366 Days of Creativity | Day 2

Spiral Earrings

Spiral earrings | These were from the Textile Discount Outlet, special order to be delivered Wednesday.

 

Chained Up Ring

All Chained Up Ring

And my last piece for the day is for myself :).  This use to be one earring, I lost the other and these were one of my favorite pairs, I tried for a long time to find similar “beads” but never did, finally just split the one into two, and my old single earring is now a new pair.  Mine all mine!

Spiral Earrings

Yay I have my favorite earrings back, albeit a little shorter now.

 

My First Trunk Show!

Back in October, I had the first ever Twenty Thou trunk show. I had it at the best Jamaican restaurant in Chicago, Jamaica Jerk.  I was so nervous, I think I invited maybe about 36 people.  I was worried no one would show up LOL.  I did lots of googling to figure out how to display my items.  I ended up hitting the Salvation Army, and found several CD racks for a couple dollars a piece, to display my earrings, and I found this awesome bronze bowl to put stuff in too.  About a year before the show I moved, and sold all of my CDs, and gave away my CD racks which were very similar to the ones I purchased, this is why I’m a pack rat, when I throw stuff away I end up needing it later.  I even did a practice run at home LOL.

I arrived at Jamaica Jerk a couple hours before the show to set up everything, that went fine until I got ready to hang up the necklaces.  Like an idiot I somehow packed them all together, so they were a big ball LOL.  It took me at least an hour to get those necklaces apart, I eventually had to cut a couple of the ribbon necklaces to get them all apart.  (Unfortunately I didn’t learn my lesson, I did a craft show about a month later and the same thing happened, that time I had tried to pack them separate, but they still ended up getting tangled.)  I’ve learned my lesson now (finally) and now pack them in snack baggies.  I made my necklace display out of copper pipe, copper T joints, and copper elbow joints I bought at Home Depot.  They really are all about “You can build it, we can help”.  I found the pipes and asked one of the sales associates if they cut pipe, he was like no but you can.  So he showed me how to use a pipe cutter.  Now I kinda want one, in case I want to make something pipe related.  I think I have enough hobbies for now though.

About 15 people showed up, all of my buddies, and one friend of the owner of Jamaica Jerk. I even discovered a new wine, thanks to Mona, my wine rep.  I’m not much of a wine person unless it’s sweet, and she had one their called Blufeld.  So if you like sweet wines, this one is pretty good.

Blufeld Riesling

Check it out:

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The sales table / dining table.

 

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The sales table / dining table.

 

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Me demoing an infinity scarf.

 

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The spread, we had tequila sunrises, they were almost gone at this point. Hey Cory!

 

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The jewelry spread.

 

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My wonderful host Ryan showing off his noodle scarf.

 

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Me standing in front of the scarf / record bowl table. I rarely wear dresses, but I like this one. Wine extraordinaire Mona in the back at her table.

 

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A SALE!!

 

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Noodle scarves and their matching bags, forgive the blurriness.

 

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Record bowls and infinity scarves.

 

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Record bowls and infinity scarves.

 

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Mona and Mary

 

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My copper pipe display and framed price signage.

 

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Twenty Thou earring setup, these are the CD racks.

 

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Record bowls, record sleeve notebooks, & laptop cases.

 

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The spread, we had a meat and cheese tray, a veggie tray, and chips and dip. And the chilled tequila sunrises.

 

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A full house!

 

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Record bowls, record sleeve notebooks, & laptop cases.

Afterwards we had an after party at Poitin Stil.

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The host with the most, Ryan, out wine rep Mona, and myself. Cheers!

 

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Ryan and I, cheers!

 

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The fabulous Carol of Poitin Stil.

 

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I love playing darts here.

 

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So close to winning, but first time player Mona was the victor!

 

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Group shot, Mona, Mary, myself, and Jay.

 

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The host with the most again, Ryan.

 

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What the heck am I laughing at?

 

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Check out my pyrite lariat necklace and peanut seed bead dangle earrings. One of my favorite necklaces.

So this was definitely a ton of fun, can’t wait to do it bigger and better this year.  Hope to see you there!

366 Days of Creativity | Day 1

One of my 2012 goals is to make at least one item per day. It could be jewelry, a scarf, a coffee cozy, or whatever else comes to mind. So without further adieu here’s item 1!

