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

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

July Artist of the Month: Beth Kerschen, Urban Retrospectives

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We are so happy to be celebrating Portland’s own Beth Kerschen as July’s Artist of the Month!!! Beth is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses photography and printmaking to create “Urban Retrospectives” – unique cards and prints exhibiting the amazing sights, bridges and buildings that make Portland so rad.

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Beth worked for Polaroid earlier in her career, expanding her extensive photographic and digital imaging knowledge. She moved to Portland in 2008 and brought her focus back to photography, photo illustration, and printmaking. She uses a blend of photography and printmaking to create her images, combining images of well-known structures and skylines and signs around town to create layered, collage-like composite scenes. Her Portland Icon postcards and bridge woodblocks are big sellers at the shop!!!

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We asked Beth a few questions about herself for our blog and she gave us such great answers that we thought we’d just let her speak for herself!

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you work?
Since I work alone a lot, I tend to listen a lot to OPB on the radio. It is nice to know what is going on in the outside world, while I am working away in my own little world. I do work while watching t.v. too, it makes the boring tasks more fun. I really love sci-fi, so it is fun to put that on while I am working.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I Iove urban life, so I get the most inspiration from just simply walking around town, or going through my photos of the cities I have photographed.

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Do you have any pets?
Nope, I think I am the only person in Portland who doesn’t have a pet! :)

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Where do you most like to work?
I have set up a small printmaking studio in my garage where I make my printmaking plates and print. It has been a dream to have my own studio, so even though it is in a garage, I just love working in there. It is set up just the way I want it and on nice days, I can open the garage door and feel I am enjoying the weather too.

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How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
I probably should reward myself more often actually! If I finished a big show or event, I usually go to Branch Whisky Bar on NE Alberta. They have great food and excellent mixed drinks!

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Be sure to check out Beth’s work at the Crafty Wonderland shop and at http://www.bethkerschen.com/.

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July 6, 2015   No Comments

June Artist of the Month: Little Bay Root

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June at Crafty Wonderland ushers in summer sun and Father’s Day and…Sasquatch sightings??? Our Artist of the Month is that champion of Big Foot worship, local artists/entrepreneurs, Little Bay Root!!!

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Partners Brian and Brenden have created a monopoly out of Portland love!  Locally designed and printed swag celebrating all things Pacific NorthWest: Big Foot and beer, rain and roses, trees, camping and biking.  With his deep background in marketing, Brian says that he is inspired by pop culture and trends here in Portland – which, obviously and happily, doesn’t always mirror what is trending in other, more mainstream cities.

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Little Bay Root started out working at home, but when the swag started taking over every room of the house, they moved their enterprise to a studio with room to work every day while blasting Lana del Rey and Radio Ballet (when the work requires counting.)   How do they reward themselves for their hard work?  “Beer is always a good answer.”

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Come check out the new merch we got in special for June – like new hat & t-shirt designs, mugs, shot glasses and that’s right…Sasquatch hair?  Test tubes with hair samples from the legendary large hairy ape-men (and women) – this is the “Fur Real” proof you’ve been looking for, people!!!  Speaking of fur, we had to share this adorable photo of the furriest members of the Little Bay Root family – Jetson, the one-eyed Boston terrier and Rogen, the chiweenie.  Cute!

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From onesies to hoodies Little Bay Root has got you covered, with all sorts of fabulous-ness in between.  Need a gift idea for Dad, or a birthday, new baby, or graduation gift?  We are sure there is something for everyone in this collection!

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Visit littlebayroot.com for more awesomeness and remember…Squatch Out!!!

June 9, 2015   No Comments

May Artist of the Month: Button Arcade and Jehu

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The month of May is pretty exciting for us over at Crafty Wonderland, and it is our great pleasure to feature our favorite mom + kid creative crew, Button Arcade and Jehu Ruth as Artists of the Month.  Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Kyle Ruth of Button Arcade is a self-proclaimed “craftaholic”.  She says growing up in the middle of Alaska where resources were scarce taught her “to invent new products with what I have, instead of going out and buying supplies for projects.” We love that resourceful spirit!

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When her daughter, Jehu, the kid portion of our dynamic duo, was born in 2003, Kyle decided she would much rather work from home than downtown Portland.  Kyle creates all sorts of beauties: tiny felt pinwheels on bobby pins to brighten up your hair, or (slightly) bigger ones on sticks to brighten up your life.  Plus pocket mirrors, irked pincushions (like a tooth who loves sugar!), beautiful felt and wood brooches, and Clean/Dirty dishwasher magnets.  And of course, buttons! Give the “I Heart Your Mom” button to someone who hearts your mom!

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Girl Wonder Jehu Ruth creates beautiful original drawings and says her cats, Oliver, Jack, and Missoni, like to visit her while she sketches. Smart kitties!!! Jehu’s love of anime and all things Japanese (including the food!) clearly influence her drawings, which feature bright colors and thought bubbles, girls and boys and creatures in every shade of the rainbow.  Come check out Jehu’s prints, magnets and pocket mirrors with matching bags for easy toting.  Her art promotes a strong sense of identity and believing in yourself.  Which. Is. Awesome. Girl power!!!

