It’s selfie time!

Whenever I do my Etsy shoots, I try to also wear the pieces out and about for a photo record of how they look in real life, like this blue beaded pendant, ring and earring set.

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Sweaterdress season is almost over, and this jade stone collar looks great with knits.

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It’s fun to mix and match pieces and add my ring collection to the fun. You can view my combinations in real time on Instagram. Pairing my infinite earrings with a coil bangle and an exquisite purple pendant  brightened up the dreary days, and I gave my wool sweater a touch of spring with the caged butterfly pendant and matching scribble ball earrings.

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I am also playing with my necklace collection, and wore my grandmother’s gift with New World Symphony when I won tickets to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra during a #weLoveEvanston campaign.

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Pictured here: Musical wax and wire pendant, violin clef earrings,
a custom birthstone bangle bracelet, a butterfly ring from Ayla’s Originals.

The weather is warming but you can always make a fashion statement with a scarf pendant! This one is made with a piece of vintage coral.

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I wore the freshly listed double helix wax and wire pendant to the Textual Encounters opening, along with pink scribble ball earrings and a butterfly scarf pendant.

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A pop of red is always fun. This musical heart is one of my first and favorite pieces, and I combined it with the coil earrings that are quite popular. My triangle pendants have found a few new homes, and any color is available. The smashed earrings have a life or their own.

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When I did the Yacht walk-through for RAW, the long wire earrings got combined with a lime green mother’s day pendant, a bangle bracelet and rings from fellow Etsy vendors Jelene Britten Designs and alapop jewelry.

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Check out my Etsy shop for more pieces and always wear your seatbelts! They make pendants look awesome.

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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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Maike’s Maraviglia out and about

I’ve been enjoying the weather and nature so much that promoting my jewelry has been backburnered a bit. But you’ll see me wear and can peruse fun pieces at NEW’s Crain’s Small Business Week Event on Wednesday. My Chakra Bangle and Twinsy Dancing Spirals are with me most often.

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The Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant is looking forward to fluttering into someone else’s home.

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This baby blue beaded collar set from the Bead & Button Show will pop up on Etsy after the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’m eager to make more with my newly acquired beads.

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With October marking the last quarter of the year, it is also time to start thinking about Holiday orders. Musical pieces like Christmas Carols on ornaments are popuplar.

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My German deliveries tend to take a full month through customs, so I will need to ship those off by mid-November. So if you live overseas, message me now with Holiday gift ideas and I will work them into the studio schedule. I’ll be infinitely grateful for the early notice. This infinity rainbow collar and the coiled earrings make me happy every day.

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Collars and Earrings can be custom sized. The Curled Collar and ovalish earrings made a trip to REI with me. I’m loving Dragonfly Collections‘ plum sweater for fall.

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The blue Crystal wax and wire pendant garners much admiration when I wear it out.

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And on my visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America the Waves Earrings came along for some beachy time.

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Come try these on in person at Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 North Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1- 6 on Wednesday, October 8.

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More Etsy newbies

I’ve loaded some new pieces to Etsy last week while reviewing what I have in stock.

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Anything created since then will debut at Platt-A-Palooza on August 30 and make their way to Etsy after that (if it doesn’t go home with someone).

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My newly loaded pendants include Lime-Green Abstract Circle, Peace be with You, Write in Green, Fiery Heart, along with Purple Waves Earrings .

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You’ll see these musical pieces go up after August 31.

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Take a gander at my earrings too.

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Summer Jewelry on Etsy

Before my 3-day escape last week I did a photoshoot for Etsy. This week I loaded more inventory onto the shop, as I explore other venues to display and sell my work.

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Draw was inspired by the fabulous pencil handler Lauren Levato-Coyne. She taught me how to draw, and her friendship has drawn me into Chicago’s artistic community.

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This Green Triangle is a modification from a different color.

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My birthstone pieces found their start with this Turquoise set. Turquoise has lovely healing properties.

