Morton Pumpkin Festival 50th Anniversary Commemorative Ornament

I am so happy to announce that I have partnered with the Morton Chamber of Commerce to create a 50th Pumpkin Festival ornament!  This is a very exciting limited edition ornament commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Morton Pumpkin Festival (theme: Golden Pumpkin) and each piece will be numbered.  Exclusively available for purchase at Shabby Shac 210 W Jefferson St. Morton beginning on November 18 for the kickoff of the Holidazzle shopping event!  Each ornament is $16 and includes tax.
 
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Project Pumpkin Endowment Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide access to the Morton Pumpkin Festival for families in need.  Read more here:  http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org/giving-back
 
Ornament measures 2 inches across.  Disc is solid aluminum, pumpkin is solid brass with hammered texture.  Ornament is stamped with “2016, 50 YEARS, MORTON” and finished off with an orange ribbon.
 
Sorry, we are not able to reserve ornaments, first come first served. 
 
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Great News for Jenna Scifres Designs!

Hi friends – I am super, super EXCITED to share some great news with you!  As many of you know I make jewelry as my “side gig” and work full time in a recruiting position.  I am happy to share that I will now be working part time at my day job and dedicating more time to growing my jewelry business!

When I first started selling online in 2011, I listed 18 items in my store and wasn’t really sure what I was doing but learned as much as I could about selling online (I was also running my social media business during this time and pretty much going crazy – I am sure some of you remember the madness lol).  I now have over 200 items listed in my store and there will be even more new items listed very soon!  This business has grown way beyond what I could have ever imagined and it is a dream come true that I am now able to spend more time working for myself – becoming successful as an entrepreneur and business woman.

I post often about my items and things I am working on and the successes that I have had, but believe me, there is so much behind the scenes stuff that is super HARD WORK that I don’t always share. Also, I have been at my day job for almost 12 years so this was really a difficult decision to make, but with my jewelry workload in the past year, this is definitely the right time for me to make this change.

And I do need to say THANK YOU to my awesome boyfriend Rob Such for all that he does: moral support, our business talks, endless proof-reading of my website / jewelry articles / interviews, and even helping with my inventory, making jewelry, going to bead stores, getting packages ready for shipping, craft shows, customer service emails, and untangling necklace chains that I get all messed up (I’m really trying to be better about that but it always happens LOL). There have been many nights and weekends that we have wanted to go out but needed to stay home to work on orders and I so appreciate all of his time and encouragement in developing my business.

So, moving forward, I will be working even more on my Etsy shop as well as participating in more local craft and art shows in Illinois.  Please keep me in mind when you are shopping for yourself or jewelry gifts! 🙂  I am so very thankful for all my friends, family, and customers that have supported my business – without you this wouldn’t be possible!

 

Here’s where you can find me online:

Website: jennascifres.com

Etsy: jennascifres.etsy.com

Facebook: facebook.com/jennascifres

Pinterest: pinterest.com/jennascifres

Instagram: instagram.com/jennascifres

Twitter: twitter.com/jennascifres

And here is my upcoming schedule of Shows / Events:

https://www.facebook.com/jennascifres/events

 

Moss Avenue Sale 2016 Peoria IL

36th Annual Moss Ave Sale 2016
Jenna Scifres Designs will be at 1306 West Moss Avenue in the lawn with many other vendors – look for me in spot E!

Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1777275552518040/

All of Moss Avenue from Western to MacArthur will be loaded up with over 100 vendors selling antiques, vintage, and handmade items.

