Wednesday, December 23, 2009

merry yule to you

we hope everyone had a great year! thanks for supporting dang argyle all year. see you in 2010!
coco & manz

Monday, December 14, 2009

free shipping this week

dang argyle is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders $25 and under from now through december 18th. snap it up.

drop the needle, it's christmas.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

big shop update!

we've added a bunch of new stuff to the dang shop. the below image is a sampling of new things. we'll also be adding a few more items this week, including more star wars coasters- they got snatched up fast last weekend. see the shop for pocket pouches, pocket wallets, and coaster sets. there's still time to get your orders in before the holidays! (and hey michigan peeps, mitten cards are back!)
thanks so much for argyling with us this year,
manz & coco

Monday, December 07, 2009

the holiday baar bazaar that was

i had a great time vending at last weekend's holiday baar bazaar. thanks to bethany @ for putting on another great bazaar! i will admit that my brain went to sleep around 11pm. ;) thanks to everyone who came out for this late show! it was d'argyle's last show of the year. there were so many great shows to sell at and shop at the entire year. we're so lucky to be blessed with such a great craft community in southeastern michigan. i have met SO many great people and i LOVE being a part of it all. y'all rock!

Monday, November 30, 2009

holiday baar bazaar this saturday! presents the holiday baar bazaar this saturday, 12/5 from 8pm- 2am, at the majestic theater in detroit. (yes, it's a late show!) 35 vendors will be selling handmade stuff, vintage goods & clothing, books, assorted tchotkes, and more. ----> sure to be something for the gift giving season, sure to be something for everyone. (see link for vendor list.) dang argyle will be there with new pocket wallets, coasters (for the first time), mitten cards, a few new star wars things, and more.

rad vendors
live music all night
all ages welcome
free admission

yes, this is also the same day as ypsilanti's shadow art fair and the flint handmade holiday craft market. what a busy day in michigan.

Friday, November 27, 2009

detroit is not dead: welcome city bird!

the brother-sister power duo of emily and andy linn, known as city bird, has been making lovely detroit-themed goods for a while now, and have been selling online, at craft fairs, and at boutiques all over the place. recently they opened their own brick & mortar shop in midtown detroit! their space at 460 w. canfield features a studio, store and gallery. in addition to oodles of city bird items, the store is also home to handmade work from a variety of local artists and designers.

we're excited to be included in the mix, as dang argyle recently delivered city bird a stash of wallets and pouches to be sold on consignment at the store! thanks, city bird, and goood luck on your retail adventure! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DUCF wrap up

another great year for the detroit urban craft fair! this show is so fun to be a part of. the majestic theater was packed most of the day and there was a great group of vendors. thanks to all the shoppers who came out, and a big thanks the handmade detroit gals for putting on another great fair. i didn't get to browse much, but i did get a really cool coffee sack purse from val at make-out goods. (i was long overdue for a new bag!)

we won't be updating the shop just yet, as we're vending at the holiday baar bazaar in detroit on december 5th! more on that later.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

last minute DUCF preps- are you ready!?

this week has been a mad dash to the finish line that is still 2 days away- DUCF! we're still working on getting things done. it is going to be such a fun day! do plan to come out and shop, get some christmas shopping started. i know, it's early for me too, but why not start it off with a bang with some stellar local and handmade gifts!? DUCF will have almost 60 local artists with a variety of items including jewelry, knitware, ceramics, soap, clothing, books, paper goods, posters, purses, wallets, nightlights, and so much more. stuff for kids, adults, your man, your lady, and even your dog. always the forest posted a great blog on things to do before/after DUCF while you're in detroit.

dang argyle will have new bags, pocket wallets, pocket pouches, other pouches, a variety of michigan notecards, and funny family foto cards.

seriously, for me, DUCF is like three christmases and a family reunion wrapped into one. a glowing day where all is well with the world. i can't wait! see you there...

detroit urban craft fair
the majestic theater
detroit, mi
10am- 7pm
free admission


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

twas 3 days before ducf and her iron dies...

