Sunday, August 29, 2010

We're Back From Ohio

Did you miss me? I missed all of you but I took loads of photos to share the trip with you all. If you just can't wait you can go see them all on my Flickr account. You will miss all the lovely stories though, but it's up to you. First of all let me say that I had a fabulous time with my hubby. We decided to take a mini vaca to Berlin Ohio. The heart of Amish country. I found out that the largest population of Amish are located in Berlin. We hopped in the car and as we got underway we stopped for a light and this is what I saw.
What is this
What in the world??? Your guess is as good as mine, but at least you have to believe me when I say I saw this oddity!
The first place we stopped was Lehmans. A HUGE, gigantic everything shop. I don't really know how to describe it other than that. It just kept going and going. Kind of like a hardware, country store, feed store type of a deal. Just look at what I found in the candy department!
My Big Hunk
Ok it was really my DH but I think they made that candy bar for him! We bought some stuff. I was especially fond of this owl cookie mold, which may (or may not) have found it's way into my shopping cart!
owl cookie mold
We went to the quilt shop right behind this gargantuan shop. I bought a few things there, but not too many. I need to get pics of the things I got here. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow, it's too dark right now.

I don't even know how long we were there. I just bought the new quilt shop finder book on Monday and where was it for this trip?? At home on the couch! BOO!! I had to wing it. We stopped at the Lone Star Quilt shop(mt. Hope, OH) on the way to Berlin. I made a few purchases. I am going to have to show you the purchases tomorrow as I still need to photograph them and also I can't remember what I bought where, mostly. When we came outside these adorable Amish children were just down the sidewalk. So cute!
Amish girls 01
All the quilt shops I will talk about can be found here, at their shop hop page. It is easier to just have them all in one place for you to go and visit if you wish to.
We did a lot of driving and saw a lot of beautiful scenery too.
Cows on a hillCows on hillside
Lots of buggies too
kids in buggyThree in a buggy 01
We made it into Berlin and is it ever a hoppin place. Lots of shopping and lots of antiquing and a little quilt shop shoppingand LOTS of Amish! We went to this cool shop and got a few new additions like this Carved and lighted Jack-o-lantern gourd.
Halloween gourd
and this wonderful Amish hand made sewing basket.
Amish sewing basket
One shop had some awesome fairy garden displays.
Fairy Garden 05Fairy Garden 01
I *will* be making one of these! Just stay tuned!! Aren't they adorable??
Now how could I resist this photo op? Too funny!
Pam's Place
Went to the Country Craft Cupboard and found these goodies plus a fisherman pattern (poor photo of that, so no pic) It said something like give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day but teach a man to fish and he will be gone all weekend! LOL
Berlin Ohio Trip purchases 8-10 004Berlin Ohio Trip purchases 8-10 003
Oh yeah and this too. A little for PTM?? I think so.
Berlin Ohio Trip purchases 8-10 002
Everything closes up at 5pm so we headed out to our B & B, Hasserman House. What a treat! We stayed in the boys room and it was fantastic. Here is our bathroom, and our bed and our room.
Our bathroomOur room
The blue pillow on the bed is mine, I can't sleep without my own pillow!
Our bed

They are owned by the same people that own the Amish Door. Which is where we ate dinner that first night. We shopped at their little shop too and DH said, "Hey I found the perfect mug for you". I went around the corner to see if he was joking but he was right it was the perfect mug for me, so I bought it.
Owl mug
Ok, I have to stop here and go and throw in some laundry and then pay some bills and pack my gym bag before heading off to bed. I did weigh in on Sat and thought I would be up but I was down another 0.4, so good for me!

Oh and if you made it this far I have a treat for you. I FINISHED MY DESIGN STAR CHALLENGE QUILT TOP TODAY!!!! I don't think I should show it until McCall's shows it on their site though, but PHEW am I ever happy to be done. I LOVE how it came out too. You will have to wait until September 15th to see it finished though. I also labeled the monster rag quilt and wrapped it and the chenille blanket for gifts to be given this week. Off to make caramel brownies too, almost forgot!!


Sherry said...

When you were in Berlin, you were 20 minutes from my home. Twice a year, my quilt group has a quilt retreat at Zinck's Inn in Berlin. Fabulous place for a retreat. I hope you made it to Mrs. Millers in Charm,the best quilt shopping around. Oh, and why do you suppose he had a rubber chicken hanging from the truck? Good sense of humor, I guess.


Allie said...

How in the world did you do all that in one weekend??? Sounds fun - love your mug and the sound of that fisherman pattern!

Terry said...

I LOVE Country Craft Cupboard! And I agree with must go to Mrs. Miller's if you're in Amish Country. :0)

Crispy said...

OMGosh, I didn't know they still made Big Hunk candy bars, they were my favorites when I was a kid. Gosh, what a lovely place to stay!!


Denise :) said...

What wonderful sights you got to see!! I grew up near enough Pennsylvania Dutch Country that we vacationed out that way nearly every summer. The lifestyle has always fascinated me!

Glad you're back and that you had such a marvelous time! :)

Mrs Quilty said...

Wow! Sounds like such a fun trip! Beautiful country for sure and I love the Amish! Will be looking forward to more pics!

Saska said...

WOuld love to visit that part of the country sometime.
We have a Berlin here too.

Deb said...

did you know that the amish do not like their picture taken???

vintagepaletteart said...

I stayed in the attic of that same B&B! I won an overnight stay as part of a Mother's Day giveaway on a radio station one year! It's gorgeous there!

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