Maraviglia at Dragonfly Boutique

Evanston has some lovely new boutiques that I got to peruse during the charity wine walk. One of my early favorites was Dragonfly Boutique. It is a cozy shop containing clothing, jewelry, fun home decor gift items and art work.

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Mom and I shopped there for our birthdays and we had a lovely conversation with owner Amy Boone. She offered a very encouraging atmosphere to try things on and gave sizing advice for some of the pieces, as not all mediums and larges are labelled equally.

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I love all the quirky accessories in the store and the way Amy has curated her store to contain unique pieces loaded with personality.

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As the conversation progressed, I was invited to bring in my jewelry, and Amy selected a few pieces to shop for at Dragonfly. So Evanstonians can now shop locally for my wares at 1309 Chicago Avenue.

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My caged Amazonite earrings already found a home.

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I am playing with new scarf pendants on a scarf received as a bonus gift for our Fall loot. It matches my blue coat quite well.

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This plum peplum sweater will be worn much during the holiday season.

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The happy shirt has made a few trips to to the Lake and Hip Circle.

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Go check out the other great jewelry my Maraviglia are visiting with.

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I’m excited about wearing my new Fall dresses (it was too cold to debut them at the Ravenswood ArtWalk).

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Dragonfly-df specializes in contemporary apparel for active women who want to create an individual style without breaking the budget. They offer a unique range of home decor and accessories, as well as gift items to please any creative person. Check the store out on Facebook!

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Bahá’í House of Worship

A few weeks a go a friend and I visited the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America. I’ve passed by this structure many times but never visited the grounds.

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First we fed our bodies with a lovely brunch at Walker Brothers’ pancake house.

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After our savory and sweet pancakes we drove to the temple and parked across the street by the lovely Gillson park, but a visitor lot is also available.

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Just stepping onto the grounds created a sense of serenity. There are nine gardens with fountains surrounding the nonagon building. The numerical value of the four letters ABHA, representing the prayer “Alláh u Abhá” (God is Most Glorious) in Arabic and the word baha (for Bahá’u’lláh) add up to total nine, one of reasons Bahá’í Houses of Worship are nine-sided.

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Each side features a scripture and lovely intricate symbols carved into the building. This photo says: “My love is my stronghold–he that enters therein is safe and secure.”

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Apparently the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago introduced the Baha’i Faith  to the United States, and gained a dedicated disciple in Corinne True, who helped identify the site of the temple. Construction on this building began in 1921 and ended in 1953 with interruptions during World War II and the Great Depression.

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There are only seven Baha’i temples, and the Wilmette site is the largest and oldest surviving temple. The cladding is made of white portland cement concrete including clear and white quartz aggregate, fabricated and constructed by John Joseph Earley and the Earley Studio. Designed by principal architect Louis Bourgeouis, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism since 2007.

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The Baha’i House of Worship reflects the spiritual truths of the Baha’i Faith: the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity and the oneness of religion, which I like. Each pillar has carvings of prominent symbols of various religions and faiths, representing that unity. The symbols include the Cross, the star and crescent, the Star of David, and the original swastika design, an ancient symbol having arms bent at right angles, used for thousands of years as a representative symbol of world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

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We sat inside for a bit to meditate in silence and view the lovely dome. Inside the auditorium scriptures, written by by Bahá’u’lláh, emphasizing our oneness with God and the world grace each entrance door. The building is open to visitors for free throughout the year, with services held at 9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. Daily. I stared at the center of the dome for a bit, which has a lighted version of the Greatest Name in gold in Arabic (I didn’t know what it meant at the time).  The seats in the auditorium face the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in ‘Akká, Israel.

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Per Wikipedia: “Bahá’í literature directs that a House of Worship should be built in each city and town, and emphasizes that its doors must be open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction. The Bahá’í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship must be a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions.”

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My friend and I then sat outside in one of the gardens on a lovely day and did Goddess and Faerie Card readings, which gave us goosebumps in both of us having our intuition affirmed about the questions in our lives.

