Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Visit to Country Threads in Garner, Iowa

When I enter the gate for Country Threads, I feel like I am entering another world. 

A world of beauty and inspiration around every corner.

A world that I don't want to leave

Both of my visits have occurred in the fall, but I think it would be beautiful in any season.

Quilts and cats at each turn

Ever so peaceful.

Mary, one of the owners of Country Threads, who also lives on the property, is such a kind soul. 
Bittersweet Sister, Nicki, arranged with Mary to give us a tour of her recently remodeled home!
Thank you so much Mary for being so kind and giving us this glimpse of your gorgeous home!

A beautiful stone fireplace and the sweetest dog.

A wonderful and unique use for old greenhouse windows.

Don't you love this wonderful cabinet of ironstone?!

And wonderful antique sewing tools.

I love this cabinet of antique pincushions.

I fell in love with Ernie. Look at the size of those wonderful paws! He is at least twice the size of our sweet Orion :)

Mary even let us see her sewing room - where so many wonderful quilts are created.
We were so sorry that Nicki couldn't join us.

These antique quilt templates are so wonderful, think of the stories that they could tell.
We even made the Country Threads blog and felt like stars lol.

When Mary heard that I was hosting a giveaway here on my blog celebrating the trip, she put together a wonderful and generous goodie bag - Country Threads "Back to Charm School" book, not one but two different Goat Gazette cookbooks, Heirloom Mallow Seeds from the farm, and lovely notecards and Country Threads pencils too! Wow! the giveaway gift bag is filling up.

Thank you Mary ever so much for your generosity and kindness!
We had such a very special visit! 

After our visit, we headed to Nicki's house for dinner and to talk about the special day.

These beautiful flowers were blooming in front of Nicki's lovely home, but I forgot to ask what they are... Hey Nicki, can you tell me the name of these beauties???

And look at this beautiful wall in Nicki's hallway featuring not one, but two Maggie Bonanomi Club pieces from Country Sampler.

Another lovely special day in Iowa!

For all those that have asked about my new shoes:
The button clogs are by Think! of Austria. Unfortunately they are from last year's collection and are no longer available. Maybe you could get lucky on ebay?
The boiled wool slippers are by Haflinger of Germany.
My husband thinks they both look like old lady shoes. 
I'm glad that someone else appreciates them as I do lol!

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
~Psalm 51:12

Blessings, Patti


cucki said...

Wow so beautiful..I love the pin cushions so cute
Everything is so beautiful
Thank you for the sweet pictures
Big hugs x

edie said...

Patti, I have so enjoyed all the pictures of your trip, with sweet envy -- not the evil kind of envy! However, your pix are costing me! I called Art's and ordered my very own boiled wool slippers, and wanted the clogs too, but they're sold out. I am soooooo looking forward to your pix of The Star Party. Thanks so much for sharing.

Roberta said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. Love the display case full of pincushion treasures! ~Roberta

Three Sheep Studio said...

This looks like the perfect place to visit !! Treasures around every corner. ;)
Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

denise said...

wow! sounds like a fun time was had by all. love the antique sewing tool.

Melanie said...

What a great day -- Love those dishes!!!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. What a wonderful place to visit! Maybe next year I can join the sisters and come along!!

janeks said...

Made it there for the first time last summer. It was wonderful!! Thanks for bringing back great memories

linda said...

I think the flower in Nikki's yard is a dahlia; it is gorgeous. I loved the pictures of your visit, I love all the bird feeders and houses made from other items. And the cats are wonderful. So homey and warm. Glad you enjoyed your visit. I have Haflinger slippers and they are so warm but I've not seen your pretty ones!

Marilyn said...

Oh, what a great time you all had.
It looks sooooooo inviting.
I would love to go there someday.
Thanks for sharing all of the pics.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I have added this place to my bucket list

Carrie P. said...

Looks like you had fun exploring your surrounding. What a great collection of pincushions.
I believe the flower is a Dahlia.