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Fabulous Friday July 10

Posted July 2nd, 2015

Fabulous Friday is almost here! Join us on July 10th until 8p.m. for an evening of great shopping, fun mingling and open mic action.

Fabulous Friday is hosted by the San Pedro Art Association and Read on till Morning. Come down to meet local artists and start your weekend off right!

Celebrate “Independents” All Weekend at CRAFTED

Posted July 2nd, 2015

CRAFTED is the “home of handmade” in Southern California – and it’s home to dozens of independent artisans who create handcrafted items to sell in their shops. The Port of Los Angeles recently stopped by to highlight some of these talented people.

These are the wonderful people you are supporting when you shop independent. Come down to CRAFTED this weekend and celebrate the holiday with us. We’ll be open on July 4th from 11a.m. until 6p.m. with special activities and a DJ to keep the party going all day long!

Celebrate “Independents” & Independence for a Chance to Win!

Posted June 26th, 2015

It’s CRAFTED’s 3rd Anniversary this week and you know what they say: “three’s a charm,” “three’s a magic number,” and “three’s company!”

So bring three people along on your next visit to CRAFTED and say “Happy Anniversary!” to an Ambassador at the Beverage Station, and you can enter to win passes to three creative classes taught by CRAFTED artisans! Come by with your guests on July 4th and you’ll get an extra entry for your declaring that you support Independents (a.k.a. small business owners, like the ones at CRAFTED).

You can also celebrate online by sharing a picture/post of your favorite thing about CRAFTED (like your favorite shop, item you bought here or an event you enjoyed) and you’ll be entered too.

To connect with us on social media use:
Twitter: @CRAFTEDport_la
Instagram: @CRAFTEDport_la

CRAFTED Welcomes Banter & Bliss

Posted June 26th, 2015

For the third week in a row, a brand new store has opened in the market: It is our pleasure to introduce you to your future favorite candle company, Banter & Bliss. Banter & Bliss offers high-quality soy candles in a bouquet of fragrant scents.

Banter & Bliss soy candles Sheena handmade Los AngelesBanter & Bliss candles are all natural and hand-poured locally in Pasadena. The candles come in three different sizes to satisfy your burning desires.

Banter & Bliss soy candles Sheena los angeles Get your favorite Banter & Bliss scent in melt form if you prefer not to play with fire. Gifting someone? Visit Banter & Bliss for custom metal marquee letters and personalized etched glasses for a thoughtful present.

Banter & Bliss Sheena soy candles los angeles handmadeMake sure you follow your nose back to Banter & Bliss the next time you’re at CRAFTED and check out all of their great products and gifts – shopping there is a treat for the senses!

Red, White & Blue in the Market

Posted June 25th, 2015

Summer’s here, that blissful carefree season of cookouts, campfires and CRAFTED! Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year and CRAFTED will most definitely be open for some 4th of July fun. Celebrate with us by declaring your independence from big box stores! We’ve searched the market for all the festive red, white and blue that will make this holiday really POP! #CelebrateINDEPENDENTS @CRAFTEDport_LA

Etsy Craft Party 2015 Highlights

Posted June 19th, 2015

Crafters of all ages gathered at CRAFTED June 12th for the 4th Annual Etsy Craft Party – the biggest one on the West Coast. CRAFTED and its shop owners designed special crafts centered around this year’s theme, “Paper Takes Shape,” including origami, paper flowers and printmaking. The night was filled with fun for the whole family- great food, crafts and even a little dancing.

CRAFTED Welcomes PaperMade Craft Shop

Posted June 19th, 2015

We have another fabulous addition to CRAFTED to announce! PaperMade Craft Shop offers unique, one-of-a-kind sketchbooks, journals, scrapbooks, photo albums, invitations and other paper crafts. Shop owner Jennie Guerrero has really brought a paper dreamland to the market, just look at that booth!

Give your kitchen an instant upgrade with the grocery list, menu and recipe cards from PaperMade.

PaperMade really is a one stop shop for all things paper and elegance. They specialize in tailor-made wedding invites and paper accessories. You can finally get have one uniform theme throughout your big day!

Stop by PaperMade Craft Shop and welcome Jennie to the market! She can sell you a beautiful journal, then you can go home and write about all the cute things in her shop.

