Monthly Archives: October 2012

Antique Halloween Candleholder

The black cat match and candleholder was made in Germany from an earlier time.  Just the right touch for the table.  Happy Halloween!

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Hand Knit Cable Scarf

The cable scarf is complete and heading to University of Michigan tomorrow morning.  100% wool yarn Montana by Tahki.

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Vogue Knitting Live Chicago







Vogue Knitting Live is in Chicago this weekend at the Palmer House.   Soak had some really clever kits that included a fingerless glove pattern, the yarn, matching nail polish and some Soak.  A great gift for the knitter in your family.  The activity in the Be Sweet booth was wild and contagious.  The yarns were outstanding.  But, my favorites were the vintage packaged Blue Sky Alpacas Petite Knitting Patterns found in Nina’s booth.  Those, I am definitely making for Christmas for my peeps.  They are darling.  And afterwards, who wouldn’t want to hang in the lobby at the Palmer House?  It is stunning.  Viva La Vintage.

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Gel Stained Syroco Bookends




My collection of vintage Syroco bookends has always fascinated me.  I enjoy the stylistic carved detail but have never loved the orange cast on the faux wood.  Yesterday, I decided to try using the General Finishes Java Gel Stain leftover from staining a pine table which you can read about here.  The results?  Much better.  I think I may have to stain them all.

Linking to:  Metamorphosis Monday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Tweak it Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesday, Vintage Inspiration Friday,

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Glass Pumpkin Patch 2012








After three days of rain and three attempts to drive to The Morton Arboretum, the sun is finally shining and I was able to make it to the glass pumpkin show.  You have one more day to get there and you should.  People were grabbing pumpkins faster than I could take pictures.  If you turned around, they were gone.  Luckily, my husband had my back and snagged one for home.

Linking to:  Too Much Time On My Hands

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Cable Scarf

What I’m knitting now.

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Halloween Vignettes



I have no idea where the trick or treater silhouettes came from, but I absolutely adore them!  These were the other scenes from my pumpkin planter walk.  The spiders sitting on top of the hedge caught me by surprise.  I jumped.  I think Halloween is beginning to outpace Christmas on the outdoor decorating scene.  I’m not sure I will be able to keep up!

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Vintage Charm Necklace

This originally started out as a charm bracelet, but after 20 plus years of collecting I finally made it into a charm necklace.  The charms represent important aspects and events of my life over the years.  There is my high school ring, the homecoming disc, a wedding ring set , child silhouettes engraved with the name and birth date of each my 4 children along with every sport I play.  All of my collections and hobbies are also represented.  It is my life, and yes, I brush with Crest.   Even though it tends to be a little heavy around the neck, I still love telling the all the stories when people ask.  And they do.  Click HERE to read about my Christmas charm bracelet.

Linking to:  Treasure Hunt Thursday

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Pumpkin Planter Parade










It was such a beautiful fall Sunday that I decided to talk a walk around the neighborhood and check out everyone’s pumpkin planters.  These will be my inspiration for next year.  I think my favorite was the planter with the pumpkin turned sideways.  Great idea.

Linking to:  Metamorphosis MondayWow Us Wednesday, Open House Party Thursday, Feathered Nest Friday

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Hand Knit Summer Sweater



Finally off the needles!  I am a little late in finishing this sweater for summer, but hopefully I will be able to wear it in Florida this winter.  Though I love cotton, I find it difficult to maintain a consistent tension, yet feel it works well with texture.  The moss stitch border really added a nice finishing touch.  I’m off to find some new yarn for my next project and look forward to visiting Knitche in their new location.

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Glass Paperweight Collection










Today I met Erin from Just Grand for a field trip at the Art Institute of Chicago to visit the newly expanded gallery for the Arthur Rubloff Collection of Glass Paperweights.  My iPhone pictures cannot possibly capture the beauty of these objects of art.  It is a must see for a paperweight collector and a do see for anyone with a love of glass.  Which two do you think were my favorites?

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Green Depression Plates



Twelve green depression glass plates for $12.  Ok, who wants to go to the flea market?  You gotta love Kane County.  It took me another ten minutes to explain why to my 20 something year old daughter that green plates work year round and will be pretty nifty on the Christmas table this year.

Linking to:  Knick of Time

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