LB Craft Mafia holiday trunk show brings handmade gifts to 4th Street

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craft-mafiaLong Beach Craft Mafia will set up shop for one-day-only at 4th Street merchants, Songbird and {open} books for their first group trunk show on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The all-day affair will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will feature a raffle, free workshops, a bake sale—and a truly unique assortment of handmade items by some of the best indie crafters Long Beach has to offer.

The holiday gift boutique will be hosted by Songbird at the corner of Junipero and 4th. Pick up gifts and goodies for everyone on your list, including hand-stitched felt dinosaurs and cacti by Lexi Lee of Little Bit, fashion items by Marc Anthony Coronado of Ain Soph Aur, upcycled and laminated map wallets by Kelso of Kelso Doesnt Dance, funky one-of-a-kind jewelry by Jen of RadCo and Nicole Montoya, crayon sculptures and food-themed hats by Tamara Zielinski of CrayonFawn (as recently seen on “Entertainment Tonight”!) and much, much more. The emphasis is on handmade items you can’t find at the mall, presented by the artisans that created these original pieces.

This location is the perfect fit for the group, says Songbird owner, Jennifer Hill. “Songbird is a gift store that has something for everyone — it is ‘cheep’ and cheerful, with bright colors and fun, quirky gifts for all. “I love the entire craft movement, and get inspired by being around other crafty and creative people.”

“Retro Row is the Long Beach destination for independent and innovative design,” shares Liz Abbot of Leatherette Heart,” a lot of us have merch in stores there. It’s totally fitting that the Long Beach Craft Mafia bust out their first trunk show in this area. I know when I get my shop on, it’s on 4th Street.”

When you’ve finished shopping at Songbird, picked up a delicious snack from new member Janice Sprenger at the bake sale there and entered to win the raffle prize (a free gift basket full of goodies from Long Beach Craft Mafia members), take a short walk down 4th Street to {open} books for some hands-on workshops. The free classes will be held from 12-4pm, and will include quickie fun crafts for all ages. New member Klai Brown’s paper fan workshop and founding member Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams’ papercrafted greeting cards are sure to be a hit with all experience levels, including eager kids and unsure adults looking to get their crafting feet wet.

“I’ve been a Long Beach Craft Mafia member since early 2007,” Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams ( says, “and I feel like our group has really grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. We’re reaching out to the community through our monthly get-togethers, and folks have responded really positively. With our trunk show and crafty workshop extravaganza on December 12th, we’re all just really excited to help bring the indie craft scene into the spotlight and to encourage folks to buy handmade this (and every) holiday season.”

The Long Beach Craft Mafia holiday trunk show takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The bake sale, raffle and holiday shopping will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Songbird, at 2240 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814, and the free craft workshops will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Open, at 2226 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814.

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