Tag Archives: ornaments

The Ornament Factory Opens

The holiday season is about to kick in for me, so the other day I pulled out my angels for a thorough count. I also checked last year’s sales to see what colors sold. There is no science to prior sales as a predictor, but it always helps to know what colors customers gravitate toward. […]

Countdown to Christmas

Fair season is over for me, but shopping is still allowed in these 10 days before Christmas. I just posted the angels and frosties I have in stock on my Facebook page. You can see individual photos of the angels here. Reds and Greens: My remaining frosties have individual photos here. I also still have a […]

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. 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 […]

Making Angels

Angel is literally making new friends. When I signed up for Bead & Button workshops there was a reverse engineering option but due to lack of registration the workshop was dropped. Instead, Brenda Schweder offered to help me reverse engineer my angel ornaments remotely, and I sent one in. Soon I received an email with […]

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. It is a vibrant exhibit of local artists who have hand-crafted holiday gifts for you and your family. Numerous fiber arts promise to keep you and your loved ones warm, while cheering the spirit with […]

Maraviglia at the Winter EXPO

This weekend I dropped off 70 pieces for the 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO at the Evanston Art Center. It was a veritable tagging fest the night before. The EXPO opens on Friday evening and will be open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays 12 pm […]

Jigging Frosties

My offline life is speeding up so the online blog is getting off-schedule. Here’s a peek at what pulls me away from the computer these days. In mid-October I was able to purchase Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig Starter Kit, which I eagerly anticipated. I consulted with Brenda via email on the various Rounds […]

Christmas Holiday

Today the remaining pieces from the EXPO are coming back home, and then I am taking a holiday break. While I will be tempted to write up blog posts for the remainder of the year, I am going to allow for time to reflect and not post anything until the new year. This will help […]

Fair Hangover

It’s been a whirlwind of fairs and I’m a bit exhausted from navigating new neighborhoods, weather fluctuations and setting up and tearing down my booth multiple times. It sure is exercise to haul bags, which are streamlined to three since October. I trimmed the tree 7 times in 2 months. At one company fair it […]

Radvent 2012 5: Humbling

How often do you truly appreciate your health: the ability to be fully in command of your body, mentally and physically? This spring I came into contact with an organization that has me reflecting on that a lot. The Arts of Life provides studio space for artists who don’t have full control over their bodies, […]