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Crafty side of holiday shopping at Petaluma's Crafterino

  • Ace Holiday, 9, left, and his sister Ivy, 7, point to expressions on different handmade sock monkeys that Peggy Costa made from actual work socks, while their father Brian Holiday looks on, at the Holiday Crafterino at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall in Petaluma, Calif., on November 30, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

The day after crowds mobbed area malls snapping up holiday discounts, a mellower group of shoppers filled the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building searching for a more personal shopping experience.

"There's Black Friday, and this is kind of Crafty Saturday," said Carrie Caudle, one of the organizers of Holiday Crafterino, the fast-growing craft fair now in its fifth year.

The event drew hundreds of shoppers to 49 booths where area artisans and craftspeople sold handmade soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing and stationery.

Holiday Crafterino

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"Our idea for the show is to be where hipsters and grandmothers can shop side-by-side," said Caudle, an elementary school teacher who makes block-printed children's clothing and other gifts under the label Moonpath Designs.

Proceeds from admission and a raffle will be donated to COTS, the Committee on the Shelterless homeless service center in Petaluma, which is suffering from a drop-off in government funding.

"Everyone in Petaluma knows that COTS is an essential part of the foundation of Petaluma," Caudle said. "It's one of those organizations that meets the needs of the community in ways most of us can't even comprehend."

Sales were brisk at the booth of Healdsburg ceramic artist Robert Weiss, who specializes in pottery with glazes infused with crystals.

"We sold quite a few pieces, actually," said Ash Weiss, the artist's daughter.

Nicole Pacheco, owner of StitchCraft sewing studio in downtown Petaluma, sold products made out of old LPs. She molds the vinyl records into bowls and turns the album covers into sketchbooks graced by Joni Mitchell, Van Halen, and Liberace.

Last year, Paulette Carles fell in love with the artwork of Oakland-based artist Bess Petty, purchasing several of her original silkscreens of birds framed in embroidery hoops. She returned this year with her two children, Isabel, 11, and Gabriel, 9, to revisit Petty's booth, Bird vs. Bird Designs.


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