Saturday Handmade Market

November is my crazy month this year. On Saturday I will return to The Empty Bottle for my second stint at the Handmade Market. The show is November 11 from noon to 4 at 1035 N Western Avenue in Chicago and features a variety of handmade gifts for your holiday shopping needs.

Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. I enjoyed perusing the creations of fellow makers last month, and already signed up for Spring spots.


The event is free, but since this is a bar you must be 21 years or older (or with a parent) to come in. The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand. Markets include funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more.

This month’s artists include:

3 to 5 Apothecary by Carlie Merkle ~ Handmade, organic body products made with 3-5 ingredients. I believe there is no need for extra additives when the most simple ingredients can work magic for your health and body.

Acutechic, LLC by Ruby Thomas ~ Upcycled and handmade women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Auburn Moon Creations by Angelina Nunez ~ Purveyor of handmade bath and body products for sensitive skin. Specializing in all natural bar soap, body scrubs, lotion/lotion bars, and tinted lip balm.

Begorra! by Maura McDermott ~ Hand painted accessories including canvas, cross-body purses, wristlets, zipper pouches and stationary items including note cards, gift enclosure cards and journals.

Blue Violet Candles by Peggy Boyd ~ Blue Violet Candles features high quality unforgettable soy wax candles. My candles are made with all natural soy wax, the top quality fragrance oils and each are hand crafted individually.

Bricole Design by Jolanta Nawrocka ~ Ceramic work (which is ceramic jewelry, ceramic chimes, ceramic beads, small figurines) is 100% designed and handmade by me. Fired in electrical kiln. I use low fire clay and glaze all my work with non toxic glazes.

Damsel In This Dress Designs by Heather Flett ~ Cool stuff for women who don’t need to be rescued. Purses, totes, bags, and more.

Debbie’s Designs by Deborah Solomon ~ Handmade sterling silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones.

Design Delights Ltd by Linda Sue Collins ~ Treasure chest of handcrafted gemstone jewelry featuring semi-precious stone, amber, pearl, shell, crystal, glass, wood, leather, fiber, sterling silver, & more!

GretchenC Studio by Gretchen Colavito ~ Original beaded jewelry hand sewn with need and thread, inspired by Tribal Art, Couture fashion, the Victorian Era, and Belle Epoque Eras.

Lady Heart Paper by Marielle M-Olson ~ One of a kind stationery notecards handcrafted with repurposed vintage ephemera such as: playing cards, found photos, & book pages.

LuDesigns Creations (LuDesignsjewelry) by Lucy Clasen ~ Silver Smith, lapidary, leather, stamped and beaded jewelry. Some fiber art and greeting cards. Offering items for males has been an addition to my line.

Madame Platypus by Rachel Katzman ~ Cards/prints. Crochet dolls/toys. Humorous resin pendants w/ chain.

Made by Q by Lindsey Quaglio ~ Eco friendly handmade goods. Resuse..Recycle…Rethink

Maike’s Marvels by Maike Van Wijk ~ Pendants, earrings, necklaces, keychains, bracelets and ornaments are hand-wrangled from steel wire and then embellished with encaustic-medium-treated paper or vintage ephemera to gift to your loved ones or for yourself.

Mary Pfister Designs by Mary Pfister ~ Your source for beautiful, unique and high quality jewelry, inspired by nature, handmade with love.

MojoOwl by Nors Beatriz ~ Jewelry from natural raw gem stones often mixed with recycled jewelry to make new wearables, lots of love, light and energy goes into them.

Natalie Walser ~ Original arts and prints, pottery and cat toys, all exploring the joys and the hilarity of urban modern life.

Naturally Refreshed Oil Kreations by Nicole Singleton ~ Essential oil infused products for everyday relief perfectly crafted. Pregnant and Breastfeeding Friendly.

Pure Principles by Cheryl McSherry ~ Skin care using organic botanicals, herbs, and oils without the use of any chemicals, additives, or toxic ingredients.

rj studio inc. by Rashida ~ Handmade jewelry, stationery, and accessories.

Sand and Stain by Todd Miller ~ “Now Playing” Record Display Stands are a great way to display what vinyl is currently spinning on your turntable.

ShopAdele by Leah Ill ~ Crochet projects that get me out of my head and into the world again creating something that others can enjoy, three dimensional play-toy for a children to functional pieces an adult can use every day.

Sonrie Bags by Emma Grigsby ~ Handmade items to make you smile and serve a practical purpose in your life.

Soothsayer Hot Sauce by Kyle Janis ~ All natural, small batch, hand bottled hot sauce. Hand numbered, vegan friendly products focused on a unique flavor palate over intense heat.

