It’s custom order time!

’Tis the season to place orders, falalalalaa-lala-lala.

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My waxed ornament inventory went from this:

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to this during the Wilder Mansion Holiday Market.

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I am thrilled the angels and frosties are gaining popularity, but for you regulars it means that if you want to gift these to your loved ones, you need to contact me now.

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I’ll be bending and waxing for Small Business Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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After Turkey Fest I will be popping up at a yet-to-be announced location (you’ll like it!) along with replenishing Blue Buddha Boutique stock and preparing for the Bucktown Holiday Market.

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That’s a lot of studio time spent on non-custom orders, so get yourself penciled in while you can!

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I’m printing out a variety of holiday songs and verses that inspire me.

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I’m happy to learn that Love Came Down at Christmas is in the public domain, since I was introduced to it via Jars of Clay. I’ll adorn some angels with that poem by Christina Rossetti.

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Last year a friend had me create birthstone angels and frosties with the name of her grandchild and the year the ornament was gifted. Such a fabulous idea.

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The colors were specified by grandma based on her family’s preferences.

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They also got a note with what each birthstone means.

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I can also incorporate logos into a design.

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My double-heart frosties sell out each year.

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This cutie went to celebrate a young couple’s first married Christmas together.

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Of course you’re not stuck with angels and snowmen. I have plenty of alternate options available too:

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So put your thinking cap on and consider your family’s favorite holiday songs, verses, quotes, colors and aesthetic, and let me know if my ornaments are a match for their tree!

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You can poke around my past posts for additional inspiration.

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Etsy’s inventory updates will be sporadic, so follow me on Facebook to get previews of my latest creations.

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Holiday Shop at the EXPO

Last week I browsed the Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO at the Evanston Art Center.

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It is a vibrant exhibit of local artists who have hand-crafted holiday gifts for you and your family.

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Numerous fiber arts promise to keep you and your loved ones warm, while cheering the spirit with fun colors.

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Those in love with ceramics can peruse a roomful of creations.

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Jewelry is abundant, and so varied.

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I am inspired by all I see.

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And look, I have a cute little tree showcasing my ornaments (and keychains).

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There is also plenty of wall art ranging from cigar band collages to encaustics.

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The EXPO is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm until December 22.

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Encaustic artist Robin Samiljan is back, like a few other familiar names from last year.

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I’ll be gallery sitting on December 19 for a few hours.

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Mens’ Shopping Day is Saturday, December 20th from 10 am to 4 pm.

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The last shopping day will be December 22nd.

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All proceeds from the EXPO sale will benefit EAC’s ongoing exhibition, scholarship, and outreach programs, which is where I got my start exhibiting.

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