Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale for all my Blog Followers

 on my Etsy Website thru Sunday!!!

Click on the top picture on my Sidebar to get to my Tart Traveling Art Etsy Website


New Designs for the Holiday Season

Just a preview of some of my New Designs for the Holidays. Some of these have already been added to my Etsy shop and more will be listed soon! (Link is on my sidebar)


Rocky Mountain High

On Top of the World...Flagstaff, Boulder CO

Jill & I
The hubby and I took a quick trip to one of my favorite places Boulder, CO this past weekend!
We went and stayed with my bestie Jill and her husband Andrew. During this weekend we toured Boulder, went up to Flagstaff with these faboulous views 
and spent time of course eating and shopping on Pearl Street!

Mirror like reflection on the lake in Boulder

We took a trip up to Estes Park and the Aspen trees were displaying their beautiful golden fall color. Just breathtaking! We listened to this on the way up there!


Andrew & Jill

 It was Elk season. Look at this Stately Male framed by the Aspens,  what a great site!

 Then on the way out of the park we saw this majestic male with the 
mountains for a backdrop.

What a wonderful weekend. We need to plan these impromtu trips more often. Next weekend we get to go visit Drama Darling at Iowa State for family weekend. I can't wait to visit Ames and see my baby and the midwestern fall color and watch the Cyclones win their football game against Kansas State!
More to come...enjoy your fall wherever you be.


HaPpy biRThdaY to my hUnKy HuBBy!

Like Fine Wine...
Baby you just get better with Age!!!
{so not fair}

I am a Lucky girl!


Mundelein Art Festival

Mundelein Art Festival

September 8-9

Kracklauer Park in downtown Mundelein

Come on out and see me if you can 
great artists, music & food!


New Friends with New Shops

I have made some new friends the past few years and two of them have new shops that opened this week. These two shops could not be more different, one has a very vintage, eclectic feel to it and the other has a very contemporary bright gallery one. They are very alike in that they carry unique goods & handmade artisan items and are two of the nicest people you could ever meet. I hope that if you are ever in the area of either of them you stop in and say hello!

Let me introduce you...

Room 363

Mark Norkaitis
232 S. Washington
Naperville, IL

Room 363 is a lifestyle store specializing in one-of -a-kind gift, home decor and accessories such as jewelry, new and vintage finds, redesigned furniture, clothing and handmade artisan items. 

Owner Mark with a customers puppy

My friend Jeannie and I at the grand opening last night


Sharyl Curtis
970 Harris Road, Suite 1C
Grayslake, IL

Gingi's is a lovely art gallery and retail gift shop 
offering unique artistic finds for those who enjoy gifting with a creative flair. 

Sharyl adding her new open for business sign

Something for every taste and the good feeling that you are supporting local artists and some of the most thoughtful small business people around town.

My hope is that these two who are following their dreams and visions are very successful for many years to come!

Congrats & Cheers to them both!


Art Show this Weekend

My Jewlery and I will be here this weekend along with other beautiful Art!

Downtown Libertyville, IL 
in Cook Park

from 10 - 4 both days

Stop on by if your in the area


Hazy days of Summer

Festival of the Arts show in Libertyville August 4-5.
Details on the upcoming shows link at top of this page!

This will be my 21st year doing this art show and I always want to make better and more pieces then the year before. I love to stress challenge myself each and every year!!!

I soldered a bunch of bezels & pendants today, still need a few more and then off to finishing them all. 

Drama darling (on right in pic) will be going back to Iowa State for her sophmore year. She has officially decided to make Journalism/Public Relations her major. So if any of you out there in blog land (come on I know there are some writers and PR folks out there) are in this profession I would love to know about the job outlook.

She has had a busy summer working, taking classes and of course hanging out with friends. The time has gone by way to fast, I feel like she just got home and now we are getting ready for the return trip. House seems so empty when she is gone.

We have also been to many a softball game with baby girl. There is nothing I love better then watching a good softball game, but this summer it has been HOT here in the midwest (look at the pretty grass in the background). The poor girls are holding up and us parents, well we are doing o.k.

I have spent the summer flea marketing, canoeing, hanging out with friends and family, eating, drinking oh and motorcycle riding (more about this in another post).

