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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Ravenswood ArtWalk, the third

September was a whirlwind of weekend fairs and pop-up applications. The Ravenswood ArtWalk was moved to mid-September as well, which proved to be a great idea weather wise.

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I had secured an indoor spot, which meant that the weather was lovely on both days.

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Had I been outside, the outcome would have been different, with my luck. Social Media was abuzz with the event.

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Setting up was fun and easy after navigating the three doors. Tony Nuccio set up his digital art next to me.

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I met encaustic artist Flora Calabrese who has a love for vintage illustrations and insects.

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Gwyndolyn Siebert also showcased Insect Art on her hand-painted greeting cards.

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Apparently my booth area used to be the home of District Chicago’s workshop space, but the company has moved to a store on Damen.

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I couldn’t resist playing with their metal letters but couldn’t come up with a good reason to buy the little man and woman.

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Platform Coworking has open non-dedicated spaces for occasional members, and designated areas for more regular business people. They also offer phone booths with discreet lights to show if they are occupied or not.

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The lounge area proved to be cozy (with furniture provided by District) which was great for my friends stopping by.

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I had fun chatting with Erin Rossi Designs and admiring her aluminum wire wrapped jewelry, along with some enameled copper pieces.

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There was time to take the Day 1 Selfie.

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Packing up the first evening was easy, and I enjoyed not having to dismantle everything.

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On day two I was the first to arrive to the sleepy booths.

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I put all my pendants out again.

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Soon traffic was flowing again, though I had mostly looky-loos on this day. They were all drawn to my keychains.

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Between breaks the Day 2 combination was documented. You can view my weekly jewelry combinations and works in progress on Instagram.

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By the end of the weekend I had recouped my booth fee and earned enough to make my coveted purchases.

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For further affirmation, my Geology Rocks wax and wire pendant found a new home via Etsy.

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It was a fun weekend of new connections and new admirers. Here’s hoping for some holiday sales from the business cards that flew away.

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