Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Beautiful Day in Chicago

I told you there was more to the story. There always is.

On our two day trip up to Chicago we were accompanied by our good friend Tyler and we were glad she was there to lead us around. She lived there for several years so she knew the ropes of getting around on the 'L' and the bus.

The rest of these pictures are of our time walking through the neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Old Town. We couldn't have ordered a more perfect day. We saw the sights, admired the houses, ate delicious food and had a few cold ones. We even got a little shopping in. Sharon and I both came home with new fall coats we found at a great little vintage clothing store.

Thankfully, we walked quite a bit and I'm hoping that offset the delicious food and cold ones.

A photo shoot with Sharon and Tyler. We were passing the time waiting for the bus.

Cool building across from the bus stop.

Wouldn't you love to live in this house?

Row after row of great houses.

A girl and her dog. Can you think of a better way to spend the morning?


Here's me. I'm not in most of the pictures because it was my camera.

The Bongo Room had the best breakfast offerings. I had an egg and cheese with veggies on a croissant. It filled me up for the rest of the day.

I thought irises only bloomed in the spring. I was wrong.

Hope you enjoyed this pictorial of our trip. We love Chicago! We hope to return very soon.
Leave a comment if you can relate.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sharon and Ann's Excellent Chicago Adventure

A few weekends ago we ventured up north for the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. With a sea of tented booths to go through we had trouble fitting it all into one afternoon. But we had fun trying. Below is just a smattering of what we saw.
Stay tuned for more of the story...

Journals by Tyler Bender Book Co. made from old library books. These were up there in our top five favorites of the day.

More beautiful journals. Unfortunately, I did not pick up their card. If anyone out there knows who fashioned these books please drop us a comment. We want to give them their props!
Sharon loved the cover designs so much she couldn't keep her hands off them.

Look at these! Letterpress, hand pulled fine papers from Golden Hen Press.

Fine soaps by Oliba Soaps.

Let's stop and take it all in, shall we?

Ok, back to the business at hand. These delicate saki and tea cups were stunning. Note the interesting shelf display. Identify the artist with a comment and you win a handshake and a kiss.

Ah, at last, we know who did these eye catching cards. Yee~Haw Industries. They have been making the world a prettier place for decades.

Here's some eye candy for you. Handmade lamps by Avec Mes Mains.

This was not even close to everything we saw that day. But it will give you an idea of what you can find at the Renegade Craft Fair. If it comes to a city near you check it out. You won't be sorry.