Feliz Workshop + Sale Giveaway!

by Grace Bonney

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:


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.)


  • 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.


Suggested For You


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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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