Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hot New Find

Café Libertalia, a Mico Mall featuring an Internet cafe in the heart of Hillcrest has a new tenant. As of November Mostly Magpie by Darcy Stumbaygh has taken up the front vendor space of the cafe and is offering unique reclaimed jewelry and components, fun screen prints, and exceptional leatherwork. I had a blast sorting through her selection of watch parts used and new and eclectic assortment of beads. 

“We have lots of vintage jewelry at low prices, ideal for either accessorizing or for making new treasures, and we specialize in old pocket and wristwatch movements and parts for repair or steampunking. We are fully stocked with leather, supplies, and tools and are available 1pm-9pm (and often longer) for do-it-yourself leatherworking, with free instruction, assistance, and use of awesome tools. Make bracelets, watch bands, belts, buckles, leatherbound journals and more. Our steampunk supplies include mechanical watches and parts, brass rivets snaps and findings, glass vials, butterfly wings, feathers, old coins, old brooches, and shiny things. We sell real Victorian antiques. We're also full of beads and findings with tools available to make your own jewelry on-site, so come on in to learn and create with us!"

As of mid December Café Libertalia is offering access to a kiln and ceramic classes. December 17th the cafe will host a Holiday Extravaganza. Come by from 12pm to 11pm and check out this the Shop-a-Thon with local artist works for sale and a Holiday party with 3 bands. Check out events for more info or send an email to Mostly Magpie at

Cafe Libertalia is at 3834 5th Ave in Hillcrest, Mostly Magpie is right up front but the space also has live music or events in the back every night, great coffee, a conspiracy magazine, Internet, mid-century furniture and collectibles, and great coffee, open 10am-ish to 9:30pm 7 days a week.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Take the "Shop Local" Pledge & Buy Handmade!

You may have seen it on ABC news. Many Americans are promising to spend, at least part, of their holiday gift budgets, on items "Made in America!" Locally, Yelp has asked shoppers to take their "Yelp Shops Local Pledge" and buy from local shops & businesses. We'd like to add the "Buy Handmade" pledge to your list of pledges! Handmade products are great gifts and when you buy directly from the artists who created them, you get that extra personal touch by knowing where your product came from. It's almost like getting something custom made since handmade products are not made in mass production like some items from overseas. Where can you find these unique handmade gifts? Well, if you missed our Holiday Hit List last weekend, there are still opportunities to shop from multiple artists at once at some upcoming holiday shopping events. Here are a few where Mafia members will be participating. Mark your calendars! We want to see you there!

The Metrome Pre-Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 11, 2011
11 am - 3 pm
1150 J St. - 92101
View the Facebook event

(Almost) Last Minute Holiday Shopping
Thursday, December 15, 2011
6 pm - 9 pm
El Take It Easy
3926 30th St. - 92104
View the Facebook event

North Park Independent Bazar
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1 pm - 6 pm
Queen Bee's Art & Culture Center
3925 Ohio St. - 92104
View the Facebook event

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Hit List

Check out photos from our 2012 Holiday Hit List! 

 Its a stick up at the Mall, shop local and independent.
 Mafia Tree
 Around the floor
 North Park Craft Mafia Ornaments
 Craft Mafia Table
 December 2012 Newsletter
 Picking out a prize of a set ornaments
 decorated by the North Park Craft Mafia
 Scavenger Hunt Winners
 2012 North Park Craft Mafia
Stick em up 
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