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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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MONTH OF MAKERS GIFT GUIDE #2!

Thank you for following along with the Crafty Wonderland Month of Makers! Here is the second installment of our Month of Makers Holiday Gift Guides! We are highlighting another special collection of goods from our November + December Virtual Markets! Simply click on the photo to go directly to the item or click the business name to browse their entire website! Happy Shopping and stay tuned for more special features as we celebrate our makers between now and December 12th!


PakHye Goods
Mt. Hood Bar
Necklace
$45


PDX Bitters Project
Whiskey
Adventure Kit!

$24


Lizzy Dalton Art
Sunset Bear Print
$20


Olander Earthworks
Above +
Beyond
$142


Hustle Home Decor
Rainbow Ornament
$14


Seagrape Apothecary
Magical Trio
Blanket
$120


Ten2
Midnight Studios

Sunflower
Suncatcher

$45


Amy Wing Designs
Raindrop Necklace
$50


Jahna Vashti
2021 Wall Calendar
$30

Chicken
Coop

Botanicals
Winter
Shea Balm
$12


Bread and Badger
Tea Leaves Plant Mug
$55


Willow Ship
Dinner Napkins Set
$36

Factory 43
Mount Rainier
$50


Sunny Cat Designs
X-Mas Bags
$30


Marsh
mueller

Oregon
Zippy Bag

$18

  Webbitup
Bumble
$10

Flix Wix Candles
Schitts Creek
$12

Berkley Illustration
2021 Calendar
$18


Art
By
Ciara

White Snake Earrings
$25


Make & Mary
CBD Wellness Trio
$60

Ilee Papergoods
Cats Christmas Cards
$15

Goodos For Doggos
PUP-SEE
PUP-DO
$28


Altar
  Olivia 
  Dress  
$168

Iron Oxide Designs
Opal Circle Earrings
$42

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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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Maker Monday: Adrienne Vita

Maker Monday: Adrienne Vita

Our first Maker Monday interview is with local artist and long-time Crafty Wonderland vendor, Adrienne Vita! You may recognize her work from both our shops and our craft markets. Adrienne has been selling with us since back in our Doug Fir days and is now participating in our Virtual Markets, doing live tarot and oracle readings, painting, and showing some beautiful crystals. She'll be vending at both of our upcoming Virtual Markets, so be sure to catch her live on her own Instagram page Saturday, November 28th from 1:00-2:00 PST!

Name: Adrienne Vita
Astrological Sign: Cancer sun sign
Favorite Color: Deep Bluish-greenish and Black
Favorite Food: Mushrooms, fennel, tomatoes, strawberries and chocolate - not all together though haha.
Favorite Art Supply/Tool: Watercolor and brushes


 
How did you get started doing art as a business?
I went to art school and then had a full time art career in design. After 10 years of that I switched to a part time design job so I could start selling my own art. Crafty Wonderland gave me a chance to vend in my very first booth when they were at the Doug Fir Lounge. Things slowly picked up for me so I was able to leave my part time job to pursue my art business full time in 2007 and then adding my crystal shop 2016.

Do you have any advice for other people who are looking to grow their business and become a full time artist/crafter?
Start by doing your art after your work hours or get a part time job while selling your work until you can move into it full time. Don't look at what's trendy or sells. Make what is unique to you. Keeping at it is key.



How has COVID changed the way your business works?
My business hasn't changed so much because I already had my online shop and shipping in place. Events have been the real change. I haven't had any in-person connection with my clients, customers or stockists during covid. I am now doing virtual events which works really nicely to still connect with everyone.

Where do you find the most inspiration for your work?
Nature, architecture, crystals, meditation, my garden and music.

How do you balance your business and your personal life?
I don't know if I am the best at it, it's a constant balance. I don't have kids and my husband and I both have careers and are both working from home now, so work tends to take priority. But I love to relax and rest, so I always make time for it. I realized over the years that I really need to balance as much as I can because burnout doesn't feel so fun. I love my alone time and social time, so my husband and I make it a point to walk together, cook together, do some fun outside social distance things to break the work routine.


What is your COVID go-to guilty pleasure - either something you're reading, listening to, watching or eating?
Definitely lots of Netflix - I last watched the Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb which was really great. Also, supporting our local restaurants by getting takeout when we can.

What artists are you loving these days?
I'm actually getting really inspired by sculptors, ancient art and old nature paintings. It's not any particular artist but more of a style I am really liking. I think I've really been missing going to museums! 

What are you doing to stay positive in these uncertain times?

I have my days but the way I get out of it is to remember that nothing is permanent. Things are always changing. Ideas will come when they need to. And that I don't have to figure out a problem right in the middle of the heat. Meditation, working with my crystals and cards are important to me. But also walks, looking at baby animal videos and jokes go a long way too.

You can see more of Adrienne's work on her website and Instagram! And be sure to check out her other business, Dream Maker Crystals, for some gorgeous crystal specimens!