Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Family Photos

The last two nights we were in PA, we stayed with my sister's oldest son and his wife, in Exton. They were just here in NC a few weeks ago visiting my parents, so we returned the favor. :) They have a daughter that just turned one. Her name is Lyla. The first night we were there, we had dinner with my sister, her three boys and their ladies, and Lyla.  
Two weeks ago my son was a long haired hippie dude.  Now I think he's looking pretty handsome!  That's him in the real coordinated outfit.  :) 
The dog decided to show his best side. :)  There was some discussion as to whether or not to crop it out, but it would of cut off our feet, so I left him on there.

Two days after my nephew and his family left NC, my neice Tammie and her husband came to visit my parents with their 2 month old son Brayden.  (my brother on the right)
And my sister's youngest son's wife is due with their first baby in 3 weeks.  Look in the group photo and you'll see what they lovingly call, "the belly". 

Babies, babies everywhere!
And I keep thinking I hear Lyla on the baby monitor, but I'm in NC and she's in PA!

I'm ready to go back to Lancaster soon.  After it cools off a bit. :)  And, I refill my bank account!   I thought I heard a horse and buggy today coming down the road, but it was just a car rattling. 

Life is good~~~

Monday, June 28, 2010

The "Mud Sale" Amish auction

I'm back home and working on getting rested up from the trip. I drove straight through again and got home at 1:15 this morning after driving for 13 hours. I had to stop often to keep from falling asleep, so it took a little longer than what google maps would tell you. :-) I did get to sleep in a little this morning, then I went to pick up my dogs at the vet, came home and slept some more, then took my son to his dentist appointment. No rest for the weary~ Sure glad to not be in a hotel anymore though.

I've got some more photos to share with ya from the Amish Bird-in-Hand Carriage and Antique Auction that we went to. It was pretty interesting, but still stinking HOT! Since we had already checked out of the hotel, we just hung out at the auction for a few hours under the big tents, then went to some more shops in Intercourse, PA which was right down the road.

You simply MUST watch the short Amish guy at the auction on video. He was comical! I had the camera sitting on my lap, so I don't think he knew that I was filming. Everytime someone bid, he got REAL excited!
The video with the quilts, was to let you see the process they go through. They have a pulley system set up and at the end, the quilts are dropped down, then two older Amish women fold up the quilts and bag them until the buyers pick them up. Quite a system!
I only bought 2 things at the auction, but haven't taken photos of them yet. I'll share them soon, along with the family photos taken at my nephews house.

p.s. The auction's are called "Mud Sales" cause they're usually held in the Spring after the snow thaws, thus creating ~mud~.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Out of Lancaster

I'm a bit behind on my blogging about our Lancaster trip.

Last night we met up with my sister, three nephews and their ladies for dinner at my nephews house.  Then we came to one of the other nephews houses to spend a couple nights and we're leaving in the morning to head back to NC.

I can't get a wireless connection on my laptop, so I'll have to post the photos another time.  I got some great Amish photos, a family group photo, and some photos of my one year old great niece.

For now, we're resting up in Exton, PA with central air and don't have to be on the run all day, every day.   Today I had a great Philly cheesesteak and tonight we're going to Rita's for some italian water ice.  Cherry is my favorite!

talk to ya soon~~~

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 4 in Lancaster

Started out with breakfast buffet at Dienner's.  Very good and great prices!  Next door in the same building is Dutchland Quilt Patch.  The whole second floor is fabric!!!  Yesterday we met a mennonite woman named Sarah in the restaurant.  Today, she cut my fabric.  Her daughter owns the quilt shop.  It's not just quilts though.  There's some great prims in there!

Then we went to Primitive's By Kathy warehouse and Keystone Wholesale.  Both great places and I got some goodies to add to my handmades in my store! 

There's gonna be a "Mud Sale" tomorrow in Bird-in-Hand and we're going!  Lots of Amish buggies and antiques.  We previewed tonight and I'm sharing some photos of just a few of the awesome prim items so you can drool over them.  :)  Don't know if I'll buy anything, but it should be fun!

Tonight we went for a drive to see a couple covered bridges.  They're pretty spread out, so we only got to two before it was too dark. 

Tomorrow morning we check out of the motel, go to the Mud Sale, and then head to my nephews for a family dinner with my sister and her three boys and their gals.   We'll stay there overnight, then head home to NC.  I miss my doggies!

Enjoy the photos.  I've got so many that I think I'll put them in a slide show for ya. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 3 in Lancaster County

I must apologize.  We didn't take any photos today.  :-(   It is sooooo hot this week that we get out, do what we need to do, and then hurry back into the air conditioned van! 

We started out today by eating lunch at Dienner's.  It was pretty good, and much lower priced than Miller's.  Tomorrow we're going back for the breakfast buffet.  We missed breakfast today.  It's only $5.49 for the breakfast buffet and Amish work there.  We met some people there today from Hickory, NC which is less than 2 hours from where we live!  Small world indeed. 

We checked out Strasburg today and went back to Intercourse.  I talked to 2 shops about buying my crafts, but I have to call them back tomorrow.  One lady was off on Wednesday and the other was in a meeting. 

