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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

March Artist of the Month: Marika Paz

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It’s time to welcome Spring and announce March’s Artist of the Month – the amazing Marika Paz!!! We are super excited to feature Marika’s NEW original paintings on wood slices, as well as her beautiful prints and greeting cards.

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Marika Paz is a self-taught artist and illustrator who grew up on the northern California coast and now resides in Portland, OR.  She is inspired by the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, folklore and fairytales, and symbolism in esoteric arts.

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Her drawings explore forest creatures and their relationships with people and the natural world, with a touch of mysticism and symbolism. “I try and create a world of magic, wonder, and possibilities,” she says. “When I am not in my studio drawing away, I enjoy weaving on my loom, knitting, and going on adventures with my corgi, Scout. Oh, and having a good cup of coffee.”

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Marika’s greeting cards featuring animals in scout uniforms waving flags that encourage “Adventure”  and “Explore“ are always flying off the shelf.  And while everyone loves those cool kids, foxes and raccoons (and Marika does them proud!) she also highlights the underdog creatures like rats, moths, possums and wombats!!!  You know there is someone special in your life who would love to receive a card that exclaims, “Ain’t no party like a wombat party!”

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Dreamlike and unique, amusing and mysterious, this work is a must-see!!!  Come find your spirit animal in the shop this month, or check out Marika’s website at www.marikapaz.com.

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March 5, 2015   No Comments

January Artist of the Month: Mugwump

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Our long-time vendor Mugwump is January’s Artist of the Month!!!  Mugwump is a female owned and operated design micro-business that uses reclaimed/ repurposed materials and an industrial sewing machine to give renewed life to modern accessories.  We think sole designer Suzanne Koelker’s mission to “save the Earth and look good doin’ it!” is awesome!!!

Our Artist of the Month wall is currently chock-a-block with handbags, wallets, & other fashion accessories made out of upcycled materials like old maps and books.  We have traded our shop Christmas tree for a Mugwump tree carrying handbags and clutches made from retro records and vinyl covers, vintage game boards and colorful children’s books.  A current eye-catcher is the Rod Stewart “Tonight I’m Yours” album cover handbag!!!

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Besides cute accessories, Mugwump also puts together packs of vintage sheet music, perfect for scrapbookers and lovers of ephemera, as are the Big (and Lil’) Bag O’ Fun, cello-wrapped assortments of vintage game pieces and cards, shells, ribbons, puzzle pieces, book pages, and other bits & bobs.  Fun!!!

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Mugwump’s luggage tags, passport covers and wallets are popular with world-traveling Crafty customers who are passing through Portland, and also make fun gifts for just about everyone!  Be sure to hit up her website after checking out her stuff in the shop!

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January 12, 2015   No Comments

THANK YOU!!!!

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We wanted to take a moment to thank ALL OF YOU for coming out to our Super Colossal Holiday Sale last weekend! And boy, were there a lot of you!! Thank you so much for supporting what we do, for supporting artists and for buying handmade. It is a truly beautiful thing that you’re doing and it betters the lives of so many people!

Without all of our talented artists and crafters we would just have a big empty cement floored room. Thank you to each one of you for putting your heart and soul into what you’re making, for all the late nights and missed sleep leading up to the show, and for bringing your absolute awesome last weekend!! We love you!!

We certainly couldn’t have pulled this off without the amazing support of our staff (both at the show and the ladies running our shop for the weekend), volunteers, sponsors, and all of the folks at the Oregon Convention Center. Thank you all for working long hours with a smile, for handling the crowds with such grace, and for making our jobs that much easier! Big high fives all around! You guys are the best!!!

We hope you all enjoy the holiday season with friends, family and good cheer! We’d love to see you again in May for our Super Colossal Spring Sale! And if you are still wanting some last minute handmade gifts, please come see us in our retail store downtown! (808 SW 10th Ave, across from the central library.) We’re open 10am-7pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday leading up to Christmas. (We will be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve.)

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!!!!
xoxoxoxo,
Cathy + Torie

December 18, 2014   No Comments

Little Boxes + Double Supportland Merits = Local Love!

