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Crafty Wonderland

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

April Artist of the Month: Old School Stationers

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It’s time to announce April’s featured Artist of the Month: Old School Stationers!!! This small, family-owned Portland business is a letterpress studio specializing in the production of greeting cards, wall prints and a variety of other letterpress creations, all brought to life with simple, homey designs.

Images of trees and outdoorsy scenes like canoeing and fishing, hiking and clam-digging, classic cars and familiar landscapes, give them the look of vintage travel brochures and make it hard for Portlanders (or visitors!) to resist their charms.

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Old School Stationers was founded by Brian Reed back in 2004, when after spending years in the printing industry, computer technology came to replace the need for his skills. So Brian took a step back to embrace the skill set of an earlier era, in which handmade and homegrown were a part of everyday life. Brian set up two vintage letterpress printers in the garage and launched his first collection of letterpress botanical cards. After their family started to grow, he and his wife Amy joined efforts and became co-owners. Drawing from her knowledge gained through years working in the textile industry Amy began assisting Brian with color and pattern choices, and Old School Stationers was born!

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Old School Stationers’ work, with its classic feel and a beautiful color scheme, are ideal for sprucing up your walls for Spring, or the perfect handmade card to send to that special someone in your life. Crafty faves are the St. Johns Bridge woodblock print, as well as the space themed series, especially the aliens proclaiming “We are one.”

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Come check out Old School Stationers in the shop this month! They will also be selling their wares at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale on May 9. You can visit their website too! http://oldschoolstationers.com/

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April 10, 2015   No Comments

Spring Show Vendor List Online!

The vendor list for our Super Colossal Spring Sale on May 9th is now online! Scope out your favorites and make your wish list in advance! See the full list of vendors here.

 

SUPER COLOSSAL SPRING SALE

Saturday, May 9th,  2015

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!

 

March 30, 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

Applications are Closed!!!

Applications for our 2015 Super Colossal Spring Sale are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied!! We will be sending out notifications of acceptance by midnight March 9th.  Please DO NOT email (or post a comment) asking if you can still apply. No late applications will be permitted!!

February 24, 2015   No Comments

Less than one week left to apply to our Spring Sale!!!

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>>>APPLY for the
2015 Super Colossal Spring Sale!!!<<<

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!
Saturday, May 9th
11am-6pm 

at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!

APPLY ONLINE!

 

Our application system is entirely digital!
Follow the link above to the apply page on our website to answer any and all questions regarding the sale and the application process.

After you read through all the FAQs on the APPLY page you can follow the link to the digital application at the bottom of the page. 

You should also check out our list of handy application tips here! 

Don’t wait too long!
Applications are due February 23rd!

February 17, 2015   No Comments

February Artist of the Month: Red Star Art

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day – we are thrilled to announce February’s featured Artist of the Month: Alicia Justus of Red Star Art!!!  Alicia has lived in Portland for going on 19 years, and is a long time Crafty Wonderland vendor who remembers selling with us in our Doug Fir days, once upon a time.

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Red Star Art’s collection has an old world vibe, and not just because of her use of antique, vintage materials and found objects.  People are drawn in by the colors, then mesmerized by the delicate detail.  This work stirs emotions and calls to mind fairy tales, witches, and gypsy caravans; there is a mysterious, dark, ethereal feel with a touch of humor to it – it has to be seen to be believed!  Come and check out our featured Artist wall before it all disappears!

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Alicia is, to use her own words, a bit reclusive, and doesn’t have much of an online presence.  So we consider ourselves very lucky!!!  “I just compulsively make stuff,” she says, which she does while enjoying quality time with her cats and watching episodes of The Rockford Files.   She also searches antique stores and junk shops for bits and pieces which she then embellishes or builds into something new.  Porcelain doll limbs become pendants, tiny pincushions and thimbles become dangly earrings, and glass buttons become cabochons for colorful beaded rings.

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Alicia recently brought in a batch of her adorable felt mice (which she had to rescue from her cat’s embrace.)  The meticulous detail on these guys (and girls), from the hand stitched pockets on their jeans to their tiny red bead eyes, makes them one of Red Star Art’s fastest and best selling items at the shop.  If you’re lucky, you might have a chance to get your paws on a gypsy mouse (wearing tiny gold hoop earrings!) or a cowboy mouse (with a lasso & chaps!)!!

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love?  Pair a vintage valentine with a beautiful Red Star Art piece, like hand stitched cacti in clay pots that look so real you might accidentally water them!  Or a brooch made from a Victorian era pincushion strawberry with hand stitched seeds, embellished with sparkly vintage crystal dewdrops and dangling from a silver bow pin.  There’s also beaded jewelry, paper dolls, postcards, mini puzzles, handpainted clothespin couples, sewing kits, as well as limited original framed pencil drawings, a few of which feature Alicia’s adorable 18-year old black cat, Morgy, in her little red coat.  “I decided to make her a star!” says the artist, and we understand why!

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You can find Alicia and Red Star Art at the Twilight Rummage Sale.

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February 10, 2015   No Comments

Apply Now for Our Super Colossal Spring Sale!!!

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>>>Now Accepting Applications for the
2015 Super Colossal Spring Sale!!!<<<

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale!
Saturday, May 9th
11am-6pm 

at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!

APPLY ONLINE!

 

Our application system is entirely digital!
Follow the link above to the apply page on our website to answer any and all questions regarding the sale and the application process.

After you read through all the FAQs on the APPLY page you can follow the link to the digital application at the bottom of the page. 

You should also check out our list of handy application tips here! 

Don’t wait too long!
Applications are due February 23rd!

February 9, 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

December Artist of the Month: Sarah Landwehr

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We couldn’t be more pleased to announce December’s Artist of the Month – Sarah Landwehr, Portland artist, mom and all around lovely lady!  This is Sarah’s first time as Artist of the Month and she couldn’t be happier – especially as December is a particularly good month to be highlighted for holiday shoppers!

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 Sarah is primarily a printmaker who loves to make things by hand.  She has said that one of her favorite things about doing what she does is seeing her work in the homes of others, “to know that it has a life of its own out there in the world and where it can be appreciated in someone’s daily life.”

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One of Sarah’s most popular pieces at the Crafty Wonderland shop is a special creation she designed in 2010 while working on a map-themed show: a silhouette of Oregon with the words, “I’m So Happy We Both Showed Up Here” lettered across the state, available in several different shades.  Portlanders cannot seem to resist this print and its heartfelt simplicity and it’s not hard to see why.  This month in the shop we have the “I’m So Happy” print framed and ready to gift!

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Sarah’s captivating images are strong in character and mystery.  She pairs a muted color palette with distinctive images, such as illustrations of hand signs in American Sign Language, shadow puppet animals, feathers and teeth.  Come check them out in person!

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For more of Sarah Landwehr’s work, visit Two Sarahs on etsy.

 

December 20, 2014   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