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Get Ready for a Celebratory Saturday!

Posted October 21st, 2015

Get ready to party this Saturday – there’s a lot to celebrate!

Come wish a Happy Anniversary to Kersey Girl Creations and the Exceptional Children’s Foundation. Both shops are celebrating a successful first year in the market at CRAFTED. There will be refreshments, frivolity and arts & crafts demonstrations for all!

Everyone loves a homecoming. CRAFTED is excited to welcome Emilio of Astralcreaciones and his beautiful jewelry back to the marketplace. Astralcreaciones was created over 20 years ago. They specialize in traditional wax casting of sterling silver pieces, and their designs are heavily influenced by their life’s passion: the ocean.

To really bring the party home, the spunky Geriatrix band will be strumming it up from 2:30-5 p.m. Geriatrix is a fun ukulele band from Long Beach with a deep musical library, and they’ll be playing fun covers of songs ranging from Tom Petty to Spinal Tap. They’ll make Saturday a must hear, sing-along afternoon.

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    Vote Now to Bring Contemporary Art to CRAFTED

    Posted October 21st, 2015

    LA 2050 asks a compelling question: How will you help Los Angeles become the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live? Our friends at South Bay Contemporary have answered this question by proposing a gallery and education space – inside of CRAFTED!

    SBC is a visionary, artist run, non-profit organization supports advanced explorations in contemporary art. Now they want use their resourced to bridge cultural and generation gaps by bringing sustainable art education. CRAFTED is honored to have been chosen by SBC as the planned site where they will provide art education related to contemporary life in L.A. to San Pedro, Long Beach and the South Bay.

    Vote now to support SBC’s art exhibits and programming at CRAFTED.Voting is only, open until November 3rd, so vote today to make a difference for years to come.

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      CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #1

      Posted October 16th, 2015


      It may be hot outside, and you might not have a Halloween costume yet, but you can still get ahead of the game by starting your holiday gift giving season now. While it’s normal to dream about letting your inner Martha Stewart out to play for holiday gifts and decorations, who really has enough time and hands? The artisans of CRAFTED do, that’s who! So instead of wrestling with wreath making or burning up your evening in the kitchen, consider CRAFTED Holiday Tip #1: pick a CRAFTED artisan and let them make everyone on your list something special. They can even make customized party invites, favors and presents for your whole client list, book club, department, volunteer team…you get the picture.

      Here are just a few items ready for ordering now:

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        Come Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Kersey Girl Creations

        Posted October 16th, 2015

        KGC Anniversary
        Come to CRAFTED, Saturday, October 24th and join in the one-year anniversary of Kersey Girl Creations opening in the CRAFTED marketplace! Gay and Michael Morris are the smiling store owners who sell outstanding aprons along with Accuquilt dies and GoBaby! fabric cutting machines, enabling makers of all levels to up their crafting game. The Morris’ are also active in the local community, recently helping with the Blue Butterfly project for female veterans. On top of that, they generously shared their knowledge and spirit as sponsors of the the LA Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Fest! CRAFTED congratulates them on a successful first year and looks forward to the dessert social they’ll be hosting on Saturday 10/24.

        Learn how to use an Accuquilt fabric die cutter to create this adorable beach scene designed by illustrator Lindsay Sochar especially for Kersey Girl Creations. Gay and Michael will show you how to cut, applique and adhere the shapes to a fabric background. Your party favor? An embroidery hoop wall hanging to enjoy at home all year long. RSVP to (for ages 10+).

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          Celebrate Halloween & Dia de Los Muertos at CRAFTED

          Posted October 15th, 2015

          Come to CRAFTED for the “spooktacular” Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos weekend. We have activities planned that you and your friends or family can all enjoy!

          Halloween – Saturday, Oct. 31st

          11a-3p: Got little ones? Get a head start on the day’s festivities with daytime trick-or-treating (sorry, Vampires). Kids are invited to bring their candy buckets and go shop-to-shop to show off their costumes and see how the CRAFTED artists have decorated their shops and themselves, too!

