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Friday Craft, Bazaar Time

It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Bazaar time ~ this weekend I’ll be showing my wares at a local Holiday Bazaar with my helper KidMakes, wish us luck!

To prepare for the rush of customers clamoring for my products (positive thinking) I have opened a new online shop using Tictail. I closed my Etsy show quite awhile ago and have decided to try out this vendor.  My new shop is available at this link, or if you click on Shop in the top menu. I’ve got a few pieces listed, more to come after the show this weekend.

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Have a great weekend!


Saturday Spotlight, Studio MME

Studio MME – a Portland-based artist who creates embroidery patterns with simple stitches you might actually be inspired to use! From Megan Eckman’s About page:

I started making embroidery patterns after discovering that craft stores were selling the EXACT same patterns I had stitched with my grandmother as a child. The world needs new patterns that inspire you to daydream and laugh. I believe in simple stitches (I tell people I specialize in just going up and down with my needle) and fun designs that are nothing like what you stitched years ago.

Her shop has embriodery patterns and kits, stuffed animal kits, and East and West Coast focused patterns. She even offers a free guide to embroidery to help get you started.

(Portland’s Mount Hood embroidery kit)

Check out Megan’s blog too and get stitching!


Saturday Spotlight, Living Stones PDX

Today’s spotlight is Living Stones PDX, speciality garden design.

LivingStonesI was drawn to the tiny handmade planters holding adorable succulents. Their booth was decorated with tiny succulent planter bunting.

LivingStonesThey will customize any order, and they also do garden design and installation and wedding decorations.


From the artists’ About page:

Living Stones co-owners Karla Havermann-Fulton and Rachel Hermansen create artful and personalized garden spaces, hypertufa planters, and living floral arrangements.  Their unique style incorporates designs inspired by nature with a desire to help clients maximize the accessibility of their gardens.  Born out of their shared passion for horticulture and education, this Portland, Oregon-based business plans to use plants to create employment opportunities for adults with disabilities as an integral part of their business strategy.



Saturday Spotlight, Ladymade

Spotlight number two is Ladymade Shrinky Dink Jewelry, drawn and colored by hand from good old shrinky dinks.

LadymadeWhat struck me were the bright colors and cute but not cutesy designs. Shop birds, flowers and anatomical designs in earrings and pendants. Bright cartoony mixed with more subtle and elegant.

From the artist’s Etsy ‘About‘ page:

… I just so happened to be in the right place at the right time… Portland’s craft movement was gaining momentum as I was beginning my craft business. At my first holiday Carft Fair in 2005, I offered a few simple designs such as kitty cat silhouettes and record players and by the next winter, I was offering dozens of different designs, all hand drawn and colored.

I have been approached by stores wanting to carry pieces in their shops, and Ladymade can now be found in 6 stores around Portland.

Click on the image above to grab yourself some beautiful Ladymade jewelry!


Saturday Spotlight, ilfant press

Our first crafty spotlight features Lisa Hasegawa’s ilfant press. I was drawn to her display at Crafty Wonderland because of her fun stationary sets and one-of-a-kind journals. She also does custom orders for business cards, weddings, etc.


From the artist’s ‘About’ page:

Artist Statement

I am a printmaker at heart and have always been intrigued by any method of reproduction: photocopies, dittos, mimeographs, rubber stamps, carbon paper, etc. This fascination likely stems from childhood visits to my mother’s office and the hippie camp where my father lived, where I was enthralled by the production of a mimeographed newsletter. …my three-dimensional work is largely comprised of limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist’s books and soft sculpture.

… Inspiration comes from various facets of my life: my collection of teddy bears and antique toys, vintage ephemera and office supplies, as well as stories and events from life. By combining humor, wit and a simplistic style, I connect with the viewer in dealing with subjects we all think about, but don’t generally discuss. I offer a little happiness and laughter; the most rewarding compliment is seeing someone smile or laugh as they experience my work.


Lisa Hasegawa graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and received her Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Lisa teaches letterpress and bookmaking classes in Seattle, and is sole proprietor of ilfant press. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received several awards; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust and Printmaking Instructor of the Year from Pratt. Her artist’s books and prints are collected nationally in both public and private collections.

Click on the image above to hop over to ilfant’s Etsy site and grab some delicious stationary today!



Saturday Spotlight, Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale, to be exact. The Red One and I attended the holiday show this year, wandering around the Portland Convention Center for 3 hours amazed by the creativity all around us. There were paper goods, beard balm, clothes, stuffed toys, laser cut 3D sculptures, free make and takes (sponsored by collage), and a whole row of kid crafters selling their wares.

Crafty Wonderland postcard

From their ‘About‘ page:

Crafty Wonderland began in April of 2006 as a monthly art + craft sale at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR. … In the fall of 2009, organizers Torie Nguyen and Cathy Zwicker made the tough decision to transition the monthly shows to two large shows a year. …

Torie and Cathy first met as members of Portland Super Crafty, a women’s craft collective. … They are amazed and humbled by the growth that Crafty Wonderland has seen over the past 4+ years…it has far exceeded their wildest expectations.

I collected postcards and cards from all the wonderful artists and crafters I couldn’t afford to buy goods from, thinking they would make a great blog series. And so it begins, Saturday Spotlight every other weekend, taking a look at a Pacific Northwest craftsperson and their wares.

(c) MCM

Friday Craft, Book Review

Let’s talk about Craft Inc, book and planner by Meg Mateo Ilasco.

These beautifully designed books are filled with interviews, thoughtful prompts, facts and legal considerations, pricing and marketing, and lots of forms, checklists, and calendars to take your business from start to finish.

The planner is my favorite, taking the advice from the book and turning it into a blueprint for you to brainstorm upon. Room to think about your collection cohesively, to write out your mission, vision and values. A year calendar at a glance to plan craft shows, holiday sales, marketing. Sample forms, budgeting worksheets, inventory tracking.

These books give you a head start. Highly recommended.