Thursday, 29 July 2010

'Primland' Part 2 & LOTS of photos!



Welcome friends!
Thanks to each of you for such lovely comments on my last post - I truly hope you enjoy sharing this part of our trip in Primland even more, as I show you a few of the places we visited.
Being among the Amish is so amazing for us - I love learning about their way of life, and to see it in action is a dream come true for me!Can you imagine doing all that washing by hand?

Well as our time in Pennsylvania was short, we set out early to find some prim stores and the first one nearest our B&B was in Strasburg. Country Creations is over three floors and the furniture is absolutely gorgeous as are these quilts~I wanted to fit this in my suitcase sooooo badly!!

But I had to leave it behind and we drove to Hershey's World of Chocolate for the children but the adults were just as keen to taste it! Later we drove through Manheim and into Lititz, a really picturesque town. On Main street there are lovely shops and here are some of the ones I visited~ Much to my dismay, Sue's Back porch was closed - a peek through the window and I could tell it was a wonderful prim shop. The front window display was an Americana delight!
Here's what the dry goods store had for an entrance display - getting in the mood for fall!
And here I am wandering up and down all those rows of fabric totally mesmerized by the selection!Here's another display in their store;I was chuffed to bits to find antique spools and here's how I've displayed them for now~Hope you are glad you stopped by!

Looking through these pics has only made me wish I was back again!
But I'm so thankful I have a patient, kind hubby and I thank him again for giving me this trip of a lifetime!
See you all again soon

Monday, 26 July 2010

'Primland' part 1 and more goodies!

Happy Monday!Ever heard of 'Primland'? Well it's the prim equivalent of Disneyland for prim lovers!!lol!It's the term coined by my 3 kiddies for my treat on our holidays when we stayed in Lancaster County Pa for a couple of nights and I got to visit as many prim shops as I could!! Of course I was in my element and couldn't go from one store to the next fast enough!! I had to cram as much into those few short days as possible to make up for the rest of the year as there are no longer any prim style stores in Ireland :-(My thoughtful hubby had searched through pages of vacation rentals and found the perfect place for us to stay for those two nights.We stayed in Stony Hill Barn B&B in Quarryville. It is in the midst of the most beautiful countryside and surrounded by Amish farms. The rooms were immaculate and so tastefully decorated not to mention comfortable and cozy!
This is the twin room where the kids slept:
Here's the master guest room:I loved the quilts and primitive touches everywhere:Even the breakfast muffins were delish - the smell was yummy!This is a wonderful place to stay and I would love to go back!
But the shops at Intercourse were calling and off we went - The 1812 Gathering room and The Old Candlebarn are great to browse through - I bought some battery operated candles there and this -

I was hesitant about bringing these home but it worked out OK as I brought them in my hand luggage! Got them home intact - whew!Crocks and stoneware are well nigh impossible to find over here - well anything prim in fact.
At one store I fell in love with a burgundy colored honey cupboard but sadly they were unable to ship it and any other way was too expensive.

That's it for now as I've been on this computer way too long and the children need my undivided attention for a while!

I'll be posting part 2 in a few days so check back soon and thanks so much for visiting!



Thursday, 22 July 2010

Some goodies

Hi friends, hope you are enjoying summer! We've had more rain so I'd love to see the sun though I know many of you would love to have a weather swap with me!lol!
I decided to go ahead and share a couple of pictures of some prim goodies I brought back from our trip to Pennsylvania, tho' this isn't the way I'd planned as I'm having problems getting pics from my hubby's camera.But anyhow, here are a few goods I thought would suit my home and spots which could do with a prim fix!It was a treat to buy this stitchery and not have to do it myself for a change!
I have wanted one of theses long baskets for a space in my hallway wall and it fits so nicely as does this black metal star candle sconce - now I have the luxury of changing pieces around to suit.I bought a couple of these battery operated taper candles but guess what, I need batteries!!! so that's why it's not lit!How do you like my fabric stash? I LOVE these fabrics and specifically went looking for Americana civil war reproduction fabrics so I'm well chuffed with these which I found in Amish quilt/dry goods stores. In fact there was so much choice I was overwhelmed and found it hard to pick!

We also got to Jo Ann's and Michael's for crafty bits and pieces so now there's no excuse: I've got to get stitchin'! Looking forward to that and am already making up bits and pieces for my selling blog, The Primitive Shelf.

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit, I'm still trying to catch up on everyone's posts and leave comments, but thanks for leaving a comment as we all love to know who's stopped by!
Please, don't be a stranger and say 'hello'!

Best wishes

Monday, 19 July 2010

MT Vernon


Hello friends and thanks for visiting! After sleeping off most of the jetlag and sorting through the suitcases, and even sewing again I thought it was about time to share some photos of our trip.
One of the highlights for me was our day at Mt Vernon, George Washington's farm on a beautiful hill overlooking the Potomac. It was a hot day but we waited in line for over an hour to tour inside - unfortunately no photos could be taken inside. I thoroughly enjoyed it though it was crowded, all the outbuildings were well maintained as were the grounds.
The children enjoyed meeting Lady Washington and posing for a pic!
What a great place to visit! The only thing was we had cycled from Alexandria on rental bicycles and when we went out to go back some 'nice ' people had stolen two of the bikes. What a stress! The rental store was very understanding and helped sort it out which was a big relief and we got back home in better spirits.

I have so many photos to sort through, that I will call it a night for now and will be back soon!




Monday, 12 July 2010

Leaving...

Time to return home to N. Ireland :-(

We've had a terrific time in the US and are sorry to be leaving so soon...
On a better note I've visited beautiful places and found some fantastic stores with prim goodies which I will share with you asap when I get sorted back at home.
Here are a few pics of what we've been doing...
An early morning stroll on a beach at Chesapeake bay.

Some beautiful homes in historic Chestertown and AnnapolisAnd we had fun at Six FlagsWell, the suitcases are waiting to be packed so until I get home...