My trip to Chicago and Ontario

My trip to Chicago and Stratford, Ontario was the third out of four mini vacations I have planned this summer, and was the biggest of them all. Can’t believe I’m getting to the end of my July/August trips! I’m so blessed to have been able to spend time traveling this summer.

On Thursday, I boarded a flight at an unmentionably early hour to visit Hillary, Jess, and Anna – we had tickets to two shows at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. Jess (who I hadn’t seen since we graduated from grad school in 2006) met me at the airport and we rented our Chrysler 200, which we nicknamed Spaulding, because he was kind of pretentious. He had a clock with a dial as opposed to a digital clock. Come on Spaulding, you’re trying too hard.

We made our way back to Hillary’s place, dropped off Spaulding, and did some shopping. Chicago shopping is some of the best – we visited a handful of wonderful boutiques, including Virtu, Valentia, Knit 1, Soutache, and the Needle Shop. It was so hard for me not to buy ALL THE THINGS. I did buy some of the things: a fabulous ceramic bowl with scissors on it, a large purple button for a purse I’m working on, two cards, and a couple remnants of fabric (Mix Tape Multi by Timeless Treasures and Across the Pond Heron by Cloud 9). Also in the picture are a Pirates of Penzance mug from the festival and a bunch of FQs from Quiltology, which I visited later in my trip.

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