Earrings for Ear spools

When I had my pop-up at Chroma K8, she mentioned the need for different types of ear hooks to safely stay in her ear spools. I had ordered some clip-on loops, and those seemed to work with a trial run.

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However, of the three pairs one didn’t function, so I perused the Bead & Button show for other ideas.  Saki Silver had some fabulous bronze options and I took a few sizes to play with.

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Then I designed a few earrings and had them tested by an ear-plug wearing friend. With her stamp of approval, I feel good about leaving them with Kate for her clientele to peruse.

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These skulls were so much fun to play with.

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The nickel-free hooks work on regular ears too, so I am excited to see this new collection depart into the world.

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Meanwhile, I also made additional pendants and bangles with Kate’s beautique in mind.

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Since I was on a roll, I also made some new pendants for The Collage Cafe.

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A few items were adopted at a recent Cocktails and Coloring Fourth Friday event.

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America’s Got Talent is a nice backdrop for bangle-making.

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I support local women-owned businesses as much as possible.

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I may make some copies of these stackable bangles for myself.

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You can peruse these newbies during the grown-up summer camp sessions and browse Lindy’s other lovely gifts.

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Then I spent some time tagging the newbies.

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Tracking the consignments requires some color-coding.

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Angel helped pack and deliver everything.

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Swing by The Collage Cafe at 912 Sherman in Evanston for these goodies.

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Chroma K8’s earth-friendly hair salon is located at 5425 Lincoln Avenue in Chicago where Noktivo does splendid nail services.

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Next up is adding more sparkle to my creations for the Sidewalk Sale at See Jane Sparkle July 29-31.

More musical pendants

My violin clef pendants are a best-seller, and I need to replenish my inventory on a regular basis.

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See Jane Sparkle has a bass clef pendant in stock, but I need to swing by there to add more violin clefs for a friend.

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I sold a musical pendant at Moon Art Gallery as well.

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So I sat down and made some more.

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A friend had gifted me with vintage music books, and one page has a song about a Shepherd-boy.

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It turns out to be a poem by Thomas Moore, but there seems to be no musical piece online that I could find. Google has the poem in The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.

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It’s fun to refresh my musical vocabulary as my flute is gathering patina. Subito means “quickly, suddenly” and Simile means “in the same way” .

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Some pendants don’t quite turn out for the purpose I intended, but then they get re-bended into a new piece.

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I liked a page on whole notes from the Robyn-Hanks Keyboard Primer and placed those in pendants. It also had a section about major scales I’ll be pulling from more.

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I also play with earrings and bangles and not-so-literal shapes.

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Some think my Chakra and birthstone bangles have a musical feel to them as well.

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You’ll see these at the Ladies Who Lunch fundraiser on Sunday, and the April 30 pop-up at See Jane Sparkle. I’ll be sure to get some to The Collage Cafe and Moon Art Gallery by May as well.

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A Merry Year-end

It’s been fun to create new goodies for my friends this season. Their inspiration has sparked my creativity, and I have more spin-offs in my head from the pendants and ornaments ordered for their loved ones or themselves.

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My chunky beaded bangle got a few admirers, and fortunately Dakota Beads had two more strands for me at Ayla’s Originals Highland Park Bead Bazaar so I could make two custom bangles for my friends.

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Her wonder woman powers will only be used for good and adventuring.

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This set of portraits has special meaning to the recipients.

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They are now traversing the world.

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A transgender symbol adorns a proud owner.

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I wonder if I will see these pendants around town or if they flew elsewhere.

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Some of my favorite Angels got adopted.

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Frosties weren’t as popular due to the lack of snow, but some found new homes and What Linus Said sold twice this year. Destinations include Mexico and Portland, Oregon.

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Earrings were admired, one pair converted to clip-ons at the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow, and ‘write’ actually went to a novelist.

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Musical pendants continue to be bestsellers.

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My Delft Blue set stayed in the family.

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Two of these sets will be auctioned off in Houston on New Year’s Eve.

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Thank you all for your support this season. It’s been very affirming to make these goodies and know that they are meaningful to you.

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I have re-opened Etsy, and The Collage Cafe has my bangles and pendants in Evanston. Moon Art Gallery will get an inventory update in January. I’m exploring additional venues, and will keep you posted on upcoming fairs and pop-ups.

New Mother’s Day pieces

Mother’s Day is less than a month away and I’ve been busy making new pendants to honor the nurturers in your life.

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These pendants contain the word ‘mother’ in a variety of languages, and are fun to peruse. The majority of words have m and n sounds, but a surprising amount have different letter configurations altogether. ‘Patrino’ and ‘panjo’ surprised me the most.

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I’ve incorporated birthstones and special mementos in various pieces, and look forward to creating another mother’s day birthstone bangle in the near future.

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With Spring having sprung, flowers are on my mind as well. Lots of Springy pieces are going up on the Etsy shop this week.  Who doesn’t want flowers that last forever?

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If your favorite nurturer doesn’t wear jewelry, desktop minis might be an option. Wall decor never goes out of style.

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Of course the best gift you can give is your presence, so you can always come up with a fun mom-child activity to give the best gift a mother can ask for. After all, one holiday isn’t enough to show appreciation for your loved ones, and love and family should be celebrated year-round.

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Or how about a little serenade for mom? May 10 is the day this year. Get creative!

