Evanston Winewalk for Mudlark

Last Thursday the Main-Dempster mile was adorned with lime green aprons galore. Almost all the retailers between Chicago Avenue and Sherman on Main Street participated in the Evanston Charity Wine Walk benefiting Mudlark theater.

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I bought a raffle ticket, and many others tried to win the 12 gift baskets offered this evening.

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I’m curious which baskets my four keychains ended up in, and happy to know they will have a new owner soon.

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I met my friend at Sketchbook brewery where she sampled the wine.

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Hip Circle Studio offered a 3-class flight at a discount, so you can try out their classes and get a whiff of all the positive empowerment Malik’s space offers. Their class cards are also worth a whirl.

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We had a taco at La Principal’s Cafecito.

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I still want to try their morning cocoa with breakfast tacos but always forget about the 10:30 cutoff.

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Dave’s Down to Earth Rock shop offered edible rocks with the Wine Goddess’ selection.

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It was my first visit to the new Prehistoric Museum, and angel’s first view of ancient fossils.

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Ten Thousand Villages has lovely soaps I hadn’t perused yet.

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Their wine display was the best.

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At The Collage Cafe Lindy served greek wine along with creative energy.

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Her pumpkin tree is so fun.

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Next door I had a nice chat with Geoff Martin Photography.

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Open Studio Project had a live drummer.

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Evanston Stitchworks has all kinds of fun class and gathering offerings for all ages, and vintage patterns!evanstonstitchworks

Belgian Chocolatier Piron paired an assortment of their pralines with the Wine Goddess’ Boula Monsanto 2013 from Catalonia.

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I went back the next day to pick up their hot cocoa blend and the famed Hazelnut Chocolate spread that will get me through the cooler days (they ship too) and goes with the French Press home brew from Brothers K.

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We bookended the walk with a pint at Sketchbook brewery. There were many stops further north, so hopefully the event will happen again and we can map our route in another neighborhood to get to know their businesses better.

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Beer starred again the next night, with Sketchbook brewery launching their Oktoberfest beer, DIAPASON, in conjunction with Opus 327.

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church houses the Skinner organ developed by Ernest M. Skinner, one of his best maintained original organs. Eating in the pew felt irreverent, but the food created by St. Luke’s members with meat provided by Bluestone Restaurant was delicious.

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Christine Kraemer played an “organ Flight” for us with Toccata in D Minor, Adagio from Symphony V, Flues Blues (my favorite) and the Fanfare of the Common Man, which showcased the newly restored trumpets.

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I look forward to visiting this church for their various concerts again. Go check out your local community events. You may be surprised at how much fun you will have even down a street you think you already know.

Birthday Break

Monday was my birthday, and I started the celebration early with my mom’s visit on Thursday.

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We took a long weekend and explored Evanston, while meeting friends for food and libations among various stops.

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Prior to mom flying in a ceiling fan fell on my head, so we made this a walking weekend while monitoring for potential concussion symptoms.

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We walked Main street first, picking up delicious chocolate mousse and lots of chocolate at Piron.

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We got our nails done at Agora Spa.

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Then we looked at the rocks at Dave’s Rock Shop and took some goodies home.

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I got a silver dollar plant from Cultivate.

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We took the alcohol ink coaster workshop at The Collage Cafe for one of my birthday parties.

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I even got birthday cake and a serenade.

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The inks are wonderful, and I played with some on my wire to see what that would do.

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Then I picked out the colors to take home. The iridescent effect is lovely, and I cannot wait to design new pieces.

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Afterwards we met friends at La Principal for delicious tacos, churros and cocktails.

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Sunday was Dempster day, with a stop at Little Light Bazaar to explore my new lighting options.

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Mateen has designed a whole new line of light fixtures out of punched copper and metal.

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Some of these might work with a ceiling fan attached, so I get to ponder various rooms.

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So many pretties!

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You can create a souq-like atmosphere or be very monochromatic.

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Lots of ideas to ponder, and also consider more functional lighting in the studio.

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We stopped in Stumble & Relish and then visited my inventory at See Jane Sparkle.

