What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Molly Blue Dawn's Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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

Madame Hummingbird Rainbow - Hummingbird Honey
Herbals, Clothing and Jewelry Handmade by Hummingbird!

Jo Adell - Filaments Project
Knotworking is Jewelry, Pearlstringing, Fine Embroidery and the Filaments Project: Recycled Guitar String Art for Charity. Made by Autistic and Currently Homeless artist Jo Adell.

Sylvia Victor Linsteadt - Wild Talewort
Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker. Her work - both fiction and non-fiction - explores the tenets of deep ecology and wild myth, and is devoted to radically transforming and broadening our human stories to include the voices, perspectives and dreams of the more-than-human world.

Rima Staines - The Hermitage
Rima Staines is an artist using paint, wood, word, music, animation, clock-making, puppetry and story to attempt to build a gate through the hedge that grows along the boundary between this world and that. Her gate-building has been a lifelong pursuit, and she hopes to have perhaps propped aside even one spiked loop of bramble (leaving a chink just big enough for a mud-kneeling, trusting eye to glimpse the beauty there beyond), before she goes through herself.

Tim Hirons - Coyopa
My name’s Tom Hirons. I’m a storyteller, acupuncturist, wilderness rites of passage guide, poet and craftsman on the edge of Dartmoor. I’ve made my home here between field and moor with Rima Staines, an extraordinary artist whose work you should almost certainly be better acquainted with. Some work here is long, some is short; some of it’s prose and some’s poetry. Some’s sweet on the ear and some of it’s a strange beast that came from Nowhere Known, awkward and half-made. Some pieces are a bit in-between all of it and that’s perhaps my favourite kind.

Christina Smith - Ferae Naturae Cold Porcelain Botanical Sculptures
When young I was what some might call 'a magical child', capable of 'magical thinking'. This meant that, among other things, I seemed to be able to form connections and develop friendships with flowers, insects, plants, fungi, and the elements. Thankfully this ability remained with me. When I later studied Natural History Illustration, I was as a result able to explore my connection with the natural world in different, some might say unusual ways, than I otherwise probably would have done, were it not for my early 'magical' perceptions.

Builders of the New Dawn
We offer you an eclectic, highly curated selection of Vintage Books & Ephemera
Specializing in Countercultural & Subcultural movements of the 20th Century, we also include a healthy dose of Classic & Avant Garde literature as well as the quirky & offbeat.

Blossom Merz, the Weaving Monk
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!

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

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 Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that this is a world that underlies our own, when viewed with a desire for beauty, and a shifted perception for the potential within the kernel of all.

Rhatura is a mystic, sage, healer, activist, youth worker, and creative genius with a touch of East Coast and soulful swagger. His art is influenced from sacred geometry, metaphysics, cartoons, nature, indigenous cultures, social justice, and graffiti. He often considers himself as the vehicle in which the Universe channels creative energies that manifest in various designs and art forms. He hails from Boston, MA but has found solace in the chill vibes of the East Bay in California.

Lulu Deux Millinery
I absolutely love love love historical fashion, even the downright silly, and have been a student of all things historical and millinery for over 20 years. I've been fascinated by all of the possibilities of the fascinator after studying in London with Rose Cory, former milliner to the Queen Mum. So much punch for such a little package!

Velvet Harpy Productions
If you ever wanted something well made, custom fit, beautiful and highly unique, you're in the right place. Specializing in historically accurate outfits and corsets, made to measure. Velvet Harpy Productions can make you your perfect outfit.

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.

Kimberly Moore - MotherHouse Goddess Shop
Kimberly F. Moore is the Founder of the MotherHouse of the Goddess and has been a Priestess of the Goddess for more than 20 years. Her areas of research, practice and teaching are focused on Comparative Mythology, Archetypal Psychology, Goddess Spirituality, and Ritual Practice. She has a special connection to the Goddesses from the Greek, Hindu and Yoruban traditions, but has worked with many other Goddesses through the years. She is an Aborisha in the Lukumi tradition and a Daughter of Oshun.

