Girls Nite Out September 13

On Wednesday, September 13 I am off to Elmhurst for their Fourth Annual Girls Nite Out. I had a blast last year meeting wonderful shoppers and admiring the works of other vendors. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 9 pmThe Wilder Mansion is located at 211 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Treat yourself to a fun night out with more than 60 vendors including pampering services, wellness experts, wine tastings and wine for sale provided by Tannins Wine Bar, boutique shopping, artisans, food tastings, and live music performed by Scottie Long outdoors. There will be free giveaways and raffle prizes. Admission is $10 at the Front door.

The event is presented by Brewpoint Coffee, Sponsored by Elmhurst Park District, and produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc.

The following business will be represented: Practical Girl Designs, Pink Clouds, Artis Senior Living, Blue Violet Candles, BeMo Designs, Gratitude Greetings,

Danielle’s Lipstick Divas, Valerie William Additions, Maike’s Marvels, Tannins, BarcacaoChocolat, Brewpoint Coffee, Jo Syrups, Spice Done Right, The Rach Place, Math Tutor Elmhurst,

Color Wheel Products, Black Angel Designs, Cookies for Kids Cancer, Vasayo, In Motion Foot and Ankle, OMG! Olive Oil, Hand & Stone Massage, Gorlus Whips, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Elmhurst Symphony,

4 Girls Jewelry, Couch Clarity, Barbara Bettag Jewelry, Brim and Dash, SAOR Perfume, Rebellion Bags, R2 Creative Designs, Fly 2 Buy, Edward Jones, Blossom Wellness Centre,

Vitality Women’s PT and Wellness, Sue Rosengard Jewelry Design, Threadings Handwoven Designs, Illinois Spinal Care, Victoria on Main, Chiro One, Modere, The Juice Plus Co, Pinot’s Palette, Chocolate Moonshine, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Savvy Sister, Nourish + Flourish, Rodin + Fields, Hazyl,

benessere…to be well, Charlotte Muzik Jewelry, Core Interior Design, European Wax Center ,Tree of Life Chiropractic Center, Lights and Health, Fleet Fleet Sports, Olympia Chiropractic/Physical Therapy, Mion Artisan Soap, Pavel Adamek Photography, RGL Marketing for the Arts, Scottie Long Productions.

I’ll be bringing sparklies, pearls, and other jewelry adornments. Of course the angels, ornaments and stakes I have in stock will also come along. I hope to see you at the Mansion, and maybe I’ll bump into you at the museum earlier that day.

Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

I recently discovered my 1999 maps that helped me move across states to get to Evanston. Pre-GPS driving into the unknown was scary, but quite the road trip.

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So for kicks I looked up Elmhurst and got inspired.

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I am heading back to the Wilder Mansion on Friday and Saturday. The Wilder Mansion’s 6th Annual Holiday Market takes place November 4 from 4pm to 9pm and November 5 from 10 am to 4 pm.

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I’ll have a booth on the first floor among numerous artisans and crafters creating unique holiday items to buy as a gift to yourself or loved ones.

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Beverages will be available, and the evening provides a fun outing for shopping, browsing and conversation. The Wilder Mansion is located at 211 South Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst, IL 60126.

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Artists and businesses include: Alouette Jewelry, TOK GRAPHICS, Lucy Blue Knits, The Goodfrog Candle Company, Acton Creative, Carla Bank Art, Jewels Botanica, Maike’s Marvels, Laurie Shuran Meseroll Painting, Harvest Moon Designs, Mixed Media by Donna Castellanos, Pencil Lady, made by Q, Denise Riesen Photography, Cork Art by Donna Zommer, the Merchants of Downers Grove, Drury Lane Theatre, O’Meara’s Irish House, Mazzenga Images, Laughing Frog Studio, Helen’s Daughters, Art Girl Pottery, 4 Girls Jewelry, Glass by Nancy Morris, Jewelsies, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Fuller & Howe, Lo in London, Pura Vida Home, Lucky Skype Graphics, Julie Marie Jewelry, Jackthemanabouttown, Lisa Williams Jewelry, Desmond Brown Design, Studio Giverny, East Grove Stamp Co, The Buttons Stop Here, Jewelry by Venus, Paka Monk, Mia’s Wish Inc. Horn Photography, Loveknitz, Lost Sparrow Jewelry, James McCarthy Cole Photography, Weener Ware, Marigold Mary, Practical Girl Designs, Elegant Facets, Liam Hughes Jewelry, Brim and Dash, The High Hopes for Pets Company, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Wicked White Chocolate Popcorn , bettyplum Handmade Confections, Kilwins, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Badala, In Sheep’s Roving, A Little Book, Susan Nester Jewelry, and Lady Stainpunk Studios

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I wrapped the angel on the jig.

