Friday, October 29, 2010

Short Trip to PA

When planning my trip to Pennsylvania it had such steam and then quickly the air seemed to go out of it.

Between the ride out and then standing all the next day (Monday ) for the Cash & Carry Show my body said STOP!!! So we spent Tuesday wrapping up loose ends and headed home.

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But let me start at the beginning….As we got closer to Lancaster, we got off I-76 and came into Lancaster from Gettysburg but first we stopped at the Dobbin House for late lunch/early dinner and went into a couple shops.

Dobbin House 3 

Karen Doug Dobbin House

All the years going to PA we never have walked the streets of gorgeous Gettysburg. So this time we did – one shop was the Gallery of American Crafts full of Family Heirloom Weavers products (it’s their  retail store under a different name) this beautiful shop makes you want one of everything!
Gallery Klien

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Monday was the day of the Cash & Carry – we got a few things for the business and some things customers wanted us to look for.
We left there around 11:30 and stopped at a few shops on the way back to Lancaster and tied up loose ends on Tuesday.

Oh…for those of you who said the Candle Barn is full of wonderful products…RIGHT YOU ARE! Again, another shop we always avoided – guess we thought it was full of candles and touristy things.

Here’s just a few of the items we bought here and there in our meager 2 days in Lancaster.

Devine Cross & Papers Table Square (from Family Heirloom Weavers)Devine Cross & Papers Table Square

Anna’s Beauty Table Square (from Family Heirloom Weavers)
I have this same one with red in place of the black also
Annas Beauty Table Square

I think this tree pillow is going to be for a gift
Tree Pillow

These two items are made like the floor cloths
A mini tree skirt and checkerboard w/checkers in the box.
(The reds are darker than they show here)
Link to their site:

Tree Skirt (floor cloth)
Checkerboard (floorcloth style)

Got these 3 plates at CDM Wholesale.
Donna White the designer of these plates was there signing all purchases of her products.
This plate is about 15 inches long and hangs with a leather tie
Tree Plate

Oval plate is about 13 inches tall

 Flock of sheep plate 

 This little plate is about 6 inches – thought it would make a nice holiday soap dish
Sheep plate

4 fabric stockings

4 Stockings

Wool felt hat from Homestead Furnishings
Hat Hanging 

Got a few of these Holly bunches at Homestead too
Holly picks 

ARE YOU STILL WITH ME???? Only a few more to go!

These bags are so cute – they are waxed fabric with the design printed on them and you put a cluster of mini lights in them or a stubby battery candle and it shines through.

Light bag 1

Light bag

This is possibly a gift as well – 8 inch tall candle in paper bag.
Cranberry scented and dusted with Cinnamon

Candle in bag

Fire starter bunches for the Christmas Tree

8 Inch tall Paper Mache Santa – doesn’t he have a stern look on his face????
Mache Santa

Christmas at Williamsburg Bowl filler – smells so like Christmas

Finally found the tall Battery Candles I have been looking for
Tall Battery Candles

And last – the bolster pillow covers for our bed – got them at Family Heirloom Weavers.
And I decided today that I wanted the red stripe spread in there instead of the brown stripe so I changed it out this morning…I bought a new lamp shade as well but it’s not showing. It’s the black and gold Lovers Knot pattern.

Sideview bed

Bedroom 1

There are a few more items that I didn’t take pictures of – stubby battery candles, more Tobacco Cloth panels for the upstairs bedrooms, and a few other misc. things I can’t think of right now.

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On the way home we headed over to Littlestown to Lori’s (theblackcrow) to deliver something she ordered from me. Lori and I were supposed to spend all of Thursday shopping but I had to cancel on her (sorry Lori!).

On our way to her house we went to HOMESTEAD FURNISHINGS (right off the highway we were on)…Homestead used to be in Mt. Joy now they are in a refurbished and beautiful old barn and re-opened last Saturday the 23rd. What a magnificent place. You must go there if you can.

I took photos with the flash off so not to be rude so they aren’t very clear.
Homestead 1


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On our way back home we had time to stop off at friends of ours in Ellwood City – Linda and Joe Moczan. I had an order to deliver there as well – we had a wonderful 2 hour visit during which time they treated us to a delicious meal of wonderful Italian Subs and homemade Apple Crisp!

