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.

KatesEarrings

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.

SakiSilver

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.

K8earplugearrings

These skulls were so much fun to play with.

skullcollection

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

earhooks

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

K8Newbies

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

TCC pendants

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

TCCMayBatch

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

banglemakingTCC

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

Metropolitan

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

stackablebangles

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

TCCNewbies

Then I spent some time tagging the newbies.

tagging

Tracking the consignments requires some color-coding.

consignmentTracker

Angel helped pack and deliver everything.

deliveries

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

TCCSnapshot

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

ChromaK8Hairdryers

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.

AylasBeadBazaar

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

BeadRoom

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

PaintedBeads

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

PyritePendantMaikesmarvels

I paired it with my Desigual dress for the day.

fair outfit

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

NoktivoManicure

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

501

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

FairPrep

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

cordmaking

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

baretables

My table was set up with time to spare.

AylasBeadBazaarBooth

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

ElkaDesignsBoothtable

Elka’s Designs has so many treasures.

ElkasDesigns

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

ElkasStrands

Elka hand-picked the colors for this Hematite bangle.

SquareBangleMakingMaikesmarvelssm

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.

OrangeBangleElkasbeads

This Pink Agate set lights up my life and wardrobe.

PinkAgateBangleMaikesMarvels

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

ROundHematiteBangle

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

SilverStrands

Leather:

AylasLeatherTable

Two Charming Chicx’ Trunk Show pendants:

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Glass beads I will eventually work into a design:

FurnaceBeads

There were gorgeous handmade beads and pendants:

Diane Turrillo

Organic jewelry and jewelry components:

OrganicBeads

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.

PastelsChicago

My neighbor sold chainmaille kits:

MidwestMaille

So much sparkle!

Sparkle

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.

DakotaStonesChunkyBangle

Thankfully Dakota Stones was right in front of me.

DakotaStonesbooth

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

DakotaStonesLoot

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

5dollarbeads

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

ButtonsBooth

After all, one has to turn a profit first!

AylasCustomers

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

SquareMan

All these embellishments spark so many ideas!

Bellydancegoodies

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

Ornaments

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

Embellishments