Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

SwirlyWhirls Necklace NTaJ! Challenge

Every Month Brenda Schweder of Now That’s a Jig! proposes a challenge to her JigUFacturers on Facebook. For August 2019 the challenge is: Media Inspiration #mediablitzntajchallenge “Pick a visual from a magazine, book or online source (i.e. Pinterest, Insta) and create a piece that captures that look, theme, or feeling!” I went to my favorite […]

Evanston Sidewalk Sale Pods

We had a heat wave in Evanston Friday and Saturday. After the ever-lasting winter, I am not complaining. My one A/C unit is in the studio, so I set it up and when the ceiling fans could do no more I cleared off the futon to set up my computer station. Of course I got […]

Upcycled Jewelry Commission

At a recent Artem Pup Up Gallery visit one of the sales clerks asked me to turn a bracelet into a necklace for her. The elastic had worn out, making the bracelet unwearable. I was intrigued by the shapes. We discussed the length she was envisioning and settled on a choker style. During another visit […]

Weaving and weaving

When I got home from Bead & Button we had a lovely afternoon that lent itself to park sitting. This time, instead of bringing a book I took along wire and one of the Druzy stones I had purchased from Elka Designs.   I was thrilled to have learned a portable technique that I can take […]

Making Pods

When I looked at the Bead & Button Show Schedule, none of Brenda’s classes worked for me, but Looped Leaves, Pods and Cages caught my eye. The description read: “Students will use steel, and craft and copper wires to create shapes that include a knotless netting. Fine wire will be used to create the layer of […]

Aquatic Critter Necklace

For the June Now That’s a Challenge!, Brenda Schweder’s JigUFacturer design team was tasked with creating a story with their jewelry. I had received some cute rubber critters from a friend, and as I was clearing the studio to make room for my brother, I came across them again. My brother and I traveled part […]

Evanston Made at Artem Pop Up Gallery

On Saturday a plethora of local artists will open their studios to offer a glimpse at their methodology and creative habitats to the public. This once-a-year event is a wonderful way to get to know Evanston better and appreciate the creativity that abounds in our city. I don’t want to make anyone climb three flights […]

May Now Thats a Challenge!

On March 8, 2019, Brenda Schweder Jewelry’s Facebook Live video included a guest appearance of her husband, Jim Schweder. The couple is putting their house on the market (for a move to warmer Tuscon), which prompted Jim to volunteer some of Brenda’s beautiful ephemera finds for our May Now That’s a Jig! Challenge (with her […]

Pop Up Gallery Refresh

Last week I did a Pop Up Gallery Refresh, and also moved shelves in the Downtown Evanston Gift Store. The Evanston Pop Up Gallery has changed ownership and is now Artem Pop Up Gallery. With utility work happening at Sherman Avenue, it looks like the rebranding is more dramatic than it actually is. I brought […]

2018 Unclaimed Ornaments

Here are some of the ‘leftovers’ I have in stock. They won’t arrive in time for Christmas if you want them shipped, but I am happy to send them off to new homes. The Santa Angel almost left, but then a Chicago Flag won instead… The top one (red) is claimed, but the other 3 […]