Trunk Show at Ayla’s this weekend

Whew, I thought 2 weeks between shows is a long time, but there is still a lot to be done by Saturday.

When I went to the Bead & Button show in June I stopped by Ayla’s booth first, and was promptly stickered by Joe.

At that time, we made plans for a trunk show, and August 12 & 13 felt so far away. I optimistically purchased some large hole pearls for the occasion. Fast forward one eventful month and I am wrangling wire like crazy, with idea after idea piling into my brain.

My aim is to make sure I am using beads sourced via Ayla, so I went through my inventory list, and I’ve attended quite a few of Ayla’s bead shows over the years, along with visits to the store itself with friends.

I compared the inventory dates to my visual archives (photos snapped after each shopping spree) and set those beads aside in my jewelers bench.

Soon I had ideas and matched papers to my designs.

The last batch came from Kina’s Trunk Show, and I started with those first.

I was pleasantly surprised that the vintage beads I bought from Ayla actually fit the 16 gauge wire, and had fun stringing those.

I waxed the pieces, with the cage versions being a bit more challenging than the others. The etched jade also fit the thicker wire, and I am glad my friend and I shared this strand last summer.

Ayla’s store has many beads that can be strung directly onto the steel wire for a swinging bead effect. David Christensen creates a gorgeous array of glass beads that I have had in my collection for a while. This pendant will get some matching earrings too, though whether that happens by Saturday is still a question mark.

Ayla’s Originals offers freshwater pearls, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, antique trade beads and gemstones from all over the world. If you see something you love in the store this weekend, I am happy to design a piece if you aren’t interested in creating your own.

In 2016, Ayla’s Originals received an official proclamation from Evanston’s Mayor for the 20th anniversary in Evanston. The store’s history is longer though.

Two decades ago, Ayla was a Director of Human Resources in corporate America. She frequented a bead store to take her mind off her waning passion in the work she was doing.

After a few workshops, Ayla began designing her own jewelry. The bead store owner was retiring, putting Ayla in a position to take over the store’s lease after resigning from her job.

The Ayla’s Own jewelry line was soon featured in the Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum Gift Shops and well publicized. In 1998 Ayla’s Originals moved to Sherman Avenue in Evanston.

The store offers classes, private lessons, and private party options. The store offers a wide array of You Are Beautiful merchandise as well.

You can get a bingo card for special discounts on future purchases. Ayla and her husband, photographer Joe Pizzo, reside in Evanston.

Ayla’s Originals Store is located at 1511 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. Hours are: T,W, F: 10 am to 6 pm; Th: 10 am to 7 pm; Sat. 10 am to 5 pm; Sun 12 to 5 pm. Closed Mondays.

I will also be bringing my stakes, which are getting additional siblings this week.

There is so much more to make!

Sparkly Sidewalk Sale tomorrow!

I’ve been sparkling up the studio this week to make more beaded pieces.

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Then I tagged all the newbies for the upcoming 3-day sale.

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Tomorrow I’ll be setting up in front of See Jane Sparkle for the Evanston Sidewalk Sale.

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I’ll have a table in front of 1312 Chicago Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm July 29, 30 and 31.

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Depending on weather, Sara Jane will have my wax and wire pieces inside.

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My swarm is also planning on fluttering in.

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You can look for Sparkly Angel in the store too, along with her friends.

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This year the sidewalk sale extends down to Main Street, so be sure to visit my favorite shops there as well, including The Collage Cafe, Cultivate, Hip Circle Studio, and more.

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There will be a variety of specials offered by retailers.

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In downtown Evanston a few artists will pop up over the weekend, so plan to head toward Fountain Square and see what’s going on.

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To get to See Jane Sparkle you can take the CTA Purple line to Dempster Street or on the weekends, the CTA Red Line to Howard Street and then the Purple Line to Dempster Street. You can also take the Metra UP-N Line to the Dempster station. Downtown Evanston is just a few blocks from Dempster Street and a few more from Main Street so you can easily walk between the districts.

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If you’re driving, there are three City of Evanston parking garages in downtown Evanston, there is metered parking on the streets and free parking on side streets (like Hinman Ave.). Parking is $1/hr and it is free on Sundays.

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Visit the Main-Dempster Mile Facebook page to learn about the deals at participating stores and other fun activities on Dempster St., Main St. and Chicago Ave.

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Trunk Show Sparkles

The last day of April was marred by rain, but that did not deter shoppers from browsing See Jane Sparkle and my Trunk Show.

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I set up for the show in the morning, and dropped of more yarn bomb doilies next door, where drawing angel hung out for the day to support Stumble & Relish’s guest artist.

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It was fun to play with social media throughout the day.

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My traveling angel almost got snapped up, but then she was recognized and her friend went to a new home instead.

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Jaime of Stumble & Relish wore her new pyrite pendant out the door.

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In the afternoon, several people perused my wares, and adopted some pieces.

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I had made lots of sparkly pieces for See Jane Sparkle, and she consigned the new collection.

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Exclusively for her I made some single-dangle bangles.

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Sara Jane Abbott is a participant in Evanston Made, which runs through the month of June.

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She offers a variety of fun events throughout the month, including designer make and takes and beads and bubbly parties.

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Check out her Facebook page for the latest and greatest.

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Be sure to stop by other Evanston Made venues through June. I might have an angel photobomb during the various art walks and events.

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The Evanston Art Center Made in Evanston Show featuring participating artists is up at 1717 Central Street along with a pop-up shop in the lobby.

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The SWARM show at SideTracked Studio is also fun to peruse, located at 707 Chicago Avenue.

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The Collage Cafe also has an Evanston Made exhibit, and offers numerous workshops for you to create your own art work.

