Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Chicago Trip and Finds: Part 2

Hi, everyone!

Last time I shared with you the first part of Keith and my vacay to Chicago, here.

The second part of our trip we stayed right downtown on Michigan Avenue.  We love the hustle and bustle of city life!

Our hotel overlooked this gorgeous park.

The city was all dressed up for fall.  Here we are in front of a really pretty display set up outside of a department store (I forget which one!)

One night we waited with thousands of others by the river to celebrate their Great Chicago Fire Festival.

The city is so beautiful at night!

The festival turned out to be a bust due to technical difficulties, and it was a wee bit chilly, but we had fun with our surrounding 'neighbors' anyway!

(The festival did have a choir singing on a boat floating down the river, and that was both haunting and beautiful.)

(Side note: can you believe this pic of us isn't a 'selfie'?  We had a lady take it and she got so close!! We tried to back up, but there was nowhere to go with all the people around. We laughed about it later :)

One day we hit the fun town of Andersonville.  They have lots of fun shops...

...and we had the BEST brunch at a tiny bakery that we found!  I had French toast where they use brioche bread and add a peach compote on top...oh, and a 'little' of their home made whipped cream, too...yum!

Now on to the good finds!

I know this is gonna make all of you jealous, but I got to shop Kris's house when we stayed there!

These are some of the goodies that I got from her:  these 2 gorgeous pillows...

...and this charming banner!

Look at the beautiful detail!  I'm not sure where it's gonna end up yet, but it'll look fabulous anywhere!

Many of you know how generous Kris is.  When we arrived at her house she had some special gifts waiting for us!  One is this amazing pillow...

She said she wanted something for us to remember our trip by...I LOVE how meaningful this is!

The other thing that she got me is this embellished stack of books.  I didn't get a good picture of it, but you can kind of see the tag on top with my favorite no. 3 on it!

She had another gift for me which was from Carol at Art and Sand! (Carol was sending something to Kris, and she knew I was going to be at Kris's so she just sent my gift there, too.)
What a nice surprise!

This banner is SO cute!

Carol knew that I've always wanted something with 'nest' on it, so she made this for me!  This will look perfect in my sunroom where there are touches of blue!

She had it wrapped in this adorable little bag, with my initial on the drawstring.  Love these sweet bloggers!

Some of the other things that I found with Kris while we were out junkin: this huge nest...

...this cool tall architectural column (which Kris found for me)...

(got this pumpkin last year)

...this shabby lunch box and wooden tote (which Kris also found for me)...

...notice a theme here? Ha!

And I'm always drawn to vintage signs, so I bought this cool one...

 Most of these pics were taken in our office, where I'm changing things up. I'll show you a full reveal at some point, hopefully soon!

Well, that's all my finds I'll show you for now.  I bought a few other things, but I'll share them later.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day :)


  1. Love your finds! That longitude/latitude pillow is the best gift idea. That's one of the things I'm planning on giving my girls for Christmas (of either home or our vacation paradise). I kove Carol's banner too. Always fun getting away...

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time. We live about 4 hours from Chicago and should make trips there more often but we don't.

    1. Yep Dawn you need to come and I will take you junkin too!!!!!!

  3. Good Sunday Morning Sweet Friend. Love where you put the pillows and I love the Chicago pillow in the leather chair. How perfect is that!!!! We had so much fun with you guys. I cannot wait for you to come back. Love ya!

  4. Susan, Looks like the best time. That you and your hubby had fun time together. Plus shopping with Kris...and all the great gifts. Fun!! blessings, xoxo,Susie

  5. Love the lunch box. believe you probably got it at Antiques of Winfield. I have a space there and that was mine at one time. Glad it found a new home. I had it in my kitchen.

    enjoy it.

    Julie M at

  6. I am so glad that you had so much fun with Kris and that you found such great things...and that you were gifted with such wonderful items! I love that sign, too. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! xo Diana

    ps. I don't usually ask people to go to my blog BUT-If you get a chance swing by my blog. A little boy is lost in the mountains and the family is asking for prayer.

  7. Chicago is my hometown. I miss it so much. I have so many memories of junkin there. Love all of your finds. Tell Kris to check out the Salvation Army on the loop's west side. Upstairs is an antique shop to die for. Lots of french treasures. Hope it's still there.

