Halloween Stake-Out

Fall is trying to make its entrance and it’s been getting spooky in the studio.

I reviewed the pieces I have on hand from last year, and was inspired to make more.

With my plant stakes having such a positive response I decided to try a batty design as well.

I pulled a generic bat shape from google, designed by Rubberboots and Elf Shoes and placed a printout on my Now That’s A Jig! as a guideline.

Then I started wrapping wire around the lines, mostly in freeform. Soon I added the paper.

The result makes me happy.


I also had my book setup on the other jig, and decided to use my halloween stamps to make magic spell books.

Of course my witches only cast good spells, we’re all about spreading kindness and making the world a better place.

It is time consuming to attach the individual pages, but the result is worth it.

I’m playing with various colors and ‘contents.’

My skull pendants tend to ‘disappear’ each season so I made a few of those as well.

Sacred Art has parts of my Halloween Collection in stock now. When I head for my next haircut ChromaK8 will get some pendants as well.

I also dropped off some items at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery.

You can peruse the newest Halloween Creations at the Handmade Market on Saturday. I am looking forward to that new-to-me event at the Empty Bottle from noon to 4 pm on October 14.

I’ll bring the Calcite stakes I made out of a shattered gemstone.

I am also making skull bead pendants, and this red one was snapped up right away.

I hope the Halloween revelers enjoy these new pieces, and look forward to watching the parade of trick or treaters go by.

Do you have a costume in mind yet?

Skeleton Time

When I had my Platt-A-Palooza pop-up, Halloween was already in full swing at the store, and I love decorations they have available.


It’s kind of fun to hang out “in death” like this, don’t you think?


I’ll be putting on the Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas this weekend.


I also put a harvest vignette on my fireplace mantel that will serve as a gratitude altar for November as well.


My sister gifted me a mini-fondue set, and Piron helped me with fillings.


This treat is worthy repeating more often.


My friend ‘squashed’ me, and I tested a frittata recipe that made for a few breakfasts last week.


Here’s to harvests, dress-up games, and the sweetness of life!


Witchy Studio

I meant to get my travel blog started but I had too much fun in the studio.


Halloween is coming, and I picked up some napkins in Germany to expand the collection from last year.


So I set about wrapping wire based on the designs.


I used the Now That’s A Jig! Big rounds to shape the wire.


Then I adhered the napkin, which turned out to be of fabulous waxing caliber.


Skull beads are fun.


Later in the week I rediscovered a stamp I had purchased after last year’s season.


So I made a whimsical spider pendant that reminds me of Jip en Janneke illustrations.


My sister’s felted pieces are also very encaustic-friendly, so more “treats” were made.


Some bitchy witchys didn’t want to do as I said, so they were scrapped and new ones flown into spiderwebs.


Some of these pendants will be uploaded later in the week, and I am dropping off a small necklace selection at The Collage Cafe during tomorrow’s playtime drop-in.


Have fun getting your Halloween adornments together! It’s fun to add to the collection and I am curious to see what goes to new homes this year.


Golden Radiance

Tomorrow is Halloween, but this year I am more in Samhain mode.


I don’t know of any costume parties to go to, though the coming weekend is packed.


So here are some photos of the glorious Fall colors we’re having this month.


I love the brilliance of the golds and reds.


The ‘stoplight’ trees are my favorite.


The skies are a glorious blue and the sun is out with its brilliance.


We still have some bunnies hopping about.


he trees are so brilliant.


Colors abound.


Watching the progression is fascinating.


I can’t help but think of Monty Python when the leaves flutter about me.


Here’s hoping the Indian Summer weather holds for a few more weeks into November.


Saturday I’ll be in Lemont for a craft show from 9-12:30 with these three pieces.


I’ll pop by Aurora Rose Boutique afterwards where they have lots of fun Halloween gifts!


Want more trees?


I can’t get enough either.


Happy change of season to you!


May you harvest much goodness.

NEW’s Halloween bash

The Network of Entrepreneurial Women had a lovely time celebrating Halloween early at RA Sushi in Lombard on Thursday.