Artists Challenge

Last month a Facebook Artists’ Challenge made its rounds and it was an interesting way to narrow down my art into categories. I posted hearts on day one since Valentine’s Day was nigh. For that day I nominated Lisa Wilson of Being Breath, an artist and life-balancer I met during Shawna Moore’s encaustic workshop.

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With the challenge you had to post three pieces of art each day for 5 days, and nominate a new artist with each of those posts. Rory Coyne and Lauren Levato Coyne were hosting a gathering at their new Sidetracked Studio so I linked back to their pages the next day. Since Lauren and I met through butterfly obsession, posting encaustic collages of my favorite creatures made sense. Their next show “What did she say?” opens on March 7.

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Day three was dedicated to Crystal Neubauer, who introduced me to wax and wire. She operates Healing House Artists Studio where I look forward to taking art workshops this summer. Since her color palette is in earth tones, I posted my musical pieces that day.

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As the newly elected co-President of FUSEDChicago I had to give a shout-out to our midwest encaustic artists group, which I did on Day 4 with my jewelry for mothers, including custom birthstone pendants and bangles and newborn customized pendants.

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The last day was dedicated to Brenda Schweder, who helped me wrangle bangles before regular wire-working was even on my radar. I am looking forward to using her Now That’s A Jig for more pieces.

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I’m working on some branding exercises to narrow down my style and how to describe it. This challenge was a good exercise to pick out my favorites jewelry pieces.

Post-Fair Gratitude

Well my holiday fairs are over and I am so flattered and honored at the reactions my pieces garnered.

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It is lovely to be complimented on my wire-bending skills, and to have people purchase pieces to give to their loved ones.

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Knowing the quotes and songs touch people’s hearts and have meaning to them makes my day, and validates the creation of each piece. I am honored that you shared your moments and intentions with me.

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The exertion of hauling bags from one place to the next does come with a weakened immune system, so now I am resting up before planning the coming year.

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Thank you to everyone who came buy to each of these fairs to support local artists and shop handmade pieces.

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Without you, the pursuit of our passion wouldn’t be possible, and it is great to see that Chicago has a vibrant community of shoppers who seek out local and small business venues over ordering online from big-box manufacturers.

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Thank you for supporting me personally, and for giving my pendants, earrings, bangles, necklaces, ornaments and desktop minis new homes.

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The more you collect the more I can make, and that is what brings my heart joy.

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You can still peruse my wares at the Evanston Art Center’s Holiday EXPO and Dragonfly Boutique in Evanston, at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont, and on Etsy.

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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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New pendants for dibs

I made a few new pendants this month that I almost do not want to part with.

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The studio has been shiny and bright, luring me in.

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Someone posted Isaiah 55:12 in a piece of their work, so I went to my art Bible and ripped that page out for a pendant.

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Don’t you love its message?

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May it bring much joy to its future wearer.

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Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea’s ear worm was in my head, so I took a piece of Hello Holiday tissue paper and stamped its theme onto the paper (but not quite out of my head).

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I was also feeling the need to create an empowerment talisman with royal purple.

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American Authors’ song reminds me to live each day to the fullest this year, so I wrote their lyrics out too.

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For the Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO I created a green pendant, which will debut there November 22.

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For their Men’s Shopping Day: Saturday, December 20 from 10am to 4 pm I also made a keychain (though I think they’re supposed to get help shopping for the leading ladies in their lives).

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Turning the clock back has me feeling like I am chasing daylight as the sun sets sooner.

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I also used some scraps to create mini pendants.

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Clearly purple is vibing with me these days.

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I’ve also got a few more earrings in my head that will hopefully come out of my hands soon.

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I have not loaded these on Etsy yet but you can message me via Facebook for your selection or special order. Holiday pendants are coming too.

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Lots of ornaments are in the works and some will float around Chicagoland next month. Etsy will gradually update between holiday fairs.

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If you like to shop in person, you can peruse The ADA Holiday Fair downtown on December 5, the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser December 6, and the Bucktown Holiday Fair December 13 & 14.

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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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Platt-A-Palooza recap

This Labor Day weekend was a glorious one, and I am so grateful for that.

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The skies looked ominous Saturday morning as I packed up my pieces for Platt-A-Palooza.

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I had been staging the 16-foot area in my home-across 2 rooms.

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The weather channel predicted thunderstorms for the entire duration of the craft fair.

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However, show organizer Chrissie insisted that she always had good weather on her event days, and her energy held true.

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A few wind gusts blew the storm clouds away, and before long we had a steady stream of shoppers.

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It was the longest display area ever for me.

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I think I filled the space up nicely.

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There were lots of fun crafts to peruse, ranging from garden decor to jewelry to household items.

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The nursery is full of fun finds as well.

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I like the garden decor.

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If I had a backyard I would make a fairy garden for sure.

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Live music was playing.

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Margarita slushies and hot dogs were served.

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I had a great time getting to know my crafty neighbors.

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Spam the Pig paid a visit in the evening.

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Numerous creative people sold their wares.

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A few customers mixed and matched pendants and earrings for their take-home pleasure.

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A desktop mini fluttered off to a new home as well.

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I look forward to next year’s event.

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Meanwhile stay tuned for announcements about Fall and Holiday trunk shows and pop-ups.

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I will be loading the newbies to Etsy in mid-September, unless dibs are called on Facebook.

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Have a great weekend!

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