I Want That Wednesday

With the first snow fall of year now under our belts, winter has, in fact, arrived here in Chicago. I shouldn’t complain because fall really did last longer than normal, but now those beautiful leaves are scattered along the ground, the trees are barren and every day seems a bit grayer than the one before. Let the hibernation begin!

But while I break out the heating blanket and debate whether to insulate the windows, it sure would be nice to still enjoy a bit of mother nature away from that damn Chicago wind. Enter: fresh flowers.

Bloom2Bloom_fireworksFlowers are something that I would LOVE to have on hand year-round, but it’s just one of those extras that not in the budget right now. If you look through any shelter magazine, almost all of the featured homes have a vase of flowers in at least one shot. Plus, there’s supposedly health benefits to having fresh flowers around. Flower power, indeed!

bloom2bloom_interiorSure, I could go buy flowers at my grocery or a flower shop—I do like to “shop small” when I can—but since we’re entering the holiday season, it’s always nice to give a little something back, too. I’m loving the seasonal flowers from Bloom 2 Bloom. With every bouquet you buy, another one is donated to a community organization, like a hospital, shelter or nursing home. So you’re making someone else feel special, too! It’s definitely something to consider if you’re gifting flowers, a better alternative to the big, box, 1-800-FLOWERS kind of places.

bloom2bloom_redhotAlso, all the flowers are grown right here in the U.S. of A. Each boutique is priced between $40 and $50, which doesn’t seem unreasonable.

OK, so who needs my address? : )

Weekend Rewind: Renegade Craft Fair

Hey there, hope everyone had a great weekend and is staying cool in this heat wave! I went to the beach today and only lasted one hour it was so flipping hot. The great thing about the beach after Labor Day (oh, and on a week day… ) is that no one is there!

My apologies for the sporadic posts the last week or so. Not only have I been dealing with a bad modem via RCN (luckily they’re coming out tomorrow to check it out), I’ve also been nursing a brutal cold. But I did manage to get out to the Renegade Craft Fair yesterday. I saw so many great things—and maybe even bought a few! If you missed it, not to worry, here’s five of my favorites:

il_570xN.412591020_ts2dBDJ Craft Works, Austin
Large American Cherry Vase, $150

il_570xN.211552340Sadly Harmless, Bloomington, Ind.
Sail Close to the Wind Print, $22

Nourishing Notes, Chicago
Floursack Towels, $15/each

Voz Collective, Orange, Calif.
Voz Deco Dagger Earrings and Janelle Skinny Bangle Set, $18 and $30

il_570xN.449921750_cwusMilkhaus Design, Madison, Wisc.
Fold Over Cross Body Bag with Removable Strap, $78

Or if you’re not a fan of my picks, then you have one more opportunity to see the indie craft and design showcase this year—and just in time for Christmas gifts!—at the Winter Market on Dec. 7 and 8 at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.