Karen Linda 2

So there you have our very quick trip out and back in 3 short days!

I’m now resting for several days – told to use the heating pad on my lower back to help the medicine so that shouldn’t be a problem being I had two orders come in while I was away so that will keep me planted!

I also have a new item I’m working on – Cookies for Santa – so be looking for them soon.

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A couple weeks ago a customer sent me a picture of the special order Piano Runner she had ordered. I loved how it turned out and it really looks nice on her piano.
This is the runner in full view before I shipped it to her.

She had e-mailed me a picture of the border paper in the room – she wanted something with these elements on it.

This is what I came up with - It measures 46 inches long x 24 inches wide
Piano Runner 

And here it is on her Piano
Piano Runner 2

Hope you all had a wonderful week and now it’s Halloween already…enjoy your Trick or Treats – then it will be Thanksgiving…where has this past year gone? Way too fast for me!



  1. You got some beautiful things..! so sorry to hear your back/hips are not cooperating. Feel better soon..!

  2. I so enjoyed all the beautiful pics! You made some wonderful purchases. I want it all! I hope you feel better soon. May the Lord heal your back and ease the pain quickly. take care of yourself and rest. Blessings to you!

  3. Hi Karen,
    Sure sounds like a successful trip, and a lot of Fun!
    I loved all your new goodies.
    You've made me want to go Shop!! :)

    Amazing job on the runner!
    It looks wonderful with the border.

    Take Care,

  4. Holy Cow! The piano penny rug you designed/made is amazing! Wonderful job on it! I have that same border in my bathroom.

    Looks like you got some fantastic items for your home and biz!

    Fun pics!

  5. Karen:
    I'm so sorry that you had back problems during
    your trip.. I emphatize with you. I'm having them too..
    I always enjoy looking at all your "buys". I love the "Lover's Knot" items.. Have a few but always looking for more ( in my price range. LOL )
    Hope your back is much better.

  6. Oh Karen, it all sounds so FUN!
    Sorry you weren't feeling 100%
    You got good stuff!
    Christmas is definitely in the air!


  7. Karen ~~ So sorry to hear the trip was too much for you. Hope you feel better soon. You brought back loads of great goodies .... I was planning on going but things didnt work out ... one time we will meet up for real time hugs.
    Feel Better ~~ Happy Halloween !!
    Hugs ~ Connie xox

  8. Karen, what wonderful pictures!! Hope you're starting to feel better. I love everything you bought and the piano runner looks great on her piano. Funny....I live 90 minutes away from Gettysburg and have never been there! My kids always went there on school field trips. After hearing about all the great shopping in that area I'm going!!!!

  9. Dear Karen,
    I am new posting to your blog. I have posted on the Country Sampler Fourm.

    First, I love all your wonderful goodies you bought and the pictures you shared. Sounds like you had fun even though you are having back issues. I love the Cash/Carry Shows - have attended them in the Midwest with my DIL.

    Your home is so beautiful. I would like to asked a question as I am not familiar with all the decor of certain periods. I noticed on your wonderful bed that you have a pillow case which runs to the floor on both sides. What was this called? Also, the beautiful red stripe cover across your bed. Was this covering used like a bedspread? As you can see, I am not familiar with this period. If you have the time, I would appreciate the information.

    Hope you are feeling better! I know about the hip/lower back - I am feeling it today. LOL


  10. WOW! Three days to PA and back!!?? Love those wax bags, I saw those in Ohio and forgot to get some. Do you remember the company they came from? Everything you got looks great! Have a wonderful weekend, Dawn

  11. I am so sorry about your hip and back difficlties cutting your trip short. I hope you are feeling better now though.

    You got some wonderful goodies!! Your bedroom looks wonderful with the red. I am wishing I had done my office daybed in the red now instead of the mustard and black!!

    The custom runner you designed is perfect with that border- another happy customer, I am sure!

    Have a happy Halloween!!


  12. Karen~ Your pics are just awesome !! Thanks for always taking the time to show us your goodies, even when you are not feeling your best. Hope your back is better real soon. That;s along way in such a short time. I'm sure the car ride is not fun when you are hurting. LOVE the runner! It looks terrific with that border! You are SOOOO talented!


