Brilliant Blooms

I’ve returned from my cabin getaway and will tell you more about that soon.


Right now, I am basking in the springy sunshine too much to sit and write.

I love this part of the season where petals unfurl in their brightest finery.

Pink is trending.

So pretty.

My favorite scent is everywhere.

I think it is a kind of jasmine, I keep forgetting the name of these blossoms.

The lake sparkles with all the sunshine cast upon it.

Tulips make my Dutch heart proud.

Narcissi have an array of petals.

Purple petals radiate.

I hum Alice in Wonderland’s flower song in the streets.

My favorite flower has returned.

Trees are coming out of hibernation.

Cultivate’s current exhibit has stunning photos of ferns unfurling.

OK-gotta go out and sniff again!

Shop Local Fair on Saturday

The Spring Weather has inspired me to create some new blooms and repurpose some oldies as well.  Some of them have gone to consignments, but I will bringing the inventory I have on hand to the Shop Local Fair on Saturday.

Perfectly timed for Mother’s Day gift shopping and a jump-start for dads and grads, the event will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauganash Elementary School. The school is located at 6040 N Kilpatrick in Chicago. The event will help raise money for the neighborhood’s public school.

The mission of Sauganash School is to provide a high quality educational program that meets the academic needs of students through an integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and the use of technology.  Sauganash School is committed to meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of its students. 

I hope to see you there!

Beginnings of Spring

The weather is still in flux, but we’ve had a few spring-like days that allowed me to enjoy the sunshine.

It is fun to watch flowers pop up and see how quickly they respond to the sunshine and warmth.

I always forget what this blossomy tree is called, but love its gradation of budding blooms.

I love the scent of hyacinth.

Soon many will be emitting their fragrance in my neighbrohood.

The Narcissi survived a cold patch during which some were already coming out.

These clusters are fairly close to each other.

This sea of blue makes me happy.

Pink blossoms popped out overnight.

I also spotted an admiral pair dancing in the air, but they flew too fast to be captured on camera.

Cultivate is celebrating spring with an exhibit that documents the unfurling of ferns.

I wish you a happy Passover week and/or Easter weekend!


 

LEGOs at the MSI

Last week I finally got to see the fabulous Brick by Brick LEGO exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

This exhibit showcases landmark buildings while also teaching about structural engineering and other scientific feats pertaining to construction and architecture. We even get an inside view of the Giza Pyramids.

Adam Reed Tucker is the architect behind all these amazing structures. Who knew one could turn LEGO-building into an artistic career?

The Golden Gate Bridge had to be completed onsite and is 60 feet long.

Each display has facts about the real building as well as the number of bricks and hours it took to construct the replicas. Who wants to go to Rome’s Colosseum now?

Children of all all ages can build their own LEGO structures, and interact with a few other exhibits.

The buildings range from historic to modern around the world, and even a structure in outer space that is actually built like LEGO components.

Adam Reed Tucker took the solar panel bricks from Harry Potter sets. He also designs the architecture kits you can buy in stores.

Of course the MSI had to be replicated.

So much detail in each structure!

Visitors are encouraged to use the force.

There is a wall where all types of LEGO bricks used for each display are highlighted.

Disney’s Cinderella Castle is so lovely.

Engineering, calculations, patience and lots of imagination!

I love all the land-and waterscapes as well.

It makes me want to visit the real-life structures too, though I may not want to ride the American Eagle Rollercoaster.

Smaller structures are highlighted throughout as well, though I am not sure who created those.

After all that, we wanted the Great Train Story to be all LEGOs too, but that would be too much to ask.

Prompted by Cinderella’s LEGO digs, I told my friend about Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and was thrilled to introduce her to it for the first time.

The Castle sparkles after its recent renovation.

There is so much to see, and each time I marvel at Colleen Moore’s dedication to this project, and her desire to help children with this ambitious hobby.

I reread the book about this project, and love how all the artisans and celebrities involved were captivated by the project as well.

We clowned around in what I call the Circus Wing.

I learned more about some of my favorite elements.

My visit is not complete without chuckling at Jollyball, my favorite pinball machine in the whole wide world (as far as I know thus far).

The museum is such a great blend of playful learning along with instruction about history, the environment, inventions, nature, scientific phenomena, and life.

Brick By Brick remains at the Chicago Museum through September 4.

Everything is AWESOME at the Museum of Science and Industry, and all the other museums Chicagoland cultivates.

What’s your favorite exhibit?

Investing in a photoshoot

Recently Annette Kerstin Patko posted another great headshot on Instagram, and it incentivized me to set up an appointment with her. Six years into this solopreneurship venture, it was time to invest in a professional headshot.

The headshot originally featured on my web site was taken before I made my jewelry, and during an impromptu workshop break.

Then I used a cropped and photoshopped post-haircut selfie for a while (shocking, I know) for the various ads and small features I appeared in.

So after my latest coloring adventure at ChromaK8, I set up an appointment with Bordeaux Studio.

Annette instructed me to bring solid color tops, and she picked out the ones that worked out best on camera and with the purple streaks.

Then makeup artist Amy Banas set to work making my face camera ready.

I hardly ever wear makeup, but I know that for the camera lights, evening out skin tone and making the eyes and lips pop is crucial, so this was a fun investment.

Soon I was ready for the test shots, where lighting and shadows were tested to both touch up my makeup some more and to ensure the camera settings were right.

I paired each top with different pendants, and had fun with the various poses Annette instructed me to do to feature the jewelry. Annette did some really cool artsy shots that I am excited to see.

To me, the a professional photoshoot is an investment to make my business more visible, and be ready for any calls about magazine an blog interviews that might come my way (since the Evanston Woman feature caught me off guard).

It also helps me to realize that I can and should be seen. I pretend that people like my jewelry and focus on that during the art fairs, but ultimately buyers also want to connect with the maker, which means that I as a person need to be visible.

Annette has done a beautiful photo series about Evanston Women, Women of Substance, that was on display last year.

She often documents city-wide events like the Evanston bi-annual wine walk and holiday lighting ceremonies. She also works on weddings and special events, so check out her page and see what you need!

I had a blast and look forward to seeing the final results and figuring out what to use my new photos for!

Selfies may be trendy and fun, but for business, a professional picture is best!