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“make it real” on Small Business Saturday!

Posted November 26th, 2015

It’s time to reclaim the holidays for what they are – special days for spending with friends and family. And for gift giving. (C’mon, did you really think we were going to forget about the presents?)

At CRAFTED you can enjoy quality time and shopping. It’s the perfect venue to celebrate shopping small, since you can meet the makers of the featured wares while touching knits and quilts, viewing paintings and photos up close, trying on jewelry and clothing, and smelling body products and candles.

To make the shopping a celebration, everyone can enjoy the following festivities planned for the day:

11 a.m. – CRAFTED opens


Noon & 2 p.m. – San Pedro City Ballet performs a preview of “The Nutcracker”


Noon – 1 p.m. – Candle making with Banter & Bliss
Join candle artist Sheena to  make a beautiful holiday-scented soy candle to give (or keep, no judgement).  $15 includes materials and instruction, packaged to go as a holiday gift.

Please note: candles may take up to two hours to cure and will be ready to go home with you by 3 p.m., or you may pick it up at a future date.



1 – 3 p.m. – Make a stuffed pet toy or ornament with Kersey Girl Creations

Join Gay and Michael in shop 133 and learn how to cut holiday shapes – it’s easy with the Accuquilt cutter!  Then sew together and stuff with fluff. Adding a squeaker or some catnip makes it a sweet gift for Fido or Kitty; adding a gold loop makes it an ornament – you choice. Materials and instruction provided.




3 – 5 p.m. – Free-hand Bead Weaving: Snowflake Earrings – Diva Beads

Please note: you must be able to join the lesson at 3p.m.; class size limited to the first eight people (ages 12+ only)
Join the bead diva herself, Tish, in shop 115 and “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Learn the basics of creating shimmering snowflake earrings using Swarovski crystals, Japanese seed beads and glass super duos. For the novice to advanced beader. $20 includes choice of beads and other materials, instruction and a gift box.




Taste of the Holidays at CRAFTED

Enjoy delicious holiday food samples from food artisans Paradise Preserves, Red Car Market and Drunken Cake Pops.  Willmore Wine Bar will be serving up wine, beer and craft cocktails.

At the CREATION STATION: Make a set of Techno Gloves
The perfect gift for the avid texter or tableter.  Sew a bit of conductive filament into the fingertip and thumbs of a pair of regular gloves and – voila! – they become “Techno Gloves” that can be used with any touch screen device.  $10 includes gloves, materials, instructions and a gift box.

Check out Marlon Brando’s costume worn in Julius Caesar!
Visit Indust-Realized, #178, and for $5 or free with a $30 purchase you can take your photo with a classic – the remarkable costumes worn by Marlon Brando as Mark Antony and Douglass Dumbrille as Lepidus.

Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry, shop 189: Free pair of Christmas earrings with purchases of $10 or more, plus $10 off on purchases of $50 or more. November 27-29.

Twisted Sisters, shop 208: Free glass ornament with any purchase over $20.

Diva Beads, shop 114: On Small Business Saturday, only 10% off entire stock & 20% off holiday merchandise

Nagare, shop 122: On Small Business Saturday, only 10% off entire stock & 20% off holiday merchandise

Take your photo with a Marlon Brando classic!

Posted November 26th, 2015


Alexandra and John, creators of Indust-Realized, have a special treat for you this holiday season – augmenting their incredible collection of upcycled vintage goods and eclectic modern wares are the costumes worn by Marlon Brando and Douglass Dumbrille in the classic film Julius Caesar (1953).

Alex’ parents purchased the costumes at the David Weiss auction, somewhere between 1960 and 1970.  She has the costumes for both Mark Antony, played by the legendary Marlon Brando, and Lepidus, portrayed by Douglass Dumbrille.

Both costumes will be on display at Indust-Realized, store #178 Friday, November 27 through Christmas. They will be offering the opportunity to take pictures with them for $5 each or free with a $30 purchase.

New in the Market: 4 Twisted Tarts

Posted November 25th, 2015

CRAFTED welcomes 4 Twisted Tarts to the market! 4 Twisted Tarts features a wonderful line of skin care products that take a natural approach to beautiful skin. All of their products are handmade with the utmost care and quality, and are made with all-natural, environmentally-conscious ingredients.







