Wednesday, October 14, 2009


  ...some of the amazing talent located in Plainfield, Illinois.  These gifted artists and designers are following their passions,  providing us with a tantalizing smorgasbord of simply tempting delights.   Below is a but a meager sampling of their work.  Pick one for yourself or choose a unique gift for someone you love!

Click on the shop names to go to the websites and enjoy the full line of offerings; click on the item name to go directly to the products.

Don't forget to leave your requests in the comment section for the next featured city/town.

You can also leave comments to tell the artists your favorite pieces!

Super Sweet Silver
You may want to trim the tresses to show off these sparkling baubles.  Recycled sterling,  fine silver and high quality stones are used in the fabrication of these trendy designs including Swarovski Crystals, Czech Glass and Semi-precious Gemstones.

    Witches Brew Swarovski Earrings                             Lemon Drop Earrings                                        Cherry-licious Earrings


Are you dreading heading into another season of winter blues?  Revel in the ambiance of beautiful summer days all year round with this cheerful original photography.  Notecard sets are also available.

      The Dawn of a Sunflower                                        Blue Summer Skies                                                      Dahlia


The Paper Affair
I am amazed at the creativity of others when they pull together seemingly unrelated mediums and turn out works of art.  These pendants are, incredibly, a fusion of paper and glass. 

                Bella Flower                                                             Oui Paris                                                      Fields of Green


Blingy Candles
Blowing out your candles has never been so fun!  You no longer need to run to the store to pick up those ugly number candles!  Here is the cutest alternative I have ever seen!  You can order these custom made - there are versions for boys, girls and adults. 

      Single Digit Candle                                            Double Digit Candle Set                                     Triple Digit Candle Set


Time to put the kids to bed and decompress in a luxurious tub with your favorite essence.  Scintillate your senses with sensual pomegranate or release the stress with calming lavendar.

        Avocado Body Butter                                           Pomegranate Soap                                      Lavendar Fields Sugar Scrub

Talented in a variety of mediums, Leif Rogers studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Here is a small sampling of his work.  For more art and witty commentary, you can also visit his website as

Absinthe Study with Pontarlier Glass                        Night Walk                                                        Hail Damage


Flaunt your image with one of these stylish bags.   With variety ranging from fun and flirty to confident and professional you are sure to find an amazing piece of arm candy!

             Rendezvous                                                     Choco-Doodle Tote                                          Southwest Flair


Put some fun in the mailbox and brighten someones day with these unique all-occassion cards!  Styles include impressionist, neon outline and kaleidoscope.  Click here to check out the fabulous Chicago Cityscape Notecards.

          Floral Notecards                                                    Floral Notecards                                       Kaleidoscope Notecards


Cia Designs
Want to capture that special event in photos but don't have time to scrapbook?  Cia Designs has the solution!  Simply insert your own photos into these adorable albums and voila - precious memories preserved for life!!

                 Princess                                                                 Baseball                                                                 Friends


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Take a look at what's coming....

I am going to be running a series of blogs on artisans and indie designers that are location specific.   The localities will initially be random, but will become focused on what YOU want to see as I start getting requests. 

If you would like to learn more about the artisans and designers in your area, leave me a note in the comment section requesting a city or town and I will do my best to find local talent.

I hope that you enjoy this series.   Don't forget to click the follow button so that you know when your town is highlighted.

If you are an artisan or designer of any medium, please leave me a comment, your website or store address, and city so that I don't miss you when your town is highlighted.

Jane: Profile of a Busy Executive

Jane is a busy executive in a Fortune 500 company.

She is classy, elegant and well-mannered.   She dines at chic restaurants with her clients and board members.   Her drive and intelligence have taken her far and she is aiming even higher.

Ever conscious of the image she is presenting, Jane prefers to maintain a conservative appearance at the office but would never sacrifice style.   For work, she found a conservative, Tapestry designed, attaché that she fell in love with.

To maintain her complete professional image, she chose a sleek handbag style, requesting it in the same fabrics as her attaché. She was able to specify her needs for interior pockets so that she can quickly find her cell phone, her reading glasses and business cards.
“My Tapestry Design Studio custom bags allow me to maintain my professional image while still giving me form, function and style.”
In her personal time, Jane likes to let her hair down. She went little wild and designed her own, very fun, beaded bag; it’s a little on the crazy side but that’s okay, she works hard and deserves it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Renee: Profile of a Chic Suburban Mom

Renee is a chic suburban mom who loves her family, her home and her friends. She has a strong sense of self and knows that she needs to occasionally pamper herself with something special.

Renee goes to the gym in the morning, drives her kids to their activities, attends church functions and makes the time to scrapbook and dye Easter eggs with her kids.

As a true domestic engineer Renee understands that the key to keeping harmony in her house lies in her ability to stay organized and keep the kids occupied. Renee needed a bag to help her keep up with her busy life. Her two favorite pieces are bags that she designed herself, a beautiful tote and coordinating credit card wristlet.

Her tote carries everything she needs for the day – her journal and coloring books and toddler toys to keep the kids occupied during the minivan’s oil change. Her credit card wristlet can transfer from her gym bag to her tote and acts as a solo piece for the quick run into the store to pick up scones for her women’s group.
"I love my Tapestry Design Studio Tote and Wristlet set. They are the perfect size for what I need  -  I get complements everywhere I go."