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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Featuring ideas for gifts for any of the many gift-giving occasions you and/or your friends and/or family members might be celebrating at about this time of year, or, indeed, other times of year!

Featuring artists, artisans, practitioners, craftspeople, and merchants who are local or magical or sustainable or just nifty!

Also featuring ideas for gifts that aren’t things!

Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Mithras’ Birthday, your loved ones’ birthdays that happen to fall in late November/December/early January... any one of these events might be an occasion for you to give someone a gift, even if you do not, personally, celebrate that event.  With that in mind, and prompted by an idea from the Lady Yeshe Rabbit, source of so many good ideas which have improved my life (and quite possibly yours), I have created this Holiday Gift Guide.  Feel free to use these gift ideas at other times of year, as well.  ‘Tis always the season to spread happiness while supporting local and/or magical and/or sustainable businesses!

I have divided the guide into five sections.  Section One is a list of artists, artisans, practitioners, and craftspeople.  Section Two is a list of nifty stores in the Bay Area.  Section Three is a list of Craft Fair(e)s happening in the Bay Area this winter.  Section Four is a list of musicians.  Section Five is a list of gifts that aren’t things.

If I’ve left out one of your favourite members of any of these categories, please let me know so that I can include them in next year’s edition!

Section One:  Artists, Artisans, Practitioners, and Craftspeople

Readings/Consultations with Rabbit
“Rabbit's intuitive tarot readings are wise, witty, accurate and specific, helping you make your way through the maze of life, love, financial prosperity, health and personal development. Rabbit's philosophy is that every moment is ripe with a lesson of personal growth. Above and beyond the who, what, when, and where, she will help you uncover the WHY of life events and help you find the best ways to shape a happier, more successful future. Past-life readings are also available in Rabbit's Tarot sessions.  510-444-9355, all readings/consultations by appointment only”

Heather's Holistic Health
“Massage therapy and Moving through issues using massage, energy clearing, counsel, Tarot, and sound healing.  510-846-5519, gift certificates available.”

owl of love’s conscientious consulting service
“The creative combination of precision, computers and the magick of and in numbers yields owl's conscientious consultancy: square root 49 media. A recent graduate with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, owl studied the notion of the quadruple bottom line business - profit, planet, people and purpose working together and equally to form sustainable businesses! Five main service branches:
Media  - video, audio, multimedia, Max/puredata, web design...
Energy - electrical, electronic, acoustic, and enlightenment...
Design - logos, business plans, banners and booths...
IT - PC, Mac, Linux, iOS (Apple, not Cisco), Android, Max/puredata programming...
Audio - remote / field recording, modest studio recording, editing, file and format conversion
Rates are based on discipline and project scope; generally ranging between $25-75 / hour.
psound74@sqrt49.com, 510-228-6582.”

Blossom Merz, the Weaving Mink
“Weaving is my meditation and spiritual communion. Guiding thousands of threads into place, winding bobbins on the porch where I can hear the birds, finding myself still in awe of a length of finished cloth - these are all ways that I feel connected to the the divine and to the world around me. I hope that my handmade garments help to remind people of their connections to others.”

“Glow in the dark jewelry, hoodies, t-shirts, tanks, monsters, earrings, pendants, brooches, pins and more! Things that bring light into the darkness. Pushing the limits of weird. Welcome to my bizarre little store!”

Corven Design: Handmade Jewelry
“Barbara Cormack has been making jewelry ever since she can remember. Her one-of-a-kind designs incorporate silver, gold, semi-precious stones, and unique magickal details. Adorn yourself with a special piece from Corven Design!”

Just Rewards: Amber and Jet
“Operated by Drew Ward, a Heathen priest of Frey and member of Hammer of Thor Kindred, Just Rewards will be offering genuine Baltic amber jewelry and small gift items including birch bark boxes and other treasures at surprisingly comfortable prices.”

Prudence Priest: Amber and Jet Jewelry
“Prudence Priest is a witch, Elder in Covenant of the Goddess and the Troth. She has been selling amber and jet since the 1980s and travels to the Baltics annually to buy amber.”
If you were at CAYA’s 2009 Harvest Home Festival, you may remember Prudence’s Amber and Jet education session - she’s an expert par excellence!  
You can contact her at prudence21@juno.com or 925-899-5131.

