Lamb Sweaters for Throw Back Thursday

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My mother gave me a couple of gifts for life.  First, she took me to weekly piano lessons and then second, knitting lessons.  I was 10 years old and in the third grade when I started my first pair of slippers.    Tonight I was reminded again why I love to knit, I love making things that can be passed on to others.  I used to knit sweaters when my friends had babies 27 years ago.  The pair above I made for my friend Tami when she had twins.  She made me laugh when she said she rotated which twin got to wear the Black Sheep sweater based on their attitude that day.  One word of advice to new knitters, save pictures of your projects and Ravelry makes it so easy to do so.  Yankee Knitter Pattern by Melinda Goodfellow.

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Pumpkin Planter Parade 2014

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This year’s pumpkin planter parade.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Planter Parade 2013

Pumpkin Planter Parade 2012

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Chicago Marathon 2014

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Today was a perfect day for the Chicago Marathon.  It was dry, cool and sunny.  45,000 people were out of the gate and our favorite runner is still number 1 in our book.  We can’t wait to see her out on the course again next year.

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What I saw on Craigslist

Spool Bed

I’ve been thinking about painting a country spool bed black for Mr. N before he heads off to college.  This one just might work.

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Fall Friday

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How can you not love fall?

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Buzz in Bucktown

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Perfection

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Plumbing Pipe Coffee Table

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My daughters don’t seem to be interested in antique furniture, instead they are drawn to the industrial look.  Not sure how that happened.  I’ve been spending my time watching my husband make plank tables, benches and his latest creation, this plumbing pipe coffee table for my younger daughter’s apartment.  It turned out pretty cute considering.  We found the instructions online here.  I think she gets delivery this weekend and should be very thankful to her father.

Sharing with Miss Mustard Seed at Furniture Friday

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Kids Trophies Re-Purposed

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I have hundreds of these trophies.  With 4 kids and a half a dozen sports, they are strewn everywhere about the house.  The other day I saw this box of wine stoppers at The Randolph Street Flea Market and thought “yes!” another little DIY project for my husband.  He loves making projects with wine corks for those of you who remember his wine cork bulletin board he made here and we will just add this one to his to-make  list.  This should keep him busy for a few weekends and make some great Xmas gifts for my adult children.

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Fish Bar Chicago

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One of the many advantages of having your daughter move downtown to Chicago, besides having a clean bedroom and an empty kitchen sink,  is that you get to try out new and fun places to eat.  After an afternoon of climbing stairs and moving boxes,  we decided to catch a bite at the Fish Bar located at the corner of Sheffield and Wellington.  Cute place, tapas style size entrees and nice casual vibe.  The drinks are served in mason jars and the food was pretty tasty.  Funny how we suddenly become  desired dinner companions when they are on their own budget.  Apparently, we are welcome to come down anytime for Sunday brunch.  I may just have to take her up on that one.

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Michigan Picnic Basket

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I found this great vintage picnic basket this summer at a yard sale in Glen Arbor, Michigan.  It’s now all packed up because Miss Go Blue moved downtown to her new apartment today.    This was my parting gift for my daughter and my wish that she enjoys many evenings on the green in Grant Park listening to the symphony under the stars.

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1908 Indiana Map

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Just what every Hoosier girl needs, a vintage Indiana map.  It’s huge:  36″x28″.  Found at the Southport Antique Mall in Indianapolis.  Another great day spent with my sister.

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Date Night: Ravinia

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It was fabulous!

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