Take Five with THNK DRNK’s Mike Merryman

Posted June 19th, 2015

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. What got you into up-cycling bottles?
I didn’t invent the wheel on this one (of course) and had seen it being done before by a small collective group of creators and hobby enthusiasts. I started doing it as a means to make some cash to pay for some patents I wanted to do for a few inventions. Little did I know, I’d grow to love it. Plus, I just got really into the up-cycling cause to make life a little more interesting.

2. What’s your favorite part of the job?
Hmmm, What’s NOT my favorite part of the job? But more specifically the patron’s reaction on his/her face when they gawk at a finished product and the joy it brings them when I can customize a product specifically tailored for their home.

3. Name your biggest triumph in the workshop.
Anything new I can bring to the table that’s just fascinating. When I hear a patron say, “Wow, I have never seen this before” it’s then when I feel I’ve created a “good one” for someones home. What’s hot right now are the beer bottle neck shot glasses. They’re a hot rave.

4. When do you feel the most creative?
Usually at night when I stare at a bottle for hours that has an interesting shape. And more-over I some times find a need for myself and see if I can creatively share that need with others to create something not just useful but classy and glassy – all pun intended.

5. Do you have a favorite bottled beverage that you don’t mind emptying for the cause?
Well, since my drinking days have since minimized almost entirely to a halt with a few occasional exceptions,
I might empty a bottle of “Rogue” or “Stone” brand beer just for the unique silk screen artwork. I love their designs. But more interestingly the non-alcoholic beverage I like is the Broguiere’s milk bottles. I love their milk and I love their glass bottles.

The Etsy Craft Party Makes for a Fabulous Friday

Posted June 11th, 2015

CRAFTED’s 4th Annual Etsy Craft Party combines forces with Fabulous Friday (hosted by the San Pedro Art Association and Read On Till Morning) this Friday, June 12 from 5-8pm, to make for an epic night of crafts, food and entertainment! Check out the line up below – there’ll be something for everyone. Plus, enjoy complimentary entry and parking – because you deserve a night of fun!

Full List of Crafts

The theme for this year’s party is “Paper Takes Shape” and the CRAFTED artisans are leading fantastic projects that really celebrate the medium. There will be much to do, so plan out your itinerary accordingly.



Creation Station – Paper Flowers

127 – Origami

137 – Donut Bunting Banner with Premier Amour & Zanahoria

143 – 3-D Greeting Cards with R Sew Cute

150 – Paper Punching with KidTyme

153 – Paper Punch Flowers with The Wet Sheep

154 – Hair Clips  with Grace &May

156 – Fine Silver Clay Necklaces with Phoenix Magyk

159 – Paper Take-Out Boxes with Pretty & Perky

180 – Paper Beads

184 – Bookmarks with Read on Till Morning

186 – Stretchy Bracelets with Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry

191 – Mason Jar Gift Tags with Upcycled Mason Designs

199 – Cookie Painting with Paradise Preserves

210 – Printmaking with ECF Art Centers

Demonstration Area – Paint Chip Earrings & Paper Geodes


Fabulous Funnies

Hosting Fabulous Friday are Read On Till Morning and the San Pedro Art Association, who will be an open mic and mixer. Whether you have a poem, a joke or just want to listen, all are welcome!


Bring Your Appetite

Besides satisfying your appetite for fun, you can make an evening of it by grabbing drinks and dinner at CRAFTED. The Chori-Man will be cooking up his very popular artisanal chorizo (and soy-rizo) tacos and burritos. Vella Pizza is bringing their brick oven as well, while Off the Vine will be pouring our favorite beers (including Brouwerij West) and wine.

Crafted Welcomes Drunken Cake Pops

Posted June 11th, 2015

We’re so excited to announce another wonderful addition to the market! Please welcome Drunken Cake Pops, purveyors of decadent alcohol infused cake pops. DCP had great experiences as a CRAFTED pop-up, so they decided to “put a ring on it” and join us for the whole summer!

Drunken Cake Pops have nearly a dozen signature flavors inspired by cocktails, like Southern Gentlemen, Birthday Cake Shot and Lemon Drop Martinis – all with liquor infused. There are also non-alcoholic flavors for tea drinkers, like the Mudslide and the Shirley Temple.

Drunken Cake Pops make a great snack to enjoy in the market while you shop, or you can BYOB (“build your own box”) and choose six pops to take home.

Cheers to Drunken Cake Pops!


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