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Official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival
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Mark your calendar now to spend Saturday, June 11th on the beautiful West Bluff! The 36th Annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival starts at 8 am and goes until 3 pm. Find a bargain or two, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat from one of many food vendors! Be sure to also stop at the shops at the corner of Main & Sheridan–Urban Artifacts, MoonDancer, Restoration, Primatiques, Ribbon Records, The Church Mouse & Goddess Boheme, among others. Need dinner, a snack or a drink? Stay for the evening and check out Broken Tree, Pitch, Little Raven Creamery, One World, Kenny’s or Sky Harbor! Join us on the West Bluff, where all the cool people hang out!
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Restrooms (port-a-potties) located at:
Moss & Duryea
Moss & Institute
West side of the church
Moss & Glenwood
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Presenting Social Media for Artists Session at “Business of Art” Event – Peoria IL – February 8th 2016

Hello friends! I am really excited to share with you that I will be presenting a workshop at this event – my topic is Social Media for Artists.

More about the event:
The Business of Art is a one day event designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business. Through workshops, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities, The Business of Art will help you, the artist establish and enhance your business skills.

***LAST DAY for Early Bird Registration Discount is Friday January 15, 2015!

The Business of Art Press Release

ARTSPARTNERS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS INC. AND THE ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

-PRESENT-

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PEORIA, IL- December, 14, 2015- Arts Partners of Central Illinois Inc. is partnering with The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University to present The Business of Art. The Business of Art is a one day event designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business. Through seminars and networking, The Business of Art will assist artists of all disciplines with establishing or enhancing their businesses.

The Business of Art will take place on Monday, February 8th at the Peoria Civic Center from 9:30am- 4:00pm. The event will kick off with a keynote address from Marc Willson, who serves as the Retail Consultant for the Virginia Small Business Development Center. Nationally regarded as an expert in Small Business Development, Mr. Willson has counselled over 1200 small retailers in best practices, financials and cash flow, marketing, merchandising, and more. He has presented his “Art as Business” workshops across the country and has significant experience working with artists and art organizations, including the acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Following the Keynote address, attendees will have the opportunity to attend up to 4 break-out/workshop sessions, as well as participate in a roundtable lunch discussion with local artist-entrepreneurs. Break-Out Sessions and Workshops being offered include: “Artist to Entrepreneur: Starting a Business”; “Stop Making Tax Time so Terrible”; “Arts Business Model Canvas”; “Online Marketing Basics”; and “Arts as Business”. For more information on sessions and presenters please visit: http://artspartners.net/the-business-of-art-2/.

Registration opens December 14, 2015. The registration  fee is $50 through January 15 2015. The registration fee will increase to $85 after January 15, 2016, so register early! Register on-line at http://artstix.artspartners.net/TheBusinessofArt or in person at ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Office at 820 SW Adams St, Peoria IL 61602

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Inc. works to promote the arts as a vital component of Central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. In these efforts, the organization has partnered with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Peoria Civic Center to create IGNITE Peoria, an annual event that connects local artists to the community. These three organizations are excited to once again be working together, with the addition of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University, to follow that success with an event designed to enhance the economic impact of the arts in Peoria and Central Illinois.   These four organizations share the goal of creating a thriving arts community in Central Illinois that has a solid foundation of business strategy.

DIY How To: Vintage Sheet Music Earrings

 

 

I am selling these earrings in my Etsy shop and wanted to share with others how to make them at home!  Please feel free to use this idea for your own use or for close friends or family, but please respect my work and do not copy my design for reselling.

If you would like to purchase from my Etsy store, please use this link:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/73591251/vintage-sheet-music-earrings-sterling?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=sheet

Materials needed:

  • Vintage Sheet Music
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Glue or Decoupage (I recommend Modpodge brand)
  • Clear Sealant (I recommend Diamond Glaze brand but you could also use clear fingernail polish)
  • Ear Wires
  • Small Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Sandpaper or Nail File
  • Jewelry Hole Drill Tool
  • Bic Lighter
  • Paper plate or paper towel for work area

 

Step 1:  Lay charm onto vintage sheet music and trace with pencil. Line up with interesting parts of the music.  I like to use treble and bass clef signs on a lot of my vintage sheet music jewelry. Read more about Clefs here. IMG_20151014_100640

Step 2:  Cut sheet music along pencil lines.  This doesn’t have to be perfect if you plan on burning the edges in the following steps.IMG_20151014_100917

Step 3:  Using a lighter, lightly burn edges of the cutout sheet music.  Obviously, this needs to be done VERY CAREFULLY!  I usually only lightly burn one edge at a time and immediately blow it out.  This will leave some nice burned edges that I think adds a more antique feel to the charms.  This is not a necessary step if you would like to skip it.

