Thursday, December 4, 2008

Here Ya Go

Well; here are some of the things I have been doing. On the 15th of November I was FINALLY able to get to Charlotte,MI. I had been wanting to go there to a quilt shop that specializes in primitive quilt patterns and other items. So, spur of the moment; we were in Sparkle and I said I want to go to Charlotte; which is what I ALWAYS say when asked "What do you want to do?" and usually we just can't go for so many goofy reasons. Well that day, it was a go!!! YIPPEE!

I first went to Gathered Treasures , which is in Grand Ledge,MI ( and then to the quilt shop) the owner has the blog we all visit; Primp Your Pad at Gathered Treasures; well; wooooooo! It is close to the quilt shop, so I was torn; which one to go to first; they are only really a couple of minutes apart. Sooooo... since we saw the turn off for Gathered Treasures first we went there first.



The Front of the Shop; so pretty!!!

I LOVE this snowman!!!!






There were so many goodies at this shop; I am looking forward to going back again soon! I met the owner's husband John; he was very nice and helpful. He works in the shop since he has retired from GM; he sure looks so young to be retired; but hey, its all good when you can work at such a beautiful shop!
And then we were off to the quilt shop in Charlotte! So the quilt shop is called the Hen House! It is 127 miles from my house (one way!) I don't care; it was worth it. The owner Nancy Conn is a SUPER lady! So helpful and very fun to talk with! If I had not gotten there so late I could have participated in the make it and take it; there were even some sweet young girls there with their mom and they shared their creations with me; so nice to see girls learning about the arts! They had done some stenciling and sewing.
The shop also had some neat stencils; I bought some crow/bird stencils. AND a prim painting book I had been looking for! FOR A LONG TIME!!!!! ( I can't get them to flip right for some reason tonight on Blogger)
Nancy offered to show me on my next visit (for free) how to hook rugs! I have wanted to learn how, but we have no classes here. Nancy does not have a website or blog, as she pointed out "If I got on the computer I would never get my stitching done" WOO! How true!!! Well, we all DO it!!! The land of blog eats up time; but y'all are SOOO creative; I can't help it!! Well, you sure can call her if you want something like what I bought; she has wool, patterns, rug supplies,fabric,books; Oh yeah, I sure bought me some books and one is called PRIMITIVE CHRISTMAS by Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles. I also bought My Folk Art Best by Cheri Saffiote=Payne through Indygo Junction. I also bought two make do cats patterns with the spindle/bobbin in the package! She gave me a deal; half price on those! The Hen House is located at 211 Cochran, Charlotte,MI. (517)543-6454. She is open 10:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Mon-Sat. (EST)

The Hen House Quilt Shop; Charlotte,MI (outside front entry)


The Bathroom; hand stenciled by owner from stencils she created with freezer paper!



A quilt on display in the bathroom! Love it!






My Goodies from the Quilt Shop!!!



When I can get the pictures fixed I will post the books and other goodies!

My other favorite thing I found was at WalMart; A new GooseBerry Patch Book; It is a huge three ring binder for Christmas; goodies,crafts, the whole nine yards!!!




Well; I hope that begins to catch me up; I have to show you my handwork that I have been working on but again I am having fits with my photo software; well maybe later!!!!





18 comments:

Carrie said...

Just stopping by to invite you to visit my nativity blog and enter the second giveaway:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

cynthialeedesigns said...

Hi Merrie,
Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the Craft Shop and Quilt Store. You got some great patterns and I love the stencil. I also love the new look of your blog.
Happy Holidays,
Cindy

Jenn said...

Welcome back friend!!

Awww, so sorry about Niles, I hope its nothing long term? And hes ok?

Good for you for getting out and about, I was about to tell Jason - c'mon were taking a ride to MI!! Ha wouldnt that have been the nuts!??

Show your project!!

Linda said...

Whata fun trip!! I am so jealous you got to Linda's shop!!

Farmchick said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Stop in and visit sometime!!

Diane said...

You know, its just as well we dont have shops like those here or I would be constantly broke!! They look so good, I always look when we visit new places but never see shops like those, mors the pity, remembner, the draw is tomorrow good luck XX

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Sounds like a great, fun trip! I'm glad you finally got to go.

Nothing even remotely like them around here, but probably a good thing! LOL!

Have a great week!

primlin56 said...

hi there merrie...i am so sorry i wasnt at the shop the day you came to visit...hope you enjoyed your trip...i also love the hen house...what a surprize to see my shop pictures on your blog when i was blog hopping tonight...i hope i get to meet you on your next visit...

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Merrie: It's nice to meet a fellow dog lover! I need to get a "hose out" truck like you! Hopefully this incident won't be repeated lol. Love your blog...love the song playing! Those shops are darling...I can't believe you drove that far for the one...but it sounds like it was well worth the trip!

Nancy said...

OOOH, that looks like a fun place to spend time and money! Thank you for visiting with me on my blog and please come back anytime. I will revisit with you. nancy

tam said...

Looks like you had a great time and what great finds too!
Lucky girl!
~Smiles~Tam!

Diane said...

Hi Merrie, glad to hear your hubby is OK, my doggies are fine thanks. I have sent your dress, there is a Christmas card inside the red envelope on the front of the package, hope it gets to you soon and not get caught up in the xmas rush

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Hi Merrie, Love the look of the blog and was happy to see good old murphy at the bottom, hope Niles is Ok, sounds like you had a super day of fun! happy holidays, hugs....

tam said...

Hello Merrie! Sista you've been tagged! Come on over to my blog to find out the details...
~Smiles~Tam!

My*Prim*Cottage said...

That looks like a great shop! I would love to go there! The snowman was so cute, love him! ~Beth~

Shanda said...

Hi Merrie, I was so glad to hear from you. The very day I got your comment, I told my husband that I haven't heard from Merrie in a while. Believe me, 10 days on the road with my husband and me and the laptop in the car, he got an education in blogging real fast. Funny thing was he helped me make my blog post each night and sorta got into the comment thing. He couldn't wait until the next morning to see who commented and what they said. Men are so funny. Hope all is well with Niles.
Your friend,
Shanda

Shanda said...

Hi Merrie, I was so glad to hear from you. The very day I got your comment, I told my husband that I haven't heard from Merrie in a while. Believe me, 10 days on the road with my husband and me and the laptop in the car, he got an education in blogging real fast. Funny thing was he helped me make my blog post each night and sorta got into the comment thing. He couldn't wait until the next morning to see who commented and what they said. Men are so funny. Hope all is well with Niles.
Your friend,
Shanda

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.


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