Christmas Bazaar on Sunday

Thanksgiving was a lovely respite from angel and ornament marketing. Now I am back using the last remnants of Where the River Shannon Flows and some other musical pieces.

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On Sunday, December 4 I’ll be setting up shop at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar is from 9 am to 3 pm, but the day holds a variety of activities until 9 pm. The day starts with mass, breakfast, a craft and bake sale, music, dance and a visit from Santa Claus.

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The Irish American Heritage Center is located at 4626 N Knox Avenue in Chicago. Mass is celebrated in the auditorium at 10:30am, with music by the Irish Heritage Singers. A traditional Irish breakfast follows in the Erin Room. The Fifth Province Pub will be open at noon and into the evening for live music and a cash bar.

Featured entertainment includes the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band, Mulhern School of Irish Dance, The Irish Heritage Singers, Academy of Irish Music, Parick and Karen Cannady, Tim O’Sullivan and the O’Sullivan Fiddlers, Shepard’s Irish Music School and Murphy Roche Irish Music School.

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Vendors include Images of Ireland, Nimble Thimbles, Rampant Lion Celtic Traders, Galway Bakers, Chicago Calligraphy Collective, Blossoms and Berries, Because I Like It and more (including me). Tickets for the breakfast are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and reservations are required.

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There is no charge to browse and shop the craft and bake sale and shoppers can enjoy the craft sale from 9am to 3pm with Chicago artisans. The IAHC Gift Shop will be open all day for shoppers.  Santa Claus visits from 1 to 3pm and will pose for photos with each child. Attendees can bring a canned good for the IAHC’s Holiday Food Drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. To purchase tickets for the breakfast, click or call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 by December 1.

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The mission of the Irish American Heritage Center is to nurture and strengthen Irish culture and heritage through programs emphasizing Irish music, literature, drama, traditional dancing, fine arts and the constructive contributions of the Irish and Irish-Americans to the United States of America.

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The Irish American Heritage Center supports this mission by maintaining its resources, including the museum, Irish school, archives, choir, art gallery, auditorium, library, theatre group and other related programs and partnerships, while providing a gathering place for the Irish American community and those interested in Irish culture.The Irish American Heritage Center is one of the premiere Irish cultural organizations in the United States. It is a destination for people of Irish descent as well as those who wish to learn more about the Irish heritage.

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My friend gave me a stack of vintage music, but it veers toward the classical rather than Irish Ballads, so these last two pendants may be all the Irish music I can do for a while.

Small Business Saturday Consignments

It’s been a whirlwind of making enough angels and frosties for my pop-ups as well as the four spaces I am consigned to this holiday season.

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Just in time for Small Business Saturday, my ornaments are now in three Chicagoland retailers: The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle in Evanston, and ChromaK8 Beautique and Sacred Art in Chicago. My angels went under the sorting hat to determine which ones would fly off where.

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A few went to Chromak8 Beautique, where I get my hair done. ChromaK8 strives to deliver the highest quality beauty services with the cleanest, high performing products.

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On Black Friday, ChromaK8 will debut special holiday gift sets and a local artist showcase. The salon is located at 5425 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

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I am thrilled to be in a new location in Lincoln Square as well.  Sacred Art offers a variety of gift items for the whole family, including wonderful Chicago-themed items. Owner Kate curates a selection of work from 110+ makers with a focus on Chicago-made art.

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Check out the Facebook page for extended store hours on Small Business Saturday, with nibbles offered to shoppers. Sacred Art is located at 4619 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

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I hope these characters enjoy their slumber party and find new owners.

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The sneak peek in the store is gorgeous.

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I switched out my inventory at See Jane Sparkle on Tuesday, so you will see brand-new pendants, bracelets and earrings in Sara Jane’s store. 

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The new pendants went straight from my studio to her.

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I hope you like perusing them.

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You can also peruse my sparkle ornament collection, created specifically for the boutique. 

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I’ll have my full collection available on December 8 during the Warm Bevvy Walk.

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The Collage Cafe also has brand-new pieces in the shop, and I cannot wait to see how my ornaments look in this lovely playspace.

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A few angels incorporate alcohol inks purchased at the store.

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Both The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle are participating in the Hip Circle Studio Holiday Hike on Small Business Saturday, with special bags and goodies for shoppers walking off their Turkey coma.