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Monarchs and Cabbage Whites fluttered among the flowers, and numerous families wandered the grounds, all in a respectful and peaceful manner.

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After some time we walked across the street and watched the boats in the harbor.

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Then we made our way to the beach and reflected on the water.

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My friend dipped her toes in.

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It was a very centering afternoon for me, and I look forward to returning to the beach and the temple soon.

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You can take a virtual tour here. The auditorium and gardens are open from 6 am to 10 pm and the welcome center has posted hours on the website.

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Ravenswood ArtWalk recap

The Ravenswood ArtWalk turned out to be a good event for me.

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On Saturday we had the coldest day of the season, which had me running home to get a heavier coat after my coffee run.

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No one was ready to get their winter coats out, but even gloves were necessary. I have to say that my bangle does look good on black leather.

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The big tent from last year was nixed for smaller sections of shared (and RAW-provided tents).

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We were sprinkled among the professionals who have their own pop-up tents, which was a nice layout.

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Not many people milled about on Saturday, but those who did were actually dedicated to shopping, so most of us made some sales in spite of the chill and rain.

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A kind soul from another booth loaned us in Tent B her extra tent walls which made the day more bearable.

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I gladly took the ‘pity sales’ of customers feeling sorry for us in this weather. Since I was battling a cold I lasted til 5 and then packed up, even though we were slated to go til 7 that day.

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Sunday warmed up and the sun was out, which made for better attendance and a much brighter mood.

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The view was brighter too.

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It was the first Fall day to legitimately wear a scarf pendant.

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Beer was flowing from the beer truck, and the wafts of Pierogies and other delicious food-truck goodies made me wish I could have run down there for my lunch.

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But since it was just me in my booth I had to stay put.

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There just is no inner peace to walk away when you feel like a sale could happen any moment.

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Surprisingly people were ready for Christmas, and getting a head start on their gift shopping. My caroling ornaments (those with Holiday songs on them) flew off to new homes.

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I heard some interesting bands and wish I had a program to look some of them up.

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Dogs were abundant, as were strollers and kids.

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A model used the ArtWalk as a photoshoot backdrop.

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I loved Anidem’s copper creations.

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Amelia Kieras makes amazing pop-up cards that are stories within themselves.

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You can peruse all exhibiting artists on this link.

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I might return next year if I re-establish some weather bravery.

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Maike’s Maraviglia out and about

I’ve been enjoying the weather and nature so much that promoting my jewelry has been backburnered a bit. But you’ll see me wear and can peruse fun pieces at NEW’s Crain’s Small Business Week Event on Wednesday. My Chakra Bangle and Twinsy Dancing Spirals are with me most often.

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The Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant is looking forward to fluttering into someone else’s home.

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This baby blue beaded collar set from the Bead & Button Show will pop up on Etsy after the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’m eager to make more with my newly acquired beads.

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With October marking the last quarter of the year, it is also time to start thinking about Holiday orders. Musical pieces like Christmas Carols on ornaments are popuplar.

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My German deliveries tend to take a full month through customs, so I will need to ship those off by mid-November. So if you live overseas, message me now with Holiday gift ideas and I will work them into the studio schedule. I’ll be infinitely grateful for the early notice. This infinity rainbow collar and the coiled earrings make me happy every day.

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Collars and Earrings can be custom sized. The Curled Collar and ovalish earrings made a trip to REI with me. I’m loving Dragonfly Collections‘ plum sweater for fall.

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The blue Crystal wax and wire pendant garners much admiration when I wear it out.

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And on my visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America the Waves Earrings came along for some beachy time.

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Come try these on in person at Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 North Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1- 6 on Wednesday, October 8.

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Masterminding Roundtables on Wednesday

Next week is Crain’s Small Business Week, and once again the Network of Entrepreneurial Women is participating in the event. On Wednesday, October 8 we will host three guest speakers at Shannon’s Irish Pub in Glen Ellyn. First, we’ll have a pop-up trunk show, at which I’ll have some pieces and other members will showcase their products and services. Then we will have Mastermind Roundtable sessions with our guest speakers, after which we will network and place delicious food orders.

