Early Magnolias

 “Magnolias are aristocrats of ancient lineage possessed of many superlative qualities.” ~ plant collector E.H. ‘Chinese’ Wilson When I was at the Morton Arboretum hunting for Trolls, I came upon a Magnolia Grove. There was a beautiful sculpture indicating the beautiful blooms to be seen here in Spring. I didn’t know that Magnolias were endangered. […]

Unbound with Karen Tichy and Alicia Forestall-Boehm

A few weekends ago I visited Oliva Gallery to see Karen Tichy and Alicia Forestall-Boehm‘s exhibit. The two encaustic artists collaborated on this 2-person show, and the end result is wonderful. The artists explore paper, fiber, encaustic, and other materials in this singular collaboration created for display at the Oliva Gallery. Some previously seen works […]

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 […]

A chilly Morton Arboretum Troll Hunt

I checked out a book during my Elmhurst stay that had to be returned in Elmhurst, and since I was “out West” I took a drive to the Morton Arboretum, where the Troll Hunt is on display. Of course after a perfectly sunny day, I picked the one on which a hailstorm erupted as I […]

April Handmade Market on Sunday

On Sunday, April 28 I return to the Empty Bottle to hawk my wares. This will be the last Handmade Market of the season, as the organizers go on hiatus until next October. It is fun to hang out at the Empty Bottle and observe all the people wandering through. A lot come to have […]

New Stakes at Sacred Art

Spring is in, and in preparation of the Lincoln Square Wine Stroll as well as Show of Hands I brought more garden stakes to Sacred Art last week. Co-owner Kaitlyn combines my stakes with plants, and I love how they pop against the greenery. Lincoln Square’s Spring Wine Stroll is Thursday, April 25th, 2019 from […]

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 […]

Elmhurst Outdoors

While I was in Elmhurst, the temperatures were still fitful, but I did want to explore some of the outdoor attractions nearby. On my museum day in Wilder Park I popped into the Wilder Park Conservatory. The charming greenhouse was filled with the fragrance of Hyacinths. Narcissi gave me hope for Spring. The off-limits airplants had […]

Elmhurst Spring Break

I spent a week in Elmhurst recently, and had a great time exploring the town. I have driven to and from Elmhurst for the various Wilder Mansion events, and while I knew their downtown is charming, I never had a chance to just stroll and explore. So on a warm and sunny day I walked […]