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Peachy Keen Earrings, Pale Peach Glass Tubes dangle from copper chain, on copper ear wires.

Intergalactic Bead Show Review and Finds

Remember Gus Gus from Cinderella lol.  Oooooo beads!  That’s how I feel when I go to bead shows.  This is my third one, I went on July 9th, to the Intergalactic Bead Show, at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. My strategy is to walk around first to price things and figure out what I’m going to purchase, and then I go back through and do the shopping.  This time when I went I had the bright idea to take pictures with my phone of the stuff I want so that I can go back through and identify where things were and not forget something, if you read my last blog post you’ll know my must haves were citrine and pyrite.  It’s interesting that multiple people have the same or similar beads, but the prices are different, that’s another reason why I walk around first.

Here’s pictures of the show.

So many shiny goodies.

 

Even more shiny goodies.

 

Table after table, row after row of all type of glass, semi precious stones, and metals.

 

Ooo what are they buying?

 

I love copper, got a few of these.

 

The beaded wood necklace pile, didn't find anything in there I wanted, I'd just take them apart for the beads anyways, I have may beads similar to these already though.

 

Glass beads and some gemstones.

 

Nice metal filigree beads and other shapes. Didn't end up with any of these, maybe next time.

 

I love these wood skulls, they were a bit pricey though, maybe next time.

 

Not sure what these are but they would have made sweet earrings, another next time purchase, I needed a bigger budget lol.

 

I liked the leaves but was worried that since the price was so low they may change colors, I try to avoid that.

 

Love these crystals, these will be another next time purchase.

And now for the goodies I did buy!

Beautiful agate in various colors, one of my favorite stones, right after hematite, and then pyrite.

 

Some brass and copper accents.

 

Copper beads in different shapes and copper tubing.

 

Tiny yellow turquoise cubes and carnelian cylinders.

 

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And I managed to get what I came from, some faceted citrine rondelles, and pyrite chunks.

 

Couple different glass beads I got too, these will make great spacers.

 

I didn't get these at the show but bought it around the same time, perfect for some cute tassel earrings.

 

Well hope you enjoyed my recap, I’ll have to update you with the things I’ve made from all my goodies!

My find of the year: A Hamilton Type Cabinet

I finally got one! This post has been a long time coming, way back in summer 2010 I was trying to figure out what I could store my beads in other than these little plastic boxes with the little dividers. I wanted something that was larger where there’s no chance of me knocking it over and spilling all the beads out. And then I ran across a blog post from a jewelry designer who’s husband gave her a letterpress cabinet for Christmas. I was like that would be PERFECT! I’ve always loved old antiques especially things with lots of compartments like card catalogs (still working on getting one of those), or apothecary cabinets. So I set out on a quest to find my own letterpress cabinet, they go for approximately 1200 dollars on eBay, which is about 1000 bucks out of my budget. Contacted various antique stores in the city, but most said they get them in occasionally but didn’t have any in at the moment. Finally I stumbled across the letterpress community Briar Press and lo and behold I signed up at just the right time. I came across this beautiful little letterpress ad, The Platen Press Museum in Zion, IL was having its annual sale. Zion is about an hour north of me.

Letterpress sale in Zion

Platen Press Museum Annual Letterpress Sale

I called the the owner Paul Aken and he said he had a couple cabinets, make sure I get there early because people line up to get stuff, he only has this sale once per year. Whew, and the single ones will be about 200 dollars! Right in my tiny little antique loving budget. LOL. So I showed up at about 8 in the AM, lol there’s no line, and I spotted the one I wanted! That little one next to the double wide. I was informed that it was 110 years old.

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The little one in the middle of the pic, between the double wide (would have loved that) and the lady in blue.

Here’s a few more of the offerings. Cabinets and drawers full of lead type.

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These cabinets were full of lead type.

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Two Presses, I would have loved to have one, but that's not in my budget. Plus I don't need any more hobbies just yet, they do produce some beautiful prints though.

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Love the "You pi it, you buy it sign"

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Such a small town, felt like I was back in Indiana, the only open was McDonalds lol.

Everyone was so nice, I forgot to take picture inside, he had stacks of these cabinets up to the ceiling full of lead type.  Would love to do a class or a workshop.  I’ll have to go back at some point, such a long trip though.

