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June Artist of the Month: 20Leagues

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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!)!!

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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!!

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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.

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June 10, 2014   2 Comments

November Artist of the Month: Suki Allen

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We are excited to feature Suki Allen of Bird’s Eye View Studio as our November Artist of the Month. Her beautiful black and white scratchboard illustrations are uniquely Northwest and reflect her love of nature. She also combines her animal illustrations with vintage ephemera to create colorful collages that are sold as prints, cards and woodblock wall pieces.  You can find a huge selection of her work in the shop and on her website. Suki will also be a participating artist at our upcoming Super Colossal Holiday Sale on December 8th + 9th at the Convention Center!

Suki Allen is a NW Artist who’s work is influenced by nature, farming, and the abundant wildlife and vegetation of the Pacific Northwest. She currently works in scratchboard and collage and shows throughout Oregon. Her work can be found in small independently owned NW shops and in her online store. Visit her website for more information: www.birdseyeviewstudio.com


November 5, 2012   1 Comment

Now Accepting Applications!!!

Crafty Wonderland
Super Colossal Holiday Sale!
Saturday + Sunday, December 8th + 9th
11am – 6pm
at the Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!

Go to the APPLY PAGE on our website to answer any and all questions regarding the sale and the application process. You will find a link to the application at the bottom of the page.
Don’t wait too long! Applications are due September 15th!
Not sure about how to put together a strong application? Check out our list of handy application tips below!

Application Tips!

1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Not every craft fair is going to be the right fit for your work. If you haven’t had a chance to come to one of our shows in the past, take some time exploring ourprevious vendor lists, peruse our flickr pool, and peek at our facebook page to see if this looks like the right venue for you.

2. SUBMIT IMPECCABLE PHOTOS!
Often, all we have to base our decision on is the 4-5 photos or website link you submit with your application. Make sure your product photos are in focus, well lit, and really show off your work! If photography isn’t your forte, have a friend help you or do a trade with someone who will make your products look like superstars. If you’re submitting a website, make sure your inventory is up-to-date with the types of items you wish to sell at the sale. It doesn’t help us when we reach an empty Etsy shop or a blog where we have to scroll way down to figure out exactly what it is that you make.

3. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
Please read all instructions carefully and be sure you are following the directions provided in filling out your application and paying your application fee. When you don’t follow directions it creates unnecessary work for us and makes us cuckoo.

4. EDIT YOUR OFFERINGS!
We love that you’re so crafty that you make 10,000 different types of things, but that doesn’t mean they will all look good together in your booth. And it confuses the jury to see so many different types of products in your application. For example, if you make soap, jewelry, clothing, wallets and art prints maybe choose 2 of those media where the products compliment each other the most and apply with those.

5. IF SHARING A BOOTH, CHOOSE YOUR MATE WISELY!
We understand the motivations behind wanting to share a booth, but we do caution you to choose your partner wisely. You will be juried as a pair, so the quality and style of your work will be looked at together. This means that the your product lines should make sense together and have a similar aesthetic. We also advise against sharing with a jewelry maker. At least half of our applicants make jewelry – it is by far the most competitive category – so sharing with a jewelry vendor may lessen your chances of being accepted unless their work is mind-blowingly awesome.

September 1, 2012   No Comments

June Artist of the Month – Sarah Glover of Oh My Deer!


We are very excited to be featuring Sarah Glover as Artist of the Month for June. She is a longtime vendor at both the shop and our large scale craft fairs and, as you can see, she really brings cute to a whole new level!

Sarah Glover is the crafter behind Oh My Deer! She is a maker of many, many things! She’s inspired by bright colors and patterns and is quite obsessed with creating anything and everything out of felt! She enjoys making quirky handmade items that bring smiles to peoples faces! At Oh My Deer! you’ll find an array of handmade goodies from hair accessories, jewelry, plushies and an occasional mustache on a stick! When Sarah is not crafting she can be found hunting for treasures at thrift stores, or baking a cake or two! She hopes you enjoy her items as much as she enjoyed creating them…we sure do! Stop by the shop for an amazing assortment of her handmade goodness – some staple shop items as well as some fancy new things that she made just for the feature!

