Hand pampering and company gift creating

Sometimes weary hands need a bit of pampering, and it had been far too long since I visited Noktivo.

On Friday I gave my hands and feet a break and settled into one of the comfy chairs at Lena Rose. The hands deserved a break, since Noktivo and Lena Rose owner Jenny had asked me to make keychains for her employees.

She had eyed my sparkle bead keychain at a pop-up, and asked if I could make some as gifts. Inspired by her decor, I went through my button stash and made rose keychains, which were immediately approved.

I gathered more roses and started bending rose-colored wire to add to the steel.

The softness of this handmade paper rose contrasts with the industrial steel, and gives it a safe haven.

I also made a double-rose keychain.

It is on Jenny to pick who receives which keychain.

My nails kept up with the visual theme, and after getting the lengths evened out and a lovely massage I was lacquered with a cheerful non-toxic pink.

I also delivered some bangles for consignment, so you can adorn your pampered wrists with one of those on your next visit to Lena Rose.

Keeping with the rose theme, I delivered some pink bangles as well.

I still have more sparklies from my Bead & Button Show excursion, which are available for custom sizing.

One rose had too little wire for a bangle, so it became a pendant instead.

Lena Rose offers a variety of natural beauty products that are free of toxins to keep you healthy and preserve the environment. I love the spray-on sunscreen for its lightweight application and strong protection.

After my hands and feet were thoroughly relaxed, I strolled next door to see what First Slice Pie had to offer. This lovely cafe and bakery has sweet and savory treats. My favorite summer pie was available, and I took a mini strawberry-rhubarb pie home.

Now my nails are ready for the Independence Day festivities.

Lena Rose Natural Beauty is located at 4668 N. Manor Avenue in Chicago. You can book appointments via this link.

Earrings for Ear spools

When I had my pop-up at Chroma K8, she mentioned the need for different types of ear hooks to safely stay in her ear spools. I had ordered some clip-on loops, and those seemed to work with a trial run.

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However, of the three pairs one didn’t function, so I perused the Bead & Button show for other ideas.  Saki Silver had some fabulous bronze options and I took a few sizes to play with.

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Then I designed a few earrings and had them tested by an ear-plug wearing friend. With her stamp of approval, I feel good about leaving them with Kate for her clientele to peruse.

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These skulls were so much fun to play with.

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The nickel-free hooks work on regular ears too, so I am excited to see this new collection depart into the world.

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Meanwhile, I also made additional pendants and bangles with Kate’s beautique in mind.

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Since I was on a roll, I also made some new pendants for The Collage Cafe.

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A few items were adopted at a recent Cocktails and Coloring Fourth Friday event.

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America’s Got Talent is a nice backdrop for bangle-making.

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I support local women-owned businesses as much as possible.

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I may make some copies of these stackable bangles for myself.

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You can peruse these newbies during the grown-up summer camp sessions and browse Lindy’s other lovely gifts.

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Then I spent some time tagging the newbies.

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Tracking the consignments requires some color-coding.

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Angel helped pack and deliver everything.

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Swing by The Collage Cafe at 912 Sherman in Evanston for these goodies.

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Chroma K8’s earth-friendly hair salon is located at 5425 Lincoln Avenue in Chicago where Noktivo does splendid nail services.

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Next up is adding more sparkle to my creations for the Sidewalk Sale at See Jane Sparkle July 29-31.

Sparkles at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar

September closed out with a pop-up at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar.

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I had perused the bazaar last year and was thrilled to be one of the vendors this year.

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What’s not to like about being surrounded by sparkles and beauty?

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Last year’s Pyrite strand made it into a set.

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I paired it with my Desigual dress for the day.

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I also combined it with the ring I bought from Ayla’s booth last year, which matched the sparkly Noktivo nails nicely.

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The set also marked a tagging milestone (when I hadn’t properly identified the beads).

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Before the fair, I had to tally up my cash and business cards to make sure I was set.

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My satin necklace cords had dwindled as well, so I spent one afternoon tediously cutting and crimping.

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It is always fun to see the bare bones of a fair.

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My table was set up with time to spare.

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So I perused the other booths before the public came in.

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Elka’s Designs has so many treasures.

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I had picked up strands from her trunk show recently at Ayla’s Originals Evanston store.

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Elka hand-picked the colors for this Hematite bangle.

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I felt the need for some orange and she had this Hollowite Turquoise on hand. The coppery acrylic beads are lightweight in spite of their size.

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This Pink Agate set lights up my life and wardrobe.

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I played with Fall notes for the round hematite beaded bangle (and I have plenty of beads for monochromatic versions as well).

