Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christkindlmarket Chicago 2018

I hope that you don't mind another year of the Chicago Christkindlmarket.
One of my favorite holiday traditions!

It always puts me in the right mood for the holidays!

Love the cuckoo clocks and nutcrackers.
We have a German cuckoo clock and to me it sounds like home... 

The embroideries in this booth really caught my eye this year!

So many lovelies to choose from!

And I always enjoy looking for new items in this booth.

Such lovely items!

It wouldn't be a Christkindlmarket without steins!

From small to extra large

I did buy a small ceramic building from this booth almost 20 years ago and still enjoy it.

I love these so!

I always say that one year I will splurge and buy one, but I haven't done so yet. 
Instead I just admire the workmanship!

I have been buying pieces from this collection for years, 
but my shelf is just about full...

Our main tree is just about full of these German glass ornaments now.
The boys each receive a figural glass ornament in their stocking each year to represent a trip or something they did that year. They are on our family tree for now, 
but will go with them when they move out.

I enjoyed the carolers.

It was a cold night, but they were dressed pretty warmly.

I popped in Macy's to see the Great Tree.
The window displays are not like they used to be, but the Great Tree is still pretty.
Iconic buildings and structures of Chicago surround the bottom along with the L train, whose track runs around the tree.

I picked up some sweet roasted pecans to snack on during my L ride home.

Thanks for letting me share my annual trip to the Christkindlmarket.
I think that I might need to make one more stop there before the season is over...

He called together all the high priests and scribes of the people and asked them 
where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, 
“In Bethlehem of Judea, because that is what was written by the prophet:
‘O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    you are by no means least among the rulers of Judah,
because from you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
~Matthew 2:4-6

Blessings, Patti

Friday, December 7, 2018

Treasures Found

So you know that Mom and I didn't go home empty handed...
Mom was well behaved and only bought two treasures.

This is the front of an old needle cabinet.
It needed a good cleaning, but was in really good shape.

And this is a strawberry made by Maggie Bonanomi.
Lucky for Mom, Maggie finished it in the car on the way to the show :)

Here are my treasures from Maggie. 
I love the little pin pillow on the linsey-woolsey background and how each petal of the flower is a different fabric.
And the fun bowl filler with one of Maggie's paper stars made from old sheet music.

I also bought this gorgeous egg darner with a sterling silver handle.
And believe it or not, I found an even bigger treasure from the same dealer...

This wooden shoe caught my eye right away!

I love the little brass tacks replicating the buttons.

It opens up and even has a little chain so that the cover doesn't get lost.
And what could be inside?....

This exquisite thimble!
I was thrilled to know that this sweet shoe and thimble were in Maine Antique Digest.

I also picked up this sweet and festive red basket and a child's stocking form.

And this sweet little batch of ticking samples.

But I also bought two other real big treasures...

Thirty five hexagons from the same antique friendship quilt.

They are dated 1848 and the calligraphy work is absolutely exquisite!
I really need to do some research on these when I can find the time.
I can tell you that they pre-date the Civil War and were created when James Polk was President and  Oh! Susanna was first published.

My final purchase also requires some research:

This beautiful antique sampler is in an antique frame with original bubbly and wavy glass!
Be still my heart!

I believe it is stitched with wool and does not contain the letter "j" anywhere in the sampler.

The colorful motifs all make my heart sing!

I am also intrigued by the striped linen.
If anyone has any ideas on age and origin of this sampler, I would love to hear more!
Please feel free to contact me at

It was a lovely trip with new treasures to cherish!
And now my posts and focus will turn to Christmas.
I hope that all of you are enjoying the season so far...

Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever.
~Psalm 136:26

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Central Illinois Antiques Week ~ Autumn 2018

A few weeks back, Mom and I attended the primitive antique shows in central Illinois.
So many lovely treasures to choose from...

The antique textiles always catch my eye!

Aren't these pennies stunning! So much work!

There were so many talented needleworkers years ago...

This one was truly stunning!

I love the combination of techniques.

Antique hooked rug art

Amazing Amish stump work

I love the subject of this hooked stool cover.
Such a cozy scene!

Another lovely hooked rug

I couldn't decide which to look at first -  the hooked rug or the wood carrier...

*sigh* so many lovelies

My eye also looks for folk art -
shoe forms and carving - what a delight!

such sweet birds

a magnificent cupboard

This antique flocked tree was amazing!
Would love to have it in my home!

And vignettes to get you ready for the coming season

Loved this wagon of antlers!


I'll take the entire stack please ;)

Of course you know that Mom and I didn't go home empty handed,
but I'll save that for the next post...

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.
 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
~Psalm 136:1-3

Blessings, Patti