Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On my way to the party...

I decided to head to the Star Party at the Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI a day early so that I could make some stops along the way...

My fist stop was J.J. Stitches & Co.

Such a warm and inviting shop.

A wonderful selection of wool displayed in great antique wood crates.

And fat quarters displayed in antique graniteware pans - be still my heart!

And so my shopping begins: 

Some fat quarters of repro fabrics, flannels and wools, a pattern, some great linen by the yard and the best vintage trims. A piece of vintage trim will be included in my giveaway goodie bag (that still hasn't occured yet)

Next stop was to a town that I had never visited before - Lodi, Wisconsin

There were several sweet shops, my most favorite of which was Cottage House Primitives,
where I bought the most wonderful frame.

Another big draw for me was discovering that Lodi is home of Susie the duck.

This sweet little town has a babbling brook that runs right through the center of town and under Main Street.

A peaceful little spot with vending machines that dispense duck food to feed to Susie's descendants.

This sweet little fellow took to following me around hoping for a handout.

He quickly got bored with all the picture taking.
Then I realized it was time to move on to my favorite area antique mall where I found this treasure:

This little worn velvet ladies shoe. When you pivot the back of it, you reveal...

a little sewing kit with compartments for scissors, needles and a thimble. I didn't even hesitate and knew that it was coming home with me.
I love the faded green velvet, but when you open it you can see that it was originally a striking royal blue velvet.

Another item that I couldn't resist was:

This sweet, very worn and loved mohair bunny with shoe button eyes. He makes me smile to see how well loved he was - so well loved that much of  his mohair is simply worn away.

And it is hard to get perspective in this picture, but I also purchased a rather large pair of stork scissors. 

Before I knew it, it was time to finish the drive to Spring Green and let the Star Party begin!

"Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
Give thanks"

~Don Moen

Blessings, Patti


kelley said...

what a feast for the eyes! thanks for sharing your wanderings...and lovely quotes...

cucki said...

Aww so sweet and love my wandering switch you so much..
Hugs x

Christine said...

Oh how gorgeous everything is and also the stores! Wish I could go too!

Earlene Landis said...

That was fun!!
All of the places you stopped were great. Thanks for sharing them.
Happy Thursday

annie said...

This was such an enjoyable post, from end to end, just like traveling along with you! I love all the photos. I esp. love the shoe! How lovely! Thank you for sharing! The quote is wonderful.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Loving the velvet Ladies shoe !!
Lucky you. ;)
Great finds.

Chris said...

Thanks for taking me along with you! So many wonderful things!

Carrie P. said...

oh, I want to go to those shops. love those piles of wool

Lady Locust said...

Oh what fun~ Love the shoe. I have never seen anything like it. It's little finds like that that make a day worth while and a smile.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

What a star laden trip of shops, would love to go to. Have a wonderful time in Spring Green.

marly said...

Wonderful shop. The wares are tempting and the display makes them irresistable. That shoe - OMG!!! What a find. You did really well and weren't to your destination yet!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

your little shoe is precious! lucky you and I know it now has a wonderful warm home :)
The shops you visited look so inviting as you said ~ just beautiful....I could probably do a lot of damage to my checkbook there!

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linda said...

Oh Patti you got one of my favorite Timeless Traditions patterns! I see a new robin project in your future. Love seeing the shops and quaint towns. Love the mallard and well loved bunny. Thank you for sharing!

Lonna said...

Love the treasures you found and the shop tours! LOVE the song you included in your post, too! Haven't heard it in such a long time and brought back some sweet memories... thank you for sharing!!

Raymond Homestead said...

Fun fun!!

Carrie P. said...

oh, I want to go to those shops. love those piles of wool

Marilyn said...

Sounds like you had a great time.
I've been in JJ Stitches, a nice shop.
They have a great craft fair on that very steet every June.
Lodi looks like a nice place to visit too.