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 […]

DANK Haus Weihnachtsmarkt

The holiday assembly line continues as I prepare for the next and final Holiday Market. On Friday evening and Satur-day, I will be at the DANK Haus for their Weihnachtsmarkt. On Friday, December 14 from 6 pm to 10 pm, there will be an exclusive Weihnachtsmarkt Party. This ticketed event includes: Rahm Schnitzel Dinner-  Pork tenderloin medallions […]

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 […]

20 years of Bucktown Holiday ArtShow

This Saturday and Sunday I will be vending at the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. The Bucktown Holiday ArtShow brings together artists whom make one-of-a-kind works of art for sale to offer to an audience of holiday shoppers. The artists represent photography, textiles, watercolors, oils, jewelry, ceramics, greeting cards, jewelry, and a variety of other mediums. DJ […]

I love Elmhurst

Remember Fall? Hard to believe it is not quite December yet. On a glorious Fall day I drove to Elmhurst for the kickoff of my holiday fairs. The Wilder Mansion filled up fast with vendors who had wonderful creative displays. I set up mine, and barely had a chance to peruse the other wonderful hand […]

Ornament pop-ups December 1 & 2

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead and am busy making some new creations for the occasions. On Saturday Sacred Art Chicago is throwing me a “Maike’s Marvels Ornament Pop Up!” party so you can get your tree-trimming on. I will bring my full array of ornaments and have them available to you Saturday, December 2, […]

Gratitude

I am catching my breath for a minute, and thinking about gratitude this week. A lot is happening that has people in despair, and I am aware that the world seems tough. But at the same time, there is so much goodness and kindness and joy in the world. I Pollyanna a lot on social […]

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 […]

Holiday Bazaar this weekend

I have been making angels and frosties like there’s no tomorrow and am excited to pack them all up this week to go to the Woman’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar. This juried gift fair features more than 50 artists and makers of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts. The Bazaar takes place this coming weekend. On Friday, November 16, 5 […]