Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

May Now Thats a Challenge!

On March 8, 2019, Brenda Schweder Jewelry’s Facebook Live video included a guest appearance of her husband, Jim Schweder. The couple is putting their house on the market (for a move to warmer Tuscon), which prompted Jim to volunteer some of Brenda’s beautiful ephemera finds for our May Now That’s a Jig! Challenge (with her […]

Pop Up Gallery Refresh

Last week I did a Pop Up Gallery Refresh, and also moved shelves in the Downtown Evanston Gift Store. The Evanston Pop Up Gallery has changed ownership and is now Artem Pop Up Gallery. With utility work happening at Sherman Avenue, it looks like the rebranding is more dramatic than it actually is. I brought […]

2018 Unclaimed Ornaments

Here are some of the ‘leftovers’ I have in stock. They won’t arrive in time for Christmas if you want them shipped, but I am happy to send them off to new homes. The Santa Angel almost left, but then a Chicago Flag won instead… The top one (red) is claimed, but the other 3 […]

Weihnachtsmarkt meets Krampus

I wrapped up the Holiday Fairing this past weekend with the DANK Haus Weihnachtsmarkt. It was a lovely 2 days with fun vendors. I knew some of them already, and others became new artisans to follow. Nomadic Ant was advertising the event a block away. They were booth neighbors. On Friday I set up early […]

Bier und Bretzel Engelchen

So, this year I’ve made 70 pieces of Jewelry, 71 Stakes and Swarm ornaments, and, believe it or not, 231 angels, frosties, trees, and stars! No wonder my pliers were getting worn out cutting all that 16-gauge steel. So I visited Brenda Schweder’s lovely site to reorder the ‘Buttah Cuttah,’ and since I had just […]

JigUFacturer Ornament Challenge

This month the JigUFacturer Design team for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! was challenged to make holiday ornaments. As you know this is kind of my jam. I started making ornaments in 2013. Initially I was freewheeling all the designs with pliers, but when I saw that Brenda Schweder had developed Now That’s A […]

Small Business Saturday November 24

Small Business Saturday is coming around again, and I have delivered ornaments to a few Chicagoland places. It is always lovely to have my ornaments in various retail locations so you can shop even when i don’t have an art fair. Before their trip to Show of Hands I delivered new earrings to Sacred Art […]

More new ornaments

My hands are busy busy busy this month. If you see a bit of ‘soot’ on them, I promise you I washed them! Last week I added some bees to the mix. A Wilder Mansion visitor thought I should have bees since I work with beeswax. The bee stakes were too big for her, so […]

Replenishing the Angel Stash

Amidst all the frosty making last month, I also have a variety of angel ideas percolating in my head. No matter how many times I tell myself I will start holiday production early, it always ends up being a mad rush in October. Summer is just too enjoyable outdoors and always packed with events. So […]

Making Sportsy Frosties

At Hip Circle we would call any major event like the Super Bowl and World Cup a Sportsing event, and I like the ring of it. I do follow the World Cup when the Dutch and German teams are playing, but am only marginally aware of what goes on in the sports world. Of course […]