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Check out the holiday offerings online at The Collage Cafe  and See Jane Sparkle

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I am so excited to be supported by these lovely women entrepreneurs, and look forward to visiting their holiday setups soon!

Elmhurst Day Out

Like last year, the Holiday Fair in Elmhurst was a blast. This year, I made a weekend trip out of it and started at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.

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This museum houses the collection of Joseph Lizzadro, who enjoyed cutting and polishing jade as a hobby, and began collecting beautiful artifacts.

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Because rough jade was not available, Joseph obtained many statues, that were sometimes re-purposed into jewelry he made.

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The entry-level floor is filled with beautiful statues and charming dioramas created entirely out of gemstones.

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The desert diorama was my favorite.

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The Castle Lizzadro is gorgeous, though its in memoriam footnote leaves a sense of sadness and mystery.

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I learned about commesso in pietre dure, which is painting with slivers of stone. There are numerous explanations throughout the museum.

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On the lower level, the displays delve into the mechanics of how stone is carved.

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It also taught me about Hunsrück Slate and what types of stones form in which layer of sediment.

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I envy the opal collection.

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I also spotted a lovely butterfly.

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Soon I had absorbed all I could and it was time to head back out into the sunshine.

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Fall was at its glorious peak.

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I had noted the You Are Beautiful signs at the Art Museum and decided to take a closer look.

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The sculptures were uplifting.

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I still had a little bit of time left so I explored the Conservatory of Wilder Park, a lovely greenhouse.

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Wilder Park is truly beautiful.

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Then it was time to unload the car and start setting up at the Wilder Mansion, which was basking in gorgeous sunlight.

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I found my spot and then moved the car.

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The three-tree setup took some planning.

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Soon I had everything the way I wanted it.

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I spun around to meet other vendors.

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Laurie Messerol is so recognizable.

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Between 4 and 9 pm numerous visitor milled about.

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Libations were flowing, and I got to sip on Prosecco.

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My frosties and angels were popular that day.

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Those who capitalized on the Cubs’ win sold out their blue, red and white wares.

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When the doors closed we wrapped our booths for their slumber party.

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The fountain was lovely at night.

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I took stock of my purchases.

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The next day we opened from 10 am to 5 pm, and more visitors milled about.

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This new vendor has lovely whimsy for sewers and knitters.

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Again, angels and frosties were adopted, and I am thrilled Elmhurst Angel stayed in Elmhurst.

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I think the trees help.

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Jewelry also found new owners.

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This is a great show for vendors to get their start in, and I enjoyed the lovely work by made by Q.

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I also met a lovely new pint-sized admirer who ordered a custom bangle.

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Dragonflies are fluttering in new homes too.

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It was a lovely weekend, and we all enjoyed our time in a beautiful setting.

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Then I packed up what remained to be divided among boutiques and upcoming shows.

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Soon the mansion was cleared, and ready for its next event. RGL Marketing for the Arts will put on an outdoor Spring Show in May.

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I buckled up my ornaments and drove home.

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Then I headed to Ayla’s to source beads for another custom bangle, which I will send off this week.

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If you want to commission a piece, contact me now since the holiday crunch is real.

Rainbow Ornaments

This week has been a challenge for my inner Pollyanna. I am googling my rights as a permanent resident as I watch my friends proactively take action to minimize the human rights fall-out of this year’s election results.

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The only thing I know to do right now is make angels and frosties of support, and a small poll with my friends was unanimous on using rainbows as a symbol. So I got my markers out to draw rainbows one morning.

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Then I bent angels and frosties and cut out their outfits.

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The wax was heated up to dress them in their new finery. This one almost is a superhero angel, but the cape is too fragile to keep.

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When they cool off I leave them upside down.

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So it is always a lovely surprise to see them all completed.

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The safety pin movement will get a nod on some angels.

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Getting them to stick (without glue) is a challenge, but we’ll see how it goes.

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Some are fluttering to four Chicagoland boutiques today, and I am already shipping one off to Canada this week.

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It’s not as comprehensive as the #ArtistsforLove art work, but I am mulling my spin on that as well. My inner Pollyanna needs a bit of time to be truly cheerful again, but unicorn socks, gathering with friends and keeping up with all my seasonal pop-ups is helping.

