Summer Selfies

It’s time for some Summer Selfies as I process numerous photos from my August travels.

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The Yellow Agate Set visited a few stores this quarter while the pink flower wax and wire pendant was admired during NEW’s recent Meet & Munch. I paired it with infinity earrings.

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in May I wore various Mother’s Day Pendants to promote the lovely day. The peace-loving squiggledee adorned my seatbelt on an errand run. I sold a zigzag collar and had fun creating a new one. During NEW’s visit to the Heartwood Center I wore the Princess Coleopterist Ladybug pendant.

I’m freelancing again which had me suiting up a few times.

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The black and white look called for the Isaiah 55:12 bible pendant that had me go out in joy. I paired it with spiral earrings. My coiled wire earrings were paired with various outfits throughout the summer. I wore the polka dot pendant inspired by Curly Girl Design’s shipment on another outing. The burgundy abstract pendant isn’t listed yet.

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I enjoyed making the Delft blue pendants for my SAIL trip on King’s Day. The Morpho pendant is a favorite of mine. For the pride parade celebration I paired this rainbow pendant with flower earrings that sold. My chunky bead pendants are making their way on Etsy. You can order your own birthstone or chakra bangle anytime, or visit the Collage Cafe for ready-made items.

Come try these on at Saturday’s Platt-A-Polooza event in Bloomingdale.

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I made a few new pendants this month that I almost do not want to part with.

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The studio has been shiny and bright, luring me in.

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Someone posted Isaiah 55:12 in a piece of their work, so I went to my art Bible and ripped that page out for a pendant.

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Don’t you love its message?

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May it bring much joy to its future wearer.

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Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea’s ear worm was in my head, so I took a piece of Hello Holiday tissue paper and stamped its theme onto the paper (but not quite out of my head).

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I was also feeling the need to create an empowerment talisman with royal purple.

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American Authors’ song reminds me to live each day to the fullest this year, so I wrote their lyrics out too.

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For the Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO I created a green pendant, which will debut there November 22.

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For their Men’s Shopping Day: Saturday, December 20 from 10am to 4 pm I also made a keychain (though I think they’re supposed to get help shopping for the leading ladies in their lives).

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Turning the clock back has me feeling like I am chasing daylight as the sun sets sooner.

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I also used some scraps to create mini pendants.

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Clearly purple is vibing with me these days.

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I’ve also got a few more earrings in my head that will hopefully come out of my hands soon.

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I have not loaded these on Etsy yet but you can message me via Facebook for your selection or special order. Holiday pendants are coming too.

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Lots of ornaments are in the works and some will float around Chicagoland next month. Etsy will gradually update between holiday fairs.

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If you like to shop in person, you can peruse The ADA Holiday Fair downtown on December 5, the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser December 6, and the Bucktown Holiday Fair December 13 & 14.

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More Etsy newbies

I’ve loaded some new pieces to Etsy last week while reviewing what I have in stock.

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Anything created since then will debut at Platt-A-Palooza on August 30 and make their way to Etsy after that (if it doesn’t go home with someone).

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My newly loaded pendants include Lime-Green Abstract Circle, Peace be with You, Write in Green, Fiery Heart, along with Purple Waves Earrings .

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You’ll see these musical pieces go up after August 31.

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Take a gander at my earrings too.

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Pendants of the Summer

I haven’t been taking many jewelry selfies lately, though I always get compliments on the Maraviglia I am wearing.

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Earlier this summer I wore Blessed are you among Women out paired with my favorite twinsy spirals.

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At NEW’s anniversary party I wore my bangles, which pretty much go with all my outfits and can be custom-ordered.

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The Make by Megan K. dress was combined with my Amazonite collar and swirly pearls at my trunk show.

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Aurora Rose has a set for sale, which you can view here:

At other NEW events I wore Orange You Dancing with Smashed Earrings and a brown version of this green wax and wire triangle along with another set of abstract earrings.

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On a sunny day I adorned my lace sundress with a wax and wire butterfly and the smashed earrings.

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The other day I opted for just earrings and no necklace with this purple wire-wrapped pair that hasn’t been listed yet.

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Message me if you are interested.

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I felt the need for some inner peace one day and paired blue scribble ball earrings with this wax and wire peace symbol pendant. In the background is the jellyfish lamp from Peaceful Parlour.

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I wore the lace dress to Evanston’s Lakeshore Art Fest with a caged feather butterfly similar to this one and added the pink scribble ball earrings.

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Check out my Etsy store and see which piece would make a great adornment for you or someone you love.

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I also make custom pieces year-round for any occasion.

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.

 

Dressy days

I’ve been living in my pajamas for most of the month, sloth that I am.

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Abstract Earrings  and Sparkly Pink Butterfly Heart

However, I’ve had reason to go out on a few occasions which led me to mix and match some pieces.

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Make them your own by popping over to Etsy.

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Swirly Earrings and Red Sparkly Heart

Lemont visits Nov. 9 and 13

On Saturday I will be selling my wares at the Lemont Neighbor to Neighbor Vendor & Crafter’s Market. The indoor show is from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Lemont Township Community Center, 16300 Alba, Lemont, northwest of 127th Street and Timberline Drive.

