Tag Archives: studiotime

Prepping for Handmade Market

Yesterday I spent time in the studio to replenish my stakes. I have placed most of them at The Evanston Pop Up Gallery, and a few larger ones are at Green Edens Horticultural Services, which meant I had ‘sold out’ of ladybugs and dragonflies in my personal stash. So I started playing on Now That’s a […]

Seussian Studiotime

Seussian pendant by Maike's Marvels

I’ve done a lot of uploading and tweaking wordpress for the shop, and while I have plenty of pieces in stock, I was itching to get back into the studio again. This brush needed to be taken out of its misery too! My rainbow collection garnered a custom Valentine order, which I cheerfully fulfilled. These are […]

Making Mini-books

During my play date with Brenda Schweder I specifically focused on her angled gadgets, since sharp corners are not my forte. I took home the Square NTaJ Accessory Peg Pak Mix. Higher gauge wire is easier to manipulate, but my affinity for 16 gauge steel remains strong. As I fiddled with the multiple squares a […]

Jigging with Brenda

Recently I took a mini-roadtrip to Waukesha to visit Brenda Schweder in her studio. I have been intrigued by her Now That’ a Pliers! since she introduced them, but wanted to take them for a spin before committing to another tool investment. She showed me her fabulous studio space that has various sections to run […]

Creations for Dutchies

I went on a family reunion trip during which I finally got to show my wares in person to my family. One person fell in love with the purple coral bangle I had made, but wanted it in blue so I found a strand of lapis chips at Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop. It […]

Playing with beads

The Bead and Button Show is on May 27 through June 8, but this year I won’t be able to attend. I would love to take Brenda Schweder’s Jig workshops, but time- and money-wise it’s not feasible to travel to Milwaukee this year. Instead, I am perusing the beads I picked up last year for […]

A River Rock Commission

After a recent pop-up event a friend asked me if I could wrap her river rock into a pendant. When she brought it to me, I instantly thought of a heart shape. She agreed, and the wrapping began, while putting on appropriate music for this dancer. I used a prior heart pendant as a template, […]

Communicating Love

The Textual Encounters show at ARC Gallery inspired me to create two new collages in February. I wrote about Encounters with Language prior to the show opening. When I warm up the various wax colors I generally have two new substrates to play with. This keeps me from ruining a layer when I am too […]