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Locals get crafty at fair

Posted: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Susan Edwards looks through a tunnel of her custom-made hula hoops at the city-sponsored Fine Craft Show at Old Orchard Park on Sunday. Edwards teaches Hoop Dance classes throughout the city of Santa Clarita.

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The two-day Fine Craft Show would have been finer without the rain this weekend but, little could dampen the creative spirit put on display by painters, sculptors and “hoop freaks.”

Self-proclaimed “hoop freak” Susan Edwards, who runs a hula-hoop class for the city of Santa Clarita, found no shortage of craft show attendees willing to step inside one of her custom-made hoops and move their hips.

“It’s all about balance and posture and how to hold yourself,” she said, moving her rainbow-colored hoop in a wide arc.

“And, besides you can burn a hundred calories in 10 minutes,” she said.

Edwards teaches hoop classes to both adults and children but, and this weekend she participated in the city-sponsored craft show at Old Orchard Park on Avenida Rotella with scores of other unique vendors.

One vender hung a banner on her tent that read, “Betcha Don’t Have One Of These.”

And they were right.

The Tye family — mother, father, daughter and second daughter — offered “one of a kind” goods for sale which each of them had crafted.

Lisa Tye, the mother, made sock puppets that looked so un-like socks and so much more like carefully-crafted plush toys while daughter Shauna crafted “turtle tables” out of wood.

Her other daughter, Casey, made “splatter” fridge magnets.

“My concept is that they’re little balls that go splat when you throw them at the fridge,” she said.

Family patriarch, David, sculpted football-sized concrete lobsters, he called “rock lobsters.”

“Next year, they can look forward to what he’s working on now,” said his wife. “Rocktapus.”

Award-winning photographer Tony Bijeaux displayed his original and stunning photographs of old barns, stark bare trees and his signature “pothole collection” of images captured in puddle reflections.

“It’s been OK so far,” Bijeaux said about sales. “We’re not killing it but it’s OK.”

His vending neighbor, Sam Sarkissian, sold original “famous mini guitars” attached with Velcro to framed photos of the featured guitarist.

“It’s much better than yesterday,” he said, referring to a rain-soaked Saturday.

jholt@the-signal.com

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