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Salvador and Gala Dalí would approve

Who would have thunk that when you look at a Spring egg, you could ponder Salvador and Gala springing from an egg on the Costa Brava in Spain? Early performance art at its best. Check it out here!

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frosted moonlight

by: Jen

by: Jen

Geometric parisian fabric clutch at it’s best

Marine Blue Pewter Grey Clutch Geometric Chicago Fine Threads PurseA Chicago Fine Threads Luxe handmade special occasion women’s luxury clutch purse is sure to coordinate with all your party attire. This geometric mod clutch purse is a perfect accompaniment with your favorite pair of jeans.

I purchased this designer grade fabric in Paris and paired it with a gunmetal finish frame.

An excellent gift for you or your BFF; will be cherished for many years.
This handcrafted clutch will keep your personal items organized and secure.
Easily holds cell phone, keys and your favorite lipstick.

Need a super stylish clutch for your next ladies night out?
From day to night this classic clutch will be your favorite go to accessory.
You deserve it girl!

Specifications:
Measures 10.5”w x 5.5”h x 3”d
Designer grade woven fabric
Metal kiss lock closure clutch frame.
Heavyweight interfacing for structure and protection of your personal items.

View more items from Chicago Fine Threads:
www.etsy.com/shop/chicagofnthredsluxe
www.etsy.com/shop/chicagofinethreads

Life is a mosaic! 2013 will add more color!

By: Jen

Located in the Macy's State Street store, Chicago, IL, USA

Marshall Field and Company Building
Macy’s Department Store
111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312.781.1000

Thank you to all of our followers and supporters during our first year of blogging! It’s been quite a discovery and we feel a great sense of accomplishment to have started this project in 2012. Just before the holidays, I had a wonderful opportunity to take my youthful nieces on a little trip down memory lane. We visited the historic Marshall Field and Company Building in Chicago. Macy’s now owns this landmark… long gone are the days of stellar customer amenities once known to Marshall Field’s customers.

We enjoyed a day of Ferris Bueller like antics and as we were getting ready to burst forth into the cold night, I asked the kids to look up and to our delight, we were awestruck by the Tiffany Favrile Ceiling which is located in the cosmetics department on the fifth floor. This ceiling is the first and largest built favrile glass mosaic in the world. The hand applied design includes over 1.6 million pieces of glass.

Louis Comfort Tiffany created and patented this type of iridescent glass. The material was first produced in 1896. During production, the pigments were poured into the molten glass thus imbedding the colors into the glass.

Life is like a mosaic! 2013 will surely add more color and more pieces into all of our stories. We wish you a most beautiful design in the 365 days to come. Happy New Year!

Designer’s Connect! Lonesome Road Studio Giveaway Winner!

The lucky giveaway winner of these gorgeous silver earrings from Lonesome Road Studio is…..

Lonesome Road Studio

Frosty silver snowflake earrings, artisan pure silver

KIT! of Kit’s Creations!

Kit, please email your address to Nicole at chicagofinethreads@yahoo.com so that I may forward to Angie at Lonesome Road Studio.

Thank you again, Angie for your generosity!

Designer’s Connect! Lonesome Road Studio

In today’s Connect with the Designer, we are delighted to introduce you to Angie of Lonesome Road Studio.
Join us in Angie’s interview below to find out more about her multitude of talents!

2Sis: Tell us about your art; what is your talent?

After recently reading an article on the American Craft website, it occurred to me that what I am is an “applied artist.” I started out wanting to be a fine artist and evolved into doing a little of that, plus wearable art accessories.
Basically, I like to create interesting art and apply it in different ways, sometimes for your wall, sometimes for you to wear.
As far as my medium goes, I work in markers and the occasional mixed-media piece.

Lonesome Road Studio

Esmeralda artisan silver and Pilot Mountain Nevada turquoise necklace $165.00

2Sis: What is a day in the studio like for you?

As a one-person show, a day in the studio can mean anything from actual artwork to marketing/promoting, photographing items, ordering supplies, packing/shipping orders, customer service and more.
A day spent working entirely on art is rare, especially as someone who sells primarily online.

2Sis: Did you always know you were an artist? Were there flashes of brilliance for you as a child? Teenager?

Yes, I’ve always been artistic. I went quickly from coloring books to doing my own artwork on big newsprint-paper type pads of drawing paper, hehe! I apprenticed at an international ad agency at age 16 and I’ve never, ever worked at a single job that wasn’t either graphic design-related or otherwise artistic/creative.

2Sis: What inspires you, what do you believe in that you convey in your art?

