A Rare Custom Dirndl

Earlier this year I joined a women business owners’ Facebook group that introduced me to Rare Dirndl.

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I was intrigued by Erika’s fresh take on Dirndls, and when she had a sale, I decided to check out her storefront on 5051 N Lincoln Avenue, as my cousin is about to have a Dirndl wedding in Bavaria.

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Billing herself as “more than your Oma’s Dirndl,” I was drawn to the modern and whimsical twists of her designs that I perused on Instagram

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Taking her quiz on Dirndl style is super fun.

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I borrowed a lovely traditional Dirndl from my cousin several sizes (and hairstyles) ago, but am not sure her collection will still fit me. So I took the plunge and got my own Dirndl fitted by Erika.

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We picked colors and she set to work. A few weeks later, I got a lovely fashion board with my new Dirndl. Erika offers numerous tips on Dirndl fashion in her newsletter  and publishes Ausgezeichnet with German related news and resources.

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A quick trip near Diagon Alley brought me back to the shop to try it on. 

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I love all the details on it, and that in addition to a ribbon Erika gave me a chain to tie around the bodice.

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I’m looking forward to the wedding even more now!

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Maybe I’ll make custom accessories too.

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Ravenswood ArtWalk IV

Being part of the Ravenswood ArtWalk is always fun.

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This year Architectural Artifacts offered their Artifacts Events space to Ravenswood ArtWalk artists, and we were so fortunate to get to be in this spot.

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I had never visited the store, but am planning to go back to look at all the things.

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How amazing are these finds?

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I’ll have to examine light fixtures more closely before I settle on my new upgrades at home.

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There are so many large items.

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It felt a bit like being in a giant movie set store room.

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A vintage piece from Rotterdam.

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Sewing aficionados will love this spool receptable.

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I had to remind myself to go back to my booth and not start shopping.

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Saturday morning was overcast as we set up, once again proving that I should keep my shows indoors.

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I set up my table with risers from Ayla’s Originals’ recent garage sale.

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I used nightstands to hold my trees (they’re from Nadeau, for those who kept opening the drawers).

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Since it was raining we got an influx of browsers right away.

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Traffic was steady throughout the day, with a few people spending time circling for a few hours.

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The blue collar everyone always picks up and tries on went to a new home.

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The talent is always fresh and creative, and I couldn’t resist this cute handmade book.

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Architectural Artifacts also is a feast for the eyes.

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In the evening a bridal party passed through for their wedding in the courtyard and upstairs.

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We put our booths to sleep and checked out for the day.

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The following day more people perused.

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It was tough to watch everyone but me make transactions for a few hours, though my view was fun.

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A friend brought me a libation that I will not read anything into. 😉

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Thanks to that mojo finally in late afternoon people affirmed my presence with purchases as well.

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I’m excited that many of my pieces have new owners.

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Late in the afternoon the light cast interesting shadows on my table.

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Some ornaments were adopted as well.

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Before long it was time to tear down and load my car back up.

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You can check out next year’s event around August of 2017.

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Here’s hoping I get to be in this space again next year.

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Garden Center Fun

I spent the last few days of August making some dragonflies for Platt-A-Palooza.

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It was a glorious Saturday when we set up at Platt Hill Nursery.

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Flowers greeted me as I unloaded the car.

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The amount of space is always amazing, and I had fun setting up my booth.

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Foot traffic was great, so I had little time to peruse the other booths.

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Seeing how my pieces interact with the sunlight is always fun.

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Thankfully we had popcorn delivered to us.

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Parts of the swarm were on display.

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There were stuffed animals,

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Other jewelry vendors,

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Holiday Ornaments,

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Birdbath creations,

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and my neighbor had lovely Faery Cottages that Angel couldn’t resist.

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It is always fun to see the garden accessories Platt Hill Nursery has to offer, like these fun creations.

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Live Bluegrass entertained us throughout the day.

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So much bloom.

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I tested some plant stakes that need a bit more observing for durability.

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Angel basked in some pansies as well.

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Several pieces found new homes.

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I love all the flowers and plant varieties.

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Gardening is not in the cards for me, but it is always fun to admire nature.