Blue Moon Designs: Fancy Utility Accessories and Light Up Clothing
Katherine the Great began designing costumes in 1995 while still in high school, inspired by the lack of interesting clothing and costuming in her sizable size.  She has brought that same commitment to beautiful clothes that fit well to her unique accessory business Blue Moon Designs.

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.

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.

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 handmade 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.

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
Austenian comedy of manners meets whimsical folklore-inspired historical romance! Her storytelling has a lighthearted tone, juxtaposed against some serious philosophical issues. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy Ms. Leslie's deft exploration of the quirks and contradictions, absurdities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of human (and not-exactly-human) nature, and the variety of missteps, joys, and misfortunes that always attend love and romance. In fact, the course of true love is extremely rocky for the destiny-starred Randolph family, who cross the Veil from the Mortal World into other realms, as readily as most people cross the street.

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.

Endorfin Chocolate
We are dedicated to crafting chocolate that pays homage to the inherent beauty and power of Theobroma cacao - the original food of the gods. Our unique style of organic dark chocolate utilizes fresh coconut for a luscious meltdown and coconut blossom sugar for a subtle sweetness. Additionally, our commitment to wholesome, minimally processed ingredients means that all of our products are dairy free, soy free, gluten free, GMO free, and do not contain any refined sugars. Our commitment to excellence from tree to tongue means that our chocolate bars are better for you, for the farmers that produce our ingredients, and for the big beautiful planet that we all call home.

Dandelion Chocolate
Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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 an 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 handmade 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
It is the work of Ragged Thistle to bring extreme and meticulous beauty into the clothing of daily life. Our designs are made with post consumer clothing components coupled with vintage as well as new textiles, trims and findings.

Astral Chrysalis
Astral speaks to the other planes of existence, that which is connected to the cosmic stellar light, that which emanates the divine energy of the stars. Chrysalis, the pupa of a butterfly, that space in which profound transformation occurs, until emergence is beheld and what once was is no longer. Astral Chrysalis Designs is that sacred cosmic space where our creativity transforms and is born anew, ever unfolding, ever growing, ever evolving. Our leather craft is handmade (designed, cut, engraved, sewn, painted) in our art studio surrounded by the natural beauty that is Santa Cruz, CA. We use mostly vegetable tanned leather and we are slowly transitioning (due to the higher cost) to natural and all organic tanned hide. We use Eco-Flow water based stains and dyes, which are less toxic than the alcohol based stains/dyes.

Ancient Charms
I was taken to the Renaissance Faire and seemingly never left... For the last 10 years I have had my own booth, Ancient Amulets, where I sell my Jewelry! My work has been represented at
galleries around California including The Phoenix at Big Sur, Freehand in Los Angeles, and Gallery Fair in Mendocino.

Pandora’s Kloset
Welcome to my shop of eclectic wearable art! I create everyday clothes that will inspire you to live like a child full of curiosity in the urban forests of the world. I infuse new life into into vintage finds and use findings from the forest floor. Branches, Pinecones, Acorns oh my! Get lost in the woods and have FUN!

Wild and Wooly Feltworks
My mixed media needlefelted sculptures, masks and tapestries celebrate the whimsy and wildness of life.

Odyssey Craftworks
We invite you to imagine...
There were ages when things were crafted with timeless elegance… when people honored masterful artisan workmanship… when dedicated craftsmen would hone their abilities for years, and find ways to integrate their skills with emerging social needs and innovative new technologies. These were times that did not embrace the culture of fast, cheap, disposable. These were cultures that had a high regard for those who spent their days not in passive entertainment, but in the relentless pursuit of excellence. What if we could bring a little bit of that back?