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The 30-minute roundtable talks are designed specifically for women business owners. After each session, you’ll have the opportunity to rotate on to a new table with a different group of fellow participants to enjoy another lively, enlightening talk. Each session will include expert speakers and provide opportunities for brainstorming personal concerns/questions related to the topic discussed.

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Roundtable Talks will include:

A casual dinner will follow, where attendees will each have the opportunity to eat, network and connect with women business owners representing a variety of industries from throughout Chicagoland. Last year’s event was a blast and we look forward to toasting each other to missions accomplished since that gathering.

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NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is an exciting, fresh group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking in the Chicago suburbs and beyond. Focusing on no nonsense networking, the group holds fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds together.  NEW was founded in 2013 by by Karen McCormack, Independent Insurance Broker, Erica Thomas, one of the two lead programmers to create NetworkHoncho.com, and Wax and Wire Artist Maike van Wijk, Chief Marveler at Maike’s Marvels.

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The NEW art of networking involves events that remind us why we love being entrepreneurs, and introduces attendees to other radiant, inspirational women entrepreneurs as we form a community that is open-minded, focused and friendly. NEW: Inspiring, enlightening and encouraging women to reach their highest potential.

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Naturopathic doctor and multi-disciplinary healer, Dr. Crystal Foresman-Landers, OTR/L, ND, received her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2012 from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois and her Occupational Therapy bachelor’s degree in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has vast experience in women’s health, chronic pain management, pediatrics, and chronic health conditions. Dr. Foresman-Landers is certified in Sensory Integration therapy, and is also a practitioner of Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Kinesiotape. She is passionate about the ways to return to optimal health through a whole person approach which includes improving immune system and gastrointestinal health. She is devoted to restoring wellness by focusing on an integrative approach that includes strategies for chronic pain management, preventative medicine and detoxification strategies.

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Niquenya D. Fulbright is President and CEO of Building Bridges Consulting, a small business consulting and executive coaching firm specializing in transforming dreamers into successful entrepreneurs. Ms. Fulbright possesses over 15 years’ experience partnering with small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders to bridge the gap between where they are now and where they need to be to build successful, sustainable, and profitable business models. Her love of mentoring, teaching, coaching, and networking with visionary dreamers has led her to assume positions such as the Co-Area Director of the Chicago chapter of Networking in High Heels – a national networking group for professional women in business, Strategic Director for the CTW International Ministry – a nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and restoration for victims of sex trafficking, and Volunteer Coach (Formerly Director of Training & Recruitment) for New Life Coach Inc. – a nonprofit organization that provides six weeks of free life coaching to underprivileged individuals. Ms. Fulbright also provides Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship training, coaching, and consulting for several Chicago Housing Authority programs administered through the Chicago Urban League on the south side of the city.

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Peggy Goddeau is a Financial Advisor with The Heartland Group. She made a very thoughtful decision to transition out of medical practice and leverage all her training and experience into the financial services industry. Her passion is to work with small business owners, individuals and families, to develop protection-based, financial strategies that are holistic and flexible, which optimizes all of their resources to help achieve tangible wealth and financial security. She does this by guiding them through a five step process which will: Clarify, Organize, Evaluate, Educate, and Develop/Implement (CO-EED) those strategies. Registered Representative of and securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Hornor, Townsend, & Kent, Inc. (HTK)  Registered Investment, Member FINRA/SIPC. The Heartland Group is independent of HTK. A4CM-0729-03E2

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The entire half day event is free. Each participant pays for her own dinner off of Shannon’s Irish Pub Special Event Menu. RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.

Show & Tell for Adults in Evanston

Chicago Artists’ Month kicked off this week and it is expanding to the suburbs. On Saturday, October 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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An opening reception at Curt’s Cafe will kick off Show & Tell for Adults, an open exhibit featuring Evanston’s local talent. Two locations will host a month-long exhibit of art work created by adult Evanstonians, the Evanston Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Boulevard and Curt’s Café at 2922 Central Street.

