Monday, November 28, 2011

Rebeca's Arts and Antiques Shop

I spend five days in Shipshewana when I go to the Dear Jane retreat, and I have attended this retreat twice a year for the last ten years.  So by this time I know most of the owners of the shops that I frequent by their first name, and I've learned the best places in the area to visit.  Rebecca's is an adorable shop with lots of vintage quilts, quilt tops and quilt blocks, old world Christmas ornaments, and other interesting things.  I took several photos of Rebecca Haarer's Arts and Antiques, and if you are ever in the area I hope you will stop by this shop for a visit.

There are a lot of interesting shops in town.

Here is a cute cat quilt done with embroidery.  It is a crib sized quilt which are hard to find in good condition.

I love this string quilt.  The drawers in the background are full of all kinds of antique quilt blocks.  They are reasonably priced, and you can buy as few or as many as you want.

Lots of wooden spoons and kitchen gadgets, dishcloths, books, rag rugs and baskets.

Antique quilts and paintings by local artists.

There are layers and layers of quilts to see.  Everything here is for sale.

When we want to have a long look at a quilt, Rebecca spreads it out on the bed in the shop.

Here's a beautiful red and white bow tie quilt.  I love the basket quilt hanging on the wall.

This nine patch is striking.

I love the setting.  I could only make a guess as to how old this quilt is...maybe 1930s?  

Colorful rugs and flying geese quilt.

Cute dolls and stuffed animals.

This is only a portion of the old world Christmas ornaments.  There are also Jim Shore figurines.
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Rebecca Haarer's Arts and Antiques is located at 165 Morton Street in Shipshewana, and you can also find her on Facebook.   It should definitely be on your list of must see places when you visit. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Decorating

Yesterday we had our traditional after Thanksgiving get together.  Our son, daughter-in-law and daughter were here for a big turkey dinner with all of the usual dishes:  turkey, sage dressing, apple-cranberry-yam casserole,  mashed potatoes, noodles, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pistachio salad, rolls, and 3 different types of pie.  That was the main course.

We also had a spread of snacks with dips, veggies, and crackers.   My daughter makes a great pumpkin dip.  Here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Dip

1 bar of cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 can of pumpkin (15 ounce can)

Cream the powdered sugar and cream cheese with mixer, then slowly add the pumpkin.  Mix together and serve with graham crackers. 

While I was getting ready for dinner, the family started testing our outside Christmas lights and by late afternoon they had finished putting them up.  Here are the results:

They decorated all the way around the house, even the sides.

Many years ago I asked my father-in-law if he could weld.  I still remember the look he gave me.  I asked him if he would make a Christmas Star to hang on the front of our house.  He made the frame, and I wrapped it with 600 lights.  It's one of my most treasured Christmas decorations.

To keep the group energized while they were working, I baked cookies and served them warm from the oven. 

This was my Mom's recipe for Oatmeal Ice Box Cookies.  She was notorious for having a roll of cookie dough in her refrigerator so that when we stopped over she could quickly bake a pan of cookies, and we could have a cup of tea and a warm cookie.  I had made my cookie dough the day before just as she used to do, so all I had to do was slice and bake.  Enjoy!
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Oatmeal Ice Box Cookies 
Makes about 60 cookies.

1 cup shortening (Butter Crisco)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal (uncooked)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all together.  After mixing you can either bake right away or make the cookie dough into rolls, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate.  Then slice thin and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.   NOTE:  I bake at 365 degrees for 9 minutes with the oven on convection so the cookies are chewy. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate.  I am counting my blessings and have a lot to be thankful for.

There hasn't been much sewing done this week, so I'll share some more of my photos from Shipshewana.  Here are a few photos from the places I love to visit while I'm in Shipshewana and the surrounding areas.

This is The Kitchen Cupboard in the Davis Mercantile Building.  I get my lattes here while I'm in town.

Right next to The Kitchen Cupboard is Jo-Jo's Pretzels. 

One of the shops on the first floor.

Here is a photo from the Civil War room at Lolly's.

The Lang Store.

The Garden Gate (aka The Cupcake Place).

 A Little Bit of Lollys.  It is lots of fun diving for fat quarters in the boat.

This is the Cuddle Room in the lower level of the Davis Mercantile.  Cuddle is a lot like Minke.  The selection of color and pattern is just wonderful in this shop. 

This is A Stitch in Time in the lower level of the Davis Mercantile.  This shop has yarn, knitting supplies, buttons and wool. 

The Blue Gate Restaurant decorated for Christmas.

We went to lunch at the General Store in Emma.  The food was just great; they had cupcakes, too.

This is the Soda Fountain in The General Store.

Yoder's Popcorn. There are free samples of popcorn and apple cider. 

This was my cupcake at The Garden Gate. 

Blessings to all of you.  I hope you are all spending some time today with family and friends.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Back Home and Show and Tell

I'm back home from Shipshewana, and I had a great time.  Here is the pile that I brought back.  I had taken some things out of the pile, but I did end up bringing back more than I left with.

Here are a few photos of quilts from show and tell on Friday evening.  The quilts were just amazing. 

This is my personal favorite:  Stars and Sprigs by Eileen.  I have the pattern and have one block ready to applique'. 

Here is another of Eileen's quilt.  I know this quilt but at the moment can't recall the name.  Anyone?

Brenda's Texas Star quilt.

Trudy's 9981 quilt.  My photo doesn't do justice to the vibrant colors she used.

One of several Dear Jane quilts shown.

Margaret's Blessing quilt.  This pattern is on my to do list, too.  I just love this one.

Gorgeous red apple core quilt. 

Pam D made this Christmas stack 'n whack. 

A group of ladies each did their version of Aunt Millie's Garden.  This is just one of several that were shown.

This is my Roll Roll Cotton Boll from Bonnie Hunter's 2010 on line mystery. 

I have lots more photos to show from the retreat.  Right now here in the US we are getting ready for Thanksgiving Day and the dinner that many of us cook. 

More soon.  Until next time...

Thanks for visiting! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sights Around Shipshewana

It's another beautiful day in Shipshewana, but the weather has been cold and windy.  So most of my photos are taken inside. 

Here is just a part of the Kaffe Fassett fabric display in Lollys located in the Davis Mercantile building. 

The Moda room:

A beautiful quilt on display in the hallway. 

Here is a beautiful Cuddle quilt on display in the Lang store.

Christmas decorations in the gazebo outside of the Garden Gate restaurant (also known as The Cupcake Place).

Today a group of us are headed out into the country on an adventure to the town of Emma. 

I hope you are having a good day today. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 

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