COSTA MESA — Marilyn Somers carefully hung a sunflower wreath alongside other floral creations blooming with butterflies, robins and smiling Jack-O-lanterns on Thursday inside Debra's Cottage.
"This started off as a hobby and worked its way into a business," the Anaheim artist said. "I have a glue gun and piece all these together myself."
Somers' compact "cubby space," about 12 square feet of floor space plus a ceiling-high display wall, was packed with a rainbow of the hand-made fabric, wire and wood creations.
The space to the right of Somers' featured high-end candles and colorful wall art and picture frames.
More than 100 vendors rent space inside Debra's Cottage, a 10,000-square-foot gifts and home decor store. The result is a shopping bonanza of different local artists' unique creations, handmade goods and vintage items.
"We're here just to give someone else the opportunity to have a store, but without all the headaches of a store," said owner Debra Vaughan-Unruh of Anaheim.