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Years ago I made a watch from cubed beads, and the remaining beads became part of this ‘cubist’ pendant. It reminds me of Alicia Forestall-Boehm’s work.

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The Sunshine sparkle beaded bangle with matching earrings cheers me up. I want to wear it but designed it for someone taller than me. Is it you?

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This is blue wax and wire rectangle is one of my favorites, with a vintage glass bead from a chandelier that I only find in plastic these days.

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I’ve had these pink tulip beads for some time as well, and hope they find their way to a new home soon.

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Earrings abound as well, with these heart-shaped cages being the most recent internet debutantes.

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Wouldn’t the pink scribble ball earrings go well with this Pretty in Pink oval pendant?

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Remember that you can order custom pieces at any time. Birthstone bangles or pendants celebrate family and loved ones.

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Custom verses, quotes, colors, shapes and sizes also apply to the waxed pieces, such as this Rose of Sharon Heart

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quoting Song of Solomon.

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Write is on its way up next week.

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The musically inclined can wear their favorite song close to their hearts.

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Poke around my shop and tell me what you like. I’ve also had fun with treasuries, which you can peruse here.

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Hippity Hopping

I recently visited Norridge for a Trunk Show that was a lot of fun.

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The sign makes me think of The Wedding Singer.

It was my biggest display table yet, so I had to take two shots to get it all in.

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Fellow Network of Entrepreneurial Women member Marianne was there with Melaleuca and her embroidery.

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The Amazonite set went straight to the table and I wore the double coil collar and my chakra stone bangle for the fair.

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The Easter Bunny Hippity Hopped in.

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For lunch I had my first Sloppy Joe ever.

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I had fun conversations and gained some admirers who proudly walked off with their new purchases.

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The Double Coil Collar then made its way to Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont.

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My shelf has been refreshed with a few new pieces there.

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Scarf pendants have a discount this month and there are other Springy deals in the store, but you’ll have to check in with Kim or Amber to find out what it is.

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Etsy is fully updated with items intended to bring joy to the recipient. Taking photographs is always a fun project.

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Sometimes my lingering Buckeye distracts me from the task at hand.

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If you are green with joy at the coming of Spring and the celebration of new life, enter Coupon Code GREENWITHJOY on Etsy and get 10% off your purchase. Get the scoop on my latest shows and coupon codes with my monthly newsletter.

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You’ll find pendants celebrating the Resurrection with passages pulled straight from the Bible.

Have a fantastic, lush week.

Re-stocking Etsy

I’ve been Etsyfying over the past week and loaded several earring pairs in time for the day of love on the 14th.

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Hop on over to my store and take a peek at all the newbies.  Enter LETLOVERULE14 in the coupon code box through the end of the month to get a $5 discount.

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Aurora Rose is offering several Valentine’s Day Specials in their store, and I love the mini-photoshoot they gave my hearts. Amber and Kim offer creative gift ideas that don’t put your wallet on a diet.

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Stella Boutique is celebrating 1000 fans at their Facebook page with a 30% off coupon, so swing by there for heart-warming gifts before February 11.

A re-shoot for additional pieces will commence this week and then there will be more online.

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Validation

I took off most of August to tend to visitors which meant that my studio was also occupied. As I reviewed the upcoming exhibits and fairs I felt stressed that I had not spent more time in the studio.

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Then I created some pieces for Aurora Rose which brought me back into that zone of flow and zen, and their reception of the newbies made me feel better.

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As I shared photos of pieces in progress and completed, the earrings not placed in Aurora Rose Boutique were quickly claimed by my friends.

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Another friend who had placed a pendant on hold a few months ago was able to send her check in, and I happily shipped her piece off.

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Then I got birthstone orders from a repeat customer for two fall birthdays, which has me excited to create custom pieces reflecting family members.

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A day later, my Etsy store got an order from someone whose name I didn’t recognize.

