Saturday Handmade Market

November is my crazy month this year. On Saturday I will return to The Empty Bottle for my second stint at the Handmade Market. The show is November 11 from noon to 4 at 1035 N Western Avenue in Chicago and features a variety of handmade gifts for your holiday shopping needs.

Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. I enjoyed perusing the creations of fellow makers last month, and already signed up for Spring spots.


The event is free, but since this is a bar you must be 21 years or older (or with a parent) to come in. The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand. Markets include funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more.

This month’s artists include:

3 to 5 Apothecary by Carlie Merkle ~ Handmade, organic body products made with 3-5 ingredients. I believe there is no need for extra additives when the most simple ingredients can work magic for your health and body.

Acutechic, LLC by Ruby Thomas ~ Upcycled and handmade women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Auburn Moon Creations by Angelina Nunez ~ Purveyor of handmade bath and body products for sensitive skin. Specializing in all natural bar soap, body scrubs, lotion/lotion bars, and tinted lip balm.

Begorra! by Maura McDermott ~ Hand painted accessories including canvas, cross-body purses, wristlets, zipper pouches and stationary items including note cards, gift enclosure cards and journals.

Blue Violet Candles by Peggy Boyd ~ Blue Violet Candles features high quality unforgettable soy wax candles. My candles are made with all natural soy wax, the top quality fragrance oils and each are hand crafted individually.

Bricole Design by Jolanta Nawrocka ~ Ceramic work (which is ceramic jewelry, ceramic chimes, ceramic beads, small figurines) is 100% designed and handmade by me. Fired in electrical kiln. I use low fire clay and glaze all my work with non toxic glazes.

Damsel In This Dress Designs by Heather Flett ~ Cool stuff for women who don’t need to be rescued. Purses, totes, bags, and more.

Debbie’s Designs by Deborah Solomon ~ Handmade sterling silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones.

Design Delights Ltd by Linda Sue Collins ~ Treasure chest of handcrafted gemstone jewelry featuring semi-precious stone, amber, pearl, shell, crystal, glass, wood, leather, fiber, sterling silver, & more!

GretchenC Studio by Gretchen Colavito ~ Original beaded jewelry hand sewn with need and thread, inspired by Tribal Art, Couture fashion, the Victorian Era, and Belle Epoque Eras.

Lady Heart Paper by Marielle M-Olson ~ One of a kind stationery notecards handcrafted with repurposed vintage ephemera such as: playing cards, found photos, & book pages.

LuDesigns Creations (LuDesignsjewelry) by Lucy Clasen ~ Silver Smith, lapidary, leather, stamped and beaded jewelry. Some fiber art and greeting cards. Offering items for males has been an addition to my line.

Madame Platypus by Rachel Katzman ~ Cards/prints. Crochet dolls/toys. Humorous resin pendants w/ chain.

Made by Q by Lindsey Quaglio ~ Eco friendly handmade goods. Resuse..Recycle…Rethink

Maike’s Marvels by Maike Van Wijk ~ Pendants, earrings, necklaces, keychains, bracelets and ornaments are hand-wrangled from steel wire and then embellished with encaustic-medium-treated paper or vintage ephemera to gift to your loved ones or for yourself.

Mary Pfister Designs by Mary Pfister ~ Your source for beautiful, unique and high quality jewelry, inspired by nature, handmade with love.

MojoOwl by Nors Beatriz ~ Jewelry from natural raw gem stones often mixed with recycled jewelry to make new wearables, lots of love, light and energy goes into them.

Natalie Walser ~ Original arts and prints, pottery and cat toys, all exploring the joys and the hilarity of urban modern life.

Naturally Refreshed Oil Kreations by Nicole Singleton ~ Essential oil infused products for everyday relief perfectly crafted. Pregnant and Breastfeeding Friendly.

Pure Principles by Cheryl McSherry ~ Skin care using organic botanicals, herbs, and oils without the use of any chemicals, additives, or toxic ingredients.

rj studio inc. by Rashida ~ Handmade jewelry, stationery, and accessories.

Sand and Stain by Todd Miller ~ “Now Playing” Record Display Stands are a great way to display what vinyl is currently spinning on your turntable.

ShopAdele by Leah Ill ~ Crochet projects that get me out of my head and into the world again creating something that others can enjoy, three dimensional play-toy for a children to functional pieces an adult can use every day.

Sonrie Bags by Emma Grigsby ~ Handmade items to make you smile and serve a practical purpose in your life.

Soothsayer Hot Sauce by Kyle Janis ~ All natural, small batch, hand bottled hot sauce. Hand numbered, vegan friendly products focused on a unique flavor palate over intense heat.

SunshineIsHappiness by Susan Lechner ~ Oil hand painted magnets, canvas boards, coasters, and prints, some are sweet, some are whimsical, but all are created to bring you warmth and happiness.

Terminal Cross Stitch by Angela Isadora ~ Nerdy and vulgar cross stitcher obsessed with Robocop, Rick & Morty and horror movies, offering finished products, patterns, and accepting custom requests.

