Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

Crafted Blog

Mark Montano DIY

Posted August 23rd, 2012

Thank you Mark Montano for this great DIY!


I love tissue paper balls because they are magical.  You unfold them and they make these light wonderful shapes and they look amazing hanging in clusters.  I always wondered how they made them so one night I decided I was going to make my own and this is what I came up with after about 20 attempts!
You’ll need
Small catalog with about 30 pages (I like my Crate and Barrel mini catalogs)
Elmer’s glue
Hot glue gun
Craft knife
Cutting mat
1 yard of ribbon per ball
Here’s how:
1. Make a 7” diameter circle pattern and cut it exactly in half.
2. Divide the half circle into 6 equal pie slices and make a notch them along the curved edge of your half circle.  You will have 5 notches.  This is your pattern.

3. Remove all of the cardboard and flyers from inside of the catalog.  You only want the pages.
4. Placing the straight edge of the pattern on the fold of the catalog, trace the half circle and the notches on the cover of the mini catalog.
*If you want to cut out your own circles, just use magazine pages, draw the circle and then staple across the center!
5. Carefully cut the magazine into a 1/2 circle out with your craft knife.  This will take a bit so be patient.
6. With your scissors, notch where you marked your notches.

7. Starting in between the 1st and 2nd page of the catalog you will put a dot of glue on every other notch like you see in the photo.
8. Turn the page and put a dot of glue on the notches that were not glued on the previous page.
9. Continue alternating glue dots on notches until you reach the end.
10. Keep the catalog closed for about 1/2 hour until your glue dries.

*To make this project go even faster, use hot glue for the dots in between the pages!
11. Unfold your catalog ball and glue the front and back cover together with hot glue.
12. Attach a ribbon in the center with a bit more hot glue and hang.
If you want a visual how to, check out the Youtube video which takes you through it step by step!
Tell your friends!

    All Things Etsy Party

    Posted August 23rd, 2012
    Are you excited for the biggest craft party in Southern California?? Well, we are! And we’ve been preparing for it for weeks on end. You won’t believe what we’ve done to the place! Crafts, EVERYWHERE. But what about everything else? It wouldn’t be  a party without food, music, and of course WINE! And to make it even more appealing, we’ve invited the one and only Mark Montano to join us as well. And he’s excited to meet you! Here is what’s happening at the CRAFTED marketplace THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (August 24). Don’t forget, it’s FREE to attend! You really don’t want to miss out.

    Food:      Fox Pizza Bus

                   Fluff Ice 

    Drinks:   Off the Vine 

    Music:     DJ Frank Foreal 

    Mark Montano: Author of the best selling craft books in the US, Mark Montano, is coming to our party! So be sure to introduce yourself! He would love to share his crafting advice with YOU and your friends. Check out this DIY by Mark!

    Map: Click Here for the PDF of the evening’s map

    Tell your friends!

      Etsy Party Wine Menu

      Posted August 23rd, 2012

      Off The Vine Menu

      Chacewater Winery – Wines poured for Etsy 8.24.12

      2010 Sauvignon Blanc – Lake County – 97 cases produced
      A zesty Lemon Grass, Pineapple with a hint of Jasmine. A firm line of minerals with brisk acidity give way to Gooseberry and fresh Herbs. Displays a very clean and precisely balanced finish.

      2010 Organic Zinfandel – Sierra Foothills – 1,534 cases produced

      This big jammy Zin is packed with strawberry, red cherry, white pepper and laced with smoky vanilla oak. 
      The lush midpalate is fat with berry characters, finishing with expansive fruit, lingering sweet oak and complex ripeness.

      2009 Petite Sirah – Lake County – 217 cases produced

      This wine gives a generous offering of smoky richness with pepper spice. Intense mineral coupled with ripe fruit makes for massive wine showing restraint and elegance deep into its complex finish.

      We will charge $5 for a taste of three wines. We will also have a “By 
      the Glass” for $6

      Nick Kurihara from Wanderlust Wines will be there as well. His company is the broker for Chacewater Winery.

      The Fluff Ice truck will also be on site for the Etsy event

      The Fox Pizza Bus will be available for dinner

      Tell your friends!

