Affair of the Arts Spring Show

Last Sunday took me to the Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove for the Affair of the Arts Spring Show.

The grounds are so pretty and I can imagine the festive events that are held here.

Like the holiday show, we had ample setup time. The load in was smooth, and soon my table was all set.

I had time to visit my friend Cindy Lesperance’s booth.

She had already made two sales before opening.

Of course I had to pick out one of my favorites as well, since her ‘stippling’ technique in encaustic is so fascinating.

My neighbor was the lovely coat lady of KatKo Designs, for which I still need to save up funds. The transformation of the coats on different people is amazing. They each have their own personality.

Across from me Kari’s Clay Creations had her table, and her ‘drunken mugs’ were admired by many.

It was fun to interact with so many friendly people.

The Lodge was filled with amazing art and one of a kind creations.

I love the bright skylights and rustic decor.

The downstairs level was also filled with talent.

Cindy was one of the booth award recipients this time around. The winners are automatically part of the Fall 2017 Show on November 19.

You can apply for that show here.

I had a great day and was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

Organizers Karen and Joe Isacson also had a booth.

Check out the web site of J + K Isacson for upcoming artist events.

I am excited to have a bit of the show in my home.

 

Exploring Crystal Lake

On Friday I was scheduled for an evening art fair at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, a suburb I had never visited before. So prior to the 4:30 pm setup time I decided to take the afternoon to explore the town. An online search produced an intriguing map of a nice walkable cluster downtown, so I figured out where to park and set the coordinates for a leisurely drive.

The weather was lovely (albeit slightly chilly), and I parked my car in a 4-hour spot. Then I oriented myself based on the map by the train station.

Since it was lunchtime I checked the list of restaurants first, and picked two that looked intriguing. While passing a bunch of enticing windows I decided on Le Petit Marche, a lovely french-inspired bistro.

I ordered a tuna salad brioche with tea, which was served quickly.

The ambiance is lovely, and I would love take part in a wine and cheese evening sometime.

I was going to leave some postcards for Affair of the Arts, but someone already had. 🙂

Fully nourished, I walked to the end of the street and fell in love with the Crystal Lake Antique Mall. This place has rooms upon rooms of vintage pieces that inspire nostalgia and tempt those with a flair for spinning stories about old pieces. I saw a lovely wooden desk secretary at a bargain price, but instead settled on a tray I actually needed. I do think I’ll visit again though, maybe I will know a place to put that piece by then (if it is still there).

Fully uplifted by this historic surprise, I strolled back outside and made my way back into modern times in an old-town setting.

I meandered 2 fabric stores, some fashion boutiques, and then stumbled onto Kaleidoscoops via a gift shop, and couldn’t resist treating myself to a cone. This is a nice after-school hangout for teens. I needed caffeine for a long evening so “The Grind” was a perfect fix with its delicious caramel and the crunch of chocolate covered espresso beans inside.

Across from the ice cream store was Evolve, a store with yummy-smelling chakra candles, lots of healing crystals, altar pieces, incense and beautiful instruments to center the soul. I could have spent hours in there but had a schedule to keep.

So I strolled in and out of a few more cute stores before being stopped by the Metra. In the future I could catch the UP-NW metro line in Mount Prospect for a mini trip to Crystal Lake.

On my way to the car I spotted this fun sign that applies to so much of life.

Five minutes later I was at the Lutheran School to unload my car in the gym.

Soon the place was transformed into a vibrant and colorful fair.

Fancy meeting Le Petit Marche here again!

It was fun getting back into the booth setup routine.

I had fun doing a quick perusal.

 Tupperware is more vibrant these days.

Now that I am sewing again, this coat by Ginspiration spoke to me.

A raffle drawing was held every 30 minutes.

I gained some new admirers and a few pieces walked away.

My angels, dragonflies and ladybugs were all petted.

A friend stopped by and snapped me in action.

My neighbors were fun to connect with.

Soon it was time to pack up again and head home. It was a good evening and I look forward to visiting here again.

On to Affair of the Arts!

Culture-immersion pop-ups

Last month I popped up in places that had nods to cultures other than mine.

Early in November I popped up at Esquina, a new place founded by Nomadic Ant.

Meaning corner in Spanish, the place is a conglomeration of artist exhibits, a gathering space for live music and poetry, and venue for monthly local artist bazaars.

It was a weekend of shock for many in the nation, so there wasn’t much traffic, but it was still a fun gathering.

A woodburning artist read tarot cards.

An illustrator showcased her work.