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Soon the day was over and time to pack up.

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I did some lazing and stretching before the next eventful week.

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Hopefully you had a labor-free Labor Day weekend.

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Girls Nite Out on Wednesday!

I am excited to return to the Wilder Mansion on Wednesday. RGL Marketing for the Arts is hosting Girls Nite Out on September 14 from 4 pm to 9 pm. The Wilder Mansion will be open with 50 vendors including artisans, pampering services, wellness experts, and gourmet food vendors. 

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Tannins Wine will be pouring samples and selling wine. Scottie Long will be playing acoustic music, and mini-massages will be available. It’ll be a fun night of inspiration and celebration. The 3rd Annual Girls Nite Out is produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc., presented by Brewpoint Coffee and sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District. The Wilder Mansion is located at 211 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst, IL 60126. Admission is $10.

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This historic mansion is lovely to wander around in, and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is nearby, which is on my list of places to visit. 

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Artisans represented include:

  • Jewels Botanica
  • Rodan + Fields
  • Jewelsies
  • Mazzenga Images
  • Art Gecko
  • Alice Padrul Bridal Couture
  • Loveknitz
  • Maike’s Marvels

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  • Tannins
  • Caricatures by Bruce
  • Brim and Dash Couture
  • Venus Med Spa
  • B Line Décor
  • Joshe Style
  • Ehan Allen
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • Elegant Facets
  • 4 Girls Jewelry
  • Linda Hicks

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  • Healing Happens
  • Parent Coaching
  • Couch Clarity
  • Fly 2 Buy
  • Spor Perfume
  • Blossom Wellness Centre
  • Merle Norman
  • Barbara Dermody Jewelry
  • Eunice

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  • Younique
  • Angel Wear Designs
  • Beauty Counter
  • Jewelry
  • Art by Bala
  • Pure Haven Essentials
  • Maria’s Wish
  • LuLa Roe
  • Illinois Spinal Care
  • Yelp
  • doTERRA
  • Dan Wangler Designs
  • Angel Fancy Design Studio

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  • European Wax Center
  • Bilancia Salon
  • Mainstream Boutique
  • GrownUp KidStuff
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Betty Plum Confections
  • Wicked White Popcorn
  • The Juice Plus Co

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  • Kilwins
  • Cookies for Kids Cancer
  • Soap-a-Cabana
  • Lights and Health
  • Alissa Marie
  • InteriorWerx
  • Blue Violet Candles

I hope to see a few familiar faces, and look forward to browsing all the beautiful art work, fashion and gift items others have to offer. It looks like a fun blend of fun and health-ful-ness.

Making Mini-books

During my play date with Brenda Schweder I specifically focused on her angled gadgets, since sharp corners are not my forte.

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I took home the Square NTaJ Accessory Peg Pak Mix.

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Higher gauge wire is easier to manipulate, but my affinity for 16 gauge steel remains strong.

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As I fiddled with the multiple squares a book shape emerged.

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At home I played some more.

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Sadly the book lovers guide paper is too thick for this design, but it was fun to consider.

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Cutting, waxing, inserting and sizing the paper is quite time consuming.

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Each type of paper reacts differently to the wax and to the steel wire structure.

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So these will be higher-priced pendants or ornaments.

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For now, Angel is enjoying her temporary library of a Paris travel guide, a David Copperfield review, a coloring book and a journal.

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You may see some other bookish designs as I rip up books and work with scraps.

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I am happy to take commissions.

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I also want to remake this pendant.

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Speaking of reading material, one of my creations is featured in a book. You can order Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew right now.

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Reading is good for you!

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Ravenswood ArtWalk is this weekend!

I’m SOOOO excited! 

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This year I will be at Architectural Artifacts during the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’ve heard of this venue so much and never been inside, so this will be a great introduction to all the raves. This year the 15th annual Ravenswood ArtWalk is held September 10 and 11 from 11 am to 6 pm each day. This is a weekend filled with local art, local music, local food and local brews! Stretching from Irving Park Rd to Leland along Ravenswood Avenue, the ArtWalk features open studios and galleries, indoor pop-up markets and a street festival center with live music, a children’s corner, food truck roundup and the return of everyone’s favorite: the Begyle Brewing Urban Craft Beer Garden! 

