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a creative weekend in chicago!

a few weekends ago, i had the opportunity to meet up with some other bloggers from the blogging your way e-course

i had no idea what to expect, but as soon as i heard that the plan was to grab coffee in bucktown, visit a cute fabric store, and then head over to a flower shop…i knew i had to be there!  

the needle shop. bucktown, chicago

as soon as i met liz (an amazing photographer!) and michelle (check out her gorgeous jewellry!), we started talking about art and creativity. and i have to say, it just means so much to meet new friends that are passionate about the same things as you. 

we were all completely smitten with the day we had planned and couldn’t stop chatting! we started at the needle shop

the needle shop. bucktown, chicago

just look at all of that color and pattern! 

the needle shop. bucktown, chicago

this little shop is just the cutest! there’s so much to look at! and it’s so sweet to see everything up-close and really take it all in! the needle shop has lots of incredible books and patterns too…and they teach sewing classes!

larkspur. bucktown, chicago

next we walked to larkspur…a darling flower shop i used to stop in all of the time when i lived in the neighborhood…often just to look around and breath in all of the freshness and beauty!

larkspur. bucktown,

one of my favorite past jobs was working at a flower shop, and this place just brought back memories of how i loved to try out new arrangements and play with color!

larkspur. bucktown, chicago

we all snapped tons of photos and kept looking up to see when the others wanted to leave…but each of us just wanted to keep taking photos and enjoying the flowers and displays!

larkspur. bucktown, chicago

i was especially taken by this assortment of aprons…i just adore the patterns all wrapped up together.

larkspur. bucktown, chicago

when we walked back out to the sidewalk and admired larkspur’s doorway and tiled stoop, i noticed a shop next door…soutache. this shop is all buttons, feathers and ribbon! and the most wonderful thing was that we all couldn’t wait to step inside!

after i found these wooden buttons for an old sweater, we stepped across the street to another adorable shop…the painted lady. so many incredible ideas! 

and by the end of our afternoon we all craved lunch and couldn’t wait to get to the birchwood kitchen (a fabulous little place for sandwiches, soups and salads). 

i couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon in chicago!


* on monday, i’ll post the rest of my chicago adventure! have a wonderful weekend!


  1. That does sound like a Fantastic weekend!

    I too used to work in a flower shop, but I didn't do any arrangements though … best smelling place to ever work 🙂

  2. Je serais bien venue avec vous partager ces moments découvertes… merci pour l'ensemble de vos belles photos.
    gros bisous

  3. What a lovely day out you've had filled with eye candy! I've never been to Chicago but every time I think of it I shall have these images in my mind from now on!
    Jess xx

  4. Thanks for sharing such amazing pictures–I especially love the fabrics and flowers:)


  5. fabrics and flowers… two of my favorite things 🙂 i hope you get to visit chicago some day!

    xo, juliette

  6. That's what I call a perfect day! So many beautiful stores especially the fabric store for me. Great photos…being a foodie I can't wait to see the photos of where you had lunch! x

  7. Great post Juliette! I didn't even notice the aprons the first time at Larkspur, lol!

  8. i wish i had photos of our lunch! my camera ran out of battery 🙂

  9. Great post Juliette! It does feel good and is nice to meet creatively motivating people who share the same enthusiasm for living an authentic life. It was so awesome to meet you and Michelle! I can't wait for our next meet up!

  10. Fabulous post and pics! My favorite photos are from the Needle Shop with the “never stop learning” text and the bicycle and mug printed fabric!

    Very inspiring!

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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