Vintage Erotica Tarot
When you hold Le Tarot des Femmes Erotiques  in your hand,  you know you have found something extraordinary. In this tarot, the most beautiful women of the early 20th century echo traditional images while offering divinatory depth, power, and delight. An intimate window on history… an esoteric tool of personal discovery.

Artisan Candies - reserve your plum pudding
Baked Confections, Liquor Cakes, Caramel Sweets, Chocolate Delights, Confections, Fudge, Brittles, Flavored Caramel Corn, Nuts and more!

The Amber Wolf
Pyrography, Gourd Art, Henna-dyed Drum and tambourine skins, crystals, Yerba Mate Tea cups and Bombillas, Lucets (and instructions), Combustible Incense, Dangly Bits, and Tatters!!!

Welsh Baker
Denise & Joe Carbone, owners of The Welsh Baker company welcome you to our online store. We are America's Premiere Purveyors of hand griddled Welsh Cakes since 2009. We've been making our humble little cakes entirely by hand from an old family recipe handed down in Denise's family. Light, tasty and most only about 100 calories each, these delicious little cakes go nicely with tea, coffee, milk, ice cream, cheese and wine or just by themselves.

Shadowhouse Creations
I make clay barrettes, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in Steampunk, Hallowe'en, and Christmas styles. I make handbags and belt bags in various fabrics, all with fun machine embroidery. Items can be special ordered or personalized.

Sha Sha Higby
Sculpture Moving Slowly in a Thousand Intricate Pieces

Emily May Lewis: Mentoring - Coaching - Holistic Organizing
Gain a deep awareness of the wisdom keeper that is seated in the center of your heart. If you long to get back in touch with your creative spark, to feel embodied, and to live from an empowered place, there's good news: it is 100% possible! The journey starts today with each powerful choice you make. Are you ready to start living your heart's fullest, most authentic expression? NOW is the time to start trusting your deepest truth so that you can engage in your life in a rich and playful way! The world needs your voice, your song, your message, your creative offering NOW...

Becky Medcalf: Matrix Energetics
If you want change, change your mind. We hold beliefs consciously, and deep below consciousness, old experiences, trauma, conditioning from childhood and culture, some are so consistent we believe they are "just the way it is". These beliefs affect our relationships, our work, how we feel about our selves, our health and vitality, and even our fundamental beliefs about how things work in the world and what is possible. When I work with clients I work directly on these beliefs, from the unconscious level to the conscious level.

Gossamer Stones Scents
Give a gift that will pamper your loved one in luxury this holiday season.

Sheri Howe
My work is a direct expression of my thoughts, visions and dreams, reflecting all that is essential and sacred: connection, reverence, compassion and love.

introducing sippable plant medicine infusions, healing mystic messengers, adaptogenic elixirs designed to awaken our heart-centered intelligence & promote travel into the electromagnetic resonant deep space of our sensory being of our sensory being.

Trish O’Malley
I seem to always be exploring intimacy or spiritual practices.  These days I have been painting as a way to explore what is underneath the surface, bring it to form and practice presence.  I am inviting others to join me in painting and the results are really exciting.  I am continuing to create delicious scents and luscious cordials and tantalizing nourishment.  I continue to write, offer energetic work and co-create meaningful ritual.  Lately, I have been engaged in creative conversation and practice around sovereignty, archetypes, community, wisdom and full presence.

Katrina Sky Weaver: Joy Works Baskets, Rattles, and Herbal Products
Katrina SkyWeaver is a mother, artist, herbalist, basket weaver, dancer and lover of plants and life. She learned to weave baskets in 1991, and has been joyfully weaving ever since. Her love for plants and gardening has been woven into her basket adventures. As she learned about local weaving plants, she planted them at her home and elsewhere to propagate nature's weaving wonders.

Blythe Spirits Fine Handmade Soaps and Emollients
I have been making soaps and lotions for almost twenty years. I never tire of creating new soaps and lotions for the Faires, and each year I am gratified by the patrons who return to my small shop to see what awaits them.