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Out-of-town visitors admired one of my musical pendants so much they took it home.

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It is super-exciting to make sales, because it validates that my creations resonate with people.

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All artists struggle with the economic viability of pursuing their passion, so having this sales boost is giving me hope that I can eventually create a steady income stream and truly make a living at this (rather than depleting savings and looking for freelance gigs).

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So please put your money where your mouth is and buy from local artisans. Praise is wonderful and being complimented on one’s work is always affirming, but making a sale, no matter how small, is cause for happy dances and joy that words alone cannot generate.

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I will showcase my inventory at the Ravenswood Art Walk October 5 and 6 and am hoping for lots of happy dances behind my table in the big tent.

Meanwhile, Art Lakeview will host my Malachites at Powell’s Bookstore. PerficalSense Studio has an encaustic show coming up, about which more details will emerge in the coming weeks.

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Etsy is getting crowded

“Very beautiful!
I love the attention and artistic care you put into both sets.”

~ Birthday earring shopper

I’ve been loading pieces to Etsy over the past week or so, so you have some new pieces to peruse.

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The Mustard Square:

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Three Pearls of Wisdom:

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I loaded a set of earrings last week that got snapped up right away. I love it when pieces speak to a customer.

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They were option 2 of a birthday commission for a friend.

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The desired earrings had already been sold, so I offered to make similar ones (exact replicas don’t happen with this gauge wire).

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Erica’s husband wanted to accentuate his wife’s neck with my earrings. How cool is that? So I set to work ‘replicating’ the initial design, curling the wire and then hammering it flat.

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I made two options and he decided which ones would “look especially beautiful on Erica.”

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They certainly do, don’t you think?

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Wrapping them up was fun.

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You can find other earrings here.

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I’ve enjoyed modeling a few pieces while I was out and about.

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Yellow Butterfly
, Waves Wire Earrings ,
not-yet-listed squiggle square, Dvořák pupil

Wax and wire pendants like Peace-loving Squiggledee will be perfect for Fall weather.

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Seatbelts are cool!

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Mixing and matching is fun (as is dipping into the non-selfmade collection).

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Love Letter, Vintage Coral Necklace with Chinese bead earrings,
Sparkly Pink Butterfly Heart with earrings from Aurora Rose,
unlisted earrings and a to-be-listed pendant

I’d like to see some collar necklaces move too, since I can’t wear the larger ones. Go shop so I have incentive to make more!

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“They just hit me Maike. Like they were made for me.”
~ A happy earring customer

Pendants of the Day/Week

I started posting pendants of the day to my personal Facebook page, which seems to be resonating with my friends. So I’m contemplating shifting that over to the fan page to see if a pendant of the day/week is something people like to see.

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Clockwise: Seashells in the Waves,
Raffia Square,
Wrapped Boomerang
and
Womanly sculptural pendant

I enjoy picking out a piece to go with my outfit, and sometimes it even forces me to get dressed. I will admit that one of these shots is actually in a pajama top.

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Clockwise: Sculptural collar necklace that has been dibbed,
but a similar one is here,
Curled Collar Necklace,
Four-petal Flower (part of this set), or
check out the wax and wire option, and
Funky Dance Moves which was purchased at Custer,
but Triple Dance Moves is over here.

I’m trying to decide what to wear to this evening’s barebecue. There is a wedding to go to soon, too. It sure is fun to have a lot of inventory to choose from. Please pick something for you to strut around with!

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Clockwise: Sparkly heart,
Ballsy Collar and Earrings Set with Cuff,
Sparkly Rainbow Square,
Bling-a-Ring which was purchased at Custer and has no sibling, and
Green Scribble Balls Earrings and Collar Set with a knotty bracelet/cuff (coming soon to Etsy).

What colors do you want to see these pendants with?
Remember that I have pieces at Aurora Rose in Lemont as well, which will be hosting its Cruise Night this evening.