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A CRAFTED Halloween All October

Posted October 1st, 2015

The makers of the market are so excited that October is finally here! Fall is the most CRAFTED time of the year, and the wheels of inspiration have been turning hard all summer. Spooks and spiders are starting to pop up all over the place. Get your Halloween party started now by checking out these fun finds and activities.

Sustainable Seafood Expo Returns to CRAFTED

Posted October 1st, 2015

The Sustainable Seafood Expo – hosted by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium & Friends – is back for its second year at CRAFTED. Last year’s event made a big splash, and this year you can catch even more offerings than last. Chefs, fish mongers, environmentalists and scientists will be on hand to educate us all about making smarter seafood choices. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a lot of tasty sustainable seafood to sample. Tickets and details available here.

Afterwards, if you’re inspired to cook up your own masterpiece (or just need a walk after all that delicious poke), we suggest pairing your afternoon with a visit to the CRAFTED marketplace where you can find great fish-themed items and ingredients like these to enjoy at home.



This Sunday: Try Silk Painting

Posted September 25th, 2015


Our friends from Mayu Silk Painting will be here to show you how to create a flowing piece of art. Utilizing modern, eco-friendly and upcycled materials, Mayu Silk Art brings the beautiful, ancient art of water marbling to the 21st century. Onlookers crowd around to watch “designers” of all ages and abilities make their own one-of-a-kind handmade water-marbled silk scarves. Each artist applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in our custom-built water marbling trays, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design to their liking. It is a true “WOW” moment when the finished scarf is held up for all to see! Drop-ins welcome all day from 10a.m.-6p.m.


It’s a Maker’s Weekend at CRAFTED

Posted September 23rd, 2015

Forget what the thermostat tells you, Fall is here. Yes, every maker’s favorite time of year is upon us and it’s time to celebrate. That’s why we’re calling it a Maker’s Weekend here at CRAFTED. There are so many great activities and crafts for creative types of all ages and levels to get their hands on! Check out the list below and come enjoy a Maker’s Weekend with us here at CRAFTED. We’ll even have a DJ spinning tunes on Saturday from 2:30 until 5:30p.m.


Felt Flowers at the Creation Station

Join us at the Creation Station to learn how to create a vibrant felt rose and leave with a wearable pin or headband.

Fri-Sun 11am-6pm, $2-4




Printmaking at ECF

This is an open (all ages & skill levels) relief printmaking workshop. Visitors can join at any time. All materials are provided (paper, ink, plate and tools) along with light instruction/demonstration.

Sat-Sun 11am-6pm, $10




mayu silk art

Try you hand at silk painting with guest instructors from Mayu Silk Painting (Sunday only).





CelebFullSizeRenderrate the 2nd Anniversary of Wine, Dine and Fine Art with Shari!

Join decorative artist Shari Tipich and learn how to paint the rich symbolism of Koi fish. Enjoy appetizers, desserts, wine and beverages, fun and new friends! Reserve your easel now, all artistic levels always welcome. Click here to RSVP and prepay for this event. Painting party includes 16″x 20″ canvas, use of easels, paints and brushes, and three hours of step-by-step instruction – along with food, wine and beverages.

Sunday 2-5pm, $50

Tin Machina Pop-Up at CRAFTED This Weekend

Posted September 17th, 2015

Tin Machina specializes in classic tintype photography. It’s like getting your picture taken during the advent of photography, without having to go back in time. Tintype photos make a great conversation piece or gift.  Come see how it was – and still can be – done  at the CRAFTED market this weekend from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can even make an appointment for your portrait sitting on their website.

New Shops in the Market – September 2015

Posted September 17th, 2015

Fall is nearly upon us, and we’ve got a great new crop of shops that just opened up! Here’s a sneak peek. Come on down this weekend to shop and meet the new makers.


Pop of Color

Pop of Color is surely going to be the place where a lot of shoppers get their next favorite tote or handbag! POC makes multiple styles in a rainbow of colors to compliment your outfit perfectly. Plus, if you put function before fashion, you’ll appreciate that POC bags are made from lightweight materials to lessen your load. They also make a line of throw pillows for bringing their classic style into your comfy spaces.



Indust-Realized is a great new shop full of eclectic finds, from upcycled vintage hubcap lamps to marine-themed marionettes and even sea urchin earrings. Makers and curators Alexandra and John have a vision that blends a downtown aesthetic with coastal influences. Be among the first to get hip to this California trip of a shop!


A Little Shabby…A Little Chic

A Little Shabby…A Little Chic is a great new furniture and home decor addition to CRAFTED. They specialize in refinishing furniture in a variety of hues, and you can buy a piece from their shop or have them refurbish a piece you already own! Proprietor Kathy also makes pillows and drapes that really turn a house into a home.

