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Wednesday Project: Habanero Snack Mix with Sarah Marshall

Wednesday Project: Habanero Snack Mix with Sarah Marshall

For our Wednesday Project this week, Sarah Marshall of Marshall's Haute Sauce is sharing her recipe for a habanero snack mix, just in time for holiday eating and gifting! You probably recognize Marshall's Haute Sauce from our Alberta shop and our craft markets. They also sell in lots of stores and markets around town!

Habanero Snack Mix

This recipe is perfect for gifting to your friends and family. It is crunchy, salty, and
spicy. When I used to share a kitchen with my gals, they would literally jump for
joy when they knew I was making a big batch of spicy snack mix. Tip: This recipe
is very approachable, for all skill levels and food allergies. Want it gluten free?
Use only rice cereal, GF pretzels, and the liquid aminos. Want it more or less
spicy? Adjust the hot sauce or cayenne to make the spice level fit your group.
Just remember if you up the sauce to decrease soy sauce, so it does not turn out
too soggy.

Ingredients
4 cups corn cereal
4 cups rice cereal
2 cups peanuts
2 cups pretzels
1 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup 
Habanero Carrot Curry Marshall’s Haute Sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt


Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
2. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
3. In a large bowl mix cereals, peanuts, and pretzels.
4. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is
melted add the soy sauce and 
Habanero Carrot Curry Haute Sauce. Stir until
well mixed, remove from heat, stir in lime juice.
5. Mix dry and wet ingredients in the bowl, adding slowly and stirring to evenly
coat.
6. Spread the mixture evenly between two baking sheets.


7. Mix oregano, cayenne, and salt together.
8. Sprinkle spices evenly over snack mix and stir.
9. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring gently every 15 min, until dry and golden.
10. Let mix cool, once completely cool put into glass jars fitted with lids.

Sarah Marshall is the Owner of Marshall’s Haute Sauce in Portland, Oregon. Her small batch sauce company grew from her love of gardening, and background in home preserving. Sarah is passionate about farmers, artisan producers, and canning seasonal ingredients. Her love for canning and preserving all things local, inspired her to write Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root To Top And Stem To Core.

Check out Marshall's Haute Sauce in our December 12th Virtual Market! They will be live on their Instagram from 12:00 - 12:30 demonstrating how to put together quick and easy holiday snacks and gifts. They are also donating a portion of their sales from the event to Equitable Giving Circle.

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Maker Monday: Candy Frost

Maker Monday: Candy Frost


This Maker Monday we are pleased to highlight Candy Frost Design, a favorite from both our shops and craft markets! Her colorful floral arrangements are all made of felt, so you can give your friends and family beautiful lasting bouquets. The newest addition to her product line is felt houseplants! Perfect for those of us who struggle to keep plants alive! Candy is a vendor at our upcoming Virtual Market this Saturday, November 28th. Catch her LIVE on her Instagram page from 11:30am -12:00pm PST showing and selling her new floral designs in her studio. 


Name:
Candy Frost
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Favorite Color:
Green and Fuscia - I'm a gemini, so I get 2 choices, right?
Favorite Food:
Anything from Bollywood Theater.
Favorite Art Supply/Tool:
Needle nose pliers from my Dad's old fishing toolbox.

How did you get started doing art as a business?
I have been making things since I was a kid, but this particular line of work has a very specific origin story. The night before my kiddo's last day of his first year of preschool, a fellow preschool parent texted and asked what I was going to give as a teacher gift. Huh? Oops. Teacher gift! So I got out some wool blend felt I had been using for a needle felting project and some wire from the garage and I whipped up some felt flowers. I liked them so much I never gave them away. I posted them on my Instagram and got such great feedback I thought maybe I had something here! I spent months building a portfolio of work and applied to the Crafty Wonderland Winter show. I thought if I get into that, then this is worth pursuing. And I did. And the rest is history.

Do you have any advice for other people who are looking to grow their business and become a full time artist/crafter?
I am not full time but advice for keeping at it, I can provide. Try to carve out time to work. Make a schedule and stick to it. Take on challenging things and put yourself out there.



How has COVID changed the way your business works?
Before Covid, the majority of my work was sold wholesale and at craft shows. This pandemic has forced me out of my comfort zone and I finally got my Etsy page up and running.