  8. Such an enjoyable trip. Kris must have an eagle eye for junk. Love the battered lunch box and the column.

  9. I fell in love with Chicago when I was there. That pillow of Chicago is an absolute perfect gift that I'm sure you will treasure. Your finds are so fun to see. That cute little town should be on my list for the next time I go to Chicago.....(which could be years from now)

  10. Hi Susan, wow what a fun trip you had in Chicago. I love all of your gifts and finds. It's so nice that you had a gift for you from one of your other blog friends! The closeup photo of you and your husband is so nice. I love your haircut too, so pretty. Have a wonderful day and week.

  11. What a fun trip! That Chicago pillow is very clever.

  12. It looks like the rest of your trip was fabulous and I love all the amazing treasures you picked up! That bunting is beautiful. I was born and partially raised in the Chicago suburbs but we moved before I was old enough to explore the city. It's definitely on my list of places to visit.
    xo jonni xo

  13. Susan,
    My comment just vanished... stupid iPad!!! I really enjoyed this post, your share of your time with Kris, your time in Chicago with Keith, "stopping Kris's house" too funny. I want a latitude and longitude pillow for Tuscany. Kris has an amazing kind and generous heart I think the Chicago pillow is a beautiful connection of memories made together. Carol another kind heart sweet banner of nest is perfect. Love where you placed your junkiƄ Chicago treasures. Oh and Susan ... Your boots? I love them so much, really I would of bought them in a heart beat.
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, xoxo

  14. Fun, fun stuff! Chicago is such a great city...beautiful, do much to see and do, great shopping!
    Mary Alice

  15. So gald that you had a wonderful time with Kris and Terry. Looks like you guys had so much fun junking, eating and seeing the sights. I just love Chicago's downtown. They always have such wonderful flowers in their flowers beds, depending on the season.
    You received some terrific gifts.
    How is your sweet mother doing? Hope she is coming along really good.

  16. It sounds and looks as though you and Keith had a fabulous trip! You were gifted some wonderful items and jealous about you shopping Kris' home...nah not me...wink!!! Have a super week! Blessings, Cindy

  17. Love visiting the city! My daughter is now telling me she want's to live down there after school...I told her work really hard and save up because it's expensive...yeah she wants a water view.She has expensive taste like me LOL! Great photos of you and your husband...and of course all of those goodies!

  18. Great fun and treasures! It's so much fun to visit blogging friends.
    Thanks for sharing this fun time with us.

  19. I love Chicago! You're so right, it's a beautiful city, the food is divine and Michigan Ave is a shopper's piece of heaven. So glad you had a wonderful time!


  20. You. Are. Killing. Me.
    Wonderful, beautiful things!

  21. I think the Chicago pillow is such a great souvenir idea and I have never seen anyone do that before. What a sweet and thoughtful friend. It was like Christmas with brioche!

  22. Who lets you shop their house!!! Now, that is a great friend! That is so funny. I thought that was a selfie...such cute pictures, great finds, and it looks like a fabulous time!


  23. It sounds like you had a great time. How fun to get to shop Kris's home!! Love your banner from Coral...she made me one and it arrived in the mail yesterday.

  24. Wow! Fantastic! You know what I kept thinking while reading this post? How ADORABLE you two are. Truly, adorable! xoxo Jen

  25. I've been away too. Loved catching up with you and your fun Chicago trip! What fab stuff you loaded up with. Kris and Carol are amazing.

  26. What a wonderful trip! Chicago is a such beautiful city. Lovely finds especially the two banners...soooo nice and inspiring!

  27. Looks like you scored big during your trip! I love all of your new things. That pillow that Kris gave you to remember your trip by was so neat!

  28. Looks like you had such a fun time and you sure came home with some fabulous treasures!

  29. Fall is a fabulous time to be in Chicago -- pretty and fallish with better weather than winter! Love all your finds! I saw a Paris and Chagrin Falls pillow like your Chicago one in my favorite store in Chagrin Falls this past weekend! I love them! Love it all!

  30. thanks for sharing your fun trip with us, susan:) the choir sounds awesome and kris's chicago pillow is fabulous!

  31. What a wonderful trip you had....and yes, that Kris is such a sweet and generous certainly received so many wonderful gifts from her and Carol too....Love everything...and love that Lat and Long pillow!!!

  32. Such great finds and a special time with your husband :) I love the bird's nest and lunch box especially. Discovering beautiful treasures is the best--

  33. Looks like you had a wonderful trip....especially like your banners and your "hours" sign and your "Chicago" pillow. Oh and also the cage with the birds many great finds!

  34. I love all your new treasures Susan! And it sounds like you had a wonderful time on your trip!
    Have a great weekend!

  35. One night we waited with thousands of others by the river to celebrate their Great Chicago Fire Festival. chicago banners


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