I really appreciate humor, and mine is a little twisted at times. I like the unexpected, like a cheeseburger belt buckle, and I think I convey that type of quirkiness.

One of the things that I enjoy most about doing shows is when someone chuckles at one of my pieces since I intentionally use art, quotes, or something offbeat to create something different – a new spin, a different point of view.

Lonesome Road Studio

Cheeseburger belt buckle
$39.00

2Sis: Is there a particular cultures jewelry that you especially appreciate?

I try to use American-made components as much as possible and partly for this reason I love Native American art and jewelry, particularly southwestern and Pacific northwestern. You know when you see a piece of vintage silver and turquoise Navajo jewelry, that they used materials from their own environment. From an esthetic standpoint, those are also the colors I love; warm colors like turquoise blue/green, red corals and earthtones.

2Sis: What is your favorite material to work with?  

My favorite thing to work with is my markers, and ArtClay silver (although the silver has become VERY expensive in the last couple of years).

The designs that I use in the silver are my own; I had stamps created with my own artwork so I could retain creative control over my designs and did not have to use commercial stamps and, one of my newest favorite materials is leather. I’ve been creating small original leather pieces like wristbands and will soon be adding belts and guitar straps to that list.

2Sis: How do you get past “artists block”? Do you have a method for “getting going”?

I have absolutely no problem with artists block! What I do have is not enough time to create all of the projects in my head. The only time I have a problem with “getting going” is when I have so many things to do that I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. That’s where my new skill of prioritizing has come in handy… sometimes.

Lonesome Road Studio

Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Original Spirit Buckle by Lonesome Road Studio
$95.00

2Sis: What fall fashion trends do you like this season?

I love the artsy bohemian styles and some of the southwestern looks I’ve been seeing – fringe, beadwork, etc. I just hope that it doesn’t become a generalized caricature, something like “The Village People go to Wisconsin Dells tourist gift shops!”

2Sis: If you could travel anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

Definitely somewhere in the western U.S. … Jackson Hole, WY? Taos or Santa Fe, NM?

2Sis: Where can we find you? Please list your links.

Buckles and pure silver: www.LonesomeRoadStudio.com

Buckles and fun art accessories: www.etsy.com/shop/LonesomeRoadStudio

Twitter: @LonesomeRoad

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LonesomeRoadStudio

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lonesomerd/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/angie-cornelius-lonesome-road-studio/25/b65/ba3

Bite This! The Lonesome Road Studio Kitchen Blog: www.lonesomeroadstudio.blogspot.com/

Email: LonesomeRdStudio@aol.com

I’m also a member of the Ottawa Art League, show/sell at our gallery at Jeremiah Joe Coffee at 807 LaSalle St. in Ottawa, IL.I admin our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaArtLeague

Lonesome Road Studio was recently accepted at IllustrationAge.com and will begin selling applied art wearable and prints there as well!

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2Sis: WOW! How’s that for an interview! I love that you have created your own stamps and try to use American made components as much as possible. You cracked us up with the “The Village People go to Wisconsin Dells tourist gift shops!” comment and we can attest that you are indeed a gifted artist. Thank you Angie for giving us a behind the scenes peek into your creative life!

Angie is generously offering a giveaway of these gorgeous silver earrings to one lucky winner.

Lonesome Road Studio

Frosty silver snowflake earrings, artisan pure silver

To enter follow and or like the links listed above. For each like or follow you will be entered into the giveaway.
Following the 2SistersAnytownUSA blog is required.

Be sure to post in the comments below all of your entries so we know how many times to enter your name into the giveaway.

Deadline is Sunday November 25. The winner to Angie’s giveaway will be announced here Monday November 26.
Good luck!

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

© Eiffel Flower Butterfly Arrangement

© Eiffel Flower Butterfly Arrangement

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers”
R.W. Emerson

On the topic of design, it never ceases to amaze me when I see a floral designer in action. My mother can take a bunch of your run of the mill, midwestern perennial blooms and create a beautiful arrangement. This is a lost art. So when I see my friends Michael and Denise working their magic for a wedding, house walk or party, I notice the magical outcome of excellent design principle paired with the earth’s bounty. Here is Michael’s top ten reasons to stop and smell the roses…

10. A bouquet of fresh flowers is a quick pick-me-up.

9. Flowers encourage creativity.

8. Flowers improve the quality of life.

7. Flowers possess many qualities our souls long for.

6. Flowers help ease the transition between seasons.

5. Flowers set the stage and create the mood.

4. Fresh flowers bring life into the home.

3. Flowers smell good, they are a gift to the senses.

2. Flowers make people happy – happy is good.

The number 1 reason to buy fresh flowers is – just because!

