Ravenswood ArtWalk, the third

September was a whirlwind of weekend fairs and pop-up applications. The Ravenswood ArtWalk was moved to mid-September as well, which proved to be a great idea weather wise.


I had secured an indoor spot, which meant that the weather was lovely on both days.


Had I been outside, the outcome would have been different, with my luck. Social Media was abuzz with the event.


Setting up was fun and easy after navigating the three doors. Tony Nuccio set up his digital art next to me.


I met encaustic artist Flora Calabrese who has a love for vintage illustrations and insects.


Gwyndolyn Siebert also showcased Insect Art on her hand-painted greeting cards.


Apparently my booth area used to be the home of District Chicago’s workshop space, but the company has moved to a store on Damen.


I couldn’t resist playing with their metal letters but couldn’t come up with a good reason to buy the little man and woman.


Platform Coworking has open non-dedicated spaces for occasional members, and designated areas for more regular business people. They also offer phone booths with discreet lights to show if they are occupied or not.


The lounge area proved to be cozy (with furniture provided by District) which was great for my friends stopping by.


I had fun chatting with Erin Rossi Designs and admiring her aluminum wire wrapped jewelry, along with some enameled copper pieces.


There was time to take the Day 1 Selfie.


Packing up the first evening was easy, and I enjoyed not having to dismantle everything.


On day two I was the first to arrive to the sleepy booths.


I put all my pendants out again.


Soon traffic was flowing again, though I had mostly looky-loos on this day. They were all drawn to my keychains.


Between breaks the Day 2 combination was documented. You can view my weekly jewelry combinations and works in progress on Instagram.


By the end of the weekend I had recouped my booth fee and earned enough to make my coveted purchases.

RAW Sales

For further affirmation, my Geology Rocks wax and wire pendant found a new home via Etsy.

Geology Rocks

It was a fun weekend of new connections and new admirers. Here’s hoping for some holiday sales from the business cards that flew away.


Pampering at Avalon Day Spa

We are prepping for tomorrow’s Meet & Munch in Glen Ellyn, held in conjunction with Crain’s Small Business Week. Our ad was featured in last week’s issue, and Shannon’s Irish Pub will host us as in past years.


Our last Meet & Munch at Avalon Day Spa was a blast.


Several new members attended and we gathered to discuss how to take care of ourselves amidst being focused on growing our businesses.


Chief Inspiration Officer Bonnie Conte gave us a tour of the lovely spa, which incited me to book a massage for later that day. The spa offers hair services, nail services, and waxing.


Bonnie and her partner opened Avalon Day Spa June 2, 2010. Charlotte trains all the hair stylists and Bonnie focuses on brand building.


Avalon Salon & Spa continues to be among the top 200 salons listed in Salon Today since 2004.


The massage rooms are an oasis of calm and silence with the guest being asked to pick from 3 essential oils by scent, starting a lovely sensory experience.


The locker rooms (there is one for men too, with men-sized robes and slippers) are fully stocked with 93-97% organically derived products Aveda products to use after a treatment.


We discussed skin care and had our hands and neck pampered.


We sipped wine while learning more about each other’s businesses.


A raffle resulted in me getting a personal consultation on what brush to choose, and I also was gifted a lovely nail polish.


So many choices!


It got so comfortable people took their shoes off.


Everyone left with a little goodie bag.


This included a cute little guy who will help my customers sign their square transactions going forward.


Of course I couldn’t just let the tissue paper gather dust, and it promptly got converted into new pendants.


Avalon Day Spa is located in Deer Park Town Mail at 20530 N Rand Road Suite 346 , Deer Park, IL.


Join us tomorrow for more massage treatments, lots of insightful speakers, and delicious food!


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with 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. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

Crain’s Small Business Week Meet, Munch & Mastermind

Next week is Crain’s 6th annual Small Business Week and the Network of Entrepreneurial Women is eagerly anticipating our third event in partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business. We are looking forward to an afternoon of delicious food, gentle pampering and significant inspiration and business brainstorming.


The largest educational and business development event in the region for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those who want to join this world will host 30 programs from Monday, October 5 – Saturday, October 10, 2015. We will gather for a casual lunch at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, on Wednesday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m., during which we will learn about pioneering women during a keynote address.


Crain’s goal is to introduce you to organizations whose mission includes helping small businesses around the city and suburbs to choose from. NEW’s event: Meet, Munch & Mastermind: Inspiring Women to Reach Their Highest Potential is a dynamic Networking Luncheon featuring a keynote address by Barbara Joan Zeitz, followed by mastermind roundtable sessions and optional chair massages. Throughout invigorating roundtable talks designed specifically for women entrepreneurs, participants will spend time learning from experts at each table.


Author Barbara Joan Zeitz will host our keynote address: Leaning In Before Sheryl!


