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 a few angels got adopted over the holiday season.

Caroling Angels always find new homes.

And these are the pendants that found new necks to adorn.

I still have garden stakes there, but this pink one has also been adopted. They go so well with Everlasting Fire Studio’s vases.

Be sure to swing by Sacred Art Chicago for your gift-giving needs. They are located at 4619 N Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square, Chicago.

 

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, so I need to come up with a sale for those, or just swap them out.

I only had one stowaway heart left, so I made some more hearts for the Handmade Market Show on Saturday.

I was feeling the blues this time around.

Cutting the tiers is always tricky.

A glittery peace dove cam under the wire.

It is so pretty, and one of a kind.

So go get your Valentine’s Day shopping on. Love is a celebration year-round, but it is always nice to have an excuse to give those you love an extra treat or a token of your affection.

Here’s to warm hearts and joyous minds.

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.

The Art Center always has wonderful sculptures on their premises.

Fresh off my 3D Encaustic workshop, I was intrigued by this sculpture in the hallway.

We transformed the indoors to a jewelry and gift fair.

The staff was helpful in adjusting lighting and ensuring we had all we needed for setup.

Spectacular Jewelry and Fashion items were available in 4 rooms of the Highland Park Art Center.

On Friday friends came by and invited me to dinner after their copper bangle making class and the show closing.

Saturday and Sunday we returned to see who would adopt our creations.

Some items were to benefit the Highland Park Art Center.

The show was not as successful as hoped for, probably because the venue and the name of the show were changed this year after a longstanding recognition as the BLING show.

Investing 3 days in this show when my cousin was in the country was a but of a bummer, but it is all a learning experience.

Nonetheless, a few pieces flew away, and I enjoyed meeting the other vendors.

My last show was the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow which was familiar territory.

The new organizer moved my space to Number 1!

Once again the gym was transformed into a handmade shopping extravaganaza.

It was chilly but we had a good turnout and the sun cooperated on day 2.

I visited with vendors I knew and met several talented creators.

This year’s silent auction benefited Visibility Arts.

The organization had a booth as well.

Soon it was time to put the booth to bed and head home for the night.

The next day the sun was bright and we had more foot traffic come through the door. I noticed the lovely stained glass skylight for the first time.

The Holstein Field House also hosted a king.

Here my angels and frosties were most popular.

I have a Facebook album with the angels and frosties still in my possession, and they are $5 off at Sacred Art and The Evanston Pop Up Gallery until I refresh my pieces for Valentine’s day.

I am curious what will be popular through 2018.

Art Fair daze

It’s been a good but weird year.  Overall the holiday art fair season went well, but the Holiday shows I was banking on didn’t do as well as in prior years. I only sold one piece at a time, rather than the two-to-three a single customer would pick up last year. The price points were slightly lower too, which changes the profitability of a show. Nonetheless, the ones I have been a regular at still did well, and the one new show that I lost money on was a good learning experience.

What helped this year is that I have made more year-round sales than before, so I am still showing overall growth in the business.

So now as I catch my breath and look for new opportunities, it is nice to see how much wandered away over the past two months.

The Evanston Pop Up Gallery is off to a great start and I hope their second year continues to mark growth and expansion.

The Downtown Evanston gift destination on Sherman Avenue is giving $5 off on my ornaments until I fluff up my shelf for Valentine’s Day.

My last-minute pop up at the Pop Up went quite well.

To spread the local price fairness, Sacred Art is taking $5 off the tagged price of the ornaments that are still there.

I don’t know what the current status is, but these are the ones I left their during my last visit.

I also dropped off some darker and naughtier angels in this quirky gift boutique full of creative locally made art.

Rainbow Dragonfly ornaments had a sudden surge, and I sold a few to friends via Facebook. Skull angels are also hard to keep in stock.

I enjoyed this custom order for my long-time friend’s children.

This year I also had a ladybug fan who kept picking up all my ladybug stakes.

My second Handmade Market was a lovely event, and I sold up until teardown.

Red was a theme color on that day. It is lovely to see some oldies flutter away.

Separate customers purchased a pupil and a teacher musical pendant.

At the Wilder Mansion, the first cold snap of the season encouraged a flurry of frosty sales.

Pendants and Keychains also found new owners.

In a moment of interesting vibes, a lady perusing my angel collection would ask what each carol was just as they were playing on the speakers. So clearly these two were meant to flutter away.

Pink was irresistible to a young girl, and other angels and dragonflies came out of the box to meet their new destination.

