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Crafty Wonderland

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

December Artist of the Month: Robot Candy

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Our final Artist of the Month of 2015 is the spectacular dream team Jenn Hill + Jenny Tiffany of Robot Candy!!! They were actually our first ever featured artists to grace this page and the special space on our shop wall in 2012.  We are so happy they are still a part of our family!!!

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For over 10 years Jenn and Jenny have been making Portland a cuter, craftier place with their awesome work inspired by the designs of Japan, Sweden and the 1960s.

Most recognizable are these ladies’ famous tile coasters featuring fun, retro imagery sealed under a resin coating.  There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, including Portland bridges and other landmarks, crafty cats, vintage ads, sweet floral patterns, and more!!!

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Besides the plethora of coasters, you can also find adorable needle felted critters and bowls, hand-sewn tissue pouches and pincushions, plush sweater softies, art prints, zipper pouches, and tiny handmade buttons and necklaces.

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So much of their lines, Robot Candy as well as Chet & Dot and Automatte, have a warm + fuzzy, comfy vibe and no wonder, Jenn highly recommends embroidering in bed while watching tv.  Sounds excellent! And after the holidays you may find them treating themselves to a very well-deserved dinner at Screen Door or Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty here in town!

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December 21, 2015   No Comments

Thanks, Portland!!!

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Super Colossal Holiday Sale this past weekend!! We had record breaking attendance and couldn’t quite believe the masses of you pouring through the doors on Saturday! How wonderful it is that so many people are supporting local makers and artists – and many lucky people will get fantastic handmade gifts for the holidays! WE LOVE YOU, PORTLAND!!!

Certainly none of this would be possible without all of our amazingly talented vendors, who worked so hard to fill that giant convention center hall with pure awesome. You guys are the best!!! And a huge thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, sponsors, the Convention Center folks, our friends and family, and everyone who helped make this show a success! We couldn’t do it without you!

If you want more Crafty Wonderland you can visit our retail store in downtown Portland! We’re open year round and feature the work of 200 local artists! (808 SW 10th Ave, just across from the Central Library.)

AND Be sure your calendar is marked for our Super Colossal Spring Sale on June 4th!

December 16, 2015   No Comments

THIS WEEKEND!!!

 

THE SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE IS THIS WEEKEND!!

Come to the Oregon Convention Center to shop from over 250 amazingly talented artists and crafters all in one giant room! You’ll find THE BEST gifts for everyone on your list, and hopefully a few for yourself!

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE!

Saturday + Sunday, December 12th + 13th
11am – 6pm  
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION - ALL AGES!
Goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers each day!

 

SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:

Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm
tickets are available  HERE

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232
 View the official
>>>FACEBOOK INVITE<<< 
and use it to invite your friends!

December 10, 2015   No Comments

Special Extras at This Weekend’s Show!

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Craft your own canvas tote
using rubber stamps + embroidery!
Saturday & Sunday
from 11am-5pm
One fun project! Both days!
hosted by our friends from Collage

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Reuse wrapping station
plus card and gift tag making with the lovely folks from SCRAP!

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Nikki McClure!
Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist known for her beautifully intricate paper cuts made with an X-acto knife and a single sheet of paper.  Her work can be found on posters, books, cards, t-shirts, and a highly sought-after annual calendar, among other things.
Be sure to stop by the Land Gallery / buyolympia booth #7 on Saturday from noon-2pm to meet her in person!
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Party Cat Photo Booth!
We are thrilled to have a photo booth at the show again this year! We know that some of you really missed the ugly sweater photo booth that we’ve had in the past. This time, we’d like to introduce Party Cat! - a Portland based photo booth company dedicated to creating handmade decor for all of your party needs! Each and every prop and backdrop is lovingly made by hand and completely customizable. This is a sneak peek of a couple of the props, but the backdrop will be a surprise!
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CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE!
Saturday + Sunday, December 12th + 13th
11am – 6pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION – ALL AGES!
Goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers each day!

SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:
Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm
tickets are available HERE

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

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

December 7, 2015   No Comments

One more week!!!

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The Super Colossal Holiday Sale is 

DEC 12th + 13th!!!

 
Be sure your calendar is marked for our Super Colossal Holiday Sale on Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th! We’ll have 280 booths of amazing handmade goods and art! It’s the perfect chance to get the most awesome handmade gifts for everyone on your list! 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!
 
Event highlights:
*Goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers each day!
*Free craft project in our DIY Area hosted by Collage (details below)
*Reuse wrapping station sponsored by SCRAP
*Our friends at Supportland will be swiping cards and spreading the local love!
*Artist Nikki McClure will be in the Land Gallery / buyolympia booth on Saturday from 12:00-2:00pm!
*A fun handmade photo booth by Party Cat!
*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 is in this week’s Portland Mercury - grab a copy to plan your day and find out important show details! In it you will find a vendor list + booth map as well as a glittery holiday project by Ali Wykhuis of Frock and Calley Dodero, plus an interview with Korin Schneider of Bang Bang Crafts and Radius Community Art Studios!
If crowds aren’t your thing, you might be interested in our ticketed Friday Night First Pick Pre-Show Party on December 11th!! Details below.
 

CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE!

Saturday + Sunday, December 12th + 13th
11am – 6pm  
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION - ALL AGES!
Goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers each day!

SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:

Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm
tickets are available  HERE

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Hall D
Portland, OR 97232
 View the official
>>>FACEBOOK INVITE<<< 
and use it to invite your friends!

December 4, 2015   No Comments

Shopping before the crowds and first pick!!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shop at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale without the huge crowds? Or maybe you wish you could get first pick of all the handmade goodness??

WE HEARD YOU and we’re making your dreams come true!
This year we are excited to add a Friday night ticketed pre-show party on December 11th! A limited number of tickets will be sold to this special preview event where ticket holders can shop early and get first pick of all the fabulous handmade goods without the huge crowds! If the early shopping perk wasn’t enough, your ticket also automatically enters you into a raffle to win fabulous prizes AND gets you one free drink of your choice at the cash bar!

Crafty Wonderland First Pick Pre-Show Party

Friday, December 11th
5:00pm – 9:00pm

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – HALL D

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Tickets are only $20 and include:
  • Entry into the show from 5:00-9:00pm on Friday, December 11th and an opportunity to shop early from over 250 handmade vendors without the crowds
  • One free drink of your choice at the cash bar
  • Automatic entry into the raffle to win fabulous prizes from our vendors, sponsors + local businesses.
The legendary Crafty Wonderland “goodie bags” will NOT be given out at this pre-show event. They will be given out to the first 150 shoppers in line at the show on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, the event will be free and open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday, December 12 + 13 from 11am-6pm!
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event. Get yours now before they sell out! You don’t want to miss this – it’s going to be HUGE!

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, December 12th + Sunday, December 13th,  2015
from 11am – 6pm
SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:
Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm
Click here to buy tickets!
The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

October 31, 2015   No Comments

October Artist of the Month: Red Bat Press!

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October is here and we are super thrilled to announce Carye Bye as our Artist of the Month!!! She’s stocked us with lots of goodies just in time for Halloween!!!

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Carye, a local Portland artist since 2002, does wood-block printmaking under Red Bat Press, and publishes guidebooks and illustrations under Hidden Portland. Known by many as the “Museum Lady,” Carye is nearly as much of an institution in Portland as the landmarks and sights she loves to illustrate!

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Along with framed prints and drawings, Hidden Portland Guidebooks in singles or sets of 3, you’ve got to come down to the shop to check out Carye’s punny and adorable Halloween wood-cut and letterpress art postcards and cards, such as “Pumpkin Patch” (he’s a pirate!), “Roller Ghoster” and “Bat-Tub Party!” Customers also love the Halloween-themed $5 Treasure Packs — no two alike — with wood-block prints and other spooky, seasonal ephemera! Perfect for trick-or-treaters (and we’re pretty sure they will last longer than fun-size candy bars.)