!Designer’s Connect! Gretchen Hind Designs

In today’s Connect with the Designer, we are delighted to introduce you to Gretchen of Gretchen Hind Designs. Join us in Gretchen’s interview below to find out more about her stunning jewelry!

2Sis: Tell us about your art; what is your talent?

I am the designer and owner of Gretchen Hind Designs. I create affordable, unique jewelry with a vintage, modern vibe – for women of all ages. I use a variety of metals, gemstones, vintage beads, and rocks in my designs.

Gretchen Hind Designs

Gretchen Hind Designs

2Sis: What is a day in the studio like for you?

Well, my “studio” is my whole house. Ha! I have a five-year-old preschooler and so my working time is mainly while he is at school, in bed, or otherwise entertained. I tend to stay up *way* too late many nights. Next year when he goes to kindergarten, I hope to have a more regular work schedule. A typical day involves checking email, attending to my Etsy shop and all my social networking sites, photographing product, etc., and then I start making jewelry and sending out orders.

2Sis: Did you always know you were an artist? Were there flashes of brilliance for you as a child? Teenager?

I’ve never really considered myself an artist. I guess I’ve always been rather strangely creative and analytically balanced. As a young kid I drew an entire blueprint house plan for my dream house (I think my parents still have it.) I’ve always been interested in design of many genres and I’ve dabbled in a number of form such as writing, photography (doesn’t every girl go through this stage?), fashion, interior design, and making lampshades – prior to starting my jewelry business.

2Sis: What inspires you, what do you believe in that you convey in your art?

Nature, history and color inspire me. I love creating signature pieces from scratch, using only simple tools and ideas. There is so much jewelry out there, that I hope to always stay unique. I started making jewelry by wire wrapping beach rocks that my little boy and I would find at a Lake Michigan beach near our home and it just took off from there.

Gretchen Hind Designs

Gretchen Hind Designs

2Sis: Is there a particular cultures jewelry that you especially appreciate?

I’m a huge mid-century modern fan of all art forms – from jewelry, to clothing, furniture, music, literature, and architecture. I believe that my jewelry reflects those passions.

2Sis: How do you get past “artists block”? Do you have a method for “getting going”?

A glass of wine always helps. J Sometimes I take a step back from orders and things I *have* to do and just spread out a note pad, some gems and wire options, and start making a new piece. This typically leads to additional ideas as well.

2Sis: What fall fashion trends do you like this season?

I’ve been seeing lots of gorgeous scarves and cool boots.

Gretchen Hind Designs

Gretchen Hind Designs

2Sis: If you could travel anywhere tomorrow where would it be? Paris.

2Sis: Where can we find you? Please list your links.

www.GretchenHindDesigns.etsy.com

www.Facebook.com/GretchenHindDesigns

www.Twitter.com/GH_designs

www.Pinterest.com/GretchenHind

www.Wanelo.com/GretchenHind

Gretchen is giving you all a chance to own a piece of her gorgeous jewelry by offering a one time use, 15% discount off your total purchase, for a limited time in her Etsy shop. Use Coupon Code 2SISTERSANYTOWNUSA15 at the check out!

Thank you Gretchen for giving us a behind the scenes peek into your creative life! Be sure to check out Gretchen’s Etsy shop for your holiday gift giving.

!Designer’s Connect! – Megan’s Beaded Designs

In today’s Connect with the Designer, we are delighted to introduce you to Megan of Megan’s Beaded Designs . Join us in Megan’s interview below to find out more about her amazing designs!

2Sis: Tell us about your art; what is your talent?

Megan: I design and create beaded hair accessories and jewelry. I’ve done a lot of other avenues in the past as well, but for now my beadwork is my main focus.

Sparkling Beaded Black and Silver Crystal Rhinestone Hair Clip

Megan’s Beaded Designs – Sparkling Beaded Black and Silver Crystal Rhinestone Hair Clip

2Sis: What is a day in the studio like for you?

Megan: I have a day job (that I love!), so obviously the majority of my day is spent in the office. I do, however, always bring my work with me to plug away at on my lunch break. I also make sure to check up on my shops via smart phone during that time to. (Hooray for modern technology!) Overall though, this does limit my time to work on my Etsy shops for the evening and weekend hours. As a result, I have to manage my time as effectively as I can, so my customers and followers can’t tell the difference.

2Sis: Did you always know you were an artist? Were there flashes of brilliance for you as a child? Teenager?

