October 24, 2006

Wonderful Weekend!

















We had a wonderful visit with our friends & ate like there was no tomorrow. My friend Betsy is a wonderful cook. I came home with copies of several of her recipes. The weather was unseasonably cold (we even saw snow on Monday morning) which kept us inside a lot although we did make it to IKEA, American Girl Place and Anthropologie before leaving.

I hit the jackpot at Ikea but that place was a zoo! I got baskets, magazine holders, towels, glass jars and so much more. I got tons of storage ideas for when I eventually have a dedicated craft space. These are a few pics to hold you over until I get things in place and share actual photos.

Emma loved the American Girl store. It was heaven. She spent every penny of the $35 she had saved up (quite impressive for a 5 year old who only gets $3 a week) & of course we chipped in some money to make sure she got a few extras.

Maddie and I loved Anthropologie! So cool in person. Most things were a little too expensive for a 13 year old girl or for the mom of a 13 year old girl left broke from buying clothes for a 13 year old girl. We did manage to buy 3 of the monogrammed coffee mugs from my wish list (2 for me & 1 for M to use to store makeup brushes etc. in) as well as a cool drawer pull for a vanity I'm refinishing for her and a white coral reef wall hook also for her.

12 comments:

  1. So glad you had fun Jen! Wasn't the American Girl store adorable? I went there a few years ago. Anthropolgie is my favorite store for inspiration! Your new finds sound awesome - can't wait to see them in your home!

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  2. What a fun shopping trip......and it is always better with dear friends! Can't wait to see everything in its new home! cherry

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  3. I love the look of your blog, the colors and the way you have the photographs. It is very artistic. I love Ikea and everything you mentioned are favorites of mine too. I love those tiny spice jars. I told myself if I ever sell a book or just plain make a million I would buy an entire wardrobe at Anthropologie.

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  4. Kim- It was great. I look forward to going back. Thanks for stopping by!

    Cherry- I'm working on getting things put away. How can being gone for 1 weekend create so much work? I guess I shouldn't have brought so much new stuff home!

    Apron thrift girl- Thank you so much for your sweet words. They really mean a lot to me. I truly feel like my blog is a good representation of me, so it makes me happy. Isn't Anthropologie to die for? I'd love a wardrobe from that place too!

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  5. I have six of the Ikea baskets and they are marvelous for holding all kinds of things. Anthropologie is one of my favorite "days out" - I can spend hours walking through it. Your blog is a lot of fun!

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  6. Hi Jen - This is my first visit to your blog and have caught up on everything... I love Betty, want the recipe to the pumkin pancakes and so glad a good time was had by all in Chicago. Ikea is a dangerous place for moi lol and I just saw Anthropologie earlier this week for the first time I will have to go back and check it out you all have my curiosity peeked.

    RaNae

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  7. I just came across your blog and it is wonderful. I bought my grandaughter 2 american girl dolls and she just loves them. She has also been to the store and had a lovely time. I have always wanted to go to Chicago, and this may be the year......come visit when you have time.

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  8. Becca- Thanks for your nice words.

    RaNae- So sorry, I didn't get that recipe to you but glad you found one anyway.

    Sharon- Thanks for visiting. I highly recommend Chicago and can't wait to go back. Next time I plan on exploring more. With all those great boutiques, it's a shame I only got to go in 2 stores!

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  9. Jen I'm so happy you had such a nice time in Chicago. Like Kim, Anthropolgie is one of my favorite stores too. Sounds like a good time was had by all. Hope you will be able to share some of the great recipes you brought back home with us. RJ

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  10. Hey! I have that alarm clock! I bought mine at Goodwill. Where was it originally from? Sounds like a fun time!

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  11. Bettsi- The alarm clock is from Ikea and I imagine the reason you found it at Goodwill is because it's frustrating trying to keep it wound. I wish I had realized it didn't take batteries before I bought it. It sure is cute though.

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  12. I stumbled into your blog and well...I am setting up camp, so pretty here!!

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