Posts Tagged ‘ Chicago ’

Now start growing

moonflower inside

inside

moonflower popped

The waiting game, UPS style

Coming soon to my house and garden:

Hurry up, Mr. Mailman, before it gets cold again!

Lousy bosom wrecks all my fun: the 28 Shop version

And now this, too. A number from Marshall Field’s The 28 Shop. It won’t quite fit over my bosom and ribs. Feels like silk, too. Typical.

dress 28 shop

I’ve just learned that the 28 Shop, named for its 28 dressing rooms AND the 28 E. Washington address of said elevator, was a big big deal, thanks to thanks this book published through the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

One of the most elaborate changes in the retailing space of the State Street Store occurred in 1941 with the opening of The 28 Shop, a new fashion salon dedicated to America designers, since World War II ended the availability of European (primarily French) designers.

To make the space both elegant and exciting, the store engaged designer Joseph Platt, scenographer for Gone With the Wind, to create a sleek rotunda (appointed with Louis Quinze gilt and garlands) surrounded with large mirrored fitting rooms, each with a different design, ranging from stylish bamboo to the richness of Oriental rugs.

The opening of The 28 Shop was the social event of the season, when Chicago’s smart set arrived in limousines at the door of 28 East Washington Street and rode private elevators to the rarified comforts of Chicago’s most exclusive dress shop.

And a photo, from RememberingMarshallFields.blogspot.com:

Here’s one of the 28 fitting rooms there, decorated in 14 two-of-a-kind styles — lace, bamboo, pink-and-beige, etc. — so if the dressing room with your favorite decor is occupied, there’s an identical one you can use. Also, 28 Shop special china. Ah, the luxury …

Glitch in the spring sewing plan

More white stuff came down today, not tons like before but still enough to make me stay the heck home.

pots under snow

porch under snow

window in snow

indoor garden

Zippers!

Tons of them. $1.50’s worth at a crazy northwest side Unique I’d never been to.

zipper bag $1.49

Ranges from 7 to 18 inches. All metal.

zippers unpacked

Mostly all functioning. Some reclaimed from other things.

zippers laid out

Grand total: 55 for about $.02 apiece.

Fun at estate sales

Fun indeed. Look at this ad.

Headed up to Chicago’s Wildwood community this weekend, a neighborhood I’d never been to, to see the treasures in a house that looked as if it hadn’t been updated since the late 1960s, though also as if it had been beautifully tended.

I escaped narrowly, $7 later. Bought up a stack of greeting cards and these treasures.

No, I am not an Aquarius. I don’t care.
pearly earrings $.25

No, I’m not a Pisces, either.

pendant $4

I *was* born in 1976.

pin $1

My lady friend, with whom I’m trying hard to cultivate a real friendship since she’s an absolutely smarty-pants gem, made off with a giant brooch that has a watchface in it.

There are plans to go out again, to stick out nosy noses into real estate open houses and then hit the thrifts.

Alas, not in the western burbs. One of my best Salvation Army stores is no more. Its strip mall got knocked down.

As you read this, I am watching this

Naturally, I want Martha’s dress.

Thank you, in-laws. What a gorgeous Christmas gift!