Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Back from Pennsylvania

Last week we went to Pennsylvania to the Oaks, PA cash and carry show.  It was a wonderful show and I saw lots of great new items retailers were purchasing.
We bought just a few things we thought would sell and I will get them listed later  this week on my other blog.  I haven’t had a chance to get pictures taken of anything because it has been so busy since we got home.

I have lots of pictures so I’m thinking of breaking it up into 2 posts.  I’ll think about it as I type this out…how’s that for not knowing what you are going to post about.  Do you do that?  Just start typing away until something concrete is formed – well that’s how it is for me today.  So if I ramble and get off topic that’s just how my day is going….lots of irons in the fire.

I first want to show you the gorgeous (well, it’s gorgeous to us) pie safe we purchased at Red Fox Primitives  ( www.redfoxprimitives.com ). Just a young couple have this business and they do some really fantastic work.
We ended up with a larger pie safe than intended.  Been looking for something to replace our plate hutch and this is it.
Done in a distressed Robin’s Egg Blue.
New pie safe 2

New pie safe 3

New pie safe 4

I had some free time on this trip so I set up a meeting with a blog friend. Normally I don’t have free time of my own but Doug and his cousin went golfing so it was MY DAY!
  I mentioned in my last post about meeting Kathleen  (
http://kskronicles.blogspot.com/ ), well it happened and we had a perfectly fun lunch at A TEA AFFAIR in Lititz.  She brought her cousin Linda along and we all had lots to say.
Kathleen and I exchanged gifts – I gave them both a canvas print of an Old World Santa.
Is he not a beauty!!!  One of my favorites so far on canvas
(which by the way I am selling – 8 x 10 stretched canvas boards $22, 5 x 7 stretched canvas boards $16.00,  e-mail me if interested)
old world santa 1

From Kathleen I received a set of 3 Moravian Stars and a bottle of hand wash done up in a cute Primitive Christmas label.
Gifts from Kathleen

Our first course was a Blueberry Scone with Strawberry jam…I forgot to take a picture of it and the other 2 courses.
After the scone we had soup, then a salad and then the tiered tray came out with tea sandwiches and desserts.
There were 5 different sandwiches. Egg Salad, Ham Salad, Hummus spread, BLT and Cream Cheese/Cucumber.
The desserts were too many to name, but one was a Crème Brulee in a glass.  Everything was delicious and presented just beautifully.
We had our choice of any of the teas they had and could switch to a different kind at any time.
Me and Kathleen 1 
Kathleen and myself

3 of us at tea 1
Kathleen, me and Linda

A Tea Affair room tea
I had the Berry Tea – which was a blend of Blueberries, Elderberries and something else.
The color was a very soft purple!  Wish you could see it better as it matched the flowers on the cup.

A Tea Affair room sandwiches 2

 sandwiches 1



At the Cash & Carry show I met Stacee Droit from Arnette’s Santas.
She is just as sweet as you would imagine her to be and soooo talented.
Her Santa’s flew off the shelves.  I had 2 customers that had asked me if I had a chance to get them a Santa to do so.  We went to her booth and both Doug and I tried to pick out the ones we thought they were asking for and we were lucky to be able to actually get our hand on 2 of them.  People were piling them up in their carts by the arm loads.  Glad we only had orders for 2 – we would not have been able to fill the customers order otherwise.
Me and Stacey 2

On Friday we took a drive up to Kutztown (that’s where we bought the pie safe) and stopped at Sharon Renninger’s Gatherings.
http://www.sharonrenningersgatherings.com/  )
She has some wonderful Primitive handmade items as well as manufactured item that are very Prim as well.
I found some cotton woven yardage and bought 2 yards of it and plan to make a long runner for our dining room table.  I want to put just the pennies on it so it’s going to be quite a project and most likely take me quite a while to complete it.
Here are just a few pictures from her place.

Sharon Renningers 7

Sharon Renningers 9

Sharon Renningers 6

Sharon Renningers 8

Back home Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon we met my brother/Gail, my sister Shirley and we went out to eat because our sister is moving to TN on Friday – not sure why, but I guess ‘cuz they can…and want to.  I’ll miss her so much but then again, it’s a place out of state to visit now.
After dinner we went over to visit our step dad at the hospital.

He was supposed to join us for the dinner but last week he fell and broke his hip and had surgery on Tuesday.  This man is 90 years old and is moving around like he had nothing happen to him.  The therapists said he will most likely go home early this week because he’s doing so well. 

Us with boots

I will post more later after I take pictures of some of the things we bought – most of it was from Cocalico Creek.  I really love that store.

I will leave you with a couple old barn pictures.  I have been wanting to get shots of these barns for years and never have.
Barn 2 
Barn 1
Barn 4 



  1. Great post. Love your new pie safe. There would not be ONE goodie left on the tray if I was there.

  2. You have the best times, Karen.. Trying not to be envious.. grin..
    I love your house so much and your cabinet is gorgeous..
    Take care, my friend..