As I review all of these, it is fun to see how far my creations have come since I started developing angels in 2013.

Of course I made some presents as well.

And one friend proudly shared their custom angel atop the tree.

I am grateful for the support I received and excited to see what this year holds.

Evanston Angel Making

I am having such a blast in the studio this week!

I still have more ideas than I have hands and time to implement, but Tuesday I was able to replenish the map angels that keep on fluttering off.

For today’s pop-up soiree I will add the Evanston angels to my shelf.

I worked on a Book of Ruth commission based on my Bat Mitzvah books.

An older angel got a makeover. This worked for other recent ‘oldies’ that now have new homes.

With snow on the ground my frosties need replenishing this month, after having an abundance earlier this year.

Yesterday I planned to run errands but my first at Michaels turned into inspiration. How could I resist miniature wine bottles for my angels? I had already picked up the things I was supposed to get, so as soon as I checked out I dashed home to bend more angels and get a wine party started.


It took a bit of finessing to get the bottles in the right place, and I laughed a lot with these two.

I also needed to add another skull angel to the collection, since these are never in stock for long.

Soon several new wax and wire creations were cooling off.

A fun party of Angels came about.

After photographing these properly they’re off to the pop up party.  Wine will be served there too, but the CTA is nearby.

The Evanston Pop Up Gallery is hosting The Pop Up Gallery Friends & Family Shopping Night, Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 7 pm.

Owners Sally and Steve will offer snacks and drinks and you’ll get to mingle with a variety of artists who will be present to discuss their work.


I’ll bring in my whole shebang of ornaments and jewelry for you to peruse, beyond what is on my regular shelf at The Pop Up Gallery. Come to 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston and browse the lovely creations of numerous local artists and get your holiday gift shopping on.

Hope to see you there!

 

Angel Sessions

I just finished inspecting all my pieces for the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. Sometimes they get battered during teardown and transport, so I make sure all the waxed paper is properly secured.

As I reviewed my stock, I noticed my musical angels were running low, so I added to that stash.

Now I feel more confident about having the right song for the right person.

I also realized I’ve held some back from view because I am so attached to them.

But it’s time to let go of ugly sweater angels and other favorites. This photo is in the running for Now That’s A Jig!’s latest challenge that runs through December 31.

It’s been a month of inventorying and tagging.

I just made my 1000th jewelry piece, a pendant. This tracker includes earrings, bracelets, keychains, collar necklaces and pendants created since September 2012.

It’s this musical pendant that reminds my mom of a baby grand piano.

For those counting, my angels, frosties and other ornaments are currently at 469 and I started making them in 2013.

Druzy Angel is the latest in that collection.

Someone will be attracted to that sparkle!

My “Swarm”, including butterflies, ladybugs and dragonflies, expanded to stake format and now also include bats and witchy books. I started these in 2016 and have made 143 to date.

Red dragonfly turned a bit evil during creation.

I also played with a 3D Dreidel. I don’t know whether my Judaica ornaments will find an audience or not, but when someone in retail asks, I create!

I did think the Beetlejuice Angel would be snatched up last month.

It may not be the right time for a snowflake angel at this time

Bucktown usually is a good venue for Chicago Flag Angels.

I might not be able to recreate this skull angel cage.

Some of my dragonflies got blinged up for the last show, but are still awaiting adoption.

I’m incorporating more beads into the ornaments, and can always add custom birthstones to any of my creations.

So many more ideas are waiting!

You can find the angels below at Sacred Art this month, while they are in stock.

I look forward to seeing you at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse this weekend!

Here’s to Marbled Angel finding a home there.

Angel Making

It is angel making time.

No matter the season, I consistently sell angels throughout the year. So after my angel count session last week I had to replenish some more.

My purples and blues are popular. I also keep selling the skull angels I have in stock. After a 3D encaustic workshop my friend and I went to Blick’s and I found this lovely gold sugar skull paper which of course needed to be angel-fied as well. I love the result.

My aim for the Beetlejuice angel turned out to have a different effect when I went with horizontal stripes instead. Ah well, it’s cute whether you see a jail bird or Audrey or anything else in it.

I wanted to make an ugly sweater angel as well, and this one turned out to be a wine and sweets lover.

I had some Christmas carols from prior seasons that I converted into new angels as well. Some are from when I didn’t jig my angels yet, so I had to adjust the size of the bodies to fit the printed text.

