Day #8: April’s Photo a Day Project

Assignment #8: Hobby

Well, I was pretty worried about this post all day, until I settled in on the sofa at 10 pm to see some of my favorite things on our coffee table: my milk glass collection.

My hobby is that I love collecting milk glass. I’m mildly obsessed with going to antique malls, second hand stores, etc. to find my next great purchase. This is a young hobby of mine, after receiving a milk glass candy dish from my Grandma Jean on Nate’s side for Christmas one year. Little did she know what she would start!

Photo a day project ideas from Fat Mum Slim

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Week #48 – Spotlight: Christmas Event at Walnut Grove Farm

Three and a half hours southwest of Chicago you will find yourself in the quaint town of Knoxville, Illinois. This is where Walnut Grove Farm is. This is my husband’s family’s farm, where he grew up. This is where we were married. This farm has become such a part of my life, and although I’ve been here before, I am going to share it with you anyway. 🙂

This weekend is Walnut Grove Farm’s annual Christmas Event, the perfect place to get you in the spirit of the season. At the event, you can find decorative items like wreaths and swags to make your home festive–courtesy of my mother-in-law Jan and her good friend Ruby–as well as more than 20 local artisans to buy unique and extraordinary goods from.

Here are just some of the offerings at this year’s event:

  • Artwork
  • Candy
  • Children’s books
  • Crocheted hats, headbands, and more
  • Jewelry
  • Ornaments and garland
  • Pottery
  • Photography
  • Vintage
  • Woodworking
  • Wreaths, swags, and centerpiece arrangements

Need more reason to come out? We’re running a food drive, as well as asking for donations for those affected by the tornado in Washington, Illinois.

If you live nearby, stop by and enjoy the work and stories of the artisans. Get a candy cane from St. Nick (Do you recognize him? It’s Rich!), go on a carriage ride, taste Laura’s delicious food (yesterday I had goulash–yum!), and get in the holiday mood.

PS: Remember, today is Small Business Saturday, so whether you’re able to make it to the barn or not, support your local community.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Saturday: 10-4 pm
Sunday: 11-3 pm

Walnut Grove Farm
Christmas Event
1455 Knox Station Road
Knoxville, IL

20131129-215410.jpgMeet Jan and Ruby, and check out some of their designs. See St. Nick too!

20131129-215416.jpgDon’t miss the Vintage Broad and her eye-catching displays (not to mention her cool finds and creations!).

20131129-215423.jpgSee the barn and some handmade crafts by Nate’s Grandmother and Aunt!

20131129-215429.jpgTaste Pam Madden’s candy, buy one of Vintage Chic Crochet’s hats, and take home one of Chris Dokolasa’s ceramic pottery pieces.

Week #8 – Architectural Artifacts

After Bridget, Lauren, and I went to Lincoln Antique Mall, we drove north to Bridget’s second pick: Architectural Artifacts. From the outside of the building, you have no idea what you’re about to experience.

The only thing I knew about Architectural Artifacts was that you can get married/have your wedding reception there (hello! I’m a recent bride!). I had no clue of the vastness or the sheer volume of vintage pieces and salvages items they have. I’m talking rooms of just mantles, just doors, and so much more. With at least four or five floors of showrooms (it’s hard to remember!), we decided to take a right first into a room filled with lots of lighting, tiles, stained-glass windows, accessories, and teeth (yes, I typed “teeth”). But the cool thing about this place is that just when you think you’ve conquered a room, there’s more. This space would be amazing for hide and seek…

If you keep walking, you’ll find a beautiful atrium filled with tons of natural light. From there, you can either go up and explore the showrooms (which is what we did) or downstairs where they hold their events. We made it our mission to visit every room, which took hours, and a pit stop along the way for a Twizzlers snack. But it was so worth it. We saw vintage bikes (photo below), chemistry sets, medical chairs, Spanish bakery signs, chairs of all shapes and sizes, chandeliers for every style, old country and anatomy maps, church kneelers and pews, exotic rugs, a bench with attached seats from an Italian ice cream shop, iron gates, and way too much more to share in this post.

I truly have never seen such interesting finds in my life. They are a little pricey, but if you can afford it (and even if you can’t), you’ve got to see this place to believe it.

And I can’t imagine how pretty a wedding would be here. A woman showed us how the space is laid out for an event, where the bride and groom are center stage for their ceremony at the top of the main floor stairs, and then how one big main event space is broken up into smaller spaces to create a truly one-of-a-kind venue. And the chandeliers in the “dining area” (which are near a fountain, I kid you not) were gorgeous.

I know I’m kind of drooling over this place, but it reminded me why I’m doing this blog. I really felt like I experienced something completely new that I probably wouldn’t have visited on my own. Thanks, Bridge and Laur!

Architectural Artifacts (Be sure to check out their website for just a fraction of the merchandise they have in-house!)
Atrium Events (their event space website)
4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Lakeview

Note: I made Bridge and Laur pose for these photos. I hope you enjoy this stunning photo gallery!

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