  13. Hope you are feeling better. I love the colors on the rack outside of Heirloom weavers retail shop,if I were rich I'd get each one!!
    So many great pictures looks like you made the most of your time. Wonderful electric candles. I have never seen those long thin tappers I hope I do in my travels.
    Great job on the custom order. it looks wonderful.

  14. Hi Karen.. It all sounds and looks LOVELY!!
    It makes me long to go back there soon.. Love your runner... You certainly do wonderful work!!
    God Bless...

  15. Hi Karen,
    Great pics from the trip. Sounds like you guys had fun. Lots of great finds.

  16. Love Lancaster! You must go to Kings Kountry Korner on Rte 772 and CountrySide Roadstand on Stumptown Road. Great places to shop!

  17. You must be the right person to shop with...everything is wonderful but I think I love the red striped stread the best....good choice. Dianntha

  18. Wow you got a lot of wonderful goodies! I hope you are all rested up now and that your back feels much better!

  19. Sorry your trip was cut short and I sure hope you are better soon! I am so glad you were able to get to The Candle Barn!We love the place and visit quite frequently as my daughter lives a few minutes from there! I,too have never been to Gettsburg-sure will now!You could spend weeks in this area and never cover all the shops!I love the Family Heirloom Weaver's items,planning a trip there before long! So glad you enjoyed our area! Thelma

  20. Hi Karen! Thanks for a wonderful post! I have never been outside of the cash and carry so thanks for taking us!
    That rots that your back and hips were not playing well, so frustrating, and I hope you are better by now.
    Great pictures...thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Dale

  21. Sorry you were having back and hi issues. Like everyone else, I like what you bought, but absolutely love that tree pillow! Hope you feel better soon

  22. What a wonderful trip you had even if it didn't go exactly as planned. I wish you had made it to Calaico Creek. You would have loved it! Theres always next time though! I hope your still coming to Ohio for the Simple Goods show next weekend! Maybe we will get to meet!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  23. Dear Karen,
    I must have been asleep when I read your blog the first time. I see the pillow covers are called Bolster pillow covers. I went to the website and saw all the neat things they offer.
    Enjoyed your sharing of pictures.

  24. Love the runner you made and it sounds like you had a good trip even if it was short and tiring! Thanks for sharing all the pics of your goodies!

  25. We go to Gettysburg at least 2x a year. I see you found the Dobbin House (one of our favorites...try the duck) I'll have to check out that gallery when I go next weekend.

  26. Hi Karen,
    Sounds like a great trip except for your back! Feel better soon. I am not far from Lancaster and go often. Did you find the long battery candles there? Thanks for the pics.

  27. Karen ~
    I'm sorry to hear you had to cut your trip short. I hope you are getting rested up and feeling better since your Ohio trip is in a few days.
    You did manage to accomplish a lot and visit many shops in a very short time period. Great purchases. I love your bedroom.
    Hugs and Happy Halloween :)

  28. Love the piano runner! Gets me thinking...I have a piano, I have wool, following me? I'll put it on the "list". Thanks for the inspiration!


  29. Hi Karen, thanks for all your pictures. I live in GA and have only been to Lancaster once, years ago. I would visit yearly if I lived closer. Your blog was one of the first ones I found last year, so thank you. Keep it coming! .

  30. Hi Karen, I have just spent a thoroughly enjoyable 10 minutes reading your post and drooling over the pictures. What a shame you had to cut your trip short, but what a lot you did in a short space of time.

    I hope this comment finds you feeling better and rested, ready for the upcoming Christmas season!


  31. we visited gburg a few years back but time was limited and no shopping was done...this was such a pleasure to see some of the shops and the neat places you visited! so sorry your back wasn't up to par...certainly know that feeling! love that little wax bag...unique! jill

  32. I left this page on my computer for two days, while going through all the posts and pics! I had a wonderful visit and will be back.

  33. Hi Karen, I love your blog. I was wondering do you know where you can purchase the cement snowmen that were shown on the picture trail? They are really cute. My email address is

  34. You know what Karen? I really enjoy reading about your and Doug's adventures... where you eat, who you visit, what you buy. I just love reading all about it, but most of all I'm so thankful that you and Doug do all these things together! I think it's wonderful that he is always right there beside you, in the middle of it all with you. Oh, and every single picture you are both always smiling so big. Your life is so happy and so blessed and it shows in each of your posts!


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