In mid-August I spend the weekend at Ayla’s Originals, a lovely bead bazaar.
I frequently peruse this treasure chest of beads, and my wallet was shivering slightly at the thought of being surrounded by sparklies two full days.
It was fun to have two big tables to set up.
I dedicated one to jewelry.
The other held my critters and angels.
Ayla’s does a lot of jewelry repair. On Saturday, the lovely Phyllis was working on re-knotting a strand of pearls. A father and a little girl picked out charms for a bracelet and necklace, and several people came in to replace clasps on their jewelry, pick up repaired pieces, or drop off items that needed time to be fixed.
All of this was done with cheerfulness and a variety of findings to choose from.
At the Bead & Button Show I had purchased some large hole pearls and did my best not to scratch them while wrapping them in wire.Â I am a bit attached to the end result, but hope they will find a home at the Girls Nite Out show on September 13.
I also made other pieces for the event incorporating beads purchased at Ayla’s various trunk shows and bazaars.
I browsed the gift wares, including You Are Beautiful magnets, coin purses, notebooks and other small gift items.
Of course the majority of the store is dedicated to ready-made jewelry as well as a wide array of colorful beads and pearls to convert into your own pieces.
The array of David Christensen Beads was very tempting, since they fit 16 gauge wire so well.
Two Charming Chix has a great sense of humor.
Ayla’s also has the tools for jewelry making, and offers a variety of workshops, even as live streams, so you can hone your skills. I browsed and made a pile of items.
Since it is birthday month, I didn’t feel too bad about adding these tools and beads to my collection.
Sunday brought in a flurry of early visitors, and I was thrilled to see pendants adopted by new owners.
Then my stakes fluttered off to a new garden.
The angels were admired and enjoyed basking in the sparkle.
Soon it was time to tear down and go home.
I am definitely inspired to incorporate more of Ayla’s treasures into my pieces, and will display those in mid-September!
Visit 1511 Sherman Avenue in Evanston for some sparkly inspirational fun.