A books safe is a more time intensive DIY but it is really easy to personalize and might actually get used. It’s the perfect place to hide extra cash, jewelry, an iPod and other small valuables. This project is a little more read more »


Christmas cards: Stirring Mouse
Are you starting to think about holiday shopping for family and friends? Tired of the tried and typical department store goodies? Have no fear! Our friends at the Berkeley Art Studio (located under the GBC) are coming to your rescue. Welcome to the Holiday Pop Up Shop, where all your dreams of sugarplums dancing in your head come to life (or something like that).

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Who: The Berkeley Art Studio

What: Home-made art! Photography, pottery, jewelry, and paintings galore.

When: Now! Mon.-Fri. 12-9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. (until December 13th)

Where: Lower Sproul Plaza

Why: It’s the holidays! Your friends deserve gifts! You are a good friend!

Image source: hartboy under Creative Commons


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Folks, it is what it is. Ze Clog is about to get all fancy and teach ze art of winning hearts of our readers’ Valentines – with food, duh. Vat else is necessary if there is zensual chocolate and aphrodisiac strawberries involved?

But in all seriousness, the Clog’s going to tell you the basics of making these beauties. How can freakin’ chocolate–covered strawberries ever disappoint? They’ve never failed us whenever we’ve wanted to get laid we wanted to express our love for our loved ones, be it friends, significant others, or your wonderful parents –  but at this point, Mom and Dad probably want you to leave them alone and stop asking for their money more than anything else (commence laughter).

Chocolate-strawberries are delicious and relatively easy to make. For the effort you put in, the results and the appreciation from your Valentine(s) will prove to be more than worth it. Simple and yet impressive. So be you male or female, don the sacred apron and be prepared to make these babies. And if they turn out ugly, at least they’ll still taste good. Like all things, this comes with practice. Good luck! read more »


Last year's fair.Tie dye!

So make your time … for the 26th annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair. Yes, it is upon us and–as evidenced by the fact that the fair was still bumping earlier today–people will be out there selling crafty things and other whatnot, rain or shine.

Vendors will be lining the famed thoroughfare from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. again tomorrow, and on Dec. 19, 20, 23 and 24. Now would be the time to load up on unique gifts, sure to impress upon your grandparents just how “Berkeley” you’ve become since you left for college. Didgeridoos and henna for everyone!

Image Sources: Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair website (top); Jill Cowan (right)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair [Site]


Ah, yes … an alternative to lead-ridden toys for the tots this holiday season. ‘Tis the season of giving, indeed. Lisa Smeenk of the Berkeley Geochronology Center sells personally handmade felt dolls. She even dyes the wool herself.

This art form involves felting (sort of like melting, but only in spelling) and spinning wool. Her first dolls are described as “unearthly creatures.” We’re sold! Prices range from $20 to $200. That’s pretty cheap considering that you’re not just buying a small pile of felt–rather, a tiny, woolen human non-being.

See here for more information about the dolls and for Smeenk’s contact information.

Image Source: Hasenpfeffer Incorporated under Creative Commons
Felt dolls help shopper avoid the toxic-toy pit this Christmas [Contra Costa Times]



So it might have been a little drizzly today. So it might also have been effin’ freezing. So the forecast might say the same about tomorrow. “So what?” asked attendees of the Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair, “At least I’m productively not studying for finals and buying presents for people, instead of sleeping or watching last week’s episode of Gossip Girl … again. ” Ay, there’s the rub. read more »


Sunday evenings in Berkeley tend to be pretty lifeless when it comes to those cute, little local shops. Lucky for us, we stumbled upon The Treehouse Green Gifts over on College Avenue. First off, thank you, Treehouse, for being open past 5:00 p.m. Second, thank you for letting us “ooh and ahh” over your merchandise, despite the fact that we were clearly broke college students with an eye for weird objects. We loved their handcrafted odds and ends–like a large bowl made from an old vinyl record, a stool seat woven out of leather belts and a wind chime whose cling and clang came from dangling kitchen spoons.

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