A new craft fair coming up!

Come see me on

Saturday, July 25, 2015

from 1 pm to 6 pm

at the Minnehaha Free Space!

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I will have jewelry and stuff!







Elf Earrings

New set of elf earrings, up for sale at http://www.erikahammerschmidt.com/jewelry/category/elfear/ for $25 plus shipping.

As usual, these are simple ear cuffs that don’t require any piercings; they bend the tip of the ear into a point. They don’t work for everyone, but I find them quite comfortable to wear.

These ones are sterling silver with a pearl and clear quartz point hanging from each.







Assorted necklaces I’ve made for the upcoming craft fair.









Latest crowns

My latest batch of wire-wrapped adjustable crowns.

Made with stainless steel, sterling silver, brass, copper, and a variety of rough stones, including rough citrine, amethyst and clear quartz points, rough garnet dodecahedrons, and iridescent (titanium-coated) quartz points… as well as a variety of polished beads, including round garnet, round amethyst, pearl, faceted oval champagne topaz, faceted teardrop clear quartz, faceted irregular rutilated quartz, and faceted hexagonal cherry quartz.

These ones are not currently up for sale at http://www.theheathersmith.combecause I’m saving them for a local craft fair. Other crowns are up there, though, and several more like these are up for auction at Convergence this weekend!











University of Chicago church windows


Every little stained glass window was different. This place is insane.


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Church at University of Chicago



The university chapel, which looks more like cathedrals in Europe.


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Chicago Uni


University of Chicago, which John is seriously considering for grad school.

Fascinating mixture of extravagant antique and bizarre modern architecture.

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Baha’i House of Worship, on outskirts of Chicago.

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Back from Chicago!

John took me to Chicago for the week of my birthday! It was really cool. I will be posting lots of pictures.

Here are a few from the time we spent walking around in parks and stuff. There is really weird cool outdoor art there!


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Paper Boxes

Recently, while preparing for my upcoming craft fair, I’ve figured out a way to make a wide variety of useful rectangular boxes out of regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of cardstock or paper.

Knowing how to do this can come in handy for any seller of small arts and crafts, providing a cheaper and more personalized way to package your goods than store-bought boxes.

Start with an ordinary sheet of paper or cardstock, any color. (For smaller boxes, you can split a sheet of paper in half and use the resulting 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets. Any square or rectangular piece of paper works.)

Decide how wide you want the box to be. Fold up the sides accordingly.

Fold each corner in, lined up with the folded edges.

Fold the ends of the paper in, as shown; then unfold.

Then fold the sides in, as shown, followed by the ends.

Now unfold the whole thing. You’ve created the creases that will allow you to complete the project.

Refold the square on each corner so that it points inward.

Now comes the slightly tricky part. Fold the corners in, inverting them so that the top edges of the paper walls touch the inner bottom. The box’s walls are half as tall as they originally were, but they are now held in place.

To make the box lid, take a second sheet of paper and fold the edges as before, allowing slightly more space in the middle than the first one.

Follow all the previous instructions for the second box that will form the lid.

The lid now fits on top of the box, and the box can now be lined with tissue and filled with your handmade jewelry or other trinkets.

You can make several different box sizes using this basic formula; just adjust how far you fold the sides in the first step.