Sidewalk Sale fun

It is interesting to see how different pockets of Evanston participate in the Sidewalk Sale. Last year I had a blast with See Jane Sparkle on Chicago and Dempster, where the Sidewalk Sale is a big event. This year I learned that on Sherman Avenue in Downtown Evanston, the participating merchants are less concentrated.

I set up a table in front of the Evanston Pop Up Gallery to help boost their recent grand opening.

Several of the other resident artists popped in and out throughout the day, and it was nice to get to know each of them better and learn more about their chosen art forms and lives.


Steve made some adjustments to the window display and goofed around.

Pop Up Pat paid a visit.

On Sunday I strolled the Chicago Dempster corner which was full of bargains.

I met friends at Bagel Art Cafe and enjoyed a lox bagel.

Then I strolled by Ayla’s temptations, but didn’t linger since I had a table to be at.

I took a selfie with Wonder Woman at The Other Brother cafe.

It was good to see the signage directing people around the giant Fountain Square construction zone.

My table had already been pulled out, and I had more fun conversations with fellow artists.

Pop Up Gallery owner Sally Beach had just been featured in Evanston Woman Magazine.


While foot traffic wasn’t as heavy as the Sidewalk Sale last year, we still had several people pop by and the store itself gets great traffic.

I left a Howlite set to be featured by Steve on Pop Up Television.

The window changes each week with new offers.

Over the month I made several sales, a few in person as I popped in.

It is nice to see the positive response to this unique gift boutique.

Before long the second day was done, and the balloons also lost steam.

Pop in and see my shelf, as updates keep happening.

A video interview is in the works.

You can find all kinds of art work at varying price points here, some with the bonus of smelling delicious. The Evanston Pop Up Gallery is located at 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, and open 7 days a week.

Sacred Art Trunk Show

Summer is here, and with it come leisurely strolls around neighborhoods to peruse art and beauty.  On June 10 I visited the bustling Lincoln Square Neighborhood for a Meet & Greet at Sacred Art.

I set up my wares in a lovely nook, and met wonderful customers.

Sacred Art hosts handmade creations by more than 100 artists. There are numerous gift items to cheer up friends, adorn your home and or a human with, or to use in your every day life.

Chicago lovers have a plethora of unique gifts to choose from as an alternative to mass-manufactured tourist tchotchkes.

The store is also a wonderful inspiration for decoration ideas.

I had a lovely afternoon absorbing the Lincoln Square vibe and seeing pieces adopted.

Sacred Art is located at 4619 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago and still has a selection of my pendants and pant stakes available.Check out upcoming Sacred Art events on their Facebook page.

Warm Bevvy Trunk Show

Last year I had a blast at the Warm Bevvy Walk in Evanston. It is a great way to explore local shops and make new friends. The 2nd Annual Evanston Warm Bevvy Walk is on Thursday, December 8 from 5 to 8 pm with my favorite businesses participating.


Enjoy an evening stroll with friends and family, stopping at stores in downtown Evanston and along the Main-Dempster Mile to try tasty beverages and shop for the holidays. I will be at See Jane Sparkle with all my wares for an evening trunk show. Sara Jane is blending a special beverage and will also have special promotions that evening.


This event is FREE and open to all ages, but registration is required. If you intend to drink alcoholic beverages, you are required to present an ID to get a wristband. This year, commemorative Shop Evanston enamel mugs will be available for purchase for $5 with cash or credit card. Along the Main-Dempster Mile, the following businesses are offering drinks.


Check-in (where you get a map and wristband): The Pot Shop | 1224 Chicago Avenue or Sketchbook Brewing | 821 Chicago Avenue.


See Jane Sparkle | 1312 Chicago Ave.
Threads Boutique | 1304 Chicago Ave.
The Collage Cafe | 912 Sherman Ave.

Evanston Eye Wellness | 716 Main St.
Trash & Treasures | 611 Dempster St.
Follow Your Nose & The Alchemist’s Wife | 917 Chicago Ave.
Vogue Fabrics featuring Bon Events | 718 Main St.
Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery | 704 Main St.

Virag Jewelers | 703 Main St.
Evanston Float Center | 800 Dempster St.
In Fine Fettle Holistic Health Center & Wellness Boutique | 900 Chicago Ave. (storefront on Main St.)
Belgian Chocolatier Piron | 509 Main St.

