Saturday, February 22, 2014

Penny Rug class with Janice Sonnen

I had the pleasure of taking a penny rug applique class today with 
Janice Sonnen at the Landis Valley Museum.

I already knew how to make penny rugs, but it was lots more fun to make one with a group 
of women than it is sitting home by myself.  :)

Someday I would like to take a rug hooking class with Janice also.  
Janice is a traditional crafts person and makes mostly primitive style hooked rugs and penny rugs.  
You can find out more information here:

While I was at the museum, I talked to the store manager and signed an agreement for them to sell my wool pincushions and penny rugs on consignment!  

These are the ones that I left there for sale.  
All are made from recycled clothing and the pin cushions are stuffed with sawdust & sheep's wool.  
My handmade items will also be available soon at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Museum store.  

I love doing handstitching and I'm feeling blessed that others enjoy the finished products. 
Time to get busy and make some more pincushions!  Or is it pinkeep, or pin cushion??? 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Red & Black wool Pin Keep

Red wool pincushion with black wool flower.  
Made from recycled clothing.  Stuffed with sawdust from my dad's workshop & sheep's wool.  
$18 includes shipping in USA.  

Wool penny rug PinCushion

 Primitive penny rug pinkeep for sale.  

 Wool fabric and button are recycled from clothing.  I stuffed it with sawdust that is from my father's workshop and raw sheep's wool. 
$18 includes shipping in USA.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tired of the Snow Yet???

Us that live here in Lancaster County, PA are getting a bit tired of all the snow. 

And, it's not done yet.  

But, at the same time, it does make for gorgeous landscapes~
This is an Amish farm just outside of Strasburg, PA.  
I took this one at The Red Caboose Motel.  
The tracks are part of the Strasburg Railroad.  
You may not be able to see it, but the print on the wagon says, "The Red Caboose Motel". 
Amish farm in the background.  And wayyyyyy in the back there's an Amish buggy going down the road. 
Amish buggy convoy in Strasburg, PA.  :)
This is a common sight on Sunday afternoons.  
Old Mill Antiques is a great place to stop when in town!

Till next time ~ stay warm~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ice Storm in Lancaster County!

Well we didn't get any of the predicted snow last night, but we did get ice.  
I ventured into my backyard and took a few photos for you this morning.  

I'm in Strasburg, PA and I still have electric, but many in the area do not.   

They just said on the news that it could be DAYS before some get their power back.  

Feeling blessed.  :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Amish Country in the Snow~It's Still Wash Day!

I managed to get my car over the ice this morning and drive to work.  
On the way, I took some photos for you.  
Monday is wash day for the Amish.  

Doesn't matter if the farm is covered with snow, it's still wash day.  
I have to wonder just how long would it take for the clothes to dry on a day like today?
The next snow storm comes tonight while we sleep. 
Ice will come with it.  
Then another big snow storm this coming weekend.  
I'm thinking I need to purchase a snow blower!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow is becoming a bad word around here!

I get a day off from work, so that's good.  I get to craft, so that's good.  It's gorgeous outside and that's good too.  
What's not good is that since my son is not home, I have to do the shoveling.  We park on the street and the plow always adds a bit of snow for us to shovel.  :(   It's back breaking work.  
Before I shoveled an area for the Doxies.  

Just the beginning.  

There's a PT Cruiser under there!

Snow plow gift.  

And, it's still snowing hard.  And, more coming on Wednesday and then a big snow storm on the weekend. 

Next time I go out, which won't be today, I'll get some photos of Amish farms for ya.  

Now, if you're cold and want to warm up, come on over to Strasburg and shovel some snow!  It'll warm ya right up.  :)