        Knot Tying Demonstration

        Posted August 22nd, 2012

        Do you know knots? Whether or not you’ve been tying knots for decades, or the only knots you make are in your hair, this interactive demonstration is just for you! Come on by CRAFTED and make a knotted keychain with Gus from Knotical Arts. Before you know it, you will be showing off your work to all your friends and calling yourself a true longshoreman.




        When: Sunday August 26th

        Time: 2:00pm

        Location: The CRAFTED demonstration area

        Price: Free!

        Tell your friends!

          Pottery Demonstration

          Posted August 22nd, 2012

          Pottery: something you were always curious about but never quite knew how it worked, right? Especially how those experts can weave their fingers through some muddy red clay and voilà! There’s a pot! Well, this is your chance to see it for yourself! Come to this demonstration of hand thrown pottery on a wheel by the artists of Clay Collective!

          When: Saturday August 25th

          Time: 2:00 pm  & 4:00 pm

          Location: The CRAFTED demonstration area

          Price: Free!


          Tell your friends!

            New Vendors: August 17th

            Posted August 16th, 2012

            CRAFTED would like to welcome the newest additions to our community!!


            Booth 133: Art of Life Studios

            Stained glass and mosaic art for garden and home, as well as fine jewelry.

            Booth 156: Zarjo

            Unique handmade accessories including shawls, wraps, necklaces, bracelets, belts and handbags. Created using different felting techniques, fabrics and textures.

            Booth 158: Thread Paper Scissors

            Hand-knitted/sewn clothing and baby items, quilts, needlepoint pillows, handmade cards and more.

            Booth 166: Grandma’s Princess

            Beautiful handmade accessories for children, ages newborn to 12.

            Booth 168: Eight Eleven

            Hand designed and painted skate boards, hats, backpacks and more.

            Booth 172: Glory Magnolia

            Upcycled and embellished clothing, from baby to Womens XL

            Booth 172: Sushu Belts and Accessories

            Specializing in custom and one-of-a-kind signature belt buckles, leather straps and wrap bracelets.

            Booth 172: 4get-me-nots

            Floral fashion accessories made from recycled materials, vintage fabrics, and antique buttons or jewelry.

            Booth 177: Michelle Kessler Photography

            Prints, greeting cards and pendants made from artist’s own images of nature, architecture, people and animals.

            Booth 208: Semi Handmade,

            Half knock-down, half handmade! Buy everything except the front panels of cabinets and drawer sets, and semihandmade creates unique fronts for your knock-down furniture.

            Booth 208: 33 Stweart Avenue

            Artwork using digitally-manipulated photographs output on wood, as well as collages of signage and other found wood.

            Booth 208: Why Rhymer

            Handmade table lamps and a wide range of high-end furniture and lighting.

            Booth 208: We Are All Smith

            Tshirts, bags, jewelry and accessories made with the philosophy that we can all forge our future into any shape we choose.


            Tell your friends!

              DIY of the week: Hydrangea Hippo

              Posted August 16th, 2012

              Thank you Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo for this great craft tip!!

              I created this super frilly pretty flower for a mini book I made when I was on the Clear Scraps Design Team. The flowers were mulberry paper based flowers from Accent Scrapbooking but this same technique can be used for Prima, Petaloo, Bo Bunny, or any other flat paper flowers you have. You know you have these kinds of flowers in your stash, just begging to be pulled out of the package, jar, or bag and put onto a page!! You’ve cast them aside for the new highly embellished and glittered flowers that have become popular over the last few years. Who wants to be seen using last year’s flowers? Not me!

              This technique will help bring your old plain flowers up to par — you’ll be a fashion-forward scrapper in no time. What are you waiting for?

              For this technique you will need some very sophisticated supplies: white glue and 3 paper flowers. I know, too easy.

              I sprayed these flowers with Smooch Spritz in Tea Party to give them a slightly more “shabby” coloring and some sparkle. This is an optional step-if you decide later that your flower is “blah”, you can always spray some Smooch Spritz on it!

              Fold one flower in half and secured with glue.

              The fold that flower in half again and secure with glue.

              Apply some glue to the center of the second flower.

              Place the point of the folded flower into the center of the second flower and wrap the second flower around the folded flower.

              Pinch the flower around the folded flower to make the petals flare out.

              Adhere this double flower to the third flower and fluff the petals.

              Add to a project for a little extra pizzazz (and to use up your stash).

              Tell your friends!
                Page 47 of 49« First...102030...4546474849