Sasquatches love crafts
Sasquatches love crafts
Sasquatches love crafts
Bunnies love crafts too
Bunnies love crafts too
Bunnies love crafts too
Crafty Wonderland

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

July Artist of the Month: Camp Smartypants

camp_smartypantsfull

What better way to celebrate summer and relive the magic of summer camp than by featuring the art of Rachel Beyer of Camp Smartypants?! Rachel’s cards, prints, journals, buttons, wrapping paper, and other camp-inspired creations will brighten your day and inspire you to get out and have some adventures!

campsmartypants1campsmartypants2

The story of Camp Smartypants:

Camp Smartypants began in the summer of 2009 in a sunny backyard of Portland, Oregon. I had just moved home from Seattle to cultivate a dream that had been growing inside me since I was a young girl sleeping under the stars at Girl Scout camp.

campsmartypants4

After studying graphic design at The Art Institute of Seattle and working my first ‘real’ job, I found that I longed for the days when I went on adventures, made god’s eyes and friendship bracelets, and laughed with my friends until my sides hurt.

campsmartypants5

I believe we are all young at heart and should hold onto our childlike innocence. We are never too old to climb a tree, invent a new language or imagine the impossible.

campsmartypants3

A line of colorful art, greeting cards and handmade goods, Camp Smartypants hopes to inspire you to rekindle those fun, magical memories. Laugh with your friends, explore new terrain and follow your heart.

Be sure to visit http://campsmartypants.com!

July 8, 2014   No Comments

June Artist of the Month: 20Leagues

20leaguesfull

June’s Artist of the Month display is especially exciting because the folks at 20 Leagues made an amazing cardboard replica of our shop AND a super fun Wonderland of the Month display (a miniature version of the Artist of the Month area!)!!

20leagues5

20leagues1

Be sure to come see it all in person!!! They have also crafted up some awesome dioramas, rebar bottle openers, taxidermy magnets, emergency disguises, and more!!

20leagues4

20leagues220leagues3

20 Leagues began as a New Year’s resolution,
To be adventure barons in art’s industrial revolution.
A fine artist and a blunt scientist are we two, the crew.
We’re commanded by Captain Jules, who’s imaginary (says you).
We’re a marital pair sharing an odd, addled brain.
We live high in the hills, raising cats, moss, and Cain.
We love layers upon layers upon layers upon more.
We think art is for everyone, not just the bores.
We have thousands of heroes and a couple of fans.
We love how squirrels have twee little hands.
We like things like concrete people no longer see
Our eyes behold beauty in ubiquity
We use self-publication for our self-adulation
¡We invert punctuation when we make exclamations!
We love the glory days of every craze what had them.
We love dioramas to depths you can’t fathom.
Our yarns are more woven than we’ll ever confide.
If the world is your oyster, we’re the toy prize inside.
This makes sense to us, if that makes sense to you.
We ‘like like’ you Portland. Hope hope you like us two, too.

Family_Photo

June 10, 2014   2 Comments

May Artist of the Month: Jessica Swift

jessicaswiftfull

We are super pleased to feature Jessica Swift as our May Artist of the Month! Jessica creates beautiful, bright and inspiring artwork that graces prints, notebooks, magnets, eye pillows, postcards and more! Be sure to come by and see for yourself!

jessicaswift1

jessicaswift2

jessicaswift3

jessicaswift5

jessicaswift4

Jessica Swift, a full-time artist, surface pattern designer, and writer, is on a quest to inspire creative people everywhere to pursue their wild + colorful dreams… and never give up. Her magically uplifting, colorful artwork is licensed widely for iPhone cases, fabric, stationery, rugs, and more. Her art and products are designed to serve as tokens of happiness — reminders that you need (and deserve) to feel GOOD in your life. Her forthcoming book on pattern design is due to be published in Spring 2015. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two adorable cats, and you can find her colorfully creating and blogging online at JessicaSwift.com.

JessicaSwift-photo-2014

 

May 21, 2014   No Comments

THANK YOU!!!

photo (35)

We’re getting caught up on our sleep and everything else that gets put on hold in order to pull off the Super Colossal Spring Sale, and wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who came out to the show! We were so pleased with the turnout, the adorable kittens, all the amazing crafts and vendors, the awesomeness of our friends, staff and sponsors, and the helpful staff at the Oregon Convention Center! THANK YOU ALL!!!! You are all what makes Portland so great!!!

May 17, 2014   No Comments

Saturday, May 10th!!!

Our Super Colossal Spring Sale is THIS Saturday, May 10th! We’ll have over 200 booths of amazing handmade goods and art! It’s the perfect chance to get the most awesome handmade gifts for Mom (Mother’s Day is the day after the show!), upcoming birthdays, baby showers, weddings, graduations, and any other gift giving occasion! And don’t forget to treat yourself to some handmade goodness as well! You don’t want to miss this – it’s going to be HUGE!

The show will also feature:
*Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
*Free Chinook Books for the first 200 shoppers!
*A special wedding section!! (more details below)
*Live cats available for adoption by the CAT Adoption Team!
*Free craft projects in our DIY Area hosted by Collage (schedule below)
*Free card making area sponsored by SCRAP
*A plant sale with Birds & Bees Nursery
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Space to sit down, take a break and enjoy some food and drinks. *Vegan and vegetarian menu options will be available.