  3. Hi Karen, Love your pie safe. What a wonderful trip to Pa. What a nice treat to meet your friends and have lunch, wonderful gifts that you gave each other. I would love to attend the show that you attended sometime, so glad you got your Santa's. I love Stacee's santa's. Can't wait to see pictures of your treasures. hugs, Lecia

  4. Karen I always get excited when I see you posted cause they are always so good. Your blue pie safe is gorgous and pops in that room. Very very nice!
    It is so nice if you to add those links to the places you visit.
    ps I hope he is out of the hospital soon, what a sweetheart.

  5. What a great time you must have had! Love your new pie safe. Someday I would like to go to Renninger's. It looks like such a great shop.
    Looking forward to seeing all your goodies.

  6. Oh but your new blue pie safe is beautiful! Love how you've it all decorated and set out. Thanks for sharing your trip to the prim wholesalers as there was so much prim treasure to see!
    Glad you girls met up and enjoyed a lovely tea!

  7. Gosh...what a wonderful trip, Karen! I love, love, love PA! Those shops are gorgeous! And your pie safe is just awesome! It looks beautiful in your home. Can't wait to see your table runner...I know it will be beautiful!

  8. What a fun time you had...mmmm creme brulee is one of my favs! Lovin all of your prim pics and how fun to meet a fellow blogger. Wish I had the time to travel like you, but so glad you tell us about your great trips. Janice

  9. Love your new pie safe. You can always find nice goodies in Pa Lancaster county. Pretty barn pictures.


  10. Awwww! I missed you again! Love that Tea House! Well, I love Lititz in general! I have to check out Renningers. Going to Cocalico Creek's Christmas Open House on Saturday. Which one did you go to? Glad you had a good trip! Love, love the pie safe!!!!!!!

    Love and hugs! Glad you're home safe!!!

  11. Karen ~
    What a fun trip. Thanks for taking us along.
    Hugs :)

  12. Such a fun post, Karen! Nice trip! Can't wait to see your goodies. I love Cocalico Creek, too. LOVE your new pie safe! What a busy, fun life you have!

  13. I always love reading your posts! I think it is great that you get to so many different places and meet so many people! Love the pie safe!
    Be blessed,

  14. I LOVE your new pie safe and the color is beautiful.
    Nice gifts from Kathleen and very cute place to go for tea and goodies.
    I love those Santa's, they are one of a kind.
    Nice post.

  15. I so enjoyed this post, it felt like a visit with a good friend, I love your cupboard! So great you had the tea with friends, it looks wonderful. God bless your step dad! Hugs, to your sister for her move! Hope to see all the pennies when the runner is done!

  16. I am in love with your pie safe! The color is perfection!! Mine is a favorite piece. Was so happy to find it.
    Tea rooms are so fun. We booked my daughter's bridal shower in one, she is so excited.
    One of these days I will have an Arnette's Santa. ;)

  17. Karen,
    You have the funnest posts! Love your new cupboard and the eye candy pics of your travels. I would love to go to Renninger's someday too. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Lori

  18. Karen, thank you so much for sharing. Pictures are beautiful, as usual. What is your favorite source for textiles such as the ones shown in your dining room? Thanks again!

  19. Aww such a fun trip..
    Thank you for sharing it with us all.
    Big hugs x

  20. That pie safe is just gorgeous! I'm in Galena right now, love the antiques shops! Hugs from your belgian blogging friend.


  21. Nice pie safe. The tea looked scrumptious and I loved the pics of the barns. Where in Tn is your sister moving?

  22. Fun times! Sounds like a wonderful trip. I am envious.
    The pie safe helps make your room so warm and comforting! Very nice!

  23. Oh my gosh Karen what a fun trip!!!
    I think your pie safe is gorgeous too ~ Love the color!!!
    The prim shop looks like a fun place to visit ~ so many wonderful goodies!
    Hope you show us the Santa's your talking about and looking forward to seeing what you all got!
    Great Post!
    Happy Halloween!

  24. 'Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. I also love your pie safe. My twin sister has one, and wouldn't part with it for anything, lol! So good that you got to spend some time with blog friends. Will be praying for your step father's quick recovery.

  25. Everything sounds wonderful and I love the photos. You look like you are 40 at the most, Girlfriend.

  26. What a wonderful and successful trip! I never tire of going to PA! Love the pie safe; I have one a bit smaller and just LOVE them. Your home is just the most amazing prim palace! I could lose myself in its rooms. I think one of the reasons I love Fall so much is the color scheme of Autumn so matches the color scheme of our homes! Hope your step dad heals fast! Maggie

  27. New pie safe looks right at home. Very pretty. Coverlets stunning. After aprox 2 years I am finally using mine. Mail Pouch barns are getting fewer. Such history. The show sounds like you enjoyed it.

  28. Oaks is about 10 minutes from where I work!!! I love to go to Lititz and know some of those barns well!

    What a fun trip for you!

    Glad that all is well.


  29. Hi there Karen. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new pie safe. You lucky girl :) Looks like you had a wonderful trip to Pennsylvania. I just love that state. It is so beautiful. Love your pics, thanks for posting.

  30. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us, a chance to travel to PA without leaving WI! LOL. The pie safe is to die for!, and its always fun to do tea with friends!

    I so enjoy your posts so please keep them coming!


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