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




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






How can you not love fall?

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Buzz in Bucktown



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Plumbing Pipe Coffee Table








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


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








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


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


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


It was fabulous!

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At The Courtyard

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Just wanted to share the interesting vintage pieces that arrived this week at The Courtyard.  Love the Leeds English pearlware chestnut basket with the lid.  Rarely do you get a chance to see one in person in such fabulous condition.  Also the primitive spatterware plates are pretty awesome with some of my favorite colors and finally the small French Quimper plate.  Don’t you wonder where these items have traveled to over the years?

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