portland bazaar: craft class + book signing schedule!

by Grace Bonney

Today I am thrilled to post an exciting update about this weekend’s Portland Bazaar that I’m organizing along with my friends and Bazaar-buddies, Matt and Greg. For weeks I’ve been calling and emailing to organize the second biggest component of the Bazaar- events! While the shopping alone will be enough to keep people busy, I wanted to come up with a way to have people not only take home beautiful handmade gifts, but take home a new skill or something they made with their own two hands. So with the help of my D*S editors and a slew of amazing local artists in Portland, I’m thrilled to announce the lineup for our weekend craft classes and demos! I really wanted to celebrate some of the local talent in town and share that with visitors in a more intimate way, so we’ll be offering a range of classes on both days that will teach you everything from making wreaths with local Portland greenery and etching your own custom glasses to giving you tastings of great locally made chocolate and spirits. The full schedule and RSVP list is below. Class-size is limited to 15 people per-class, so please sign up soon if you’d like to join us!

Saturday, December 10th

11am-12pm: Wreath Making with Amy Merrick ($40): Design*Sponge’s resident floral expert, Amy Merrick, is flying out to Portland to teach a class in wreath-making using local Portland greenery and decorations. Each class attendee’s fee will cover all materials and you’ll leave with your very own custom holiday wreath to decorate with or give as a gift to a friend. SIGN UP HERE

*Due to demand, we added a second class on Sunday from 3-4pm! Sign up here

Note: Due to demand, we just added a second Wreath Making Class with Amy Merrick ($40) on Sunday, December 11 from 3pm-4pm. SIGN UP HERE!

1pm-2pm: Lantern Making with Anna Cerelia Battistini ($35): Local artist Anna Cerelia Battistini will teach class attendees to make a beautiful paper lantern by hand. Perfect for holiday decorating or surprising your neighbor with a homemade gift. Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE

2pm-3pm: Chocolate Tasting with Portland’s Woodblock Chocolate (FREE): Chocolatier Charley Wheelock of Woodblock Chocolate will be showcasing his delicious locally-made chocolates. There will be a wide range of samples to taste and gift-sets of chocolate will be available for sale if you’d like to buy some to take home!

3pm-4pm : Build your own Terrarium with Artemisia ($30): Terrariums are a great way to bring the outdoors in, and the perfect way to give a gift that keeps giving long after the holidays are over. Join Amy Aiello from Portland’s Artemisia as she teaches you to make your own terrarium. Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE

Sunday, December 11th

11am-12pm: DIY Himmeli Ornaments with Kate Pruitt ($10): Design*Sponge’s DIY guru, Kate Pruitt, is flying up from California to teach us how to make a modern version of traditional Himmeli decorations using everyday straws. If you haven’t decorated your tree yet, or just need something to top your gifts with, this fun and easy DIY is a great skill to have in your pocket. Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE

*Photo above via AMRadio on Etsy

1pm-2pm : DIY Glass Etching with Heather Joy and Kate Keefe Sullivan ($10): Join local artist Heather Joy and Kate from The Portland Flea as they teach us how to etch designs on vintage glass. This class will focus on a few cool patterns and monogramming. Guests will also learn to craft gift bags out of ordinary household items. Leave with your wrapped glass ready to put under the tree! Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE

*Due to demand, we’ve added a 2nd Glass Etching class on Sunday from 3-4pm. Sign up here!*

*Photo above via Curbly

2pm-3pm: House Spirits Gin Demo (Free): Follow your spirit guide, Evan Kinkel of Portland’s House Spirits, as he covers a  variety of Holiday cocktails using House Spirits. Demo will include balancing the perfect drink, cocktail & spirit history, and background of distillation through the ages.

3pm-4pm: DIY Wooden Wreath-Making with Shannon Quimby ($20): What do you get when you combine local Salvage DIY Decorating Gal Shannon Quimby, scrap wood, a blow dryer, glue and paint? Lots of fun and super stylish, upcycled, one of kind, decorative wood wreath that will stand the test of time. Class attendees will leave with their own wreath and a couple surprises from Shannon. Shannon will also be signing copies of her book, Salvaged Secrets. Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE

We’ve also organized a series of fantastic book signings to happen on-location! We’re adding more authors soon, but today I wanted to announce several that are confirmed:

Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy will be signing copies of their tremendous book, Wildwood. I can’t recommend this book more highly, so if you will be in the Portland area this weekend, please be sure to visit to get your own personalized copy. Details: Sunday, December 11th, 12pm at the Reading Frenzy Booth at the Portland Bazaar

I’m a huge fan of Corey Arnold‘s photography, and am thrilled he’ll be joining us on Sunday to sign copies of his fantastic photography book, Fish-Work: The Bering Sea. If you have a photography-lover in your life, this book is a must. Details: Sunday, December 11th, 2pm at the Ampersand booth at the Portland Bazaar.

Reading Frenzy was kind enough to offer to sell copies of Design*Sponge at Home while I’m in town this weekend for the Bazaar. I’ll be hanging out at their booth signing copies on Sunday, so if you’re looking for something for the new home owner or design-lover in your life, please stop by and say hi and I’ll be happy to sign and personalize your copy. Details: Sunday, December 11th, 3pm at the Reading Frenzy Booth at the Portland Bazaar

Artist Dan Gluibizzi recently moved to Portland from Brooklyn and will be signing copies of his beautiful new book, Our Time, at the Ampersand booth on Saturday (To coincide with Dan’s book, Ampersand will also be hosting an exhibition of Dan’s watercolor paintings in-store). Our Time is a limited edition book featuring details from Dan’s watercolor paintings and includes an essay by R. Jay Magill Jr., author of Chic Ironic Bitterness. This is a beautiful book that would be perfect for the art-lover in your life. Details: Saturday, December 10th, 12pm at the Ampersand booth at the Portland Bazaar.

Illustrator Amy Martin released a beautiful children’s book through McSweeney’s called Symphony City. The book explores the life of a young girl that is separated from her grandfather on the way to see an orchestra performance. Amy’s illustrations are bold, vivid and an absolute joy to look through. This book would be great for children and adults alike. If you’re in town please come have your copy signed in person! Details: Saturday, December 10th, 12pm at the Reading Frenzy Booth at the Portland Bazaar

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