Where do you find the most inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration for flowers when I am out for a walk. I am inspired by paintings and fabric surface design for color palettes. 


How do you balance your business and your personal life?

Very poorly. Haha. A lot of working on my art at night.

What is your COVID go-to guilty pleasure - either something you're reading, listening to, watching or eating?
I really enjoy Long Way Up and have been rewatching Marvelous Mrs Maisel and all the Marvel movies. I listen to a lot of Spotify, podcasts, and The Score on All Classical Portland while working in my studio. 


What artists are you loving these days?
I love following fellow artists on IG. I am loving Sara Schroeder paintings, Sarah Saunders Ceramics, Martina Thornhill, Anne Katherine Design, Alchemilla Jewelry, Dani Ives Fiber Artist and Kelly B Justice ceramics.

What are you doing to stay positive in these uncertain times?
Spending time with my seven year old. Seven year olds are the best of humanity and so very funny. 

You're stranded on a desert island and can bring three things with you - what are they?
A hammock, a good book and a Sat phone with signal so I can call for a ride home after my book and nap.

 

About Candy Frost: I am a graduate of OCAC, majoring in ceramics. Sculpting flowers and arrangements in felt has been a fun transition for me because of the low tech, immediacy of the process. I start each arrangement selecting a color palate and the arrangement goes from there. Each one is unique. Before this particular creative endeavor, I wore many hats: an art gallery director in NYC, and a gift shop owner in Western NY, and a salesperson for Supportland, a Buy Local campaign in Portland. Throughout it all, I have always been a maker, even as a young child. 

You can see more of Candy's work on her website and Instagram

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Wednesday Project: Paper Sun + Moon Mobile by Corinne Lent!

Wednesday Project: Paper Sun + Moon Mobile by Corinne Lent!

With a few materials you probably have lying around the house, you can make these super cute sun and moon mobiles! This project was created by Corinne Lent of Plant and Pattern. You can watch a video of this tutorial here, or follow the steps below! 

Materials and Supplies List:

Heavy weight paper, card stock or crafting paper
Pencil
Your favorite art supplies - paint, colored pencil or markers
(I love acrylic paint or craft paint and posca paint pens for details.)
Any string (kitchen string, hemp cord, yard or embroidery thread)
Small bowl and smaller cup
Scissors
Hole puncher, skewer or sharpened pencil
Optional: Glitter, puff paint or metallic pens


HOW TO MAKE IT:

Step One
Make a large circle for your sun by tracing around your bowl or ramekin. Then make another smaller circle inside your larger circle using your cup. Now make another small circle for your moon.

Step Two
Draw triangles or lines around the inner circle to make sun rays. Now draw your faces.

Step Three
Using your favorite art supplies, draw or paint in your background colors leaving the eyes white. Don't worry about staying in the outside lines perfectly, we will cut them out later. Let this layer dry.

Step Four
Now add the details like eyes, nose, mouth and sun rays. I like giving mine rosey cheeks. You can also add glitter or puff paint to give them some sparkle. (Paint pens, markers or color pencils are great for making small details.)

Step Five
Time to cut out all your suns and moons.

Step Six
Using a hole puncher, skewer or something with a sharp end like a pencil, poke a hole through the top and bottom of the larger circle, and just the top of the smaller circle. Be careful not to poke your finger!

Step Seven
Cut TWO 8-13inch pieces of string. Fold one piece of string in half and lace the two ends through the top hole on your larger sun piece. Next, put the ends through the loop and pull snug.

Step Eight
Tie a knot at the top - this is where your mobile will hang from.

Step Nine
Now using the other string, repeat step seven for your smaller moon but without the top knot.

Step Ten
Once the string is attached to your moon lace the two ends through the bottom of your sun, flip over and tie a knot close to the top on the backside of your sun. Now lace the paper moon through the loop and pull snug. Trim excess string.

Step Eleven
Hang your Mobile!

Extra tip!
These also make great Christmas ornaments. Just do one string at the top or make garlands by putting holes on the sides!

Have fun making your magical suns and moons and please tag us so we can see your celestial creations!