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I want these bangles to go travel the world.

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After those sparklies we made our way to Ayla’s Orginals to pick out more beads.

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Ayla’s has a bingo game so you should go in and get your playing cards to earn discounts on future purchases.

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All that shopping made us thirsty, so Sketchbook’s new Taproom was a great spot for refreshment.

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We had dinner at Campagnola which is always a treat.

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Monday morning we had our coffee fix at Brothers K, and I get to drink more with a gift card!

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The bulk of the day was spent wandering near the lake.

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We dined at Oceanique for a lovely birthday celebration.

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Of course Lucky Platter was the favorite breakfast choice.

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With all that could have gone wrong during the ceiling fan drop, I am grateful to have another year to look forward to, and to have so many friends and loved ones to celebrate life with.

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It is good to be alive, and to live the life I am living.

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Here’s to more bright days ahead!

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Fun at the Sidewalk Sale

I always have a bit of a hangover after a weekend fair, and this week is no different.

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The Sidewalk sale was lots of fun, but setting up and tearing down two tents 6 times is a workout.

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Construction workers had just finished pouring cement when we started setting up but they were eager to help us maximize our space.

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Soon we were set up and ready to greet shoppers.

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Soon browsers started to shop.

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On Friday afternoon Sara Jane decided to move the party inside when the radar indicated rain, and I was glad for that decision.

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Sparkle Angel had fun with the sparklies, and so did I.

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I met a friend at Sketchbook after the sale, and love their new taproom.

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Saturday morning was overcast, but later the skies cleared up.

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A Pedi-cab gave lifts to downtown or Main Street for additional sidewalk explorations.

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Lots of friends stopped by.

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It was Christmas in July at the Stumble & Relish table.

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On Sunday I decided to take the Angels outside for some air.

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It is fun to rearrange the setup each time.

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Stumble & Relish had lots of deals throughout the weekend.

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Sara Jane did major markdowns as well.

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Most people on Sunday were looking for slashed prices, which is good to know for next year.

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I took home some bargains myself.SRLoot

Quite a few pieces were adopted, which makes me happy.

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Some of my inventory remains at See Jane Sparkle.

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Sara Jane kept the Swarm, so go peruse my butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs in her store.

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I hope they go home to new owners soon.

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I’m taking a pop-up break in August, so you’ll see me next at Platt-A-Palooza on September 3 in Bloomingdale.

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Meanwhile, you can peruse my pieces at The Collage Cafe and ChromaK8 Beautique as well.

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Evanston Sidewalk Sale next weekend

Next week is the Evanston Sidewalk sale. Independent retailers and national chains will set up shop with specials on the sidewalks throughout downtown.

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I am teaming up with Sara Jane at See Jane Sparkle to scatter more sparkle into the world.

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I will have a table outside with newly created sparkle sets from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Sara Jane will have special offers on her own designs and likely some nibbles and bubbles.

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It’s been fun to use the sparkle beads I picked up at the Bead & Button Show last month and come up with new designs.

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I’ve been coiling away.

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Some Sidewalks along Chicago Avenue are undergoing a makeover, but there will still be plenty of room to stroll. Check out the calendar event here.

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The Evanston Sidewalk Sale is held along the Main-Dempster mile and in downtown Evanston throughout the weekend.

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There will be discounts and special offers on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories and decorative arts, including specialty and hand-crafted goods. Not all retailers will have items on the sidewalk per se but go inside to check out goodies.

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Depending on weather, you can peruse my wax and wire creations inside the See Jane Sparkle Boutique.

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An “Artists Row” will be set up on Sherman Ave. between Davis and Church Streets, displaying paintings, clothing, jewelry, home goods, accessories and more for all to peruse, enjoy and purchase.

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Artists will display their wares in downtown Evanston on Saturday and Sunday.

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In addition to shopping and art, there will be games and kid-friendly art activities set-up in Fountain Square. Challenge friends and family to a match of ping-pong, life-sized chess, giant Jenga and Scrabble or take part in a massive chalk art.

