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Mom & Pop-Up Shop

Posted September 4th, 2014


The SoCal Etsy Guild is back with a holiday edition of the “Mom & Pop-Up Shop” at CRAFTED, December 20. This one day festival showcases dozens of Southern California’s  modern makers of handmade soaps and lotions, clothing and jewelry, treats both sweet and savory, and so much more. Combined with the makers inside CRAFTED’s permanent marketplace, you’ll get to shop creations from over 100 of the best local crafters around — all while enjoying live music, art projects for all ages, a hula hoop station, and face painting.

Are you a maker of high-end handmade goods? Apply to be a vendor here.

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    Picnic Essentials

    Posted September 3rd, 2014

    While summer is winding down, the weather is still so gorgeous! Enjoy the California rays with these handpicked picnic and tailgating essentials from the market. Perfect for a trip to the Hollywood Bowl or just lounging around in your backyard. Impress your guests at your next barbecue with these handcrafted essentials. It’s an endless summer, indeed.

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      Tall Ships and duck craft weekend!

      Posted August 27th, 2014


      We had such a blast at the Tall Ships Festival last weekend. Thank you to everyone who visited the pop-up shop and brought their family down to make a paper duck hat – they were such a hit. We spotted duck hats all over San Pedro, and even a few on the freeway. Over 7,000 duck hats were made over the course of the five-day fest and the creativity we saw in each individual hat blew us away! We loved to spread our handmade happiness to the visitors of Tall Ships and share a sample of our amazing craft marketplace to those who have never been.

      The World’s Largest Rubber Duck, one of the stars of the festival, is still in town for another two weeks. The Port of Los Angeles has provided a full schedule of duck appearances called the Duck Days of Summer. In line with the duck days, we decided to keep the fun rolling by an encore Tall Ships craft weekend in the market. Click through the gallery below to find a few of the fun crafts we’ll be making this weekend only!



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        Sale in Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry

        Posted August 27th, 2014


        Visit Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry, Shop 186, for an amazing sale running from August 29 – August 31. Eileen is a jeweler with a wide range of natural stones and chainmail pieces. Her use of beautiful materials will be sure to catch your eye. Browse beads, rocks, and jewelry supplies for sale in the shop.

        Sale Info:

        Spend $20, receive $5 off
        Spend $50, receive $10 off
        Spend $75, receive $15 off
        Spend $100, receive $20 off

        Shop the sale all weekend long!

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          Market Schedule for Tall Ships!

          Posted August 20th, 2014

          CRAFTED is thrilled to be a part of the Tall Ships Festival at the L.A. Waterfront. We are celebrating by hosting special market open hours this Thursday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will be open our regular business hours Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shop gorgeous handmade goods, and tons of nautical themed items created especially for the festival!

          We will have live music this Saturday in the market, take a break and enjoy the funky sounds of The Kind DJ from 2-5:30 p.m.. We will also have tasty food trucks everyday to satisfy your appetite.
          8/21, 12 – 3:30 p.m.: The Garbage Truck
          8/22, 12 – 3:30 p.m.: Dodo Island Creperie
          8/23, 12 – 3:30 p.m.: Taco Obsession
          8/24, 12 – 3:30 p.m.: The Kosher Palate

          Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry, Shop. 186 will run a special sale August 21-24. View the details here!

          All Port parking lots are pay-to-park during this special event weekend.  But, you can park for free Thursday-Sunday at CRAFTED by spending $10+ in the market. Show your receipt(s) at the Beverage Station for your $5 reimbursement. (Most weekends parking at CRAFTED is free!)

          For tickets to the Tall Ships Festival please click here!

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            Craft Schedule for Tall Ships!

            Posted August 14th, 2014

            Tall Ships Festival LA is coming to the L.A. Waterfront August 20-24. Join us on the shores of the world’s greatest port as more than a dozen international and domestic grand Tall Ships sail from all over the world into the Port of Los Angeles.

            CRAFTED will have a hands-on crafts station and a portside pop-up shop of nautical themed handmade goodies at the festival. CRAFTED’s marketplace will be open Thursday through Sunday full of items created inspired by these massive vessels, with live music, crafts and much more.

            In our market’s Creation Station and at the festival, we will be offering free or low-cost crafts all weekend long!  Here are the crafts planned for the weekend at the Tall Ships event – schedule is subject to change.

            Thursday, August 20 –

            12-1pm: Paint and decorate wooden duckys

            12-8pm: Learn to fold a few different kinds of paper boats and decorate as desired.

