You won't want to miss our Spring Art + Craft Market on Saturday, May 20th! Here's why...
1. The biggest and best selection of handmade goods and art!
We'll have over 225 booths of amazing handmade goods and art from the most talented makers in the Pacific NW and beyond! Come see what all of your favorite artists have been up to, and discover some new talent while you're there! It's the perfect chance to snag the best gifts for Father's Day, upcoming weddings, baby showers, graduations, birthdays, and some goodies for yourself! See the full list of participating vendors on our website here! >>> Invite your friends with our official Facebook invite! <<
2. Fun + Free Craft Projects!
3. Meet Susie Ghahremani of boygirlparty.com!
4. Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!
That's right! The first 200 people at the Art + Craft Market will receive a super cute tote bag stuffed with handmade goods and samples from our vendors! The totes are produced by Land Gallery / buyolympia and feature adorable cat artwork by Susie Ghahremani!
5. Warm Fuzzies!
We love our community and are always looking for ways to give back. We think these organizations do great work, so we've invited each of them to have a table at the show to raise awareness for their cause. Our vendors also have the opportunity to donate a portion of their proceeds from the event to any of these non-profits that they choose to support.
- Our EVENT PROGRAM comes out in this week's edition of the Portland Mercury! Grab a copy to see the layout of the show and plan your route! There's also an interview with Susie Ghahremani and a sneak peek at some products you might find at the show! We'll also have extra copies to hand out at the show and in our retail store in case you're not able to grab a copy of the Mercury!
- If you'd like to join in the fun, we're looking for a handful of friendly, helpful folks to assist us during set up on Friday, May 19th or in the DIY Area on Saturday, May 20th. The shifts are short and you will be rewarded with a gift and our eternal love. Email us at email@example.com for details! (Please don't reply to this email.)
See you on Saturday, May 20th at the Oregon Convention Center!
May is here and (hopefully!) ushering in some long-awaited SUN to PDX! Along with it comes our May Artist of the Month, Rebecca Kaihani, owner and operator of Hillockburn Farm!
Hillockburn Farm specializes in high quality, handmade, small batch, natural body care products, and believe us when we tell you THEY. SMELL. AMAZING. Rebecca started creating natural products for friends and family as a hobby and then expanded to selling her wares on a national level; recently she opened her own shop in NE Portland!
Spring seems like the perfect time to treat yourself to some wonderful-smelling Hillockburn Farm soaps like Brown Sugar Fig, Citron Honey Coriander, Cherry Almond, Rosemary Peppermint, or Heff Beer. Or better yet, treat your mom for Mother’s Day - perhaps to a facial in a bar of soap (aka Peppermint, Tea Tree and Activated Charcoal)! Come into Crafty Wonderland to pick up something sweet - this month we have featured other Hillockburn Farm products along with the soaps we usually carry, such as aromatic bath salts, bath milk, vegan balm, or if you’re the indecisive type, a “Mix Bag” - 10oz bags of randomly selected pieces from their soap collection.
Keep in mind that Hillockburn Farm donates 10% of their annual profits to different local charitable organizations, so you can feel even better about supporting them. We encourage you to check out their website, https://www.hillockburnfarm.com/ as well as visit their new storefront (grand opening May 12!) and read on to find out what this super cool, outgoing lady boss had to say in response to our blog questions!
What do you predict for the art/maker world?
They/we are now in demand. It feels like consumers are looking for unique items that can’t found at your giant chain store…that’s great for all the artists and makers out there.
Who is your current celebrity crush?
Olivia Munn and Jason Bateman…if they ever ended up together I would DIE!!!
Who is your current political crush?
Smokey the Bear….because only YOU can prevent forest fires!!
What art and craft fairs and events are you looking forward to in the coming year? (Besides ours, of course!)
Crafty is clearly a favorite!!! But we also LOVE the St. Johns fair, it’s a great vibe and hello…MARCHING BANDS!!!!
Favorite new local artist?