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Then, head over to Hyatt House located at 1515 Chicago Ave. to check out the outdoor terrace and enjoy a complimentary, cold glass of lemonade (regular and spiked!).

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To get to See Jane Sparkle you can take the CTA Purple line to Dempster St. or on the weekends, the CTA Red Line to Howard St. and then the Purple Line to Dempster Street.

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You can also take the Metra UP-N Line to the Dempster St. station. Downtown Evanston is just a few blocks from Dempster St. and a few more from Main St. so you can easily walk between the districts.

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If you’re driving, there are three City of Evanston parking garages in downtown Evanston, there is metered parking on the streets and free parking on side streets (like Hinman Ave.). Parking is $1/hr and it is free on Sundays.

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Visit the Main-Dempster Mile Facebook page to learn about the deals at participating stores and other fun activities on Dempster Street, Main Street and Chicago Avenue.

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Evanston Made kicks off June 3

June is promising to be a fun month. I will be exhibiting at the Evanston Art Center as part of Evanston Made. Formerly Open Studios Evanston, Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community (and vice versa). Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston will show works by Evanston creatives June 3 through 30, 2016.

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I am looking forward to attending the opening reception of the Evanston Made exhibit at the Evanston Art Center (1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201). Numerous local artists have submitted art work and I look forward to mixing and mingling and being inspired by their work. The reception is from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, June 3. There will be shadow puppets too!

I walked the show last year and had a blast. The Evanston Made show will be up through June 30. Evanston Art Center Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm and admission is free.

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In conjunction with the exhibit, Evanston Art Center is hosting a Pop Up Gallery and Store June 3-30. The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center and you can meet the various artists (listed below) during their pop-up shifts. Evanston Made’s artist studio tour is June 4, 12-5 p.m. Maps for the studio tour will be available online and at Evanston Art Center June 3 & 4.

Evanston Made Kids! — held on June 4 from 11am to 4 p.m. at Evanston Art Center — celebrates young Evanston artists and their families with a day of FREE fun and creativity in the parking lot of 1717 Central Street. Visitors will enjoy hands-on make-and-take arts activities, how-to workshops, an eclectic exhibition of Evanston-based artists, a pop-up store of handmade goods, live performances and picnic nook featuring the fares of various food trucks.

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Participating venues will show works by Evanston creatives June 3 – 30. In addition to the Music piece you’ll find at the Evanston Art Center, I am creating a swarm installation for SideTracked Studio. That opening takes place Saturday, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. (more on that in my next post). You can see my pieces and other artists works at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis street. Sara Jane Abbott of See Jane Sparkle is an official participant (where I am consigned), and I met The Collage Cafe’s Lindy Stockton during the first studio tour, who is featuring Angela Williams this month.

My caffeine source Brothers K Coffeehouse features an exciting collaboration for Evanston Made. Jason Brown, Rob Larson, and Travis Clement are collaborating to create site specific wall installations. In the spirit of Evanston Made, they are hoping to stretch their coffee-sipping neighbors to creatively re-imagine the everyday. Cultivate Urban Rain Forest features works by Laura Mae Noble, terrarium designer, Mollie Miller, ceramicist, and Paul Whittaker, abstract artist and photographer.

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Next to See Jane Sparkle Perspective Group and Photography Gallery will exhibit photographs by Bob Tanner and Faigie Tanner. Stumble & Relish features assorted locally made goods that will be discounted 15% throughout June.  Other venues include:

