would love to go and learn about the indigo dying. everytime I have tried it on my own, it has not been very successful. In fact any of the crafts would be a nourish to me.

Kellie

I’m a local Austin designer and artist. I would love to learn the stamping or indigo dying. Either would be a great skills to add to my toolbox!

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