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After a long trip home the cabinet was tired, and passed out on its side :).

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Drawers a-plenty.

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Closeup of the handle, I bought a couple extra drawers too, that brass handle underneath was one of the extras.

I was told that to clean it out take it out in my yard and hose it down with a pressure hose, and then let it dry in the sun. I was like um, I live in the city in an apartment, so no hose / yard. Plus it was May, so no drying sunshine yet. So I came home and tried to figure it out the best way I could. As I mentioned earlier it was about 110 years old, and it was lined with oilpaper, it had a nice collection of lead dust, and some white powdery substance. I was told it may have had a mouse nesting it in at some point. GROSS. There were also spider webs. Yuck. So I vacuumed out all of the compartments and the cabinet. And then began the arduous task of taking an exacto knife and cutting around each of the compartments and then peeling the paper back.

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Cut away some of the oilpaper. Revealing some very nice wood underneath.

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A little bit further, here you can still see some of the dust.

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Before and after.

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3 down 15 more to go.

After a few drawers, some of them have paper that won’t come out with the usual method, so then I had to figure out what to do about that.

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Doh, some of the paper won

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More paper that won

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Yucky white powder on the ba

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All clean!

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Closeup of the ick. Yuck.

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I didn

I was very excited to see it was a Hamilton, there’s a Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin, I would love to check that out one day.

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Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

Found another technique, instead of cutting around all four sides, I only have to do two and then can pull the strips out better, that way I don’t have to pick the little pieces out from under the wood dividers.

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See the little strips of paper left behind, this is what I learned to avoid a little better, had to pick them out with the exacto knife. One by one, took forever.

Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

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Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

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Here

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Yucky wood.

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I think it may have been moisture that caused the paper to stick.

Now it’s time to start on those that were stuck, I bought Murphy Oil Soap and mixed it in some warm water. I then put a little bit in each compartment, not too much because I didn’t want to damage the wood. Then I started scraping the paper out with the exacto knife, it helped a lot.

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Scraped out a few, revealing that pretty wood again.

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Shot of my soapy water and Murphy Oil Soap.

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Scrape scrape scrape, and then vacuum.

 


Watch me work 🙂

 

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Almost done. Time to put the drawers in.

Putting the drawers in! Doot doot doot.

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And now to put all those beads from the plastic boxes into their nice wooden counterparts.

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Hm, maybe I shouldn

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Couple boxes to go.

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Almost done again.

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Tada!

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A shot of my tools.

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Added bar stools so I can work on top of the cabinet. They aren

Next post I’ll show you all my goodies in the drawers. I kinda miss it not having all that stuff on top, I may have to reorganize some kind of way so that it doesn’t. Makes it feel more spacious without all the clutter.

Winter Escapade Fashion Show

I recently started and caught up on the first two seasons of  The A-List New York, hilariously dramatic show. When I started watching I was so jealous, their lives were so fabulous, going to all the latest fashion shows, parties, etc.    Although they are slaves to beauty, and I have a zero-tolerance pain policy when it comes to beauty, so I was like yeah never going to be them, no one is going to be sticking a needle in my face to get rid of a wrinkle, or ripping the hair off my body.  But as for the parties and fashion shows, I welcome them.  Thankfully my friends Belinda Common, Michelle Smith, Gail Avery & Erika Degraffinreaidt put on the Winter Escapade fashion show on November 12th at the Beauty Bar and invited me to participate.  The other designers had some amazing clothes, I can’t wait to make more money so I can afford to buy them.  The other designers were O’Ron Manson, Maggie Dianovsky, Lorene Skipper,  and K. Marie Designs.

Winter Escapade - November 12, 2011

This was my first fashion show, I had no idea what I was doing lol.  Luckily we had a dress rehearsal the night before.  And again I took a ton of pics until my phone died, as usual.  I need to get a backup battery.  The space we rehearsed in was GINORMOUS, I wanted to move in.  The models were all fantastic, and friendly, and rocked the hell out of my infinity and noodle scarves. I apologize in advance for the blurriness. Check it out:

Myamii Illy in the black infinity scarf & Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf layered with the navy blue noodle scarf.

Do you see how huge this room is? I was in awe.

Myamii Illy in the black infinity scarf & Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf layered with the navy blue noodle scarf.

