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Thelma and Louise hit the road again… Part 2 – Maryland

The next step in our journey began at Cecilia Taylor’s home and shop, Henhouse Primitives in Lewisville, Pennsylvania which led up to a fabulous show of primitives and antiques at Cecilia’s show, From the Farmhouse in Elkton, Maryland (just down the road)!

The Cecil County Fairgrounds is an awesome place for a show… the grounds are amazing!  I don’t know how Cecilia does it, but she managed to have a half-dozen houseguests, run a show AND have an open house back at her shop… AND she fed ALL of us!  A wonderful hostess, her attention to detail and caring nature shines in everything she does.

(Here, I have to note, regretfully… we utterly failed with photos of Cecilia’s shop!  Believe it or not, we felt so at home, we forgot about taking any pictures… NEXT TIME!  Or, go to her picturetrail for more information.)

Absolutely LOVE this church… on the road from Cecilia’s to the fairgrounds… so sweet!

Friday dawned clear and cool, an easy day for set-up with no sign of what was to come!

Here is our booth at From the Farmhouse show… we seem to be getting a reputation for first to set up and last to take down!

Close-up of the side of our booth…

Our Buttery and part of the back wall.

The back wall (ignore the cooler… our stepping stool!).

Last but not least, the back corner!


Snowman wreath~

Our own Cheddar-Rosemary Bisquit Mix~

Christine Crocker’s Deerfield Farm “Deerfield Purple” Garlic… for growing or eating… it’s the best!

Walker Homestead‘s FAMOUS Apple Crisp Mix~  A favorite of our customers ❤

Doreen’s hand-dyed wools and Walker Homestead garlands~

More of our garlands~


garlic scapes~

Little mouse peeking out of an aged crewel pocket~

Handmade Rowan Tree Soaps~

Make-do tp & magazine holder with our handmade aged stockings~

On to the show!

Clough Farm~ (our neighbors, Amy is so sweet!)

Clough Farm~

Connie Gleed’s Hands of Time Antiques, Palmyra, PA~

Hands of Time Antiques~

Christina & Scott Hummel’s Primitive America~  Another favorite shop of ours to visit… Christina always has fabulous country antiques and is located in Pennsdale, PA!

Primitive America

Primitive America~

Primitive America~

Primitive America~  LOVE this set… seems to me that a certain black cat has claimed the ottoman!

American Vernacular Antiques~  LOVE their stuff… they always have something special and unique!

Fabulous bowl… American Vernacular Antiques~

American Vernacular Antiques~

Great penny rug… American Vernacular Antiques~

Debbie Reiter’s Seven Valley Primitives~

Seven Valley Primitives~

Seven Valley Primitives~

Donna & Don Smith, Southern Star Antiques~  Our housemates… great people, so glad we had the opportunity to meet and visit with them!

Southern Star Antiques~  LOVE this bed!

Millstone Mercantile~

Tina Iosca’s Fences and Hedgerows – another delightful dealer we met this trip and one of Cecilia’s neighbors!

LOVE this chair!  Fences and Hedgerows~

Fantastic Russian sage (I’ve never seen this variety before!)  Fences and Hedgerows~

Cecilia Taylor’s Henhouse Primitives~

Henhouse Primitives~

Henhouse Primitives~

Stones and Wares~

Stones and Wares~

From the Farmhouse is always a great show and we weren’t disappointed!  Great merchandise, wonderful customers who were brave enough to go out in miserable weather… rain, which turned to snow… we only ended up with an inch in this section of Pennsylvania and Maryland, BUT the folks back home weren’t so lucky!  Our husbands were faced with power outages, heavy snow and broken trees… guess we chose the right time to go on a road trip!

AND, there’s more to come!

To be continued…


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Thelma and Louise hit the road again… Part 1 – Pennsylvania

A slight chill to the air greeted us as we arrived in the first leg of our journey…

Diane Windle’s gorgeous home (Windle’s Log Cabin Antiques) of log and stone in Coatesville, PA was our first stop as we set up for her 4 day Christmas Open House event.  Crafters set up their wares throughout Diane’s home amongst beautiful antiques, most of which are for sale.

Windle’s Log Cabin Antiques is one of our favorite shops in Pennsylvania and we make the effort to stop there each visit.  For this event, we set up crafts throughout Diane’s house on Wednesday and worked the open house Thursday and Sunday.  Thousands of people pass through for this annual event and this year was no exception… even with a bit of a weather event!

Diane’s porch was fully decorated with Christmas crafts, greeting each and every visitor.  There were baskets for shoppers to gather their choices available and workers would carry them to check-out.

The lovely front hall was fully decorated with Christmas wares…

as was the living room (some of Doreen’s Walker Homestead candles seen here on the great table)…

look at this fabulous dry sink filled to the brim with merchandise!

no inch of space was spared…

All sorts of Christmas treats spilling out of the antiques!  Some of Walker Homestead‘s garlands in the background.

Even the kitchen was filled with sweet gifts; dip mixes, spiced cider mixes, apple crisp mixes, chai mixes, jellies & pumpkin and banana cake rolls… yummmmmmm!