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Ayla’s had a variety of tables to peruse, including pearls and silver strands of gorgeousness:

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Leather:

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Two Charming Chicx’ Trunk Show pendants:

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Glass beads I will eventually work into a design:

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There were gorgeous handmade beads and pendants:

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Organic jewelry and jewelry components:

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The Pastels Chicago show at the Art Center – Highland Park was not as pastell-y as anticipated. I was surprised by the earth tones in many pieces.

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My neighbor sold chainmaille kits:

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So much sparkle!

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I was worried I might not be able to find the strands of this chunky bead bangle that has been requested by two customers already.

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Thankfully Dakota Stones was right in front of me.

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Hooray, two strands for me (and more goodies)!

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I wasn’t the only one browsing the $5 and $10 strands.

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I was tempted by so many other beads, but had to restrain myself.

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After all, one has to turn a profit first!

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My pen-person from the last NEW meeting did its job.

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All these embellishments spark so many ideas!

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The ornaments drew admiration, so I hope some holiday orders come my way.

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It was a lovely day filled with inspiration, and I look forward to showing the new creations from my new stash.

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Bead Bazaar on Sunday

It’s back to back art fair time! On Sunday, September 27, I will be setting up shop in the Highland Art Park Center, where Ayla’s Originals is hosting its Fall Bead Bazaar.

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I’ve perused Ayla’s Wonderful World of Beads on numerous occasions and am thrilled to be part of the vendor line-up this year.

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Seventeen vendors bring their best beading merchandise for your perusal, including: Ayla’s Originals, Dakota Stones, Elka Designs, Hobo Glass, Kina Denton, Maike’s Marvels, Cynthia McEwen Design, Medusa’s Stones, Midwest Maille, Mostly Buttons, Karen Ovington, Reith Collection, String a Strand on Wells, Diane Tarullo and Two Charming Chix.

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You can browse handmade beads, discounted gemstones, vintage charms and adornments, strands of craft beads, pre-made jewelry, and jewelry tools.

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Come see what I created with last year’s loot from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, September 27 at The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park. Parking is free and the Metra station is Highland Park.

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The Art Center is hosting Pastel Painters 2015, a group exhibition of imagery predominantly produced in the medium of pastel, created by the most elite pastel painters from across the country. Download the discount coupon here for $1 off the $4 entry fee.

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I know some of you locals have been eye-ing my bangles, and this is your chance to select your very own beads. I will give you a $5 discount on your custom order at the fair when you by a strand of beads at the bazaar.

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I picked up some of Elka Designs’ strands at her recent trunk show in Ayla’s Evanston store, and will be finishing some bangles based on Elka’s suggestions before Sunday.

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I’m curious how this one will turn out. Get a sneak peek of my beaded jewelry on Etsy.

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The Art Center – Highland Park is a community-based organization whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests. A not-for-profit visual arts organization, The Art Center (TAC) provides an arts education to Highland Park and surrounding areas as a thriving Arts Education and Exhibition Center, as well as a hub for culture and community.

Trunk Show Fun

Before the Independence Day festivities I had some fun at Aurora Rose Boutique.

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Mannequins were adorned with my pieces.

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I might play with a scarf pendant necklace in the Fall.

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I set up for my trunk show there with a pretty and whimsical view.

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Having extra surfaces to display my wares was nice, as well as not having to worry about the weather.

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I’ve amassed quite a few pendants now, and hope to see more explore the world with new owners.

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I accessorized my Make by Megan K. Dress with a Hello Kitty Ring, Rock-A-Ring, and Spiced Up Shoes.

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Other vendors came in to restock their wares, and I became enamored with these crochet animals from The Happy Star.

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Luckily I was too busy to pull out my wallet, but the Octopi might get a cuddle and a ride home next month.

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Kim provided tasty treats by Tastefully Simple.

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I met fellow vendors, new Maraviglia fans, and friends during the afternoon, and enjoyed seeing a few adornments go home with new owners.

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Kim was happy with the custom Scarf pendant I made, featuring the story and music score of Aurora Rose, or Sleeping Beauty as most of us know her.

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I enjoyed the inspiration of other vendors.

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And am pondering the projected survival rate of a terrarium with my no-green thumbs.

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My July inventory is freshened up.

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With a few new scarf pendants and necklace pendants. Detailed photos of the ones I left are here.

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The next #AuroraRoseTrunkShow will be held on July 26th with A&Z Designs, a must for steampunk fans. Join Al & Zivi for a demonstration, meet and greet, and check out their handcrafted jewelry, hand-stamped metals and steam-punk inspired pieces.

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Always shop local and handmade. It is so much more gratifying to own one-of-a-kind pieces and know you supported someone in your neighborhood.

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NOTE: Only vendors already registered with Aurora Rose can have trunk shows there.