 

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

 

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

 

Rehearsal

 

TaJ'ae Robinson rocking the grey & purple infinity scarf.

 

Markita Clark is wearing the orange ribbed sweater infinity scarf, along with the black and white houndstooth infinity scarf.

 

Rehearsal

 

Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf & the navy blue noodle scarf and Joe Shaw in the black infinity scarf.

 

Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf & the navy blue noodle scarf and Joe Shaw in the black infinity scarf.

 

Chelsey Smith in the light purple noodle scarf & floral infinity scarf, Sriram Parthasarathy in the grey peachskin suede infinity scarf, and Erika Renee in the mustard noodle scarf and floral infinity scarf.

 

Erika Renee in the mustard noodle scarf and floral infinity scarf.

 

 

Taniqua Smith in the black infinity scarf, Lori Nero in the tye-dye noodle scarf, Sriram Parthasarathy in the grey peachskin suede infinity scarf, Chelsey Smith in the floral infinity scarf.

 

Taniqua Smith in the black infinity scarf, Lori Nero in the tye-dye noodle scarf, about to layer it up with the brown pinstripe peachskin suede infinity scarf.

 

Markita Clark in the black and white houndstooth infinity scarf, TaJ'ae Robinson in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and Alex Davis in the herringbone infinity scarf.

 

Myamii in the black infinity scarf, Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf, and Joe shaw in the navy blue infinity scarf.

 

The black and white houndstooth infinity scarves work for both men and women. And the grey and purple infinity scarf can be worn many different ways.

Belinda coaching the models.

I had no idea what having things in a fashion show entailed, the models kept asking me how did I want the scarves worn, or if there was a certain way I wanted them to walk, or manipulate the scarves.  LOL.  I was like um…I have no idea, I just made them.  So in the future I’ll know to put more thought into that, luckily Belinda, Erika, Michelle, and Gail knew what they were doing, and helped me give them better guidance.  I was a little better at the actual show, but not by much lol.  All in all I had a blast, they picked excellent models who were so nice and professional, nothing like the ones portrayed on television lol.  There were no divas or crazy people :).

I got a few pictures behind the scenes at the show, and fortunately the wonderful Andre Johnson was there to take pictures also.  The only problem with being in the fashion show is that you don’t get to see the other designer’s showcase their garments other than a few glimpses here in there because you’re prepping your own stuff.  We even had a Project Runway type crisis where one model was late, but managed to get there just in time. At one point one of the models after the first designer’s runway walk, disappeared all together, I didn’t see him for the rest of the night, I was like um, what happened to that one guy (I still don’t know his name).  I later found out he had a family emergency and had to leave, I hope everything was okay I felt like I was in a spinoff of Project Runway meets America’s Next Top Model lol. So enough of my rambling here, take a look:

 

 

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The lovely Lori Nero is showcasing a beautiful gown by O'Ron Manson, that man has skills! Also notice the Twenty Thou Daring Blueberry Lemonade Earrings. Aren't they dainty and cute!

 

Closeup of Lori Nero in a beautiful gown by O'Ron Manson. You can see the Twenty Thou Daring Blueberry Lemonade Earrings better.

 

Markita is also wearing a dress by O'Ron Manson, she's wearing a pair of vintage chandelier crystal earring made by moi!

 

Markita is also wearing a dress by O'Ron Manson, she's wearing a pair of vintage chandelier crystal earring made by moi!

 

Myamii Illy in the black Twenty Thou infinity scarf, and Alex Davis rocking a gorgeous coat by O'Ron Manson.

 

 

TaJ'ae Robinson in a dress coat made by K Marie Designs, fit her PERFECTLY. Katrina Somerville is the designer behind K Marie Designs.

 

The menfolk just chilling and doing some pushups before the show lol.

 

Behind the scenes before the models hit the runway.

 

Alex Davis giving us face all day!

 

I got my makeup done! Ms Donna has skills too!

 

Ms Donna and I after she worked her magic.

 

The runway and seating area right before people started showing up.

 

Practice run

 

The hair and makeup team working their magic.

 

The hair and makeup team working their magic.

 

Me, Belinda, and Gail.

 

Myamii & Kathryn working the runway.

 

Me & Lori ending the show, I'm cheesing way too hard. She ended up buying the tye dye scarf.