I must say that I haven't went into too many of the country shops.  Several that we did go in, all carry the same merchandise.  I didn't find a lot of unique items.  Gorgeous prim stuff, but all the same.   I can go straight to the wholesaler and purchase it myself for a lower price.  But some were different.  I'm not going in many shops cause I'm traveling with my teenage son and it's just not fun for him.  :)

Tonight after a late afternoon nap, we drove to Lititz again, and this time, we fell in love with the town!  It was much better at night when the temps were down some.   We went to Roma's Pizza and had a Philly cheesesteak.  We could of shared one, cause they are huge!   We both only ate half of one and brought the rest back to the hotel.   My son will probably eat it for breakfast tomorrow.  :)   After eating, we walked through town and looked in the shops windows.  It's weird to see businesses still open at night.  In Burnsville where we live, most everything is closed downtown, except the 2 small restaurants.

So after checking out the houses for sale in my price range, we have both agreed on Lititz.  There's lots to do there, it's a gorgeous, small town feel and seems to be very family friendly.  Variety of places to eat and shop, and down the road they have a mini-golf and go-carts.   And, very affordable houses.  A public swimming pool, beautiful shaded park, and the town looks to be growing.  New shopping centers, and new housing going up.  Now we have to go back home and get our house ready to put up for sale. 

I'll be sure and take some photos tomorrow.  We're going back to Lititz to tour the pretzel bakery and maybe the chocolate factory. 

talk to ya tomorrow night.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 2 in Lancaster County

Our first stop today was the Central Market in downtown Lancaster. Then we went to the Visitor's Center next door. They have a museum upstairs with gorgeous Amish history.

Visited an art school for Darren. Going back on Friday for Open House.
They have a nice gallery with student work on display.

We also visited the local community college which is where he'll probably start out for the basic classes. 


It was late when we went to Intercourse and the shops were closed. We're for sure going back in the morning! I LOVE that place!!! Sooooo many shops to go in! And lots and lots of Amish around.

I thought I would want to live in Lititz, but it was pretty much like where I live now and a little further from things than I want to be.

Tomorrow we'll go to Intercourse again and maybe Strasburg if it's not too late.

We hit a horrible storm today. Turned on the radio and they were doing an emergency broadcast for a tornado warning! So, here we were in the middle of Amish farms, flat land, and a little less than 2 miles from our destination, which was CDM Wholesale warehouse. We made it there safely, but it was a creepy thing to look across the corn fields watching for a tornado! When we came out of the warehouse, the sun was shining. I didn't buy anything. I just wanted to browse. While we're here, I will also be checking out Primitives By Kathy, and Keystone Wholesale.

So much to do!

see ya tomorrow night. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Lancaster, PA vacation happenings! Day 1

My son and I are on vacation in PA Amish country! We came here to check out things for a move here after Christmas!

I'll share our journey with you each day, so you can travel along with us. 

I drove for 13 hours yesterday!   We had planned to spend the night in VA, but I decided to push myself and drive straight through.  And, I made it!  with lots of bathroom stops. ;)

Here's some photos we took along the way.  

I'll post more tonight from today's travels!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Closed for Vacation~~~

Privies and Prims is closed until Wednesday, June 30th. I'm heading to Lancaster, PA for a vacation in Amish country!

See ya soon!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

mini- folk art black dolls finished

I finished up some of my mini primitive black dolls.  Since I didn't use a pattern, they just sort of evolved as I went along.   Change fabric, add button & lace.  Ta-da!  They're done!
Available in my etsy store.  Click ~~~HERE~~~

I haven't gotten much done lately.  I've had some complications from my recent surgery, so I'm "trying" to take it easy.  It's so hard when there's so much I want to do!  I go back to the dr. on Tuesday, so hopefully I will get fixed up for good.

I was planning to take a week long trip to Lancaster, Pa on Thursday, but it looks like that will be delayed for a couple weeks until I am all better.  I'm so anxious to go and check out all the primitive shops and the cute towns.  Patience, patience.  :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Girls Day Out!

Today I went out with a few friends and my mom for a "girl's day out".   We went to a fabric store on a back road along a river, pretty much in the middle of no where.  How do people find it? 

The lady has been there for 30+ years and had steady customers while we were there! 

And, a black snake was making himself at home under the porch steps.  My mom came in and said, "is that snake real"?   The rest of us had stepped very near to him and didn't even see it!  He went back in his hole under the steps and all was well. 

I left the store with this bunch of fabric for only $10!!!  Most of the cottons were only $3.98 a yard!  Many that I have seen at Walmart before.  We went to Walmart later and their prices were higher than the fabric stores and the selection was worse.  I WILL be going back to the fabric store again!   

It's less than 1/2 hour from my house, outside Marshall, NC. It's called "Stitch & Save Fabric Shop". Just a small building that you wouldn't notice if you weren't looking for it. One of the girls that was with us had been there before, so she led the way. The address is 1182 NC Hwy. 251, Marshall, NC 28753. You can google directions. There is no website or email. The phone number is 828-649-3721. Certainly check it out if you're in the area! She also has embroidery floss, quilt batting, and quilt kits.

Whether you're looking for prim or pretty, she's got it!
The one who dies with the most fabric wins!