Made it in with 15 minutes to spare. Today’s creation features red and white swirly lampwork glass beads with silver flower accent spacers on stainless steel earwires.
Made it in with 15 minutes to spare. Today’s creation features red and white swirly lampwork glass beads with silver flower accent spacers on stainless steel earwires.
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!
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.
Check it out:
Afterwards we had an after party at Poitin Stil.
So this was definitely a ton of fun, can’t wait to do it bigger and better this year. Hope to see you there!
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!
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.
And now for the goodies I did buy!
Well hope you enjoyed my recap, I’ll have to update you with the things I’ve made from all my goodies!
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.
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.
Here’s a few more of the offerings. Cabinets and drawers full of lead type.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Do you see how huge this room is? I was in awe.
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:
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.
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.
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!
So unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of the cutting area, I will next time, here’s some closeups of the stuff I bought.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Helene Smith had great photographs and handmade cards for sale. All types of gems of Chicago life.
I definitely want one of Megan K’s crocheted hats, and her upcycled tshirt dresses are adorable.
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.
A few more must haves from the event are these adorable plush friends by EeeBeeDee! I’m torn between the toast and the 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!
And Laura Scherry of Venus In The Morning Creations makes these awesome stamp covered picture frames.
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!
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, 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:
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.
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:
The had complimentary hair makeovers, manicures, and makeup artists there. I had my nails done by Astro Wifey, aren’t they cute:
Also had my make up done by Makeup by Jaycie.
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.
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.
And this is the table I have: