“Mother May I…Shop Handmade?”

Our event was another success!

We felt so much support from friends, family, and guests at our new location. Community offered a beautiful setting for shopping, mingling and relaxing! We hope all of you return each month.

Along with our event, our new retail store, A Little Known Shop, opened it’s doors for a sneak peek of it’s space. A Little Known Shop will be offering space for handmade and original art to be sold. The shop will be having the Grand Opening on May 31, 2013 from 6-10pm. Next to the shop is The Makery, a wonderful art studio offering workshops, projects for guests that drop in, rental space for events and more! Join us for the free grand opening to enjoy shopping local handmade merch and original art, listen to live music, eat amazing tamales, play the raffle, get a face/body painting and caricatures.

RSVP for the the special night here:  A LITTLE KNOWN SHOP GRAND OPENING

Our craft events will be held in front of the new store and neighboring shops inside of Community.

This month we had our fun festivities including: Caricatures, a photobooth, raffle, and a make and take table.

The free craft project  this month was paper flower making which could be attached to cards and tags.


As always, we try to have an amazing food truck. This month we had the oh so yummy Viking Food Truck.
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Pictured below is Stephanie Dang of Treasured Confections. She was selling cake pops and other scrumptious baked goods. We always love to have a dessert vendor:)

Above- Stephanie Dang, Treasured Confections, owner and baker: Photo by: Robyn Soto

Recycled fabric was used to make our fun photobooth and by the look on this pups face, it was a blast!

We are known for our exciting raffles with great handmade prizes and more, and this month we put a twist on it: BINGO RAFFLE!

One of our guests below was the final winner of the night and went home with an original painting. Several other winners took home handmade items such as greeting cards, prints, jewelry, baked goods and more.

Some of our vendors were from previous shows, but we also had merchandise by new vendors.

Photo of Audrey Miller Art by: Robin Soto

Photo of Azul Bluedragon Booth by Rod Hillen

Photo of Ahtee’s Designs by Rod Hillen

We want to thank you all again for participating and supporting local creative small businesses! Hope to see you next month for “The Daddy Issues” on June 15, 2013 from 4-7pm and at A Little Known Shop’s grand opening on MAy 31, 2013.

Vendors from “Mother May I…Shop Handmade?”

Designs by Tamiza

Kellsworth Ink

A New Leaf Creations

Ahtee’s Designs

Azul Bluedragon

Hand and Paw

Karen Young Creations

Helen Manriquez

Treasured Confections

Something Beautiful Creations

Gennie Goose

The Grey Tabby

Caricatures by Kevin Cardona


Want your handcrafted and original art in our shop? Come out this week!



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Excited for the first day of Meet and Greets today (11am and 7pm)! Make sure you sign up for this free opportunity to see “A Little Known Shop” before it opens, see spaces available for merchandise, ask questions about consignment and our events, hear info on how to apply.

Shop is opening May 31st.

Go to the meet and greet, sign up here:

Hope to see you there 🙂

If you cannt make it (due to location or work, just join the mailing list at: www.alittleknownshop.com



MONDAY, 5/13/13 @ 11am

MONDAY, 5/13/13 @ 7pm

THURSDAY, 5/16/13 @ 11am

THURSDAY, 5/16/13  @ 7pm

A Little Known Shop – Our Big Announcment!

Are you ready for our big news?? Click on the video to hear details on our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

We will be opening a handmade shop in the haven known as Community.
We’ll be right next door to The Makery. YAY!

This is such a great honor and an amazing opportunity to feature handmade crafts, apparel, and original art. We’re so excited and we can’t wait to share the space with you!

If you’re interested in selling your items in our shop, sign up for our mailing list here and we’ll send you more info.

Be on the lookout for more info on our grand opening, tentatively scheduled for May 31, 2013.

We’re moving locations!

We had to make a last minute move to a different location for our upcoming show, Mother May I… Shop Handmade? We’re bummed that we won’t be at the F+ Gallery but we’re super excited to be at Community in Anaheim! Community is a “grassroots effort by locals to bring Orange County a fulfilling destination for the design, environmental, and socially conscious consumer.” We absolutely love this space, the people, and the shops in Community and we couldn’t be happier that they’re accepting us with open arms. And we hope you’ll join us this Saturday, May 11th, to check out our fabulous vendors and the wonderful space at Community.

Mother May I Shop Handmade - A Little Known Craft Flyer - 05-11-13 - Community

Photo courtesy of community

Photo courtesy of community

Photo courtesy of community

Bats Day “Black Market” 2013


This was one of my first “Bats Day” events, but one of the A.L.K.C. coordinators had been here before.

Wow! The talent, variety, cosplay, costumes and more just made it such a unique experience. I found myself talking to so many wonderful vendors, and also buying goodies. I didn’t have time to speak with every single vendor, but some that I met were:

Mary J. Hoffman of Booger Vampire
Etsy Shop



Natalie Ewert of Dream Trappings
Art on Etsy


Kit Cameo of
Kit Cameo
Glass Site

But there were so many other great artists too!!!!

Check out the “Bats Day” official website to see their other events. One is around the holidays.

Upcycled Window Shutter Wall Organizer





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What you will need:

Wooden Shutter

Metal Address Numbers/Letters

Cabinet Hinges

Metal Findings and Embellishments

Industrial Strength Glue (E-6000)

Rubber Stamps

Ink Pads

Distress Pads, Nails




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Step 1:

Distress the Wooden Shutter Edges using your ink pads and distress pads. If you chose a Dark Wooden Shutter, you can use sand paper to sand down the edges lightly to distress and leave wood exposed, or you can color distessed wood with colored ink pad. Or, if you don’t want to sand, you can use silvers, golds, and other metalic colors.

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Step 2:

Stamp any images you like around the shutter.

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Step 3:

Place all of your metal pieces and address letters/numbers around and once you like where they are, glue them down.

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Step 4:

Now take the cabinet hinges, and place them on the top back side of the shutter with the hinge side up. You do not want the hinge touching the wall when you hang it or it will make the shutter stick off of the wall. You want the flat side flush with the wall.

Use a ruler and pencil to mark where you want your 2 or more cabinet hinges to be.

Use small nails and a hammer to connect the cabinet hinges to the shutter.

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Now hang where ever you like:)


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