Crystalheart Creation
Goddess Eggs & Needle Felting

Fantasy Lane Copper Fairies
These sculptures serve as whimsical accents to the home or garden. My work tends to revolve around the theme of nature, plants and the spirit of fairies. Many of the fairies I create are designed to teach their owners about the healing, restorative, and medicinal powers of the herbs after which the fairies wings are shaped.

Watercolors of the World
Watercolors of the World presents a dazzling array of images by San Francisco artist Raymond Martinez. His iconic images of San Francisco include views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars on Nob Hill, Coit Tower, and the San Francisco Opera. European scenes feature Westminster Abbey in London, The Eiffel Tower, Paris, and the Spanish Steps in Rome. You will also find views of the Chrysler Building in New York, Yosemite Valley, various floral paintings and four unique Christmas cards.

Max Dashu’s prints and posters
Max is an artist, writer, and teacher who founded the Suppressed Histories Archives. She has built a collection of over 14,000 slides and 100 shows on global women's history, archaeology, Goddess traditions, priestesses and shamans.

Fancy Fairy
The original iridescent Fairy Wings!

Michael Shaw Kaleidoscopes
Unique, hand made and one-of-a-kind, our beautiful kaleidoscopes come in a variety of sizes, colors and prices.

Sue Rioux Designs
Sue has been pursuing artistic endeavors from a very young age; making jewelry and kaleidoscopes from glass for almost to 30 years. Sue's work is represented in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and Japan, as well as private collections around the world.

Firebird Fae Couture
Welcome to Firebird Fae Couture where your faerie fantasies come true!

Samiah Fine Clothing
Samiah Fine Clothing is a unique line of clothing inspired by movies, old world Royalty, and romantic eras, such as Victorian and Renaissance times.  The Designs have a distinctive regal flair.

The Woven Potter
The Woven Potter represents the work of two fine craftswomen at Renaissance Faires, re-enactment events and street fairs.  In addition to showcasing their wares both gleefully educate the public about their individual crafts. The potter's work includes hand-thrown, altered and formed ceramics such as plates, bowls, mugs, goblets, jugs, gargoyles and flasks. The spinner/weaver's work includes woven and crocheted/knitted goods such as scarves, shawls, hats, and blankets.

Sally Fox - Viriditas Farms
From My Heart to Your Hands
I am looking forward to the many years ahead with hopes of new discoveries.  It is my belief that with continuous, patient labor, a treasure trove of natural color will be found!
Over the years, my plant breeding program has developed an exciting range of fiber types and shades of color in the greens and browns.  New seed material given to me by spinners and most recently by public seed banks has proven to be a source of optimism in my quest for new color.

Sandala Moon
My inspiration comes from the various artists and free spirits I have met over years of attending full moon gatherings and festivals. I hope my work inspires you too.
Luminance Skin Care
Organic - Vegan - No Synthetics - No Toxins

Touch The Shiny
Altar Dolls and Sacred Jewelry

Shadow Grove Market
Here you will find bits of magic and faerie glamour.

Feral Priestess
I am inspired by all that is wild & feral:
Owls rising silently into the cold night sky at twilight, damp misty woods dripping into lush ferns & carpets of moss, fields of golden grass moving like waves in the ocean, the quickening of my pulse as the moon rises, your wild & feral soul.
I weave the facets of myself into my work: artist, biologist, Priestess, wanderer.  I hope to share with you a  touch of the wild & magic.  May you hear the call of the forest & step off the path into the wild unknown…

North By Northwest Designs
We started our business in 2013 by combining our talent and passion for wearable art.  We hand make a variety of jewelry items from lost wax cast sterling silver pendants, to hemp and bead knotted bracelets, to mixed metal earrings and more.  We also hand make knitted items that range from toys, to hats, to scarves and gloves.  I hope you enjoy shopping with us, and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

While Odin Sleeps
My name is Lauren, and I currently live in San Francisco. I am exceptionally indecisive, credulous, and regularly distracted. I've either become fond of said qualities or have simply gotten used to them. I prefer fond because that would imply that I chose them. "The same qualities as the wind!" I'd say. Speaking of the wind, I've been courting mother nature for quite some time and to my mother's dismay, we're getting married. There is something to be said about the colors Mother Nature chose and the shapes she has created. She's quite the artist and her work is what inspires mine. I dream of raising bees and goats amongst the trees.