SunshineIsHappiness by Susan Lechner ~ Oil hand painted magnets, canvas boards, coasters, and prints, some are sweet, some are whimsical, but all are created to bring you warmth and happiness.

Terminal Cross Stitch by Angela Isadora ~ Nerdy and vulgar cross stitcher obsessed with Robocop, Rick & Morty and horror movies, offering finished products, patterns, and accepting custom requests.

The Drunken Cherry Bake Shoppe by Anna and Irina Goldberg ~ Unique cupcakes made by hand, using high quality ingredients, offered in seasonal varieties. A blast of booze here and there means you don’t have to choose between a cupcake and a cocktail, now you can have both in one adorable package.

Twinette Poterie by Emilie Bouvet-Boisclair ~ Handmade pottery for the thoughtful home. Focusing on functional ware that are inspired by color and nature.

Stop by Bite cafe if you get a little hungry. Parking: Street. Transit: #49 Western bus.

Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October – April from noon to 4:00 PM.

Countdown to Christmas

Fair season is over for me, but shopping is still allowed in these 10 days before Christmas.

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I just posted the angels and frosties I have in stock on my Facebook page. You can see individual photos of the angels here.

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Reds and Greens:

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My remaining frosties have individual photos here.

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I also still have a selection of ornaments in 4 Chicagoland retail locations that are each worth a visit.

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Go visit The Collage Cafe for inspirational joy-bringing and creativity-fueling gifts. You can get something tangible or give the gift of a workshop.

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Sacred Art has a lovely array locally made artisan gifts. This shop holds presents for all ages, genders and price-points. It’s also a one-stop art boutique for Chicago aficionados.

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See Jane Sparkle has extended holiday hours you can confirm on Facebook, and offers all kinds of sparkly jewelry, vintage fashion, and unique ornaments.

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ChromaK8 Beautique also has a variety of gift items for you to peruse while your hair treatment processes or after you get your nails done at Noktivo.

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Contact me if you saw anything at fairs or in my booth snapshots that caught your eye. My online store will remain sparse until January, when I will have a chance to take stock and photograph the pieces to be uploaded.

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I ran out of Rainbow Angels, but will be making more with new outfits my friend created, and will post those on Facebook soon.

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Here’s to more ornaments hanging on other people’s trees this season.

Bucktown ArtShow this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday I am returning to Holstein Field House for the 18th Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. It is my third year there, and I think I’ll be in the same spot as last year.

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This show has 100 artists selling handmade, unique, one of a kind gifts and art in all media. I’ve been to many fairs and know some booths on ‘the circuit’ but this show draws artists I have not yet seen every year, along with some popular returnees.

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Come and join us on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 from Noon to 5 pm. Holstein Park is located at 2200 N Oakley Avenue in Chicago. There should be a visitor parking lot South of the Park, and the Blue Line Western stop is nearby.

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Silent auction tables will be set up in each gym and in the auditorium with donated items from the participating artists. Guests are welcome to place a bid on any and as many items as they like. Participants don’t have to be present to win.

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Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to A Long Walk Home. A Long Walk Home is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women

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Yum Dum Food Truck will be set up just outside the entrance from approximately noon until 4 pm.

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I had some last year and it was delicious.

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Coffee, soda, water, muffins and some snacks are available at the food booth in the Auditorium.

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You’ll also want to get some hot cocoa from Bob’s Belgian Chocolate, who was set up in the West Gym last year.

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The first Bucktown Holiday ArtShow took place in 1999, at Holstein Park Fieldhouse.

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Admission is $2/person at the door, but you can print my newsletter to get into the ArtShow for free. There is also a half-off admission coupon on the Bucktown Promotions web site.  

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If you forget to prepare in advance, you can also check in on Facebook for free admission to the ArtShow (and then break all the rules). 

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This is my final art fair of the year, so it’s the last time you’ll see my trees and letterboxes fully adorned.

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Snow is in the forecast, but that hasn’t deterred shoppers in the past years.

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It truly is a fun outing for families and caters to people of all ages.

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Small Business Saturday Consignments

It’s been a whirlwind of making enough angels and frosties for my pop-ups as well as the four spaces I am consigned to this holiday season.

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Just in time for Small Business Saturday, my ornaments are now in three Chicagoland retailers: The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle in Evanston, and ChromaK8 Beautique and Sacred Art in Chicago. My angels went under the sorting hat to determine which ones would fly off where.

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A few went to Chromak8 Beautique, where I get my hair done. ChromaK8 strives to deliver the highest quality beauty services with the cleanest, high performing products.

