Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

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 […]

Bats at the Pop Up Gallery

Halloween is coming, and last week I delivered my stakes to two boutiques. I took the opportunity to refresh my shelf at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery. I had just finished making a fall-colored infinity stake, and think it will do well here. My bats and witch books complement the remaining collection well. I also […]

Found Objects NTAJ! Challenge

It’s October, which means another month for another Now That’s a Jig! Challenge. For this month the JigUFacturer Design Team was asked to incorporate found objects into a NTAJ!-created wire form. Alternatively, we could use a Fall theme. On one of my daily walks I found some early Fall leaves, so I knew I could […]

Main-Dempster Wonderland

After immersing myself in Chapter 1 of Alice in Wonderland, I was eager to see the Alice ambulatory play by Upended Productions. Alice performances are from September 22 to October 21, 2018 Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:00pm (tours leave in 15-minute intervals).
 All tours leave from August LaCapra State Farm, 829 Chicago Avenue, which is […]

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 […]