The Drunken Cherry Bake Shoppe by Anna and Irina Goldberg ~ Unique cupcakes made by hand, using high quality ingredients, offered in seasonal varieties. A blast of booze here and there means you don’t have to choose between a cupcake and a cocktail, now you can have both in one adorable package.

Twinette Poterie by Emilie Bouvet-Boisclair ~ Handmade pottery for the thoughtful home. Focusing on functional ware that are inspired by color and nature.

Stop by Bite cafe if you get a little hungry. Parking: Street. Transit: #49 Western bus.

Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October – April from noon to 4:00 PM.

Girls Nite Out fun

Elmhurst is gorgeous in the Fall, and September 13 was a lovely day to visit.

After visiting the Art Museum, it was time to unload the car.

It had been a while since my last show so I was glad to have a checklist that a friend laminated for me during a crafty gathering.

Our room was set up for numerous vendors.

The stakes added a new dimension to my table, so I was glad to have the time to figure out my table configuration.

It was fun to debut the Halloween collection for the Fall season.

Soon other vendors were set up as well.

I took a quick stroll around the building.

I was conveniently located next to the Tannins booth.

Having the wine flowing nearby made for wonderful traffic flow.

There were numerous wellness vendors, fashion pop-ups, and home decor items.

I was given a refill of the lovely rose Tannins poured that evening.

We’ll have to look for this label on the north shore.

A few of my pieces fluttered away.

The evening flew by, and it was lovely to chat with vendors and visitors.

Thank you to RGL Marketing for the Arts for putting this on!

I’ll be back at the Mansion for the 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market November 3 and 4.

We might swing from the chandeliers!

 

Ravenswood ArtWalk lineup for this weekend

Guess what? After two years of struggling through weather issues, I secured an indoor spot at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this year. The event has also moved to mid-September instead of the fall-ish October weekend.

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On Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, the businesses, studios and shops along Ravenswood Avenue will open their doors from 11 am to 6 pm for a showcase of artists and industry. There will be open studios, craft beer, live music and family fun.

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I will be at Platform Coworking – 4422 N Ravenswood alongside Erin Wesseli Rossi, Flora Calabrese, Gwyndolyn Siebert and Tony Nuccio.

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This is #5 on the official map, conveniently located near the CTA’s Montrose stop near the corner of Montrose and Ravenswood.

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We are just around the corner of LillStreet Art center.

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Just follow Montrose under the Metra bridge and turn right (north).

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Other venues and artists include: Beyond Design – 4515 N Ravenswood featuring: Alison Bixby, Ann Cohen, Bob London, Dail Kirkpatrick, Dan Schreck, Jan Olson, Janeane Bowlware, Melinda Gordon, Nuria McNeal, Robert McCollam and William Carroll. Hayes Properties – 4043 N Ravenswood will host: Debbie Lessin, Grace Gaynor, Kevin Lemel, Kim Laurel, Ladetria Warren, Laura Matzen, Lee Galusha, Luka Dziubyna, Marilyn Grad, Mariyam Jawed, Maureen Crowley, Nancy Cusick and Thomas Dubois. Movement Republic – 4526 N Ravenswood will host Tracy Poyser. Savvy Seconds & 1sts – 1748 W Lawrence will feature: Katy Higgins, Michelle Graves, Peyton Rack and Scott Holsterhaus. Urban Pooch – 4501 N Ravenswood is hosting Dinah Miller.

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The brave souls vending at the outdoor market at Ravenswood & Berteau include: Alexandra Jamroz, Alicia Londos, Amanda Joyner, Amy Tatsui, Andrew Christen, Barbara Grunewald, Cara Miller, Christina Caruso, Elektra Musich, Frances & Camilla Krueger-Jackson & Krueger, Gayle Weiss, Hilary Black, Hillary Miles, Jaque Mannakee, Jeneba Koroma, Jessica DeBoer, Joseph Mills, Kate Heilman, Kate Zitzer, Khabrim Diallo, Kim Amati, Laura Garza, Lisa Richards, Lori Hess, Marina Veiler, Monica Zanetti, Pablo Ramirez, Rita Sindelar, Robin Nathan, Roslyn Broder, Rossana Reformado, Russell Muits, Sean Gallagher, Scott Kiefer, Scott Vanderlin, Steve Connell, Tanya Milojkovic and Tuesday Webb.

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Music performances include: Zigtebra, Axons,  Dan Rico, Jeremy David Miller, Female Basic, Ursa Ensemble and Jonathan Hannau.

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So come on out and enjoy a plethora of art in a variety of locations along Ravenswood Avenue. Over 14 years, RAW has grown into what it is today; an dynamic celebration of arts and industry that features 300+ artists and 40 sites, while placing special focus on the diverse talents of the Ravenswood Corridor. Use the hashtag “#RAW2015” and tag @RAWchicago  when you stroll the event!

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