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I find solace in Max Erhmann’s Desiderata on a regular basis. I also made some other new angels, which will be at Affair of the Arts on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Angel will be throwing a birthday party with her friends this weekend, as November 20 is her birthday.

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She was part of this batch on 11/20/2015.

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We had tiramisu already earlier this week.

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Now it is on to commissions that need to ship out next week.

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Sending out this tiny bangle to a young girl was such fun, and I am happy more people want to gift themselves and loved ones with custom creations.

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Overall it’s been a good year, and in spite of current events which I genuinely have no control over, I will make my gratitude list this coming week, and continue to strive to see the good in everything that happens.

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I can only do what I can with what I have where I am, and will support the people in my community as much as I can.

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Affair of the Arts on Sunday

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and I have been in the holiday spirit since September. On November 20 you can see the fruits of my latest studio sessions at Affair of the Arts.  The Affair of the Arts is a Fine Art & Artisan Gift Show held at The Shores of Turtle Creek, in Spring Grove, Illinois.  The spacious lodge will be filled with 10,000 square feet of original artwork and artisan crafts for one day.

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Affair of the Arts takes place Sunday, November 20, from 10:00 to 5:00 pm at 7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081. Admission to the event is free.

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You can buy art, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, glass, photography, mixed media and more. Visitors are able to purchase beverages and enjoy complimentary snacks during the event. Hors d’ oeuvres and light snacks will be available.

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The first floor of Turtle Creek accommodates about half of the participating artists, with plenty of room for browsers to mingle and shop. Downstairs you will find another full level of fine art and crafts to purchase.

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All items for sale are handcrafted. There will be something for everyone’s budget, from affordable small gifts to collector pieces. Both levels are handicapped-accessible. There is a ramp to the upper level along the west side of the building, and also a ramp sloping down to the lower level entrance.

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Ceramics artists include:

  •     Lois Hoveke
  •     Jan Johnson
  •     Elaine Kadakia
  •     Danuta Loane
  •     Regina Lombardo
  •     Pietrangelo Rustic Furnishing
  •     Josie Rochell
  •     TreeNut Studio

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Fiber & Photo Artists

  •     Katie Biedrzycka
  •     Kathie Chicoine
  •     Destiny Photographic Art
  •     Kathleen Freund
  •     Debby Henning
  •     Anthony Spittler
  •     Upsydoozy

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Jewelry

  •     Marianne A. McKoveck
  •     Paula Dammeyer
  •     Leanne Emery
  •     Jewels Botanica
  •     Kim Falat
  •     Rachel Joyce
  •     Linda Julian
  •     Karen’s Nature Art
  •     Marie Morrison
  •     Monica Sargeant
  •     Lynda Wallis
  •     Kathleen Watson

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Drawing/Painting

  •     Karen Ann Hollingsworth
  •     J + K Isacson
  •     Rachel Joyce
  •     Sara Michaels
  •     Connie Olmstead
  •     Karen Sako
  •     Elizabeth Waddington

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Other Mediums

  •     J + K Isacson
  •     Maike’s Marvels
  •     Will Slagel
  •     Maija Steele
  •     Whispering Oaks
  •     Snow White

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Check out the Facebook event and join us! 

Local Artist Bazaar at Esquina

It’s pop-up after pop-up for me. On Sunday I will be at Esquina’s Local Artist Bazaar.

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Founded by neighbor and fellow jewelry artisan Nomadic Ant, Esquina is “a place to explore your creative superpowers”.

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The space hosts art openings, poetry readings, shared stories, workshops, travel talks, a music listening room as well as discussions and gatherings.

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This month’s Local Artist Bazaar or LAB will be Sunday, November 13 from 12 pm to 5 pm at 4602 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL.

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Throughout the afternoon local artists will gather and support each other in a cool community space. Marvin Tate will have a few live performances, cocktails will be provided by Jo Snow Syrups, and tarot card readings will be available.

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Participating artists include:

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Esquina can also offer private events. Come and join us on Sunday, and see what fun can be had here.

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FUSED Visions Exhibit

On Sunday FUSEDChicago will host the opening reception of FUSED Visions, an exhibit showcasing encaustic works. Our exhibit is up at the North Shore Senior Center, and the opening will be held Sunday, November 6 from 2 to 4 pm.

