Nov 17, 2011

Dobrila to Exhibit at One of A Kind Show in December

Billed as Chicago’s “Most ONEderful time of the year,” the oneofakind show at the Merchandise Mart is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping. More than 600 talented artists will bring their unique creations to the Mart from December 1 – 4, 2011. The Mart is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza.

Artist and custom jewelry maker, Dobrila Pintar will be exhibiting her unique creations. One-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and glass-blown Christmas ornaments will be some of the items you’ll see when you visit Dobrila’s booth.

The oneofakind show lets you get up-close and personal with the artists and artisans. Artists will be available to speak with you and there will be demonstrations and workshops that you can participate in. Multi-day tickets are available for $12, $9 for seniors and students; children 12 and under are free.

Show Hours:

Two of Dobrila's hand-blown Christmas ornaments
Thursday, December 1 noon - 9 pm
Friday, December 2 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, December 3 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, December 4 10 am – 5 pm

Be sure to stop by and visit with Dobrila, where she hopes you’ll be “wishing on a jewel” this holiday season.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the oneofakind show, please click here.

Nov 9, 2011

11/11/11 SALE!!!!!

IT'S TIME!!!! 11/11/11 - 11:11 Jewelry is having a HUGE SALE!!!!!

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Oct 1, 2011

Dobrila Pintar to exhibit during Chicago Artist Month

Dobrila Pintar will be part of the Open Studios event at Bridgeport Art Center October 21 – 23, 2011.

One of 40 artists
Dobrila is one of 40 artists opening their doors in celebration of Chicago Artist Month. The exhibition opening and reception, “Creative Cornerstones,” is Friday, October 21 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. On Saturday, October 22, there is a panel discussion on the 5th floor from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. the EastBank Building 100th Anniversary Party will feature a performance by Chicago’s own, Scarlet Monk at 9 p.m. On Sunday, October 23, Open Studio hours are 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. with an “Artful Brunch” at 12 p.m. on the 3rd floor. Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 W. 35th St. (entry at 34th Pl. and Racine). For more information call 773-247-3000. Free parking is available at the Bridgeport Art Center for this event.

Historic Location
Built 100 years ago as part of the Spiegel complex, the Bridgeport Art Center is now home to over 40 artists. Artists will be opening their doors during Chicago Artist Month and hosting exhibitions, panel discussions, and music performances.

Sep 22, 2011

We braved the 2011 Bash on Wabash, did you?

Did you see us at the 2011 Bash on Wabash last weekend? We were there, had a great Saturday, but unfortunately, were washed out for most of the day on Sunday. In spite of the weather, we made a lot of new friends. Here’s hoping for better weather next year! Dobrila was able to introduce her unique one-of-a-kind jewelry creations to folks who might otherwise never see them.

If you didn’t attend the Bash, check out the slide show to see what you missed!

Sep 10, 2011

Dobrila Exhibiting at Bash On Wabash

Meet Dobrila Pintar at popular festival

Artists and custom jewelry maker, Dobrila Pitar, will be exhibiting at the annual Bash on Wabash, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday September 18, 2011 at 14th and Wabash. Dobrila will be selling her custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces at the “South Loop’s premier outdoor event.” The event includes, food, music, and local artisans.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Dobrila and find out about her new studio and future art classes.

Dobrila (right) at last year's Bash

The Bash on Wabash is an event suitable for the entire family. The Bash hours are noon – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sep 7, 2011

Dobrila Exhibiting at local block party

Artists and custom jewelry maker, Dobrila Pitar, will be exhibiting at the annual Festival on Prairie Avenue, Saturday, September 10, 2011. The festival location is 18th and Prairie Ave. The family-friendly event is from 12 noon – 6 p.m. Stop by and visit Dobrila to learn about her custom jewelry and find out about her new studio location at the Bridgeport Art Center. Dobrila will be teaching classes and workshops for adults and children. Be sure to ask about her class schedule for this fall and winter.

Aug 29, 2011

What is Lampworking?

Dates Back to the 1st Century B.C.
Lampworking (sometimes called flameworking or torchworking) is a practiced art form that dates back to the 1st Century B.C. Murana, Italy, became the center for lampworking in the 14th century. Often confused with glassblowing, lampworking does not use a blowpipe to manipulate the glass. Instead, glass rods are heated and manipulated over a flame or torch that uses propane or natural gas mixed with oxygen.

