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Holiday Art & Craft Show Update

Remember back in my last post where I mentioned that I will be participating in a couple of holiday craft shows? I'm here to give you the details! I'm am so incredibly excited to be able to show/sell my work at the following venues:

December 2, 2017 Honey Craft Indie Craft Market

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Mixin Mingle - Woodstock. 124 Cass Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)



December 17, 2017 Revolution Craft Show

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
  • Revolution Tap Room 3340 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

I'm super excited, and truthfully, a little nervous (total introvert here!) I hope that you're able to stop by either (or both!) of the shows and say hi and pick up some excellent gifts for the holidays form me and other talented artists. I have a ton of matted photos for sale, a few photo acrylic blocks (these are so cool!) canvas tote bags, and paintings. I will also be showing off my moms fantastic handmade greeting cards.  

Hope to see you soon!


If you are unable to attend, or are not local, don't worry. You can still shop my etsy store:




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Smallish Adventures - Orchids at Nicholas Conservatory

This weekend I went on a smallish adventure to the Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford. I had never been there before, and up until I created this post about 40 spectacular gardens in and around Chicago, I had never even heard of it. I'm so glad I went. It's a pretty little conservatory and, the best part, they had an orchid show going on!

Nicholas Conservatory Rockford Illinois
Orchids at the Nicholas Conservatory Rockford Illinois
Rockford Orchid Show by april bern photography
Orchids Nicholas Conservatory by april bern photography

I wish I had taken photos of the outside of this conservatory. It's pretty impressive. It's glass (as most conservatories are) and quite large. I was a tiny bit disappointed in the size of the actual flower space inside. Don't get me wrong-- it's gorgeous. I imagine wedding and engagement photos would be amazing here. I just thought it would be a little bit bigger, based on the impressive shape of the building. I can't wait to come back in the spring and summer to check out the actual garden section.

The orchid show itself was quite lovely. The tropical smells hit you when you first walk in, even before you notice any of the flowers. They really did a fantastic job of creating gorgeous eye catching orchid displays and showcased a lot of different varieties of orchids. Keep an eye on my flickr or instagram account for a lot more photos.

Would I go back? Yes, definitely. I plan on taking my mom here so she can enjoy the orchid show. And we will check out the rest of the garden in the spring, and at least one more time in the summer when they have their rose event.  And because I always make a trip to the Anderson Japanese Garden in the fall, I'm sure we will be stopping here and checking out their fall colors too.



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Snowpocalypse 2011- a review in pictures

It's been a little less than 24 hrs. since the historic blizzard of 2011 has ended. My car is finally shoveled out and the roads are fairly passable yet still kinda rough. It's been a doozy of a few days. While I wasn't brave enough to go outside in the snow and take pictures (hello! I'm only 5'2"-- i would have been in snow up to my neck!) I do want to share some images from folks around Chicagoland and how they captured the blizzard on film...

Frozen Lake Shore Drive
Frozen Lake Shore Drive via extinction blues

Chicago Blizzard 2011

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Lake Shore Drive in the Blizzard

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Snowmageddon - Feb 2, 2011.

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32/365 - 2/1/2011 - Title: Snowmageddon - Location: Chicago

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the cleanup begins...

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Hope you've all had a chance to shovel out and are staying warm and cozy!

Renegade Craft Fair Review

This weekend was the long anticipated (by me, at least) Renegade Craft Fair. Division Street, between Damen and Paulina, was filled with some of the most incredible handmade goods made by over 300 craftspeople from all over the nation. Oh, I wanted to take home everything!!!! It was **so** hard not to whip out the credit card at every booth. Here are just a few of my favorite shops...


  • Orangyporangy - I loved these skirts. I don't even wear skirts, and I wanted them all. They featured a great cut, and awesome awesome patterns and colors!
handmade ladyware from orangeporangy


Jessica Swift Renegade Craft Fair
  • Steff Bomb - Loved the cute plush creations! They also had super cute sad hamburgers. Don't believe me? Go check it out!


  • Squeaky Queen - I'm a sucker for a good handmade soap. These soaps smelled amazing. And, they were cool too.


There were soooooooooooooooooooooo many other vendors that I loved and would love to show you and write about, but that would be nearly impossible as I need to get back to work. 

To see more of my photos from the Renegade Craft Fair, check out my flickr slideshow.

To see a ton more photos, check out the photos from the Renegade Craft Fair Groupon Flickr!


Weekend Wrap Up

The big highlight this weekend-- Renegade Craft Fair!

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

It was super awesome!!! TONS of great folks came out to sell their awesome creations, and TONS more people came out to support them and shop!!!!

Here are some of my favorite shops that we saw:

renegage favorites

1. Handcrafted curiosities by Lori Brown

2. Felt wonders and other clever crafts from abbeychristine

3. Fernworks

4. Cakespy.com

To see a list of all the other fabulous shops that attended in the Renegade Craft Fair this year, please check out this links page (warning: be prepared to browse for hours...)
Renegade Craft Fair Artists

The rest of the weekend was spent working on a LARGE stained glass door. I took it home from the theater last weeks and had plans to just clean it up a bit and re-lead the glass. Well, cleaning led to removing all of the lead which lead to a "blank canvas" sort of situation-- so I created a new pattern and painted it in. (It looks awesome! Photos to come later!) I also worked on a Japanese scroll for the upcoming show. I can't show you that-- you'll have to see the show to see it!!!!

anxiously awaiting spring...

taken at the Garfield Park Conservatory. I gotta tell you what a gem of a conservatory this is! I can't believe I only discovered it last year (I mean, I've known about it all along, but it wasn't until last year that I actually visited it!) It truly is one of my favorite conservatories/garden in the city. I think I like this one better than the Lincoln Park Convervatory (which is saying alot!!!) I can't wait to check it out when it's warmer and greener outside!