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On Black Friday, ChromaK8 will debut special holiday gift sets and a local artist showcase. The salon is located at 5425 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

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I am thrilled to be in a new location in Lincoln Square as well.  Sacred Art offers a variety of gift items for the whole family, including wonderful Chicago-themed items. Owner Kate curates a selection of work from 110+ makers with a focus on Chicago-made art.

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Check out the Facebook page for extended store hours on Small Business Saturday, with nibbles offered to shoppers. Sacred Art is located at 4619 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

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I hope these characters enjoy their slumber party and find new owners.

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The sneak peek in the store is gorgeous.

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I switched out my inventory at See Jane Sparkle on Tuesday, so you will see brand-new pendants, bracelets and earrings in Sara Jane’s store. 

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The new pendants went straight from my studio to her.

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I hope you like perusing them.

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You can also peruse my sparkle ornament collection, created specifically for the boutique. 

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I’ll have my full collection available on December 8 during the Warm Bevvy Walk.

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The Collage Cafe also has brand-new pieces in the shop, and I cannot wait to see how my ornaments look in this lovely playspace.

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A few angels incorporate alcohol inks purchased at the store.

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Both The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle are participating in the Hip Circle Studio Holiday Hike on Small Business Saturday, with special bags and goodies for shoppers walking off their Turkey coma.

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Check out the holiday offerings online at The Collage Cafe  and See Jane Sparkle

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I am so excited to be supported by these lovely women entrepreneurs, and look forward to visiting their holiday setups soon!

My third Bucktown Holiday ArtShow

This weekend I am returning to the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow for the third time. This fair is full of amazing and unique gifts for the last-minute holiday shopper.

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You should check out all the goodies that will be on display in 4 large rooms on Saturday and Sunday from 12 am to 5 pm. There will be delicious food, a variety of home decor items, fiber arts, holiday decorations, children’s gifts, jewelry, candles, and more.

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I’m looking forward to the hot cocoa made from real chocolate.

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I didn’t have much time to peruse last year, but you are bound to find something for everyone and be inspired by all the creations.

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There will also be a silent auction at various locations in the building.  A table in each gym and in the auditorium will offer donated items from the participating artists. Guests are welcomed to place a silent bid on any and as many items as they like by using the auction slip that will be attached to each item.

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Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to Snow City Arts, a non-profit in Chicago. Snow City Arts provides one-on-one instructions in the arts to patients at Rush Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. Snow City Arts augments the medical needs for hospitalized children by addressing a child’s developmental and educational needs through the arts.

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The first Bucktown Holiday ArtShow took place in 1999, at Holstein Park Fieldhouse, 2200 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. This year marks the 17th consecutive year of providing art lovers and holiday shoppers with the opportunity to browse and shop for one-of-a-kind-gifts and original works of art. Download a free admission pass (Admission is $2/person at the door) at this link.

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Participating artists who use mediums from ceramics to photography, watercolors to oils, jewelry to textiles include: One Man Surf Party, Spice Heist, Chat Noir Designs, City Alive Art, Solola, Soap Distillery, Boards & Boxes, Deborah Campbell, Alice’s Cat, Dorn’s Design Jewelry Studio, Elizabeth Kline Designs.

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Eric The Red Creations, Eric Erf wood design, Bebuddha Jewelry, Gilberto Rey Rivera, Gina Urso & Gina Herzik, Still Waters Soapery, Atira Jewelry, Urban Edges, Jan Q Designs, Dorthy’s Daughters, Ideas by Jason, Ridley Studios.

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There will be: Jewelry by Jennifer, Railand Asphalt, Anidem Jewelry, Defining Moments, Creative Crochet by Jodi Mac, Pacheco Made, Designs by KEB, Rhinestone Crowgirls, Karen Schiff Ceramics, Kate Kiernan-Wulfka, Amber Vintage Chicago, Katie Moncton, Fiore Bowtique, Organica by Laura, Julia’s Designs, Esto Imports, Enfiniti Designs, Melanie Feerst Studio, Reuse First, Nancy Segal Designs, Pranamaker, Damen Art.

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Other booths include: Paul Snagel-Works, Quinn Burrell Art, Pretty Spooky Handmade, Ram Art Studio, Things spun, Bob’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Palette Earth Designs, Sandr’art Wood paintings & prints, Metal & Mayhem, Shayne Taylor-Shayne Art, Love Bird Designs, Artworks by Steve Connell, Nomadic Ant, Sylvia Moore, Mitzibell, Theresa Weber Photography, Palmetto Pewter, T-Time, Journey Dolls, Yoshiko Kozawa.

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Come out and get your gift shopping on!

