Blissen

Handicrafts rule, and Portland’s Jill Bliss and crew hold informal crafting workshops to create everything from bags to wristbands to funky little animals.

Meaning: blissen hosts our kind of Saturday afternoon.

Current favorites on the site include the handmade flower necklaces, so perfectly imperfect that Mother Nature might get jealous. Stiffened fabric blooms are cut and then hand-sewn onto various types of cording to create a 17" drop necklace fit for a fairy queen. If you see something you like, grab it--these are limited edition gems, people.

All materials come from thrift stores, friends and donations, so you can feel completely green and environmentally smart when you purchase something from blissen.