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Long Beach Opera Transforms CRAFTED for Hydrogen Jukebox

Posted May 21st, 2015


The Long Beach Opera searched far and near looking for a venue to hold their Outer Limits Presentation. They found CRAFTED (only two bridges away) and felt it was the perfect place to perform their innovative new show, Hydrogen Jukebox.

They’ve spent weeks transforming CRAFTED’s event hall to set the stage for an intimate journey through America’s cultural landscape from the 1950s through the 1980s: sex, drugs, rock & roll, eastern philosophy, and landmark political events – a kaleidoscope of social phenomena.

Composer Philip Glass’ poignant, percussive minimalism, fused with Allen Ginsberg’s prophetic text, will envelop the audience in an experience passionately nostalgic and stunningly relevant.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Sleepy Time Essentials at CRAFTED

Posted May 20th, 2015

As the school year winds down, every kid has their eye on summer vacation and all the fun activities that await them. Some of their biggest adventures will still happen while they’re fast asleep, so make sure they’re fully equipped for nap time, sleepovers and camp with these sleepy time essentials at CRAFTED.

CRAFTED Gifts for the Class of 2015

Posted May 20th, 2015

After all the studying, cramming for tests and pulling all nighters, the time has come to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2015. They’ve worked hard and they deserve a gift that’s unique, handmade and heartfelt. Here are just a small selection of the many wonderful gift options you have at CRAFTED.

Wedding Season Shopping Guide

Posted May 13th, 2015

Celebrate your special day – or that of a special bride – with handmade accessories and gifts from the artisans of CRAFTED. They make everything from rings to party favors, and take custom orders to match your style and colors. You’ll be able to look back on photos with fond memories knowing your look was one-of-a-kind , just like the celebration at the center of it all.

 

Take Five with Diana Streitfeld of C4SA/Streitfeld

Posted May 13th, 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. Did you always know you were going to be a fashion designer when you grew up?
Growing up I didn’t know I would end up being a fashion designer. In hindsight it only makes sense that I would. I was exposed to sewing machines at a very young age. My mom was a seamstress and sewed for various companies including Disney. I would summer in Mexico and would spend my time frequenting a shop that sold Barbie clothes. The shop had a sewing machine which reminded me of my mom so I would go in and fall in love with the crocheted miniature jackets, the jacquard mini pants and the chiffon blouses. I bought so many Barbie clothes that the lady couldn’t make them fast enough. Many years and moons later fashion would resurface in my life and my love for creating it was ignited when I accidentally landed a fashion job in my mid-20’s.

2. Who are your biggest creative influences?
Walt Disney has always been one of my creative influences. Thinking outside the box is how I came up with the idea for C4SA. When I am in the mood to design an elegant dress for my brand Streitfeld, I look to Christian Dior and remember that “a dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.”

3. What’s your favorite part of being a fashion designer?
Designing is a liberating concept. I do not have to follow rules, it’s really a form of interpreting the thoughts and emotions I am feeling on any particular day.

4. What do you do when you’re not designing?
When I am not designing I am working on my plan to take over the world! Ok, not really. You can find me in a car, plane or train because I’m usually out and about exploring everything.

5. Your team shirts are a signature item for C4SA. What teams do you root for?
Although I have LOVE for all teams, I do favor my alma mater the Pepperdine Waves, the U of A Wildcats (husband’s school) and the USC Trojans (brother’s school). When they go toe-to-toe I favor the winner.


Diana’s team shirts come in a large range of teams and schools. They’d make a perfect gift for the recent college grad or for the high school graduate starting college in the fall. Don’t forget about Dad, he loves t-shirts and Father’s Day is coming up!

Mom’s Day in the Market

Posted May 2nd, 2015

Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day and it’s time for you to show your Mom just how much you appreciate all that she does. CRAFTED has some great shopping deals and activities for you, Mom and the whole family to enjoy the day together.

 

Make custom pot holders with Kersey Girl Creations

Learn to paint on cookies with Paradise Preserves

Elegant Henna Painting by Belandaria Designs

Enjoy a 20% discount at Char-Mel

Up to $20 off at Nagare & Diva Beads

And a Live DJ!

 

 

 

Come spend Mother’s Day with CRAFTED’s wonderfully talented artisans, some of whom are also mothers. We’d like to pay tribute to our Mamas of the Market by sharing some lovely photos of them with their absolute best creations: their children. Happy Mother’s Day!

Make Mom a Quilted Gift with Kersey Girl Creations

Posted May 2nd, 2015

Accuquilt lesson machine quilting mother's day Kersey Girl Creations Gay Morris

We’re featuring some great crafts at the Creation Station this weekend that are sure receive Mom’s seal of approval! You can make Mom a handmade Mother’s Day card or you can kick your crafting up a notch and join in a special craft led by Kersey Girl Creations.

Kersey Girl Creations will teach you how to use an Accuquilt die cut machine to cut out, piece together & sew a custom pot holder. Make it for Mom or bring her along and let her try out the “Go Big,” the newest machine from Accuquilt Go.

The Go Big is a game changer for quilters and once you use it, you’ll be hooked. Luck for you Kersey Girl Creations recently became a Accuquilt Signature Retailer and has the machine in stock at CRAFTED.

Intro to Metal Clay with Delia of Phoenix Magyk

Posted April 27th, 2015

In this fun, informative workshop taught by Delia of Phoenix Magyk you’ll learn the basic techniques for working with precious metal clay. Even if you have never created jewelry before, you will be inspired by how easy it is to make striking pieces with metal clay. In this class you will learn to produce a pendant from silver clay. Delia will teach you how to design, texture, fire and finish the piece.

 

Intro to Metal Clay is Sunday, May 17th with a registration deadline of May 11th. Sign up today before the class fills up! Follow this link to register.

The registration fee includes instruction, handout, pack of clay, one small gemstone and use of any and all necessary tools and materials to complete the project. You need only bring water and eye magnification if that is useful to you.

Fabulous Friday: May 8 until 8p.m.

Posted April 26th, 2015


Who likes to party? We do! That’s why we’re hosting Fabulous Fridays, a new monthly shindig at CRAFTED where we stay open later to have all kinds of fun.

Beginning May 8th and continuing every second Friday after that, CRAFTED will be staying open until 8 p.m. with artist activities mixed in with fantastic handmade shopping. Fun + Fantastic = Fabulous, and that’s why we’re calling them Fabulous Fridays.

Fabulous Fridays start off strong on May 8th with one of the San Pedro Art Association’s legendary Art Mixers with food and beverages, while the professors from the Read on Till Morning shop bring Harbor College Poetry Night to CRAFTED for the first time.

It’s bound to be super fabulous time, we hope to see you here!

Mother’s Day Guide 2015

Posted April 26th, 2015

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to think about spoiling those wonderful women in our lives who mean so much to us. Whether she’s your mom, nana or like a mother to you, CRAFTED has the perfect gift to show her exactly how special she is. Let Mom know she raised you right by getting her something handmade from CRAFTED.

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