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The event’s mission is to let adults get back in touch with their creative side–something that gets lost after childhood Show & Tells have become a rite of passage. This year’s theme is Nature & the Environment.

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My Kedzie’s Red Amirals diptych and my Damselfly-Dragonfly diptych were both selected for this show, which includes art related to conservation, animals, flora and fauna, or humanities’ connection to the earth and nature.

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The Admirals are in the Ecology Center’s hallway, and I will confirm where my Odonata are hung later this week. Come out before the end of the month to see this lovely show!

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Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend!

Time is a’flying, and this coming weekend I will be packing up and putting my wares out at the 13th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry. My booth will be at the Ravenswood ArtWalk Detour in Tent B on Ravenswood and Berteau.

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The official Art walk kicks off with a reception on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at the Ravenswood Events Center, 4025 N Ravenswood (donation of $10 requested). A wide array of artistc vendors will open their booths Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. along Ravenswood and Sunnyside Avenues between Irving Park and Lawrence Avenues. On Saturday, October 4, the main walk will be until 7 p.m. But the detour (food and music) is open until 9 p.m. On Sunday, October 5, the festivities end at 6 p.m.

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The Ravenswood Art Walk’s mission is to generate community investment in the artistic, industrial and historic importance of Ravenswood and to raise awareness for the unique hub of creative practices that exists here. Part of Chicago Artists’ Month, this year’s annual Ravenswood Arts Advocate Award Ceremony honors artist Judith Roth. Additional events include a performance by the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra and belly dance group Amaranth.

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The Detour features a street fest-style center to the ArtWalk that will feature artists, live music, a craft beer garden, a children’s corner and a food truck roundup. The Ravenswood ArtWalk Detour provides a logical rest and meet-up point where festival attendees can pause, grab a bite and a drink, enjoy some entertainment and then move on to explore the art blossoming around Ravenswood. Come see me on Saturday and/or Sunday, and check out the newbies I’ve been creating just for the walk!

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Loving Forget-Me-Nots

“In the Victorian language of flowers,
the forget-me-not means
friendship, loving remembrance and fidelity.

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Forget-Me-Nots are my favorite flower, and when they blossomed in May I took oodles of photos.

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I had an unfinished diptych laying around so I pulled those cradled boards out and started color-coordinating.

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I looked up the healing properties of the flower, as well as some of the lore associated with its delicate petals.

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I explored the functions of my new torch and some new colors my friend had gifted me with.

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I cut out my flowers and the snippets of information and mixed a color close to their petals.

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Laying the pieces out is my favorite part.

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“As a knight and his lady walked along the river,
the knight bent down to pick his lady some flowers,
but he slipped and fell into the river and
the weight of his armor bore him down.
As he slipped beneath the water he cried out
“Forget-me-not”!”
~ 100 Flowers and How they got their Names

Then it was time to layer on the encaustic paint. Forget-Me-Nots are named for mouse’s ears (Myosotis), such a cute notion!

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I burnished the paper pieces onto the wax.

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Forget me Nots do well in full to partial shade and prefer a moist environment. Forget-me-nots bloom in the springtime.

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Another view revealed the need for more ‘pop.’

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Then I mounted the raised photographs.

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I’m submitting these to various places so we’ll see how others love the flower.

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Meanwhile, I was gifted with some forget-me-not jewelry for my birthday from my treasury.

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The polymer clay earrings came from Romania.

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The lovely ring is from Germany and came with lovely packaging and instructions.

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I also received a camera ring with an opal stone from my Opal Treasury via Kingwood, where I used to live.

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“Forget-me-not can be worn or carried
to keep a lover close to your heart.
Give forget-me-nots to someone
you would like to keep you in mind.”
~ Witchipedia

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Fall Bead Bazaar

Ayla’s Beads held a Bazaar in Highland Park’s Art Center last weekend and I could not resist going.