Barbara earned her master’s in women’s studies (Roosevelt University, Chicago) in 2003 as an adult/grandmother and launched her ‘final career’ speaking on women’s amazing historic achievements via Powerpoint programs and writing her monthly online “CountHerhistory” column. She self-published her first book in 2012 with her second to be released this year.

Roundtable Talks will include:

Obamacare 3.0 … Everything You Need to Know About Health Insurance for 2016; by Karen McCormack, Independent Insurance Broker.

Karen has been in business for more than 30 years. She started her first company in 1985 and over time transformed her small business expertise, extensive organizational knowledge and exceptional ability to develop long term business relationships into McCormack Consulting Group, Inc.


Her specialties include health insurance for the self employed, small business owners, individuals, families and seniors. She is dedicated to helping individuals and small business owners through the complex maze when making decisions. Karen partners with her clients, guiding them through the initial decision process and providing continuous service so that they are always up to date as their health insurance needs change over time.

Business Videos and How They Can Increase Your Reach & Wealth; by Chris Pierucci, Owner, Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc.

Chris  is the owner of Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc., a leading business support service specializing in Court Reporting, Legal Videography, Legal and Medical Transcription, General Transcription and Word Processing.


Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc. also offers their own in-house graphic design team, and virtual offices in their Lincoln Park location for the at-home professional. Chris is the Director of the Ruth McBride Memorial Scholarship, and on the Board of Directors for Girls in the Game. She is also a former Managing Director of eWomenNetwork Chicago, and a current Designer for KEEP Collective.

Chris is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, as a Certified Electronic Court Transcriber by the American Association of Electronic Reporters & Transcribers and as a Certified Legal Videography Specialist by NCRA.

“PAYING YOURSELF?” The What, Why and How; by Janice M Faris, Accountant, Principal/Owner, Janice M Faris, EA.

Linking Individuals and Businesses to financial goals is achieved with solid planning. Jan’s experience as an accountant for 36 years taught her that listening is the key to finding appropriate solutions unique to each Individual or Business. Her goal is to provide education as to available options. She believes that a clear understanding is the foundation to a sound decision.


Jan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, an Enrolled Agent Certification with the I.R.S., holds FINRA Securities Registration: Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65, completed training in Collaborative Law and regularly attends ongoing Continuing Professional Education programs required to maintain and develop professional knowledge and skills.

She is a Member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, served for 20 years as a Member of the Board of directors and Executive Board of the Downtown Wheaton Association , is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the Downtown Wheaton Association, and co-chaired the Downtown Wheaton Association Annual Gala and Fine Art Fair for 10 years. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from the DWA from 1988-2009 and was among the 1986 Who’s Who of American Women.

Attendees will each have the opportunity to eat, learn, network and connect with women business owners from diverse backgrounds, experience and industries. They will also receive chair massages by Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT, CMLDT.


Rebecca is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy and holds a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She currently practices at the Heartwood Center in Evanston.

Sign up here to join lively, enlightening education and be provided opportunities for brainstorming personal concerns/questions related to the topic discussed. You can follow Crain’s Small Business Week online here.

NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with 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. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

Neighborhood Nature

I am not feeling well today so there are no coherent words to write.


Instead, I give you some nature photos from recent walks.


You can find lots of beauty in your neighborhood.


This sign at the Bristol Renaissance Faire made me chuckle (and a lavender bath is on the schedule).


I love this flaming flower in a local median.

purple flame

Bees are a good sign.


Monarchs need your help.


Have a great week!


Artsy Weekend Fun

It’s a weekend of artistic activities! On Saturday and Sunday The Collage Cafe is hosting its true grand opening.


On September 26th & 27th  from 11 am – 5pm you can peruse this lovely boutique while being treated to surprises and door prizes, refreshments and discounts. Lindy will show some fun and fast make and take projects, and you can sign up for future workshops.


A few of my bangles are having a sleepover there, and The Collage Cafe also has my Curly Girl Design pendant on hand, among others.


Check out the events page for upcoming fun workshops. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 – 6, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4, and by appointment on select Mondays. The Collage Cafe is located near Main and Sherman at 912 Sherman Avenue, Evanston IL 60202


On Sunday I will be in Highland Park at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar trying to stay in my booth while being surrounded by sparklies.


Monday evening you will find me at Creative Coworking to mingle with One State Together participants. Creative Coworking is part of a bus tour showcasing Evanston’s small businesses and developments that have made a special place for art, performance, and placemaking in their growth, prioritizing collaboration over pure competition.


The biennial One State Together in the Arts conference takes place September 28 and 29 in Evanston. More than 300 artists, arts managers, and arts supporters will come together to collaborate to ensure that the arts are leading the way toward a more equitable, unified, and livable society.