Stars in Jars
“Stars in Jars Essences are vibrational remedies co-created with Nature from a combination of flower, gem, environmental and cosmic essences. Our one of a kind formulas are created in sacred space with channeled blessings.”

By Nieves: Handmade Natural Body Care
“By Nieves is a natural handmade body care line produced with organic ingredients and served with a twist. Nieves delights in formulating unique and wonderful body care, developing products that she wants to use - and has found that other people are looking for the same! Voted Best Local Skincare Line by SF Weekly.”

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law: Shadowscapes
“Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is the artist and author of the Shadowscapes Tarot. Her books, prints, and jewelry feature fantastical dream imagery. What Stephanie tries to convey with her art is not simply fantasy, but the fantastic, the sense of wonder, that which is sacred.”

Emily Butterfly
“Children's items for magical play: tooth fairy candles, wands, fairy pictures and more!”

Raising Higher Awareness (Rha)
“Stickers, key chains, artwork with urban flair and spiritual geometries.”

Lulu Deux Millinery
“Millinery, Accessories, Supplies”

Velvet Harpy Productions
“Custom Corsets and Costumes”

Crow’s Daughter Earthly Goods
“Crow’s Daughter’s Earthly Goods offers herbal creations hand-crafted in the Wise Woman Tradition.  It is our belief that self-love, self-healing, and care of Mother Earth are essential for creating peace in the world.”

Renae Taylor:  Prints, Wings, Lamps and Art Dolls
“My work is about memory, imagination, and retaining the sense of wonder in the world that I felt as a child.  It’s about holding on to the idea that something wondrous and strange is just around the corner.  Why shouldn’t little girls have tea with moths, trees dance under the stars, and beautiful women wear ugly fish as hats?  I want my work to make people smile, laugh out loud, just let go and remember.”

Blue Moon Designs
“Illuminated Fantasy Clothing and Fashionable Utility Accessories by Katherine the Great”

Legacy of the Cauldron
“Romantic Clothing and Celtic Fantasy Art”

Woodland Whimsy
“Welcome to the magical world of Woodland Whimsy where you can find magical things for your home and garden that will bring a smile to your face.”

“Leather masks with a unique fantasy flair”

“Feather earrings, made with cruelty free feathers”

Splendid Colors
“My laser-cut and and etched designs are inspired by industrial, natural, and historical subjects. I welcome commissions as well as making standard items in colors of your choice. My portfolio of projects ranges from jewel-toned acrylic earrings to two-foot-wide constructions of faux-metal gears.”

Kathleen Dustin
“Widely recognized as one of the world's leading polymer clay artists, Kathleen Dustin has been a pioneer, an educator, and source of inspiration for those interested in this emerging medium. Her exquisite evening bags have been celebrated for their emotional images of women, translucent depth of surface, and vibrant colors. Her most recent purses and art jewelry pay attention to the natural forms she finds in the woods of New Hampshire.”

Coldhouse Dahlia
“Handbags by Karri Jose”

Preponderance of the Small: Photography by Kathy Cronin
“We live in a world full of imagery. Every day we are presented with an almost overwhelming amount of visual information and we must all pick and chose what to pay attention to. People will travel great distances to see scenic beauty but they often miss the beauty that lies beneath their feet or that exists in a common view that they see day after day. The cracks in a sidewalk, the rust on an old tin can, the peeling of paint, these things can also be small scenes of great scenic beauty. Nature is constantly reclaiming and remaking the man made and as the greatest of all artists it has it way with all things both great and small. My art is about paying homage to this. I like to focus on the views that are easily overlooked and show how the universal is in the moment. I call my work the Preponderance of the small after the 62nd hexagram of the I Ching.”

Pilgrim Soul Forge
“The Pilgrim Soul Forge is dedicated to the creation of both traditional and fanciful metal work at a competitive price  I offer custom blacksmithing, metal fabrication, repair and restoration of metal objects and duplication of historic metal items.  I also offer hand-made custom cutlery for kitchen, field and military users I teach classes in metalworking, for those with a creative bent.  I specialize in French-Deco and Arts-and-crafts metalwork, but I would love to bring your ideas to life!  Additionally, I repair and sharpen knives and agricultural hand tools.  I also offer training seminars on sharpening and tool care at my shop AND at venues afield!”