We met the artist of these creations.

This rainbow sprinkle donut was consumed.

It was fun to peruse the record covers. Esquina offers Bring your own Vinyl nights, where you can play your records on a turntable.

In early December I visited the Irish-American Heritage Center, which transformed from a large gymnasium type space to a bustling vendor fair.

In spite of our first snowfall of the season, many people strolled through prior and after Sunday mass, including the bagpipers I had heard earlier.

I had researched Irish Carols and learned about Christmas in Killarney.

Candle Angel fluttered away.

It was a fun afternoon with a variety of arts and crafts on display.

My art fair season is over, and the display bags put away for a few months.

I get to enjoy the snow instead of watching it fall from the window, or luxuriate in hibernating for a bit.

Winter offers magical scenery.

Bucktown ArtShow this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday I am returning to Holstein Field House for the 18th Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. It is my third year there, and I think I’ll be in the same spot as last year.

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This show has 100 artists selling handmade, unique, one of a kind gifts and art in all media. I’ve been to many fairs and know some booths on ‘the circuit’ but this show draws artists I have not yet seen every year, along with some popular returnees.

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Come and join us on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 from Noon to 5 pm. Holstein Park is located at 2200 N Oakley Avenue in Chicago. There should be a visitor parking lot South of the Park, and the Blue Line Western stop is nearby.

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Silent auction tables will be set up in each gym and in the auditorium with donated items from the participating artists. Guests are welcome to place a bid on any and as many items as they like. Participants don’t have to be present to win.

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Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to A Long Walk Home. A Long Walk Home is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women

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Yum Dum Food Truck will be set up just outside the entrance from approximately noon until 4 pm.

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I had some last year and it was delicious.

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Coffee, soda, water, muffins and some snacks are available at the food booth in the Auditorium.

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You’ll also want to get some hot cocoa from Bob’s Belgian Chocolate, who was set up in the West Gym last year.

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The first Bucktown Holiday ArtShow took place in 1999, at Holstein Park Fieldhouse.

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Admission is $2/person at the door, but you can print my newsletter to get into the ArtShow for free. There is also a half-off admission coupon on the Bucktown Promotions web site.  

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If you forget to prepare in advance, you can also check in on Facebook for free admission to the ArtShow (and then break all the rules). 

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This is my final art fair of the year, so it’s the last time you’ll see my trees and letterboxes fully adorned.

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Snow is in the forecast, but that hasn’t deterred shoppers in the past years.

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It truly is a fun outing for families and caters to people of all ages.

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Warm Bevvy Trunk Show

Last year I had a blast at the Warm Bevvy Walk in Evanston. It is a great way to explore local shops and make new friends. The 2nd Annual Evanston Warm Bevvy Walk is on Thursday, December 8 from 5 to 8 pm with my favorite businesses participating.

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Enjoy an evening stroll with friends and family, stopping at stores in downtown Evanston and along the Main-Dempster Mile to try tasty beverages and shop for the holidays. I will be at See Jane Sparkle with all my wares for an evening trunk show. Sara Jane is blending a special beverage and will also have special promotions that evening.

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This event is FREE and open to all ages, but registration is required. If you intend to drink alcoholic beverages, you are required to present an ID to get a wristband. This year, commemorative Shop Evanston enamel mugs will be available for purchase for $5 with cash or credit card. Along the Main-Dempster Mile, the following businesses are offering drinks.

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Check-in (where you get a map and wristband): The Pot Shop | 1224 Chicago Avenue or Sketchbook Brewing | 821 Chicago Avenue.

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See Jane Sparkle | 1312 Chicago Ave.
Threads Boutique | 1304 Chicago Ave.
The Collage Cafe | 912 Sherman Ave.

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Evanston Eye Wellness | 716 Main St.
Trash & Treasures | 611 Dempster St.
Follow Your Nose & The Alchemist’s Wife | 917 Chicago Ave.
Vogue Fabrics featuring Bon Events | 718 Main St.
Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery | 704 Main St.

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Virag Jewelers | 703 Main St.
Evanston Float Center | 800 Dempster St.
In Fine Fettle Holistic Health Center & Wellness Boutique | 900 Chicago Ave. (storefront on Main St.)
Belgian Chocolatier Piron | 509 Main St.

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Squeezebox Books & Music | 1235 Chicago Ave.
Evanston Stitchworks | 906 Sherman Ave.
stumble & relish | 1310 Chicago Ave.
YoFresh | 635 Chicago Ave., #7

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Downtown Evanston: Check-in: Vinic Wine | 1509 Chicago Ave.

