Exploring Crystal Lake

On Friday I was scheduled for an evening art fair at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, a suburb I had never visited before. So prior to the 4:30 pm setup time I decided to take the afternoon to explore the town. An online search produced an intriguing map of a nice walkable cluster downtown, so I figured out where to park and set the coordinates for a leisurely drive.

The weather was lovely (albeit slightly chilly), and I parked my car in a 4-hour spot. Then I oriented myself based on the map by the train station.

Since it was lunchtime I checked the list of restaurants first, and picked two that looked intriguing. While passing a bunch of enticing windows I decided on Le Petit Marche, a lovely french-inspired bistro.

I ordered a tuna salad brioche with tea, which was served quickly.

The ambiance is lovely, and I would love take part in a wine and cheese evening sometime.

I was going to leave some postcards for Affair of the Arts, but someone already had. 🙂

Fully nourished, I walked to the end of the street and fell in love with the Crystal Lake Antique Mall. This place has rooms upon rooms of vintage pieces that inspire nostalgia and tempt those with a flair for spinning stories about old pieces. I saw a lovely wooden desk secretary at a bargain price, but instead settled on a tray I actually needed. I do think I’ll visit again though, maybe I will know a place to put that piece by then (if it is still there).

Fully uplifted by this historic surprise, I strolled back outside and made my way back into modern times in an old-town setting.

I meandered 2 fabric stores, some fashion boutiques, and then stumbled onto Kaleidoscoops via a gift shop, and couldn’t resist treating myself to a cone. This is a nice after-school hangout for teens. I needed caffeine for a long evening so “The Grind” was a perfect fix with its delicious caramel and the crunch of chocolate covered espresso beans inside.

Across from the ice cream store was Evolve, a store with yummy-smelling chakra candles, lots of healing crystals, altar pieces, incense and beautiful instruments to center the soul. I could have spent hours in there but had a schedule to keep.

So I strolled in and out of a few more cute stores before being stopped by the Metra. In the future I could catch the UP-NW metro line in Mount Prospect for a mini trip to Crystal Lake.

On my way to the car I spotted this fun sign that applies to so much of life.

Five minutes later I was at the Lutheran School to unload my car in the gym.

Soon the place was transformed into a vibrant and colorful fair.

Fancy meeting Le Petit Marche here again!

It was fun getting back into the booth setup routine.

I had fun doing a quick perusal.

 Tupperware is more vibrant these days.

Now that I am sewing again, this coat by Ginspiration spoke to me.

A raffle drawing was held every 30 minutes.

I gained some new admirers and a few pieces walked away.

My angels, dragonflies and ladybugs were all petted.

A friend stopped by and snapped me in action.

My neighbors were fun to connect with.

Soon it was time to pack up again and head home. It was a good evening and I look forward to visiting here again.

On to Affair of the Arts!

Friday is Spring Fair Day

On Friday I am taking a little road trip to Crystal Lake. I will be a vendor at the Immanuel Lutheran Spring Spotlight Craft/Vendor Fair on Friday, March 3 from 6 to 9 pm. The fair will be held at 300 Pathway Ct, Crystal Lake, IL.

Artists include:

  • Avallon’s Voice
  • Baby Bree Creations
  • Daniez Designz
  • Dirt Tribe
  • Ginspiration
  • Gramma’s Treasures
  • Home D’ecor and Sports Signs
  • Joyous Occasions
  • Lilypad Lights
  • Madgically Made Baby

  • Maike’s Marvels
  • Mar’s Homemade Caramel Corn
  • Nonie’s Bees
  • Norwex
  • Special Soaps
  • Sunshine Greetings
  • Sylverwear
  • The Headband Girl
  • The Magic Slipper

Vendors include:

  • Arbonne International
  • Baird & Warner
  • Damsel in Defense
  • Dave’s Sealcoating
  • Faith Lutheran High School
  • It Works!
  • Juice Plus+
  • Le Petit MarchĂ©

  • LuLaRoe
  • Mary Kay
  • Pampered Chef
  • PNC Chiropratic
  • Pink Zebra
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Tupperware
  • Usborne Books

This is a new-to-me show so I am looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know Crystal Lakers.

Lemont visits Nov. 9 and 13

On Saturday I will be selling my wares at the Lemont Neighbor to Neighbor Vendor & Crafter’s Market. The indoor show is from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Lemont Township Community Center, 16300 Alba, Lemont, northwest of 127th Street and Timberline Drive.

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Several independent vendors and crafters will showcase free trade items, jewelry, cosmetics, crafts, health foods, purses, 
accessories and more. There will also be a 50/50/Prize Raffle. The vendor reservation fees as well as any donations made that day will benefit the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund.

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I’ve created some new pieces that will debut at this event, including scarf pendants.

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You can see how my holiday ornaments turned out (these need a bit of encaustic love).

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I’ll make another trip to Lemont on Wednesday, November 13 with the Network of Entrepreneurial Women for our Meet & Munch. This is our only event this month since we don’t want to encroach on Thanksgiving plans.

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Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont and try on my jewelry.

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We will have munchies from Tastefully Simple and get a head start on holiday shopping at Aurora Rose, which has gift items for the whole family. You can peruse their inventory for ladies, children, and men on their web site.

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You can RSVP here. Lemont is fun!