Take Five with Kathy Fordiani from A Little Shabby…A Little Chic

Posted November 25th, 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. How did you get into refurbishing furniture?
I initially learned to refurbish my own furniture when moving into a new house. My husband’s job requires us to move frequently. I quickly learned that I could paint my existing furniture to go in the new home for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

2. What is one of your favorite projects?
I painted a little girl’s headboard and dresser that was a hand-me-down set from her older brother. She picked the colors and also asked me to paint some flowers and butterflies on the bed, too.

3. Do you also do special order projects?
Yes! I make “house calls.” I can pick up the furniture and work on it in my studio. I can also work in a client’s home if a piece is large, like an armoire.

4. What’s your favorite part about what you create?
I love the dramatic ‘before and after’ that I get to see in my work. It’s also “anything goes,” so I can paint anything any color. It’s fun to see how some things turn out completely different than I envision before I start.

5. You also make custom pillows and signs with fun and meaningful sayings on them. What is the most interesting message you’ve been asked to use?

I’ve had two interesting requests: one for a custom pillow and another for a wooden sign. Both clients gave me photos of the sayings from a tattoo! Using the photos I was able to recreate the saying on a pillow. These were special projects, one commemorating a father who’d passed away and another to celebrate a mom who’s a cancer survivor. I never thought pillows or signs would be so significant! Working on those two projects made me feel lucky to be able to do what I do.

Make it Personal this Holiday

Posted November 20th, 2015

The holidays are a time to show loved ones how much they mean. You just can’t do that with cookie-cutter, mass produced items. Instead, come to CRAFTED, where you’ll find gifts as unique as all of the people on your list.

Our talented artisans specialize in customization. They go the extra mile to make gifts tailored for your friends. family, clients and colleagues.

These are just some of the perfectly personal gifts you can give this year. If you see something you like, click here to find the contact information for the maker ,or come down to CRAFTED and get inspired in person!

HB Artisan Pop-Up: Own a piece of the Hollywood Bowl!

Posted November 12th, 2015

Clear November 20th and 21st on your calendar because you’re not going to want to miss the awesome pop-up shop coming to CRAFTED: HB Artisan, the furniture and home accessories maker who’s pieces are made from wood reclaimed from the Hollywood Bowl!

Owner, Julie Hirtzel, explains the story behind her unique business:

“Sometimes funny things happen in life… In 2014 my brother’s business replaced all of the bench seats at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and he was able to purchase the old wood from the county. HB Artisan Furniture Company is making unique home furnishings crafted from the reclaimed Hollywood Bowl bench seats. This old-growth Alaskan yellow cedar exudes beauty and is a joy to work with. Having baked in the Southern California sunshine for more than forty years, the patina on this wood is a warm grey with hints of brown. We love that this lumber originated in Alaska, was crafted into seating at one of LA’s favorite venues and is now beginning a new life as furniture and home decor in the homes of Angelenos. HB Artisan is a sustainable, responsible, female-owned company exclusively working out of Los Angeles with minimal impact on the environment. A Certificate of Authenticity comes with each piece.”

HB Artisan will only be at CRAFTED for two days, so make sure to stop by next Friday or Saturday to pick out the perfect holiday present or statement piece for your own home.

Take Five with Alexandra Fowler of Indust-Realized

Posted November 12th, 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!

Indust-Realized is a shop curated by Alexandra Fowler. Currently she features her jewelry line “Of Wings & Ore”, the “Fowler’s Stark” collection of lighting, smart phone docking stations and functional metal display pieces, custom metal fabrication orders by John Baker, and puppets, functional artwork and sculptures by artist Brandy Wisenant, as well as her children’s educational and practical purpose line “Coco’s Kids.”



1. Hi Alex! Do you remember your earliest creative memory?
I’ve always been creative…painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. I also grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and always wanted to learn about the water.

2. How did you come up with the name “Indust-Realized”?
I live in a loft in Downtown Los Angeles. Living in a vintage building circa 1904 has forced me to seek industrial styled decor. I’ve helped John (my fabricator) with his metal fabrication business for a few years now. As projects for John and his kids to work on together, I came up with lamps made from hubcaps, license plates, and drive shafts, and also docking stations made from vintage aerospace pieces. Indust-Realized was the term for my industrial designs coming to life, or being realized. The store is that on a larger scale: it’s my designs realized.