Co-convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, One State is the only statewide, multidisciplinary conference for arts leaders and practitioners in Illinois. It’s pretty cool to live in such a fun, vibrant and inspiring creative community.

Bead Bazaar on Sunday

It’s back to back art fair time! On Sunday, September 27, I will be setting up shop in the Highland Art Park Center, where Ayla’s Originals is hosting its Fall Bead Bazaar.


I’ve perused Ayla’s Wonderful World of Beads on numerous occasions and am thrilled to be part of the vendor line-up this year.


Seventeen vendors bring their best beading merchandise for your perusal, including: Ayla’s Originals, Dakota Stones, Elka Designs, Hobo Glass, Kina Denton, Maike’s Marvels, Cynthia McEwen Design, Medusa’s Stones, Midwest Maille, Mostly Buttons, Karen Ovington, Reith Collection, String a Strand on Wells, Diane Tarullo and Two Charming Chix.


You can browse handmade beads, discounted gemstones, vintage charms and adornments, strands of craft beads, pre-made jewelry, and jewelry tools.

Cynthia McEwen

Come see what I created with last year’s loot from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, September 27 at The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park. Parking is free and the Metra station is Highland Park.


The Art Center is hosting Pastel Painters 2015, a group exhibition of imagery predominantly produced in the medium of pastel, created by the most elite pastel painters from across the country. Download the discount coupon here for $1 off the $4 entry fee.


I know some of you locals have been eye-ing my bangles, and this is your chance to select your very own beads. I will give you a $5 discount on your custom order at the fair when you by a strand of beads at the bazaar.


I picked up some of Elka Designs’ strands at her recent trunk show in Ayla’s Evanston store, and will be finishing some bangles based on Elka’s suggestions before Sunday.


I’m curious how this one will turn out. Get a sneak peek of my beaded jewelry on Etsy.


The Art Center – Highland Park is a community-based organization whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests. A not-for-profit visual arts organization, The Art Center (TAC) provides an arts education to Highland Park and surrounding areas as a thriving Arts Education and Exhibition Center, as well as a hub for culture and community.

Creations for Dutchies

I went on a family reunion trip during which I finally got to show my wares in person to my family.


One person fell in love with the purple coral bangle I had made, but wanted it in blue so I found a strand of lapis chips at Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop.


It was fun to make the bangle and earrings, though I might need a new mandrel for spiraling…


The result was well-received.


During a linguistics discussion referenced a tape measure with a ‘roll of inches’ and I like that analogy to my rolls of steel wire.


I also incorporated a Michael Jackson favorite into a gift. Lining up the 2 sides of music score and lyrics took a few attempts.


I like this pendant a lot, and hope it gets a lot of wear in the Netherlands.


An attempt to take birthstone bangle measurements abroad went awry, with the 14 cm resembling a collar rather than a bracelet.


So I packed up the toolkit and supplies and decided to bring my work on my vacation.


It was fun to take a morning just to play with beads amidst all the touring and eating and visiting.


There is already an addition on the way for this bangle, so I will have to add a new birthstone bead when I return.


In addition to the custom pieces, these lovelies went on to new homes.


The Dutch vibe continued at home with this delft blue bead set.


What do you think of this simple earring design, should there be more of these?


Come see my other bangle and earring pairings at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend, or visit Ayla’s Bead Bazaar in Highland Park next weekend!


Esty is open when I am not vending in person.

Ravenswood ArtWalk lineup for this weekend

Guess what? After two years of struggling through weather issues, I secured an indoor spot at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this year. The event has also moved to mid-September instead of the fall-ish October weekend.


On Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, the businesses, studios and shops along Ravenswood Avenue will open their doors from 11 am to 6 pm for a showcase of artists and industry. There will be open studios, craft beer, live music and family fun.


I will be at Platform Coworking – 4422 N Ravenswood alongside Erin Wesseli Rossi, Flora Calabrese, Gwyndolyn Siebert and Tony Nuccio.


This is #5 on the official map, conveniently located near the CTA’s Montrose stop near the corner of Montrose and Ravenswood.


We are just around the corner of LillStreet Art center.


Just follow Montrose under the Metra bridge and turn right (north).


Other venues and artists include: Beyond Design – 4515 N Ravenswood featuring: Alison Bixby, Ann Cohen, Bob London, Dail Kirkpatrick, Dan Schreck, Jan Olson, Janeane Bowlware, Melinda Gordon, Nuria McNeal, Robert McCollam and William Carroll. Hayes Properties – 4043 N Ravenswood will host: Debbie Lessin, Grace Gaynor, Kevin Lemel, Kim Laurel, Ladetria Warren, Laura Matzen, Lee Galusha, Luka Dziubyna, Marilyn Grad, Mariyam Jawed, Maureen Crowley, Nancy Cusick and Thomas Dubois. Movement Republic – 4526 N Ravenswood will host Tracy Poyser. Savvy Seconds & 1sts – 1748 W Lawrence will feature: Katy Higgins, Michelle Graves, Peyton Rack and Scott Holsterhaus. Urban Pooch – 4501 N Ravenswood is hosting Dinah Miller.