 

Lori striking a pose with the tye dye noodles scarf and brown pinstripe peachskin suede infinity scarf.

 

Chelsey rocking the floral infinity scarf, yes she is wearing it as a shirt, it's so versatile. She's also wearing Twenty Thou's boho chic earlace.

 

I can't remember this models name, she's wearing my off white infinity scarf, and is also rocking it as a shirt.

 

Dang I don't remember this models name either but he's wearing my black infinity scarf.

 

Taniqua is also rocking a black infinity scarf, check out those boots, hotness.

 

Myamii Illy in a black infinity scarf.

 

Kathryn in the black and white infinity scarf and navy blue noodle scarf.

 

Sriram Parthasarathy working that grey scarf.

 

I don't remember this models name either, but isn't my super snuggly black and white knit scarf cute? Here it's being worn as sort of a shawl bolero. A shawlero if you will. I crack myself up.

 

Joe Shaw in the blue infinity scarf, I have one just like this. So warm.

 

TaJ'ae in the coordinating light purple noodle scarf and the grey and purple infinity scarf.

 

Alex Shaw in the herringbone infinity scarf.

 

Markita layering the black and white herringbone infinity scarf with the super stretch orange sweatery infinity scarf.

 

 

Cheesing again

 

Michelle Smith, Alex Davis, Chelsey Smith, and Erika Degraffinreaidt. You can see Chelsey wearing the infinity scarf as a shirt, and get a better look at the boho chic earlace I made.

 

 

Behind the scenes, Sriram is always posing 🙂

 

 

TaJ'ae in the coordinating light purple noodle scarf and the grey and purple infinity scarf.

 

Behind the scenes, almost time to hit the runway!!

 

Behind the scenes, almost time to hit the runway!!

So much fun, and my phone didn’t die for once lol.  It did at the rehearsal though.  I’ll definitely post the next fashion show date, who knows maybe I’ll be making clothes by then, HA! We’ll see.

 

 

 

The Textile Discount Outlet, OMG!!!

Wow, I went to this Martini Spa party back on December 4th, and ran into my favorite wine and spirits rep Mona, she worked my Trunk Show back in October, helped me find some wines I actually like.  We got to talking about infinity scarves and fabric, and she tells me about this place called the Textile Discount Outlet.  She’s like it’s huge and has 3 floors of fabric, etc. It’s located in the Pilsen neighborhood at 2121 W 21st Street, So many 21’s.  When I got home, I looked the place up and came across this great video by Ben Kolak, Brian Ashby, and Dave Nagel.  I did get to meet Steve, Gerry and Sarah, but no Chris, he seems like fun.  Love the comment “Bring some trail mix and a bottle of water.” He is not playing.

Textile Discount Outlet from The Grid on Vimeo.

Well huge is an understatement.  75,000 square feet of fabric and textile awesomeness!  I felt like the kids that got to go to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  When I walked in the door I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Leather, taffeta, rayon, etc!  It was like walking into an Ikea of fabric, there had to be at least 15 rooms on the first floor, some with multiple entrances, I finally got to the end, I had to consult with someone on the floor to be sure I made it to the end of the maze.  There was a huge industrial door with EXIT over it.  Made my way back and went to the second floor, 3 to 4 giant rooms of piles upon piles of bolted fabric.  Then I made my way back down to the basement.  About 3 – 4 more rooms of piles fabric, down here is where there a about a kabillion zippers, tacky belt buckles, tons of metal D rings, and then they had piles of sweater bottoms, you know the band that goes around the bottom of your sweater.  I have no idea what one would do with those, then I found a box of sleeve ends, the kind that would be at the end of a long sleeve t-shirt end.  LOL not sure what one would do with those either.  They had a ton of upholstery fabric, I got inspired, I want to try to reupholster this little ottoman/bench I have, and this wing back chair I have too.  I’ve never upholstered before, and couldn’t figure out what color I wanted, so that’ll have to wait for my next trip there.  They also had tons of leather, although I was hoping to find some brighter colored leather, most of theirs are dark hues.  I want to make some clutches, so I’ll probably grab some of that when I go back too.  I realized after talking to a friend today, that I don’t remember seeing buttons, lol I’m going to have to call and see if they have buttons.

Photo dump time, here’s about 80 pictures!

 

Outside the Textile Discount Outlet

Whoo hoo leather!!

