Category Archives: chicago

open the gate


open the gate & seize the day…



flirty cupcakes

what a lovely surprise to find flirty cupcakes

sitting at the corner of my dayjob office!

if you are in chicago – you can track their whereabouts

on facebook @ flirtycupcakes.

a tad pricey for the size ~ but the flavor was superb!

{i partook of the curious george cupcake}


one of my favorite places to peruse in chicago

is a delightful little shop called


they specialize in lovely antique reproductions ~

très delightful french flea market finds

& other little goodies

{thank goodness you can shop them online too}


new “swoon~worthy” finds in the store this week…


{vintage limoges dish}


{vintage french mineral water bottles}


{woven ribbons from denmark}


{vintage souvenir scarf pillows}

{vintage hotel bell from belgium} 



{circus elephant wall hook}


{grandma’s *fruit & flower* tea towels}

click here to see tons more!


pink crow studio

i can hardly describe the unique coolness

of the jewelry pieces found at

pink crow studio

chicago artist ~ carrie boucher

crafts & metalsmiths amazing pieces

out of  found & collected treasures like…

vintage glass, candy foil, antique game pieces, french & US stock certificates,

money, buttons & photo negatives…

she also tells charming little tales about some her works

the results are spectacular…




“One of the advantages of being disorderly
is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” 
~ A.A. Milne




“In my studies, I learned that the word “jewel” has its origins in the Latin word *jocale*, meaning plaything, and in all of my work I strive to bring jewelry back to this idea. I truly believe that each piece I produce must be a plaything on one level or another.”


mad canvases

I love these!

The clever Chicago artist of Mad Canvases creates wonderful photo collage canvases of groovy spots around the city she manipulates the photos in Photoshop and then the image is…

“heat-pressed using sublimation inks onto a 15″ x 15″ white canvas square. The canvas was adhered to a 13″ x 13″ piece of gator board which can be hung on the walls with double sided tacks or velcro”

Okay! That sounds pretty complicated. Lucky for us we don’t have to understand it, we can just enjoy the results.

{The Aragon Ballroom}

 {The Riviera}

These two canvases above are my faves ~ since I live near both these spots…oh I have seen many a concert in them and my granny says she used to swing-dance in the Aragon!

Click here to see more.




indie wed

on saturday, january 30th i attended the Indie Wed show here in chicago

i actually won tickets from one of my favorite crafty chicago people

the lovely cindy of paper parasol press  {thanks again cindy!}——————–>

so it was featuring mostly local vendors catering to more unconventional couples who are taking a more modern, edgy, or eco-friendly approach to their wedding day

{& oh happy day, i found a designer to make my own wedding dress!}

so i dragged my friend B there {thank you B!} & we made the rounds…

here are some highlights:

paper lovlies from paper parasol press

{& in my fave colors! i love the save the date cards…alas…budget won’t allow fancy save the date’s AND groovy invites}


AH~dorable baking supplies @  layer cake shop

{clever toppers, rainbows of cups & the cuties at layer cake shop}


cute beaded flowers from ododo originals


customized soap favors from bon bon soap company


groovy displays



a clever table by delicate creature


 unique bouquets…


cute cake toppers @ the small object


funky dresses…



& a rad clown sign for good measure…

chicago french market


ohhhh c’est si bon!

looky what opened up in chicago today!



conveniently located in the olgilvie train station!

{entrance inside station or at 131 north clinton}

it’s a 15,000-square-foot, european-inspired market that includes 25 individual vendors

offering an array of local & certified organic produce,

meats, fresh fish & seafood, breads, pastries, small batch cheese & wine,

chocolates and sweets, artisan-made goods & flowers…

AND unlike seasonal outdoor farmer’s markets,

MetraMarket’s Chicago French Market & its vendors

will stay open year-round, six-days-a-week!


here’s what i saw this very morning…


{pommes de terre, redwhite&blue trees, holiday foliage, rooty veggies, chocolate!, croissants!, colorful shopping bags, cheese boxes, a scarf zebra, pastoral, poissons, pillows, local etsy crafts, birch tree vases, creamy rainbow gelato, grapes & berries}