Thursday, August 29, 2013

Paper Goods

Well this past year flew by....and I have to say that as crafty as I am, it was nice to not spend the summer tethered to my project table making these:
Bob and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary this past weekend by taking a stroll through Millennium Park and the site of our engagement, exploring exhibits in The Art Institute and grabbing dinner at an old favorite from my days of living in Lincoln Park.

First up was homemade blueberry buttermilk pancakes that Bob whipped up while I slept in, having gotten back the evening before from a work trip to Toronto. 

We exchanged gifts, both staying true to the "paper" tradition of a first anniversary.

Bob got me the graphic novel, Building Stories. If you haven't seen this in stores, it is an absolutely intriguing concept. Coming in a box that reminds you of a board game or giant puzzle, there are at least a dozen mediums of delivery for the novel's stories that can be read in any order.
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I decided to take a different route on the paper trail and get us a couple tickets to a show. I started to do a search of fall shows and landed on The Daily Show's John Oliver, making an appearance at the Chicago Theatre on October 11. He's done well this summer taking over for Mr. Stewart, hasn't he folks?
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I had to laugh while walking past the Chicago Theatre on the way to buy the tickets - Earth, Wind and Fire will actually be here on the 21st of September to sing, "Do you remember? The 21st night of September?" My favorite song of all time.
What other ideas are out there to celebrate the paper anniversary? I know I can't wait to celebrate Tinfinity come Year 10.
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We headed downtown to check out the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernism exhibit, which was a great attraction, but there were two areas of the Art Institute that really held our attention. 
First up, the Thorne Miniatures Room. I don't know how long this has been a part of the museum, but it is the first time we had ventured downstairs to check it out. So you might be wondering, could a room full of miniatures actually be cool or just a bit creepy to see everything in such a small scale?
The answer is: yes, these 68 tiny rooms representing different cultures and timeframes were absolutely amazing. The attention to detail in each room to the point of looking in at any angle and seeing a complete outside landscape, the furnishings of the neighboring room of the house and replicas of dinnerware and bedding that you can tell were painstakingly created.
You might think these photos of are normal sized rooms if not for the faint reflection of my picture-taking self.
Next up, a photography exhibit called, "The Universe Next Door" by our new favorite, Abelardo Morell. One day we will have a large scale original print of his on our walls. His speciality is in ordinary objects seen in amazing ways. One series of camera obscura photographs has Times Square living in a hotel room, the Brooklyn Bridge shown on a bedroom wall and a plaza taking up office space.
Our favorite involved his shots dedicated to money. You know, moolah, dollars, greenbacks.... Piranesi, Metropolis. Look closely and you'll see the cut out cash creating a towering castle. Love.
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And then he really won me over after I spied a series of photos created with original Alice in Wonderland illustrations. 
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After the museum, we walked through the park and had a quick stop at the bench where the big proposal went down two years ago.
Us back then. So young.
After a lovely Sunday, we headed out on Monday evening to have dinner with some of Bob's relatives, two of which were celebrating an anniversary of their own: 65 years! Now that's amazing.

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