Tuesday, October 2, 2012

24th Strasburg Country Craft Show

 Strasburg Jaycee Park Miller Street, Strasburg, PA.
Rt. 741 aprox 3/4 mile west of the main square.

Starting this Thursday Oct. 4th at 2 p.m. at the Jaycee Park in Strasburg, Pennsylvania for the 24th year will be yet another great selection of Country Primitive Crafts.
There will be Food items, Fall Holiday Decorations, Handmade Jewelry, Signs, Yard Ornaments, Painted Folk Art, Santas, Snowmen, Christmas Decorations, Old Collectibles, Bird Feeders, Handmade Dolls, Soaps, Lotions, Candles, Ornaments Wreaths and much, much more. This has been one of the best indoor craft shows that I have attended in the past five or so years.
There is no admission charge and parking is free. The Pavillion is behind the big barn in the  Strasburg Jaycee Park.

Thurs. Oct. 4, 2012    2 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 5, 2012    9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 6, 2012 9 a.m.-
4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Summer's End Yard Sale This Saturday

Getting ready for the last yard sale of the season. The shop In Grandma's Attic in Kinzers, PA will be the annual community and shop yard sale. There will be a clearance sale from the store and local folks bring their goods to set up in the yard and parking lots. The Amish bring food and baked goods to sell.

The address is 3545 Lincoln Highway East ( RT 30 ) Kinzers, PA 17535  from 8am til...? (717) 442-4337

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thank Goodness for Fall Weather

I am so happy that the heat has been turned down. I love the cooler nights and clear warm days of fall.
The orchard is a bustle of activity harvesting all the apples and pears. The fields are full of ripe tomatoes, corn and pumpkins. Life is good....

If you live in the area of Lancaster, on Saturday September 29th there will be a giant yard sale on the property of "In Grandma's Attic" Kinzers, PA. The local Amish will be there with baked goods and produce maybe even with Chicken Dinners ( we are not sure about the Chicken dinners yet).

My friend Kathy of Kathy's Kollectables will be bringing a trailer loaded with her auction finds for sale.
Hopefully Daryl and Carly from Carly's Cottage will be able to make the trip with their handmade primitive furniture. 
There will be vendors selling misc yard sale items, antiques and crafts. Hope to see you there.
Here are some of the yard stakes I have up at the shop to sell.

Friday, August 31, 2012

A quick trip to Lancaster

The Kinzers, Gap and Intercourse areas of Lancaster county are one of my favorite areas to visit.

Since it is prime time for tourist who come to see the Amish Farms and the outlet malls I try to stay on the Lancaster back roads. I have my favorite "secret shortcut road".
 I stopped for a few quick pictures. They are not the best but I thought you may enjoy some of my sights.

These miniature horses were so cute, only about three feet tall!

 This barn they have the sides open to help cure the tobacco.

 Tobacco in the fields.
 Next stop was at In Grandma's Attic to leave off some fall merchandise for the shop. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Easy and Fun Halloween Decorating Projects

This is a very easy crafty project that makes up into a cute Halloween decoration.

A few years ago I started gathering used books that had black covers to recycle.
I wanted to make a"Old Salem School" themed Witches Spelling Books.
After designing the new cover for my books, I printed off copies and glued them onto the book covers.
Tied them closed with a piece of cheesecloth or homespun.
If you like a more primitive look you can rub a bit of ground cinnamon to the book and cheesecloth tie.

 Next came Old Salem Apothecary Spell bottles
I frequented flea markets and yard sales purchasing old and unique looking bottles. Glue sticks work well to adhere paper labels to the bottles if you do not have label paper to print on.
A few labels and homespun ties, very easy.

If you do not want to design your own labels I do sell the files for you to print and make your own books and spell bottles at home. You can purchase them here. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Home Grown Tomatoes in a Pie

All winter long I dream of my treasured Home Grown Tomatoes. I love toasted bread with butter, salt and tomatoes. Pasta with fresh chopped tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese. I just Love tomatoes!

Last year my friend Patti, shared one of her family favorite recipes. I had never heard of....
 Tomato Pie

Patti's Tomato Pie
4-6 medium size Italian plum tomatoes
1 9' pie shell unbaked
1/2 cup chopped sauteed onions
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Basil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Stir together mayonnaise and cheeses. Thinly cut eight tomato slices for topping and set aside. Dice remaining tomatoes, removing the seeds, then place tomatoes in the pie crust. Layer salt, basil, and the sauteed onions. Next spread out cheese mixture onto the onions, then place the reserved tomato slices on top. Bake 30-40 mins until golden brown. Let stand for 20 mins before serving.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Forth of July at Raggedy Ree's Homestead

 Hope that you all enjoyed your July 4th with friends and family. Due to Will's work schedule we had to stay home this year. 
 The weather was pretty darn hot. We decided that it was time to get rid of the Barn Swallows that have been nesting under the roof of our wrap around porch. 
 Now they had made a couple of nests unnoticed by me and had babies in them a while back. Oh how sweet right? ( Not when you see the mess that gets dropped out from under the nests! )
 After the little ones have learned to fly, they decided to hang around leaving their little presents all over the porch. With all the barns and sheds in the area my porch is not going to be the Adams County Barn Swallow  Rescue Habitat.
 So down came the nests, we scrubbed the pillars, siding and trim. What a hard workout that was in the heat, I did not mind having a little playful fun with the ice cold well water coming out of the hose.

Other than that, I just worked on some of my mason jar crafting. I just finished up a dozen solar jar lights to put in my Etsy shop this morning. I have over 100 of those old blue quart canning jars that I want to sell. Need to get some more ideas on how to reuse them.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Blog and Celebration Sale

Well here I am starting a blog of my own.

As some of you may know me from the shop in Lancaster, PA., "In Grandm'a Attic", some will know me from The "Lancaster Wholesalers", others perhaps from some of the Primitive Forums. I have met so many nice people and a few very dear friends over the years between the internet and gift industry wholesale venues.

As a combination of trying to get some followers to this new blog and as an introduction to my Etsy shop, I would like to announce that I am having a 20% off everything Christmas In July sale. There's lots of antique, vintage and craft supplies and a few of my new ready to frame print line. I will be adding new things to the shop daily so please stop by. The sale will run to July 20 th.