Golden Radiance

Tomorrow is Halloween, but this year I am more in Samhain mode.


I don’t know of any costume parties to go to, though the coming weekend is packed.


So here are some photos of the glorious Fall colors we’re having this month.


I love the brilliance of the golds and reds.


The ‘stoplight’ trees are my favorite.


The skies are a glorious blue and the sun is out with its brilliance.


We still have some bunnies hopping about.


he trees are so brilliant.


Colors abound.


Watching the progression is fascinating.


I can’t help but think of Monty Python when the leaves flutter about me.


Here’s hoping the Indian Summer weather holds for a few more weeks into November.


Saturday I’ll be in Lemont for a craft show from 9-12:30 with these three pieces.


I’ll pop by Aurora Rose Boutique afterwards where they have lots of fun Halloween gifts!


Want more trees?


I can’t get enough either.


Happy change of season to you!


May you harvest much goodness.

Lemont’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fair

On Saturday, All Saint’s Day, I’ll be heading to Lemont for a half-day pop-up. The 7th Annual Lemont Township Neighbor to Neighbor Vendor/Crafter Market will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lemont Township Community Center (located NW of the Timberline Drive & 127th Street intersection).


I was part of this fair last year and was impressed with the variety of businesses represented. The Vendor/Crafter Market was created to provide an opportunity for those in our community to browse through the many products and crafts that are locally available and created, and to raise funds for the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund, helping neighbors in need.


A 50/50 raffle will raise additional funds to benefit the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund, which provides emergency assistance for households in crisis.  Funds have been awarded to assist with unpayable bills or prescriptions.


I look forward to seeing what pieces customers snap up this year. Early October proved to be a head start of holiday shopping to some with ornaments flying off at the Ravenswood ArtWalk.


Earrings and pendants were popular too.


I garnered some custom orders that week and enjoyed making presents for customers’ loved ones.


I will see you at 16300 Alba Street in Lemont IL 60439 Saturday morningEtsy will be closed that day, but fully operational the rest of the month.


Final Week for Show & Tell


Yesterday I picked up my Kedzie’s Red Admirals diptych from the Ecology Center as one part of the Adult Show & Tell Show closes.


It was fun to peruse the lovely art work by other Evanstonians earlier this month.


It is always inspiring to see artists interpret nature themes and be inspired by them.


Nature is so rich with inspiration itself.


Fellow FUSEDChicago artist Mary Krebs-Smythe has a few works in the show.


This is the final week to peruse our art at Curt’s Cafe.


I swung by there and love the cozy atmosphere.


The art there is quite vibrant.


My Odonata look nice against the brick backdrop.


Stop by Curt’s Cafe before Wednesday, October 29 to see all the pieces from various Evanston artists.


Fall is creating its own art (same tree as above a few weeks later).


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.


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.


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


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.


My caged Amazonite earrings already found a home.


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.


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


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


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


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


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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


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


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


My friend dipped her toes in.


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


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.


Ravenswood ArtWalk recap

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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


The view was brighter too.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


Dogs were abundant, as were strollers and kids.


A model used the ArtWalk as a photoshoot backdrop.


I loved Anidem’s copper creations.


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


You can peruse all exhibiting artists on this link.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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, and Wax and Wire Artist Maike van Wijk, Chief Marveler at Maike’s Marvels.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.

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.

ecology center

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.


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.


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.


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!