June 1, 2012   No Comments

Application Tips!


1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Not every craft fair is going to be the right fit for your work. If you haven’t had a chance to come to one of our shows in the past, take some time exploring our previous vendor lists, peruse our flickr pool, and peek at our facebook page to see if this looks like the right venue for you.

2. SUBMIT IMPECCABLE PHOTOS!

Often, all we have to base our decision on is the 4-5 photos or website link you submit with your application. Make sure your product photos are in focus, well lit, and really show off your work! If photography isn’t your forte, have a friend help you or do a trade with someone who will make your products look like superstars. If you’re submitting a website, make sure your inventory is up-to-date with the types of items you wish to sell at the sale. It doesn’t help us when we reach an empty Etsy shop or a blog where we have to scroll way down to figure out exactly what it is that you make.

3. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
Please read all instructions carefully and be sure you are following the directions provided in filling out your application and paying your application fee. When you don’t follow directions it creates unnecessary work for us and makes us cuckoo.

4. EDIT YOUR OFFERINGS!
We love that you’re so crafty that you make 10,000 different types of things, but that doesn’t mean they will all look good together in your booth. And it confuses the jury to see so many different types of products in your application. For example, if you make soap, jewelry, clothing, wallets and art prints maybe choose 2 of those media where the products compliment each other the most and apply with those.

5. IF SHARING A BOOTH, CHOOSE YOUR MATE WISELY!
We understand the motivations behind wanting to share a booth, but we do caution you to choose your partner wisely. You will be juried as a pair, so the quality and style of your work will be looked at together. This means that the your product lines should make sense together and have a similar aesthetic. We also advise against sharing with a jewelry maker. At least half of our applicants make jewelry – it is by far the most competitive category – so sharing with a jewelry vendor may lessen your chances of being accepted unless their work is mind-blowingly awesome.

March 5, 2012   12 Comments

CRAFTY WONDERLAND IS THIS WEEKEND!

Ok folks! We are training like olympic athletes over here at Crafty Wonderland headquarters – getting ready for the BIG EVENT THIS WEEKEND and doing everything in our power to bring you the best show we can! And it’s finally that time…that chance you get only two times a year to shop from the largest selection of the most amazing and talented artists + crafters around! If you have been to our shows before you know what you will find – one of a kind handmade goods from cool and talented folks! If you haven’t been to our shows before…what are you thinking?! Get over to the Convention Center THIS WEEKEND to see what it’s about!

BUY LOCAL! BUY HANDMADE! MEET THE MAKER! WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

Thanks for always supporting Crafty Wonderland! It wouldn’t be what it is today without the amazing local support we have received in the last 6 years! PORTLAND, YOU ARE THE BEST!

And now for the details:

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE!
Saturday + Sunday, December 10th + 11th, 2011
11am – 6pm both days – TWO DAYS! TWICE THE FUN!
at the Oregon Convention Center – HALL C
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland

OVER 250 VENDORS SELLING AMAZING HANDMADE GOODS!
FREE CRAFT ACTIVITIES (SEE SCHEDULE BELOW) AND MORE!

It’s more important than ever to SHOP LOCAL + BUY HANDMADE!

All Ages * Free Admission
Goodie Bags for the first 150 shoppers EACH DAY!

CHECK OUT THE FULL VENDOR LIST:
http://craftywonderland.com/vendors/

We are happy to welcome back our friends from COLLAGE who will be running scheduled activities in the DIY AREA all weekend! Check out the schedule below and don’t forget to give Collage a little love! They are a fantastic LOCALLY OWNED art + craft supply store with two Portland locations!