@corinnelent + @craftywonderland

 


About Corinne:
Making art is a sacred ritual for me and I love depicting that magic in my work. You will find influences of folk art, mysticism and culture in my art. I explore many mediums such as ceramics, papier mache, and textiles which allows me to offer an array of special handmade goods while always pushing myself creatively. And color. I LOVE COLOR.


Corinne will be vending at our upcoming Virtual Market on December 12th with her business, Plant and Pattern! Catch her LIVE on her Instagram (@corinnelent) on Sat, Dec 12th from 11:00 - 12:00! She'll be doing live sketchbook drawing and painting with a topic of: How do we find our 'style'? And be sure to check out Corinne's beautiful work on her Instagram and Etsy shop

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September Artist of the Month: Crafty Wonderland Staff

September Artist of the Month: Crafty Wonderland Staff

We are happy to announce the staff here at Crafty Wonderland is being featured as September’s Artist(s) of the Month! We have a staff full of creative, artistic individuals and we are excited to have an opportunity to showcase all of their talents! We all make jewelry, but occasionally we branch out into other mediums. This month we will have jewelry, paintings, embroidery and much more featured!

We’ve taken some time to talk about each of our inspirations, processes, and more.

 

What would you say inspires your work?

Cathy: I'm inspired by all things vintage - textiles, jewelry, furniture. I've also become obsessed with vintage secret societies like the odd fellows and masons. So I'm hoping to see that reflected in my work in the future.

Torie: Often my biggest source of inspiration for new designs comes from creating jewelry for my friends, as birthday gifts and such. The process usually causes me to stretch my boundaries in ways that I wouldn't necessarily do otherwise. I'm also a big lover of antique jewelry, abstract paintings, and black and white photography, so I look to those things when I'm needing a little creative boost.

Megan: I definitely draw a lot of inspiration from fantasy and mythology, and here lately lots of heavy symbolism! Some of my favorite illustrators growing up were Arthur Rackham, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Brian Froud. I really enjoy intricate linework, like 18th century illustrations. In terms of content, moments of magic are definitely my biggest inspiration. I love subtle surrealism, big eyes, and flowers!

Alissa: My work is inspired by nature in the Pacific Northwest and vintage design styles like Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

Sierra: Texture, nature, unique color combinations, conversations with amazing people and the materials that jump out at me.

 Tell us a bit about your artistic process!

C: In the past I have tended to overthink my process so lately I have been trying to just make without thinking too much about it. I am loving just assembling things that feel right rather than waiting for my brain to tell me they look right.

T: If I'm wanting to create something new, I look at what I already have in my line and think about what I could make that would complement the designs that are selling well. Sometimes this involves sketching shapes and ideas in a notebook, or looking back over past sketches to see if any of them hold up. Then I sit at the table and make a sample and see how I like it!

M: Honestly I’m still trying to hone in on a specific ‘process’ for making art. The thing I catch myself doing most often is scribbling down an idea I’ve had on a sketchbook app on my phone. I don’t always get around to revisiting those, but every once in a while I do!  About 90% of my process is just combining different elements I’m drawn to until they combine in a way the speaks to me.

A: I start out sketching a bunch of ideas, then draw the best ones in ink, then scan and finish them off in Adobe Illustrator. It's hard to decide which designs I like best so I'll often ask my Instagram followers to vote :) Once I've finalized a design, I have it laser cut out of brass and then I make them into earrings and necklaces.

S: I get inspired by materials and color.  I am a create and learn as I go kind of artist.  I am always learning something new and continue to build on my skill set as I go.  

 What are some projects you hope to tackle in the future?

C: I'd love to learn silversmithing in the not so distant future. I've been wanting to take a class for a few years now but never seem to have the time to commit.

T:I've been wanting to design a line of cast jewelry for the past few years, but haven't quite gotten around to it yet! I have all the wax carving supplies...just need to sit down and start playing with them!

M: I’ve got a few ideas for zines that I would like to make- once I find the time! I’ve been really inspired by old Slavic fairy tale illustrations recently, and I’d love to attempt something full of that much detail!

A:Some new jewelry collections that I'm working on are combining my cut-out brass pieces with stones and other objects. I'm also going to start making some new smaller dainty post earrings.