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North Shore Senior Center is located at 161 Northfield Road in Northfield, Illinois. Each year FUSEDChicago hosts an all-member show, and this year’s encaustic artists include:

  • Maja Bosen
  • Sue Cahill
  • Helen C. Dannelly
  • Linda Sorken Eisenberg
  • Carol Hamilton
  • Cheryl Holz
  • Brad Hook
  • Katsy Johnson

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  • Mary Krebs Smyth
  • Laura LaRue
  • Jenny Learner
  • Cindy Lesperance
  • Carol L. Myers
  • April Nomellini
  • Kathy Blankley Roman
  • Michelle Thrane
  • Maike van Wijk

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Usually when I drop off art it gets hung by other people, but this time help was needed, and I pitched in.

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It was fun to get a sneak peek at the show and learn about the Walker hanging system.

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FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Our mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for our members.

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The mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self-respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life.

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The FUSED Visions show is up through December 15, 2016. The center has exhibited work from many Chicago art groups including Women’s Caucus for Art, Senior Artist Network, Chicago Society of Artists, and the Wilmette and Glenview Art Leagues. The center is open weekdays between 9:30 and 3:30.

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We hope you can join us to peruse the dimension and textures of these lovely works that reflect a variety of techniques and personalities.

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Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

I recently discovered my 1999 maps that helped me move across states to get to Evanston. Pre-GPS driving into the unknown was scary, but quite the road trip.

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So for kicks I looked up Elmhurst and got inspired.

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I am heading back to the Wilder Mansion on Friday and Saturday. The Wilder Mansion’s 6th Annual Holiday Market takes place November 4 from 4pm to 9pm and November 5 from 10 am to 4 pm.

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I’ll have a booth on the first floor among numerous artisans and crafters creating unique holiday items to buy as a gift to yourself or loved ones.

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Beverages will be available, and the evening provides a fun outing for shopping, browsing and conversation. The Wilder Mansion is located at 211 South Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst, IL 60126.

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Artists and businesses include: Alouette Jewelry, TOK GRAPHICS, Lucy Blue Knits, The Goodfrog Candle Company, Acton Creative, Carla Bank Art, Jewels Botanica, Maike’s Marvels, Laurie Shuran Meseroll Painting, Harvest Moon Designs, Mixed Media by Donna Castellanos, Pencil Lady, made by Q, Denise Riesen Photography, Cork Art by Donna Zommer, the Merchants of Downers Grove, Drury Lane Theatre, O’Meara’s Irish House, Mazzenga Images, Laughing Frog Studio, Helen’s Daughters, Art Girl Pottery, 4 Girls Jewelry, Glass by Nancy Morris, Jewelsies, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Fuller & Howe, Lo in London, Pura Vida Home, Lucky Skype Graphics, Julie Marie Jewelry, Jackthemanabouttown, Lisa Williams Jewelry, Desmond Brown Design, Studio Giverny, East Grove Stamp Co, The Buttons Stop Here, Jewelry by Venus, Paka Monk, Mia’s Wish Inc. Horn Photography, Loveknitz, Lost Sparrow Jewelry, James McCarthy Cole Photography, Weener Ware, Marigold Mary, Practical Girl Designs, Elegant Facets, Liam Hughes Jewelry, Brim and Dash, The High Hopes for Pets Company, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Wicked White Chocolate Popcorn , bettyplum Handmade Confections, Kilwins, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Badala, In Sheep’s Roving, A Little Book, Susan Nester Jewelry, and Lady Stainpunk Studios

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I wrapped the angel on the jig.

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Then I cut out her outfit.

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Then I ironed on the papers after coating them with encaustic medium.

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Voila, Elmhurst Angel is ready to make her debut.

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I’m busy embellishing other angels for your perusal as well.
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I love the felt pieces and how they work with the wax.

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Based on The Collage Cafe’s alcohol inks class I am learning how the inks work with steel wire and liking the effects.

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Postage stamps aren’t as easy to work with, so that requires further tweaking, but this one turned out sweetly.

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You’ll see my brand-new mini-books there, as well as SWARM ornaments. I will have plenty of pendants, collar necklaces, bracelets, earrings and keychains on hand to balance out the holiday extravaganza.

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Check out RGL Marketing for the Arts on Facebook for updates on the event. You’ll see the pieces that don’t sell in various boutiques and on my shop after the 6th.

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