Looking for a unique gift idea? Here’s one that our family recently had a lot of fun with; I hope it gets your creative gift giving juices flowing. It’s great for anyone looking to give something “out of the norm” or perhaps even for a child that wants to give a gift to a friend or family member.Read More
While the Madison quilt expo (held annually at the Alliant Energy Center) is clearly not a secret, you might be surprised to find such a wide array of captivating art in these quilts! Like myself, you definitely DO NOT need to be a quilt enthusiast to enjoy the show- with hundreds of quilts on display, I’m certain that nearly anyone can find plenty of awe-inspiring pieces.
I know what you’re thinking.. A) Never take suggestions from Jessica regarding things to do, and B) Isn’t the quilt expo for old ladies?? Well I’ll admit, I wasn’t exactly dying to go, but my grandma was riding the bus down to Madison with her quilting friends, and she really wanted me to join, so I dutifully obliged. Click through these gorgeous quilt contest photos here for photos of more quilts.)
Anyway, grams and I met at the expo on Thursday morning, and I was shocked to see what kind of turnout the quilt show garnered. The place was packed! As we approached the enclosed area with all of the “show quilts”, grandma asked if I had my camera. I’m thinking to myself, “ooookkkaaayyy grandma… I think I’m just fine with my two eyes. It’s quilts.”
Little did I know, quilts can be pretty dang amazing. I quickly found myself snapping more pics of the quilts than grandma! These quilts are true works of art, and cover a wide range in terms of style- you’ll find everything from traditional to bohemian, urban and mixed media. The level of detail and creativity put into each piece is truly astounding, I’ve got to think that many of these quilts have taken years to complete.
We probably spent an hour and a half admiring the quilts before lunch, and sadly, I had to get back to work, so there was even more that I did not get to see. Some of the quilters are local, but most are from across the country. It was a surprisingly neat show that I’ll definitely check out again, and if you like art, check it out for yourself, and let me know what you thought!
The next quilt show is September 6-8, 2018 at The Alliant Energy Center.
Did you know that Madison, Wisconsin is the only place in the world that you can witness dozens & dozens of muskies jumping a dam? While I’m no fish enthusiast, it is really cool to watch these 40+ inch long monster fish attempt to jump the Wingra dam.Read More
When moving, show your home & it’s new occupants some love by giving your space a thorough cleaning. While it may not be a part of your written agreement, it’s not only a gesture of goodwill, it may also benefit you down the road.Read More
The front of your house is the first thing you see when you get home; it’s your home’s public face to the rest of the world & communicates something about the personality & style of your house & its occupants.Read More
Situated on Madison's near west side, in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood, the Glenwood Children's Park provides a rare urban experience. Its natural landscape allows for hours of creative outdoor play, exploration, imagination & good old fashioned fort building.Read More
Before you write off a home for its outdated bathrooms (or start planning its demolition), try seeing it in a new light. There are so many ways to give a modern edge to retro bathroom. Plus, what better place than your bathroom to try out a daring, fun or bold decor?Read More
You may be surprised to know that some of the iconic FLW features have lost their significance in today’s real estate market & are actually considered “dated” by many buyers & homeowners. I wanted to shed a little light on these material choices in hopes that others would re-recognize them for what they signified to Wisconsin’s beloved architect.Read More
By neglecting to work with your home’s features, you may actually make it feel outdated, awkward, small or uninviting. If you want to sell your home quicker, for more money, OR you simply want to revamp your space, focus on creating cohesion.Read More
One of our favorite things about Madison is the shared passion for recycling, upcycling, donating & buying second hand that is so prevalent throughout our community. In an effort to help simplify your downsizing, decluttering or moving process, we’ve compiled a list of places that you can donate, sell & recycle various items at.Read More
Knob and tube is a form of wiring used in homes built prior to the '30s. It’s still common to find active K&T in homes of this era. Here are the top 3 reasons why deals fall apart due to K&T, as well as solutions to overcome them for both buyers & sellers.Read More
Break out of your routine and go underground for your next date night or family outing. You'll find live music, cocktail lounge nights, treasure hunts and even glow parties, if you know where to look!Read More
Did you know that a giant sea serpent was reported to rear it’s curious head in Lake Monona & Lake Mendota? Evidence supporting the creature’s existence was discovered when a UW student found an enormous fish scale on the north shore of Picnic Point. The student took this discovery to his professor, who identified it as being from the body of a sea serpent.Read More
Things aren't always as they appear, not even the State Capitol! Take this fun detour for Madison's best optical illusion. Bring a friend or family member to see if they can spot the illusion without your prompting.Read More
Whether sprucing up for yourself or for a future sale, consider trying out some fresh, new looks in your home. We’ve scoured the web to bring you our favorite 2018 home decor trends from Paris, Madrid, and beyond.Read More
While being 100% honest can be awkward at times, it’s the only way we operate. One thing that we can promise, though, is that our interactions will always be kind, respectful, and, when necessary, peppered with solutions to overcome whatever obstacle stands in the way.Read More