Original Language
“Founded in recognition of the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of our time, Original Language was formed to offer tools for transformation. We are a clothing line and screen printing service that uses crystal infused inks, charged with conscious intent and fortified with sacred geometry.”

Nagle Forge and Foundry
“Nagle Forge and Foundry is a small family operated American casting company that specializes in designing and crafting historically inspired and limited edition jewelry and clothing fasteners from the finest lead free pewter, bronze, sterling silver or 14k gold.”

Marty Magic Jewelry
“The jewelry and sculpture I design is created by the lost wax casting process. I personally sculpt each original in wax at my Santa Cruz studio. My designs are then cast into gold, sterling silver or bronze. Fantasy, fairy tales and the magic of nature significantly influence my work.”

Alexandra Von Burg
“All Dolls are soft sculptures, made with cotton bodies and polyester stuffing. Some have moveable joints, and some are fixed. They are hand made by Alexandra from original patterns designed by Alexandra. They have needle sculpted and hand painted faces, each one made individually for a unique and one of a kind personality.”

Luna Fina
“Benvenuti, welcome, to the world of Luna Fina. A sensitive place where Annabella lives and works. It is Luna Fina's sphere, hallowed ground, where hearts open and words and songs unfold.”

Caren D. Catterall: Artist, Printmaker
“My creativity feels like a divine gift to me, and I honor the gift by making my art about Spirit. I am inspired by the places of ancient ritual and celebration, such as the megalithic, solar aligned temples of Malta, the standing stone circles of Stonehenge, and images of the Divine Feminine in all her guises. I want to express the numinous quality of life, where the elements of nature and the stones and the places of power come alive and speak to us on a deeper level.”

Suzanne deVeuve: Art of the Mystical Divine
“My work is about introspection and bringing inner treasures outside.  It’s tending to the moment and being with the  flow of grace.”

Tristan St Germain
“Welcome to My World! Where fantasy inspires style, not limited by genre, living in the timeless now, ever changing and evolving moment to moment.”

Plant Passions Organic Botanical Products
“Healing massage, conscious touch and Plant Passions organic botanical products for stress removal, relaxation, pain relief and energy renewal.”

D'BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA: dubpoet mono-dramatist and educator
“the art(is)t shaman: sacred gatherings at the crossroads of life, art, ritual, healing and magic”

Cerridwen Fallingstar: Author, Priestess and Shamanic Witch
“Cerridwen offers a wide selection of classes, including a year long Apprenticeship program. She also works as a professional psychic, offering readings and trance journeys (hypnotherapy in a shamanic context.)’

Patricia A. Leslie: Author
“Patricia A. Leslie, great-great-granddaughter of a bagpiper at Queen Victoria's court, is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, with a degree in cultural anthropology. She also holds an M.S. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. When she isn't writing, she paints and draws portraits of animals, working in watercolor, ink, or a combination of both. She lives with her husband and dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides marriage and dogs, her other hobbies include Scottish Country Dance, folk music, foreign films, and reading (mostly fantasy, science fiction and mystery). The Ballad of Young Tam Lin is the first in a family-saga series of fantasy-romance novels about the Randolph family's ongoing encounters with other-world Realms.”

Janina Angel Bath
“Tarot reader and vintage boutique owner Janina Angel Bath shares her vintage treasures, aromatherapy products and more in The Tarot Woman Etsy shop!”

Lady Equine Custom Wand Designs
“What is it that you need most in your life? Do you desire to fulfill your highest wishes and dreams? Do you wish to offer your sacred gifts to humanity?  It is my belief that Wands are tools which can be used to assist in the expansion of your highest human potential. They represent your internal power as well as enhance your spiritual purpose.”

Snake and Butterfly Chocolates
“At Snake and Butterfly we believe that a business should be based on passion, integrity, a strong sense of purpose, and responsible, ecologically-sound business practices.  We believe that responsible business practices include supporting the farmers who grow our raw ingredients in a sustainable, environmentally sound manner, and paying a fair price for those ingredients. Furthermore, we believe that our packaging should have a low environmental impact.  Snake and Butterfly is committed to providing the highest quality chocolate and impeccable customer service to our customers.”