  • The Celtic Knot Public House showing works by James Deeb
  • Space 900 features works by Ken Avick, Colleen Conley, Clark Ellithorpe, Judith Roston Freilich, Joanna Pinsky and Peggie Robinson
  • The Pot Shop has works by Dominic Mosca
  • The Saw Room features works by Dana DeAno
  • Open Studio Project showcases works by Y.O.U. Youth Artists
  • Ausrine’s Arts Room shows works by Ausrine Kerr, Rita Shimelfarb, Yvette Meltzer
  • Bookends & Beginnings showing works by Stephen Murphy
  • Boltwood with works by Dana DeAno
  • The New Studio with Mel Winer and Karen Vierneisel
  • Chiropractic 1st showing works by Stephen Lloyd
  • Mill Creek Miniatures showing works by Judith Lewin, Amy O. Woodbury
  • Midwest Clay Guild featuring Patty Kochaver, Sarah Meyer, Susan Curry, Jon Weiss, Dana Shearin, Layna Portugal,Judy Disman, Jill Birschbach & Joanna Kramer
  • DragonFly Boutique showing local artists Vanessa Filley, Kristin Bruni and Karna Erickson
  • Ayla’s Originals, featuring beaded baubles
  • Five Finger Press hosts works by Patti Montgomery
  • Gather featuring works by Kristen Neveu
  • Trash & Treasures featuring works by Carol Hammerman
  • Alley Gallery showcases works by Ross Martens and Darren Oberto
  • La Petite Gallery Lapin showcases works by Katherine Orr
  • Prairie Joe’s features works by Aydin Dincer
  • Frame Warehouse will highlight Paul Nebenzahl

Other events include artist talks at EAC on June 5, 12, 19 and 26. Find out more and tag #EvanstonMade via http://twitter.com/EvanstonMade, https://www.facebook.com/Evanston-Made and instagram @Evanston_Made.

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Hosted by the Evanston Art Center and produced by Anomaly Productions, the Pop-Up Gallery and Store is an “all -inclusive” event and artists, with locally created wares in categories from ceramics to jewelry to housewares. Participating creatives include: Amy Amoroso, Amy Gabbert, Amy Harms, Andrea Koch, Angela Williams, Ayla Pizzo, Carol Beaver, Carol Hammerman, Chris Heisinger, David Sutton, Deborah Hirshfield, Dena Vincent, Donna Bartman Masini, Doug Haight, Fay Bomberg, Heather Hancock, Jane Grover, Jane Sisco, Jason Brown, Jason Cohn, Jill Birschbach, Joanna Kramer, Julie Rivera, Karen Daughtry, Kate Williamson, Kathryn Ware, Katie Sircher, Kevin Kipp, Kristin Mariani, Lena Kim, Leon Litinsky, Lisa Nicolson, Margarita Shimelfarb, Marla Wallerstein, Micah Hanson, Pat Bernard, Patty Kochaver, Paul Segedin, Rebecca Hill, Rob Larson, Roslyn Broder, Sara Piepmeier, Sarah Meyer, Sheryl Coaxum, Theresa Pawlan, Travis Clement, Vanessa Filey and Yvette Meltzer.

This annual studio tour changed its name to Evanston Made in 2016, to alleviate confusion with the non-profit organization Open Studio Project.
Promotional Graphics courtesy Evanston Made and SideTracked studio.

Evanston’s Community Yarnbomb

Last year Evanston yarn bombed the Dempster-Chicago merchant area, and this year the initiative expanded to include Main Street as well.

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Intrigued by promises of finger knitting I signed up for the May 7 workshop, but then was more incentivized last month by a yarnbomb-making session at La Principal.

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Jaime gave us a tutorial on knotting, and then we all were off to the races.

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You loop 1 strand around two (or more) others to get the effect.

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She also showed a friendship-bracelet style technique.

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It was fun to see all the color combinations and listen in on conversations.

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Our drinks matched the first colors we were given.

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Tacos and margaritas made for much creativity.

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My first strand was fun.

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These get sewn together with fishing line by other volunteers.

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Number two of mine.

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The project uses only Bonnie Braid, a weather resistant and colorfast yarn.

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Donation checks for the yarn can be made payable to Stumble & Relish, they will use the funds to purchase more supplies.

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Stumble & Relish owner Jaime Leonardi offers knotting and finger knitting tutorials for the events posted around town.

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We cut longer and longer strands as we kept working.

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This one spanned the room.

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It was a productive evening.

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My friend did an interesting weaving thing.

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As we sipped one more drink we made one more strand.

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Quite a fun pile.

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I was given more yarn to play with at home.

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A few crochet tutorials later, I got the hang of doily making.

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Hip Circle Studio’s colors inspired me further.

