Seussian Studiotime

I’ve done a lot of uploading and tweaking wordpress for the shop, and while I have plenty of pieces in stock, I was itching to get back into the studio again.

This brush needed to be taken out of its misery too!

My rainbow collection garnered a custom Valentine order, which I cheerfully fulfilled.

These are off to new homes.

I also recreated the infinity pendant that came out of a Now That’s a Jig! playdate.

My original version was snapped up right away, so here is this brighter pendant.

A bangle I created last year turned out to be too small, and then my customer asked to have it embellished with birthstone beads to represent her family.

So I set out to Dave’s Rock Shop and Ayla’s Originals to get the right gemstones.

The bigger size bangle called for a new mandrel.

Then I layed out the stones.

Stringing took a full afternoon, as most of these tiered bangles do.

I love the look of them though.

I donated a few keychains to worthy causes.

Some will pop up in various fundraisers throughout the year.

I also made a Seuss-inspired pendant for Chiaravalle Montessori School’s “Oh The Places You’ll Go”-themed Spring Benefit.

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors and I own his full collection, including the Dutch books I grew up with. So I wiggled together a whimsical wire form to reflect the Seussian landscape.

I took a cue from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and drew some lines in the pastel colors of the book onto tissue paper. Of course there had to be a nod to the message of the book on the back.

Now my spirit is restored and I can get back to the mundaner tasks of business management and planning. I multitask during product uploads, and ponder the places my business will go.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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The result was well-received.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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Esty is open when I am not vending in person.

A Mother’s Day Bangle

When I was in grad school I would drive off to Sedona to get away from the books and learned about vortexes and crystal healing.

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I don’t think I actually experienced a Vortex, but I did obtain a copy of Melody’s Love is in the Earth and started looking into crystal healing. I’ve enjoyed enhancing my life with beautiful and helpful energy infusing stones, and love carrying on the spirit of healing into my creations.

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For Mother’s Day, I made my mom a birthstone bangle representing our family, along with her favorite stone, the Malachite. I’d picked up the strand of Malachites at last year’s Bead & Button show, which is coming up in June.

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I went to my favorite place, Dave’s Down to Earth Rock shop (which just moved across the street but is still on Main Street) to pick out the birthstone beads representing my family. I consulted Judy Hall’s Crystal Bible for alternate beads when the traditional selection wasn’t available.

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The wire was coiled with my high-tech mandrel. 😉

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Then I designed the order of the beads.

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Adding the Malachites was fun. They’re such a positive and empowering stone, and have lovely patterns.

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It was fun to think about everyone and our memories as I strung the birthstones.

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I lucked out with my family.

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There’s a butterfly named after the Malachite, which I incorporated into a desktop mini. I’ve created a few Malachite Butterfly collages over the years.

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After completing the bangle I decided to add some earrings as well.

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Circling wire around the beads is a challenge, but it worked.

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Then I reviewed all the energies of the stones I had incorporated and picked out the words that rung most true about the personalities I know and the energies my mom should carry with her on her adventures.

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Right now our family is pretty set, so I used a single wire to connect all the beads. If there is an addition I’ll probably add the stone with a new piece of wire, but I could also re-string everything. That’s a challenge for the future.

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I’ve got a few beaded bangles in my Etsy shop that are based on color schemes and chakras, but I always love taking custom orders to make something with meaning just for you.

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You can peruse these in person on May 30 during my pop-up at Creative Coworking’s Art & Wine night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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I cannot wait to see my mom wear this set!