The manager gave us a sneak peek at the Boo Bash menu that will be featured this week, and we couldn’t resist the spider roll and vampire chicken.


The other food was delicious as well, as were our drinks.


I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years, so it was fun to plan the costume and actually be seen in it.


My clashing decades look is courtesy an old shirt from mom and raver pants from my sister, along with glasses I wore in the mid-2000s, and 60s-inspired shoes.



My old gypsy wig got tangled and became frizzy during its brushing, so I had to iron it per these instructions.  It sheds a lot but I am contemplating getting some conditioner for it for next year.


Also present were a Vampire, a Masked Lady, Reese’s Peanut Buttercup, Afro Samurai and Working Girl.


We had a blast and look forward to our next event in Lemont, which will allow us to get a head start on Holiday Present shopping.


Happy Halloween!


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month.


RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup. You can also like us on Facebook, where the events will be listed as well.

Halloweeny pendants at Aurora Rose

I’ve dropped new jewelry off at Aurora Rose Boutique for your perusal.


Since owner Kim Peters loves Halloween I got inspired by my stamps…


… and made a few spooky wax and wire pendants: Spiderweb, Bat House, and Triple Pumpkins.


Princess Zoologist and Helix in the Round (a tribute to Rosalind Franklin) wax and wire pendants will slumber there by special request until they find their new homes.



Quantum Theory II rounds out the Princess Scientist pendant newbies for now.


Since the white butterfly ball got snapped up I replenished it with the caged wire-wrapped Pink Balled Butterfly pendant.


Aurora Rose’s love for pink inspired the Pink Scribble Ball Earrings.


With greens being prominent in fashion I created a green butterfly.


The Double Cypraeidae felt like staying in Lemont as well.


And the Red Squiggly Heart, embellished from its ‘naked’ state, wanted to show Aurora Rose some love as well.


Maleficent will greet you at the window during Lemont’s Halloween Hoedown on the 26th (that’s tomorrow!).



The dolls have their costumes picked out.


You can tell that this is a favored holiday.


My Magical Butterfly cast a spell on a customer and flew away.


As did the Angelic Halo.


Take a peek at all the Halloween-inspired merchandise for your holiday party.


The Network of Entrepreneurial Women will visit on November 13.

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All Hallow’s Eve

Happy Halloween!

My neighborhood has been getting spooky, creepy and harvesty over the past few weeks. I don’t have a yard to decorate but always delight in seeing the lengths others go through for this holiday.

Step up on these ratty stairs:

Are you interested in trick or treating here?

Looks like a ‘warm’ welcome here…

Arachnophobes need not stop by.

Or you might end up like this:

You never know when you might bump into an old soul.

I dare you to cross this front yard!

This real cemetery is located in Rhodes Town, on Rhodes (Greece).

Or you can hitch a ride from this guy.

Some friendly ghosts will light your way.

My ‘creepy movie night’ will consist of the Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.

I don’t subscribe to the scary or occult aspects of the holiday, but like to ponder the communal and harvest aspects of Samhain.

As much as I like to dress up, The last Halloween party I went to was more than a decade ago, and my last dress-up as a flapper has been a few years as well. Trick or treaters don’t come by this corner. 🙁

I hope you enjoy this time of celebrating the bountiful harvest and preparation for gatherings around the hearth.


Trick or Treat, or both?

I must say I don’t wait for Halloween to treat myself. I’ll accept or acquire a piece of chocolate year-round!

It seems this week I’m navigating some trickiness though, with all the books I’m reading from the library. Preparing for the business end of a crafty venture with all its caveats can be creepy.

Knowing that there is no one foolproof way to launch a business, that the rejection of my work is inevitable (now much more personal because it is tied to my own creativity and inspiration), and that no amount of preparation will prevent curveballs along the way causes significant self-evaluation.

By the same token, I have a wonderful support network, a clear drive and need to do this now, and all the resources of the universe at hand to make it happen. Which makes me very eager to try, and to fly!

So I’ll put on my brave girl mask, venture out, and see what doors will open along the way.

Happy trick or treating!