Photos: mostly of ball-jointed Asian dolls (some not quite safe for work), cats, plants; occasionally art; and local Chicagoland scenery. Comments are moderated so they will take a bit to show up.
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Sunday at the Flea Market
Along with such Midwestern items as corn, and cow hides; you can buy quilts at the Kane County Flea Market.:D They are not hand-pieced and probably imported from India or China, but that makes them very affordable-- and I liked this one a lot :D The next time I go back I will budget for more for Christmas presents!
I did not buy the fishing net below, though I considered it--it's bigger than J usually uses and the net string felt a little brittle, but it was pretty:
I did get him a stone--agate? Jasper? to use in making a box lid of some kind:
It's about 2.5 inches by 1.5 inches. There was also a dragon, eating a "meal":
It was such a nice day that Akutenshi and I mostly just wandered around, looking at stuff, and then afterward we went to the "All Chocolate Cafe" in Geneva, which has giant chocolate sculptures; including a tree in the center of the store, made from 1000 pounds plus of chocolate. I'm not sure that is the best use of chocolate, but it was interesting. Here is a life-sized "Eros" of chocolate:
The small sign warns you not to touch or "lick" the statue, and I wasn't tempted to do either..it's like butter sculptures... I am sure it's fun to make something out of a clay-like food, but in the end the butter or the chocolate probably should have gone into croissants or something. We went afterwards to a really good Italian restaurant on Rt. 38, Riganato. They make the french fries in olive oil and they are the best thing ever. It was a fun day, and neither laundry nor mowing got done. :D