Ah, Christmas season. How we hate and love you.

Ah, Christmas season. How we hate and love you.

December is a difficult, if exciting month for Cal students. Not only are we cramming for finals (or perhaps, already taking them), but we also have to manage Christmas shopping as well. We at the Clog definitely had moments during our college career where it was Dec. 16 and we still had nothing prepared. It was rather embarrassing when we presented friends and family with carefully wrapped I.O.U. slips.

If you’re still tinkering with gift ideas, consider visiting the Berkeley Art Studio’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop at the lower level César Chávez Student Center. read more »

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]