The Ice Queen visits again

January started off mild, but now we are getting the brunt of winter. A first blanket of snow appeared January 12. By mid-week the temperatures had become frostier, and the Lake had a visit from the Ice Queen. I enjoyed the stroll, although fingers get frosty by the lake when the wind is whipping. The […]

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 […]

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 […]