Drake’s Glen Chocolates
“Welcome to Drakes Glen Creations!
We make all of our chocolates by hand in Humboldt County, California.
All of our chocolates are made fresh when you place your order.
We sell to many stores in Humboldt County and here on our website.”

Gnosis Chocolate
“We begin with ethically sourced RAW Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, and Madagascar - and add low-glycemic sweeteners, nutrient-dense superfoods and medicinal herbs sourced fastidiously from the Amazon to the Himalayas.
Our products are certified Organic, Vegan, and Kosher, and are free of soy, gluten, and dairy. The result is a functional, decadent chocolate that will delight your taste buds, awaken your senses and provide profound nourishment.”

Sacred Chocolate
“Sacred Chocolate is the future of chocolate.  Our goal is to create the greatest chocolate bar and chocolate products in the world. We are the first chocolate manufacturer in human history to create a raw (low-temperature processed), organic, finely tempered chocolate bar.  Through the use of healthy herbs, love, gratitude, prayers, music, and mantras, Sacred Chocolate has the potential to awaken consciousness.  With no trans fatty acids, and lots of polyphenol antioxidants, Sacred Chocolate is a SUPER FOOD containing all the health benefits of raw chocolate without refined cane sugar.  The alchemy of this chocolate, made with love and gratitude, and for your health, has manifested on mother earth at this time to help bring about a planetary shift in consciousness towards love and oneness.”

Sundrop Jewelry
“My unique glass and sterling silver jewelry is made using focused sunshine to melt glass into simple and elegant droplets. I use a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine to melt old liquor bottles and stained glass - the temperature reaches 3000 °F on a good clear day! Sundrop Jewelry is shaped solely by gravity, making my signature droplets a glittering symbol of the combined power of the Earth and Sun.”

Amano Studio
“With the help of other Sonoma artisans, we handcraft fashion jewelry in our California studio which we offer at democratic prices. We subscribe to the Arts and Crafts principle that beauty should be available to everyone.  The materials we use are often vintage, salvaged and made in the USA.  Many of the components used in our designs are made by American companies (some 100 years old)  with libraries of original molds from many decades past, giving them an authentic, vintage quality.”

Mernie Buchanan
“A Pigment of Your Imagination! Extraordinary Painting & Design services: Fine Art and Portraits, Murals and Art Classes.”

Elaine Smith
Elaine D. Smith brings over 15 years of colorful and varied experience in metal fabrication, stone setting, custom design development and repairs. She believes that creativity is a energy field where anything is possible.

Sacred By Monica Parks
Sacred is a captivating jewelry line that will showcase every aspect of your personality. These beautiful hand made pieces are made from a  wide range of different types of chains, exotic stones, and unique beads. Make a personal statement without having to say a word.

Underhill Alchemy
Fragrances inspired by faery lore and bardic tales of magic

Ragged Thistle Clothing

Astral Chrysalis

Ancient Charms

Pandora’s Kloset

Wild and Wooly Feltworks

Veriditas Herbal Shoppe

Odyssey Craftworks

Vintage Erotica Tarot

Artisan Candies - reserve your plum pudding

The Amber Wolf

Welsh Baker

Shadowhouse Creations

Sha Sha Higby

Emily May Lewis

Becky Medcalf

Gossamer Stones Scents

Sheri Howe


Trish O’Malley

Katrina Sky Weaver
Joy Works Baskets, Rattles, and Herbal Products

The Herbal Apothecary

Blythe Spirits Fine Handmade Soaps and Emollients

Bhavani Judith Cook Tucker

Crystal Heart Creation

Wild Wines

Fantasy Lane Copper Fairies

Watercolors of the World

Max Dashu’s prints and poster

Fancy Fairy

Michael Shaw Kaleidoscopes

Sue Rioux Designs

Blue Moon Designs

Firebird Fae Couture


The Woven Potter


Section Two:  Local Nifty Stores

Magical Stores:

The Sacred Well
536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

Ancient Ways
4075 Telegraph Avenue,Oakland, 510-653-3244

4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-7196

The Mystic Dream
1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

Moonfyre Metaphysical
401 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-0333