Megan: I have always been the “creative type.” I’ve been beading since I was 5 or so. My grandfather was into the native beadweaving and dream catcher making, and he got me into it very early on. I even started selling my work as an early age, attending barter fairs and craft fairs before middle school. Besides beading, I’ve also loved to draw and paint, and write fiction.

Glass Dome Covered Digital Image of Watch Gears in Silver Plated Cuff Links

Steampunk Dream – Steampunk Cuff Links – Glass Dome Covered Digital Image of Watch Gears in Silver Plated Cuff Links

2Sis: What inspires you, what do you believe in that you convey in your art?

Megan: I’m all about originality. What’s the fun in dressing and looking like everyone else? What I stress the most about my pieces is their unique nature. As a result of being completely hand beaded, no two items are ever exactly alike. I don’t make JUST a hair clip, or JUST a necklace, but a piece of art that you can wear!

2Sis: How do you get past “artists block”? Do you have a method for “getting going”?

Megan: Honestly I usually have the opposite problem: too many ideas and not enough daylight. I’ve already had to force myself to focus on one craft so I’m not scattered all over the place. For me, the challenge is honing in on what I’m lacking in inventory. Keeping a proper stock of certain times means I don’t always get to make what I feel like making. Perhaps I’m in the mood to make a necklace, but I need to make more bracelets, and so on.

Beaded Lace Collar Necklace

Megan’s Beaded Designs – Citron Yellow Necklace – Beaded Lace Collar Necklace

2Sis: Do you collaborate with anyone on your work?

Megan: I’m pretty much a one-woman show. I do like the feedback I get when I enter pieces into team challenges, it’s always productive to hear what fellow beaders have to say about my goodies!

2Sis: If you could travel anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

Megan: I freak LOVE traveling – but unfortunately haven’t gotten to do very much of it: YET. My wish list currently has New York City and ALL of Europe on it. Someday…

2Sis: Where can we find you? Please list your links.

Megan’s Etsy Shops:
http://MegansBeadedDesigns.etsy.com
http://Glamour365.etsy.com
http://SteampunkDream.etsy.com
http://MegansCreativeDesign.etsy.com

Megan’s Blog:
http://megansbeadeddesigns.wordpress.com

Megan’s Facebook:
http://facebook.com/megansbeadeddesigns

M’s Twitter:
http://twitter.com/Glamour365

M’s Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/glamour365

M’s Wanelo:
http://wanelo.com/megansbeadeddesigns

Thank you Megan for giving us a behind the scenes peek into your creative life! Be sure to check out Megan’s Etsy shops for your holiday gift giving.

Top ten reasons to buy original art

flower ©Tadson Bussey

flower ©Tadson Bussey

1. It peeks dialogue
What a great opportunity to start an engaging conversation at that fabulous party you are throwing. Sure beats discussing that youth soccer game score AGAIN!

2. It adds texture, interest and clarity to your life story
You will never forget the memory of where you were or how you came upon the art you purchased. No one can take that away from you. The experience and connection that you have to the art illustrates your own personal life story.

3. It forces you to slow down
Really think about what you are doing. Do you want to cast your “dollar vote” on a mass produced item coming out of a cargo container from China?

4. It gets you out of your comfort zone
Do you want to lump yourself with every other weekend shopping-drone-consumer choosing slight variations of the same thing? Haven’t we had enough of “Live, Laugh, Love” and “Keep Calm And Carry On”?

5. It supports the individual
You’re paying it forward to the society gods. You’re putting food on the table of the artist. The more energy they have, the more quality art they will produce and spread across the world.

6. It’s provenance speaks volumes
We met Leigh and Leslie Keno at the Merchandise Mart on a sunny autumn morning. Their back story is interesting and engaging. For goodness sake, as children they started selling antiques which included old iron work from barns and stoneware. There is value in original work. These brothers now race vintage Ferrari’s. Need we say more?

7. It affords you to “lead by example” for your children
Children love art and want to create art. When you buy original art, it gives you an opportunity to discuss the process that led you to love a piece so much, that you had to buy it and display it in your home.

8. It looks great on your resume
Being an art collector sets you apart from the pack.

9. It extinguishes the “I could do that” mentality
The more you discover about the artistic process, the more you realize that the artist is someone who has a great ability to harness “the moment” and expose their vision. THAT is a very gutsy way to put yourself out in the world.

10. It helps you avoid the trap
I recently pinned a photo of a street sign stating “Don’t grow up, it’s a trap”. Surrounding yourself with creativity brings a sense of joy to the everyday. Art keeps childlike wonder in your soul.

There are so many more reasons to buy original art in every genre within the creative community. Care to expand on this list? We would love to hear from you!

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