Ella was thrilled the other day when it was in the 50s and we had the door open! But not so much when the temperatures plummeted the next day. From feeling like 50 to feeling like 5! But on cool days she's more than happy to snuggle...which makes me happy :)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
A holiday season tradition for Chase's mom and I is visiting the annual One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart in December. It's hundreds of independent sellers and artists showing their products and unique goodies. This year's show was fabulous, lots of cute doggie things, jewelry, and food stuffs. Here were a few of my favorite things:
Anne's Art did cute pet portraits in lots of sizes.
Based in Chicago and she even does custom work.
This guy did the cutest photo digital drawing hybrids. Kudu-lah. Each little critter has a name and a little story. I bought the one at the top left, Shark Jr. He wants to be a lifeguard. The artist also makes their adventures and had a lot of ones by Chicago places, I think I'll have to expand my collection. I loved the one with Shark Jr. and friends by the Bean.
This cute bag shop was called Flipped Bird. They did really well made, pretty bags and accessories, all reversible. Leslie bought a cute tote for their upcoming vacation and gifted me with that cute chevron messenger bag! Thank you! It was super cute and just like the ones I had pinned in hopes of making myself, but let's be honest...we all know that probably wasn't going to happen.
I can't remember the name of this shop, but I saw them at the Renegade Craft Fair and loved them! I had bought Ella a couple stickers for her crate there and grabbed one more at this show. The guy does super cute and quirky things like hot dogs holding knives and plush pugs. Plus the super awesome t-shirt below that might as well be my life motto.
In the food section there was delicious melted cheese, caramels from Canada, soup helpers, Puffs of Doom, wine slushies, and more.
Ella got a Christmas bow! She outgrew her puppy bow and we happened on Scatter Brained: Gifts for furbabies and people based out of Mississippi. It was my first purchase of the day! I paired it with a cute Christmas ornament collar I found at Petsmart and now she's all ready for Christmas! How cute is she?!
We had a great time! Some of my other favorite shops that I discovered but didn't snap photos of were This One Chicago, Izzy Jewel Box, The Polka Dot Dog Company, and Lil' Basket Case that had cards and tea towels saying "Fork You."
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Check out the gorgeous photos Shot by Rob Hart for our 5th Wedding Anniversary!
We went back to the Merchandise Mart where we were married and shot photos on the eL platform again!
We decorated for Christmas in our house on Black Friday! Our tree is up, the balcony is lit and Ella is already curiously inspecting Christmas presents.
We had a lovely, low key Thanksgiving here in Chicago at Chase's parents' condo. Since I just had to bring the green bean casserole and pie, I decided to make my own from scratch! I made my own pate brisee from scratch and my own pumpkin pie filling!
The result?! Delicious!
Happily the pie turned out well and tasted great.
Ella was happy to visit her dog buddy Zoe and more than eager to be on clean up duty.
After a lovely meal, we played xbox kinect complete with darts and a mother-son boxing session. Then Dwight finally got the chance to show off his 3D tv with a 3D movie. The pups cuddled, the people ate, drank, and played games and it was a lovely day.