Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

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 […]

Garden Stakes at Green Edens

As I was making bud vase stakes, I also had another venue in mind. I met mother-daughter team Amy and Heather at a local networking event, and learned that they ave a store front up in Evanston’s West Village. Green Edens Horticultural Services is a professional garden design and landscaping company owned and operated by women. […]

Easter at the Pop Up Gallery

I’ve been making stakes to bring in spring, and it has lifted my mood. I tried to jig a flower on my Now That’s a Jig!, which took a few attempts. While the pegs are symmetrical, lifting the wire off the jig shifts the tension and the petals get a bit wonky. After settling for […]

New Pendants at Sacred Art

The other day I visited Sacred Art and we noticed only one pendant was left from my inventory there. So of course I tagged a few more to bring in from my latest batch. I am a bit attached to some of these, but I know they will fly off to good homes. Meanwhile, quite […]

Valentines at the Pop Up Gallery

I was feeling the love vibe earlier this month and made some valentine hearts, along with other springy pieces. I decided to deliver these to the Evanston Pop Up gallery and refreshed my shelf. It was fun to determine a new configuration and see where it leads. Some items have been sitting for a while, […]

Closing out December

The last months of the year were hectic, and two multiday shows capped off the art fair season. In late November, just before Thanksgiving the Jewelry and Gift Show was held at the Highland Park Art Center. I always love visiting this town, and enjoyed the Pegasus horses that were set up for the holidays. […]