Then I did something I haven't done in years, I left home during Christmas week instead of burrowing myself into the sewing cave and just sewing. I went to Intercourse, PA to spend a couple of days with Gaylen and her husband, at their new B&B - Carriage Corners.
I hadn't seen Gaylen since she was on the east coast during the summer so it was good to see her and her husband again. However, it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G to spend some downtime away from home in her wonderful B&B. Let's start my adventure at Carriage Corners with a few pictures!
This is the Lonestar Room where I stayed!
I wish I'd gotten a picture of the Gazebo at night because
it was beautiful lit up with Christmas Lights
...and a few of the countryside. I couldn't get over how stunning it was and it is the dead of winter. All of the crops had been harvested and the trees were bare but it was stunning...especially at night when there were no lights...just acres and acres of farmland stretching out into the horizon.
Monday evening we had dinner at Fireside Tavern in Lancaster County. Not only was the atmosphere beautiful but the food was delicious!
Trip to Fabric Mart ~
Tuesday after Gaylen handled her Inn duties, we headed off to Fabric Mart which is located only 30 minutes from her B&B. I was especially excited to go because the last time I'd been to Fabric Mart was with Shams and Peggy in 2011! OMG ~ I thought it was just 3 years ago but here's the blog post to prove when it was!
Entering Sinking Springs...
Gaylen in front of the Fabric Mart sign
Melanie was shopping in the store and reads my blog!
My haul - 32 yards
I was rather restrained even though one of my Christmas presents was gift certificates to Fabric Mart!
After lunch Gaylen and I headed back to the B&B because she had more guests checking in for the evening.
Strolling Around Kitchen Kettle Village ~
Since both Gaylen and I are fabric fanatics, I really only wanted to experience the fiber related stores this trip so on Wednesday afternoon we headed over to the Village to explore.
Yarn from Lancaster Yarn Shop
Pattern from The Old Country Store
Our first stop was at Lancaster Yarn Shop where of course Gaylen has already made friends with the owner, Wendy. It was a lovely shop and I did buy some hanks of yarn and a crochet hook. I thought I would start on an afghan that one of the daughters asked for, but of course, buying was as far as I got!
Then we stopped at Village Quilts. This store is a smorgasbord of handmade quilts. The artistry on display in that store was just awesome! Personally I don't understand cutting up fabric into small pieces and stitching it back together but I can truly appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into each quilt. There were some beauties there that just took your breathe away. I bought one of the plaques below to add to the sewing cave - Gaylen gifted me the other!
Plaques for the Sewing Cave wall
We crossed the street to visit The Old Country Store which had an entire section of quilting fabrics and notions. I love quilting cottons because they are vibrant and when arranged well in a quilt store they are a visual feast. Gaylen purchased quite a few of the Christmas quilting fabrics especially since they were 30% off. However, I bought odds and ends, things that appealed to me because I was on vacation.
Rick Rack, a postcard and a fabric panel that appealed to me
I'm sure because it was on sale!
After that it was back to the B&B. Dinner was pizza made by an Amish family running the local pizza parlor that was delicious. Couldn't tell the difference between it and local pizza ~ seriously!
I left Thursday afternoon after spending some more time with Gaylen and her wonderful family. It was a great four days away!
Sew In at Carriage Corner B&B ~
Now if you've made it to the end of the post, here is a scoop!
Gaylen will be hosting a Sew-In at the B&B, March 24-26, 2017 and I will be there helping people with fitting challenges, working with your Tried 'n True pattern or anything you want to work on. There will also be a trip to and tour of Fabric Mart with time to shop.
We just have dates now but follow the Carriage Corner Instagram and website for further information. Gaylen will post the registration information there! I hope that you can come out and sew with me!
...as always more later!