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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

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    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

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      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!

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        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!


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          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.


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            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).

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              Beer Tasting with the San Pedro Brewing Company

              Posted August 16th, 2012

              Come by to taste the fantastic hand crafted beer of the San Pedro Brewing Company. If you like supporting local businesses, drinking delicious beer, shopping, and mingling with crafters, this is for you!

              When: Sunday August 19th

              Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

              Location: The CRAFTED demonstration area

              Price: $1.00 and $5.00

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