 

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Step 4:  Line up tiny burnt pieces of sheet music on top of aluminum charms.  Get decoupage paste and small paint brushes ready.IMG_20151014_101805

Step 5: Use small paint brush to paint on three layers of decoupage (Modpodge or other brand). Let dry in between each coat.  Three thin layers works great and dries pretty fast.
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Another view of decoupage drying.
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Step 6: After decoupage is completely dry, drill hole through top of charm and sand all edges.  Fine grit sandpaper will work, I also like to use a fine nail file.
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Step 6: Wipe all metal dust from filing off with a damp cloth.  Use a final layer of clear nail polish or jewelry clear coat (Diamond Glaze brand works great).  After completely dry, attach jump rings and fishhook ear wires.IMG_20151014_103017

Enjoy creating your sheet music earrings!  If you would like to purchase from my Etsy store, please use this link:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/73591251/vintage-sheet-music-earrings-sterling?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=sheet

They are a steal of a deal!  Especially after you see the time and effort that goes into each step of this process 🙂 Thank you for reading!!!
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Morton Pumpkin Festival 2015 Pumpkin Craft Faire

I am really looking forward to the Morton Pumpkin Festival 2015 Pumpkin Craft Faire this weekend in Morton, IL!  Morton is my hometown and I grew up going to the Pumpkin Festival each year.  My family participated in the “Littlest Pumpkin Contest”, enjoyed carnival rides, ate pumpkin-flavored everything, walked around the craft fair with family, and of course attended the Pumpkin Festival Parade.  Over the years we decorated floats, road floats in the parade, performed in marching band, and (my favorite) ate pumpkin donuts at Grammy and Grandpa’s house before we watched the parade and collected our candy!

This year, I am super excited to be participating as a vendor with my studio-mates Bronwyn and Janet from Three Arrows Studio in the Pumpkin Craft Faire!  Read below for all the details of the Festival and Craft Faire!

As the home of Libby’s Pumpkin, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin is processed right here.  Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival.  2015 will be the Festival’s 49th year and the fun theme this year is “Pumpkins of the Caribbean”!

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The Pumpkin Craft Faire draws over 150 crafters with a wide variety of handmade items.  Located in the parking lot between Jefferson and Adams Street, the Faire is something you won’t want to miss!

Date:   September 18 & 19, 2015 (no rain date)
Time:   Friday – 3 pm to dusk
Saturday – 8 am to dusk
Place:  West Jefferson Street, Morton

Here’s a sneak peek at the vendors and locations… Three Arrows Studio is Booth #96 off Jefferson Street.

Morton Pumpkin Festival 2015 Pumpkin Craft Faire.  Stop by and see us!! 🙂

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And here is the promotional video for the Pumpkin Festival:

Labor Day Weekend Sale

LABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE!

September 4 – September 7 Take 15% off all items in my ‪#‎EtsyShop‬!

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AND!! All Druzy Post Earrings will also be BOGO (buy-one-get-one) FREE! Just let me know during checkout what colors you want – you can mix and match! Here’s a direct link to the druzy posts: https://www.etsy.com/…/sparkly-druzy-post-earrings-druzy-bu…

New items are entering the ‪#‎etsy‬ shop each week, so keep in touch for fresh jewelry designs and special sales this fall!