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Several independent vendors and crafters will showcase free trade items, jewelry, cosmetics, crafts, health foods, purses, 
accessories and more. There will also be a 50/50/Prize Raffle. The vendor reservation fees as well as any donations made that day will benefit the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund.

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I’ve created some new pieces that will debut at this event, including scarf pendants.

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You can see how my holiday ornaments turned out (these need a bit of encaustic love).

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I’ll make another trip to Lemont on Wednesday, November 13 with the Network of Entrepreneurial Women for our Meet & Munch. This is our only event this month since we don’t want to encroach on Thanksgiving plans.

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Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont and try on my jewelry.

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We will have munchies from Tastefully Simple and get a head start on holiday shopping at Aurora Rose, which has gift items for the whole family. You can peruse their inventory for ladies, children, and men on their web site.

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You can RSVP here. Lemont is fun!

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I took off most of August to tend to visitors which meant that my studio was also occupied. As I reviewed the upcoming exhibits and fairs I felt stressed that I had not spent more time in the studio.

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Then I created some pieces for Aurora Rose which brought me back into that zone of flow and zen, and their reception of the newbies made me feel better.

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As I shared photos of pieces in progress and completed, the earrings not placed in Aurora Rose Boutique were quickly claimed by my friends.

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Another friend who had placed a pendant on hold a few months ago was able to send her check in, and I happily shipped her piece off.

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Then I got birthstone orders from a repeat customer for two fall birthdays, which has me excited to create custom pieces reflecting family members.

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A day later, my Etsy store got an order from someone whose name I didn’t recognize.

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Out-of-town visitors admired one of my musical pendants so much they took it home.

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It is super-exciting to make sales, because it validates that my creations resonate with people.

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All artists struggle with the economic viability of pursuing their passion, so having this sales boost is giving me hope that I can eventually create a steady income stream and truly make a living at this (rather than depleting savings and looking for freelance gigs).

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So please put your money where your mouth is and buy from local artisans. Praise is wonderful and being complimented on one’s work is always affirming, but making a sale, no matter how small, is cause for happy dances and joy that words alone cannot generate.

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I will showcase my inventory at the Ravenswood Art Walk October 5 and 6 and am hoping for lots of happy dances behind my table in the big tent.

Meanwhile, Art Lakeview will host my Malachites at Powell’s Bookstore. PerficalSense Studio has an encaustic show coming up, about which more details will emerge in the coming weeks.

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New at Aurora Rose

I dropped off new pieces at Aurora Rose this week.

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The store has lots of fabulous fall activities planned and I look forward to the announcements.

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My earrings are popular right now, so Kim and Amber wanted in on the action.

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I have plans for more pendants like this, with paint brushes and pencil nibs and other ‘utensils’.

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My cousin and I beaded earrings as Tweens (before that was a real term), so adding beads to pieces always reminds me of those girlfriendly times.

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Pearls have a je ne sais quoi.

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Danglers don’t come out in photos, but have such a nice energy to them when worn.

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Not all moms have daughters, nor do all moms like pink, so I made a denim and jade version.

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Many of my wire pendants are reversible, and this is a rare waxed one that can be worn both ways.

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A teaser for the Winter Collection.

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I’ll be making more feathered flutteries as this white one found a wonderful new owner.

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Pop into the store and peruse all of their lovely gift wares.

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If you can’t make it out to Lemont poke around on my Etsy store and see if anything there strikes your fancy. Anything you see can also be customized by special order, and all pendants come with a black satin cord.

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Meanwhile, these are up for dibs on Facebook before they go on Etsy.

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Any takers?

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Etsy is getting crowded

“Very beautiful!
I love the attention and artistic care you put into both sets.”

~ Birthday earring shopper

I’ve been loading pieces to Etsy over the past week or so, so you have some new pieces to peruse.

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The Mustard Square:

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Three Pearls of Wisdom:

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I loaded a set of earrings last week that got snapped up right away. I love it when pieces speak to a customer.

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They were option 2 of a birthday commission for a friend.

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The desired earrings had already been sold, so I offered to make similar ones (exact replicas don’t happen with this gauge wire).

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Erica’s husband wanted to accentuate his wife’s neck with my earrings. How cool is that? So I set to work ‘replicating’ the initial design, curling the wire and then hammering it flat.

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I made two options and he decided which ones would “look especially beautiful on Erica.”

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They certainly do, don’t you think?

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Wrapping them up was fun.

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You can find other earrings here.

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I’ve enjoyed modeling a few pieces while I was out and about.

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Yellow Butterfly
, Waves Wire Earrings ,
not-yet-listed squiggle square, Dvořák pupil

Wax and wire pendants like Peace-loving Squiggledee will be perfect for Fall weather.

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Seatbelts are cool!

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Mixing and matching is fun (as is dipping into the non-selfmade collection).

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Love Letter, Vintage Coral Necklace with Chinese bead earrings,
Sparkly Pink Butterfly Heart with earrings from Aurora Rose,
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I’d like to see some collar necklaces move too, since I can’t wear the larger ones. Go shop so I have incentive to make more!

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“They just hit me Maike. Like they were made for me.”
~ A happy earring customer