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.

Maike’s Maraviglia out and about

I’ve been enjoying the weather and nature so much that promoting my jewelry has been backburnered a bit. But you’ll see me wear and can peruse fun pieces at NEW’s Crain’s Small Business Week Event on Wednesday. My Chakra Bangle and Twinsy Dancing Spirals are with me most often.

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The Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant is looking forward to fluttering into someone else’s home.

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This baby blue beaded collar set from the Bead & Button Show will pop up on Etsy after the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’m eager to make more with my newly acquired beads.

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With October marking the last quarter of the year, it is also time to start thinking about Holiday orders. Musical pieces like Christmas Carols on ornaments are popuplar.

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My German deliveries tend to take a full month through customs, so I will need to ship those off by mid-November. So if you live overseas, message me now with Holiday gift ideas and I will work them into the studio schedule. I’ll be infinitely grateful for the early notice. This infinity rainbow collar and the coiled earrings make me happy every day.

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Collars and Earrings can be custom sized. The Curled Collar and ovalish earrings made a trip to REI with me. I’m loving Dragonfly Collections‘ plum sweater for fall.

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The blue Crystal wax and wire pendant garners much admiration when I wear it out.

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And on my visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America the Waves Earrings came along for some beachy time.

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Come try these on in person at Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 North Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1- 6 on Wednesday, October 8.

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Summer Trunk Show Prepping

I’ve been reviewing my inventory and adding some new pieces over the past two weeks.

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Next Saturday I’ll have my only summer show in Lemont, an indoor trunk show at Aurora Rose Boutique.

The fun starts at 1 and goes until 4, though I will probably hang out open to close. Aurora Rose is doing these every fourth Saturday of the month, and the calendar of resident vendors filled up quickly.

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Co-owners Kim and Amber Peters are putting together swag bags for the first 10 visitors, so showing up at 1 may get you a reward!

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Preparing in the studio is such fun, especially as I play with my loot from the Bead & Button Show (which I will write up in another blog post).

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Musical pieces tend to resonate with my fans, so I’ve made few of those.

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I had a mini-score of Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” (This image is enchantingly lovely) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart floating around that became a blue pendant. The scarf pendant is a special nod to Aurora Rose boutique, and the heart pendant is a vintage piece of violin sheet music (Old Melody and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).

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I also got a strong yellow vibe this week as I found a scarf I forgot I had, so I embellished it with this dragonfly. You can put it on your own scarf at the trunk show.

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The yellow sparklies brightened an overcast and blustery day this week. I’m not sure if I should make a pendant to go with this for a full set.

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I also created my first clip-on earring pair. All earrings in my shop can be modified with clip-ons now, just convo me your need and I will make the switch. Sterling silver ear hooks/studs can also be added at cost.

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I look forward to the meet & greet of Aurora Rose’s Lemont customers and hope these newbies fly off to new homes.

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The lineup of other #AuroraRoseTrunkShows is at Aurora Rose’s event page.

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Seeing what my colleagues created is always a blast. Aurora Rose is located at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont, IL.

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Have a great weekend and see you NEXT Saturday.