Spiffying up my shelf display

It’s been a year and three months since I started showing at Aurora Rose Boutique, and since then my shelf has undergone a few transformations.

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Owners Kim and Amber take such pride in their store and I love seeing the rearrangements they make to best display the handmade products created by more than 40 vendors.

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As my shelf got moved and re-hooked and pared down, it’s been a great collaborative process to help boost each other’s business.

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Last month co-owner Amber re-arranged a few things, which prompted me to create new display gadgets to showcase my pieces.

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I had purchased some fabric that initially was going to be a backdrop for my jewelry, but inspired by the velvet display rectangle Amber had found I decided to copy that concept.

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Michaels had plenty of low-cost pieces of wood and foam core I could repurpose. Then I looked up tutorials on covering foam core and I got some batting from Vogue Fabrics. One evening was spent stapling the batting to the substrates.

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Then I had to dig up my sewing machine and read the manual. It has been 5 or 6 years since I last used a hand-me-down machine, and when I was gifted this one my interests had diverted to other things.

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I learned that linen is a difficult trial fabric but proceeded with the hemming anyway, and played with tension and different kind of stitches.

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While it isn’t perfect, for the purpose of this project I am fine with the hemlines, and look forward to finishing that UFO quilt in my drawer.

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After ironing again (which I never do for clothing, btw), I covered the wooden pieces with a staple gun.

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The necklace stand was too thin for staples so I used spray adhesive quite messily and got that covered.

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The foam core became a blend of spray adhesive and a few finishing staples. The easels came from the ‘project presentation’ section of Michaels.

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Now I have a nice cohesive set of display pieces that will hopefully help my pendants, bracelets and earrings fly off the shelf.

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Aurora Rose is actively engaged in Lemont’s summertime events, so pop by before the Wednesday evening Cruise Nights, the sunset soiree concerts and the farmers market.

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I will be there with my art fair setup on Saturday, June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for Aurora Rose’s 4th Saturday Trunk Show. You can view all my inventory that day, including larger encaustic collages.

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My Etsy shop is open 24/7, for those of you who aren’t near Lemont.

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