Monthly Archives: June 2012

Date Night Ravinia

Ravinia Festival tonight we will be listening to Sarah McLachlan under the stars.  Heavenly.

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Painted Maple Shelf












This shelf was the perfect size to hold my collection of Japanese majolica flower baskets.  I’m not a very successful gardener, however, I do really well with ceramic flowers.  Anyway, it was maple and I wanted a red shelf.  So, I fished out some leftover red paint from the mudroom and applied a black glaze to tone down the red.  I haven’t sanded off any off any of the edges as I’m still trying to decide on the final look and actually feel that it needs a little more glaze on the back beadboard.  Finding the perfect wall to hang this on in my house is a challenge.  My husband reports that we are all out of walls.  We’ll see.

Linking to:  Furniture Friday, Wow Us Wednesdays, No Minimalist Here, Vintage Inspiration, Inspiration Friday, Funky Junk Interiors

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Demi-Lune Cabinet








This is the summer corner of my dining room.  When I saw this floral Demi-Lune cabinet at a local estate sale, I knew it would go perfectly with the oil on board painting that I paid $3 for at an another sale in Boulder, Colorado while visiting my daughter at college.  Knowing where are the local antique malls and shops are located in every town I visit is a requirement.  Stumbling on estate sales while traveling is an added bonus.  Love the details on the backplate of the pulls.  The wall shelf holds my collection of vintage silver napkin rings.

Linking to:  Furniture Friday, No Minimalist Here, Inspiration Friday, Vintage Inspiration, Saturday Night Special

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What I’m Knitting Now

I can’t wait to finish this!

Pattern:  Ann Norling, Quick Knit Shell

Yarn:  Plymouth Yarn, Jeannee

Color:  Coral 0026

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the leader of our pack!

Location:  Olympic National Park, Washington

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What I’m Reading Now

I have so enjoyed reading this book.  It’s a lost art:  writing letters.

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Antique Cherry Corner Cupboard






This corner of our dining room has seen several pieces of furniture come and go.  First, there was my grandfather’s Hoosier kitchen cabinet.  Unfortunately, it was always too primitive for our home and has since been sent to live with my sister.  Next, there was the oak china cabinet that I purchased at a farm auction in Indiana that houses my Japanese Lustre collection.  It sat awkwardly in the room and took up just a little too much floor space.  This week, a wonderful handmade cherry cupboard from the 1800’s arrived from my in-laws.  We are the third generation to be able to care for it.  For this corner, it’s a perfect fit and the 1926 Wilcox coffee and tea set now has a good home.

Linking to:  Wow Us Wednesday, Furniture Friday

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Printers Row Book Fair Part 2




You could not have asked for a better day for the Printers Row Book Fair.  The weather was absolutely delightful.  Everyone looked as if they were out on a safari hunt donned with hats, goggles and in search of that elusive book.  We bought a ton.  Yet, I still didn’t find the one book I was seeking.  Maybe next year.

There is also a fair amount of antique and collectibles at the book fair.  Vintage posters, advertising and postcards as well as the printers blocks which I adored.


And as I was searching for the knitting books, lo and behold, up popped Loopy Yarns.  I had a chance to run in, cool off and buy a sleeveless shell pattern to knit this summer.  It’s a banner day when all of my favorite worlds collide in one location!



If you have never been to the book fair, you need to put it on your bucket list and go.  Everyone can find at least one book they must read.  And thanks to my lovely daughter who called to remind me, tomorrow we will be spending the day at the Old Town Art Fair.  Yeah Summer!

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Printers Row Book Fair



The Printers Row Book Fair is this Saturday and Sunday.  We’re going.  There will be 100’s of exhibitors, booksellers of old and new along with author appearances, readings and signings.  Even though I read on my Kindle and iPad, they will never be able to replace the tactile experience of holding a book in hand.  Definitely an event that makes me so thankful that I live in Chicago.  Maura, there is still time to get here!

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Vintage Bug Pins

It is time to pull out the bug pins for summer.  I usually wear the ladybug when I feel I need a little good luck.  This year I am in search of a dragonfly, grasshopper and cicada or in other words, a good excuse to head out to the flea market.  For fun, type in vintage bug pins under Google images and take a look at what’s available around the web.

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What I Saw at Kane County









Kane County Saturday was a hopping place.  It is turning a tad bit crafty these days and starting to head down the Shipshewana path.  Regardless, we enjoyed seeing all the re-purposed vintage made into yard and garden ornaments.  Bright, colorful and plenty to choose from.  My favorite of the day was the wicker rocker painted black with the buffalo check upholstery.  I guess some things never change.  I didn’t try the deep fried cheese curds, but the line was around the truck so they must have been good!

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Cake Papers


I am a little late in reporting on our graduation trip to Vanderbilt.  As you can see, it was absolutely a picture perfect beautiful day.  Luckily, we had some time to kill between graduation and the post parties.  I was able to sneak away and visit Cake Vintage Table & Home.  I had been coveting their papers from the minute I saw them at several shops in the Chicagoland area.  Discovering that their store was one block down from our hotel in Nashville made the day complete.






If you are ever in Nashville, make sure you add Cake Vintage to your list of must see shops.  There is way too much to look at and I had a hard time deciding which set of papers to purchase.  I could have taken them all home and am just happy they have a web-site to visit when I need more.  The shop is light, bright and full of really clever ideas.  I especially loved the re-purposed chandeliers made out of vintage telegraph lights and spoons.  So what did I come home with?  Take a look!






They are cute, interesting, fun and I bought the polka dot candles there as well.  Love them!

Linking to:  Inspiration Friday, Vintage Inspiration, Saturday Night Special

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