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The last community knotting class takes place Saturday, May 7 from 2-5 pm at Evanston Stitchworks on 906 Sherman Ave. (Next to The Collage Cafe).

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The thick yarn makes for productive TV-watching.

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Yarn installation dates are May 11 from 2-5 pm at Evanston Stitchworks, 906 Sherman Ave.and Thursday, May 12, from 2-5 pm at the corner of Chicago and Greenwood.

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Some bombing was down over the weekend already, and on Wednesday.

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You can drop off home made yarn circles and strands at Stumble & Relish 1310 A Chicago Ave. until May 13.

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Feeding the meter might be fun after this.

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I’ll also be inspecting each tree closely to see if I recognize my pieces.

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It’s fun to make a contribution that adds color to our community.

Strolling Evanston’s Studios

Saturday was a glorious day to wander about town for Open Studios Evanston.

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I attended the opening evening of Made in Evanston at Noyes Cultural Art Center on Thursday and marked my map with the works I wanted to learn more about.

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photo by an Open Studios Evanston organizer

I walked over to Creative Coworking where I witnessed a lovely Make and Take by Twisted Fiber Studio.

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I chatted about encaustics with one visitor.

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Then I had lunch at Bennison’s Bakery.

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The chocolate eclair made up for missing National Donut Day on Friday.

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Botti Studio had lovely art by multiple artists for their Studio/Shift exhibit.

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I love stained glass and hope to have a lamp like that one day.

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I played with Carol Neiger’s Sphinx Lithograph-the shavings are magnetic and move.

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Lorena LaGrassa and I admired each other’s jewelry and I love her mixed media work too.

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Watercolorist Katherine Orr offered an ink demonstration at La Petite Gallerie Lapin.

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She had wonderful insights about the flow of art making.

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Lapin is a fun place to take your laptop for upgrades!

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Part of the fun is exploring the various homes and garage spaces the art making happens in.

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I was struck by Joyce Elias’ blue wood collage at Noyes, and loved the variations in her studio.

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She makes other fun mixed media art too.

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I’m eager to pop in to The Collage Cafe that is opening up at 709 Sherman Avenue soon.

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I was too engaged chatting to take pictures of the space, but Jessica Lynn and Lindy Stockton have pieces at the Noyes Made in Evanston Exhibit.

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Open Studio Project had inspiring pieces up, made from egg cartons!

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I had met Robin Carlson at an artist networking event and enjoyed seeing where she creates her photo collages and multimedia art work.

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She sold a piece while I was visiting.

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Her mosaic process is inspiring.

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Then I stopped at Sidetracked Studios where a raffle was underway to raise funds for the Trio Animal Foundation.

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I hope my collar pendant enjoys the canine point of view of its new owner.

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Sirius by my friend Jason McPhillips was ‘adopted’.

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Hip Circle Studio showcased the veil choreography the students had learned in a single day.

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I ended the tour at Perspective Gallery where FUSEDChicago member Katsy Johnson is featured with her new series of encaustic photos.

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Earlier in the week I had checked out Bridgette Guerzon Mills’ encaustic art at Gather.

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She is showing with Deva Suckerman who transforms salvaged wood into lovely portraits.

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Check out the Made in Evanston exhibit at Noyes Cultural Art Center through the end of the month and explore who your favorite artists are.

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Creativity and artistry abounds in this north shore community!

Open Studios Evanston this Saturday

June promises to be a busy and artful month. The artist community in Evanston has banded together to host Open Studios Evanston. In its second year, June 6 allows Evanston residents and visitors to poke around the studios of local artists, including those who do not generally open their studio to the public. This Saturday I will pop in at Creative Coworking. Several of the artists adorning the building’s walls will be present between 12 and 5 pm.

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From Central street to Oakton, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, jewelers, clothing designers, photographers, puppeteers, acrobats, singers, dancers, and other creatives are hosting open houses to let the curious wanderer explore Evanston’s art scene.

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I will mingle with the resident artists at 922 Davis Street arond noon before moving along the trail myself. Numerous arts organizations, galleries and boutiques are joining the celebration with special events. Maps and a list of participants are provided the day of the event at locations throughout the city.