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Pick up the virtual map to chart your course along the 29 participating venues, including: Manz Building, Ballroom Dance Chicago, Hayes Properties Marketplace, Thresholds, RAW Street Fest, Deagan Building, Artifact Events Indoor Market & Lounge,  Architectural Artifacts, Lillstreet Art Center, Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, DEFY MFG. Co. + Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores, Chex Studio, Wellbeing Personalized Healthcare, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Bill Bartelt Watercolors, Earthly Aromas, Images Gallery, 4500 Artists, Blackbird Gallery & Framing, Alibi Fine Art + Manifold, Tam Wim, Platform Coworking Pop-Up Market, Hazel, Viva Vintage Clothing, Ork Posters, Dovetail Brewery, Mather & Sullivan Architectural Products, Begyle Brewing Company, and The Chicago Mosaic School.

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The Artifact Events Indoor Market & Lounge is located at 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue as venue #7 on your map. New to RAW 2016, the Artifact Events Artist Market includes almost 40 artists in one of the city’s most remarkable event spaces. Tour Architectural Artifacts’ inventory of vintage items and salvaged artifacts while shopping from a variety of local artists. Need a break from the walk? Head to Artifact Event’s Bubble Gallery lounge for refreshments!

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I’ll be set up near fabulous vendors, some of whom I have admired at past events. These artists include: Alison Bixby, Amati Originals, Archetype Leather, Brevity Code Visual Artists Group, Cape Horn Illustration, Cindy’s Stiches and Sterling, Clix2pix by Georgia, Cranky Pickle, Dail Kirkpatrick, DamenArt by, Nuria McNeal, Dan Schreck, Destiny Sparkles, Elaina Marie Chastain, Erin Okeson Architectural Illustration , erin rossi designs, h. bune design, jan and lisa olson/jl marie jewelry, Jungyul Yu, Just For You, Karen Frueh, Lindsay Budzynski, Little Blue Marble designs, Loop the Loop, LuDesignsCreations, Maike’s Marvels, Melinda Thorpe Gordon, Mysterious Mannequin, Que Sera Sarah, Ronda Ruby Ceramics, rovePrints, StephensDesign, Studio Renzi, Terra Elementa,Terry Hogan Ceramics, Tomorrowmorrow Design, and William Carroll.

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Learn more about the evolution of the ArtWalk here

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It’s a packed month. If you can’t join me this weekend, you can find me in Elmhurst on Wednesday, September 14. 

Published in INCiTE 4

This coming week a special book is shipping all over the country. Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew: The Best of Mixed Media, edited by Tonia Jenny has one of my pendants between its covers.

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I saw the call for art a while back, and promptly researched the other copies in this series. The hardcover book has beautiful images of a variety of mixed media creations, along with thoughts by the artists about the process of art making.

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This fourth installation is based on the following synopsis:
“Slow down…let go… recharge…

The process of art-making has long been known to have meditative and healing effects on the mind, body and soul. In Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, 120 artists from around the globe share the most restorative and revitalizing aspects of their art-making through painting, collage, encaustic, art journaling, jewelry art and more.”

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“The 158 pieces of mixed-media art showcased in the fourth edition of Incite, The Best of Mixed Media will realign your inner balance and awaken your creative spirit. In turn, they will help you to gain a new appreciation for the role art plays in your life, while inspiring you to create unique artwork of your own.”

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I’m thrilled to be part of this initiative and cannot wait to see the beautiful pages. Order your copy of Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew today!

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Platt-A-Palooza this Labor Day Saturday!

On the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend I will be popping up at Platt Hill Nursery again.

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It’s my third year participating in Platt-A-Polooza and I look forward to perusing the handcrafted booths in such a fun setting.

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You can shop for garden supplies and garden decor all Labor Day weekend, likely with a bunch of discounts for the Labor Day Weekend.

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The pop-up is one day only, and will feature garden accessories, gift items and handmade household utensils from 9 am to 5 pm.

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I’ll be bringing some botanical pieces.

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Platt Hill Nursery will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks.

