St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago






Yes, they really dye the river green!

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Antique Ice Skates


If you can get past looking at the price tag, the detailing on these antique ice skates is exquisite.  I just wish I had a pair with my name inscribed on them.   They certainly remind me of a Currier and Ives skating pond scene.   Ice skating on Tippy has always been my favorite winter pastime and I miss it every year.  See here.

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Vintage Heart Molds


It’s time to start the month of Love.

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Vintage: The New Yorker


I just finished framing three vintage The New Yorker magazine covers for the Michigan summer cottage.  Even though I love the black and red combination, I think I am going to spray paint the frames a vintage white.  The 50% off frame sale ends tomorrow at Hobby Lobby.  I’ll be making one more frame run in the morning.  I’ve had these covers for years.  Who knew I really would end up with a yellow cottage, porch swing and potting shed in real time.

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Pook & Pook Americana Auction

Pook and Pook Auction

Pook & Pook is having their Americana auction.  I’ve always wanted to go, however, they are located in Lancaster, PA and it was a little hard to explain to my husband since we live in Chicago.  It has been on my bucket list of things to do for years.  But, now I can go and so can you.  This Monday, the auction is “online only” at Bidsquare.   I’m there.

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The Year of the Quilt








In keeping with our New Year’s Day tradition, Erin, from Just Grand, and I kick off the year with an antique road trip to one of our favorite antique malls.  It also just happens to be the only mall open in the state of Illinois on New Year’s Day.   On my shopping list?  Vintage quilts for our summer cottage.  I found a very happy yellow Bear Claw quilt which was my buy of the day.  The red Wedding Ring quilt, I picked up from eBay in December.  Obviously, I like color.    To see Erin’s treasures, click here.   Why would anyone stay home and watch football all day?  I just don’t get it.   I love starting the year off spending time with a good friend and reflecting on the past year putting everything in perspective in the grand plan.  Refreshing.

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Wood Burned Spoons


Okay, these are definitely not as easy to do as they look.  This was my first attempt at wood burning spoons.  I now have great admiration for the wood burner crafters of the world especially those spoons on Etsy.  Whew!  I think you need a lot of practice and patience to do this right.  Patience is not my strong suit so this might just not be my medium.  So much for the “I can do that” mantra.

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Modge Podge Painted Glass










It’s been a while since I’ve been crafting, but now that Christmas is finally over, I actually have a little time on my hands.  I decided to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon and try some Modge Podge glass painting.  Everyone has been doing Mason Jars and tons of them.  I found the Michigan cherry plate at a local thrift shop today for $4.  I followed the directions that were dummy proof:  add food coloring to Modge Podge, paint it on the glass, and then bake at 200 degrees for about a half an hour.  It worked!  Though, I’m not sure now long it will last.  It definitely does give this little vintage cherry plate a lift.

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Merry Christmas

Xmas Trees

Merry Christmas to my friends and family near and far.  Best wishes for a peaceful day.

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Straight No Chaser Christmas 2014





My favorite night of the Christmas Season spent with the best friends ever.   Listen, and remember……………………….. they are singing A cappella!

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Antique Christmas Window Display








On my drive home tonight I stopped by and admired the Christmas windows at Rosebud Antiques in LaGrange, IL.  Kim and Candy always pull out their fabulous collection of vintage Christmas.  It is one of my favorite stops during the Holiday season.  You can’t help but smile and the windows glow Christmas all night long.  Beautiful.

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One of a Kind Show 2014


Let the Christmas shopping season begin!  Today is your last chance to attend the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.  One of my favorite stops kicking off the Holiday season.  Go!  Here’s a link from my favoite pick of the show:  Tactile Craftworks.  They made these amazing leather journals with antique maps.  Waiting for the Kindle version.

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