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Kane County Flea Market

I met up with a friend yesterday and we took Calvin with us to the Kane County Flea Market. It was kind of a bust shopping-wise, but the company was great, and there were plenty of cute things that I snapped photos of to share!

Hello, adorable old radios.

Vintage Radios at the Kane County Flea Market

I liked the leather tufting on these, but not the arms and legs. Too simple.

Vintage Chairs at the Kane County Flea Market

Darling old sink, though I think the flowers had a lot to do with its charm (if not its practicality). Also, a papier-mâché lady! I liked her.

Fun Finds at the Kane County Flea Market

These always look so amazing when grouped together, but when you only take one home, it’s a disappointment.

Vintage Thermos at the Kane County Flea Market

I do kind of wish I’d picked up this set of dinnerware. I could have added it to the kids’ play kitchen and replaced the mish-mash they have going on now, but that’s me imposing my taste on them. They’re perfectly happy with their assortment.

Retro Dinnerware at the Kane County Flea Market

Doing my thing. “Baby in one hand, camera in the other.”

Vintage Lockers at the Kane County Flea Market

Diminutive camping furniture. I have no use for it, but I liked it.

Camp Furniture at the Kane County Flea Market

I think I’m over mid-century dressers. Antique dressers have more interesting details and shapes.

Antique Dressers at the Kane County Flea Market

This whole work table was nice, but the best part of it was the clamp. And aren’t those old circus drums fantastic? They looked more suited to display than play though.

Industrial Meets Circus at the Kane County Flea Market

Baskets, basket, baskets.

Baskets at the Kane County Flea Market

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, and I didn’t find anything there that I absolutely had to have. Still a good way to spend the day though!

Seven, Eight, and Nine Months Old (Calvin’s Monthly Photos)

I’m still doing my monthly photographs with Calvin, but I’ll be sharing them here as quarterly updates now, instead of as each photo is taken.

Nine Months of Calvin's Monthly Photos

Our little guy is nine months old now! He’s so close to crawling. Sometimes he surprises himself by getting into a sitting position after having been on his tummy, he can pull himself up to stand, and he likes to walk around with a little help. He has two teeth on the bottom and three (soon to be four, I think) teeth on the top. Still nursing four or five times a day, but he’s eating more food — some of it spoon-fed, some of it from his own chubby little hands.

Also, I win! He said his first word a couple of weeks ago: Mama.

Seven Months Old

Seven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Seven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Eight Months Old

Eight Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Eight Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Nine Months Old

Nine Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Nine Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

(I’ll be taking a photo of Calvin sitting in the Eames rocker and wearing his pin each month until he’s two years old. I also took monthly photos of his sister, Eleanor, and his brother, August.)

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Push the Little Daisies

I was doing a television appearance once, and there was a stylist on set for wardrobe. She had some great options for everyone, but then she zeroed in on a giant beaded daisy necklace for me. “This looks like you!” she chirped, and I politely declined, all the while thinking of Drew Barrymore in the 90s. I may have tried to emulate her skinny brows at the time, but I’ve never been much for daisies.

I’ve written before about my sentimental jewelry pieces. I always wear my wedding ring, but when I travel, I also wear a little elephant necklace that reminds me of Eleanor, and a heart ring for August. I had been looking for something that would remind me of Calvin too, but nothing I’d come across had been quite right.

I associate him with flowers. I was working on a post about my entryway a few days before my due date, and I’d almost finished my setup. I went out to the florist and came back to arrange everything, but I couldn’t take photos because the sun had set. I joked with Brandon that the baby was going to arrive before I could get my shots in the morning, and sure enough, I went into labor in the middle of the night. I had Calvin, and the first thing I saw when we came back home the next day were those flowers.

Making it Lovely's Entryway

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I just got back from Salt Lake City because I was there to speak at Alt Summit again. I’m lucky to have so many opportunities to travel because of the blog, but it’s the times when I’m away from my family that I love having those sentimental pieces with me the most. I’m not a superstitious person, so it’s not about them being my ‘good luck charms’ or anything of that sort, but I have for years worn my wedding ring, my elephant necklace, and my heart ring when I fly. I like the tangible reminders of home.

I don’t like to wear too many types of jewelry at once. My wedding ring, a necklace, another ring, and something else is a lot, so I’d been looking for another gold ring that I could stack. I wanted something delicate with flowers or leaves for Calvin because of the association and I’d come across a few nice ones (along with plenty of not so nice ones), but I would know it when I found it, and I finally found it.

I wasn’t familiar with Alex Monroe before, but his floral designs are exactly what I’d been looking for: delicate, modern, and pretty, and not giving me flashbacks to nineties Drew. Some of my favorites are below and his other designs are fantastic too (mouse and tea cup ring, anyone?), but I chose that second ring. So glad I finally found my little Calvin reminder.

Alex Monroe Gold Floral Jewelry

  1. Fine Buttercup Ring

  2. Forget Me Not Fine Stacking Ring Number Two

  3. Fritillary Flower Hook Earrings

  4. Little Bluebell Necklace

  5. Little Fern Leaf Bracelet

  6. Baby Pearl Chrysanthemum Stud Earrings

  7. Floral Fayre Brooch

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