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Made in California: It's a low-cost craft-o-rama

December 10, 2009 | 10:00 am

CraftsOffuttAltadena craft maker Anise Mouette decorates wooden “kitsch-en” magnets (above) with her original artwork — retro imagery such as View-Masters and rotary telephones. Each sells for $3 to $5. The same whimsy colors her finger puppets, kids' clothes and tote bags.

Local crafter Christine Offutt turns old bottle caps into jewelry and magnets with colorful scenes inside. We picked up the three magnets at right for just $7 total at HeathersStore in Eagle Rock. (323) 550-1625.

More crafty gift ideas after the jump.

CraftsMincing They’re cheep and cheery: prints of cardinals, sparrows and other feathered friends at just $14 a pop. Working under the name the Mincing Mockingbird, La Crescenta painter Matt Adrian offers 6-inch-square high-impact color prints, right, on archival paper, each signed and dated. Buy a few and your loved one will have a veritable aviary for the wall. Really like what you see? The original paintings start at $50.

Margaret Dorfman’s vegetable parchment bowls, below, are made of paper-thin formations of dried purple beets, golden squash, green bok choy and more. They can be used as tea light holders, the flickering flame colored by the produce surrounding it. They sell for $34 to $60 at the Gallery of Functional Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, (310) 829-6990.


-- L.A. at Home staff

Photo credits, from top: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times (2); Mincing Mockingbird; Gallery of Functional Art