3. Where do you find the products for your shop?
I have very artistic friends and acquaintances. Most the items I’ve designed, but I’m currently recruiting more artists. Growing up my mother would bring us to our favorite store in San Pedro, “The Sea.” I was heavily influenced by their one-of-a-kind items. Everything was sea-themed, with shells, museum pieces, antiques, and specimens. I wanted my store to emulate that.

4. Some of your products are vintage with modern uses. What draws you to a vintage piece?
Its engineering. I can see where it came from, who made it. That ads history and character. What metal is it made of? Does it have an appealing color or patina? I love showcasing pieces from the early 1900’s up to the 70’s. The work that went into these electronics is just impressive. They just don’t make stuff like it anymore.

5. What inspires you the most?
Nature, Need and the Sea. Natural things always put me in a state of wonder. I love to incorporate things found in nature and highlight them, especially things people pass over or don’t usually notice. Most of my electronics and metal pieces were born from necessity, or Need. If it doesn’t exist or we needed a cool light, I used what we had to make one. And last but not least, the Sea. I grew up by it, on it, in it. I love bringing the things I love out to be enjoyed.

CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #3

Posted November 11th, 2015

Good times are in the cards.

While we’e all tempted to rip the wrapping and tear into the tissue paper, we usually restrain ourselves to enjoy the card first. Why delay the gratification? Because cards are that important – they can provide the story, instructions and the feelings that make whatever’s in the box or bag a true gift.

At CRAFTED you can buy cards from artists of every style – humorous photos (Humphrey the Hedgehog loves celebrating, shop 133), colorful pop art (Aicher’s Kustom Pop Shoppe, shop 151) and sewn fabrics (Leather E, shop 190). Want to put your own style stamp on your cards? Take a print making lesson with an ECF Art Center instructor and take three of your own designs home for only $10. There are even cards that give a gift of their own: funds to support UNICEF from Global Gifts, shop 106.

Add cards to your shopping list and you won’t end up scrambling at the last minute to find the right one or get stuck giving a card-less present. Here’s some inspiration for you!

CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #2

Posted October 29th, 2015

Halloween is here and the “Fall Back” time change happens this weekend. Soon we’ll be breaking out our favorite sweaters (hopefully!) and figuring out who’s hosting Thanksgiving – which means that the holidays are just around the corner. CRAFTED is here to help you get ahead of the holidays and give the best gifts ever. While holiday gift giving isn’t a competition, we can help make sure it’s no contest either.

Keep it Personal
Our second handmade holiday tip definitely is to keep your recipient in mind. Everyone appreciates a gifts that’s tailor-made to their liking. That’s why you can never go wrong with a customized gift. Nothing is more personal than a present made by hand and not mass produced in a factory.

CRAFTED has some great shops that specialize in custom gifts. Check them out and start thinking about how you can get personal this holiday season.

Gems Forever

The “gems” in Gems Forever are the precious people in your life and the memories you make together. Send your photos to Erinn and she embeds them into mother of pearl beads or pendants that you can give to your favorite memory maker. She can make a bracelet from pictures of everything from your favorite trip to a beloved team. The possibilities are endless and it’ll be a gift that’s sure to please!


Framing by Steve at San Pedro Art Association

Steve has been a framing artist for decades. From your favorite refrigerator masterpiece to a family portrait or a special heirloom, framing can make your gift gallery-ready. Visit Steve in the San Pedro Art Association shop.


One-of-a-Kind Machine Quilting

One-of-a-Kind Machine Quilting shop owner Linda Curry can do just about anything with a sewing machine, including make some of the nicest quilts around. She also specializes in all kinds of creations to beautify your life, from wall hangings to bags, totes, table runners, napkins and gift items. Come down to CRAFTED and talk to Linda about the person or holiday you’re celebrating, and she’ll help create a statement piece for you.

Halloween & Dia de Los Muertos to get you in the Spirit

Posted October 29th, 2015

Are you ready for the ultimate Halloween & Dia de los Muertos weekend? CRAFTED is the place to be if you’re looking for some great fun and of the artisans have some fabulously festive items that are sure to get you in the spooky spirit!

Premier Amor has a great selection of riveter scarves in patterns for every occasion, including the Dia de los Muertos prints. Check out these other finds from the market. Buy them before they’re gone, or they’ll haunt you till next year.

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