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We think Carye Bye is pretty rad! We asked her some questions about herself for our blog and here’s what she had to say:

What is your favorite TV show or music to play while you work?
When I’m doing repetitive production style work (hand-painting art postcards or stapling guidebooks) I enjoy watching dvds from the library — I’ve discovered some great shows — Downton Abbey, Story of Film: an odyssey (it was 15 segments!), and I’ve even returned to childhood classics like Little House on the Prairie — still holds up all these years.

Where do you find inspiration?
I’m inspired by place and where I am, as well as some nostalgia — I love vintage and old-timey eras and also am inspired by block printing styles from China.

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Do you have any pets? Please describe, if so!
One cat, Murphy: my second orange cat. Orange-ginger cats are the best — well known for their sweetness.

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Where do you most like to work?
If I had my way, I’d always be exploring — that’s my favorite part of work…being inspired by beauty, color, contrast, as well as seeing interesting juxtapositions and surprises. But at some point it’s time to move into my studio and create. Many artists love the process–and I do to an extent–but what I really like is finishing, because I print on a semi-worn out table-top letterpress I have to trouble-shoot so much that it’s always a mini miracle when something turns out looking like I hoped!

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
Go take a day off to explore! and maybe some ice cream! ;)

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October 6, 2015   No Comments

Holiday Show Applications are now CLOSED!

Thanks to all of you that applied!
You will be notified by midnight on September 22nd regarding the status of your application.
Sorry but we absolutely DO NOT take any late applications! NO EXCEPTIONS!

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Thank You!
XOXO Torie + Cathy

September 9, 2015   No Comments

Last Call for Holiday Sale Applications!!!

 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT
ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH!!!

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale!
Saturday + Sunday, December 12th + 13th
11am-6pm
*** Plus new Friday night pre-sale event for ticket holders!***
(see below for more on that)

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

PLEASE NOTE: This year we are holding a special Friday night pre-sale event where shoppers will buy tickets in order to shop early for first pick of your goods and without the huge crowds. It’s going to be AWESOME! But this means that ALL VENDORS will be REQUIRED to load in and set their booth up completely between 10am and 4pm on Friday, December 11th and to have their booths open that evening during the event. Please make note of this and arrange your schedule accordingly. Again, this is REQUIRED and is the ONLY time slot where vendors can load in.

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.

You will find a link to the application at the bottom of the “apply” page.

Don’t wait too long!
Applications are due September 8th!

Check out our list of handy application tips here! 

September 6, 2015   No Comments

September Artists of the Month: Pixel Party + Cookoorikoo!

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Crafty Wonderland welcomes a dynamic duo to September’s Artist of the Month spot: Shanalee Hampton (Cookoorikoo) and Shawn Hampton (Pixel Party)!!!

Shanalee Hampton began selling embroidered hoop art in her online shop in the summer of 2013. Embroidery had been her go-to craft for gifts for years, since learning how to embroider as a small child, hating it, and then later discovering a real love for it. She switched entirely from jewelry to embroidery the following spring. She finds inspiration everywhere – words, quotations, space, art nouveau illustration, her friend’s social media feeds… Everything can be turned into an embroidered hoop, according to Cookoorikoo!

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Shawn (aka Shampton) Hampton has been pushing pixels since he was 7. From playing with print shop on the Apple ii in elementary school to playing Pacman in the arcade and Jumpman on the Commodore 64 to making websites as an “adult”,  he sees the world through pixelated glasses. He started making video game jewelry when he got a little jealous of all the things Shanalee was making & has since branched out to art and bumper stickers.  Customers especially love the bumper stickers quoting “Oregon Trail”!!!

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These two have been working on art projects together for the last fifteen years and have been living in Portland for the last five. Shanalee can also be found mending vintage clothes at Wanderlust Vintage and Shampton can be heard playing with Lovebomb Go-Go Marching Band or solo as 8-bit Zero. They love tacos.

September 1, 2015   No Comments