The Sword and the Rose
85 Carl Street, San Francisco, 415-681-5434

The Scarlet Sage
1173 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-821-0997

Serpent’s Kiss
2015 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

Milk and Honey
123 North Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-824-1155

Air and Fire: A Mystical Bazaar
13136 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, 831-338-7567

Pretty Things:

Castle In The Air
1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801

ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-843-2527

Whales and Friends  
2060 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, 510-769-8500

Aphrodite’s Closet
new location - 1419 Park Street, Alameda, 510-521-3313

Outback Outlet
1799A 4th Street, Berkeley, 510 527 1945
139 W Richmond Avenue, Point Richmond, 510-237-1199

Corrie Glass
37683 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, 510-793-8782

Kiowa Rose
37581 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, 510-794-7465

Celtic Shoppe
354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-379-7474

Adira Dance and Costume  
1202 Lincoln Avenue, Suite #107, San Jose, 888-363-0119

The Belrose Costume Shop
1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, 415-454-6422

Pink Depford Designs
716 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, 925-788-4080

The Faux Louvre
117 East D Street, Benicia, 707-745-5694

The Foggiest Idea
800 First Street, Benicia, 707-553-3370

The Tarot Woman Vintage Clothing Boutique
3140 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 510-542-6196

Stone’s Throw at the Songbird Center
8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-242-6669

Jenny K
6921 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, 510-528-5350


The Ark
Three locations:
1812 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-849-1930
3325 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 415-440-8697
3845 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-821-1257

Mr. Mopps
1405 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 510-525-9633

Toys Toys Toys
411 E Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-2632

D&J  Hobby
5205 Prospect Road, Suite 160, San Jose, 408-252-1266

Treehouse in the Glen
1275 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-294-8699

Cheeky Monkey Toys
640 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, 650-328-7975

Earth Child
200 South Main Street, #110, Sebastopol, 707-824-0940


The Other Change of Hobbit
new location - 1600 Kearney Street, El Cerrito, 510-848-0413

Black Oak Books
2618 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-486-0698

Dark Carnival
3086 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, 510-654-7323

The Escapist Comic Book Store
3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, 510-652-6642

Pegasus Books
1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, 510-525-6888
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-649-1320
5560 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-652-6259

Wilmot’s Books
478 Central Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-1443

Books, Inc
1760 4th Street, Berkeley, 510-525-7777
1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226
2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 415-931-3633
2275 Market Street, San Francisco, 415-864-6777
601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-776-1111
3515 California St, San Francisco, 415-221-3666
1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, 650-685-4911
301 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-428-1234
855 El Camino Real, #74, Palo Alto, 650-321-0600

Fields Books
Web- and Phone-Orders Only, 415-673-2027

Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-824-8203

Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street, San Francisco, 415-387-2272

Recycle Bookstore
275 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-3514
1066 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-286-6275

Hicklebee’s Books
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-292-8880

Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-4321

Copperfield‘s Books
850 4th Street, San Rafael, 415-524-2800
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 707-762-0563
3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, 707-252-8002
775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 707-578-8938
138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-2618
1330 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 707-942-1616
106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, 707-433-9270

Sustainable, Fair Trade, Local, Hand Made:

Modern Mouse
2223 South Shore Center, Alameda, 510-814-8830

Global Exchange
2840 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510-548-0370

Urban Bazaar
1371 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 415-664-4422

Body Time
1950 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-5818
2911 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-2101
2391 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 510-649-8800
5521 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-547-4116
1378 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, 925-295-9808
611 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, 415-459-5806

5665 Bay Street, Emeryville, 510-428-2994
240 Powell Street, San Francisco, 415-693-9633
2116 Union Street, San Francisco, 415-921-5874
1416 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton 925-737-0532
#147-2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, 408-247-5874
60 31st Avenue, San Mateo, 650-638-1687
925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, 408-229-2530


Section Three:  Craft Fair(e)s

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays and Sundays, November 29 through December 21, 11:00AM–6:00PM
various locations in Berkeley - see website for map

Holiday Boutique at Frank Bette Center for the Arts
November 21-December 23
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Weekends, November 22-December 21
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City