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Having learned from the Bead & Button Show, I took a visual inventory of what I had in stock.

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I sort of had a budget in mind, but made exceptions for exceptional beads in the 4 rooms of The Highland Park Art Center.

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They had a mother-daughter show in full swing, which had some lovely pieces.

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Of course the butterfly by Matt Duvin caught my eye.

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I turned a corner into a side room to discover Brenda Schweder’s That’s a Jig Booth.

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I’m planning on making that my Christmas splurge, and am so inspired by all the pieces Brenda’s friends have created with the jig and a variety of materials.

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It was lovely to chat and reminisce about our first meeting at The Creative Connection Event in Minneapolis.

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photo by Brenda Schweder’s assistant

I was in such a different place then, and I needed the reminder this particular week that you are never stuck in the present.

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I was reminded that people you meet and classes you take can lead you down paths you don’t anticipate at that moment, but do help you pursue what you are meant to do over time.

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Silk Road Treasures had a wall of beads.

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I was thrilled with Dakota Stones, which was one of the busiest booths at the show due to its amazing array of gemstones. String a Strand had some awesome beads and findings as well.

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The handmade glass beads intrigue me, and I got a small starter set to play with from Diane Tarullo before delving into this.

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I had a lovely chat with glass artist Sheila Papaioannou and her husband.

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I am inspired by their designs as well.

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I splurged on some ring bling from Ayla’s booth, which is so inspirational.

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I look forward to taking a steel soldering class there next month that might help me create a pink ring of my own.

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I look forward to creating pieces with all these new inspirational, healing and cheerful pieces, and cannot wait to show them to you.

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My Shopping quota has been reached for now too, unless I sell loads of pieces at Ravenswood Art Walk October 4 & 5!

Wine for Charity

Last Thursday Evanston had two ‘block parties’. One was the official ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Block Party for which the town is painted purple.

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The Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School Marching Bands performed in call-and-answer style prior to a pep rally for the NU and ETHS football games to be played that weekend (the Wildcats and Wildkits).

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The Block Party is sponsored by the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Township High School, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

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After the band finished, I moved on to Vinic Wine which was hosting a charity wine walk along Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street.

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26 local businesses poured tastings of French wines or offered munchies.

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We received 8 tickets for $15 to sample these goodies, of which proceeds benefited No Boundaries & The Evanston Art Center.

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I admired Kier of H(om)e’s new decor.

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I had stopped in earlier when the boutique had just opened, and the doors add so much warmth.

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This boutique is so inspiring and I will have to add one of their gorgeous purses to my Christmas wish list.

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The new Cooked and Homestead Meats & Deli were pretty crowded and I heard their tastings were delicious.

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Dragonfly was also filled to the brim.

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Antiques and second-hand stores abound.

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Paramour Bungalow is an inspiration in decor and gift-giving.

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It was a great way to visit stores I don’t usually set foot in, and see the new Hewn parklet.

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I perused the No Boundaries art exhibit next door.

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At No Boundaries, people with and without disabilities learn and build skills in a real workplace setting.

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Located in a new tech site in a thriving Evanston business district, it’s the perfect place for transitioning teens and adults with disabilities to learn workplace and community skills including communicating, self-organizing, and self-advocating.

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Window-looking was fun too.

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As I made my way back to Chicago Avenue I bumped into a friend and we wandered the streets together.

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I don’t frequent Lollie but it has lovely children’s gifts.

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The Frame Warehouse has another art exhibit up.

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Hand Me Downs is another children’s goods store with a fun fire truck my brother would have enjoyed 35 years ago.

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Four Finches is a lovely detour off Dempster.

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It has an adventurous entrance.

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They have more than Four Finches in a cage, and their floral shop is filled with delicious gifts and scents.

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SqueezeBox is always fun to peruse.

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Wine was flowing freely at each stop. Soapie’s closed the event down.

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They had an awesome bottle opener I want to track down.

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We had so much fun that we missed the champagne at Christopher Duquet.

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It looks like there are more neighborhood adventures to come.

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I love this town.

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