Sometimes the multiple transports of the ornaments take a toll, and when this angel’s wing came loose I decided to refresh its wings entirely, while humming Mr. Mister.

Other angels got new accessories to see if that makes them more attractive to buyers.

Sometimes color decisions are difficult, so there may be multiple poinsettia angel iterations.

My friend Kaitlyn colored a bunch of scraps for me last year when rainbows were trending. I had time to incorporate those scraps into new creations this week.

The polka dots were begging for pompoms, and I am super delighted at the two pastel angels that came out of that.

Today I sent some off to local stores.

Sacred Art will be bringing a batch to Show of Hands this weekend.

My Evanston Pop Up Gallery section got a makeover today too.

The rest of inventory will be with me at the Handmade Market on Saturday, and at the Jewelry & Gift Show in Highland park next weekend.

I look forward to seeing these adopted to new homes. It is a pleasure to keep making dragonflies and angels, so I look forward to getting jigging some more after the Thanksgiving Holiday with family.

December is coming soon, and I am happy to work on commissions for your holiday needs. Contact me if you have a gift idea in mind.

The Ornament Factory Opens

The holiday season is about to kick in for me, so the other day I pulled out my angels for a thorough count.

I also checked last year’s sales to see what colors sold.

There is no science to prior sales as a predictor, but it always helps to know what colors customers gravitate toward.

So now I am off to the studio to replenish the most popular designs, as well as create new angels that pop into my head.

I have so many accessories for them, and I love watching them get matched to their new owners. This original angel is not going anywhere, though.

I have plenty of frosties due to the limited snow last year, and will probably come up with some more ornament designs.

I have 3 shows coming up in November. The Wilder Mansion’s 7th Annual Holiday Market takes place November 3 & 4 in Elmhurst. Handmade Chicago returns to the Empty Bottle November 11.


The Jewelry & Gift Show by Amdur Productions takes place November 17 – 19 at the Highland Park Art Center.
Of course I will also distribute ornaments in various consignment locations, so stay tuned for where you can find them in a brick & mortar venue.

Bat and Bar Mitzvah mini-books

In August I was asked to create a Bat Mitzvah book. After brainstorming with a person practicing the Jewish faith, Ruth 1:16-17 was selected as the appropriate verse to use in the gift commission.

I printed out the verse on paper and created the mini-books.

Then I cut out the verses and coated them with encaustic medium.

It was important to keep each line in the correct order and ensure they would fit within each steel frame.

I cut the pages to size and adhered them to the book.

Soon the first one was completed.

With new creations, I always want to give my customers options, so I also created two other versions for them to peruse.

Sizing pages is pain-staking, which is why these mini-books are more pricey than my other pieces.

Working in tandem helped me learn more about various design elements.

These were admired by others on my way to delivering the final three.

Both the first book and the third book were snapped up within the week. So I got back into the studio to replenish.

Practice practice practice.

This one is still available.

This blue one accommodated smaller page sections before the printout spacing was fully figured out.

I have a new one on my desk.

Contact me to design a custom mini-book of your choice.

What’s your favorite quote?

Halloween Stake-Out

Fall is trying to make its entrance and it’s been getting spooky in the studio.

I reviewed the pieces I have on hand from last year, and was inspired to make more.

With my plant stakes having such a positive response I decided to try a batty design as well.

I pulled a generic bat shape from google, designed by Rubberboots and Elf Shoes and placed a printout on my Now That’s A Jig! as a guideline.

Then I started wrapping wire around the lines, mostly in freeform. Soon I added the paper.

The result makes me happy.

 

I also had my book setup on the other jig, and decided to use my halloween stamps to make magic spell books.

Of course my witches only cast good spells, we’re all about spreading kindness and making the world a better place.

It is time consuming to attach the individual pages, but the result is worth it.

I’m playing with various colors and ‘contents.’

My skull pendants tend to ‘disappear’ each season so I made a few of those as well.

Sacred Art has parts of my Halloween Collection in stock now. When I head for my next haircut ChromaK8 will get some pendants as well.

I also dropped off some items at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery.

You can peruse the newest Halloween Creations at the Handmade Market on Saturday. I am looking forward to that new-to-me event at the Empty Bottle from noon to 4 pm on October 14.

I’ll bring the Calcite stakes I made out of a shattered gemstone.

I am also making skull bead pendants, and this red one was snapped up right away.

I hope the Halloween revelers enjoy these new pieces, and look forward to watching the parade of trick or treaters go by.

Do you have a costume in mind yet?