Loving T with Upper Metal Class! She’s crazy nice and her jewelry is great…plus she’s got a rad new shop on Sandy!
Favorite word and/or swear word?
I’m trying to swear less…so I’m using new words in place of swear words Fart = F*ck, Sugar = Sht…they aren’t nearly as satisfying but, in a pinch they get the job done without sounding like a filthy f*cking sailor. Shit, that slipped out. Dammit! Ugh!!!
What are you currently reading or what podcast are you listening to?
Neither…I’m so lame! But in the shop I’m usually listening to the Broken Bells station on Pandora.
Booze: Bloody Mary ONLY IF it’s made with bacon flavor vodka! Currently obsessed with Holman’s on 28th.
Beer: Asam-Bock at Stammtisch, also on 28th
Side note - both of these places are within walking distance of our store…so please, go get a drink at either place, then stop by so we can talk about it!!!
Do you carry an umbrella? What's your stance on umbrellas?
I own one umbrella….It’s a little thing that I keep in my car for an “emergency”. Oddly enough I had to use it once in an actual emergency. While driving down 205, I saw a dude crash on his motorcycle…it was POURING outside, several people pulled over to help the dude! Once we got him as comfortable as possible, I pulled out my umbrella in an attempt to keep him dry while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. Total score! But personally, I don’t use them….if it’s too bad out there I use my hood, you know, the hands-free umbrella attached to most jackets!!!
By Joanna Kurimsky
Our big Spring Art + Craft Market is just over a month away and we would love your help spreading the word! We have created a Facebook Event where you can invite all your friends and followers. We will be adding event updates there so stay tuned for more exciting additions! We have also have created some handy web graphics for you to use to spread the word via social media (see below)!
If you want actual printed posters + postcards to hand out you can swing by our retail shop in downtown Portland to pick them up.
Crafty Wonderland Shop
808 SW 10th Ave. in Portland
open 10am-6pm Mon - Sat, 11am-6pm Sun.
Thanks for your support and see you on May 20th!
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April showers are raining upon us and so are beautiful creations by our Artist of the Month, Adrienne Vita! Dreamy and colorful, Adrienne’s eye-catching work is like a field of wildflowers that you just have to pull over and gaze at - a perfect welcome to Spring.
Adrienne’s paintings represent tiny detailed moments in the vastness of the natural world, as well as birds, animals and crystals in colors that are both bright and tranquil. Full of familiar and yet somewhat otherworldly images, it is not surprising that Adrienne says her artwork is her way of translating messages from the universe that she gleans from dreams, intuition, meditation and long walks.
If you are feeling dull after this loooooong rainy Winter, come feast your eyes upon Adrienne’s vibrant selection at our shop this month featuring prints, woodblocks and lovely, encouraging cards and you will feel a renewal. Read on to see what Adrienne had to say in answer to our questions, and find her at www.adriennevita.com to learn more!
What do you predict for your business in the coming year?
I am working on making books, getting more of my art in shops around the world and doing small animations. My Instagram is the best place to see what's going on with those ideas in the coming year.
What art and craft fairs and events are you looking forward to in the coming year?
Honestly, my favorite craft fair is Crafty Wonderland - they gave me my start and I wouldn't be anywhere without those first few Doug Fir shows.
What is your favorite word or swear word?
Favorite swear word is "shitballs".
What are you currently reading or what podcast are you listening to?
I am currently listening to the "Strangers" podcast and reading all sorts of crystal geology and crystal metaphysical books.
What is your favorite drink?
Dark and Stormies are my favorite, but I do have an occasional Amaretto Sour.
Do you carry an umbrella? What is your stance on umbrellas?
I just used one the other day! When I moved to Portland, I subscribed to the "no umbrella" thing. But I walk so much more than I used to - miles more. So I bought a better, more sturdy one that I can sling over my shoulder when I don't need it. Umbrellas are pretty charming and useful!
By Joanna Kurimsky