Powered By Oil Lamps
In the beginning, lampworking was done using oil lamps (thus the name). Artist had to blow air into the flame using a pipe. Lampworking artwork includes beads for jewelry, Christmas tree ornaments, paperweights, and much more.

Dobrilas Technique
Lampworking is the technique that Dobrila Pintar used to create her jewelry. The technique guarantees that each bead produced is unique and special. Dobrila sometimes combines glass beads with silver and other metals to produced interesting necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

Aug 27, 2011

Keeping Up With Dobrila!

Dobrila Pintar has a busy schedule. Besides teaching and custom jewelry making, she’ll be exhibiting at a couple of Chicago festivals.

Festivals and Block Parties
On September 10, 2011, Dobrila will be at the Festival on Prairie Ave. The festival is located at S. Prairie Ave. and 18th St. The annual block party is a family event with games and activities for children, as well as tours of two of Chicago’s historic homes: the Clarke House and Glessner House museums for adults.

2010 Bash on Wabash
Bash on Wabash and Lincoln Park Art Faire On September 17 and 18, 2011, Dobrila will be in two places at once! She’ll be exhibiting at the Bash on Wabash in the South Loop and the 14th Annual Lincoln Park Art Faire. Dobrila and her daughter will be splitting time between events.

In addition to the above, Dobrila is working on some art class proposals to submit to the Daystar Center. She is considering classes for both children and adults. We’ll keep you posted when more details become available.

Aug 24, 2011

One-of-a-kind pieces take time

In the new studio
Dobrila Pintar, artist and jewelry maker, just moved into a new studio. Watch this short video demonstration on how she makes glass beads. It’s a fairly labor-intensive process, but the results can be pretty spectacular. By using various flaming techniques, Dobrila can customize each bead, which makes every piece of her jewelry unique one-of-a-kind creations.

Aug 17, 2011

Jewelry Making: It's Part of History

Check out this short video that illustrates Dobrila's jewelry making skill.

For more information about Dobrila and her custom jewelry and jewelry making classes, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Aug 13, 2011

My latest creation was the CANDLE STICK!

This candle stick is 100% hand made. It took me 3 months to make this piece, and I love every part! The beads are hand made with LAMPWORK technique.

Apr 30, 2011

Spring Time!

Spring Time is here!!!!

There is nothing better than waking up in the morning, looking out the window, and seeing the natural beauty take place when the sunshine wakes this earth up. Of course, having a latte in bed isn't that shabby either.

Our Spring Collection is inspired by nature's gift of color, sun, and awakening. The latest collection of bracelets can be seen on our website:

Let us know what you think!


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Apr 5, 2011

It's late and crocodile is going to sleep

My project crocodile is slowly coming to the end. Cold work is the next. I will let you know.

Mar 5, 2011

VEGETARIANS!!! "Mushroom, Spinach, and Scallion Tart

Today I wanted to share with you a delicious vegetarian recipe I found in the WHOLE LIVING magazine. It is a very light, healthy dinner choice and very easy to make. (serves 8)

You will need the following ingredients:

- 1 lb mushrooms (button or shiitake) trimmed and sliced
- 5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 12 scallions, wash, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 4 cups flat-leaf spinach, wash and dry
- 10 sheets of phyllo dough (14 x 9 inches each)
- 6 oz fresh goat cheese
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp chopped dill and cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, toss mushrooms with 2 tablespoons oil and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Roast for 10 minutes. Toss in the scallions and roast for 15 minutes more. Push mushrooms and scallions to one side and place spinach on empty side, roast until wilted, about 3 minutes. Let cool briefly, then squeeze spinach dry.
  3. Brush an 11-by-7-inch rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom (or a 10-inch round pan) lightly with some of the remaining oil. Working with one piece of phyllo at a time and keeping the rest covered with plastic wrap, brush a sheet of the pastry very lightly with olive oil. Fit into tart pan, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Brush a second sheet with oil and fit into pan. Repeat with remaining sheets, creating a crust that is at least five layers thick over the bottom of the pan. Fold edges at top.
  4. Crumple a double layer of aluminum foil into a rectangle the size of the bottom of the tart and fit into crust to weight down center. Place on a baking sheet and bake until edges are golden and begin to set, about 7 minutes. Remove foil and bake until golden all over, about 3 minutes more. (Remove from oven, leaving baking sheet. Tent edges with foil if browning too quick.)
  5. Reduce oven to 375 degrees. In a blender, puree the goat cheese, eggs, milk, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Add herbs and pulse to combine. Spread vegetables over crust and pour custard over top.
  6. Place tart back on baking sheet in oven and bake until custard is set, 20 to 23 minutes. Pull tart from oven and let cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Remove sides of pan and cool at least 10 minutes more, until ready to serve. If not serving right away, slide off of bottom and onto wire rack.

