Popping up at Blue Buddha Boutique

So earlier this year I set a goal of being a vendor in Blue Buddha Boutique. I went to introduce myself and my pieces, but then failed to follow up as life took on a schedule of its own.

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Enter the Edgewater Artists In Motion, which put out a call for artists in late summer. As I inquired, the dream boutique was named as a pop-up location. So of course I had to say yes!

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Located in Chicago, the Blue Buddha retail store is the largest dedicated chainmaille supply store in the world. They carry jump rings in nine metals, tools for making chainmaille jewelry and a large selection of ready-to-weave kits and project instruction.  In addition, the store houses a variety of giftwares by local artisans.

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I scoped out the space on a busy Saturday.

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A few days later I set up my pieces, and learned I was neighbors to Jelene Britten Designs, with whom I had shared a cold weekend at the 2014 Ravenswood ArtWalk.

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I’m also sharing space with Weenerware.

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Additional jewelry is provided by Flight Feather Studio, Sheronna Williamson, and Handcrafted by Hedda.

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There is pottery by a mystery artist.

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The walls are adorned with art work by Rob Hogan, Jessica Lucas, Laura Luisa Cowell and others.

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Karen Heuter creates lovely dolls with twists on old and recent folk tales.

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Henia Flynn offers prints and greeting cards.

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The regular retail hours of Blue Buddha Boutique are Thursday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

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You will find us taking turns booth sitting, and you will catch me there this coming Saturday, October 17 from 11 to 3.

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This is what you’ll find from me this month, but I plan on swapping items out in November, so if something strikes your fancy, claim it now.

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Edgewater Artists in Motion (EAIM) started in 2009 with the goal of placing original art work in vacant properties and other vacant locations, fueled by the mission to enhance Edgewater’s appeal as a vibrant, pedestrian friendly, commercial district while assisting existing businesses and attracting new business.

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In giving artists the opportunity to show their creations and contribute to the development of the community, EAIM hopes to establish Edgewater as one of the premier artistic destinations in Chicago.

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Blue Buddha Boutique is located at 1127 W Granville Ave in Chicago. We learned the story of its inception during our grand opening, but that is a blog post for another day…

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Stay tuned for additional events in conjunction with this three-month pop-up!

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Sparkles at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar

September closed out with a pop-up at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar.

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I had perused the bazaar last year and was thrilled to be one of the vendors this year.

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What’s not to like about being surrounded by sparkles and beauty?

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Last year’s Pyrite strand made it into a set.

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I paired it with my Desigual dress for the day.

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I also combined it with the ring I bought from Ayla’s booth last year, which matched the sparkly Noktivo nails nicely.

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The set also marked a tagging milestone (when I hadn’t properly identified the beads).

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Before the fair, I had to tally up my cash and business cards to make sure I was set.

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My satin necklace cords had dwindled as well, so I spent one afternoon tediously cutting and crimping.

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It is always fun to see the bare bones of a fair.

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My table was set up with time to spare.

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So I perused the other booths before the public came in.

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Elka’s Designs has so many treasures.

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I had picked up strands from her trunk show recently at Ayla’s Originals Evanston store.

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Elka hand-picked the colors for this Hematite bangle.

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I felt the need for some orange and she had this Hollowite Turquoise on hand. The coppery acrylic beads are lightweight in spite of their size.

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This Pink Agate set lights up my life and wardrobe.

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I played with Fall notes for the round hematite beaded bangle (and I have plenty of beads for monochromatic versions as well).

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Ayla’s had a variety of tables to peruse, including pearls and silver strands of gorgeousness:

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Leather:

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Two Charming Chicx’ Trunk Show pendants:

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Glass beads I will eventually work into a design:

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There were gorgeous handmade beads and pendants:

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Organic jewelry and jewelry components:

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The Pastels Chicago show at the Art Center – Highland Park was not as pastell-y as anticipated. I was surprised by the earth tones in many pieces.

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My neighbor sold chainmaille kits:

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So much sparkle!

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I was worried I might not be able to find the strands of this chunky bead bangle that has been requested by two customers already.

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Thankfully Dakota Stones was right in front of me.

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Hooray, two strands for me (and more goodies)!

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I wasn’t the only one browsing the $5 and $10 strands.

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I was tempted by so many other beads, but had to restrain myself.

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After all, one has to turn a profit first!

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My pen-person from the last NEW meeting did its job.

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All these embellishments spark so many ideas!

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The ornaments drew admiration, so I hope some holiday orders come my way.

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It was a lovely day filled with inspiration, and I look forward to showing the new creations from my new stash.

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Playing with beads

The Bead and Button Show is on May 27 through June 8, but this year I won’t be able to attend.

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I would love to take Brenda Schweder’s Jig workshops, but time- and money-wise it’s not feasible to travel to Milwaukee this year.

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Instead, I am perusing the beads I picked up last year for new projects.  The Yellow Agate chunky beads from Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar inspired a new set.

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I love the uneven shapes and the marbled patterns. Playing with the shapes and wrapping steel wire around them to create earrings and two pendants was fun.

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Two other strands caught my eye, the chunky glass beads I also obtained at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar and the purple coral from A Bella Bead in Glen Ellyn.

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The purple coral became a pair of earrings, and I’ll likely add a pendant and a bracelet to match.

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The glass beads have such cheerful colors that were fun to sort.

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I liked playing with different designs based on how the beads coordinated themselves. First I just strung some beads on a wire the traditional way.

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These asked for the classic oval cage design.

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Then I kept wrapping around it until the wire was up.

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The angular beads asked for a triangular shape.

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Then I wrapped around them more.

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Fiddling with wire gauges and bending the beads into clusters is very organic.

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This cluster wrapped itself into a rectangular shape.

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It is fun to watch the pieces catch the light.

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Dirty hands make me feel accomplished.

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Being a matchy-matchy person, I added earrings to the mix as well.

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I still have plenty of beads to make a bangle bracelet.

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I also made Amazonite earrings to go with the collar and bangle set I have up on Etsy.

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These newbies will be loaded onto Etsy after my pop-up shop on May 30 at Creative Coworking.

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