Squeezebox Books & Music | 1235 Chicago Ave.
Evanston Stitchworks | 906 Sherman Ave.
stumble & relish | 1310 Chicago Ave.
YoFresh | 635 Chicago Ave., #7


Downtown Evanston: Check-in: Vinic Wine | 1509 Chicago Ave.


Life is Good | 1741 Sherman Ave.
Avail & Co. | 1106 Davis St.
Athletico Physical Therapy | 909 Davis St., Ste. 220
Underground Printing | 818 Clark St.
Chiropractic First | 1609 Chicago Ave.

La Cocinita | 1625 Chicago Ave.
Ayla’s Originals | 1511 Sherman Ave.
Relish | 706 Church St.
Williams Shoes the Walking Spirit | 610 Church St.

Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston | 1501 Sherman Ave.
Celtic Knot | 626 Church St.
Andy’s Frozen Custard | 719 Church St. {offering Hot Fudge/Caramel Turtle Sundaes for $2.30}
Spice & Tea Exchange of Evanston | 1615 Sherman Ave.
Pure Barre | 910 Church St.
Bookends & Beginnings | 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)
The Alley Gallery | 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)

Saville Flowers | 1712 Sherman Ave.
Evereve | 1608 Sherman Ave.
Uncle Dan’s | 901 Church St.
Smylie Brothers | 1615 Oak Ave.
Exhale Evanston | 1890 Maple Ave.
First Northern Credit Union | 1705 Sherman Ave.
Bottle & Bottega | 1016 Davis St.
dragonfly-df | 1501 Chicago Ave.


I hope to see you!


Ladies Night Out in Elmhurst

Returning to the Wilder Mansion is always a joy.


It was a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon, and I got the same table as the Holiday Market last year.


Soon I was set up.


The ample set up time meant I got to peruse the other booths in mid-dress after a delicious lunch.


This undressed booth is a piece of art without the gorgeous Jewels Botanica it later displayed.


Roz Long of RGL Marketing for the Arts does a fantastic job curating a wide variety of jewelers into the show.


I was inspired by their skills.


There was even time for a vendor to snap a photo of me.


Fashion was also well-represented, with hats, convertible skirts, scarves and a variety of other accessories.


These pompoms match my hair!


Other rooms had mini-manicures, massages, sweet samplings and wine.


Ladies soon started walking through the doors, perusing all the wares.


I’m thrilled one of my puzzle pieces walked away, as did a sculptural pendant.


Some ladies dressed to the nines.


Since Tannins was conveniently located next door, I got to sample their lovely red.


I sold a ladybug (hooray!), and got shoppers thinking about commissioned ornaments.


Angel and I look forward to returning here in November for the Wilder Mansion Holiday market.


The Holiday Market is Friday, November 4th from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am -to 4pm.



Ravenswood ArtWalk IV

Being part of the Ravenswood ArtWalk is always fun.


This year Architectural Artifacts offered their Artifacts Events space to Ravenswood ArtWalk artists, and we were so fortunate to get to be in this spot.


I had never visited the store, but am planning to go back to look at all the things.


How amazing are these finds?


I’ll have to examine light fixtures more closely before I settle on my new upgrades at home.


There are so many large items.


It felt a bit like being in a giant movie set store room.


A vintage piece from Rotterdam.


Sewing aficionados will love this spool receptable.


I had to remind myself to go back to my booth and not start shopping.


Saturday morning was overcast as we set up, once again proving that I should keep my shows indoors.


I set up my table with risers from Ayla’s Originals’ recent garage sale.


I used nightstands to hold my trees (they’re from Nadeau, for those who kept opening the drawers).


Since it was raining we got an influx of browsers right away.


Traffic was steady throughout the day, with a few people spending time circling for a few hours.


The blue collar everyone always picks up and tries on went to a new home.


The talent is always fresh and creative, and I couldn’t resist this cute handmade book.


Architectural Artifacts also is a feast for the eyes.


In the evening a bridal party passed through for their wedding in the courtyard and upstairs.


We put our booths to sleep and checked out for the day.


The following day more people perused.


It was tough to watch everyone but me make transactions for a few hours, though my view was fun.


A friend brought me a libation that I will not read anything into. 😉


Thanks to that mojo finally in late afternoon people affirmed my presence with purchases as well.


