During the "Book Week", Pam hired a van and a driver to take us into Chicago to do a little shopping. We stopped at a fabric store, Dick Blick and Paper Source because not all of us are lucky enough to have those stores nearby.
We also stopped at this little jewel box of a store call Soutache in the lovely Bucktown area of Chicago.
There were unususal feathers:
There were lovely ribbon roses galore:
There was a wall of ribbon bolts and a wall or two of buttons:
On the way home we stopped at Hollander's in Ann Arbor. Hollander's is owned by the very lovely Cindy and Tom Hollander. I think they may have the largest selection of decorative papers I have ever seen. It is a candy shop for paper crafters. They have excellent classes, bookmaking supplies and they just added a wonderful kitchen store upstairs. Many of their papers are online, too. Go have a browse. I forgot to take photos because I was too distracted by the hundreds of decorative papers.
Next door and upstairs is "Found". Found is a fun little store with vintage based art pieces and other goodies.
This past week will stay with me for a long time. I loved every minute of it, even the minutes when I got all stuck with paper on the box interior and had to tear it out and start over.