K & I have a small obsession with
We already have a map of Cape Cod Bay and Washington DC in our apartment.
So when I stumbled upon a copy of the Charts of the Illinois Waterway at a garage sale, I knew I had to go back and get it. K also told me I had to go back and get it.
It has maps of the Mississippi, the Chicago River, the lock system, and the canals that helped reverse the flow of the Chicago River.
K was thrilled with the purchase. We knew right away they would make great additions to our growing map collection.
The maps hung around for a few months until I finally got around to finding frames for them, even though we did not have much wall space left anymore.
We picked our favorite two: one of the waterways of the U.S. and one of the downtown portion of the Chicago River.
They look pretty good over the TV and am happy with the purchase and placement of them. It is also always a way better story when you can say you got something at a garage sale!
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August 28, 2017 1 Comment
I like flowers.
I really do, but spending a fortune on plants that are flown in from far away and most likely going to be discarded the next day is just not my cup of tea.
So I made the easy decision that a traditional florist is not the route I will be going for my wedding.
Luckily we have a family friend who started
Avium Flowers, providing fresh-cut flowers grown right here in Chicago in a sustainable and organic manner.
Right now I am working with them on the flowers and colors that I like. When the time comes, they can then order the appropriate seeds and specifically keep me in mind for the next growing season.
My wedding flowers are legitimately being grown just for me, right here in Chicago.
Seriously, how cool is that?
See some of their amazing work below.
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June 2, 2017 2 Comments
It is no secret that I love
secondhand, thrift and vintage finds. So when I heard about the Vintage Shop Hop, I was all over it.
Northeastern IL and Southeastern WI
Sign. Me. Up.
While I did not get to caravan all over IL and WI for two days, I did get to spend the entire day with my Mom driving around the Northern suburbs. From 9 AM – 3 PM, we hit approximately 16 different shops (with a quick lunch break).
I was on the lookout for a number of things:
A plant stand for our future herb garden
A catch-all for K’s dresser
Cake stands for the wedding
Vintage house/address numbers for table numbers for the wedding
TV stand Napkins and handkerchiefs
While it was a super amazing day of getting to look at so many different vendors, we did not load up the car like we had hoped.
That is okay because I want my finds to be perfect, not just so-so.
As we finished the winding hallways of an antique mall, I found the perfect plant stand.
I took one look at the chrome and white enamel kitchen cart and said,
“This is the one!”
It is a beauty and I cannot wait to show you what I end up doing with it. Stay tuned!
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March 6, 2017
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