          2p: CRAFTED’s Annual Costume Contest. All ages and levels of creativity welcome. Bring it for all kinds of creative categories, and you just might win a $100 CRAFTED cash prize!

          All day: It’s never too late to decorate. Make a miniature haunted houses, paint a candy corn mason jar, weave a spider web or design a candy bag to hold all of the treats you’re going to collect. Your creativity is sure to light up the night. Drop by the Creation Station to participate.

          Make a day of it: From 9-11a.m., start your day at the LA WATERFRONT HOWL-O-WEEN PET PARADE. Who says Halloween is just for humans? Dress up your pet and enjoy treats and activity stations along the promenade. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Parade route starts at Downtown Harbor in San Pedro, then along the Harbor Blvd. Parkway Promenade to the Fanfare Fountain. Pets should be leashed, caged, or otherwise restrained – no exceptions. Donated items will be accepted to benefit the Harbor Area Animal Shelter. This is a free community event brought to you by the Port of Los Angeles.

          Adults Only: These limited edition “Mummy’s Drink” cake pops are a grown up treat infused with Vodka and vanilla. Grab a box from Drunken Cake Pops and be the hit of the party tonight. P.S. Check in on Yelp for a special deal.





          Dia de Los Muertos – Sunday, Nov. 1st

          The celebration continues on Sunday with Dia de Los Muertos! Many of our stores carry fantastic Day of the Dead themed items as well, and some will have altars on display. Two local folklorico groups will also be performing:

          12p: Grupo Folklorico Nadino

          1p: Folklorico del Mar

          All Day:  The Global Gifts UNICEF Store will be hosting a Dia de los Muertos craft at their booth – children can decorate skulls to take home with them.






          2-5p.m.: “Fall Fantasy” painting party with host/instructor, Shari Tipich.

          Treat yourself to three hours of step-by-step instructions plus appetizers, drinks and wine. You’ll leave with a lovely 16×20 creation on canvas. All materials included; sign up today!

          Make a day of it: After stopping at CRAFTED, make sure you head to San Pedro’s annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival, where from 3-9p.m. the streets come alive with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment. You’ll also get to enjoy performances by groups like the Grammy award-winning, Mariachi Divas.

          This weekend is sure to be a spirited one, so come join in the fun!

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            Sustainable Seafood Expo This Weekend

            Posted October 8th, 2015

            The Sustainable Seafood Expo is happening this Sunday at CRAFTED from noon to 5pm. At this fun and tasty event hosted by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium & Friends, you can learn how to be a responsible seafood consumer, taste delicious samplings of sustainable seafood, craft beer and wine and watch cooking demos by local and celebrity chefs. If you missed out on this great event last year, do yourself a favor and get your tickets now!

            There are some really great additions to this year’s expo that you’re definitely going to enjoy. The coolest addition, literally, is the air conditioning! Why sweat it out at home with iffy tuna when you can keep enjoy some delicious sustainable poke in a cool climate at CRAFTED?

            While beer and wine samples are included in the price of the ticket, there has been a cash bar added this year because sometimes a taste just isn’t enough and you want to sip a glass of wine while watching Celebrity Chef Roy Choy do a cooking demonstration LIVE! Then, after you’ve had your fishy fill, head into the CRAFTED marketplace for the new “Sweets & Treats” dessert bar and artisan coffee compliments of Black Coffee. See you by the sea on Sunday!


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              CRAFTED Welcomes Zask Gallery

              Posted October 7th, 2015

              Zask 1
              CRAFTED is so excited to welcome the Zask Gallery as the newest addition to the marketplace. Zask Gallery has been hosting contemporary art exhibitions, events and performances on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 2006. The gallery currently showcases paintings and sculptures by featured artists with a focus on locally found objects and upcycled materials.

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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.

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                  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.



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                    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.


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