S: I am really wanting to dive back into painting and potentially get some mixed media pieces going.  I’d love to take some classes to extend my creativity, skill set, and grow as an artist.

Are you diving into any good books, shows, or podcasts lately?

C: I've been working my way through Vivienne Westwood's autobiography - she is a big style icon for me. And I just discovered a new cable show called "Tattoo Age" that profiles all the highly regarded tattoo artists from this century. It's super interesting and inspiring.

T: I just read Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and loved them both very much! You know you've read a good book when you're still thinking about it a month later.

M: Anything by Neil Gaiman is a winner for me personally. I recently read ‘Norse Mythology’ and it flooded my mind with inspiration. I’m also delving into the Harry Potter series again which is always really inspiring for me.

A: I'm really liking the new show "Making It" with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Parks & Rec is one of my all time favorites so it's neat to see Amy & Nick mixed with crafty goodness.

S: I have a deep fondness for the Dollop podcast.  It’s hilarious and fun to hear random American history from a comedic viewpoint.  I am also a big fan of the Hollywood Theatre.

What is your favorite product to make?

C: I enjoy making my crystal talismans. I love incorporating the organic crystals with the brass geometric shapes to create something that feels magical.

T:The hammered diamond hoops with beads. I love the matte finish on the beads and enjoy working with those stones.

M: I don’t really have a favorite yet, but I always love having a moment to work on illustrations.

A: My line of cut-out brass necklaces and earrings allows me to combine my background in graphic design with my love of jewelry. So it's really the best of both worlds for me :)

 S: I have really loved making these wire word pendants.  I feel a nostalgia with the shape and each word has a personal meaning.  

 

What is one of your favorite spots in Portland? I know it’s hard to choose just one!

C:My favorite spot in Portland is the Eagles Lodge on SE Hawthorne + 50th. They host bingo night and a rummage sale once a month and you can get a cocktail for $3. I've been going there for over 20 years and it has barely changed - it feels like the old Portland I fell in love with way back when. I finally became a member recently and hope to be volunteer bartending there real soon.

T:The patio at Por Que No? on Hawthorne is always my favorite.

M:I love exploring the little neighborhoods in Portland’s East side. The houses are all so precious and I can’t help but daydream of having one of my own one day! And pretty much anywhere in town during spring, the plants blooming here are incredible.

A:City State Diner is my go-to place for brunch and good a cup of coffee. I like to bring my sketchbook and draw while I wait for my food.

S:I always tell people to go to Mothers when they visit Portland.  It’s a beautiful spot with delicious food, the staff is great and the decor is beautiful.


If you could use just three words to describe your business or art, what would they be?

C: Female. Strong. Magic.

T: Simple, versatile, and sweet.

M: Surreal, whimsical, and magical.

A: Modern, casual, and positive.

S: Colorful, bold, fun.

We will be displaying our work until the end of September, be sure to come check it out!

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August Artist of the Month: Paper Puffin

August’s Artist of the Month is none other than Paper Puffin! Featuring wide-eyed curious cats and intricately illustrated natural elements, Paper Puffin has definitely created an unmistakable style.

What would you say inspires your work?

This particular, peculiar cat named Puffin is my main muse, though I’m inspired by the many amazing cats I’ve met over the years. Nature, micro landscapes and collections and the places I’ve lived.


We carry some of the best Paper Puffin goods available year round in our Downtown Portland location. We have prints, cards, and stickers- all adorned with those funny cat faces!

What is one of your favorite spots in Portland? I know it’s hard to choose just one!

There are so many great coffee shops and little stores! Magnetic North Studios off Belmont is a great artist-run workspace, and where I do my screen-printing. My favorite moments are walking through the neighborhoods when all the flowers are blooming.

Tell us a bit about your artistic process!

I limited myself to a single black pen years ago, as a way to develop my line work but also to narrow my focus. I love working with lots of different materials and processes, especially paper, wood fabric and found objects. I love it most when I can combine a design with hand-made production.

What is your favorite product to make?

I love working on original paintings, and collaborating with other artist friends for smaller projects when I can.

It’s so hard to pass up any of these cat faces, so stop in this month and adopt one of your very own!

If you could use just three words to describe your business, what would they be?

Curious Paper Cat