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Handmade Holiday Party December 19-20

Posted December 18th, 2015

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By popular demand, CRAFTED is extending its hours until 8 p.m. on Saturday 12/19 and Sunday 12/20. Spend real quality time with friends, family and neighbors at CRAFTED this December.  Plus, you can shop from real handmade gifts sure to make you and everyone on your list smile.  A live DJ and Willmore Wine Bar will keep the holiday spirit flowing!

You can get creative, too.  Make your own felted Christmas tree ornaments at the Creation Station, or screen print holiday cards the ECF Art Center’s shop.

All this, plus free parking and complimentary gift wrapping all weekend makes for the best way to get in the holiday spirit!

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    Unique Gifts at CRAFTED

    Posted December 18th, 2015


    This is your last weekend before Christmas and your last chance to gift your loved ones something truly handmade, heartfelt and UNIQUE! We’ve scoured the market to bring you just a small sampling of all the fabulous finds that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere but at CRAFTED. And don’t forget that we’ll be staying open late Saturday and Sunday to give you a little extra time to get some highly successful shopping in. You’ll thank us when the recipient won’t stop talking about the wonderful gift you gave them!

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      The Force is Strong with these Gifts!

      Posted December 18th, 2015


      EVERYONE is excited about the new Star Wars movie opening today, including our talented CRAFTED artists! It’s easy to see that the excitement has inspired some of their latest products. So if you have a Star Wars fan on your Christmas list or just want a great conversation starter for the wait in line to see the movie, come on down to CRAFTED this weekend before they sell out!!

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        Affordable handmade gifts!

        Posted December 10th, 2015

        It’s so lovely to give and receive high quality, handmade gifts, and we have plenty in every price range!  Here is a just a sampling of the affordable artist-made gifts available now at CRAFTED.  Click on the photos for a description and where you can buy…

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          New Shops in the Market – December 2015

          Posted December 4th, 2015

          CRAFTED has a wide variety of shops, so you’re sure to find something you like for yourself and everyone else on your gift list. Two more new shops have recently opened just in time for the holidays. Whether your style is “shabby chic” or “retro-tastic,” you prefer to spend your time in a deliciously scented kitchen or bathtun, or wear hand-strung jewelry or hand-sewn skate gear, CRAFTED has it this holiday season. Make sure to stop by and shop from the latest creations available in the marketplace.

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          iCandy can be your new one stop gift shop. They specialize in up-cycled furniture, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and decoupage art with imagery from comic books and children’s stories.

           

          SirRender Skate Company


          SirRender just rolled out their skate lifestyle brand to CRAFTED. They offer branded accessories including caps, bags and personalized apparel. Designed and hand-sewn by veteran skater, Tyler Render. Get outfitted and roll up to your holiday party in style.

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            Deck the Halls with Handmade Cheer

            Posted December 4th, 2015

            December is here, and we wish you a busy month full of parties and presents. But first, let’s get into the holiday spirit! The best way to do that is? Surround yourself with the season by decorating your home and office with handmade holiday accessories. These great holiday-themed pieces also make fabulous Secret Santa and host gifts, plus they’re affordably priced something special for everyone on your list. So deck your halls with handmade holiday cheer. It’ll make you and loved ones smile year after year!

             

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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.

               

               

              ALL DAY

              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 28-29.

              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

              Lucky 120, shop 120: $5 off any purchase $25 or more

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                Take your photo with a Marlon Brando classic!

                Posted November 26th, 2015

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                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.

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                  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.

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

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                    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.

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