Creations for Dutchies

I went on a family reunion trip during which I finally got to show my wares in person to my family.

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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.

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It was fun to make the bangle and earrings, though I might need a new mandrel for spiraling…

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The result was well-received.

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A linguistics discussion referenced a tape measure as a ‘roll of inches’ and I like that analogy to my rolls of steel wire.

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I also incorporated a Michael Jackson favorite into a gift. Lining up the 2 sides of music score and lyrics took a few attempts.

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I like this pendant a lot, and hope it gets a lot of wear in the Netherlands.

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An attempt to take birthstone bangle measurements abroad went awry, with the 14 cm resembling a collar rather than a bracelet.

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So I packed up the toolkit and supplies and decided to bring my work on my vacation.

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It was fun to take a morning just to play with beads amidst all the touring and eating and visiting.

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There is already an addition on the way for this bangle, so I will have to add a new birthstone bead when I return.

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In addition to the custom pieces, these lovelies went on to new homes.

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The Dutch vibe continued at home with this delft blue bead set.

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What do you think of this simple earring design, should there be more of these?

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Come see my other bangle and earring pairings at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend, or visit Ayla’s Bead Bazaar in Highland Park next weekend!

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Esty is open when I am not vending in person.

Maike’s Maraviglia out and about

I’ve been enjoying the weather and nature so much that promoting my jewelry has been backburnered a bit. But you’ll see me wear and can peruse fun pieces at NEW’s Crain’s Small Business Week Event on Wednesday. My Chakra Bangle and Twinsy Dancing Spirals are with me most often.

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The Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant is looking forward to fluttering into someone else’s home.

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This baby blue beaded collar set from the Bead & Button Show will pop up on Etsy after the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’m eager to make more with my newly acquired beads.

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With October marking the last quarter of the year, it is also time to start thinking about Holiday orders. Musical pieces like Christmas Carols on ornaments are popuplar.

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My German deliveries tend to take a full month through customs, so I will need to ship those off by mid-November. So if you live overseas, message me now with Holiday gift ideas and I will work them into the studio schedule. I’ll be infinitely grateful for the early notice. This infinity rainbow collar and the coiled earrings make me happy every day.

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Collars and Earrings can be custom sized. The Curled Collar and ovalish earrings made a trip to REI with me. I’m loving Dragonfly Collections‘ plum sweater for fall.

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The blue Crystal wax and wire pendant garners much admiration when I wear it out.

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And on my visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America the Waves Earrings came along for some beachy time.

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Come try these on in person at Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 North Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1- 6 on Wednesday, October 8.

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Weekend Interlude

I took a little road trip this week to clear my head.

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It’s nice to do a re-set when home and internal changes are churning.

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The good news is that you get to call dibs on the pieces on Facebook through the weekend.

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Next week they’ll be up on Etsy for a wider audience to see, like some of these arleady are.

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It is good get away for some perspective, even when you lead a solitary life and your home town is staycation-friendly.

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If you’re pondering a retreat, but would like some company, consider NEW’s Fall getaway at White Pines.