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This busy season finds Kyle and Jehu working hard and then rewarding themselves with lots of anime and burritos, respectively.  Button Arcade (and Jehu too!) were both vendors at our Super Colossal Spring Sale on May 9th. You can find Button Arcade online at buttonarcade.com.  And both mother and daughter’s work will be prominently displayed on our shop wall for the month of May! The crafty force is strong in this family.  Don’t miss out!  Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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May 12, 2015   No Comments

THANK YOU!!!

A gigantic THANK YOU, big hugs and love to all of you who came to the Super Colossal Spring Sale on Saturday!! Thank you to our vendors for working so hard to fill that room with amazing goods and killer displays! Thank you to our awesome sponsors, hard working staff and volunteers, and everyone at the Oregon Convention Center! We are so thankful for each and every one of you!!

May 11, 2015   2 Comments

The Super Colossal Spring Sale is THIS SATURDAY!!!

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The Super Colossal Spring Sale is THIS SATURDAY!!! On Saturday, May 9th (the day before Mother’s Day), we’ll have over 225 booths of amazing handmade goods and art at the Oregon Convention Center! You won’t want to miss it! It’s the perfect chance to snag the best gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, upcoming weddings, baby showers, graduations, birthdays, and some goodies for yourself!

Want a sneak peek at what our vendors are working on? Follow us on Instagram (we’re@craftywonderland) and check out #cwspringsale and #craftywonderland!

Show highlights include:
*Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
*Chinook Book MOBILE coupon packs for the first 200 shoppers!
*A free craft project in our DIY Area hosted by Collage
*A free card making station sponsored by SCRAP
*A plant sale and DIY Flowering Hanging Baskets ($25 each, includes: basket, soil and 3 plants) at the Birds and Bees Nursery booth
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Adoptable kittens and cats from Cat Adoption Team!!!
Use our Facebook Invite to invite your friends! See you on the 9th!!

May 6, 2015   No Comments

Find your new BFF at our Spring Sale!

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Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!

Saturday, May 9th

11am – 6pm  

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages! 
Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!

 

>>>Invite your friends with our
official
FACEBOOK INVITE!<<<

 

 

May 5, 2015   No Comments

Get your event program!

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Our official event program was inserted in the April 29th edition of the Portland Mercury. Be sure to grab a copy while they’re out – before Wednesday, May 6th! (If you happen to miss them, we will have some extras available at the show!)

The program features a vendor list and map of the room, product spotlights, an interview with local artist Jahna Vashti, and a fun craft project by Molly Muriel!

 

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!

Saturday, May 9th

11am – 6pm  
at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
>>>Invite your friends with our
official FACEBOOK INVITE!<<<

May 3, 2015   No Comments

One more week!!!

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The Super Colossal Spring Sale is only ONE WEEK AWAY!!! On Saturday, May 9th (the day before Mother’s Day), we’ll have over 225 booths of amazing handmade goods and art at the Oregon Convention Center! You won’t want to miss it! It’s the perfect chance to snag the best gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, upcoming weddings, baby showers, graduations, birthdays, and some goodies for yourself!

Want a sneak peek at what our vendors are working on? Follow us on Instagram (we’re@craftywonderland) and check out #cwspringsale and #craftywonderland!

Show highlights include:
*Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
*Chinook Book MOBILE coupon packs for the first 200 shoppers!
*A free craft project in our DIY Area hosted by Collage
*A free card making station sponsored by SCRAP
*A plant sale and DIY Flowering Hanging Baskets ($25 each, includes: basket, soil and 3 plants) at the Birds and Bees Nursery booth
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Adoptable kittens and cats from Cat Adoption Team!!!
Use our Facebook Invite to invite your friends! See you on the 9th!!

May 2, 2015   No Comments

Fun and Free Craft Projects at the Spring Sale!

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Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!

Saturday, May 9th

11am – 6pm  

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages! 
Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!

 

>>>Invite your friends with our
official
FACEBOOK INVITE!<<<

April 27, 2015   No Comments

Crafts, Cats, Plants, and YOU!

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Make sure your calendars are marked for our Super Colossal Spring Sale on Saturday, May 9th (the day before Mother’s Day)! We’ll have over 225 booths of amazing handmade goods and art! Come see what all of your favorite artists have been up to, and discover some new talent while you’re there! It’s the perfect chance to snag the best gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, upcoming weddings, baby showers, graduations, birthdays, and some goodies for yourself!

Want a sneak peek at what our vendors are working on? Follow us on Instagram (we’re @craftywonderland) and check out #cwspringsale and #craftywonderland!

Show highlights include:
*Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
*Chinook Book MOBILE coupon packs for the first 200 shoppers!
*A free craft project in our DIY Area hosted by Collage
*A free card making station sponsored by SCRAP
*A plant sale and DIY Flowering Hanging Baskets ($25 each, includes: basket, soil and 3 plants) at the Birds and Bees Nursery booth
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Adoptable kittens and cats from Cat Adoption Team!!!
Use our Facebook Invite to invite your friends! See you on the 9th!!

April 23, 2015   No Comments