The brave souls vending at the outdoor market at Ravenswood & Berteau include: Alexandra Jamroz, Alicia Londos, Amanda Joyner, Amy Tatsui, Andrew Christen, Barbara Grunewald, Cara Miller, Christina Caruso, Elektra Musich, Frances & Camilla Krueger-Jackson & Krueger, Gayle Weiss, Hilary Black, Hillary Miles, Jaque Mannakee, Jeneba Koroma, Jessica DeBoer, Joseph Mills, Kate Heilman, Kate Zitzer, Khabrim Diallo, Kim Amati, Laura Garza, Lisa Richards, Lori Hess, Marina Veiler, Monica Zanetti, Pablo Ramirez, Rita Sindelar, Robin Nathan, Roslyn Broder, Rossana Reformado, Russell Muits, Sean Gallagher, Scott Kiefer, Scott Vanderlin, Steve Connell, Tanya Milojkovic and Tuesday Webb.


Music performances include: Zigtebra, Axons,  Dan Rico, Jeremy David Miller, Female Basic, Ursa Ensemble and Jonathan Hannau.


So come on out and enjoy a plethora of art in a variety of locations along Ravenswood Avenue. Over 14 years, RAW has grown into what it is today; an dynamic celebration of arts and industry that features 300+ artists and 40 sites, while placing special focus on the diverse talents of the Ravenswood Corridor. Use the hashtag “#RAW2015″ and tag @RAWchicago  when you stroll the event!


Spam and grasshopper friends

It was a scorching day on Saturday, but light breezes and the occasional cloud blocking the sun made the day lovely for an art fair.


It was early when I set out to bring my wares to Bloomingdale.


As always, Platt Hill Nursery has a plethora of fun and quirky garden accessories to peruse.


The rainbow of watering cans cheered me up.


The professional and cheerful staff directed us where we needed to set up.


Soon my table was transformed.


This year’s vendors sold jewelry, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, fun hand-crafted decorative items,


gifts, household items, garden decor, and holiday ornaments.


These golf ball critters were fun to peruse.


Garden stakes are such fun, if you have a garden…


I didn’t have much time to peruse the tents, but they looked like fun.


It was fun to try out my souvenir from the home country.


Spam the pig visited again and was loved by many.


Butterflies and bumblebees fluttered by, and this grasshopper jumped into my path.


I thought it would jump the minute after I snapped the photo, which it did, right on to my table!


Then it explored for a bit and even picked out a pendant to go with its outfit.


I had my annual hot dog and soft drink, but didn’t get around to sipping a Margarita this year.


Two customers bought a keychain and a butterfly pendant and a few business cards walked away.


It was fun to watch people parade their plant selections, and I was tempted to try my black thumb at a green orchid.


Soon it was closing time, though, and tear-down became more important.


If you’re a gardener, go check out Platt Hill Nursery in Bloomingdale or Carpentersville. They’ll have some fun Fall items in store for you.


My next pop-up event is the Ravenswood ArtWalk September 19 and 20. I hope to see you there.


Pampering at Avalon

It’s time for some pampering and fun! Join the Network of Entrepreneurial Women as we celebrate the last days of summer during our September Meet & Munch. We’ll be meeting in the gorgeously indulgent Avalon Salon & Day Spa. The event is on Wednesday, September 9 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at 20530 N Rand Rd, Suite 346 in Deer Park.


Be motivated by other women entrepreneurs in a networking community that is open-minded, focused and friendly. Be reminded why you love being an entrepreneur as you hear other businesswomen’s stories about their own journeys, and make lifelong contacts while actually having some fun. This event will be particularly special to NEW, as we return to the location of our first event, Avalon Salon & Day Spa, where we had a blast last year.


Avalon is a 5,200 Square foot serene salon/spa that is open seven days a week and houses 50+ trained professionals. The team at Avalon Salon & Day Spa has been and always will be committed to offering each of their guests a comfortable, serene environment in which they can relax and indulge their senses in paradise. As an AVEDA salon, Avalon uses 93-97% organically derived products.


Avalon Spa has been named in the top 200 salons in Salon Today for the last 9 years. As an Aveda Salon, the spa participated in the Guinness Book of Records challenge of providing the most charity haircuts in 24 hours. Avalon Spa is located at the Deer Park Town Center which has ample parking available.


Mark your calendars for next month, when we will celebrate Crain’s Small Business Week with a dynamic Networking Luncheon featuring a keynote address by Barbara Joan Zeitz, followed by three Mastermind Roundtable sessions and optional chair massages.

NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with 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. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

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