December 7, 2011   1 Comment

It’s Almost that Time!

We are hard at work on all the crazy details that all come together to make the Super Colossal Holiday Sale happen and finally have a few updates to report! The official VENDOR LIST is live – check it out and make your shopping list early to make the day of a breeze!

We are also excited to present the brand new event posters and postcards with yet another amazing illustration by our lovely staff artist, RYAN BERKLEY! Anyone interested in having printed material to hand out can contact us or just stop by our downtown shop to get them. We also have web banners and a digital version of our postcard for you to grab on our DOWNLOADS PAGE. We are blanketing the town with thousands of flyers but our best publicity is through community support and word of mouth…so THANK YOU for anything and everything that you can do to help us spread the word about the event. We couldn’t do it without you!

November 14, 2011   2 Comments

It’s That Time!!!

It seems a little crazy to be thinking about the Holidays when we are entering a heat wave here in Portland…but it’s true! Applications for the 2011 Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale are OFFICIALLY OPEN! Don’t wait too long – the deadline to apply is September 23rd! Simply go to the APPLY PAGE, read though our FAQs then follow the link to the application at the bottom of the page. Good Luck and Stay Cool!

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE!
SATURDAY + SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th + 11th
11am – 6pm both days
at the OREGON CONVENTION CENTER – EXHIBIT HALL C
777 NE MLK jr. Blvd.
PORTLAND, OR 97232
ALL AGES! FREE ADMISSION!

 

September 6, 2011   No Comments

Crafty Wonderland + MoCC = Awesome!

We are super excited to be joining forces with the Museum of Contemporary Craft to participate in their monthly pop-up shop series! As a way to reach out to Portland’s diverse community of makers, the museum has invited select local stores and organizations to create their own small temporary stores within the gallery space. For the month of August, we will fill the front corner of the museum sales gallery with an awe inspiring mix of work by a dozen artists and crafters that we have hand selected from our list of vendors.

We would like to cordially invite you to the opening reception this coming Thursday! If you can’t make it to the opening, we encourage you to drop by the museum before the show closes on August 27th to check out the awesome!

FIRST THURSDAY OPENING RECEPTION
this Thursday, August 4th
from 6-8pm
at Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis St in Portland, OR

 

Featured artists include:
* AMIRA MEDNICK * ANNA JOYCE * APPETITE * BERKLEY ILLUSTRATION *
* BIRD’S EYE VIEW STUDIO * LISA JOHNSTON-SMITH * LORI SHIPPY *
* MOSS HANDMADE * NEEKA KNITS * OLBAPI! * SNAP * WOOLIE ORIGINALS

Hope to see you there!
xoxo cathy + torie

August 1, 2011   1 Comment

Super Colossal Spring Sale THIS SATURDAY!

Yikes! Can you believe it’s already that time!? We’ve been working like crazy preparing for the big day and we are just about ready! Hopefully you grabbed a copy of our handy event program in last week’s edition of The Portland Mercury – it contains lots of details including a map with vendor booth assignments and schedules for both the DIY Area and the Book Signing Area (schedules are also listed in the blog post below).

You can find links to the vendor’s websites on our VENDOR PAGE so scope them out for a little pre-sale planning! We’ve also been collecting lots of fun stuff to add to our coveted Goodie Bags and trust us…they are worth getting in line early for! This show looks to be one of our best to date and we hope you will agree! See you on Saturday!

P.S. Don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day and the sale is the perfect place to get the perfect gift for Mom!

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL SPRING SALE!
Saturday, May 7th from 11am – 6pm
ONE DAY ONLY!
at the Oregon Convention Center – HALL D
777 ne MLK jr. Blvd. in Portland
FREE ADMISSION! ALL AGES!
Goodie Bags to the First 200 Shoppers in Line!
FREE DIY Area with Scheduled Activities All Day!
Crafty Authors Signing Books!
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

May 2, 2011   9 Comments