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

2160 S. Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, 408-508-5900

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

Tail of the Yak
2632 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-9891

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

Aphrodite’s Closet
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

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

Gorgeous Bits
37485 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, 510-894-2488

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 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

Empress Vintage
757 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, 510-542 - 6196

Alden Lane Nursery
981 Alden Lane,Livermore, 925-447-0280


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

Cooleykatz Toys
1959 Second Street, Livermore, 925-245-1035

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

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


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

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

The Escapist Comic Bookstore
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

Lewin's Metaphysical Books
2644 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, 510-843-4491

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
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara, 408-727-1500

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
1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 415-742-5833

The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street, San Francisco, 415-431-6800

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
999 Grant Avenue, Novato, 415-763-3052
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, Herbal, Handmade:

Ancestral Apothecary
3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-541-2715

Homestead Apothecary
486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549
3807 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, 510-696-1001

Alembique Apothecary
901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, 510-255-0901

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

Bubble Farm Soap Company
933b Central Avenue, Alameda
Gravel & Gold
Gravel & Gold is an independent, woman-owned design collective in San Francisco. Since 2008, we have supported one another and a broader community of artists to create joyful, useful items. We share business responsibilities, a studio, and meals, we run workshops, and we take care to express our common values through the work we create.

Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street, San Francisco, 415-255-7296

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

Body Time
1950 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-5818
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
1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 888-733-5874
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 26 through December 24, 11:00AM–6:00PM
various locations in Berkeley - see website for map

UC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop
December 8-11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Julia Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden,
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
included with Garden admission

Winter Open House, Holiday Party and Sale
Sunday-Saturday, December 10, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
Institute for Urban Homesteading, 839 60th Street, Oakland

Weihnachtsmarkt: German Holiday Market
hosted by German International School of Silicon Valley
Saturday, December 10, 11:00AM-9:00PM
Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 10 and 17, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Center Street at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley

Goddess Crafts Faire
Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
Suggested Donation: $5-$13 (kids free)

Crucible Gifty Holiday Sale
Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11,
Saturday 11:00-6:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 510-444-0919
Free admission

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11, 17-18, 23-24, 11:00AM-6:00PM
along Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Bancroft, Berkeley

KPFA Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond


Section Four:  Musicians

Among my favourite artists are the independent musicians who sell their wares 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

Vixy and Tony, featuring Betsy Tinney of Tricky Pixie

Traveling Fates, featuring SJ Tucker

Sharon Knight

Pandemonaeon, featuring Sharon Knight and Winter

T. Thorn Coyle

Faun Fables


Diana Rowan

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

Canconier, featuring Tim Rayborn and Shira Kammen

Rosin Coven

Axis Mundi

Avalon Rising , featuring Cat Taylor


Holly Tannen



Four Shillings Short

RJ Stewart

Circle Round

Magic Mama

Devaa Haley Mitchell



Michelle Mays

Elaine Silver

Anique Radiant Heart

Blackmore’s Night

Abbi Spinner

Wendy Rule

The Stark Ravens

Louisa John-Krol


Irina Rivkin

Beltaine’s Fire

Alexa Sunshine Rose

Claire Roche

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:

Knights of Revery

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

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!

Standing Rock - still protecting the Water!

Wildlife Rescue:

Pet Rescue:

Farm Animal Sanctuary:


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