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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Wedding Bliss #2


Wondering where all my vintage posts have gone?  Need I say more?

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014


We have so much to be grateful for and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  To all my young peeps, safe travels.  We miss you and will be thinking of you today.

Love as always,  Mom

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Yale University China Platter

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I’m cleaning out my cabinets and getting ready for the holidays.  I’ve listed the Yale University Platter on Craigslist.  So if you have a son or daughter who has just been admitted to Yale and want to celebrate this Thanksgiving, this platter is large enough for the turkey.   This is a rare size platter measuring 20″ x 16″ and stamped on the back.

This platter was produced in a limited edition and made available to Yale University’s students,faculty and graduates 1n 1949. This platter has a wonderful blue transfer that depicts Yale University’s main entrance along with The State House New Haven Ct along many of its buildings in the early 19th century taken from a print done in 1832 by A. J. Davis. Stamped on its reverse Wedgwood of Ethuria and Barlaston.

If you live in Chicago, it’s cash and carry.  Replacements Cost:  $729.  My Cost:  $450.  It’s a bargain.

Update:  Sold and is making someone happy this Christmas.

Vintage Spool Bed


For the cottage, heading to Michigan this weekend.

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Friday Estate Sale Find


Found:  St. Friacre Patron Saint of Gardeners

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Silverplate Ice Buckets


Thinking these vintage silverplate ice buckets would look lovely on the bridal table.

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Lamb Sweaters for Throw Back Thursday


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




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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