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My friends at Sidetracked Studio are hosting a fundraiser raffle for the Trio Animal Foundation, and Hip Circle Studio will teach you how to choreograph a dance. Encaustic arts will also be represented at Gather and at Perspective Gallery. Dragonfly Boutique (hostess to my earrings and pendants) is having a 20% off moving sale through Sunday.

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So grab a map and meander around town on Saturday! Regardless of the neighborhood you’re in, you’re bound to find inspiration.

Maps designed by IDG Evanston and courtesy of Open Studios Evanston.

Meet, Munch & Flow: NEW at the Heartwood Center

It’s been documented that seasonal allergies are worse than usual this spring, so come clear your head at this month’s Meet & Munch with NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women. On Wednesday, June 10 from 2 to 4 pm we will meet at Evanston’s Heartwood Center, where massage therapist Rebecca Sturgeon (LMT, CMLDT) will provide a Manual Lymphatic Drainage demonstration, which can clear sinus congestion.

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Rebecca is a  graduate of the Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy and holds a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique which works with the lymphatic system to move waste out of the body. In an MLD session, the skin is moved in a specific direction and a specific order which has been proven to encourage lymphatic flow. MLD is often used after cancer treatment to prevent or as part of treatment for lymphedema, but it has many benefits for everyone. For example, MLD can help clear chronic sinus congestion, reduce post-workout or post-surgical swelling, reduce injury-related swelling and bruising, and possibly boost immune system function.

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Rebecca will empower us to clear our own heads with a demonstration. I was part of a demonstration of this simple technique a few months ago, and it is amazing how the body knows how to take care of itself if we help it along with nutrition and self-care. Once our heads are clear we can mix and mingle while nibbling on goodies. My Health Beet’s Chocolate Energy Truffles might be on the menu.

Rebecca specializes in Oncology and Geriatric massage. Having worked in clinical settings, she adapts massage for clients undergoing cancer treatment and other medical challenges. In addition, as a longtime runner, Rebecca enjoys providing therapeutic massage to help people maintain their optimum wellness and fitness. She educates the Evanston community about their bodies on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hip Circle Studio with her Anatomy Cafe series.

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Other practitioners will present their services at the Heartwood Center as well, including:

Kathy Kessenich, LMT focuses on Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. She sees herself as a health facilitator working in partnership with people in need of massage service. Her philosophy is that massage therapy is a tool through which people can access an awareness and greater connection with their own bodies to help them live more comfortably and happily. This awareness can gradually move people toward a better understanding of the body’s ability to heal itself and put them in a frame of mind to actively affect their own health. Kathy was trained at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute and has more than 700 hours of coursework in massage therapy techniques, wellness, anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.  She provides a safe, comfortable, soothing environment in which people can be themselves, let go of their stresses and have the opportunity to make positive changes to improve their overall health and quality of life.

Ixchel Muhlberger, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist.  She completed her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and B.S. in Nutrition, attaining Cum Laude honors, from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.  For 10 years she worked alongside physical therapists, which allowed her hands-on experience with a variety of orthopedic injuries.  Ixchel facilitates healing from a mind/body perspective; in addition to acupuncture and herbs, she incorporates bodywork (if deemed appropriate) into her treatments.  Ixchel provides a holistic approach to health care for her clients, and focuses on giving them the tools they need to heal their own bodies.

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Psychotherapist Marsha Smith, MSW, LCSW, integrates mindfulness and focusing with empathic and practical approaches to help with a varitey of psychological and social challenges including: relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, work, loss and bereavement, and coping well with health issues. Working with adults, couples, adolescents and families, she collaboratively develops solutions to enable living life more fully. She also teaches focusing and mindfulness skills.

Margaret Olson, LMT, CMLDT, is a Massage Therapist, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, and self-care enthusiast. Her work is designed to ease pain, promote relaxation, and reenforce her client’s mind/body connection by combining eastern and western modalities of massage.

