Small Business Saturday – Gifts For My Sister From Crafted at the Port of LA!

On Thursday, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, but we also celebrated my older sister’s birthday! I wanted to get her something unique and special, so I headed to Crafted at the Port of LA! The last time I was there, I’d had a blast meeting all the different vendors and trying out different crafting projects! This time, I went looking for gifts!

I ended up choosing this gorgeous necklace from Les Beaux Metaux, and this adorable fabric flower magnetic broach from The Jungle Bee! I couldn’t resist buying a unique art print card from Mome Rath Garden as well.

gifts from Crafted at the Port of LA!!

Today is Small Business Saturday, so if you still have gifts to get for your holiday celebrations, be sure to support your local businesses!  If you live in the Los Angeles area, I can’t recommend Crafted at the Port of LA too highly – it’s one of the nation’s largest craft marketplaces with hundreds of vendors selling their unique crafts, gifts, and tasty treats!

Gettin’ Down In Crafting Town at Crafted at the Port of LA!

Last weekend, a few of my fellow bloggers (Jamie, Erin & Mary) and I attended the “Etsy Craft Party” at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles!  Crafted is growing fast, and will eventually be the largest indoor craft marketplace in the United States!

There were so many awesome vendors who were working on projects live, offering crafting tutorials, and showing off their gorgeous, handmade crafts for sale!

Etsy Craft Party at Crafted at the Port of LA!

Of course, you can’t have a party without music!  DJ Frank Foreal spun his records inside next to the hotties at Handmade and Damn Handsome Coffee, while live bands played outside for the tie-dye station and the Fox Pizza Bus Food Truck!

Sights, Sounds & Tastes at Etsy Craft Party in LA

In the middle of the party, several of the talented vendors of Crafted created their art live, and were fascinating to watch!

Etsy Live at Crafted!
Other vendors offered tutorials to visitors on how to create their gorgeous crafts, including celebrity crafter Mark Montano!
Crafting Tutorials at Crafted!
It was a blast!  There was way too much to talk about in one post, so for more details, come back Thursday! 
What are some of your favorite crafts to make?

Etsy Party this Friday at Crafted at the Port of LA!!

If you haven’t heard, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, a new craft marketplace in the South Bay, is having an Etsy Party on Friday!
etsy craft party at crafted at the port of la!!
There will be fun craft projects to participate in, for adults and for kids, with demos by the artists themselves!!  And along with a wine showcase (which I am quite excited about), there will be plenty of handmade crafts, jewelry, and baked goods to check out – with a live DJ to provide the soundtrack!
And of course, it isn’t a party in Los Angeles without delicious food trucks!  Plus, there will be a raffle where you could win free goodies from one of Crafted’s awesome vendors!
I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the vendors who sells their art at Crafted – Annette Ciketic from The Women’s Findings Project!



Rebecca Rider: Could you tell us a little about what The Women’s Findings Project is all about?
Annette Ciketic: The Women’s Findings Project provides women of diverse ethnic heritage the opportunity to design and produce art pieces; enabling them to discover their creative capabilities and entrepreneurial skills; fostering personal growth that will enrich their lives, contribute to their families and benefit society.   
The project provides opportunities for the participants to make and sell artifacts, design floral centerpieces, and participate in creative and leadership events. 

RR: Wow!  Who are some of the women who benefit from your organization? 

AC:  One current highlight is Irma Ramos, who is currently completing her Fashion Design Degree at El Camino College. She has been granted an internship as site manager at the Women’s Project Market Stall 125.  Her responsibilities include product display, weekly booth management, volunteer coordination, designing and creating new artifacts for sale, and community outreach to her fellow students at El Camino College regarding Crafted. 

RR: I recently bought a gorgeous hair clip from your booth! Where does the money I paid go?

hair clip purchased from the women's findings project
AC: Each woman receives a 60% consignment stipend for her sold items as well as has the opportunity to represent the Women’s Project at the Crafted Market Stall 125.
Also, generous donors have provided materials and supplies to the women as a conscientious effort dedicated to recycling and preserving valuable surplus resources.  


The Women’s Findings Project is just one of the many vendors at Crafted every weekend!  Check out Crafted for yourself at the Etsy Party this Friday night!!

Hope to see you there!!
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