Take Five with Jenny Gin of Pretty and Perky

Posted September 9th, 2015

pretty & perky soaps body products

CRAFTED is always buzzing with activity, so “TAKE FIVE” gives us a chance to take a break and learn a little bit about the artists who make the market great!

1)Tell us about the birth of Pretty and Perky. How did it get started?

Pretty & Perky was born in May under the blue moon of Megatron, when the star of Loki crossed the moon of Han Solo. Ok you caught me… I really don’t have a fancy origin story.

About 16 years ago I watched the movie Fight Club, and along with checking out the sexy sweaty men (there’s no need to pretend like you all weren’t staring), I learned that soap making was just adding a solution of sodium hydroxide to fat. After reading a few soap making books, I drove over to Home Depot, picked up a container of Red Devil Lye, and headed over to the nearest liposuction clinic. I was pretty bummed out because they were not interested in upcycling their fat, so I had to go to our nearest supermarket and pickup a gallon of olive oil. *I’m totally kidding with the liposuction story… they were very nice people.

After making countless batches of weird soap for years and forcing family and friends to use them, I finally improved my skills enough to make stuff that people actually enjoyed. I still remember all of the weirdly shaped bars of soap my poor husband had to use (what a trooper).

Soap making was basically a fun hobby I did for years until 2012 when I decided to step into the world of entrepreneurship.

2) What is the best part of being Pretty and Perky?

The best part of making bath, body and home scenting products is being able to create something that you can use and enjoy. It’s like being a chef without all of the added calories.

Stirring the soap cauldron and mumbling mystical chants is pretty awesome too… oh wait did I let that slip out??

3) What makes Pretty and Perky unique?

Our products are unique because I try to blend all of the fragrances myself. Having fun and interesting fragrance combinations is sort of our signature.

4) What is the craziest lesson you’ve learned while working on Pretty and Perky?

One of the main lessons I’ve learned is to be more flexible in all situations. Whether it’s supplies arriving late, colors not being exactly the same from batch to batch, or even the weather challenging me, I’ve tried to figure out a way to make it work. The language may get a little salty while I’m trying to be “flexible”, but I get it done lol.

5) Which product/scent in your line do you most like?

Right now I’m really enjoying our Japanese Mint Loofah Soaps. The soap is very moisturizing because of the shea butter, the built in loofah exfoliates really well, and the mint essential oil leaves my skin feeling tingly. With this hot weather, I’m all about the tingle!

Awesome Accessories for Fabulous Furniture

Posted September 9th, 2015

CRAFTED Accessories
Beginning this Friday, September 11 at 10a.m., Restoration Hardware will be holding a massive warehouse sale at CRAFTED. There will be thousands of square feet of stylish furniture available at steep discounts. Need accent pieces to go with your new furniture? Check out the CRAFTED marketplace to find awesome accessories that pop!

Here’s just a sampling of some of the great handmade touches you can find in the CRAFTED market:

Restoration Hardware Sale at CRAFTED in September!!

Posted August 28th, 2015

Are you sitting down? Do you even like the chair you’re sitting in? If not, you’re in luck because it has just been announced that Restoration Hardware will be holding their gigantic Warehouse Sale at CRAFTED – and it’s their only warehouse sale in Southern California. There will be up to 40,000 sq. feet of super stylish furniture at a steep discount, so wear comfortable shoes!

Here are some other “insider tips” for you:

September Sale Days:
* Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13
* Friday 18, Saturday 19, Sunday 20
* Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27

Sale Hours:
* Fridays & Saturdays 10a.m. – 6p.m.
* Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m.

What’s on sale?
* Couches, club chairs, credenzas and more!
* The stock available changes regularly
* Sorry, phone holds and stock checks are not possible

Forms of Payment:
* Only credit and debit cards will be accepted
* Sorry, but cash and checks will not be accepted

* Delivery service will be available (via a third-party provider)
* Sorry, shipping service will not be available.

Need More Information?
You can reach a Restoration Hardware representative at (562) 246-3830.

Candle Making with Banter & Bliss on September 12

Posted August 28th, 2015

You’ve already fallen in love with the scented candles from Banter & Bliss. Now you can try your hand at it and make your own 7 oz. candle to take home.

Join Banter & Bliss for #craftyhour at CRAFTED at The Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, September 12 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM for a candle making workshop. You’ll get to choose from a variety of Banter & Bliss custom scents. The workshop fee is $15 and RSVP is required; click here to sign up and secure your spot!

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