Hmmmmm… I spy some Walker Homestead wool hanks hanging by the fireside!

Windle’s was a lot of fun, great people and of course, we LOVE Diane ❤

If you like country antiques, Windle’s Log Cabin Antiques is a MUST SEE!

Then we were off to Cecilia Taylor’s Henhouse Primitives in Lewisville, Pennsylvania!

Cecilia was our lovely hostess during our stay… putting up with us, feeding us and taking care of all our needs… what a sweetheart!  She is also the promoter of From the Farmhouse show in Elkton, Maryland… the next leg of our journey!

To be continued…

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Pennsylvania~ Walker Homestead on the Road

On the RoadFriday morning dawned early for these girls with a 3:00 a.m. start, Doreen was here by 4:00 and we were off!

The first part of our journey was uneventful, getting used to the trailer and driving in the dark, but as daylight dawned, we we able to enjoy the scenery passing by.  We noticed that Connecticut received as much snow as we had back in Massachusetts!  Only as we passed through New York into Pennsylvania did the snow amounts lessen and we actually saw patches of ground!  Yes, to all those folks back home… there is soil and grass under all that snow!

We arrived at our hotel, the Scanticon in King of Prussia, PA late morning, checked in and dropped our trailer for our next excursion… a visit to Diane Windle’s home and shop, Windle’s Log Cabin Antiques which was only a half hour away.  Nothing can truly prepare you for this treat.  Diane’s shop is her 11 room home tucked away at the end of a dirt road in an 18th century stone house and attached log cabin.  The drive was icy this visit, the scenery just amazing!  Not as much snow in PA, but snow just the same.

Diane is a warm and welcoming hostess, giving us free rein of her gorgeous home and the antiques it beholds!

Every time we come here we plan on an hour or two, but with so many choice pieces, it’s often difficult to make up your mind!  Our plans always go awry and we stay longer than expected!  Friday’s visit resulted in an awesome 18th century Dutch cupboard and early dry sink in old red paint.

We left Diane’s, stopped for a healthy lunch/dinner at Panera Bread and went back to the hotel.  We hooked the trailer back up and unloaded for the show – The Gallery of American Handcrafters and Antiques… a new wholesale show hosted by Mark & Chastity of Magpie Primitives which was held at Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA.  Among our friends doing the show were Connie and Harry Gleed of Hands of Time Antiques from Palmyra, PA and Cecilia Taylor from Henhouse Primitives of PA.  What a great group of vendors and customers!  The show opened Saturday night and our hand made items were sold out within the first hour!  Quite a few of our reproductions and antiques sold as well.

Sunday was a quieter day and we headed over to the Oaks for the Market Square wholesale show to pick up more items for the shop.  A special thanks to Connie & Harry who watched our booth while we were gone!  We ran into many friends, shop owners and hand crafters at the show and purchased lots of new merchandise.

Sunday evening we decided to head out for dinner with our roommates, Donna Russell of Haley’s Gathering from East Chatham, New York and her friend, Darlene.  Donna suggested Maggiano’s in King of Prussia and we were not disappointed!  Food, food and more food!  We did their family style option which included 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 2 entrees and 2 desserts… each course is all you can eat… a truly amazing restaurant with fantastic food!

Monday morning dawned and we packed up to leave with a quick stop back at Market Square to pick up a forgotten package and low and behold, we ran into our dear friend Dirk Dishop of The Early Homestead Woodshop from Napoleon, Ohio… bought some new cement bee skeps from him while we were at it!  Then we were off to pick up our purchases at Diane Windle’s and take Donna and Dar antiquing.  As usual, Windle’s took longer than expected, and quite a few purchases later we were off again, this time bound for Christina Hummel’s Primitive America in Pennsdale, Pennsylvania.

Our GPS was a little out of sorts this past weekend and took us the round-a-bout way across the mountains and avoiding all major routes… lucky us!  Unfortunately, our ETA changed and changed again, but Christina was most accommodating and welcomed us at 5:30 p.m.!  We really wish we had the advantage of daylight, but Christina’s shop is fantastic!  These northern girls were beside ourselves, like vultures, pouncing on wonderful wooden ware, red ware and more!

We shopped to our hearts’ content, then for the treat of a lifetime – a tour of Christina’s lovely home, which is featured in the spring issue of A Simple Life Magazine.  It’s every bit as gorgeous as Jill Peterson represented with Christina’s incredible summer kitchen cupboard on the cover!

We left Christina’s around 7:30 p.m. heading east out of the mountains and homeward bound.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and after a harrowing journey with truck and fully loaded trailer and over an hour of driving 20 mph to cover 27 miles through wild snow in the mountains, we decided to call it a night at the first hotel we found.  A day late, but safe and sound, we arrived home on Tuesday to yet another 5 inches of snow!  We unpacked all of our wonderful treasures, returned the trailer and tried to catch our breath!

Our many thanks to both Diane & Christina for being such wonderful hostesses, to our wonderful customers for making this trip a success and to Donna & Dar for lots of laughs!  We can’t wait to return to Pennsylvania for another buying and selling trip… what fun!


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