Bird In The Hand Primitives

Primitive Folk Art Designs and Finished Items
By: Robin Leuschen

" Who you are is God's gift to you........ What you do, is your gift to God !"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lancaster Pics !! Awsome Time !!...

Up at 4:00 am and on the road by 6 am

Well, all I can say is this...When you go to Lancaster county , Pa. and drive through the little towns like Bird in Hand and Intercourse, if you are a lover of anything Primitive, you will be on sensory overload. My head cannot do a 360 degree turn, but let me tell you, I sure as heck tried more than once !!!...LOL...

You couldn't even begin to go into all the little Prim Shops on the main drag, but the places I did go were sure FINE for me !!!
Even with all the wonderful prims and sites smells and awesome food, nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the experience of meeting true "Kindred Spirits" in the flesh !!!
The girls that I met up with were nothing short of heavenly beings in earthly bodies....Oh boy how corny and shmoozy huh??...But I really felt that way..I was so nervous meeting up with the girls , just call it my weirdness and insecurity, but I should have known better.... They just "oozed" love, acceptance and FUN FUN FUN !!!
We laughed and enjoyed talking about everything including our biggest common bond, "primitives of all sorts" of course. We crafted and ate together and had a good ol' time !!
The first day consisted of meeting up at Primitives By Kathy ... I had never been in a wholesale warehouse full of nothing but primitive goodies before, so wow, did I say wow ?? We went to another wholesale store called AT Imports and it was wall to wall prim and just plain craft supplies of all sorts. Next was another warehouse which, I am not even going to say the name of cause I was angry that they wouldn't let me use my Tax ID number in there and the girl was snooty so I didn't even pick out anything and slip it into someones elses cart for them to purchase for me
Next, it was off to check into the most awesome amazing Hotel, " The Amish View" Inn and Suites...

It was absolutely lovely and I would recommend it to anyone planning a trip down there.The room was just beautiful and the view from out window was an Amish farm and fields being harvested..It was theeeeeee best !! Ok, so off to dinner at the "Family Cupboard" Buffet ....Delicious food and then the fun stuff...we swapped goodies we each whipped up ..... I love prim goodies and surprises !!

Ok, so then I was off to the most amazing and I do mean AMAZING Primitive shop called "Family Creations" Super Dee Duperty Prim and antiques !! Hubby and Taylor went back to the room and watched television and played on their computers and slept... We had a fun class making a small lighted prim Christmas tree in a tin cup and all the fixin's

.... From there it was back to the hotel
I was pooped from the first day of shopping, the trip down , and absolutely NO SLEEP that first night, so the second day, Saturday, was a bummer for me and I just tried to rest a little and hubby, Taylor ( my youngest daughter) and I, just went to Wal Mart for a few needfuls, ate lunch/ dinner and I managed a 1 1/2 nap ....The restaurant that we ate at, was called "Plain & Fancy" and was actually right there next to the hotel and is part of the same company... It was a new and fun experience. They had what they called the Amish "feast" All the foods were served after the big long table was filled up with folks and then we passed each item around and back and forth like a "Family" Thanksgiving Dinner ...At first it was a little uncomfortable, but once that good home cooked food started comin' , the eating and the friendly chatter started...
Later that evening , hubby dropped me off at Grace's home ( which, why I didn't snap photo's of this VERY " drool worthy" Prim Home I don't know ??)and we all sat and worked on a fun altered art book and had pizza and laughed and played with our supplies and had more fun fun fun !!

