Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ohio Shows

A little late getting this posted but I'm here now!

The last couple weeks have been so much fun!
We took a drive to Ohio to go to the Gathered Treasures show,
Earlier Times show and Simple Goods show.
Such wonderful primitive and antique shows ever!!!

We had all day on Friday before the Earlier Times show started (it opened at 4:00)
The drive to Curry's was so beautiful!

At Ginny Curry's antiques I found these adorable orange cups we're going to put on our kitchen tree and fill them with whole cloves - along with strung cranberries.
I bought 4 the first time and then after thinking about them a lot
we drove back and bought 6 more.
I know I could make them but they were $2 each and just the work to make them
it seemed a no brainer to buy them, so I got 6 more!

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We left there and went to Miller House Antiques and the only things we found there were some candles and a wonderful pine tree scented candle - I only burn it for a couple hours
each day so it won't be gone by holiday time.
The candles are a primitive blue - and hand dipped.

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We had time in between the shops to have something to eat so we stopped at Max & Erma's and across from us was a lady with a little girl...she looked over and then a bit later asked me if I was Karen...when I said yes she was shocked! lol  She said she reads my blog all the time and was so happy to meet me - we talked back and forth a bit and before they left we got a picture.

This is Crystal with her granddaughter Ava

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We got to the Earlier Times show to stand in line around 3:00 - stood for an hour.
Saw Teresa Miller there and had a nice visit with her.
Aren't we silly people to stand in line for these things!

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The next day we were in line early for the
Again...about an hour in line....
A lady came up to me in line and asked if I was Karen, and did I have a blog...
All during the show I saw so many FB and Blog friends.

Me and Sandy

These are the other ladies I met during the show
This lovely lady is Carolyn Thornton
who put the Gathered Treasures show on

Me and Charleen Perry
On Friday when we were at Ginny Curry's she was the first to come up to me and ask if I was Karen....
and we saw her at all 3 shows and had such a nice talk.
With Alice Fraizer
She has some awesome rug hooking patterns and wool, so of course I had to buy wool!!!

With Beth Pulsipher

With Julie Butler

With Teresa Miller
Teresa has 2 blogs plus her Etsy

With Earlene Landis

With Janet McClure

With Diane Ward
There's a little story here - several years ago I posted on my blog how to make 'Pantry Cakes', well Diane made them and emailed me with a picture of how hers turned out...we chatted and talked about our home in Country Sampler and she asked how one went about that, I told her to send me photos of her home
and I then sent them to Country Sampler and they put her home in as well!!!
It was such a surprise when she came up to me at the show and introduced herself...
I was so happy to finally meet her.

I also met a lady I didn't get a photo of because I didn't have my camera
and Doug was on the other side of the building relaxing by this time!!!
So I want to give a big hello to
Michele Mellert Howman
I hope you don't mind that I'm using your FB photo!

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We finally got over to the Simple Goods show before we left for home,
Found a couple things there

This candle box is our favorite piece from Simple Goods
We're going to switch out the glass front for an old screen
Hope to find a nice spot to hang it in the den

A few photos from Simple Goods.
It was so busy with shoppers we didn't get but these 3 

And the rest of the things we bought - not much

And NO, this ginger boy isn't going to ride the reindeer!!!
I just couldn't get a good picture of it 😊

And another bonnet to add to the collection

I hope you enjoyed our road and shopping trip to Ohio!
See you next week when I'll post about our couple days up at my brothers place up north.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Seems I can't get a post going every week or so like I use to - life just seems to get in the way.

Lots happens but no time to keep posting.  I hope I can change that. I really miss all of my blogger friends and the longer one stays away, the less traffic they get so hang in there...I'll try harder because I sure love coming to your blog and reading.

Oh also....most everyone is coming up a NO-REPLY so I can not answer your comments.
Sorry but I do not know how to change that so just know that
I enjoy and love all your wonderful comments.

So on with the post...
A week ago Saturday we had all the boys here for yard clean-up,
tree trimming and gettingthe screen room winterized.
Fun times with them...lots of male bonding for sure!!!
I so did not want to loose these leaves - I love the looks of them but they are messy bringing them into the house on your feet when they are wet like they have been lately.

We had a whole lot of dead limbs in several trees - thank goodness for Brett who once worked for a tree service - he really knows his stuff 

  Aidan even got to help between playing and snacking.

The next day we left for Pennsylvania to a buyers wholesale show - nice short trip but on our way we stopped in Cranberry for the night and visited a dear friend who has had a horrible bout with an illness that has put her in the hospital many times this past year - she has become one of my dearest and closest friends in such a short time.
She didn't know we were stopping to see her and it took her by surprise -
a short but sweet visit.

The next morning we drove to Lancaster - 
we had many places to be in a very short time but we did it.

Just a few of the things we found at wholesale

Lots of painted boards

3 Antiqued tin sconces that will be great for punch needle!
And I bought some dark gold aged stubby candles to put in them.

Several drieds to use on the gourd garlands

....and speaking of gourd garlands....we bought more gourds!!!
See those really grubby ones in the back left...they are the decorative gourds that are dried...should make for a very interesting garland.

And this wonderful baking pan - I'm going to make a snowman
or gingerbread punch needle and mount it in the open space.
I'd love to keep it for myself so we'll see.

Beautiful large aged gold basket - I think I will display some pine greens in it for Christmas

Found some long skinny sweet potatoes at Roots market in PA for the garlands -
they work out so much nicer than the fat ones.

I love the large farmhouse sink for tossing them in cinnamon and cloves
And the end result - a garland.
I made two of these this past week for customers - now making more for a couple others.

I also found the Shelly Beans I've been searching for at Roots as well
I string them with some natural dividers and they make for a nice hanging.
I had enough for 5 bunches to take to the shop I sell at.

We had our usual stop at Wilbur Chocolate for Wilbur Buds - and found them in a new location. It's directly across the street from the old original factory.  Seems to have lost some of its uniqueness by being in such a modern atmosphere but the candy was still the same...smiles!!!

It was such a pretty ride back home - not so much on the way out -
4 days made a huge difference in the color

It was still so early in the morning when we headed back,
the fog was still hanging over the hills 

Alexandra posted this picture on FB of her and Zayne - It is a favorite of mine!!!

Zayne in his Dr. costume

Miranda as a Fairy

Aidan is a Marine

I did an overload on pictures I know but thought I had better catch up on this past month!!!
I did an adorable punch needle from a pattern in the
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine.
It's SAM SNOWMAN by Teresa Kogut.
I have sold a few of them already and if you want one check out my selling site:
Plus there's a lot more!!!

 Towards the end of the month Doug and I, our son Dan & daughter in-law Jamie, Alexandra and another couple are taking a painting class called Get Artzy by Jennifer Seitz Miller
We are all doing this adorable snowman.
I am working on a 6 pane window and Doug will be doing a canvas.  I can not wait!!!

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Oh - Thurs. we are heading to Ohio to these 3 shows.
It has been about 4 years since we have gone.
Hope to see some of my blogger and FB friends there!!!

Thanks for visiting!!