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Then I cut out her outfit.

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Then I ironed on the papers after coating them with encaustic medium.

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Voila, Elmhurst Angel is ready to make her debut.

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I’m busy embellishing other angels for your perusal as well.
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I love the felt pieces and how they work with the wax.

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Based on The Collage Cafe’s alcohol inks class I am learning how the inks work with steel wire and liking the effects.

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Postage stamps aren’t as easy to work with, so that requires further tweaking, but this one turned out sweetly.

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You’ll see my brand-new mini-books there, as well as SWARM ornaments. I will have plenty of pendants, collar necklaces, bracelets, earrings and keychains on hand to balance out the holiday extravaganza.

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Check out RGL Marketing for the Arts on Facebook for updates on the event. You’ll see the pieces that don’t sell in various boutiques and on my shop after the 6th.

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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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Elmhurst Holiday Market this weekend

On Friday I’m taking an excursion to Elmhurst for the 5th Annual Holiday Market at the Wilder Mansion.  Presented by Edward Jones Investments, the holiday market includes 60 artisans who have created one of a kind art and seasonal gifts including jewelry, ceramics, glass, scarves, hats, mittens, fashion knits, kid’s clothing,  handbags, photography, painting,  paper items, bow ties, candles, soaps, Irish capes, and gourmet food holiday gifts.

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The fun begins Friday, November 6 from 4 to 9 pm and we continue Saturday, November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. On Friday evening Café Amano will offer wine by the glass for sale. You can also enter a raffle and receive retail coupons. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District and produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc., this event has no admission fee.

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The Wilder Mansion and Wilder Park was acquired by the Park District in 1921. Seth Wadhams built a home called “White Birch” in 1868 on the site. It became home to the prominent King and Wilder families until 1921.

The mansion housed Elmhurst Library in 1922. In 1936 the exterior of the building was changed with new pillars and a south wing. The library moved out in the mid 1990s, making the Wilder Mansion a historical landmark that provides an ADA compliant multi-use space for the Park District and community.

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Vendors include: Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Brewpoint Coffee, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Drury Lane Theatre, Edward Jones Investments, Grown Up Kid Stuff, High Hopes, Kilwins, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O’Meara’s Irish House, Ten Friends, Toffee Traditions and Whole Foods.

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You will see a wide variety of art forms in the various rooms, including candles by Loralee Ivkovic; and ceramics by: Linda Wagner, Yoshiko Kozawa, Jennifer Meeker, and Amy B. Millspaugh; Fiber arts by Susie Cassel, Wendy Partain, Chris Acton, Peter Gaona, Char terBeest Kudla, Debra Vaccaro, Kelly Desmond, Barbara Keisman, Elizabeth Garver, Kathleen Gaffey, and Sally Papedis.

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Nancy Morris and Kimberly Polka will offer their glass creations and Jaimie Cahill will offer metal arts. Jewelers include: Jamie McClellen, Carolyn Chou, Tetyana Fedorko, Daniel Schemel, Julie Matos, Lisa Williams, Karen Gill, Seth Carlson, Charlotte Muzik, Danielle A. Stotts, Claudia Crawford, Liam Hughes, Laura McDonald, Gayle Weiss, Susan Nester. Gail and Dale Horn as well as Denise Riesen will showcase their photography.

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In the mixed media category, you will find: Isabelle Belles, Kate Wharton, Joelle McNamara, Maria Jucius, Stephanie Raab, Kathryn Alcock, Donna Zommer, and Megan Manske. Paper arts are represented by Taryn Palumbo, Chhaya Shrader, and Janet Spiech, with Retta Hentschel showcasing her stained glass creations.

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I love the sneak peeks on Facebook and look forward to perusing the market and hopefully shopping a little bit myself.