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Annual Etsy Party at CRAFTED – June 18, 2016

Posted June 12th, 2016


Grab your girls, your kids, the dog and your dude – it’s a camp-themed craft party!  Indoor and outdoor games, our most popular crafts, a selfie safari, live music, food trucks, and more. Shop from local artists, and enjoy a few camp snacks and a beer at Brouwerij West while you spend a day at Camp CRAFTED.

Enjoy these crafts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Tie Dye!
Our most popular craft.  Fee includes a shirt or you can bring something you want to dye.
Courtyard at CRAFTED.  $10.

Woodland Animal Mask
Creation Station – $5

Mason Jar Terrariums
A verdant little world in a glass!
Inside Outside Unique Designs, shop 212

Stretchy Bracelets
Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry, shop 189

No camp is complete without them.  The grown-up twist?  A selection of flavored salts to top it off.  Yes, salt.  Try it, it’s good.
At Red Car Market, shop 144
1 for $2 or 2 for $3

ECF Art Center, shop 210

Charm Bracelets
An advanced version of the summer camp classic
Nagare, shop 122

Decoupage Art
iCandy, shop 195
Price varies

Metal fortune cookie charm
Phoenix Magyk, shop 156

Tie Dye Cookies
Paint and eat!
Paradise Preserves, shop 199

Sun catcher key chain
Vintage Stop, shop 130

Colorful Hair Wraps
Siren’s Calling, shop 208

Metalworking Demonstration
Weasel Werks, shop 108

Make your own nail polish
Pretty & Perky, shop 153  $12

Woven Ojo de Dios/Gods Eye
make our grown-up version…ah, the memories…
In the Demonstration Area.

Dream Catchers
with Indica Designs, shop 148
Price based on size and complexity

After 3 p.m…

Hot dogs!
With Cascabel Mole or Sauerkraut
at Red Car Market, shop 144
1 for $3 or 2 for $5

Sign up early for…

Make a Candle with Banter & Bliss
Pour your own 7 oz. “Campfire & Summer Camp” soy candle.
2 to 3 p.m., $25
Space is limited – please email to RSVP


Two NEW photo booths and a Selfie Safari!
For three years CRAFTED has hosted the largest Etsy Craft Party on the West Coast.  And that’s because it’s awesome, don’t miss it!
Eventbrite - Summer Camp Etsy Craft Party

Selfie Safari!

Posted June 12th, 2016



We are thrilled to have on exhibit an CRAFTED selected works by Cynthia Minet, Unsustainable Creatures.  Each life-size sculpture is made from post-consumer plastics, PVC and LEDs.

The elephant shown above is the largest of the sculptures commissioned by the LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles World Airports for a solo installation in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, April-September 2013.  Tour around the market to find Camel, Ox and the Pack Dogs.

Cynthia Minet’s sculptures, drawings and installations stem from her interests in scientific and ecological issues. Made from translucent post-consumer plastics and LEDS, her work often prompts viewers to ponder the complicated roles that plastics, consumer culture, and electricity play in our lives. She constructs anatomically accurate life-scale domesticated animals, and intends them as surrogates for humans, presenting human nature via the animal.

Cynthia Minet was born in New Jersey, raised in Rome, Italy, and is based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University, and a BA from UC Santa Barbara. Currently a professor at Moorpark College in Southern California, she has also taught in Rome, Italy and in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Her artwork has been presented in solo shows in Southern California at USC, UC Riverside, and CSUN, as well as a solo installation in the Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to group shows nationally, Minet has presented her work internationally in Italy, Israel, Denmark, and Belarus. Features and reviews have appeared on The Discovery Channel(Canada), Wired Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, KCET ArtBound, Artillery Magazine, FORM Magazine, the Anchorage Daily News, RAI Television, (Italy), The Huffington Post and on numerous websites.

Her next major project is a commissioned solo installation for the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, TX, forthcoming in March 2018.



More time to enjoy – beginning June 2

Posted May 31st, 2016



Beginning on Thursday, June 2, the market will be extending its hours to include First Thursdays and additional hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Our new hours are as follows:

First Thursday (of each month): 4 to 8 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Brouwerij West has added some new days and hours as well, and now opens at noon on Fridays:

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: noon to 9 p.m.

Sunday: noon to 8 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us all summer long!

CRAFTED now open for First Thursdays!

Posted May 30th, 2016


Have you been to FIRST THURSDAY in San Pedro? If not, you have to check it out!

The first Thursday of each month is open studio night in San Pedro – when many of the Downtown galleries, studios and shops open their doors into the evening for receptions and special events, complimented by live music, food trucks and our fantastic array of restaurants.

Start your First Thursday off here at CRAFTED – Brouwerij West and the market both open at 4 p.m. This Thursday, June 2, you can catch a sneak peek of the San Pedro Art Association’s Harbor Wide Student Art Competition as we install it live!

