America 2010

The Chicago Theater sign, since 1921, Chicago, Illinois

We’re back from our trip to America, five hectic, fun-filled weeks of eating, visiting family and friends and shopping. I did a few things for the first time ever, like eating smores, I rode a jet-ski, I took wet-felting classes and I saw Las Vegas. No matter how long we’re there, it seems like there’s never enough time. Here are a few of the highlights.

70's wall design, Las Vegas NV
Slide ladder, American, Sawyer, MI
Inspiring Chicago architecture, Aqua Tower, Jeanne Gang, architect
Big catch, Galeena, IL
Big dots on sign, Las Vagas, NV
Black-eyed Susans, part of an authentic Illinois prarie designed landscape, Galeena, IL
Light & movement installment at the Sawyer MI children's museum.
Retro rug design from old Las Vegas hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Gold waffle wall, Las Vegas, NV
Having fun in Madison, IN
Flying kites in Sawyer, MI
Chicago's Navy Pier seen from lake Michigan
Kevin made strawberries dipped in chocolate for us!
Lili-mask, Madison, IN
Psycadelic bar in Las Vegas, NV
Sunset, the natural light show in Las Vegas.
Playing in the waves, Sawyer, MI

Thank you for flying Burch Airlines

Flying to Chicago

We’re off to Chicago! It’s been two years since we’ve been home and we’re all looking forward to discovering all the new “stuff” there is in America. The girls kept asking me (several weeks before the trip and also as we made our way through the airport), “Mama, are you excited yet?” I kept telling them no, not yet, not until there is a big burrito and a margarita sitting in front of me. You really can’t get Mexican food in Israel and it’s my favorite. We’re staying at the girls’ godparents house in Northbrook, IL  and taking several small trips outside of Illinois. I’ve got my camera out and I’m searching for things to inspire me. We’re always so delighted when we are reminded how friendly and helpful midwesterners are, it’s such a pleasant change from Israel. I’m going to the NIADA doll conference in downtown Chicago tomorrow. I’m pretty excited because I’ve never been to a doll show before and I know that the work of the participants, teachers and  lecturers is of the highest quality. I want to learn something new.

white needle felted airplane

Before I left Israel I finished quite a few pieces. This little airplane was one of the needle felted toys that I made with little boys in mind. Customers of my store and mothers in my felting classes always tell me that it’s much harder to find cute things for boys, so I started to think about toys that I could felt for boys that you don’t often see. One of the things that I came up with was this easy to make, needle felted airplane. For the main photo of this blog post I painted a backdrop of clouds and photographed the airplane against it. Stay tuned for more NIADA doll conference details….