yeah, so my iron died. it's been dying for a while, leaking water, not auto-shutting off. but it was hot and ironing! *i'll get one after the craft fair* i kept saying. tonight i had a stack of things to iron with some interfacing and it decided to pour all the water out onto the purse. this was not very nice. (the purse is now drying and i'm on to cutting things out & watching dexter instead.) i've had some woes with irons since dang argyle began. (see here.) this is my fourth iron?? i have lost count. so, buy a new iron is first on my list of things to do tomorrow after work.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

bowling for kip

this new pouch is dedicated to kip. he worked at the bowling alley we used to bowl at all the time. heck, maybe he still works there. he looked like kip so we called him kip. i think we were his favorite bowling patrons, going there every thursday for a year or two or something crazy. did we really do that? seems so long ago, so foreign, yet it feels like yesterday. we have a long list of folks we bowled with: the bowling mafia. are you on the list?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

it is coming

i am excited for DUCF! it is less than four weeks away, there is much to do, and time is flying! we are happy to be vending along with 50+ other vendors at the majestic theater on november 21st. this show is always a lot of fun and is such a collection of fabulous makers. i hope i have more time to shop there this year. :)

we're currently working on some new things for your shopping pleasure and our making pleasure. i went to salvation army tonight to check out the fabrics, and eeek! not a good idea to go there three days before halloween, as everyone young person in the city was there hunting for costumes and the line was a mile long. luckily, or sadly, i didn't find anything and left empty handed. maybe i didn't look that hard, to avoid the line. will have to check it out again.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MICE @ the Market wrap up

i had a great time representing dang argyle at MICE at the Market in ann arbor last sunday. the weather was beautiful for our outdoor show. a lot of familiar faces stopped by to say hello, and it was great to meet some fellow MICE members in person for the first time. craft fairs are the most fun!

i think it's a new rule that i buy myself a neclace at each show i do. i bought a lovely one from courtney fischer. i really like her jewelry. the colors and her style are great. i also bought an adorable dutch couple notecard from elevated press: such fabulous letterpress designs in that shop!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

shop update

we've added a few new items to the dang shop. and beefed up the SALE section. here is a glimpse of newness:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

michigan notecards

here are some new notecards. cyanotypes that look like polaroids. i like how they turned out. i'll have some this sunday to sell at MICE at the Market! :)
p.s. fellow micetsian tilt included d'argyle in her blog post the other day. thanks!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

MICE @ the Market is coming up

dang argyle will be vending at MICE at the Market on sunday, september 27 from 11-4pm in kerrytown. it's coming up fast! we're working on some new fall stuff for the show (i'm taking an internet break as i type this) and we'll have some sale things too. hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

argyle sighting

back during our old livejournal days i used to do something called argyle sightings (click to see past findings) and i would feature some nifty argyle sightings plucked from the internet. today two argyle sightings were found in my RSS feeds, and i realized i had been neglecting looking for argyle! both argyle sightings are from the fabulous design*sponge, and both are featured DIY projects. take a peek and then make some argyle!

(photos from design*sponge)

Friday, September 11, 2009

new stuff

hello friends! i am watching way too many episodes of the x-files and home movies, and cutting and sewing up new stuff for the dang shop.

Monday, August 31, 2009

fall shows in michigan...

M.I.C.E. (michigan indie crafters of etsy) has posted a list of some of the fall 2009 art fairs & shows happening around southeast michigan. Check out their post for more info. Here they are:

The Jamboree @ Riverside Park, Ypsilanti-- Fri-Sat Sept 4-5
Emerge & See @ The Crowfoot Ballroom, Pontiac-- Friday Sept 11
D.I.Y Ferndale-- Fri-Sun September 18-20
Funky Ferndale Art Fair-- Sat-Sun Sept 19-20
Flintstock, Flint-- Saturday Sept 26
M.I.C.E @ The Market, Ann Arbor-- Sunday Sept.27
Ann Arbor Fiber Expo-- Sat-Sun October 24-25
Ridge Show, Pleasant Ridge-- Fri-Sat Nov 20-21

Also: Detroit Urban Craft Fair applications are live until sept 20, and Shadow Art Fair applications open tomorrow! Hit it!

shop update + star wars

i started updating the dang shop with some new star wars items. i didn't want to make more star wars stuff, then i ran across these linens in a thrift shop, so i figured why not one more batch. i like the black + galaxy in these ones! there's a new pocket pouch coming, and a red star wars purse too! but i ran out of interfacing. soon! may the handmade force be with you.

and for those of you not into star wars, i've got a green birdie tea towel and some great vintage aqua polka dot fabric for upcoming stuff as well.

p.s. new pricing starts today.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

stitch n' pitch comes to detroit!

Tomorrow Stitch N' Pitch comes to Detroit! Comerica Park will feature a ball game and many, many folks working on cross-stitch and knitting projects. I'd go, but have a shower to attend, so I hope some local crafters go and have a great time! Let me know how it goes. (As of now, there are still tickets available.)

Fact: "Stitch N' Pitch brings together two wonderful traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Come to a ball game and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Sit among friends, family and colleagues and cheer on your favorite Baseball Team. Beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome."


