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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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!

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


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.


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.


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!