Itâ€™s been a year and three months since I started showing at Aurora Rose Boutique, and since then my shelf has undergone a few transformations.
Owners Kim and Amber take such pride in their store and I love seeing the rearrangements they make to best display the handmade products created by more than 40 vendors.
As my shelf got moved and re-hooked and pared down, it’s been a great collaborative process to help boost each other’s business.
Last month co-owner Amber re-arranged a few things, which prompted me to create new display gadgets to showcase my pieces.
I had purchased some fabric that initially was going to be a backdrop for my jewelry, but inspired by the velvet display rectangle Amber had found I decided to copy that concept.
Michaels had plenty of low-cost pieces of wood and foam core I could repurpose. Then I looked up tutorials on covering foam core and I got some batting from Vogue Fabrics. One evening was spent stapling the batting to the substrates.
Then I had to dig up my sewing machine and read the manual. It has been 5 or 6 years since I last used a hand-me-down machine, and when I was gifted this one my interests had diverted to other things.
I learned that linen is a difficult trial fabric but proceeded with the hemming anyway, and played with tension and different kind of stitches.
While it isnâ€™t perfect, for the purpose of this project I am fine with the hemlines, and look forward to finishing that UFO quilt in my drawer.
After ironing again (which I never do for clothing, btw), I covered the wooden pieces with a staple gun.
The necklace stand was too thin for staples so I used spray adhesive quite messily and got that covered.
The foam core became a blend of spray adhesive and a few finishing staples. The easels came from the ‘project presentation’ section of Michaels.
Now I have a nice cohesive set of display pieces that will hopefully help my pendants, bracelets and earrings fly off the shelf.
Aurora Rose is actively engaged in Lemontâ€™s summertime events, so pop by before the Wednesday evening Cruise Nights, the sunset soiree concerts and the farmers market.
I will be there with my art fair setup on Saturday, June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for Aurora Roseâ€™s 4th Saturday Trunk Show. You can view all my inventory that day, including larger encaustic collages.
My Etsy shop is open 24/7, for those of you who aren’t near Lemont.