A Sparkly Collaboration

When I was little my mom handmade a doll’s fabric store for me that had me pretending to be a shop owner for hours on end. For the coming weekends, I get to do that in real life!

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I won’t be surrounded like bolts of fabrics, but instead get to boutique sit for See Jane Sparkle for a spell. Sara Jane Abbott jumped on the opportunity to lease a bigger location just a few blocks away, and is graciously hosting guest artists in her original store for the holiday season.

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I’ll be sharing space with Cultivate Urban Rainforest & GalleryLittle Light Bazaar, Marie’s MusingsTiny Frock ShopBiba Cosmetics and AFFASHIONADO. See Jane Sparkle’s starter shop (the pop-up site-now without awning) is located at 817A Chicago Ave in Evanston. That’s next to Campagnola for you foodies.

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I got to deck three Christmas trees with my angels and frosties.

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They go quite well with Cultivate’s greenery.

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We open with a Soiree on Wednesday, December 2 from 7 to 9 pm. The perfect evening to pick out your pearls for your holiday parties.

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Pop-up Bazaar shop hours are:

Fri, Dec 4th 12-6pm
Sat, Dec 5th 11-5pm
Sun, Dec 6th 12-4pm

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Fri, Dec 11th 12-6pm
Sat, Dec 12th 11-5pm
Sun, Dec 13th 12-4pm

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Thurs, Dec 17th 7-9pm
Fri, Dec 18th 12-6pm
Sat, Dec 19th 11-5pm
Sun, Dec 20th 12-4pm

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The new See Jane Sparkle is now at 1312 Chicago Ave in Evanston and will have a grand opening December 10.

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I hope to see you pop in!

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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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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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Bucktown Holiday ArtShow

I’m busy preparing for the Bucktown Holiday Fair this coming weekend.

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The fun begins at noon and goes until 5 p.m. December 13 and 14.

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More than 100 artists will exhibit and I enjoyed the creativity last year’s show featured.

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There is a silent auction, a raffle, and delicious food and drink will be offered.

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The Bucktown Holiday ArtShow is at the Holstein Fieldhouse at 2200 N Oakley Avenue in Chicago.

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You can get a free ticket here.

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If Bucktown isn’t on your holiday shopping route, check out my pieces at Aurora Rose Boutique in downtown Lemont (open til midnight on Friday, December 12!) or Evanston’s Dragonfly on Chicago Avenue by Dempster.

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The Evanston Art Center also hosts a variety of my pieces through December 22.

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I am also on Etsy 24/7.

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Spend this weekend in Evanston for Artful Giving

I’m not quite ready for the Holidays yet, but come December 1 I will be. I like to let Thanksgiving simmer a little bit before decking the halls and selecting my wreath. My inventory is ready for the holidays though, and I just brought my pieces over to PerficalSense Studio and Salon, where they will have a sleepover through Sunday.

 

The Third Annual Artful Giving Party at PerficalSense Studio & Art Salon includes all pieces from the Salon show, along with cards and paper arts, fiber arts, jewelry, paintings and pottery. My Maraviglia collection will also be on display, as well as my Desktop Minis, and larger wall decor.

 

The party begins on Friday, November 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. with wine and cheese. Additional gift shopping hours are Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the red house with the blue door at 1209 Hinman Avenue in Evanston.

If you enjoy handling merchandise before you purchase it, this is the perfect way to introduce yourself to a variety of media and truly get a feel for what it looks like in person. You can also combine your visit with a play, as Piccolo Theatre will show Bah Humbug! Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. There are lovely eateries on Main Street and Dempster as well, so make a day trip out to Evanston.

Participating artists include: Sandra Bacon, JoAnn Baumann, Bleeding Hearts, Ellin Blumenthal, Douglas Boehm, Elizabeth Bolich, Julie Cowan, Judy Disman, Gail Drozd, Nancy Engelhard, Evanston Print and Paper, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Larry Geni, Michele Gorski, Susi Goldstein, Bridgette Guerzon-Mills, Diane Hallinan, Chris Heisinger, Cindy Jevon Hogan, Judith Joseph, Harriet Kohn, Magdalena Liss, Lisa Loomis, Eileen Madden, Danny Mansmith, Chandrika Marla, Ruti Modlin, Talya Modlin, Crystal Neubauer, Yuki Nyhan, Ann O’Brien, Alexis Ortiz, Layna Portugal, Babette Powell, Emily Rutledge, Vicki Schwartz-Mided, Vanessa Shaf, CeCe Short, Mary Krebs Smyth, Jill Sutton, Michele Thrane.

 

I look forward to perusing all the pretty art myself, and am drafting the shopping list of lucky recipients.