Melissa Sanchez, LPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA is a dance/movement therapist, meditation teacher and life-long dance artist. Since graduating from Columbia College Chicago, she has worked in community mental health centers throughout the city providing counsel, education in mindfulness meditation, body/mind connective therapy and support in recovery from substance dependence and the effects of chronic mental illness or dis-ease. She studied meditation and mindfulness practices in psychotherapy at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. Her practice is stemmed in trauma-focused healing as well as providing holistic therapy alongside “diagnosis” related treatment. Melissa’s creative therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that each individual possesses the power to heal when provided with a safe, trustworthy and unbiased environment.

Yvonne Mitchell is a consulting hypnotist, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker. She uses customized, innovative techniques to assure personal breakthroughs and transformations for her clients. Yvonne specializes in helping individuals and organizations identify key passions and unique life purpose. She facilitates life redesign and reinvention in health, career, relationships, finances, spirituality and restoration following personal loss. She allows nothing to stand in the way of her clients “achieving the life of their dreams now.

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Founded in Evanston, Illinois, in 1999, Heartwood Center was conceived by owner Nancy Floy as a membership organization where practitioners could work together in a collaborative environment as they grew their practices. Sharing resources and supporting one another to increase business for all exemplifies Heartwood’s vision of an interdependent network of health and wellness specialists.

Heartwood Center started in downtown Evanston with a community of 12 healing professionals. With a transfer to the Dempster location, Heartwood has expanded to more than 40 practitioners. The Heartwood Center believes in an integrative approach to health that encompasses mind, body and spirit. Healing services include Acupuncture, Chiropracty, Hypnotherapy, Life & Health Coaching, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Personal Training, Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, Spiritual Direction and Tai Chi. The Heartwood also hosts Tsogyaling Meditation Center, a small, community-based meditation center rooted in the teachings of the historical Buddha  Shakyamuni.

Heartwood is located in Evanston at the intersection of Dempster and Dodge, 1818 Dempster Street in Evanston, IL 60202. Free parking is available in the Heartwood-owned lot, two doors east of our building on Dempster. The Pace Bus #250 picks up from the Davis Metra/El Stop in downtown Evanston every 15 minutes and stops just down the block from our front door. A bicycle rack is located in front of our building for environmentally-friendly patrons.

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.

 

Collages at Creative Coworking

My wall collages are adorning a new (temporary) home. Earlier this month I dropped off a few of my pieces to be on display at Creative Coworking in Evanston.

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Creative Coworking is a lovely building filled with office spaces for solopreneurs and small business owners in Evanston. With a tagline of ‘your office home’ it truly feels cozy.

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The entrance is a lounge area with comfortable sofas.

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Further back on the first floor you can find closed conference rooms for team projects.

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A spacious kitchen rounds out the first floor.

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The second and third floors combine closed office space with open desk space areas. Click for a virtual tour.

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Not only does this bright space offer a positive vibe and comfortable working atmosphere for business owners, but all walls are decorated with local art work that is available for sale.

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Angela said that curating art is one of her favorite parts of her ’job’ and I love that this venture founded by her and her husband truly supports anyone trying to strike out on their own.

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The building use memberships range from three months per visit to unlimited use of a fully furnished suite with bathroom. The fees offer flexibility and the opportunity to grow.

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One can start with three visits a month and upgrade that incrementally by specific number of visits to reserving a desk or an office. Mail and fax services are also available.

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You can read this fabulous ID8 Nation article to learn more about Creative Coworking. I perused the space during the March Art & Wine night, after hearing of it since Creative Coworking started.

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Angela admired my Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant and after reconnecting when she wasn’t hostessing we arranged for me to drop off my wall decor.

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Not only do my butterfly collages get to have a sleepover among 30+ artists, but I also get to pop up at the next Art & Wine night, which will be on May 30. You’ll be able to peruse my wax and wire jewelry as you make your way around this lovely building.

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There will be delicious snacks, wine, ample room to mingle, and lots of intriguing people to converse with.

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Join us on on Saturday, May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 922 Davis Street, or check out other events Creative Coworking hosts.

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