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Feb 20, 2011


Directions: First you want to dust off the food processor and get it ready to make some delicious hummus. I just chop the above ingredients in chunks and throw them in the processor. You want to use the "processor" mode, meaning the mode the highest mode, so it comes out creamy and smooth, not chunky. One suggestion is to use room temperature lemons, because you can squeeze more juice out of it, than a refrigerated one.

When you have pureed all of the ingredients, I usually split it into two tupperwear containers. Refrigerate for 2 hours and then enjoy! :)


Feb 4, 2011


Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful. (

Jan 29, 2011

Nick Vujicic: "No arms, no legs, no worries!" (deutsch)

Our NEW Addition!

Our new addition to our collection is the "Silver Cross Necklace."

We have a cross ring that has been one of our best sellers, and we noticed that our customers kept asking if they have a necklaces as well, so walaaaaa, here it is!!! We used real silver and created this design by hand. The necklace is so cute with just a t-shirt and jeans, or you can even where it dressed up. To order yours today, go to

Jan 17, 2011

Amazing Nick Vujicic Meets Tennis and Life Camper

This email I received from my dear friend Steve Wilkinson just twenty minutes ago. I would like to share this inspiring story about Nik Vujicic with all of you.

January 16, 2011

Before Christmas I sent many of you a message from Sven Thierhoff, a
former Tennis and Life Camps instructor who now lives near Frankfurt,
Germany. It was an inspiring story about Nick Vujicic, an amazing
person who has no arms and legs. He has developed a positive life
philosophy that resonates with the messages that we share at TLC. To
view Nick talking to youth please go to

Many people responded with great appreciation. The following email
from TLC camper Mark Carson confirmed that Nick truly lives according
to his philosophy.

All the best,
Steve Wilkinson

Dear TLC,

I have traveled to TLC the past 2 summers from Northfield to enjoy
family camp with my daughter, Sandy. After reading your email, I
wanted to share with you an experience I had about a year ago. I am a
pilot for Delta Airlines, and was preparing to fly from Los Angeles to
Minneapolis when I noticed this young man in the gate area with no
arms or legs talking on his cell phone. It was Nick Vujicic, and he
was on his way to attend the Acquire The Fire event in the Twin Cities.

As I was on the flight deck performing preflight duties, Nick came
down the jet way on his own, and was the first to board. As I got out
of my seat to welcome him on board, he said hello and told me to give
him a hug. He has such a warmth and charisma that people have no
hesitation kneeling down and hugging him. I have never met a person
with so many reasons to be angry and bitter at God and the world, yet
has such peace, gratitude, and acceptance with his lot in life.

After getting off the airplane in Minneapolis, I had the chance to
visit a bit with him and his two traveling companions. His positive
attitude as he shares his story makes a strong impression on everyone
who meets him. He is truly one of the most inspiring people I have
met, and describing my encounter with him to young people has given me
a way to share an encouraging message.

Sandy and I look forward to camp in July.

Mark Carson

P.S. To register please go to the TLC website at

Jan 10, 2011


Have you ever experienced a burning sensation when you are so cold? Well if you haven't take a little trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! It is -7 degrees right now!

We are here on a 4 day trip. I highly recommend getting hand warmers and those fancy heating socks (I wish I had those right now).

The hotel we are staying at is called the Snow King Resorts ( The rooms are very comfortable, clean, and cozy. I highly recommend it!

The slopes we are skiing are called the Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts. To be honest Day 1 we couldn't see anything. The fog was so thick that we couldn't even see where we were skiing. Goggles were constantly getting fogged up, couldn't feel my fingers and toes, and my nose was burning how cold it was.

I will give you all a better feeling tomorrow, Day 2.

The best little breakfast place we ate at the resort was called: Rafferty's! I had the eggs, hash, pancakes, coffee, and orange juice! Perfection!

Till tomorrow....

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