Friday, December 10, 2010


Of course, I meant to post earlier in the week ~ time flies by me ~ but here's a recap of last Sunday. We travelled down to Lancaster to Curry's Antiques to their annual Christmas Open House. We went a couple of years ago to see their shop and tour their primitive home. This year, the feature event was a horse-drawn wagon ride to the nearby Rock Mill gristmill for dinner! We were lucky to  get tickets and off we went on our adventure! There were little slabwood houses that were built around the yard, especially for this event,  that housed traditional crafstmen such as spinners, candlemakers, etc. ~ we followed luminary-lit paths from one to another ~ as you can see from this photo of one the log buildings by the shop, it was snowy and quite picturesque!

We had assigned seating times and I waited inside the shop with an old friend!!  He was rather quiet and as you can see,  he was guarding his drum! One of the girls in the shop thought we made quite a pair and wanted to snap this picture ~ we invited Sonny to join us, but no dice!!  Curry's shop was so beautifully decorated and if you pick up a copy of Simple Life magazine, you'll see photos of their home, decorated in the same way with lots of pine and lights ~ just gorgeous!

Finally, it was our turn to go stand in line outside to board the wagon drawn by teams of Belgian horses, for the ride to the gristmill.  I heard someone say that had just returned that it was not real warm down there and when the ladies in front of us heard me repeat that, they dropped out of line and said bye bye!!  I felt bad that they took my word for it and missed the fun!!  Actually, the ride was pretty darn breezy and it was chilly in the mill ~ kind of a hard building to heat!  This lady was one of the servers ~ we had stew, a cheese plate, a roll  with herb butter and pound cake with lemon curd topping.  The mill was decorated inside and I have to say, if we hadn't gone, I would have always felt like I had missed something ~ it was an experience and despite the cold and windy and snowy conditions, I  enjoyed the evening.  Ginny's shop is beautiful ~ in a rebuilt log cabin ~ with wonderful primitive antiques and lots of charm.  She and her husband, Bill, have several open houses a year and you really should put it on your list of places to visit!

Before we got to Curry's, we made a stop at Miller House   Antiques in Carroll. This is inside their shop ~ another great place for primitives!  There were also Christmas decorating accessories ~ Santas and snowmen ~ and a nice platter of cookies and mulled cider for their customers!!

Linda and Ralph Miller are the owners and when I asked if she did house tours, she offered to take us over to their log home!  This is their kitchen- keeping room furnished with great period pieces ~ of course, Sonny loved the log home part and we just enjoyed our tour immensely!   Since we have a log building to sell, we're always interested to see what people do with theirs! 

The porch on Linda's shop is as interesting as the inside ~ and I wish I had taken a photo of the outside of their log home! There was a big flag on the front door ~ the whole property is just right up our alley ~ there's a small log building on the grounds that came from Curry's ~ just a great way to spend a day visiting two such interesting shops!  I almost forgot to mention, that another couple came in the shop while we were there and when I turned around, it was a rug hooking friend from up by the lake!!  My friend, Diane, always marvels that we know someone almost every where we go!!

On Monday, my friend, Carol (she was the girl with the pink jeep that I posted about this summer) had her annual Christmas tea!  Her tablescapes are always spectacular and the theme this year was Tiffany's ~ can you tell with the signature turquoise color?  Carol lives in a farmhouse down a lane and when you open the door, it's kind of country french decorating and very welcoming!  She and her twin sister, Nancy, are wonderful hostesses ~ I have always told Carol she was 'the hostess with the mostess' ~ that name was given many years ago to Perle Mesta, a famous Washington D. C. hostess!

The rest of this week has been quiet in comparison ~ I'd like to tell you that the house is decorated and the shopping is done ~ I'd like to ~ but I can't!!  I'd like to tell you I've been hooking ~ can't do that either!!  Mostly, I've been trying to get on top of my office work ~ I can tell you that!  Hope you having fun getting ready for the holidays ~ soon I will be doing that, too!
Ta ta for now ~ Alice


Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
What a fun trip to the Miller's and Curry's! I love the Miller's house. Linda is so hospitable!
You didn't mention any new treasures??? Their stuff is wonderful but pretty much out of my!
Even though there's been no hookin', shoppin' or decoratin', I'm sure you are thankful there is office work to do :) You'll get it all done. You work so well under pressure!
Pug hugs :)

Kim said...

It sounds like so much fun. Just a little bit of snowfall with the candle lanterns must have looked so pretty.
I haven't hooked all week either. And I am supposed to be hooking a Christmas present. Could be a last minute problem, eh!

Linda said...

Alice.........sounds like you had such a great time. I have been friends with Ginny and Linda for many years and still in awe of their decorating talents.
I didn't make it to either open houses this year due to this awful cough and cold I have had for weeks.
You always do the most fun stuff!

The Barn Door said...

What fun! Your pictures are wonderful, looks sooo inviting!

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