Monday, September 29, 2014

A trip to Amish Country

My stitching girlfriends and I spent last weekend in Amish country ~ Shipshewana, Indiana.
I think it has been almost 20 years since I was there last. I had an Amish friend, Leanne, who lived outside this town that I would visit frequently. Unfortunately, after the birth of her fourth child, we lost touch as life became too busy.

Not much has changed in all those years, thankfully. 

On our way, we stopped at House of Stitches in LaPorte, Indiana.
A very nice large shop with a great inventory and a very helpful staff.
Here is our group, except that we are missing two - Gladys was in Japan and Kim was in Louisville.
You were both missed and thought of often!

Here are the treasures that I found there.
Linen for Heartstring Samplery's newest projects and some great linen scraps for small pinkeeps. I stocked up on magazines and that sweet little mother of pearl rabbit floss winder.

Our next stop was this fun quilt shop - the fabrics were inspiring and the staff so friendly and helpful.

We finally reached Shipshewana where we visited a store like no other.
A store that you can spend an entire day in with interesting sights down every aisle.

Clearly a shop that has both Amish and English customers.

Beautiful oil lamps and replacement shades

A huge selection of cookie cutters

Have you ever seen so many?!
As a frequent baker of cutout cookies, I had to quickly leave this aisle, before temptation hit as I already have dozens of cutters...

Where else can you shop and go home with such a variety of purchases from just one store???

In a household of men, it was such fun to shop with my girlfriends. 
Susan is especially talented at helping me step out of my fashion comfort zone :)
A hounds tooth cape and red shoes?! Oh my! 
I love them and hope that I will be brave enough to wear them soon :)  

And a wool applique pattern and hand dyed wools from the same store?!
What fun!

 I have much more to share and will return soon...

"Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus."
~Phillipians 4:21

Blessings, Patti


Marilyn said...

Looks like a great time.
What great shops and treasures you've gotten!

cucki said...

Wow I love the amish people and their things so much..
So beautiful..
Hugs xx

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love the red shoes! I hope you are wearing them today.

Maggey and Jim said...

We too recently visited Shipshewana and loved every minute. The fabric stores are so nice and Yoders an experience in itself. We loved visiting the Amish and seeing how they have thrived since it had been 20 years for us too. Great pictures.


Prims By The Water said...

What wonderful shoppes you visited. Would love to visit myself some day. Janice

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Where did you stay?! I love Shipshewana too and was thinking of taking my girls for a day or too here soon :)
You are right Yoder's could spend hours there and the little butcher shop across the street from Yoder's another wonderful stop with fresh meat and cheeses and nuts...YUM!
So glad you shared the photos!

Nancy Turner said...

those red shoes are great would love to get a pair like them.however live much to far away.the whole trip look wonderful

Ranae said...

Looks like a fantastic time, I will be going there in a few weeks for The Inspired Needle Retreat. I love the cape and the red shoes, your ready for a night of dancing, lol

Nancy Johnson said...

You guys look like your having a great time, please tell them all I said Hi.