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Life is Good | 1741 Sherman Ave.
Avail & Co. | 1106 Davis St.
Athletico Physical Therapy | 909 Davis St., Ste. 220
Underground Printing | 818 Clark St.
Chiropractic First | 1609 Chicago Ave.

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La Cocinita | 1625 Chicago Ave.
Ayla’s Originals | 1511 Sherman Ave.
Relish | 706 Church St.
Williams Shoes the Walking Spirit | 610 Church St.

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Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston | 1501 Sherman Ave.
Celtic Knot | 626 Church St.
Andy’s Frozen Custard | 719 Church St. {offering Hot Fudge/Caramel Turtle Sundaes for $2.30}
Spice & Tea Exchange of Evanston | 1615 Sherman Ave.
Pure Barre | 910 Church St.
Bookends & Beginnings | 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)
The Alley Gallery | 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)

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Saville Flowers | 1712 Sherman Ave.
Evereve | 1608 Sherman Ave.
Uncle Dan’s | 901 Church St.
Smylie Brothers | 1615 Oak Ave.
Exhale Evanston | 1890 Maple Ave.
First Northern Credit Union | 1705 Sherman Ave.
Bottle & Bottega | 1016 Davis St.
dragonfly-df | 1501 Chicago Ave.

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I hope to see you!

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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.

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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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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Ladies Night Out in Elmhurst

Returning to the Wilder Mansion is always a joy.

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It was a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon, and I got the same table as the Holiday Market last year.

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Soon I was set up.

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The ample set up time meant I got to peruse the other booths in mid-dress after a delicious lunch.

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This undressed booth is a piece of art without the gorgeous Jewels Botanica it later displayed.

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Roz Long of RGL Marketing for the Arts does a fantastic job curating a wide variety of jewelers into the show.

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I was inspired by their skills.

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There was even time for a vendor to snap a photo of me.

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Fashion was also well-represented, with hats, convertible skirts, scarves and a variety of other accessories.

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These pompoms match my hair!

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Other rooms had mini-manicures, massages, sweet samplings and wine.

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Ladies soon started walking through the doors, perusing all the wares.

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I’m thrilled one of my puzzle pieces walked away, as did a sculptural pendant.

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Some ladies dressed to the nines.

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Since Tannins was conveniently located next door, I got to sample their lovely red.

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I sold a ladybug (hooray!), and got shoppers thinking about commissioned ornaments.

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Angel and I look forward to returning here in November for the Wilder Mansion Holiday market.

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The Holiday Market is Friday, November 4th from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am -to 4pm.

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Ravenswood ArtWalk IV

Being part of the Ravenswood ArtWalk is always fun.

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This year Architectural Artifacts offered their Artifacts Events space to Ravenswood ArtWalk artists, and we were so fortunate to get to be in this spot.

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I had never visited the store, but am planning to go back to look at all the things.

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How amazing are these finds?

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I’ll have to examine light fixtures more closely before I settle on my new upgrades at home.

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There are so many large items.

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It felt a bit like being in a giant movie set store room.

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A vintage piece from Rotterdam.

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Sewing aficionados will love this spool receptable.

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I had to remind myself to go back to my booth and not start shopping.

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Saturday morning was overcast as we set up, once again proving that I should keep my shows indoors.

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I set up my table with risers from Ayla’s Originals’ recent garage sale.

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I used nightstands to hold my trees (they’re from Nadeau, for those who kept opening the drawers).

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Since it was raining we got an influx of browsers right away.

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Traffic was steady throughout the day, with a few people spending time circling for a few hours.

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The blue collar everyone always picks up and tries on went to a new home.

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The talent is always fresh and creative, and I couldn’t resist this cute handmade book.

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Architectural Artifacts also is a feast for the eyes.

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In the evening a bridal party passed through for their wedding in the courtyard and upstairs.

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We put our booths to sleep and checked out for the day.

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The following day more people perused.

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It was tough to watch everyone but me make transactions for a few hours, though my view was fun.

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A friend brought me a libation that I will not read anything into. 😉

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Thanks to that mojo finally in late afternoon people affirmed my presence with purchases as well.

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I’m excited that many of my pieces have new owners.

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Late in the afternoon the light cast interesting shadows on my table.

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Some ornaments were adopted as well.

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Before long it was time to tear down and load my car back up.

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You can check out next year’s event around August of 2017.

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Here’s hoping I get to be in this space again next year.

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