More leather

Even more leather

Leather

And yet even more leather, good googlie mooglie!

First glimpse down an aisle

Pretty colors

First separate room I went in

Various colors of elastic cording, I was so excited to see this, they'll be perfect for Happy Nappy Hair Ties!

Yet another room, I love the big industrial doorways

Tons of curtain tiebacks

Yet another room

A tiny room with a scooter

In case your legs give out from walking around, lol.

Beautiful fabrics

Another doorway, I wonder what's over there

Hm wonder if these will work for my ottoman that I want to reupholster.

Fabric perfect for curtains

More fabric

More curtain ready fabric

Taking a little break 🙂

The first floor had prices on most things, the 2nd floor and basement, not so much.

Trims and curtain tiebacks aplenty.

Curtain tiebacks and tassels

I see tassel earrings in my future.

Patterned synthetic suede, these might make a cool ottoman covering too.

Looking towards the front of one of the big rooms

Whaa another room! I really love these doorsl

Aha! A window.

Finally made it to the end of this floor, time to find my way back to the front, I wonder if I missed a room.

I wonder what's up here.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Second Floor! Things are on shelves instead of hung up, rummaging is fun.

Racks on racks on racks. Is that what that song is about? LOL.

What a delightful mess.

Oooo I've found what I like, I bought the pink and the yellow fabric, they'll make cute scarves.

More fabric

Closeup of the yellow fabric I ended up buying.

Bought this blue fabric too. It will be a nice bright scarf to help fight the winter blues.

Another giant room of fabric

And yet another one. There are several stairways for you to take.

Almost to the end of this floor

Nope still going

What's this another room?

Hey a window

Another closeup of the pink fabric

And another close up of the yellow fabric

Ooo the basement.

Quick overhead view of the room from the stairs

Quick overhead view of the room from the stairs

Getting tired, so much more to look at, I'll definitely need a second trip

OMG so much ribbon!

Is that an arm? Are they selling arms lol, Nope just a giant box of fabric.

More fabric

The ribbon vault, and there's those sweater bottoms I was talking about earlier.

Sheesh!

Closeup of the sweater bottoms

D-Rings and things

Sweater bottoms! What the heck do you do with this, I hoped they had bolted fabric like this but they didn't.

More D-Rings and things

Shirt Cuffs?

A whole box of shirt cuffs and rectangular fabric swatches of the same color.

Various belt buckles and fasteners, was thinking of wrapping some of these to make sweet earrings.

Zippers!

Had to squeeze past this pole to get over there.

More fabric, starting to realize my phone is about to die.

Stuff! Buckles and all types of other things that I don't have a name for.

Stuff! Buckles and all types of other things that I don't have a name for.

I don't know what these are but they'll make awesome earrings, I bought 9 sets of these. And then my phone died.

 

So unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of the cutting area, I will next time, here’s some closeups of the stuff I bought.

 

Don't know what these are but they screamed EARRINGS to me. Made some for myself when I got home.

More colors

More colors

Elastic!!! I love these colors, they'll pop so much better in my hair. I got enough to make probably 20 hair ties.

Bought this blue fabric too. It will be a nice bright scarf to help fight the winter blues.

Another closeup of the pink fabric

And another close up of the yellow fabric

Did you make it through all those images?  You are a trooper, I wasn’t going to up them all but figured I’d let those who are unable to make it over there live vicariously through me.

Shop Jarvis Square Recap

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Shop Jarvis Square Artisan Market event on December 10th this year.  They’ve been doing it for years, I don’t know how I’ve missed it in the past, I would have definitely been shopping.  But this year I noticed the posters and was like hey, I live on Jarvis, I want to participate. So I hunted down the organizer just in time she still had a few slots left.  I was located in the rear of Charmers Cafe/ Dagel & Beli along with four other talented artists.  There were more artisans in the Poitin Stil bar next door too.  I sold 18 items which brings me up to 161 sales!  Only 19,839 to go!  Here’s my setup:

Do you like my DIY Copper Pipe Necklace Stand?

Jewelry on Display

 

Infinity Scarves & Jewelry on Display

Infinity Scarves

I even ended up bartering my orange sweater infinity scarf for this sweet pair of earrings by Tania Rodamilans. She also had some beautiful paintings you can see on her website.