Martinez Arts Holiday Boutique
December 5-21, see website for detailed schedule
Old Martinez Train Depot, Ferry Street near Marina Vista Avenue, Martinez, 925-228-8160

Allied Arts Guild Annual Christmas Market
Saturday, December 6, 10:00AM-3:00PM
The Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405

Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 6, 10:00AM- 5:00PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

The Sacred Well Annual Magical Holiday Market
Saturday, December 6 and December 13, 12:00-6:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

Dickens Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa
$2, Children 12 and under free

West Coast Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 13 and 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Center Street at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley

German Holiday Market: Weihnachtsmarkt
Saturday, December 13, 11:00AM-9:00PM
Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

Crucible Gifty Holiday Sale
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, Saturday 11:00-6:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 510-444-0919

Goddess Crafts Faire
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
Suggested Donation: $5-$13 (kids free)

Winter Open House, Holiday Party and Sale
Sunday-Saturday, December 13-14, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
Institute for Urban Homesteading, 839 60th Street, Oakland

Handcraft Holiday Market
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 12:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
Free admission

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14 and Saturday-Wednesday, December 20-24,
along Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Bancroft, Berkeley

KPFA Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond

These are just a few highlights of the holiday craft fair season!  
More events can be found on this directory:


Section Four:  Musicians

Among my favourite artists are the independent musicians who sell CDs at their concerts, on their websites, and out of the back of their vans.  Here are some you may find interesting - some are local to the Bay Area, some are local to somewhere else, some are local to wherever the friend’s couch is that they are crashing on tonight.  Some are Pagan; all are making magic!  Please support them!

SJ Tucker

Alexander J Adams

Tricky Pixie

Gaia Consort, featuring Betsy Tinney of Tricky Pixie

Traveling Fates

Vixy and Tony

Fontain’s M.U.S.E.

DJ Hamouris/Moonrise (Moonrise = DJ Hamouris, Robin Dolan, and Denise Castleton)

Amelia Hogan

Brook Schoenfeld

Spiral Dance Chorus

Sophia Songhealer

Tim Rayborn

Shira Kammen


Rosin Coven

Axis Mundi

Avalon Rising , featuring Cat Taylor


Holly Tannen

Ruth Barrett

Sharon Knight

Pandemonaeon, featuring Sharon and Winter Knight

T. Thorn Coyle




Four Shillings Short

RJ Stewart

Circle Round

Magic Mama

Devaa Haley Mitchell



Michelle Mays

Elaine Silver

Anique Radiant Heart

Blackmore’s Night

Diana Rowan

Abbi Spinner

Wendy Rule

The Stark Ravens

Louisa John-Krol


Irina Rivkin

Beltaine’s Fire

Alexa Sunshine Rose

Wicked Tinkers

The Mad Maggies

The Sea Dogs

The Poxy Boggards

Brass Farthing

Corvus Corax

Kari Tauring

Talia Rose


Roy Zimmerman

Neil Innes

Not (mostly) music, but wonderful audio worth supporting:  
ZBS Media


Section Five:  Gifts that Aren’t Things

What do you get for the Witch who has everything?
Or, more realistically, the Witch who has waaay too many things?  
My favourite gifts are ones that don’t take up any space in my house!

Experiences - Take them to a play, a concert, or other nifty event!

Some local theatre companies which I love:

Ragged Wing

Butterfield 8

Impact Theatre

Unscripted Theatre

Some intimate local venues for live music:

Wisteria Ways

Rose Street Music

Berkeley House Concerts


SYLA Presents

Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden

Take them to dinner!  Throw them a party!  Pay for them to take a class!  Pay for a Divination session!  Pay for a Massage or Healing session!  

Give the gift of an unforgettable experience that will create lasting happiness and never need to be dusted!

Donations - Make a contribution in their name to a charity close to their heart!

Wildlife Rescue:

Pet Rescue:


Food Banks:

Social Change:


Surprise Bonus Extra Section:  Gifts That You Can Make

Maybe you love the idea of making a gift yourself, but you don’t know what to make or how to make it.  If you have access to a colour printer and good quality paper, you can make the magical models available on this website!

Isn’t that delightful?  Delight is one of the best gifts of all!

Have a Delightful December!  Give Graciously, Receive with Relish, and Reciprocate!

Molly Blue Dawn

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