Trolley_200You can leave your car here and ride the FREE red trolley to and around Downtown to make sure you see all the sites.  The trolley will run about every 15 minutes from 4 to 10 p.m.  Here is the route and schedule for First Thursdays.  You can pick up your car until 10 p.m. or the next day.  Every First Thursday is a new and fun experience, so come down and join us!

Get Ready for Summer by the Sea

Posted May 25th, 2016

Ride the wave of ocean-inspired art all the way to the shores of summer.  Our waterfront location and the lengthening days have our CRAFTED artists thinking about sailing, sea life and sunny afternoons at the beach – here’s a few of their latest creations.  And speaking of longer days, our new summer hours begin on June 2 – we will be open for First Thursdays each month from 4 to 8 p.m. and every Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All Aboard! The Red Trolley is Back

Posted May 13th, 2016

Ready to make a day of it?  The LA Waterfront Red Trolley is back, so you can travel around downtown San Pedro and visit our many attractions at no charge.  Take public transit to San Pedro (the Silver Line and DASH are great options) or leave your car in one spot and get a whole weekends’ worth of fun.

The entire route is approximately 40 minutes and the trolleys are 15 minutes apart, so you can hop on and off anywhere along the way and then get back on when you’re done!

  • CRAFTED and Brouwerij West (of course)
  • The Doubletree Hotel on the Marina
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Ports O’Call
  • The Battleship Iowa
  • Two stops on 6th Street and one on 7th, serving downtown’s many shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters


Trolley runs every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.


The LA Waterfront Red Trolley is sponsored by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District and the Port of Los Angeles.

Hand Craft the Perfect Mother’s Day

Posted May 5th, 2016

This weekend is the Super Bowl of Mom appreciation aka Mother’s Day. It’s time to show your favorite lady how much she means to you and we’ve collected a few ideas to help you hand craft the perfect Mother’s Day that is sure to get you that unofficial ‘favorite child’ spot.  Even more ideas here.

National Small Business Week

Posted May 5th, 2016

May 1-7 is National Small Business Week. According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of all Americans own or work for a small business and not only that, but small businesses account for two thirds of all new job creation nationwide. Small businesses are the backbone of our country and CRAFTED is proud to provide a place where creative small businesses can flourish.

Support your local small businesses and come shop for Mom this weekend!

Take a class with Mom this Mother’s Day Weekend

Posted April 29th, 2016

What do Moms love more than anything?  Spending time with you!  Sign up now for any or all of these  great classes we’re offering this weekend.  It’s the perfect mom-and-me activity.  See the calendar listing for more information and to sign up:


Easy Quilted Sleep Mask Saturday, May 7

Easy Quilted Sleep Mask
Saturday, May 7

Join Kersey Girl Creations in booth 131 for a special Mother’s Day craft sewing sleep eye masks. Give mom a relaxing gift, handmade from the heart!

This Craft runs from 1-4 pm. $7 All materials included. Great for beginners and those experienced with machines. Ages 10 and up.








Everywhere Knitted Scarf Sunday, May 8

Everywhere Knitted Scarf
Sunday, May 8

This is the perfect accessory! Wear it with your favorite jeans and t-shirt, out in the evening, at the office, or to take off the chill Californian style… wherever and everywhere, your look is distinctive and pulled together.

This class is two, 2-hour sessions. Skill Level: All welcome with basic knitting skills to advanced knitter, ages 15 and up. Cost: $30 plus one skein, your choice, Nagare Boutique’s Hand-tied yarn, (135yds of assorted boutique yarns including cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, viscose, and more at $45-$55 a skein). Registering students will receive a supply list of items to bring to first session. Please pre-register to reserve your seat by emailing Peggy at or visiting her in store 122.







Banter and Bliss Candle Workshop Sunday, May 8

Banter and Bliss Candle Workshop
Sunday, May 8

Learn our methods, tips and tricks to create your own scented soy candles! You and mom will learn how to

1. Mix your own fragrance
2. Wicking
3. Pouring the candle
4. Curing
5. Creating your own labels

What is included:
One hour of workshop instruction
7 oz. scented soy candle
15% off all Banter & Bliss products on the day of your class

Email or call (202) 340-5536 if you have any questions or to RSVP. 24-hour advance booking required.








Mother's Day Metal Charm Sunday, May 8

Mother’s Day Metal Charm
Sunday, May 8

Sit with fine silver artist, Delia Marsellos-Traister and she’ll teach you to create a small charm in fine silver. Once you’ve created it, she’ll fire it for you and you’ll be able to pick it up in 10 mins. Making a charm is easy and will take about 10 – 15 minutes of your time. Open to ages 7+ and a really fun experience to have with your children. Charm Play will take place from 11a – 2p and 4p – 6p . $20 for two charms.





Marvelous Mother’s Day Gifts

Posted April 28th, 2016

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8 – and your mom deserves something handmade and from the heart.  Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day finds, but there’s great gifts throughout our CRAFTED market that are sure to let your Mom know how marvelous you think she is…

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