Shop here now: jennascifres.etsy.com

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2015 Moss Avenue Sale Peoria IL

Moss Avenue Sale 2015 Participant

I am so excited to be a participating vendor in this year’s Moss Avenue Sale with my handmade jewelry studio – Three Arrows Studio.  This sale is held in a historic Peoria, IL neighborhood each year – this year is the 35th year!  I have memories of going with my Grammy to the sale when I was a small child and remember being amazed at all the vendors and antiques.  There are over 100 vendors each year!

The Moss Avenue Sale was also the first vintage/antiques sale event I took my boyfriend, Rob, when we were first dating.  He’s a great sport about my obsession with flea markets, antique stores, and community festivals – thanks Rob!!  I tend to take a lot longer to look at things than the “normal” person… I’m just really curious, I guess!  This year you can find me in a booth at 1416 W. Moss Ave, but I may get a chance to sneak away and see what other vendors are selling! 🙂

I will be participating with my studio-mates Janet Hill and Bronwyn Hill and our booth location will be at 1416 West Moss, very close to the Presbyterian Church that is on the corner of Moss and Institute. Please stop by and say hello!  Here’s a map… keep in mind that all of Moss Ave will be closed during the sale, so please park on a side street.  I have also included the location of our jewelry studio at the purple square for reference.

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More about the Sale…

Antiques of all kinds, vintage items, yard art and iron, re-purposed items, handmade jewelry and rugs, furniture from all periods, primitives, painted furniture, glassware and miscellaneous. There will be food available in each block. Food vendors will be offering pork chops, polish sausage, brats, lemon shake ups, coffee drinks, donuts, wood-fired pizza, tacos and much more! Add to that live music beginning at 10 am in the 1700 block, 1500 block and 1400 block. WWCT will be in the 1200 block playing music. This is a unique and enjoyable way to spend a Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Address for the sale is Moss Avenue between Western Ave and MacArthur Blvd. The blocks involved are 1100 thru 1800. There is no parking on the street during the sale. Parking can be found on side streets.

Here’s the official Facebook Page for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival


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Information from the Moss Bradley Residential Association Website (http://www.mossbradley.org/):

The 35th Annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13th. The committee has already been working on preparations for this year’s sale and “Save the Date” cards have gone out. We have gained many new dealers through our Facebook page, so take a look at our page and feel free to post on it and share with your friends.

Last year was a record for participating dealers, with 117 total. To continue to grow the sale, we are dependent on the homeowners who allow us to use their yards, driveways and parkways.

The funds we raise from this sale help us to beautify our neighborhood, decorate the lamp posts with holiday greens, support causes that affect our quality of life and many other issues that arise throughout the year. Please consider donating the use of your property when contacted by a block captain.

We are always looking for help as block captains, assisting the day of the sale on the barricades, as well as new faces to work on the committee. Also welcome are new ideas and thoughts on how to improve and enhance the sale.

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direct link: http://etsy.me/jennasetsy

23 DIY Jewelry Display Ideas

Creative and lovely DIY Jewelry Display Ideas

I LOVE to display my jewelry almost as much as I love to create it, so of course this post on the Sincerely Yours blog caught my eye.  I have posted a sample of ideas below but please view the entire post here to see the full list of DIY Jewelry Display Ideas:  https://sincerelyyoursjamie.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/23-jewelry-display-diys/

There is a full list of photos and credits.

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I have some pieces of drift wood that I recently picked up and I am determined to make a necklace display with them!  I also love to display jewelry in antique teacup dishes at our jewelry studio Three Arrows Studio.  

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The dollar store, Goodwill, or garage sales are a great place to get inspiration for jewelry displays.  Paint items or use them in unconventional ways!  Also, look around in your yard for twigs as pictured below.  What a great idea!

 

07displayfullBe sure to check out the link for all 23 ideas:  http://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/23-pretty-ways-to-organize-and-display-jewelry/2015/06/09/

Looking for my handmade jewelry items?  🙂
Click any image below to view items on my Etsy store, or use this direct link: http://etsy.me/jennasetsy

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