Strolling Calvary Cemetery

On my quest to find longer daily walk routes I decided to explore Calvary Cemetery in July. Just blocks from my house, I found a pedestrian entrance in a Hinman alley. Speed walking down the paths felt disrespectful, so I slowed my pace and admired the memorials. I read some of the tombstones, but soon the […]

Wellness as a lifestyle

Last year’s Harvey drama had me paying less attention to my self-care and triggered the comfort-food (and drink) habit a little too much. Waistbands and dresses got tighter, and I wasn’t happy with what I glimpsed in the mirror. While my buddy Grayson kept me from completely hibernating during the cold winter, those 20 minute […]

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 […]

Nature Love

It’s been lovely to stroll around Evanston in this gorgeous weather. I am taking daily walks as part of a health plan, and love getting to know the various streets and gardens of my neighborhood better. Milkweed is abundant here, both planted by the city and private gardens, and it thrills me to see the […]

Finishing the Waldo Search

This week I wrapped up my Waldo Scavenger hunt. I mainly did it for social media fun, and since I knew most of the businesses I skipped I didn’t feel compelled to complete all passport stops. Instead, I returned to Secret Treasures because not finding him there bugged me. Angel spotted a lovely teaset perfect […]

Strolling Emily Oaks

July seems to be nature month for me. Freshly energized by the North Park Village Nature Center, I decided to spend a humid afternoon at Emily Oaks Nature Center recently. The park was filled with day campers, but that didn’t deter me from taking my strolls around the short trails. The kids were encouraged to […]

Monarch love in North Park Village

On Friday I visited a lovely new-to-me Nature Preserve. North Park Village Nature Center is a remnant of a former Tuberculosis clinic in Chicago. The wooded, 46-acre nature preserve holds various types of landscapes. The easy-to-follow looped trails offer an overview of Savanna, Woodlands, Wetland, Prairie and Edge Forest. Open from 10 am to 4 […]

Finding Waldo in Evanston

Find Waldo Local is a community-wide scavenger hunt originated by independent bookstores. Local residents can pick up a passport that lists participating stores, and then stroll local shopping districts to locate tiny Waldo cut-outs in the shops. I believe Bookends & Beginnings instigated the scavenger hunt in Evanston, and it has expanded to various non-book stores […]