Sunday came too soon and while the other gals crafted some more at Grace's house and then took their leave, I was on the road back home at 10:30 am ...
Robby came the farthest ( from Scotland) and we had spoken on the phone so many times, but in person she was just the warmest, funniest, most loving creature !! She is the cutest thing and Taylor just gravitated right to her too...I felt this warm soft hand on my shoulder when I was standing at the counter at Primitives By Kathy and didn't even have to turn around, I just felt the love and sure enough it was my Robby Gal !!!.... Grace truly fits her name..She is Gracious !! and fun and funny !! Omg, I almost peed my pants a few times laughing at her little stories,,one of them of all things, the dreaded " Post Office" Personnel !!!!! ...LOL... Oh Grace .." I love ya !" Thank you sooo much !!!
Sandy is a Hoot and so warm and friendly and just so loveable .... You can't be in the same room and not feel welcome and comfortable. I spoke with her on the phone a few times and just from those few conversations I knew she was a dear person, but in person...oh yeah.. did I allready mention she is A HOOT !!! ..LOL ....
Sandy brought her friend Lori and she was such a sweety pie !! she is a true prim gal and was super friendly and easy to talk to and we sat next to each other during our crafting time and I was just so at ease and sooooo enjoyed her company..she is going to come and join the P&R Forum, so, "Lori ...I'm gonna be on the look out for ya girl !!!" .
Kim was just such a cute little thang !! My goodness girl...I won't say how old she is, but let's just say, she is *%#^%% ???? and I only wish I looked half as young and as good as her.... Yep, cutey patootie for sure !! And we had a great time with her awsome Altered Art Book Project...She had everything all ready to go and so on top of it all....she sat on the other side of me and we had a great time chatting and she was so encouraging , as I am what you would call " art handicapped " I just can't see IT !! But she insisted I could do it !!!...LOL
And so...I am just overwhelmed with the love and friendship of these gals...Oh and are some goodies I got too !!!

Here is a pic of the goodies I made to take to give to the gals. I found the free pattern from "Buttermilk Basin" for the wool applique, in the December 2006 Create & Decorate Magazine.

Love to the girls !!!


Sue said...

This trip sounded like SO MUCH FUN!! I would absolutely LOVE to go to Lancaster but it would be quite a trip from Alabama....maybe one day. I have a new love for primitives and have just begun collecting. I hardly know where to begin. Love your blog and will be back!

Back in the Day said...

Wow! It sounds like you all had a great time! I would love to attend a gathering like that! So fun!

basketsnprims said...

Oooh, I'm so jealous! It sounds like you had so much fun and met some great gals. What could be better than friends, food, and all the primitives you could stand? Good for you! Hope I can get there someday. ~ Pam

simple~needs said...

wow!! robin, that looks like sooo much fun!!!
i love at imports and prim by kathy.
i bet i know the snooty

i am loving all the goodies!!!!
if you get tired of them, i can send my address. teehee

Diane B said...

Oh how I would love to visit there someday... Glad you had a wonderful trip... Hugs Dianeb

Judy said...

Oh how wonderful!!! You made me drool all over my keyboard!!! LOL I hope someday I can join in on the fun! Isnt it wonderful to meet up with your online friends!!!????

Julie said...

I would love to go to Lancaster--it is on my list of things to do. What a fun time, and I love the prims you made!! julie

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! Do you know that I live 3 hours from there and I've never been!!!
I think for my birthday I'm telling my husband that is what I want...a trip to Lancaster!
Love everything you made and bought all so prim!

Trudy said...

I am so very, very jealous of your trip. It sounds and looks like you had so much fun. Lancaster to Peterborough Ontario is quite a drive, but maybe next fall??
I hope that I can remember all of the spots you visited.

Wooly hugs,


Lauren said...

Wow! What a fun trip! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time:) <3Lauren

Christine said...

Robin, thank you for sharing your photo's and story of your trip!!! What a wonderful time for you!! Someday I hope to make one!

Robyn Regan said...

ooooohhhh I miss you my beautiful friend!!!! Love the update of what we was such an unreal time. Next time we will be there you...xxxRobby

primjuls said...

Robin, I'm glad you had such a great time in Lancaster. It was a pleasure to meet you. I hope you have fun finding special places around your home to display all your treasures. Keep on craftin'!!
Julia/Family Creations

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hi Robin!
How lucky you are! What a treat to be able to get together with these lovely gals. Thanks for sharing the pics.

primitivebettys said...

What a totally fun trip!! Will you take me next time... please? :) I've given you an award on my blog if you get a chance to swing by.


Robyn Regan said...

Love the pic of us in Family Creations...see Grace laughing.....she was touchin' me her hand at my

Karen said...

Robin....we had our trip to Lancaster the beginning of the month and posted our trip pictures...isn't it just the greatest place....
AND FAMILY CREATIONS!!!!!!! What can I say....I have goose bumps right now. I think it is the most Prim Shop in the area!!!! LOVE IT!
I bought many things from there - wayyyyy more than I should have1

Oh, and I have to tell you...I saw some of my Licensed Products in your pictures. The Penny Rugs are my designs that Primitives By Kathy sells! Thanks for helping the cause! LOL Big hugs for liking them enough to purchase them.