Gorgeous Crystal Earrings by Tania Rodamilans

I always say the problem with shows with multiple vendors is that I end up wanting want to buy from everyone, LOL.  I just have to pace myself.  Check out a few other people’s work.

Jenn Cooper & Cindy Pacyk were there offering their adorable sock monsters up for adoption.  I want one! They even had Siamese monsters!

Sock Monsters!!!

Helene Smith had great photographs and handmade cards for sale.  All types of gems of Chicago life.

Reckless Records by Helene Smith

I definitely want one of Megan K’s crocheted hats, and her upcycled tshirt dresses are adorable.

Upcycled T-shirt Dress by Megan K

Adorable Tripe Ruffle Crocheted Hat by Megan K.

And you can never have too many notebooks, especially handmade leather ones, Nathan Minnehan of WalknTalk had gorgeous single signature books, and Peruvian jewelry.

 

Jen Smith was the organizer of the event, she has great glass pendants.

Glass Pendants by Jen Smith

A few more must haves from the event are these adorable plush friends by EeeBeeDee! I’m torn between the toast and the popsicle.

Francois Toast

Paulie Popsicle

The splendid soapstress Amanda Hitterman of the Dirty Business Bath Company had some wonderful smelling soaps, lotions and balms. They smell even better than the look!

Dirty Business Bath Company - Old Lady, Oatmeal and Lavender Essential Oil Soap

Dirty Business Bath Company - Mambo Foaming Sugar Scrub

And Laura Scherry of Venus In The Morning Creations makes these awesome stamp covered picture frames.

Stamped Frame by Laura Scherry

So there you have it, it was great fun, so enjoyed meeting everyone, and I look forward to participating next year.  So if you missed it you missed out!  Thanks to the interwebz you can still check us out!

 

 

 

 

 

I definitely need to get out more – Topshop Olivia Palermo Event

For all of my readers I apologize for my long hiatus, I’m back on the grind now, and have lots of stuff to share with you.  Had a great time last night at Topshop Chicago.

And here we are:

Olivia Palermo & I

Olivia Palermo & I, check out my Twenty Thou Infinity Scarf, very warm, more on those coming soon.

Olivia Palermo, socialite/actress from MTV’s The City, turned stylist, was there styling models with the lovely clothes and jewelry from Topshop. Check out these outfits:

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

I love their shoes, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t last more than the five minutes it takes to get from my chair to my front door before I was like, nope not gonna make it lol. These ladies were troopers, they stood for at least two hours in those shoes.

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Loved that bustier on the model on the right, and the chained dress on the one on the left, hated the crushed green skirt,  eventually she pulled the skirt up so that it was even with the chained dress and then later it was even higher, looked much better that way.  I want that fringe purse too, I have the perfect earrings to go with it:

Fringylicious! Fringe & Leather Earrings. Measuring in at just under 8" these long black fringe earrings trimmed are trimmed with genuine black leather. They'll definitely turn some heads.

Fringylicious! Fringe & Leather Earrings by Twenty Thou. Measuring in at just under 8" these long black fringe earrings trimmed are trimmed with genuine black leather. They'll definitely turn some heads.

The had complimentary hair makeovers, manicures, and makeup artists there.  I had my nails done by Astro Wifey, aren’t they cute:

Chevron Nails from Astro Wifey

Chevron Nails from Astro Wifey

Also had my make up done by Makeup by Jaycie.

Makeup by Jaycie Kurfess

Makeup by Jaycie Kurfess

The stylists were from Kelly Cardenas Salon, I was tempted to get my hair done, but didn’t know if they’d know what to do with my locs and didn’t feel like finding out lol, my grown self is still “tenderheaded” so it would have probably been painful, I’ll do my hair tomorrow myself, it’s about that time.

Hair Stylists from Kelly Cardenas Salon

Hair Stylists from Kelly Cardenas Salon

So as I said in the title I need to get out more, I look forward to the next events.  If you want more in depth fashion coverage check out my friend Nicole’s blog Ooh, Eye Like It.  She has lots more pictures.  I think I may have been looking at the wrong things in there, instead of the ankle snapping shoes, I was really ogling their chairs, I think they’d look lovely with my table, this one was taken by Nicole.

Ornate Chairs

Ornate Chairs

And this is the table I have:

My Table

My Table