I’m excited that many of my pieces have new owners.


Late in the afternoon the light cast interesting shadows on my table.


Some ornaments were adopted as well.


Before long it was time to tear down and load my car back up.


You can check out next year’s event around August of 2017.


Here’s hoping I get to be in this space again next year.


Garden Center Fun

I spent the last few days of August making some dragonflies for Platt-A-Palooza.


It was a glorious Saturday when we set up at Platt Hill Nursery.


Flowers greeted me as I unloaded the car.


The amount of space is always amazing, and I had fun setting up my booth.


Foot traffic was great, so I had little time to peruse the other booths.


Seeing how my pieces interact with the sunlight is always fun.


Thankfully we had popcorn delivered to us.


Parts of the swarm were on display.


There were stuffed animals,


Other jewelry vendors,


Holiday Ornaments,


Birdbath creations,


and my neighbor had lovely Faery Cottages that Angel couldn’t resist.


It is always fun to see the garden accessories Platt Hill Nursery has to offer, like these fun creations.


Live Bluegrass entertained us throughout the day.


So much bloom.


I tested some plant stakes that need a bit more observing for durability.


Angel basked in some pansies as well.


Several pieces found new homes.


I love all the flowers and plant varieties.


Gardening is not in the cards for me, but it is always fun to admire nature.


Soon the day was over and time to pack up.


I did some lazing and stretching before the next eventful week.


Hopefully you had a labor-free Labor Day weekend.


Trunk Show Sparkles

The last day of April was marred by rain, but that did not deter shoppers from browsing See Jane Sparkle and my Trunk Show.


I set up for the show in the morning, and dropped of more yarn bomb doilies next door, where drawing angel hung out for the day to support Stumble & Relish’s guest artist.


It was fun to play with social media throughout the day.


My traveling angel almost got snapped up, but then she was recognized and her friend went to a new home instead.


Jaime of Stumble & Relish wore her new pyrite pendant out the door.


In the afternoon, several people perused my wares, and adopted some pieces.


I had made lots of sparkly pieces for See Jane Sparkle, and she consigned the new collection.


Exclusively for her I made some single-dangle bangles.


Sara Jane Abbott is a participant in Evanston Made, which runs through the month of June.


She offers a variety of fun events throughout the month, including designer make and takes and beads and bubbly parties.


Check out her Facebook page for the latest and greatest.


Be sure to stop by other Evanston Made venues through June. I might have an angel photobomb during the various art walks and events.


The Evanston Art Center Made in Evanston Show featuring participating artists is up at 1717 Central Street along with a pop-up shop in the lobby.


The SWARM show at SideTracked Studio is also fun to peruse, located at 707 Chicago Avenue.


The Collage Cafe also has an Evanston Made exhibit, and offers numerous workshops for you to create your own art work.


Mom & Pop-Up on Sunday

Can’t get your shopping on this Saturday? Well, I’ll have another trunk show on Sunday, May 1 from 12 pm to 5 pm.


Chroma K8 Beautique is hosting Mom & Pop Up at their salon at 5425 N Lincoln in Chicago. Enjoy a mimosa and treats while shopping for mom locally, featuring jewelry, all natural skin, body care and hair care, candles, nail spa gift certificates, memory books, photography packages, massages and fitness opportunities.


It’s time to celebrate all nurturers in our lives!


Back on Track will be providing chair massages the day of the event.


I see Hip Circle Studio is on the roster, so you’re bound to get some advice on how to stay limber after that massage!


Memoir for Me offers interviewing, writing, layout and printing services to capture your life story or that of a loved one, and will help your mom preserve her life stories.


Little Monsters Photography can expand on those stories with new family photographs.

little monsters

Nomadic Ant offers quirky and unique handmade silver and brass jewelry and leather accessories that I admire anytime I see their creations.


Maybe we can mix and match pieces!


Skokiewood candles will bring hand poured soy candles, locally and mama made that have delicious names.


In the green cosmetics realm Bonnie naturally nourishing skin & body care will offer lip balms and body balm candles that I am curious about.


My favorite Nail Salon Noktivo will offer green beauty products and offer gift certificates for nail services.


My hands and feet love being pampered, and I may keep my manicure intact to show you Jenny’s handiwork.


I’ve passed through Chroma K8 to get Noktivo services, and recently checked out their shampoo products.


