Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

Making A Rabbit Hole for Alice

A month ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in an Alice in Wonderland themed project. How could I possibly say no? So I set about creating a piece for the current Alice production happening on the Main-Dempster Mile. Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows […]

New Pendants for Indian Summer

I’m enjoying an extended birthday celebration, but also had time to make a few new pieces in the studio recently.  Inspired by Bead & Button, I finally incorporated some pieces from prior Milwaukee trips. My new ovals are particularly inspiring. A tiny oval helped me create this wrap around a vintage rose pendant. I wanted […]

Cleaning the Studio

After my Eras in Time Preview creation, it was time to clean my studio. My friend had requested a beading day, which also served as a handover of the Bead & Button show strands we had decided to split with each other. Another prompt was Brenda Schweder’s post about our little Now That’s a Jig! corners in […]

New pieces at local shops

With summer in full swing, I brought some new pieces to the stores where I am consigned. Just before Square Roots Fest in Lincoln Square, I sent some new stakes over to Sacred Art Chicago. It was fun to pick out what to send over. I am curious how they do this month as the […]

Crafting an Art Deco Necklace

As part of the JiguFacturer Design Team we get a sneak peek of the monthly challenges for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! Facebook Group. The August Challenge is Eras in Time, and our team spent July making amazing creations. I’ve been researching the 1930s for other reasons, and after a few book consultations from the […]

Inspired by Diane Hawkey beads

Every year the Bead & Button Show offers a Round-robin Make and Take. I had never done one before, but this year the Fly Me To The Moon design struck me, and my friend and I played along. The make & take is $29 for materials, which we paid as we picked out our focal bead […]

Evanston Made Anticipation

Phew, It’s been major prep time for me this past week. Fresh off the Sauce Walk I had to pick out my pieces for the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop. Then I was asked to bring some pieces to Nasty Women as well. So, in addition to the Hermosa ArtShow this weekend, I’ll be spending […]

Making Bees

Last week I cleared off my studio table and started organizing the debris on there. Of course my sofa is covered with it now, but at least I have  clear work surface for the time being. I have a variety of ideas for new creations, and last week I was nudged to create a bee […]

Prepping for Handmade Market

Yesterday I spent time in the studio to replenish my stakes. I have placed most of them at The Evanston Pop Up Gallery, and a few larger ones are at Green Edens Horticultural Services, which meant I had ‘sold out’ of ladybugs and dragonflies in my personal stash. So I started playing on Now That’s a […]

Fun in Spring Grove

It wasn’t quite Spring in Spring Grove yet when I made the trek up last month, but the Affair of the Arts Spring Show is always fun to be at. My stakes had been a hit at the Handmade Market, so I brought them along for this fair as well. Of course that meant foregoing […]