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Little Boxes is THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!!!

Shop local, get discounts, and maybe win some prizes!!

Little Boxes is a city-wide shopping event and prize raffle on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Whether you play with a paper passport, or download the iPhone app, you’ll have the chance to win raffle prizes including a travel package, an iPad, a $600 shopping spree, and all sorts of gift certificates to the Little Boxes!  It’s free to enter; just head into any participating shop on 11/28 – 11/29 to claim a raffle ticket.  Make a purchase to earn bonus entries and unlock a 10% discount at the next Little Box on your list.  The more shops you visit, the more chances you have to win!

We believe that shopping Little Boxes is a great way to find unique gifts for everyone on your list, have fun with your family and friends, and-just maybe-win some pretty incredible prizes, all by supporting Portland’s best locally-owned shops!

We’ve been busily stocking up the shop with the best handmade gifts!

We hope to see you!!
Crafty Wonderland Shop
808 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Friday, November 28th & Saturday November 29th, 10am-7pm.

Plan your route and find more information at www.littleboxespdx.com/

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If you need even more reasons to shop local this Friday and Saturday, supportland is giving out DOUBLE MERITS (their new word for points) network-wide! That’s huge!! That’s 30 points for patronizing a new-to-you business, and 10 points for shopping at your favorites! Think of all the awesome rewards you can cash those points in for!

If you’re not familiar with supportland, or want to learn more about how it works, please check out this page on their website!

November 27, 2014   No Comments

November Artist of the Month: Trixie & Milo

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We are very excited to announce November’s Artist of the Month: Trixie & Milo!!! This is the first time (but surely not the last!) that this Portland husband & wife team have been named Artist of the Month here at the Crafty Wonderland shop and they have set up a beautiful display showcasing an amazing selection of stainless steel flasks featuring Milo’s original art.

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Trixie & Milo’s brilliant scheme to combine two of their favorite things, drinking and art, has led to their success in selling their wares all over the world! Their super cool designs are all original, inspired by vintage graphics and classic advertising, and each item is hand-finished in their studio.

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Trixie & Milo’s colorful flasks have a ton of personality and trigger lots of giggles and excitement in the shop. They are a great gift idea for anyone – over the legal drinking age, of course! There’s a flask perfect for everyone: Sasquatch, pin-up girl, steampunk, mustachioed cupcake, whisky-themed flasks, and even flasks acknowledging the potential for liver failure. Yay!!!? Come check them out and find yours!

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November 7, 2014   No Comments

Our shop is 4!!!

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Today marks the 4 year anniversary of our retail store! We are beyond thrilled that the shop has gone so well and that we’re still here! Who knew that what started as a 6 week pop-up shop would turn into this!?! We wanted to say a big huge THANK YOU to all of you who have been involved in the shop – from our talented vendors and amazing staff, to the entire community of supportive Portlanders and out of towners! We couldn’t have done any of this without you! MWAH!!!

November 6, 2014   No Comments

October Artist of the Month: Berkley Illustration

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We are delighted to announce that our October Artist of the Month is none other than Berkley Illustration!  Portland’s own Ryan and Lucy Berkley are a husband and wife team whose little family just welcomed a new baby boy.  From the very beginnings Berkley Illustration has been part of the Crafty Wonderland family, having drawn all of our craft show posters and marketing collateral for both the sales and the shop!

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We always have a sweet collection of these beautifully detailed prints featuring sophisticated animals in suits, plus matching buttons, magnets and bottle openers. There are a limited number of animal portrait originals currently in the shop!!!

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Right now we also have super cool limited edition prints from the Cinematic Fauna series, Ryan’s take on some of the best-loved animals from cult movies. It’s time for a Berkley addition to your family’s walls! Frame a pair of dapper animals as a set, or pay homage to your favorite film with a limited edition Cinematic Fauna print! “We’d like to thank animals and teamwork for making this possible!” (from Instagram)

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You can see more of their fabulous work in their Etsy shop!

October 24, 2014   No Comments