Tuesday, May 26, 2015

From Our Hands & Hearts ~ The End

On our last day, it was time to do a little exploring...
First stop - Pine Cone Gift Shoppe in Uniontown, Ohio.
They specialize in American made and especially Ohio made primitives.
I highly recommend taking the ride.

Two little eggs painted by Rebekah L. Smith came home with me.

As did my first two pieces of Shooner Pottery - the bird with tulips and the spotted hare - a perfect remembrance of my trip!
The octagonal bird plate is by Stephen Earp.

After our little side trip, I decided that I couldn't go home without seeing a bit of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

It was just beginning to green up.

It was a lovely blue sky day.

You felt like you were out in the middle of nowhere until you had the occasional glimpse of the interstate that runs through the park.

The historic Boston Store built in 1836 was a great place to take a little break.

Then it was time to explore another path that led to this:

The very pretty 60 foot Brandywine Falls.

It's amazing how the moss grows on the rocks even with the constant roaring water.

It's also amazing how trees will grow wherever they can.

Little views of beauty all around.

But all too soon it was time to say goodbye.

I did make one final stop on my journey home when a billboard beckoned me.

Who can refuse a ginormous antique mall?
It was about the size of a Home Depot.
I could only allow myself 45 minutes knowing how many hours of driving I had ahead of me.
Needless to say I was in there an hour and a half and still didn't see it all.

I found a few treasures in my short time.

I never saw so many beautiful button collections.
This board of vegetable ivories couldn't be left behind.

Along with some pretty dark shell buttons and buckles and antique crochet trim.

This interesting treen box with original paint was another find.
I have no idea what it would have been used for.

I think the little indentation in the top is calling for a pincushion made of antique fabric.

And finally some antique shirting and some wonderful reversible wool - pink on one side and cream on the other.

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this lovely, yet long-winded journey.
I'll be back later this week with a little giveaway of trip souvenirs.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
~John 3:17

Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 22, 2015

From Our Hands & Hearts ~ Part 5

And so the Mercantile continues...
Next stop was the delightful booth of Primitives Past. So many beautiful items to choose from, again I agonized over having to make a decision. Their wooden wares are so beautiful and useful. Of course I couldn't make a decision on an item or a color. Thank goodness they have a website here for when I finally decide! I did purchase one item from Pam Gill that I couldn't pass up...

This beautiful hand painted velvet strawberry pinkeep.
I love it!

The next stop was the booth of Alice Fraizer of Folk Art Primitives.
Her booth was filled with gorgeous wools of so many unique textures. You can find her website here.
Do you see the large wooden bowl at the bottom of the photo? It was filled with something that I haven't seen before:

Antique wool paisleys! I've never seen anything like it before - so of course two pieces had to come home with me :) I've always been a fan of paisley...

I am so sorry to say that I didn't write down the name of this lovely booth.
Thanks to my new friend Linda from Ohio, I learned that this booth was The Brown Rabbit shop which you will read more about further down the post. Thanks Linda!

So many lovely antiques and handmades

I loved this display of sweet handmade birds.

My purchase here is such a treasure!

This stunning box covered in scherenschnitte silhouettes!

The paper used was from an antique German book. Just looking at it inspires me so!

Talk about inspiring! Next up is the always fabulous booth of Stacy Nash!
Her website is here.

Stacy has such a wonderful knack for display and presentation!

Can I get one of everything please!

My final purchase from the Mercantile was this lovely pillow by Doreen Frost of  Vermont Harvest Folk Art. Her website is here and her blog is here.

She has such a unique punchneedle technique and her use of colors is inspirational!
I'm so glad that this original has come to live with me!

I must apologize for not having any photos of Doreen's booth or the stunning both of Lori Ann Corelis :( 
I think I was just so overwhelmed by it all that I missed my photo taking opportunity :(
Click here to see Lori Ann's Spotted Hare Website and her blog here.

After we had finished at the Mercantile, Linda and I walked through the town of Peninsula.

It was a beautiful day and the historic homes were as beautiful as the flowers.

A lovely day for a walk.

We stopped in a few shops and my favorite was tucked behind Yellow Creek Trading Company.

Brown Rabbit was filled with vintage and handmade treasures.

I found some pretty vintage trims wrapped on wooden spools.

Well. I think that I have one more post of the rest of our final day and my journey home.
After that I will be ready to share a little giveaway.

Thanks for letting me relive my memories of this wonderful trip.

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
~Galatians 5:13-14

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

From Our Hands & Hearts ~ Part 4

The Mercantile opened and it was all I had hoped for and more!
My first stop was the booth of Rebekah L. Smith.

Of course we were so busy shopping that these pictures weren't taken until after we spent all our money. :)

Linda and I both purchased these lovely sewing books from Rebekah.

There is a large needle page on the left and a pocket and pincushion on the right.
We were giddy with excitement over our first purchases!
Of course that isn't all we went home with from Rebekah's booth.
Here are the treasures that came home with me:

I am so thrilled to have these originals by Rebekah!

Only one of these boxes still lives at my house. But they are all so lovely!

The coordinating fabrics for the sides are perfect!

I love birds and am just thrilled with my sewing book!
One purchase I thought about all Friday night and had to go back on Saturday and see if it was still there:

Lucky for me it was! 
I had such a hard time deciding, I had already bought so much, but I decided that it was meant to be and so it came home with me. 
This hanging sewing pocket is made with all antique materials. The coverlet is absolutely gorgeous and the main background is a quilt backing.

The back of the hanging pocket is the quilt front.
I am so glad that I did buy it. It is now hanging from a cabinet in my dining room.

I was also thrilled to meet Gretchen Smith from my favorite magazine, Primitive Quilts and Projects!

It was so fun to see all the models from the summer issue in person.
And Gretchen is such a kind and kindred soul ~ a pleasure to visit with!

I bet you can guess which project from that issue that I would like to stitch first :)
Yes, Rebekah has a pattern in the Summer issue! 

The next booth that I would like to share is that of Christine M. Miller.

Like mother, like daughter!
Christine is Rebekah's mom! You can certainly tell they are related with equally wonderful God-given talents!

Christine displayed both lovely handmade items and wonderful sewing and textile related antiques.

Such tough decisions!
And believe me, I am horrible at making decisions!

I wanted to move her entire booth right into my house!

Each and every item was stunning!

Finally I had to make some decisions...
(And Linda can tell you how painful that was lol!)

This linsey-woolsey pincushion made of antique materials and hand-painted pins came home with me.
Along with...

This beautiful antique sewing box.
(Shown with two strawberries made in Stacy's class. I realized that my scraps were big enough for another tiny berry :)
It now sits on the table next to my sewing chair.

Well, I think that 20 pictures is long enough for one post lol!
And I only showed you three booths!
I'll be back soon...
And remember, I'll have a little giveaway at the end of the travelogue for putting up with my long-winded posts.

"In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hands be idle; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good."
~Ecclesiastes 11:6

Blessings, Patti