Tag Archives: inspiration

Bead Counting

Last week I shopped for some birthstones at Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop and at Ayla’s Originals. Ayla’s had a wonderful vintage bead sale and I couldn’t resist picking up a  sparkly iridescent strand. Then I made a pact with myself to inventory what I have at home. I always gravitate toward the same […]

Pampering at Avalon Day Spa

We are prepping for tomorrow’s Meet & Munch in Glen Ellyn, held in conjunction with Crain’s Small Business Week. Our ad was featured in last week’s issue, and Shannon’s Irish Pub will host us as in past years. Our last Meet & Munch at Avalon Day Spa was a blast. Several new members attended and […]

Love Delivered Inspiration

At Christmas Santa gifted me with a subscription to Curly Girl Design’s Love Delivered. Each quarter, the wonderful people at Curly Girl Design pack up their latest releases, boxed sets of cards and other odds and ends to cheer the recipient up. Then the job becomes figuring out whom to send these pearls of wisdom […]

Exploring Beads & Buttons

This year I attended the Bead & Button show for the first time, and it was a blast. I laughed at Milwaukee’s interpretation of compact cars. My intent was to systematically go down each isle, but there were too many sparklies and bargain tables distracting me. So I meandered and enjoyed the colors, the inspiration, […]

Crystal Clay demo at A Bella Bead

Last Wednesday the Network of Entrepreneurial Women had its Meet & Munch at A Bella Bead in Glen Ellyn. Since I am getting back into beading, I knew this was going to be a risky event for my wallet. Sharon Dotson started out making jewelry when she wanted something to go with an outfit for […]

Quotable women at the Black History Month Panel

“I am proud of all women, whether at the level of Oprah or local entrepreneurs.” ~ Dori Wilson Last Tuesday the Women’s Innovation Network held its second annual Black History Month Innovation Panel. Moderated by LeeAnn Trotter, the panelists included artist Makeba Kedem-Dubose, author Dawgelene Sangster, and PR Entrepreneur Dori Wilson. Attending a panel by African-American women […]

Creativity for Business Day

“Be inspired by others.” ~ Jetta Bates Tuesday was Creativity for Business Day for us Ladies of WIN.  We had a lovely breakfast provided by First Slice, were introduced to the art of jewelry making, listened to guest speakers, had a delicious lunch, and watched a drawing demonstration during Spa & Cupcakes. Yep, it was […]

opening buzz

I’m on a bit of a high as I write this post. Apparently seeing your work hung among other very talented artists by a professional curator raises a boat load of endorphins. Maybe there should be an after-party for gallery openings. I’m so giddy! Sunday was a lovely sunshiny day and I walked to the garage […]

Radvent: Writing

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth Last weekend I visited Piccolo Theatre’s Holiday Panto (ends tomorrow, December 17). Jessica Puller did a fabulous job writing Space Wars. I thought it would be a Star Wars vs. Star Trek type show, but the geekery was far better than that. This review […]

The Fine Arts Building

What I love about Chicago is that you can discover new things even a decade after living here. After my WIN-ning morning I decided to view an exhibit I had heard about. I strolled down Michigan Avenue but eventually realized it is a long walk from North to South, so I took the Red Line […]