            All Day: Make a fun and easy to wear duck headband

            Thursday, August 21 –

            12-4pm: Make a hanging paper mobile with boats, birds, clouds, sun shapes: anything you’d like to see spin.

            All Day: Make a fun and easy to wear duck headband

            Friday, August 22 –

            12-4pm: Learn how to weave a snake knot and string it with an anchor or rudder wheel charm.

            All Day: Make a fun and easy to wear duck headband

            Saturday,  August 23 –

            12-2pm: Select the shell and greenery that speaks to you and create your own seashell air plant

            12-8pm: Learn to fold a few different kinds of paper boats and decorate as desired.

            All Day: Make a fun and easy to wear duck headband

             Sunday,  August 24 –

            12-2pm: Learn how to make a duck lanyard keychain or paint a cute dolphin frame

            All Day: Make a fun and easy to wear duck headband

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              New Shops at CRAFTED

              Posted August 6th, 2014


              Visit these great new shops in the craft market.

              David Kopp Designs, Shop 112

              David Kopp, the jeweler behind David Kopp Designs, makes one-of-a-kind men’s jewelry in sterling silver. David enjoys using found materials such as metal and wood to create his jewelry. He often finds these materials on his long walks through the streets of Los Angeles. Shop for a unique piece of art and design created by hand at David Kopp Designs.

              Cycle San Pedro, Shop 193

              Enjoy a leisurely ride along the LA Waterfront by renting a bike from the community group, Cycle San Pedro. Take a cruise and visit other local sights like the Battleship Iowa , LA Maritime Museum and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

              Knitsy Knits, Shop 141

              One stitch at a time – Knitsy Knits creates handmade knitted goodness! These knitted items can be complex cables or sweet and simple pieces with a rock edge. Krista of Knitsy Knits often incorporate metallic thread, studs, gems, jewels, crystals, or chain into her pieces. Find everything from hats with giant tulle pompoms to fingerless mittens with a studded bands in her shop! Krista has created some beaded bangles, brooches, and rings that are nice accents to the knitted pieces.

              Read On Till Morning, Shop 184

              Read on Till Morning makes and sells stories, poems, songs, and paper created by local artists. Their goals are to start their own line of chapbooks to celebrate and encourage local writers. You can say they’re an all-in-one, local publishing company. Check out their own handmade paper products, too!

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                LA Quilt Show Recap

                Posted August 6th, 2014

                CRAFTED hosted the inaugural LA Quilt Show and Fiber Festival August 1-3rd. The festival kicked off on Friday with a workshop by modern quilt artist Luke Haynes. Luke uses his background in art and architecture to experiment in exciting and challenging quilt projects. Later in the afternoon, we hosted our opening reception and “Scrappy Hour” with homemade hors d’oeuvres by CRAFTED artist, Shari Tipich of Fancy Home.

                On Saturday, the quilt show opened officially to the public. Members of local quilt guilds including the Modern Quilt Guild and the African American Quilt Guild had entered their creations. Ralph “Doc” Guthrie had his hand-painted and quilted chairs also on display. The aim of this quilt show was to include all styles and levels of quilters. First time quilters were displayed alongside the seasoned experts. There were traditional quilt styles as well as funky and modern quilts showcased. The Girl Scouts even showcased pieces. Lunch was served up by artisanal chefs, Paradise Preserves and Tamiza’s Treats. Speaker Alissa Haight Carlton gave a talk to our guests.

                Sunday, we wrapped up the show with an Improv Quilt Class by Patsy Johnson Quilts. The Quilt Engineer, Latifah Saafir, also showed off her amazing works. We hosted the closing reception and awards ceremony and thanked our wonderful quilters and exhibitors. View the winners below. Thanks to everyone who visited the inaugural show, we can’t wait to see you again next year.

                The quilt show was made possible by our generous sponsors who include, Sew Modern, AAA Sewing and Fabric of Lomita, Hoffman Fabrics, 1450 Ocean – The Camera Obscura Building and more.


                Thanks for attending!

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                  Wine, Dine and Fine Art with Shari Tipich

                  Posted July 17th, 2014

                  Join artist Shari Tipich for a stunning artistic celebration of one of the world’s most exuberant and beloved flowers- the Sunflower. Enjoy wine, appetizers and desserts as we explore in paint the carefree spirit of this beautiful flower. All artistic levels welcome!

                  Date: Sunday, June 27 — 2 pm – 5pm

                  Cost: $50.00


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