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

DUCF is coming!

Hello Michigan crafters and buyers! Mark your calendars, Handmade Detroit has announced the Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2009 details! It will be back at the Majestic Theatre again this year, on Saturday, November 21, from 10am - 7pm.

If you're a crafter, applications are being accepted through Sept. 11 Sept 20. It is such a great show to be a part of. And the handmade shopping! Ugh, it's top notch goodness.

Sounds like good times, any way you look at it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

happy summer shop update!

a few new lollipop pouches are in the dang shop!
and there are still items on SALE too :)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

happy birthday dang argyle!

four years ago the idea of dang argyle was born by coco & manz. for the next several months we honed our skills, created patterns, and sewed a lot of stuff! the following july we posted our first items on etsy (which sold very quickly), a few weeks later we had our first wholesale inquiry from little otsu, and a few weeks after that (august 2006) we were participating our first craft fair- the first ever detroit urban craft fair. in the past three years we've continued to make dang stuff, participate in various craft fairs in SE michigan, and we've met a lot of awesome people because of it all! so, happy birthday dang argyle! and thanks to everyone who's still checking up on us. :) there's more to come from us dang girls, guaranteed.


Saturday, August 08, 2009

michigan pillow

here is the new michigan pillow i made for my couch. you can't go wrong with brown and aqua! i used a stencil i bought from coffee break design last month at SAF.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

another crafty birthday

happy birthday to d'argyle's manz!
may she enjoy a damn good cup of coffee today.
black as midnight on a moonless night
(with a splash of soy, of course!)

post-fairs wrap up

the ann arbor art fair has left the city after four days. i did walk around for the first time in a long time, but i was busy looking for shots for the film while there. "where is the art on a stick?" was uttered a few times. ball of lust- a journey of love starred a kickball and a pair of cleats that were destined to find love amidst the art fair. it won the "most romantic" award and some sea monkeys at the mini film festival.

after crazy editing and other suchness, i and some brave souls hit the shadow art fair when it was nice and crowded. it was hard to look at stuff for so long, with the crowds, but i chatted up some friends and some nice vendors. my big purchases were a couple of awesome michigan stencils by coffee break design, and a bowl of vegan chips & cheeze that ended up being dinner.

also, in dang argyle news, there are things cut out and sitting on my sewing machine! it's about time to get back into some sewing action and wake up that etsy store. it's been a quiet summer for d'argyle. shhh, don't tell anyone!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

art fairs in washtenaw county this week!

there are a few art events going on around town this week. downtown ann arbor plays host to the BIG art fair from wednesday- saturday. it is quite the event, if you're into that. i'll be around town, avoiding driving, yet actually trying to get to the art fair at some point, to make a movie or something silly and fun. ;)

and this saturday, july 18, the summer shadow art fair will be happening in ypsilanti from noon to midnight. go get some good coffee! or a shadow brew.

hooray to those who make things and express themselves through creativity, and a high five to those who support local artists and handmade.

p.s. harry potter 6 comes out tomorrow! eeek. this dang gal will be going this weekend.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

dang bag

a handmade purse for co's birthday gift. featuring the krisuvik winter camp- iceland '83 patch that i've been hanging onto for years.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

vacations + art

last week i visited coco in wisconsin for a bit. twas fun! one day we went to madison. we stopped in urban outfitters and were surprised to see art by etsy's ryan berkley there. hmmm.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

lish and her glasses are in print

the fabulously crafty and ever-so-chic Lish from handmade detroit has a fab write up and interview in the latest metrotimes issue! check it out, local crafters! lish is adorable and the article is dang entertaining. :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

a crafty b-day

today dang coco is having a birthday! a big happy happy birthday to the best business partner ever!! -manz

Thursday, June 11, 2009

new star wars pouches in the shop

of m.i.c.e and lynch

last sunday was MICE at the market in ann arbor. i worked and didn't get to vend or shop, but i hear it went well. MICE is supposed to have another round of etsy at the market in the fall, so we shall see! check out their adorable ad for the show:
if you like awesome things, and if you like david lynch, i highly recommend the following: david lynch giving a daily weather report on his website, in total lynch-like fashion. watch and enjoy. can i hug a video?

Sunday, May 31, 2009

etsy treasury

dang argyle's spring in spain pouch was spotted in an etsy treasury over the weekend. thanks! such great colors :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

movement | DEMF 2009 gets crafty

our handmade detroit friends will have a tent set up at movement/ DEMF 2009 may 23-25! the tent will feature the handmade wares and goods of over twenty local artists. if you're heading out to The D next weekend, be sure to check out these fabulous vendors :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

twin peaks freak

how awesome is this etsy shop? the great northern features twin peaks themed items. yes! my wall is calling for a cross stitching to hang next to this print i own.


