farmers market

Quirky Crafts

~ The most popular type of crafts I’ve seen so far at farmer’s markets is jewelry, whether it be necklaces, bracelets or rings. And of course, it’s all handmade. I’d like to think that I’m crafty, but I should probably leave the crafting to the professionals. Back in high school I took a jewelry making class and I made this cool copper ring with a wired spiral design. But one day at school, I took it off in the bathroom to wash my hands and I didn’t realize I had forgotten it until I went back for it and it was gone. Since then, I’ve been looking for a unique ring resembling the one I lost.

Today on my rare Friday off, I ventured out into the almost 100 degree weather to the Orland Park Farmer’s Market. I wandered around the almost 40 vendors and found a stall procured by a woman who hand makes jewelry from minerals and other precious stones. I came across the rings in a glass case and carefully opening the case and examined the rings while trying not to burn my fingers. There were several I had liked, but they were either too small or a touch too big. But then I found “the one”: a simple circular stone (rainbow moonstone) that glittered in the sun and wrapped around a tarnished gold band.

Also pictured above is an elephant bracelet that I picked up at the Downers Grove market a few weeks back. It’s silver with a leather tied band, and the elephants alternate between jade, gold, silver and bronze. I’ve worn it almost everyday since I got it and I hope to do the same with the ring.

*The Orland Park Farmer’s Market is held every Friday from 8am-1pm from now until September 16. It’s located at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue*

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