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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It’s custom order time!

’Tis the season to place orders, falalalalaa-lala-lala.

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My waxed ornament inventory went from this:

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to this during the Wilder Mansion Holiday Market.

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I am thrilled the angels and frosties are gaining popularity, but for you regulars it means that if you want to gift these to your loved ones, you need to contact me now.

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I’ll be bending and waxing for Small Business Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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After Turkey Fest I will be popping up at a yet-to-be announced location (you’ll like it!) along with replenishing Blue Buddha Boutique stock and preparing for the Bucktown Holiday Market.

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That’s a lot of studio time spent on non-custom orders, so get yourself penciled in while you can!

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I’m printing out a variety of holiday songs and verses that inspire me.

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I’m happy to learn that Love Came Down at Christmas is in the public domain, since I was introduced to it via Jars of Clay. I’ll adorn some angels with that poem by Christina Rossetti.

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Last year a friend had me create birthstone angels and frosties with the name of her grandchild and the year the ornament was gifted. Such a fabulous idea.

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The colors were specified by grandma based on her family’s preferences.

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They also got a note with what each birthstone means.

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I can also incorporate logos into a design.

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My double-heart frosties sell out each year.

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This cutie went to celebrate a young couple’s first married Christmas together.

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Of course you’re not stuck with angels and snowmen. I have plenty of alternate options available too:

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So put your thinking cap on and consider your family’s favorite holiday songs, verses, quotes, colors and aesthetic, and let me know if my ornaments are a match for their tree!

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You can poke around my past posts for additional inspiration.

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Etsy’s inventory updates will be sporadic, so follow me on Facebook to get previews of my latest creations.

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Holiday season is official now, and I am busy making custom orders.

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I am also replenishing the angel and frosty supplies of ornaments that found new homes Thanksgiving week.

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My inventory numbers broke the 100 mark recently.

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On Friday I will have my entire inventory at the ADA Holiday Fair from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. in the ADA building’s lobby.

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Saturday you will find me at the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m.

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The Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO is hosting jewelry and ornaments until December 22.

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Aurora Rose will be hosting these ornaments in their shop at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont.

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Dragonfly boutique at 1309 Chicago Avenue in Evanston also has a few frosties, cages, angels and my jewelry in stock.

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You can message me via Facebook for your selection or special order.

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Etsy will gradually update between holiday fairs.

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My last fair for the year will be the Bucktown Holiday Fair December 13 & 14.

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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.

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In mid-October I was able to purchase Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig Starter Kit, which I eagerly anticipated.

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I consulted with Brenda via email on the various Rounds she had, and ordered the Big Rounds set for my Frosty the Snowman Holiday Ornaments.

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I joyfully set up the jig on a sunny day.

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Then I dove in with the frosty-making.

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Once I had added an ‘allowance’ for the wire, twisting the strips was easy-peasy.

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Having the option of making various sizes of Frosties is great.

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It beats using the household mandrels I used last year, and makes the process much faster.

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I still do some hand-bending after the base is completed.

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Then I heat up the griddle for their adornments.

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Sometimes a bit of smashing is required to flatten the snowmen out again.

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I tried setting up the jig for trees and angels too but that requires a little more finessing (more pegs in particular).

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Productivity is booming for the holiday season!

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You’ll see my frosties, angels and other holiday ornaments on Etsy, at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont, Dragonfly Boutique in Evanston, The Evanston Art Center’s EXPO, the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser and the Bucktown Holiday Fair.

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Necklace pendants, earrings and key chains are also in the works.

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