I want to give a shout out to this week's Chicago Top Ten - ten items from artisans who do their work from the Chicagoland area. I must admit there are more places out there to look for artisans than I know about so if you know someone in the Chicagoland area and you want me to take a look at their shop to perhaps get some free pub, then let me know and I will go looking for them - or if you are the artisan and you want me to take a look, send me the name of the shop!
Here, in no particular order, are the shops and the link takes you to the item I fell in love with this week:
Drop leaf earrings from diffraction
Lotus blossom earrings from chinacherie
Katana Print Pillow from distinctiveinstincts
Hand Dyed Yarn from RainyDayArt
Shopping tote from Earthcadet
Nesting Bird Print from cindytomczykart
Moving announcement from DailySip
Records from LiamParkison
Blue Wave from ArtsDesireGlass
Neapolitan Marshmallows from Vintage Confections
There's food and vintage and all kinds of goodies on this week's list. Have a look at them (even buy them if you want) but your visit to the artist's shop lets them know their work is being looked at and perhaps appreciated and that's something an artist wants (sales are good, too!) but an artist really wants to know they are living out loud and they can't really know that until they know someone is listening and that's what a click or a view in their shop gives them.
So, share the love!