Friday, May 15, 2009

LOOP this sunday

Loop’s monthly craft-out, Social Circle, will be meeting at the Pinwheel Bakery in Ferndale on Sunday, May 17, from 12P-4P!
Pinwheel Bakery is located at 220 W Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.

Please join us for crafting, socializing, and sweets & sandwiches available for purchase at Pinwheel. (Including vegan cookies!) Bring a craft of your choice to work on. See you there!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

etsy treasury

dang argyle's owls in a row pouch was recently included in this "sweet" treasury. thanks! :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

blog mention

dang argyle has been featured in many blogs over the past three years, and we're trying to keep better track of that now.

yesterday dang argyle's owl pouch was featured in the vegan samples blog. thanks!

tiny cross stitch for you

we now have some tiny cross stitch pieces in the dang shop!! so tiny, so cross stitched, so perfect for someone's wall...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

big spring shop update!

this past week we've updated the dang argyle shop with lots of new pouches. there are still more pouches and purses to be added this week. have a peek at what we've listed so far, click the image for a large view:

happy spring, and happy mother's day!
manz & coco

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

rethunk recap

the green street fair / rethunk market was pretty fun. the fair was friday through monday. i only vended on sunday and it was the best day weather-wise. i guess the other days the handmade detroit and swap-o-rama-rama tents battled wind, rain, and the fire martial. yep. there was steady traffic, although sales around our end weren't so hot. i had a lot of fun people watching and dog watching. yes, it was like watching a dog parade! there were big dogs, small dogs, every kind of dog you can imagine. i'm in the market for a dog, so it was like window shopping. the most interesting dog related tidbit was the tiny dog wearing a tiny straw hat and "driving" a monster truck. (the owner was following him with a remote control.)

other interesting sights included mother earth walking around on stilts, a parrot, a kid with a machine gun made out of balloons (what happened to balloon animals?), and a kids' wagon with huge pimped out wheels. i didn't get to walk around much, but had fun chatting with folks in the rethunk market tent. to make the day even more swell i bought some sweet goods from handmade detroit, sean hages, reware vintage, and courtney fischer. (who were all lovely tent mates.)

Friday, May 01, 2009

blog mention

i recently came across a blog that featured dang argyle. club jade included the luke skywalker pouch in their Jawa Scavenger: Star Wars wear & carry edition post. club jade is a fun blog, and our pouch fit right in! thanks for the kind words and for your previous purchase from us at DUCF. :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

this sunday is the green street fair!

this friday through sunday is the green street fair in plymouth. this fair is super fun with a lot going on!

"Green Street Fair, Inc. was founded to help educate and inform people of all ages about the benefits of green, organic, and eco friendly products and services. To promote global interest and personal well-being, the Green Street Fair blends companies, artisans, entertainers, workshops and speakers together in a friendly and family-oriented outdoor environment. Consumers who attend the Green Street Fair will be encouraged to learn the advantages of taking strides, large or small, towards living a healthier and greener life." highlights from the fair include: the market village, exhibitor displays, speakers, live music, street performers, interactive displays, childrens activity centers, trash can jam, fort box, fitness and well-being demos, organic cuisine, art installations, and more. hopefully the weather will cooperate and make the day even better.

dang argyle will be vending in the rethunk market tent all day on sunday, come say hi! next door to the rethunk tent will be swap-o-rama-rama, which has to be experienced.

friday: noon- 7pm
saturday: 10am- 7pm
sunday: 10am-5pm

Monday, April 20, 2009

craft revival recap

i had a great time representing dang argyle at saturday's craft revival! as always, it is nice to feel the buzz of craft fair day, and to see & chat with favorite crafty friends and meet new folks as well. the weather was amazing! thank you to everyone who came out.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

lined up and ready to go

dang argyle will be vending at Craft Revival this saturday! it's our first show of the year, and i'm super excited!

Friday, April 10, 2009

the thrift report:

today dang manz had a great thrifting day. i found some nice wooden racks that need some rebuilding, but shall be used for a new craft fair table display. [read: for next saturday's craft revival!] i also found a thrift store with tons of linens and fabric (and other craft doo-dads). the selection wasn't hot today, i only got a few pieces, but it's nice to know it's there.

R2D2 thinks you should go to CRAFT REVIVAL

if my four year old nephew was a 20 yr old girl he would totally buy this cuteness. maybe the new use of pouches should be to hold legos.