Spotlight on Ohlone:
Come get ‘Craft Happy’

Tokyo to Tri-City

By Manika Casterline, News editor.

Thursday, March 18, 2010—Reprinted from Monitor.

Striped purse. Melinda Mae Handbags was established in 2007 and her work will be available at Craft Happy. Melinda Mae handbags are artfully hand-made for ‘playful days and soulful nights,’ according to her website, Mae explains, ‘I am inspired by days spent playing on the beach and relaxing in the sun and influenced by soulful music and the nightlife.’ —Photo courtesy of Shelby Foster

Shelby Foster, executive assistant in the President’s office is crafty. She and friend Andrew Cavette, former Monitor editor, are planning a big crafts show in downtown Niles on March 20.

The Ohlone duo are the dynamic force behind the indie craft fair, Craft Happy.

Foster, started out as a vendor at local craft fairs in the Bay Area selling her hand made cards.

Foster considers Craft Happy to be a, “learning experience’’ since she is on the organizational side of things this time around as well as being a vendor.

Cavette and Foster recently returned from a trip to Tokyo, Japan.

This journey of West meets East led Foster to a new crafty endeavor in the form of fabric.

Shelby will for first time showcase her work in hand made fabric, which was inspired from the Craft Happy’s journey to Japan.

The event, which features 38 vendors has garnered local interest with the purpose of exhibiting artists mainly from the Tri-City area.

“Niles is a great creative place. And we thought that if we were going to put on this kind of event that Niles would respond the best to it,’’ Foster said.

Craft Happy will have various indie work such as, handbags, jewelery, children’s apparel, and illustrations.

The Craft Happy event takes place on March 20 from 10 A.M to 4 P.M at the Niles banquet hall, which is located at 37270 Niles Blvd. Admission is free.

For more information please contact or visit the Craft Happy website at

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