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Platt-A-Palooza Craft Show is September 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Platt Hill Nursery is located at 222 W Lake Street in Bloomingdale, IL 60108. 

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Platt Hill Nursery’s Carpentersville location will also have a handmade pop-up that day.

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The Carpentersville location is at 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville, IL 60110.

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Spam the pig might make an appearance.

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I’ll see if I can complete more critters.

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I hope to see you there!

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More events are in the works for September.

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Birthday Break

Monday was my birthday, and I started the celebration early with my mom’s visit on Thursday.

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We took a long weekend and explored Evanston, while meeting friends for food and libations among various stops.

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Prior to mom flying in a ceiling fan fell on my head, so we made this a walking weekend while monitoring for potential concussion symptoms.

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We walked Main street first, picking up delicious chocolate mousse and lots of chocolate at Piron.

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We got our nails done at Agora Spa.

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Then we looked at the rocks at Dave’s Rock Shop and took some goodies home.

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I got a silver dollar plant from Cultivate.

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We took the alcohol ink coaster workshop at The Collage Cafe for one of my birthday parties.

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I even got birthday cake and a serenade.

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The inks are wonderful, and I played with some on my wire to see what that would do.

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Then I picked out the colors to take home. The iridescent effect is lovely, and I cannot wait to design new pieces.

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Afterwards we met friends at La Principal for delicious tacos, churros and cocktails.

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Sunday was Dempster day, with a stop at Little Light Bazaar to explore my new lighting options.

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Mateen has designed a whole new line of light fixtures out of punched copper and metal.

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Some of these might work with a ceiling fan attached, so I get to ponder various rooms.

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So many pretties!

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You can create a souq-like atmosphere or be very monochromatic.

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Lots of ideas to ponder, and also consider more functional lighting in the studio.

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We stopped in Stumble & Relish and then visited my inventory at See Jane Sparkle.

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I want these bangles to go travel the world.

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After those sparklies we made our way to Ayla’s Orginals to pick out more beads.

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Ayla’s has a bingo game so you should go in and get your playing cards to earn discounts on future purchases.

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All that shopping made us thirsty, so Sketchbook’s new Taproom was a great spot for refreshment.

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We had dinner at Campagnola which is always a treat.

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Monday morning we had our coffee fix at Brothers K, and I get to drink more with a gift card!

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The bulk of the day was spent wandering near the lake.

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We dined at Oceanique for a lovely birthday celebration.

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Of course Lucky Platter was the favorite breakfast choice.

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With all that could have gone wrong during the ceiling fan drop, I am grateful to have another year to look forward to, and to have so many friends and loved ones to celebrate life with.

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It is good to be alive, and to live the life I am living.

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Here’s to more bright days ahead!

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Jigging with Brenda

Recently I took a mini-roadtrip to Waukesha to visit Brenda Schweder in her studio. I have been intrigued by her Now That’s a Pliers! since she introduced them, but wanted to take them for a spin before committing to another tool investment.

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She showed me her fabulous studio space tat has various sections to run the different functions of her business and craft. I also delivered the angel that she had reverse-engineered for me, in Now That’s A Jig! colors.

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Then she demonstrated the Pliers and I got to play with them a little bit.

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Soon I realized that the Now That’s a Jig! was the better tool for my purposes, and I started playing with the variety of pegs Brenda had on hand.

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She gave me tips and recommendations, and I got to peruse her plethora of demonstration pieces. You can see her tutorials on YouTube.

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Soon I had created a shopping pile, and I went home with a variety of tools, inspiration, and design ideas.

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At home I implemented the DoubleDekr peg for earrings and a bangle.

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I’ll still need gloves, but this will be easier than the uneven paintbrush handle I’ve been using.

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I played with the infinity design of the 3/8″ pegs some more.

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The results are on the NtAJ Facebook page. I like how these turned out.

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I made earrings out of the pieces that were too short.

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Pretty cool.

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Brenda publishes in various magazines, and is in the latest issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry.

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A smaller frosty design was born.

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So many more ideas percolating!

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These aren’t loaded into the Shop yet but feel free to message me if you are interested in purchasing one of my creations.

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