October 30th, 2007 - The Windy City
This past weekend TJ and I got to celebrate his birthday in style. Since he had to be in Chicago for Monday morning for work, we decided to go Saturday morning instead. I had enough points to fly, so it actually ended up costing very little.
Saturday we did some shopping, and then headed back to the hotel to go for supper. We had reservations at the Signature Room - little did we know what we were in for. This restaurant is on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building, and gives 360 degree views of the city.
Our reservation was for 5:30 so we got to watch the sun go down, the moon come up, and the city lights twinkle. Not to mention that the food was absolutely amazing. TJ said it was the best filet he had ever eaten, and coming from TJ that says a lot!
After supper we toodled around some of the Magnificent Mile shops and enjoyed the city. We took the El back to the hotel, which is not something I would advise if your hotel is in Des Plains and the train tracks are under construction (almost an hour and a half later...)
On Sunday we decided to tour around the city and see some of the sights (this time we took the car). We saw Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park which was a lovely area of the city. We headed toward Solider Field and tried to figure out what all the smoke was - that would be tailgate parties for the Bears game. It was NUTS.
Off then to the Museum of Science and Industry, where TJ really wanted to see the only German U-boat on US soil.
They even have an option to get a tour inside the sub, which was completely amazing. I am so glad that we had a chance to see this piece of history.
From there we had a chance to see Frank Lloyd Wright's house and studio and do a tour. Again, this is something both TJ and I were eager to see and we were not disappointed. Oak Park is a beautiful neighbourhood and the house was incredible.
After a quick late lunch at Portillo's, it was time for me to head back to the airport. We had such a fantastic time and I really feel like it was a good battery recharge for both of us. I would definitely visit Chicago again!
October 22nd, 2007 - Silver-smitten
This weekend friends of ours came down to have supper, play cards and stay over. I decided that female half of the couple and I would head down to Nanopod to take a beginning silver ring jewelry class.
I have to tell you, this is one of the best crafting classes I have ever taken. Tosca was a great teacher, I feel like I learned some very basic skills, and I came out with something I can wear
Sorry for the somewhat crappy pic - it is hard to take good pictures of jewelry without a light tent and proper lighting
I got to learn how to figure out the size of my ring, how to anneal the silver, how to stamp, roll the ring to give it a pattern (in this case a leaf skeleton was used) how to use the drill and the saw, how to solder, and how to file and polish the piece. And all of this for only $40! It was a great class - I am really hoping Tosca holds another one soon because TJ really wants to try it now as well. Definitely worth taking if you have ever wanted to try jewelry.
October 3rd, 2007 - Sock Lovin'
My knitterly friend Joyce recently had a baby girl, and this past weekend she was having an open house to welcome Zoe into the world. Rather then make something knitted for a gift, I thought that I would try something different (Zoe is already going to be the warmest baby on earth with all the beautiful knits she has received).
Here you have it folks, my very first sock monster inspired by "Stupid Sock Creatures" by John Murphy.
I took a new sock (it was a knee sock) and sewed legs and ears on each end. Then I used the other sock to make a set of arms. And the best part
I made big funky lips out of the heel. A pair of felt eyes et tada! Something a little different for Zoe. The instructions in the book are general enough to leave you with lots of your own ideas, but it gives some good guidelines as far as the sewing and little tricks. This will certainly not be my last sock creature.
October 1st, 2007 - So Darned Cute
A good friend of mine from work recently had her first baby. I had already given her the woven blanket I made earlier, but having a baby that is 11 lbs 4 oz (NOT by c-section) deserves another gift.
This is a pair of Saartjes Booties, made out of some leftover Rowan Calmer that I had (don't the match the blog well?) I am so in love with them that I almost couldn't give them away. I will certainly be making more of these soon!
Later this week - some new cards and a new kind of gift!