Owner Kate Jotzat strives to be as natural as possible, from hair color and hair care, to cleaning products and practices. You can learn more about the green initiatives on Chroma K8’s web site, which encourages me to learn more about their natural blue hair dye options.


Opened in January 2014, Kate furnished the salon with mostly vintage and reused furniture. Like Noktivo, the beautique eliminates most disposables with cloth towels and napkin and by using reusable gloves, glass cups, ceramic mugs, plates, and silverware.


A basket full of goodies will be raffled off with proceeds benefiting a local environmental non profit. 

There is also gift with a total purchase of $50 or more within the Pop-Up (bring receipts to front desk of Chroma K8 Beautique the day of the event)

. I hope you pick up some of my pieces!


Wanna join us? Use #Mom&popup2016 to document your experience at our trunk show.


Photo credits: vendor pictures are pulled from the internet and should be attributed to them individually.

Sparkly Saturday Trunk Show

Mother’s Day is coming up, which is the perfect time to give your mother some sparkle!


On Saturday, April 30 I will have a Trunk Show at See Jane Sparkle so you can peruse my wares and accessorize them with Sara Jane’s creations.


I’ve been adding some bling to my newer pendants to get into the sparkle theme.


I’ll probably put on an outfit from the last trunk show I attended in this lovely space, where my jewelry inspired the color choices.


Meet the Maker will be from 1 pm to 4 pm, but you’ll be able to peruse my pieces earlier that day, and I may pop in a little sooner too.


I am playing with necklace layers, inspired by Sara Jane’s fashion sense.


There will be bubbly to sip on while you can try on and accessorize vintage clothing with purses, hats, gloves, shoes, belts, scarves and jewelry.


I love all the ring bling.


The musically inclined can peruse my updated collection.


Next door, Stumble & Relish is featuring LouBirdie, another local maker. This thoughtful, sweet line is made in Chicago by Crailin Hardy.


Both shops will serve some bubbly to sip on as you browse. See Jane Sparkle is located at 1312 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.



A Fashionable Scholarship Luncheon

Post-ThinkStartDo and amidst preparing for another big show I am replenishing my jewelry for a pop-up Luncheon and Spring Fashion Show this Sunday to support Filipino women. Ladies Who Lunch will be held on Sunday, April 17 from noon to 4 pm, and serves as a scholarship fundraiser.


The fashion show will feature cocktail dresses and gowns, followed by a mini beauty and accessories Expo. You can walk down the long runway with a dress from the Sampaguita LookBook. You’ll have the opportunity to meet stylists from the famous “Rent the Runway”, and other special occasion dress boutiques.


Makeup experts will be on hand with the freshest eye and lipstick colors for Spring. Shoe-obsessed Cinderellas, can peruse the latest in Spring footwear so that you can hit the streets in comfort and style. There will be raffles and prizes in the form of accessories from boutiques around Chicago, and some of these accessory makers and vendors will be at the expo as well.


The Sampaguita Group was founded in 2015 for the purpose of awarding partial scholarships to Filipino American women attending college in the United States. I met group founder Rose Tibayan many years ago during a bachelorette party, and felt a kindred spiritness right away. Rose read a report in the Harvard Asian American Policy Review, identifying the phenomenon of “Downward Educational Mobility” affecting U.S.-born Filipino Americans. Due to cultural biases, studies show that female students may be experiencing more challenges than their male counterparts.


The mission of The Sampaguita Group includes increasing public awareness, reversing the trend of educational downward mobility through educational programs, and assisting Filipino American organizations with establishing their own U.S.-based collegiate scholarship programs.


The Sampaguita Group’s non-profit culture includes a solid commitment to reversing the trend of educational downward mobility by helping more U.S.-born Filipino American women graduate from college, recognition of personal achievement, and promotion of Filipino American culture. By investing in higher education we hope to increase the opportunity for Filipino American women to experience long-term academic and lifelong success.


The Sampaguita Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization that awards partial scholarships to Filipino American women matriculated in colleges and universities in the United States. Ladies Who Lunch Luncheon and Spring Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, April 17 from noon at The Belvedere, 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove Village.


Additional fundraising events are in the works, including the Sampaguita Ball, a Gala Dinner Dance and selection of scholarship winners on Saturday, August 6, 2016. 2015 scholarship recipients are listed here.