The bi-annual Crafty Wonderland craft sale has already come and gone here in Portland, but it seems like a shame to visit a craft show without sharing it with all of you. Also, thanks to this new thing called the internet, all of these creative retailers are available 24/7, year-round.
This was my daughter’s first visit to Crafty Wonderland, so she walked around with her jaw hanging open a bit. She’s knee-deep in wedding plans, so the promise of a Wedding Wonderland Section drew her in. I’ll admit, we were a bit disappointed because we didn’t really see anything that was specifically a wedding item, but rather things that could be used in some capacity surrounding a wedding, like gifts. But she enjoyed it anyway, finding a couple of things she couldn’t leave without, like this raw honey from Mickelberry Gardens.
One of the first things I couldn’t walk away from was this mini felting kit from Yarnarchy. I’ve wanted to try felting for years now, and this tiny kit seemed like a pretty manageable place to start.
I also found this cute wood sewing machine ornament. I wish I could tell you the name of the vendor, but I don’t have the slightest idea. My advice to those of you participating in craft sales: make sure your business info is included with any item you sell.
I tend to grab cards from vendors if I think I might want to order something from them later. Travelust had pretty map necklaces that can be customized with any map. I’m thinking a Boring, Oregon necklace would be fun.
Bread and Badger sells sandblasted coffee cups, one of which has Bigfoot on it and might end up in my son’s Christmas stocking.
Illustrated Playing Cards sells, you guessed it, illustrated playing cards. Each card has a different drawing on it, with the entire deck themed around a city. I think these would make a great local gift for an out-of-towner.
This is the second time I’ve made a purchase from Hedgehog Toffee. It’s the perfect texture, light and crisp. That generous sample they hand me always pulls me in. I’d show you a picture of it, but it barely made it to our house.
I try to not completely empty my wallet at this thing, but since the show was the day before my birthday, I decided I’d find myself a necklace. My daughter and I checked out every one there, before going back to Oliotto and buying this one.
I’ve worn it three times and have received several compliments every time. And I haven’t even worn it with the reverse, stainless steel side out yet.
I enjoy this sale every time I go and love finding new artists and revisiting those I’ve seen before. My daughter and I have already made plans to attend the winter sale. Hopefully, one day you’ll find me on the other side of one of those vendor tables!