Until next time...hope you are all enjoying this warm dry summer. My husband keeps reminding me that snow is just around the corner so enjoy this!


4th of July

Happy 4th of July!!! 

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson


A glimpse at Jewels in the Garden

What a wonderful weekend for a outdoor show. We had incredible weather and some of our favorite people to spend it with. Here are a few pictures that show a glimpse of what the show looked like.

Jeannie and I set up our jewelry in her pool house that her husband built. Every girls idea of a perfect retreat. It sure made a beautiful boutique space. There was garden art around outside and a tent with bits of vintage goodness.

 Here are a few of my new pieces that debuted at the show.

Jeannie's beautiful backyard patio and pool. I don't think I would ever leave home, so serene.

I will share more pictures soon.

Thanks to all who came out and supported our efforts this week! Hope you are enjoying all your new goodies!

Jewels in the Garden

Come see my jewelry in the Garden with the very talented girls of The Gilded JunqueYard! June 21 thru the 23rd.

Complete Info at GJY EVENTS link on their Blog: 

I will be adding new pictures of things that I will be bringing in the next few weeks. Check back at The Gilded JunqueYard for more events going on and more updates in the following weeks too.


Sweet 16

My Baby turns 16 today!!!
Where did the time go...I am so proud of this young lady.
She shows me every day how to love, laugh and be a good person!
Happy Birthday Baby Girl


Found my Super Model

This weeks creations from the courtesy of one of my most fabulous finds...Perfection in patina and details!
I had a feeling she was going to be my next top model and well, she did not disappoint.
Found her this weekend at a fabulous vintage show that Jeannie and I attended in Wheaton, IL.

Look at her she's to die for...

Yes, another watch necklace displayed on another fabulous find, I have a thing for old boxes and suitcases...some women like shoes...what can I say.

No need to count...keep creating...24 seven!


Looking at Spring

For this weeks challenge I was inspired by the warm weather we are having in the midwest this March. We have been having 80 degree days, shocking. The flowers and trees are starting to bloom, this just does not happen around here this early...ever!!! I think I love it.

I decided to pull out some of my vintage stash that reminded me of spring to work with for my challenge. I used some of my Antropologie catalogs {that I have a very good collection of, after all they are works of art} for some inspiration. I found an outfit I liked and designed a piece to go with it. Here are the results...
{click on picture to see a larger version}

Sorry my images are a little late this week. Did I say how nice the weather was???


St. Patrick's Day in the City

We went downtown yesterday on St. Patrick's Day for Drama Darlings last day home of spring break {The girls brought their boyfriends}. It was a beautiful day, never seen here in Chicago in March and we soaked up the sun as we saw the sites. We visited the Bean, Marilyn & the Chicago River was once again dyed green!!!

My challenge pictures will be delayed a day due to the fact that I spent the day downtown with my family. I promise to get them up!!!

First seven

Last week I put out a challenge for myself and whoever else wanted to take it on...7 new art pieces in 7 days. Here are my results for the week.

For details or to purchase this item click on my tart-traveling art shopping link at the top of page or link below
1. Mosaic Collage Necklace

2. Vintage Domino Necklace

3. Vintage watch face Earrings

4. Vintage watch face necklace with a lucky horseshoe

5. Vintage watch face with a cross and vintage milagro

6. Lion button necklace {I am a Leo, this one will be a keeper}

7. Watch face with a vintage victorian button set in the middle with tassels necklace

I must admit harder then I thought. Creating 7 new designs, had to put my creative cap on 7 days, make the time. I actually really enjoyed it. I played with a lot of my watch pieces that I have collected over the years. I felt that it made sense to use them first since this challenge lets me see how precious time is. Making the time to do things you enjoy every day. The design process is my favorite process and I tend to not leave enough time for it. I have learned this week that I need to focus more on that.

I was so inspired that I did a redesign on the blog too. It was about time, really it was!

Feel free to join in at any time if you want to take this on. Would love the company. Check out Jeannie from The Gilded Junqueyard who is participating. {url listed under challenge on the sidebar}

Enjoy the week, I know I will spring is in the air!!!