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No Frills Fun Factory

I’ve been preparing for the No Frills Fun Run Vendor Night that takes place on Thursday. No Frills Fun Run is an annual charitable run that was started in 2012 by two local moms in Elmhurst, Illinois. On February 28, participants will run  a half-marathon or half-half distance (6.55 miles) to benefit one family in need.

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This year the proceeds will benefit the May Family. Darryl May has battled Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) for several years. Although the stem cell transplant was a success and he is making progress in his fight, he continues to need extensive medical care. 

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In addition to the run, there is a No Frills Fun Run Vendor Fundraiser Night on Thursday, February 18 from 7 pm to 11 pm at an Elmhurst residence, with all hostess proceeds and a portion of vendor proceeds being donated directly to The No Frills Fun Run.

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The Vendor Night will be a fun night of shopping, girlfriends, beverages and snacks all to benefit the Mays Family. Vendors include: Maxine’s Handbags, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Beautycounter, Gold Canyon Candles and Loch Bands. You can also shop online.

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I’ve replenished my musical pieces with a piano primer and a song sheet.

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I also found some old travel guides and cut out a Paris map for two pendants.

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My new workbench has been in use and I am loving its functionality.

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Having my beads at a glance gave me numerous ideas.

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Combining paper and beads is fun as I plan pendants.

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I had to make sets, of course.

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Coiling and stringing.

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The stackability of these bangles is creating even more ideas.

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I posted an in-progress heart on Facebook that got snapped up right away. You can see it on YouTube!

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I just tagged my 599th jewelry creation!

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I hope to see you on Thursday night. Message me if you like one of these pieces and I can arrange a transaction with you, or make a set customized to your favorite beads or gemstones.

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Summer Selfies

It’s time for some Summer Selfies as I process numerous photos from my August travels.

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The Yellow Agate Set visited a few stores this quarter while the pink flower wax and wire pendant was admired during NEW’s recent Meet & Munch. I paired it with infinity earrings.

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in May I wore various Mother’s Day Pendants to promote the lovely day. The peace-loving squiggledee adorned my seatbelt on an errand run. I sold a zigzag collar and had fun creating a new one. During NEW’s visit to the Heartwood Center I wore the Princess Coleopterist Ladybug pendant.

I’m freelancing again which had me suiting up a few times.

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The black and white look called for the Isaiah 55:12 bible pendant that had me go out in joy. I paired it with spiral earrings. My coiled wire earrings were paired with various outfits throughout the summer. I wore the polka dot pendant inspired by Curly Girl Design’s shipment on another outing. The burgundy abstract pendant isn’t listed yet.

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I enjoyed making the Delft blue pendants for my SAIL trip on King’s Day. The Morpho pendant is a favorite of mine. For the pride parade celebration I paired this rainbow pendant with flower earrings that sold. My chunky bead pendants are making their way on Etsy. You can order your own birthstone or chakra bangle anytime, or visit the Collage Cafe for ready-made items.

Come try these on at Saturday’s Platt-A-Polooza event in Bloomingdale.

Etsy Refresh

Valentine’s Day is coming up so it is time to review my jewelry inventory. With 238 pieces of jewelry in stock that is more time consuming than anticipated.

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I’m pleased to see that only one pendant has gone missing after packing and repacking items for multiple locations at least 10 times this past year.

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Deleting listings that have sold at fairs was satisfying.

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Now I am busy refreshing Etsy and photographing new wire-wrapped pieces that aren’t online yet. It feels like I have loaded some pendants before, but the listings tracker tells me otherwise.

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So I get to roll my eyes at the camera as I do my neck shots. Cropping is a wonderful thing!

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One of my favorite beaded wire-wrapped sets is uploaded now, and I am curious to see where it will travel.

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As I played with my wrap dress I found a new year-round use for scarf pendants: a belt-embellishment.

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Etsy has an #EtsyMatch campaign that I am trying out on Social Media.

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It got their attention on Instagram already.

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I still have a ways to go with photographing, editing and listing, but take a peek at my shop and see what you might like to get your Valentine.

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Here’s a sampling of the newbies on Etsy. I’ll post how they look in real life soon. Gotta get back into selfie-snapping.

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I’m contemplating a collar give-away for the ones I haven’t uploaded yet. What do you think?

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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.

The comings and goings of Maraviglia

I’m in the process of loading new pieces onto Etsy, a sampling of which is provided here:

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New in my Etsy store, with more to come!

There are more to be loaded, and of course a lot more to be made! Etsy lovers who have favorited some pieces might notice a few mark-downs as well. I went through it pretty quickly so I can’t tell you the ones I changed, but you might want to poke around the store and check out the summer sale of $5 to $10 permanent discounts.

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Aurora Rose Boutique showcases my pieces so well

Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont, IL, the wonderful store with numerous handcrafted gift items at affordable prices  also has new pieces on hand.

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New inventory at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont, IL.

Meanwhile, several Maraviglia have found a good home. Bling-a-Ring is now proudly owned by my friend and original encaustics instructress Cindy.

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Bling-a-Ring has a new owner

Funky Dance Moves will enjoy the beauty of Jason McPhillips’ paintings and his lovely wife, Jennifer Jarland, since it went to live with them.

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Our Custer Booth photo courtesy www.NetworkHoncho.com

My friend and health care consultant Karen will don new earrings, while strangers took home a ‘Hershey’s Kiss’, and a variety of earrings (including a pair I had just made for my dress and not yet photographed).

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Helix and Esther Receives Favor were snapped up on Etsy earlier this summer, and I love being added to treasuries and “favorited”.

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Some Etsy love, always appreciated

I also enjoy making custom pieces with meaningful quotes, special shapes and favorite colors for those who are interested. Shop Etsy now or message me to order your favorite piece. Additional discounts get snuck into my monthly newsletter that you can sign up for via this link.

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