 

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!
Saturday, May 10th
11am – 6pm  

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232

Free Admission! All Ages!
Goodie bags to the first 200 shoppers! 

>>>View the official FACEBOOK INVITE
and use it to invite your friends!<<<

May 6, 2014   1 Comment

Birds & Bees Nursery at our Spring Sale!

birdsandbees

One new addition to this year’s Super Colossal Spring Sale on May 10th is a plant sale with Birds & Bees Nursery!!

Birds & Bees is a small locally owned and operated neighborhood nursery. They are dedicated to selling locally sourced sustainable products for the urban gardener. As Portland natives, they appreciate the beauty of the Northwest natural landscape and hope to inspire gardeners to incorporate native plants into urban landscapes.

birdsandbees2

Stop by their booth near our DIY Area to check out a selection of:
*Hardy Succulent Planters
*Mini Gardens (Indoor and Outdoor)
*Herb Planters
*Mounted Ferns (Indoor and Outdoor)
*Plus Various Decorative Plants for the Pacific Northwest Garden!

AND you can make your own DIY Mini Garden for only $20 each!
Includes: Container, Soil and Plants!

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!
Saturday, May 10th
11am – 6pm  

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232

Free Admission! All Ages!
Goodie bags to the first 200 shoppers! 

>>>View the official FACEBOOK INVITE
and use it to invite your friends!<<<

May 5, 2014   No Comments

In Celebration of Mother’s Day…

ltym_cover

We are so excited to be a sponsor of Listen to Your Mother Portland! Listen to Your Mother is a series of live staged readings that take place across the country in celebration of Mother’s Day. This is the first time it’s happening in Portland and you won’t want to miss it!! Producer Kelli Martinelli and Director Carisa Miller have been hard at work pulling together a stellar local cast of both experienced and newer writers.

LTYM-group_thumb_1

On Sunday, May 11th (that’s Mother’s Day! and the day after our Super Colossal Spring Sale!), head to the Alberta Rose Theater and listen to 14 local writers share their stories of motherhood. Some might make you laugh, some might make you cry, and each is as unique as the woman who wrote it. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased here ! And while you’re out, why not make a day of it and have brunch at Radio Room before the show!

Listen to Your Mother was started by Ann Imig in Madison, WI in 2010. It quickly gained momentum and now happens in 32 cities across America. While it’s a national series, each show is 100% locally produced. Each show donates 10% to a local non-profit organization, and LTYM Portland has chosen Portland Women’s Crisis line.

The show is PG-13ish: minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent, though there may be an occasional swear word!

Listen to Your Mother Portland
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
at Alberta Rose Theater
3000 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR

click here to purchase tickets!

Visit their website to meet the cast and learn more about the show!

And get warmed up by watching videos of other LTYM shows on their national YouTube channel!

May 2, 2014   No Comments

Countdown…

Be sure your calendar is marked for our Super Colossal Spring Sale on Saturday, May 10th! We’ll have over 200 booths of amazing handmade goods and art! It’s the perfect chance to get the most awesome handmade gifts for Mom (Mother’s Day is the day after the show!), upcoming birthdays, baby showers, weddings, graduations, and any other gift giving occasion! And don’t forget to treat yourself to some handmade goodness as well! You don’t want to miss this – it’s going to be HUGE!

The show will also feature:
*Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
*Free Chinook Books for the first 200 shoppers!
*A special wedding section!! (more details below)
*Live cats available for adoption by the CAT Adoption Team!
*Free craft projects in our DIY Area hosted by Collage (schedule below)
*Free card making area sponsored by SCRAP
*A plant sale with Birds & Bees Nursery
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Space to sit down, take a break and enjoy some food and drinks. *Vegan and vegetarian menu options will be available.

Our official event program comes out in this week’s issue of the Portland Mercury - grab a copy to plan your day and find out important show details! (If you don’t manage to snag one in advance, we will have some available at our retail shop and at the show!) In it you will find a vendor list + booth map as well as a super cute craft project by Alissa of A Tea Leaf and an interview with the insanely talented local jewelry designer and shop owner Betsy of betsy & iya!

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!
Saturday, May 10th
11am – 6pm  

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232

Free Admission! All Ages!
Goodie bags to the first 200 shoppers! 

>>>View the official FACEBOOK INVITE
and use it to invite your friends!<<<

May 1, 2014   1 Comment

Fun + Free Craft Projects in the DIY Area!

We love our friends from Collage! They’ve been hard at work creating some cool projects for you to make in the FREE DIY Area at our upcoming Super Colossal Spring Sale on May 10th!  Also be sure to visit the free card making station sponsored by SCRAP! Both are located near the food concessions.


washi tape + stamped cards: 
11:00am-12:45pm

  
stamped mini-muslin bags: 1:00-2:45pm


hand-stamped wooden pendants: 3:00-4:45pm

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL SPRING SALE

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 11am – 6pm

at the Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D Portland, OR

All Ages * Free Admission

200+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods!

Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!

April 28, 2014   No Comments

April Artist of the Month: Kara Burke

karaburke

This month we are excited to feature the work of our very own Kara Burke in the Artist of the Month section! Kara has been a part of the Crafty Wonderland team since we first opened our retail store in the fall of 2010! Come in to see her adorable pet pillows, ornaments, paintings, wallets, and jewelry in person!

karaburke2 karaburke4karaburke5 karaburke3 karaburke1

April 24, 2014   No Comments